Good morning. *Yawns stretches* How are we doing this New Years Eve Day?
I am sitting here with LAPTOP and COFFEE looking out at a very chilly day (22 below is the current Minnesota temp) and thinking of all the little things I want to accomplish today.
I have some laundry in the works, and a website I am building for an upcoming event, and pictures to go and take for an article, and what to make for dinner… and I am of course thinking about The First Book Of The Year… not only the post (which I love love love) but also… what my book will be.
My book will possibly be at least partially completed on audio since I leave early to get to a 10K run in the AM in St Paul and listening to audio makes that 2+ hour drive way more enjoyable… but alas… which book? (The first book is almost as hard to pick as the word of the year lol)
If you are considering participating in First Book or if you are reading this thinking what the heck is First Book? Here is a link to that post. It is not to late to send in a pic to me of you and the book to add to the collage of readers going into 2018.
I am also looking at Goodreads. I love that challenge, I am just trying to think what I can realistically do. There was a time I could read over 100 books a year. Now with all the things I have added in my life, I do not think that is a reachable goal. I want to partake for sure, and I don’t want to drop the ball on it like I did in 2017.
So thats me.
The First Book post will go up early due to my run. If you miss getting your pic in on time, do not worry – I almost always have some that come in after the posting and I add them to a post on January 2nd.
In the mean time… enjoy this day as we close out 2017 and all it has held… and look forward to 2018 and what this New Year will bring.
It is (beyond) time for the One Word of the year. I have been doing this since 2013 and make a GIGANTIC deal out of my word as I know I want it to be valid for the year – come what may.
2017 word was SHINE and as you can see by last years post, it fell into my lap in a remarkable way and when I had the word – I knew it was the word. SHINE has served me amazingly well, and really stuck with me through the year as I continued to find a way to move forward with the tragedy that hit my family in 2015. Many people sent SHINE things through the year which make me smile to even think about it. What an amazing support team I have! ♥
This year, words were suggested that were great ideas – but didn’t quite fit what I thought would be what I needed for where I am in this world. It wasn’t until this morning as I thought about the new things I would be doing in 2018, the physical challenges I had signed up for including my first half marathon (yeah… I said first) and my first 7 days bike ride across Iowa and then I knew…
Definition: An experience is something that you do or that happens to you, especially something important that affects you.
For me, I look at this new year as an opportunity to experience new things. To taste, to travel, to feel, to push myself, to EXPERIENCE whatever life has to offer. If there is one thing I know for sure, it is that life is short and it is precious. None of us know if there is a tomorrow (or what tomorrow will bring). We need to live well and to the fullest today. Every day is an opportunity to experience something new – to choose to move out of our comfort zone and BE and DO.
I am well aware that my own life circumstances have brought me to this opinion on how we (I) should live. Your life circumstances may be completely different as well as your choices of what to do with your time on this earth.
I ask again, for the 4th year on this site, please consider doing One Word with me. Here is a site with a list of words to start you thinking. When you choose your word – say it out loud to everyone. Own it. The more you place it in your life, the better it will stick and become truly your motivational inspirational direction of the year.
I recently wrote an article in the local Her Voice magazine about One Word. They are now taking submissions of people telling them the word they have chosen for 2018 and they will post them in the February printing of the magazine. Here is a link to that Facebook post if you would like to be part of the article.
Feel free to submit your own word below. I would love to cheer you on!
Fifth year. I LOVE First book so much. This tradition for me goes further back than the 5 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.
The answer is…
Of course we are doing it.
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. 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. Here is some (yes some… so many participate it is incredible!) of what came in last year:
Fill out this form – its easy and gives you all the info you need. I hope you will join in. Even now I look at these pics from last year and think, ooh… I need to read that. 🙂 Cant wait to pick mine….cant wait to see what you choose!
Just when you think you know what you know that you know…. you discover… you know nothing at all…. ~Sheila
When Ted Severson meets the lovely Lily Kinter at an airport bar after the flight they are both on has been delayed, Ted shares that his wife Miranda is having an affair with the contractor building their new home. A nonchalant conversation follows, and Ted having had more than a few drinks tells Lily almost jokingly, that he would like to kill his wife. Lily, says if he is serious, she would help him.
The two part ways but make a plan to meet up in the future at a set location if Ted is serious about killing his wife. No judgement if either changes their mind and does not show.
They both show up.
I like a good mystery…. especially this time of year when the weather is cooler and a comfy chair, blanket, and a hot beverage call my name. Curling up with a good book is a pleasure to all readers… finding the right book, that can be another story…
The Kind Worth Killing was the right story. I loved the format of alternating chapters between Lily and Tom. The story unfold both backwards and forwards as you learn of what is true of the past as well as the present. I want to tell you so much more but I am afraid to let any of this amazing book leak into my review.
