Each morning when I open my eyes I say to myself;
I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today.
I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn’t arrived yet.
I have just one day, today, and I’m going to be happy in it.
~Groucho Marx

An early morning walk is a blessing for the whole day.
~Henry David Thoreau

This is the day which the Lord hath made;
we will rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24


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Books I've Read in 2019

 Goal to read 50 books this year

1. Two Old Women by Velma Wallis.  Book club selection.  Easy read but very good.  Just a short little book, read it in one sitting.

2. A Breath of Snow and Ashes by Diana Gabaldon.  Book 6 in the series.  This one was one of my favorites in the series.

3.  Plowed Over by Ellen Ann Callahan.  Second book in the series.  It was okay.  Liked the first one better.  Author lives in the area and book is set here.  Fun reading about the places I know.

4.  These Happy Golden Years by Laura Ingalls Wilder. 8th book in Little  House series.
Enjoyed reading this series.

5. The First Four Years by Laura Ingalls Wilder.  The 9th and last book in the series.  This one was my least favorite of all the books.

6.  The Beautiful Mystery by Louise Penny.  8the book in the Chief Inspector Gamache series.  A bit slow moving but very good.

7. Low Pressure by Sandra Brown.  Enjoyed listening to this book while making
weave-it squares.

8.  In the Midst of Winter by Isabel Allende.  February's book club selection.  Probably never would have picked this out to read but it was a good book and I enjoyed reading it.

9.  How the Light Gets In by Louise Penny.  9th book in the Chief Inspector Gamache series and my favorite one of the series so far.  A real page turner for me.  Thought it was excellent.

10.  Heart on the Line by Karen Witemeyer.  A quick easy read romance.  Very predicable but I liked it.

11. The Lumby Lines by Gail Fraser.  About a small town in the northwest.  Enjoyed it.

12.  The Long Way Home by Louise Penny.  Another book in the Gamache series and another good one.

13. As Bright as Heaven by Susan Meissner.  Book Club selection.  Thought it was very good. Set in Philadelphia during the Spanish Flu epidemic in 1918-19.

14. Educated by Tara Westover.  Book Club selection.  A non-fiction about Tara growing up in a survivalist family.  Hard to put the book down, but was difficult to read and  depressing.

15. Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult.  Book Club selection.   Excellent.  Couldn't put it down and read it in a day.

16. An Echo in the Bone by Diana Gabaldon.  Book number 7 in the series.  Great series.

17. First the Dead by Tim Downs.  A mystery thriller set in New Orleans during Katrina.  I liked it.

18. Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult. Very Good.  A teenager who has been bullied  shows up at school with a gun.

19. Portrait of a Killer Jack the Ripper Case Closed by Patrick Cornwell.   It was okay.  Thought parts of it were boring.  Don't recommend it.

20. The Crush by Sandra Brown.   I thought it was pretty good.  Kept the pages turning.

21. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens.  A page turner for me, loved it.  Book Club Book

22. The Quiet Game by Greg Iles.  I thought it was pretty good.

23. Cemetery Road by Greg Iles.  This one was pretty good too.  A lot like his other book I just read so even though I like both books probably won't read another.

24. Lemon Meringue Pie Murder by Joanne Fluke. Book 4 in the series.  A nice enjoyable easy read.

25. Fudge Cupcake Murder by Joanne Fluke.  Book 5 in the series and another enjoyable read.

26. Ashworth Hall by Anne Perry.  Book 17 in the Thomas and Charlotte Pitt series.  Enjoy this series.

27. Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann.  A good but disturbing book about the Osage Murders in Oklahoma and the birth of the FBI.  Book Club Book

28. Charade by Sandra Brown.  Good mystery, page turner.  Keeps you guessing till the end.

29.  The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See.  Book Club Book.  Thought it was very good.

30.  The Innkeeper of Ivy Hill by Julie Klassen.  First in a series and I thought it was very good.  Looking forward to reading the next one.

31. Evvie Drake Starts Over by Linda Holms. Thought this was a great book!  It was the authors first book and look forward to the one she is working on now.

32. Sugar Cookie Murder by Joanne Fluke.  Book number 6 in the series.  Was disappointed in this one.  Only half the book was the story and I thought ended abruptly!!  The other half was recipes.

33. The Ladies of Ivy Cottage by Julie Klassen. Book two in the series.  Very good.  Enjoyed as much as the first one.

34. Nature of the Beast by Louise Penny.  Book 11 in the Chief Inspector Gamache series.  Another good one!!

35. Careful What You Wish For by Hallie Ephron.  Good Book and a page turner for me. 
Emily Harlow is a professional organizer who helps people declutter their lives; she’s married to man who can’t drive past a yard sale without stopping. He’s filled their basement, attic, and garage and more.

36. The Bride of Ivy Green by Julie Klassen.  This was the third and I think last book in the series.  I thought all three books were excellent.

37. On a Summer Tide by Suzanne Woods Fisher.  A man buys a run down summer camp on an island off the coast of Maine and brings his three daughters together.  I thought it was very good!!   


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