Spell the Month In Books ~ September

Hello Peoples! I am happy to say, I did read three of the books on my August Spell the Month In Books list! Woot! Woot! I read The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, Murder By Decree adapted by Robert Weverka and A Hanging At Dawn by Charles Todd!!! Go check out Spell the Month In Books at Carla’s blog, however, Jana at Reviews From the Stack created Spell the Month In Books. Just click on the link below ~

Now I am encouraged! Let’s see what I can read in September!!!


S ~ Sea Wife by Amity Gaige

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E ~ Every Secret Thing by Ann Tatlock

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P ~ Point of Danger by Irene Hannon

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T ~ Three Words for Goodbye by Hazel Gaynor & Heather Webb


E ~ Foreign Eclairs by Julie Hyzy

I’m using the E in Eclairs!😁


M ~ Murder She Wrote Killing In A Koi Pond by Jessica Fletcher & Terrie Farley Moran


B ~ the Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath


E ~ A Three Pipe Problem by Julian Symons

I’m going with the E’s in Three!🙃

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R ~ Racing the Devil by Charles Todd

Have a GREAT Monday Peoples!

Much Love ~



Stormy Night ~

Hello Peoples! WOW! Last night we had the night of the thunderstorm! The lightening flashed and flashed and flashed across the darkened sky. The thunder boomed again and again. MY WORD! It seemed to go on forever. That was a BIG storm! There were tornado warnings in the area. I muted my phone because it kept screaming at me about severe weather conditions in our area!🙄 What a night! Now I’m enjoying a nice hot cuppa.

Your Favorites At The Cottage in August ~

August 27, 2021 ~ Ramblings

August 20, 2021 ~ I Think School Has Started

August 17, 2021 ~ Top Ten Tuesday Favorite Places To Read

I didth read 8 books in August!!! Where did I find the time to read 8 books??? The longest book I read was Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy. The shortest book I read was A Hanging At Dawn by Charles Todd. I haven’t reviewed most of them. I’m behind on my reviews. I also didth read ~

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

A Pattern of Lies by Charles Todd

Ask Me No Questions by Shelley Noble

Tell Me No Lies by Shelley Noble

A Little Class on Murder by Carolyn G. Hart

Murder By Decree Adapted by Robert Weverka

Deadly Valentine by Carolyn G. Hart

The Christie Caper by Carolyn G. Hart

Have a great day Peoples! SMILE!

Much love ~


Ramblings ~

Hello Peoples! It’s been raining during the night or in the early hours of the morning recently. I am thankful. We need the rain. Yes we do! I hear booming thunder.

So, we were thinking of replacing the windows in the mudroom. Mmmm. We had this guy come out to our humble abode and measure the windows and give us suggestions. Well, after he arrived, he walked into our mudroom, stopped and stared. I knew something was amiss. Well! The windows in our mudroom are one big piece. It would require major construction. We would need to take out most of the wall!!! He said, he wouldn’t do it. It’s part of the character of this vintage home we live in. Never a dull moment in a historic home. On to plan B.

About two weeks ago, I started a gratitude journal. I keep a journal, but not one quite so specific. I like it. The one I purchased has questions, activities and space to write for everyday of the week. It has sketches, which I have been coloring, I’m a kid at heart.😁 It helps me a lot.

We haven’t had as many birds in our backyard this summer. I am happy to announce, the hummingbirds did come to visit! YAY!

Have a great Friday! SMILE!

Much love ~


The Classics Club ~ Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy


This book surprised me a little. It wasn’t just about Anna, her unfaithfulness to her husband with Vronsky and the consequences of their choice. There were many other characters in this story! I don’t condone unfaithfulness in marriage. However, I did like Anna. Her unfaithfulness wasn’t cause, in my opinion, to shun her or not receive her. I thought she was a pleasant person and hospitable. I loved the characters who accepted Anna and loved her after she became involved with Vronsky. I did think Anna suffered more from the affair than Vronsky did. She also seemed to be blamed for the affair. She loved her son dearly. Obviously, her marriage was not good.

Levin and Kitty were another couple in the book and I enjoyed reading their story. I thought there was more, in the book, about Levin and Kitty than Anna and Vronsky. Levin is a shy farmer and completely smitten with Kitty. And, then there is Dolly, her husband and their brood. These characters are related. Dolly and Kitty are sisters. Dolly is married to Anna’s brother. Yes, I would describe it as a people story with characters who seemed real and one might meet in everyday life.

There is so much in this lengthy book. Politics, Russian views and philosophy and the descriptions of the farm, the storms, peasants and everyday life in Russia was interesting. So, I would say, that Anna Karenina is about marriage, faithfulness and unfaithfulness in marriage, choices, the consequences of the choices one makes and family. This book wasn’t exciting or sensational but it was interesting and at times thought provoking. I did like it.

Happy Reading!


The Inside And Out Book Tag

Hello Peoples! Rick is at the dentist. When he returns home we are going to the grocery store. While he is away, I found this fun tag and I thought I would participate. You can find said tag at the link below ~


Here we go ~

~ Inside flap/back of book summaries: Too much info? or not enough?

I’ve read both. Sometimes I have read spoilers in book summaries. I don’t care for that at all. Sometimes summaries are vague.

