"Gather ye rose-buds while ye may." Robert Herrick

"Gather ye rose-buds while ye may." Robert Herrick

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Friends, Romans, countrymen...y'all. Foodies, gardeners, artists and collectors - let's gather together to share and possibly learn a thing or two in the mix.

Donna Baker

Sunday, February 5, 2017

New Book


Took the grandkids to Barnes and Noble yesterday.  They love to go there not only for the books, but also the toys.  I do love to spoil them.  I bought several foreign magazines and a new book, drum roll, not this one.  I bought A MAN CALLED OVE on a fellow blogger's recommendation.  Thank you Terra.

I worry I am getting dementia.  Oftentimes, I can't remember the title nor the author of the books I am reading.  Perhaps I need to start reading during the day instead of in bed at night.  Maybe I chose the wrong books for me - forgettable.  The pile of books I couldn't finish, as opposed to the ones I did, is larger.  Last time at the bookstore, I grabbed a pile of Alice Hoffman's books. I used to like her writing and there is always a little magic.  Her latest, okay.  I'm on one of hers that was popular.  It's okay.

So, I'm reading two at once.  ATLAS OBSCURA is entertaining.  Lots of unknown places one has never been to.  Who knew?

31 comments:

  1. I understand about not finishing books. I think I need to start looking at some different authors. That book you show in the picture does look interesting, though. -Jenn

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    1. I love geography and history. A win win.

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  2. I can't seem to find time to read at all. One a month seems to be it.

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    1. That is why I read in bed. I couldn't do it for like 30 years and it became a luxury, kind of. Now I am beginning to question that. Maybe I need to read magazines at night which don't use too many brain cells. I once got a book that was well reviewed and popular and the first few pages had a list of characters and how they were all related. I should have put it down right then. I got about 1/3 of the way through it.

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  3. My NOOK lives under my pillow, even when connected to its renewing cord, so as to stay warm in our cool room. Joe Pickett has become my nightly companion, since I've exhausted the current lists of Longmire and REACHER. Novels only, as I retire to sleep, but all sorts of puzzly ones and bio ones scattered about that I delve into from chair and car and pocket.

    I've just been given the privilege of reading my new cleaner ladies' Aunt's reminiscence of their great-grandmother's life, and it's simply wonderful, in the homey telling and the work and hardships and good old family recipes. It's much like last year's find: Mary Mann Hamilton's Trials of the Earth. Absolutely riveting and I can relate to all the small places in the Delta that she lived in.

    It's your kind of Pioneerish read, as well, I'd think. Standing on an iron stove holding a baby in a flood while a bear floats by---right up your strong-woman-ancestoring alley,

    r

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    1. Thanks Rachel. I'll look those up. I feel guilty reading during the day, like I should be up and around. Same with the tv. Can't watch the news anymore. Hope your new week is a good one. Warmer today here and tomorrow will be even warmer. Yay!

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  4. I'm going to have to look that book up. Are there places here in the US listed? That's probably the only places we'll make it too, and I'd like to hope there are plenty of hidden wonders here, ha.

    Thanks for the info and yes, I have so many books that are partially read and I blame it on reading in bed too. Then they do tend to run together after a bit. I find I read better in bed when they are just books like cookbooks or gardening or something like what you have above. I can start and stop and not have to think, ha.

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    1. My sentiment exactly. I haven't gotten to the US yet. It started out in Great Britain and western Europe and then eastern Europe. Many places I had never heard about. Kind of like National Geographic, which I love.

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  5. I am off to Amazon to buy Atlas Obscura. I am in a quandary for taking the kid on vacations. I'll see if there is a Vacations Obscura. All that Google returns is water parks and theme parks.

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    1. Oh boy. Sounds like Grandma is once again going to make some memories. Isn't that Mutter's Museum somewhere around there? I was just thinking this weekend of taking all the kids and littles somewhere for a vacation (maybe just sending them.) ;)

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  6. One of the nicer things on being on a library board in a small town is suggesting acquisitions. My home library is almost entirely field guides. I found a 1933 auto tour of my state that is fun.I taught reading for a few years so used to have quite a collection

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    1. You sound like lots of fun. Around here is a lot of Route 66 stuff to see.

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  7. Donna, this year I am actually writing down the names and authors of books I have read. First time that I have ever made such a list!
    Atlas Obscura sounds interesting...I'll see if my library has it, or will purchase it.
    (p.s. I have emailed you a NY Times article...something else to read.) xo

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    1. Oh thank you Frances. I'll go have a look. Being a history and geography buff, some of the places I have heard of, but lots I haven't. I a lost bought a biography of Teddy Roosevelt yesterday, but my basket was full and decided against it. I know it would have been interesting and now regret not getting it.

