Comment: We meet again on this swap. :) I LOVED the covers for The Selection series as well, but The Elite was my favorite. I adore the red dress. Will you be reading The Heir? I'm looking forward to it!
Response: I will - I have it on hold at the library, so I should get a copy fairly quickly when it comes in. I'm looking forward to it, too!
Comment: Thank you for your swap! I've only read The Selection and The Shadow of the Wind (my favorite book I read in 2014) out of all the books that you listed. I hope that 2015 is a great reading year for you.
Comment: Thank you for the email! I was just able to sit down today and add some of your recommendations to my Goodreads list. Ones I'm particularly excited about are: The Miniaturist, Booktown mysteries, Book Retreat mysteries, and The Snow Flower and the Secret Fan. Thanks again, and happy reading in 2015!
Response: Glad you found some books on my list that interested you. That is the danger in this type of swap, isn't it? Your reading list just keeps getting longer and longer... :)
Comment: I'm glad you found a lot of books in 2014 that you liked reading :) I had a pretty good reading year too!
I don't know if you'll like it or not, but "Throne of Glass" by: Sarah J. Maas is REALLY good! And I also love "The Book Thief" by: Markus Zusak.
Response: Thanks very much for the recommendations. The Book Thief has been on my to-read list for ages. Maybe 2015 is the year that I finally need to read it!
Comment: Thanks for the links to the books. I also love Lisa See's books. Her Shanghai Girls books are great also but now that I've finished reading your survey I see you might have read them already. = ) I am going to try to get my hands on that series of Grimm / Hansel and Gretel books. Sounds interesting!
Comment: Enjoyed reading your comments. I did not like The Giving Tree, either -- remembering getting it years ago to give my niece/nephews, read it 1st and decided not to give it to them. Happy New Year!
Comment: I LOVE the card you sent the postcard in! Polar Bear babies are adorable! I also love that you posted it with the Bumble stamp from the Rudolph series! He's my favorite!! I've started The Miniaturist (book club), just need to finish it. Everyone in book club liked it, and I've liked what I've read so far... I'll check out Shanghai Girl (and will suggest it to book club). It sounds good! Thank you so much for the recommendations!
Response: I was so excited to see that the post office was offering Rudolph stamps this year! I'm really glad you enjoyed the swap!
Comment: I have Snow Flower and the Secret Fan on my TBR shelves, so glad to know you liked it! Sorry you didn't like the second Penderwicks book as much as I did, but glad you likes its happy ending :-)
EDIT: 9/1- I'm SO SORRY. I wrote this feedback as soon as I got your swap and accidentally it was still set to "I do not wish to rate at this time." This has never happened to me before; I'm so sorry!
Response: That's no problem. I'm just glad that the swap got to you. I finished the third Penderwicks book not along ago and liked that one better. :)
Comment: Thanks for your review! The book I read (The House of Mirth) deals a lot more with society's expectations on women--I mention it since you seemed interested in that aspect of your book. It features a female lead who is basically brought up to be an expensive decoration and the ensuing inner conflict between her upbringing and freedom from it. I would recommend it!
Response: I'll definitely put that one on my reading list. Thanks for the recommendation and the nice rating. Happy reading!
Comment: Thank you or this recipe. I will definitely make it soon. All of the listed ingredient are on my favorites list. I have made a similar version of this bread before . Can't wait to try this one. The note card is adorable... I just luv it!
Response: So glad you like it. If you try the recipe, I'd love to hear what you think. Hopefully you love it as much as I do!
Comment: Imagine my excitement getting two swaps from you in one day. I am so excited to try this soup. I have been looking for a recipe, thank you. Beer cheese soup is very prevalent in Wisconsin. Have yet to make it. The chicken recipe sounds delicious as well. Thank you very much.
Response: So glad you liked the recipes. I had fun writing them up for you!
Comment: Sorry for my late rating. I could not find the words, after what happened. The entire Dutch nation is in mourning, including me. Though I have not lost loved ones. I want to thank you anyway for your board. Thanks for sharing.
Response: No worries about the rating. I'm so sorry for what all of you are going through. Please know that others around the world care deeply, and are thinking of you.
