Thursday, April 19, 2018

MARCH 2018 Reads

I apologize in advance for the delay in this post.  March was a busy month.  My dad had a very serious surgery on the 6th and I have been helping out taking him to appointments etc.  He was feeling well after three weeks recovery and wanted to go to Florida for a few weeks.  My parents rent a house every year for 4 months but this year they were not able to go down until April 5th.  I went with them and hence the delay in  my post.  I really enjoyed every book I read this month.  Favorites:  Tell the Wolves I'm Home and News of the World.  I dove into quite a few books while in Florida and can't wait to share them in May.  

Wednesday, March 21, 2018


I have decided that I will be Reading My Shelves this Spring (April 21 - June 21). This will include a week of vacation.   Here is what I hope to get to:

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

The Books I Read in FEBRUARY 2018


I read and listened to some good books this month!  I'm finding that I read and listen to about the same amount each month (five hard copy and 5 audio).  I have been trying to read my shelves as well and have been participating in Erin's Challenge 8.0.  

Linking up with Jana and Steph for Show Us Your Books!  The Best Day of the Month๐Ÿ“š

Beartown - (from my shelves)*Erin's Challenge - translated from another language*  My husband and I read this one and really enjoyed it.  Like alot of other people have said you don't need to love hockey to love this book.  So many characters to love and hate.  Can't wait for the sequel.  

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo (from my shelves)*Erin's Challenge - Name in the title*  I enjoyed this book.  I was hooked from the first chapter.  Need to read more of TJR.

At Home in the World (audio/library Overdrive) I REALLY loved Notes From a Blue Bike and wanted to love this one.  I found it boring (listened and maybe that's why).  Didn't feel any energy in the audio version.  Maybe I should read the hard copy?

Between Breaths (audio/library Overdrive)  This one past the time just fine.  I didn't really know much about Elizabeth Vargas.  The book described the pressure from early on that Elizabeth felt and how it impacted her addiction.  

Big Magic (audio/library Overdrive) I enjoyed this book!  Oftentimes I don't feel very creative, but this book gave lots of insight into understanding and owning your creativity.  Lately, I have had a hard time absorbing information from self help books.  I am going to try to read more over this year to see if that changes.  

Murder on the Orient Express (from my shelves)*Erin's Challenge (book involving travel)*  I have not read alot of Agatha Christie.  I did enjoy And Then There Were None which my husband and I listened to on a long car ride last spring.  I enjoyed Murder... and will hopefully see the movie (which I have heard was BAD?!?!)  I think I will continue to read Christie's books.  

The Couple Next Door (from my shelves)*Erin's Challenge (plot twist book from Book Riot)*  This has been on my tbr for a while.  Glad I finally read it.  I'm starting to read some lightweight thrillers. I enjoyed this one and didn't want to put it down.  I will look forward to reading her next book.  

My Own Words/Ruth Bader Ginsburg (library/hard copy)  After having the honor to hear Justice Ginsburg speak at a local synagogue I wanted to read more about her.  This book was very detailed and covered a lot of the larger cases that RBG presided over.  There is a lot of legalese and at times it was hard to get through.  But overall it was so refreshing to learn a bit more about this phenom and her private/professional life.  

Four Seasons in Rome (audio/library Overdrive) After reading and loving All the Light We Cannot See, I wanted to try another of Doerr's books.  This was a book about a year that Doerr and his family (including a newly born set of twins) spent in Rome.  I liked the way he broke the book up into Seasons.  It past the time just fine and gave wonderful descriptions of the landscape, people and food of Italy.  

Rise and Shine Benedict Stone (from my shelves)*Erin's Challenge (author with same letter first/last name)*  After having read several books about elderly curmudgeons (Ove, Arthur Pepper, Arthur Truluv, Keeper of Lost Things) I decided to read another of Phaedra Patrick's books as it fit the category for the challenge.  Lots of similarities to the others named above.  I would say books that pass the time just fine.  Nothing life changing or overly informative, just light and fun.  

Books currently reading:  The Stars are Fire *Erin's Challenge (a book with a mostly red cover)*

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

8 Books I've Read and Recommend For ....

New Series:  Books I Recommend For....


These are all books I have read and would recommend.  
My Husband and I have been reading one book a month together for about a year.  These are all books that we have read together and enjoyed enough to recommend.  **The only book we disagree on is Ready Player One.  I liked it ๐Ÿ‘ he didn't๐Ÿ‘Ž.  
Anxiously awaiting the movie coming soon!

1.  Lincoln in the Bardo - very different writing style, historical fiction, great on audio!
2.  Beartown - not just for hockey lovers, weaves many characters manageably, has a sequel
3.  The Martian - suspenceful, main character you can root for, space/science themed
4.  Ready Player One - futuristic, zero to hero, peppered with 80's video game nostalgia
5.  Peace Like A River - sticking together, evading the law, midwestern feel
6.  Before the Fall - mystery, plane crash, survivors?
7.  Station Eleven - dystopian, relationships, survival of the fittest 
8.  The Road - dark, end of the world, father/son

Recent Sea Glass Finds 2018

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Show Us Your Books (SUYB) January 2018

      It's My Favorite Tuesday of the Month
Another Round of Show Us Your Books!!
January 2018

These are the books I read in January
Favorites this Month:  Brain on Fire, The Sea of Tranquility

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Interesting Find (Newport/Pottery)

I was lucky enough to come upon this interesting sea pottery piece late in January 2018.  My husband and I were driving around Newport RI.  I asked him to stop at the Castle Hill Inn Beach so I could take a photo.  It is winter so there is some access to private beaches.  I walked the short beach and picked up a few pieces of sea glass and pottery.  I took a few photos and turned to head back to the car.  My eye caught a piece on the ground with the word "NASSAU".  It was cold so I picked up the piece to check it out later.  

My husband and I began to search for the history of this piece.  We were able to find out that the clay jug originated from Niederselter, Herzogthum Nassau (Province) Germany and held mineral water dating back to at least 1787.   Jug-making was a cottage industry in the Westerwald area where families in at least nine villages manufactured the Selters bottles. Identification on the front of the bottles, such as Herzogthum Nassau (literally Dutchy of Nassau) identify the political territory of the local nobility or councils that licensed the exportation of the water. Because of the competition from glass containers, the jug trade declined by the end of the 19th century and was reduced to 49 jugmakers by 1926. 

If you would like to read more about the history of mineral water at Niederselters and see pictures of other bottles check out below:

History of Selter Water
History of Niederselter (Wikipedia)
Photo of similar bottle on ebay

History of Castle Hill Inn (from their website)

As Newport began to grow into a prominent seaport, the wealthy built great architectural tributes to the life of leisure: splendid, multiple-roomed mansions called “cottages.” Castle Hill was a gracious, shingle-style song of a house commissioned in 1874 by marine biologist and naturalist Alexander Agassiz of Harvard University. Today’s inn was his original summer home, where he kept his eye on the ocean and the sea life within it. He filled his house with the best of Chinese and Japanese art and furnishings, especially bronzes and porcelain, many of which are still present in the house. 

How did this piece end up on a beach in front of the Castle Hill Inn?  Is it possible that Agassiz had Selters Water sent to his home in Newport, RI one summer in the late 1800's???  Or after World War II when Castle Hill Inn officially became a hotel that the water was commissioned to serve as a beverage for the guests of the Inn and spa?

We will never know but it was definitely interesting researching the history of this piece.

By the way, here is the photo I took that day.