Simply said – if you love a book with multiple twists and turns … one that makes you think you got it… then shocks you when you don’t… one that surprises you long before the book is over…
I suggest giving this book a try. I am looking to read more from this author.
In The Marriage Pact, Alice and Jack are newly married and receive an unusual gift from a client of Alice’s. The gift is a beautiful wooden box that inside it carries a book called The Marriage Pact along with two pens, to sign the agreement. The Marriage Pact, by all indications, is a group of married people who support and encourage one another. There are good things to be reminded of such as…
Always answer the phone when your spouse calls.
Exchange a thoughtful gift monthly
Plan a trip quarterly
Never talk about The Pact to anyone
Alice and Jack want to give their marriage the best shot they can and feel The Pact would be a fun social and practical way to keep on the right track. They sign the pact.
What Alice and Jack do not know, is that the pact, like marriage, is for life. The Pact will go to great lengths to enforce the rules within… once again reminding all of us – never sign something you have not thoroughly read…
*Whew*. The Pact for me was a refreshing romp through something new and different. I love books that go outside of the norm so such an unusual premise pulled me in from the beginning. This was one of those books that I did not want to put down and read every chance I could. As soon as I finished it I passed it to a friend, and then to my Aunt so she could read it as well. And isn’t that the truth about great reads? You want to share them with the world.
Highly recommended. This one was read by our Book Club the Bookies (who also enjoyed it and the discussion) and I am hopeful that once it hits paperback we will have it as a Book In The Bag at the library as well so it can be used for a Books Burgers and Brews discussion.
My thoughts: Read it.
So sad to turn to this site today and see how long it has sat waiting for me.
Am I reading? Yes
Am I doing? Yes
So what’s my damage? Why could I not get up like I used to… grab my COFFEE and write something funny(IMO) or amazing or ridiculous or hard or coming soon or….
Meh. I don’t really know.
I wont bore you with the details ( well.. any more than I already have)…. lets just rip the band-aid off and start again.
I’m Sheila. I love to read and write and talk about both. I love to do community and I love to create and dream and do. I love to bike and run and I want to love kick boxing. 😉 I love to be outside the box because A. I don’t believe the box has ever been big enough. B. The box is so overdone I want to puke C. Life is too precious to contain yourself to such perimeters. D. All of the above
(yes… it is D)
That said… here is what I have been reading as of late…
The Girl With Seven Names is our Books Burgers and Brews selection for Monday November 20th. This will be our first non fiction title we have read with this group and it should be interesting. It is also the first selection we have had that I was unable to find any discussion questions on line (EEP) meaning I need to create the discussion…
The Bookies Book Club recently finished The Kind Worth Killing…. and ooh. I will be reviewing this one at some point here soon…. Peter Swanson (IMO) knocked this one out of the park. LOVED so much about this…
And finally … what am I doing on audio?
Yeah…. don’t be judgy…. every once in a while I like to listen to a true crime. It’s been a while and this one is crazy. Its one of those which I am seriously baffled why it took the police so long to catch him. Trust I will have much MUCHNESS to say about this one…
Anyway – that’s my meanderings. Stay tuned for a book review coming your way shortly.
WHAT are you reading?
If you use the search are of this website, you will find that I have talked about this audio many times throughout the years. I have probably listened through it ten time, and to this day call it one of my all time favorite audio books. ~Sheila
Ir is the year 2044 and life is dismal at best.
When students are not in their virtual schools, or adults trying to eek out a small existence, everyone spends their time in the Oasis, an online virtual world that is far better than the real one.
The Oasis was created by a brilliant man names James Holiday who never married, kept to himself and created like a mad man. At the time of his death he is worth billions.
And that is the kicker.
As Holiday had no family to speak of, he instead offers up a challenge. He has hidden an aster Egg in one of the many worlds of The Oasis. There are keys that must be collected in order to reach the final destination of the egg. The first person to find it, wins it all.
Total game changer.
Wade Watts is on the low-end of the food chain. He lives with his aunt in the stacks (trailer homes stacked upon one another). He has no money to his name and spends all of his spare time in the Oasis. Hearing about the Easter Egg and receiving the first clue along with millions of others was enough to make him dream of possibilities – yet years go by and no one figures out the clue to get the first key and many are starting to think it was Holiday being a little off.
Until one day something changes. The score board to the Easter Egg has remained the same for years… until today. Someone has figured out the clue and now possesses the first key…
that someone is Wade Watts.
Ready Player One.
Ready Player One is an audio I promote all the time. Narrated by the AMAZING-YOU-CAN-READ-THE-NEWSPAPER-TO-ME-ANYTIME Wil Wheaton. (SIGH girl crush…..) I can’t praise this one enough. In fact every time I talk about it – I want to listen to it again.. This is why it makes my all time favorite audio list . If you enjoy a good dystopian novel, 80’s references and a fun gamer theme… seriously YOU MUST listen to this audio. While I own the book, I have never read it. I always have gone audio and can not imagine it any other way.
