The Name Of The Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

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A book long ago (more years than I care to admit…) recommended to be by a friend who referred to this book as one of her favorite books.  That alone was enough to cause me to seek it out and place it on my shelf where it sat, was occasionally pulled off, and then put back due to lack of time to pursue such a large read.

Little did I know it was buying its time until it became my First Book Of The Year for 2019.  
Thank you Christy…  for this adventure.

~Sheila 

A Young man, Kvothe, wishing to learn the art of magic and its many forms as he is handed a series of hardships that land him in the position of an orphan with nothing but his name and the clothes on his back, the shoes on his feet, and a gift of music in his heart.

Daringly, dreaming well beyond his means, he uses his whit and charm to find his way into the School of Magic scraping up any means he can to pay his tuition as it comes due.  Naturally gifted, he is challenged time and again by those who oppose him as well as his own gift of getting into trouble.

Now many many years later, we find Kvothe who has been discovered working as an Innkeeper under another name.  And here.. is where we find his story..

I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings. I burned down the town of Trebon. I have spent the night with Felurian and left with both my sanity and my life. I was expelled from the University at a younger age than most people are allowed in. I tread paths by moonlight that others fear to speak of during day. I have talked to Gods, loved women, and written songs that make the minstrels weep.

You may have heard of me.

I finally finally finally picked up this book to read.  It has been on my shelf for years recommended and neglected until… as I contemplated what would be the First Book of 2019… and my mind fell on this one.
Yes, there are similarities to Harry Potter (orphan, parents killed, looking for the killer, a magical school, constant trouble…) but do not let this discourage you as this is not Harry Potter by any means.  More complex comes to mind, a darker tale than what young Harry started with for sure and a whole different world development.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book going back and forth between book and audio (so I could paint while listening) and digging in deep to this grand story.  Recommended to those like me who enjoy a good Fantasy Adventure.  If you have not read Rothfuss I recommend that you do.  Talk of this series becoming a feature film are in the works and I for one, do not want to miss the journey.

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5Sheila DeChantal

Now Blogging and Talking Life, Food, Happenings at:  Iguessimdoingthis.com

The First Books of 2019

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Happy New Year!  It’s 2019 and this year more than quite a few in the past, I feel ready to start with something new.  Among many other subjects, I am excited to dig back into reading as well – starting with this first book of 2019.

Thank you to everyone who participated this year.  It does my heart good to see the many book lovers share their reads from all over the world.  From people in my home town, all around Minnesota, the US – and even beyond. I know for sure we have Africa, Australia, and New England.   Thank you so much and happy reading.

See if you can find me and my book choice in the collages.  ;P

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Did you find any to add to your own reading list?   I think I have several to mention to Book Club!

One book shows up SIX times!  Do you know which book it is?

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

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A Short Film About Disappointment by Joshua Mattson

Batter Off Dead by Maymee Bell

Becoming  by Michelle Obama

Becoming Mrs. Lewis by Patti Callahan

Bellewether by Susanna Kearsley

Birds Of A Feather by Lorin Lindner

Bone House by Brian Freeman

Book Thief by Mark Zusak

Boy Swallows Universe by Trent Dalton

Broken Ice by Matt Goldman

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Clockmaker’s Daughter by Kate Morton

Confessions Of An Ugly Stepsister by Gregory Maguire

Cooper’s Charm by Lori Foster

Covers of Snow by Jenny Milchman

Daring To Hope:  Finding God’s Goodness In The Broken and Beautiful by Katie Davis Majors

Don’t Let Me Down by Erin Hosier

Eleanor of Aquitaine: A Biography by Marion Meade

Fixation by Steve Smart

Foundryside by Robert Jackson Bennett

Ghosted by Rosie Walsh

Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer

Hanover House by Brenda Novak

I, Eliza Hamilton by Susan Holloway Scott

I’d Rather Be Reading by Ann Bogel

Island of Glass by Nora Roberts

I’ll Be Gone With The Dark by Michelle McNamara

I’m Too Young To Be 70 by Judith Viorst

In The Middle Of The Mess by Sheila Walsh

It’s Not Supposed To Be This Way by Lysa Terkeurst

Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann

Kings of the Wyld by Nicholas Eames

Learning To See by Elise Hooper

Logan and Luna Find The Magic Tree by Cristina Hanif

Marilla of Green Gables by Sarah McCoy

Mary Queen Of Scots by John Guy

Monday Mornings by Sanjay Gupta

My Mortal Enemy by Willa Cather

Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Once Upon A River by Diane Setterfield

