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Balancing

The leaves in the big maple tree are starting to show a couple of patches of orange.  The deck is shaded longer now and the nights are cooling. All hallmarks of what is coming.  School starts this week.

A few years ago, I retired from teaching and worked at the Historical Society.  My book reading skyrocketed and I was able to read so many fabulous (and a few not so fabulous) books.  I began to start tutoring at Parker with just a couple of students.  The next year, I began working at the Academy and tutoring for them.  My reading slowed down, but still I was able to read so many - over 200.  Last year I worked even more hours between the two and my book reading crept up again.  

This year… well I have been behind all year... only two books at this time, with more changes coming.  I agreed to work full time this year for the Academy.  I am balancing a couple of different hats, but full time!  I am wondering if working a more regular shift will help or hurt with my reading.

I am not sure why I actually pay attention to how many books I read.  I think it started as a lark, but somewhere along the line my thinking changed to more is better.  I have to rethink that!  We all can think of different examples where having more is not better.  It certainly does not follow the thought process that balance is important.  Living in the moment is better.  Following the middle path is a more healthy choice.  

This next week, when I have time to read, I will keep that in mind and disregard the numbers.  Not that I am going to stop that category on Goodreads - no need to be silly about it.  After all, I have some of my favorite authors coming out with new books. I have 14 books to read and review in the next couple of months for Net Galley. Perhaps I will make it, after all.

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Connections

Well, this is it. The final weekend. The fat lady is singing. The stopping of the buck. The last weekend before I go back to work full time again.  SIGH.  I know that sounds funky as I have been working quite regularly all along.  A very brief review of information for those with a score card, retired from public school and worked at the Historical Society, subbed for Kearsarge and then tutored and taught at Parker. The last couple of years I have worked lots of hours for Parker, but working in a variety of positions, doing combinations between tutoring and teaching.  This year, I am now considered full time and teacher work days start tomorrow!

What a strange ride I have been on the last few years.  This blog has kept me sane and connected many times.  The contact many of you have made to me about books and reading has meant a lot.  I have had the time for reading and still more reading.  I am not sure if I will have as much time for reading, but I am not going to stop this blog.  Connecting with all of you makes it so worthwhile!

This week I have read a some awesome books.  My favorites being The One Man by Andrew Gross and Family Tree by Susan Wiggs.  Both books were great stories that really identified the connections between humans and how important those connections are.  The two books had different plots, settings, timelines and feelings, but that human connection is so important in these books. Andrew Gross introduces us to a man who is willing to sacrifice his freedom to help his country because of his connections.  Susan Wiggs introduces us to Annie Harlow who has to start her life all over again and depend on her connections from the past.  Look Again by Lisa Scottoline has the reader on the edge of their seat when the question of  connections between people might unravel Ellen’s entire life.  R. C. Boldt series called Teach Me shows with her group of couples how together these people can make their bonds of friendship so tight that they are family.   

There are people who enjoy reading descriptions of people and events.  There are people who like to read biographies about people, but to me it is all about the interaction between people that makes or breaks a book.  After all, isn’t that one thing that makes us human - our connections and interactions with others. Especially in our world as things move faster and faster and families are separated by distance and time.  The connections between the characters, people with all their quirks make us unique and human, yet stronger together in groups. I wish that for the world.  People making connections and our world being stronger because we are together - not apart.

Books:

The One Man by Andrew Gross - comes out on Tuesday

Family Tree by Susan Wiggs

Looking Again by Lisa Scottoline

Series: Teach Me by R.C. Boldt

  1. Wildest Dream

  2. Hard to Handle

  3. Remember When

  4. Laws of Attraction

Push Pause

I love weekend mornings!  The knowledge that I do not have to rush off anywhere is so comforting to me.  It is like the world knows I am on break from it, even if it is just for a little while.  

Weekend mornings I like to hang around in my PJs.  If necessary, I will get dressed for the Farmer’s Market or other important adventures.  Sometimes, there is the necessity to forage for immediate food, but that too can be overlooked for a while. Completing important errands is a slippery slope when I am wanting to be home, especially if the weather is cold, wet or combinations thereof.  

The couch becomes my favorite piece of real estate.  The chaise part is arranged in such a way that I can sit kitty-corner and put up my feet.  The correct angle is important to obtain for reading purposes, but lately I just remove my glasses and all is well.  The other reason the angle needs to be precise is that I will need to sip my iced tea while I read.  With my hair pulled off my face and my PJ, I am sure I am a sight to behold, but who cares - it is a weekend morning.