It is Audio Book Month and I LOVE LOVE LOVE this event and promoting audio, however June is sooooo full of big stuff…it seems I can never give it the full hurrah that it deserves…
I am a big audio advocate… like tie me to a fence post with a picket sign promoting audio… like disturbing the peace in front of the city council and getting locked up for the night promoter of audio….
That is how much I love it.
Earlier today I was driving home from a breakfast with an author friend (more on that later…) and listening to Fredrick Backman’s latest book on audio – Beartown. While driving this line caused me to admire Fredrick sooo much.
A silence so deep that you could hear a jockstrap drop.
Ahhhh come on, it is like poetic beauty…. and so different from Backman’s other books that I am falling in love fast and quick on this one…
Continuing with that theme, today I wanted to touch on one of the Audio Books I brought home from the expo. James Patterson may catch a lot of slack on the mass production of books, short short chapters, and well..whatever we want to pick on him for… but there is a soft spot in my heart for him. Patterson can be contributed to my love at audio. When I first started reviewing audio, his were some of the first I was sent for review. I loved the narration, even the sound effects that in some audio can come off as feeling odd… his seem spot on.
James (yes I call him James) was one of the speakers this year at the Book Expo Audio Tea…and this is one of the books I brought home…
Billy Harney was born to be a cop. The son of Chicago’s chief of detectives, whose twin sister is also on the force, Billy plays it by the book. Alongside Detective Kate Fenton, Billy’s tempestuous, adrenaline-junkie partner, there’s nothing he wouldn’t sacrifice for his job. Enter Amy Lentini, a hard-charging assistant state’s attorney hell-bent on making a name for herself – who suspects Billy isn’t the cop he claims to be. They’re about to be linked by more than their careers.
One missing black book.
A horrifying murder leads investigators to an unexpected address – an exclusive brothel that caters to Chicago’s most powerful citizens. There’s plenty of incriminating evidence on the scene – but what matters most is what’s missing: the madam’s black book. Now shock waves are rippling through the city’s elite, and everyone’s desperate to find it.
Chicago has never been more dangerous.
As everyone who’s anyone in Chicago scrambles to get their hands on the elusive black book, no one’s motives can be trusted.
Hmmmmm? Yeah I thought so.
It is a beautiful day here in Minnesota… maybe not as sunshiny warm as I would like… but the sun is out and it will be good weather for gardening this after noon and mowing the lawn while listening to audio ( ♥ )
When in New York earlier this month, I was hoping I would get a chance to see Adriana Trigiani. Adriana is tied in to my whole BEA experience from the first time I attended in 2010. That first year, I won a contest Adriana had held and was one of 6 Bloggers who were picked up at the Javitz Center in a limo and taken to Alice’s Teacup for an amazing lunch and one on one time with Adriana. She was so personable and sweet and I felt like I was in book lovers heaven!
In 2011, a group of us met up with her again and went on a walking tour of Greenwich Village and where her characters frequent. In 2013, she had us over to her home for brunch. BRUNCH! AT HER HOME. Yeah, I just said that.
In 2015, when my life fell apart and I did not attend the Book Expo, Adrianna personally called me. That meant so much to me I can not even put it into words. In 2016, we were in Chicago for the Expo and she was not there.
So this year, I really wanted to say hi to her and I stood outside her long line for book signing just so I could wave at her. I sent a message up the line that I was there and just for her to look up so I could smile and wave (I am from Central Minnesota this is what we do)… I waited for over an hour and finally my message was delivered and she looked up and called me over…
Security helped me get through the rope barrier and I passed in front of the line of those still waiting to have their book signed. A little embarrassed, and sure an Adriana fan who had been waiting in line was going to knock me to the ground and beat the stuffing out of me… surprising they let me pass and were nice about it..book people are the best!
Once up front she hugged me and I had my picture taken with her, despite my polite refusal to have a book signed that I had not been in line for, she signed one for me anyway. We talked for like 30 seconds and I thanked her for the phone call and I was on my way.
So without further ado… Kiss Carlos.
It’s 1949, and South Philadelphia bursts with opportunity during the postwar boom. The Palazzini Cab Company & Western Union Telegraph Office, owned and operated by Dominic Palazzini and his three sons, is flourishing: Business is good, and they’re surrounded by sympathetic wives and daughters-in-law, with grandchildren on the way. But a decades-long feud that split Dominic and his brother, Mike, and their once-close families sets the stage for a rematch.