Paris By The Book by Liam Callanan

Pieces of Happiness by Ann Ostby

Ruth Bader Ginsburg by Jane Sherron De Hart

Shadow Of The Moon by M M Kaye

Six Four by Hideo Yokoyama

Sleeping Beauties by Stephen King and Owen King

Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel

Small Great Things by Jodi Piccoult

Sold On A Monday by Kristina McMorris

Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney

Stay Sexy and Don’t Get Murdered by Karen Killgariff

Thanks A Thousand by A J Jacobs

The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle

The Best of Us by Robyn Carr

The Child by Fiona Barton

The Crooked Path by Irma Joubert

The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware

The Dire King by William Ritter

The Eighteenth Century WYANDOT:  A Clan Based Study by John Steckley

The Girls at 17 Swann Street by Yara Zgheib

The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai

The Great British Bake Off by Linda Collister

The History of Love by Nicole Krauss

The Hunting Accident by David Carlson

The Flight of Gemma Hardy by Margot Livesey

The Letters of Sylvia Plath by Sylvia Plath

The Library Book by Susan Orlean

The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman

The Light Between Worlds by Laura E Weymouth

The Lines We Cross by Randa Abdel-Fattah

The Name Of The Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

The Prayer of Jesus by Kevin Jackson

The Shimmering Road by Hester Young

The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis

The Way of Love by Ted Dekker

The Wife Between Us by Green Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen

There There by Tommy Orange

These Is My Words by Nancy E Turner

Tuna Melts My Heart by Courtney Dasher

Us Against You by Fredrik Backman

Useless Magic by Florence Welch

Voices In The Air:  Poems for Listeners by Naomi Shihab Nye

What You Did Not Tell by Mark Mazower

Where The Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

Woman 99 by Greer Macallister

You Don’t Own Me by Alafair Burke and Mary Higgins Clark

Did you find me and my First Book?  ;P

Thank you all again for participating.  I enjoy this so much.  If you missed out and wish to participate you can still send me your book choice today (sdechantal@gmail.com) I can add you to any that come in tomorrow.  If you submitted a pic and you do not see it, please let me know and send it again.  With all the pics that come in by Email, Facebook, Messenger, Text…  It would be easy for me to miss something.  😉

Happy New Year and may your 2019 reading take you on new adventures beyond your dreams!
Sheila

 

My One Word For 2019

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As in past years… I spend a part of December choosing my word for the next year.   For quite a few years now I have chose to this as opposed to a New Years resolution.  I make a big deal out of choosing my word making sure it is something I will carry with me for a whole year and utilize and apply to my life.  Some years the word just falls into my lap… other times (like in 2018) I find I feel I have to work at it.

2018:  I chose EXPERIENCE.  I wanted to experience new things and really get out and live.  I think I did… I took on a new position as a Marketing Director, I took part in Ragbrai and biked 7 days across Iowa, I made some very scary choices in my life and came out the other side – better for it.

2017:  SHINE.  Shine is probably my favorite word I have used and if people can have a life word (and I believe they can…. mine is SHINE.  2017 was a year of renewal.  A year I made choices to live and do and make a difference.  In 2017 I felt as thought the world was cheering me on and I came out of the darkness.

2016:  COURAGE.  This was a hard year but a productive one.  I moved forward with a shadow hanging over me.  I was scared of the world and of what my life now meant.  COURAGE was used often when I made choices to stay ahead of the darkness.  To find my way out and say yes to things when I would have much rather hid away.

2015:  EMERGE.  Emerge started out meaning one thing and by April meant something completely different after the tragedy of this year.  It was a hard year… and a hard word.  In the end… I was different.. but I did emerge.

2014:  EMBRACE Where it all began.

2019 has been a bit of a thoughtful process.  For a while I thought it was going to be PRESENT but I honestly didn’t love it.  Being present is definitely something I am working on, yes I didn’t feel it reached every corner of my life like I want a word to do so I searched on.  Today, I wrote down what my goals were for 2019 regarding:

Career

Health/Wellness

Family

Friendships

Hobbies/Interests

Plans

Then I looked at the words I wrote for each of these and while one word didn’t come out on paper… it did bring one my mind.  In each area I felt I needed to dig in more – put a little more of what makes me – well. me.  I thought about this last year of experience.  Of the job(s) that I took on and how this altered my life in good ways.. but altered all the same.  Some life things happened this year as well that made me stronger, but also more cautious…  and I really thought about what people in my circles say about me or use to describe me (energetic, creative, outgoing, adventurous, funny, honest, strong, unique) and I began to wonder if that was all still true and how much I hope it is.

That all said… my 2019 is SPARK.  I want to spark in all I do…  if I can create that spark…  I think the fire of all within me will catch again – in good and positive ways.  I am hopeful that living that way – I can create sparks in others.

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Oh, and PS…  I believe we can have a life word as well.  Mine, is SHINE.  My best word. 

I hope you will consider choosing your own word for 2019.  If you do – I would love to hear what is in the comments.  Looking for some words to stimulate ideas for yours?  Here is a great list.

First Book Of The Year 2019

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Year 6.  I LOVE First book so much.  This tradition for me goes further back than the 6 years I have opened up to the reading world here on Book Journey.  I am THRILLED to be doing it again and thank you to those who have messaged me to ask if I will be doing it again.

The answer is…

Of course we are doing it.

