Jun 092018
 

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This year, one of the Challenges I signed up for is Blog All About It, hosted by The Herd Presents. The guideline is basically a blogging prompt challenge. Each month there’s a different prompt that you can interpret as you’d like then create a blog post around it. The 2018 list of prompts can be seen here on my Challenge Page. I will be posting for this Challenge on the 2nd Saturday of each month.

Why did I choose this Challenge? Well, if you have followed this blog, you know that I love Challenges, even though I may not complete all the ones I sign up for. I just find it to be fun. Another reason I decided to do this Challenge, is that I realized it has been ages since I have actually blogged, other than posting reviews, interviews, guest posts, giveaways, etc. Over the past few years, being busy organizing VBTs, I have slacked off with one of the main reasons I joined the Book Blogging Community.


This month’s prompt is: GROWL

This month’s prompt had me a bit stumped as to where I would go with it. But, I would assume, that when one hears and/or sees the word growl, an animal would be associated with it. Or is it just me?

My whole life, we always had a dog, up until approximately 10 years ago. The last dog, we shared our house with was my oldest son’s dog, Bronx, a Weimaraner named for the NY Yankees. Bronx was a beautiful and smart dog, however, he suffered from a severe case of separation anxiety. And with Paul in college and also working, it was Bronx and me throughout the day/night. We soon discovered how bad his anxiety was. When Paul left the house, the dog would bark for hours, HOURS! When I would try to discipline him, he would show his teeth and growl at me. Being a large dog, I will admit, he frightened me. From the first growl, Bronx and I had a mutual dislike for each other. Paul graduated from college and 2 months later, found a job in his field but it was out of state.

As I said, he was a beautiful dog and we repaired our relationship, once he moved with my son and we would go to visit. Two years ago, Bronx passed away from Cancer. Needless to say, my son was devastated but unfortunately, the radiation and surgery could not save him.

Now, the only thing that growls in our house, is our stomachs when we are hungry!!!!

May 262018
 

I am taking part in the 2018 Book Blog Discussion Challenge hosted by Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction and Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight!

The last Saturday of the month, I will be recapping the books I have read for the month, what I thought and the links to my reviews, and what I hope to read the following month.

I didn’t get much reading done this month due to being energetic with Spring cleaning.

May Books Read

BAD TO BE IN IT by David Burnsworth
Comments: Another series that I enjoy and this one didn’t disappoint. Will be posting my review on July 9th.

THE CONSULTANT by Tj O’Connor (and link to review)
Comments: WOW! Scary, as in, realistically scary. My review will be posted on July 31st

Current Read

IN THE GRIP OF IT by Sheena Kamal
Comments: Will be starting this book this weekend and review is scheduled to be posted onJune 12th

Upcoming June TBRs

MIAMI SNOW by Darcia Helle
Comments: I was recommended to read this author’s books

THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW by A.J. Finn
Comments: I keep pushing this book back, due to review requests, but hopefully this month!

THE MARRIAGE LIE by Kimberly Belle
Comments: Recently purchased this book after seeing a lot of buzz about it.

Your Turn

  • What did you finish reading this month
  • What book(s) should I add to my TBR list
May 122018
 

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This year, one of the Challenges I signed up for is Blog All About It, hosted by The Herd Presents. The guideline is basically a blogging prompt challenge. Each month there’s a different prompt that you can interpret as you’d like then create a blog post around it. The 2018 list of prompts can be seen here on my Challenge Page. I will be posting for this Challenge on the 2nd Saturday of each month.

Why did I choose this Challenge? Well, if you have followed this blog, you know that I love Challenges, even though I may not complete all the ones I sign up for. I just find it to be fun. Another reason I decided to do this Challenge, is that I realized it has been ages since I have actually blogged, other than posting reviews, interviews, guest posts, giveaways, etc. Over the past few years, being busy organizing VBTs, I have slacked off with one of the main reasons I joined the Book Blogging Community.


This month’s prompt is: ORGANIZE

Spring has finally arrived here in RI. And that means Spring cleaning and getting my house organized. I’m a bit OCD when it comes to organization.

