Let It Snow!

I’m not a winter kind of girl, because I love warm weather, but my idea of a perfect snowy afternoon would be sitting in front of a lovely fireplace surrounded by cats and books. That is how I spent many snowy afternoons while I was growing up, especially on Sundays.

While the roast beef and potatoes for Sunday dinner were baking in the oven, my parents and I would sit in front of our living room fireplace and read and glance up and watch the snow falling outside on the back lawn. My father would read his magazines: Time, U.S. News and World Report (nothing like a little light reading), while my mother would read biographies and I would read my favorite children’s books, usually old-fashioned books I discovered at my parents favorite used bookstore in Morristown, NJ: Understood Betsy, Caddie Woodlawn, Pippi Longstocking (couldn’t avoid her, my mother was Swedish), the Melendy series by Elizabeth Enright, the Amy and Laura books by Marilyn Sachs, and many others.

The cats would be purring on the couch, the wonderful scent of food would fill the air, and all would be peaceful. Sometimes we wouldn’t have roast beef, but would roast steaks in the fireplace, and toast marshmallows in the fireplace for dessert.

I long for those innocent, bygone days sitting in front of the fireplace with my parents. My father is long-gone, and my mother is in a nursing home with Alzheimer’s. Today I live in a cramped two-room apartment, and I long for the day I will live in a home with a fireplace again.

Written for Mama Kat’s Pretty Much World Famous Writer’s Workshop:

Mama’s Losin’ It

Friday Feature and Follow!

It’s time for the Book Blogger Feature and Follow!

This week’s question is:

Q: Happy Mardi Gras! If they were throwing the HOTTEST books off of a Mardi Gras float — what would you do to have them throw to you…?

A.  I’d dance for them. I am the world’s worst dancer, but maybe they would feel sorry for me and how uncoordinated I am and toss me some books!

Feature and Follow Friday

This blog hop is hosted every week by Parajunkee’s View and Alison Can Read.

This week’s question:
What is the last book that made you cry? Tell us about the scene…

The last book that made me cry is The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman. Not one scene, but the whole book.

This book is about a lighthouse keeper and his wife on a remote Australian island. The wife has suffered through miscarriages and stillbirths and longs for a baby

One day a boat washes up on the shore with a dead man and a living baby. The wife begs her husband to keep the baby . . . and this changes both of their lives forever. A heartbreaking novel about the repercussions of the choices we make.

October’s Bright Blue Weather

It’s October and I love this weather! I’m always sad to see summer go, but I do love the fall! It is beautiful outside, and the trees are slowly becoming more colorful.

I’ve been very busy this month: I’ve been cleaning out a huge storage unit and my husband and I have been fighting over what to keep and what gets donated or thrown out. It is our own version of “Storage Wars”. Yuuuuup!

I have literally thousands of books in storage, and now many of them are being donated to Goodwill. It is always wrenching to give up good books, but I can’t afford to keep wasting my money on a storage unit and we only have a two-room apartment. Besides, I have a Kindle now and don’t need so many physical books! It’s time to clean out.

My husband doesn’t have books to donate, but he is obsessed with tools and computer supplies, especially cable cords. He literally has dozens of them, and he needs to give them up! But he has as hard a time giving them up as I have in giving up books.

I’m also catching up on magazine reading! I have many, many magazines:

These are only a few of the magazines I’ve been hoarding (yes, now it’s like an episode of “Hoarders”. They’re also in the bathroom, the bedroom, and hidden in boxes.

Why do I have so many magazines? My mother-in-law subscribes to People (a true guilty pleasure — it’s like chocolate), and gives me her copies after she finishes reading them. I also live near a dollar store that has pretty current issues of good magazines for only a dollar!

Anyway, I’m reading magazines constantly and then recycling them. I really love magazines, especially decorating, gossip, and writing magazines.

I’ve also been reading books and am busy writing reviews. I am also writing a book that I want to published next year.

O.J. Simpson Recruited By The L.A.P.D.!

Back in 1967, when O.J. Simpson was a star player at University of Southern California, he started to build his acting career with small parts on television. Ironically, one of his first speaking parts was on Dragnet being recruited by Jack Webb’s Sergeant Friday!

He even has a line!

Friday Blog Hops!

It’s time for Friday book blog hops! I’m answering the questionsfrom two top hops: Book Blogger Hop hosted by Crazy- for- Books, & Featureand Follow hosted by Parajunkee’s View and Alison Can Read.
At Crazy-for-Books:

Q: How long does it take you to read a book?

