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September 20, 2018
What I’m Reading: One Good Dog from Jo's Country Junction

I just finished the audio book One Good Dog by Susan Wilson.  I had just listened to The Dog Who Saved Me also by her.  That says a lot that I listened to two books by the same author almost back to back.

In this book the dog “tells it’s side of the story”…and the human tells his side of the story.  At first I thought that was weird but then I was okay with it and now, it doesn’t bother me at all.  The book didn’t make me cry.  I know I am always hesitant ...

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September 14, 2018
Review: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society from Jo's Country Junction

So a few years ago I read the book The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows.  I LOVED it.  I recommended it to everyone.  It’s on my top ten books of mine.  That’s saying a lot.

Well imagine my joy when I heard that Netflix was making a movie of the book.  I was so full of anticipation…then dread.  What if they screw it up?

Well the movie came out earlier this month and even though I’ve been super busy, I took time and watched it.  I didn ...

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September 13, 2018
What I’m Reading: Lilli de Jong from Jo's Country Junction

I’ve been using my Hoopla account a lot.  So much so that I’m coming to the conclusion that I don’t think I am going to renew my Audible membership when it comes up.  I’ll still buy a book from Audible here and there but I don’t think I need to keep a membership.  Hoopla has enough books to keep me content and when I want the new blockbuster, I’ll just order without a membership.  We’ll see.  I’m still thinking on that.

The latest book I got from Hoopla was Lilli de Jong ...

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August 23, 2018
What I’m Reading: The Boat Runner from Jo's Country Junction

I just finished up the audio book The Boat Runner by Devin Murphy.  The desciption for this book said, “In the tradition of All The Light We Cannot See and The Nightingale, comes an incandescent debut novel about a young Dutch man who comes of age during the perilousness of World War II.”  How could I not give it a try.  It came from Hoopla (have I said lately how much I love Hoopla?)

I ended up liking the book.  It was a different perspective of WWII.  This time we are in the Netherlands learning the fate of family whose ...

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August 16, 2018
What I’m Reading: The Dog Who Saved Me from Jo's Country Junction

I just finished up listening to the audio book The Dog Who Saved Me by Susan Wilson.  Typically I avoid dog books.  I’m always so afraid I’m gonna cry a lot!  This one….I gave a chance to and hoped for the best.

I was happily rewarded.

Here’s what Amazon had to say:Cooper Harrison, a member of the Boston K-9 unit, never thought he would ever go back to his hometown, Harmony Farms. But when his faithful canine partner, Argos, is killed in the line of duty, Cooper finds himself mired in grief. Jobless, on the ...

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August 9, 2018
What I’m Reading: Etched in Sand from Jo's Country Junction

After a blog reader recommended the book Etched in Sand by Regina Calcaterra, I looked around to see if I could find it available for free.  Happily Hoopla had it.  I started listening immediately.

Etched in Sand: A True Story of Five Siblings Who Survived an Unspeakable Childhood on Long Island by [Calcaterra, Regina]

So many of the books like this I don’t want to say “I enjoyed them”.  I don’t want to say it “was a good book”.  BUT it was all of those things…Instead I think it’s better if I say the story had me thinking and empathizing with the kids.  I could say I wanted to keep listening even though the story was ...

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August 3, 2018
Book Review: More Free-Motion Machine Quilting 1-2-3 from Jo's Country Junction

I got an ebook copy of More Free-Motion Machine Quilting 1-2-3 by Lori Kennedy.  Martingale sent to me as a promo copy that I could review here on the blog if I wanted to.  Well I checked the book out and  liked it.

More Free-Motion Machine Quilting 1-2-3: 62 Fast-and-Fun Designs to Finish Your Quilts by [Kennedy, Lori]

The bad part about writing a review for an ebook is that I can’t get photos of the things I really like.  I have to only use the photos of the things that are online.  Thankfully there was a picture that showed one of the practice sheets.  In the previous page they showed how to make ...

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July 26, 2018
What I’m Reading: The Lost Vintage from Jo's Country Junction

I just finished up the audio book The Last Vintage by Ann Mah.  I was on Hoopla and found this book.  The description said, “Sweetbitter meets The Nightingale in this page-turning novel about a woman who returns to her family’s ancestral vineyard in Burgundy and unexpectedly uncovers a lost diary, an unknown relative, and a secret her family has been keeping since World War II.”  Hmm.  I read The Nightingale and loved it so I thought I better try this book.

I often get frustrated when reviewers compare one book to another.  I really did like Nightingale….Now the ...

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July 19, 2018
What I’m Reading: The Sewing Machine from Jo's Country Junction

I had flipped over to Audible to get a different book and I saw that this book, The Sewing Machine, by Natalie Fergie was there.  Well me being me, how could I not get the book.  I didn’t read any reviews…I didn’t read any synopsis.  I just clicked, put it in my cart and paid.   I NEVER do that.  I sure hoped it was good after….then I had to finish another book before I could listen…so I listened quick so I could start this one.

So was I disappointed…read on.

I did like it ...

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July 12, 2018
What I’m Reading: Educated from Jo's Country Junction

Kayla contacted me a bit ago and said, “Mom-remember how you love the book The Glass Castle?  I’m only a little ways into the book but I can already tell that you’ll love it.  It’s well worth burning an Audible credit.”  And so with that recommendation, I bought the audio book Educated by Tara Westover.  This book is a memoir like The Glass Castle was.

