booking through thursday

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Do other people in your family also like to read? Or are you in this on your own?

I'm excited to share books with my family! We share all types of titles. We're almost like a book club in how we pass titles back and forth. Since almost all of us have e-readers, it's not quite as much fun as putting together a box of books to ship off to my VA or PA sisters, but we still share titles. And we all know that a Barnes & Noble gift card is the easiest gift!

I share my Young Adult finds with my nieces and they hook me up with some interesting titles, too. They got me to read the whole Harry Potter series--I had read the first book when it came out and just sort of let the others slide until my youngest niece discovered them and we read them together. My local sister is a mystery fan, so it's fun to share a new series with her. Both VA and PA sisters like current fiction--so we frequently trade titles. My stepmother reads contemporary literature and has suggested some amazing titles to me. My dad likes poetry and although I haven't made a suggestion to him, he's guided me to some wonderful poets.



The Single Woman’s 30-Day Blogging Challenge
17) What are your spiritual beliefs and how do they impact your relationships/relationship status?

As long as religion is not in my face, I'm accepting of whatever. I'm secure in my spiritual beliefs.

w.w.w. wednesdays

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading? I'm listening to Night Music by Jojo Moyes and I'm reading What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarity, and at school, I'm reading The Sketchnote Handbook by Mike Rohde

• What did you recently finish reading? I read Grave Sight by Charlane Harris, Love Letters To The Dead by Ava Dellaira.

• What do you think you’ll read next? I'm not sure! I really need to finish one that I've got going.


time capsule...

The Single Woman’s 30-Day Blogging Challenge
16) If you planted a time capsule right now of your life to be opened in 20 years, what would be in it?

I would include:

  1. A book
  2. A Nook
  3. Knitting Needles
  4. Yarn (the good kind)
  5. A necklace
  6. A scarf
  7. An iPad or iPod or iPhone
  8. A bottle of OPI nail polish
  9. A napkin or straw from Dunkin' Donuts
  10. An EZ Grader
  11. An Oprah magazine
  12. The Week magazine
  13. People Magazine (preferably with George Clooney as the Sexiest Man Alive)
  14. A set of InkJoy pens
  15. A Reese's Cup
  16. A jar of Nutella
  17. Thong sandals (not to be confused with flip flops)
  18. Car keys
  19. Funky Post-Its
  20. A set of Sharpies
  21. A set of Expo dry erase markers
  22. One of each of my text books
  23. A family photo
  24. A universal remote control

I can't think of anything else...

love this stuff

I need to start watching regularly--Jimmy Fallon is so amazingly talented and versatile! And Barbra!!!

ten things tuesday

My book group selected the slate of books for the year... here they are:

1) Just What Kind of Mother Are You? by Paula Daly
2) The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson
3) The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
4) Blind Date With A Book: anonymous book swap
5) Lucky Us by Amy Bloom
6) The Martian by Andy Weir
7) Orphan Train by Christine Baker Kline
8) The Crane Wife by Patrick Ness
9) Still Life With Breadcrumbs by Anna Quindlen

and maybe 10) A Christmas Memory by Truman Capote if the holiday spirit moves us


closed to closure

The Single Woman’s 30-Day Blogging Challenge
Narrate a conversation between you and someone in your life who you never had closure with (a friend, an ex, a family member, etc.) What would you say? What would they say? What outcome would you hope for?

Hmmmmm... I'm having a tough time coming up with someone that I need closure in the relationship. Lucky me.

musing mondays

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Musing Mondays asks you to muse about one of the following each week…

• Describe one of your reading habits.
• Tell us what book(s) you recently bought for yourself or someone else, and why you chose that/those book(s).
• Tell us what you’re reading right now — what you think of it, so far; why you chose it; what you are (or, aren’t) enjoying about it.
• What book are you currently desperate to get your hands on? Tell us about it!
• Do you have a bookish rant? Something about books or reading (or the industry) that gets your ire up? Share it with us!
• Instead of the above questions, maybe you just want to ramble on about something else pertaining to books — let’s hear it, then!

I spent Saturday reading. I went to the laundromat and got into a particularly interesting part of my book and didn't want to stop reading. So I didn't. Most of my other errands for the weekend were finished, so I luxuriated in an afternoon spent with a good book. I can't remember the last time I did that. What surprised me is that no one at the laundromat interrupted my reading! Usually as soon as I pull out my Nook, I get questions about the device. Some folks don't realize that it's easier to read when uninterrupted!



The Single Woman’s 30-Day Blogging Challenge
14) Describe the last moment you felt really, truly blissful

When I woke up late this morning and realized I didn't have anything pressing to do today and chose to make today a pajama day, that was a moment of bliss.

sunday stealing

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Sunday Stealing: Celebrity Obsession Meme

01. First Celebrity Obsession or Crush I had a major crush on Wayne Rogers "Trapper John"

02. Favorite Celebrity Encounter being a student liaison to Stephen King when I was in college and he came to do a talk

03. Most Cherished Celebrity Obsession

04. A celebrity you’d love to hang out with
 Neil Patrick Harris seems like he'd be a lot of fun to just hang out with

05. A celebrity you’d love to sit down and have a conversation with
 Harry Smith--I miss seeing him regularly on TV

06. An artist you’d like to see live U2

07. A celebrity you respect purely for talent Woody Allen's an artistic genius but he skeeves me out

08. A celebrity you feel you’d be good friends with Andy Cohen

09. A celebrity you dislike that others seem to love Sacha Baron Cohen

10. A celebrity you respect for what they’ve been through in life Drew Barrymore seems to have it all together

11. A celebrity you share a birthday with Kate Jackson

12. A celebrity you find annoying Kardashians are whiny and insignificant

13. Favorite under-20 celebrity the kids on Modern Family

14. Favorite over-60 celebrity Meryl Streep

15. The celebrity “fandom” that means most to you Harry Potter!

finished reading

From the publisher:
It begins as an assignment for English class: Write a letter to a dead person.

Laurel chooses Kurt Cobain because her sister, May, loved him. And he died young, just like May. Soon, Laurel has a notebook full of letters to the dead—to people like Janis Joplin, Heath Ledger, Amelia Earhart, and Amy Winehouse—though she never gives a single one of them to her teacher. She writes about starting high school, navigating the choppy waters of new friendships, learning to live with her splintering family, falling in love for the first time, and, most important, trying to grieve for May. But how do you mourn for someone you haven't forgiven?

It's not until Laurel has written the truth about what happened to herself that she can finally accept what happened to May. And only when Laurel has begun to see her sister as the person she was—lovely and amazing and deeply flawed—can she truly start to discover her own path.

It's a coming of age story told through the series of letters Laurel writes to celebrities whose lives ended too soon. Laurel explores her relationships with her family and her new friends, and her first love, through her examination of the lives of the people she writes to. Each letter helps her navigate the loss of and grief over her beloved sister, May.

The musical references and snippets of poetry are spot on. I think they add a timelessness to this story.

Even though it's in the Young Adult genre, it's a beautifully crafted novel full of unique characters and an interesting premise. I laughed out loud and I also cried.

I came across a Spotify playlist of songs featured in the book: as seen at My Shelf Confessions:


On the back it says: I can't help following in her footsteps even though it is poisonous

PostSecret is an ongoing community art project where people mail in their secrets anonymously on one side of a postcard. I like to post one that speaks to me each week.