52 Books in 52 Weeks

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I enjoy this reading challenge hosted at  Mommy Mannegran as much as the Popsugar challenge. Some categories overlap with both, but there are some interesting differences that make both of them fun to do.

Check here for guidelines, a pdf of categories and link to the facebook group.

CATEGORIES:

1. Letter “W” in the Title:
2. Hardcover:
3. Indigenous Author:
4. Set In Winter:
5. Character Who is a Senior:
6. Written in the 1970s:
7. Author Local to You:
8. Orange on the Cover:
9. Set in Space:
10. Bestseller:
11. Leaves You Thinking:
12, A “Guilty Pleasure”:
13, By a Female Author:
14. Book in a Series:
15. Book With Romance:
16. Borrowed From a Friend:
17. Written by More Than One Author:
18. Published in 2020:
19. Stephen King Novel:
20. Author Whose Last Name Starts With the Same Initial as Yours:
21. By a Blogger or Journalist:
22. Character That Frustrates You:
23. Title Beginning With “A”:
24. Title Beginning With “B”:
25. Title Beginning With “C”:
26. A Strong “Friendship” Theme:
27. A Comic Book:
28. Literary Fiction:
29. Award-Winning Novel:
30. Book With Recipes Inside:
31. Book Featuring Royalty:
32. Spy Novel:
33. Book Containing Poetry:
34. Book With Illustrations:
35. An Author’s Debut Book:
36. Written in First Person:
37. Featuring the Medical Profession:
38. Set in the Future:
39. Used in a Celebrity Book Club:
40. Book on the Mensa reading list for grades 9-12:
41, Published When You Were 20:
42. Reuse a Prompt From Last Year:
43. Set in A Country You’ve Never Visited:
44. “Recommended” to You by Amazon:
45. Book That Cost you Less than $5:
46. By an Author Used in an Earlier Category:
47. Story Takes Place on a Mode of Transportation:
48. Character Who Wears Glasses:
49. About A World Leader:
50. Author You Previously Disliked:
51. Genre You Don’t Normally Care For:
52. Book With a Foreword:

PopSugar reading Challenge

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I have been participating in, and enjoying, this reading challenge from Goodreads for several years. It is challenging and fun. I am looking forward to the 2020 version.

(Check here for more information.)

The categories for 2020 are:

  1. Book Published in 2020:
  2. By a Trans or Nonbinary Author:
  3. Book With a Great First Line:
  4. Book About a Book Club:
  5. Book Set in a City That Has Hosted the Olympics:
  6. Bildungsroman:
  7. The First Book Yo Touch on a Shelf With Your Eyes Closed:
  8. Book With an Upside-Down Image on the Cover:
  9. Book With a Map:
  10. Book Recommended by Your Favorite Blog, Vlog, Podcast, Or Online Book Club:
  11. Anthology:
  12. Book That Passes the Bechtel Test:
  13. Book With the Same Title as a Movie or TV Show but is Unrelated to It:
  14. By an Author with Flora or Fauna in Their Name:
  15. About or Involving Social Media:
  16. Has a Book on the Cover:
  17. Medical Thriller:
  18. With Made-Up Language:
  19. Set in a Country Beginning with “C”:
  20. Book You Picked Because the Title Caught Your Attention:
  21. Published the Month of Your Birthday:
  22. By or About a Woman in STEM:
  23. Won an Award on 2019:
  24. On a Subject You know Nothing About:
  25. With Only Words on the Cover, No Graphics or Images:
  26. Pun in the Title:
  27. Featuring One of the Seven Deadly Sins:
  28. With a Robot, Cyborg or AI Character:
  29. Bird on the Cover:
  30. Fiction or Nonfiction Book About a World Leader:
  31. With “Gold,” “Silver” or “Bronze” in the Title:
  32. Book by a WOC:
  33. With at Least A Four-Star Rating on Goodreads:
  34. Book You Meant to Read in 2019:
  35. Three-Word Title:
  36. Pink Cover:
  37. Western:
  38. By or About a Journalist:
  39. Read a Banned Book During Banned Books Week:
  40. Your Favorite Prompt From a Past Popsugar Reading Challenge:
ADVANCED:
  1. Written by an Author in Their 20s:
  2. With 20 or “Twenty” in the Title:
  3. With a Character with a Vision Impairment or Enhancement (Nod to 20/20 Vision):
  4. Book Set in Japan, Host of the 2020 Olympics:
  5. Book Set in the 1920s:
  6. By An Author who has Written More Than 20 Books:
  7. Book With More Than 20 Letters in Its Title:
  8. Book Published in the 20th Century:
  9. Book From a Series With More Than 20 Books:
  10. With a Main Character  in Their 20s:

2020 Reading Challenges

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As I work to finish the reading challenges from 2019, I am already thinking ahead to the reading challenges for 2020, that are appearing all over now.

