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TAG O’RAMA: Past Due Gratitude – Part 3 of 5

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Life has just gotten away from me in the last few months… between the 365 Daily Challenge, publishing two novels, reading ~100 books, and earning a living, I haven’t been able to keep up with all the wonderful tags and awards that I’ve been blessed with. I’m so grateful to the blogging community for the love and support you’ve shown me and feel awful that I’ve gotten behind on about ~40 nominations or ping-backs. I’ve been trying to catch up, but it’s not working! So… I’ve decided for the next week, I am going to highlight several bloggers each day who have been generous enough to tag me…

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These bloggers deserve the kudos and a celebrated mention so that more people can find out about them and/or connect with amazing people around the world. Below please find 7 blogs you should be checking out and following. I’ve included the original post they tagged me on as well as a response to a few questions or items from their tag. If I stay on schedule, I’ll be caught up and current on my tags within a week, and then I promise to try to stay on top of them going forward. Thank you to everyone for understanding. If I missed a tag or award, let me know. I will fix that! Much gratitude for sharing your blogs with me and in turn with the rest of the blogosphere!

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Currently Reading Booktag

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My Pet

  • Read, Rant, Rock and Roll
  • My ten-year-old shiba inu dog, Ryder, unexpectedly passed away earlier this year. It was one of the worst times in my life, and there are still days where I’m just not ready to accept it. Right now, I don’t have a pet, but I have started discussions with a few breeders and rescue facilities to look at adopting a dog this summer after vacation.

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My Life in Books (Birthday)

  • Naty’s Bookshelf
  • Spell Your Name in Books
    • J –  ‘Just One Damned Thing After Another’ by Jodi Taylor
    • A – ‘After You’ by Jojo Moyes
    • Y – ‘You’ By Caroline Kepnes

Anything But Books

  • The Cozy Pages
  • What do you do other than read or write books that takes you hours?
    • I’m an avid genealogist. I currently have about 2500 people in my family tree on Ancestry.com, but I search several times per week, sometimes hours go by and I haven’t moved an inch from my spot on the couch. I use surnames and proper names from my ancestors in all my books, e.g. Amalia, Graeme, Villing, Glass…

Three Day Quote

  • The Purple Almond
  • Since I am only choosing one question from each tag, I am trying to find the most appropriate one. In this tag, I will laugh at myself. In high school, I was forced to pick a quote for the yearbook, but I kept trying to avoid it. I said something as a joke never expecting it to be printed. Wow, was I embarrassed for… EVER? I still see it when I look at my yearbook. Sticking with the theme of ‘3’ it was:
    • “It takes two to tango but three’s a crowd. So beat it.”

Netflix Book

Jurassic Park World Book

  • Port Jericho
  • A book that changed your perceptions on an issue/culture, etc.
    • ‘The Philosopher’s Apprentice’ by James Morrow: it’s a story about cloning to achieve perfect, but done in such a way it’s funny, relateable and intense.

What’s in My Bookshelf

*** This was a brand new tag by Naty — Definitely check this one out – she did an awesome job!!! ***

Nominations

 

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TAG O’RAMA: Past Due Gratitude – Part 2 of 5

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Life has just gotten away from me in the last few months… between the 365 Daily Challenge, publishing two novels, reading ~100 books, and earning a living, I haven’t been able to keep up with all the wonderful tags and awards that I’ve been blessed with. I’m so grateful to the blogging community for the love and support you’ve shown me and feel awful that I’ve gotten behind on about ~40 nominations or ping-backs. I’ve been trying to catch up, but it’s not working! So… I’ve decided for the next week, I am going to highlight several bloggers each day who have been generous enough to tag me…

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These bloggers deserve the kudos and a celebrated mention so that more people can find out about them and/or connect with amazing people around the world. Below please find 7 blogs you should be checking out and following. I’ve included the original post they tagged me on as well as a response to a few questions or items from their tag. If I stay on schedule, I’ll be caught up and current on my tags within a week, and then I promise to try to stay on top of them going forward. Thank you to everyone for understanding. Much gratitude for sharing your blogs with me and in turn with the rest of the blogosphere!

