I just finished reading What Is Left The Daughter by Norman Howard, who has written several bestsellers and won numerous awards. It was a very good read and I highly recommend it. I liked Howard's writing style so much that I'll definitely be checking out his other books. Howard writes in a very straight-forward manner yet his characters seem very real and developed. I found myself sympathizing and relating to all of his characters. The story takes place in Nova Scotia (much during World War II) as a father writes his daughter a long letter of confession.
This morning I began Bloodroot by Amy Greene. I've only barely started this story but I LOVE it already. I'll definitely be up in the wee hours tonight reading this one. Love the use of the mountain language by Greene who tells the story of a family living in the Smoky Mountains (which just happens to be a place I VERY much want to visit someday soon). The time span of this story goes back as far as the Great Depression. I'll write again when I finish, but I'm sure that I'll be devouring this one!
p.s. You may notice that I'm using the Kindle images of the book covers. After a lot of fighting the urge, I finally gave in last September and bought a Kindle (the latest version). I love it!!! Now I still miss holding an actual book, and I don't think I will ever stop missing that tactile sensation ... but there is nothing like carrying ten books in a device that weighs much less than a pound and fits very nicely in my bag. Worth every penny - even though I probably do spend a lot more on books now too. (Gosh I hope hubby doesn't start reading my blog!)
Looking forward to spending a day shooting photos around nearby small towns of Texas. For some reason, I didn't do as much of this in 2010 as I did in 2009, and I really missed it. So I'm planning on *trying* to set aside one day a week for random driving around and shooting photos of small-town Texas.
It's that time of year again. I try to finish organizing pictures from the past few months and order prints so I can be readyto do my annual scrapbook. I try to stay caught up with my photos, but I figure I'm doing pretty good to be only a few months behind. Right??? But it's fun to go back and look at photos I've taken that I really like but somehow forgot I had taken. Here's an example of a favorite taken in New Hampshire ...
It's been awhile, huh? To be honest, it's been more photo madness around here than paper madness lately. Oh, and I taught myself to knit a few months ago. Anywho, I've started posting to my photo blog once again, and I'm hoping that maybe I'll be a little more consistent with my snapshots. Come see me at http://handmadebydonna.typepad.com/whatisee/.
I made these mini-books for my stamp club swap. They're only about 3 inches square - so little, so cute. Iespecially love the little paper bags that I used to package them. (I love it when I remember and use something from my stash.) And guess what ... I have an extra. So leave a comment between now and February 10, and I'll pick a name on Monday and send it to the winner!