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February 19, 2021
What I’m Reading: News of the World from Jo's Country Junction

Something that I’ve missed since covid hit is going to the theater to see a movie.  I didn’t go often but I did try to hit some of the big movies.  Karl is my kid that loves movies and it’s something we always did together.

Karl and I both were super excited when Tom Hanks had a new movie coming out, New of the World.  It was totally my kind of movie.
Well then we remembered covid and both of us were sad.  We talked several times wondering if maybe we could go to a matinee on ...

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February 11, 2021
What I’m Reading: Cut and Run from Jo's Country Junction

I was looking for a break from historical fiction so I picked up Cut and Run by  Allison Brennan.

When I got the book, I wasn’t aware that this was part of a series.  Although the book can stand alone, I kept thinking, “darn, I wish I had read the first book first”.  UGH.  I plugged along with the book and as I said, it is fine as a stand along but all of me really wanted to read them in order.

I thought I would set this aside and then read the first book and come back to ...

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February 6, 2021
Book Club Day: Everything Beautiful in its Time from Jo's Country Junction

It’s February 6th, so it’s book club day!!  The book I picked is is Everything Beautiful in Its Time:  Seasons of Love and Loss by Jenna Bush Hager.

Jenna Bush Hager Highlights Grandparents' Words of Wisdom

I am so excited to talk with you all about the book.

Many of you will recognize the author, “Jenna Bush Hager is an American news personality, author, and journalist. She is currently the co-host of Today with Hoda & Jenna, the fourth hour of NBC’s morning news program Today. Hager and her twin sister, Barbara, are the daughters of the 43rd U.S. President George W. Bush and former ...

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February 4, 2021
What I’m Reading: Yellow Wife from Jo's Country Junction

I saw a book recently that I if I’m honest, I looked at the cover and thought it might be a Civil War period book so I grabbed it up and put it on my hold list.  The book was Yellow Wife by Sadeqa Johnson.

The Yellow Wife: A Novel
I started the book and quickly got right into it.  The book actually takes place pre-Civil War at the height of slavery.  I admit to normally being drawn to these types of books.  Books that portray people who are the underdogs triumphing over unheard of or difficult circumstances often give me hope that more ...

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January 28, 2021
What I’m Reading: Joy in the Morning from Jo's Country Junction

One of my all-time favorite books, ever is A Tree Grows in Brooklyn.  I read it as a teen and have read it again as an adult.  I would easily put it in my top 20 books ever.  The book is a classic and it’s written by Betty Smith.    I was afraid when I read it as an adult that I would be disappointed the book will have lost its magic.  I wasn’t disappointed.   I highly recommend the book.

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn [75th Anniversary Ed] [Perennial Classics] by Smith, Be
Well for some reason I never went on and checked if the author had any other books.  Then an ...

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January 21, 2021
What I’m Reading: The Return from Jo's Country Junction

I was so happy to find out that Nicholas Sparks had a new book.  I’ve long been a Nicholas Sparks fan and was excited to read The Return.

The Return

So what did I think?  Well, it was good, but I’ll be honest, it was a Nicholas Sparks book.  There was a girl who was hiding something, two actually.  The guy was more patient than any real man on earth and finally, the girl comes clean with her secret…and the story goes on.  As much as I love Nicholas Sparks, everyone once in a while, I’d like to ...

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January 14, 2021
What I’m Reading: Green Lights from Jo's Country Junction

I have enjoyed Matthew McConaughey as an actor so when I saw he had a book out, Green Lights, I decided to give it a try.  That was about three months ago.  I waited and waited for the book from my online library and finally, it was my turn.  So, was it worth the wait?

Greenlights by Matthew McConaughey

It was.  It was funny and insightful.

I think I would have preferred actually reading it though.  As I was writing this review I went on Amazon to get the links.  I saw that these are a few of the pages from the book…

They ...

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January 11, 2021
Another Quiet Sunday - Thanks To Covid from Quilting My Way

 Today started out really well. Patrick started cleaning and I got busy getting the cat litter cleaned as well as laundry going. 

Debbie stopped by and dropped off my quilt from Bill. I gave her some 6" half square triangles for her to use on her daughters quilt. It was good to see her. 

Then after things got moving, Patrick went outside to work on whatever he works on. I then went to my beading. I wanted to see how much I could get done. When I'm listening to my books on tape, time goes by faster sometimes. 

I ...

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January 3, 2021
A New Book Club Book from Jo's Country Junction

I have a new book for the book club.

The book I’m picking is Everything Beautiful in Its Time:  Seasons of Love and Loss by Jenna Bush Hager.

Jenna Bush Hager Highlights Grandparents' Words of Wisdom

I just finished reading it and I’d love to talk with all of you about the book.

Many of you will recognize the author, “Jenna Bush Hager is an American news personality, author, and journalist. She is currently the co-host of Today with Hoda & Jenna, the fourth hour of NBC’s morning news program Today. Hager and her twin sister, Barbara, are the daughters of the 43rd U.S. President ...

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December 31, 2020
What I’m Reading: Mrs. Lincoln’s Sisters from Jo's Country Junction

Several months ago I went to my online library and saw a couple of books I was interested in so I put them on the waitlist.  I try really hard to keep that waitlist full as the time to wait is seriously, a long time.

It finally came to my turn to listen to Mrs. Lincoln’s Sisters by Jennifer Chiaverini.  You all might know this author as she writes my quilting themed books.  Her writings in the past few years have been based on historical fiction and I couldn’t be happier.

I’ve heard things about Mary Todd ...