Comment: Had to laugh, we were exact opposites. It wasn't until I filled in my map that I realized that most of the settings for my reading this quarter were in Europe! lol! We've read a lot of the same books, by the way. Thanks for your list.
Comment: I also didn't like the names, the writer could have been more creative with them. I don't think it was one of the best books I've read, but it was ok. It was fun reading your review, I kinda had the same opinion about the book. Thank you for typing the swap:-)
Response: Wow - that re-send got to you really quickly! I'm so glad it arrived safely this time. Interesting that we both had the same thoughts about the book. :)
Comment: What a wonderful book; thanks for sharing your experience with it with me. How neat that you've been to that area of Kenya :-) I love your observation about learning about a new culture through a good picture book. And thanks for the other recommendations!
Comment: Thank you so much for your swap! I'm sorry you didn't like Shadow of the Wind. :( I never heard anything about it, stumbled onto it at GoodReads and though it's a genre/setting WAY outside my genre, I gave it a try and I LOVED it. It's my 2nd favorite book, ever.
Comment: Thank you for your answers. I have been meaning to re-read Anne of Green Gables and the rest of the series, and you have inspired me to find them when we finally get all of our books back onto shelves. :)
Comment: I loved your including the links as well. You made me curious to check out Chiaverini...and we have the same "worst habit," though I don't think I wrote about that one. But I have so many "started" books that i put aside to start something else. Thanks for a fun list.
Response: Thanks for your nice comments! I hope you give Chiaverini's Elm Creek Quilts series a try. Those books were such fun to read!
Comment: Ahh, you loved "The Selection" by: Kiera Cass! :D Have you checked out any other YA books? I recommend the Divergent trilogy (by: Veronica Roth) and anything written by Morgan Matson! Oh, and "The Book Thief" by: Markus Zusak! (: There's a lot more that I'd recommend, but yeah.
Response: I do read YA occasionally. The Book Thief has been on my to-read list for quite a while now - I think it might be time to actually break down and read it. :)
Comment: Hello Natasha,
Thank you for the 5 notecards you sent me for this swap They will be a nice addition to my notecard collection. I will look forward to using them in the future.
Comment: I enjoyed your answers, we have ALOT of similar reading interests, and I loved remembering Little Woman, and I to loved Anne of Green Gables series and I also read a lot of Jennifer Chiaverini, I just finished her Spymistress novel which was great! Im curious about some of the books you mentioned so maybe I will find some new favorites, thx for sharing! :)
Response: Thanks for your kind comments! I was just reading your profile and we do have many similar reading interests. Are you on goodreads? If so and you'd like to be friends there, just send me a PM and we can exchange info.
Comment: Thanks for sharing your May reading log. I'm a great fan of cozy mysteries so it's nice to find out about some series I hadn't encountered before. And I'm interested that you too are reading 'The Dead Secret'. I'll be really interested to see what you thought of it.
Response: I really loved 'The Dead Secret'. I enjoyed it so much more than I expected to, although I did figure out part of the secret pretty early on in the book. I see you're my partner for the Reading the Classics swap. I'm excited to hear your thoughts as well.
Comment: Hi Natasha, Thanks for the interesting April Reading Log. I remember reading 'From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs Basil E Fitzweiler' and 'Pollyanna' many years ago -- your log has prompted me to go back to them! And the Picoult audio book sounds well worth listening to. Thank you!
Comment: I hadn't heard of this Agatha Christie book before (I mainly stayed in the Poirot realm), so it was neat to hear about it here. I'm glad you enjoyed your experience with it. Sounds like Frankie was fun to get to know.
Response: Thanks for the rating and heart! My partner sent me a review of a non-Poirot/Marple book as well, and it's been fun to explore some of Christie's books that don't include her popular detectives.
Comment: Hi Natasha,
I really enjoyed reading your March Reading Log. You and I seem to have overlapping tastes in our book choices and I'm planning to check out several of the ones on your list that are new to me.
Response: I'm glad you found some books you were interested in! Hope to be partnered with you again one of these days so I can see your reading list!
Comment: Thanks for sending your list & reviews. I really enjoyed reading through them. I'm so bad at numerically rating books, but that's the first thing I look for when I read someone's review. I'm so glad you liked the Kite Runner! I read it years ago, but moments from the book still come back to me at times.
