Obsession with words

Obsession with words

I love to read and reading helps me to escape. I'm a book addict and currently fighting back the urge to buy ALL THE BOOKS!

Snowy Mailbox
Snowy Mailbox
Lots of snow
Lots of snow

I said I´d take a picture to show what it looks like outside now.  I took several but couldn't get a show where you could actually tell it was snowing.  It was very very gray outside so I had to edit the pictures a little to fix the gray light.  I wanted to take a picture to show the tracks where a moose walked across my yard but it already snowed so much you could barely see them.  


I haven´t been able to do much thinking or concentrating lately so I´ve stalled on my book.  Also, my fingers are working too hot.  The PsA (Psoriatic Arthritis) is flared up and my fingers don´t wnt to function.  I feel like the tin man from Oz.  I need to find my oil can asap.

Crochet, it´s what´s for dinner

Okay, not really but I when I´m working on something I tend to miss meals.  My husband came home from work the other day and told me I needed to make a baby blanket for one of his co-workers who just had a baby boy.  I asked him what colors they wanted and he texted the dude.  I should have known that was a bad idea.  Usually one would ask the mother these types of questions.  The guy texts back ¨Green Bay Packer colors.¨ OMG, that poor child.  It was really hard to find sport weight yarn in those colors too.  That size yarn is usually in soft baby colors.  I found some nice yarn on knitpicks.com but it wasn´t cheap.  It is a great quality though.  It only took me a few days to get it finished.



I have lots of left over yarn so I'm going try to knit some baby socks and maybe a hat.  


My niece is going to be having a baby soon too so I need to make a blanket for her baby too.  I bought a pattern and now I can't find it.  I've torn apart my whole house looking for it with no luck.  The only thing I can think of is I ate it and totally forgot.  I messaged the lady on ebay I bought it from to see if she will help me out.  She actually sent me a printed pattern in the mail and not a document.  I'm hoping she will email it to me but.... who knows.  


Tea Party

Since I can´t have a bonfire right now I decided to have a tea party.  I invited a couple of my best buds and we had a great time reading A Scone to Die for by H.Y. Hannah.  I tried to invite Buddy the beagle but he was sleeping.  I even used the recipe in the book to make traditional English scones.  I had my favorite double bergamot earl grey black tea.  I like strong tea and Earl Grey is the best! We had a blast until teddy started dancing on the table and ended up sitting in his tea cup.  There´s always that one friend...




P.s. That little tea pot belonged to my first son when he was little.  He loved tea and wanted his own tea set but all the ones at the stores were pink and/or purple.  I found this little teapot at Sam´s Club in a little kit with a book about tea.  It is ceramic but he wasn´t rough with things.  He had tea many times with his friends Pooh, Eeyore, and his two bears Happy and Chocolate but he never called them tea parties.  He just called it ¨Tea¨ like he was a Brit. His favorite tea was always English Breakfast tea although he loved to try all different kinds.  He´s 23 now and doesn´t want it but I just can´t let go of it.  So, it currently lives in my kitchen window sill and looks good there.  


The Remains

I just thought I would share this since it looks like it could be a really good book.  This book is on sale for $1.99 till 11/30th.  I downloaded and paid another $1.99 to add the audiobook.  I don´t know the author or anything, just thought I would share.