My life has changed a bit – I may not be blogging as steady as I used to and I have moved to a more diverse site where I can share other things beyond books – check me out at I Guess I Am Doing This (also a work in process… but I am not giving up ;P )

Here is what First Book is.  The first book of the New Year should be:

A.  A coveted book that you have wanted to read but have just not found the time.

B.  A delicious favorite… one you have read before, but crave to read again.

C.  Really whatever you want it to – it is after all YOUR First Book Of the year.

Make it AWESOME.

Then, once you have picked what it will be, email me a picture of you with the book (send it to sdechantal@gmail.com).  This adds to the excitement of the First Book.  On January 1st I will post all the pics in a collage format of all of you around the world that are doing First Book.  I do hope you will join me – friends, family, fellow book lovers… this event each year and your willingness to do this with me makes my heart smile.  🙂
Here is some (yes some…  so many participate it is incredible!)  of what came in last year:

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Remember – this should be the first book you plan to be reading into the New Year.  Yes, you can start it New Years Eve ;P  You can send the picture (sdechantal@gmail.com) anytime between now and New Years Eve so I can prep the collage.  Thanks everyone… having this project to work on makes the New Year fun.

Moving… But Not Leaving…

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Still here.  It is funny to think that when I started Book Journey I was writing almost every day if not every day.  Those of you who have been with me during those years can probably remember those times.  Then I went to almost twice a day when I started the Morning Meanderings… and then usually a bookish conversation same day.  I used to visit a minimum of 20 blogs a day and comment.

I remember Justin once had a college project where he was asked to visit 20 blogs and comment and he thought it was so painful and asked me how I could do it day after day….  I found it at that time to be easy… it was fun to check in on topics you enjoy and connecting with fellow blogger with the same interests.

I am so thankful for those days.

Through the years.. things have changed.  Some book reviewer/bloggers that I really enjoyed reading, hung it up.  Many, including myself, slowed down.

And that brings me to my post today.

Looking at my last post here in March – it is safe to say I did not just slow down… I all but stopped.  My life over the past few years has changed as many of you know, and more recently – taking on a full time Marketing job, being active in the community and in adventures has slowed my reading time and even more so slowed my discussing of books and blogging.

But I miss it.

Over this past weekend I worked diligently on an idea that has been buzzing around my brain for awhile now.  I created a new website.  I want to write.  I miss writing… I am just a little more diverse now than Book Journey was created for.  I am reading, however I am also biking, planning and attending events, trying to get my life right in many ways, and still grieving in ways I sometimes want to talk about and share.

I created the website I Guess I Am Doing This and I am sooooooo hopeful that you will join me there – reading and following and commenting when you can.  I would like that very much.  I think it has a little something for everyone… and yes, I am still talking books 🙂

Book Journey will remain here as I have no intention of giving up on this site.  It has so much history within its pages… so much of me and how I have grown as a writer and a review since those early days… and maybe someday this will be the fit again.

Anyhoo.  Come and fly with me.  I would love it.

 

Morning Meandering: Snow Day and Possibilities

I didn’t want to go to the gym today. 

While my weekend was mostly low key, I was at my lap top for most of it – working on a newsletter for the Friends of The Library, sending out information on the Mardi Gras event, updating lists, planning notes for a Camp meeting, and working on a website for a new business.  My new roll in my job, has made my weekends a little more “working weekends” to get in my non profit duties…  not complaining, just still finding my balance.

So…

With a full agenda today – gym, Friends Board Meeting, Author at the Library at noon, a meeting at 1:30, a few hours of work and a few pics taken at a Wine Class later for marketing….  I was really debating the gym and arguing with myself back and forth that going was good and going was rockstarish and going would make the rest easier and.

And then Mother Nature stepped in and I woke up to this:

...WINTER STORM WARNING NOW IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 AM CST TUESDAY...

* WHAT...Heavy mixed precipitation. Additional snow accumulations
of 6 to 9 inches, with localized amounts up to 10 inches, and
ice accumulations of up to one tenth of an inch are expected.

* WHERE...South Cass and Crow Wing Counties.

* WHEN...Until 6 AM CST Tuesday.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Plan on difficult travel conditions,
including during the evening commute. Tree branches could fall.
Winds gusting as high as 45 mph will cause areas of blowing and
drifting snow.

Weather in Minnesota can change EVERYTHING.

By 6:30 am the notifications were sent out by text that all Group Fitness classes were cancelled

By 7:30 am Friends Board members started conversing by email – what to do about our Board meeting and our Author event?

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and my day has potential of change….

Then…. Minnesota kicks in….

The Authors… are already on their way.  We made the decision that if the authors can drive three hours to get to us…  we can have our board meeting for those of us who can get there.  I live right on the State Hwy and its a straight stretch for me so I can do it.  The rest of the day will play out as well.

 

On other notes.  I bought a book.  *insert gasp here*

Well, you know.. sometimes a girl needs a little reassuring.  😉

I have reviews to write – food to talk about, book events to talk about…  just need to get ‘er done.

How is your Monday shaping up?