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Susie’s Friday Monthly Book Club.

 

Susie’s 2022 Friday Monthly Book Club

Welcome to my 2022 Monthly Book Club.  I am hoping that I will do more reading this year and have started the year off with this book.

If you have Amazon Prime you will have seen that Book 1 of The Wheel of Time has been made into a series of eight episodes and I have watched it and it is fine.  However, as always there is so much more in the book. 

I have just started the second book in the series, “The Great Hunt” and it continues on from the first one where Rand has for the time being vanquished The Dark One but is now in fear of the leader of the Aes Sedai for using the One Power and fears he will be “gentled”, ie driven simple, for doing this.  He determines that the best way out will be for him to disappear, leave his friends so he does not put them in danger and get as far away as possible, and that is as far as I have got. 

There are fourteen books in total for the Wheel of Time series the last three being completed after Robert Jordan’s death.  I love fantasy books so I am in for a great ride with this story.  I will let you know how I get on with it.

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This weekend we are at home and DH has one event on Saturday night.  I have some home jobs to do and also some quilting and of course some reading to do.  It is very cold here today with a hard frost overnight and we woke to find thick fog too and the weekend is due to be the same, definitely a stay-in-doors weekend!

I hope you lovely lot have a wonderful weekend and I shall see you all on Monday.  It has been very busy with work all week, hence no posts, I will do better next week I promise! 

Hugs & Love, Susie & Treacle xx

Treacle is already in snuggle, warm mode!!!!

Susie’s Friday Monthly Book Club.

This is Friday Monthly Book Review is weeks late but I put that down to being not well and then racing to catch up.

As you know at this time of year I love to read Christmas books and also for quite a bit of winter too.  I have actually only just started to read this but so far I like what I have read.  It is very much in the style of Agatha Christie where the family gather at the family country estate for Christmas and various members of the family have it in for each other!  Throw in a number of prominent guests invited by the Lady of the House and you have the typical murder mystery.  So far I have not reached the murder bit but if you like dear Agatha then you will love it. 

Although I have rather a lot on my “To Read” shelf I have actually added quite a few new books to my Christmas list for DH and The Boys.  Of course you can never have too many books.  It is going to be on my New Year “Aims” again to do more reading.  I suppose that is the best thing about New Year you can always add the same things to your list and try another year to succeed at it!  That and my Quilting of course!  Hopefully this year we will not have to do as much DIY in our home as we did in the last couple of years during the Lockdowns!

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It is Christmas Eve and I do hope you have managed to get everyting done which you needed to do before The Big Day!  I have and now for the next few days I am going to kick back and do the minimum amount and perhaps read for a while and even quilt! 

I hope you have the most wonderful time and I will see you back here in a little while with some pictures of the family and Treacle of course.

Christmas Hugs & Love, Susie & Treacle xx

Susie’s Friday Monthly Book Club.

Those that have followed me for a while know that Clive Cussler is one of my most favourite of Authors.  Eldest bought me for my Birthday a lot of his books I had missed and the above is one of them. 

Dirk, his famiy and friends get caught up in a post-Castro control for Cuba but more particularly an artifact that was thought lost at sea in 1898 which could lead them to the famous Aztec Treasure.  They have faced dire situations in the past but this one may end them all!

I have not got very far into the book yet, but am loving it already and will get to read a bit more whilst we are away. 

As do most book worms, I am also taking another book with me to London, just in case I finish this one.  I mean you cannot be without a book.  It is this:

It is the typical Christmas Country House Murder Mystery, in the style of dear Agatha.  I have just got all my Christmas books out to read!

I do hope you all have a wonderful weekend and see you on Monday.

Hugs & Love, Susie xx

Susie’s Friday Book Club.

Yes I know I am very late with this post, I am sorry, but it has been a little hectic here as always!! Anyway better late than never as they say and here it is :

This was a book I got from my Christmas present from DH and The Boys last year, where you get a book a month from the wonderful bookshop in London.  You give them all your likes and dislikes and then they send you books they think you will like.  Has it been successful? Sometimes and sometimes not! 

Did I like this book, it was okay but I did skip a lot of pages!!!!

It begins with the funeral of Sir Ecgbert Tode of Tode Hall and Lady Emma Tode is very glad he is dead! Sir Ecgbert was quite the bully but left the running of the estate to Lady Tode who is now looking forward to her retirement in Capri, however who is going to run the estate now is her problem.  Her eldest son, the new Sir Ecgbert, is as mad as a box of frogs and would not be capable of running the estate, her second son lives in Australia and would not consider ever returning and her daughter is just too involved with her own life.  That only leaves Sir Ecgbert deceased his nephew, who is Egbert, without the “c”! 