Comment: It was great reading your log because we have such different tastes in books. Due to your comments about the Giving Tree, I went back and read it and I totally agree! You should check this out: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/compost/wp/2013/02/28/the-giving-tree-revised/ :)
Response: I enjoyed the link! That pretty much sums it up. :) Thanks for the nice comments and the heart!
Comment: Thanks for sharing your reading. I agree with your thoughts & ratings about The Giving Tree and A Thousand Splendid Suns. I love Hosseini's characters, and his women characters are so well-written.
Response: I can' t wait to read more by Hosseini. Thanks for the rating and the heart!
Comment: Sorry for the delay in rating. Silly junk mail folder. Gah. Thanks for sending your list of reads for last month. Gabby sounds like a pretty emotional book, especially with the actual people reading it on audio. I might have to track it down.
Response: Thanks for the rating! I can never figure out why some swaps go to junk mail and others don't. :)
Comment: First what a beautiful card. It looks like our two cats if they were young. You sound like a very busy person.. I must admit I brought a sewing machine but have yet to take it out of the box I admire you!
Thank you for sharing, also love the note paper!
Response: Don't admire me too much yet - my sewing skills are still not that great. :) Glad that you liked the swap - have a great day!
Comment: Sorry this got punted into my spam folder! Thanks for sending it on time :-) Sorry to hear that you didn't like The Sunday Philosophy Club as much as others the author has written; I've got a copy of that on Mt. TBR--I've been expecting a club that meets on Saturdays to discuss philosophy as well-ha! Happy reading & best of luck finishing the Agatha Raisin series! :-)
Response: I'm glad that it got through to you - thanks for your quick response!
Comment: Thank you for the fabulous board! Everything looks so yummy! I might have to try a couple of them. My family isn't big on anything made from pumpkin, but the apple stuff is right up their alley.
Comment: Oh my!!! You read me perfectly!! The three books you chose from are three of my faves. The scene you mentioned in "Anne of Green Gables" is really one of my favourites. (My other favourite is the mouse in the pudding sauce, of course!) I received all the "Little House" books as a Christmas gift when I was young and I read and re-read them at least 100 times. Thank you for the thoughtful swap. I will certainly try all the recipes.
Response: I'm so glad you liked the recipes. I was delighted to be partnered with someone who loves the same books that I do. (That mouse in the pudding makes me laugh out loud every time!)
Comment: Thanks for the recommendations - there are several books in your list that I'm going to check out! -EDITED- I forgot to add a special thank you for the amazing vintage Illinois stamps you used on your envelope. They kind of made me drool a little. : )
Comment: Thanks for the great swap. Your job sounds very rewarding and interesting! In Northern Alabama we have a lot of trees & the autumn is awesome! Since we are further South ... it takes a little longer for the leaves to turn but when they do ... just beautiful! Enjoy your trip to Door Co. -- never been, but have it heard it is very nice up there!
Response: Thank you - we did enjoy the trip. Gorgeous colors and beautiful weather! Thanks for the rating and the heart!
Comment: Your recipes sound yummy. I can't wait to try the stuffing in the crock pot. I love stuffing. I have made the turkey place cards many times. We used to do them with the girl scouts only we used a different cookie and used the old fashion choc. creme drop candy. Thanks!
Comment: I am a HUGE sucker for time travel stories, so it sounds like I might like The Shining Girls. Thanks for sending this swap; The Devil in the White City has been on my Mt. To Be Read for a while now and it's neat to read the different reviews of it from several of my partners in this swap! Happy reading this month!
Comment: Thank you for the book cover pc! I bet the book club with your niece is going to be sooo fun! It's been years since I read Swiss Family Robinson...I may need to revisit it! Thanks for a great send!!!
Response: You're welcome! I'm only a few chapters in and I like the book already. I have to make an effort to read slowly so she can keep up. :)
Comment: Thank you for your reading log again Natasha! :) Funny that you had to send to me twice. LOL!
Response: I know! I saw that I was sending to you twice and was trying to decide whether there was anything I could do to change up one of the e-mails. :) I decided that there wasn't since the books I read ad what I thought of them remained the same!
