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Choosing the Right Book…

Hello Dear Followers,

Last night I was reading some of the final pages of “Wild” by Cheryl Strayed, (not finished it yet..almost done!) and I began to think about my next book choice.  For months I had one book in mind, was so sure about it.  Until last night.

What made last night stand out? Nothing really. But I think my needs changed. And right now, I am looking for an escape.  And this book may not be it. No biggie.  A few days ago, two friends recommended two different self-help books, while I have both on my to-read list, I think I need a fictional novel.

Let me dive into someone else’s life while I try to figure out my own.  Have you ever felt this way before? Not knowing which book to choose?  Here are some things to think about:

  • Pick a book based on what you are feeling. Intuitive reading I like to call it. What does your heart and mind need at this moment? Does it need some help? And are you willing to listen? Choose a self-help book. Are you in love? Choose a good love story.  Let your feelings decide.
  • Are we going with classics, older contemporaries or the latest book trend?  Several people in the past have said to keep your blog engaging, you should be reading what is popular, I don’t know that I completely agree with that.  I think people appreciate books they haven’t heard about in a while, or books they have never heard of at all.  For example, right now I am sure everyone is reading a few of the following: “Big Little Lies”  or “Handmaid’s Tale” or they are re-reading “Fifty Shades Freed”.  Why not stay away from what is popular for a bit, return to these books when the popularity has dimmed a bit.
  • What genres are your favorite?  Do you tend to go back to old standbys or are you willing to branch out and try something new?
  • What you loved before, you may not love now.  I have a ton of books on my shelf that has me questioning, “What was I thinking when I bought this?” Which is sad, because my books are my treasures.
  • Reading is for enjoyment, so it’s important to choose a book you will actually enjoy and want to recommend to someone else.

Until next time…

My Journey to Self-Love

Hello Dear Followers,

I know I have slacked big time on keeping up with this blog, and I always promise to get back here and read a book a month, but time is just not with me these days. I am involved in so many things that taking even 45 minutes to read is a huge feat.  So of course I’ve decided to write a book.

Because you know, we all have the time to do that?  Mine is a non-fiction book on self-love.  I am writing it because at 32-years old, I realized it’s time to love myself.  While I am no where near the end of my journey, very much at the beginning with some challenges still ahead,  I am keeping notes of thoughts, experiences, what I hear – anything and everything I’ve doing that is a devotion to self-love.

I don’t expect to write and publish anything that is drastically different that what is probably already out there, but I am not worrying about that, this is my journey and what is already out there does not matter to me. I am on a path where I want to not only help myself, but help others as well. I don’t think of myself as the best writer nor am I the worst, but if even one single thought on this subject can help another person’s life, I am willing to try.

Also, this book won’t be ready anytime soon, I am in the research phase, I am in the phase of listening and experiencing and talking to people about it.  It could be a few years before this book sees the light of day, if at all.

For a few years now I have struggled on a topic for a book, I had originally wanted to write a fiction novel, but that didn’t feel right, not yet anyway.  This topic, feels right and I am excited about it. So I must continue on this journey, right?

I don’t force anything with what I am writing, if a thought comes to me that I want to be part of the book, it gets written down.  It is really a book of the senses at the moment, I don’t have a formula or a real outline like most authors do.

I have a rough idea of how I want this book to look and feel and be, but all of it is still in very preliminary.

Several people have told me I should be a teacher and that I should or am destined to write a book, and I feel like this is my chance.  So I am moving ahead and doing it.

The reason I am writing this post and revealing to you what I am writing is because I need your help.  I want to hear about what you think self-love is? How would you describe it? What are some of the challenges you face with it? What have been some of the rewards from the practice?  What have you learned most about self-love that you didn’t know before?  I want to hear it all.

Please feel free to comment below and share your thoughts with me.  Thank you!


Books From My Bedroom…

Hello Dear Followers,

When I began this blog a few years ago, my books were in my closet, (hence the name).  Recently, or three months rather, I moved out of my home with my parents and went out on my own, bringing all of my un-read books with me.  After three months, I finally found a bookshelf and my books are on display.

They aren’t in my closet anymore collecting dust begging to be read, but front and center in my new bedroom.  As I was putting my books on the shelf yesterday, I began to wonder what would people think of my book choices that sit here?

I love history so there are books about Abraham Lincoln and other biographies of major influential people in my collection, I love Nicholas Sparks novels so there is some of that in there too.  I have the classics like “Charles Dickens” and “Jane Eyre” and “The Grapes of Wrath,”  these were books I had always wanted to read, but never did until now.

I have books that are trending at the moment, like Elizabeth Gilbert’s “The Signature of all Things.” Last night before I went to bed I counted how many books I actually that are un-read and including the ones on my iPad, I have 162 un-read books.

You can say I have a bit of an obsession, but lately I have to admit I have neglected this blog and the purpose of it.  The other day I met Elizabeth Gilbert again  and when I come across other authors that I favor (Louisa May Alcott, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Mitch Albom etc…)  I felt the thirst to return to my creative side.  The side the writes her thoughts down, the side that reads regularly.

I can’t make any promises because I have broken so many with this blog, gosh, I hope I still have followers!  Oh! and I am not changing the name of this blog because my location changed… 🙂

I thought I would share this before I go to sleep tonight!  Thanks so much!



The State of the Bookstore

Hello Dear Followers,


My books from tonight’s visit to the bookstore!

Tonight I got a rare opportunity to do something I haven’t done in a while, walk through the bookstore looking at all the wonderful books both new and familiar.  I had the notepad on my iphone handy ready to add to the “Books I Want”  list.  So what did I see?  A lot of bargains, for Father’s Day, but also general bargains.  I saw the bookstore added new sections geared toward teen paranormal books which I am going to assume began with the advent of “Twilight Saga” by Stephanie Meyer.  Sadly, I found the fiction and literature section minimized, and more toys and games sections have broadened.  This disappointed me tremendously, because it showed the drastic change in state of the bookstore as many find books electronically or not at all.  What happened with an honest to goodness book?

While I am not old, by no means (just turned 30 in January)  I come from a time when physical books were still treasured.  I have yet to embrace the e-readers out there, I love the smell and feel of a book. I fear the future generations won’t have that pleasure, nor will they have the pleasure I had of walking through a bookstore basking the fresh smell of books and sitting in comfy couches embarking on the journey the book has to offer.

Until next time…

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