Heart Necklace Giveaway

Thankfully, cold weather lasts for only about three months here. A short season means I have a limited timeframe to wear my woolen items. The color of this jacket won me over right away. I appreciate that it goes with every pair of pants I own. It’s a warm jacket to throw on over a pair of jeans and a simple sweater. I found it at Talbots last year at the end of the season.

We stopped to snap these photos on our way to pick up take-out for another weekend dinner date in my breakfast nook. My lip color is Plum here. I’ll share shopping links to similar items since nothing I’m wearing is new. JacketScarfSweaterJeansBootsBagSunglasses

It’s time for another giveaway! Suzanne, the designer of Beauty in Stone Jewelry, is teaming up with me to give away the necklace below to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Please put your name in the “bowl” by leaving a comment below to tell us the best book you’ve read lately. I’ll choose a random comment and announce the winner next week.

The Dramatic Heart Necklace is here. It comes in two chain style choices and lengths. My necklace is the 22″ short oval-link style. (Use the code SAS10 For $10 off any one item at Beauty in Stone Jewelry.) Her newest Beach Glass and Pearls bracelet (pictured below) is here.

Shopping links on this site may allow me to earn a small commission at no additional cost to you.

  1. I’ve recently found author Ava Miles, and the first of her books that I read, I thoroughly enjoyed – Wild Irish Rose. I’ve gone on to read several others by her, but Wild Irish Rose remains my favorite recent read!

  2. Really enjoyed Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson, about packhorse librarians in Kentucky. Interesting and entertaining read! If you liked Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes, you’ll love this one.

  3. I read Postcards from a Stranger written by Imogene Clark. Well written book about a family dynamics and what we perceive to be true may not be. I was drawn in and look forward to the story line. Reminded me life choices are not always clear cut. Mothers are human and make mistakes.

  4. A really good book is Talking to the Sky. By Aimee Mayo. It’s a memoir. So it is a little rough and has rough language. Recommended by Dana Perino. The author is a friend.

  5. I loved ‘The Gown, A Novel of the Royal wedding’ by Jennifer Robson. Historical novel that takes you behind the scenes of the Queen’s wedding gown. I’ve been reading quite a bit this past year, as well as listening to Audio books. I follow Parnassus books in Nashville, for their weekly recommendations. I’m new to your blog, Susan, and I look forward to each one of your posts. So inspiring!

  6. Hi Susan! I just finished THE SCENT KEEPER by Erica Bauermeister..next up is EDUCATED BY TARA WESTOVER…highly recommended…Love, love your website love the classic styles and you have saved me so much money..not buying random things I never wear! Jeannette

  7. I am finishing up reading A Gentle Answer by Scott Sauls! So good! I love your blog and instagram – thank you!

  8. The best Book I’ve read lately, the Bible! Good for all seasons of life especially pandemics! Lol! My favorite author is Jan Karon and anything she writes’

  9. I really liked Anxious People by Fredrik Backman. I’m looking forward to reading all the book suggestions. I also bought that jacket at Talbots at the end of season last year, but in green.

  10. Recently read and loved “The Girl Who Wrote in Silk”. Just finished “Educated” and now reading “City of Girls”. So many good books and so little time to read!

    I started following you before your Johnson City seminar, which I attended. I have learned so much from your posts. Please continue.

  11. Your Healthiest Healthy by Samantha Harris. As I celebrate my 60th birthday today I want to be as healthy as I can be for the remainder of my days. I was inspired to read that book and try to find a healthier path when I didn’t quite feel as “great” as I wanted to. Here’s to 60 and many more. Thank you, Susan, for showing us how beautiful 60 and beyond can be

  12. Having watched both seasons of The Alienist, I’ve decided to read the books by American author, Caleb Carr. The heart necklace is beautiful, just in time for Valentines Day.

  13. The best book I’ve recently is ‘WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING’ by Delia Owens. I’m glad you asked your followers to make note of the best book they’ve read lately – at the end of the week I plan to go through the posts and look for more reading material! Thanks so much for your blog!!

  14. Beautiful necklace!
    The best book I’ve read recently is “The Tremble of Love” by Ani Tuzman. It is a beautiful story of the timeless grace of love.
    Love your blog!

  15. News of the World by Paulette Jules…reread before seeing the movie…just as good (or better) the 2nd time!

  16. I would strongly recommend “The Girl with Seven Names,” a memoir by Lee Hyeon-Seo. It is the story of a North Korean woman’s struggle to avoid capture/repatriation and guide her family to freedom.

  17. I love history and nonfiction best. I just finished The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History by Dr Thomas Woods. Things are not always as they seem.

    Also, finally had the chance to watch Mr Mickey’s video about his collection. I have seen many pictures of him on your blog; however, hearing him speak added a whole new dimension.

  18. I enjoyed American Dirt. I read it for my book club and we have a very lively discussion. I also enjoyed The Invisible Life of Adie LaRue.

  19. My most recent read was Virgin River by Robyn Carr. It was an easy, clean, and uplifting read. Throughly enjoyed.

  20. Hi Susan! ‘The Great Alone’ by Kristen Hannah. Loved it. Also enjoy your posts for the past few years!

  21. Gosh, I read 1, maybe 2, books a week. Had just plodded through one of my favorite author’s book (it was a real snoozer) and wanted something fun and fast. Janet Evanovich’s Fortune and Glory fit the bill. Thank you Susan ❤

  22. Tuesday’s With Morrie by Mitch Albom
    A quick easy read that I read many years ago. Such a beautiful story that I treated myself to reading it again ❤️

  23. ‘The Women in Black’ was a fun read by Madeliene St. John – full of fashion and fun! Thanks for asking for what we’ve been reading, it’s nice to have new recommendations from such a nice place 🙂

  24. I really liked the book …American Dirt. I take what I have for granted so often & this book made me realized how blessed I am.

  25. I just finished The Children’s Blizzard. Found it hard to put down, but not a book to read during our latest 8” snowfall! brrr!

    1. From that same blizzard: “In All Its Fury: A History of the Blizzard of January 12, 1888” – January 12, 1947
      by W. H. O’Gara (Author), Ora A. Clement (Editor). This book is a compilation of letters written by survivors of the blizzard.

  26. Just read an oldie, My Antonia by Willa Cather. My mom used to teach it in my high school to her sophomore English class.
    Today’s my birthday. Would LOVE to win the necklace.
    Thanks. Sara

  27. Thank you so much for your generosity. The best book that I’ve read lately is, The Winemaker’s Wife.

  28. The most satisfying book I’ve read recently is The Girl Who Drank the Moon. My granddaughters gave me some of their favorite books for Christmas and this one is a tale of love and magic satisfying for all ages. It has sparked great discussion via FaceTime with my granddaughters now living in Amman, Jordan.

  29. Hi Susan, the best book I have read lately was ‘Where The Crawdads Sing’. I haven’t come across one I liked better. I miss seeing you each morning on Facebook! Debra Black

  30. What a great Valentine’s Day necklace. Not “too” dainty like many heart necklaces can be, I recently read American Dirt. Really liked the intense story!

  31. My latest book is by Richard Osman and is called The Thursday Murder Club. I’ve read that Steven Spielberg has the rights to make a film. The book is about 4 elderly sleuths looking into unsolved murder cases.
    I enjoy your website and social media tips!
    Thank you
    Win Sharp

  32. When Books Went to War: The Stories That Helped Us Win World War II by Molly Guptill Manning. It was very moving to think my dad and uncles may have read these books while deployed in WWII.

  33. Hi Susan – Best book I’ve read lately is “Gentleman in Moscow”. I would love to be picked for your beautiful heart necklace. It is so much my style. Very simple, but it’s pretty. I’m 71 years old.



      1. Karin, so many here recommend this book I just ordered it from Amazon, to arrive in 2 days. I look forward to it. ann

  34. Great post.
    I recently read: Shame: How America’s Past Sins Have Polarized Our Country by Shelby Steele. Extremely relevant and enlightening. Highly recommended.

  35. “Life Is So Good”. A memoir of a black man. So good!!
    I the color of that jacket!
    Please enter me in the drawing! The necklace is beautiful!

  36. Lovely necklace! I am currently reading “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.” It’s different in the way it is structured but I am enjoying it. Stay warm!

  37. One of the best books I have enjoyed recently is Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman. The book is centered around the title character, a Scottish woman with an odd personality and some tragic secrets of her own. What a heartwarming tale and an enjoyable read! Wishing you a happy Valentine’s Day, Susan.

  38. The best book I have read recently is Big Lies in a Small Town by Diane Chamberlain. I would love to have the heart necklace!

  39. I just finished “A Single Thread” by Tracy Chevalier and loved it. A an interesting story, beautifully written,
    especially if one enjoys tales set in England. That heart necklace is lovely. Wish I had one!

  40. I recently read “The Girl in the Letter” by, Emily Gunnis and “The Shifting Fog” by, Kate Morton (I love all of her books). Two different stories and both were hard to put down as I read them. Lovely necklace!

  41. I just finished THE RUSSIAN by James Patterson. The necklace is lovely. Please put my name in the bowl.


  42. I’m reading Bloodline by Jess Lourey.
    Candace Havens has some cute cozy mysteries out that I’ve enjoyed.

  43. “The Boy Who Followed His Father Into Auschwitz” is a true story of a family’s struggle to survive the concentration camps of World War II and the loss and grief they experienced on their journey. It shows the strength of the human spirit in what are the toughest conditions imaginable. This book should be mandatory reading for high school students as it tells the true story of these brave survivors. It is a time in history we must never forget.

  44. I am an avid reader and read a couple books a week. I work at the library system in my state so books are huge part of my life. It is hard to pick just one book as the best. The books I have enjoyed the most recently are Anxious People by Fredrik Backman, One by One by Ruth Ware, and Memorial Drive by Natasha Trethewey. The necklace is beautiful. I would love to win it. That jacket color is just stunning on you.

