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Happy Monday!  Let’s join Jenn and others at Books and a Beat to muse….


  • I’m currently reading…
  • Up next I think I’ll read…
  • I bought the following book(s) in the past week…
  • I’m super excited to tell you about (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I’m really upset by (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I can’t wait to get a copy of…
  • I wish I could read ___, but…
  • I blogged about ____ this past week…

THIS WEEK’S RANDOM QUESTION: Do you visit your local library regularly? If so, what’s your earliest memory of visiting a library?


Currently, I’m reading and loving In a Dark, Dark Wood, by Ruth Ware.  My first from this author, but it won’t be my last.






I was drawn to the cover…and then this part of the blurb:

Leonora, known to some as Lee and others as Nora, is a reclusive crime writer, unwilling to leave her “nest” of an apartment unless it is absolutely necessary. When a friend she hasn’t seen or spoken to in years unexpectedly invites Nora (Lee?) to a weekend away in an eerie glass house deep in the English countryside, she reluctantly agrees to make the trip. Forty-eight hours later, she wakes up in a hospital bed injured but alive, with the knowledge that someone is dead. Wondering not “what happened?” but “what have I done?”, Nora (Lee?) tries to piece together the events of the past weekend. Working to uncover secrets, reveal motives, and find answers, Nora (Lee?) must revisit parts of herself that she would much rather leave buried where they belong: in the past.


“Reclusive author” resonates with me, as my life often looks like that.  Nesting, cozy, not wanting to go anywhere. 

I am almost finished, and only stopped reading last night because it was very late.


As for the random question, I have such fond memories of the little village library that was half of a building shared by the Post Office.  I still remember the scent, which I came to love.  My mother took me there whenever she went grocery shopping, and I don’t think I’ve ever had a library experience more wonderful than those firsts.  I explored everything, read many books…and then my mother had to take me to the larger library in the neighboring town.

The first book I checked out and read:  The Adventures of Tom Sawyer!





I love remembering my library visits!  I need to do more library explorations, especially now that we can request books online. 

What are you musing about today?



  1. How cool that you remember the first library book you checked out! I don’t really remember my first library trips – aside that, like you, I was taken by my mother. What I do remember are some shelves of books in one of my elementary school classrooms. When we had finished our work, we could go there and choose a book to read while waiting for the next lesson.

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    1. Thanks, Dagny, and I love those childhood memories. I guess it’s true what they say: the long-ago memories stay with us, more vivid than the short term ones (as we get older). LOL. Great memory about the shelves you got to visit after you finished your work. Those are the special moments that make a difference in our lives.

      I also love remembering that my second grade teacher drew a birthday cake on green chalkboard when it was our birthday. Cool, right?

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    1. Ha…you have truly found the right profession! I often thought of being a librarian, and even worked in a library while going to college. But eventually I realized my path would be a different one. But I always loved books and libraries. Thanks for visiting, Lauren.


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