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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??