Tuesday, August 12, 2014

We’ll go to the library while we’re here too!

I actually went as soon as I could. I love to search the website of my local library and I knew two books were checked in that I wanted to read.


I finished A Fatal Grace by Louise Penny and it was one of my favorites in this series.


And now I’ve started Maisie Dobbs. I have been reading this series but I started it in the middle so I wanted to go back to the very first book and read them in order.


While I was at the library I bought 2 books in the lobby. (they are 25 cents each)


Imagine my surprise and delight when I realized Munching Peter is a school book from 1935!


What sweet stories and beautiful illustrations.


Can you just imagine the children that read this book (before me)?


And Navaho Sister was published in 1956. It has special meaning to me but that’s another long story! heehee! (no I don’t have a sister that’s a Navajo but I did live on the Navajo Indian Reservation for 3 years back in the ‘70s)


Here’s my stack of books and a movie to watch!


Vee at A Haven for Vee did a post on this movie HERE and I knew I would love it. It’s filmed in Italy.


What are you reading this week

or watching?


Robin Williams

July 21, 1951 – August 11, 2014

I wrote my library post yesterday. This morning I am extremely saddened by the death of a loved comedian and actor, Robin Williams. What a terrible loss and a reminder to us all to cherish our lives. A link to his website with lots of old photos and video clips is HERE. We’ll miss him.



Terra said...

We have similar reading tastes and I hope you enjoy Death in La Fenice that I recommended. My dh and I have read about 15 in the series. I read Loving Frank and Maisie and the Winspeare series and bought the first Louise Penny.
I like the children's books you bought; I shop at our library used book store too.

ann said...

I have a stack, too. Pnillipa Gregory, but there is still garden work to do and the doll house is consuming my time and psyche. I wanted to finish reading the doll story. Want little treasures those little books are and to see how children are so tuned into technology today. I am watching Outlander, new series on Starz. My friend has read the series and raves about it. You will be well entertained.

Chatty Crone said...

I haven't seen those two books - but I am stopping in to say hello!

Montanagirl said...

I haven't been reading much this summer. We have a few favorite TV shows we watch, but pretty much just hang out at home a lot.

Donna said...

The illustrations in those old children's books are so fun! It is sad to see someone so very talented to lose their battle with depression.

Petite Plangonophile au chocolat said...

Happy reading dear friend.

Linda @ A La Carte said...

So many books to read! I want to read more of the Louise Penny series! So sad about Robin Williams. Hope you are having a good day. I'm home and so happy!


Cheryl @ TFD said...

I am still reading a Gladys Taber book, Stillmeadow Sampler. It's an old book, but I love her writing about the seasons at Stillmeadow.

I was so shocked to hear about Robin Williams. I read that he was suffering from a severe case of depression. It is so sad to think that one has reached the point of no hope and just gives up on living. He was so talented and will be greatly missed.

Maggie Ann said...

Its always a great summer to read...& read, isn't it. I wrote your titles down to look for. That is very, very sad about Robin Williams....may his family find strength in God. ~~~We had a barrel of fun with the movie trailer app.....InaWorld...of drama. Did you pick that one up when it was free?

Hope you are having a carefree day, Maggie Ann

Debby Ray said...

The books all look like great reads...and those old ones are so precious for your collection! Yes, I was totally shocked and saddened when I heard the news about Robin Williams...what a tragedy. We just never know what lies behind the smiles and the laughter do we?? May he rest in peace.

cucki said...

Happy reading dear..
Lovely books :)

Vee said...

Oh I am glad that you have some lovely thing to look forward to watching...and the book? Even better and available for free on the Guttenberg site or for Kindles.

Yes, Mr. Williams is going to be missed. It is very sad.

Kathy said...

I love those old books that you bought. Old books are loved books in my opinion. Imagine sitting in a classroom in the 1930's and reading that book. Wow!

Poppy said...

Hi Diane,

Well, you certainly have been catching up on your summer reading! Thanks for all your advice regarding each one.

Like you and millions of people around the globe, I am devastated at the news of Robin Williams' passing. He was a real inspiration to me in my first years of drama school at the University of Toronto, and he will be greatly missed.


RURAL said...

You always have the best books on your reading list...looking forward to finding a few new to me authors.

My heart goes out to Robin Williams, and his family...a bright light has been extinguished yesterday.


Jeannie Marie said...

