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text 2018-01-24 22:55
Rereading old mysteries
After the Funeral - Agatha Christie
4:50 from Paddington - Agatha Christie
They Came to Baghdad - Agatha Christie

Lately, I've read, and in one case, read for the first time, old Agatha Christie mysteries. It's so relaxing, maybe even therapeutic. They're so reliable. I can't believe I'd never read After the funeral before, when I've read almost all her mysteries at one time or another. It was a nice surprise, even though I can't say it was one of her best titles.

 

Before posting here, I spent some enervating minutes trying to type the same post into the Litsy app and my Swedish iPad wanted to turn most words into Swedish words. I kept having to fight it. It's so annoying. And even more annoying - once I'd managed it, the app told me my blurb was too long. I just shut the app down and decided to just post here instead. Thanks Booklikes. :)

 

Tonight I'm going to read The ABC Murders (I hope that's the right title, since this time I'm reading it in Swedish). Actually, I read all three above titles in Swedish since I can conveniently borrow them from my local library as e-books. Quite conveniently anyway, since now they think I've borrowed too many in a short while (less than a week) so I have to wait a while to borrow the next one. Fortunately, I have cards at two other libraries as well. :) Tonight, I'll escape into nostalgia again. :)

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review 2015-10-24 12:54
Very relaxing and fun!
A Magical Journey and Coloring Book The Time Garden (Paperback) - Common - Daria Song

This is my first adult coloring book and I’m enjoying the experience immensely.  It’s been a rough time for me recently and I really felt I needed some help to relax.  This book does help.  When I’m coloring the tiny, tiny little sections of the page, I’m completely focused and absorbed and all my worries fly out of my head.  I usually try to color a little before going to bed and have been sleeping a bit better.

 

The book is a beauty.  The cover glistens with touches of gold.  The pages are thick and supposedly markers would not bleed through though I’m using color pencils so can’t attest to that.  I’ve read that some other coloring books have such thin pages that you can see the dark lines right through from the opposite page.  That’s not the case with this book.  It doesn't lie completely flat but that doesn't interfere with the coloring.

The drawings are lovely and are quite a coloring challenge.  Since I’m only doing this for my own relaxation, I’m surprised at how seriously I’m taking each drawing.  The thought I’m putting into which color to use is almost comical.  But it’s such a lovely book, I want to do a good job!

 

I did read through the story before I started coloring and it’s a delightfully charming story about a little girl, a magical clock and a fairy.  It’s going to take me a very, very long time to color this whole book.  There are about 80 pages to color and most are quite intricate.  I was surprised when I went to the store to buy the color pencils and the shelves were bare.  More and more adults are jumping on this coloring bandwagon!

 

This book was given to me by Blogging for Books in return for an honest review.

 

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review 2015-07-10 05:16
The guy was a big as a Buick . . .
Wanting a Mate - Celia Kyle,Mina Carter

Giggle time! Celia and Mina's fifth in the "Quick and Furry" series was just what I needed to snuggle into tonight. Giggles and grins with a side of yummy.

"Free therapy in exchange for the willingness to be included in a study. 'The Inherited Intricacies and Deficiencies of the Familial Mind.'" Yep. Chloe has one whack-a-doodle family - the kind that stalks you and breaks into your house when you aren't looking. . . well, mom is an oddball, but the brothers aren't so bad - just sorta, well, stalkerish and overprotective. But hey, things could be worse, right? Your mom could break into your house in the middle of the night to inform you she has set you up with the M&M Mating Agency, cause she really does want grandkids. Er, Grandcubs? Whatever.

Oh, yeah. That actually happened. (Facepalm)

What happens next had me giggling out loud. Well, and enjoying the hottie hotness that Celia and Mina are famous for. This is one cute entry into the Quick and Furry pantheon. If you haven't read them, why not? Funny, hot shorts sure to help you relax after a long day. So. Much. Fun!

I received this book from the authors in exchange for a realistic review. SCORE!!! ;-) (Happy Dance!)

