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etcharb
Farmgirl in Training

48 Posts

Eileen
Holden MA
USA
48 Posts

Posted - Sep 14 2018 :  7:38:56 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I recently finished Lost in the Beehive. It was very good. Now I'm reading The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah.

I also recently read Women at Play which I saw recommended in the last issue of MaryJane's Farm. I loved the concept of making exercise fun by going outdoors and doing the kinds of things we did as kids. I'm ready to put it into practice!

Eileen

https://www.eileenofinlan.com/
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churunga
True Blue Farmgirl

3038 Posts

Marie
Minneapolis MN
USA
3038 Posts

Posted - Sep 15 2018 :  5:28:04 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I'm reading the Monica Ferris books. Her main character is the owner of a needlework shop in Excelsior, MN and is a bit of a sleuth. Each book has a needlework pattern in the back. I just read the first book called Crewel World. I will be reading all of them.

Marie, Sister #5142
Farmgirl of the Month May 2014

Try everything once and the fun things twice.
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annsoco314
Farmgirl at Heart

1 Posts

Ann
Topeka Kansas
USA
1 Posts

Posted - Sep 15 2018 :  7:32:28 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I am reading non-fiction- "The Nature Fix" with a subtitle "Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier and More Creative". It describes the benefits of getting out in nature. I learned that just 5 hours in a natural setting has stress relieving properties that can last up to a month.

AnnS
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etcharb
Farmgirl in Training

48 Posts

Eileen
Holden MA
USA
48 Posts

Posted - Sep 22 2018 :  4:15:08 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
My publisher, BWL, Inc. is running a holiday contest. There are some wonderful prizes including an e-reader, a package of six BWL books of your choice or a print copy of the first book in the Canadian Brides series. To enter just visit the website at http://bookswelove.net/ and scroll down until you see Holiday Contest. The short form below it is all you have to fill out. Good luck!

Eileen

https://www.eileenofinlan.com/
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AnnieinIdaho
True Blue Farmgirl

416 Posts

Annie
ID
USA
416 Posts

Posted - Sep 23 2018 :  10:36:03 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hi Sisters, After seeing the movie Queen of the Desert staring Nicole Kidman I became intrigued with the life of Gertrude Bell (1868-1926),which the movie is based on. So I have been reading, Gertrude Bell Complete Letters Volume I and II, The Desert and the Sown: Travels in Palestine and Syria by Gertrude Bell and an in-depth analysis and study of her by Georgina Howell titled Gertrude Bell: Queen of the Desert, Shaper of Nations. Rent the movie and you too will be intrigued. Who knew?
Take care, Annie

"The turnings of life seldom show a sign-post; or rather, though the sign is always there, it is usually placed some distance back, like the notices that give warning of a bad hill or a level railway-crossing." Edith Wharton, 1913 from 'The Custom of the Country'.
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forgetmenot
True Blue Farmgirl

3576 Posts

Judith
Nora Springs IA
USA
3576 Posts

Posted - Sep 30 2018 :  10:46:46 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thank you, Eileen, for the lead to BWL. I entered the contests.#9786;

Farmgirl sister #3926

"Courage is not the absence of fear, but the belief that something is more important than fear." Ambrose Red Moon
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forgetmenot
True Blue Farmgirl

3576 Posts

Judith
Nora Springs IA
USA
3576 Posts

Posted - Sep 30 2018 :  10:47:23 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by forgetmenot

Thank you, Eileen, for the lead to BWL. I entered the contest.

Farmgirl sister #3926

"Courage is not the absence of fear, but the belief that something is more important than fear." Ambrose Red Moon



Farmgirl sister #3926

"Courage is not the absence of fear, but the belief that something is more important than fear." Ambrose Red Moon
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ddmashayekhi
True Blue Farmgirl

4036 Posts

Dawn
Naperville Illinois
USA
4036 Posts

Posted - Oct 08 2018 :  3:00:21 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I just finished an excellent book called, "The Lido" by new British author, Libby Page. The book is about a unique friendship between an 87 year old lady and a 26 year old young woman. They meet while trying to save their local swimming pool that has been around since 1938. The story was really beautifully written, it made me laugh and cry. I really recommend this very touching book! Hope your libraries have it!

