The Versatile Blogger Award


Thank you Darinda of Nightcap Books for nominating me for The Versatile Blogger Award. One thing I know for sure is that 2018 has been the year for versatility when it comes to my reading tastes. I used to be so dependable boring when it came to my bookish tastes and now I’m, literally, all over the place. At least I’m no longer in a rut – LOL!

• Thank the person who gave you the award
• Include a link to their blog
• Select 7 blogs/bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly
• Nominate those bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award
• Finally, tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself

I’m not sure there are seven things that anyone would care to know about me – YIKES – but here goes:

  1. I’m a speed reader. Years ago I worked for a US Senator who sent all of his employees to a speed reading course so that we could read through all of the laws, proposals and news that inundate a national political office. I’ve learned over the years that there is no way to turn off that skill so I generally read a book or more a day. Thankfully for you, I don’t review them all! LOL! How boring would that be!?
  2. I’m restoring a beautiful Victorian home that was built in 1888 by the grandson of our town’s founder. He built the house for his fiancé, gave it to her on their wedding day and they were married here. It’s a book that is waiting to be written by someone more talented than me!
  3. I collect depression era glass and have done so for nearly 40 years. My collection is pink Mayfair and the original pieces belonged to my grandmother.
  4. I was a city councilwoman years ago, a political campaign manager and now my son is one and my daughter works for the US State Department. My youngest son is a performer for Cirque du Soleil.
  5. My first car was a 1967-1/2 special model Ford Mustang with a 287HP engine and sport wheels. No, I didn’t get it when it first came out – LOL!  I saved dimes from the time I was 5 years old, took all of my savings and bought it for $750.00!! Can you imagine!?! It was – still is – my dream car!
  6. My favorite author of all time is Flannery O’Connor.
  7. My dream job is to be an author but the closest I ever will come to that, due to extreme lack of creativity, is being a political speech writer (past tense) and book blogger.

I nominate the following for this fun award:

Susan, Alina – who is new to me and I hope you enjoy her page too, Jolie, Shalini – who many of you follow already but whose genre line-up truly is versatile, and Carla (Carhicks)

I know that’s only five nominees but I guess the 8th thing you need to know about me is that I never can follow rules. 😉



#PassagestothePast #HistoricalFictionChallenge

It’s been a few years since I’ve participated in a reading challenge but Passages to the Past has created a historical fiction challenge again for 2019. I’ll be joining and, if this is a genre that you enjoy, I invite you to join along as well.

Basically, you select a reading level, see below, for the challenge, post on Passages to the Past and link up your reviews throughout the year. Sounds simple enough, right? I’ll be doing this once a month and would love also to link up with you if you join us. The more the merrier!

The Levels
20th Century Reader – 2 books
Victorian Reader – 5 books
Renaissance Reader – 10 books
Medieval – 15 books
Ancient History – 25 books
Prehistoric – 50+ books

Since this is my first challenge in a while, I’ll be going for the Renaissance Reader but hope to, at least, read one a month so my personal goal is 12 books. If you play along, please let me know. 🙂





Give Thanks for All the Great Reads!

Happy Thanksgiving to my American friends and Happy Thursday to Everyone! I was pleased to be tagged by the wonderful Mischenko at Read, Rant, Rock and Roll This is a brand new tag created by Abbey at Three Cats and a Book. Be sure to check out both of these great blogs!img_4325Make sure to tag Abbey as the creator (because she wants to see everyone’s answers 
Make sure to tag the lovely blogger who tagged you (because they also love lengthening their TBR)
Give something that you are thankful for this year at the end of the post!
Tag as many or as few bloggers as you like

 You Turkey! ~ a book that made you laugh : 

This one is super easy for me! I read one of the most hilarious books I’ve ever read just a few months ago. I was happy to see that it made it to the finals of the Goodreads Awards. The book is funny, sweet, poignant and truly a remarkable read! It’s Calypso by David Sedaris. 


I’m Stuffed ~ a book that completely satisfied you

2018 did not start off on a good note for me and I didn’t begin reading again until spring. When I did, however, I was fortunate to find some astoundingly brilliant books to read, one of which was Hard Cider by Barbara Stark-Nemon.  I found the characters in this book to be very relatable and when I was finished I felt as though I had read something that would stay with me forever.


Pumpkin Pie ~ the book you are looking forward to reading next:


Go Team! ~ a book where you found yourself really cheering for a certain character:

This was another no-brainer for me. Although I read this book in 2017, I never have wanted to cheer so much or so loudly for the success of a character in my life. Of course I’m talking about the marvelous Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine. I LOVED this book!!


Macy’s Day Parade ~ a book that’s always there waiting on the bookshelf to be read and you know you’ll get to it eventually:

Hmmm.. I have a lot of books that have been waiting for me to read them. I know they think I’ve forgotten them but, truly, I haven’t. One book that was recently added that stares at me every single night is The Craftsman by Sharon Bolton. I’ll get there, I promise!


Traditions ~ a book you could/do reread every year because it’s so darn good

I literally have read this book every single year for the past 35+ years. No matter how many times I read it, I discover something new. Have you read this?


I’m Thankful For ~ a book that really helped you in life:

I spent over 20 years of my life as a homeschool mother/teacher. It isn’t what I planned for my life, but it was the most rewarding thing I’ve ever done. That wouldn’t have been possible without the wisdom that I gleaned from this book.


And now, Tag You’re It:

  1. Stephanie @StephaniesBookReviews
  2. Christopher @PluckedFromThe Stacks
  3. Amanda @MrsBsBookReviews
  4. Jolie @ReadWithMe
  5. Ashley @AshesBooks&Bobs