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Harry Potter And The Sorcerer’s Stone


Who knew that a baby boy dropped off on a step of his aunt and uncle’s house would become a famous wizard someday.

When I first read this book, I did not think I was going to like it, but was hooked by the end of the first few chapters.

I was always anticipating what was going to come up next. There were always surprises around the corner everywhere you turned. This was a hard book to want to put down.



Taming The Highlander by Terri Brisbin


Lady Jocelyn MacCallum had always believed she would marry for love. But the price of her brother’s freedom was to become fearsome Connor MacLerie’s new bride — a bargain that could cost Jocelyn her life.

From the moment she looked into Connor’s sternly handsome face, Jocelyn began to hope that the rumors surrounding his first wife’s death were false. His reputation was as wild and untamed as the Scottish moors. Would she find a way to reach the man beneath that forbidding exterior?

Bead On Trouble by Barbara Burnett Smith


Meet Kitzi Camden, former stateswoman. When she retired, Kitzi dreamed of doing what she loves best–beading. She certainly didn’t plan to try her hand at amateur sleuthing. But lately, trouble seems to find her wherever she goes–even deep into the woods.

When a young beader is killed at a beading retreat, Kitzi is faced with almost as many suspects as there are beads in her bag.

Chaos And Chocolate Mousse by M.E. Harmon


Tricks and lies but which bridesmaid has a good alibi?

Ali Daniels, NYC baker-extraordinaire, gets stuck in the middle of the ultimate chair-throwing, name-slinging, bridal shower meltdown.

Again and again, mysterious things happen, until it becomes clear there’s a devious mind determined to descend the event into complete and utter chaos.

Soon the baker-turned-sleuth is sucked into a sticky bridesmaid beehive of deceit, secrets and lies.

There’s a tangled mess of suspects, and it’s up to Ali to expose the menacing, mischief-maker before the wedding plans completely crumble.

This cozy mystery features an amateur, female sleuth.

Chaos and Chocolate Mousse is the second book of a three part series where clues for the final murder mystery appear throughout all three books. Can you spot all of the clues? The first book is Secrets and Sweet Rolls.

2018 Reading Challenges


I am going to do the pop sugar challenge and to read some cozy mysteries this year.

Pop Sugar Challenge

A book with an animal in the title- Dog’s Don’t Lie by Clea Simon- finished

borrowed book or gift- The Children Of Willesden Lane by Mona Golabek and Lee Cohen- finished

A book set in a country that fascinates you- Taming The Highlander- Currently reading


Cozy Mysteries Challenge

Chaos And Chocolate Mousse by M.E. Harmon- finished

Bead On Trouble by Barbara Burnett Smith- finished





Summer Reading Challenges


I am trying to do some Summer Reading Challenges.

Here are what I am working on now.

Read a book with a yellow cover- Broken Homes by Ben Aaronovitch- finished

Read a book under 200 pages- A Spanish Marriage by Diana Hamilton- finished

Read a book under 150 pages- Killer Cupcakes by Leighann Dobbs- Kindle book- finished.

A Murder Mystery- No Clue At The Inn by Kate Kingsbury- Finished

A Book with a blue cover- Start Me Up by Nicole Michaels- Finished

Read a book without reading the back cover- Curiosity Killed The Cat Sitter by Blaize Clement- Finished

A book with an Ocean on the front cover- Wild About Harry by Linda Lael Miller- finished

A book I’ve Been Meaning To Finish- Sweet Delicious Madness And Many Mysterious Deaths of Silvio Berlusconi by Julie Sarff

A Book Set In Europe- Beauty And The Spy by Julie Anne Long- finished

A Book From The Library- Forgiving by LaVyrle Spencer-  Finished

A book of short stories- cozy mystery 15 book series by various authors.