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Playlist Shuffle

  • BrizzleLass Books
  • Nick Jonas ‘Chains‘ — If you don’t already know this about me, I might be obsessed with him

End of the Year Books

  • Read, Rant, Rock & Roll
  • Is there a book you think could still shock you and become your favorite book of the year?
    • Hazel Gaynor’s ‘The Cottingley Secret’ — reading in June

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Halloween Creatures Books

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Christmas

Falltime Cozy Time Fall Book

  • Naty’s Bookshelf
  • Crunching leaves: the world is full of color – choose a book that has reds/oranges/yellows on the cover
    • Ken Follett’s ‘A Column of Fire’

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Winter is Coming

  • Bookmark Your Thoughts
  • SLEDDING: WE ALL LOVED IT WHEN WE WERE YOUNGER. CHOOSE A BOOK THAT YOU LOVED WHEN YOU WERE A CHILD
    • Maurice Sendak’s ‘Where the Wild Things Are’

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Christmas Cuisine

  • Escaping in Paper
  • Pavlova: The book you’re most looking forward to reading next.
    •  

      Diana Gabaldon’s ‘Dragonfly’ in Amber — starting it tomorrow (May ’18 Book Bucket List pick on my blog’s poll)

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 Nominations

 

TAG O’RAMA: Past Due Gratitude – Part 1 of 5

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Life has just gotten away from me in the last few months… between the 365 Daily Challenge, publishing two novels, reading ~100 books, and earning a living, I haven’t been able to keep up with all the wonderful tags and awards that I’ve been blessed with. I’m so grateful to the blogging community for the love and support you’ve shown me and feel awful that I’ve gotten behind on about ~40 nominations or ping-backs. I’ve been trying to catch up, but it’s not working! So… I’ve decided for the next week, I am going to highlight several bloggers each day who have been generous enough to tag me…

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These bloggers deserve the kudos and a celebrated mention so that more people can find out about them and/or connect with amazing people around the world. Below please find 7 blogs you should be checking out and following. I’ve included the original post they tagged me on as well as a response to a few questions or items from their tag. If I stay on schedule, I’ll be caught up and current on my tags within a week, and then I promise to try to stay on top of them going forward. Thank you to everyone for understanding. Much gratitude for sharing your blogs with me and in turn with the rest of the blogosphere!

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10 Random Facts About Me

  • BrizzleLass Books
  • My random fact is that I can’t stand the taste of mushrooms. They ruin the flavor of anything I’ve ever eaten. And it’s a fungus… why o’ why would someone eat it? 🙂

New Disney Princess

Burn, Rewrite, ReRead

  • She Reads at Past Midnight
  • Books randomly chosen from Goodreads ‘read’ list – this was tough!
    • Burn
      • John Steinbeck’s ‘The Grapes of Wrath’
    • Rewrite
      • William Shakespeare’s ‘Much Ado About Nothing’
    • ReRead
      • E. B. White’s ‘Charlotte’s Web’

Handwriting

  • Ice Breaker 694
  • I truly have the world’s worst handwriting because I’m always rushing, so if I wrote anything, you wouldn’t be able to read it!

School Subject Book

  • Ann the Book Master
  • FRENCH – YOUR FAVORITE FOREIGN BOOK/FILM/PROGRAM
    • Beartown by Fredrik Backman (it was translated from Swedish)
    • beartown

Carpool

  • Growing Self
  • I don’t have a car anymore since I live in NYC, but my last car when I lived in the suburbs was a Volkswagen Tiguan (the year they came out) because it had a moon roof that was the entire ceiling of the car!

Emperor’s New Clothes

  • The Orangutan Librarian
  • “THE DOUBLET IS A LOVELY SHADE OF GREEN” – A BOOK THAT SEDUCED YOU WITH ITS COVER (THAT YOU ENDED UP DISLIKING)
    1. I only picked this because I expected it to be so much better, but the story wasn’t very strong for me. The language and imagery was great, but I was disappointed in how it felt too metaphorical and fluffy.
    2. The Bear and the Nightingale (Winternight Trilogy #1) by

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Nominations

TAG: Book Bloggers, Insiders & Tests

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I’ve been nominated for three different book blogger tags, and I’ve combined them into a new fun tag because after this one, I still have 45 more tags to still complete! Many thanks to readrantrockandrollbookloverblogs, and brizzlelassbooks for the nominations. These were fun — check out their blogs…. these are three of my favorite book bloggers I interact with all the time.

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Rules:
1. Answer the questions below
2. Credit the creator Jamie @ALittleSliceofJamie (1 of 3 since I combined tags… others are unknown)
3. Tag at least 6 people
4. Have fun!

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Describe your perfect reading spot.

Absolute quiet. Perfect temperature. No interruptions.


