Book Tag: Why am I a Reader?

This is a slightly different type of post. Today I’m participating in a Book Tag. Book tags are fun ways to learn more about the blogger and to tag other bloggers. They each come with questions to answer and then you get to tag other bloggers and get them to answer the questions. Honestly, they’re sort of like chain mail, but they’re fun and I enjoy learning about other bloggers and the person behind the blogs I’m reading, so many bloggers participate in them. 🙂

This Book Tag is called Why Am I A Reader? I’ve seen this book tag done on a couple of blogs (including this-is-my-truth-now). The farthest back I’ve been able to trace the tag is to Thrice Read.

1) Choose one word that would describe you as a reader.

Hmm… tough one. I’m going to go with eccentric. I’m not a conventional reader. You don’t find me reading a lot of the literary bestsellers. I read what I want, when I want to. I don’t care too much about whether it’s “high-brow” literature or not. If it holds my attention and is written decently, I’m good.  Also, while I read a lot of different genres, I am somewhat picky in what I read. There are certain topics that I generally won’t read about (graphic descriptions of abusive relationships, zombies, vampires, etc.). I’m typically very loyal to authors that I enjoy, while finding it harder to pick up new authors (sometimes – sometimes I’m excited about picking up new authors. I’m an enigma).

2) What is the first book that made you fall in love with reading?

I think it was more a series than one book. Little House on the Prairie series. I learned to read at an early age (3 1/2) and I don’t necessarily remember the very first books I read, but I remember being excited when my reading skills were finally good enough that I could borrow the Little House books from my grandma. 🙂 I was so excited to be reading them! I think that was in first grade.

3) Hardcover or Paperback?

It depends on the book for me. There are some books where I own hardcover copies that I want to keep looking nice while I have paperback copies that are cheaper/easier to replace for my actual reading copies. Yet, there are some books I buy the hardcover right off the bat as my reading copy because I don’t want to wait for the paperback version to come out.  I’ve also grown to enjoy eBooks more. While nothing will ever beat holding that paperback (or hardcover) in my hand, the convenience of having my eBooks available on my phone does come in handy. Plus, most of the books that I read through NetGalley come as eBooks, so I’ve had to get used to them.

4) How has reading shaped your identity?

Reading has been mostly how I’ve learned things in my life. As a child, I was a voracious reader (I am to an extent today as well, but let’s face it, children don’t have to worry about work and bills and housework too much). I know a lot of random facts because I’ve read them somewhere. It’s my way of staying connected to a world without having to be “in” it and social all the time.

5) What book do you read when you want to be comforted?

It depends on why I need the comfort. If I’m anxious, re-reading favorite books is the way to go (depending on my mood it could be re-reading romance, a cozy mystery, fantasy, whatever sounds good). If I’m sad, I tend to choose picture books that will make me laugh, like “Press Here” by Herve Tullet (it’s one that you must read out loud and follow the directions, otherwise it loses its “magic”). 🙂

6) Who influenced you to be a reader?

My entire family. My parents, my grandparents, my aunts & uncles, cousins, etc. My mom has always been a reader along with my maternal grandma and grandpa and my paternal grandma. My dad has become more of a reader as I’ve gotten older. They all encouraged me to read. I didn’t really need much encouragement tho’!

7) Describe your dream reading lounge.

A room with floor to ceiling bookshelves (with ladders) arranged in an organized fashion (one of the few areas that I’m picky about things being in order). A comfy bay window seat for days I wish to read in the sun. Comfortable sofas and footstools or recliners. A small refrigerator for holding flavored waters (still) and iced tea. Blankets for cuddling up with when it’s cold. Basically think of the library in Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” and then add some really comfortable sofas/chairs to sit in and carpeting to help soften noise.

8) What book changed the way you saw the world?

I think I have to say Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry. It’s one thing to read about discrimination and Jim Crow laws in a history book. It’s another thing entirely to read about it as it’s happening to specific characters. That brings it home more than a history book ever could.

