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I Love Reading Books via Cathy Ruggiero

I’m still working on moving a whole bunch of my library upstairs to the guest room. We have some nice built-in shelves that will help me organize stuff, rather than just trying to cram yet another book into my overflowing shelves. I’m trying to move all of one type of book each day.

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Reading

This and That with LoriBeth via Cathy Ruggiero

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Good Book?

Paul Sweeney – The Writers Circle via Cathy Ruggiero

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Reading to Children

Title Wave via Cathy Ruggiero

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Truism

Edmund Wilson via I Love Reading Books via Cathy Ruggiero

 

This is true whether we’re talking about books or movies, seeing an exhibit at a museum, enjoying a state fair, etc. We each see and experience things through the lens of our own lives, our own experiences. I love talking about a book with another person who has also read it, asking what they thought of the book, what they liked, disliked, what they ‘got’ from it, would they read another one, etc. Since my experiences change, each time I reread a favorite, my ‘take’ is a bit different. What a wonderful life we lead!

 

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Key

Franz Kafka via Rantings of a Bibliophile via Cathy Ruggiero

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The Problem with Reading a Good Book

I Love Reading Books via Cathy Ruggiero

I’m in the middle of “Treachery in Death” by J.D. Robb (Nora Roberts). It’s number 32 in the series of  45 she’s written so far. I’m starting to have withdrawal symptoms, knowing that soon I will have caught up with all she has written and have to wait for her to write another.

This is such a good series with strong characters with whom I identify. I care about these people and I love getting to know them better with each book, finding new quirks, new vulnerabilities, new strengths I didn’t know they had. I look forward to the insults traded by Eve and Summerset – a small, building interaction with real, though grudging respect underneath.

I don’t want to put the books down. I’m eager to start each new one, yet I don’t want them to end, either. I again thank my good friend, Marsha, for mentioning that she loved the series, getting me started in a wonderful adventure.

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Portable Magic

Stephen King-I Love Reading Books via Cathy Ruggiero

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I Want To

I Love Reading Books via Cathy Ruggiero

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Secrets of our Own

Bibliophile’s Corner via Cathy Ruggiero

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When You Love to Read

Zen To Zany via Cathy Ruggiero

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Reading Empowers

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Magic

Alice Hoffman via Title Wave for Books via Cathy Ruggiero

I’ve started book # 19 in the “In Death” series by Nora Roberts. There are 45 books – so far – in the series, so I feel as if I’m in Heaven, right in the middle of people I respect in complicated situations. Eve Dallas is a homicide police lieutenant. She is an extremely strong, dedicated cop who sees the worst society has to offer on a regular basis, some of which takes her back to an aggressively abusive childhood she has tried to put behind her.

I love the fact that she’s complicated. She has a very interesting husband who is sharing a completely different lifestyle than she’s ever know. I’m intrigued by her co-workers and friends.  The stories are typically Nora Roberts, with well thought out plots I cannot figure out before the end of the book. You feel as if you KNOW all the characters and appreciate their quirks, vulnerabilities, and interesting interactions. You care about them.

So many authors who do series have a lot of repetition in them. Not so here, and I like that a lot.

I avoided this series for years, thinking that I liked Nora’s writing and subjects so well that I couldn’t imagine enjoying reading about death. I’m delighted that my friend, Marsha, got me started, buying the 1st book used on Amazon. I found an “order of the books” online and am ordering 6 at a time. I now have 26 in the series. What a lucky woman I am to have found another side of a favorite author! She has introduced me to a whole new world.

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Ready

For Reading Addicts via Cathy Ruggiero

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What Happens When You Read?

Rantings of a Bibliophile via Cathy Ruggiero

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Books

Title Wave for Books via Cathy Ruggiero

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Opened Book

Title Wave via Cathy Ruggiero

I’m on book # 16 in the “In Death” series by Nora Roberts. I have to ration myself to only so much diving into her books each day, or else I don’t get anything else accomplished.

I think I told you I love her romance novels – particularly her trilogies and quartets – and had avoided the “In Death” series because I just didn’t want a serious series from her. Was I wrong! I’m even more impressed with her writing ability now – if that’s even possible.  In the “In Death” series, she has created a super strong, gritty, believable character in homicide detective Eve Dallas. The characters surrounding her become more and more fleshed out, making you care about the whole group as they deal with grisly murders. I’ve never been able to figure out who the bad guys are, or how she’ll get them, in the 15 books I’ve read thus far. I just want more.

If you haven’t tried one, I warn you that you may become addicted.

I’m starting “Portrait in Death” today.

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Homesick…

Bibliophile’s Corner via Cathy Ruggiero

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Fictitious Self-Help Book Titles – Take 3

Art Therapy: Fictional Self-Help Book Titles Painted by Johan Deckmann

by Christopher Jobson on May 25, 2017, Colossal

 

“Copenhagen-based artist Johan Deckmann examines the complications of life through clever titles painted on the covers of fictional self-help books that appear to tackle life’s biggest questions, fears, and absurdities. A practicing psychotherapist himself, Deckmann thoroughly recognizes the power of language in therapy and possesses a keen ability to translate his discoveries into witty phrases. “I like the idea of distilling words to compress information, feelings or fantasies into an essence, a truth,” he shares. “The right words can be like good medicine.”

Deckmann often takes his pieces beyond simple language and into the realm of visual puns, such as an LP cover titled “The very best of the voices inside my head” or the juxtaposition of smaller and larger suitcases labeled “Baggage” and “Emotional Baggage.” All of the pieces have the faded color and worn texture of 1970s era self-help guides that were popular at the time.”

 

“Deckmann’s books have been exhibited around the world since he began the series in 2015, including a solo show last March at Andenken Gallery in Amsterdam. “

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Art Therapy – Take 1

Art Therapy: Fictional Self-Help Book Titles Painted by Johan Deckmann

by Christopher Jobson on May 25, 2017, Colossal

 

“Copenhagen-based artist Johan Deckmann examines the complications of life through clever titles painted on the covers of fictional self-help books that appear to tackle life’s biggest questions, fears, and absurdities. A practicing psychotherapist himself, Deckmann thoroughly recognizes the power of language in therapy and possesses a keen ability to translate his discoveries into witty phrases. “I like the idea of distilling words to compress information, feelings or fantasies into an essence, a truth,” he shares. “The right words can be like good medicine.”

Deckmann often takes his pieces beyond simple language and into the realm of visual puns, such as an LP cover titled “The very best of the voices inside my head” or the juxtaposition of smaller and larger suitcases labeled “Baggage” and “Emotional Baggage.” All of the pieces have the faded color and worn texture of 1970s era self-help guides that were popular at the time.

Deckmann’s books have been exhibited around the world since he began the series in 2015, including a solo show last March at Andenken Gallery in Amsterdam. You can follow more of his recent work on Facebook, and on his website.”

 

 

 

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What Is a Bookshelf?

For Reading Addicts via Cathy Ruggiero

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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

Title Wave via Cathy Ruggiero

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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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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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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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