Mostly Oscar runs out and then returns quickly.  His idea of weekend mornings means lots of cat kisses and laying across my chest.  It is a constant battle between us for him to allow me to read, while cuddling him, and sipping ice tea.  Sometimes he wins and sometimes I do. His loud purring helps maintain the proper atmosphere those mornings.  

I can hear my neighbors out and about.  The early ones off to work, the later ones going off on errands like laundry and groceries. And yet I lie reposed upon the edge of the world reading.  What a luxury this is… I know there are many who do not have the time for this, but don’t worry - I can do this for you, if you need me to.  

The day can begin without my presence.  My reality is firmly ensconced in the book with all thoughts totally involved with the main characters and the plot of the story.  Occasionally people will text, call or knock looking for me and my time ends suddenly and dramatically.  Gone until the next weekend day, when I can once again push pause for a little while.

Live Longer - Read

Several newspapers this weekend reported a study done out of Yale that spoke to book readers living longer.

Becca R. Levy, a professor of epidemiology at Yale, is quoted in The New York Times as saying, “People who report as little as a half-hour a day of book reading had a significant survival advantage over those who did not read.” “And the survival advantage remained after adjusting for wealth, education, cognitive ability and many other variables.”

From my point of view this new study is awesome.  I work with students  in reading, not just to help them decode difficult words, or understand convoluted plots, but to find the joy in reading. The worlds that students can open by reading, the new information they can find, and the increased understanding of people.  Now I have another tool to add to my tool box.  I can tell them they will live longer if they read for at least a half-hour a day.  Keeping in mind the age group I work with and their beliefs that they are immune to death, old age and diseases, perhaps this might not be helpful information.

The study goes on to say that reading magazines and newspapers are good, but books are better. I feel, as do many others that there are days where reading the headlines is all I can complete. The are many articles that list all the important things to do to prolong life.  Good diets, exercise, less stress and other important items all lead to a stronger body and better health.  I don’t think many people actually realize the importance of reading.

I have to admit, now that it is summer and my schedule has freed up, that I do read much more than one half hour a day. On days off I tend to poke through the news in two or three newspapers and then I will pick up a book.  However, baseball games and the Olympics will definitely cut down on the reading time. (Bet you didn’t know I was a sports junkie for the Olympics - did you?)  I have no problem reading for hours each day.  I wonder how many years I have added with all my reading - I bet it is years and years...it is that other pesky important health stuff that is in my way.  SIGH

Returning Books to the Library

I have gotten myself into a bit of a pickle again this month.  It happens sometimes even when I try to be careful.  I know I have to work on planning better, making better choices on what I do with my spare time.  I know all this, but still it happens…. {sigh} I will not be able to read all the books I need to have read  from Net Galley and the library before they are due.  

I get the majority of my books from three major sources: Baker Free Library, Net Galley and Rock Star.  Sometimes there is a trifecta like this month where a number of books are due all at the same time.  On top of that I actually broke down and bought a book (Yes, you heard it here first - Marti purchased a book) granted a paperback - but it was Jayne Castle’s newest book - just out!

So how to solve this problem…  Well first of all the books are due over the next few days and about half have been read, reviewed and either queued for the release date or put up already. The books that were due from Rock Star are already read and ready to go.  This really cuts the list down!   Now I am down to only the four books from the library and two books on Net Galley.  

I am not as worried about the two Net Galley books - mostly because the books were given to me within days of their due date - so it is acceptable if they are done soon.  Often Net Galley or specific publishers will send me messages about authors I have read or subjects of books I like.  I must admit that I do not always look at the dates when I get excited about a new book.  Note to self:  check out the due date.

The library books are the big losers. {sigh} I have four books due in the next 3 days.  I am only part way through the first one and will need to choose which book to read out of the three left. The other two will need to go back without being read and they will need to go back on my to read list.   

I haven’t even planned out the rest of the month by sending a list of books I want to read to the library … although I only have 5 on my must read for Net Galley.   I am not sure when reading became a chore for me to keep up.  I am thinking I might need to resolve that …. or not…  Either way four books will go back to the library on Tuesday and only two of them will have been read.