  45. Dear Susan,

    I have been following your blog for a long time now. When you mentioned the heart necklace, I decided it was time to write even though I have never written to anyone’s blog before. Although I am about 15 years older than you and have a warm palette, I have picked up some very useful tips from you! I have increased my use of scarves in place of jewelry and find I like that look very much. So much so, that I made infinity scarves for all the women in my large family one Christmas! I’m pleased that I still get compliments on those I made. I now am making kimonos out of scarves and, having two of my own, find they add color and style to several of my outfits. I have learned, gradually over the years, what looks best on my body type. But having your suggestions is reinforcing my choices, too. Thank you so much for sharing your journey, and your own lovely style. I enjoy every column as well as your weekend getaways! I haven’t been to Tennessee, but my mother was raised in Virginia – I think you southern gals have a step up on the rest of us. Oh, backing up to the heart necklace – my husband of 60 years this July has given me an assortment of heart earrings, necklaces and bracelets throughout our long and happy marriage. I have been one lucky gal and as my late mother wrote me one time, “thanks for picking one in a million.” Thank you again, Susan – I look for your blog everyday and think of you as my friend!

    A California “Girl”

  46. During this pandemic I’ve decided to reread the books of two of my favourite authors..Nelson deMille and David Baldacci. Currently I’m reading Baldacci’s Simple Truth, a terrific book with vivid details about the Supreme Court behind closed doors.
    Lovely necklace, so nice for Valentines Day!

  47. Just finished All the Light We Cannot See. I’m also a huge fan of historical fiction and love all the trilogy books by Ken Follett. Beautiful necklace! I’m so excited that the days are getting longer and it is still light out later in the evening.

    1. Joy be sure to pick up Ken Folletts new one “The Afternoon and Evening”, a Prequel to Pillars of the Earth. ann lee s

  48. I just finished the Wonder Boy of Whistle Stop by Fannie Flagg. A true feel good novel that is needed in these scary times!!!

  49. Beautiful necklace!! I would love to be able to wear it!….especially since my last name is Valentine!

  50. I am so excited about the book sharing idea. I am writing them all down and ordering them from my local library. Thank you. Great looking wool jacket. I’m a big reader. Enjoyed A Man Called Ove. Latest book was The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy by Rachel Joyce. I am so used to checking in on Tuesday and Thursday. I have to look at your website more often now so I won’t miss anything!!

  51. Dolly Pardon Songbook. Beautifully written. Enjoyed reading while listening to Dolly sang the song on Alexa.

  52. Isn’t that a lovely necklace. The last book I read was Educated by Tara Westover. A memoir of her life and how she was able to reach her goals in spite of a difficult and controlling family. Love this book sharing idea.

  53. Hi, this is a beautiful necklace. I recently read The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah & it is one of my all time favorite books! And it’s coming out in movie form at the end of the year!! It’s well worth your time to read!

  54. I read the Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard – borrowed from my daughter! I also have the jacket,color is gorgeous!

  55. What a great idea! I will refer to these comments to pick out my next book. Currently, I’m reading The Preacher’s Daughter by Beverly Lewis. Love the color of the jacket which looks really good on you by the way.

  56. Hi Susan, I just finished, “Nobody of Any Importance, A Foot Soldier’s Memoir of WWI.” The remarkable remembrances of a British soldier who joined the Army at 16 and lived to tell of his experiences at Gallop;i, the battle of the Somme and as a prisoner of War. It was gripping.

    The necklace is beautiful.

    I always enjoy your posts.

    Stay warm.

  57. I read all the time and even more so during the pandemic! I have enjoyed reading some of Maeve Binchy’s books and Jan Moran, Pamela Kelly, David Baldacci…so many authors to try and to enjoy! A favorite is Robert Whitlow, waiting for his new book to go down in price on Kindle! I LOVE a the color of your coat, so beautiful!

  58. I am reading “My Soul Looks Back: A Memoir” by Jessica B. Harris. She is a cookbook writer and culinary historian. This memoir of her life in the early 1970s is fascinating as she was a part of the social circle of the great minds of the day —luminaries like Maya Angelou, James Baldwin, and Toni Morrison. It is so good.

  59. I recently finished AMERICAN DIRT, by Jeanine Cummins. It is truly a page turner and shares the trials of a Mexican woman as she and her young son attempt to emigrate to the United States to escape from a Mexican cartel.

  60. I’m reading Intuitive Intelligence by Paul O’Brien. Thanks for the chance to win the beautiful heart necklace!

  61. Hello Susan,
    Since I teach for two colleges, I don’t get to read much but textbooks! Maybe not very exciting but definitely informative!
    Nancy Newton

  62. Just finished “Blue Christmas”, by Emma Jameson. This is the latest in a serial of a husband and wife team of DIs in Scotland Yard. Fun to read and not gory or lurid. I enjoy a lot of literature from across the pond.
    Your jacket reminds me of luscious raspberries, a great color for cool toned coloring.

  63. The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman. What an awesome idea to list a book. I am getting some great ideas to add to my reading list. The jacket is beautiful, very pretty color.

  64. The necklace is striking. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah and 28 Summers by Elin Hilderbrand were both good reads.

  65. Hi Susan, I’d sure love to be a winner this time of the lovely heart necklace. I enjoy reading about American history. The most recent book I read is “Killing Crazy Horse” by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard. The research and writing style of the authors puts the reader right in the middle of the action. The story depicts the the brutal battles between the Native Americans trying to protect their native land and the US Gov’t who was wanting to expand our railroad access across the nation. It is a page turner and a subject that touches the heart.

  66. Beneath a Scarlet Sky by Mark Sullivan which is based on a true story. Very interesting. Love the necklace.

  67. Hi Susan, I would love to be a winner of the lovely heart necklace. The most recent book I read was “Killing Crazy Horse” by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard. These very talented writers do a tremendous amount of research and their writing style puts the reader in the middle of the action. The book recounts the fierce battles between the Native Americans trying to protect their land and the US Gov’t trying to expand its territory across the continent in the 1880’s. It’s a page turner and one that tears at your heart strings. A very good read!

  68. I’m currently reading Dr. Fuhrman’s book “Eat For Life.” While you were probably looking for a novel, I can think of nothing better than a book on healthy eating to start off my new year. I’m new to this group and was inspired by your article and the remarkable results you have had. Your inspirational to so many and I thank you for taking time to share your “insider” information on how to keep us looking great and feeling our best especially after the challenging year we have all experienced. You are making a difference. Thank you.

  69. The best book I’ve read lately is The Gift by Edith Egar. The book is truly inspiring especially during this time. The author was imprisoned in Auschwitz as a teen and went on to become a psychologist. The lessons of that time and the events she navigates with her patients brought me peace and comfort. I would highly recommend this gem fir a future read.

  70. What a lovely necklace, Susan!
    Over the past crazy year, I decided to use some of the “quarantime” to study the Enneagram. I’d heard about it a little from one of my adult children and several of his friends. It intrigued me, this ancient personality typing system. I read some things, listened to some podcasts and ultimately chose a book written by Ian Crone and Suzanne Stabile called “The Road Back to You.” This book changed my life! It has helped me understand myself and the people I love in ways that are amazing. I don’t want to make it sound too “woo-woo”, but this book is definitely one of the positives to come out of the pandemic for me, as was discovering Susan After 60!

  71. Susan, I just stumbled on your blog and love your fashion and decor ideas. I’m mid 60’s, retired, but still want to look my best. I live around Jonesborough and love our part of the country! I also love the heart necklace and would llike to be the winner. Take care, beautiful lady!

  72. I just finished John Grisham’s “A Time for Mercy”. Love the necklace, and you look beautiful in that color jacket.

  73. Hi, Susan. This is Joanna again. I forgot to add the name of the best book I’ve recently read. I recommend a book by Michael Youseff called “Life Changing Prayers”.

  74. “The Book of Two Ways” by Jodi Picoult. She is one of my favorite contemporary authors. Her books keep your mind stimulated.

  75. My book club just finished reading under a gilded moon about the Vanderbilt estate in Asheville. I visited the estate so fun to read the historical fiction book.

  76. “Where the Crawdads Sing” is exquisitely written. The story is painful, beautiful, and triumphant, with breathtaking details of the marshes of North Carolina.

  77. A Woman is No Man by Arab American author Etaf Rum had me from the opening lines…” I was born without a voice, one cold, overcast day in Brooklyn, New York. No one ever spoke of my condition. I did not know I was mute until years later, when I opened my mouth to ask for what I wanted and realized no one could hear me.”

  78. I just finished reading the book, Eleanor by David Michaelis. I highly recommend it. Eleanor Roosevelt was a remarkable woman.
    Susan, the necklace is beautiful!

  79. You look lovely in that plum jacket and the necklace for the give-away is beautiful. I just finished reading Shining Through by Susan Isaacs.

  80. I don’t read much on my own any more but I am reading some of the classics with my teenage son whom I homeschool. Right now we are reading the Hunchback of Notre Dame.

  81. Where the Crawdads Sing. Love to read, unfortunately sometimes it’s difficult to find enough time. The necklace is lovely and I’d enjoy wearing it, please enter me in the drawing.

  82. The best book I have read is called The Botany of Desire. In fact when I finished it I just turned to the first page and read it again! It’s amazing how our food is so controlled by industry.
    Always enjoy your blog. Simple clothing elegantly worn, the perfect combo.
    Cheers! Stay safe.

  83. Loved coming-of -age, book “Where the Crawdads Sing” by Delia Owens; and “Educated” by Tara Westover—always love a strong female protagonist !! The heart necklace is sweet, too!

  84. Lovely necklace! I just finished The Tattooist of Auschwitz for my book club. Good luck to all the entries.

  85. I just finished a book written by Nora Roberts titled Public Secrets. Feb 4 I am getting Kristin Hannah’s new novel The Four Winds.I have read all of her novels and have never been disappointed. I would be interested in purchasing the necklace as I collect heart necklaces this one is very different. Thank you for all the fashion tips I look forward to your blogs. Joy

  86. I recently read an autobiography called “Some Of These Days” by Sophie Tucker. I was fascinated with how she had such a long and successful career, thanks to her hard work and ambition.

  87. Unseen by Sarah Hagerty
    I’ve also been reading Trusting God, Jerry Bridges.
    I really think you’d like the book I’ve been studying for several months: THe Daniel Plan by Rick Warren, Drs Amen & Hyman.

