My New Favorite Things

11 Oct

My favorite author passed away this summer. I adored Maeve Binchy. The first book of hers I ever read was Circle of Friends. My copy is so dog-eared & fragile, I had to stop lending it out. She was a prolific writer but I prefer her older stuff. Anything before the Oprah Book Club pick, Tara Road, is a pretty good read. Although I loved The Evening Class. After Tara Road, she got stuck on writing her stories around a specific restaurant. Sometimes it was interesting, but mostly it was tiresome. Anyway, I’m sad to know there will be no sequel to Circle of Friends – her only book that I think called for a sequel.

All that to say, I have found another book to add to my Favorite Books Collection: The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer. Such a wonderful book. I didn’t have high hopes for it – the title was a little weird but once I was in, I was In. I dreaded finishing the book, it was like saying good-bye to a friend. The book has become my new barometer of friendship. If you loved the book, we can be friends. If you didn’t, there is something wrong with you & I don’t have time for your pathologies.

While we’re on the subject of books, are you on Goodreads? I’ve tried a few other book sites, but I love Goodreads. It’s one of those apps on facebook, but it’s really useful. Where else can you find what random friends are reading? I have a similar taste in books as some of my friends, but I’m finding other friends books just as interesting. I enjoy reading lots of different genre’s, except Literary Porn – No Shades of Grey for me. I am discovering whole new worlds out there, which I think is the point of reading.


I love 3pm to 3:10pm on the weekdays. E~ gets off the bus at 3 & for a blessed 10 minutes, I have quality time with my preteen. E~ has never been one to dwell on the minutia of the day, but if I see him right off the bus, for 10 minutes I get the highlights & low-lights of his day. I don’t think I’ve had that since he was in preschool & we carpooled with a little talker named Kelsey. Greeting E~ after school is the part of my day I look forward to most.


Phineas & Ferb. I know the show has been around for a while but my kids have become dedicated fans only within the last 6 months. I generally steer clear of anything on Disney or Nickelodeon. My kids have all outgrown the preschool cartoons (Dora has yelled at me for the last time!) & I detest the afternoon line up on both channels. But I have a soft spot for Ph&F. I love that they are never bored & while I don’t want my kids building a roller coaster in my backyard, I think it’s great the kids love a show about kids making their own adventures.


I used to be a night person, but having to get up before 7 means I am in bed before 11 which means I miss the best of late night TV, ie, Jimmy Fallon. This is my new favorite segment, Night News Now. I had no idea about the situation. Totally caught me by surprise.


I am ready for the election to be over so I don’t have to keep hiding my friends with annoying political posts. The only good thing? This post which I would like to print & hand out to pretty much my entire church.


This is what I want for Christmas. So ruffly. So reversible. I am in love.


In order to enable better volunteering at school, I invested in these scissors. There is a serious amount of cutting projects teachers want done & we have enabled the monster by having a huge volunteer base. After one morning of cutting out  rather intricate butterflies, I can guarantee you’ll want a pair of cool Fiskars too.


There’s a lot of links today & if I had to pick one, I’d go with Dora. They’re all good though. I would never steer you wrong!



3 Responses to “My New Favorite Things”

  1. Kristi Leckband October 12, 2012 at 12:46 pm #

    My sidetable is adorned with lots of good books to read. I shall add this one to my pile.

  2. Wendy October 12, 2012 at 6:09 pm #

    Did I tell you that I have read The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society? Loved it too….was totally turned off by the name but dug in and couldn’t put it down. My guilty pleasure this past summer was Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanowich. Not usually my type of book, but they were funny and entertaining. another author I like is Kristin Hannah.

  3. E. October 14, 2012 at 5:30 pm #

    I’ve heard good things about The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society, but I’ve never read it. It’s one of those books I mean to get and then forget about before I do. So thanks for reminding me!

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