Blogging is hard work

Blogging is hard work.  Not the reading so much as keeping up with all the reviews.  Once again this week I fell woefully behind with the writing part!  Really I want to blame it on the Algebra course I am taking and struggling with, but I am afraid it is not the sole culprit!  (Who knew word problems with 2 variables and 2 equations would be the death of me!)

I read some great books this week from the library.  Jill Shalvis and Stephanie Lauren never fail to entertain me.  Both authors write great romances, but that is where the comparison ends,  Jill Shalvis books are set in the modern day and there is always an element of humor in her books!  Stephanie Lauren’s book are historical romances and there are always adventure and mysteries to solve.  Whoops - one other common item - the couples don’t always communicate as well as they could - which quite frankly often adds to either the humor or the adventure.  I did not yell at any of the main characters - so they were not that foolish to underestimate the other too much.

The books from Net Galley this week were good.  They were not spectacular, wonderful - run out and buy them reads.  The books has some good characters, good situations and were good to read.  Toby by David Johnson was my favorite of them.  Toby, a dog, was one of the main characters.  His owner Symphony had some hard times happening and Toby helped her find her way.  I mean what is not to love?

However, back to my original topic.  I am behind this week in writing the reviews for the books I enjoyed so much.  There is really no reason other than I have been reading, socializing with friends, watching baseball and fighting {sigh} over word problems in Algebra.  I mean really does it matter how old Charlie is going to be in 5 years compared to Alice.  Evidently, it seems to be a problem for many people.  Especially when I don’t care is not a solution!  Meanwhile, I have written a brief synopsis of the books below that I have not reviewed.  Enjoy.  Check out the ones I did review and remember - I don’t care how old you are going to be in 5 years compared to your three times removed cousin.

Jill Shalvis newest book Sweet Little Lies, focuses on Finn and Pru.  One of the plot lines is about how secrets are always a problem, but Pru just can’t seem to tell Finn the whole truth.  The book has some fun characters and I love how they always seem to be in the midst of something.

The two books from Stephanie Laurens are part of one of her newer series, The Adventure Quartet.  Stephanie brings us more of the Frobishers.  Hot men who work secretly for the British Government in covert operation and find their true loves while they are dashing around solving crimes.  In book 2, The Buccaneer at Heart, we are introduced to Robert and Aileen.  Robert is investigating missing people in Freetown when he meets Aileen who is looking for her brother.  They “help” each other to fall in love mostly!  Book 3, The Dare Devil Snared is about Caleb Frobisher and how he finds his love Kate and discovers a horrid person who is capturing Englisher in Africa and making them work under threats.  Both books are great reads.

Oh Darn

My faith in humanity has taken a hit these last two weeks.  People killing people over race and religion is heartbreaking to me.  The idea that one race or religion supersedes another boogles my mind.  Tragedy after tragedy and it feels like everything is ramping up.  I don’t think it helps that the Republican Convention is being held this week in Cleveland. Various delegates have been speaking to the media about bringing their guns to the convention.  Notice I am not even mentioning the candidates…  

In order to avoid listening to more news and more horror - I put on the Red Sox game and picked up the newest James Patterson Book called The Games.  I thought perfect - the Sox are playing the Yankees and James Patterson never fails to excite….  WOW - wrong, wrong, wrong! First of all, the Sox lost to the Yankees - never good.   

Mostly it was the James Patterson book, The Games that did nothing to help my avoidance of reality.  The book focuses on the organization called Private. An organization that takes on various assignments that no one else can or will accomplish.  In this book, they are helping provide security to the Olympics in Rio….  Yup.. Something that is going to start in just a few weeks!  Athletes from around the world will all show up and answer the call for the strongest and fastest.  In the book, Jack Morgan, the owner of Private with his team has to race around to save a kidnapped person and then unravel another mystery - One I will not share with you since I do not want to give up the plot.

Let me share one key element I took from this - sometimes reality sucks.  However, I have hope that somehow there are enough good, honest, caring people who are willing to stand up and help start a new revolution to bring us back from the edge of this crevasse we are on.

Meanwhile, I just picked up the next book to read - hoping for light and flighty - unrealistic as all heck - nope it is a dystopian novel about global warming…  OH DARN

A Rainy Weekend

It has been a rainy weekend!!!  YEA!!!  

One of my favorite things this times of year is a rainy day,  Not just because it will help all the plants - which it does - but because I can pretend that I can not go anywhere!  That means Jammies, Red Sox, Kitties and BOOKS! (It also means I have some work to do with the online classes, but that is another story.)  It even required a blanket and a sweater to cuddle up in!!!

