January 31, 2011

Monday Memes

MONDAY


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Hosted by Miz B at Should Be Reading
This week's question:
What’s the last thing you stayed up half the night reading because it was so good you couldn’t put it down?
My answer:
I have to be honest, it wasn't half the night, those days are long gone.  But it was past the time I usually fall asleep and I was fighting to stay awake to read more.  And it was just recently.  It was Godchild by Vincent Zandri.  I have become a big fan of his writing and books, he is like a J. Patterson, A. Hitchcock and with his latest, S. King, all rolled up into one.


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January has been hosted by Rose City Reader
 Mailbox Monday was created by Marcia of The Printed Page and is now on tour.
According to Marcia, “Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week. Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.”
Before sharing my mailbox, I want to give a BIG thank you to Rose City Reader for being a wonderful hostess during the month of January.  I think everyone will agree that it has been a very pleasant experience and she did a fantastic job.  Bravo!!!

For Review:
          Turner Publishing                                                   NetGalley

And I also received from Simon & Schuster The Survivor by Sean Slater (no image available) from signing up for the Mystery/Suspense Challenge being hosted by Carolyn from Book Chick City.  Thank You Carolyn!!!!!


 


               Hosted by Java from Never Growing Old
"Meet Me On Monday!"
Blogging is a funny thing...we tell our most intimate thoughts for all to read and yet most of the time I find myself sitting and wondering, "who is this person!?" I know them...but yet I don't know them! I want to know who the person is behind all those words so I thought of a great way for all of us to "meet" each other!
Questions:
1. What do you put on your hot dog?
Preferably sweet pepper relish

2. Do you play Sudoku?
No...anything to do with numbers...No

3. What is your favorite vegetable?
When a person is of Italian heritage, there is no such thing as a "favorite food" lol
from asparagus to zucchini and everything in between

4. Do you color your hair?
Moi?  At my age?  LOL

5. What is your favorite brand of clothing?

Only brand of jeans I will buy.





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I am very disappointed with myself this month, not a good way to start off the year.  Even with participating in a Read-A-Thon, I am just having a real hard time focusing on reading with everything else that is going on.  I also have realized that when I read slow books back to back, it puts me in a reading slump, so I apologize to those that are waiting for reviews, but am going to try a little experiment for February and see what happens.  I plan to grab a book depending on what kind of reading mood I am in and see if I can get more reading done that way...just an experiment, so we shall see.... to be continued...
January Wrap Up  
5/5    The Innocent by Vincent Zandri
5/5    Tick Tock by James Patterson
4/5    Resurrecting Anthony Anthony by Lind and Tony Cole
5/5    Godchild by Vincent Zandri
4/5    To Have and To Kill by Mary Jane Clark
DNF Every Little Thing by Pamela Klaffke    



January 30, 2011

Sunday's Shining Star

WELCOME!!!
I would like to explain how this came to fruition. Hubby and I were having a discussion about the old days, (for the young'ens reading this..a little history lesson) but before the dark age. When Sundays were special and had traditions and rituals. Sunday mornings Church, come home to a big gravy (sauce) cooking on the stove, a big Sunday dinner, then either off to visit relatives/friends or wait for relatives/friends to drop by. We would spend the afternoon sitting around the table, talking, catching up, having coffee, pizza, calzones, etc etc, dessert. And now, how sad, all those traditions are gone. And then I got to thinking, why not have something similar here on my blog. This past year, I have met so many amazing and wonderful people through blogging, and how I am in awe of what they do and accomplish. How much respect I have for them, for their honesty, integrity, credibility and so enjoy when a bit of their personality shines through. So every Sunday, here at my place, the coffee will be on, the dessert is on the table and friends will be stopping by. And I will be rolling out the red carpet for my Sunday Shining Star Blogger guest.
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This week I thought we would start a little differently.  Everybody ready?  Are you comfy?  Do you have your cup of coffee or tea by your side as we visit?  OK...ready?  Ooops...forgot to mention...make sure your cup is in a safe place because we are going to take a little test.  OK..here we go............................
Raise your hand if you have seen this picture around bloggyland.  Just what I thought!!  Next question...Raise your hand if you have entered in one of the MANY giveaways that she hosts on her blog.  Guess I should have asked that question differently..OK...everybody put your hands down lol.  Last question..Raise your hand if you have won a book from her site that now sits on your book shelf.  Thought so!!!  I know....... there are a few in my bookcase!!  Today, I am honored to have as my guest, KAREN FROM BOOKIN' WITH BINGO


*When and why did you start blogging?
I started blogging on Jan. 9, 2009, after having done book reviews for about a year for a couple of websites and also on Amazon. Since my passion is reading and writing, I decided a blog would satisfy both (even though at the time I didn't even know what a blog was!