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review 2015-06-29 19:59
A fun, relaxing read
Summer on the Mountain - Rosemarie Naramore

Summer on the Mountain was the perfect book for me to pick up today. After going out in the predawn light to plant raspberries, I came in hot, tired, and sore (and covered in mosquito bites – this humidity has caused a huge influx of the nasty little buggers!) After a long hot shower, it was time to relax. And this was just the ticket.

Summer Windham loves her job working in an art gallery for her good friend and boss Gwendolyn Lawton. The only thing missing in her life is her painting. Her muse abandoned her when difficult clients put her through the wringer, trashing her self-esteem and self-confidence. Now, a year later, Gwendolyn is determined to bring back Summers Muse. And though Gwendolyn considers the Great Outdoors to be an anathema:

“When I took my vows, I promised to love and honor. I never said anything about roughing it in the wilderness.”

She sees an opportunity to get Summer painting again, and to get back into her husband’s good graces for running out on his sixty-fifth birthday (that whole “wilderness” thing), by sending Summer up to their family cabin to paint the cabin and lands that her hubby, Leonard, loves beyond measure. Summer loves landscapes – surely getting out into nature will help her find her center again?

Summer is excited at the idea of visiting the cabin, though she worries that her muse will never return. And the fact that her first day there is, to put it mildly, an unmitigated disaster, doesn’t bode well for her summer in the mountains. The local game warden, Gwendolyn’s youngest son, Jarrod, manages to cause her to fall into the freezing lake, accuses her of being a burglar, threats her with arrest, and generally leaves her standing around freezing in her sopping wet clothes while waiting around for the sheriff to come take her to jail for a litany of offenses he thinks she has committed. Well, how was she to know you aren’t supposed to fish without a license?! And if the big jerk would just call his mom and check, he would know that she wasn’t a burglar! Sheesh.

Devastating poaching, break-ins and robberies are bad enough, but being covered in poison ivy, suffering a nasty cold from having to stand around in freezing weather after a freezing dunk in the lake, and being chased by an angry mamma bear is bad enough, but the jerky warden next door is nearly as big a pain in the backside as all that combined. But when her cold passes to him, Karma is a beeotch. And my wicked grin made several appearances from that point on.

This is the first book by Rosemarie Naramore I have read. I may not get around to reading any more of her books any time soon – so many books, so little time – but I did enjoy this lighthearted romance with an undercurrent of the terrible things that humans do to animals all in the name of profit. Jarrod comes off from the first as a smug, self-absorbed jerk of the first water (He jumps to the conclusion right away that, since she isn’t a burglar, his mother must have sent her as her latest attempt at matchmaking. HA! “Honey, you’re a good looking man, and as your mother, I love you to pieces, but sweetie, you are an arrogant. . .”). Talk about sticking your foot in your mouth! But his love for the creatures and the land is vividly drawn and believable – and besides, he may be an idiot, but he is a gentle idiot – and maybe not such an idiot at all (if he can just get his head out of up there where it is dark!)

A relaxing book with suspense, mystery, some action, and a gentle, believable romance.

Summer Windham loves her job working in an art gallery for her good friend and boss Gwendolyn Lawton. The only thing missing in her life is her painting. Her muse abandoned her when difficult clients put her through the wringer, trashing her self-esteem and self-confidence. Now, a year later, Gwendolyn is determined to bring back Summers Muse. And though Gwendolyn considers the Great Outdoors to be an anathema:

“When I took my vows, I promised to love and honor. I never said anything about roughing it in the wilderness.”

She sees an opportunity to get Summer painting again, and to get back into her husband’s good graces for running out on his sixty-fifth birthday (that whole “wilderness” thing), by sending Summer up to their family cabin to paint the cabin and lands that her hubby, Leonard, loves beyond measure. Summer loves landscapes – surely getting out into nature will help her find her center again?

Summer is excited at the idea of visiting the cabin, though she worries that her muse will never return. And the fact that her first day there is, to put it mildly, an unmitigated disaster, doesn’t bode well for her summer in the mountains. The local game warden, Gwendolyn’s youngest son, Jarrod, manages to cause her to fall into the freezing lake, accuses her of being a burglar, threats her with arrest, and generally leaves her standing around freezing in her sopping wet clothes while waiting around for the sheriff to come take her to jail for a litany of offenses he thinks she has committed. Well, how was she to know you aren’t supposed to fish without a license?! And if the big jerk would just call his mom and check, he would know that she wasn’t a burglar! Sheesh.