~ New Book: What form do you want it in? Be honest. Audiobook, eBook, Paperback or Hardcover?

I prefer hardcover and paperback.

~ Scribble while you read? Do you like to write in your books; take notes, make comments, or do you keep your books clean clean clean???

Yes, I do write in some books. I sketch, underline and make notes.

Does it matter to you whether the author is male or female when you’re deciding on a book? What if you’re unsure of the author’s gender?

No, it doesn’t matter if the author is male or female. I think I have always known the author’s gender.

~ Ever read ahead? Or have you read the last page way before you get there?

Oh my YES! If the book is suspenseful, I will read ahead or I’ll read the last chapter.

~ Organized bookshelves or outrageous bookshelves?

Right now, very organized. I just finished organizing them a few days ago.

~ Have you ever bought a book based on the cover alone?

I don’t think so.

~ Take it outside to read or stay in?

I don’t read outside very much at all.

There you have it. Have a great day. Happy Reading!

Much love ~


The Currently Reading Book Tag

Hello Peoples! I hope you are having a lovely weekend. I think our neighbor was locked out of her house last night, maybe she forgot her key??? She was knocking on her door in a rhythmic manner. It was 1:00 am. Our window was open because it was a beautiful night. We like the fresh air. When I woke up and heard the knocking, I thought a woodpecker was knocking on the house. Nope, it wasn’t. Rick checked out the situation and discovered our neighbor was trying to get into her home. Someone let her in and the night was quiet once again.

Yesterday Whispering Stories posted a tag and I thought I would participate. You can find her at the link below ~


Here we go ~


Normally, I read one at a time, however, there have been a few instances where I have read two.


Well, I have my at home reads and my bakery reads. So, when I do read more than one book, if I am meandering to the bakery I take my bakery read, if I’m at home, I read my at home read!


No, I don’t think so.




2 hours if I go to the bakery.


No, I read them with the dust jacket on.


I sit up. ☺


Yes I do.



That’s all Peoples! Have a great day! SMILE!

Much love ~


A Little Class On Murder by Carolyn G. Hart


A Death On Demand Mystery

Max and Annie Darling are back in a puzzling mystery. Annie is asked to teach a college class on murder mysteries. You guessed it, she decides to teach the class and chose to teach on the three Grande Dames of Mystery ~ Agatha Christie, Mary Roberts Rhinehart and Dorothy Sayers.

After a distressing article in the school newspaper, someone is discovered dead, the police rule suicide. Not long after the suicide, two people are horribly killed and the college is shocked to it’s core! There are plenty of suspects! And! Max and Annie are assisted by three quirky, but lovely ladies ~ Laurel (Max’s mother), Henny and Miss Dora! Oh my word! I want these characters to live in my neighborhood! They are amusing! And! They do help. I did solve the mystery. I was surprised I solved it. It’s not an easy mystery. Of course, Rick and I were working together to solve said mystery. There is profanity in the story. 4 **** quirky stars!

I Think School Has Started ~

Hello Peoples! The wind is howling, the sky is darkening, the temperature has dropped ~ rain is on the way. And! I think school has started. Yesterday, the girls next door were gone during the day.

Rick and I went out for breakfast yesterday morning. We went to the diner. They have GREAT French toast. The diner was closed for awhile because they had a fire, but they are repaired and open for business. YAY! French toast here I come!

Have a great Friday!

Much love ~


Murder By Decree adapted by Robert Weverka


Most of the time while reading this book, it seemed familiar. It’s the novelization of the 1979 Jack the Ripper movie. I’ve never seen the movie but I seemed to recognize parts of the book. I must have seen something similar. Interesting.

Jack the Ripper has killed ~ gruesome deaths. Scotland Yard has not asked for Sherlock Holmes assistance and Dr. Watson and Holmes are wondering why. I wondered why myself. A group of concerned citizens, living and working in Whitechapel travel to Baker Street to ask Sherlock Holmes for help. And! Sherlock and Dr. Watson soon find themselves, once again, actively involved in a murder investigation.

I did like the story. It was well written, even the gruesome crime scenes. It moved along at a good pace. It was intriguing and I was completely puzzled. Now I should find the movie and watch it. If you enjoy mysteries and specifically Sherlock Holmes, you probably won’t want to miss this one. I wouldn’t recommend it for avid cozy mystery readers. It’s macabre, gruesome, grisly and some may think morbid. 5 ***** stars!

Murder By Decree (1979)

Christopher Plummer James Mason

Still Reading ~

Hello Peoples! I went to the bakery this morning and read Anna Karenina for two hours. It’s certainly an interesting story and not a quick read. I am halfway through this very big book! I enjoyed a hot dark chocolate at the bakery. I was glad I ordered the hot chocolate because they had the air conditioning set on a very cold temperature! Brrr.

It’s a beautiful day. There is a nice cool breeze ~ a perfect breeze. I hear it’s suppose to be 90 degrees, well, it isn’t 90 yet. We did see geese flying south this morning. I hope that doesn’t mean an early winter. 🙁

I have been organizing the books in the little bedroom and I want to get back to work. I’m not quite finished yet. My goal ~ I don’t want any books on the floor! 📚😉

Much love ~