I love the Munching Peter book! Reading was my favorite subject in school and I always read my reader all the way through at the beginning of the year. They always had excerpts from various books that I would then go and check out at the library.

I tried to get into the Maisie Dobbs series but just couldn't. All my friends love them.

podso said...

Because of Vee I also watched and enjoyed Enchanted April. yes the illustrations in those old books are winsome and sweet. It's fun to read the names of who used the book. My great aunt loaned out her books and always had people who read them sign the books. Some have the inside cover and front pages covered with names.

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Maisie Dobbs sounds like a great book series. I love when I can find a vintage childrens book! I hope you tell us more about the 3 years on the Indian reservation....Sounds like a 70's hippie deal lol!


acorn hollow said...

I just started reading the first book in the louise penny series.
I would like to know if you can read them out of order?

Art and Sand said...

I have read all the Maisie Dobbs books - in order. What I think is funny is that Jacqueline Winspear lives near me, in Ojai, California, not England.

valerietilsten59.blogspot.com said...

Some nice books you have read there Diane.
Love the little childrens books.

Poor Robin Williams.
He must have been suffering terribly. Just goes to show.. sometimes, laughter and smiles can hide an aching heart too.

Val xxxx

Trace4J said...

What fun.
I love a good book and movie.
You found some treasures.
My heart is so sad for Robin Williams family.
How missed he will be.

A Joyful Cottage said...

Oh, Diane, you set my heart aflutter with this post. I collect vintage books and the two you found are wonderful. Just love those covers. I think we watched Enchanted April on Netflix, but I can't be sure. Now I'll have to look it up. So sad about Robin Williams. My heart goes out to his family. Thanks for the encouraging words you left on my altered clipboard post. Much appreciated. xxx ~ Nancy

Stan and Jody Gabara said...

What beautiful books you read. Love the old vintage ones, they have such wonderful illustrations. Robin Williams will be missed, so sad.

Nancy Jo said...

Now see what you have done, I feel I really should read all those books you mentioned! I will be going to the library in a few days, and like you I always buy a few of the used books. You never know what you will find.
Yes such sad news about Robin Williams.
Nancy Jo

Buttercup said...

We like a lot of the same books, too. I enjoyed "Loving Frank" and always like a good mystery. Sharing your and the world's sadness about Robin Williams.

Cranberry Morning said...

I'll have to watch Enchanted April now. We're watching an old series, Winds of War with Robert Mitchum. I'm waiting for my Endeavour Season Two to arrive. :-)

Red Rose Alley said...

Those vintage books are such treasures, Diane. I go way back when I watched Robin Williams in Mork and Mindy. Remember that show? He was loved by so many. It made me sad when I heard of his passing.


camp and cottage living said...

I love those old school books too.
the other series look like ones I would like to read.

Uniquely Ella said...

Hi Diane, thank you so much for visiting my blog and pinning my work, so sweet. I just started to follow your beautiful blog. I see so many great books, I have so little time, have not read much this summer.

Petite Plangonophile au chocolat said...

Hi Diane!
regarding the pirate's eye-patch: use some felt. felt is such a easy an d good material to work with. And to make it stay on the doll there are two options: an elastic as a strap or some felt with some velcro.

Mary Howell Cromer said...

I really love old books, but have actually begin to donate many of them to our local library. One of our 3 daughters has a huge collection of old books, she is a teacher and I began reading to our 3 at 9 months~ Beautiful books you have shared~

Linda H said...

Love to see what's on your book stack for this week! I am almost through The Far Side of the Sky - SO good! I'm staying up waaay too late reading...
So very sad about Robin Williams. He was so very talented.

Arlene @Nanaland said...

Diane, I think we must be kindred spirits. I LOVE the Maisie Dobbs series as well. And I am always looking for sweet old books. Bookmarking your blog so I can visit daily!!

Jemma@athomewithjemma said...

Always a pleasure to visit you-such an uplifting and motivating Summer you are having. I have been reading through your posts and they bring smiles to my heart.
I too feel very sad over the loss of Robin Williams.
Have a lovely weekend,
sweet hugs,

Sam I Am...... said...

Love your book choices and i really want to read the Three Pines mysteries if my library has them. I have a hard time getting books there but maybe Thrift Books if I can't find it at the library.
The older books are just precious and I can't wait to hear about your time on a Navajo reservation.