Egbert and his wife India are approached to run the estate and live there which they jump at the chance when offered the job by Lady Emma, but not long after arriving things start to unravel and then the Dowager Lady Tode is found dead in the crypt in suspicious circumstances, who murdered her and why?

Would I recommend the book?  Hmm perhaps if you have nothing else to hand!!!!  It was okay!  My main reason for skipping some of the pages was that it was quite slow in parts and quite often repeated itself.

Happy Friday everyone and I hope you have all had a good week and a lovely weekend to come.  I will try very hard next week to post something every day as normal.  I am hoping that the weekend will give me cance to catch up!!!!!!

Halloween on Sunday, I do hope everyone has a wonderfully spooky day!!!!!

Hugs & Love, Susie & Treacle xx

Monday Mood.

“Books are uniquely portable magic” – Stephen King

How true is that statement!  To me I love books which I can escape into for a while and get away from everything else which is going on in the World. 

On November 4th it will be the 20th anniversary of the release of the above film in cinemas and I took Eldest and his friend to see it.  Next year it will be twenty five years since the publication of the book.  OMG where does time go?  The Harry Potter books were great favourites of our Boys and me too.  I still watch the films and even though you know the stories it does not matter, they are good fun. 

Once in each generation we seem to get a book or set of books which capture the imagination of everyone who reads them and they then become classics.  I read The Hobbit when I was eleven and then of course went on to read all of Tolkiens books and loved the fantasy of them. 

Out of all the stories I have read the thing I wish most is that at some point in our World History that Dragons really did exist!!!!! 

Busy week again as always and as you know a busy weekend too.  The weather is getting cooler here, sunny and warm during the day but dropping cold at night, Autumn is definitely making itself felt. 

“Don’t you love New York in the fall? It makes me want to buy school supplies. I would send you a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils if I knew your name and address.” 

Nora Ephron From my favourite film “You’ve Got Mail”

I just love that film.  I hope you lovely lot have a fantastic week. 

Hugs & Love, Susie & Treacle xx

Susie’s Friday Book Club.

This is one of Stephen King’s short stories book, the main one being a stand alone sequel to “The Outsider” and then three short stories. 

Holly Gibney of the Finders Keepers Detective Agency is working on the case of a missing dog and also her long standing battle of trying to be more assertive and less closed off with people.  She sees a report of her case on TV on the late night report, but something is not quite right about the correspondent who was first on the scene.   This is the beginning of the story “If It Bleeds”, from the old journalistic saying “If it Bleeds, It Leads”!!!!

The book also includes three long stories; “Mr Harrigan’s Phone” which will make you consider how you use your mobile phones, “The Life of Chuck” and “Rat”.

You know I love Stephen King and so far the stories have not been spooky, just mind twisting,  Normally I don’t like short stories but so far they have been good.

We got some of the garden done and filled up our brown bin, which goes off to the compost centre, and we are hoping that the wether will be good next week and we can get some more trimming done.  I will show you some pictures tomorrow, it is looking very tidy. 

Happy Saturday everybody. 

Hugs & Love, Susie xx

Oops I Forget August Book Club!

Oh my I forgot to show you the book for August!  I blame it on being on vacation and then getting back and trying to catch up and now we are in September!!!!!  Anyway here it is:

This was written by A.A. Milne of Winnie The Pooh fame.  It is his only mystery book and having finished reading it, it is such a shame he did not write any more.  It is a cross between Poirot and Sherlock Holmes, who is also referenced in the book. 

The House Party are all settled at The Red House with their host, Mark Ablett, when he receives a letter to say his ne’er-do-well Brother, Robert, is coming the next day to visit from Australia.  Meanwhile Anthony Gillingham comes to visit his friend William Beverley who is staying and is one of the House Party.  When Anthony arrives at The Red House he hears a shot and is dragged in to help break into the room from where the sound of the shot came from and  they find a body on the floor which Anthony learns is Robert Ablett from Australia.  However there is no sign of the master of the house Mark.

Anthony takes the roll of self appointed Sherlock with William helping out as Watson and they try and find out what happened and where Mark Ablett has disappeared to.

It is not a long book but it flows along really nicely until the great reveal like Monsieur Poirot does, at the end of the book.  Highly recommend it if you like this type of book.

I will be back very soon with September’s book.

Hugs & Booky Vibes, Susie xx

Susie’s Friday Monthly Book Club

Come with me,’ Mom says. To the library. Books and summertime go together.”

Lisa Schroeder

The above quote screams summer vacations to be.  We always, when I lived at home, went to our local library the night before we left for our vacation to get lots of books to read whilst we were away.  Now I am lucky to have lots of books on our shelves to read while we are away and I will be taking quite a few. 

Do you have a set of books that you take away to read?  Winter and especially leading up to Christmas I tend to read books about Christmas or Christmas mystery books and at this time of year tend to read books that have summer themes.  I know of one friend who always took one classic book away to read, not sure I could do that. 

