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Escape…

How do you escape from your everyday responsibilities…

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Most people get one weeks vacation a year, if they’re lucky. So how do you escape from the demands of work and family responsibilities…I suggest you pour yourself a glass of whatever makes you happy. I prefer a glass of Malbec. Grab a good book and do a little traveling.
Lately, I have traveled to Nantucket, the Italian Coastline and 1912 Shanghai…next up I’ll be traveling back in time to the fall of Jerusalem.
Where will you travel this year?

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Looking for a Good Read…

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Every January, with great intentions, I begin compiling a list of books that I hope to read before the year is out.  I usually take a quick survey of my Facebook friends  to see what books are in their backpack, I scan the New York Times best sellers list, and check out any number of articles that show up in my inbox that have the word book in the title. I also check out Goodreads and see whats happening over there….

This was my first pass at compiling a list, a blend of recommendations and best sellers…

A Glass of Blessings by Barbara Pym
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
The Wedding Dress by Rachel Hauck
The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks

Today I read an article on BuzzFeed, 16 Books to Read Before they hit theaters this year...The list has something for everyone, whether you choose to read the book or wait for the movie…thrillers,  a treasure hunt, love stories, vampires, a YA dystopian novel and  a couple of memoirs.

And my list of hopeful good reads grows…

Labor Day by Joyce Maynard 
The Monuments Men by Robert M Edsel
A Long Way Down by Nick Hornby 
Divergent by Veronica Roth
The Hundred-Foot Journey by Richard C. Morais
The Giver by Lois Lowry
This is Where I Leave You by Jonathon Tropper
Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand 
Wild by Cheryl Strayed

More books for the reading list….

I’m looking forward to my next visit to the local book seller, ie Barnes and Noble, to spend a couple of hours lost in the racks, hot tazo tea in hand searching for my first read of the new year…

Do you have a good read for my list?

Fill your house with stacks of books in all the crannies and all the nooks…Dr. Suess

In the case of good books, the point is not to see how many of them you can get through, but how many can get through to you.  Mortimer Adler 

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October Photo a Day Challenge…Day 4

Today’s prompt was easy for me...What did you read?  I am a reader…I love REAL books!  I read every night before turning off the bedside lamp. This week I’m reading a classic!

The Prompts were supplied by FatMumSlim….If you are participating in the October Photo a Day Challenge leave a link in the comment section to your post, facebook page or instagram page. I would love to check out what’s going on in your October!

1. Where you stood: Take a photo of where you’re standing.

2. Lunchtime: Take a photo of your lunch, or around you at lunchtime.

3. This happened today: What’s something that happened today? Shoot it and share it.

4. What you read: Did you read a sign? Are you reading a book? A blog? Shoot and share.

5. Shadow: Take a photo of your shadow or any shadow.

6. I’m thankful for…: What are you thankful for today? It can be simple or BIG. Share it.

7. Light: You can shoot sunflare, a street light, light from the sun… any kind of light.

8. Angle: Look at angles in buildings, structures, books, anything. Find an angle and take a photo.

9. Red: Take a photo of something red.

10. Emotion: Happy. Sad. Angry. Overjoyed and so on and so forth. Be creative.

11. Something close-up: These photos might be a little mysterious. Take a photo of something really close-up.

12. On the table: Last month we did table, but this month let’s do ON the table. What’s on your table?

13. Landscape: Take a photo of the skyline, a landscape you see.

14. Makes you laugh: What’s something funny that makes you laugh. Share it.

15. Dinnertime: Just like lunchtime, only later. Take a picture of what dinnertime is like on this day for you.

16. Something you wrote: Take a photo of something you wrote or drew.

17. Fruit: Take a photo of a piece of fruit, or a few.

18. Made you smile today: What made you smile today? Find it. Shoot it. Share it.

19. Letters: Take a photo of letters. They might make up a poster, or something bigger. Or even be mail?

20. 4 o’clock: Take a photo a 4am or 4pm – whatever you’re doing at that time.

21. Calm: Take a photo of something that makes you feel calm, or represents calm.

22. In your town: Take a photo of something from where you live. It might be a building, people, park or something else.

23. The view from here: Take a photo of your view from where you are. It might be your office, your home, traveling. The everyday can sometimes be very interesting.

24. Weather: Take a photo of the weather today. Let’s travel around the world with everyone’s weather photos.

25. People: It might be people you know or people you don’t. Take a photo of people.

26. Listening to: What are you listening to? Music? Children laughing? Share it.

27. Morning: Take a photo of your morning.

28. Looking back: Take a photo of something from your past, or from just behind you. Look back and take a photo.

29. Moon: The moon is just about full tonight. Take a photo.

30. Clothes: Take a photo of clothes. Perhaps what you’re wearing, or in your wardrobe, on a mannequin or otherwise.

31. Whatever you please: Are you celebrating Halloween tonight? Perhaps take a photo of that. Today is free choice – take a photo of ANYTHING you like.

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You Inspired Me…To Read!