Devastating poaching, break-ins and robberies are bad enough, but being covered in poison ivy, suffering a nasty cold from having to stand around in freezing weather after a freezing dunk in the lake, and being chased by an angry mamma bear is bad enough, but the jerky warden next door is nearly as big a pain in the backside as all that combined. But when her cold passes to him, Karma is a beeotch. And my wicked grin made several appearances from that point on.
 
This is the first book by Rosemarie Naramore I have read. I may not get around to reading any more of her books any time soon – so many books, so little time – but I did enjoy this lighthearted romance with an undercurrent of the terrible things that humans do to animals all in the name of profit. Jarrod comes off from the first as a smug, self-absorbed jerk of the first water at first (he jumps to the conclusion right away that, since she isn’t a burglar, his mother must have sent her as her latest attempt at matchmaking. HA! “Honey, you’re a good looking man, and as your mother, I love you to pieces, but sweetie, you are an arrogant. . .”). Talk about sticking your foot in your mouth! But his love for the creatures and the land is vividly drawn and believable – and besides, he may be an idiot, but he is a gentle idiot – and maybe not such an idiot at all (if he can just get his head out of up there where it is dark!)

A relaxing book with suspense, mystery, some action, and a gentle, believable romance.

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review 2014-07-31 18:03
Relaxing with God
Relaxing with God: The Neglected Spiritual Discipline - Andrew Farley

 

The Neglected Spiritual Discipline

By: Andrew Farley

ISBN:  9780801015182

Publisher: Baker Books

Publication Date:  7/1/14

Format:  Other Format 

My Rating:  4 Stars 

 

 

A special thank you to Baker Books and NetGalley for a complimentary reading copy in exchange for an honest review.

 

RELAXING WITH GOD by Andrew Farley, is a remarkable book of God’s grace, a simple yet profound empowering journey with powerful truths to live by.

 

Farley describes everything he was doing twenty-three years ago in order to grow spiritually and feel closer to God. From praying all the time, studying the Bible for hours each day and sharing his faith.

 

However, his belief system was both complicated and exhausting, and was not working. Despite his sincere commitment to God, he had nothing to show for it. No peace, or joy—He was going to heaven but there was nothing about his present life that appealed to anyone.

 

Today all this has changed and he describes exactly how to soak in the unconditional grace of God, to allow the Spirit to flood the mind with thoughts of love and acceptance.

 

How to enjoy safety and security in Jesus and how to allow God to transmit His radiant life through his own. He no longer battles guilt and fear and the path ahead is not foggy, but clear. Now he celebrates Jesus like never before.

 

What caused this transformation?

 

Things are different on the inside. Through his experience of crashing and burning and starting over. God taught him some truths that literally saved his life. God wants us to relax which he shares with readers in RELAXING WITH GOD.

 

As we wrestle with the idea of relaxing with God, our current programming—the way we’ve always believed or done things—may attempt to steal our freedom. We have to peel away those layers of restless rhetoric in order to gaze at the full splendor of God’s grace. Ditch the guilt and find the real freedom and relaxation that Jesus talked about, the kind we have always longed for.

 

I liked this part – while some Christians are running themselves ragged trying to get God to like them, others seems to believe God is already satisfied with who they are, and they are just being themselves. Some experience anxiety, while others enjoy rest.

 

Relaxing with God is designed to help readers discover this new way of rest, abandoning religious error and rethinking every motivation in life. Christianity is a human‘s nature being returned to its innocent or righteous state and the Spirit of God being restored to his rightful place within us.

 

An engaging book, also includes a seven part study experience with helpful and insightful scriptures and topics of discussion. God wants us to rest and exposes our spiritual enemy as the author of religious anxiety. Farley conveys the simplicity of God's grace with precision and clarity.

 

It's time for us to relax with God and enjoy His life to the fullest with honesty with Bible-based powerful truths and messages for a simpler life, as the author speaks to the heart, as we experience true freedom in Jesus Christ, versus just a religious obligation.

 

 

Source: www.goodreads.com/review/show/958580265
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