Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Light the World With Love

Beginning today and running through Christmas we are going to do our best to Light the World With Love. Please feel free to choose one, many or all of the above prompts and spread Love and Light.

Thursday, November 25, 2021

Happy Thanksgiving


I hope everyone had a lovely and very Happy Thanksgiving!

Monday, November 15, 2021

NaNoWriMo 2021


I am participating in NaNoWriMo once again this year. At the halfway mark I am happy to say that it is going well. However, I am doing it a little differently - I am being what they call "a rebel". LOL! I am working on revising a book I wrote during a previous NaNoWriMo session. My husband is very supportive but wondered why I was going to write when I have a novel that needs completing. I listened to what he said, took it to heart nd decided to revise. I have written down the premise of the story I was going to write though so I can come back to it in the future. 

I love everything about NaNoWriMo, though! I love the community of writers. I love the support. I love the stats. I love the challenge. No matter how you decide to do NaNoWriMo I hope you love it. If you do, will you share your experience(s) with me?

Monday, October 18, 2021

Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon

 This Saturday, October 23, 2021, is the next installment of Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon. I am looking forward to participating. My kids are going to join in with me in the afternoon. We have done this several times and it is always a really nice time. We read our separate books together then share what we are reading. We also take turns reading aloud from a family read. It is a wonderful bonding experience filled with laughter, communication and a shared love of reading and books. Of course, yummy snacks and drinks are always a hit, too.

I will also participate in some of the online and book and readathon community fun. Thankfully this Saturday is actually supposed to be cool and Fall-like here. I am so ready to curl up with a hot chocolate and read a good book with my kids.

How about you? Do you enjoy reading in cool weather? Will you be participating in Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon?

Thursday, September 30, 2021

Book Review: The Christmas Wedding Guest by Susan Mallery

 The Christmas Wedding Guest is the first in a new series by Susan Mallery called Wishing Tree. Wishing Tree is the name of the small town that is very Christmas-centric with street names that either relate to Christmas or types of trees. Reggie and Dena Somerville are sisters living their lives on their own terms and both are single. Dena lives in Wishing Tree while Reggie lives in Seattle. She goes home for the holidays to help her mom and dad plan a vow renewal Christmas wedding. 

Over the course of a few weeks - over the Thanksgiving and Christmas season - both Reggie and Dena find true love. This is a very Hallmark Movie type of a book. Dena meets Micah - a heartbroken musician trying to find his way back from tragedy and write a song again. Reggie reconnects with Toby, her high school sweetheart. He is now an entrepreneur and a single dad.

I liked this book. I especially liked the Christmas elements. I do wish there was more to the two relationships, though. I look forward to checking in on all the couples in future Wishing Tree books. 

Wednesday, September 29, 2021

National Novel Writing Month


    Once again I am going to participate in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) in November. This is a month long endeavor to write a 50,000 word first draft of a novel! I know, it sounds a bit crazy and it is! However, it is also very doable with some advanced preparation, determination, writing daily and community. The NaNoWriMo community is wonderful. Of course, right now that community is completely virtual but it is still there! If you have ever thought about writing a novel then I highly encourage you to look into knocking out the first draft this November with other like-minded writers. It is a lot of fun!

Friday, August 27, 2021


 I have always liked bookmarks but recently I have become a little bit obsessed with them. LOL! If there is a free bookmark in a bookstore I definitely pick it up. I also get one for each of my daughters. In fact, one of my daughters and I even started making our own. It has become a very fun activity to do together. We have more than enough bookmarks though so we have started sharing them with friends and family. Do you have a fun little thing like this that you have wound up sharing with others?

Thursday, August 26, 2021

Reading Rut

 I am currently in a reading rut. I don't like when this happens but it does - at least once per year. I keep picking up books I think I am going to love but I haven't been able to get into anything. Usually when this happens to me I can get out the rut by reading a favorite book or picking up something I haven't read by an author I love. Sometimes I get out of the reading rut by choosing a book from a favorite genre. 

I think what I am going to do in order to hopefully get out of this reading rut is choose one of the In Death books by J.D. Robb. This is my favorite series of books. I adore the characters - especially Eve and Roarke. I also love the police procedural and investigation aspects of the series. I also love the faster pacing of the stories in this series.

What do you do in order to get out of the inevitable reading rut?

Thursday, July 22, 2021

Book review: Malibu Rising by Tylor Jenkins Reid


Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid is a roller-coaster-ride of a book! I liked it so much! This is the first book I have read by this author but it won't be the last!

