Books of Spring

Books of Spring

glassesOur community just had the annual “Super Book Sale” in the American Association for University Women’s book sale.  This year was my first experience volunteering at the sale and enjoying how many folks joined in the fun of looking through the thousands of books at the sale.  It was especially fun to watch parents bringing kids to the sale and having them get excited about the fun books they got to take home.  For kids and adult readers alike it was like Christmas in April!

With my “books to read” pile beginning to topple (or at least tremble) I swore that I was not going to buy anything!  But then I found that elusive Ken Follett book and gave in.  I have no shortage of books given the healthy lending library here at Stillwaters but still I couldn’t resist the pull of that excellently priced paperback thriller.  Now the question is where does it fall in my priority list for reading?

I just finished a page-turner for book club called “The Keeper of Lost Causes”.  For those who love Danish or Swedish or English detective stories, this was a great read.  Their detectives always seem to come to the story with a lot of baggage and it makes them seem more human (and more believable).  Jussi Adler-Olsen is the author of this first in the series of “Department Q” mysteries – there are now six in the series.

Glory of EverythingThe AARP website has a current article on new books for a great spring read.  Some very interesting ones to check out like:

  • Belgrave by Julian Fellowes (Downton Abbey fame)
  • For the Glory by Duncan Hamilton
  • Glory over Everything by Kathleen Grissom (Author of The Kitchen House)

Click HERE to see the article.

Quote of the Week:

“When I get a little money, I buy books. If any is left, I buy food and clothes.” — Erasmus

Happenings this Week:

Tonight:   Reiki master teacher Ardeth Ellis will be presenting a program called “What Is Reiki?” at the Lewis County branch of the American Association of University Women meeting at 6:45 p.m. Thursday at The Gathering Place, Stillwaters Estates.  Reiki is a healing technique that anyone can access. Ellis will be talking about what reiki is, its history and how you can learn to access your own healing energy.

The Gathering Place is located at 2800 Cooks Hill Road, Centralia. Use the entrance off Scammon Creek Road off Colonial Drive. The gate is open until 7 p.m.  For more information, call Peggy, (360) 736-8564, or Kristi, (360) 748-4203.

Starting Tomorrow Night, April 8th:   The Evergreen Playhouse will be presenting “Deathtrap,” its next play in the 2015-16 season.  Performances will be April 8-10, 14-17 and  21-24. Times are 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. on Sundays and 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays.   The Ira Levin tale, Broadway’s longest running thriller, is so full of twists and turns that director Amber Roal calls it, “A roller coaster twisting through a carnival fun house full of screams of delight and terror.” Audiences will have to hold onto their seats and buckle up for the ride of their theatrical lives with this non-stop show.

Tickets for the Friday, Saturday and Sunday performances are $10 for adults or $8 for students. They are available at the door or through Thursday shows are pay what you can. Proceeds from the April 14 performance will be distributed evenly among the actors.  The theater is located at 226 W. Center St., Centralia.

Next Thursday, April 14th:  Movie night at Stillwaters Estates.  This month the movie is “The Martian”, with Matt Damon.  Damon is the astronaut abandoned on the surface of Mars and the movie is the story  of his survival.   A great book and an exciting movie!  Come join the group for ice cream at 5:45 and the movie promptly at 6 p.m.

Saturday, April 16th: The Northwest Wind Symphony’s spring concert, “English Fare,” takes place Saturday, April 16, 2016, at Corbet Theatre at 7pm.  This final concert of NWWS’s 25th season reminds us of the roots of our American wind music heritage. The music is entirely British, including a solo by NWWS’s own Rich Pasko, trombone. Tickets $12 general admission at door or Book n Brush.  Please visit

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WEATHER:   Sunshine! At least Sunshinefor today and tomorrow, so get outside and enjoy this spring time treat!

Matthew Williams

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    Thank you, Cindy, for a great blog about books. Is there life without them?
    I found a bookmark with this text some time ago: ” BOOKS……the other channel”

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