MONDAY SPARKS: MUSING ABOUT BOOKS….

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It’s time to muse about reading, etc.  Let’s join Jenn, at Books & a Beat.

 

  • 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: How has your reading changed in the last 10 years?

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Today I’ll respond to the random question.  In the past ten years, I’ve been immersed in my post-retirement/free lance life, so reading has definitely changed.

For one thing, I started blogging eight years ago, which introduced me to books I had never encountered, and I also became compulsive about checking Amazon…and yes, clicking to buy.

And Goodreads became a part of my world in 2008.

Exposure to so many more books, and with more free time available, I was reading a lot more, as well as picking up new authors and enjoying them.

I’ve loved every minute of it!

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Today I’m reading Two If By Sea, by Jacquelyn Mitchard, and she is a “favorite” author from the past, one I read many years ago, starting with Deep End of the Ocean (reviewed in 2008, but read earlier).

 

 

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This week, my Weekly Updates on my Serendipity blog included reviews of books (and authors) I discovered in the past ten years, like Dee Ernst, Bethany Chase, and Lynda Cohen Loigman.

What has your week been like?  What books are you reading?

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MONDAY SPARKS – IGNITE YOUR MONDAY MOOD

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It’s been a while since I joined in to muse about my week, my books, etc.  Join us at Jenn’s Books and a Beat to chat a little.

 

  • 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…

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Last week was Bloggiesta and A Day in the Life.

Click my links to read those posts.

Today I’m almost finished reading If You Lived Here, You’d Be Home Now, by Claire LaZebnik, a book that has been on Pippa since May 2015.

 

 

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The book is engaging, but my feelings about the MC have changed as I turn the pages.  I was sympathetic in the beginning, but now I am tired of her behavior and her various attitudes.  I hope she will make some changes.

Do you ever get frustrated by the characters in your books?  Silly question…of course, you do.

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What are you reading, doing, or thinking about today?

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CELEBRATING CONNECTIONS & BLOGGING

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Last Sunday was my birthday, and I spent it with family.  On the left is a photo of my daughter and me, snapped last Mother’s Day.

Top photos, left to right:  my second oldest grandson, Dominic, and Noah, my youngest.

Heather and her BF are on the bottom right, and dead center:  a slice of birthday cake, wearing all the candles.  And a scoop of Vanilla Bean ice cream.  Yum!

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Today I had a birthday lunch with an old friend…I’m talking longevity, here.  We met as colleagues back in the 1970s and became good friends over the years.

Today’s lunch was at Pismo’s, where sea food reigns.

 

 

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Here is the dessert we had:

 

 

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I am still stuffed, and it is hours later.  No dinner needed tonight!

Earlier, I clicked on some posts here via my Archives and realized how so much has changed on the blog.  First of all, I started this site at Blogger, then moved here in May 2010.

My “twin” granddaughters —cousins born in February  1997—were the inspiration and on my header for quite a while.  The name was inspired by a photo in the snow of the two girls in 2004, at age seven, and also derived its name from mine:  Snow.

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I’m reading a book by Wendy Corsi Staub called The Perfect Stranger, and it features bloggers…and how someone is targeting the members of a close-knit blogging group of cancer survivors.

 

 

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Here is a photo of the two girls snapped in February 2004, at Big Bear:

 

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Do you ever examine your blog’s history?  Check out earlier posts and remember what it was like back in the beginning?  And when you think of those moments of connection—with family, friends, and other bloggers—do you celebrate?

I celebrated by changing up my theme here….and the look of the blog.  And I’m going back to read more of the book about bloggers.

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