Malibu Rising tells the story of the Riva family. The story opens in 1983 on the day of the epic summer's-end party that the Riva siblings throw each year. We meet Nina, Jay, Hud and Kit on the morning of the party. We quickly learn that while the four siblings stick and are always there for one another - they also have dysfunctions like all families do. They are, after all, the children of the ultra-famous singer Mick Riva.

There is a bit of a dual-timeline going on for quite a bit of the book as we go back to 1956 when Mick and June (the Riva siblings mom) first meet. the story is told going back and forth in time until we are once again on the day of the party in 1983 A LOT of things come to a head in the midst of this ridiculously hedonistic party! This book is crazy and not my usual sort of read. However, I am glad I read it and give it a solid four stars.

Sunday, June 27, 2021

Book review: Legacy by Nora Roberts


This is a great book that I give 4.5 stars. It is very modern but with a lot of Nora Roberts' classic elements: family, small town living and pets as characters. I really enjoyed this book! Adrian is a very strong character from page one. She has a somewhat difficult relationship with her mom and a trauma in the very beginning that aids in her strength, I believe. Adrian is a very strong woman who is driven and surrounds herself with family - both biological and friends who become family.

Raylan is also a great and strong character. He deals with the unexpected and tragic twists in his life in a very believable way. You will need some Kleenex at the ready while reading this book. I have no shame in admitting this book made me cry several times!

There is some romance in this story but it is not the main gist of the book.

My reasons for giving this book 4.5 stars instead of 5 are admittedly nitpicky on my part. They really aren't a deterrent. This is a well-paced, well-written story that I feel very happy to recommend.

Friday, June 11, 2021

Review: The Paris Library by Janet Skeslien Charles

This book is amazing! It is the best book I have read in a long time! The book tells the story of Odile - in Paris during World War II and in small town Montana in the 1980's - and Lily, who is Odile's neighbor in Montana. The book moves seamlessly between war-torn Paris and the same old, same old of Froid, Montana. 

In Paris (from 1939 until the end of the war) Odile works at the American Library in Paris. She LOVES books and knows the Dewey Decimal system by heart. She has a twin brother named Remy who is very politically inclined and disenchanted with the path their father wants him to take in life. In Froid (in the 1980's) Odile is alone but befriends Lily and has a second chance at life.. Through the book the two parts of Odile's life are told in a way that is so smartly done. 

The Paris Library by Janet Skeslian Charles is heart-warming, heart-wrenching at times, a story about family, true friendships (through good times and bad!) and an absolute love story to books! I loved this SO MUCH! All through the book there are quotes and lines that are so good and heartfelt and so true! Yes, they are quotes but in my opinion they are also TRUE! For example, "Libraries are lungs. Books the fresh air breathed in to keep the heart beating, to keep the brain imagining, to keep hope alive."

If you like books that tell stories of World War II, have dual timelines, are well-written and show an obvious love for books and the people stories touch - then read The Paris Library. I have a feeling you'll be happy you did.

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Review: The Stepsisters by Susan Mallery


I wanted to like this book and usually I do like Susan Mallery's stories. It isn't even that I disliked it but the story just didn't hold strong for me. I felt for Daisy in the beginning - her husband left her via a text message (jerk!) and her daughter is sick. Daisy is just trying to keep everything together but it's falling apart. Then her stepsister Sage, and half-sister Cassidy come back into her life. There was just a lot of turmoil and immaturity going on in this book. Maybe it was just the wrong time for me to read this book but I found it more frustrating than enjoyable. I give the book two stars because I do like Mallery's writing style but this was not the book for me.

Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Reading slowly

 I wouldn't say that I am in a reading rut but it is most definitely taking me longer to get through books lately. I think that is in part to life being so off-kilter for the past 14 months. Hopefully, now that things are getting better our reading lives can improve again, as well. This is not to say that I haven't been reading at all because I have. It is just a matter of my own attention span being eschew. Has anyone else experiences this over the past year? 

I am reading Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling with my kids. Even that, a book we all love, is taking longer than normal. Of course, it is the end of the school year and this is ALWAYS a BUSY and somewhat chaotic time of year. Hopefully with the slower pace of summer coming up we will all be reading more as we enjoy more time outside in the sunshine - either on the trails, at the pool or at the beach. I LOVE pool side reading with a cold drink! Anyone else?