9) What defines your life as a reader?

Two words. Freedom and feast. I have the freedom to read what I want, when I want for the most part. Then there’s the fact that there is a feast of literature out there just waiting to be fed upon. No matter what genre(s) one prefers, there’s a host of new choices being produced each year and I’m thankful that I have the freedom to pick which ones I want to devour out of that feast.

10) What are your favorite quotes?

I have many, many quotes that have meant different things to me at different times. I’m including five (5) here that I prize above the rest.

“We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.” – Maya Angelou

“If you want to know what a man’s like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.” – J.K. Rowling,  Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

“If you don’t go after what you want, you’ll never have it. If you don’t ask, the answer is always no. If you don’t step forward, you’re always in the same place.” – Nora Roberts, Tears of the Moon

She looked at him gravely. “You cannot call back the river that has already flowed past you, Ruith. All you can do is be grateful for where you are in it.” – Lynn Kurland, Spellweaver

“We are the music makers, and we are the dreamers of dreams.”
― Arthur O’Shaughnessy, Poems of Arthur O’Shaughnessy (also used in the movie “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory”)

AWARD: Sunshine Blogger Award

I’ve been mostly offline the last couple of days due to playing with my adorable niece and sweet nephew on Wednesday and then having a weather-related headache yesterday (Thursday). I’ve kind of kept tabs through the WordPress app and my email on my phone, approving a few comments and such, but mostly I’ve been offline.

I’ve come back to a wonderful surprise of my FIRST award as a blogger!! Thank you to Jay @ this-is-my-truth-now for nominating me for this award! You should definitely check out his blog as well. I’ve been following his blog for about 6-7 months now and I really enjoy it! I’ve included Jay’s answers to the questions he was given at the bottom so you can get to know him a little more too!

The Rules:

1. Thank the person/persons that nominated you and link back to their blog.

2. Answer the 11 questions your nominator has given you.

3. Nominate 11 other people and give them 11 new questions to answer.

4. List the rules and display the award

Large gold and yellow sun with the words "Sunshine Blogger Award" written in the center of the sun.

Here are the questions Jay asked me and my answers. He really asked some that made me think, so it took me a while to answer all of these. 🙂

1) Where were you when you realized what career you wanted to pursue? Explain.

Well, I originally thought I wanted to be a teacher. I was only 5 when I decided that, but it was something I worked toward right up until I got to my student teaching and went “Whoa… I like small groups of children, but I’m not so keen on this large group of children”. After that I floundered a bit (about 5 years), until I started working as a page (book shelver) for Ann Arbor District Library here in Ann Arbor, Michigan. I decided shortly after beginning there that this was definitely what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. Now I have my library science degree and I’m searching for a librarian position while working in a non-degreed position at AADL.

2) What age do you want to live to, and why?

As long as my physical health stays steady and I can stay independent, I think I’d like to live to around 90.  That would be old enough to see my adorable niece and sweet nephew’s children (if they have any) have children. I’d like to see that.

3) What book character most annoys you? Explain it.

I don’t know as there’s a specific character that annoys me the most, but there is a type of character that annoys me the most. Those are heroines who are what I call “too stupid to live”. These are heroines who really aren’t heroines, they’re just damsels in distress with window dressing. These are characters, often the amateur sleuth in a cozy mystery, but the archetype shows up in other genres as well, who are constantly getting themselves into situations where they need rescuing because they didn’t bother to think about the danger before they jumped head-long into the fray. They go looking for trouble and they annoy me beyond reason. I will often stop reading a series because of heroines like this.

4) What are your least and your most favorite of the 50 states? Explain.

Hmmm… this is a hard choice. I have not visited very many states, so I’m sure I have a least favorite.

