#BookBlogWriMo Day 6 – #TBT Favorite Childhood Books and Thanks

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#BookBlogWriMo Day 6 – #TBT – Favorite Childhood Books

I was that kid who always got reprimanded in class for hiding books under my desk and reading… during every class. I always had my nose stuck in a book. Once I saw this was a prompt, I knew it just wouldn’t be possible to list all of the books that I loved growing up, so I tried to mix in to run through growing up. I look at my book shelves happily, knowing that my college of loved books is growing all the time. I find myself going through the Used Book Superstore and spending hours in the Child and Young Adult sections. This post was actually a whole lot of fun for me to do because it brought me back. Now I want to go back and read some of these books again. I’m sure my mother will get a kick out of this, too. Well, here are some of my favorites:

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Love You Forever
By: Robert Munsch

This story was, by far, my favorite book growing up. I remember turning the pages and falling deeper into this story. My heart broke as time moved on in this story, even when I was a young child. This story affected me far deeper than it probably should have and still sticks with me today.

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Where the Sidewalk Ends
By: Shel Silverstein

I have loved poetry forever. I have notebooks filled with my poetry from since I was little until the end of college. I haven’t written much since, but WTSE (and anything else by him) was such a wonderful adventure for me. I love the quirkiness to this day. I look forward to owning the entire collection one day. Even beyond all of that, the illustrations in his books are absolutely wonderful. I wanted to be Shel Silverstein.

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Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret.
By: Judy Blume

I read this book over and over and over again. Something about this story pulled me right in and I couldn’t get it. I felt it. I understood it. I was it. I was that little girl who would say, “Are you there God? It’s me, Samantha.” Then I’d just start talking. This story made me feel better. This one was a huge thanks to my Mom. She introduced me to Judy Blume and I was hooked. Her, and Sharon Creech.

 

 

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By: Cate Tiernan

I have read this one over and over, as well. All of them. Every few years, I go back to this series and pick it up, then I relive the moments. This book was such a wonderful look into a fantasy world with a great basis on fact. I love that my family was so open minded and comfortable to let me read books about Wicca. I loved getting lost in this world of magick and nature and love. It also made me fall in love with the name Hunter. 🙂

 

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The Outsiders
By: S.E. Hinton

This is the most important book that my mother gave to me when I was younger. There is no other book that has stayed with me as much as this one has. My favorite poem comes from this book, my first book crush Johnnycake, and some of the most wonderful life lessons. S.E. Hinton started writing this book when she was just 15 and it was published when she was 18! She was an inspiration to my young mind. If she could do it, so could I. Come to think of it, I’m due to re-read this one again, too.

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The Harry Potter Series
By: J.K. Rowling

I don’t think this series needs much of an explanation, but I will give one anyway. I grew up with these books. As my mother would read to my younger sister chapter by chapter each night, I would take the book and read at my own pace, quickly finishing and anxiously awaiting the release of the next book. I fell in love with this wonderful world and, like most kids my age, wished my own letter to Hogwarts would arrive.

 

 

*sigh* What a wonderful childhood I had. So many great books.

30 Days of Thanks – Day 6

This is easy… I am thankful for all of the books above. They shaped me into the person I am today, as all of the books I have read and will read will continue to do so.

 

What books are some of your favorites from childhood?

 

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#BookBlogWriMo Day 5 – Where I Blog and Thanks

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#BookBlogWriMo Day 5 – Where I Blog

On most days, I physically blog while I’m at home; some days, I blog when I’m on my lunch break at work. It all depends on when something strikes or if I want to try and get ahead on a post.

All days, I blog psychologically. There’s always some idea running through  my head that I can’t shake. I’ve started keeping a mini journal to keep track, but that will come during a later topic.

 

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Today I am thankful for the beautiful creature you see to the right.. Abigail Victoria, or Abby for short. She’s my beautiful golden retriever. Well, she lives with my parents, but she’s still mine. You know how that is. 🙂 She’s probably the best therapy a girl could have. When I lived with my parents, she was a nice warm blanket, a best friend, and a snuggle bug. She swims in the pool during the summer and shares Thanksgiving dinner with us (with her own place and everything!) – puppy-sized portions, wpid-IMG_33964367156988.jpegof course.

She has met Dobby and Winky, and well… their relationship could use a little help.

The picture on the left is from a few years back when Abby and I got to be in RED Magazine – Target Corporation’s employee mag. It was a really exciting day for us as we ventured to a pet supply store in Boston and got to go through this awesome professional photography session. We got a 3 spread, too! So.. Abby is famous. She’ll happily sign autographs with her paw, but she may get a bit too distracted.

#BookBlogWriMo Day 3 – Where I Read and Thanks

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#BookBlogWriMo Day 3 – Where I Read

I read everywhere. Seriously, I always have a book with me. Think Rory Gilmore – Gilmore Girls. I feel naked without a book. Really, they’re another appendage.

Some of my main reading spots include:
– the train on the way to and from work. This allows for a good almost two hours of reading. That’s a pretty hefty dent.
– during lunch at work. Especially on those days I feel itching to finish a really great story.
– right before bed. Duh. Best place to read ever.
– on the couch in front of the tv. Ya, even when it’s on.

Then everywhere in between. 🙂

30 Days of Thanks – Day 3

I am thankful for having a steady daytime job that I enjoy.

#BookBlogWriMo Day 2 – How I Read and Thanks

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#BookBlogWriMo Day 2 – How I Read

This is such a loaded topic – how do I read? At first I told myself I would only ever read paper books,but then I downloaded the Kindle app on my old phone after discovering 100 Free Books and was a lost cause. Free books at my finger tips? Shortly after this discovery, my husband, parents, and in-laws got my my Kindle Fire HD and, well, now I’d have to say I read a bit of everything. I still prefer to read a “real” book, but my Kindle houses all of my indie author review books.

During the day, my Kindle is set to absolute brightness – the mobi formatting is usually the tan background with the brown font color, typically set to something standard. At night, I turn down the brightness and change the formatting to the black background and white font – the perfect “pre-sleep” setting. As for paperbacks – well, they only come one way and that’s just fine with me.

I read on the way to work on the train, at lunch, on the way home, and before bed. If I’m really hooked on a book, I find extra time in between all those times to read. It’s hard to cut the addiction once it starts, after all.

I read quickly, unless I’m editing something.

I try not to buy books unless I absolutely need to. My TBR list is SO long, but I don’t have the funds to buy them all. I buy many of my paper books from the Used Book Superstore in Burlington, MA. I like to adopt books. 🙂

If I’m reading a “real” book, I sometimes use regular bookmarks, but I’ve been known to grab a post-it note or an index card to throw in as I work through the story. I don’t mark up my books, though I do a lot of highlighting and note taking in my Kindle. If a line makes me laugh out loud on the train, I know it’s a keeper. If I think something is poorly worded, I highly those, too.

I cringe at poor editing while reading, and there have been times when I can’t work my way through a story because the editing is so rough.

I have never listened to an Audiobook, though I think it would be so much fun to record one. (Authors, I’m lookin’ at you!)

How do you read?

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30 Days of Thanks – Day 2

Today I am thankful for the roof over my head. It’s snowing outside and I couldn’t be happier to be indoors and away from the cold. I’m fortunate to have a place to come back to every day and call home, a warm bed to sleep in, and a wonderful little family to keep me company.