October Rereads ~

Good morning! Happy Day to all of you. It’s cold, that’s right, cold here. It snowed, just a dusting, sometime early yesterday morning, whilst I was still sleeping! Shocking! But of course, it’s snug in our house ~ cold outside, snug inside makes for great reading time. 🙂 As many of you know, I’ve been rereading books this year. Last month, didn’t go to well, but this month is so much better! YAY! October was a great month for reading. Without further ado, here are my rereads for October ~

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“What?” the girl was clearly dumbfounded. “Well — of all the poor fish! If I’d committed the murder, I wouldn’t go straight off and give myself up.”  ~Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie

“The first person we saw when we arrived at End House that evening was Nick. She was dancing about the hall wrapped in a marvelous kimono covered in dragons.” ~Peril at End House, by Agatha Christie

“Pongo performed his job neatly and efficiently. Cautiously opening the bedroom door, he disappeared into the darkness inside bearing the two largest clocks.” ~The Seven Dials Mystery, by Agatha Christie

 

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“Then Aragorn stooped and looked in her face, and it was indeed white as a lily, cold as frost, and hard as graven stone. But he bent and kissed her on the brow, and called her softly, saying: Eowyn Eomund’s daughter, awake! For your enemy has passed away!” ~The Return of the King, by J.R.R. Tolkien

Enjoy!

 

 

Classic Movie Friday!

Rear Window

Rear Window (1954)

James Stewart

Grace Kelly

Thelma Ritter

Wendell Corey

This is a Hitchcock film!

L. B. Jefferies (James Stewart) is a photography, in a wheelchair, with a cast on his leg. He has a comical nurse (Thelma Ritter) who comes into his home and cares for him everyday. Needless to say, Mr. Jefferies has a LOT of time on his hands, so he watches his neighbors through binoculars. During the course of his observations, he is convinced one of his neighbors has murdered his spouse. Not good.

Lisa Fremont (Grace Kelly) is Jefferies girlfriend. She soon becomes convinced, said neighbor, is guilty. So the two work together to prove the neighbor is guilty of the nefarious crime.

Grace Kelly is lovely and her wardrobe is beautiful.

Grace Kelly in "Rear Window," 1954, wearing green suit shown in above sketch. Costumes by Edith Head.

 

I was a little surprised Hitchcock put her and James Stewart together, but hey, it worked!

This isn’t my favorite Hitchcock film, but I did like it and it had me guessing.

Have you seen Rear Window? I’d like to hear from you. Enjoy!

WWW Wednesday October 25th

Here we are again. Another Wednesday and another WWW Wednesday. This meme is hosted by Sam at Taking On A World of Words.

The Three W’s Are ~

1.) What have you finished reading?

2.) What are you currently reading?

3.) What will you read next?

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What have you finished reading?

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The Seven Dials Mystery by Agatha Christie.

This was the second time I’ve read this book. There were surprises even the second time around. Bundle is one of my favorite amateur sleuths! She’s great. She’s got “pluck.” And! I love her dad, Lord Caterham. I want to live next door to Bundle and Lord Caterham!  🙂

When a guest is discovered dead, in his bed, at Chimneys, Bundle soon finds herself embroiled in a mystery that’s fun, creepy and full of likable characters. It kept me reading! 5***** stars!

2.) What are you currently reading?

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The Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkien

I’ve read this book a couple of times and I was wanting to read it again.  🙂

3.) What will you read next?

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The Mapping of Love and Death by Jacqueline Winspear

A Maisie Dobbs Novel

Enjoy!  🙂

The doctor said . . .

Hi everybody. I visited the doctor today for a four week, out of the cast check up. My doctor is sports medicine/orthopedic ~ I like to say “sports medicine,” it feels and sounds so important and official ~ *ahem* Anyway, they took an x-ray. The doctor said, the bone looks so good, in one year, if I was to have an x-ray ~which is not necessary~ no one would know I ever broke my wrist!  🙂

YAY!

Much love ~

Kathy

 

“Window on the Square,” by Phyllis A. Whitney

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Megan Kincaid receives a letter from Brandon Reid, asking her to come to his home. Upon her arrival she learns, he is asking her to care of his troubled, young stepson who, two years earlier, shot his father. Jeremy was seven years old when he allegedly killed his dad. After some thought, she agrees to take the position and enters the household as a seamstress, sewing clothes for Jeremy’s sister. 

Once she is settled inside the home, she feels there is evil lurking. She doesn’t know who she can trust or if she can trust anyone. The beautiful, Leslie Reid, Jeremy’s mother remains in her rooms most of the story and seems depressed and uninterested in the activity in her home. When Megan falls in love with Brandon Reid, there attraction is definitely noticed by the other members of the Reid household. One of those members is the female antagonist, the governess, Miss Garth ~ and she is certainly an antagonist I won’t soon forget. And then there is the tutor. I have mixed feelings about him. I didn’t believe he was a sincere character and he seemed odd. Mmmm.

Megan was completely dedicated to Jeremy. Although she seemed to doubt herself, she had a talent for helping troubled or challenged children. The remainder of the characters in this Gothic suspense were questionable. Throughout the story I didn’t know who was trustworthy and who was untrustworthy.

