Goodreads Cleanup – This has been helpful

Okay, you guy have been so helpful!  Round one I kept 2/5 and am listening to one of them now.  Round two I kept 7/10 and round three 8/10.  After I decide what to keep I go to the library website and see if any of them are available in audio and put them on hold.  I feel like this working so far so let’s keep it happening.

You know the drill.  Let me know if you’ve read any of these and whether you think I should keep it on my list. These have all been on my Goodreads list since 2012!

Round 4

The Bungalow: A NovelIn the summer of 1942, twenty-one-year-old Anne Calloway, newly engaged, sets off to serve in the Army Nurse Corps on the Pacific island of Bora-Bora. More exhilarated by the adventure of a lifetime than she ever was by her predictable fiancé, she is drawn to a mysterious soldier named Westry, and their friendship soon blossoms into hues as deep as the hibiscus flowers native to the island. Under the thatched roof of an abandoned beach bungalow, the two share a private world-until they witness a gruesome crime, Westry is suddenly redeployed, and the idyll vanishes into the winds of war.

I want to keep it because I really like Jio.  

Lloyd and Nise say yes!


How to Be an Everyday Philanthropist: 330 Ways to Make a Difference in Your Home, Community, and World-at No Cost! Want to help make your community, your town—your world—a better place, but don’t know where to begin? How To Be An Everyday Philanthropist shows you the way. A handbook, a resource guide, a call to action, and an inspiration, it offers 330 concrete, direct ideas for making a difference—all of which have nothing to do with the size of your checkbook and everything to do with using the hidden assets that are already a part of your life. Whether you’re shopping, working, exercising, or surfing the Web, there are hundreds of ways to slip small but deeply meaningful acts of philanthropy into your life, using 330 of the most innovative and effective charitable organizations around.

It could be dated but still might be worth flipping through.


Title: Now You See Me: A Lacey Flint Novel, Author: Sharon Bolton One night after interviewing a reluctant witness at a London apartment complex, Lacey Flint, a young detective constable, stumbles onto a woman brutally stabbed just moments before in the building’s darkened parking lot. Within twenty-four hours a reporter receives an anonymous letter that points out alarming similarities between the murder and Jack the Ripper’s first murder—a letter that calls out Lacey by name. If it’s real, and they have a killer bent on re-creating London’s bloody past, history shows they have just five days until the next attempt.

Murder mystery with Jack the Ripper intents?  Intrigued.

Kay is a definite yes!


Title: The Consolations of Philosophy, Author: Alain de Botton Alain de Botton’s The Consolations of Philosophy takes the discipline of logic and the mind back to its roots. Drawing inspiration from six of the finest minds in history – Socrates, Epicurus, Seneca, Montaigne, Schopenhauer and Nietzsche – he addresses lack of money, the pain of love, inadequacy, anxiety and conformity. De Botton’s book led one critic to call philosophy ‘the new rock and roll’.

I wonder if this would be too dry.


Title: My Name is Memory, Author: Ann Brashares Daniel has spent centuries falling in love with the same girl. Life after life, crossing continents and dynasties, he and Sophia (despite her changing name and form) have been drawn together-and he remembers it all. Daniel has “the memory”, the ability to recall past lives and recognize souls of those he’s previously known. It is a gift and a curse. For all the times that he and Sophia have been drawn together throughout history, they have also been torn painfully, fatally, apart. A love always too short.

Interwoven through Sophia and Daniel’s unfolding present day relationship are glimpses of their expansive history together. From 552 Asia Minor to 1918 England and 1972 Virginia, the two souls share a long and sometimes torturous path of seeking each other time and time again. But just when young Sophia (now “Lucy” in the present) finally begins to awaken to the secret of their shared past, to understand the true reason for the strength of their attraction, the mysterious force that has always torn them apart reappears. Ultimately, they must come to understand what stands in the way of their love if they are ever to spend a lifetime together.

I want to hear from someone who has read it!

Michelle says yes!


