About Me


May 2017…. learning to Shine.

Hi all!  My name is Sheila.  I am a book lover, a bike enthusiast, runner, hiker, and adventure seeker.

I live in Central Minnesota.  No I don’t say “ayyyyy” or “you betcha”…. unless I am being sarcastic.  Which NEVER happens.  Ok.. maybe sometimes. 😉

I believe in Living Life To The Fullest, laughing until my sides hurt, making time for family and friends, working hard and playing hard, team sports, stretching myself to the limit, saying yes whenever I can, books that make me think and books that make me feel, if you are going for the ice cream cone – GO BIG, bucket lists, doing something new each day, believing in your dreams, reading in the sunshine, playing in the rain, the magical powers of CHOCOLATE, finding the opportunities in everything, learning something new, and making memories every chance I can.

I am a lifetime bookaholic and proud of it.  I added audio to the mix about 6 years ago and have never looked back.  You will find in most cases I review more audio than books and I always have an audio book going on my phone and in my car.


To contact me about a review, please look at my review policy page first.  Thank you!

*Note – thank you to those of you who stop by to honor me with an award.  I truly do appreciate the thought, however I just do not have the time anymore to reciprocate, pass it on, post the graphic, etc.  For that reason, I am going to thank you again for thinking of me, it means so much to be appreciated, but I am making this an award free blog.

  1. Love your new “about me” page!

  2. Hey Sheila, I’ve just nominated you for the “Illuminated Blogger Award”.
    My post is here: http://laith.wordpress.com/2012/06/03/wow-i-got-nominated-for-the-illuminating-blogger-award/
    You can check out more about the award here: http://foodstoriesblog.com/illuminating-blogger-award/

  3. Hey Girl! What a fun cooincidece that we sat at Table 7, then ran into each other at the Shipping department and you know my cousin! Can’t wait to catch up on your blog. Stay in touch!


  4. Hi Sheila, look, I just gave you an Inspiring Blog Award! Enjoy: http://wordsandpeace.com/2012/06/12/inspiring-blog-award/

  5. Well now, virtual coffee, confirmed bookaholic, and magical chocolate? I’d say we have three major things in common…yes, I do. 🙂

  6. Hi, Sheila;

    I’m Laurie. I have a new book blog, and am wondering if the It’s Monday link list is by invitation, or if anyone can join it. My blog has been going less than a month, although I’ve been review books on Amazon, Good Reads and Library thing for several years now.


  7. Hi Sheila, I came across your blog from Shelleyrae over at Book’d Out as I wanted to check out the It’s Monday what are you reading meme which looks like fun! . I have a new book review blog if you get a chance to come over and take a look. http://daystarz.wordpress.com
    Cheers from Australia -Jennie

  8. Hi Sheila,
    Been a while never seen you around. Hope all’s well.
    Just to let you know how much I adore your book-blog, I’d love to share this book award with you.
    Check it out here,

    Keep reading! Keep reviewing! Enjoy! 🙂


  9. Thanks for stopping by and liking my post ‘The Tenth Circle by Jodi Picoult’. You have an awesome blog here. I found your privacy policy interesting. I never thought to have one, since I have (to my knowledge) absolutely no control over what info is collected, where it is stored etc.

    • Thanks! I couldnt find a place to comment on your post but I really enjoyed The Tenth Circle when I read it. I made the review policy after other book bloggers who were more established than me a few years back said it was important. Its always nice to fall back on when you are offered a book that is really out of your genre like, or if you are being pressured about when you are going to read a specific book 😀

  10. Hi Sheila! I just found your blog today and have enjoyed reading some of your posts. I love the idea of your Monday what are you reading posts – what a great way to discover new books! Tamara

  11. Hi Sheila, just found your blog today, and it appears you have been around for awhile with that many followers. this winter was the opportunity to read many books, here in central MN also, closer to St. cloud.

  12. Hello Sheila,
    It seemed only fair to consider you as rightly deserving of this wonderful award for your truest contributions. You can check it here. Congratulations.

  13. What a nice profile you have.


  14. i enjoy reading about you as a blogger and as a person.

  15. Congratulations!
    I have nominated your blog for the Sunshine Award.
    You can read more about this nomination is at:
    Happy New Year!

  16. Congratulations!
    I have nominated your blog for 4 awards.
    You can read more about this nomination at:
    Happy New Year!

  17. Congratulations!
    I have nominated your blog for the Dragon’s Loyalty Award.
    You can read more about this nomination is at:
    Hope you have a wonderful day!

  18. Hi Sheila. Congratulations!
    I have nominated your blog for The Cracking Chrispmouse Bloggywog Award.
    You can read more about this nomination at:
    You’ve worked arduously on your blog and are extremely worthy of this accolade.
    I hope you have a wonderful day!

  19. You’ve been nominated for the The Cracking Chrispmouse Bloggywoggy Award 🙂 Congratulations!

  20. I’ve always had my nose stuck in a book too, and I’ve enjoyed reading some of your posts. Hope you like my blog too at http://www.sandradanby.com/

  21. Congratulations!
    I have nominated your blog for The Working to Change the World Award.
    You can read more about this nomination at:
    You’ve worked very hard on your blog and are very worthy of this accolade.
    Have a wonderful day!

  22. Congratulations Sheila!
    I have nominated your blog for The Field of Flowers Award.
    You can read more about this nomination at:
    You’ve worked very hard on your blog and you and your blog are very worthy of this accolade.
    Have a wonderful day!

  23. I love your about me!

  24. Love your About Me page. Nice to find you!

  25. Hi,

    Good day! I would like to invite you to become a part of our Reviewer Community Network. We have a bunch of books and products that needs honest reviews. Please take time to sign up for this site – http://www.amazonreviewernetwork.com/kick-start-program.html

    We would love to hear from you soon and be a part of our Reviewer Community..

    Warm Regards,

  26. I love reading your blog. Have you ever thought about featuring a multitouch iBook? I think multitouch ibooks are an important topic for discussion as they are still relatively new and their storytelling potential hasn’t been fully explored yet. You can check out the book trailer for my multitouch iBook athe Sword of Air now available on the iBooks store at. Sword of Air Book Trailer – YouTube
    Video for youtube sword of air► 1:54► 1:54
    I would love to hear your thoughts and hope you drop by my site http://www.swordofair.net soon. Take care. Rae.

  27. I’d be delighted to send you the awesome audiobook for Jerome Charyn’s Lincoln novel: I Am Abraham. Just let me know where to send it. – Lenore via JCpress@writemail.com

  28. Hey! I nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award! Check out this for more details https://writtenwordworlds.wordpress.com/2015/02/05/versatile-blogger-award/ 🙂

  29. Sheila – When I didn’t see you on the blog for several days I was concerned. I went searching and found the tragic news on Facebook which I do not use that much. I am not a friend with you there so I can not express my deepest sympathies. I cannot imagine your pain. My heart and prayers are with you and your family. I wish I could share something that could ease the pain. Perhaps you can find some comfort from some of the quotes shared on this page: https://www.pinterest.com/thecomfortco/comforting-sympathy-and-grief-quotes/

  30. Just found your blog under recommendations, all looks very interesting. I look forward to reading more of your posts.

  31. Hi Sheila! It’s nice to meet you! 🙂

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