Living that Bookish Life

Someone asked me on Goodreads how I got into reading and writing, and I felt like blogging my answer.

So how did I get started in this bookish life, hmm? I’d say my parents are the guilty parties here. They both were readers.

My mom took me and my siblings down to the public library for books since we were quite little, and we had a family reading club for years. My dad would put up a new calendar in the kitchen each month where we’d write our initials down every time we finished a book, and a running total for each family member was at the bottom of the calendar.

Every time one of us kids finished ten books, we’d get some sort of little prize, but when it came down to it, it wasn’t about the prizes. Even when the reading club eventually phased out, we kept on reading. My uncle once joked that he’d never seen kids who were so excited to get books for Christmas!

As for my writing, if I had to pinpoint a time when I got started, it was when I was eight years old. I had to write a story for school, using specific spelling words, and my dad seemed to think the story was rather good. (He kept the story–still has it, in fact.)

I’ve been writing stories ever since. I just put book covers on them now. 🙂

 

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Who Needs Reality? by Lia London

Who Needs Reality?
A Sweet Romance by Lia London

I was a beta! That is, I had the honor of being a beta reader (thanks, Lia!) for this new release.
Who Needs Reality? is Book One in the coming Team Northwest Sweet Romance series, so there will be more where this came from. 🙂

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About the Novel

How do you woo the girl next door when she becomes a reality star?

Auditioning for WHO WANTS TO BE A SOAP STAR was just a whim, an adventure to fill the summer before the last year of college. When best friends Jill and Milo make the cut, their lives are thrown into the circus of prime-time television. As they count the cost of winning or losing, they discover dreams that mean even more. But how can they gain the best prize–true love–if reality and the entertainment industry seem determined to stop them?

This romantic comedy pokes fun at reality shows and soap operas, and explores the ups and downs of falling for the girl next door. Clean read! No swearing. No explicit sex scenes.

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Find the novel on Amazon!

Christmas Reunion by Morris Fenris

Book reviews are subjective. I tend to rate books not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me.

Christmas Reunion by Morris Fenris

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

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Christmas is approaching fast, but Kris Kringle’s got a problem. Mrs. Kringle is missing, and she hasn’t yet blessed all the presents Kris must deliver soon. It looks like Kris will have to take a trip to the alternate world to see if his wife is somehow trapped in the wrong dimension in Christmas Reunion, a tale by author Morris Fenris.

Yeah, don’t look at this story’s cover and think you’re in for a run-of-the-mill contemporary Christmas romance or something. This tale is a fantasy with unordinary turns. There’s humor sprinkled through it, as well as some romantic moments that are on the steamy-ish side.

Now, even for a short, 45-minute or so read, I found some parts of the story to be a bit slow. And I’m not sure I completely followed everything that was happening. Also, I ran into recurring punctuation and capitalization errors around the dialogue.

Nevertheless, if you can appreciate a quick tale of love with holiday whimsy, you should give this story a go.

Ramona’s World by Beverly Cleary

Book reviews are subjective. I tend to rate books not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me.
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Ramona’s World by Beverly Cleary

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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Wow! Ramona Quimby isn’t far from turning “zeroteen” years old. She’s now in fourth grade, makes a new best friend, and gets to spend time being the big sister for a change, at home. (Well, “a” big sister, anyway.) But as always, her adventures this year will come with their share of challenges in Ramona’s World by author Beverly Cleary.

So, here we are. I’ve finally read the belated conclusion to the Ramona Quimby series, after first meeting Ramona back when I was six. I’ll admit this last book (which was published fifteen years after the original last book, Ramona Forever, and almost forty-five years after the first book, Beezus and Ramona) didn’t have quite the same “Ramona book” feel that I’m accustomed to.

Of course, I did read and reread the other books as a child first before revisiting them as a grownup, and of course x2, Ramona is growing up herself. Nothing against her friend Howie, but Ramona’s finding that she needs more girl time, now. Plus, she’s liked a boy or two, here and there, but when it comes to a certain boy in her fourth grade class, liking him is, well, a little different.

Anyway, I got a good helping of laughs out of this book’s humor, so that was much the same. And the girl I was, who’s yet in me, can still identify a lot with this young heroine: earning the calluses on her hands, holding an unfolded paper clip in front of her mouth, pondering how lame it is for her teacher to reward good spelling with Reward Words that are even harder to spell.

All in all, it was a delight to finish one of my all-time favorite series. Again. 🙂

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The first few times around, it was a delight to finish this series with Ramona Forever.