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Here's a great place for fellow bookworms to chat about what they're reading or have read.  Whether it be fiction or non-fiction let's hear some suggestions and reviews from stitchers who like to read.

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If you could...

Started by quiltingmama. Last reply by Kitty Pearl Nov 4, 2015. 10 Replies

If you could write a book (or if you have) what would it be (genre) and why??I'm curious because I've always thought it would be fun to write a book.  :-)Continue

Favorite Reading Books from your Children

Started by Kathy Koehler Holm. Last reply by NC from PA May 31, 2015. 7 Replies

Tell me what books your children enjoyed hearing you read/or they read?..so I can pass on the same joy to children, reading your books to them in the school library, come Fall.

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Favorite books to Read!!

Started by Kathy Koehler Holm. Last reply by Kathy Koehler Holm May 17, 2015. 54 Replies

Miss Read..author...Friends of Thrush, Christmas Village, Farther Afield, Over the Gate, Village .affairs,No Holly for Miss Guinn..etc.Simon Brett..author..Mrs.Pargetter, mysteriesAnn…Continue

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Comment by handstitcher/IL on January 16, 2017 at 6:54pm
Amanda, fortunately, things did turn out well in the end for my grandmother and she was always in contact with her siblings, even though they lived in different towns. There's a small black, gray and white crazy quilt on my page with photos of my grandmother and siblings as children and again as happier adults.

I read the last JA Jance book about Joana Brady last week. She'd added a novella before it that I've missed. I'm finding more authors are doing that, probably to save costs, but the novellas can be difficult to find and usually aren't in the libraries. Frustrating!
Comment by Janet/MO on January 16, 2017 at 3:23pm

I am reading another Dorothy Garlock book.  The 1st one was called "The Edge of Town".  This one is called "High on a Hill" and the last one in this series is called "A Place Called Rainwater".  They all involve members and friends of the same family.  There are some not so nice characters in these books, but the underlying stories are nice and her writing style flows good. 

Comment by Carol Vickers/OH on January 16, 2017 at 12:36pm

It was very good, Amanda.  The 14 year old lived a tough life and fell for this adult inmate.  The attorney was torn between protecting the child's legal rights but still trying to look out for her welfare.  It becomes kind of a thriller once the inmate escapes and comes looking for the teen.  Very good!  Just finished "Just Like Other Daughters" by Colleen Faulkner.  Another sad one but really good read about a mother who has a daughter with Downs Syndrome who falls in love with a mentally challenged man.  Getting ready to start something new!

Comment by Amanda Best on January 16, 2017 at 8:00am

I found out about the orphan trains about a year and a half ago, and I couldn't believe they were real, at first. Can you imagine how scared those children must have been? Or stopping by a railway station and picking up a child like you would a bushel of potatoes? I love history and some of the ways people treated each other better back then, but I thank god that I live in modern times. I haven't read that book, yet and I have thought of it several times, but I thought it would be too sad. That is heart breaking about your grandmother, handstitcher. 

I hate when that happens, Janet! Due to a change in my online library site I recently lost my place in line for some new audio books and had to start back at the beginning. 

Your new book sounds good, too, Carol!

I finished Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah and it was an excellent story, but so sad! It about broke my heart. I read "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" for the first time, too and it was really sad as well. I am looking for a bit of a lighter read for my next book.

Comment by Carol Vickers/OH on January 7, 2017 at 4:38pm

Wow, I can see where that book would hit home.  Gives me goosebumps.  I'm reading The Most Wanted by Jacquelyn Mitchard.  I'm 100 pages in and like it so far.  This author wrote Deep End of the Ocean too.  The Most Wanted is about a 14 year old girl who becomes involved with an adult imprisoned convict and a female attorney who tries to assist her.

Comment by handstitcher/IL on January 7, 2017 at 2:05pm
My grandmother and her siblings lost their mother in 1904 and their father left them with relatives. Just like in the story, the oldest boy and the baby were taken quickly with the younger boy soon after. At three years old it took nearly two years for my grandmother to be adopted, and yes, her first name was changed as well. Even though the circumstances were much better for her situation, I saw some parallels.
Comment by Carol Vickers/OH on January 6, 2017 at 4:37pm

I really liked Orphan Train, too, handstitcher.  Makes you wonder how folks survived the awful times in history.

Comment by handstitcher/IL on January 6, 2017 at 3:54pm
I just finished reading the book, Orphan Train, by Christina Baker Kline. Very good read! I had seen it at a local bookstore and then found out DD already had it on hold at the library, so I was able to read it when she finished it. It was about an Irish immigrant child who became orphaned and was sent west to MN on an orphan train in 1929. They included historical information at the back of the book as well, which I always appreciate when reading historical fiction.

On a less happy note, I was irritated that the final book of the Blackbird Sisters mysteries by Nancy Martin is a novella and only available as an ebook. Since it's a novella, I doubt the library will get it, so my only option is to purchase it and download the Kindle app. I find that very frustrating!
Comment by Janet/MO on January 5, 2017 at 8:45pm

I thought I had put Fannie Flagg's new book on the reserve list at my library, but found out the other day that it wasn't there so she added my name.  I think there are about 8 people ahead of me.  I wish when people would get a book that has a waiting list that they would read it & then turn it in immediately instead of holding on to it the entire check out time.  Here it is 3 weeks.  If you have already finished the book in the 1st week, why hold on to it when you know there are lots of other people who want to read it? 

Comment by Amanda Best on January 5, 2017 at 7:37pm

Thank you, Janet. I haven't been reading as much as I normally do, but I did finish Welcome to the World Baby Girl! by Fannie Flagg. I have read it before, but I wanted to reread it before I read her new book.

 

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