Title: In the Belly of Jonah (Liv Bergen Series #1), Author: Sandra Brannan In the Belly of Jonah is a fast-paced mystery with a likable protagonist and an intricately woven narrative brimming with bizarre yet believable twists. The first in a series, the book expertly lays the groundwork for Liv Bergen, amateur sleuth, and her love interest, FBI Agent Streeter Pierce. Liv becomes involved in the investigation of the murder of Jill Brannigan, a summer intern at the limestone mine Liv manages near Fort Collins, Colorado (a breathtaking setting that unwittingly becomes an accessory to crime). In doing so, she inadvertently puts her friends, her family, and herself at risk of being swallowed in the belly of a madman bloated with perverse appetites for women, surrealistic art, and renown.

Could be good?


Title: Beauty Queens, Author: Libba Bray The 50 contestants in the Miss Teen Dream pageant thought this was going to be a fun trip to the beach, where they could parade in their state-appropriate costumes and compete in front of the cameras.  But sadly, their airplane had another idea, crashing on a desert island and leaving the survivors stranded with little food, little water, and practically no eyeliner.  What’s a beauty queen to do? Continue to practice for the talent portion of the program – or wrestle snakes to the ground? Get a perfect tan – or learn to run wild? And what should happen when the sexy pirates show up?

This looks like campy fun.

Nise says skip it.

Read it here.


Title: The Sacred Cipher: A Novel, Author: Terry Brennan When an ancient scroll appears in a secret room of the Bowery Mission in New York City, Tom Bohannon is both stunned and intrigued. The enigma of the scroll’s contents will send Bohannon and his team ricocheting around the world, drawing the heat of both Jewish and Muslim militaries, and bringing the Middle East to the brink of nuclear war in this heart-pounding adventure of historical proportions. The Sacred Cipher is a riveting, fact-based tale of mystery and suspense.

I don’t know.  I just suffered through Dan Brown’s Origin so I’m not sure I have an appetite for this one.

Nise says skip it.


Children of the Waters Trish Taylor’s white ancestry never got in the way of her love for her black ex-husband, or their mixed race son, Will. But when Trish’s marriage ends, she returns to her family’s Denver, Colorado home to find a sense of identity and connect to her past.
What she finds there shocks her to the very core: her mother and newborn sister were not killed in a car crash as she was told. In fact, her baby sister, Billie Cousins, is now a grown woman; her grandparents had put her up for adoption, unwilling to raise the child of a black man.
Billie, who had no idea she was adopted, wants nothing to do with Trish until a tragedy in Billie’s own family forces her to lean on her surprisingly supportive and sympathetic sister. Together they unravel age-old layers of secrets and resentments and navigate a path toward love, healing, and true reconciliation.

Sound like it has a lot going on.


Title: Ethel and Ernest, Author: Raymond Briggs Poignant, funny, and utterly original, Ethel & Ernest is Raymond Briggs’s loving depiction of his parents’ lives from their first chance encounter in the 1920s until their deaths in the 1970s.Ethel and Ernest are solid members of the working class, part of the generation (Brokaw’s “Greatest Generation”) that lived through the tumultuous era of the twentieth century. They meet during the Depression — she working as a chambermaid, he as a milkman — and we follow them as they encounter, and cope with, World War II, the advent of radio and t.v., telephones and cars, the atomic bomb, the moon landing. Briggs’s portrayal of his parents as they succeed, or fail, in coming to terms with their rapidly shifting world is irresistably engaging — full of sympathy and affection, yet clear-eyed and unsentimental.

The book’s strip-cartoon format is deceptively simple; it possesses a wealth of detail and an emotional depth that are remarkable in such a short volume.

Maybe if I go on a graphic kick.


How to participate:

  • Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf
  • Order by Ascending Date Added
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books. Of course if you do this weekly, you start where you left off the last time.
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or let it go?

Best of the Oscar Bests – Movies

Here’s the list that is easier to make since I know what I like and how the movie made me feel when I was done watching it.  Do you have a favorite Oscar winner?  How many of my favorites have you watched?

Best Picture Oscar Winners

  1. The Sound of Music (1966) Sentimental favorite.
  2. Lord of the Rings: Return of the King (2004) I consider this a win for the whole trilogy.
  3. Titanic (1998)
  4. The Bridge on the River Kwai (1958)
  5. Schindler’s List (1993)
  6. Crash (2006)
  7. The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)
  8. The Godfather (1973 & The Godfather II (1975)

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Best of the Oscar Bests – the Gents

We started with the ladies yesterday so today let’s talk about my favorite actors who have won Oscars for their performances.

