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Divorced (happily so!) Originally from New York State, retired in Nov 2014 to live with family (Mom and Brother) in Florida. In June 2015, we adopted a cocker spaniel. We named her Nougat. How can it get any better than this?

Our truest life is when we are in our dreams awake.

Henry David Thoreau

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Another book that came along at just the right time for me and really resonated. It was 2005, I’d been separated almost a year, was in the middle of the divorce, and questioning my life, marriage...


You know how sometimes a book comes your way at just the right time, and reflects what you’re feeling? This was one of those books for me. I’ve read several more (but by no means, all) of her boo...


I listened to “Game of Thrones” on audiobook. It took me two months to finish it. I was blown away and totally hooked. I read the other 4 books in the same amount of time as it took me to listen ...


I’ve read all his novels, and could have chosen any of them for this entry (though I do really like this one). He’s one of my favorite authors. He masterfully weaves together historical fiction a...


November 24, 2018

NoJoMo 24 -- March in NoJoMo 2018

I picked this book because it was not only a good story, but the writing was so good, that it led me to read all her other books as well. (Some I’ve liked more than others, but all are excellentl...


I’ve read all of Lisa See’s novels about China. It’s difficult for me to pick a favorite, because all her books are so good, but this one was especially interesting. But I could easily have chose...


This is one of my favorite novels of all time. It’s got everything: adventure, drama, romance, an exotic locale, great characters, wonderful writing.


November 21, 2018

NoJoMo 21 -- The Promise in NoJoMo 2018

In looking back and thinking of books I’ve read over the years, I realized that while I was in college, I didn’t do get much leisure reading. I did a lot of reading, but not for pleasure. But I ...


After reading “The Lord Of the Rings”, and lots of Bradbury, in high school, I was well and truly hooked on fantasy novels (I still am), especially medieval-ish fantasy. These were right up my al...


I read this a decade after I read “The Once and Future King”, but I think of them together, as parts of a whole, and why I chose it for today. My friend Alberta encouraged me to read this, and “l...


I love the Arthurian legends. I remember sitting out under the Mulberry tree in our side yard, reading and being completely transported by this book. I always associate it with summer, leaves, sh...


I fervently believed in unicorns, and I adored this book. So did my best friend, Laura. It was a special book between us, and means a lot to me especially since she’s gone. No one else in my life...


I read the trilogy for the first time in high school, around the time that Tolkein died. I was captivated by his creating languages, mythologies, an entire world. I loved the books, and reread th...


I was about the same age when I read this as Anne was when she began writing it. Despite how different our lives were, I felt like we could have been friends had we met, and the book really affec...


10th grade English class. We were doing a unit on science fiction. After the assigned books, (neither of which I liked, not being a sci fi fan at the time), Mr. Bailey said we were to select two ...


I’ve never met anyone else who has even heard of, let alone read this series. But I loved these books as a young reader. I don’t think I read all of them, but I read quite a few. I think my grand...


Everything about this book enchanted me as a child. The characters, (especially Dickon), the Yorkshire accents, the dreary manor, the idea of a walled garden. It was all magical to me. I read and...


When I was growing up, there weren’t a lot of “adventure” stories for (or about) girls. But there was this one. The first time I read it, I was about he same age as the main character. It made s...


November 10, 2018

NoJoMo 10 -- The Hobbit in NoJoMo 2018

My 4th grade teacher, Mr. Hanawalt read this book aloud to us. At the end of the school day, before dismissal, if we had done all our classwork and behaved reasonably well (for 10 year olds), he ...


When I was little, I would wake up very early on Saturday mornings and go to my grandmother’s room (which was next to mine). I would get in her bed, and she would sing me old songs like “Over The...


I have a very vivid memory associated with this book. Specifically the chapter titled “Mr. Toad and the Motor Car”. Mom did most of the bedtime story reading, but this time, it was Dad. He didn’t...


Andersen ‘s fairytales are so sad. Rarely is there a “happily ever after”. The Little match girl freezes to death, the little mermaid (in spite of Disney), turns to seafoam. The dark, deep traged...


When I was very, very young (too young to remember), I was given a pink stuffed dog. It had floppy ears, rather like a cocker spaniel. I named him Bobby Bow-Wow. He went everywhere with me. Once,...


I still love these characters and stories. The humor, innocence, and gentle wisdom are timeless.


I loved being read to as a child. I could sit for hours, listening to stories and looking at the pictures. I was fortunate to grow up in a family that loved reading. Mom read to us every night. T...


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