Luckily I was inundated with books to read and enjoyed each and everyone of them

I read Among the Wicked by Linda Castillo - loved it!  The Sapphire Affair - enjoyed it - but it is only one of three.  Daughters of the Bride by Susan Mallery - beyond loved it! I just finished reading The Pursuit by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg.

Among the Wicked is the newest book in the Kate Burkholder series.  Kate is a police chief in a town that has a mixed population of “English” and Amish.  Kate is uniquely qualified for the job as she grew up Amish, left and then returned to her hometown to take over the Chief’s job.  In each book that Linda Castillo publishes, more and more of Kate’s backstory comes out while she is in the midst of solving a crime and beginning her new life.  They are great books with psychological twists and often I am surprised by a turn of events.  This novel is no different!  Among the Wicked comes out on Tuesday.  (http://marjay.simplesite.com/239538810)

Daughters of the Bride is Susan Mallery’s newest book. It is about a wedding for Mother, but really it is about bravery and the three daughters. It takes place in a small town in California, but realistically - it could happen anywhere.  I am participating in a book reveal on Tuesday, so I can not tell you any more than WOW, and LOVED IT.

The Pursuit is the newest in the Fox and O’Hare series with Kate and Nick.  Kate works for the FBI.  She is tough, rough and focused.  Her dad and a cadre of characters are constantly backing her up, because of Nick.  Nick is a highly wanted thief.  He is constantly working on a con and trying to live the “best life”.  Kate is secretly his handler as together they participate in some wild times without getting caught or blowing her cover.  The Pursuit by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg is their newest adventure and it  includes diamonds, diseases and Serbian thugs.  The books are always entertaining and a quick read.  Tomorrow I will have to write up the review and since the book is already out you can pick it up to read right away!

What a lovely weekend!  It is a shame I am having to wrap it up and tomorrow join the world again as an ascensioned human being - well at least try.

 

So Many Books and So Little Time

So Many Books and So Little Time

I know everyone has a stack of them.  You know... the books you didn’t finish.  You might try to convince yourself or others – that you are going to finish it later.  Yeah right!  We are just kidding ourselves about that or at least I am.

There are many reasons for putting a book down:  not interesting, too long, bad plot line, too much swearing, poor grammar or punctuation.  The list could go on for a long time. However, it all comes down to a single point, the book wasn’t holding our attention.  

I used to think there was some problem within me if I did not like a popular book. I mean after all, I usually bought the book already, so I have to read it.  Now, I understand that not everyone is going to like every book. Even if it is a best seller!  And that is okay.  I have had to learn that it is okay to put down a book and not finish it. I think it became easier to do once I began to borrow more books instead of buying them.

What do we do with the books we are not going to read?  It is not that I am going to give them to friends to read – especially since I didn’t like it!  I have been known to bring them to our local historical society – thinking that someone would like them.  One friend can’t even do that – she actually continues to keep them so she can finish them.   When I ask her where she keeps them, I had to laugh.  She has stacks all over her house in different places:  Holding open doors and holding up book shelves and even balancing out a crooked table.

I am sure by now, you have also noticed I do not write up the review if I didn’t like the book.  Just because I didn’t like the book, doesn’t mean other people will feel the same way.  I guess I follow the rule that, if you can’t say something nice do not say anything!  

My new rule to add to the old rule: I will try a book twice. If after the second time I still do not like the book, then it is done and the book is off to a new place. No guilt... after all…

“There are so many books and so little time.”

*** This is an old blog as I am on vacation this week.

Nirvana

Today - at least for a while this morning was Nirvana.  SIGH

I was able to sit outside and enjoy our shady spot under the tree reading a book!  AND there was ice tea involved. There was a slight breeze and I was surrounded by flowers.  Add to this scene, I was reading the newest Karen White book called Flight Patterns (which was awesome!) Tomorrow, I will be able to sit outside at the lake with a pal and again enjoy the sun with my toes in the sand and a book.  This is truly what makes all the snow and ice worthwhile. (Even though that  weather allows me to read inside curled up on the couch.)  The cats were sleeping on the ground by me. This was Nirvana.  Except for the bee that stung me.  Obviously the bee did not get the message I was in my happiest of happy places.  

