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Give Me A Book, Please

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“Every day I visualize God picking me up by the heels, holding me upside down until all of the bad, negative things fall out into that circle of light.  Then he stands me up, and I picture streams of light coming through the top of my head, filling my whole body until I too am a being of light.  Then we stomp all of the negative things into a fine white powder and blow it away with the wind of our dancing feet.” – Dolly Parton

The quote above came from Dolly’s autobiography written in the mid 1990’s – a funny, spiritual, uplifting read. This morning I tried her meditation technique but I kept seeing myself as the little blonde Dolly in the movie “Coat of Many Colors.” Still, I think I’ll try it again.

Since Christmas I’ve done nothing but read. One wonderful book after another.  Most of them were Christmas gifts – the best kind of gift this girl can get.  Reading does something to my soul, something hard to put into words.  It’s cleansing and healing, cathartic and soothing.  I can always find something to relate to in the books I read.  A character’s innermost thoughts or their pain…their forgiveness, their laughter.  And man…I’ve fallen back in love with an actual book…a hand-held, paper-whiffing book. (Not that I ever fell completely out of love with them to begin with.)

If you’re looking for a good, uplifting, non-tragic, relationship story, all of these are good reads. (I don’t read scary, gory or anything more depressing than life can already be. Yes, The Girl on the Train was suspenseful but it didn’t give me nightmares.  Always a plus.)


Lately I have been missing the women in my life.  Reading helps. But still, I miss the women who took care of me, who even as I aged, were a step above me; gentle, kind, understanding of what it’s like to be a wife and a mother.  They knowingly nodded when I was tired or dealing with a sick child.  They remembered the feeling of raising teenagers and the pain only a parent can feel when a child hurts.  I miss their love and support.  I miss their presence.  I miss my mother’s hugs, my grandmother’s wisdom, and my mother-in-law’s laughter. I miss not having them in my life every single day.  Momma and I talked about books a lot…so did Dot and I.  It’s strange not having them to talk to anymore, but often when I’m lost in a book, I find them there.  They are the strong women fighting for better lives, matriarchs showing others how to live.  They are the warm people showing and giving love to everyone.

That is the glory of reading…slipping away, losing yourself in the words and then magically finding others.

 

Movies and Books

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I finally made it to the theater to see Gone Girl and The Best of Me.  There has never been a movie I like better than the book…not Harry Potter or Gone With the Wind…not any of them.  There’s just no way to capture the essence of the written word on screen, to me anyway.  These two followed suit.  Yes, they were both good but I still liked the books better.  Gone Girl’s screenplay was written by Gillian Flynn so that helped tremendously in translating the book to screen, but the Nicholas Sparks book…well, it was as if they stripped it raw and made up their own story.  I wonder how he feels about that?  I wonder if it drives him nuts that movie executives take his carefully scripted book and change it into something that could never be as wonderful as the original story?  It would me.

I’ve been reading like a maniac lately, one book after the other through my local library’s on-line eBook resource.  I love it.  (Sidebar:  I still LOVE to hold a book rather than my I-Pad but sometimes laziness wins the battle.)  However, I’ve found myself in a reading rut…as in reading the same type book over and over.  I now know more about Scottish Lords than any female has the right to know.

So help!  What book has snagged you lately?  I need titles, please, and lots of them.  With winter making an early appearance, I need a thorough list of must reads.

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Confessional time…

I signed up for the NaNoWriMo writing challenge.  (It’s the National November Writing Month challenge where you write 50,000 words in a month.)  Well, it’s the middle of November and I’m nowhere near 25,000 words.  Why November is what I’m asking?  There’s a holiday in this month, dang it.  Let’s move it to January when there’s absolutely nothing going on.  I guess they couldn’t call it NaNo then.  Anyway, I’m trying to get more word to paper.  Wish me luck!

And remember, please let me know great books you’ve come across lately!

 

Good Reads

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“Live your life so that fear of death can never enter your heart. When you arise in the morning, give thanks for the morning light.  Give thanks for your life and strength.  Give thanks for your food and for the joy of living.  And if perchance you see no reason for giving thanks, rest assured the fault is in yourself.”  Chief Tecumseh, Shawnee Indian Chief

Great quote given to me by a friend this week.  The last line is the kicker.  How many times are we so blanketed in our problems that we refuse, or simply can’t, see the wonders of our lives?  The fault is in ourselves – love it.

Tidbits from the week:

My computer is down.  The one I write on, the one that has all of my stories saved on it, and I feel like I’ve lost my right arm.  I’ve been assured that all is well, my books are backed up and saved, and will soon be back home with me.  Until then, I’m hobbling around feeling like I’ve lost my best friend.

Instead of writing, I’ve been reading like crazy.  Here are a few of the books I’ve finished:

Slammed, Point of Retreat, and Hopeless – All three of these books are by Colleen Hoover.  The first two are in print, the third an e-book.  They were fast paced and interesting.  Good reads. The characters are young (18-21) but I found myself forgetting that as they struggled through pretty intense sagas.  I’ve also just read The Witness by Nora Roberts and Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire.  Loved them both.

What I’m most excited about is my next book – Pat Benatar’s autobiography.  I got the book for Christmas and can’t wait to read it.  She just turned 60, and I heard her sing not too long ago – she’s still awesome.  Love is a battlefield, don’t ya know?  I’ll let you know how the book is once I finish.  Until then, enjoy the last week of January and keep your heart focused on the joy of living.

Read, Read, Read…

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“Read, read, read.  Read everything – trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it.  Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master.  Read!  You’ll absorb it.  Then write.  If it’s good, you’ll find out.  If it’s not, throw it out of the window.”   William Faulkner

What a great quote.  Reading has always been my first love.  I fell in love with books around the fifth grade when my parents let me begin ordering books from book clubs.  I was ten when they gave me Charlotte’s Web and it is still one of my all time favorite books.  I read it to my students every spring, and yes, I cry every time I read the part where Charlotte dies. 

The fascination with books has never ended.  It’s complete and total escapism for me…a venture into another world, a place so completely different than my own.  Complex characters, what they eat and wear, the crazy things they get themselves into…I can’t get enough!

Here are a few of the books I’ve been reading:

A Pearl in the Storm by Tori Murden McClure – great read, had my head shaking at her courage;   Courting Carolina by Janet Chapman – love Janet Chapman maybe because I love Maine so much;  The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes – hmm…good…but so not my type of book;  The Ugly Duchess by Eloisa James – she’s a great historical romance writer.

I am looking for an awesome book – a book that stays with you after you finish it, a book that when you put it down, you just want to read it again.  Does anyone have any suggestions??