    Thank you Susan for your thoughtful posts!
    Gail Oliver

  88. So generous of you, beautiful necklace. Love the jacket and it gives you a lovely pop of colour.
    So many books read during lockdown, but I keep going back to The Morville Year by Katherine Swift. All about a year working in the gardens of Morville House in England. She tries to garden as the monks did and I found it fascinating. Thanks Susan.

  89. I am currently reading a memoir by Sandra Hart, titled Behind the Magic Mirror: The Searing Memoir of a Romper Room Teacher. She is a very interesting lady I discovered on her YouTube channel. She’s a fascinating woman, with a very interesting life! Still vibrant, and full of wisdom in her 80’s. I watched Romper Room when I was very young, so it was exciting to see Sandra Hart’s memoir.

    Thank you for the discount code, Susan.

  90. Good morning, Susan. I love the red jacket and the heart necklace! Beauty In Stone jewelry pieces are lovely. Good to “see you” this morning.

  91. Two excellent books by Philip Roth are: American Pastoral and The Human Stain.
    Another good one by Jodi Picoult is The Storyteller

  92. That necklace is calling my name!!
    The book that I find myself still thinking about from time to time over the past year since I read it is “The Water Dancer,” by Ta-Nehisi Coates. Actually, I listened to the recorded book, and I think the narrator’s voice added a lot to the experience. I love when that happens!

  93. The book that has my interest is by Jodie Picoult “The Book of Two Ways”
    Love the heart necklace!
    Diana Perkins

  94. A promised land, by Barack Obama .
    Inspiring in its gentle exploration of world events and the complexity of office of the President.

  95. I love the merino wool turtleneck with the gray slacks that were featured in Winter Business Attire. Even though I just turned 68, I work everyday and that is a great look.

  96. I think the best book that I have read recently would have to be Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee. It is the follow up to To Kill a Mockingbird, set about 10 years later. I thoroughly enjoyed it but was sorry that it wasn’t longer.

  97. Hi Susan! I love mystery novels! I just finished reading Sedona Law, by Dave Daren, and I highly recommend it. Sedona is also one of my favorite getaway spots in Arizona. I also love the Charles Finch mystery novels, which are set in Victorian era England. The heart necklace is simply beautifulI, and I would be honored to become the lucky winner. Thank you for yet another thoughtful giveaway. In addition, may I say you look good in that color jacket. It is bright and beautiful, and brightens your face!

  98. The best book I have read in a while is Where the Crawdads Sing. Thank you for your blog, Susan! I too enjoy wearing classic pieces and you’ve helped me pare down my closet.

  99. The Water Keeper by Charles Martin is a book that will capture your attention and hold on to it at every turn of the page.
    Susan, that jacket, or something similar, is exactly what I am searching for! Thank you for all of your lovely breakfast nook date pictures!

  100. Most recent book I have read that has impacted me is by Skip Heitzig titled You Can Understand the Book of Revelation! Thank you Susan for sharing your thoughts and life with us!

  101. Susan, I want to thank you for introducing me to Beauty in Stone jewelry. I now have several pieces, including one that I won in one of your contests. I love it – it was a lariat with gold balls on it. I’ve worn it often. I’m hoping that the Spring will give me more opportunities to get out and show it off. Your current offering of the heart necklace is not something that I would have spent time checking out on the site but since I clicked it on on your site, I got to see just how lovely it really is. She does make really special items! Thank you for all that you do – I look forward to your postings since they are so full of beauty and good will. May they continue forever. Thank you for all that you bring to your readers!
    Alexandra Mills

  102. Long Hard Road by Thomas Saylor. Thank you for continuing to share your life and knowledge with us. I’ve learned so much from you through your blog and always look forward to visiting you when you post. Have a wonderful day!

  103. Women Rowing North by Mary Piper. Offers insight and guidance to help women get more out of life and be happier while becoming older.

  104. One of the books I’ve enjoyed recently is The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek. I sent a copy to my mother and she loved it, too. Thanks for a chance to win this pretty necklace!

  105. “American Dirt” by Jeanine Cummins. This was a big hit a year ago but I was a little late to the hoopla. Really good…stayed with me afterwards.

  106. I recently finished reading A GENTLEMAN IN MOSCOW, a novel by Amor Towles. It was charming tale of a man who is under “house arrest” — for many years — in a luxurious hotel in Moscow soon after the Russian revolution! There’s a lot of history in this novel. I highly recommend this book.

    The necklace is beautiful, and I’d love to win it!

    Thank you,
    Peggy Bange

  107. The book is Just Like You by Nick Hornby. It is a charming and witty story about a 21st century May-September relationship with a twist at the end.

  108. The Deaths of Sybil Bolton by Dennis McAuliffe, Jr. is the best book I have read lately.
    The author describes his search for the truth about his grandmother’s death during the
    Osage Reign of Terror. The Osage Indians of Oklahoma were targeted and murdered
    in order to gain control over their wealth from oil royalties.

  109. I just finished the Paris Library by Janet Skeslien Charles. Such a great read! Perfect for a cold day, cozy fire and cup of tea 🙂

  110. I love the jacket that you have on in this picture. I like short jackets on me, and that is a great color.

  111. The latest books that I have enjoyed are the Chief Inspector Gamache series by Louise Penny. There are 14 books in the series and I have devoured almost all of them.
    I am currently reading Salt Sugar Fat bu Michael Moss.
    I would love to win the heart necklace.

  112. Just received Kristin Hannah’s new book The Four Winds! Can’t wait to read it since she is one of my favorite authors!

  113. Educated, by Tara Westover, is the perfect book to read during these cold winter months. This is the memoir of a young woman who writes about her upbringing in a survivalist family. The author overcame many obstacles, including defying the norms of her family, in order to go to college. The book emphasizes the importance of education in understanding our world. The writing is lyrical.

  114. Hi Susan! Love your blog! You’re fashion and health tips are amazing and so helpful. I always look so forward to seeing your next one.
    This necklace is absolutely stunning! I would love it!!
    My favourite book I’ve read recently was Pull of the Stars by Emma O ‘Donohue. She’s an Irish author and the book takes place during the 1918 pandemic in Dublin. A great read!

    Thanks Susan!

  115. I love this necklace! Thanks for asking this question…I will have lots of recommendations for books now. ‘The Nightingale’ by Kristin Hannah is mainly set in WWII France, but has a modern day connection. Some parts are hard to read, and you’ll definitely need tissues at the end, but it was a great book.

  116. The color of your jacket is one of my favorite colors. I don’t have much of a chance to wear wi ter clothes where I live so I don’t I have of a winter wardrobe. Best book I’ve read lately is “Where the Crawdads Sing”.

  117. Beautiful necklace, Susan.
    Thanks for coming up with this post. I’m building a list of books to read from the recommendations.
    I’ve been reading The Noticer, The Noticer Returns, The Traveler and Just Jones by Andy Andrews. Simple reads with a wonderful story about the importance of perspective, the power of connection and making the impossible happen. I’ve also enjoyed Gift of the Sea by Ann Morrow Lindbergh.

  118. Love, love your jacket. That’s my color for sure.
    My favorite book I’ve read recently is Two By Two by Nicholas Sparks and The Educated.

  119. When my daddy passed away a friend gave me a book called “The Little Book of Mindfulness”. It helped me stop and breathe for a while.

  120. Since I live in warm (sometimes very hot) TX I don’t need much in the way of heavy clothing. The red jacket with jeans and boots is the perfect took for me and my fave!

  121. I have admired the Beauty in Stone heart necklace for some time. I would feel very fortunate to receive such a beautiful work of art.

  122. I have found reading and putting together puzzles as a way to pass the winters days. Our local library does an excellent job of engaging its members and I just finished reading “small great things” by Jodi Piccoult. I look forward to your blog on Tuesdays and Thursday and am looking forward to my next phase of life-retirement. Thanks, Susan!

  123. Currently reading After the End by Clare Mackintosh. The subject matter is sad ( a gravelly Ill child), but the writing is excellent.

  124. Susan,
    Thank you for showing your viewers that our purse does not have to “match” our shoes. I learn something new from each of your posts!

  125. I’m currently reading Dr Sanjay Gupta’s book “KEEP SHARP” – Build a better brain at any age. He is an inspiration. I would love the necklace.

  126. Love, love, love the heart necklace. I love hearts. They are a symbol of love and our hearts. You wear it well!

  127. The last book I read was “No Holding Back” by Lori Foster. It was great!!! The heart necklace is beautiful! I’d be thrilled to win! Also, that bracelet is something I may have to check out – it’s gorgeous! Have a great day and stay warm!

  128. My all time favorite book is The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett. It is one of the few books I have read several times which is no small feat with almost 1,000 pages. It is one of those books that grabs your imagination and pulls you in to a long ago time.
    The necklace is beautiful. I would love to win it.

  129. Hi Susan.
    The heart necklace is beautiful.
    The book I love is The Dutch House. The audiobook is read by Tom Hanks. It is charming and moving. His voice as he narrates it gives such richness and depth. I recommend the audio version.

  130. Just finished Next Year in Havana by Chanel Cleeton a parallel story of two generations from Cuba. It has given me a deeper understanding of the influence Fidel Castro had and still has on that beautiful island. Was a wonderful read!

  131. Dear Susan,
    The best book I have read recently is “The Great Alone” by Kristen Hannah.
    We have a book club in our community, and everyone suggests a book title when it is their turn to host.
    I have chosen this book when it is safe for us to gather and resume our book club.
    I would love for you to post a list of some of the books that have been suggested to you by other ladies.
    I love your blog, Susan.

  132. I love the necklace and I would give it to my daughter in law if I win it…she is so good to me… The last book I read this year was Bill O’Reley’s “Killing Red Cloud” It really opened my eyes to our country’s history…..

  133. Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff–and it’s all small stuff by Richard Carlson. You can pick it up at any time, turn to any place in the book, and read a short page or two. I love the pearls of wisdom in this book! In fact there is a whole series of books that help remind you how to put challenges in perspective, reduce stress and anxiety through small daily changes, and find the path to achieving your goals.

  134. Currently I’m rereading the Mitford series by Jan Karon. The first book in the series is At Home In Mitford. I find this series such a comfort in these uncertain times. I recommend to anyone.

  135. What a treat you have given us Susan, a book list! My latest favorite was Where the Crawdads Sing. I am currently reading Belgravia by Julian Fellows the creator of Downton Abbey. It’s a fun read.

