Years ago my friend Esme at the Chocolates and Croissants blog had told me that the title of her blog had caused companies to send her chocolates for review. I remember at the time thinking,
“Clearly I did not think through the name of my own blog”
I suppose I could have called this blog COFFEE Journey, or New Jeep Journey, just to see what might have come my way…. but alas, Book Journey is a good title and it has worked for me.
While Book Journey has always been a place where I can write about books it has over the years become so much more. Not only has this site brought me great joy in friendships, connections to wonderful publishing companies, and taken me places like the Book Expo in New York – it also has caused me to be a more confident writer. After all, I pretty much write every day. 😀
The most recent happenings on this crazy blogging ride is I received an invite to go to Minneapolis next week and sit at a round table interviewing the stars of Nicholas Sparks books that will be a movie on April 10th, The Longest Ride.
The stars are Scott Eastwood (Clint Eastwood’s son) and Britt Robertson.
Of course… I said yes.
So now, as I have not read the book yet, I will be this week. My book club, who know I have always pretty much avoided books about cowboys, westerns, or pretty much anything country…. are DELIGHTED to see I will be reading a book that has this on the cover:
I read somewhere recently that you are not living life fully unless you are spending time out of your comfort zone.
I am living life fully.
Book Journey, turns out is a very appropriate name for this blog.
I am out. I have a coffee date with a friend who recently had surgery and a long overdue lunch date. Other than that I have projects that will keep me busy all the time in-between.
Any fun stories to share?
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I’m normally not a fan of Nicholas Sparks because I hate how his books are always classed as romance even when there is a death at the end (in like 90% of his books) – but I listened to this one last year when the audiobook was nominated for a Romance Audie (causing me to scratch my head) – but I was pleasantly surprised (although I kept waiting for something bad to happen)
I have found he has changed his formula a bit in more recent stories which I like 😉
i haven’t read any of his other ones – but I was pleasantly surprised with this one – but still struggle with seeing him in the romance section – although this year, a JAMES PATTERSON book was nominated for an romance audiobook award….
I’m jealous, how awesome!
I am kind of dorky excited!
Very nice. I’m not much for western-y themed books either, but getting out of the comfort zone occasionally is a good thing. Enjoy your interviewing! LOL
If for no other reason than the delight of my book club. 😀
Nicholas Sparks is not my go-to author, but due to blogging, I tried a Sparks Challenge a few years ago, and actually enjoyed the two I read. LOL
But….the movies are the kind I watch when I want to just relax and not think…and cry a little.
I used to hate either country or western, or a combination of the two, and the songs were abhorrent to me…and then I moved to Central California, and there is a lot of country here…and I got used to it.
LOL…. good to know about that and California! 😛
I have read the book The Longest Ride. It’s a tear jerker! But, I hope that the movie stays true to the book, but I don’t think it did, based on snippets I have seen. I am often disappointed when I go to a movie that was made from a book. If the directors would just stay true to the book and not add in their ‘artistic ideas’, the movie(s) would be much better! And that’s my 2 cents worth!
Right – and reading the book and seeing the movie so close together will definitely make the differences stand out.
Can’t wait to hear about your upcoming interview journey 🙂 Have fun!
Thanks Mary! It should be interesting!
How fun! Can’t wait to hear all about the book and the interview 🙂
I am excited 😀
Congratulations!!!! How amazing! 🙂
Will be immediately renaming Old Road Apples–what was I thinking, naming my blog after piles of horse crap on the highway? In any event, look for PIZZA AND BEER to debut soon.
Awesome, I totally laughed out loud! 😀
I am so excited for you! There’s nothing wrong with being Dorky excited. I love that term. I don’t read much Nicolas Sparks, but this does look good– the trailer of the movie anyway.
Stay tuned 😀
This is AWESOME, Sheila.
Can’t wait to hear about it.
Thanks Elizabeth! I think I was in the right area at the right time 😀
Hmmm. I think I’ll rename by blog Book Chat and Chocolate. What do you think?
Go for it – let me know if it works 😉
Now, of course there will be a blog post on your Minneapolis sojourn. Looking forward to hearing all about it.
Nothing exciting really but congratulations to you! What an opportunity.
As for the blog name, I totally understand. My old blog had grown so much to be more than books and I felt like the name didn’t fit, so I started a new one. Plus I needed a fresh start.
WE are so much more than our blogs…truly! Congrats and hope your long overdue lunch was fun. Hope your friend is feeling better also.
Thanks, lunch was fun and my coffee friend was doing well too! 🙂
Congratulations! Um…my bags are packed and ready to stow away. Just in case, you know?
ALWAYS – Always be prepared Kathy! Good for you! lol 😀
No fun stories but sitting back and being inspired by your story. Taking risks and seeing where they lead. Pretty awesome. Enjoy every moment of it.
Oh Sheila how very cool and well-deserved! Looking forward to reading all about it!
I do wish I had something fun to share about this week, but it’s been a pretty bad one in most ways. The one good thing that comes to mind is that Bank Street Book Store posted my blog on their facebook page, so that felt really good 😀 https://www.facebook.com/BankstreetBookstore
And yes, blogs CAN be powerful—GOOD blogs can 🙂 In fact, Betsy Bird just said the same thing just the other day! http://blogs.slj.com/afuse8production/2015/03/23/where-the-wild-books-are-addressing-the-state-of-global-publishing-in-america/
I love that you’re living life fully! Looking forward to reading all about your round table interview.
Congrats on your interview. I will look forward to reading your thoughts about the book, movie and interview. I like the name of your blog. There are so many interesting blog names.
What an amazing experience! Have an awesome time and congrats on being invited to interview them! Have fun reading outside of your comfort zone too… sometimes we find some hidden gems that way, so let’s hope its one of those times 🙂
I have always thought your blog title to be a great choice! OOOH – fun and scary interview opportunity. Hope it is fantastic!