Day: May 5, 2017

Award: The Versatile Blogger

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for nominating me. Please take a look at her site as it’s a treasure trove of short stories, reviews, artist links and other great blogging fun.

I would also like to thank Phil at Life Plan for a nomination for this award, too. Please stop by his site to see daily posts about everything he encounters in life and the philosophy of “never give up” — always something inspirational in his posts.

Very grateful for the consideration from both on-line friends, as this was first award I had been nominated for since blogging. Let’s get to the Versatile Blogger Award content!

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THE RULES:

  • You have to thank the person who nominated you and provide a link to their blog! (Being kind)
  • Link the nominees and inform them about their nomination (passing the love, that was given)
  • Nominate at least 15 bloggers of your choice (At least)
  • Share 7 facts about yourself (being truthful)

 

MY FACTS:

  • I left a role in corporate technology management last fall and am focusing a writing career.
  • I’m very shy and awkward in person, but completely able to talk about anything when online.
  • I’m a sucker for romance but I can’t seem to enjoy any sort of romance novel.
  • If I could conjure up any talent, it would be singing or playing music. But I am basically as far from it as one could get in my current form.
  • I believe in past lives. I need to go through a regression!
  • I’m afraid I’ll never catch up on my book reviews or I’ll bore everyone to tears while on the pathway to completion. One of the two will happen.
  • If you tempt me with chocolate, I’m unable to say no to most things. Please don’t use it against me now that you know.

 

I NOMINATE:

readrantrockandroll

iamdes

iamthatgirl23

bookishendeavors

lghiggins

Books, Vertigo and Tea

alwaystrustinbooks

susandyer1962

mistysbookspace

Dee’s Rad Reads and Reviews

Patricia at Tea and Tales

sarahylockwood

PatriciaFairweatherRomero

BrizzleLass

Caron Bull

Rae Longest

Nel

Bentley ★ BookBastion.net

kathyscottage

bookprincessreviews

theorangutanlibrarian

cindy knoke

bettylouise31

*** More to come for other tags and awards!

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Review: Oliver Twist

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Oliver TwistMy rating: 3 of 5 stars

Review
I only read Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens once, back in 6th grade when I was about 12 years old. It was one of the classic books I’d received as a Christmas present, and I loved Dickens’ other children’s stories, so I had to read this one. It’s much more harsh tho, and might be a little difficult for a 12 year old to take in without having a better picture of the world. It’s one of those books nagging at the back of my mind… “Please re-read me. I bet you’ll like me a whole lot more.” And it’s probably true… so perhaps I can find some time to squeeze this one in for the year. I while read a lot of older books, I should throw in a “classic” or “pre-19th century” book every ten books or so… just to keep me ed-u-ma-ca-ted.

Several key things about the book to help you decide if you want to read it:

1. The catch phrase: can I have so more, may I have another please…

2. Commentary about life being poor

3. Written in 1838… almost 200 years old!

4. A happy ending

Not a spoiler: I’m just saying… we all die sometime, right?

5. Adventure for a young adult / kid

6. Truly understanding what an orphan meant — they have scissors for hands, right?



About Me
For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I read A LOT. I write A LOT. And now I blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, where you’ll also find TV & Film reviews, the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge and lots of blogging about places I’ve visited all over the world. And you can find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Vote in the poll and ratings. Thanks for stopping by. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.

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Review: May I Bring a Friend?

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May I Bring a Friend?Book Review
May I Bring a Friend? by Beatrice Schenk De Regniers is one of those special children’s picture books we all must love. And for that, it gets 4+ out of 5 stars from this book lover.

I taught this story when I was teaching a class back in college as part of a collection of books on lessons for first graders back in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Imagine being invited to tea by the King and Queen, and having the audacity to ask if you could bring a friend… What could the royal couple do but say yes. And they say yes for several days, all the time our main character brings a new friend from the zoo each and every time. And how will they fit in the castle? And what if they need water? And how do they speak? So many questions for children. But it’s adorable… full of great pictures and rhymes to help with memory. And in the end, the lessons are fantastic. To teach children to be kind to everyone no matter their differences. Oh… what a fun memory for today.

About Me
For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I read A LOT. I write A LOT. And now I blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, where you’ll also find TV & Film reviews, the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge and lots of blogging about places I’ve visited all over the world. And you can find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Vote in the poll and ratings. Thanks for stopping by. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.

