Book Covers: Judge by? Yay or Nay? πŸ€“

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’•

When you go to your favorite bookstore…how do you decide what goes home with you? What attracts you to a particular book? Is it the color? Artwork? Subject matter?

Or do you rely solely on the recommendations of friends/blogs/social media?

Since I don’t read “Bookclub Recommendations” πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™€οΈ or books everyone is talking about, I do go by beautiful spines/covers, followed by intriguing titles.

Today I wanna show you some of the pretty ones on my bookshelf.

1. the beach street knitting society and yarn club

You can see why I picked that one up 😊 and it didn’t disappoint. It’s a wonderful story about motherhood, starting over, and friendship.

2. Music Of The Spheres is a historical novel set in the London of 1795. The war, espionage, murder, family bonds – this debut novel has it all. It’s a fascinating story, that has been described as ‘unputdownable’ πŸ™‚

3. The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane

I admit, I have not read this book yet. Reading about injustice – that is (for me) not the easiest task. And since this book is about the Salem witches and the trials…well, you can see the dilemma. πŸ˜• But I will get to it eventually, as I find the subject very intriguing, and fascinating.

4. The Painted Bridge

This is not an easy read – it’s a historical novel about a victorian lady, Anna, brought to an asylum by her new husband…he sounds like a peach, doesn’t he? 🀨

Anna tries to prove her sanity, but no one is willing to listen. It’s a story about betrayal, but also takes a look at the startling history of the psychiatric field, the treatment of women.

5. An Enigmatic Disappearance

The “Inspector Alvarez Mysteries” are smartly plotted, set in front of the beautiful scenery of Mallorca, and very enjoyable ‘who-dunnits’ πŸ€“

6. The Thirteenth Tale

This book is from my ‘to-be-read’ pile. The cover is one of the most beautiful ones on my shelf 😍 That cover, and the reviews that claim ‘Lovers of books about book lovers will be enthralled’ (Booklist) and ‘A first rate mystery that lovingly invokes both Jane Eyre and Rebecca’ (Entertainment Weekly) had me convinced that this tale has to come home with me. 😌

7. Winter Street

It’s a beautiful cover, but the story failed to hold my attention. I have to say though, that I started it halfway into the recent Virus-crisis, when I had a lot of trouble concentrating on anything. So I will give it another try, because it does sound like it would be a charming read. πŸ™‚

8. New Chronicles of Rebecca

The sequel to “Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm” was published in 1907. 😍

While the cover is most beautiful, what I find truly wonderful is the inscription πŸ₯°

Now I wonder if the ‘artwork’ in the back of the book was drawn by Gladys’ and Joe’s offspring 😊

9. The House at the Edge of Night

A tale about four generations of a family on a beautiful island off the coast of Italy, The House at the Edge of Night’ will draw you in, and you will love the visit. Spanning nearly a century this enchanting story follows the life of the Esposito family, will take you to the island, to the bougainvillea draped cafe that’s the center of the island life – The House at the Edge of Night’.

10. “Pucki” Series

These wonderful, treasured books have been in my family since they were published in the mid-to-late 1930s. They follow a girl, ‘Pucki’, through her life, from toddler, through the school years, university, marriage, motherhood, to her ‘golden years’, where she becomes a Grandmother. 😊 They are beautifully written young adult novels, that I read many, many times. πŸ₯°

I hope you enjoyed this peek at my bookshelf. πŸ€“

Don’t forget to let me know what makes you wanna buy a book! 😏

I’m looking forward to hearing from you! πŸ’•

Vintage Cookbooks ~ Delicious (?) Morsels From Long Ago

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’•

Today I’d like to show you a few treasures from my vintage cookbook collection…and the (sometimes) oddball recipes inside. πŸ€“

Here are some of the beautiful books from days gone, and now not forgotten! πŸ₯°

This gem here is the oldest one in the collection. It was printed in 1922. It’s hard to believe that it’s almost 100 years old. 🀩

This is where I found one of the weirder recipes.
The mayo and powdered sugar combination is not something I’d ever wanna try. πŸ₯΄

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This lovely book was printed in 1938, and holds more deliciousness πŸ˜…