These are the challenges that I will definitely commit to:

PopSugar Reading Challenge (from Goodreads) – this is my favourite and I am already making lists for each prompt

52 Books in 52 Weeks – a close second!

Connect 5

Bookish Resolutions Challenge – a good way to set goals for my reading and writing

Monthly Motifs

Monthly Key Words

Beyond the Bookends

While I was Reading (12 prompts)

Diversify Your Reading (monthly genres)

Diversity Reading (monthly themes focusing on diversity)

Mount TBR (a good way to tackle my huge TBR piles and lists

 

These will definitely challenge me and ensure that I read widely, and in different genres. I want to enjoy my reading for sure, to have fun while I read, but I also want to push myself this year as well.

There are a number of other interesting challenges that I haven’t decided about”

20 in 20

Book a Week (through The Booklist Queen)

Book Riot’s Read Harder Challenge

Book Bingo Reading Challenge

Social Justice Nonfiction Challenge

Creativity Reading Challenge

 

There are also challenges that I have participated in, but because I read these books anyway I decided I would not commit formally:

Newbery Reading Challenge

Picture Book Reading Challenge

Middle Grade Reading Challenge

Contemporary Reading Challenge

Memoir Reading Challenge

 

I will create a post for my core challenges and I hope to actually keep track of the books read for each challenge. I do keep a daily planning book and at the end of the month I posted a reading summary for each month last year. I will continue that.

For the next 2 weeks I will post a new challenge, which will act as the anchor for that challenge.

 

What reading challenges will you take part in, in 2020??

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s Monday! What are You Reading?

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It’s time once again for Kathryn’s weekly meme IMWAYR at Book Date where we share what we’re reading and have read over the past week

What I Read Last Week
Last week I read 5 books: 3 contemporary romances/women’s fiction, a mg graphic novel and and a non-fiction.

Here are the books I read:

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The Last Letter by Rebecca Yarros – loved this romance

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Running Wild by Linda Howard and Linda Jones – yes!

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Christmas Angels by Nancy Naigle – so enjoyed this Christmas novel

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White Bird by R.J. Palacio – what a gripping graphic novel – a must-read

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Have a Little Faith by Mitch Albom a lovely non-fiction

 

What I’m Reading Now

Red to the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson

Secrets of the Chocolate House by Paula Brackston (2nd in her series)

What’s Up Next
Still working on these – but determined to read them this month!

The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline

Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness

 

Linking as well with

Inspire Me Monday 

Spread the Love

Book Nook Blog Party at Create with Joy

November Reading Round-Up

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Hard to believe we are almost at the end of 2019 and Christmas is only weeks away.

It’s time to share what I have been reading this past month. I was surprised with my reading in a number of ways – I read no fantasy or paranormal and I did not read any books for two of my challenges. I also continued with my love for historical romance and romance this month – almost half of the books I read were from these genres. A feel-good reading month for sure. Guess I needed it.

The total read for November was 28 books with the following breakdown:
Fantasy /Paranormal – 0
Historical Romance– 8
Romance – 7
Women’s Fiction -3
Non-fiction – 2
Poetry -1
Time travel -1
Graphic novel – 1
Picture books – 5

(Diverse books – 3)

I decided this year to record in more detail where the books originated – from the library, on my TBR shelves, an e-book, bought /gifted or a charity read (Bought from a charity store). Here’s the breakdown
Library reads – 20
TBR books –1
E-books – 6
Charity reads – 1

Here are the books read for my favourite challenges:

Popsugar Ultimate Reading Challenge (Through Goodreads) / 52 Books in 52 Weeks
This was the first month all year that I did not read ANY books for either challenge! Now I will have to push myself in December to finish each challenge. I did some rearranging of books for the prompts and I have 5 books for Popsugar challenge and 7 for 52Books challenge. I am determined to finish both! There are a couple of overlaps so it is doable.

Monthly Key Word Challenge
I chose Have as the key words this month:
Have a Little Faith by Mitch Albom

Monthly Motif
The theme this month was “Seasons, Elements and Weather”.  I read:
Once Upon a Winter’s Eve by Tessa Dare

Beyond the Bookends
The theme was “Graphic novel”.
I read White Bird by R.J. Palacio. It so moved me. It should be a mandatory read for everyone, especially young people!

Diversify Your Reading
The genre was poetry. I read To Make Monsters Out of Girls by Amanda Lovelace

Connect Five
I post a separate post on any Connect Five books I read each month. In November, my connections were:
Wallflowers, Wolf Shifters and Emotions in the Title

Favourite Books Read This Month
Once again, this was an excellent month for reading books that I rated a number of books a 5 at Goodreads.

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My top 10 though were:

2 Books by Tessa Dare:  The Duchess Deal and A Week to Be Wicked
White Bird by R.J. Palacio – A must read about a child during the Holocaust
Have a Little Faith by Mitch Albom
The Unfaithful Widow Ten Years Later by Barbara Barth (Check my review here)
Tall, Dark and Wicked by Madeline Hunter
Running Wild by Linda Howard and Linda Jones
Christmas Angels by Nancy Naigle
A Dash of Christmas by Samantha Chase
Wicked and the Wallflower by Sarah MacLean

December Goals
I am determined to complete all my challenges and so will be focused on reading books for these. I also hope to squeeze in some Christmas romances.