Amidst the hoopla, the arrival of an urgent telegram from Italy upends the life of Nicky Castone (Dominic and his wife’s orphaned nephew), who lives and works with his uncle Dom and his family. Nicky decides, at 30, that he wants more – more than just a job driving car number four and more than his longtime fiancée, Peachy DePino, a bookkeeper, can offer. When he admits to his fiancée that he’s been secretly moonlighting at the local Shakespeare theater company, Nicky finds himself drawn to the stage, its colorful players, and the determined Calla Borelli, who inherited the enterprise from her father, Nicky must choose between the conventional life his family expects of him and charting a new course and risking losing everything he cherishes.
So now you know the why this book came home with me from the expo… and you know why I have every book that Adriana has ever written in my own library. Kiss Carlos was released this week on June 20th. It you have not experienced Adriana, then I am telling you that you are in for a treat… she write amazing characters and amazing stories. Don’t miss out.
If you have read this blog for any amount of time you probably know I adore all things Gulmore Girls. When I noticed that Lauren Graham had an audio out – narrated by HER, well… just try to stop me from listening. ;P
From growing up to failed attempts at dating (tall is not always awesome), Lauren shares it all. When you look at her today and who roles she plays on TV you see a confident fun woman, that honestly I would love to go have coffee with and call her friend (hint hint!!!) Yet listening to this audio you will find out that as often is the case, looks can be deceiving.
Of course I listened to hear all the inside scoops on Gilmore Girls… what is was like to work with the amazing Alexis and how crazy was that cast and Stars Hollow (although not so secretly I wish I lived there).
Lauren shared much about life, advice, and yes, Gilmore Girls original and Gil More Girls the special that came on Netflix recently and how that came to be. Most of this I loved… some of it droned on that while I could listen to Lauren Graham’s fast talk all day… maybe not all day about re watching episodes or diet advice… some felt like filler when I think there could have been more about Gilmore Girls (yes yes I am bias)
Over all? Liked to the point of loved but not quite. I am of course glad I listened to it, as I did walk with away with some fun facts and of course found her narration on her own book – fantastic. That’s the way is should be.
For Gilmore Girls Fans… a must.
Did you know June is audio book month? If you do decide you want to listen to this book…
please do just that – LISTEN to it… there is something pretty amazing
about Lauren Graham talking to you about Gilmore Girls and although I am sure the book is good…
come on people this one needs to be on audio.
Jack and Grace are the couple to envy. Jack is handsome and attentive, has money, a good job, and charm… every girls dream in a guy… he is contemplative to Graces beauty and shyness.
But what happens behind closed doors? Why is it that Grace never has her friends over that she used to hang out with all the time? Why is that every time she is asked to go out to lunch she says yes, yet cancels hours before actually going? And why is it the few places that you do see Grace, Jack is always there? Always. And Grace is looking thinner and thinner every time she is seen….
OOH yeah… This was our Bookies Book Club pick for April. The synopsis of this one made this book an easy win for our vote and we were not disappointment. There is much that goes on in Behind Closed Doors and soooooo appropriately named.
Admittedly, I struggled a bit with Grace, it is no secret that I like to read about strong independent women and some of Graces choices (or lack there of)made me grit my teeth. The longer she stayed in the situation, the more power it seemed that Jack gained. Of course on the flip of this – if Grace had been stronger…we would not have had this book.
Our book club had a good discussion over this book and the overall rating came in around a 3.75 out of 5. For the most part the book was enjoyed.
Did you know that June is Audio book month?
I enjoyed this book on audio and loved the smooth narration by Georgia Maguire.
Recently at the Book Expo I was talking with my roommate (Beth Fish Reads and yes I like saying she is my roommate lol) and we were talking about how much we used to blog… she had said, “You used to put up two posts a day!”
She was right, I did. For the longest time I would do a Morning Meanderings… and then something; bookish review, author meet up … in the afternoon. At the time… it flowed well… now it is funny to think how the heck did I do that?????
At this time, I have enough footage to do it…. I am behind (WAY BEHIND!) on reviews. I have much to share about bookish things and by golly I am going to keep talking about those great Expo books. So we shall see… 😉
Lorna Landvik was at the Brainerd Public Library yesterday. She is not only an amazing author, funny funny lady, and our MC for Wine and Words… she is also someone I am pleased to call friend.
Lorna was at the Brainerd Public Library for our Brown Bag Author Event. Every Monday through the summer we have an author from noon to one. I was initially going to skip this weeks as I was up to my ears in working on the Books Burgers and Brews discussion for last night, but once I checked the schedule and remembered it was Lorna I had to go.
Lorna packed the house. Our events usually bring in around 45 – 60…. Lorna had 104 in the room. I counted twice.
Lorna’s new book is Once In A Blue Moon Lodge. The follow-up to Patty Jane’s House Of Curl. The book sounds amazing!