Tell us three book confessions.

  1. I have to read a series in order or I get all sorts of panicky.
  2. I once wanted a library and had thousands of books. When I moved, I had to give many away. I now only keep about 100 on the shelf.
  3. I’m now at a 50/50 split between reading e-books versus physical books. It’s a good balance.

When was the last time you cried during a book?

Love, Secrets & Absolution by K.L. Loveley

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How many books are on your bedside table?

1 book (Ken Follett’s A Column of Fire) and my iPad to read via Kindle, which has 15 TBR items.

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What’s your favorite snack to eat while you’re reading?

None. I like to keep my fingers clean while reading


Name three books you would recommend to Everyone

 

N.N. Light’s Daily Book of Inspiration

Ken Follett’s Night Over Water

Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None


Describe how much books mean to you in just three words.

Passion. Confidence. Imagination. the-book-blogger-test

1. Where do you typically write your blog posts?

On the couch in my living room

2. How long does it generally take you to write a book review?

30 minutes including formatting and posting on all sites

3. When did you start your book blog?

Fall, 2016

4. What is the worst thing about having a book blog in your opinion?

It is a lot of time to be focused on one thing

5. What is the best thing about having a book blog in your opinion?

Connections you make across the world

6. What blog post have you had the most fun writing so far?

all the 365 Daily Challenge ones

7. What is your favorite type of blog post to write?

Advice on writing / blogging

8. When do you typically write?

Dining Room table which doubles as my desk

9. Do you review every book you read?

Yes. I even went on a quest to review everything I read over the last 30 years I had never reviewed. I now have 575+ on the blog and Goodreads

10. When do you write your book reviews? Right after finishing the book? Two weeks after finishing the book?

Within 2 days so it’s fresh in my mind

11. How often do you post?

Daily usually

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Top 3 book pet hates

  1. Not tying up loose ends
  2. No evidence for why a character does something
  3. Endings that don’t match the overall theme / style of the book

Nominations

 

About Me
For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My debut novel, Watching Glass Shatter, can be purchased on Amazon. I write A LOT. I read 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 find the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge – words and humor. You can also 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. 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. Follow my blog with Bloglovin.

TAG: Would You Rather (Summer)?

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I was tagged for a combination of the “Would you Rather” And “Summer” blogging tags. I’ve combined them together since all three were about summer and choices. I thank the three great bloggers who nominated me:

lifesfinewhine

coffeelovingbookoholic

tvaddictedbookworm

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Would You Rather Questions?

  • live in a tree house or a castle?
    • castle
  • be able to sing beautifully or dance beautifully?
    • sing
  • ride a horse or a camel?
    • horse
  • know a fairy or a unicorn?
    • fairy
  • have a backyard that was a huge bounce house or a huge ball pit?
    • bounce house
  • travel or stay home?
    • travel
  • be able to fly or be able to breathe under water?
    • fly
  • know where you’re going or have it be a surprise?
    • know
  • be on a boat or on an airplane?
    • boat
  • be able to see in the dark or be able to never get tired?
    • see in dark
  • go on a vacation to the beach or to the mountains?
    • mountains
  • have picnics in the forest or in the park?
    • forest
  • swim in the ocean or swim in a pool?
    • pool
  • be a dolphin or a cheetah?
    • cheetah
  • be able to make people laugh or be able to make people trust you?
    • laugh
  • be surprised by a present or be able to pick what you get?
    • pick
  • eat popsicles or watermelon?
    • popsicles
  • go camping or stay in a hotel?
    • hotel
  • do art or read?
    • read
  • experience an epic waterslide or an epic zip line?
    • water slide
  • Have an unlimited money for Ebooks, or a 5,000 dollar B&N giftcard?
    • unlimited
  • Meet any deceased poet, or J.K. Rowling?
    • Rowling
  • Write the world’s most famous book, or visit the world of your favorite book for one day?
    • write it
  • Choose  Jack  or Peter?  (Insert characters from your favorite fictional love triangle)
    • Ummm…. I will never choose! hahaha
  • Experience Hogwarts in a very realistic and accurate virtual reality, or travel around the world for a year, at no cost.
    • Travel the world

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Summer Books

1.) what book cover makes you think of summer?

Rocks, Roses, & Riptides (Ravenwood Cove Mystery #7)

2.) what book has brightened your day?