*How and what made you decide on the name of your blog?
I wanted to name it something having to do with books since books would be my main theme of the blog so I liked using the little bit of alliteration of Bookin' and Bingo. I used Bingo as it has been a family nickname since I was a child, with a long story behind it but it has nothing to do with the game of Bingo.

*What would you say is the main content of your blog?
Book information, reviews, and giveaways

*If books, what genres do you mostly read?
I read all kinds of books from non-fiction to science fiction. My current, and probably favorite genre, is memoirs as I like reading about real people. Of course, a good page turning mystery is still among my favorites as well.

*How often do you post?
I post daily. I used to post sometimes more than that, like two or three times a day but have cut back to more realistic, less stressful scheduling.

*What are some of the things that you love about blogging?
I love seeing what people write and making "virtual friends" and it always amazes me how some followers are so dedicated and loyal with their comments. I also enjoy creating the posts as I like to put in lots of pictures and clip art to add to the post. I know I use too much "stuff" and am too long for most people. I try to hold back because uncluttered is always said to be a better and more attractive blog but I have a hard time with it as it entertains me to do it my way!

*What are some of the negatives?
For the longest time, the most negative thing was how much of my personal time my blogging took up and that was basically hours a day. I have recently cut back and am enjoying doing fewer reviews as it gives me back my life again. I do get a bit testy with people who win something and when it doesn't come, they email me about it as if it was my fault. I have no control over things once I submit the winners' names. I do look up the info and then contact the publisher and I think most of the time, everyone gets what they wanted. The WORST is (and don't get me wrong, I still love these followers but...) followers who email me 3 or more months after they should have gotten their books wanted to know where it is. That is so hard to go way back to find out who was to have gotten the book to them and then emailing them again and asking for the book all that time later.

*Name 1-3 favorite items/postings that you have/do on your blog?
My favorite item is putting my "Bingo Buddy" who is my "grand daughter puppy" and through her pictures and comments kind of let folks know what's going on that day with me or in the world. It also allows me to use some humor.

I also like "decorating" according to the time of year. It goes back to how I enjoyed putting up monthly bulletin boards when I was a teacher.


*Any advice you would give to new bloggers?
Be patient and start slowly. As tempting as it is, don't take on too much too soon. Also, keep good records which is easy if you label your emails according to what they are and store them in a folder. Then you can go back if you need to and find things.

*What draws you to follow someone's blog?
Lots of things....a certain giveaway that tempt me, a title that is intriguing, or a blog that is written by a friend that I like to visit as much as possible.

*Do you have any "pet peeves" that other bloggers do?
I write posts that are way too long...I know that so I am sure that is a pet peeve for people who read my blog. For me, I think a pet peeve is when I want to enter a giveaway and there are SO many different ways to enter...I mean like 10 or more ways...it overwhelms me and often I just don't enter at all. I also understand but get a little annoyed when winners aren't announced on time or emailed that they won. Blogs that tell me to check back to see if I won, I don't visit or enter as who can remember to go back?

*Would you please share 5-7 things about the person behind the screen so that we get to know the "real" you!!
I am pretty much an open book but here goes:
I am married for 37 years last June and have one son who is married and just gave us our first grandchild who is my pride and joy!

I am a retired school teacher who taught for 37 years but perhaps from being around kids, still think of myself as a young person

I love college and NFL football, video games--Wii and Nintendo DS- (puzzle, mind test, etc), and traveling to see my son and his family in TX and love to go to Las Vegas with my best friend/cousin as we are gal pals who have a silly, laughing, 2 or 3 days of fun. But other than that, just love being in my home with my books and computer.

I love to give gifts and thus, many of my books on my blog are ones I have purchased and give away just to share with my readers.

I am writing two books that WILL someday get finished!

