Books I have read recently

  • Shirley by Charlotte Bronte — I'm reading a giant biography of the Brontes "Wild Genius on the Moors" By Juliet Barker (amazing!! but I'll post on that when I finish) So I'm reading each novel as it's discussed in the book. I loved Shirley. I have to agree with the critics that it is a slow painful start and it does take about 150 pages till we meet the title character Shirley. But besides that, it is so well written. Caroline Helstone’s angst is beautiful and poignant. And knowing that the last third of the book was written after Emily & Anne died explains so much about the change in the book. Charlotte likes to fix her world by writing about it and in her version the sick heroine recovers where her sisters did not. I definitely recommend Shirley for the Bronte fan. Don’t skip it.
  • A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas --- It took me a couple chapters to really dive in but after that I was in love. I had read somewhere that it was based on Beauty & the Beast, which is great. What I did not know is that it is a retelling of one of my favorite fairytales: East of the Sun, West of the Moon!!! What a treat when I discovered that. I love that story. It's whimsical and the girl saves the day which I love love love. Sarah does a beautiful job of it and I can't wait for the next one!!
  • Miss Buncle’s Book by D. E. Stevenson —What a little treat. My mom gave these books to me for my birthday and there are so much fun. It’s a light easy read and it made me chuckle.
  • Shadow Study by Maria V. Snyder— I adore her soul finder books. I’ve been reading them for years. She builds beautiful strong women and sweeping romance. Her magic system is unique and I want to live in her world.
  • The Elements of Style by William Strunk Jr and E. B. White — A must read for every writer. Thanks to Stephen King for the recommendation. It has all those little things that I had questions about and answered them quickly and succinctly. It’s not the funnest read but it’s helpful.
  • Click of Titles to go to the book's Amazon page

Monday, November 4, 2013

View my Halloween Mixbook

See all the pictures from the party!!!!

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Friday, November 1, 2013

Halloween 2013: Literary Characters!!

It's that time again: Halloween Party time!!!
I am so grateful that everyone will still do this with me!
Matt went as Harry Dresden from the Dresden Files

Me as Katie Scarlett O'Hara

Anne Shirley & Sherlock Holmes

Ben the crocodile lol

Peter Pan, Tinker Bell, Captain Hook, Crocodile & a lost boy

Clarissa Fray from the Mortal Instruments

John Snow from Game of Throne & Clary

 Rachel and Hope Hastings as The Life of Pi

Ursula & Ariel

The girls

Prince Charming and Snow White

Scarecrow & lion

The lovely Templins from Wizard and Oz
Scarecrow, Lion, TinMan, and Dorothy!!

Next Year:  Comic Book Heroes &Villains!!!

Friday, March 15, 2013

Branson :)

Here is some pics of our fun trip!

 I love these two pics!!!!!

 Do your princess face

 "Don't cry Baby Hemmy"
 Hey, don't stick your tongue out at your aunt!!
 Henry loved the Butterfly Pavilion. It was warm and there were fluttering things all around!
 Wait for it...
 Ahh it's on me!!

Such natural beauties!!!

Baby Zachary Roy Gillming

My sweet new nephew born March 5th 2013
6.7 lbs
19 1/2 inches long

Zachary Roy Gillming

He's got his brother's cowlick ;)

Look at that beautiful blonde hair!!

This is my favorite picture!!!

Monday, February 18, 2013


Here are some new pics

That is a pretty acute picture of Mae right now

so beautiful!!

 This is my new favorite pic of Henry


 Poor baby Henry in the snow

 like Narnia

Ben & poppy