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Do you read short stories? or only novels?
I have discovered the joy of reading short stories, in particular an author named Eudora Welty. I recently borrowed a book from our public library but was only able to read about half of the book before it was due. I plan on buying the book from Amazon this week, I must have my own copy. Her words are a tasty mouthful of delish verbs, they are rich and slow like a southern drawl.

There are other short story writers that I want to read this year as well:
Katherine Anne Porter
Flannery O' Connor
Pearl S. Buck
Alice Munro

I can't wait!

Blissful Reading!

Review-The Time of My Life

The Time of My Life by Patrick Swayze and Lisa Niemi
Atria Books a division of Simon & Schuster, Inc.
Published 2009, 247 pages

This book was borrowed from my sister JoAnn for the purpose of reading/reviewing.

This is the autobiography of Patrick Swayze, he wrote this book with the help and companionship of his wife Lisa Niemi.
I feel that more than anything this book settled a curiosity that the fans have of Patrick Swayze.
We've been given a glimpse in to the history of his life, his childhood and adolescence, his parents and siblings, the early years of dance and gymnastics, football. The book follows his years spent in New York City dancing and performing in shows, his life with Lisa, and the struggles of starting a successful movie career. The book describes their close loving bond of marriage, it also describes their struggles and hardships. He lived a full and rewarding life, he was hard working, kind hearted, charming, polite, and a passionate person. Yet, he also had …

Review-The Blood of Lambs

The Blood of Lambs by Kamal Saleem with Lynn Vincent
Howard Books A Division of Simon & Schuster
Published 2009, 340 pages

This book was borrowed from a friend for the purpose of reading/reviewing.

Kamal Saleem's websites are:

Lynn Vincent is the editor of World Magazine. She is the co-author of the Sarah Palin book Going Rogue, and the bestseller book Same Kind of Different As Me.
See her magazine at:
The Blood of Lambs is not a book that I would choose to read. As a matter of fact if I saw the book on a shelf while browsing in a book store I would not even pick it up to read the cover. But, several members in my book club at my Church recommended it. Our meeting is in a couple of weeks and I procrastinated about reading this book, I even borrowed it from another book club member.
I did read the book and was shocked at how swept in to the story I was, the story of the life of a former Muslim terrorist …

Manic Monday #201

Manic Monday #201

"If you could invite any five people to your birthday party, who would they be?"
I would invite Abraham Lincoln--we both share the same birthday, February 12.
I would also invite Martin Luther King Jr., the apostle Paul, Bob Hope, and Patsy Cline.

"What birthday has been your favorite so far? What about it made it special?"
I have had many good birthdays, interesting that these birthday questions are being asked now---since I just had a birthday on the 12th. Hmmm, my most memorable birthday was 1985, four days after my birthday my youngest son Paul was born. On February 12, 1985 I was packing my bag, cleaning the house, spending time with my older son David (he would soon have a younger brother that demanded attention.) I remember wondering what would this new baby would look like, what would his personality be like, would he sleep good, would I be able to juggle two children. This past birthday was memorable as well, it was a day of spending time…

Book Blogger Convention

The First Annual Book Blogger Convention will be held Friday May 28, 2010 in New York City.
The Key Note Speaker is Maureen Johnson.


I have been sick the past few days with a cold.
I have felt well enough to read, check my email, check my blog's.....then I go back to bed or my favorite reading chair.
I will have books to post reviews on next week!

Blissful Blogging!            Annette

Manic Monday #200

Manic Monday #200

What is your least favorite word?
I have several least favorite words, I will give my top 3:
Tour de force
Beets (the vegetable)

Where do you go when you need really good advice?
I have three people that I can go to for advice:
My husband
My dad
My sister

If you could participate in any winter Olympic sport, what would it be?
If we are completely using our imagination, I would be a figure skate. I love the gracefulness and strength of these dancers on ice. 

Blissful Blogging!

Review-"The Pearl"

"The Pearl" by John Steinbeck (1902-1968) Penguin Books Published 1947, 90 pages This book was borrowed from the Public Library for the purpose of reading/reviewing. 
A short list of previous books by John Steinbeck are: "Tortilla Flat" 1935----This was his first successful book. "Of Mice and Men" 1937 "Grapes of Wrath" 1939----Pulitzer Prize "Cannery Row" 1945 "East of Eden" 1952
In 1962 he won the Nobel Prize for Literature.
John Steinbeck a well-known American writer, known to me by his omitting of unnecessary words.  Ah, but the words that he leaves.....they tell a story that only Steinbeck could tell.
"The Pearl" is the story of Kino, Juano and their baby boy Coyotito. They live in the town of LaPaz, Mexico. Kino is a pearl diver and he finds the great pearl--the pearl that can fulfill dreams and desires. Kino and Juano's life is changed, decisions need to be made, but who to trust? Their simple, unadorned, peaceful…

Guess What Today Is?

Today is my 46th Birthday!

Review-"The Little Guide To Your Well Read Life"

"The Little Guide To Your Well Read Life"
by Steve Leveen--his website is Your Well Read Life
Illustrations by Glenn Wolff
Levenger Press, Published 2005
123 total pages

This book was borrowed from the library for the purpose of reading/reviewing.

On a recent trip to the library I took home a few books on "reading." I know how to read, but there is pleasure to me in learning to be a better reader, a more voracious carnivore of books!
"The Little Guide To Your Well Read Life" is a small book, yet packed full of wonderful information on becoming not a well read life, but "your well read life." The author explains that it is the process of our journey as a reader that propels us forward through our reading life. He gives many practical ideas in having this well read life, such as keeping a journal of what we read. Several years ago I started keeping a journal on what I read----this led to creating my first blog in 2007. The author speaks from his h…

Manic Monday #199

Manic Monday #199

"What was your best day of the last week and why?"
I did not have a best day last week. I wish I had, but I did not. Our Church burned on January 19, on Friday January 25 the investigation revealed is was intentionally set, arson. The past two weeks have been difficult, sad, exhausting. Just when I was feeling better about the fire, arson was revealed as the cause.
The weather has been cold and wet.
I've gained back some of the weight I'd lost last year.
And, I'm feeling sorry for myself!

"What's the longest you've gone with out sleep?"
I am such a snappy person when I am tired. The last time I went without sleep for an extended period of time was last October when my husband and I drove straight back from Colorado to central Texas. We had the bright idea to drive through Oklahoma---it took longer, we won't do that again.

"Is how old you look/or how old you feel right now different from your actual age?"
I have …

A Special Cat Named Oscar

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The scientist in Dr. David Dosa was skeptical when first told that Oscar, an aloof cat kept by a nursing home, regularly predicted patients' deaths by snuggling alongside them in their final hours.
Dosa's doubts eroded after he and his colleagues tallied about 50 correct calls made by Oscar over five years, a process he explains in a book released this week, "Making Rounds With Oscar: The Extraordinary Gift of an Ordinary Cat." (Hyperion, $23.99) The feline's bizarre talent astounds Dosa, but he finds Oscar's real worth in his fierce insistence on being present when others turn away from life's most uncomfortable topic: death.
"People actually were taking great comfort in this idea, that this animal was there and might be there when their loved ones eventually pass," Dosa said. "He was there when they couldn't be."
Dosa, 37, a geriatrician and professor at Brown University, works on the third floo…