  136. Hi Susan, you look absolutely beautiful.

    My favorite book that I have read lately is ‘Firefly Lane’ by Kristin Hannah.

    Have a blessed weekend!


  137. Add me to ‘the bowl’. The best book I’ve read lately is the third book book in the All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness called The Book of Life!

  138. “Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine” is an all-time favorite!
    I’ll sport that lovely necklace while working from home in my jammies!

  139. Hi Susan…love the color of your jacket… looks pretty on you❤️ Love your giveaways, too, thank you. ‘The Great Alone’ by Kristin Hannah… was such a wonderful read… I really loved it… it ‘sticks’ with you… thank again for the offer… and thanks for your blogs..
    As ever~ gail Pawl

  140. I am reading Sea of Poppies by Amitov Ghosh. Very interesting book!!
    Lots of language I have to look up. My sister-in-law sent it to me for Christmas.

  141. Hello, and thanks for sharing such a great post. You look beautiful in your Talbots jacket ensemble, but you always look great! A recent read that captivated me is “All the Light We Cannot See” by Anthony Doerr. It’s a spellbinding tale of love, perseverance and upheaval during WWII. The main setting takes place in Paris, and I took the book with us to read during our visit there last year (prior to Covid). Reading the book while seeing the places different stories played out was captivating, and I will take the memory of this wonderful read with me for many years.

  142. Beautiful necklace! I just read “Clanlands : whisky, warfare, and a Scottish adventure like no other” by Sam Heughan and Graham McTavish. It’s an interesting read about Scotland–the land, people and history–filled with the wry humor of the authors. Very entertaining.
    I also like the length of your jacket. Much more flattering than jackets that end right at the waistline.

  143. Hi Susan… so enjoy your blogs … love the color of your jacket .. the color looks good on you… love your offers , too. ‘The Great Alone’ by Kristin Hannah is a favorite for me…. thanks again…
    As ever~ gail Pawl

  144. A beautiful necklace! The winner will definitely enjoy wearing it! Thank you for the possibility to win it. I’ve read so many wonderful books this past year. I really enjoyed Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens.
    I love the lush color in the jacket from Talbots. I can see why you were so attracted to it. It compliments you very well and you look beautiful.

  145. The Knitting Circle by Ann Hood. A story of friendship while coping with grief. Also enjoy authors Elin Hilderbrand, Kristin Hannah, MC Beaton, an English detective series.
    Always enjoy your posts Susan, many tips on staying fashionable but elegant.


  146. I read “The Pull of the Stars” by Emma Donoghue. She is one of my favourite authors.

    This book takes place over three days in a maternity ward in Dublin, during the Spanish flu pandemic. It is absolutely riveting.

  147. The best book I’ve read lately was Light from Heaven by Jan Karon. I love all her books and I love the jewelry from Beauty in Stone!

  148. The Body Reset Diet, bynHarley Pasternak, just arrived today. I’ll be reading it this afternoon. Love your blog!

  149. Forgiving What You Can’t Forget by Lysa Terkeurst….Would absolutely love to be chosen to win this gorgeous necklace. Thanks so much.

    1. That is a great book. My grandson got me to read it last year. I don’t know I missed it in my 76 years.

  150. I just finished reading The Chanel Sisters. It’s a factionalized account of Coco and Antoinette’ childhood and rise to fame in the fashion world (as told by Antoinette). Really good.

  151. The jacket is a beautiful color indeed. I read recently an old book, The Pilot’s Wife. Well written, interesting story. Three months cold weather…I could live with that. The Rocky Mountains take a bit longer to warm up.

  152. One of my all-time favorite books is “The Art of Racing in the Rain” by Garth Stein. The book was so much better than the movie, as is typical. And I would love to win that necklace. It’s beautiful!

  153. The heart necklace is beautiful ! The last book that I read is Danielle Steele’s latest, Neighbors.
    Have a good day.

  154. I have a hot pink wool jacket too, and I’m always surprised about the number of outfits I can pair it with. When I was young, I avoided pink and anything I thought was “girly,” because I looked young and always wanted to appear sophisticated. Well, now I’m old and I wear all the colors I like! I still like gray and black, though!
    Two books that I have really enjoyed recently are “The Nightingale” by Kristin Hannah, about two sisters in WWII occupied France, and “Pachinko,” by Min Jun Lee, a saga about a Korean family living in Japan. Neither is new; both kept me reading far into the night! Oh, another favorite is “The Dutch House” by Ann Patchett. That’s wonderful too!
    Thank you for the opportunity to win the bracelet. It’s lovely!

  155. I’m now reading Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf. I would enjoy having and wearing the necklace. What are my chances? Microscopic. Entering anyway (hope springs eternal).

  156. Good morning, Susan. Your jacket is gorgeous on you. It looks warm as well.

    The last book I read that still has me thinking about it is”Where the Crawdads Sing” by Delia Owens. Reese Witherspoon has obtained the rights to make a movie based on the book. I look forward to seeing it

    Thank you for all you do!

  157. I have been reading everything related to Medicare! After much research, I think my husband and I finally “get it.”

    Please enter me in your drawing!

  158. Love the colour of that jacket and the lift it gives in the winter.
    I have been going through quite a lot of books lately, but recently, The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell, The Sea Gate by Jane Johnson and The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern ( which I stared last month and put down and now I am right into it) Such a nice surprise to see you this morning, after thinking you might not post today. Stay well.

  159. I love her jewelry! I’ve purchased some as gifts but don’t have any myself. I would love to own this one!
    Just last night I finished reading “The Stationery Shop”, and I recommend it highly! Set in Iran in the 50s and the US in present time…very engaging and powerful

  160. I’m a lover of historical romance books so Highlanders Gypsy Lass by Kenna Kendricks was the latest book I read.
    Thank you for this opportunity to win this beautiful necklace!

  161. I recently read, ”If I Were You” by Austen. An interesting read about the “haves” and “have nots.” Thanks for seeking these responses. I now have many recommendations for future reading days!

  162. The Killing Fog by Jeff Wheeler is the book I most recently enjoyed (enough that I’m reading the second book in the series now. That jacket’s a great color on you, Susan!

  163. I read “Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant” . My fathers family came from Virginia – true southerners- and many fought in the civil war. I wanted a northern point of view/ it was an excellent book!

  164. I am reading Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin.
    Lincoln assembled a diverse group of advisors and look what he accomplished! We can all benefit by talking and compromising.

    Necklace is exquisite!

  165. Love you red jacket from Talbots! And what a generous give-away. I adore the heart necklace and would wear it often! Thanks Susan for your blog posts, they brighten my day and give great fashion help.

  166. The most recent book I finished was “Road to Tara: The Life of Margaret Mitchell” by Anne Edwards. As a teenager I loved reading Gone With the Wind and then seeing the movie, so I was happy to see this book about the author on my Mom’s bookshelf. Margaret Mitchell was both a woman before her time (in terms of her desire to work) as well as a southern bell who tried to live by the standards of that time. She led an interesting life and literally spent years working on the only book she ever wrote.

  167. Not sure they are the best but enlightening. The books about flu. Flu by Gina Kolata and The Great Influenza by John Barry.

  168. I[m currently almost finished reading Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett. It’s a story set in the Middle Ages and tells about the process of building a cathedral by following the family journey of master builder Tom whose sons continue to work on the cathedral after his death. If you like sagas full of historical details, you would like this book. It also offers a lot of early Christian church history.

  169. I recently read “The Book of Lost Names” by Kristin Harmel. It is historical fiction which I enjoy. That is a beautiful and classy necklace!

  170. I recently enjoyed The Searcher by Tana French, and in non-fiction, White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo. Earlier in 2020, I read the latest in my favorite series by Louise Penny: All the Devils Are Here.

  171. Life in Christ: Lessons from Our Lords Miracles and Parables by Charles H. Spurgeon
    Reading as part of my morning Bible studies. Enjoy reading your blog too! Rita

  172. I love any book by Ronda Rich. My favorite of hers is What Southern Women Know About Faith. She is a great writer and storyteller.

  173. I am enjoying the Bridgerton Family Book series written by Julia Quinn. I’m on the 8th book.
    It’s a nice distraction during these difficult times.
    Thanks for sharing to you and Suzanne.

  174. Radical Candor by Kim Scott

    – be a kick-a$$ boss without losing your humanity
    – avoid the perils of obnoxious aggression, manipulative insincerity, and ruinous empathy
    – great examples of how to address behaviors and results that need correction

  175. I’ve been reading “Where I Come From” by Rick Bragg. My brother gave me this book for Christmas and it has lots of sweet short stories about growing up in the 60’s and life. Please add my name to the bowl…the necklace is beautiful!

  176. Beach Music by Pat Conroy is my all time favorite book. I am a huge fan of Conroy and was saddened when he passed a few years ago. Have read all his books but one. I hate to read it as there will be no more to look forward to.

  177. Just finished reading “The Indigo Girl” by Natasha Boyd. It’s an interesting historical fiction read based on the life of Eliza Lucas. It gives the reader a glimpse into plantation life pre Revolutionary War about a crop that brought great wealth to some South Carolina families that carries on today.

  178. West with Giraffes by Lynda Rutledge, a sweet historical novel set in 1938 about a man’s journey taking two giraffes across America by truck to the San Diego Zoo.

  179. I’ve recently discovered Kristin Harmel, and think I’ve read 4 of her books in the last month, the most recent being When We Meet Again. If you enjoy stories set in or about the WW2 era, they are great!

  180. I re-read Agatha Cristie’s “Murder at the Victarage” recently and enjoyed it more the second time. Currently I am listening to “The Clockmaker’s Daughter by Kate Morton on the Audible app. The heart necklace is lovely!

  181. I’m currently reading “Short Stories from the Neighborhood. A collection of nostalgic writers from Carbondale, IL.”

  182. I just finish reading The House of Falconer which is four book series!!! Barbara Taylor Bradford has been one of my favorite author and been reading her for the past Thirty years or so!!! Love Hearts and the necklace is pretty!!!

  183. Sounds silly, but I have enjoyed reading the Little House on the Prairie books. Something about revisiting a simpler time mixed with hard prairie life provided a pleasant escape from our current complicated reality.