*Any other info you would like to share.
I often think about stopping my blog as it does take up time I could be reading which I would do all day and night if I could, but enjoy it too much. I also want to thank Cheryl for the honor of being named Sunday's Shining Star and just think her blog is so well done. I am proud to call her a fellow blogger but more so, a 'virtual" friend!

Ohhh..where do I begin?  First, I really enjoyed having Karen as my guest today. I learned so much more about her that I didn't know, which is what I would think would happen if all of us got together each week and just sat around gabbing.  To continue......  There were a handful of blogs that I came across when I first stumbled into this community, and her blog was one of them.  I must have been very lucky, because by the time that I finally found the courage to email them, not only did I get a response, but they mentored me and I can honestly say that to this day, I can also call them my friend, and Karen is definitely in that category.  If you could only see our emails, you would know..they are like novellas.  I remember spending hours on her blog, soaking up everything, entering all the books related to mystery, wondering where she found her graphics, laughing at the captions she puts with her puppy, wondering when she slept, ate, shopped, etc etc when she was posting 2-3 giveaways and reviews per day which meant she must have been reading 24/7.  I hope she doesn't mind me telling this story, but, I think it is a bit funny.  My first impression of her blog was that she did this professionally, by that I mean, I thought she was someone who had a big job in the "publishing" world, and had been "in business" for many, many years....what did I know...I didn't even know what a blog was at that point.  After stalking her for a few months, and a few other blogs I started seeing the "subscribe via email"...well my "you got mail" was full of news letters in a matter of weeks.  Except for the "professional one" and darn...I didn't want to miss anything that was going on there.  So I got up the courage and emailed her, asking if she would please put me on her newsletter list.  I also asked her a few other questions.  And , to my surprise, I was shocked that within a few hours a response from this important person was in my mailbox and told me that she had been thinking about it and would look into it and thanked me for emailing her.  This "professional" THANKED ME!!! wow I thought I was really special lol.  And then a couple of weeks later she emailed me again, told me the newsletter was in place, and also took the time and explained some general issues about blogging and specific issues about her blog....WOW..was I surprised when she explained to me how long she had been blogging and that she wasn't some CEO..lol. even so...Karen, in my eyes...is still a "PROFESSIONAL CEO" SHINING STAR.  And btw....she isn't being a biased grandmother....her grandson is absolutely beautiful...a very handsome little man!!!!  Thank you, Karen, for all the books that I have won from your site and for being my guest today.  Since it seems that I have great luck on your blog, would you mind buying me a lottery ticket lol?!  And for those who stopped by to meet and greet my Shining Star, she has some great giveaways going on at her at her place, so check them out.  I guarantee, there will be a book giveaway that you will want to enter.  Good Luck!!


January 29, 2011

Saturday Memes

SATURDAY

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Hosted by Danielle at There's A Book
From Danielle's blog:
We all leave our “footprint” on the world, in one way or another. We each, individually, do something or are someone that makes the world a little better just by being here. I created this weekly meme to get to know the blogging community I love just a bit better. To know what makes them tick, outside of books, that is. Each week I will post a question to be answered in the following week’s “A Bit of Me(Me)”. Check back each Saturday to get the info for next week’s post and link up with your current post right here.
This week's question:  What is your favorite Ben and Jerry’s flavor? Do you have more than one? Can’t narrow it down, tell us all about the ones you love!
Read more: http://www.theresabook.com/2011/01/a-bit-of-meme-listen-here/#ixzz1BloeYISA
First, a BIG, a really BIG THANK YOU has to go out to Danielle.  She usually asks for a favorite, as in one, as you can see above.  However, I think, due to my hysterics in the past when she would ask for a favorite, as in pick one, she has now added more than one lol.
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Hope you have time.....here goes....Peanut Butter Cup,  Chocolate Fudge Brownie, Black Raspberry, Chocolate Mint, Chocolate Peanut Butter Swirl, Coffee,..........sorry........have to leave........need to go to the store and get me some.......
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Hosted by Yvonne from Socrates Book Reviews
From Yvonne's site:
  I've wanted to start a meme like this for a long time. It's "Anything Goes on Saturday". It's a chance to choose any topic you want and talk about it on Saturday - it can be about a book, TV show, movie, a recipe or just an update on your week. Whatever you choose.
  If you'd like to join in, take the button above and blog about it. Use the linky below to post your direct link to your post. Then, go and visit other blogs and see what's on everyone's minds this week. Enjoy!
Today's Topic:  Domains
Lately I have seen many articles and bloggers mentioning that they have changed their URL and purchased a domain.  So I am wondering and my questions for today are:  What are the advantages of having a domain?  If you have purchased one, was it hard to transfer from what you had?  Were there are lot of glitches?  What site did you purchase yours from?  Do you recommend buying a domain?  What are the pros and cons of having a domain?