I don’t know who thought that this is ‘Perfection’…but I draw the line at veggies & Lemon Jello! Won’t you?πŸ˜‹

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What’s with the eggs? πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

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I love everything about these books that allow us a glimpse into the life of people that came before us.
Like the random items used as bookmarks and notepads…

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Old advertising…

And of course the wonderful signs of recipes well used…

Beautiful illustrations…

Handwritten Recipe improvements… πŸ˜ƒ

Do you have old cookbooks? Maybe even hand-me-downs? Oh how I wish I still had one or two of my Mom’s cookbooks. 😊

Did you ever find a recipe that was popular way back when, but today we wouldn’t dare to serve today? πŸ™ƒ

I’m looking forward to your input! Thanks for stopping by! πŸ’•

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Sunday Talk ~ (Mostly) About Books

Hello my lovely friends! πŸ’•

I trust that this finds you and your loved ones healthy and safe!

This is my ‘pull-yourself-up-by-your-bootstraps-before-the-couch-swallows-you-whole’ post. And there is a limit as to how many times one can re-watch a Hallmark movie!

Hubby has to go back to work tomorrow (part-time), so I took that as a sign to get ‘back to normal’…whatever that may be.

~~I thought long and hard if I should talk about the current events. I do feel that there is a long overdue change happening, but there are a lot of amazing people out there better qualified and educated on the subject than I am. So I leave it at that. I work on getting educated, but won’t lecture!

So, over the last couple of weeks…

🌺I made some collagesπŸ€“ They’re now adorning my booth at the local Antique Mall.

I love making these. I hope you enjoy them too! πŸ’œ

🌺 I took a few trips to Thrift Shops in the area.😎The bookshelves at the booth are replenished, and my TBR pile is growing.

And I found some yummy yarn. I think I’ll sharpen the knitting needles for a change. What to make? What to make? Well, since I was only able to get two skeins…scarf it is.

~~I did read a lot, and I must say -Soapbox moment coming! 🧐 – my talent to pick disappointing books is well developed. It seems to be the latest trend to write books without a conclusion, or with story-threads dangling. Or is it really just me? I’ve had quite a few books over the last couple of weeks that ended with a cliffhanger. And they were either not part of a series, or the next book picked up somewhere else without revisiting the prior storyline.
The only exception was the latest installment in Nancy Warren’s Vampire Knitting Series.


In the 10th book of this delightful series Lucy finds herself face-to-face with a High School friend, turned nemesis. They had a falling out over a boy (of course…it being High School and allΒ  😁). Only the visiting “friend”, Pamela, doesn’t seem to remember the feud, and acts suspiciously friendly. When she turns up dead, it’s up to Lucy, Rafe, and the other Vampires to bring the killer to justice. I truly enjoyed this well thought out story, and am looking forward to the next book, which will be released in September. πŸ’ƒπŸ»

~~If you follow me on Instagram you already know this 😊 You know that I was just a few days younger than I am now, when I found out that Agatha Christie wrote Romance Novels under the pseudonymΒ Mary Westmacott. I honestly had no idea!Β πŸ™ˆI’ll give it a whirl, and will report back.

~~Once in a while one has to stretch the legs. So I walked. I walked the dogs. I walked by myself. I walked with a friend. I’m afraid I’ll be about 5″ shorter when this is all over.
But it is Springtime, almost Summer. So beautiful things are happening in nature. 🌷We celebrated the Tulips, the first Roses, the Clematis. And on one of these excursions I discovered this beautiful tree in full bloom.
Some research showed that it’s aΒ Tulip Poplar,Β and I need one!

Isn’t it gorgeous? 😍

And with this I will let you get back to whatever you were doing! Thank you for reading πŸ’•

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May Photo-a-Day Challenge πŸ“Έ

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’•

One of the CitySonnet photo-a-day challenge prompts is ‘weathered’. I knew exactly what I wanted to show-and-tell for that one.