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December 30, 2020
What I’m NOT Reading from Jo's Country Junction

I was at my online library and came across this book, The Orphan Collector.  I’ve read books by this author, Ellen Marie Wiseman, and have very much enjoyed the books.  I was excited to read this.  It was about the Spanish Flu of 1918.

Here’s what Amazon said about the book.

In the fall of 1918, thirteen-year-old German immigrant Pia Lange longs to be far from Philadelphia’s overcrowded slums and the anti-immigrant sentiment that compelled her father to enlist in the U.S. Army. But as her city celebrates the end of the war, an even more ...

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December 24, 2020
What I’m Reading: The Yellow Bird Sings from Jo's Country Junction

I was a patient waiter and waited and waited and waited to get the book The Yellow Bird Sings by Jennifer Rosner.  I got the book through my online library and sometimes it takes a long time to get a book.  I think I waited a few months for this one.

So was it worth the wait??

I would say yes….this is a WWII historical fiction piece.  With the help of an imaginary yellow bird, work to get through the war.  At first, I thought the bird was real and later came to realize it was imaginary.  I’m ...

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December 17, 2020
What I’m Reading: The German Heiress from Jo's Country Junction

I was on my online library looking for books and saw this…The German Heiress by Anika Scott.

If you read my blog regularly you know that I am big into historical fiction and I appreciate books from the WWII era.  That is exactly what this book was so of course, I had to get it.

The book was very interesting and kept me on my toes for a bit as I didn’t know if the main character was on the allies side or the Natzi side.  I spent much of the book trying to decide if characters she ...

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December 12, 2020
Book Club: The Dry Grass of August from Jo's Country Junction

Hooray, hooray, it’s book club day!!

I had told you all about a book I read called Tomorrow’s Bread.  I had said I liked it and from there, readers wrote to recommend another book by the same author, Anna Jean Mayhew.  The book they recommended was The Dry Grass of August.

The Dry Grass of August by [Anna Jean Mayhew]
A few other readers chimed in and recommended the book too.  That’s when I thought it might be fun to have a book club…at least for one book.  In advance, I would tell you all the book title and you would have a month to ...

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December 10, 2020
What I’m Reading: Confession on the 7:45 from Jo's Country Junction

I was on Hoopla and downloaded a bunch of books at once and then I didn’t get time to listen.  That had me scrambling to finish up this book in three days…and I did.  The book was Confession on the 7:45 by Lisa Unger.

Confessions on the 7:45: A Novel by [Lisa Unger]

I’ve read other books by Unger and have enjoyed them so when this one became available, I grabbed it.  This would be classified as a suspense novel.  I really liked it…although along the way I guessed some of the things that were going to happen.  I don’t mind that though ...

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December 4, 2020
What I’m Reading: The Dressmaker’s Dowry from Jo's Country Junction

I’ve been finding lots of books of Hoopla as of late.  That’s awesome as Hoopla is a free online library.  Free is always good.  That way I can save my Audible credits.

My latest book, The Dressmaker’s Dowry, by Meredith Jaeger.

The Dressmaker's Dowry: A Novel by [Meredith Jaeger]
I enjoyed the book.  I like period time books.  This was happening just after the Civil War in San Fransisco.  The poor working-class life was featured in this book.  I’ll admit, it was all a little cliche`.  The dad was a drunk.  The mother was dead.  She had to raise the kids.  She meets a ...

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November 28, 2020
What I’m Reading: The Union Street Bakery from Jo's Country Junction

Here’s a bonus book post.  I listened to more books than usual as I was quilting all of the quilts for the school kids.  I typically listen with headphones while I’m at the quilt machine.

Blog readers recommended that I read Union Street Bakery by Mary Ellen Taylor.  I checked out my online library and they had it so I grabbed it and put it on my virtual shelf.

So the real question is, did I like it?

The Union Street Bakery (A Union Street Bakery Novel Book 1) by [Mary Ellen Taylor]I did.  It blends some interesting characters, a lost diary, and the history of a bakery all into one book ...

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November 26, 2020
What I’m Reading: Under the Tulip Tree from Jo's Country Junction

I was on Hoopla and downloaded a few audiobooks hoping I’d find a really good one.  I’ve had good books lately, but I’m looking for an AMAZING book…you know the ones that stick with you for a long time.

One of the books I selected was Under the Tulip Tree by Michelle Shocklee.

The book has a Christian Fiction element.  I don’t mind that as long as it doesn’t get too preachy.  This one was perfect.  I truly loved the book and am thrilled to be recommending to all of you.  It’s a ...

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November 20, 2020
What I’m Reading: The Stranger Inside from Jo's Country Junction

I was on Hoopla.  As part of my pact with myself to not renew my Audible this year, I’ve been trying really hard to make better use of free sources for books.  I was over on Hoopla looking for something interesting and found the book The Stranger Inside by Lisa Unger.

I’ve read several of Unger’s books previous to this read.  If I’m looking for something crime-related, I have to say, I do like her as an author.  This book had me thinking a lot.  What if that had happened to me?  How would I have ...

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November 19, 2020
What I’m Reading: If I Were You from Jo's Country Junction

I was looking at Hoopla the other day and ended up putting several books on my shelf to listen to.  One of the books was If I Were You by Lynn Austin.  I was happy to find this book as a blog reader suggested it to me.  I can’t remember who…sorry.  So did I like it??

I did like it.  I always like stories that deal with class.  One of the main characters grew up rich and the other worked at her manor house.  It made for an interesting tail especially when WWII broke out.  I honestly really ...

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