My favorite is Michigan, my home state. Michigan has so many great things to offer. We’re surrounded by the Great Lakes, plus there are a lot of inland lakes, so there’s incredible opportunities for swimming, canoeing, boating, water sports, fishing, etc. We’re also full of wooded areas which make for great hiking and hunting (if you’re into hunting. I like wild game, but I don’t hunt myself). The Upper Peninsula (the U.P. to native Michiganders) has almost 200 waterfalls which make for some gorgeous hiking and road trips. We also have two Big Ten conference schools, plus several smaller, equally good, schools.

As far as weather goes, yes, northern Michigan (both the Upper Peninsula and the northern Lower Peninsula) can get pretty harsh, but for the most part, we have decent weather. We don’t have earthquakes, hurricanes, tsunamis, or even very many tornadoes. We do get some tornadoes each year, but not nearly as bad as Kansas or Oklahoma. Summers can get hot and humid in the southern portion of the state, but many residents have somewhere “Up North” that they can escape to on the weekends, whether it’s a family cottage or simply a quick weekend trip to Traverse City or Mackinac Island.

Michigan also has a wide array of cultural attractions, museums, venues for live music, etc. Detroit is now the only city to host all four major league sports teams (NFL, NBA, NHL, and MLB) within the city limits. I’m proud to call Michigan my home.

I suppose, if I have to pick a state that’s my least favorite it’d be New York state. New York‘s a beautiful state, don’t get me wrong. It’s the home of my best friend, but it’s not Michigan and that means my best friend is 300 miles away from me when one of us is not visiting the other. I don’t like being that far from her. If New York state was right next door to Michigan like Ohio is just south of us, I’d be happier, but 300 miles separate us and that sucks.

5) Where do you go when you need to feel comfortable, and why?

At home, you can usually find me on the couch in the living room. My bedroom doesn’t have room at the moment for a sofa or some other sort of place to sit other than my bed, which hurts my back to sit on. I’m very particular about “my spot” too. Think of Sheldon from The Big Bang Theory and his obsession with his “spot” and you’ll understand my obsession with “my spot”. I literally do not know where else to sit if someone’s sitting in my spot. Yes, I’m weird.

6) What book do you most want to see made into a movie? Explain.

Once Upon a Winter’s Night by Dennis McKiernan, or some other version of the folktale East of the Sun, West of the Moon. I absolutely adore this folktale. I have since the first time I read it back in my undergraduate years. It’s a great book/folktale and I think with the things they can do with makeup and CGI, this would make a fabulous movie.

7) What is your favorite type of weather? Explain.

I prefer fall/spring weather the best. Highs between 60° and 70° or 75°, partly cloudy so the sun is not overly glaring and it’s at an angle that won’t trigger my sun allergy. It’s the only time of the year I can actually go out in short sleeves.

8) What past life do you wish you had, and why?

I think I would’ve liked to have been a scientist or artist (or both) during the Renaissance period in history. There were so many new things and new knowledge being discovered during that period. I think it would have been fascinating to live then.

9) Which president would you want to meet? Explain.

I’m thinking outside the box and going with President Nelson Mandela. I admire the way he fought tirelessly to end apartheid in South Africa. He fought both peacefully and non-peacefully, while jailed and while free. He refused to back down on his own morals and principles in exchange for freedom. He was an all-around fascinating man.

10) How did you find out about WordPress? Details please… 🙂

I’ve known about WordPress for many, many years. I’ve tried twice before to put together a blog on WordPress of various things, but I just was never very good about updating it. About 2 years ago, I started reviewing books for various authors and review crews. After I joined NetGalley in the spring of 2016, I decided to try doing a blog yet again. This time, I had a better focus, reviews and other things about books and life in general and after floundering a little for the first 6 months or so, I’ve settled into more of a routine and have been blogging more regularly and building up more of a following. 🙂 I’m up to just shy of 70 followers here on WordPress, but I reach other 250+ on various social media outlets (Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and LinkedIn).  I’m having a lot of fun and really enjoying the books I’m reading as well as the writing process.

