This is an Amazon Kindle Deal, on sale for $1.99. Although it is a fictionalized account of one woman‘s life in early America, it reads like a memoir. Wonderful book!!!
1. Camping this weekend on our property in Western Colorado
2. 7 reads in June...slow month with writing projects
3. Both...You can ski in winter and hike in summer, and I love them both equally.
4. Best Concerts...The Revivalists; John Butler Trio; and Xavier Rudd. I also love string quartets!
5. I‘m on it. 😉
The inside cover of a copy of Swinton‘s Fifth Reader, Copyright, 1883, that I picked up in an antique store and just love. Annie Barton, the young girl this book once belonged to, also scribbled a poem in the most gorgeous cursive. “May you be happy all of your life, Be somebody‘s darling little wife. Have turkey every day for dinner, That‘s good enough for every sinner.”
1. A cabin we plan to build on our 80 acres in CO
2. Two houseplants, because no green thumbs here, but I‘m hoping
3. A huge print of, The Storybook by Bouguereau
4. Get things done, so I‘m not distracted
5. Worst Chore = laundry
“Did you ever stop to think, and forget to start again?” ~A.A. Milne
This has long been my approach to writing...spending days, months, even years thinking about characters and stories, without committing the ideas to paper. I‘m better now, trying to write every day, but the struggle is real.
My A.A. Milne collection sparks my creativity, motivation, and childhood curiosity without fail
What are the books that you turn to most for inspiration?
“You want to know what weakness is? Weakness is treating someone as though they belong to you. Strength is knowing that everyone belongs to themselves.”
In honor of what would have been Octavia Butler‘s 71st Birthday, I wanted to take the time to recommend what I consider to be a masterpiece of historical fiction...part time-travel fantasy, part slave narrative from the perspective of a modern day black woman who finds herself inexplicably in the antebellum South.
The first line from the Prologue...”I lost an arm on my last trip home. My left arm.”
Published in 1979, this book is a classic!
I love supporting Indie and hybrid authors, and Irina Shapiro‘s new dual-time romance did not disappoint. Despite occasional lapses in point-of-view, the characters were multi-layered, and the story compelling. There is a paranormal spin to this one as well (my favorite), and the 17th Century storyline captivated me, then broke my heart. This is the first book of a trilogy.
#paranormal #romance #historical fiction #indie #time-slip
Season: Spring 🌼
Genre: Historical Fiction/Literary Fiction/Thrillers/Paranormal 📚
Hobby: Writing 📝 & Figure Skating ⛸
Snack: Cheese 🧀
Drink: La Croix Sparkling Water 💧
Bookish Item: Antique Typewriter
Tag: Anyone who wants to play along!! 💕
1. Yes, although titles are important too!
2. I love my porch, but my favorite reading spot during the summer is anywhere our little travel trailer decides to land...preferably in the mountains.
3. I read during every spare moment, so stopping mid-chapter is annoying, but part of life.
4. I‘m mostly an e-reader these days for convenience, but love bookmarks for my print editions.
Crazy like a fox? Or just plain crazy? I could actually see myself doing this, because books are like babies, right? http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/article/37395526/writer-rushes-into-burning-buildi...
This skinny little book was a game-changer for me in terms of the planning process for my own writing. I‘ve always struggled with outlining, but this book, read in one sitting, provides the structure needed to plot with ease.
I‘m a sucker for a good time-slip novel, and this book was solid. Although I had an inkling about the ending halfway through, it could have taken several turns, so still kept me guessing. I enjoyed the supernatural elements, and the depictions of the Tudor era. Excellent characters and a solid, well-researched plot. This is fun, escapist reading...an engaging blend of mystery, romance, and the supernatural.
This is my Public Service Announcement for the day...If you have yet to discover this book, it‘s a Goodreads deal, today only. It‘s wonderful, heart-breaking, and ultimately filled with hope. I devoured this novel in practically one sitting, and the characters will be part of me forever.
This one took me longer to get into than previous Karen White novels, but overall the story did not disappoint. I love the way this writer uses the supernatural in subtle and believable ways, allowing the reader to explore the nature of reality, without making huge leaps of faith. I liked/invested in some characters more than others, which is perhaps my biggest criticism. Still, a quick and enjoyable read from one of my favorites.
I totally just binge listened to this book...12+ hours since yesterday. It is narrated by the author, which I first thought was going to be a detriment, but Dianne Lake‘s sincere recounting of her tragic childhood experiences as the youngest member of the Manson family quickly resonated with me. This is an extraordinary story, and Dianne‘s courage and resilience are stunning. One of my favorite non-fiction reads of 2018, if not all-time.
A comprehensive biography of one of America‘s most beloved writers, this book dives deep into the complex historical, political and cultural climates of the times, and does not sugar-coat Laura‘s personality, viewpoints, or relationships. Rose Wilder Lane is also rendered honestly, as is the often tumultuous relationship between mother and daughter. The Pulitzer was well-deserved! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Karen White is one of my favorite authors, because of her ability to weave multi-layered stories about love and loss, and to create memorable characters who grow and change in both subtle and profound ways. She transitions effortlessly between past and present, revealing just enough information to keep the reader engaged. This book wrecked me, and made me think about how we choose to live with the consequences of our actions. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
I wanted to like this book, but the characters were too over-the-top, and because I didn‘t like them, I couldn‘t invest in what happened to them. The author did a great job leading the reader on wild goose chases at every turn, obfuscating literally everything in ways that left me delirious, but in the end, it was all so unbelievable that I felt let-down and frustrated. I know I‘m in the minority on this one, but I feel wrung out...
A little over halfway through and struggling a bit, because I don‘t like the Protagonist. I do, however, like the ambiguity, and slow build-up of tension, the complex relationships between characters, and the promise of some twisty turns coming up. Reading while I eat in order to get to the good stuff, which I hardly ever do, because I tend to spill food when I‘m not looking at it. 😂😜
On this date in 1945, the U.S. Army liberated 31,601 prisoners from the Nazi concentration camp in Dachau, Germany. As the world continues to spin wildly, and sometimes feels out of control, I think a lot about personal responsibility, and the legacy I want to leave behind for future generations...Compassion, integrity, and acceptance for people whose views may differ from my own are some of the things I strive to bring to the table...💕
I love reading about the creative lives of writers, and this was a fun little book to relax with over morning coffee. It‘s short, with lots of interesting details about the habits and quirks of famous authors we all love.
A couple of fun tidbits
* Isaac Asimov could type 90-100 words per minute
* Alexandre Dumas was so prolific, he produced 300+ volumes of work in his lifetime
* Sir Walter Scott preferred to write in motion...often on horseback!
Just starting this today, after some great reviews. Has anyone else read it yet?