The only thing is years ago, I could do a room in a day. But now, and especially with my history of so many back surgeries, it takes 2-3 days, depending on the room. I just hope I finish before it’s time to start Fall cleaning.

I like things to be neat, tidy with everything in its place. So when Spring finally arrived, I started on major Spring cleaning in each room from floors to ceiling. If I haven’t used it in 5 years, it goes in the garbage. The first room I started on was my home office. Here is a picture of my desk, I moved my chair to give you a better look, and one draw where things are organized..

However, I do have a bit of a battle going on. My husband retired last year and we don’t agree on organization, which of course, my way is the right way ;-). For example, my kitchen counter. The toaster has a special place in my cabinet but my husband seems to forget where he got it from and that it should be put back.

Are you more like me or my husband?

Apr 292018
 

I am taking part in the 2018 Book Blog Discussion Challenge hosted by Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction and Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight!

The last Saturday of the month, I will be recapping the books I have read for the month, what I thought and the links to my reviews, and what I hope to read the following month.

April Books Read

KEEP THE MIDNIGHT OUT by Alex Gray
Comments: I absolutely love this series. My review will be posted on May 8th.

YESTERDAY’S NEWS by R.G. Belsky
Comments: This was the first book I read by this author, but won’tbe the last. It took me hours to process and digest the ending. Incredible! My review will be posted on June 6th.

THE PROMISE BETWEEN US by Barbara Claypole White
Comments: A raw and emotional story about mental illness. Great read! (Click on the title to see my review)

THE LAST TIME I LIED by Riley Sager
Comments: I had mixed feelings about this book, which I will explain in my review that will psot over the coming days.

Current Read

MURDER IS A PROMISE by Giacomo Giammatteo
Comments: I was given the honor to do a beta read of this book.

Upcoming May TBRs

BAD TIME TO BE IN IT by David Burnsworth
Comments: This is the 2nd book in a series that I enjoyed.

THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW by A.J. Finn Comments: I keep pushing this book back but hopefully this onth!

Comments: So many books in my pile so not sure which book will be next.

Your Turn

  • What did you finish reading this month
  • What book(s) should I add to my TBR list
Apr 142018
 

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This year, one of the Challenges I signed up for is Blog All About It, hosted by The Herd Presents. The guideline is basically a blogging prompt challenge. Each month there’s a different prompt that you can interpret as you’d like then create a blog post around it. The 2018 list of prompts can be seen here on my Challenge Page. I will be posting for this Challenge on the 2nd Saturday of each month.

Why did I choose this Challenge? Well, if you have followed this blog, you know that I love Challenges, even though I may not complete all the ones I sign up for. I just find it to be fun. Another reason I decided to do this Challenge, is that I realized it has been ages since I have actually blogged, other than posting reviews, interviews, guest posts, giveaways, etc. Over the past few years, being busy organizing VBTs, I have slacked off with one of the main reasons I joined the Book Blogging Community. At the time, I told myself that I would create a blog just as a way to keep track of the books I read with a few notes on the specific titles. I was very lucky that I met Vicki from I’d Rather Be At The Beach who took me under her wing, mentored me and answered all my questions. I went back through my posts to see how it all began in 2009 with my first post, which can be seen here. And 8½ years later, I still thoroughly enjoy being part of this community.


This month’s prompt is: ART

Art is literacy of the heart. – Elliot Eisner

I have to admit, that when I saw this topic when I first signed up, I knew it would be a hard one for me. I am so inept when it comes to drawing painting, etc., however, I always wished I had the talent to draw or being an arts and crafts type person. The best I can do is along these lines:

As far as wall art, I do have eclectic tastes but I would say that I tend to choose scenery since my house decor is colonial.

And of course, tropical scenes because it reminds me of our favorite vacation destination, Aruba, which is where these photos were taken.

And for arts and crafts, I had to share this beautiful gift I received from my son and his girlfriend for my birthday. I was so impressed, and absolutely blown away, that they took the time out of their busy schedules to make this for me. A beautiful shadow box for my office/library. Maybe, just maybe, Paul has some artistic talent. He knew he wanted to get me something to do with books and searched for some ideas, but I’m guessing it was Michelle, who did the finishing touches.

What about you? Do you have artistic talents?

Next month’s topic: Organize