Why I Read

Have you ever wished you could do a million different things? Unfortunately, or fortunately, we only have one life to live. Time, money, and skills don’t always allow us to do everything we want.

I once saw a quote, “We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us.” The same rings true for reading. I read not to escape life, but to live it to the fullest. While time and resources force me to choose between the dreams I pursue and the ones I let go, books allow me to travel all those paths and more.

the-story-keeperSometimes I wonder what it would be like to be an editor at an established publishing house. How would it feel to discover the next bestseller? The Story Keeper by Lisa Wingate helped me do just that.

Scotland has long ranked high on my “to-visit” list. I’d be lying if said I didn’t imagine what it five-days-in-skyemight be like meeting a handsome local with a killer smile and dreamy Scottish accent. Five Days in Skye by Carla Laureano accomplished that. To make it even better, the hero, James, is a world-renowned chef, which fed the foodie in me and catered to my fairy-tale dream.

conspiracy-of-silenceWhat would it be like to be a hero who can kick some major rear end and save the world? What if I could meet a Mossad agent? Or be a spy? Robert Ludlum’s Jason Bourne and Ronie Kendig’s Rapid-Fire Fiction novels allow me to do all of the above from the safety of my couch.

Regarding my dream of running a B&B, I’ve gone as far as imagining the-red-door-innhow I would decorate the rooms and what themes I would follow. Thanks to Liz Johnson’s The Red Door Inn, I not only experienced bringing a B&B to life, I also traveled to Prince Edward Island — another location on my “to-visit” list.

When it comes to novels, I can be anyone, do anything, and go anywhere. Books know no bounds. That is one reason why I read.

Why do you read? What books have helped you fulfill some of your dreams?

Spotlight: Books and Beverages — The Shoppe!

I’m excited to share something extra special with you! My friend, Jamie Lapeyrolerie, has just opened an online store. Books and Beverages — The Shoppe! is great place for bloggers and book lovers. It offers a number of fun, bookish items, including iPad covers, planners, postcards, and more. I’ve had the privilege to check out few of these goodies and thought I would share some of my thoughts with you.

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The Book Blogger’s Planner: A reviewer’s best friend! It includes six non-dated months, weekly checklists and note pages, a section to record the books one has read, and pages to write down quotes. I especially like the Post Checklist. It helps me keep track of the social media and review sites where I need to share my posts.

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The Inklings Collection Stickers: C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien fans will love this set of stickers with quotes from the classic authors.

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For the Love of Literature Postcards: Combining two of my passions, letters and literature, these postcards are my favorite item in The Shoppe! E-mails are great, but they can’t compete with a hand-written note. Each card features a well-known book quote, making it extra meaningful as it allows me to share something I love with someone I love. It can’t get much better than that.

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The Inklings Collection Bookmarks: A reader can never have too many bookmarks. When I’m not losing mine, they buckle beneath the heavy demands of an avid reader. So, I especially liked the sturdiness of these. Finally, a bookmark that can keep up with my reading habits!

To learn more about the owner, The Shoppe! (like the great organizations it supports), or to claim some of these fun goodies for yourself, hop on over to Books and Beverages.

Lover of Packages and All Things Books

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Love my new shirt. Thank you, Ronie!

Who doesn’t love receiving packages in the mail? I definitely do. I greet the mailman and delivery couriers with the same level of enthusiasm Ari (my dog) shows me every morning when I deliver her breakfast (sans the salivating of course!).

This week proved especially thrilling in this department when I received a package from one of my favorite authors and dear friend, Ronie Kendig.

You’ve probably heard me rave about her books and seen my reviews of her novels. You may even be aware that I’m part of her Rapid-Fire Fiction Task Force. So, receiving her soon-to-be-released novel, Falcon, without a doubt ranked high among the highlights of my week.

Along with the novel, I found a couple other goodies, one of which I just had to share with you. As part of her team, she sent me a task force member shirt.

Keep your eyes peeled because I’ll share my thoughts about her new novel soon, but in the meantime I’ll give you an advance … I experienced moments of tears, joy, anxiety, relief, hope, and more as I journeyed through the story. I also have a couple surprises up my sleeve so stay tuned…

This is Ari, the breakfast-lover and aspiring dog model for one of Ronie Kendig's book covers.

This is Ari, the breakfast lover and aspiring dog model for one of Ronie Kendig’s book covers.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving to all my friends in the US (and abroad to those of you celebrating overseas). May you have a wonderful and blessed day.  Today (and every day!), I am thankful for all of you and your support. You are what makes this blog worthwhile. 🙂

How about you? What are you thankful for?

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