Friday, October 14, 2016

Books read oct 14

The lost art of reading nature's signs_ use outdoor clues to find your way_ predict the weather_ locate water_ track animals--and other forgotten  by Gooley_ Tristan
Very interesting reading although from England some of the same signs are true here in US. Things that you see in everyday life if you are hiking along woods and forest paths.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

A Story to Kill
Sounded like a good mystery story. Starts out with Cat, a professor who now wants to write books acquires her ex husbands house. She moves into it, in the town where she grew up, fixes it up to be a writers retreat. Her ex boyfriend is the handyman and others think he's hot.
She has many resources at the nearby college and the writers are able to use them. One important writer attends but after one day he's found dead. Her uncle the police chief helps to find out what happened.
Few characters and it's easy to keep them straight with one another.
Strange noises from the attic and nobody is there and her ex's journal shows up on the porch...
So many secrets, so many mysteries that all combine to make a good read. Amazing how it all comes to an end with answers. Excerpt from the next book is included at the end.
I received this book from The Kensington Books in exchange for my honest review

 Art of the Slow Cooking: The Collection Of 100 Slow Cooker Recipes  by Jeff Madison
Each recipe starts with the title, prep time, cooking time and servings.
Then the list of ingredients and instructions on how to make the dish.
There are no pictures. There are also no nutritional information.
Table of contents starts with a link to a dish, a link to the ingredients for that dish and link to the directions for that dish.
Halfway through the book the format changes for the recipes:  some nutritional information is included: fat content is not broken up into the 4 main ones, no sodium is mentioned but carbs and calories and protein are.

Trees by Illa Podendorf
Love trees and learning more about them.
This one discusses the different kinds of trees and their attributes.
Parts of the tr
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

ee and other fun facts about trees.

The City Bakers by Louise Miller
Like baking and discussing the details of baking.
Olivia sets a fire by accident and leaves the city to go to VT where her girlfriend lives. She's out of money and she helps set her up with a job and a place to stay.
For the job interview she has to bake an apple pie=she's not interested in her resume.
Loved hearing of the tips along the way of making the pie-I had to listen to this tape 2 x to make sure I got them right.
She's given a few options for a place to stay-the Sugar House or a room at the inn where she will bake.
Chapters are titled by the month of the year. Like how she becomes one of the community and how she does it.
Through love and loss the story goes on. Easy to follow the characters until the big Thanksgiving feast. Really enjoyed this story.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

An island affair by Richardson_ Monica
Liked the idea of this story. Jasmine and her siblings now own the island houses and she's there to rehab them and have them be part of the Caribbean, The Grove bread and breakfast houses for rent.
Each story alternates between Jasmine and you hear her thoughts on the construction worker-Jackson. He lives on the island and will do much of the work himself-he lives at a local hotel.
We also hear how her appearance effects him and his work.  He calls Edward her brother to warn him he doesn't care for intruding while he's working.
Explicit sex scenes and intrigue and mystery about their past lives. Especially liked the island life and how strong she stood to accomplish things, even though she used her body at times to achieve it.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

Knitting pearls, writers writing about knitting by Hood_ Ann
27 writers who write and knit and their stories. 6 patterns are included.
Stories of loss and love and how knitting helped them survive through it all.
Most memorable is the one where she cleans out her mothers apartment since she's been gone for several months.
All the knitted item bring back such memories.  Recap of the authors lives, their works and resource listings of where to get the yarn mentioned and a bit about their names.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

How to Save Money at Home: A Room-by-Room Guide to Cut Spending
Love this book for many reasons. Although we already do a large majority of the things mentioned there are some we are lacking on: tools used outside and lawn mower maintenance.
Has charts of when to buy seasonal fruit and when to buy things on sale: month by month.
Has a portion on composting and gardening and how to get rid of clutter. Very well laid out.

Fudge cupcake murder  by Fluke_ Joanne
This book is about Hannah and she's instructed others how to cook and finds a dead body in the trash.
Her whole family helps her to solve the clues, her sister and husband along with her mother.
They each have some funny things about them while her sister is pregnant. The body points to many others who could've done the nasty deed.
Love mystery of missing ingredient from the cake recipe from one who wanted to donate it to the cook book.
Recipes are included and this is an easy going book to read. Although a series they can be read by itself.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

The miracle of vision by Freese_ Arthur S
Interesting information about the parts of the eye.
Lots of information on what to look out for so you don't go blind, at any age. Procedures are discussed if you do suffer a loss.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

Country Crock-Slow Cooker Recipes (Delicious Recipes Book 11)
Each recipe starts with a line or two about the item, then the list of ingredients. Some are very foreign to me.
Instructions on how to prepare the dish are included along with servings. There are no pictures and no nutritional information.
Listing of other books available is listed at the end.

County Fair Blue Ribbon Winning Pie Cookbook: Proven Enticing Pie Recipe Winners (County Fair Blue Ribbon Winning Cookbooks Book 3)
Found this cookbook adequate. Has various ways of making pie crusts and many variations on the fillings.
Few pictures and no nutritional information. Lots of choices.

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