So did I like it….YES.  I really did.  The is the story of a rough and tumble girl that struggles to find her place in her family and her place in ...

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July 5, 2018
What I’m Reading: Then She Was Gone from Jo's Country Junction

I just finished up the audio book Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell.  I got it via Hoopla.  I am still loving Hoopla.  So far it’s my favorite on line library option…and the price it right…FREE!

I’ve been in a bit of a rut lately not able to find books that had me plotting to find reading time.  I had hope that this would get me out of the rut.

Happily the book did get me wanting to find time to read….  The premise is missing daughter.  10 years have passed.  Mom still hasn’t ...

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June 28, 2018
What I’m Reading: The Home for Unwanted Girls from Jo's Country Junction

I’ve so been enjoying my Hoopla online library.  One day I sat down and took time to find books.  I have three weeks to keep the books so it’s okay if I pick out three books at once as I can’t finish three books in three weeks.  I don’t feel the rush to hurry-hurry like I did with the other online library I previously used all the time.  One of the books I picked this time around was The Home for Unwanted Girls by Joanna Goodman.

I am a sucker for any book that makes me ...

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June 14, 2018
What I’m Reading: Ginny Moon from Jo's Country Junction

I got a note not from a blog reader after I reviewed the book The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon.  The note from Susan Earle said:  “Hi Jo — Just read your post and thought I would mention another like book of interest. Ginny Moon is a recent publication by first time author Benjamin Ludwig. It’s the story of a young girl with autism and her struggles to find her “forever home”. The author has a daughter with autism. I chose it for my Book Club and it was well received.”

Well I loved ...

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June 7, 2018
What I’m Reading: The Lies We Told from Jo's Country Junction

I just finished up the audio book The Lies We Told by Diane Chamberlain.  I’ve been a big Diane Chamberlain fan, in fact, several of the books I most recommend to people are by her.  Two I always suggest that people read are The Midwife’s Confession and Necessary Lies.  The other ones have all been good but these two have been my particular favorite.

I was hopeful that this one would be really good too.

….but it was just okay.  The premise of the book was odd…. in that a wife goes missing in a hurricane.  After two ...

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May 26, 2018
I Made Myself Keep Busy from Quilting My Way

Not that I planned to do that, but I did make myself keep busy getting things done. Not like I really need to keep busy, but I do need to get things done. Not  only crafts but housework as well. Which ended up by my doing both!

I was up around 8:30 am - a good sleep that I needed! I haven't been sleeping good lately, so when I do get a good nights sleep, I just keep sleeping.

The first thing I did, was noticed that the house was looking pretty bad, since I have been home much ...

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May 25, 2018
The Great American Read from Jo's Country Junction

Did you want The Great American read on PBS?  I missed it the night it came out but caught it online.  Here’s a link if you want to learn more about it.  We have a Roku for streaming and watching shows so I downloaded the PBS app and was able to watch it from there.  Kelli watched it with me.

The premise of the show is to pick the favorite book of all times….wow, that’s a monumental task.

I enjoyed listening to the show as I picked up on a few books that I’d like to ...

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May 24, 2018
What I’m Reading: Hell is Empty from Jo's Country Junction

I just finished listening to the audio book Hell is Empty by Craig Johnson.  If you are familiar with the Longmire show on Netflix then you might know that the Craig Johnson books are the base for the show.  I love the show.  It’s honestly one of my favorites and I like the books too.  There are a few differences between the books and show but they each flow in their own way.  I’ve read other Longmire books and enjoyed them so was hopeful for this one.

Image result for hell is empty craig johnson

I ended up not liking this one as good.  It was ...

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May 20, 2018
What I’m Reading: The Child from Jo's Country Junction

** Before you read today’s post I just want to tell you that an auction is going on here on the blog and will be running until Noon central time on Monday.  Check it out here.**

I just finished up the audio book The Child by Fiona Barton.  This one had been in my hold box for a long time via my on line library.  It finally came to be my turn.  Since getting Hoopla, I’ve not put a lot of books on my holds list at the on line library so I was surprised when this one showed ...

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May 10, 2018
What I’m Reading: The Last Child from Jo's Country Junction

I finished up listening to my audio book The Last Child by John Hart.  I found this one on Hoopla.  I have had Hoopla now for two month and ABSOLUTELY love it.  I’ve been using very few Audible credits since I have gotten Hoopla so that’s fabulous too.


So what did I think of the book…Good.
The premise is interesting….The girl of set of boy/girl twins goes missing and the boy who is now 13 year old tries to find her.  The dad left, the mom falling apart.  The police officer sympathetic.  Pedophiles, another abduction ...

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May 6, 2018
What I’m Reading: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time from Jo's Country Junction

I just finished up listening to the audio book The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon.  The title is a little long but once you get into the book, you’ll understand the reason.

This one came highly recommended to me by our son Karl.  It’s not a long book and I could tell that the book was a “gotta read” as he was carrying it around with him and sneaking in chances to read a few pages here and there.

He finished the book and said -Mom you HAVE to read this.  So ...

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