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I guess we are doing this. “
Little known fact about me…. that line above is how I usually think right before I have to complete whatever I agreed to do or signed up for. 😛 True story…. The first year of Wine and Words… we planned it – I envisioned it, found authors, held meetings, and then the day of the event…
I was all butterfly’s and twirling tummy… and thought…
“Well, I guess we are doing this.”
That still has not changed.
I sign up for things and agree to things- because they are who I want to be… I want to be a runner. I want to be a biker and a hiker. I want to be a thrill seeker. I want to be energetic. I want to have events in my community that are fun and successful…. and so I plan things. I agree to things… and I do them.
Yesterday was no exception. Doing the Polar Dash on January 1st each year is insane, The weather is usually freezing…. it is a 2 1/2 drive for me to get to the event to run in this freezing weather.
Yet to see all the people that do this…. I like being a part of that crazy. I like to start out a new year with something positive and shiny. And here is how it went…
I ran with my two friends Sheila (yes another one!) and Belinda. The weather was fantastic – in the mid 20’s….. if my knee would have been feeling top notch, I would have loved to have does the 10k instead of the 5. We ran, we got our free beer ticket at the end and we had a delicious lunch. I felt I hit the mark for shining day one of 2017.
Also – if you did not see and read the First Book post from yesterday, please do. LOVE LOVE LOVE the participation. I had a few late comers to the party and I am happy to add them here today. Look in this mix for our Emcee of Wine and Words, author Lorna Landvik.
Thank you to all once again for ringing int he New Year with me and with great reads. I love looking at all the titles and seeing what I should be reading. Also – did you find me in yesterdays post? I am there. ;P
Happy New Year People Of The Book.
There is a lot I like about a new year. It is indeed a fresh start… it’s a new deck to play with. I retired my word of 2016 (COURAGE) at midnight last night. The word has served me well and will always be a part of me now that I have spent a year learning to live that way. Excitedly, today I have opened the door to my new world for 2017…. SHINE. I hope to SHINE this year and be an example for myself as well as others that circumstances do not have to destroy you, that you can live with amazing grief.
And of course…. a new year is new book adventures. Long before I had a blog, I was doing First Book by myself. Every year I made a big deal out of choosing that first book of the year. It is exciting to see by the outpouring from all of you from all over the world coming forth to share the excitement of that first book with me.
As I have done the past 4 years, I am very excited to present to you, the books that we are reading as we go into 2017:
Thank you all for once again joining me for one of my favorite events of the year. I am off this morning to run my first 5K of the year, the Polar Dash In ST Paul with my friend Belinda. I am excited to kick off my word right from the start.
Happy New year to all of you.
I hope all of you are well and snug and warm and ready for the week to come.
This season is odd for me now.
No tree is put up in our home. I am not bustling around and wrapping gifts and making lists….
The joy of the season – for me is gone. For now anyway. And I hate even writing that because it makes me sad but it is also so true.
So what do I do?
This week I will do what I have been doing the last 5 months. I will stay busy. I will go to the gym, walk in the arb, have coffee dates and find my way through. My friend Amy and I are going to make a make shift 5k for Christmas eve eve (yes the eve before the eve) because having something to focus on works for me.
Enough of that though….
lets talk books.
Yes yes.. ha ha. I have not written a review in ages. I need to. I want to. I am ready for a New Year in that sense as I can start my Good Read goal again…. the one I blew this year as I just…. didnt.
AND be sure to check out First Book of the year….. AND soon to be coming/posting will be One Word…. our word for the year which I am still sorting through as I do every year…trying to pick just the right one. It is a BIG DEAL.
So that is a brief what is happening with me. I am off to the gym, making biscotti this afternoon while listening to audio and perhaps a walk in the arb with a friend.
Working my way back.
Yes. YES! We are totally doing this again. This is the fourth year that I am thrilled to host the First Book Of The Year. As always, I hope you will join in this fun event. I absolutely LOVE seeing the pictures from all over the world of all of you with your first books.
So what is First Book of the year?
The First Book is a book that maybe you have been wanting to read for a while but have not had time for, a coveted book, an old favorite re-read – whatever you want. The point is that this is the book that will kick off the year for you. What will it be?
Our posts of what we are reading will go live on January 1st. You do not need to be done with the book on January 1st, just reading it on January 1st and yes, you can start on the 31st and be reading into the New Year. I would like to link up all your posts here on the 1st as well so others can visit you and cheer you on! If you are interested, please fill out the short form below.