Dawn in IL

"I cannot endure to waste anything so precious as autumnal sunshine by staying in the house. So I have spent almost all the daylight hours in the open air." Nathaniel Hawthorne
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etcharb
Farmgirl in Training

48 Posts

Eileen
Holden MA
USA
48 Posts

Posted - Oct 09 2018 :  1:57:48 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I finished the Nightingale. It was wonderful. Now I'm reading Crazy Rich Asians (hilarious!) by Kevin Kwan and Return of the Heroine by Kaye Michelle. Kaye is a local author. I've been in contact with her recently. She may join the writing group that meets weekly at my house. I would love that! I've only just started her book, but so far it's very good.

Eileen

https://www.eileenofinlan.com/
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etcharb
Farmgirl in Training

48 Posts

Eileen
Holden MA
USA
48 Posts

Posted - Oct 09 2018 :  6:57:22 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hey, sisters - are any of you on Goodreads? If so, let me know so we can "friend" each other. I'm at https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/17762333.Eileen_O_Finlan?from_search=true

Eileen

https://www.eileenofinlan.com/
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DesignsByJennMiller
Farmgirl in Training

42 Posts

Jennifer
marlin Washington
USA
42 Posts

Posted - Oct 30 2018 :  3:06:57 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Good idea Eileen, here's a link to me: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/13756979-j-marie

I am currently reading The Man In The High Castle by Philip Dick because I am also currently watching the show on Amazon. The show is very captivating and am hoping the book is close. It has some interesting things in it that really make you think.

Jenn M.
FarmGirl Sisterhood #6804
https://www.etsy.com/shop/DesignsByJennMiller
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forgetmenot
True Blue Farmgirl

3576 Posts

Judith
Nora Springs IA
USA
3576 Posts

Posted - Nov 02 2018 :  12:21:20 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Marie, I read those books also! It's a fun read especially if you are familiar with the areas of MN that she writes about! Enjoy!

Farmgirl sister #3926

"Courage is not the absence of fear, but the belief that something is more important than fear." Ambrose Red Moon
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firecatinc
True Blue Farmgirl

1169 Posts

Lenora
Fulks Run VA
USA
1169 Posts

Posted - Dec 25 2018 :  2:29:13 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I received my mother's favorite book for Christmas this year "The Other Wiseman". She would read it every year at this time of year.

Nora
Farmgirl Sister #7131
Farmgirl of the Month, January 2017
http://firecatinc.wordpress.com
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HollerGirl56
True Blue Farmgirl

587 Posts

Barbara
Flat Top WV
USA
587 Posts

Posted - Dec 26 2018 :  08:10:27 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I just finished The Christmas Promise---it was short and simple but a great Christmas story.

Old Age Ain't No Place For Sissies!------Bette Davis
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etcharb
Farmgirl in Training

48 Posts

Eileen
Holden MA
USA
48 Posts

Posted - Dec 27 2018 :  12:43:21 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
My latest reads are: The Life We Bury by Allen Eskens (excellent book!), Carnegie's Maid by Marie Benedict (very good), Vox by Christina Dalcher (pretty good), The Return of the Heroine by Kaye Michelle (very good), and the Nightingale by Kristin Hannah (excellent!). Right now I'm reading The Reckoning by Sharon Kay Penman and Escape from Camp 14: One Man's Remarkable Odyssey from North Korea to Freedom in the West by Blaine Harden.

Jenn, I just sent you a friend request on Goodreads. How is The Man in the High Castle?

Eileen

https://www.eileenofinlan.com/
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ceridwen
True Blue Farmgirl

718 Posts

Carole
Northeast New York
USA
718 Posts

Posted - Jan 24 2019 :  08:03:18 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Presently attempting to finish The Wise Heart - A guide to Universal teachings of Buddhist Psychology by Jack Kornfield. A wonderful book, so enlightening!