Best Actor Oscar Winners

Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird was perfection.  Did you know that the actor who played Tom Robinson in TKAM read the eulogy at Peck’s funeral?  I love that!  He won the 1962 Oscar.

Jimmy Stewart won the 1940 Oscar for playing Mike Connor in my favorite movie The Philadelphia Story.  The cast was full of all-stars and he shone as bright as any of them.  Not many people can say they were WWII and Vietnam War vets AND be one of the best and most beloved actors of all time.

Anthony Hopkins was masterful in 1991’s The Silence of the Lambs as Hannibal Lecter.  That role is iconic and one of the most chilling villains ever.

Dustin Hoffman‘s 1988 win for his portrayal of an autistic Raymond Babbit  in Rain Man is what has him on my shortlist, but he also won in 1979 for Kramer Vs. Kramer.

Marlon Brando‘s iconic role was Vito Corleone in The Godfather movies, for which he won and Oscar in 1972, but it was his turn in On the Waterfront that made me sit up and take notice.  He won the Oscar for that in 1954.

 

Best Supporting Actor Winners

Jared Leto as Rayon in Dallas Buyer’s Club was heart wrenching and totally deserving of his 2013 trophy.

Lou Gossett Jr.’s 1982 win for and An Officer and a Gentleman was refreshing.  Whenever I catch parts of the movie on tv I’m always looking forward to the scenes with Gossett and Richard Gere.

Kevin Spacey is not a popular choice these days but his role in The Usual Suspects when he won his first Oscar in 1995 was so good.  He also won Best Actor in 1999 for American Beauty.

Tommy Lee Jones won in 1993 for The Fugitive.  He was the perfect foil for Harrison Ford.

 

So do you have a favorite among my favorites?

 

 

 

 

Best of the Oscar Best – The Ladies

We are a movie loving house.  Somehow Jason finds more time to watch movies on his own than I do, but we see plenty together and with Gage.  On Friday Gage and I had a lunch and movie date to see the Lego Movie Part 2 and then Jason and I had a dinner and movie date to see Green Book.  That has never happened before but it was fun.  I like to watch the Golden Globes and the Oscars.  I admit the Red Carpet is my favorite thing to catch if I can.  All of those beautiful gowns!!

So I perused a list of past winners and thought I’d feature some of my favorites and see what you think.  I’m basing them on the performance, but the win wasn’t always my favorite movie of theirs.  Also, as I looked through the list I realized how many deserving women got robbed!

Best Actress Oscar winners.

Katherine Hepburn is my girl.  She did not win an Oscar for my favorite of her performances but did win a total of 4.  My favorite of the four was probably her 1968 win as Eleanor of Aquitaine in The Lion in Winter.  She also won for Morning Glory (1932/33), Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner (1967) and On Golden Pond (1981).  Her independent nature and the sparkle in her eye make me love seeing her onscreen.

Audrey Hepburn (no relation) also won for a movie that wasn’t my favorite, but I did love her 1953 win for Roman Holiday as Princess Ann.   As much as I loved her onscreen it was her life and an activist that makes me love her.

Jodie Foster won two deserving Oscars.  One in 1988 for The Accused and one in 1991 for The Silence of the Lambs.  As dark as Lambs was the acting in that movie was so, so good.

Elizabeth Taylor also won two Oscars, but it’s the 1966 win for Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf that gets her on my shortlist.  Jason and I watched it last month.  What a performance.  She also won in 1960 for Butterfield 8.  As a teen I remember thinking she was the most beautiful woman I’d ever seen when I’d watch her older films.

Shirley MacLaine won the 1983 Oscar for Terms of Endearment, a movie that wrecked me.  I always think of her first in The Apartment for a role that she was nominated for but she lost to Elizabeth Taylor.

 

Best Supporting Actress Oscar Winners

Jane Darwell as Ma Joad in 1940’s Grapes of Wrath was a perfection.  It’s funny as I was reading through the list I didn’t recognize the name, but when I saw the movie listed I pictured her perfectly in my mind because she was that good.