Here are the pictures sent in from last years First Book:
Here is all you need to sign up and to know what to do. Please help me to spread the word…. lets fill January 1st with the great First Books!
Good to be back all…. good to be back.
I do exist.
I have no excuses. I just went about life and didn’t make it here. I needed time to find me again… it is still a work in progress but I feel as though I may be getting there.
AND – I have been DOING. Which…. is actually a great word.
I am going to quickly update you as I have TONS to catch up on with reviews and crazy things that have been happening (in good ways)…
Most importantly at this moment – YES to those of you who have asked if I am doing First Book again. YES! I love first book and this will be my 4th year doing it and I absolutely want to own this one again. I will have the sign up ready today – I hope you will join.
Did I mention I LOVE First Book?
Next – YES I am totally doing ONE WORD again as well. This will be the 5th year I have hosted the One Word and as you know from last years post, I LOVE this as well. I am still thinking about my word…… posting soon on this. Yes I promise 🙂
As for everything else…. I have been running, dressing up, biking, hanging with friends, getting out of the house, working with non profits, working with a fun online project, creating websites, walking in the snow, going back to the YMCA, lifting weights, saying YES more… and remembering that I am doing this life for two now… and I can not let Justin down. (Yes there are sample pictures….)
I miss all of you. I just have not been taking the time to be here and I need to do that. Minnesota is cold…. damp… and it s a good time to get acquainted with this blog again and all of you.
Thanks for waiting for me. ♥
I am here.
I don’t know why I don’t post as much as I used to and I really wish I did. I think about posts… and I dialogue them in my head… what I will say, what I will share…. a review, a funny moment, a hard one….
and then for whatever reason the days pass and I will think, “huh, I never did post about that.”
Really though… my whole life is like that now. I struggle to get the simplest things done. I would rather be at home than run an errand. I still avoid crowds as much as possible, and I am working hard to avoid the retail stores this season as I just do not want to see all the decorations or the hustle of people happily gathering things for their soon to be celebrations.
is not about that.
I have been a Downton Abbey fan for the past couple of years since I first discovered this addicting PBS show. Seriously if you have not watched this… you must. All previous seasons are on Netflix. In the past few months I have watched them all again…
That’s just good stuff.
A friend of mine told me that our local College Theatre was having a pre showing of the next season premiere that will not air in the United States until January 3rd. It was a free event and people were encouraged to dress the era. I was not up to dressing he part, but I was all in for going to the premiere.
The premiere was last night and it was fun to see those who did dress up. Got to love our “Stars Hollow” style community.
The premiere was wonderful. The gentleman in the above pic to the right had trivia for us. Some of the questions were:
What is the first machine you see in the first episode, first season?
What is Mrs.Hughes first name?
What is the name of the man who came to an untimely death in season one?
What has just happened in the opening scene of Downtown abbey season one episode one?
We also received some swag..
That was my evening… and it was a nice one.
In other news, First Book Of The Year is coming along nicely and I am thrilled about that. We currently have 65 signed up to participate! I think this meme, and the book I choose to read will be my way of getting through the end of this year and entering the next.
Happy New Year everyone! I hope everyone had a wonderful night and now here we are on January 1st 2015. YAY to a new year!!!
This is the second annual First Book Of The Year Meme where I have offered book lovers around the world to send in a pic of themselves with the first book they will be reading this New Year. For myself, that first book has always been a big deal… a book I have been wanting to read for a while, sometimes it is a comforting re-read… whatever.
The past few days my email has been a treasure of fellow readers sending in that first book. It is always exciting to see what everyone chooses as their first read, and it is fun to see people from all over the world join in.
Here are this years participants:
There they are! If you see me in the bottom left corner, I have been so eager to read Stations Eleven after hearing all the great reviews of it. I will be in my cozy chair today digging into this one. There are many great titles here and thank you to all the book lovers who sent in a picture! I seriously tear up when I see how many get behind this idea.
