Please Help Fight Illiteracy With #GivingTuesday

Tomorrow (December 1st) is #GivingTuesday, a day set aside during the holiday season to encourage giving to worthy charities around the world! 

Grammarly is participating in #GivingTuesday by encouraging others to donate to charities that promote literacy. 

As you can see in the above infographic, illiteracy is a truly global problem.

Some charities that fight illiteracy are:

Reading is Fundamental
First Book

If you can’t donate to these fine charities, you can spread the word about global literacy and volunteer with a local literacy program.

Musing Mondays (April 13th)

Musing Mondays is a weekly meme, hosted by Jenn at A Daily Rhythm, that asks you to choose one of the following prompts to answer:

  • I’m currently reading…
  • Up next I think I’ll read…
  • I bought the following book(s) in the past week…
  • I’m super excited to tell you about (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I’m really upset by (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I can’t wait to get a copy of…
  • I wish I could read ___, but…
  • I blogged about ____ this past week…

THIS WEEK’S RANDOM QUESTION: Who, in your life, are you best able to share your love of reading with?

Answer: I used to share my love of reading with my mother, but she passed away last year. We shared a deep loving of reading and would read the same books at times (not always!) and discuss them thoroughly.

I also used to talk about books with my mother-in-law, but she really can’t read books anymore. My husband doesn’t read the same books I do, nor is he as obsessed with reading.

That is one of the reasons I started a book blog: to share my love of books. However, I really want to be able to discuss books face-to-face, too! I now intend to join at least one book club in my area. I can’t wait!

Celebrate Drop Everything and Read Day!

Today is Drop Everything and Read Day (D.E.A.R.)!

Why was April 12th chosen for this honor? It is because Beverly Cleary, possibly the most beloved writer in America, was born on April 12, 1916.

Beverly Cleary turns 99 years old today!

Cleary first wrote about D.E.A.R. in Ramona Quimby, Age 8. She was inspired by some schools celebrating reading during the month of April. Since she wrote about it in that book, it has become a nationwide movement to celebrate it on her birthday.

Here she is in 2006 when she was a mere 90 years old! 

Even though today is the official day, the celebration is meant to last for the entire month of April. 

Now we can have an excuse to not clean the house, not go to the mall, and not watch television. 

We can read! 

You can read more about it here.

Weekly Roundup – April 11, 2015

This is a weekly round up of book news, great reads, and other literary related stuff. Not all if it is new. 

The Millions this week published an article (adapted from a January New York Times article on love) about falling in love with a reader

The New Yorker has interesting articles about James Merrill, the poet, and Chris Krause, the novelist. 

Editor and Publisher wonders: Is the Party Over for Social Media?”

The New York Review of Books has a blog post by Charles Simic about reading late at night

The New York Times has an article about why “Writers Love to Hate the M.F.A.” by Cecilia Capuzzi Simon.

Also, Atticus Lish has won the prestigious Pen/Faulkner Prize for his first novel “Preparation for the Next Life.” This book was published by a small independent press, Tyrant Books. Mr. Lish expresses his disbelief in winning the award in a New York Times article.

Friday Finds: April 10, 2015

Friday Finds is a weekly blog meme hosted by Jenn at A Daily Rhythm.

I recently scored great books at area book sales.

From top to bottom of the stack:

  • An Episode of Sparrows by Rumer Godden
  • Dear Life by Alice Munro
  • Collected Stories of John O’Hara
  • Literary Brooklyn: The Writers of Brooklyn and the Story of American City Life by Evan Hughes
  • Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton
  • A Separate Peace by John Knowles
  • The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers
  • A Movable Feast by Ernest Hemingway
  • The Jungle by Upton Sinclair
  • Shore Chronicles: Diaries and Travelers’ Tales from the Jersey Shore 1764-1955 edited by Margaret Thomas Buchholz
  • The Story of Cinema by David Shipman
  • The Illustrated Brontes of Haworth by Brian Wilks
  • The Oxford Illustrated Literary Guide to Great Britain and Ireland edited by Dorothy Eagle and Hilary Carnell

Some of these books I have read before (McCullers, Knowles, Sinclair) but not for a long time. The Oxford Guide I have wanted for awhile, and the Illustrated Brontes is interesting because I own the DVD of the British series of the same name, and the Brontes are a fascinating family.

Difficult Times

I am sorry that I have not been posting on this blog but I have been going through some very difficult times lately.

My mother died. We were very close. In the last few years she did suffer from dementia, so I did have some time to prepare for her death, but it is still very hard.

I have found it difficult to find motivation for blogging. Lately I have found myself mostly reading lighthearted romance novels, but they are not the kind of books that I want to review. I just needed an escape.

Of course, then I feel guilty because I am not reviewing books!

I have also struggled with SAD — Seasonal Affective Disorder. This winter has been just miserable, and it affected me very negatively. If it wasn’t for my husband, I don’t know what I would have done.

Now that the spring is here, I have begun writing again, and I have also begun reading more difficult literature lately.

I also have struggled to find a direction for this blog. I really do hope to write some book reviews soon, and I will also write about freelance writing. I am a writer in addition to being a great reader, and I want to write about both – writing and books.

See you soon!

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

Right now, I am currently reading The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt on my Kindle.

I am also attempting to read some of the books I started within the past year but never finished, because I was distracted by certain events.

I was away from book blogging for awhile because the past few months have indeed been very busy. Someone I knew was getting married so I attended an engagement party/“surprise” bridal shower /and posh wedding.

I also knew two different people who died on the same day. So there were wakes/viewings/and funerals to attend.

My husband and I spent some time in Pennsylvania visiting my step-daughter and her husband.

I also have been writing a book that I hope to upload on Kindle during the next year, and I am writing essays and querying magazine article ideas.

I am frantically writing some book reviews.

Of course, I am also preparing for Christmas.

I visited a book sale yesterday and these are some of the books I scored (you can see them in the top photo):

  • The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman
  • Consequences by Penelope Lively
  • The Man in the White Sharkskin Suit by Lucette Lagnado
  • Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah
  • Winter Bloom by Tara Heavey
  • The Paris Wife by Paula McLain

I’m looking forward to reading all of them!

This post is in response to It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? a book meme posted on Sheila’s Book Journey.

R.I.P. Nelson Mandela : (

It’s Monday, What Are You Reading?

Right now I’m reading so many books! I have books in every room and I’ll pick one up, read it for awhile, then put it down and read another. Here is my current list:

Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World by Vicki Myron and Bret Witter. Because I love cats and libraries.

Marley & Me: Life and Love with the World’s Worst Dog by John Grogan. I love dogs, too.

An Innocent, A Broad by Ann Leary. An American gives birth to her son in England.

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith. A classic coming-of-age novel.

Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight: An African Childhood by Alexandra Fuller. Growing up in a dysfunctional family (is there any other kind?)

It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? is hosted by Book Journey.