  184. The best book I read lately was Finding Dorothy. It is about the author of Wizard of OZ and the making of the movie with Judy Garland. It is such a wonderfully written book that really tugs at your heart. I highly recommend it.

  185. Best book I’ve read so far is “The Silent Widow by Sidney Sheldon and co-author Tilly Bagshaw. A great mystery to keep you reading.

  186. I read this book this past Fall while there was so much angst between amongst us, and I was frankly looking at how the 1918 Pandemic and the citizens of the world conducted themselves civilly or was there the same unrest.

    The name of the book is Pandemic 1918 by Catharine Arnold.

    I found greater empathy towards one another by personal accounts and more positivity and acceptance than in the news today….sadly. I am glad I read the book. I does help me understand why my 97 year old mother is more patient with the current handling of the Pandemic.

  187. My favorite book I have read recently is Greenlights by Matthew Mcconaughey. It is taken from his life-long journals. I found it insightful and inspiring in an unexpected way.

  188. Midnight Library: very interesting idea with appealing characters and fast moving story. Nice to read something that was a novel story

  189. Embroidered and Embellished by Christen Brown is a beautiful book to get your creative juices flowing. That lovely heart necklace would translate well into an embroidery design!

  190. I am an avid reader so it is difficult to select the best book I read lately. Just can’t do it!! Several of my favorites are “Becoming Mrs. Lewis”, “The Nightingale”, ‘The Book of Lost Friends”, “A Man Called Ove”. I have ordered “Surviving Savannah and “Four Winds” by two of my favorite authors to read next.
    The necklace is beautiful.

  191. Beautiful color on you! And love, love the heart necklace….will keep my fingers crossed; however, never lucky enough to be a winner when it comes to ‘drawings’. Have a wonderful Valentines Day!

  192. I do not have any book suggestions since I have been busy with school work (Going back to college at 58 years young.) I love to read and do like the subject of books. I have written several down from the comments section that I hope to read in the future. I hope you will post more about what you eat on a daily basis. I enjoy those posts. You are such an inspiration to me.

  193. The heart necklace is beautiful and seems like it would look well with any of your wonderful outfits. Sorry I don’t have a favorite… I like them all!!

  194. I love your articles, such fun! The book I am reading right now is “A Promised Land, Part 1” by Barak Obama. I love his writing. My next Book Club book to read is “The Four Winds,” by Kristin Hannah, another great writer! And, one more book I am looking forward to is “The Nature of Fragile Things,” by Susan Meissner. Her writing is great, too. These are two new books just released on February 2, 2021. Thank you Susan for your lovely writings, too. Love to you!

  195. Love the necklace – beautiful. I have two books – Where the Crawdads Sing and Carnegie’s Maid. Both were fantastic and I didn’t want either one to end.

  196. I truly enjoyed Michelle Obama’s book Becoming – my 28 year old daughter bought if for me after she read it.

  197. Hi Susan! I recently read “Hamnet” by Maggie O’Farrell based on a review I heard on NPR. It is wonderfully written and tells the story of the death of William Shakespeare’s son to the plague so the pandemic environment mirrored our lives today – really interesting read on many levels! I love the heart necklace and really enjoy your posts!

  198. The best book I’ve read lately is Women who Run with the Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estes. I had purchased the book some time ago and had never really found the time to devote to it, but lately I simply made the time and it was well worth the wait.

  199. I highly recommend The Yellow Envelope. Written by the wife’s point of view it’s about a couple who decide the leave the rat race and travel the world for awhile

    It was a great read. Thank you for sharing your journey with us Susan.

  200. South of Broad by Pat Conroy, he weaves a very interesting story with unique characters. I love your look today. Your hair looks great off your face. It is pretty cold here today. 10 deg this am now it is up to 37 deg. I would wear your outfit in late spring or fall.

  201. What a lovely necklace, Susan! And what a wonderful idea for a book list! Thank you! I just finished Finding Dorothy by Elizabeth Letts. Thank you for continuing to share your life with us, Susan.

  202. Recently read a book called The Whip By Karen Kondazian. It’s about a women who after several tragic incidents posed as a man and posed as a man to become a Whip, a stagecoach driver. Fascinating historical fiction!

  203. What a perfect heart necklace to win for Valentine’s Day! Thank you so much for offering to give it away. I loved the book, Where the Crawdads Sing.

  204. Your friend’s jewelry collection is beautiful! The last book I read was A Minute to Midnight by David Baldacci.
    It was an exciting story about a female FBI agent.

  205. Since I’ve been in so much pain for two years I can’t read much. I do listen audibly on my Bible app but that’s it. I headed for my fifth surgery from a fall. Illl take your prayers over the necklace, believe me!

  206. I am currently reading the Angela Marchmont series by Clara Benson.
    You look great as usual. My area of Texas has a very short winter so I only get to wear
    a very small part of my winter wardrobe. Guess I have too much. I mainly need warm weather clothing.

  207. What a lovely gift to have this list of recommended books! Thank you Susan for making this possible for your readers.
    I have enjoyed “The Other Einstein” by Marie Benedict, as well as “Clementine: The Life of Mrs. Winston Churchill” and “A Women of No Importance” by Sonia Purnell.

  208. You look great as always! In the gulf coast area of Texas, we have
    a very short winter season. So I am unable to wear much of my
    loved sweater and jacket collection. I mainly live in the same clothing
    and get to add a third piece every once in a while.
    I am currently reading Clara Benson’s The Angela Marchmont
    mystery series. It is an easy read and quite enjoyable. I have been
    watching the reruns of Murder She Wrote. It is fun to see the clothing
    that I so well remember from the 80’s and 90’s. She was quite well dressed for the time!

  209. The best book I have read lately is “Summer at the Comfort Food Cafe” by Debbie Johnson. It’s about a young widow with two children who takes a leap of faith and a summer job at the Comfort Food Cafe on the western coast of England. The summer brings her out of her shell and her misery to find wonderful new friends and a new love.

  210. Would love help, comment or instruction on picking out a lipstick shade that would look good with my skin tone, or is something else I should be basing it on? Thank you..

  211. Hi Susan, I recommend A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles. I loved it so much I read it twice so I could savor every word. I love the necklace too!

  212. I just finished “I didn’t see that coming “ by Rachel Hollis. Pretty much sums up my whole year ! Thanks for offering such a beautiful necklace. I really look forward to reading your blog !

  213. Hi Susan! I am a huge lover of dogs-labs, in particular. I have two of my own. I recently read Dog Medicine: How my dog saved me from myself, by Julie Hill Barton. I can so relate to it, because my first lab did that for me when I was going through a divorce and difficult time in my life. I highly recommend it!

  214. Thank you for all your wonderful posts about what works for apple shapes plus those of us over 60.

    A great book that I just finished is called. The Girl With Seven Names. About a girl/women who escaped from North Korea. Incredible read and also reminds you of how lucky we are in this country, even when times are tough!

    Keep up the good work. MJ

  215. Three Men In a Boat – an often hilarious account of 3 British gentlemen and Montmorency the terrier on a boating trip down the Thames – by Jerome K. Jerome some wonderful passages, descriptive of the surrounding countryside and the weather, rendered with a droll sense of humor. Quick read, thoroughly enjoyed!!

  216. The Tortilla Curtain by TC Boyle. Very good book. I think it’s a required book to read in high schools in So California.

  217. Where the Crawdads Sing by D Owens!
    Thanks for asking for favorite books. Can’t wait to read through the comments to find my next favorite read!

  218. Recently read “Mobituaries” by Mo Rocca. It is a fun and fascinating book and I highly recommend it. Something different.
    I second the person who mentioned “Mortal Lessons”—-that book is a must read for everyone especially those with aging parents. Also good for those of us who are senior citizens—gives a lot to think about as we age. Easy read also.

  219. I just finished a great “read,” though in this case I listened to the audio book — Matthew McConaughey’s “Greenlights.” Highly recommend!

  220. I am currently finishing up “Boundaries”. It is eye opening, both for ministry purposes (I am a pastor’s spouse) and for life in general.

  221. Just finished News of the World by Paulette Jiles. Love hearts and would love to own this beautiful necklace. Thanks for your blog.

  222. Love in the Time of Cholera. I had it sitting around for years and had a hard time getting into it, but after I did it won me over.

  223. Hi Susan,

    I’m a big fan, and love how beautifully and graciously you are aa you age. Taking notes as I am 58 and still love wearing high heels.


  224. I am nearly finished with The Brilliant Life of Eudora Honeysett and am enjoying it! Life is worth living to the full!

  225. I am currently reading, “This Much I Know is True” by Wally Lamb. I am almost finished and really enjoying it.

  226. The best book I’ve read lately is a series called
    “The Gentry’s of Paradise”. It’s 3 books and oh so good! Great for Valentine’s.

  227. I recently read the Astronauts Wives. It took place in the 60s; my grade school years. It brought back memories of our early space exploration, ending with the Landing on the Moon. Which took place on my 15th birthday. Love this blog!

  228. I enjoyed the book called Institute by Stephen King. (Not a weird book) was really a page turner. You look beautiful as always!!

  229. Hi Susan,
    Love your jacket……one of my favorite colors! I just finished reading “Ordinary Grace” by Wm. Kent Krueger. Excellent story of a young teenage boy from a small town in the summer of 1961 and the tragedies that befall his family and town. “It is an unforgettable novel about discovering the terrible price of wisdom and the enduring grace of God ” I highly recommend it!
    Stay safe and warm

  230. Hello Susan!

    I recently finished reading “City of Girls” by Elizabeth Gilbert. Takes place in 1940s New York City. Glamour, sex, it has it all. Fun reading about places you’ve heard about like Sardi’s, Stork Club, Cotton Club. I really enjoyed it.

    The Heart necklace is beautiful. Like you, I have silver locks and silver jewelry is more complimentary with my coloring. This necklace would be wonderful for Valentines Day, or any day!