Not too long ago I was inspired by Gail at Moonlight Reflections …to compile my 2012 reading list.  I asked for personal recommendations that fit into a list of categories that I think make for a well-rounded reading list.  Of course I did not list every category you find scattered throughout the  local bookstore.  Which by the way is becoming harder and harder to find…with on line books and e-readers replacing the printed word.  The local brick and mortar bookstores are a dying breed and it saddens me.   I could spend an entire afternoon wandering the aisles of an over stuffed new or used bookstore.  Only allowing my eye to drift from the myriad of books in search of one of those comfy well-worn highly coveted chairs tucked here and there so I can spend an hour or two lost in a good read.  

I received some very thoughtful reply’s to my request. Which in turn sent me off to the local library in search of the literary recommendations.  We live in a small community with an even smaller library.  Although I have access to approximately 6 separate city libraries within our county, the selections are limited.  I have decided if the library has the book available…well then, we have a winner.  Somehow leaving my reading list to circumchance…

Of course the list is far from complete.  I am looking forward to recieving additional  recommendations throughout the year.  Which will be reason enough to plan an afternoon lost in the racks…

I would like to thank each of you for taking the time to read my post and thoughtfully consider your recommendations. The blogging community is just that a living thriving bustling interactive place where real people connect, inspire and encourage one another. 

You have inspired me…to read!!!  Watch out this girl has a library card and she is going to use it!

Delila at Be the Change leave the Cave recommended…

For children’s I can recommend The BFG, Charlotte’s Web, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory or Abel’s Island.

For classics, Alice in Wonderland, Frankenstein, Jane Eyre.

An author you haven’t heard of: if you like romance you could try Sharon Sala (romantic suspense) Otherwise I, myself am about to start reading “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close” by Jonathan Safran Foer. Not sure if you have heard of him, but I haven’t. I heard the book was very good (and the movie releases Friday).

Happy Reading!

JannaTwrites recommended…

My son is in 4th grade, and he likes Mary Downing Hahn (for children’s chapter books). He’s read Ghost of Crutchfield Hall and Closed for the Season. Based on the book jacket descriptions, her stories are suspense/mystery and my son likes the ghost aspect!

As for what I read….I really liked Shape of Mercy by Susan Meissner. I also enjoyed her book Lady in Waiting.

Good luck compiling your list. I’ll be curious to see what you choose. (It might even help me find new books to read :) )

Nancy at Spirit Lights the Way recommended…

Some of my favorites ~ Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Gulliver’s Travels, Alice in Wonderland, Mary Poppins, To Kill A Mockingbird, The Moonstone

Biographies ~ Agatha Christie, Michaelangelo

For more ideas:
http://nrhatch.wordpress.com/2010/12/05/100-books/

Tammy at Agrigirl’s Blog recommended…

A book of short stories – definitely a collection by Alice Munro
One of the Classics – I’m with Nancy on Pride and Prejudice
One non-fiction, possibly a memoir – Glass Castles
Something I would be embarrassed to admit I am reading – something by Anais Nin
A New York Times bestseller hot fiction book by an author I have never heard of – Spelling Bee
A children’s chapter book – The Phantom Tollbooth

Even Gail at Moonlight Reflections my original source of inspiration stopped by and left a few suggestions of her own…

Awwww….. Thanks! I’m glad I inspired you! I agree with all of Delila’s children’s book suggestions. I loved “The BFG”– a great little book! Another suggestion is “Trumpet of the Swan” by E.B. White.

Don’t know if you have read “The Help”. I’ve moved it way up my list as one of my all time favorite books! Also, a memoir a dear friend of mine recommended to me that she and her family really liked is “Heart in the Right Place” by Carolyn Jourdan.

Happy Reading!!!!

Jenny at Skiingmama left a link to her list of favorite books…

I am enjoying the comments and your post. I don’t know that I have any good recommendations for you. This is a post I did last March with lists of my favorite books.

http://skiingmama.wordpress.com/2011/03/23/my-favorite-books/

Happy reading!

And then Raj stopped by and left his recommendations…

For classics you may pick up “To The Lighthouse” by Virginia Woolf. One of the most important modernist novels.

You said you’d like to read a non-fiction work, possibly a memoir, and I think Orhan Pamuk’s “Istanbul: Memories and the City” would be a great choice. Pamuk is one of the great living authors. Some of his novels I’ve read so far, and liked are My Name is Red, The Museum of Innocence, Snow and The Black Book. For the record, he won the Nobel Prize in 2006.

Then you said you’d like to read “Something I would be embarrassed to admit I am reading”, and I’d recommend Vladimir Nabokov’s classic novel “Lolita”. A very enjoyable read, with myriad of great literary devices.

Have a good reading time!

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Teaser Tuesday… Divine Appointments

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be ReadingAnyone can play along! Just do the following:

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

 

my teaser:

A cacophony of laughter, confessions, fear, information, networking and clandestine surprise-party strategizing filled the Encouragement Club meeting room. While some told jokes, others shared fears about their gnawing worries regarding the ever-flagging economy, rising unemployment numbers and the ability to pay the rent and put food on the table. 

 

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