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    2. Good news Donna. I've put in a reserve request for Atlas Obscura at my library. I'll let you know when I check it out and start reading. xo

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    3. I know you'll know a lot of the sites in the book, but you might get a more in depth look or insight. If you like National Geographic as I do, you'll enjoy this book and no problems with stopping and starting up later unless, you have to get it back to the library too soon.

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  8. I loved reading. I always read at least 3 books at a time when the kids were youngish. One in the car, one in the family room and one by the bed.
    Now I can barely read one. I just finished a small, big type "Yearling Book" for 8 to 12 year old readers. It was very fun and light so it kept my interest. But for me also very sad as I try to work on my concentration and understanding. Plus even with the reading glasses my eyes get so tired. Poor brain is not working.
    Bummer.
    So envious of your reading. Your new book sound interesting.

    cheers, parsnip

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    1. Gayle, I started out reading my brother's comic books, then went to the Carnegie Library. I've always been an avid reader. I'm so sorry it has become so difficult for you now. I think we'll all be in that same boat one day. One friend that recently had a stroke, was an avid reader and has gone on to audio books. She said she is enjoying them. I'm afraid that my mind would wander too much. Like doing yoga, I can last about two minutes.

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  9. I love reading and rarely watch TV because I have too much to read. lol I run the gamut from mysteries, to historical fiction, to crazy memoirs.

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    1. I think you have it figured out Michelle; what you like to read. If I find myself having to re-read pages to see what in the world is happening, it might not be the right one for me. ;)

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  10. Oh I hope I did not steer you wrong and that you enjoy Ove as I did. I already have Atlas Obscura on my to read list, so you are reminding me about it. I always read 2 books at once, (sometimes more) as you are doing.

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    1. Terra, I've been looking at that book at the store for some time. It is now in paperback. That's how long I've though about reading it. You just sealed the deal for me. Hope you and pup are enjoying your time together. Did you see out on the prairie's comment above. I know you did library work that sounded really interesting too.

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  11. Hi Donna..a beach freind recommended A Man Called Ove also..I have gotten my hands on it yet..looking forward to your review.
    I find..since reading on my tablet..which I am so used to now..because the name of the book is not on every page..and the cover isn't in my face..I forget also..but I sometimes forget books ..many after I have read them..it depends on the impact it made on me.
    Audio books are not for me either..but waht a gift for those who like or need them..often it is the voice that has bothered me.
    I am the same as you for tv and books in the day.I have to be doing things.
    Great you take the kids to B and N:) Beautiful store.

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    1. I saw the book you are reading at the bookstore. I don't know why I like books. I think it is just habit and wanting to support bookstores, the paper edges that look hand torn and some of the covers now are like velvet. I am so glad I'm not the only one who forgets what the name is of the book I am reading, etc. I kind of wish I was in a book club to discuss what's going on sometimes.

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  12. Good for you for instilling a love of books in the grands.
    I hear you on the forgetfulness. I'm putting mine down to aging...that's my story and I'm sticking to it:)

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    1. Yes, Sandra, they love to go. Bella first told me, I want a chapter book. I asked what's a chapter book? So funny. That is where I take them for their birthdays. They get to fill up a basket. I can remember walking, trying to remember the perfect sentence, word or description when I was writing. Now, I don't think it would come.

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    2. What a lovely gift. Would you adopt me and take me to B and N on my bday? Grin.
      You know, I'm sure those perfect sentences are still lurking, we just have to dig a little harder for them:)

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  13. I recently finished A Man Called Ove and thoroughly enjoyed it.

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    1. Glad to hear it Marilyn and thank you for stopping by.

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  14. Good Morning, Donna!

    I thought of you just now, when my doodling around across other people's links led me to a site which captivated me immediately, and somehow reminded me of you and all your esoteric and eclectic collections. She and her daughter have several blogs and facebook things, but this one absolutely felt like I was delving into your own archives, somehow.

    http://thefabricofsweetrepose.blogspot.com/


    Go have a look when you have a minute---I think you're probably kindred spirits. After all, anybody who can be building lamp and uses the sentence, "I just happened to have an armadillo basket,"---well, that's quite a lead-in in itself.

    Stay warm!

    r

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    1. Rachel, such a coincidence. I followed Sharon's blog for a few years, but she rarely posts anymore. I don't do any other sites on the net, so I don't ever know what she is up to. You are right though, she is a bona fide free spirit and eclectic.

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