#16 Follow Friday with book bloggers: OBSESSION WITH WORDS
Meet Donna, a book lover from Alaska who warms herself up with reading and knitting. 
Visit Donna's blog and follow her book reviews on BookLikes: http://donnawannaread.booklikes.com/
1. When have you read your first book? Was it a book love at very first sight?
This is a tough question for me to answer and an emotional subject. I was raised in a very strict religious home. I was not allowed to have regular books. I had the bible, a dictionary, a set of encyclopedias and a set of bible stories. I was not allowed to go to the library either, ever, for my entire childhood. A few times when a friend gave me a book they thought I would like my parents took the books away before I could read them. I went to this same school until I was 18 when I refused to go anymore. I left home and got my diploma through correspondence. At that point, the first REAL book I read was a book a found in a waiting room. It was V by A.C. Crispin and I still have it. I wasn't allowed to watch much TV either and we certainly never had cable so this was totally new to me.  I devoured it.  When I met my husband he had the same book as well as many others and it was instant love. My husband and I both love to read.
2. What made you start writing about books/book blogging?
I met a friend through penpalling and this one friend, Brenna, (http://brennam.booklikes.com/) had a booklikes blog.  I fell in love with it right away and started my booklikes blog in May of this year.  
3. Did blogging have an impact on your reading life?
I´ve had blogs before but never posted regularly or had any real followers.  I never thought about blogging about books though.  Once I started and joined some of the games I started having a lot more fun reading. I really enjoy sharing the books I´ve read with other people that also love books.  I especially love reading other blogs and learning about new books.  My new years goal for this year was to cut down on books because I don´t have enough bookshelves to hold them all.  After joining Booklikes and chatting with other bloggers I realized that was a dumb goal.  Why should I cut down on something I love so much?  My husband is going to build some shelves for me so I don´t have to worry about it.
4. You like to craft. What’s you favorite technique? Do you read when knitting? 
I mostly crochet.  My sister taught me when I was 6 and it is pretty much second nature to me.  I also knit, although it is more of a challenge to me, but I really enjoy learning new techniques online and making blankets for charities like Project Linus or for the local homeless shelter and women´s shelter.  I love to listen to audiobooks while crocheting or knitting.  Audiobooks bring the characters to life while allowing me to look at what I´m doing.  I have also found a new craft recently called diamond painting and I also love to work on that while listening to audiobooks.
5. What are you reading right now?
Inkheart by Cornelia Funke (recommended by one of my sons)
Inkheart - Cornelia Funke,Anthea Bell 
6. What’s you favorite genre? Why is it special? 
I love mysteries and crime novels. I especially like books that involve a mystery that happened in the part and they go back to talk to people from that time to try to figure out what happened. There is so much evil in the world and I like reading books about clever people who can figure out whodunit, catch them and lock them up.  I don´t like books where the evil is not stopped.
7. You live on Alaska. Can you recommend Alaskan writers?
Oh yes, Sue Henry!  I met her once here in Fairbanks, Alaska and chatted with her for a while.  She is a great person that loves what she does.  
8. A paper book or an e-book?
Paper.  I do have a kindle but there is just something special about the smell and feel of a real book.  I especially like older books.  Kindles just smell like plastic and never come with odd little mementos tucked inside like pressed 4 leaf clovers, old movie tickets or other interesting things that were used as bookmarks.
9. Three titles to warm oneself up in winter?
Well, I think exciting books are the ones that warm me up.  So here are 3 I liked.
Raven Black - Ann CleevesThe Looking-Glass Portrait - Linda Hilton
10. How did reading change your life?
Around 2009 I started having a lot of pain and fatigue and eventually had to quit my job as a CNA/Endoscopy tech.  After a long time and a lot of tests I was told I have Fibromyalgia and Psoriatic Arthritis.  I live with constant pain, especially in my joints.  At first I went into a long, deep depression because I missed my job and having a sense of purpose.  I felt like I´d lost my identity.  As I was trying to find something I could do to help get my mind off of the pain I was in I started to read.  At first I was having a really hard time focusing but one of the meds they put me on helped with that.  Once that happened I would get lost in a book and for that time I felt better.  Reading is my escape and my book friends I´ve made are my life savers.  
11. Which books are you most excited recommending to your followers this fall/winter season? 
I am currently really psyched about Ann Cleeves´ Shetland Island series. Some people have seen the TV series but I haven´t met anyone who has read the books. Her books make me want to go there myself.  I´ve also been liking a series by Paul Doiron (sound like Dworin).  I recently read Massacre Pond and really liked it.  This series in set in the wilderness of Maine and follows a game warden as he solves crimes.  Reading the descriptive scenes I am reminded of the Alaskan wilderness and I can just imagine being right there with him.
Massacre Pond - Paul Doiron 
12. What’s your favorite book related quote?
Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read.
-- Groucho Marx
13. If you could meet one literary character, who would it be? 
Oh gosh, that is a really hard question.  I´ll say Lydia from Debbie Macomber´s Shop on Blossom Street.  I think we could be good friends.  We both have been through a lot with health problems and she is also a knitter.  
14. Shelfie time! Please share your home library photos :)
This is one of my shelves crammed into my entry way.  I have another shorter shelf in my living room and I also have stacked wooden crates on the shelf in the top of our coat closet and filled those with hard backs.  We also have shelves in the garage full of books and books in each bedroom.  
Thank you!
Reblogged from BookLikes
¨If you take a book with you on a journey,¨ Mo had said when he put the first one in her box, ¨an odd thing happens: The book begins collecting your memories. And forever after you have only to open that book to be back where you first read it. It will all come into your mind with the very first words: the sights you saw in that place, what it smelled like, the ice cream you ate while you were reading it...yes, books are like flypaper--memories cling to the printed page better than anything else.¨
Inkheart - Cornelia Funke, Anthea Bell