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Review: Deadlock

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DeadlockBook Review
VI’s back and this time it’s personal. Although it appears like her cousin, Boom Boom Warshawski, a famous hockey player, slipped off the wharf, VI smells trouble lurking in the depths of his shallow grave. 4 of 5 stars to Deadlock, the second book in the VI Warshawski thriller mystery series by Sara Paretsky. When it’s family, you won’t stop until you find the killer. And that’s exactly the path VI sets off on once she’s convinced of foul play. Learning more about her cousin’s life, on and off the ice activities and last few days is not easy. Too many people have different stories, some feel she’s exaggerating the potential clues, but eventually, she finds proof and is able to narrow the path down to a specific reason. But knowing who did it was not easy, especially when she has very little background on the shipping docks and industry. But she finds a few folks willing to help out under the radar — some thru volunteer and some by force.

This was a strong follow-up to the first in series and helped be part of the launch for this series to the forefront in the 80s and 90s. Working in Chicago is tough, but Paretsky does a grand job at showing the risky nature of he business VI’s involved in. Learning how the ships work, what’s necessary for deliveries, how the boats come in and out, etc. is a fascinating business. As usual, these books never fail to provide both a learning experience and an opportunity to solve the crime. One of the early ones in the series, but also one of the stronger ones for me…

About Me
For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I read A LOT. I write A LOT. And now I blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, where you’ll also find TV & Film reviews, the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge and lots of blogging about places I’ve visited all over the world. And you can find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Vote in the poll and ratings. Thanks for stopping by. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.

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Review: The Cat Who Played Post Office

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The Cat Who Played Post OfficeBook Review
4 of 5 stars to The Cat Who Played Post Office, the 6th book in the Cat Who mystery series, by Lilian Jackson Braun. This is one of my favorite books in the whole series. It’s actually the book that really changes the series, moving Qwill from the urban city atmosphere to 400 miles north of everywhere. Yes, some changed in the previous book, number 5, but this is the one where Qwill had to make some decisions about his future. His Aunt Fanny has passed away, leaving him millions of dollars; however, he has to move to Moose County where she lived for 5 years to inherit the funds. The good thing… he doesn’t want the money, but he knows in order to protect all the charities and foundations, he needs to keep the money. And he does… but he eventually stay a lot longer than 5 years.

It kicks off with Qwill having some memory issues post-accident. Someone does not want him inheriting this money, nor living in Pickax. And thus begins his long-time friendships and enemy-lines among the townspeople in Moose County. This is the book where you learn the history, the core families, the necessary facts to set up a series for another 20 books. It’s a must read if you are sampling some in this series. For a while, I wanted to move here… even tho it doesn’t exist… it was modeled after a few towns. Perhaps some day… and I too can solve cozy crimes.

About Me
For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I read A LOT. I write A LOT. And now I blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, where you’ll also find TV & Film reviews, the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge and lots of blogging about places I’ve visited all over the world. And you can find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Vote in the poll and ratings. Thanks for stopping by. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.

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Review: Dying for Chocolate

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Dying for Chocolate Book Review
3 of 5 stars to Dying for Chocolate, the second installment in the Goldy Bear Culinary Mystery series, by Diane Mott Davidson, published in 1992. I stumbled on to this series after college and quickly purchased the first five or six books to read as quickly as possible. It’s one of those series you should read the first few in a row, so you are immersed in the cozy world of fun. And with a title all about chocolate, how could you resist? The recipes in the book look fun and simple. But they tend to be a little non-diet friendly, and although I am not usually on a diet, I do watch what I eat. And when it comes to desserts, I can’t make them too often unless I’m giving them away — or I’ll eat the whole thing.

This book continues the intro to Goldy and her pre-teen/teen son, a good example of a parent/child relationship post-divorce. It helps that Arch is a good kid, but Goldy can sometimes be too motherly over some things. Her friendship with Marla is a hoot. And her interesting flirtation (if you can call it that) with the doctor and the policeman are heating up. But when 1 of them is killed, you know we won’t suffer too long with the infamous cozy triangle.

The mystery is a bit of a whodunit and keeps you guessing but it needs to be stronger in future books (and it does get there). Goldy settles into town just outside of Denver. I’ve always wanted to see Denver, and these books give you a little taste of it.

The other thing about this book is that it’s different than the first one in a way where you can tell the writer was reacting to fan feedback; setting changes, characters change… it’s almost like she’s testing out the best combination for readers. And I’m OK with that in the first few… then I like consistency with growth. Not just a complete turnabout.

Fun cozy times… relaxing series. I go back and forth between this one and Joanne Fluke’s Hannah Swensen series. Very similar styles.

About Me
For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I read A LOT. I write A LOT. And now I blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, where you’ll also find TV & Film reviews, the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge and lots of blogging about places I’ve visited all over the world. And you can find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Vote in the poll and ratings. Thanks for stopping by. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.