A book adapted into a movie- Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince

A Romantic Comedy- Game, Set, Match by Nana Malone

A Book set in my home state- An Engagement in Seattle by Debbie Macomber- finished

A Thriller- Layers Of Lies Diane M. Dickson

Book about best friends- Four Friends by Robyn Carr- finished

A book that is published on 2016- Behind Closed Doors by B.A Paris

A book over 600 pages- Dragonfly In Amber by Diana Gabaldon

A YA fiction- Mountain Dog by Margarita Engle- Finished

A New York Times Bestseller Everyone Brave Is Forgiven by Chris Cleave

A YA Bestseller- Hatchet by Gary Paulsen

A YA book I read as a kid- Farmer Boy by Laura Ingells Wilder

Page Total Update 3/1/2012


So far this year I have read 41 books and 14,687 pages over the past 60 days. I have have read an average of 358 pages out of each book. On average I have read 244 pages a day. When added to the last 2 years I have read 402 books and 133,018 pages ove the past 790 days. So on average I have read 330 pages out of each book. I have read an average of 168 pages over the past 790 days. So I need to read 866,982 pages to reach my 1,000,000 pages

Books I read in Feburary

Breaking Dawn Stephenie Meyer Paranormal 9/10 754 pages Library  
The Fire Rose Mercedes Lackey Science Fiction 8/10 433 pages Library  
Desire Amanda Quick Fiction 8/10 400 pages Library Audio
How To Let God Help You Through Hard Times Louis Weber Self-Help 10/10 191 pages Library  
California Girl Patricia Rice Fiction 8/10 350 pages Own  
No Proper Lady Isabella Cooper Historical Romance 8/10 329 pages Library  
Heart Of The Matter Emily Giffin Fiction 8/10 400 pages Library Audio
Where Angels Go Debbie Macomber Fiction 10/10 304 pages Library Audio
I Only Have Fangs For You Kathy Love Paranormal Romance 8/10 296 pages Library  
Baby, Come Home Stephanie Bond Harlequin Romance 10/10 330 pages Library  
The Solitary Envoy T. Davis and Isabella Bunn Historical Fiction 8/10 447 pages Library  
Keeping Faith Day LeClaire Romance 10 246 Library  
Just Like Heaven Julia Quinn Historical Romance 9 374 Library  
Baby, Don’t Go Stephanie Bond Harlequin Romance 10/10 379 Library  
A Christmas Blessing Sherryl Woods Silhouette Special Edition Romance


247 pages Library  
While My Sister Sleeps Barbara Delinsky Fiction 9/10 425 pages Library  
The Lone Star Lonely Hearts Club Susan McBride Mystery 8/10 332 pages Library  
The Overton Window Glenn Beck Thriller 8/10   Own Audio
The Trouble With Harry  

Katie MacAlister

Historical Romance 9/10 338 pages Library  

A Gift From The Sea


“The problem is … how to remain whole in the midst of the distractions of life; how to remain balanced, no matter what centrifugal forces tend to pull one off center; how to remain strong, no matter what shocks come.”
Doesn’t that just about sum it up? Anne Morrow Lindbergh’s meditations on motherhood, simplicity, and her place in the world ring as true today as they did more than fifty years ago. A contemplative tour de force.

A GIFT FROM THE SEA, by Anne Morrow Lindbergh (1955; Pantheon, 1991)

Mixed Berry Cobbler


Mixed Berry Cobbler


2 tablespoons whole-grain pastry flour
1 tablespoon dark brown sugar
1 tablespoon cold unsalted butter
1 package (12 ounces) frozen mixed berries
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice


Preheat the over to 375°F. Place six 4-ounce ramekins or custard cups in a baking pan.

Whisk the flour and brown sugar in a small bowl. Cut the butter into small pieces, add to the bowl, and rub with your fingers until the mixture is crumbly.

In a medium bowl, combine the berries, granulated sugar, cornstarch, and lemon juice. Toss to mix. Spoon a half cup of the berry mixture into each ramekin. Sprinkle each with a half tablespoon of the crumbly dough.

Bake until the topping is golden and the berries are bubbly, about 30 minutes.

Makes 6 cobblers

Per cobbler: 83 calories, 16 g carbohydrates, 1 g protein, 2 g total fat, 5 mg cholesterol, 3 g dietary fiber, 1 mg sodium