11) Where are you when you draft your blog posts? Explain!

Sometimes I’m at home sitting in “my spot” on the couch and using my laptop. Sometimes, I’m on my break at work, sitting in the backroom at a computer. Finally, sometimes, if it’s slow at work (I work as a desk clerk at Ann Arbor District Library), I’ll work on a draft or two or three. I work all evenings and often times, the closer it gets to 9pm, the slower it gets. While I’m not specifically blogging for my work, I do transfer reviews over to our online catalog if it’s something the library owns.

That’s all there is about me! Hopefully you feel as though you know me a little bit better now.  Thank you again to Jay @ this-is-my-truth-now for nominating me for this award!! It made me very happy and excited! 🙂

My Nominees

  1. Always Trust In Books
  2. Susan Loves Books
  3. Café Book Bean
  4. MJBReviewers
  5. Drizzle & Hurricane Books
  6. Birdie Bookworm
  7. Dee’s Rad Reads and Reviews
  8. Nerdy Book Club
  9. Out of the Box Library Programming
  10. jenacidebybibliophile
  11. Ketchusifucan

Questions for my Nominees

  1. Not all of you are book bloggers, so please tell us what your blog is about and why you chose to blog about that.
  2. If you had to choose just one book to read for the rest of your life, not including holy texts or Shakespeare, what would you choose?
  3. Where is your favorite place to write your blog? At home? In a coffee shop or park? Why?
  4. If you could spend one day with anyone, realistic or fictional, who would you want to spend your day with and why?
  5. What hobbies do you have outside of blogging?
  6. Do you like to travel? If so, where is the one place that you really want to go and haven’t been yet? If you don’t, why don’t you?
  7. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live and why?
  8. What fictional world (book, tv show, movie universe, etc.) would you like to live in the most and why?
  9. Who has been the one person outside of your family who has had the greatest impact on your life?
  10. Which song or songs (you may pick up to 3) have had the most influence on your life? Why?
  11. If you were given $100 to spend on something you wanted but didn’t need, what would you spend it on and why? Try to be specific. If you’d buy books, which books.

I copied/pasted Jay @ this-is-my-truth-now‘s answers below so you can get to know him a little bit too!

  • What is your favorite book from childhood/young adulthood?


  • If you were given $50 right now to spend on books, what books would you buy?
    • Origin by Dan Brown
    • A Column of Fire by Ken Follett
    • The House at Riverton by Kate Morton


  •  What’s your favorite thing to do in the summertime?
    • Vacation to the mountains or hide from the sun!


  • Name one book that you really disliked reading or an author whose work you can’t stand?
    • The White Bone by Barbara Gowdy… don’t make me remember it, please! Go see my review if you need to know more.


  •  If you could meet any literary character, who would it be and why?
    • Professor McGonagall from Harry Potter. She embodies all the things I love!


  • What are you currently watching on tv (Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, etc (that you would recommend?
    • Grace and Frankie, Younger, Young & Hungry, How To Get Away With Murder, Kimmy Schmidt, Great British Baking Show, Falcon Crest, Scandal, Modern Family, The Real O’Neals, SNL, Schitt’s Creek, Downward Dog, Mom, Life in Pieces, Who Do You Think You Are?


  • If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
    • Time Travel


  •  When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up?
    • Teacher, Architect or Writer



  • What’s the weirdest or most unusual thing you’ve ever eaten?
    • I tend not to eat things unless I know what they are, but I have tried frog’s legs. They were OK, nothing to write home about! 😛


  • Which character in a book do you think is most like you?
    • In about 25 years, Qwill from the “Cat Who” book series! LOL

A quick update on posts

This is just a quick note to say that all of my review and spotlight posts should now have the Amazon Affiliate purchase link. I’ve been working hard on bring all of the reviews and spotlights up-to-date with that over the last few weeks.