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16 Festive Tasks Tracking Post

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I´m using these icons to mark my card in pickmonkey.  The book for the books obviously and the T for tasks.  They are at the bottom of the post.


  1. Holidays ///  Completed Books or Tasks


Square 1 Task 1 / Book 1 / Book 2 / Task 2

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Square 13 Book (Color of Magic by T Pratchett)

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I did not burn the house down doing this!
I did not burn the house down doing this!



Tasks for Calan Gaeaf: If you’re superstition-proof, inscribe your name on a rock, toss it in a fire and take a picture to post –OR– Make a cozy wintertime dish involving leeks (the national plant of Wales) and post the recipe and pictures with your thoughts about how it turned out.


Well, I don´t have any leeks to cook so I decided to do the rock in the fire thing.  That wasn't easy since we have had a lot of snow.  I thought maybe I could look out the back door by the porch where the roof hangs over and find a small rock.  Wouldn't you know the only rock I could find was the size of a baked potato.  I was actually worried the rock might break open before I could get the picture because it was frozen.

One fish, two fish, red fish, DEAD fish

All is not well in fishy haven.  It is a sad day and the castle flags have been lowered.  


I noticed someone was missing and put out an amber alert tank wide.  Fish 1 of 6 in my Emerald Barb hoard was MIA.  I knew he was having some swim bladder problems but put up the crime scene tape just in case there was anything fishy going on.  The forensic team found no fin prints or blood and the search snails have turned up nothing.  Without a body we couldn't be sure he was alive or dead or if a crime had even been committed.  Some people and fish think he simply jumped tank, which is suicide but his mother swore he would never do that to her. The castle was thoroughly searched even though Raymond the pleco and his castle mate Waldo the upside-down catfish were very upset about it.  We had to get a warrant.  Unfortunately, we found no trace of 1 of 6 and time was running out if he was still alive and being held more captive than he was before.  We did find a napkin covered in BBQ sauce buried behind the castle but couldn't prove it belonged to Raymond.  The lab is testing it for DNA now to see if any trace of 1 of 6 could be found on the napkin. 


I was sure Raymond was guilty of cannibalism but he said 1 of 6 was a friend and swore he would never eat a friend.  Guppies yes, but not friends.  Then, one of my team noticed a man hole cover out of place.  Actually, it was the cover to the filter intake.  We checked the filter but we found nothing but gunk inside.  In the process of cleaning that up we noticed the cover was heavier than it should be and something heavy rolled inside.  His wife covered her face with her fins. We looked in and found..... dun dun DUN!  A HEAD. 1 of 6 is definitely dead and at least 50% eaten.  Further investigation proved that 1 of 6 did die of natural causes.  We can´t prove, without a doubt, which fish ate part of the body or if there was a gang involved.  We will have to close this case but I will keep my eye on the rest of those fish, especially Raymond.  I also believe Waldo may have been involved but no one could find him to question him.  


RIP 1 of 6, you will be missed.

4 Stars
Have You Seen Her?
Have You Seen Her? (Romantic Suspense, #2) - Karen Rose

This is my book for Calan Gaeaf     



This is a Romantic Suspense Novel and that is really important to keep in mind in case you listen to the audiobook like I did.  I would have thought it was a book about the Holocaust with all the times it said ¨Genocide¨.  Turns out they meant ¨Jenna sighed.¨  And, Jenna sighed a lot...