January 28, 2011

Friday Memes

FRIDAY

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Hosted by An Island Life
From An Island Life:
  In Hawaii, Aloha Friday is the day that we take it easy and look forward to the weekend. So I thought that on Fridays I would take it easy on posting, too. Therefore, I’ll ask a simple question for you to answer. Nothing that requires a lengthy response.
  If you’d like to participate, visit An Island Life answer the question and then post your own question on your blog and leave your link below. Don’t forget to visit the other participants! It’s a great way to make new bloggy friends!



My Question:
Majority of time do you write with black or blue ink?
My Answer:
Black





Hosted by Java from Never Growing Old
From Java's blog:
Are you a blogger over 40? Yeah, welcome to the club!

Book Blogger Hop
Hosted by Jennifer from CRAZY FOR BOOKS
  In the spirit of the Twitter Friday Follow, the Book Blogger Hop is a place just for book bloggers and readers to connect and find new book-related blogs that we may be missing out on! This weekly BOOK PARTY is an awesome opportunity for book bloggers to connect with other book lovers, make new friends, support each other, and generally just share our love of books! It will also give blog readers a chance to find other book blogs that they may not know existed! So, grab the logo, post about the Hop on your blog, and start HOPPING through the list of blogs that are posted in the Linky list below!!
  The Hop lasts Friday-Monday every week, so if you don't have time to Hop today, come back later and join the fun! This is a weekly event! And stop back throughout the weekend to see all the new blogs that are added! We get over 200 links every week!!
  Your blog should have content related to books, including, but not limited to book reviews.
  If you start following someone through the Hop, leave a comment on their blog to let them know! Stop back during the week to see other blogs that are added! And, most importantly, the idea is to HAVE FUN!!



Today's Question:
"What book are you most looking forward to seeing published in 2011? Why are you anticipating that book?"


 
My answer:
Moonlight Rises by Vincent Zandri, sequel to Moonlight Falls.  I was first introduced to this author in May of 2010 and have been hooked ever since.  He writes just like James Patterson.  Short, cliff hanging chapters, fast paced, can't put down mysteries.  Just finished his latest novel Godchild, which came out this week and it was phenomenal!!!!!  Brilliant story teller!!!!!


January 27, 2011

Guest Author and Giveaway Reid Rosenthal

Today it is cold and snowing here in New England but it's always a warm day at CMash Loves to Read when I get a request to host a special guest.  And today is just that type of day.  Rebecca from The Cadence Group contacted me, and asked if I would introduce Mr. Reid Rosenthal to all of you, and of course I said yes!!!  I would be thrilled to.  So grab your coffee and lets get right to so he can tell us all about his first book of a six-novel series.  Please help me welcome Mr. Reid Rosenthal !!!
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ABOUT REID ROSENTHAL
Reid is fourth generation land and cattle. His cowboy heart and poet’s pen captures the spirit of the western landscape and its influence on generations of its settlers. His long-standing devotion to wild and remote places and to the people—both past and present—who leave their legend and footprint upon America and the American West is the inspiration and descriptive underpinning of all of his writing.