    Best wishes,
    Janice Westman

  231. Anothr great book from Ken Follett! I just read The Afternoon and Evening, the new prequel to an old favorite,
    Pillars of the Earth. This interesting tale at end of Dark Ages in England revolves around the builder of a cathedral and the small village/town surrounding it. A large book at over 800 pages, it is perfect for curling up by the fire on a dark wintry afternoon. Thank you, Ann Lee S

  232. The Rent Collector by Cameron Wright! The setting is a large garbage dump. That’s all I’m telling!

  233. Thanks for such a nice offer. I just let my hair go from brown to white and am limiting my jewelry to silver. The book I just finished and am happy to share is If I Had Your Face, by Frances Cha. It’s mainly about young women in Korea who entertain men as shop hostesses after having plastic surgeons make them “perfect”.

  234. I just finished a great book The Red Queen by Philippa Gregory. She was the grandmother of Henry the VIII. Great book about the history of the times.

  235. I have recently purchased the second edition published in 1808, “Marmion” by Walter Scott. I enjoy the old English literature and this tale is a true classic read, admired and studied by many great authors. It is a historic romance narrated in poetic verse about unrequited love, deceit, conspiracy, heroism and honour.

  236. I am very much enjoying the current book that I am reading “Odd Child Out” by Gilly MacMillan. Very suspenseful and thought provoking.

    The necklace is very beautiful, and is one that I would wear often with a variety of outfits.

  237. Susan, I just finished “If You Tell: A True Story of Murder, Family Secrets, and the Unbreakable Bond of Sisterhood” by Gregg Olsen. The story is fascinating and truly horrifying. I couldn’t put it down and highly recommend it to anyone.

  238. The best book I read lately is Return to Me by Nicholas Sparks. Enjoy you reading you blog. I have been reading them for the last 5 years. Thanks for posting these.

  239. I just finished The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman and Anxious People by Fredrik Backman.. I wasn’t prepared for all the talk of suicide—attempted, completed, or contemplated in Anxious People. I love the author’s writing style, and there are so many funny parts—but I lost my oldest grandson to suicide 13 months ago so the suicide references in the book hit me harder than it might others.

  240. “We Were the Lucky Ones” by Georgia Hunter – inspired by the true story of a Jewish family separated at the start of World War II, determined to survive and to reunite. It’s a truly amazing story.

  241. I am reading Clan of the Cave Bear. Somehow I missed this for years but am really enjoying it now that I have lots of time! Thanks for your give-aways!

  242. A book I’ve been reading is titled “Forgiving What You Can’t Forget”. Although it’s not a book to read for pleasure, it’s been a very helpful book and one I recommend to anyone. Thank you Susan and Beauty In Stone Jewelry for this very generous and beautiful giveaway!

  243. I love the “Thief” series by Megan Whalen Turner. I just finished the last book in the series “Return of the Thief”.

  244. I love reading for entertainment and am enjoying a new author at the moment but would have to say the best book I have read lately is “Keep Sharp, Build a Better Brain at Any Age” by Sanjay Gupta, MD. I am a big fan of Dr. Gupta and his advice on helping us live our best life. We don’t have to accept that diminished cognitive abilities are a natural part of aging. There are lifestyle choices we can make that help us both physically and mentally. We owe it to ourselves to make those choices and enjoy our older years.

  245. The most recent book I’ve read is The Last Bathing Beauty by Amy Sue Nathan. Hard to put down, great for lounging by the pool or on the beach. A novel about fate, choices and second chances.

  246. I loved the book “This Tender Land” ’by William Kent Krueger. It is a wonderful story with twists and turns sure to keep you guessing. The characters are so real I felt as though I actually knew them and throughout the story are the pieces of wisdom for which the author is known. It also gives you insight into life during the Depression. A touching story.

  247. Today I finished 28 Summers by Elin Hilderbrand. Held my interest throughout the entire book. I love the necklace! Thank you for continuing to blog.

  248. I recently read The Dutch House by Ann Patchett. I highly recommend it.\
    The heart necklace is absolutely beautiful. Thank you and Suzanne for offering this Valentine’s Day giveaway.

  249. Hi Susan,

    Thank you so much for your inspiring blog. You are beautiful and elegant!
    I just finished reading A Star for Mrs Blake. I tells the story of how the US government sponsored Gold Star mothers to visit the graves of their sons in France after the First World War. A truly moving look at the times, loss, grief, love and patriotism.
    I love your jacket, looks like Spring!

  250. It’s not the most recent book I’ve read, but I loved Michelle Obama’s “Becoming”. She has a wonderfully easy, evocative writing style that draws you in. Trevor Noah’s “Born a Crime” is both hilarious and horrifying, with his accounts of growing up in apartheid South Africa.

    Susan Jones

  251. The necklace is beautiful!! The best book I have read lately is The Bible. I also enjoy the daily devotional Enjoying Peace in His Presence by Sarah Young.

  252. At 75 years of age, the following book was quite helpful in my efforts to accept this age n make life count as long as I am here on this earth.

    The Gift of Years
    (Growing older gracefully)
    By – Joan Chittister

    Thank you – Marie

  253. I love hearts. I collect heart rocks from the Beach or anywhere they appear in my walks.
    I would love the Dramatic Heart Necklace, a wonderful heart for Valentine’s Day!

    The latest book I have just read which is a NY Times Bestseller is by Kristine McMorris called Sold on a Monday. She also wrote Water for Elephants which may have read. Such a poignant read.

  254. The best book I’ve read lately is one I’m currently reading. It’s called “What if its true by Charles Martin.

  255. Saw the movie, Eat, Pray, Love — finally read the book! Love your blog, photos and the jewelry you choose!

  256. Being Mortal by is the last book I read and the White House is the last coffee table book I enjoyed. Ty for your lovely regular posts.

  257. Enjoying light reading this season: John Grisham, Karen Kingsberry, and dozens of children’s books each week!

  258. Beautiful Necklace. The Best Book I have read lately is the Bible. The Scriptures have given me comfort during this difficult time in our nation and during my recent shoulder surgery.

  259. The necklace is gorgeous and the best book I’ve read in a while was The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd. The story line was great and her writing style was quite lyrical.

  260. So many good book recommendations here. I agree with so many of them! The book I just finished was a sweet book, “The Story of Arthur Truluv,” by Elizabeth Berg. Love the necklace!

  261. I read The Overstory by Richard Powers. It was a great read, about several different characters whose lives intersect when they all become interested in saving trees.

  262. I’m reading “Mrs Lewis” by Patti Callahan. Great story about the unlikely friendship between CS Lewis and Joy David man, whiskey turned to true love. Almost finished.

  263. I enjoy reading murder mysteries. I recently read “Fool Me Once” by Harlan Coben. The ending truly surprised me.

  264. I just finished All the Light We Cannot See. A Pulitzer prize winner about WW2.
    Now I’m starting Nora Ephron’s books. Light, fun reading. Just what I need now.
    I’m taking notes of all the books listed here for my next books. Happy Reading, everybody.

  265. I’ve been on vacation and have read 3 wonderful books in the last 3 weeks. I love all of them so here are my 3 favorites.
    The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell by Robert Dugoni
    This Tender Land by William Kent Krueger
    The View from Penthouse B by Elinor Lipman
    Love your blog Susan, I been following your advice for years.

  266. I have just enjoyed a very readable book – How to Survive a Pandemic by Michael Gregor M.D. A real eye-opener detailing how viruses have progressed since the worldwide 1918 flu outbreak and more importantly why. Very relevant in understanding more about the current COVID epidemic and what could be done to prevent the next one. I do think I’ll read something a little more uplifting next though!
    Kind regards and stay safe.

  267. My book is called “ Wild, from lost to found on the pacific crest trail” by Cheryl Strayed. It’s about a women who hiked the pacific crest trail alone. She hiked from California to Oregon. Very interesting read. The necklace is beautiful.

  268. The best book I have read recently is The Perfect Couple by Elgin Hilderbrand. She is one of my favorite authors.

  269. I can’t choose one out of the series but it is the Mitford series by Jan Karon. I just finished reading them over again. It’s like visiting old friends.

  270. I just finished reading a quirky little book by my cousin’s husband. It is delightful, so I went on Amazon and ordered for children in my life. The name of the book is Peculiar Pets: A Collection of Exotic and Quixotic Animal Poems by Kerry J. Cramer, PhD.

  271. The necklace is lovely. Please place my name in the drawing to win it. Have a great weekend.

    Love the color of the jacket on you. Very striking

    Hi to Mr. Mickey.
    Patty V

  272. Hi Ladies. Our book club read American Dirt in January. One of the best books I’ve ever read. I highly recommend it to everyone. I learned so much about the plight of Mexican migrants.

  273. Great Jacket…..you can count on Talbot. Right now I am reading Barbara Delinsky,”Sweet Salt Air”. A little love, a little loving,and a little mystery. Good light reading.
    Would love to have the beautiful necklace!

  274. I recently read Rosalynn Carter’s book First Lady from Plains. I love biographies and am reading books by several First Ladies.

  275. I have been reading the Bible, trying to read all the way thru this year. Love the necklace and enjoy your website. I live in Lewisville, NC. I graduated from Appalachian State years ago. Blessings to you.

  276. One of the best books I’ve read lately is “The Insanity of God” by Nik Ripken (a true story). It was gripping and inspiring. Would love to win that necklace!

  277. I love a good mystery and have a number of favorite authors. I am just finishing Three Women Disappear by James Patterson. Hope you are staying safe and warm!

  278. I love taking note of what your followers read. It gives me some direction on what to look for when needing a good read. I just finished 2 books. TRUMAN BY David McCullough and an oldie that I reread every decade or so: HOW TO WIN FRIENDS AND INFLUENCE PEOPLE by Dale Carnegie. Always so timely and so much needed today. Thanks for this opportunity to share and learn Susan.☺️

  279. I like thrillers and have recently read in two days The End of Her. I could not put it down. All of her books keep you guessing!

    BTW… I love the heart necklace.

  280. Susan,
    I wonder if you asked this question because you are a reader and wanted suggestions for other good reads. I’m definitely taking notes . I just got a book by Sanjay Gupta MD “Keep Sharp” about maintains brain power later in life.
    Cindy B

  281. Love that jacket color too! Chicos has a jacket in raspberry I’m eyeing right now. Thanks for another great post!

  282. Hi, okay so here are a few books which I’ve read and think are very worthy of recommending:
    *The Gift: 12 Lessons to Save Your Life by Dr. Edith Ava Eger. She is a Holocaust survivor who has done so much with her life as a strong intelligent brave woman. Great advice, great perspectives, and wisdom.
    *You Should Talk To Someone by Lori Gottlieb- a semi autobiographical novel from a psychologist who weaves together her life’s issues and her work and growth with her ‘clients’ who are amalgams of real people and their stories in her practice. Wise, funny and very human.
    The Amateur Marriage by Ann Tyler because in life we are all amateurs.

