Sunday, January 1, 2017

First Book of the Year 2017



I will begin the new reading year with a Japanese novel, The Housekeeper and the Professor by Yoko Ogawa, a book that my daughter, Jasmine, recommended to me.  I've been meaning to read it for a while now, and I've kept it on the top of a stack of books in my room as a reminder.  (I couldn't resist reading a few pages of it on New Year's Eve.)

This is the third time I've participated in The First Book of the Year, hosted by Sheila from Book Journey.  What is your first book of 2017?


Saturday, December 31, 2016

First Lines 2016


Since 2009, I've posted this special meme, and I was determined to keep this fun, annual tradition in 2016.  Created by Melwyk from The Indextrious Reader, A Year in First Lines is a once-a-year, end-of-year meme.  The idea is simple yet brilliant. Take the first line of each month's first post over the past year and see what it tells you about your blogging year.  This year, I'm posting on the very last day of the year! 😀



 To read any post in its entirety, click on the month of the post.

January
The first one should be extraordinary, or at least special in some way.

First Book of the Year 2016














February
Fans of cozy mysteries, I have a spectacular book giveaway for you!

A Cozy Giveaway












 


March
Argh! 

Really Random Tuesday #96















April
Spring is a sublime season. 

The Jane and Bertha in Me














May
I didn't post.😔
 

June
These days, I tend to rely on Instagram and texting to communicate with family and friends.

Saturday Snapshot: Pride and Prejudice














July
I didn't post.😔


August
I'll  admit right away that I cannot be objective.

Saris and a Single Malt















September
Typically, field guides are books that help interested readers identify wildlife such as plants or animals, or natural objects, such as minerals, designed to be brought into the "field" or area where the  objects exist.

Field Guide to the End of the World















October
Imagine the possibilities! 

Saturday Snapshot: May Designs














November
I didn't post.😔


December
Holiday greetings!

Pick Me Up














As you can see, I did not post every month this year.  While I visited the blogs of others and left numerous comments throughout the year, I did not post as often as I have in the past.   Oh, well!  It's hard to fit everything in, isn't it?  But, I enjoyed the posting I did do, which is important to me. 

Please feel free to post your own First Lines from the year, which will create a unique sort of collage of your blog.



 Wishing all of my readers a happy and healthy New Year!  Your comments are appreciated. 😃

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Pick Me Up: Review and Giveaway


Holiday greetings! I have not posted anything here in ages, but I'm back now, with a fabulous book giveaway!  Thanks to Angela at Penguin Random House, I'm able to offer a copy of the new book, published in 2016, by artist and author Adam J. Kurtz, Pick Me Up: A Pep Talk for Now and Later, to a lucky reader!  This  journal presents a unique idea, which is to flip to a random page and leave your mark. When you return to that page again, you can add more to it, edit it, or simply read it.  Here is a page from the beginning of the Pick Me Up:



Due to the busy-ness of this merry and time-consuming season, I have not had a chance to write (or draw) much in the book, but at least I was able to spend some time with the book (which really did lift me out of a weary mood one evening).  I took some pics (with my handy dandy phone, of course) to show you a few pages, which I've featured here, with some small additions by me.



This book is humorous and fun but it also serves a purpose, which is to encourage and to help put things into perspective.  I know I'll enjoy it even more in the days ahead.

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Pick Me Up Book Giveaway (U.S./Canada only):
  • To enter this giveaway, simply leave a comment.
  • For another chance at winning, become a follower of this blog, or let me know that you're already a follower.
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Enter by 8 PM on Monday, January 16.  One winner will be selected randomly and contacted on Tuesday, January 17.  Best of luck!

Thanks for reading, and have a happy and healthy New Year!

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