Sunday, March 15, 2020

Sharing Books with Little Free Libraries: Blaine, Washington

Road trip...retreat...rest and relaxation.

The letter 'R' represents!

The Adventure Starts...

...in the Tiny Taproom

Last weekend was spent with the ladies in Blaine, Washington to celebrate birthdays, have some fun, and explore a new area. Loved Blaine, a cute, quaint border town right on the coast. Had some drinks--check out the Tiny Taproom, capacity twelve--had some laughs, and found some Little Free Libraries, too.


Bayview Avenue

The Ladies at Birch Bay State Park

Birch Bay Beach

Rainbow from Semiahmoo Point
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"And then I realized adventures are the best way to learn." 

Sunday, March 01, 2020

March 2020 Reading Challenge: Create an Outfit

What do you feel like wearing this month? The book I'm excited to read, Finding Frances by Kelly Vincent, inspired my reading challenge for March. A pair of sneakers is prominently shown on the front cover and thus becomes my first article of clothing. Let's see, what to wear...what to wear...

*Digs through closet*

1.) Shoes on and ready to go. No, I don't put my shoes of first, but this book is the first on my list, so work with me, people.


2.) Underwear to me, though some might (will) argue these are swimsuits and then I'd be forced to take a closer look, which I don't want to do.


3.) Daisy Duke shorts and sunglasses because I'm feeling sassy.


4.) Tank top up, car top down! I'm REALLY ready for summer. #stopraining


5.) Bangles and bling. Now if I find the car keys to that red convertible up there, I'll be on my way, but if not, no worries. I'm feeling bookish anyway. Happy reading!


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"Clothes mean nothing until someone lives in them." ~ Marc Jacobs

Saturday, February 22, 2020

Sharing Books with Little Free Libraries: Renton and Newcastle, Washington

After meeting with my writer's critique group in Renton, I decided to meander my way back home by way of Little Free Libraries. I truly enjoyed the search, the book sharing--leaving behind the books I wrote, the books I've read, and my crafty bookmarks--and posting these cute little houses on the dub-dub-dub. My friend called it guerrilla marketing...lol. I prefer using the word "organic."

Grant Street

Second Avenue

Some of the houses have quite a fresh stack, new titles with lots of variety: mysteries, romances, picture books, middle grade, art, intrigue... And some, like the LFL on Second Avenue, had a little something extra, a wooden box for trading seeds. Cute!

Pelly Avenue

Wow!
Carved Sculpture on Jones Avenue

Some of the libraries held faded books with warped covers, old titles, or a slog of reading material on container gardening, like one neighbor had an interest to share, not leaving much of a variety. Of the eight houses I visited, two didn't have libraries anymore. The one on Jones Street had an empty post, but sadly no library. But wow, really glad I stopped because that wood carving in the front yard was breathtaking. I even saw a small pasture in the middle of urban Renton with a donkey. And so it goes...

86th Street

84th Way

73rd Street
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New Author Shout Out!


Finding Frances
by Kelly Vincent

Saturday, February 01, 2020

February 2020 Reading Challenge: Sunny Yellow

A Yellow Reading Pile

For February's reading challenge, I opted out of a Valentine theme, like the color red or heart shapes on the cover, and instead chose a book I wanted to read and then tried to find a commonality with other books on my shelves. I've had my eye on The Rosie Project for quite some time, and decided to give it a go, which inspired this month's reading challenge. The bright, sunny color on the cover of Graeme Simsion's book is a wonderful contrast to the PNW weather we're currently having here in Seattle, gray and dismal and wet. #stopraining

The list of yellow books:






6.) Slade House by David Mitchell

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"The best thing one can do when it's raining is to let it rain." ~ Henry W. Longfellow 

Sunday, January 05, 2020

January 2020 Reading Challenge: Books on the Cover

Goodbye Christmas Book Binge Reading Challenge and all things holiday, and hello to the New Year. Let's start 2020 off with books and more books! The challenge this month is to read anything that says the word "book" or shows it on its cover. Ready, set...read!


Books with Book(s) on the Cover
January Book Pile







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* An enjoyable read. I recommend!

Wednesday, January 01, 2020

Fabulous Five: Favorite Reads for 2019

Here it is, a reading year in review!

Goodreads Reading Challenge
131% Done!

I've read 131 books for the 2019 Goodreads Reading Challenge. A big number for me due mainly to my interest in picture books. A really good one stands out like a bright star, and sadly, I didn't find one of those this year, so nothing to recommend on that account. However, all five of my favorite reads listed below were in the children's category:

TOP FIVE!

1.) My all-time 2019 favorite read goes to...

Young Adult

2.) Best YA story in audio form--loved the narrator, Sarah Drew!

Young Adult Audio Book

3.) Most original read for 2019--really enjoyed the tone and pacing of this one:

Middle Grade Fantasy

4.) Best Middle Grade in audio-form, narrated by the talented Robbie Daymond:

Middle Grade

5.) This book is #3 in the Berrybrook Middle School series, but #1 with me:

Middle Grade Graphic Novel

BONUS!

I really enjoyed this book, beautiful with all the feels. Interested in blackout poetry? Check this one out:

Blackout Poetry and Art

Thursday, December 26, 2019

Free eBook on Amazon...Today Only!


Thursday, December 26, 2019

Free ebook alert! Dealing with Blue is available on Amazon today only. Last deal of the year, expiring at midnight tonight. Grab a copy and enjoy a young adult romance while ringing in the New Year.


Tilly
#noregrets

Dealing with Blue, a love story for the young and the young at heart is about good girl Suzy Blue. She keeps her embarrassing home life a secret, but the charming neighbor boy, J.J. Radborne, keeps coming around, bringing along a wave of complications.

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Dealing with Blue hits #1 in two categories on Amazon!
Thank you so much and happy reading!