Honoring Dr. King

Read today, read everyday. When you write, when your readers smile, when you teach, when little minds absorb. When you save lives, when you spare kindness, when you smile and say hello, we honor our activists. Send light to yourself, to all who need lifting, to the deepest of anxieties, to the hope that exists…

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I accept The Bookfangirling Award

  I love an award. I always hope to take the time to thank the person who nominated me, and then nominate others in my community, so we can all celebrate each other. I’ve not been able to post on any of the awards this past year. So I’m starting afresh with this fun award…

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I quote Saturdays – Reading

I loved this quote as soon as I saw it. I was a child who imagined characters based on the voices my mum used, to read to me. I am now an adult like this. When I read, I am often aware of character voices and how it appeals to my children. I then watch…

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I quote Saturdays – Books

I collect quotes like I read books; little bits of paper filled with quotes like to flutter around my desk. My Pinterest habit – so glad I have one – helps me feed that need. Sounds like a caffeine habit. Um, in my case there’s always chocolate So I thought, why not post a quote…

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Review -The Awakening of Miss Prim By Natalia Sanmartin Fenollera

San Ireneo de Arnois  is a tiny village with one foot placed firmly in a bygone era – a welcome change from the modern vicissitudes of a big city life, where courtesy, community, and well-being matter much more than material gain.  It’s charm lies in lush land, locally sourced produce, high quality boutiques and a…

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Books, Films and Friends – a year gone by

A beautiful time of year where torrents of rain( the drought gods heard us) muddy running trails and end of year goodbyes take over. A school play to celebrate and a new-found love of drama challenged the inner actress of a certain 11 yr old in my house. House all done up, warm and cozy,…

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Ode to my favorite literary romances

In honor of Valentines day, I wanted to celebrate some of my favorite literary pairings. Now er, romantic pairings that are syrupy, and border on the syrupy, are not my cup of tea. Although, if you hand me some really dark chocolate, I would succumb to the cocoa bean rather than read syrup. Either that,…

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Book Review: Blood of Flowers By Anita Amirrezvani

When I met the heroine of this story,  She had spark and spunk. She was unique and intelligent. Her passion and talent for the art of carpet making left an indelible impression on me. Turquoise will forever be magnificent. This particular hue in the story is a version of the color she learned to make…

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Today, I celebrate Beatrix Potter…

There is something about Beatrix Potter that reminds me of Jane Austen. Not that I knew her of course, um, well, I wish I did. She would tell me to get going with my ideas, put my thoughts down and see where my characters take me. She would also tell me, my imagination should roam…

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Fifty Shades of Grey – I’m not reading it.

Here’s the thing. I’m always keen on books; new, old, classics, fantasy.. well, you get my drift. I also like to support new authors and I love Goodreads for that very reason. It is where I find début novels and authors I like, it is where I go to make a list of all the…

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Book Review: The Piano Teacher By Janice Y.K. Lee

I don’t know why, but I have always had a strong penchant for books published by Penguin. It stems from a childhood filled with Penguin Classics – at least that’s what I think.  Or maybe it’s just that I find  the tiny orange logo with the white penguin inside it, irresistible – a bit mad, I know….

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Book Review: Below Stairs By Margaret Powell

Let me  begin by saying, I loved this book.  As soon as I heard it was going to be released in the US this January, I had to have it. First released in the 1960s in the UK,   ‘Below Stairs’ is a funny, bitingly witty and sometimes sad account of Margaret Powell’s working class…

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Book Review : A Discovery Of Witches By Deborah Harkness

This book caused a tiny bit of excitement when I laid my hands on it, almost as if its suggested magical properties affected my decision to read it. The story is a mix of fantasy, history and advanced alchemy. The plots, (yes, there are about three, or maybe It’s one big plot) are so compelling…

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Girl With The Pearl Earring – By Tracy Chevalier

My long-standing reluctance to read ‘Girl With the Pearl Earring’ before all other Chevalier books, stemmed from not having adequate time to really enjoy the book and then watch the film right after – um, yes, that would be the film with Colin Firth in it.  It all had to happen precisely for me and…

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Pope Joan By Donna WoolFolk Cross

A friend gave me ‘Pope Joan’ and said: “don’t feel like you have to read it, if you don’t like it,” but it is really really good. My eyes generally light up at a recommendation like that and  I always try to read every book I am given, so I sat down  two weeks ago…

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Book Review: A Cup Of Friendship By Deborah Rodriguez

It is fairly obvious when you read any of Deborah Rodriguez’s books that she has deep feelings for Afghanistan. She writes so eloquently, and with so much emotion that you can’t help being involved in her story immediately. After I read ‘Kabul Beauty School,’ I knew I would love anything by Rodriguez. When ‘ A…

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The Lady and The Unicorn By Tracy Chevalier

 I love Tracy Chevalier.  She is a brilliant writer; her books are as timeless and gentle in as much as they are gifted pieces of work that reveal her in-depth knowledge of the era and the artists she often brings to life. ‘Reliable Creatures’ is fantastic, as is ‘Virgin Blue.’ I am holding on to…

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The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan

I never thought I would be so taken with a children’s book after Harry Potter. I mean really, who can beat Potter?  So here’s what’s interesting: whilst the Harry Potter books are a slow build up to an ultimate battle of all that is good vs. all that has gone wrong with an abandoned boy…

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Winter Warmies…

I am definitely not one to adjust to Winter and I detest the cold bare feeling that creeps into my bones  when I step outside. I do however, love the rain because it is absolutely perfect for reading. Those of you with the coldest of Winters are allowed to laugh at my Northern Californian griping….

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Secret Daughter By Shilpi Somaya Gowda

  I was  in hospital for surgery last week, and as I expected to stay 3 nights, I took this book along with me to read; I mean really, other than for walking along the corridors, holding on to my over medicated pain ridden innards, and nodding a pleasant good morning or evening, to others who grimace…

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Cross Currents By John Shors

I am a bit biased when it comes to John Shors,  because he is just so nice, and has not once, but twice, taken the time to  reply my ramblingly  gushing e-mail about his works.  I have all of his books; they are little jewels I carry with me.  I confess I am drawn to…

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State of Wonder by Ann Patchett

 I didn’t know much about Ann Patchett until I was given this book about 2 weeks ago. I literally walked right by ‘ State of Wonder’  at the store, because the title did nothing for  me – you know how we sometimes stop by a book just because the title catches the eye, mmm, there…

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Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson

What a perfectly lovely premise is what I thought when I read the back of this book. It really did not disappoint. Firstly, I can’t resist the English countryside, and second, I really love a simple story that is multi-faceted, not overly detailed, with just enough to make me want to be present when I…

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