Comment: Thank you so much for the Tomato Spinach Spirals recipe! Can't wait to try it! It is perfect for Hubby and me - quick, simple, and it sounds delicious. We have been married 16 months now. I love that you used it when you were first married. Thanks for sharing the significance of this recipe in your life :)
Response: So glad that you like the recipe! I love to hear and share the stories behind the recipes we make. Enjoy!
Comment: I'm sorry it took a little longer to rate you for this! I wanted to have a chance to be able to sit down and read all of what you wrote before reading it. I really liked how you set yours up also. I think next time I'll try something similar. I almost didn't notice that it was printed on both sides. I've never heard of the Agatha Raisin series but I sometimes like reading little quick light books like that. I've heard of Wanda Brunstetter but I haven't read any of her books yet. I do have one actually that I found on sale for a quarter but it ended up being the third in a series so I think I'll just end up passing that one on. I haven't found many amish fiction type books that I've liked that much. I added Number The Stars to my to-read list incase I come across it again. I always passed it up growing up because the cover looked boring. (I know I'm terrible about judging them by their covers some times) I also have been wanting to read The Giver. I love those types of books but I didn't read it growing up either. It's been talked about more again lately because of the fourth book she put out in the series last year. Do you plan to read the rest of the series? I may have to pick up Nicholas Spark's memoir after reading what you said about it. I've loved his fiction books but for some reason I was never interested in picking up this one either. I'm also interested in checking out A Hundread Summers it was actually on my to-read list before I read your list. So I'm happy to see you thought it was great. I love books and stories set back in that time in history. I loved reading all of your little reviews of the books you read this quarter. I had a pretty short list for this quarter because I had been so unmotivated and in a rut with reading. Luckily I'm getting back into it again. It happens sometimes with me so I'll have to read lots this next quarter so I can catch up with my 2013 reading goal!
Response: Thanks so much for your nice comments! I think you'll really like The Giver. I haven't yet tried the second or third books in the series, but based on advice from another reader, I skipped those and I am now reading Son, book #4. I'm almost done and am enjoying it. I'm very curious as to how it ends - I think the ending will make or break the story for me. The Wanda Brunstetter you picked up should be just fine to read on its own. All of her books stand alone pretty well and I don't think you will need to have read the first two before reading the third. However, it is pretty typical Amish fiction so if you don't enjoy those all that much, this author may not be your cup of tea. Happy reading! PS - I judge books by their covers, too! :)
Comment: Thank you enjoyed reading your comments. I also read M.C. Beaton -- the Hamish Macbeth series. One of these days I will get around to Agatha. Also read or plan to read some of the other authors you read. The new-to-me book/author that I am adding to my wish list is A Hundred Summers by Beatriz Williams. Really enjoyed this swap! Thank you!
Response: You're welcome. I've wanted to try the Hamish Macbeth series, but have to get through the Agatha books first! I've only got a few more to go. :)
Comment: thank you for your reading log. i loved reading your comments - especially because you are honest and say what you really think! will have to try mr sparks. i never have but i think i will now! cheers.
Response: Thank you - have the tissues nearby when you pick up a Sparks book! :)
Comment: Thank you for the teas! I can't wait to try them. The haze is basically smoke that's being blown in from other countries, so it was like being in a perpetual forest fire without the burning smell. It was pretty bad this year, but I've been drinking lots of tea to cope (:
Response: Wow - that is crazy about te haze! Glad that the teas can help you through it. :)
Comment: Thank you so much for the postcard and the story about camping. I don't believe I've ever been to the Shawnee National Forest, I'm going to look it up though! Happy Swapping and thank you again!
Response: It's definitely worth a trip - so many beautiful places to see! Thanks for the rating! :)
Comment: Great swap, I can't wait to try the teas! Thank you also for your note about your Wisconsin trip, it was nice to find a fellow backpacker. Yes, we are hiking segments 9-11 or 12 of the Colorado Trail and I'm so excited to leave in just 5 days!
Response: Have a great time! Thanks for the rating and the heart. :)
Comment: Hello Natasha,
Thank you for the Flat Mail Round Robin Envelope I received in the mail today. What fun I had going through it and choosing what I wanted and then filling it with new things. Thank you for making it a fun package to choose from with your goodies.
Response: So glad that you liked everything. Thanks for the rating and the heart!
