Thursday, October 5, 2023

Really Random Thursday, 10/5/23

October in Fresno. It cools down and tricks you into thinking that fall is here. And then it heats up to mid 90s. *sigh*

Books I read in September: 

I listened to the audible version of Tom Lake, narrated by Meryl Streep. I found it so calming, and a nice change from the William Kent Krueger mystery series. Horse was actually more interesting than I initially thought, and I recommend it. 

I really enjoyed The Do Over, about a woman who think she has graduated from college only to find out ten years later that unbeknownst to her, she was a few credits short and needs to return to college. 

The book I really did not like was The Guest. I usually give a book 50 to 75 pages before I throw in the towel, as some books have a slow start and turn out to have a great ending. If I have made it to the halfway point, I will power through to the end even if I don't really like the book. However...I did not like the main character or anything about the plot. I did not care in the least what happened to her. So even though I had past the midway point, I decided there are too many books on my to-be-read list, and just moved on to another book.
These two were the last books I read in September. Garden Spells was very good--a little bit of fantasy thrown in. I highly recommend The School of Essential Ingredients, the audible version. Beautifully written. It even made me wish I wanted to do more cooking. In reality, I don't. But sometimes it might be nice to want to cook. I'm fortunate to have Mark around to take care of the cooking.

Chalk drawing at the local Starbucks. It is really beautiful.


I feel like I need to order two of these...
Pretty fall flowers.

And that's it for the first week of October.


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Yvonne from Quilting Jetgirl said... #

The Do Over sounds like one of my reoccurring nightmares. Yikes. And the bit between the clock inventor and a friend made me chuckle. I will be sharing that with my husband!

Ally Bergnaum said... #

Tom Lake

Your insights on the books you read in September are truly invaluable. Your candid approach to sharing your thoughts is always a breath of fresh air. "The Do Over" sounds like a rollercoaster of a read, and I appreciate your recommendation of "Tom Lake" – the narration by Meryl Streep must have added a unique charm to the story.

Looking forward to more of your delightful book recommendations!

Warm regards,

Anne / Springleaf Studios said... #

Fall is here and I'm missing the longer days more than anything. I'm really missing our sunny spot to sit outside and have happy hour at the end of the day. It's all in the shade now a bit chilly. I wouldn't mind winter nearly so much if it stayed light longer. Horse is waiting for me to pick up at the library. Must get there by tomorrow but need to finish my current book first.

Deb Cox said... #

Hi Cindy, what a lovely post (once again), thanks for the book reviews (always interesting) and the lovely little diddies at the end.
Happy Thanksgiving from the folks in Canada this weekend.
I have friends in from the west for a week of visiting and family and friends gathering tomorrow for my 70th birthday. So excited and so blessed.
Take care dear lady and keep up the wonderful work with your blog and life and sewing!
Cheers. (-:

FlourishingPalms said... #

Sure appreciate your book mentions. Thank you! I too thought "Horse" was exceptional, especially when I Googled it afterward and learned that much of it is true. Same goes for the book "The House is on Fire." Fascinating! Had to look through my books-read list to check that I didn't read "The Guest," and I did not... and now won't. But if you want an excellent "guest" recommendation, read "The Overnight Guest" by Heather Gudenkauf. If you haven't found her books yet, I highly recommend them. She's an Iowa author writing about fictional events in Iowa. Love that! Thanks for writing this interesting post!