February 27, 2011


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 (some I now call friends) 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.
I was told when I first found this community of book blogging that "book bloggers were the nicest bloggers there are" and I have never forgotten those words.  And over the past year, I have truly met the nicest people.  I also believe, even though we live behind a screen, a bit of our personality shines through.  That is one of the reasons I am having so much fun with this weekly event, and hoping you are too, because we are getting to know those "nicest bloggers" around and about bloggyland a little bit better. 

I apologize, "senior moment", how I happened to come upon today's guest's blog but I instantly took a liking to it and am excited about to getting the chance to get to know more about her.  Today's guest is ANN aka GIGI ANN from MY READING CORNER and many more (we will discuss that a little later).

*When and why did you start blogging?
I started blogging my guess would be in 2007. I started blogging for my own entertainment, and that is why I blog even now. My first blog was Ann's Quotes and Things. I started it because I love to collect quotes, and it is much easier to save them on a blog than always writing them in My Little Book Of Quotes. Next came Ann's Moody Blues blog, I'm a bit moody, so thought this a good blog to keep my daily thoughts on. It has since became my Daily Photo blog. Then followed Ann's Reading Corner. Since I love to read I thought this would be a good place to keep track of what I read with brief reviews. I'm not much good at reviews, I just like little reminders about the book.

Just a little tid-bit about My Reading Corner:
Saturday, June 27, 2009
My "Reading Corner" I'M BACK!
I decided to delete you on June 7, 2009, when I made my new blog "Butterflies and Candles" I noticed a week ago, (unbeknown to me until then) I could have you back if I wanted you. Therefore, I welcome you back...but I think I will probably keep my posting to one or two times a month this time. I'll see. I'm also thinking about keeping you private. After all you are not a very interesting blog...Come to think of it, none of my blogs are very interesting, not like everyone elses. Oh well, you are just for my entertainment as is all my blogs...Anyone who cares to read and be bored along with me. WELCOME! (Posted on Saturday, June 27, 2009,) My Reading Corner was back.

*How and what made you decide on the name of your blog?
I wanted a blog to keep track of what I was reading, therefore, this blog became, Ann's Reading Corner. Most of my blogs each have there own theme.

*What would you say is the main content of your blog?
Along with keeping track of the books I read, I enjoy the book memes each week, and I get to meet many more book bloggers.

*If books, what genres do you mostly read?
I like light cozy romance, cozy mysteries, memoirs, biographies, chick lit, and poetry.

*How often do you post?
5 or 6 times a week, usually don't post much over the week-ends.

*What are some of the things that you love about blogging?
I love being able to visit other bookies and notice what books they are reading, and if I think I would enjoy reading them. Therefore, my TBR list keeps growing and growing. This year I made a goal to read more library books, in hopes of saving some money. But, it's not working each time I'm near a book store of any kind, I come out with a book or two.

*What are some of the negatives?
I think for me spending to much time blogging and visiting other blogs.

*Name 1-3 favorite items/postings that you have/do on your blog?
I like posting my reviews, even though they are just reminders, I love Monday Musings. and Booking Through Thursdays, memes.


*Any advice you would give to new bloggers?
I would say do it for fun and entertainment for yourself first. I never worry about whether I have 1 follower or 100 followers, or no followers, have fun with blogging. If you want followers, than you need to visit others, and leave comments, otherwise, they will never find you. I have my own blogger etiquette I try to follow, if someone visits and leaves me a comment, I try to visit their blog and leave a comment. So be careful what you wish for, if you want 50-100 commenters, remember to visit them and leave a comment, also. Just sayin'.

*What draws you to follow someones blog?
I follow blogs that are interesting to me, what may interest someone else is of no consequence to me, so have fun with blogging.

*Do you have any "pet peeves" that other bloggers do?
I don't know if this is a "pet peeve" or not, but the follower thingy, I don't understand what it's all about. I notice a lot of bloggers want as many followers as they can get, now if they never return and visit my blog again, how can they be a follower?

*Would you please share 5-7 things about the person behind the screen so that we get to know the "real" you!!
1.Well I think it goes without saying I love to read, but, I also love to play SCRABBLE. I almost never win at SCRABBLE, however, I keep trying. Maybe that is why everyone doesn't object to playing with me. I think karaoke is fun, I can't carry a tune, but I can sing loud.

2. My first date with my husband-to-be was on Friday, December 13, 1957. My husband and I were married on Thursday evening, July 3, 1958. We had a double wedding. When we were taking our vows the minister asked my husband if he would take Susan to be his wedded wife, my husband replied I take Ann to be my wedded wife. The minister got the brides names confused. We other three stood and giggled.

