Morning Meanderings… Things I Have Recently Learned In Books


Good morning all!  At least it is morning here at the time of this typing in Central Minnesota.  We have had the heat on for a couple weeks now and as much as I dislike the cold and really do not like the upcoming snow… I am trying to embrace the season.

I have dived into some good books as of late and wanted to share what I have been learning, a few fun facts from the books.  I believe you can learn something from all books – fiction and non fiction alike.

Fascinating to me, I just recently finished listening to Dr. Sleep by Stephen King.  I had to give this one a try as this is the continuing story of The Shining.  What I learned was that Danny (the little boy in The Shining and the now grown up protagonist in Dr. Sleep was a character that stayed with King all of these years, nagging at him with the “what ever happened to him?”… 


In Anything That Moves by Dana Goodyear I learned about Kopi Luwak, the expensive coffee that is made out of Civet poop.  Mmmm hmmm…. I couldn’t make this stuff up.  I have also learned that we live in a strange STRANGE world where “extreme eating” is a thing and the more unusual the better…. I think I will pass on the cricket tacos and live octopus.  😉


In Billy Crystal’s Still Foolin ‘Em, I learned about his incredible relationship with his wife and daughters, his love for baseball, and his ritual before doing the awards shows. 


From The Mortal Instrument series (my current guilty pleasures) I have discovered I really really like the name Jace…. AND I wish I had powers like the Shadow Hunters. 😛


In other news… I have recently been added as part of the awesome Bloggers Recommended group!  This is a group of Bloggers headed by Nicole from Linus’s Blanket and Jen from Devourer Of Books.  They put out a monthly newsletter of hot titles coming out that month that great bloggers have recommended as must reads!  I am new to this and just getting my feet wet.  I submitted my first recommendation for the November edition.  You can subscribe to receive it here and you can check out the website here. 😀


What have you learned in books recently?

8 thoughts on “Morning Meanderings… Things I Have Recently Learned In Books

  1. I like the idea of Stephen King bringing us more about earlier characters…Doctor Sleep is on my list.

    Not so crazy about weird food…LOL

    Have fun with the new blogger project.

  2. Went and signed up for the bloggers’ sugestions. I knew about Kopi Luwat from cooking school in the 70s AND from the movie “The Bucket List”. Thanx Sheila, fir being so down to earth! Enjoy MN? I miss it sometimes

  3. Yep, I like the name Jace too, lol! And that Civet is SOO cute, thanks for posting an image honey. Congrats on joining Bloggers Recommended, that’s really cool.

  4. I learned about Agnus Magnusdottir, the last person beheaded in Iceland in 1830 while reading Burial Rites by Hannah Kent- which I loved! And in Rasl by Jeff Smith I am learning about Nikola Tesla who helped create AC electricity. I’m also learning that parallel universes really confuse the heck out of me!

  5. I, too, knew about Kopi Luwak from “The Bucket List” 🙂 If you haven’t seen it, you should!

    “The Shining” (the movie) really freaks me out, and I suspect they’ll do another now that he’s written the story. I have yet to read a book by Stephen King other than ON WRITING, which I LOVE! I own THE STAND ’cause I found it in the B&N annex and when I asked a few of his fans if I were to read ONE book by him, which it should be, it came highly recommended. I was also told about THE DARK TOWER SERIES. In fact, over the past couple days, my boyfriend and I have ordered the audiobooks through our library system. Years ago he (my boyfriend) listened to the first 4 and Stephen King was the narrator! You can’t find them ANYwhere now! We can’t understand why they would’n’t have made HIS few available in CD, too. It must have something to do with contracts of some kind *sigh* We searched everywhere and the CDs are all narrated by other people, but we did learn that Stephen narrated an additional book, added after the original seven books, but is actually meant to fill in between books 4 and 5 of the series. We DID find at least one of the Stephen King versions of the first few audio books on YouTube 🙂 They were originally on audio cassette.

    I’ve always enjoyed Billy Crystal—such a talented man and he seems to be such a nice guy!

    And The Mortal Instruments series—I’ve heard of it and obviously YOU love it 🙂

  6. Congrats on the move to Bloggers Recommend, I never miss an issue and I’ve added many a good read from the Recs. I think I might try the audio of the Billy Crystal book, I really like him.

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