This was good. It really kept me thinking and guessing. 5***** stars! 

Classic Movie Friday!

(L to R) Gary Cooper, Adolphe Menjou, Mary Philips, Helen Hayes

Farewell To Arms (1932)

Gary Cooper

Helen Hayes

Adolphe Menjou

Mary Philips

I liked this film! I thought it was good! Lieutenant Henry (Gary Cooper) is an ambulance driver in Italy during World War I. Nurse Catherine ( Helen Hayes) is a nurse. The two meet and fall in love. The two are eventually separated during the war. However, when the mail is rerouted, Lt. Henry is concerned something has happened to the woman he loves and will not be stopped from being with her.

The book was written by Ernest Hemingway. Did you read the book? I’d like to hear from you.

Enjoy!

WWW Wednesday ~October 18th

It’s that time again. That’s right it’s the weekly meme WWW Wednesday. It’s hosted by Sam at Taking On A World of Words.

The Three W’s are ~                                                                 

1.) What have you finished reading?                                  

2.) What are you currently reading?

3.) What will you read next?                                 

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What have you finished reading?

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The Cottingley Secret by Hazel Gaynor

I thought this story was enchanting, but I thought Olivia’s story, the bookshop and her memories of her grandfather were wonderful. I enjoyed Olivia’s story better than the fairy story. I gave it 4**** stars on goodreads.

What are you currently reading?

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The Window on the Square by Phyllis A. Whitney

Elementary, She Read by Vicki Delany

Oh my word! I was reading Window on the Square when I walked into a bookstore. That’s right, I did. And! You know what happened. I bought a book! I found a chair, in the bookstore, made myself comfy and started reading the new book. And I did read and I did read more, so I bought the book and now I’m reading two books. *sigh* They are both good!!!

What will you read next?

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The Seven Dials Mystery by Agatha Christie

 

Happy Reading! I’d love to hear from you. Thanks.  🙂

 

 

 

 

           

                                       

Tuesday Teaser! #TuesdayBookBlog

Hello everyone! I’ve decided to make a change on my blog, so this will be the last Tuesday Teaser. I’ve decided to start blogging about WWW Wednesday. I don’t think I can blog the Tuesday Teaser and the WWW Wednesday back to back. It might be a little much, so onward to Wednesday, and here is my last Tuesday Teaser.

Tuesday Teaser is a weekly meme.

Anyone can play along! Just do the following ~

  • Grab your current read.
  • Open to a random page.
  • Share two or three *teaser* sentences from somewhere on that page.
  • Be careful not to include spoilers ~ make sure what you share doesn’t give to much away. You don’t want to ruin the book for others.

Share the title and the author too: so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR list if they like your teasers.

Without further ado ~

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The Cottingley Secret by Hazel Gaynor is the first book I have read written by this author. I thought it was an enchanting read, but I enjoyed the story of Olivia, the bookstore and her memories of her grandfather much better than the story of the fairies.

“He wasn’t there, and yet he was everywhere: in every cracked spine, on every dusty shelf, in the warped glass at the windows and the mustard-yellow walls. Something Old wasn’t just a bookshop. It was him – Pappy – in bricks and mortar, leather and paper. He’d loved this place so much, and Olivia knew she must now love it for him.”

Happy Reading!

 

Mary Angela ~

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Hi everyone. I hope you are in your favorite comfy spot reading a good book.  🙂

Thursday evening I went to our local library and heard Mary Angela speak. She wrote “An Act of Murder,” and “Passport to Murder.” Using PowerPoint to assist her, she told us about the cozy mystery genre and how her books fit into the cozy mystery genre. She did read quotes from her books and she told us she is working on her third cozy mystery. She’s a pleasant person and she answered questions at the end of her talk. I didn’t take any photos. I thought her presentation was fun and she kept my attention.

I did read both of her books and I enjoyed them. She writes the Professor Prather Mysteries. Emmeline Prather is an English professor at a college in Copper Bluff, South Dakota and our amateur sleuth in the mysteries. If you enjoy mysteries, specifically cozy mysteries, you might enjoy these. I gave both books 5***** stars on goodreads!

http://www.maryangelabooks.com

Happy Reading!

Classic Movie Friday!

The African Queen (1951)

Humphrey Bogart

Katharine Hepburn

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Oh my word! What a miserable adventure! Rose Sayer (Katharine Hepburn) and her brother (Robert Morley) are missionaries in Africa. After the Germans attack and burn the village, Charlie Allnutt (Humphrey Bogart) takes Rose away on his boat, The African Queen. While on the water, Rose convinces Charlie to try and attack an enemy boat which has been a threat to England.

Courage ~ Perseverance ~ Working Together to Accomplish A Goal!

I didn’t think I was going to like this movie, but I did, and it’s a romance. I didn’t see that coming. The conditions were horrible ~ the sweltering heat, the insects, dangerous wildlife, the rapids ~ I shudder when I think about it. But, it was a good film! Well done!

Enjoy!