On My Bookshelf: A Quick Review and A New Book

I finished reading the Clockmaker’s Daughter over the weekend and while I love Kate Morton’s books, and have them all, I was rather disappointed in this particular book. For me it was slow, choppy and extremely boring. The story timelines were all over the place and I found reading this book quite cumbersome and I dreaded picking it up each night to read.

This is the first time this particular authors story did not capture my interest or draw me into the book. Her writing in the past has been so captivating that I simply did not want to put the book down, but for this book I was not in the least captivated and I struggled to finish it.

It might have been my current frame of mind, but even that being said I’m not sure I will ever re-read this particular book and have decided not to keep it on my bookshelf. For this book, I gave it ⭐️⭐️⭐️

“I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of any thing than of a book! — When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.” 

― Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

I have decided to start reading Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen and I’m loving reading this book. Austen’s wit and humor makes this book so very enjoyable, and I can visually see all the characters in my head from my favorite Pride and Prejudice movie with Keira Knightley.

I’ve always been a huge Jane Austen fan and I decided to pull out my collection of Jane Austen Knits . I have often thought about parting with these magazines but simply cannot bring myself to do so. The designs in the overall collection are beautiful, and many true to form for the Regency era. Do any of you remember this issues ?

I just love these magazines!

What are you currently reading ?

On My Bookshelf: New Additions

My hubby and I are have been off this week for a much needed respite from work and family. We have been taking our time each morning to drink our coffee on the patio and watch the sun rise, which has been very relaxing.

We haven’t really done anything other than go to a few thrift shops, used bookstores and antique shops. Other than that, we have just been hanging around our home reading, taking a few naps here and there, watching a few movies and I’ve been enjoying my knitting. This week off together was just what we needed!

I was rather happy with the books we found and very excited to find the water pitcher by the Louisville Stoneware Co. I also have been looking for certain authors of the 1920s and 30s, and was so happy to find the vintage 1930s set of books by Kathleen Norris on eBay. I really do have a soft spot for old books.

Do you ever collect vintage or antique books?

On My Bookshelf: The Clockmaker’s Daughter

I have started reading The Clockmaker’s Daughter by one of my all time favorite authors, Kate Morton. I have read all of Kate Morton’s book but this one, which has been sitting on my shelf since it was published. I really don’t why I haven’t read it but have decided it’s time to be a Kate Morton completist.

In the summer of 1862, a group of young artists led by the passionate and talented Edward Radcliffe descends upon Birchwood Manor on the banks of the Upper Thames. Their plan: to spend a secluded summer month in a haze of inspiration and creativity. But by the time their stay is over, one woman has been shot dead while another has disappeared; a priceless heirloom is missing; and Edward Radcliffe’s life is in ruins. Over one hundred and fifty years later, Elodie Winslow, a young archivist in London, uncovers a leather satchel containing two seemingly unrelated items: a sepia photograph of an arresting-looking woman in Victorian clothing, and an artist’s sketchbook containing the drawing of a twin-gabled house on the bend of a river. Why does Birchwood Manor feel so familiar to Elodie? And who is the beautiful woman in the photograph? Will she ever give up her secrets?

From Goodreads

Also, I have rejoined Goodreads to keep better track of my books, so a few of you will be getting friend requests from me😊

What books are you currently reading?

A New Book and A New Cast On

Yesterday I casted on Azalea, a tee designed by Elizabeth Smith, using my stash of Mano Del Uruguay Feliz in the color Grizzly. I was quite happy to find a pattern designed in the yarn that I’ve had in my stash for at least 2 years, if not longer. The colors are very southwestern to me and I absolutely love the mix. I have decided to modify the bottom band and make a k3,p3 ribbed band in place of the garter stitch band with the eyelet. I personally do not like garter stitch bands and I felt the eyelet design would get lost in the variegated yarn.

This most likely will be my project for quite a while as it’s Feliz is a sport weight and I’m not a fast knitter when it comes to this weight of yarn. I’m excited though to me knitting a light weight tee that I’m hopeful will be great for warmer weather.

On My Bookshelf

I have started reading I Was Anastasia by Ariel Lawhon. This book has only received four stars on both Amazon and Goodreads, so it will be interesting to see how I feel about this book when I’m done.

There has been a lot of mystery surrounding Anastasia Romanov, and the Romanov family as a whole as their remains were not found until 1979, 60 years after they were executed. This book is based on Anna Anderson, who many critics felt was a Pole known as Franziska Schanzkowska. In 1968, Anna Anderson married an American history professor and lived her final years in Virginia. She died in 1984, still claiming that she was Anastasia Romanov.

From Goodreads …

Germany, February 17, 1920: A young woman bearing an uncanny resemblance to Anastasia Romanov is pulled shivering and senseless from a canal. Refusing to explain her presence in the freezing water or even acknowledge her rescuers, she is taken to the hospital where an examination reveals that her body is riddled with countless horrific scars. When she finally does speak, this frightened, mysterious young woman claims to be the Russian grand duchess. 
As rumors begin to circulate through European society that the youngest Romanov daughter has survived the massacre at Ekaterinburg, old enemies and new threats are awakened. The question of who Anna Anderson is and what actually happened to Anastasia Romanov spans fifty years and touches three continents. This thrilling saga is every bit as moving and momentous as it is harrowing and twisted.

What are you currently reading or working on this week ?