All reviews should also have a similar format. When I started writing reviews, I never included a synopsis because I figured you can read that on Goodreads or Amazon. As I went on, I realized that I have some people who read my blog who may not be familiar with the books I was reviewing/spotlighting. I started including a synopsis here on my blog. When I post my reviews on Goodreads/Amazon/Barnes & Noble and other sites, I don’t include the synopsis, but here on my blog I do.

While I was updating the Amazon purchases links, I also put in the synopsis for the books. So now, all formatting should be the same.

Going Green for Mental Health Awareness

Today, I’m going green for Mental Health Awareness. May is Mental Health Awareness month here in the United States. This is something near and dear to my heart because I live with five (5) mental illnesses every day of my life and I have a tendency towards a sixth (which just means that my symptoms aren’t bad enough for full diagnosis). 

  • 1 in 5 adults (60 million people) in the United States lives with a mental health condition.
  • 1 in 25 adults (10 million people) in the United States live with a serious mental health condition. 
  • 60 million adults in the United States face the day-to-day reality of living and dealing with a mental illness. 
  • 90% of all suicides are committed by people with a mental health condition, but it doesn’t have to be this way. 70-90% of all sufferers experience a significant reduction of symptoms if they are getting the right treatment and have good support.
    (All statistics are from NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness)

I am one of those 60 million people. Day-to-day living with a mental illness is not easy, to say the least. Some days, it’s debilitating. Other days, it’s just simply hard. On those days when it’s just simply hard, I’m able to go to work, able to blog, able to get together with friends, able to have a life. The days in which it’s debilitating, it’s just that – debilitating. I cannot work, cannot blog, cannot hang out with friends. About the most I can do is maybe make it out of bed to the couch. Maybe.

Mental health isn’t something that’s easy to talk about and yet, it should be. One should be able to say, “My anxiety is really high today” just as easily as one can say, “Man, my allergies are really bad today”. They’re both illnesses. Neither is more “legitimate” than the other. Unfortunately, there’s a stigma attached to mental illnesses. Stigma refers to not only the tangible reasons that most people stay silent such as bullying, rejection, and discrimination, but it also refers to the intangible reasons, feeling isolated, being blamed for your mental illness, and feeling shame for having a mental illness.

If you notice, while I’m open about the fact that I have five (5) mental illnesses, I did not name them. That’s because of the stigma associated with them. It’s become more acceptable to talk about having depression and anxiety, both of which I have. But there are still some very severe mental illnesses where the stigma attached is so great that people automatically assume that if someone has one of those illnesses, they’re a danger to society. Unfortunately, I have one of those. Consequently, I don’t usually talk about what specific mental illnesses I have.  

However, let me be candid and frank. Any mental illness, no matter how severe, does not automatically mean the person is a danger to society. I’m not saying it’s not possible. We all know it’s possible. I watch the news as much as the rest of you. But simply having a mental illness should not be the sole component that an individual is judged on. Period. Do you automatically think that someone with diabetes or multiple scleorsis or cancer is a danger to society? No, you probably don’t because most people don’t. Similarly, those with schizophrenia, borderline personality disorder, dissociative identity disorder (multiple personalities), antisocial personality disorder, or any other mental illness should not automatically be considered a danger to society.  With the proper treatment (which is usually a combination of medication and therapy), people can learn how to cope with their mental illness and can be productive members of society, but many don’t seek help because of all the stigma attached to mental illness. We as a society need to work together to change that.

My challenge to all of you today is two-fold:  

  1. I encourage you to educate yourself, learn about the disorders that people have, and then go out and start conversations with people about mental illness. Help end the stigma that people with mental illness feel. Help end any stigma you may feel against someone with a mental illness. Only by working together can we end all stigma. 
  2. If you have a mental illness and you’re currently not seeking help for whatever reason, please do yourself the favor and seek help. It is the single best thing you can do to change your life. It’s not easy. I know it’s not, but it really is the single best thing you can do to learn how to cope with your mental illness. 