Ruth Gordon was so good and so bad in Rosemary’s Baby and totally deserved her 1968 Oscar.

Octavia Spencer pretty much elevates any movie she’s in and I was happy to see her win in 2011 for The Help.  I wouldn’t want to accept any pies from her though 🙂

Rita Moreno added energy to West Side Story and earned her 1961 Oscar.  WSS is not one of my favorite movies, but I did really like her performance.

 

Do any of my favorites jump out as your own?  Most of these are for older movies, but a favorite is a favorite.

 

An evening with Paula McLain

IMG_5456 (2)Our local library system, Cuyahoga County Public Library, has been hosting these A Cook and A Book events for a while, but I’d not been to one.  Now I may sign up for all of them regardless of the author!  What a great format.  It’s in the upstairs rooms of my favorite grocery store and we were greeted with Hemingway’s favorite daquiri (yum).  The charming Paula McLain talked about spending 14 years in the foster system of Fresno, California and her first paid writing gig – $25 for a poem in Cosmopolitan magazine.  She received her MFA from University of Michigan before allowing Cleveland to call her one of its own 15 years ago.  Of course, she talked about her books.  I’ve only read (and loved) Circling the Sun, but  her first bestseller The Paris Wife was about Hemingway’s first wife and her latest, Love and Ruin, is about his third.  She was granted access to Hemingway’s Cuban home (now a museum that the public can’t enter) and was able to spend three days there going through the house.  Which led to the last bit of the evening, Martha’s Mojo Criollo recipe that I’ll share with you.  We all got to try it and it was tasty.  It was a full hour and a half and a lot of fun.  I was going to read Love & Ruin, but when she explained that Hemingway’s son from The Paris Wife shows up in Love and Run all grown up I realized that I wanted to read them in order.  She was entertaining and warm and showed a lot of love for bad ass women (her words and mine :)).

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First Book and One Word

Sheila over at Book Journey has hosted us book bloggers on the first of the year to share what we’ve chosen for our first book of the year AND invited us all to choose one word to be our focus for the year.  I’m so glad she continues to do this.

2019

Yesterday, Gage took this pic of me and my first book, Bellewether by Susanna Kearsley.

IMG_E5146  I was excited to receive 7 books as gifts in December, but am the most excited about the lastest Kearsley. I hope to get an hour in today, but since Jason’s home from work I have a feeling more furniture shopping and cleaning may take up most of the day.  We’re hoping to sleep in our bedroom for the first time since May.

 

my-one-word-300x180I was planning to write a post last week about all of our house tragedies and silver linings.  I’ve shared updates on the blog, but I haven’t always gone into the nitty gritty feelings and stress of having to be home surfing half the year, having to get rid of lifelong possessions (yes, this means my books too), and moving back into a house with no flooring, molding, curtains, furniture. etc., not to mention the financial burden… Well, you can imagine, I think, how off kilter you might feel if it happened to you.  I feel like I’ve barely held on to my sanity some days.

So, my word for 2019 is one that has been rolling around in my head for a few weeks.  After a year of flying by the seat of my pants my focus for 2019 is PURPOSE.  I can take back a little of my life living with more purpose in how I spend my time, the choices I make for my health, in the things to which I say yes, and the new things we bring back into our home. Bring it on 2019 🙂


So what’s your first book of the year going to be? And do you have a word you’d like to focus on this year?

2018 Movie Favorites and Stats

I watched 40 movies this year, down 10 from last year.

2018 was my most watched year with19 movies.

I wrote 2 Book Vs. Movie posts (Far From the Madding Crowd, Charlie St. Cloud)

My most popular post of the year was Book Vs. Movie And Then There Were None.

We saw 18 movies at the theater, with 9 of them being animated or the like.  It’s been nice that Gage loves to go as much as we do!

