Reading Positions. Haha. Which one are you? I’m the “Just a few more pages…” position.
How to De-Puff Your Eyes in 3 Minutes or Less. I googled this topic because my eyes are super puffy for no reason at all. My eyes look as if I’ve been crying all night, when I’ve been sleeping soundly instead. The perils of being a woman, I suppose.
One of my favorite podcasters, Miranda Mills, started a YouTube channel all about books. A recent video of hers is titled “Dilemmas of a Book Nerd Tag” where she answers bookish questions. It was so much fun to watch and I wanted to join in. This fun tag was created by Lindsey’s Little Library.
I haven’t been tagged and I don’t plan to tag anyone, but because I do love books and talking about books, I’m going to participate. Here we go…
Dilemma #1: Book Storage – How do you store and organize your books?
I have limited space in my small house. I have two overflowing bookshelves in my study and one in the living room. Every once in a while I make room for new books by donating books I don’t want to keep. It’s not feasible for me to keep every book.
Dilemma #2: Tracking – How do you keep track of what you have read and what books you own?
I don’t normally keep track of what I’ve read, but for 2020 I’m going to keep track of the read books in my 2020 Planner. It should be easy to jot down the title of the book and the name of the author. Also, I daydream of creating a spreadsheet to keep track of the books I own. Someday I may get to that project.
Dilemma #3: Borrow – Do you lend your books out?
Absolutely not. I’d never get them back. And I learned that lesson the hard way.
Dilemma #4: Buying – How do you buy or acquire your books?
I’d say that 75% of my books are borrowed from the library. 20% are bought from bookstores during my travels. (I scope out bookstores in advance of a trip. Please tell me you do the same?) And 5% are bought from Amazon. I have it down to a science because I really do borrow most of my books.
Dilemma #5: Comments – How do you respond to the “How do you read so much” comment or similar comments?
No one has ever asked me this question, actually.
Dilemma #6: Next Book – How do you pick your next read?
It depends on my mood (or on which books come through my library hold).
Dilemma #7: Travel – How do you pick what book(s) you bring on vacation with you?
I don’t really do much reading on vacation. I’ll read on the plane, but I’m normally way too tired to read after spending a day exploring a city. And we hardly ever take beach vacations. But I do bring a paperback or two with me, just in case. Plus I have books on my reading device. The key is not to be weighted down by books because I want to come home with book purchases.
Dilemma #8: Annotate – Do you write or highlight or mark up your books in any way?
No. That really bothers me. I like to keep my books pristine. But I have a reader’s journal in case I want to write quotes or keep plot notes.
For the third year in a row I have a word of the year to help me achieve my goals, but this year’s word is a little different from the past two years.
My word is Health. I will aim to take better care of myself. I want to drink more water, go on longer walks and do yoga-ish exercises. I had a recent health scare and it’s funny how we take things for granted and then something happens to make us realize how fragile we all are. That’s why I want health to be my focus for 2020. The same goes for you, please take good care of yourself.
This article linked below is so true. I am an introvert and really prefer to be alone. I see my friends periodically and I don’t set regular get-togethers with anyone because my quality time comes first. The only exception is my husband. He can be around me as much as he wants. He is my favorite human. A woman’s greatest enemy? A lack of time to herself.
Time for my quarterly wrap-up. It will be in two parts so I don’t bog this post down too much.
Cornered in Conard County by Rachel Lee was pretty good. It’s a book in her Conard County series and I can tell Rachel Lee does a lot of research. The premise of this story is that the heroine is in danger because of an ex who is looking to harm her. To stay safe, she buys a guard dog from the hero who trains police dogs for a living. I don’t know anything about training police dogs, but reading this story made me feel that Rachel Lee did her research. As you would expect, the heroine falls in love with the dog-training hero.
I also read An Unlikely Daddy by Rachel Lee. It was good, but I’m starting to feel like she is recycling old books into newer stories. This one reminded me a little of the second book she wrote back in 1992 called Cherokee Thunder. But as far as romance series go, Conard County is my top favorite. Then I read The Winter Soldier by Diana Palmer.
The Gown by Jennifer Robson was probably the most touching book I read during the last quarter of 2019. The story takes place in two time periods, the present and the past (post-war Britain). I can’t write about this book without getting teary-eyed. It was really touching. It focused on three women who become intertwined with each other and each leaves her mark in the world. If you like strong women, women who have to make their own way in the world (like most of us in real life) and fashion history, then this book is for you. Run, don’t walk, to the library.
Secret Prince’s Christmas Seduction by Carol Marinelli was a fun read. The story takes place during the lead-up to Christmas. It’s a Harlequin Presents and this line never disappoints. Romance, exotic locations, good-looking heroes. (Though, I have to admit, I kept picturing Trevor Noah as the hero. If you stare at the cover long enough, you’ll see it too. Tell me it’s not just me.)
Christmas Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella was just what I expected. Fun, silly and festive. Becky is back and up to her usual hijinks. In this story, she was in so much trouble that I honestly had no idea how it could all possibly end in a good way. I wrote more about it here.
Part II will be up soon, as I’m still finishing up a book. I’m looking forward to a new year and more books. I’m not looking forward to life going by so fast and to growing older, but if life has to go by fast and we must grow older, then at least we can do it with good books and good people around us. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays, my friends!
I’m really excited for some time off, for Christmas, for snuggling with my husband on the couch and watching Elf for the 100th time, for my Fortnums package that I think is arriving on Friday. I’m just excited all around.
I’m laughing out loud at this podcast. They break down Hallmark-type movies. It’s funny (but I am not ashamed to admit that I love Hallmark movies). It’s really great to listen to and I have a bunch of episodes to catch up on.
My recent library haul includes two borrowed books and one purchase. I borrowed Royal Holiday by Jasmine Guillory and started reading it almost immediately. It’s due back this weekend, so I have the rest of the week to find out how it all works out for our heroine. It’s a really sweet novel, set in England at a royal estate. The main character is in her early 50s and finds love again with the private secretary to Her Majesty, The Queen. Yes, girl!
I also borrowed Sandra Brown’s Send No Flowers because I’m going through a Sandra Brown phase and I’m not ashamed.
I also bought this cute little book for just $1.00, Royal Weddings – A Very Peculiar History. It’s really adorable and lists fun facts and funny anecdotes about royal bridal couples-to-be and royal weddings throughout history.
I hope you’re having a wonderful festive season, full of books and good cheer!
December’s poem is by Emily Dickinson. Emily Dickinson was so clever. She wrote an entire poem about snow without ever mentioning the word “snow.” Grab your cup of tea and enjoy reading this winter poem. (PS. (October and November poems here.)