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Just a few musings…

While I’m still working on some reviews for various books I’ve read, my next blog tour isn’t until Thursday so I thought I’d post a little about my water garden and life. 🙂

I talked a little bit about my water garden in April’s end of the month review. This is either the 9th or 10th season I’ve had it now. It’s small – just a little 50-gallon pond, but it allows me to have a waterlily which is my favorite flower. 🙂 This is my water garden and the area around it in spring 2014.  Below that is my waterlily in bloom in summer 2014.

Small pond with waterlily pads, fountain, two other plants in it - surrounded by rocks, columbine, and ceramic items including a fairy door.

Closeup shot of a pink waterlily surrounded by lily pads

I mentioned in my end of the month review that I’ve been hesitant to put the fountain in my pond because of a nesting robin. The planter they’re nesting in is just to the left of the pink columbine on the brick wall and almost directly over top the outlet I need to plug into.  I was finally able to get the fountain in after I got home from a bridal shower for a cousin yesterday (May 6). I didn’t put the fountain in right away. I started just by working in the pond – cleaning out the algae and any rogue sticks/leaves/blossoms from nearby flowers.  Mama and Papa robin both were scolding me for being so close to their nest for about the first 10-15 minutes I was out there. I just kept working and staying away from the end closest to their nest. After maybe 20-30 minutes, they finally decided I wasn’t a threat and each came and fed the babies. Only after that did I plug the fountain in. They didn’t protest to that at all and now it’s up and running! Yay! 🙂

I tend not to read as much during the summer because fighting the algae is a never-ending battle, plus I like to take photographs of my dad’s flowers and go to the park for other nature photography.

Other than work, my pond, and reading, my life lately has been filled with the little munchkins that are my adorable niece and sweet nephew.  For those who don’t know me, I live with my parents because of some of my health issues. My parents watch my adorable niece and sweet nephew on Fridays, so I get to see them in the mornings before I go to work. I love it! This week, we also had them on Tuesday due to their daycare provider having something else going that day. I was thrilled because Tuesday happened to be my day off this week. 🙂 I’m always thrilled when I get to spend more time with them. 🙂

My adorable niece is 4 years old. She’s this adorable, sweet, precocious bundle of energy and I love her to pieces. My nephew is 20 months old and just the sweetest little guy. He has a very tender heart and is very loving. They are pretty much the joy of my life. 🙂 My brother and sister-in-law have asked that no pictures be shared of them so you’ll just have to take my word on how adorable they are. 😉

While I’m worried about all the changes in healthcare that are happening here in my country (USA), I’m trying to focus on these positives and not worry too much. 🙂 As long as I succeed in not worrying, all is good.



End of the month review – APRIL 2017

Here we are at the end of another month already! Goodness, where did the time go?! It’s hard to believe that tomorrow will be May 1st, but here we are!

We hit a milestone here on this blog in the last few days – *50* followers here on WordPress!! Thank you to all of you who follow my blog here and sometimes on other areas of social media as well!

In life outside of my blog and reading, I’m working on getting my water garden up and running for the season. Mostly that means cleaning out all the dead leaves and algae that have built up in the winter, putting the fountain in so the water aerates, fix the rocks that birds and animals knocked over in the winter, and fertilize the plants. My only drawback right now is there’s a mother robin nesting right above the electrical outlet where I plug my fountain in. I hate to disturb her, but I need to get the fountain in the pool so it aerates the water for the plants. I cleaned out a bunch of debris last week on my day off. This week I’m hoping to at the very least get the fountain in the water. If I can get the rocks reset and the plants fertilized as well, excellent. If I can’t, I’ll do it another day.

