Finished Reading Challenge ~

Hello Peoples! This year (2019) I decided to participate in the Alphabet Soup Challenge. I have good news all around. I finished the challenge today! Well. The day I typed this I finished the challenge.

YAY! You can take a gander here ~

I liked the challenge. I read a few books that were on my TBR list for awhile. I read a few new to me authors. The only letters I had problems finding were “U” and “Z.” So, for the letter “U” I read Lulu’s Café by T.I. Lowe. I loved the book. It was a good story.

For “Z” I read a book for kids ~ Lizzie Flying Solo by Nanci Turner Steveson. 

And! Thanks to Sue Grafton I was able to find “Q” and “X.”

The most challenging story I read was, Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien. I plan to read Silmarillion again sometime in the future.

I enjoyed the challenge and plan to participate again next year.

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Much Love ~


Are you participating in any challenges? If yes, how are you doing?



Classic Movie Friday!

Carole Lombard with Jimmy Stewart in Made for Each Other (1939).

Made For Each Other (1939)

Carole Lombard   James Stewart   Charles Coburn   Lucile Watson

John Mason (James Stewart) is an attorney. He travels to Boston and meets Jane (Carole Lombard). They fall in love instantly and marry. Mmmm. Upon his return to New York with his lovely bride, he quickly discovers, his mother (Lucile Watson) does not approve of the marriage. John and Jane find a comfortable apartment to call home and mother moves in with the newlyweds. Nothing goes as wanted or expected and the couple find their marriage under stress. Then a baby arrives. This couple experiences a lot of stress in their marriage, but they have a great foundation of trust and love and that love and trust sees them through the hard times they face.

I don’t want to giveaway any spoilers, but I thought there were two unsung heroes in this film. John’s boss Joseph Doolittle (Charles Coburn) turns out to be a great guy! And! The airplane pilot!

I thought the film was a little slow in the beginning. And, I wasn’t sure where it was going, but it had a good ending.


Death in a Budapest Butterfly by Julia Buckley

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A Hungarian Tea House Mystery

Death of a Budapest Butterfly is a well-written story. Three strong Hungarian woman successfully operate Maggie’s Tea House. There are references to Hungarian fairy tales, which are very dark, and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde throughout the mystery. I thought the author did a great job weaving together the Hungarian culture, superstitions, and fairy tales with a murder mystery. Once the murderous deed was done, Detective Erik Wolf had his work cut out for him, but he did a great job. He was a good investigator, especially with questioning suspects. Hana Keller, our aspiring sleuth, assisted Erik in any way she could. Of course, I understand the detective is good looking, so, I don’t think she suffered. There’s plenty of romance in the air!  🙂  Hana has a fun but quirky family, especially Grandma who is eccentric. I liked Domo, her brother. I thought the mystery was a little different, even creepy, but I can’t say I didn’t like it. 3 *** stars!

A BIG thanks to Berkley Prime Crime!  🙂

Announcing the winner of the drawing!

Tari Hann


Happy Reading!



Giveaway! First Book In A New Series!

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Hello Peoples! Berkley Prime Crime is giving away one copy of Singapore Sapphire by A. M. Stuart. This is the first book in a new series. If you are interested in winning this mystery, just leave a comment below, informing me you would like to be entered in the drawing. Don’t be shy!  🙂  The winner will be announced on this blog, along with my review of the book, Tuesday, August 6, 2019.

This giveaway is for U.S.A. residents only. You must have a valid U.S.A. address to win.

Happy Reading!

Ramblings And What Not ~

Hello Peoples! It’s Monday and I must confess, I have a problem.  🙂   Shocking! I know! Our driveway and our front yard run nicely together side by side. The way the gutter/downspout on our house works, it’s attached to the house and runs along the driveway in the grass of the front yard. I want this to change! Yes. Yes, I do. I keep running over the gutter with the car when I back out of the driveway! I have smashed so many gutters. The gutter in that location doesn’t last long with me hanging around here. When Rick meanders out into the front yard and sees yet another smashed gutter, he gives me a look. Mmmm. What to do, what to do? I’m going to call a gutter professional! That’s right, we have those in our city, so, I’m going to get professional help! Rick is giving me a look. *haha*

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It has been a great reading month. I’ve read so many good books! Below are my July favorites, in no  particular order.  🙂


Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien


Kitty Hawk and the Icelandic Intrigue by Iain Reading 


Lulu’s Café by T. I. Lowe 


My Dearest Dietrich by Amanda Barratt

Your favorites at the cottage in July ~

July 16, The Pawful Truth by Miranda James

July 19, Classic Movie Friday, Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man (1951)

July 3, The Arch

July 26, Classic Movie Friday, Tarzan the Ape Man (1932)

Much Love ~


Classic Movie Friday!

Tarzan the Ape Man (1932)

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Maureen O’Sullivan   Johnny Weissmuller   C. Aubrey Smith

James Parker (C. Aubrey Smith) and several men are heading out on an expedition to discover the location of an elephant graveyard. Unexpectedly, Jane, James daughter arrives. She’s determined to join them on the expedition, he wants her to return home. Jane loves Africa! She’s a tough girl with plenty of pluck, so she journeys with the men. They have a few challenges on the quest, but Jane is a trooper ~I would even say, she’s intrepid~ and continues on with the guys. During the jungle experience, Tarzan sees the expedition and abducts Jane. Maureen O’Sullivan is a good actress! She’s kidnapped by a scantly clad man with a well developed body. She’s terrified and wanting to cling to him at the same time!  🙂  Of course, she’s wanting to cling to him for protection from the big cats and other jungle creatures! We all knew that! *ahem* Anyway, I liked this movie!  🙂  I did. Tarzan (Johnny Weissmuller) can really swim! Of course, I read somewhere on the internet he is an Olympic Gold Medalist in swimming, so, I guess that might be why he swims so amazingly well!!!  🙂  He won 5 gold medals and a bronze! That’s incredible! I plan to watch a few more of the Tarzan films.


Giveaway! First Book In A New Series!

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Hello Peoples. Berkley Prime Crime is giving away one copy of, Death in a Budapest Butterfly by Julia Buckley! This is the first book in a new series.  🙂  If you are interested in winning this cozy mystery, just leave a comment below, informing me you would like to be entered in the drawing. The winner will be announced, on this blog, along with my review, August 1, 2019.

This giveaway is for U.S.A. residents only. You must have a valid U. S. A. address to win.

Don’t be shy!  🙂

Happy Reading!