The oldest movie I watched was – Halloween, 1978

Newest crush is Chris Pine. His turn in Wonder Woman won me over 🙂

Cutest Couple- Elisa & the Fish (The Shape of Water)

My most watched actor was Zac Ephron with 3 movies (The Greatest Showman, The Paperboy, Charlie St. Cloud)

My most watched actresses with 2 movies a piece- Jennifer Aniston (Storks, Dumplin’), Sally Hawkins (The Shape of Water, Paddington 2), Danielle Macdonald (Dumplin’, Bird Box), Margot Robbie (Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, Peter Rabbit)

Most despised movie of the year – Nights in Rodanthe

I continued my 5 Word Movie Reviews with $ for Charity .  Keep adding to my reviews and maybe you can choose the next charity!

My 5 favorite movies this year

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The film poster shows a close-up of Emily Blunt in-character with her hand over her mouth.A Quiet Place

 

Merry Christmas!

Hello friends! I hope all of you are having a great Christmas.  Gage received lots of fun new things but right now he and his dad are playing Mario on his new Nintendo Switch. IMG_5110

I also want to give a shout out to my bookish Secret Santa, Terri (Alexia’s Books & Such).  I was so excited to open all of the goodies she sent.

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Since I didn’t know Terri I went to check out her site and now I’m a fan 🙂  I read her last post about cleaning up her TBR list on Goodreads and thought it was such a great idea that I’m going to give it a go, because without even checking I know my list is out of control.

How to participate:

  • Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf
  • Order by Ascending Date Added
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books. Of course if you do this weekly, you start where you left off the last time.
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or let it go?

Okay, here I go off to GR…Good grief! I have 889 books on my want to read list.  I’m going to list the 5 that have been on there longest (since 2012!).  Let know if you’ve read them and whether I should keep them on my list or let them go.

Summerland by Erin Hilderbrand A warm June evening, a local tradition: the students of Nantucket High have gathered for a bonfire on the beach. What begins as a graduation night celebration ends in tragedy after a horrible car crash leaves the driver, Penny Alistair, dead, and her twin brother in a coma. The other passengers, Penny’s boyfriend, Jake, and her friend Demeter, are physically unhurt–but the emotional damage is overwhelming. Questions linger about what happened before Penny took the wheel.”

Still sounds good.  I’m leaning towards keeping it.

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The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fight in Heaven by Sherman Alexie In this darkly comic short story collection, Sherman Alexie, a Spokane/Coeur d’Alene Indian, brilliantly weaves memory, fantasy, and stark realism to paint a complex, grimly ironic portrait of life in and around the Spoke Indian Reservation. These 22 interlinked tales are narrated by characters raised on humiliation and government-issue cheese, and yet are filled with passion and affection, myth and dream. There is Victor, who as a nine-year-old crawled between his unconscious parents hoping that the alcohol seeping through their skins might help him sleep. Thomas Builds-the-Fire, who tells his stories long after people stop listening, and Jimmy Many Horses, dying of cancer, who writes letters on stationary that reads “From the Death Bed of James Many Horses III,” even though he actually writes them on his kitchen table. Against a backdrop of alcohol, car accidents, laughter, and basketball, Alexie depicts the distances between Indians and whites, reservation Indians and urban Indians, men and women, and most poetically, between modern Indians and the traditions of the past.”

I hesitate to take Sherman Alexie off any list, but I’m not a huge fan of short stories.  Leaning towards taking this one off.

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Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity by David Allen.

In today’s world, yesterday’s methods just don’t work. In Getting Things Done, veteran coach and management consultant David Allen shares the breakthrough methods for stress-free performance that he has introduced to tens of thousands of people across the country. Allen’s premise is simple: our productivity is directly proportional to our ability to relax. Only when our minds are clear and our thoughts are organized can we achieve effective productivity and unleash our creative potential. In Getting Things Done Allen shows how to:

* Apply the “do it, delegate it, defer it, drop it” rule to get your in-box to empty
* Reassess goals and stay focused in changing situations
* Plan projects as well as get them unstuck
* Overcome feelings of confusion, anxiety, and being overwhelmed
* Feel fine about what you’re not doing

From core principles to proven tricks, Getting Things Done can transform the way you work, showing you how to pick up the pace without wearing yourself down.“

If I haven’t read this by now I never will.  Don’t try and convince me otherwise 🙂

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A Walk For Sunshine: A 2,160 Mile Expedition For Charity on the Appalachian Trail by Jeff Alt  “Jeff Alt takes you along every step of his 2,160-mile Appalachian Trail adventure filled with humorous, frightening and inspirational stories including, bears, bugs, blisters, skunk bed mates and hilarious food cravings.As Alt walked through freezing temperatures, driving rain and sunny skies, he was constantly buoyed by the knowledge that his walk was dedicated to his brother who has cerebral palsy.