Spring also tends to be a time when my depression and anxiety are higher so it makes it harder to keep up with things. This year hasn’t been as bad as last year, thankfully, but sometimes it’s still hard to get myself to read instead of playing mindless, stupid computer games like Mahjongg.

graphic illustration of alternating pink and yellow waterlilies with pads in a line
©Cute Colors

However, I still managed to read 15 books this month – 7 cozy mysteries (1 of which was a novella), 7 romance books (1 of which was actually a novella & 1 was a short story), and 1 picture book.  Unfortunately, I haven’t been quite as good at keeping up with the reviews of what I’ve read. I only wrote 9 reviews in the month of April. I have 3 reviews that are still in draft format and a fourth that I plan to start at some point! I also participated in 1 blog tour and had 2 other posts. One on a few housekeeping things and the other a post about recommendations for Reluctant Readers in the Middle Grades (ages 8-12).

As far as Reading Challenges go, I made progress on 5 of my challenges:

  • Goodreads 2017 Challenge – up to 64 total out of my goal of 175
  • Craving for Cozies Challenge – up to 38 total out of my goal of 80
  • Cruising Thru the Cozies Challenge – I have completed two categories and am still working on the other eight.
  • Pages Read Challenge – up to 17,540 pages out of my goal of 48,001-60,000 pages
  • eBook Challenge – up to 37 total out of my goal of 50 (which I may raise to 75)

Looking Ahead to May

In May, I will be participating in 5 blog tours, one spotlight post, the others with books to review. In fact a couple of stops have multiple books to review. On top of that I’ll be reading one other book for review for another review crew I’m apart of. The books included in these blog tours and reviews are:

As you can see, I’ll be busy reading this month!  On top of the blog tours and Daryl Wood Gerber’s newest, I’m finishing up reading some flash fiction for our teen writing contest, “It’s All Write!” at my library. Flash fiction are super short stories, usually less than about 200-250 words. They’re very interesting to read and I’m enjoying it immensely. 🙂

On top of all the books above, I still need to finish reviews for the following books:

Since I have so many books to read for review this month, I doubt that I’ll get much of my backlog read, but maybe. I suppose it depends on how rainy and cold it is and whether or not I can be outside!

Thanks for joining me along my journey!

A couple of housekeeping things

Hi everyone!

I debated about this post for a few days. The first item on the agenda I definitely needed & wanted to let you know about. The second item, I wasn’t so sure about at first, but I decided to err on the side of caution. Part of me is saddened about having to include the second item, but part of me also believes in being honest with people in regards to things they may not like/be offended by/etc.

  • I have decided to join Amazon Associates. What that means is that if you really like a book you see on my blog and you click on the Amazon purchase link, I will get a small amount of money from the sale (avg of about 4% of the price). I am NOT planning on having a lot of Amazon ads on my page. There will not be a bunch of “in your face” ads that we all find absolutely annoying.  But, if you click the Amazon link under “Purchase Links” and purchase the item from there, then I will receive the “commission”.  Currently all new posts have this type of link. Older posts are being updated as I can get to them.


  • I have been branching out with my reading material. I know that I have several followers who have conservative beliefs. I’m not here to change your mind about things or ridicule you for your beliefs (nor will I tolerate comments from others that are hateful, ridiculing, or otherwise unkind). I am, however, going to be reviewing books that you may not wish to read about so please be aware of that.
    • I recently discovered a series of ebooks that are romance, but are not “traditional” romance. These are romance novels focusing on gay men and their search for their true love.
    • I also recently discovered a series of cozy mysteries where the main characters are a lesbian couple. I’m barely into the first book but I’m enjoying it so far.
    • I’ve also started reading more “banned & challenged books” which can have more controversial subject matter in them; that’s why they’re challenged and/or banned in the first place.


I’m happy to have a diverse crowd of followers and I’m willing to tolerate friendly debate on issues, but I will not stand for hatred or unkind comments and will delete them. If someone continues posting them, I will ban that person. I’m not a social commentary blogger. I’m a book blogger.