The Book Blogger Test

Thanks to The Gnoming Librarian for tagging me for this Book Blogger Test!

What are your top three book pet peeves?

1. Leave the ending too open ended.
2. Have the protagonist repeat the same mistakes over and over again without ever learning from their mistakes.
3. Not punctuate as part of some artistic license. I want to read without difficulty or stumbling!

Describe your perfect reading spot:

I am so lucky to live in Florida and get to read on a beach most weekends. It truly is my favorite most relaxed spot to read in. My second favorite is with a fan blowing on high on me while I am stretched out on the back patio on the settee.


Tell us three book confessions:

1. I absolutely love self help books and will fall for whatever program or gimmick the guru is selling. It doesn’t matter if it has to do with diet, leadership, exercise, marketing, management– I’m a sucker for anyone with a plan.
2. I couldn’t stand Life of Pi. I know that practically everyone else in the world loved it… I just didn’t.
3.  Often (not always) when I read a book, I become one of the characters in the book. Meaning, that is how I experience the story as opposed to viewing it from the outside (like a movie).

When was the last time you cried during a book?
I laughed so hard that I had tears coming down my face during Let’s Explore Diabetes With Owls by David Sedaris. Does that count?

What is your favorite snack to eat while reading?
A cold beverage to sip.

Name three books you would recommend to everyone:
1. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott – I have the most vivid memories of my Mom and I reading this book when I was young and talking about what it was like to be part of a family and to be a sister.
2. Kind of Kin by Rilla Askew – I wish more people would read this book and use it as a way to talk, really talk, about difficult topics with no easy answers. It’s the only way I think we will ever learn how to make the world better.
3. Anything by Carl Hiaasen – because I really just think we all need to laugh more and his writing has been so much fun to read since I moved to Florida.

Show us a picture of your favorite shelf on your bookcase:


Write how much books mean to you in three words: “Just another minute” (said to anyone who tries to get my attention while I am reading)

What is your biggest reading secret?

While I have always been a book nerd, to this day I feel self conscious about being a librarian because I don’t consider myself “well read”. I have a horticulture degree, not an English literature degree. I haven’t read a lot of the Great Books and there’s many more that I have tried to read that I am sure I haven’t grasped the full meanings of at this point in life. But… I’m in no hurry to read them all, so you never know!

My next secret is that I just don’t know too many book bloggers to tag to continue this quiz. So.. if you are reading this…please join in the fun and answer the above questions and be sure to let me know that you did it so I can read and comment.


Happy Reading!


2012 TBR Pile

ImageI donated most of my books a few months ago when I moved from Indiana to Florida. What I did end up packing up in boxes and paying to have shipped down to the land of sun and sand were a stack of not yet read titles. I couldn’t bear to give up on the books that I had bought, won, been given, or earned but not yet read. So, now they are sitting on a shelf… just sitting.

I would like to tackle a lot of these titles and a fun way of doing it is by participating in the TBR Pile Reading Challenge hosted by Bookish and 9 other bloggers.

There are about 7 unread books on my shelf – so I would be committing to the Firm Handshake challenge.