My Most Cherised Book


All of my books are important to me; not only do they give me stories of far-away places and magical things, but they also hold my memories from the first time I opened them, to the 10th time I read a particular story, to the story that brought me through a depressing or sad time of my life. Every book I have opened holds my memories of that story as well as its story itself. I have enough books boxed in my basement to fill a couple bookshelves, with nowhere to put them, yet 🙂

But the book I hold most special, was a gift on my 30th birthday from my sister-in-law. I think the only thing I am a fan of more than Abraham Lincoln is The Wizard of Oz. This story as well as it’s less famous follow-up stories are a huge part of my childhood, and I cherish each of them. So to get an autographed book from Roger S. Baum, great-grandson of L. Frank Baum, literally left me speechless, and in tears. My brother and sister-in-law met Mr. Baum as he was signing books at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.

I will apologize for the less-than-stellar pictures, as I did not have the best lighting conditions, but the inscription is as follows:



From Machele:

Oz, I’m sure, means different things for different people but, two things are for sure, Oz is love and it is for the young-in-heart. If you remain young-in-heart, the gates to the Emerald City will always remain open for you. There is not any age to the spirit.

Roger S. Baum

Toto too

1st page of autograph
1st page of autograph
2nd page of autograph
2nd page of autograph

How amazing is that? I think my brother would be a little miffed to find out I have not yet read this book, as I cannot bear to bend its spine any more than I have to read further than the inscription. He asked me for about 2 years if I had read it, and I told him I couldn’t bear to bend it, and he just stopped asking me 🙂

If you are a fan of the Oz stories, you must go to . Frank S. Baum has 15 different Oz books, and he will autograph them for you. I think I’ve found my Christmas present to myself!

Hot Off The Presses!

It arrived today, and now I am debating if I want to read it. For two reasons. 1) it is several books in of a series of books, none of which I have ever read, and 2) it is signed by the author.

Accused, by Lisa Scottoline (read more about her here). Stories about an all-female law firm called Rosato and Associates. Reading the jacket has me really wanting to read this story, but I try to not pick up books in the middle of a series of books. I prefer to go back and buy lots more books to read to get myself caught up 🙂 Like I need another reason to visit Barnes and Noble.

From the jacket; Mary DiNunzio has just been promoted to partner and is about to take on her most unusual case yet, brought to the firm by a thirteen-year-old genius with a penchant for beekeeping. Allegra Gardner’s sister, Fiona, was murdered six years ago, and it seemed like an open-and-shut case: The accused, Lonnie Stall, was seen fleeing the scene; his blood was on Fiona and her blood was on him; most damning, Lonnie Stall pleaded guilty. But Allegra believes Lonnie is innocent and has been wrongly imprisoned. The Gardner family is one of the most powerful in the country, and Allegra’s parents don’t believe in reopening the case, so taking it on is risky. (Scottoline, L. 2013, Accused)

Accused cover
Accused cover

This storyline is right up my alley of types of books I like to read, and I don’t know how long I can leave it sit on the bookshelf without cracking it open. And since I need to go to the library tomorrow, I have to hope no one else is looking for this gem of a book and I can snatch it up and have it read within the week.

Have you read her stories, and what did you think of them? It seems along the lines of James Patterson’s Women’s Murder Club series, which I enjoy as well.  And why would I buy a book by an author I was not familiar with? Yes, because it was signed. I have a couple of other books that are signed and very important to me.

Lisa Scottoline Autograph
Lisa Scottoline Autograph

To read or not to read? That is the question that will likely keep me awake tonight until I can go tomorrow and borrow or buy another book 🙂