By |2019-02-17T19:57:16-05:00February 17, 2019|Books, Shopping|

So many books, so little time!

I am not a big fan of audio books and have resisted Audible for years. However, yes, I succumbed to the audio version of:


Her voice is lovely. And her story so compelling. I have enjoyed each and every minute. I’m sure many of you have read/are reading this but I urge all of you to make time for it!


So many people have recommended reading anything by
Jodi Picoult
and I have finally done so!
This was my first and I will most definitely be reading more.
This controversial topic with the actual setting of an abortion clinic, is told from many different perspectives and actually works backward in time. It is absolutely riveting and compelling, no matter your opinion about this topic. I highly recommend.

I read it during my last long flight to London: a perfect sit-down-for-hours book.



Author Serena Kent is actually the husband/wife team of Deborah Lawrenson and her husband Robert Rees. I have posted previously about Deborah and one of her eight books:
The Sea Garden


By |2021-06-04T10:01:20-04:00May 6, 2018|Books|

I am always searching for books to read. And I have found that recommendations from other bloggers and from friends on Instagram have been a wonderful source. So, here are some ideas for you.

I know, this has been around for a while and some of you may have already read it. Well, it is a wonderful story and so well written and totally engrossing. The time is WWII and the protagonists are a blind girl in Paris and a young orphan boy in Germany. We see their paths collide in St. Malo, France…


I loved, loved this one!

Such a charming and quirky story and so well told. All those small items we lose: can they ever be returned? Is there a way, or a person, to help in returning these small treasures to their owners? The story is a kind of fairy tale and so charmingly told you can’t put it down.


Here is one that came from an IG friend who said it is totally gripping and perfect for a long plane ride! So yes, I read most of it on that last flight to London. It’s a sort of Hitchcock thriller with […]


By |2017-03-12T15:57:33-04:00March 12, 2017|Books|

For your reading pleasure!
Here are a few recommendations from books I have recently read (and liked!)

Chasing the Monsoon by Alexander Frater

Those of you who have known me for a while know my fascination with India. I went there, on business, many years ago. We first went to Heimtex in Frankfurt, then on to Delhi. I was working in textile factories, staying with our supplier in his family’s house in Panipat, and then had time to stay and see the sites in Delhi. To say it was fascinating is SUCH an understatement!

I think it was about a year later that The Jewel in the Crown series of books came out, and I was hooked.

I’ve remained friends with our Indian supplier..he invited us over to his daughter’s wedding a few years ago but unfortunately we had to decline the invitation.

So, in lieu of a return trip, I read. This book was recommended by a friend who lived in many different countries and cities in the Far East and is also fascinated by India. May I present:

Alex Frater, an English travel writer and journalist, was born in the Far East and has […]


By |2016-04-17T18:02:12-04:00April 17, 2016|Books, Shopping|


Yesterday was a special blogger meet up!

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Kristy Woodson Harvey, author of “Lies and Other Acts of Love,” was doing a talk and signing of her new book at my local independent bookseller, McIntyre’s Books.

Not only do I think McIntyre’s is one of the best book stores anywhere, I think Kristy is a very special and talented writer. Her first book, “Dear Carolina,” won me over in the first few pages and kept me reading almost nonstop to the end. You can read my recommendation of “Dear Carolina” HERE.

In addition to all this, Kristy and her mother, Beth Woodson, write the blog Design Chic. This blog is one of my interior and lifestyle favorites both for content and tone. Please go over (it’s also on my sidebar) and take a look, and then subscribe!

Anyway, Kristy is delightful! She has a real presence when speaking and told us about her path to becoming an author. I was struck, in particular, with her life long desire to know people’s stories. Obviously, this comes easily to her as both her published books have characters of such depth […]


By |2016-02-07T21:56:04-05:00February 7, 2016|Books, Shopping|

What I’m reading and what I recommend to you!


 “When I Married My Mother”
Clever title that makes you want to take a look, for sure.
Slight disclaimer here: the author, Jo Maeder, is a friend of mine….

But nevertheless, this is one fascinating book and should definitely be on your list!

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“An irreverent New York City DJ braces for disaster when she moves to the Bible Belt to care for her estranged mother. What unfolds in this best-selling memoir is a hilarious, heartbreaking love story that sees eldercare and making peace with the past in a whole new way. “

All the above and SO much more. Jo’s Mother was a hoarder. She was alone. She had the beginnings of dementia. She was stubborn. For all of you out there who have cared for a parent or older person, or for those of you who may be seeing that in your future, this is the book for you. And, it’s funny, it’s poignant and because Jo and I had been friends for a year or two before I ever read this, I now see my friend in a new light.


By |2014-11-02T15:29:32-05:00November 2, 2014|Books, Libby's Likes|


Let’s get reading, shall we?

Whether you read books…. you know, the traditional hold-in-your-hand-and-turn-the-page kind, or on your iPad or other device, I’ll bet you’re always ready to hear about new reads. Right?

Here are three I read this past summer and can recommend to you:


1. The French House
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I loved this book! Of course, it’s about France so it was kind of a natural like for me, but it’s great. Follow Don and his wife, Mindy, as they buy a small house on an island off the coast of Brittany,France. It is a complete, utter mess and needs A LOT of work. The problem is they have neither the money nor the time: they live in New York where they are struggling to make ends meet but want desperately to spend more time in their French house. It’s real. The story unfolds at a perfect pace; characters are introduced slowly; the details of their lives, the island, and the people are explored and there is a kind of textural quality that really appealed to me.

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