  283. What a beautiful necklace! I recently read “Where the Crawdads Sing.” The murder mystery certainly held my attention until the end!

  284. I belong to several book clubs but I have enjoyed the most recently is The Book Woman of Troublesome creek….Loved it…it is from your area. The blue people is something I had never hear of, it was such a needed and welcomed experience of folks in that area…

  285. I would love to enter the drawing for the Heart Necklace. I am a John Grisham fan. I really enjoyed his recent book, A Time for Mercy, which revisists the lead characters from A Time to Kill.

  286. Hey, Susan!! Since I haven’t really read any books lately, I will have to say I do read my Bible!! You look lovely as usual!!

  287. I am currently reading the delightful ‘Cold Sassy Tree’ by Olive Ann Burns published in 1984 about a scandal in a small Georgia town in 1906 and totally enjoying it.

  288. Love the jacket! I just discovered Talbot’s and think their clothes are so well-made and timeless.
    Love the heart necklace as well.
    My favorite recent book is “Whistling in the Dark” by Lesley Kagen. It takes place in Milwaukee where I grew up and where my daughter lives now. It brought back lots of memories.

  289. Today, I finished “The Wonder Boy of Whistle Stop” by Fannie Flagg. Fannie Flagg is quite the storyteller, and this book does not disappoint. The characters are about people in various stages of their lives, their connections to one another, and that there are opportunities for goals to be set and for happiness no matter your age. There were many ‘laugh out loud’ moments for me in this book, as Fannie Flagg writes with her wisdom and her humor.

    Sharon Burkhardt
    Kettering, Ohio

  290. Beautiful jacket.
    The latest book I read is Ava’s Man by Rick Bragg.

    Thanks for your inspiration for dressing beautifully.

  291. The End of Night – Paul Bogard. A simply written book about how artificial light is detrimental to our health, wildlife, and our whole being.
    Your blog has inspired me to dress better on a daily basis, rather that just ‘dressing up.’ Friends have noticed and because of your styling help, I get continual compliments!!

  292. I’m reading Dr Brene Brown book called “The Gifts of Imperfection”. Helping me let good who I think I am
    suppose to be and embracing who God wants me to be.

  293. Hi,
    I love the Beauty in Stone jewelry and have bought several of your suggestions as well as others.
    I recently had open heart surgery to correct a valve that turned out to be a “congenital” defect (at 60 years old they found that out ???!!!)
    Anyway, this necklace will have particular meaning to me for that issue and a reminder to never take life for granted!
    I love catching up with your day to day “goings-on”– living in the Ozarks is similar to your location as to climate and natural beauty.
    One question I’ve been wondering — I’ve read a lot of your “back issues” — since you no longer have your shop selling the line of clothing you have talked about…. would you tell me the label name? Perhaps I’d be able to find them on the secondary market.


  294. My latest read is titled Send Down the Rain by an old friend, Charles Martin. I’m excited for the chance to win such a lovely necklace. Thank you!

  295. The Tattooist of Auschwitz. Deeply moving.
    Love that color jacket on you! We need color to cheer up the dreary days of winter!

  296. One of my all time favorites is “Olive Kitteridge” by Elizabeth Strout and the recent sequel “Olive, Again”. Stories and characters from Maine.

    When I want something funny I reread the late Nora Ephron. She knew how to write about the most ordinary but important things for women. Now that I’m 60+, her stories are even more relatable.

    Keep reading everyone!

  297. “Becoming Mrs. Lewis” by Patti Callahan Henry. It’s an extremely well written, compelling story, and I highly recommend it!

  298. The Captain’s Daughter and Big Lies in a Small Town are two books that I read and enjoyed in 2020. Love the necklace!

  299. I just finished The Dictionary of Lost Words by Pip Williams. For anyone that is interested in words that aren’t used today, or used rarely, or words that only women use, it’s a lovely read. I often whiz through books, with this one,I took my time. Highly recommended.

  300. Susan, you always look so good with a spark of colour, like this magenta.
    I just finished reading The Judgement of Paris by Ross King. Wow! Heavy reading, but amazing story telling of the battles fought by artists such as Manet and Monet as Impressionism unfolded in 1860’s Paris. Quite timely, too, because the piano paintings you showed this week echo this Impressionistic style.
    Of course, more artistic talent is evident in this beautiful necklace by Suzanne. Thank you for the chance to win this generous prize.

  301. The best book I have ever read is “Where The Crawdads Sing”. It’s a “page turner” and you just can’t put it down. There is a little twist at the end that will have you saying, “I didn’t see that coming!”

  302. I look forward to you blog every week!
    One of the best books I have read is:
    A Gentleman in Moscow – Amor Towles

  303. Educated, by Tara Westover is the true story of a girl raised in a strict family in Idaho. She wasn’t allowed to go to school among other socially repressive things. It Is the story of how she over came obstacles to break away to gain an education and a life of her own.

  304. I am enjoying The Feather Thief by Kirk Wallace Johnson. It’s nonfiction about the heist of rare feathers from a renowned British museum. While telling the story the author informs the reader of the popularity of feathers in the fashion and millinery business of the 1800’s which led to the extinction of many bird breeds. Fascinating read! Beautiful necklace!

  305. I necklace is beautiful and I would love win it to give it to my good friend who’s husband passed away this past week. She loves hearts.
    My favorite books are a series by Louise Penny about a Canadian Chief Inspector Armand Gamache. You need to read them in order starting with Still Life. They take place in Canada and the characters and town it takes place in will warm your heart, it is like coming home.

  306. I just finished the latest Lee Child Jack Reacher novel, The Sentinel. I got hooked on the character in the first books and have read them all as them are published and available to check out from my county library. Thank you, hope to win, love hearts!

  307. So many good books!! Just finished “The Kennedy Debutante” by Kerri Maher. Interesting read about Kathleen Kennedy and the Kennedy family right before the war broke out in Europe. Also Liane Moriarty’s “What Alice Forgot” is another interesting read. My next book is, “Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland.”

    What a great way to get a wonderful list of books!

  308. I just finished reading John Grishom’s “The Guardians”. This novel is the story of a wrongly convicted man who has spent over 20 years of his life in prison, and the lawyer turned priest turned lawyer who is determined to find the truth to exonorate his new client, in spite of danger to his own life.
    I love your jacket! Very nice look, Susan! I’m enjoying my winter clothes here in SC too!
    Happy Valentine’s day!

  309. The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty which my sister passed along to me to read as it is a good escape during these times. The author also wrote Little Big Lies.

  310. When We Lef Cuba (sequel to Last Year in Cuba) by Chanel Cleeten. Both are historical fiction with a bit of romance for the heroine.

  311. The best book that have recently read was “American Dirt”. I’m an ESL teacher in ND and most of my students migrate between Mexico and the US. They have told me many stories and I thought of them often while reading this book.

  312. The best book I have read in a while is “The Surgeon of Crowthorne” by Winchester. It is a story, based on fact, about the origin of the dictionary. Sounds droll, however, the information is very well incorporated into a story about the two protagonists who were responsible for the dictionary, one a physician from a well to do family who had a breakdown and committed a murder, while the other, due to his obvious ability, was taken under the wing of a patron as he came from poorer origins. It is a book which leaves you with the satisfaction of learning something new encased in a fascinating story. Everyone enjoyed the book in my book club.

  313. It will be 0 ° here next week, and we have already had 2 significant snow falls. It’s so nice to see your winter without snow. Your winter looks like our spring Your jacket is really stunning, and so versatile. As always, I love reading your blog. As for books…anything by Kristin Hannah. It will be a very good week to cozy up with a good book.

  314. I really enjoyed reading James Patterson’s book called “John Lennon’s Last Days” I highly recommend it..

  315. I LOVE the heart necklace! I read “cozy mysteries” for quick fun reads but “Darjeeling: The Colorful History and Precarious Fate of the World’s Greatest Tea” by Jeff Koehler is my most recent “serious”(!) book.

  316. The best book that I read recently was The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George! According to the reviews, people seem to either love it or hate it and I was definitely in the first camp!

  317. My favorite book to read is always the Bible. Reading more and more during the pandemic.
    So many applications to the time we are living in and the Hope for tomorrow.

  318. Dear Susan
    Thanks to you and Suzanne for so graciously offering us an opportunity to win that beautiful heart necklace!
    May your generosity be rewarded with blessings:
    good health, happiness and personal fulfillment.
    Happy Valentines Day, everyone!
    Kind regards from Annette Jacques in snowy New Hampshire

  319. The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek is definitely the best book I’ve read in the past six months.
    The story of the Pack Horse Library Project against the backdrop of the Kentucky Blue People made it an intriguing and irresistible read.

  320. Greetings Miss Susan! The necklace is a treat! Another treat is the book “Braiding Sweetgrass” by Robin Wall Kimmerer, a PhD botanist who is also a poet whose prose in this book is captivating, awakening and soothing all at the same time. She is a member of an indigenous tribe and weaves the wisdom the land and science together in an unexpected way.

  321. I never thought to wear my Stanley Blacker blazer, which is in a very similar color to your jacket, with the combo you are wearing. Thanks for being a fabulous wardrobe style source. I am set for this look except for a similar scarf. While most people are reading more during our social distancing times, I seem to be reading less. Of the several books I have started reading, I am most interested in is an older book. “The story of Dietrich Bonhoeffer”, by Michael Van Dyke.

  322. I read daily and use kindle unlimited to offset some of my online book expenses. A good book I finished reading was “The Last of The Moon Girls” by Barbara Davis. I actually finished this a month or so ago, but I keep thinking back on it and that’s the best kind of book- one that keeps giving. After nine generations of women healers, a women who left the family land to make a new life for herself, leaves it too late to go back home. Her grandmother has passed and then she finds her life through trials, and old flame, the caregiver/friend of the grandmother. The grandmother left her a diary of notes for her which are special. and notes left for her by the grandmother. Then her life opens up! What a nice story. A little romance, a little suspense (townspeople thought Grandmother was involved in an old crime), a lot of family and more self reflection. Really nice story. I think you would like it. Thank you!