3. We had 5 children, 3 boys and 2 girls. I now have 10 Grandchildren, and 5 Great-Grandchildren.

4. Almost 13 years ago (May 18, 1998) we retired from farming, in Maryland, and moved 850 miles away to retire in Iowa.

5.. On August 1, 2005, we bought the house we were renting an apartment in. It is just a house with 2 apartments in it. So now we are Landlords, the American Dream come true. tee, hee.

6. We have a toy poodle, his name is Joey, he will be 11 years old in April. We also have a cat, Miss Molly, since she is getting up in years, but I don't know when she was born, I say she is 11 years old also.

7. I am trying to learn to write poetry, therefore, my blog "Shadows Of My Mind" is my poetry blog.

I virtually met Ann not too long ago but instantly loved her attitude on life in general.  Tells it like it is and says what she means.  I never know what I will find when I visit her blog(s).  LOL  One day, like she says, she is condensing them, the next day, there are 15 (maybe a little exaggeration but there are lots of them).  Her photography blog is beautiful!!  I feel I can take a little credit with a few of her blogging items.  I remember wanting to follow her, I just loved her blog but she didn't have a GFC thingy so I emailed her and she put it back up and they say the rest is history.  And I do owe her husband, Tony, an apology.  She needed to write a review and emails went back and forth with some humor thrown in and I asked her if Tony had the job of "editor", and the answer was yes and we laughed.  Well....after writing her first review, she was on fire and has been cranking those reviews out and I had this funny feeling after getting to know her that, poor Tony...yup....He's Fired!!!!  Thank you for being my guest today and giving us the opportunity of getting to know you better!!   I hope you all stop by and say hi, there is bound to be at least one of many blogs that you will find interesting.  Not only is she a Blogging Shining Star  but to have 5 Children, 10 Grandchildren and 5 Great-Grandchildren, she is truly a SHINING STAR!!!!


Kaye said...

I love Ann's attitude too! Anyone who likes cozies has my vote always. It's been a pleasure getting to know a little more about Ann and her world.

Gigi Ann said...

Oh Dear Me! Thank you Cheryl, you are to kind. And yes you are right Tony doesn't have to listen to the reviews anymore, he's retired. hehe

bermudaonion said...

I love this feature! I don't know how Ann keeps up with so many blogs! I love the story of her wedding - it's a good thing her husband was alert!

Bev Hankins said...

It's been great getting to know Ann! Good for her husband--paying attention and making sure he got what he wanted! (Lol) Any mystery lover is a star in my book!

dollycas aka Lori said...

Good morning everyone. Going with the Mountain Dew this morning, need to finish a book and a review.

I love Gigi Ann's blogs and her spirit. I need to bee better about leaving comments because I try to visit them at least once a week, at least the reading one because we love the same kinds of books. My MIL uses Gigi too in place of great grandma, makes great sense to me, as her number of great grandchildren is now at 5 too.

It is great getting to know more about her and Ann I love to play Scrabble too. If you ever want to play the one on Facebook I am always up for a game.

Julie P said...

Very nice! It was a pleasure to meet Ann. I can't imaginve running more than one blog--oh my gosh! The comment about the bride name mix-up made me chuckle....

Marce said...

Gigi is sweet, I agree, how can you be a follower if you don't read or comment. Your family is huge, impressive Gigi.

Marce said...

Ann, I remember you as Gigi because that is one of my favourite movies, so I don't remember the Ann part, hope that is ok :-)

Teacher/Learner said...

I am loving this weekly feature! Thanks for "spotlighting" another fellow book blogger (a new one for me). Now I'm off to see her blog.

Nise' said...

I was so nice getting to know Ann better. I have not played Scrabble in years, my mom keeps telling me to play on Facebook.

Gigi Ann said...

Oh. My. Goodness!! Thanks to all you nice bookies for such nice comments. I'm blushing.. where is my fan when I need it...

Carol said...

Great to find out more about you Gigi Ann.

It is so difficult with all these lovely blogs to follow to read enough these days :)


Bingo said...

Congrats, Ann! I am going to head to your blog AND you gave me some really important things to think about with my blog that I have been unhappy with for quite a while now. Thank you, Cheryl, for this really important, entertaining, and enjoyable post each Sunday.

Yvonne said...

Congrats to Gigi Ann! This is well deserved.

Aisle B said...

I loved the "I do" mix up and how your husband corrected the minister. That would have been an awkward moment but it was made right with a smile & giggle.

Great meeting you Ann in my fave corner of the reading world.