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TAG: Blogger Stats Book

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Welcome to the Blogger Stats Book Tag

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Last Three Books You Read?

Spoilers or Spoiler Free?

I love spoilers for anything on TV… I will always look them up in advance of the episode or movie. But in books, I hate them. I want to read for myself; however, I will sometimes peruse the last few pages of a book before starting it.

In my book reviews, I don’t include spoilers as a general guideline; however, if something borders on a spoiler, I will include an alert before someone sees the info.

How Long Have You Been Book Blogging?

I began using Goodreads in 2011/12, but didn’t include reviews until 2015. I created this website in October 2016, so about 8 months now. It started out as just book reviews, but it’s expanded to:

  • Book Reviews with genre, author and book series information
  • Film / TV Show / Movie Reviews
  • Vacation and Trip Reviews
  • 365 Daily Challenge — check it out, you know you want to!
  • Personal Blog

Last Book You Read In One Sitting?

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Your Favorite Genre

Mystery

Preferred book size? (novella, tome, etc)

I tend to love reading a book series, so the longer the better. But since I’m trying to read more books and varied genres, I am usually comfortable between 300 and 400 pages.

Amount of books on your TBR?

Goodreads tells me I have 1,113 books on my “to read” list, but I have 21 sitting on my physical bookshelf or downloaded into my Kindle eReader.

A book you have DNF’d?

I couldn’t completely finish it… read my review to see why!

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Recent awards or milestones?

I hadn’t even realized there were blogger awards until last week, so I’ve got none!

I just had my best day since the site was created. I had 109 likes and 213 views in a single day. While that’s fairly small compared to everyone else, I only have ~200 followers at this point, so it’s steadily improving.

Best interaction with an author you enjoy?

Although I am a writer, I haven’t spent much time with other authors. But I tend to like when I connect with them on Facebook and get a few likes or messages from them directly.

Average number of books you read per month?

I average about 2 to 3 books per week, so around 10 per month.

Top three publishers?

I haven’t been paying attention to the specific publisher as much as I should. I have been focusing more on genre and author. But you’ve just given me a great idea. Thanks!

Social media sites your blog uses?

For book reviews, I first publish on Goodreads, then send it to this blog. From there, I share it on Twitter, Tumblr, Google+ and Pinterest.

For general blogging items, same as above but start with the post here on WordPress (WP).

Average amount of time you spend on networking?

It ranges pretty wide. Right now, for a variety of reasons, I probably spend 2 to 3 hours per day blogging and networking.

Most comfortable blogging position?

Sitting on the couch with my legs crossed or stretched out on an ottoman. Laptop on a pillow on my lap. Water or coffee on the table next to me. And Ryder (dog) cuddled up by my side.

Music or quiet when writing reviews?

Generally quiet. Sometimes I’ll put on a radio station for light background music.

Can you sum up your blogging style in 5 words?

Witty. Funny. Diverse. Organized. Introspective.

A blog you looked up to starting out?

To be honest, I didn’t look at other people’s blogs. I just started designing to learn how to use the WordPress tool. And as I began seeing content on other people’s sites, I added more to mine. I have a lot of online friends with cool blogs, but I try to be creative and not compare to others too much. I’d never get anything done if I tried to live up to some of the folks I follow. They’re too good!

The best book you have reviewed so far?

Hmmm…  there are too many. But my favorite book right now is below and the review is here:

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Best piece of blogging advice?

Have an outline. Winging it is good once you have a base established. Decide what layout and format works best for you. Organize your content. Determine your comfort level on how often you blog and network. Essentially… be somewhat consistent and reliable so people want to keep checking it out.

It’s time for tagging….

Open to everyone… let’s have some fun.

 

About Me

I’m Jay and I live in NYC. By profession, I work in technology. By passion, I work in writing. Each week, I will post a summary of a trip I’ve taken somewhere in the world. I’ll cover the transportation, hotel, restaurants, activities, who, what, when, where and why… and let you decide for yourself if it’s a trip worth taking.

Once you hit my site “ThisIsMyTruthNow” at https://thisismytruthnow.com, you can join the fun and see my blog and various site content. You’ll find book reviews, published and in-progress fiction, TV/Film reviews, favorite vacation spots and my own version of the “365 Daily Challenge.” Since March 13, 2017, I’ve posted a characteristic either I currently embody or one I’d like to embody in the future. 365 days of reflection to discover who I am and what I want out of life… see how you compare!

Feel free to like, rate, comment or take the poll for each post. Tell me what you think. Note: All content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.