  323. I enjoyed reading The Kennedy Debutante by Kerrie Maher.
    If I win I would gift the necklace to our adopted granddaughter who had a melanoma site removed this afternoon (7 cm). She was very brave. Thank you,

  324. Feeding my mother by Jann Arden…..a book I really connected with and have read a couple of times since the beginning of this year.
    Really enjoy your emails, thanks for sharing.

  325. I just finished “The Dutch House” by Ann Patchett. It was very good; however, I’m very excited to begin reading “The Real Toltec Prophecies” by Sergio Magana. This book was recently featured on Tamren Hall’s TV show and explains how to use our collective unconsciousness to thrive in today’s world.

  326. The book I am reading right now is Mindfulness by Mark Williams. I have recently done a reiki course and also trying to have a more healthy diet than I have although I am mindful in what food I choose. I did the black rice , charred broccoli ,and salmon which I picked up off your site . It was wonderful and will have it more. Many thanks Susan for your blog
    Judy Webb

  327. « Cry to Heaven, » by Anne Rice.
    I’ve reread this twice. Tannés imagery of Venice and Rome during the times of the ‘castrati’, young boys who were butchered in early childhood to preserve beautiful, soprano voices, is so rich, lush and detailed, that it’s almost as if one could be there in person. The story is tragic, yet beautiful at the same time. A slow read – but well worth it.

  328. What a lovely necklace. I enjoy James Patterson’s “Women’s Murder Club” series and just finished The 20th Victim.

  329. Gorgeous necklace!
    I am currently reading Depression Glass a pocket Guide by Gene Florence. Getting ready to retire and I intend to reduce my inventory of depression glass! Wish me luck. Thanks for your inspiration, enjoy reading your blog posts.

  330. love your style i have also learned a lot from you rereading eat to live by joel furhman need the added motivation! would love to win the necklace thanks for all you do

  331. The best book I have read this year is Empire of the Summer Moon: Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches, the Most Powerful Indian Tribe in American History by S. C, Gywnne. Absolutely fascinating. Now I know why Texans are so fierce-it took them over 40 years though!

  332. A pretty jacket. Love this outfit. I just finished A Manchester Christmas by John Gray. I am reading the Lady on the Hill! Love anything Biltmore! Yes p,ease drop my name in the bowl too! Love hearts! ❤

  333. I recently read, “Where the Crawdads Sing”. Great book. Thank you, Susan, for inspiring us to get up, and dress up daily!

  334. I’m re-reading Mana Makes Up Her Mind by Bailey White. I’ve probably read it about 4 or 5 times over the years. It’s written by a southern author and it’s funny, quirky and endearing:

  335. Lovely necklace!

    I am reading, via audio book, The Guardian Triology by Nora Roberts. I am currently listening to Bay of Sighs. My husband introduced me to Chirp which is a pay as you go audio book program. This way I can “read” while I knit or cross-country ski.

  336. Love the color of this jacket. So many book recommendations! Dear Edward is a book I liked.My parents were in a private plane crash,with only my Mom surviving,so it was close to my heart.
    Have a beautiful day.

  337. The best book I have read lately is Where the Crawdads Sing. Love the necklace! Stay warm and have a great day.

  338. The newest book that I have is by Hoda Kotb and is a daily reader. It is called This Just Speaks to Me. Today’s quote by J.M. Barrie is,”Those that bring sunshine to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves.”

  339. I just finished What Could Be Saved. It was very good – so many secrets! I am reading The Four Winds now. I love the color of your jacket!

  340. A recent book I read is The Creature from Jekyll Island by Edward Griffin, gives you a lot to think about. Happy Valentines Day!

  341. As always I love your style and enjoy your blog posts!
    The best book I read recently was
    A Wife Between Us….. it kept me guessing until the very end!

  342. I’m reading the Bridgerton series by Julia Quinn, light hearted it is a great escape from a long dark winter being quarantined

  343. Thanks for offering another giveaway! The best novel I’ve recently read is Glittering Images by Susan Howatch, the first of a 6 part series based on the Church of England.

  344. Imperfect Courage by Jessica Honegger. The journey she undertook to found and grow her business Noonday Collection is a great example of finding a way to address a need-create a way for women and their families to make a sustainable living in third world countries is impactful. BTW-I have no connection to her company!

  345. Love the necklace….I like reading “about” people so currently I’m reading the story of Clint Harp (Handcrafted) he’s the carpenter for Chip & Joanna Gaines.

  346. ” The Great Alone” by Kristin Hannah…..I couldn’t put it down and after reading it I want to visit Alaska!

  347. I love the necklace. Recently I discovered Julie Clark. She has two very good reads. The Last Flight and The Ones We Choose. Have a wonderful day!

  348. The Book I most enjoy is lonesome dove. Please signed me up for the heart shaped necklace drawing. Mimi O’Dell. Thank you

  349. The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead. Historical fiction about a boys school in Jim Crow era Florida. I delayed reading this book because I thought it would be too disturbing. It is disturbing, but does not leave one feeling disturbed. (Hope that makes sense!). Anyway, a really good book!

  350. The Invention of Wings, by Sue Monk Kidd, is an amazing book. My daughter and I were touring Boone Hall plantation in SC. I purchased this novel in the shop, not realizing it was based on real people who grew up on the plantation, Sarah Grimke and her sister, Angelina, fought to end slavery. But the most impactful characters in the book are the slaves, particularly Hettie; she and her family live there as well, and endure the atrocities of slavery as they hear about the possibilities of freedom.

  351. The best book I have read lately is “The pioneers” by David McCullough.

    Susan, I love how you show us how to dress tastefully and build a great wardrobs on essentials. You have helped me tremendously.

  352. Susan, I love your blog and life approach, a truly balanced style I hope we all adopt.
    My favourite new read is Edward Rutherford’s NEW YORK , part of an amazing scope of
    Exploration of the history of land and peoples of New York, presented in a fictional format.
    Be safe, be well,
    Cheers, Bea

  353. ‘Where the Crawdads Sing’, by Delia Owens is a book I have just read. It is a beautifully written book with a wonderful main character. Just loved it.
    Also love reading your blogs Susan. Thankyou.

  354. The latest book I have read lately is The Pioneers ny David McCullough. I love the necklace and the outfit you are wearing.

  355. What an adorable necklace, especially at Valentine’s Day! A great read that I suggest is A Rose In Winter by Kathleen E. Woodiwiss. Suspenseful plus romantic! What a great idea of sharing favorite books! I now have a long list of books to read!

  356. Thank you Susan and Suzanne for the opportunity to win this beautiful heart necklace. It’s definitely my style.

  357. On Folly Beach by Karen White. It was set in North Carolina barrier island in a book store where they find a box of old letters which upon reading they both realize there is hope.

  358. Best book recently is 77 Shadow Street by Dean Koontz. If you like weird an spooky this is the book for you.

    P.S. I love all the jewelry tha you wear. !

  359. I recently finished Hillbilly Elegy. It wasn’t the “best” book in terms of making the reader feel good, but it was thought provoking and interesting.

  360. The heart necklace is stunning. Thanks so much for the possible opportunity to own such a lovely piece of jewelry.

  361. Miller’s Creek series by Cathy Bryant.

    Thank you for the chance to win this necklace. Since turning gray I am wearing white gold or silver more and more. This necklace would be a great addition to my jewelry.

    Thank you.

  362. The 6th Target. Discovered Libby which connects to my library. Reading
    the books that are part of the Women’s Murder Club by James Patterson.
    Reading more….less TV while watching my grandchildren during their remote learning. Happy reading.

  363. I just finished reading Eleanor (as in Roosevelt). I am sitting in front of fireplace, so too lazy to get up to find author name! It was very detailed, but learned she had multiple male & female relationships along the way. She also worked tirelessly for the people.

  364. Trouble in Paradise, by Elin Hildebrand , one of three in a series based in the Virgin Islands, our “would have been” vacation this winter. This necklace is beautiful and the sea glass bracelet may be something I need soon!

  365. I love the look on this post…this jacket is great and the color is wonderful. Not something you see all the time – so nice for the dreary winter! Thanks for the chance to win !

  366. I love the necklace and I would wear it a lot, I know. I’m a big reader, and the best book I’ve read recently is The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell.

  367. Lovely jacket, the colour looks great on you! I read a lot but the best book I’ve read lately was The Billionaire Murders, a true crime that took place a few years ago in Toronto, the city where I live.
    The necklace is beautiful!

  368. Hi Susan,

    I just finished The Book Woman of Trouble Creek by Kim Michele Richardson. I really enjoyed this book. I learned a lot about how coal miners worked and live and how people loved to read and learn in any conditions. Working together and supporting each other, it was beautiful book.

    Thank you for your blog, I’ve enjoyed reading it through the years and follow your tips.


  369. Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah

    Just found your blog about a month ago and am inspired by your style. I am 64, recently retired after a long career in health care administration and love fashion, healthy living and home projects. Now living in secluded northern Wisconsin I envy your warmer weather, but the snow here is beautiful. I get to wear fun coats and hats! I am also a Beautycounter consultant and was so excited to see you use Countertime too! Thank you for sharing your story.

  370. Anxious People by Fredrick Bachman is the best book I’ve read. He is a great storyteller and his books always leave me feeling hopeful.

  371. I’m rereading Jan Karon’s Mitford series. They are the perfect calming books to read during this pandemic.

  372. Beautiful, Susan! I just read “The Dutch House” by Ann Patchett and loved it. It is the story of a very strong relationship between an older sister and her younger brother, and the rest of their family, post WW II to present. Thank you for all you do!

  373. Love the jacket! A good book that I have read lately is “A Gentleman in Moscow”. Excellent historical fiction.

  374. I’ve read lots of good books during the past year, but “Dear Edward” by Ann. Napolitano, a story of a 12-year old boy who is the lone survivor of a plane crash, was especially poignant and memorable. I love your blog, Susan!. Thank you for your efforts. You are always positive, informative, and well-dressed!