 

Lord of the Pies (A Kensington Palace Chef Mystery #2)

3.) find a book cover with yellow on it

 

W is for Wasted (Kinsey Millhone, #23)

4.) what is your favorite summer beach read?

 

The Forgotten Garden

5.) what action book had you running for the ice cream man?

 

Prayer for the Dead (Inspector McLean, #5)

6.) (sunburn) what book has left you with a bad and/or painful ending?

 

Into the Water

7.) (sunset) what book gave you the happiest feelings when it ended? 

Love, Secrets, and Absolution

8.) what book cover reminds you of a sunset?

 

A Taste of Chardonnay (The Napa Wine Heiresses, #1)

9.) what is one book or series you hope to read this summer?

The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1)

Nominees

 

About Me
For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My debut novel, Watching Glass Shatter, can be purchased on Amazon. I write A LOT. I read 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 find the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge – words and humor. You can also 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. 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. Follow my blog with Bloglovin.

TAG: Amazon’s 100 Books To Read in a Lifetime

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Many thanks to splashesintobooks and mistysbookspace for nominating be on this tag. It is so much fun! Sorry it took so long for me to complete it… but I read ~25% from the list.

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How many books have you read from Amazon’s list of 100 Books to read in a lifetime?

How to Play:

  1. Include the link to Amazon’s List
  2. Tag the creator of the meme (Perfectly Tolerable)
  3. Tag and thank the Person that tagged you
  4. Copy the list below and indicate which ones you have read
  5. Tally up your total
  6. Comment on the post you were tagged in and let them know how many you read
  7. Tag 5 new people
Title Author Read?
1984 George Orwell
A Brief History of Time Stephen Hawking
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius Dave Eggers
A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier Ishmael Beah
The Bad Beginning Lemony Snicket
A Wrinkle in Time Madeleine L’Engle  Yes
Selected Stories, 1968-1994 Alice Munro
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Lewis Carroll  Yes
All the President’s Men Bob Woodward
Angela’s Ashes: A Memoir Frank McCourt
Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret. Judy Blume
Bel Canto Ann Patchett
Beloved Toni Morrison
Born to Run Christopher McDougall
Breath, Eyes, Memory Edwidge Danticat
Catch-22 Joseph Heller
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Roald Dahl  Yes
Charlotte’s Web E. B White  Yes
Cutting for Stone Abraham Verghese  Yes
Daring Greatly Brené Brown
Diary of a Wimpy Kid Jeff Kinney
Dune Frank Herbert
Fahrenheit 451 Ray Bradbury
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas Hunter S. Thompson
Gone Girl Gillian Flynn
Goodnight Moon Margaret Wise Brow
Great Expectations Charles Dickens  Yes
Guns, Germs, and Steel Jared Diamond Ph.D.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone J.K. Rowling Yes
In Cold Blood Truman Capote
Interpreter of Maladies Jhumpa Lahiri
Invisible Man Ralph Ellison
Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth Chris Ware
Kitchen Confidential Anthony Bourdain
Life After Life Kate Atkinson
Little House on the Prairie Laura Ingalls Wilder
Lolita Vladimir Nabokov
Love in the Time of Cholera Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Love Medicine Louise Erdrich
Man’s Search for Meaning Viktor E. Frankl
Me Talk Pretty One Day David Sedaris
Middlesex Jeffrey Eugenides
Midnight’s Children Salman Rushdie
Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game Michael Lewis
Of Human Bondage W. Somerset Maugham
On the Road Jack Kerouac
Out of Africa Isak Dinesen
Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood Marjane Satrapi
Portnoy’s Complaint Philip Roth
Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen  Yes
Silent Spring Rachel Carson
Slaughterhouse-Five Kurt Vonnegut
Team of Rivals Doris Kearns Goodwin
The Age of Innocence Edith Wharton
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay Michael Chabon
The Autobiography of Malcolm X Malcolm X
The Book Thief Markus Zusak  Yes
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao Junot Díaz  Yes
The Catcher in the Rye J. D. Salinger  Yes
The Color of Water James McBride
The Corrections Jonathan Franzen
The Devil in the White City Erik Larson
The Diary of a Young Girl Anne Frank  Yes
The Fault in Our Stars John Green
The Giver Lois Lowry  Yes
The Golden Compass Philip Pullman  Yes
The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald  Yes
The Handmaid’s Tale Margaret Atwood
The House at Pooh Corner A. Milne  Yes
The Hunger Games Suzanne Collins Yes
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Rebecca Skloot
The Liars’ Club Mary Karr
The Lightning Thief Rick Riordan
The Little Prince Antoine de Saint-Exupéry  Yes
The Long Goodbye Raymond Chandler
The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 Lawrence Wright
The Lord of the Rings J.R.R. Tolkien  Yes
The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat Oliver Sacks
The Omnivore’s Dilemma Michael Pollan
The Phantom Tollbooth Norton Juster
The Poisonwood Bible Barbara Kingsolver
The Power Broker Robert A. Caro
The Right Stuff Tom Wolfe
The Road Cormac McCarthy
The Secret History Donna Tartt  Yes
The Shining Stephen King
The Stranger Albert Camus
The Sun Also Rises Ernest Hemingway
The Things They Carried Tim O’Brien
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Eric Carle Yes
The Wind in the Willows Kenneth Grahame
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle Haruki Murakami
The World According to Garp John Irving
The Year of Magical Thinking Joan Didion
Things Fall Apart Chinua Achebe
To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee  Yes
Unbroken Laura Hillenbrand
Valley of the Dolls Jacqueline Susann
Where the Sidewalk Ends Shel Silverstein  Yes
Where the Wild Things Are Maurice Sendak  Yes

