Friday, October 30, 2009

Never Too Busy for Books

Had a wonderful afternoon at the library. Although I recently completed my goal to read 25 library books during this year, this doesn't mean I'm not up for enjoying more as the year winds up in a couple of months.

I walked through the doors and saw the library's new acquisitions sitting on the 'look at me' shelf. One book that caught my eye (even if it is a little early) was The Christmas Secret by Donna VanLiere. I haven't read anything of hers before. According to the inside cover, this novel that 'reveals how the greatest gifts in our lives are sometimes discovered beneath the biggest boulder in the road.' I'm hoping for something warm and cozy.

Next....I'm hooked and so I went in search of another children's adventure novel by Madeleine L'Engle. Many Waters is a story about 'run-of-the-mill' twins in the extraordinary Murry family. Nothing especially interesting has ever happened to Sandy and Dennys. Nothing, that is, until the bitter cold afternoon when, fooling around in their parents' lab, they type on the new computer: TAKE ME SOMEPLACE WARM, SOMEPLACE WARM AND SPARSELY POPULATED. And tessering across time and space, Sandy and Dennys are suddenly in a harsh desert land where, if they believe in unicorns, they can find unicorns..."

Then I followed my nose up and down a few other aisles and something by Valorie Burton caught my eye. Wait a minute, I recognize that name. I signed up for her informative and motivational e-mails a while ago. She's a personal life coach and I've always enjoyed her timely advice and encouragement. So I added to my growing pile her copy of How Did I Get So Busy? The 28-Day Plan to Free Your Time, Reclaim Your Schedule, and Reconnect with What Matters Most.

I don't know about you, but I'm often drawn to books by their front covers. So when I found this book with a fifties style dress on the cover that has cut-out tabs for paper dolls, I had to pick it up. (I loved playing with paper dolls when I was a girl!) Author Penelope Lively has written a fiction novel entitled Making It Up. She writes a story about her life as she imagined it might have turned out if she'd made different choices and experienced other circumstances. Mmm ... gotta add that to my growing armload.

And that's my haul for this week. Now comes the hard part -- which one do I start first?

Wishing you a great day,


  1. wow, you could be a great got me interested in several of your books. I love to read but right now I'm focused mostly on writing my hubby's life history. What a monumental task though I have tons of notes to work with. Happy reading!

  2. Brenda - love that picture! Thanks so much for visiting my blog and your kind comments - kindred spirits indeed I believe! This post had a lot of good book recommendations - I just do not get a lot of time to read. One of my favorite genre of books is Sherlock Holmes pastiches. DS just ordered me 2 for a late birthday present. Much love - Raquel XO

  3. What treasures! I'm a book-lover myself, so I totally relate to both the "hunting" side of your tale, and the "choosing" side.

    Whatever you decide, a bag of licorice or a bowl of popcorn will go nicely.


  4. You read to write.
    Your write to read.
    You both very well!

  5. I think you have been bitten by the library bug!!! I loved all of the different books you brought home. I loved playing with paper dolls too!!


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