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You’re Never Too Old

Growing Bolder via Cathy Ruggiero

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Let Us…

Voltaire – Art by Anita – Zen to Zany via Cathy Ruggiero

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Slipping

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Dream

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Books and Cats

Life with Cats via Cathy Ruggiero

I’m trying to keep an eye on my husband, since he keeps trying to do his normal activities right after cataract surgery this morning. One of the things he’s doing is reading and working on the computer – after taking off the eye protection he’s supposed to wear until tomorrow.

I’m quietly moving with him, to the office and then to the living room.

One of the enjoyable things I’m doing today is enjoying Book # 10 (of 45) of the Nora Roberts “In Death” series. I love the strong female detective, her husband Roarke, her partner Peabody, and all the other characters who move with her from one crime to the next. I feel now as if I know them. I care what happens to them. I still haven’t been able to figure out who the ‘bad guy’ is in any of the books.

As I read, one of our two cats is in my lap, rubbing up against the book, wanting attention.

I love being able to spend time this way.

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Imagination

The Writers Circle via Cathy Ruggiero

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My Plan

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New Book

The Reader’s Nook via Cathy Ruggiero

One of my favorite authors is Nora Roberts. I like the worlds she creates. I like the characters. I enjoy reading some of her trilogies (and what do you call a 4-some?) over and over again. I slide into her world, forget my problems, see old friends again.

For years and years I have resisted her series written as J.D. Robb. It bothered me that they wouldn’t be like her ‘normal’ writing that I loved. For some reason I decided I just didn’t want to try them.

Marsha, a good friend of mine, told me that she LOVED the J.D. Robb “In Death” series. She convinced me to try one. I bought it used on Amazon for the price of shipping.

I’m hooked. Eve Dallas, the main character, is a detective in a world of the future. She’s an interesting, many-layered woman you want to know. I would like to be her friend. I’m fascinated and admire her. She has courage and grit, and yet remains vulnerable. The world is very different from the one we live in, and yet in the ways that matter, it’s the same.

There are 45 books in the series so far. I’ve bought 12 of them and am in the middle of a great adventure!

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I Believe

I Love Reading Books via Cathy Ruggiero

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Bookworms

Books Rock My World via Cathy Ruggiero

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Great Book for a Rainy Day

I Love Reading Books via Cathy Ruggiero

I Love Reading Books via Cathy Ruggiero

Since we’re having a rainy, raw day here, I’m feeling very lucky to have a warm, dry house and a good book to read!

I started reading Upstairs at the White House: My Life with the First Ladies, by J.B. West and Mary Lynn Kotz.

It covers a behind the scenes look at some of our first ladies, from Eleanor Roosevelt through Ladybird Johnson from the standpoint of the Chief Usher at the White House for about 30 years.  I’m finding it educational and extremely interesting. I have to admit my ignorance at not even knowing the White House HAD a chief usher, or his duties. Getting his reactions to what was happening in history, and the daily work in the White House during this period really gives you a different perspective on what you thought you knew, plus insights you didn’t have before. I highly recommend this book.

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Barefoot

Zen to Zany via Cathy Ruggiero

Anita Opper – Zen to Zany via Cathy Ruggiero

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Loss

Good Reads via Cathy Ruggiero

Paul Sweeney via Good Reads via Cathy Ruggiero

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Reading won’t

SusanWiggs.com - painting by Ebba Holm via Cathy Ruggiero

SusanWiggs.com – painting by Ebba Holm via Cathy Ruggiero

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Sleep vs a Good Book

George R.R. Martin via Sarahj Clemens

George R.R. Martin via Sarah J. Clemens

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Free the Magic

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Trouble

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Nice Thought

Books Rock My World via Cathy Ruggiero

Books Rock My World via Cathy Ruggiero

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That Moment

Bookish Buzz via Cathy Ruggiero

Bookish Buzz via Cathy Ruggiero

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Love of Reading

Books Rock My World via Cathy Ruggiero

Books Rock My World via Cathy Ruggiero

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New Digs

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Is There Such a Thing as Too Many Books?

Goodwill Librarian via Cathy Ruggiero

Goodwill Librarian via Cathy Ruggiero

I think I’m about halfway finished with my moving books project. I moved most of the books I had in the office up to the built-in shelves in the guest room. I put some up for sale on Amazon. I piled some on the table in the foyer to bag up to donate to our local library next week for their next fundraiser.

Today I’m moving art books into the guest room shelves. This will free up shelves in the living room, art room, and master bedroom. (I know. I have a lot of books.)

The problem with the art books is that when I try to go through them, I get hooked, wanting to take my time, savor the artwork, or put the book in a special place so that – when I can make the time – I can try a new technique I found. :0)

So, for this run-through, I’m just going to concentrate on getting the books into their new homes.

The NEXT part of the project will be reorganizing things so they’re more accessible on clean shelves.

If I can get these two things done in the coming week or so, I’ll chalk this down as a ‘win.’

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Book Holiday?

Shelf Awareness via Cathy Ruggiero

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Bookish Problem

I Love Reading Books via Cathy Ruggiero

I Love Reading Books via Cathy Ruggiero

I have almost all the books Robert B. Parker ever wrote, including the Spenser series, the Jesse Stone series, the Sunny Randall series, the westerns, the books for youths, etc. I have about 50 books and I just finished re-reading them. I’m feeling a bit blue now, since I probably won’t read them again for awhile, but insanely rich that I can pick one any time I want and dive into his world of wit, wry dialogue, great stories, and characters I know and care about.

For the next few days I’ll dabble in all the wonderful things on my Kindle, letting all the good work from Mr. Parker settle once again in my psyche.

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Think Life Differently – Take 1

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Higher Perspective via Bill Lites

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I am a Reader

The Literacy Site via Cathy Ruggiero

The Literacy Site via Cathy Ruggiero

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Then I Picked Up a Book…

The Reading Room via Cathy Ruggiero

The Bookworm’s Diary via The Reading Room via Cathy Ruggiero

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20 Quotes from Children’s Books Every Adult Should Know – Take 19

A. A. Milne, Winnie the Pooh via Encurious.com via Melissa A. Eastman

A. A. Milne, Winnie the Pooh via Encurious.com via Melissa A. Eastman

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20 Quotes from Children’s Books Every Adult Should Know – Take 18

20 Quotes from Children's Books Every Adult Should Know via Encurious.com via Melissa A. Eastman

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20 Quotes from Children’s Books Every Adult Should Know – Take 17

Frank Baum, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz - via Encurious.com via Melissa A. Eastman

Frank Baum, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz – via Encurious.com via Melissa A. Eastman

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20 Quotes from Children’s Books Every Adult Should Know – Take 16

P.L. Travers - Mary Poppins via Encurious.com via Melissa A. Eastman

P.L. Travers – Mary Poppins via Encurious.com via Melissa A. Eastman

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