I’ve 24 books… not bad almost 25%. I’ve read 10 other books by authors on this list, but not the one mentioned here. I’ve also seen 5 movies on the list but never read the book. So… I’m happy with the results. How about you?

I Tag:

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About Me
For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My debut novel, Watching Glass Shatter, can be purchased on Amazon. I write A LOT. I read 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 find the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge – words and humor. You can also 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. 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. Follow my blog with Bloglovin.

TAG: 3 Quotes, 3 Days (Father Figure Version)

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I was tagged by three people in the last few weeks for the ‘3 Quotes, 3 Days Challenge,’ but since I didn’t get to it right away, and I have so many to do… I’m combining the three tags and quotes, and doing it all in one day. I’m also taking this as an opportunity to reveal 3 random quotes from my upcoming novel, Father Figure, which will be published in just over one month. To see more about this book, read this post.

For anyone I nominate, you should do this tag 3 days in a row, not just one day. And you should choose other books you love, not the way I’m doing it! I’m just being a difficult creative and selfish open-minded guy! LOL Thank you to the following 3 amazing bloggers for nominating me:

onceuponaspineblog

icebreaker694

panicatthebookstoreblog

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The Rules (that I’m not exactly following)

  • Thank the person who nominated you
  • Post a quote for 3 consecutive days (1 quote for each day)
  • Nominate three new bloggers each day

 

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Day 1 Quote

  • “He said you were young, but I didn’t expect a child. I ain’t gonna be no babysitter.” He faked a quick handshake, then palmed the side of his head to flatten out his hair. “You eighteen yet, sugar?”
    • This was said to Amalia, an 18-year-old girl meeting someone new for the first time. It captures his character and voice in just a few simple words.

Day 2 Quote

  • “Well, for one thing… you have a chance for a great future if you put your mind to it. Stop worrying about what other people think, say, or do. You have the power here. It’s your life. If you keep letting the unknown mysteries of the past color every aspect of your present, you’ll wake up one day in the future with nothing but regret over lost time.”
    • This was said to Brianna, an 18-year-old girl searching for her father. It’s something we hear in different forms all the time, but when put together, it has a powerful impact on her.

Day 3 Quote

  • “Everyone says you’re still a kid, you’re barely at the beginning of your future, or you’re still not ready to make decisions on your own. Yet, there was such an incredible amount of pressure to figure everything out before you graduated from high school—they want you to know exactly what college to select, how to be an adult who can make proper decisions, and which direction to lay out your entire life plan. Could making decisions too early in life lead normally sane and productive people to experience a mid-life crisis? If life were truly that easy, why had so many people fallen into depression, killed themselves, or turned to drugs and alcohol?”
    • These were a few thoughts by a character trying to discover her identity while at the same time recognizing all the pressure being put on her to make a decision. For me, it captures who she is and relates her to every reader at some point in their lives.

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Nominees:

raynotbradbury

books6259

foodzesty

thescribblingssite

bookfiendsite

growingself

readrantrockandroll

cadburypom

invisible-no-more

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About Me
For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My debut novel, Watching Glass Shatter, can be purchased on Amazon. I write A LOT. I read 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 find the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge – words and humor. You can also 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. 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. Follow my blog with Bloglovin.