Carole
Farmgirl Sister 3610 - Nov 7/2011
http://www.carolesquiltingetc.com
http://www.fibrejunction.com
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etcharb
Farmgirl in Training

48 Posts

Eileen
Holden MA
USA
48 Posts

Posted - Jan 24 2019 :  09:58:15 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I recently finished The Reckoning by Sharon Kay Penman. What I didn't realize until I finsihed was that it was the last book in a trilogy and I hadn't read the first two! That explains why I was a little confused here and there. Overall, though it could stand on it's own and was an excellent read. I will definitely read the first two. I was also excited to see that Penman has a new book coming out soon, The Land Beyond the Sea. I can't wait to read it.


Escape from Camp 14 was a real eye-opener! I had not previously known about the labor camps in North Korea and how horrible they are. According to the author, the existence of the camps are officially denied by the North Korean government but can be plainly seen on Google Earth. The book is the memoir of the only person known to have escaped from this particular camp, one of the worst. Since he was born in the camp he knew of no other life until a new prisoner started telling him about the world outside the camp. He made a bold and daring escape, traveled to China then eventually South Korea and America. Now he works for a human rights organization and splits his time between California and South Korea. His story is gripping, appalling, and hopeful all at the same time. It left me wondering how he is doing now. He was able to physically escape the camp, but was left with PTSD and a pretty nasty form of survivor guilt from being the only person to ever escape. His mother and brother had attempted it earlier, were captured and executed. He and his father had been tortured to find out if they knew anything about the planned escape and he always worried that after his own escape his father may have been tortured again and possibly executed, but he will never know. This book tells a lot about not only the labor camps, but life in general for almost all North Koreans. As one of the chapters is titled, it's "nothing to envy."

I also just finished Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield. It's part magical realism, part historical fiction, and part mystery. I loved the lyrical flow of the writing and found the story fascinating.

Right now I'm reading Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng and Sisters of Prophecy by Jude Pittman and Gail Roughton.

Eileen

https://www.eileenofinlan.com/
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blessedhomemaker
True Blue Farmgirl

101 Posts

Tina
Ohio
USA
101 Posts

Posted - Mar 02 2019 :  6:07:12 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Powerful of Pinecones by Karen Andreola
Stepping Heavenward by Elizabeth Prentiss

~Tina

My main blog~ http://frontierhome.blogspot.com

My food blog~
http://mysimplenorthernkitchen.blogspot.com

Psalm 62:5~ Find rest, O my soul, In God alone; my hope comes from him.
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Simple Living
True Blue Farmgirl

1170 Posts

Joan
Staten Island NY
USA
1170 Posts

Posted - Mar 04 2019 :  07:35:36 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
One of our farmsisters Connie, has me hooked on reading Joanne DeMaio novels. She is a very talented writer.

Put your hair up in a bun, drink some coffee and handle it.
Cards by Joan Creations on FB
Farmgirl #3842
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ddmashayekhi
True Blue Farmgirl

4036 Posts

Dawn
Naperville Illinois
USA
4036 Posts

Posted - Mar 15 2019 :  11:03:34 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I have been fortunate enough to read many wonderful books this winter. Two stand out because of their superb stories that made me smile, think, laugh and cry. Both books were the authors first ones, "The Lido" by Libby Page (England) and "The Red Address Book" by Sofia Lundberg (Sweden).

I hope you can find these books at your library. They tell the story of elderly women who's life stories are told and entwined with the young women who become a part of their life. Please take the time out to look them up! Both authors are amazing and I hope their next books will come out soon.

"Success is not final. Failure is not fatal. It is the courage to continue that counts." - Winston Churchill
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firecatinc
True Blue Farmgirl

1169 Posts

Lenora
Fulks Run VA
USA
1169 Posts

Posted - Mar 15 2019 :  1:17:41 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I went to Greenvalley Bookfair and got an Amish Quilting Trilagy which Inam enjoying on these Spring like days.

Nora
Farmgirl Sister #7131
Farmgirl of the Month, January 2017
http://firecatinc.wordpress.com
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JennyBryant7807
Farmgirl in Training

25 Posts

Jenny
Monticello IN
USA
25 Posts

Posted - Mar 15 2019 :  7:36:55 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I'm reading Animal, vegetable, miracle for one of my badges and love it! It fits my lifestyle of self sufficiency and inspiring at the same time!

Mom-wife-teacher of littles-Farmgirl
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