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Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Observations in October - 2018 Read

Our day 3 prompt is "Read."

My first memories of reading is having my mom read "The Poky Little Puppy" to me.  It was a "Little Golden Book" and I just loved it.  So much so that I read it to my kids as well and still have a copy of it (or at least I thought I did until my daughter said she had taken it!)

Little Women is my all time favorite book and I just re-read it last year.  I love mysteries mostly and have some of the original Nancy Drew books along with some of the newer ones.  For a while I was collecting them if I saw them at garage sales and the like but I haven't gotten any in a long time. 

I also have a collection of Agatha Christie novels and I realized just recently that I don't remember reading some of them!  I love the look of book collections.  Sherlock Holmes is another favorite.   

For the past few years I've been trying to follow the PopSugar reading challenge.  I find it gives me the push to read something besides my standard mystery stories as I try to find different things to fill the categories with.  I had set a goal for 25 books this year and I've already passed that.  Pretty proud of myself there, especially since I only read at night before bed mostly. 

I have never really been into the "Romantic" novels, although I do like the books like Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights.  Science fiction is not really my thing either, although I have been reading some books about time travel.  I also can't read more than one book at a time.  I don't know how people do that.  It is hard for me to stop reading a book I don't like too.  I don't know why that is but I'm starting to get a little better.  I give it a few chapters and if I really can't stand it, I'll stop.

My first job was working in the local library.  I was a "Page" which is what they called the person who put the books away after people returned them.  After a while I was able to help check out the books too.  Now it is all done electronically and you can do it yourself by scanning your card and the books.  Still need someone to put the books away though.  Maybe I should apply for that job again since my typing is slowing down.  Bet I could handle that easier than I did working at Michaels! 

I have also just recently decided that it is okay to "repurpose" books.  I wrote about making a "junk journal" from a book I got at St. Vincent de Paul's.  I read it first but then I actually took it apart and am using it as a place to hold snippets of different things like favorite quotes and cards.

At one time I would have thought that was sacrilege, but now I realize that I am just enjoying the book in a different way.   

I've participated in a couple of read-a-thon's this year and another one is coming up hosted again by Jay Cudney at Thisismytruthnow.  It is going to be a fun one I think because the topic is cozy mystery series.  Come and join us if you want!  If you go to his site now you can help choose the author/series.  It starts in November. 

Okay, that's my take on "Read."  What is your first reading memory?  Have a favorite book/author?  Would you take a book apart and use it for something else?   

Ali Edwards has a lot of different classes to choose from.  If you haven't checked out her site before, it might be fun to do so now. 


  1. I LOVED LOVED LOVED The Pokey Little Puppy! That was my favorite book too when I was little. I still remember the cover vividly. What a great memory.

    I remember reading the mysteries too. The Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew mysteries took up a lot of my time as a child. I used to love to read. I have a hard time reading now: I fall asleep right away and it takes forever to get through a book.

    If you haven't already read this book, do yourself a huge favor and get it now! It is classified as Historical Romance and it is an amazing read: The Outlanders by Diana Gabaldon. It's filled with history, romance and TIME TRAVEL! It's brilliant. Once you read the first one, you'll want to read more. Here's a link to the box set of the first four. I haven't read beyond The Outlanders and I need to. They are SUPER THICK books though so plan to invest some serious time.
    Excellent writing, compelling story.

    Thanks so much for reminding me of The Pokey Little Puppy, my all-time favorite book from my childhood!
    Have a great weekend Janet,

    Michele at Angels Bark

    1. Thanks for the tip about the Outlanders, Michele. It looks like a great series. My favorite part of the Pokey Little Puppy was the picture of him under the patchwork blanket looking so sad.

  2. Hi, Janet - I remember the Little Golden Books. Loved them!!
    I hadn't thought of re-purposing books in the way that you described. It's a great idea!

    1. It took me a while to wrap myself around the idea but once I did, I can think of so many uses for the books that we would just discard. I have some ideas for kids books , one of which is to make it into a keepsake for the cards and things you get at a baby shower. I'm working on that soon for my Etsy shop.


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