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Ugh, I’m on my period:
And we women all know what that feels like:
Being on your period is no fun at all, you don’t want to do anything.
Everything hurts, you hate everything, feel bad, etc. All you want to do is check out from life.
So the best thing to do is grab your blanket, ice cream:
And a good book to read. After all:
Yep, there is no better way to ride out the storm of pain than with a good book
Period days are reading days.
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So as you know I started a book club this year:
Every month we read a book and I do a little post on the book we read and discussed.
There is no theme, other than with each month, a different member gets to pick a book, whichever one they want. I went first, the next month was someone choose Sandcastle Kings, and this month another member choose:
At Home in Mitford (The Mitford Years #1) by Jan Karon
This book is set in the fictional town of Mitford, North Carolina. The books center around the Vicar, Father Tim. Father Tim is turning sixty and feels like he should give up on being a minister. He feels as if his life is stagnant, his preaching dry, and that the community would be better off with a new rector. He promises one more year, but if things don’t change, then he will retire.
But soon things start changing in his life. A giant black dog shows up at his home and won’t leave. Barnabas, what he names the dog, is strangely only calmed down if one speaks a bible verse at him.
Then a beautiful woman moves in next door. She is scatterbrained, always in need of assistance, and stirs up feelings in the reverend’s dormant heart.
A painting found in an attic is donated to the church which may be a genuine Vermeer.
His best friends are going to have a baby, even though they are in their fifties; his secretary has started a romance with the mailman, he gets a holds-nothing-back housekeeper, and finds himself suddenly fostering a preteen boy.
Someone breaks into the church repeatedly, stealing nothing but food.
Then Father Tim gets word of a jewelry ring operating in the area with them smuggling them through customs in old antiques. Some of the jewels Father Tim finds hidden in an urn in the church. Could someone in the community be involved?
Miss Sadie is the last remaining member of the oldest and richest family in Mitford. She tells Father Tim the story of the love that got away and reveals a secret that has been hidden for over forty years.
So I really loved this book. I thought the characters were fun and realistic. The town felt like it could be your small town, and the characters, the people you know or interact with.
It was so cute how everyone cared about their town and each other-getting in everyone’s business to help out. It made me want to live there.
The back of the book hints at it being more of a mystery, but while there are elements that are puzzling I wouldn’t classify it as a mystery. Well, whatever it is it was a fun book and easy to love.
For more book club picks, go to Book Club Picks: Sandcastle Kings
Yes, I don’t know about you all but it seems like today’s world that we are living in is missing some crucial morals; such as respect and treating others and their belongings the same way you’d want to be treated.
I mean I work in a library and I see it all the time. People borrow items and when they return them they are in horrible condition!
They are written in, dog eared, wrinkled, water damaged, stained, and just beat up.
It is horrible! When you borrow something you should treat it and the person with respect. Return it in the same condition as the one you borrowed it in.
It’s like people think because it doesn’t belong to them it is worth nothing and they can just toss it about.
But just because you didn’t pay for it doesn’t mean it is worthless. It is actually worth more as someone else paid for it and are trusting you to treat it right.
Now I know you’re thinking well it is a library, there are too many types of people who are coming and going, too many hands, etc. But it isn’t just them, my friends have been doing it too.
I lent someone a book I thought they would enjoy, and then I saw that they had open, but laying face down. That is the fastest way to get the spine broken and once that happens you can’t really fix it.
Another friend returned the book with the pages all bent and folded.
Someone returned a book to me horribly stained, and the back cover torn off.
And that is if they return them to you.
I understand accidents happen, and sometimes you don’t mean to do something: but when did we get so cavalier about borrowing.
And it is not just books, clothes, cars, etc.; whatever. We need to stop being so disrespectful and treat others items not as we want our stuff treated, but better!
For more book-filled posts, go to 30 Day Challenge: Literature Loves
Yes it is that time of the year, our new tradition of a 30 Day Challenge. As I am a book lover and just can’t get enough books, I decided this year we will cover that love.
As any book lover knows, it is difficult to choose a favorite book.
