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 2020


I don't have a specific number of books I want to read this year.
This is just a list of the ones I read.

1.  Kingdom of the Blind by Louise Penny.  Book 14 in the Gamache series. Another good one.

2. The Lighthouse Keeper's Daughter by Hazel Gaynor.  I thought it was VERY GOOD and shed a few tears reading it.

3. The Letter by Kathryn Hughes.  Tina finds an old letter in a pocket of an old jacket that was never posted in a thrift shop where she works and goes about delivering it. Book goes back and forth from the present to the past.  Great Book!!

4. The Gown, a Novel of the Royal Wedding by Jennifer Robson.  Book Club Book.  A book I wouldn't have chosen to read but I liked from the first page.  Thought it was very good. Not so much about the gown but the people who worked on it.

5. A Better Man by Louise Penny.  Book number 15 in the Gamache series.  This was a good one too.  It is the last book so far in the series.  Wonder if there will be another one?

6. Peach Cobbler Murder by Joanne Fluke.  Book number 7 in the series.
Like this series - an easy fun read.

7.  David Copperfield by Charles Dickens. One of my all time favorite books.  I've read it 3 times.

8.  The Revolving Door of Life by Alexander McCall Smith.  It was book number 10 in the 44 Scotland Street series.  My favorite character in this series is the little boy Bertie.  Enjoyable book and a quick and easy read.

9.  Lady of Milkweed Manor by Julie Klassen.  A page turner for me.  I enjoyed it!!

10. The Bertie Project by Alexander McCall Smith.  Book 11 in the 44 Scotland Series.  Another good one.

11. The Whole Town's Talking by Fannie Flagg.  Loved the book, very hard to put down once I started reading it.  The story is about the founding of Elmwood Springs, a small town in Missouri and the people living there.

12. The Secret of Pembrooke Park by Julie Klassen.  Enjoyed the book and thought it was very good.

13. A Redbird Christmas by Fanny Flagg.  An easy read.  A happy ever after book that is delightful.

14. A Time of Love and Tartan by Alexander McCall Smith.  Book 12 in the 44 Scotland Street novel series.  Good but not as good as previous ones.

15. The Apothecary's Daughter by Julie Klassen.  This is the 5th book I've read by this author and liked every one.

16. Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flagg.  It was good but like her other books better.

17.  Y is for Yesterday by Sue Grafton.  Book was okay but not up to her usual.

18. Written in My Own Heart's Blood by Diana Gabaldon.  Book 8 in the Outlander series.  Love this series.

19. Sunnyside Up by Sonia Parin.  A quick little mystery.  Was okay, nothing great.  It was the first in a series and I'm not reading the rest.

20. Polar Bear Dawn by Lyle Nicholson.  First book of a trilogy. Book was okay, nothing special.  Won't be reading the other books.

21. Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery.  Excellent.  Loved it!!

22. Apple Die by Chelsea Thomas.  Okay, nothing special.

23. The Return of Betty Snickerdoodle by Pepper Frost.  First book in a trilogy.  Thoroughly enjoyed this book and will be reading the next two books.

24. A Sleuth is Born by Pepper Frost.  Book two in the Snickerdoodle series.  An easy and fun read.  Liked it.

25. Bake it Like Betty by Pepper Frost.  Book three in Snickerdoodle series. Liked it.

26. Pushing up Daisies by Katherine Hayton.  First book in the tea shop mysteries.  Easy and fun read.  Pretty good.

27.  Berry Murders by Katherine Hayton.  Second in tea shop mysteries.  Just like the first one, and easy and fun read.

28. Long Shadows by Derek Thomson.  A pretty good mystery.  Nothing special.

29.  Deathbed of Roses by Katherine Hayton.  Third book in the tea shop mysteries.  It was okay.


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