Comment: Hello Natasha,
Thank you for your Yellow Squash Quiche recipe you sent me for the Y Recipe Swap. It sounds so YUMMY!!!! I look forward to trying your quiche recipe is the near future.
Response: I hope you enjoy it as much as I do! Thanks for the rating and the heart. :)
Comment: I love the flower notecard! I think it is too cool there is a cat at the zoo that loves the t-shirts in the gift shop and no-one seems to mind him being there. And your three cats! Especially Daisy! Sounds like my roommate's cat Zoe..she always finds trouble. :) We seem to have hit summer here in northern New Mexico! We ran through Spring and it is in the 90's already here!
Response: It was close to 90 here yesterday, too. This has been a crazy beginning to the summer - 60 degrees one day, high 80s the next! Glad you liked the card. Thanks for the rating!
Comment: Hi Natasha! I LOVE the recipes you sent - as a matter of fact, I'm having family over this weekend and I can't wait to try some out. I am especially drooling over the BLT Pinwheels - sounds DELISH! Thanks for a great swap!
~ Anne : )
Response: So glad that you like the recipes. BLT Pinwheels are a favorite appetizer in this house! Thanks for the rating and the heart. :)
Comment: Thanks for all the detail! :) Zero Waste Home sounds interesting, but I suspect that I too do many of the things already. The Giver vaguely reminds me of City of Ember; I shall have to look it up. Thanks again.
Comment: You definitely did a lot of reading this month--good for you! I would have given The Giver 6/5 stars (the second book in the series was good, but the other two were disappointing). I love the variety of books you read as well. Well done and thanks so much for sharing!
Comment: Okay got your message!!! You got to go to Kenya!! Omg I am so jealous!!! I want to go there so bad! They have this race every year for fundraising (Which of course I cannot think of right now) I want to do it one year!
Response: Are you thinking of the Safaricom marathon by any chance? That is the race that raises money for the preserve I visited! Thanks for the rating and the heart. :)
Comment: Hey Natasha!
Yep, it's here (I knew your name looked familiar, ha ha) -I look forward to hanging the air freshener in my car (raspberry lime sounds like an awesome spring/summer scent, so it's perfect!) And I â™¥ paper goods -Thank You, Thank You!
Take Care & Happy Swapping!
Response: So glad you liked it. Thanks for the rating and the heart!
Comment: I honestly thought I rated it but see that I didn't.Sorry. Really liked the card you sent. Got back from the cruise last night and will write your letter when I get home from work tonight. Thanks
Response: No worries! Thanks so much for the rating and the heart!
Comment: Thanks for the great walk it was really interesting especially the Great Blue Herons, they are beautiful and it's such a treat to get to see them where they live. Thank you so much for joining the swap
Response: You're welcome! It was a treat for me to find them!
Comment: Natasha, your resend arrived yesterday. Thank you so much. The recipes look very delicious, and I LOVE mexican food! I just don't have enough recipes to make it, now I have a chance at attempting something rather than using a packet mix or going to the restaurant. Thank you very much!
Response: I'm so very glad that you liked the recipes, and that they arrived safely this time. Thank you for letting me know, and for hosting this fun swap!
Comment: Thanks, Natasha. The Winter Palace sounds interesting, but I have a problem with historical fiction. I just can't handle it if I don't know which part is history and which part fiction.
The Book of Mormon Girl sounds most interesting though, I'll have to see if my local library carries that. Religion is such a fascinating subject.
Response: I agree - I really enjoy reading about other religions also. Thanks for the rating and the heart. :)
Comment: "It takes a special person who knows the music of another's heart, and then sings it to them" that is what you are, "special"!!! thank you so very much for the darling "cow" card! I would be happy to swap with you ANY time, and if you are ever in my neck of the woods, let me know, maybe we could meet up? blessings, ellie
Response: Definitely - I will let you know if I'm going to be down in your area. Thanks so much for the kind words - -I'm very glad that you enjoyed the swap!
Comment: Thank you, Natasha, for the great recipe! They sound heavenly...especially with the cinnamon and sugar on the top...and especially saved for snacking on at work in the mornings!! If I had the yogurt on hand, I would make them right now!! Thanks so much!! Chari
Response: You're welcome! I'm very glad that you like the recipe.