August 9th was National Book Lovers Day which was last Monday. Did you get time to read?

I do have one book that I have wanted to read for a while but not sure whether I am going to like it or not, however it will be going with me to Scotland. This :

I am not a big fan of poems but love stories and I have come across Poe’s work in other books so got this a while ago but have not started it.  I will let you know how I get on with it.

Eldest bought me all the Clive Cussler books I was missing so several of those will be going with me as well.

Whatever you are up to during August I hope you can find some time to read and I will be back at the end of the Month with a couple of Reviews. 

Have a Lovely Summer

Hugs & Love, Susie, DH, Eldest, Youngest & Treacle xxxxx

Susie’s Friday Book Club.

Well you go away for a few days and goodness me the paperwork and jobs do pile up!!!  I am now up to date.  We have also had some very, very (for us) hot weather over the last week.  In fact we had to buy two new fans, one for our room and one for our Den where I work all day.  Yesterday the temperature in the Den reached 32°C and it was unbearable even with the fan!!!  Treacle has been very wise and found the coolest spot in our home under the dining room window and on our tiles every day and spent the day there, smart doggie!

Anyway it is a little late but here is my Book for this month’s Book Club.

Last month’s book “Into The Dark” by Karen Rose was not as good as it started out and in fact I did not finish it!  Whenever that happens I always turn to an author I know and love, because I know the book will be good, so this month it is another one from Mr Cussler.

This one is a Kurt Austin thriller.  It begins with Kurt rescuing some Scottish fishermen whilst he and Joe are working there for NUMA, which is when the mystery starts when the passenger on the fishing boat was not rescued.  Thus begins a treasure hunt unlike any other where arms dealers, thieves and the British MI5 are involved.  Can Kurt and Joe sort things out and find the treasure before everyone else and not die trying!

I have only just started the book but I am loving it already!!!! 

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It is a little cooler today than the previous days which is a relief and we are due for some rain over the weekend which the garden will love. 

Last Monday I went out with my good friend, Jayne, for lunch.  We normally go out in June for our Birthdays, which are a week apart, but couldn’t so went on Monday.  We had a lovely meal and it was great to catch up on all the news.  Jayne is, at the end of this month, going to become a lady of leisure as she will be “retiring” from her present job.  Which means that we will be able to go out a bit more afterwards!!!!!

DH and I are off to London again later today and coming back on Sunday morning and we are then out with some other friends for Sunday Lunch.  It is so nice to be able to be out and about and doing things again.  Let us hope that this will now continue and we will not have any more lockdowns!!!

I hope you lovely lot have a wonderful weekend and I will have some pictures to show you on Monday. 

Hugs & Love, Susie & Treacle xx

Is it biscuit time yet?

Susie’s Friday Book Club.

I have only just started this book but have already read several of Karen Rose’s books and love them.  Karen’s Biography reads that she “was introduced to suspese and horror at the tender age of eight when she accidentally read Poe’s “The Pit And The Pendulum” and was afraid to go to sleep for yours.  She now enjoys writing books that make other people afraid to go to sleep”.  Now I don’t find her books that scary but she does wite a very good story. 

This book is about Doctor Dani Novak who was been keeping local soccer coach Diesel Kennedy at arms length because of her dark secrets.  However two young boys, Michael Rowland and his younger brother Joshua need their help when Michael runs from his stepfather with his brother in his arms.  Hiding from him he sees him taken away in the trunk of a stangers car never to be seen again. 

Michael is now the only witness to who murdered his stepfather and is in grave danager, can Dani and Diesel protect him and his brother but find who is threatening Michael!

I will let you know how it goes as I get into it!!!  

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I was asked by one of my loyal readers for pictures of the sitting room and our books now that it has been completed so here are a few on Book Club Day :

Here is one side of the sitting room bookshelves.

The sofa, drinks table and fireplace.

The other sofa, coffee table and fireplace.

The other bookshelves and our TV.

This is my reading chair!  My rocking chair was bought for me by my Grandmother for my 18th Birthday.  I love it and it has done duty as not just a reading chair but also in the Boys’ Nurseries when I was feeding them.

The colour originally in the sitting room was Buttermilk which was slightly yellow but as you know we could not get the colour in the paint we needed so we went for this one which is called “Ivory Lace”, it is slightly cream in colour but looks white in this picture.  I do sometimes wonder with all these names of paint these days whether they are just white with different names!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  I am so pleased it is all done now! 

Tomorrow It is going to be warm, dry and sunny again so DH and I are going to get the garden sorted because Sunday is supposed to be the same but very much hotter, so that will definitely be a rest day!!!!

I do hope you lovely lot have a wonderful weekend whatever you are up to and it is a lovely summer’s weekend wherever you are. 

Hugs & Love, Susie & Treacle xx