I´m not much into romance but these books by Karen Rose are pretty dang good.  Talk about hot for teacher!  The suspense is really well done and the romance is.... well, it´s not the corny kind.  Some people may want to keep a towel or tissues handy.  It is definitely a book to keep you on the edge of your seat from the beginning to the end.  


This is the second book in Karen Rose´s Romantic Suspense series and continues to follow Steven Thatcher, a detective with the SBI (State Bureau of Investigation in Raleigh, NC).  In this story, Steven is investigating the disappearance of a young girl who is later found murdered. Then, it happens again and again and then they knew they were dealing with a serial killer who was targeting cheerleaders from local area schools.  While Steven is already under enough pressure to find the killer and the 16 year old girl who is currently missing but hopefully still alive, Steven is also dealing with family trouble.  His oldest son has been acting out lately and is flunking chemistry.  Steven has to make time in the middle of this murder investigation to meet with his son´s teacher.  He doesn´t just meet her though, he literally takes her down when they collide in the school lobby.  Sparks fly immediately but he tries to keep himself under control because he can´t risk his kids getting attached to someone who might leave them like his wife did.  





Imagine smiling after a slap in the face. Then think of doing it twenty-four hours a day.
― Markus Zusak, The Book Thief

My pain is bad today.  I´m just trying to grin and bare it.  

Story Ghosts, Headaches and Sleep yo-yos

Guys, I´m having so much fun over here!


I've somehow gotten my sleeping schedule so screwed up that I wake up around 6 PM.  Last night my husband was so annoyed that I didn´t want to eat the taco´s he made for dinner.  I just woke up!  It was time for breakfast not dinner. There are just a few odd things that I will eat cold for breakfast like left over pizza or fried chicken. Not tacos.  I did, of course, have tacos later when I was ready for dinner (just before he left for work in the morning).  I can´t help my weirdness.  


I've been reading a lot lately and when I don´t go to sleep at the usual time (not sure when that is anymore) I get a second wind and just keep reading.  Sometimes when I am dog tired I still can´t sleep even if I do go to bed because I can´t shut off my brain.  Story Ghosts from books past haunt me and make it impossible to sleep.  And then there are the books I haven't read and I want to ponder their potential goodness.  Please tell me I'm not the only person who has this problem!  


Anyway, I also have some health problems and when the weather does funky stuff I sometimes have flare ups and end up sleeping longer than usual or not being able to sleep because of pain.  So add that to the Story Ghosts of books past and you end up with sleep yo-yos. 


The last two days I've had this nasty headache too. I´m pretty sure they are caused by my youngest son but so far nothing has helped.  Well, the OTC meds I have haven´t helped but I think smacking him might.  He is pretty big though and might smack back so I probably won´t try that.  


What to do.... what to do...... 

Oh, hey, a just got a new book in the mail!  I think I´ll go read.  

5 Stars
Library of Souls
Library of Souls - Ransom Riggs



This is my book for Día de los Muertos


This was a very entertaining story.  I´m amazed at this guy´s mind.  I mean, how does he do it?  The story never got dull or too ¨out there¨  for me.  It actually got better as it went.  Actually, even when I thought the story was over and was just going to wind up in the last little bit, it actually threw me back into OMG mode again.  


I don´t have a lot of books that I decide to keep in my ¨library¨.  Nearly every book I read gets picked up used and after I read it it gets traded or donated.  The Peculiar Children Trilogy will have a permanent spot on my shelf though.  My husband bought me the first book and after reading that I realized I needed to get the books in hardback.  I love the vintage pictures and I´m sure I´ll read them again and again.  I just have to get the first book in hardback for my set to look legit.  

I picked up the closest thing at hand--which happened to be a hand--and threw it.
Library of Souls - Ransom Riggs

Library of Souls - Ransom Riggs  page 322

Epitaph for The Girl´s Guide to Hunting and Fishing

Read and forgotten

I thought it was dumb

great for a doorstop

until it was lost.


Sorry Melissa