A couple of weeks ago I came across a historic, ‘weathered’ little church. It’s out in the country, off on a little side road. It’s almost 100 years old, with a little graveyard in the front. Some research showed that it was awarded a grant for restauration from the Kansas Historic Fund. Yay 😍 And they didn’t waste any time restoring this little gem. Because when I went back (finally remembering to bring my camera πŸ˜‹) people and machines were hard at work, reversing the decay. Great for the little church in the prairie, but the yellow and blue machinery kinda ruined the photo – shoot. πŸ˜‰

So I turned to this amazing tree that greets me every day at the beginning of my walk. He guards the start of a trail along a creek through downtown Leavenworth. We call him the ‘Hulk’ tree, ’cause it looks like he’s bursting out of his bark. 😎

To see just how majestic this tree is, check out my itty-bitty friend in the bottom right corner πŸ˜„πŸ’œπŸŒ³

Thanks for reading❣️ Be safe!

What Book Is In That Pretty Bag?

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’•

I am really looking forward to your answer to this question – if you would gift your favorite book, which one will be hidden in that lovely gift-bag?

Now you’re probably wondering “What brought this on?” πŸ€”

Well, it was this meme…

I think that’s a marvelous idea! 😍 It would really get you to know your friends better, and expand your mind, regarding books and authors. πŸ€“

So what would spill out of that pretty bag you brought?

I would gift you the little gem Unsuitable for Ladies – An Anthology of Women Travellers by Jane Robinson.

In this little book you’ll find the adventures of almost 200 women who defied convention, and proved to the world that the notion “Real Ladies do not travel” is nothing but a myth! 😎

You’ll accompany these wonderful ladies around the globe, taking part in their amusing and thrilling travels.

Okay, now it’s your turn 😁 I’m looking forward to ‘unwrapping’ your favorite book! πŸ’•

May Photo A Day Challenge – 3 in 1

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’•

I’ve fallen a bit behind in the May Challenge…of course I did. No one is really surprisedπŸ˜…

So today I have for you: Quiet

River

The Missouri by Leavenworth, Kansas

Creative

Collage Bookmarks – One for every book πŸ€“

Ta-ta for now! Stay healthy πŸ’•

Booktalk: Nancy Warren, Author

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’•

Today I’d like to introduce you to an author that raced through the ranks of my favorite writers, to take a firm spot among the Top5.
Nancy Warren* is the author of more that 60 novels, a three time finalist for the RITA award, and was honored by the Romantic Times Magazine. She creates very lively and likeable characters, and fast moving stories.

My first Nancy Warren book was ‘The Vampire Knitting Club‘. This is the first in a paranormal cozy, taking place in Oxford, England.

The Vampire Knitting Club: First in a Paranormal Cozy Mystery Series by [Nancy Warren]
In this first installment in a very entertaining series Lucy travels to Oxford to be with her Grandma, and keep busy in Granny’s yarn shop. Once there she finds the shop locked up tight, and is informed that Gran has passed on…or has she? There is a death certificate, and a will leaving the shop to Lucy. But Lucy also catches glimpses of Gran, and discovers a few hard to explain things going on in and around the shop. Including the fact that her beloved ancestor did not die of old age, she was murdered. Who would kill an adorable, kind Grandma?
Add a yummy detective, quite a few (non-scary) vampires, a cute cat, an abundance of yarns and cable sweaters, and you have a wonderful, lighthearted mystery.
And I’ve more good news – there are currently 9 books in this series. And the 10th one, ‘Garters and Gargoyles’, is being published June 10th, 2020. 😎

🌺Since I enjoyed those books so much I was delighted to discover a second series by Nancy Warren – The Great Witches Baking Show 

The Great Witches Baking Show: A culinary cozy mystery by [Nancy Warren]

In this paranormal cozy, Poppy Wilkinson is chosen to be a contestant on a very popular baking show. Not only would the title of ‘Best Baker’ be of help professionally, Poppy also hopes to find out more about her (witchy) origins on the setting of the show, ‘Broomwode Hall’.
When a contestant gets murdered on the set, Poppy and her new friends set out to find the culprit before the show is cancelled.

I thoroughly enjoyed the first two installment in a very promising series. I mean, delicious baked goods, witches, a beautiful estate in England’s countryside – what could be better. πŸ‘©πŸ»β€πŸ³

There are currently two books in this series. The third one ‘A Rolling Scone’ will be published on May 20th, 2020.