If you wrote a post to go with this First Book Of The Year Meme please link it here where it says Click Here 🙂
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Happy New Year from…
Kristin – Always With A Book
Chelsea- You Should Have Seen It In Color
Donna – Writer Side Up
Kathryn – Book Date
Nise – Under The Boardwalk
Laura – Book Snob
Ann – Ann’s Reading Corner
Laurel Rain – An Interior Journey
Sue – Book by Book
Kim – Caffeinated Book Reviewer
Katherine I Wish I Lived In A Library
Pat – Posting For Now
Mary – Bookfan
Freda – Freda’s Voice
Paige – authenticme
Elizabeth – Silver’s Reviews
Stacy – The Novel Life
Brook – Brooke Blogs
Cynthia – Binging On Books
Wendy – Beautiful Day
Martha – Reviews by Martha
Susie – Home With Susie
Jennifer – Librarian Eats
Connie – The Prairie Mom
Sharon – Faith, Hope, and Cherrytea
Melissa – Jayne’s Books
Laura – Brainonlaura
Sheree – The Eclectic Reader
Laura – Crafty Booksheeps
Jackie – Jackie’s Bookbytes
Earl – The Chronicles Of A Childrens Book Writer
Beth – Fueled By Fiction
Emma – Words and Peace
Jackie – Jackie’s Forget Me Nots
Heather – Based On A True Story
Beth – Beth’s Book Nook
Kimberly – Costa
Marcee – A Nurse and a Book
Judy – Busy Hands are Happy Hands
Karen – bookertalk
Ann – Books on The Table
Shannon – The Most Happy Reader
Tanya – Girlxoxo
Leslie – Under My Apple Tree
Laura – The Book Junkie
Nicola – Back To Books
Marcilia – Reading In The Tardis
Kai – Fiction State Of Mind
Janet – My Shore Lines
Brona – Brona’s Books
Josh – Just A Guy Who Likes To Read
Emma – Once Upon A Littlefield
MrsK – MrskBookstogo
Shannon – Shannon’s Book Bag
Laurie – Bay State Readers Advisory
Melissa – Melissafirman
Shanny – Shanny Reads
Maddy – Symphony Of Words
Suzanne – Chicks With Books
Lory – The Emerald City
Deb – Readerbuzz
and Me 🙂
Good morning (or afternoon or evening depending on where you live).
Over the weekend I got it in my head that I was going to go through all my old posts and make an alphabetized page of all my book reviews for easy reference. For the record… it was a bigger project than I had anticipated. I worked on it in afternoons while listening to audio, and in the evening while watching movies, and off and on throughout the days…. and it took me three days to complete it. It is however… done.
While it was a LOT OF WORK (I have been reviewing since early 2009), it was also quite the walk through Book Journey history. As I made my way into the older reviews I actually discovered a lot.
I had forgotten many of the older titles that I had once reviewed and was surprised by some of the earlier titles that I had accepted. There were a lot of so-so books in the early years, but there were also great reads such as this one and this one . And this one. Ok there were a lot. I also discovered that I have reviewed Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone between book and audio… 4 times. Yes! 4 times! I interviewed many authors in the early days and almost every review had a giveaway. I also read a lot more James Patterson and Kristin Hannah than I had thought.
Many of the books that I reviewed in the early days were my own, from the library, and often for book club. I used a lot of color in my writing then… blue, red, green… and I bolded my entire posts. My first book sent to me from an author was Dragon House by John Shors. It was an excellent read. My first book tour was a book called A Will To Love by Kim Smith and I used a little picture to represent the tour:
Some of the non book review posts I ran into were the very first Morning Meandering was in August of 2009. I also discovered that in 2009 I was signed up to participate on another Harry Potter Readalong! I had also created a meme called Word Verification Balderdash (Ryan from Wordsmithonia will remember this one, he was great at it!) We would create meanings for the fun word verifications we had found while commenting on blogs. Some of them were hilarious! My favorite non bookish post was one where I interviewed myself as the Wicked … err sorely misunderstood witch of Snow White (I have no idea why I did this and had actually forgot about it), the post is actually a bit funny…
So over all the project was a success. It was more work than I had anticipated but it was fun to go back through every post I have written. I laughed and I eye rolled. It was all good. 🙂
Before I go today I wanted to share another Library Challenge. I had started a Library Challenge here for 2015 and forgot that Felicia from Geeky Bloggers Book Blog hosts one as well. I would encourage those of you interested in the library challenge to take a look at hers too… in many ways they are the same (so its really no more work), but she has a cool link to join in a Goodreads group which is pretty cool. Also… check out her challenge pic…. SO COOL. I am joining in and will do this one along with my own challenge. On hers I think I will go for Thrifty Reader which is a goal of 24.