FROM THE AUTHOR
Expression
   I was musing the other day while taking a break from writing Maps of Fate, the second book of my Threads West, An American Saga series. I paced over to the window. Misty shadows of snow squalls clung to the mountains around the ranch house. I looked back at the desk. Threads West, the bestselling first book of the series nestled side by side with my camera. My eyes widened as an epiphany struck me. Each is a tool for expression in image or word, and has as a central theme the power of the land, and the primal role that energy plays in shaping passions, lives and spirits.
   Since I began writing the series, I am always accompanied by a small dictation device. For forty years it has been rare that I ventured anywhere without a camera.
   My poor photo gear has been rolled on by horses, accompanied me on various fishing expeditions and been forgotten and then retrieved on cold snowy ridges during elk season after long return hikes. A few unfortunate pieces have even taken a swim with me when I lost my footing and drifted and tumbled down some river somewhere in North or South America. My dictation tool has been similarly abused. The perils of equipment in the wild and remote!
   The incredibly wide range of subjects and styles of authors intrigue me. I am also fascinated by the varying styles of different photographers and disparate aptitudes certain artists have for a range of subject matter.
   I am a landscape photographer. The camera and Threads West side by side on the desk brought home sudden realization. I am also a landscape writer. The land is as much a character in my books as it is the predominate image of my photos. That flows, I suppose, from the affinity I have always felt with the energy that radiates from landscape. It is my touchstone.
   I am fascinated by and simply love to photograph or write of the endless variety of light, shape, angle and seasons of the land. There is no second of any minute, of any hour, of any day of any millennium which is exactly the same in any terrain.
   The season, sun aspect, clouds, weather, time of day, angle of shadow, and wind are all ingredients in the ever changing and never duplicated recipe of a landscape photograph. So too are they the critical elements in penning a descriptive scene. The instant in which the image is created can never be duplicated. It is the only recording of that particular millisecond of that scene from that specific vantage that carries into infinity.
   I smiled as another parody struck me. Right on the front page of my website, www.ReidLRosenthal.com are not only discussions of my books but the precursor to the site’s landscape photos pages!
   I became more excited as the full force of my discovery struck me. Papers flew everywhere as I pawed the cluttered desk surface for a copy of my “fiction author biography,” and some blogs I had posted on my website long prior to completion of Threads West. I found them finally and held one in each hand looking back and forth.
From the Photo Blog:
   “This spring morning the land was particularly vibrant. Wildflowers dotted the southern flanks of gentle rolls of prairie. Grasses fluttered lightly in a soft breeze. They shimmered and danced like ripples of sea waves across the landscape. Along the base of a particularly beckoning series of low sandstone bluffs stretched a riparian ribbon of emerald slightly darker than the coming summer greening of the grass around it. Across the top of the miniature butte, a bright almost ethereal mist began to rise and form.
   As I ascended a distinct game trail along the side of the tiny cliffs my eyes became level with the top surface of the butte. The density of mist had increased. It chugged and boiled slowly along the top of the stony surface. Each seductive billow and hollow created a visual incident which appeared, then disappeared, and then materialized again, ghostly, with prisms of color that trembled as the sun caught the movement of the vapors. A magical dance of ground rainbows.
   Directly in front of me, my eyes still level with the surface of the top of the warming rocks was a cluster of foxtail. They were bathed in sunlight, their pine cone like tips bristled with soft feathery golden spires, a perfect foreground to the rainbows performing on the stage of earth just behind them.”
From My Fiction Author Biography:
   “If your mind and spirit are seduced by images of windswept ridge tops, flutters of aspen leaves caressed by a canyon breeze, and the crimson tendrils of dying sun…if your fingers feel the silken pulse of a lover and your lips taste the deep kisses of building passion…if nostrils flare with the conjured scents of gunpowder and perfume, sage brush and pine, and your ears delight in the murmur of river current…if your heart pounds at the clash of good and evil and with each twist and turn of interwoven lives you feel a primal throb, then I have accomplished my mission.” ~Reid L. Rosenthal, author of Threads West, An American Saga.
   I have found new purpose and energy (not that I have ever lacked either) in my prose and photographic expression now that I have become cognizant of their synergy. They are both of the land, the stage upon which we and the characters in my novels line dance in a fleeting moment of existence, to then be replaced by the shoulder taps of successive generations. The only character or image that survives all the previous and the entirety of chapters or photograph yet to come is the land itself.

The epic saga of Threads West begins in 1855 with the first of four richly-textured, complex generations of unforgettable characters. The separate lives of these driven men and independent women are drawn to a common destiny that beckons seductively from the wild and remote flanks of the American West. They are swept into the dangerous currents of the far-distant frontier by the mysterious rivers of fate, the power of the land and the American spirit. Their turbulent journeys are heartbreaking quests intertwined with romance and adversity, passions and pathos, despair and triumph.

This is not only their story. It is our story.