🌺Since I recently discovered my love for historical fiction, imagine my delight to find out that Nancy Warren wrote ‘Death of a Flapper’, a cozy mystery set in Paris in the 1920s.

Death of a Flapper: A 1920s Cozy Historical Mystery (Abigail Dixon Mysteries Book 1) by [Nancy Warren]

In her wonderful, light-hearted style Nancy Warren lets the reader accompany Abigail Dixon on her adventure of a lifetime.
As a reporter from Chicago, Abby arrives in Paris to write for the Woman’s page of a newspaper. Before she can publish her first article, she’s involved in a murder. With the help of her lovely and colorful roommate, a fashion designer, a fellow reporter (Ernest Hemingway πŸ€“yes, that Ernest) she hopes to clear her name before she loses her head (Pun intented  πŸ€¦πŸ»β€β™€οΈ). Yes, in the 1920s the Guillotine was a very real threat.

🌺Currently I’m enjoying a brand-new series by this author. I’m about half-way through The Vampire Book Club, and am enjoying it as much as all the other books by Nancy Warren.
The Vampire Book Club: A Paranormal Women's Fiction Cozy Mystery by [Nancy Warren]

In this book, Quinn Calahan, a middle-aged, divorced witch, banned to a small town in Ireland, finds herself in the middle of a murder mystery before she even unpacks her bags. And there are even vampires living in the beautiful castle overlooking the tiny town – again, the non-scary kind. πŸ§›πŸ»β€β™‚οΈ
As I write this, there is only one book out in this series, with the next two installments scheduled for release in July and October, respectively.

🌺Nancy Warren is also the writer of numerous romance novels. I’m sorry, but I can’t tell you anything about those, since I’m not a fan of that genre. But according to many reviews, those books are equally entertaining, and very well written.

Have you read any of these books? Did you enjoy them? Please let me know in the comments….I love a good ‘Booktalk’. 😎

Until next time πŸ’•

* I have no affiliation with this author or her publisher. This post is unsolicited.

The Recipe Folder: No-Knead Bread

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’•

I love European bread! 😍The crunchy outside – not the slightly darker, ‘same-taste-as-the-bread’ outside, that the sandwich bread makers like to call “crust” πŸ˜… No, the real crust, where bits of it fly everywhere when you cut into it. And the soft, non sticky(!!!) crumb! With some airholes, and a taste that makes you swoon! 😊

And now, after all these years here in the States, I found a recipe that not only promises all that, but also delivers. πŸ˜ƒ

And all you need is 4 simple ingredients. We all have them at home…and they’re actually pronounceable πŸ˜‰

Just gather ✨Flour ✨Yeast ✨Water ✨Salt…that really is it!

For the recipe please visit Olga in the Kitchen πŸ‘©πŸ»β€πŸ³

A little tip from me – for the last 20 minutes (after you take the lid off), place an oven safe dish with ice cubes on a lower rack. The steam will make the crust extra crunchy.

And this is what you can look forward to…

Please let me know how much you enjoyed making and eating this wonderful bread. 😊

Happy baking! πŸ’•

May – Photo A Day Challenge

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’•

Today I wanna show you what’s ‘everywhere‘ – today’s prompt in the photo challenge, hosted by CitySonnet

Books! 😍 Books are everywhere! Whether it’s lovely used-book stores, the book section at a thrift store, or – as pictured here- the bookshelves at our local Antique Mall.

I wish you a wonderful rest of your day! πŸ’•

May – Photo A Day Challenge 🌸 Day 4

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’•

I almost didn’t make it today πŸ™ƒ Reason why? Well, today’s prompt in the photo challenge, hosted by CitySonnet , is ‘Shadow’, and, thanks to thick rain clouds, there is nothing like that to be found outside.

But then I looked around inside, and saw that this feather-thingy was throwing an interesting shadow against the wall.

I show you the feather-thing first, since the shadow is a bit scary πŸ˜…

Looks quite harmless, doesn’t it? But – wait for it…

Eeek! Told ya 😳

It’s even better in black-and-white…

Now I hope that this doesn’t give us all nightmares 😬

Ta-ta for now πŸ’•

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