Thursday, March 13, 2014

Some Of My Favorite Books

Some of my favorite books are about homes, families, memories and get-togethers. The author I most admire, that makes everyone want to be a homemaker and spend all day in the kitchen baking dainty cakes is the darling Susan Branch. I have several of her books, and have just finished her latest called A Fine Romance, Falling In Love With The English Countryside.

 
Maybe it just reminds me of my idyllic childhood growing up in the heart of England, in a charming village. Susan also has a blog which I really enjoy reading with a nice cup of tea. Handwritten books, like Susan's are a rare find. They make you feel like your reading a letter, and they feel more personal.
 
The most treasured books I have are lot of old family journals, with recipe clippings, and pictures of family get-togethers that were done by my late grandparents. Once you loose a lot of relatives like me, you learn how important keeping memories is. How To Keep Family Keepsakes is a wonderful book. After we pass away it's what keeps the stories and the memories of us passing along.
 

 
My husband and I also enjoy reading genealogy and history books together. We're reading about the beginning of time, The Story Of Christianity, How We Got The Bible and The Story of The Bible.

Our cover is a different version.
 
The reason being when we traced back my moms paternal grandfather's direct ancestors, we found that they lived in the town of Thorley, England and genealogy records show that their preacher was Francis Burley. For those who may not have heard of him, we discovered that he was one of the translators of the King James Bible.

For lighter reading, I also enjoy a good recipe book. My favorites are by Ina Garten, I could just move into her guest house, and be a taste tester. Her last book Barefoot Contessa Foolproof: Recipes You Can Trust is a good keepsake. I also DVR her TV show on the Food Network every day.


Some of my favorites of all-time:


The Happiness Project, by Gretchen Rubin
 
American Farmhouses, Country Style and Design by Leah Rosch
 
Discovering Home with Laurie Smith, Find your personal style
 
Extraordinary Touches for an Ordinary Day, by Jo Packham
 
Not Without My Daughter, by Betty Mahmoody
 
The Business of Bliss, How to profit from doing what you love, by Victoria Magazine
 
The Pleasure of your Company, Entertaining in High Style, by Kimberly Schlegel
 
The Stress-Free Home, Beautiful Interiors for serenity and harmonius living, by Jackie Craven
 
The Sweet Life, 101 Great ideas for living a happier, more balanced life by William Sinunu
 
A Fine Romance, Falling in Love with The English Countryside by Susan Branch
 
 
I'm linking up with Kelly's Korner.
If you have suggestions you think I might like be sure to let me know.

1 comment:

Mrs. Pedersen said...

I really enjoyed reading The Happiness Project as well! I'll have to check on that title by Susan Branch. (=

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