Comment: Thanks for the letter and the recipe. Does it really serve 20? Those must be some small slices. ;) Your job sounds amazing. Challenging. But amazing. Hope to have a chance to write back soon. I'm currently drowning in letters at the moment. ;)
Response: You're welcome. They are small slices. As someone who loves dessert but doesn't need more than a few bites, the slices are just the right size for me. Those with heartier appetites will probably not get quite as many servings. :) Thanks for the rating!
Comment: Thank you so much for the lovely note and tea! I am so happy to hear about what you're reading as I'm always looking for book recommendations. :) Our winter here has been mild too - though my area is always mild compared to other states - but, usually we have a bit more rain. Today it rained so that was nice - I love the rain. :) Thanks again for the happy swap! I hope you're having a wonderful day! :)
Response: You're welcome! I am always looking for book recommendations as well so I really enjoy passing them on to others. Thank you for the nice comments and the heart. :)
Comment: Thank you for the yummy recipes. And to answers your question, YES the weather has been just like yours, warm one day and freezing the next. I wish it would stay one way or the other so we can get use to it.
Comment: Hello Natasha,
This recipe sounds wonderful!!! I will mark this as a Christmas recipe and try it next year for Christmas or maybe take your idea of using yellow jello and make them in the Spring. They sound YUMMY!!! Thank you for sharing this recipe with me. I will add this to my special A-Z Recipe Book.
Comment: Chili is popular this year!
Thanks for the recipe. I really need to get my hands on a slow cooker. So many great recipes I want to try.
I would definitely add lots of veggies to this one. I looove veggies.
Comment: Lovely note and teas! We had a very similar New Year's Eve and day. Thank you for the three teas -- I can't wait to curl up with a cup and a book. Wild Orange Blossom is one of my very favorites!
Comment: Sorry for the delay in rating you. I was all caught up in Thanksgiving Day plans. I hope yours was as good as mine was. Thank you for the beautiful notecard and sharing a bit about yourself and the books you recomended. I will have to give them a try especially The Bridesmaid. Brighton is about a hour from St. Louis.
Comment: OMGosh the tea smells so wonderful... I smelled it as soon as I opened my mailbox today and the sun was shining right on the box so it had added heat lol... Thanks so much for the resend even though it wasnt necessary =) Cant wait to try this tea tonight
Response: So glad that they finally made it! I just signed up for your fall/winter tea swap - wishing us both better luck with the mail in that one. :)
Comment: Natasha... THANK YOU so much for the lovely swap, and for reminding me to rate. I had done it once and then forgot to click the SAVE. I am so sorry, but yes, I got it and I thank you so much... â˜º
Response: You are quite welcome. I'm glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for the rating and the heart. :)
Comment: Hello Natasha,
Thank you for the YUMMY sounding cookies/treats that you sent me for this swap. I am excited to try your recipes during this holiday season, especially your Jell-O Pastel Cookies.
Response: Glad you like the recipes. Happy baking!
Comment: Thanks! Almost all of your recipes were something I've never seen before. I will definitely be trying the choc. covered cherry cookies. My dad is a choc. covered cherry fiend and I love them too. We both hate the ones with the gross white goop in them...has to be just a cherry & syrup. So those sound like something I could easily veganize & take some to work too.
Comment: said to check profile first....clearly states...no mint
Response: So sorry. The tea section said you liked any flavor. I hadn't read the candy section where you mentioned mint and chose a decaf since I thought that would match your preferences. My apologies! Have a great day.
Comment: Hi, Natasha! I am on the same page as you (ha, ha!) when it comes to audio books - I like listening to something light that I have already read like Maeve Binchy or Debbie Maccomber so I can enjoy listening but it doesn't really matter if I miss a bit here and there. I'm going to have to look for The Dressmaker the next time I'm at the library - it sounds really good. Thanks for swapping! :)
Comment: This looks super tasty! I swear I am going to try it. I have a recipe blog and want to share this... but first I need to make it and figure out if it can be frozen and if so, what those freezer directions would be. If I share it I will give you credit for it.
Response: Wow, thank you! If you decide to use it in your blog, I'm happy to share the name of the cookbook it came from. Enjoy!