A: It all depends on the book! Some books are such easy reads, but some books are very thought-provoking and have a difficult subject matter. For example, I recently read The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks and I read it slowly and carefully because it was a long, incredibly detailed book with many different themes. I made the mistake of reading it in bed at night, and kept falling asleep because it was late and I was sleepy! Then I vowed to sit in a chair and read it properly and give the book a fair chance, and I’m so glad that I did, because it’s a great book.


Q:What drove you to start book blogging in the first place?

A: I needed a creative outlet! I love to write, and I waslooking for a way to do so on a regular basis. I kept seeing ads from Blogger to start a blog, and one night I just did it! I had no idea what I was getting into and really didn’t know what I was doing. I chose a subject that I wasn’t really interested in, and I didn’t realize that blogging was so much work. My first couple of blogs were just terrible, but I learned a lot.

My third blog,New Jersey Memories, was originally going to be a blog about happenings about New Jersey, but it eventually morphed into a blog of photographs I took around New Jersey and writing about them. I was always interested in photography, but my first photos were terrible because my camera was crappy and I didn’t know how to take pictures. My photography has vastly improved, however, and that blog is still going strong. I love taking pictures.
I started writing about New Jersey books on that blog, and then decided to create a different blog just for books, and that is how The Literary Lioness started. I actually thought of the name before I started the blog.

Doing two blogs is a lot of work, however, but I do loveblogging. I’m still a writer, and send stuff to magazines in hopes of being published. I love that blogging lets me be published immediately!

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Happy Friday and have a great weekend!

I’ve Won the Sunshine Award!

I want to thank Vanessa from Bluest Ribbon for bestowing upon me the Sunshine Award! Thank you, thank you!

 ♪♪ You are my sunshine, my only sunshine . . . please don’t take my sunshine away! ♪♪

Here are my answers to the ten questions asked:

1. Favorite color? Blue

2. Animal? CATS (with DOGS a strong second)

3. Number? 7

 4. Non-alcoholic Drink? Coke Zero or Diet Coke with lemon. I also love root beer floats but they are too fattening.

 5. Facebook or Twitter? Facebook

 6. My Passions: Reading, writing, photography, and going out . . . anywhere, especially somewhere nice to take photographs. I also love shopping. . . too much, and it’s gotten me into trouble.

7. Getting or Giving Presents: I love giving presents because I love SHOPPING for them. I’m a true shopaholic (I’m working on that problem).

8. Pattern: Discreet stripes, dots, or tiny flowers.

9. Day of the Week: Saturday

10. Flower: Tulips.

I am now passing the award along to ten other well deserving blogs. All write excellent reviews and have great style!

Melissa @ Melissa’s Eclectic Bookshelf – An eclectic taste in books, a cat lover, and a New Jersey resident. How much better does it get?

Jillian @ Random Ramblings – her love for books really shines through.

Bri @ Kindling the Fire – a sister Kindle lover.

Jeannette @ Walking On Bookshelves – fond of Kindles and Sunday afternoon naps, two of my favorite things.

Sarah @ Catching Books – a teenager who writes a very impressive blog.

 Rachel @ Rachel Cotterill – a writer and book reviewer, like me, except that she is far more successful (she’s had her books published, for one thing).

Kate @ Ex Libris – a beautifully designed blog (love that header!) from an ambitious book blogger.

Emma and the gang @ The Writer’s Voice – behind the scenes with authors!

Coral @ Alchemy of Scrawl – an interesting, quixotic blog.

Zohar @ Man of La Book – the Don Quixote of book bloggers (ha ha!)

All of the blogs I have honored with this award are welcome to post your answers to the ten questions, to pass the award on to other blogs if you wish (it doesn’t have to be ten if you don’t want to) , and definitely display it prominently on your blog!

Midnight Confessions

(Photo: Anne Taintor.com)

I am a book blogger and I have some confessions to make:

1. I have never read any of the Harry Potter books.

2. I have never read any of the Lord of the Rings books.

3. I have never read any of the Hunger Games trilogy.

4. I have never read any of the Twilight books.

I am sure that all of these are fine, fine books.

But to be honest, they just don’t interest me. I don’t read them and I certainly don’t feel qualified to review them.

I don’t care about vampires, zombies, witches, fantasy, science fiction, or paranormal. Some of these books sound so depressing and violent. Not that I don’t read depressing books, but I hate cruelty and brutality. Sometimes when I participate in blog hops, all the other book bloggers are talking about these books and other similar ones. I feel so out of the loop! I feel that I need to turn in my book blogger badge!

Since I haven’t read them, I have no idea what they (other book bloggers) are talking about! Anyway, I needed to confess and get my secret guilt off of my mind. I wonder, am I the only one out there that feels this way?