Morning Meanderings…

Good morning!  I am sipping away at my first cup of coffee this morning.  I mentioned yesterday during the morning meandering about a book review format that I was excited to try out.  I did that yesterday starting with my review of Worst Case.

The idea was to make the reviews have a bit more of my personality, a bit of “Book Journey, One persons journey through books and coffee.”  So that is what I did.  I actually had fun doing it.  I added:

  • Book Journey traveled to:  ______________________
  • some type of coffee related tip about the area the book is about
  • page number or CD count
  • Cover thoughts

On my left sidebar you will see a new “Where Have I Been?” map and that I am still working on but it is so far a lot of fun.  On this map that I am making through Google Maps I am charting out where the books I have read this year are from.  What I am finding most interesting about that is how many books I have read this year that are set out of the US.  I have read books centered around London, England, Italy, South Africa…  (I have a lot more to enter yet too)

If you click on the link to see the map zoom it out by using the little bar on the left side of the map and clicking the minus sign.  I have no idea why when you enter it is fully zoomed in so you see nothing.  If you click on the blue pegs, it pops up with the book cover, title, and links back to my review.

So I am off to prepare for my day.  I have a meeting at 8:30 am across town, a recap of the home show we had a month ago.  I am excited to hear how it went overall.  Then I am in my office for the afternoon and probably gym with my friend Heidi after that and tonight, I am making BLT’s and we are watching SURVIVOR!

**  A fun pondering moment coming up in a few hours….

32 Comments on “Morning Meanderings…

  1. Ok. I am a geography/travel nut (and, obviously, a reading nut) so LOVE the map idea. It’s like what Eva did but on the site. Do you mind if I copy you (and give credit, of course)? I’ve got a summer vacation coming up and it sounds like a fun project.

    • Helen go ahead – I am having a lot of fun with it 😀

      I felt it really went with my “book journey” theme. Google maps took me a bit to figure out but once I got the hang of it I was off!

  2. Wonderful idea and wonderful post. I’m going to look at the map.

  3. Wowweeee! This is just too cute. I love it! You could have made a map for Columbus. You were just born centuries too late(smile).

  4. Why, you clever “journey” guru! Very nice ideas…both the format and the map concept.

    I’m going now to check it out…and to read the review again. I was a little tired when I read it the first time!

  5. Great idea! Your reviews showed plenty of personality before, but this is a fun new addition! Love the map!

  6. Wow I love the map idea and it sounds like fun! I might try it myself if I can figure out how lol.

    • Zia I used a Google Map helps page that assisted in how to do the pictures, etc… if you need any links let me know. 🙂

      • I have a link on my sidebar now, giving you a credit mention of course. Thanks for such a fun idea!

  7. What a fantastic idea! How are you going to find out the best coffee for the location of the book? That I am curious about.

    The map idea….cool! Way cool! I wish I would have come up that idea first. 😉 Hmmm…would it be coping too much if I did that too? Yeah, it would. I am going to like looking at your map! Fun!

    • ibeeeg, I am trusting Google for that. I am actually looking for any coffee related topic about the area – for instance, when I reviewed Harry Potter and The Chamber Of Secrets over the weekend, I found a link to the coffee shop where J K Rowling wrote most of the first book. That was kind of cool and on the coffee shop website they talk about that as well as a few other authors that use that place for writing. 🙂

      • I love coffee, it will be interesting to see what you come up with for each book.
        I think I would like to do the google map thing as it has been very cool seeing the different places you have been through your books. A neat way to track the “traveling” 🙂
        I wonder though where I would place a fantasy type book that takes place in a made up world in a unspecified time period (although, you have an idea of the time period). You are coming up with some great ideas.

    • Good point Ibeeeg about the books that have no “real” setting. Maybe those ones go in the ocean 🙂

      Have a good weekend!

  8. Oh WOW! What an awesome review idea! I love it and I think it will be so much fun to keep track:) Can’t wait to see all the places you go:)

    • Hi Bobbie – me too! I am already amazed at how many books I read that are out of the United States. I really hadn’t thought about that before.

  9. Wow that is such a COOL idea! Your so creative! You’ll have to make this into a meme or something like that.

  10. I LOVE the map!! How cool is that. Maybe I’ll try to figure out how to do that, too. I love how books take us to different places.

    I like your new format, too.


  11. What a fun idea. I am not computer savvy enough to do something like this, I’m lucky enough to be able to follow it.
    The additions to the review are good. It adds just a little more to make it interesting and helpful. The coffee tip is a nice idea.

    • Thanks Pat – it is kind of fun to do and I like the coffee tips.. who knows…. I may travel there some day 😀

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