So this will either fit the category of the book challenge, or will be a book I love. I’m hoping to meld both, but I know that won’t happen for every one of them. I also ran into a few issues finding 30, so I had to get a tad creative.
I am also going to skip the Jane Austen novels as I always talk about them on this blog. I’m going to try and do books I haven’t mentioned already, but no promises on that.
Now every time I try to do something in December, it tends to fail. I just get toooo busy.
But this year I am really going to try.
So here we go!
30 Day Challenge:
Day 27) One, Two, Buckle My Shoe: Shoes symbolize wealth. Choose a novel that involves wealth or fashion
Day 28) Three, Four, Shut the Door: Doors symbolize new beginnings. Choose a novel where a character has to start over
Day 29) Five, Six, Pick Up Sticks: Sticks symbolize power, strength, or judicial decisions. Choose a book that revolves around a powerful ruler or ruling.
Day 30) Seven, Eight, Lay Them Straight: Straight means upright. Choose a book with a moral or strong moral character
Additional one to keep the Symmetry
Day 31) Nine, Ten, A Big Fat Hen: Hens symbolize motherhood. Choose a book that revolves around a family or strong motherly character.
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Have you ever read a book and became so invested in the story?
So much that afterwards you find yourself in a fog and not quite ready for reality.
It’s like you’ve just been rudely awakened, and instead of doing things you have to, all you want is a comfortable chair and your book back.
So the other day I was at one of my jobs. I run the front desk and if no one comes, then I get to spend my whole time reading a book.
Sweet right?! Well the other day we had hardly anyone come in as there were a tone of Christmas parades, Christmas parties, Christmas craft fair, Christmas stroll, etc.
So I just spent the whole time reading.
But then afterwards I had to run some errands before I headed out to the cookie exchange that I baked all those cookies for.
I went to the post office to mail some things, but it was like a fog had descended on my brain.
I was still back in the book I had just finished and unable to answer questions immediately. I even put my pin number in wrong. All my mind could do was think back to the book I had just finished.
Oh well, I rather have my brain getting messed up on books than any other thing.
For more book-filled posts, go to I Hate Those Kinds of People
For more on my everyday life, go to A Baker’s Four Dozen
For more Jane Austen Quotes, go to You’ve Got to Accentuate the Positive
Today’s Christmas Carol is Christmas Don’t Be Late by Alvin & the Chipmunks.
As a kid I grew up watching their TV show and films, so they were always a staple, and this song was definitely sung around the holidays. It was written and sung in 1958 by Ross Bagdasarian Sr., otherwise known as Dave Seville.
It is a funny silly song that every kid can relate to as they can’t wait for Christmas to arrive.
For more Alvin & the Chipmunks, go to Werewolves Roam Among Us: Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet the Wolfman (2000)
For more on Christmas Don’t Be Late, go to On the 6th, 5th, 4th, 3rd, 2nd, and 1st Days ‘Till Christmas: The Music of Christmas
For more Christmas Carols, go to The 12 Days of Christmas
I mean it’s like I hardly know you but I don’t like you:
I mean, what’s the focus of your living room? Your bedroom? Like seriously:
For more book filled posts, go to When I Get Into a Novel
For more on Lemony Snicket, go to The Sense and Sensibility Screenplay and Diaries
Fr more on Horace Mann, go to A Sad and Lonely Place
For more quotes, go to Keep Moving Forward
Now to end on a happier note, today’s carol is A Holly Jolly Christmas. This song was written by Johnny Marks in the early 1960s, and was sung by Burl Ives in the Christmas special, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.
This is one of the top 25 holiday songs written by ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers).
It was #30 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart in 1998, and #5 on the holiday chart in 2011.
I just love how sweet the song is as we are wished a holly, jolly, and wonderful Christmas.
For more Burl Ives, go to Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
For more Christmas carols, go to You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch
So I’m sure you were expecting this.
We only have a limited time on this planet. Not only are there books over 500 years old, but new ones being written everyday.
Sometimes it hurts to look at my to-read list. Or when I go in a bookstore or library.
For more Dr. Seuss, go to the 25 Films of Christmas
For more book-filled posts, go to Drug of Choice
For more quotes, go to Normal is Boring