All this happiness was able to happen due to the public and school libraries that I have used throughout my life.  I have always had access to great libraries and books that helped encourage my love of reading.  Over the years, I have discovered that there are schools that are struggling without books. I knew that as our economics have tightened in many towns that the libraries in schools and towns often have to do without. I did not spend a lot of time thinking about this.

Last week through a link on a group facebook page (on one of my favorite authors), I found out about the Greenville Junior/Senior High School and Indian Valley Academy in California.  The school has struggled for years to supply books to students.  They have not been able to buy new books for their library since the 1990s.  The school district has decided to rededicate themselves to improving the quality and quantity of the books available, but money was an issue.  A blogger in the area, wrote a series of blogs about sending books to the school system.  And that is when a true miracle happened.  Other bloggers reblogged the information and people have sent books. Lots of books. The entire list of needed books on Amazon has been donated by kind people. Other people have sent their favorite young adult books and others have sent gently used books. I also sent some books, sending titles that the boys have particularly enjoyed this year.

I realized how truly blessed I have been.  Books have been a constant in my world for years.  I hope those students find a similar Nirvana.

Summer Reads

School is almost done… that means - SUMMER READING

I am excited to have school end for the year.  Not that I will stop working.  I am responsible for writing curricula and tutoring several students in reading, writing and math.  Having said all that, I do get some more time off in a couple of weeks.  The gardens need weeding.  The house needs a thorough cleaning.  I need to get more exercise. Mostly, I get to read under the trees in comfortable chairs with ice tea or on the sandy beach at the lake.  There is always so much to see and do in the summer:  flowers, birds, blue skies and lots of time.

One of the sure signs of summer is the lists of “beach books.”  There are different definitions of what a makes a beach read. Many people consider beach reads to be books that could be read at the beach and might not be as intense.  For me, the story has to include a beach, usually the ocean. Some of my favorite authors have books that are published now for the summer  I have a list already given to the local library for the books.

There are scores of places online with list after list of summer reads.  I have put together my list to save you time!  Below are my “favorite author’s summer reads.”  I know I am going to be reading them!  I am so ready!

Flight Patterns by Karen White

The Weekenders by Mary Kay Andrews

All Summer Long by Dorothea Benton Frank

The Island House by Nancy Thayer

Here’s to Us by Elin Hilderbrand

Seashell Season (comes out late June) by Holly Chamberlin

These are books I am considering to read as well.  

The Sunlight Night by Rebecca Dinerstein

My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout

Wild Lake by Laura Lippman

Mystic Summer by Hannah McKinnon

Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo

Santorini Sunset (comes out in July) by Anita Hughes

Magic

Magic...

I know that the magic of books is available for everyone.

This last quarter school has been - well difficult at times.  There is always more to teach and NEVER enough time to get to it all.  The school I teach at is not like many schools and contains students who were not succeeding in their regular schools.  They were not able to access the education that they needed and were often scorned for their efforts.  Some of the students I have had for two years while others are newer to the school and me.  Some are reading way above level and some are reading below their chronological level.  I have spent time telling them about books, reading books with them.  Books that have adventures and hopes and information, nonfiction and fiction alike. I have bribbed and cajoled and tried again with more books.

And then it happened last week… a student completed a book and sighed and said that he really liked his book but now it is all done.  To my surprise and enjoyment, the other students actually put down the various books they were reading and the five of them had a discussion about what book he should read next. From this, he had decided on a new book.  I was jumping and laughing and crying inside.  

Are these students going to be readers for life?  The jury is still out on that, but they had a heartfelt conversation about books.  They spoke about what they liked in the books they had read.  They listened to each other.  They offered suggestions to each other that were thoughtful and showed understanding.  They used the literary terms I have been encouraging them to use like plot and characters and mood.  

The best part was that didn’t just happen in one class, but it happened in all three Language Arts classes.  Not to the marked extent of the first class, but in other ways.  Student have been reading me parts of their stories.  Students have been laughing outloud at a character’s silliness.  And they have been writing reviews for me.  Short and sometimes awkward reviews but reviews none the less.  A couple of them have even exposed themselves to putting their reviews up on GoodReads.  Others have asked me to write home, with titles of books to get from the library or other sources.   

The point of this  - books are magic.  They can transform.  They can change people.  They can be part of a boy’s or a girl’s life even when reading is hard.  Magic….

Books Sales

Another weekend has gone.  I am not sure what happens to make them move so quickly.  I have started another online course form edX, so my reading time has been impacted.  The course luckily does not have a lot of reading, but more visuals with videos of lectures, with further research and discussions.  It is amazing what four hours devoted to a class can do to your reading time. (Luckily it is a four week class.)