I think I’ll take this one off. Anyone read it?

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The Enchanted April by Elizabeth von Arnim  The women at the center of The Enchanted April are alike only in their dissatisfaction with their everyday lives. They find each other—and the castle of their dreams—through a classified ad in a London newspaper one rainy February afternoon. The ladies expect a pleasant holiday, but they don’t anticipate that the month they spend in Portofino will reintroduce them to their true natures and reacquaint them with joy. Now, if the same transformation can be worked on their husbands and lovers, the enchantment will be complete.”

Still intrigued.  Leaning toward keeping it on the list.

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30 books in 30 days

Even though I am currently taking care of two houses , two cats, one second grader, and one husband, and whoever I can get to come work on our house, Heather’s interest pushed me from my hesitation.  For the third September in a row, Gage and I will be reading a book a day.  I’ll probably update here weekly, but here’s my first post on my 30 day challenge blog…

It’s here! The first day of my 30 books in 30 days reading challenge!  We had a lazy morning after spending all day yesterday at Cedar Point, but both G and I got our books done early. For him, having a wide variety of books that are just under his reading abilities is going to be important.  He does not want to have to work too hard, lol.

G chose the latest Pete the Cat, The Petes Go Marching and I enjoyed hearing him sing this book to his dad this morning 🙂

I’ll admit that I started How To Eat by Thich Nhat Hanh in the spring, but didn’t make it too far, so I decided to start again this morning when I couldn’t sleep at 2 am.  This is part of his mindfulness series, of which I’m a huge fan.  Hanh is a Buddist monk and his books expand the way I see the world and his books will always be on my to-read list.  This is a slight 125 page book on not only how to eat, but how to do so with the meaning.  Mindfulness is about being present in all that you do, so by bringing that to your food, you can change your life for the better.  This is not a diet book, but he does touch upon that we should only be putting the healthiest of foods in our body and that we should not be eating our worries, fear, or anger.  I’ll leave you with a few quotes.

“Enjoy your meal. Stop thinking and be here fully, body and mind.” page 32

“With each meal, we make choices that help or harm the planet.” page 59

“If we feel empty, we don’t need to go to the refrigerator to take things out to eat.  When you eat like that it’s because there is a feeling of emptiness, loneliness, or depression inside.  The moments of our daily lives can be filled with joy and meaningful activities.  Our community includes our family and friends and our connection to other living beings.  They are there to help us get out of these feelings.  We are not alone.  Sharing a meal together is not just to sustain our bodies and celebrate life’s wonders, but also to experience freedom, joy, and the happiness of being in a harmonious community during the whole time of eating.”  page 77

“May we find ways to live more simply in order to have more time and energy to change the system of injustice that exists in the world.”  page 113

Heather (Gofita’s Pages) is joining us this year, YAY!  Here’s her post from yesterday.  So happy to have her aboard.

Calling All Crazy Book People

For the last couple of years September has been the month that I’ve chosen to challenge myself to read 30 books.  Last year Gage even joined me!  This year with everything that’s been going on (I’m literally writing this at our house where I haven’t been since last Friday and I’m leaving again in an hour) I was on the fence about it UNTIL Heather said she was up for it too 🙂  Yay!!!

So now I’m wondering if anyone else wants to join us?  I could have a daily post where we can all link up and even start a Facebook page if there’s enough interest.   No pressure if you don’t make it, life happens, but it’s always fun to try.  I’m already thinking about how to make it doable this year.  Shorter books for sure, but maybe even a different kind of book.  Kids, graphic memoirs, or novellas would all work.  And for sure Gage is joining in.

Here’s my wrap up posts if you’re considering joining in on the fun.

2016 wrap up

2017 wrap up

I’m excited to have Heather by my side and hope that some of you may join us too!