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Month #2 of Reading Challenge

I  don’t want my readers to think that I have abandoned my self-imposed challenge to read at least 4 books a month throughout 2017. I posted a pretty extensive report of the books I read in January. I don’t have the time or energy to post as detailed a commentary on the books I’ve read …

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4 Books a Month? Why Not!

If you followed my Reading Challenge in 2016, you might have noticed I got a little frazzled at times. Some of the topics were challenging for me, especially “Read a book that intimidates you.” There were only twelve categories, and I normally read more than one book per month, so I’m not sure why I …

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2016 Reading Challenge… DONE!!!!

  Well, 2016 is just about over, and I am happy to announce that I have FINALLY completed the Reading Challenge that I so eagerly undertook in January! The second-to-last step of the Challenge really held me up. “Read a Book That Intimidates You.” At first I thought this was a preposterous notion… I never …

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2016 Reading Challenge: I’ve NOT Given Up!

Earlier this year, I dove into the 2016 Reading Challenge with great gusto. I eagerly plowed through the different categories: Read a Book Published Before You Were Born, A Book That Has Been Banned At Some Point, etc. I was making such progress that I wondered if I was going too fast. I thought I’d …

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James Patterson “Cradle and All”

I’m not normally a big James Patterson fan (although the customers in the bookstore where I work can’t get enough of him). I just never quite got into the Alex Cross crime detective novels. I glanced at his “Middle School” series, aimed for Young Adults, and didn’t find them at all amusing. However, the cover …

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2016 Reading Challenge: Part 3

  This is a continuation of my  progress in the 2016 Reading Challenge. Only reporting on two books instead of three this time around. (I’m trying to do more writing than reading!) A book published before you were born. Well, technically, I already completed this task when I read The Great Gatsby, which I chose …

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2016 Reading Challenge, Part 2 of 4

As promised, here comes Part 2 in my 4-part Series of the 2016 Reading Challenge! Today we pick things up with Challenge #4…     Read a book recommended by your local librarian or bookseller. Since I work in a bookstore, I know my local bookseller very well… she’s my boss! She has been raving …

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2016 Reading Challenge, Part 1 of 4

This past January, I saw something posted online that sparked my interest. It was called the 2016 Reading Challenge. Here is what it encouraged bookworms, like myself, to read over the course of this year.   Challenge ON! I was only too happy to tackle this list. I guess the idea is, seeing as there …

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Little House Lies… Albert WHO?!?

Yesterday, my Author Spotlight blog acknowledged the birthday of the great American author, Laura Ingalls Wilder. Specifically, I talked about Pamela Smith Hill’s Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Biography, and some of the dark details of Laura’s life that were omitted from her children’s books. Today, I want to talk about the TV series. Oh, you …

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Little Girl Blue: Remembering Karen Carpenter

  February 4 marks the 33rd anniversary of the death of singer Karen Carpenter. One half of the Grammy-winning duo, The Carpenters, Karen tragically succumbed to cardiac arrest, caused by complications from anorexia nervosa, at the age of thirty-two. Her unmistakable, dulcet, smooth vocals helped elevate easy-listening hits such as “(They Long To Be close …

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