It is an expensive time of year for me to be a reader for some different reasons:  library, the FOMBE and the book sales. It is the time of the year for me to pay for my library card for another year.  I know, if I used my local library I would not be paying for the privilege.  When I worked for a school district and my mom lived in that same district, it was easier to use that library, especially because they allowed employees of the school to use the library for free.  It is a lovely library with wonderfully knowledgeable and nice personnel.  So even though I have moved my employment status to another school and my mom no longer is alive, I cheerfully pay to stay using the Baker Free Library.  It is a jewel among libraries.

I am also a founding member of MainStreet BookEnds.  It is our local independent bookstore.  They have been wonderful finding books for me and suggesting others.  As a FOMBE with a once a year buy in, I can get 20% off my purchases.  This is a wonderful perk and I am grateful to be part of a wonderful opportunity.  

Lastly, the book sales are killing me.  The bookstore helps fund a scholarship that is funded by a huge book sale in the spring.  Once again, I dropped some money there.  On top of that the Historical Society has opened it’s barn again.  On the second floor there are books and books and books to buy.  Once again I felt the need to help out by buying books, like I need more!

My reading might have been curtailed, but my buying of books and other book related activities were going strong...OH WELL.  

I am reading er meditating

I have always known that reading makes me happier.  I love reading new books and find myself reading faster when I love the book and then I am sad when it has ended.  Perhaps that is why I am a series reading gal.  I get to keep revisiting the same characters (like Roarke and Ranger).

This week I read an op-ed piece about how there are studies that prove reading makes people happier (Can Reading Make You Happier? by Ceridwen Dovey). "Reading has been shown to put our brains into a pleasurable trance-like state, similar to meditation, and it brings the same health benefits of deep relaxation and inner calm."

My family can certainly all tell you of times when no matter how hard they tried, I was very hard to pull out of a book.  I mean really really hard.  I can now say with some satisfaction that I was meditating. As a matter of fact, I think I am going to use that line for now on.  Please don’t bother me, I am meditating.  Granted it might be hard to pull that off when I am reading a bloody thriller with a psychopath - but I intend to try.  I wonder if I need a hat, maybe a tee shirt with the expression to help people understand.  

The article goes on to state, “regular readers sleep better, have lower stress levels, higher self-esteem, and lower rates of depression than non-readers.” Okay so maybe all the parts don’t work for me. However in the spirit of our political candidates, I am going to ignore that fact.

There was a great deal about empathy as well.  The article spoke about how people who read fiction are better at empathy.  The mirror neurons in our brain fire when we read about an action or do the action ourselves.  So that means we have a better understanding when something happens to our friends and we can be more empathetic with them.  I guess this means another tee shirt or hat. What do you think?   Do not disturb, I might look like I am reading, but actually I am building empathy and meditating.  Or - I am reading to build empathy, so when you interrupt me - I will not rip off your head.  Maybe that is a little too harsh?

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Jeannie | Reply 18.07.2016 10.12

Right on! Sad state of global reality, but we must live on. . .

Jeannie | Reply 09.05.2016 21.12

Tune out all around you. Go into another world. Yes, meditative!

Jeannie | Reply 18.04.2016 10.04

Will read Georgia. I have always been intrigued by her art, raises questions which this book might answer!

Kathy-CT | Reply 13.04.2016 20.05

According to Pew Research, nearly a quarter of American adults have not read a single book in the past year. How sad! Thanks for picking up the slack!

Ronda | Reply 22.02.2016 15.06

Thank you for sharing the wonderful and personal story about your mother and her effect on you as a reader. May you continue to find comfort in reading.

Jeannie | Reply 17.02.2016 11.51

Books are indeed a comfort as well as welcomed escape! We are lucky to love reading

Pauline | Reply 09.02.2016 10.17

Thank you for opening this style of writing with some fine examples. I never thought about this before.

Jeannie | Reply 10.01.2016 19.35

Loved the trend of this meandering. Can picture it all!

Jeannie | Reply 21.12.2015 18.12

Agreed! Intrigue and escape into other worlds!

Jeannie | Reply 21.09.2015 15.17

Really, Marti! Worth relinquishing books for interesting views like that!
Good to read about men, too, and conjure up our own variations of wonderful.

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