It is Threads West: An American Saga.
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ABOUT THE BOOK
SYNOPSIS (borrowed from B&N):
  USA Book News National Best Book Awards ... Threads West is a WINNER in the Fiction & Literature: Western category and FINALIST in the Fiction & Literature: Romance category.
  The romance of America, her people, her spirit, and the West. The ongoing story of us. This first book and namesake of the six-novel series is being compared by reviewers and authors to Lonesome Dove and Centennial. The tale bursts with the adventure, romance and promise of historical America and the West. The epic saga of Threads West begins in 1855 with the first of four richly-textured, complex generations of unforgettable characters. The separate lives of these driven men and independent women are drawn to a common destiny that beckons seductively from the wild and remote flanks of the American West. They are swept into the dangerous currents of the far-distant frontier by the mysterious rivers of fate, the power of the land and the American spirit. Their turbulent journeys are heartbreaking quests intertwined with romance and adversity, passions and pathos, despair and triumph. This is not only their story. It is our story. It is Threads West, An American Saga.

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THREADS WEST
by REID ROSENTHAL

January 27th to February 10th

SYNOPSIS (borrowed from B&N):
  USA Book News National Best Book Awards ... Threads West is a WINNER in the Fiction & Literature: Western category and FINALIST in the Fiction & Literature: Romance category.
  The romance of America, her people, her spirit, and the West. The ongoing story of us. This first book and namesake of the six-novel series is being compared by reviewers and authors to Lonesome Dove and Centennial. The tale bursts with the adventure, romance and promise of historical America and the West. The epic saga of Threads West begins in 1855 with the first of four richly-textured, complex generations of unforgettable characters. The separate lives of these driven men and independent women are drawn to a common destiny that beckons seductively from the wild and remote flanks of the American West. They are swept into the dangerous currents of the far-distant frontier by the mysterious rivers of fate, the power of the land and the American spirit. Their turbulent journeys are heartbreaking quests intertwined with romance and adversity, passions and pathos, despair and triumph. This is not only their story. It is our story. It is Threads West, An American Saga.

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And the winner is..........

...........for TICK TOCK by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge

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39

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Bingo said... 39 I follow on Twitter as Bookinbingo ...or at least asked permission to follow

An email has been sent an the winner has 48 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen.






Thursday Memes

THURSDAY
Before we get to today's meme, I would like to extend an apology to all those that stopped by yesterday and left comments, which I do read and appreciate.  However, due to a doctor's appointment, personal issues regarding my mother and sister which I am the sole caretaker and responsible party for and timed posts that I am behind on, I was not able to find the time to visit and/or respond to all my fantastic and fabulous visitors.  I am so sorry.  It has been a bit overwhelming lately in the real world and it seems I just don't have enough hours in the day.  Please accept my apology and I promise once things settle down, I will be back to normal, well...if I was ever normal to begin with lol.

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Today's question:
What’s the largest, thickest, heaviest book you ever read? Was it because you had to? For pleasure? For school?

My answer:
It was the first college text book that I purchased titled Care of the Adult Patient.  It was a little over $20. and I thought that was outrageous especially since I had so many other books to buy for that semester.  But that was the first, thickest, heaviest and of course one that needed to be brought to class every day.  I keep wanting to toss it thinking that the material is so outdated and if need be can be accessed online, but hubby quilts me into keeping in....why, I don't know.

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Hosted by Lori from Dollycas's Thoughts
From Lori's site:
It struck me recently how much time I spend on this computer every day, blogging, chatting or playing games on Facebook, emailing friends and relatives, making cards and calendars, etc. etc. etc.
We depend on each other for book reviews, giveaways, encouragement, friendship, but how well do we really know each other?
Questions:
1. What time do you usually wake up each morning?
       It can range anywhere between 5-7am, depending on my back pain level which is usually what wakes me up.

2. What time do you usually go to sleep each night?
       That also depends on when I get up in the morning or what kind of day I put in as far as pain.  On days where the pain is on the high end of the scale, which takes a lot out of me, I can be in bed (or the recliner) by 7pm.  But most nights its around 9-10pm

3. Standing at the foot of your bed, do you sleep on the right side of the bed, left side of the bed, or do you have the whole bed to yourself?
       I am allowed 1/4 of the left side of the bed.  Hubby is quite the restless sleeper so for safety reasons, I try to stay clear  lol.  Plus I can only sleep in certain positions so don't need much room.