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(Most of) The Little House Books in Their Full Glory, etc.

Recently, I`ve been reliving the comfort and excitement that I find in the Little House Books. Yes, perhaps it`s juvenile at my age, but the books have been my rock for decades. So, when I found them in their pdf form among the wonders of the internet, I had to link them here for your enjoyment. (`Tis the season for having time to read, after all.)

Little House on the Prairie, Farmer Boy, On the Banks of Plum Creek, By the Shores of Silver Lake, The Long Winter, Little Town on the Prairie, These Happy Golden Years.


The Ingalls Family in Real Life: (left to right) Ma, Grace, Laura, Pa, Carrie, Mary

Little House Recipes



Picture credit 1, Picture credit 2: Pinterest

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Wild by Cheryl Strayed – Live Chat with Author

Cheryl Strayed lost her mother, her marriage and almost all hope when she did something that few people would dare: with no experience, she hiked eleven-hundred miles through desert and mountains, staring down snakes, bears and facing extreme weather — and she did it alone. Her memoir, Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail, has been at the top of the New York Times bestseller list for weeks and was the first selection of Oprah’s Book Club 2.0. Now, you can talk to Cheryl Strayed about her book and what inspired it in a live chat — be a part of the discussion, Thursday at 1 p.m. ET.

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Free Books!

This may not be news to anyone in the 21st century, but….FREE ebooks! 🙂 Yes, it is true that I could go on and on about the wonderfulness of the (hard) printed word, but as someone who also enjoys the content of a book and free stuff, I find the concept revolutionary and the, occasional, e-printed word quite acceptable.

I have also found that there are e-books that are temporarily free and there are e-books that are permanently free. So, please, if you do have the technology, but like me, you’ve been using your computer predominantly as a typewriter, check it out.

( I do realize that there are loads of other “permanently free” books hanging around the internet, but I have yet to check them all out.)

And now back to my musings on the topic of “what exactly is a blog” and “how exactly does it work”….


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Little Bee by Chris Cleave

Many residents in the building are retired and elderly, so many of the books are from the 70’s, 60’s, 50’s, 40’s and even the 30’s, the odd time. The ones from the 30’s and 40’s feel like historical artifacts and I like to browse through them just for that reason.

Little Bee is not one of them. (I saw a copy of it at Coles just the other day.)

This book is one of those that you can’t put down even after just the first few paragraphs. The novel is clever, light and profound. The story is told alternately from the perspective of a Nigerian refugee, Little Bee, and an English magazine editor, Sarah.

Little Bee has narrowly escaped the militia of her native land and heads for England, where she is detained at an immigration detention center for two years and escapes only because a fellow detainee exchanges their freedom for sexual favours with a detention officer. Sarah is on her way to her husband’s funeral with her 4-year-old son Charlie (a.k.a Batman), when Little Bee appears on her front step.

As the story unfolds, we find out that an earlier chance encounter between the two women changed the course of both of their lives and they need to deal with issues of suicide, betrayal, murder and what is to become of Little Bee.

What other bloggers thought: Little Bee, Reading Challenge Book #2, Little Bee, Bookslist: Must Read Travels.

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First up: The Monsters of Templeton by Lauren Groff

….is an absorbing read, which is part fantasy, part reality, part history and altogether fiction.

Willie Upton, a brilliant graduate student, returns home disgraced, pregnant by her married professor. Her family has deep and illustrious roots in the small town of Templeton and through letters, journals and first-hand testimonies of the deceased, Willie’s heritage comes to light as she searches for her real father and tries to figure out what to do next.

Here’s more from the author.

And, what another blogger thought: Monsters of Templeton,


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