I am linking with the following:

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Monthly Wrap-up(At Feed Your Fiction Addiction)

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Best of the Bunch(at A Cocoon of Books)

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Spread the Love(at As Told by Tina)

Monthly Review

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

 

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It’s time once again for Kathryn’s weekly meme IMWAYR at Book Date where we share what we’re reading and have read over the past week

What I Read Last Week
Last week I read 6 books: 2 historical romances, 3 contemporary romances and a memoir.

Here are the books I read:

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The Unfaithful Widow Ten Years Later by Barbara Barth ( reviewed for a WOW blog tour – check my review here)  Loved this inspiring memoir

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Your Love is Mine by Bella Andre – another enjoyable contemporary romance by a favourite author

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A Dash of Christmas by Samantha Chase – loved this holiday romance; will read anything by this author as I know I’ll love it

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Met Her Match by Jude Deveraux – an enjoyable contemporary romance

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Wicked and the Wallflower by Sarah MacLean – loved this historical romance

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Tall, Dark and Wicked by Madeline Hunter – loved the 2 main characters in this sexy historical romance; first book I have read by this author and will definitely read more

 

What I’m Reading Now

Have a Little Faith by Mitch Albom

Secrets of the Chocolate House by Paula Brackston (2nd in her series)

 

What’s Up Next
Still working on these
The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline
Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness

 

Linking as well with

Spread the Love

Book Nook Blog Party at Create with Joy

 

WOW Blog Tour for Barbara Barth’s Memoir: “The Unfaithful Widow Ten Years Later”

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I am honoured to be part of the WOW! Women of Writing Blog Tour for Barbara Barth’s memoir The Unfaithful Widow Ten Years Later, which I read and am now reviewing.

(Please note: I received a free copy in exchange for my honest review.)

My Review:
As someone who is facing seventy in just a few years, it was so encouraging to see that we do not have to be defined by our age. We can and should continue to dream, make plans and see those dreams realized.

This book follows Barth’s first one, The Unfaithful Widow, written about the first year following her husband’s death when she was sixty.

Written in short, engaging vignettes, many drawn from her blog posts over the years, covers the ten years following her husband’s death. She calls this decade 9and is the subtitle of this book) “My Life with dogs and every day magic”.

So much happened to her in these years – selling antiques in different places, losing her mother, as well as some of her precious dogs, adopting new rescue dogs, surgery on her shoulder and having two hip replacements, just to name a few.
Barth is, for the most part, positive, always looking for “what’s next”.

Each short story draws you into her adventures and gives a glimpse of her life, full of her sparkling personality. She sought creativity, love, adventure, friendships and was blessed with several tribes of friends.

So many times, I chuckled as she described her ups and downs. As she has said, she’s “all about the laughter”.
Two of my favourite chapters were:
* ”In Texting Hell”, about the Italian student she hosted. I could so relate.
* ”My Obituary” Read it and you’ll see why.

There is much wisdom in its pages. My favourite quote from the book (although there were many to choose from), was shared when her dog Annabelle was diagnosed with lymphoma:
“I count my blessings. Each day is a miracle. For her, for me, for you. None of us, canine or human, know how many days or years we have left. The gift is to live those days full of love and compassion.”

Barbara Barth’s memoir is touching, inspiring and a very enjoyable read. This is a must-read book.

About the Author 

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Author, blogger, sometimes antique dealer, dog hoarder, bedazzled by life. Widowed ten years ago, Barth writes about finding a creative path back to happiness. Her recent move to a 1906 historic cottage brought many surprises, including discovering the Monroe–Walton Center for the Arts where she started the monthly Walton Writers group and is on the MWCA Board as Literary Arts Chair. Barth is a contributor to Walton Living Magazine and a former blogger for The Balancing Act, Lifetime Television’s morning show for women. Currently she lives with six dogs, rescue dogs that rescued her.

Visit her website at https://www.barbarabarthwriter.com/, follow her on Twitter @writerwithdogs, and follow her Amazon author page.

About the Book
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Picking up where The Unfaithful Widow ended, Ten Years Later continues the author’s journey from widow to a slightly askew woman. A memoir written with warmth and candor on being single again, aging, and finding a creative path surrounded by dogs, friends, laughter, and a bit of craziness. Barbara Barth shares stories on the adventures that followed her first year alone as she moved headfirst into a new life, listening to her heart, sometimes not so wisely, but always full speed ahead. Join her on the ride of her life, from owning an antique shop to moving to a Victorian cottage outside of Atlanta, and all the follies in between. Going into the next decade with six dogs by her side, the author proves you are only as old as you feel, and happiness begins with a grateful heart. A funny and engaging memoir for anyone who wants to be their own superhero facing life’s good and bad moments.

Print Length: 374 pages
Genre: Memoir
Publisher: Gilbert Street Press
ASIN: B07YBNHXZG
ISBN-10: 0983171564
ISBN-13: 978-0983171560

The Unfaithful widow Ten Years Later is available in print and as an ebook at Amazon.com.

 

Be sure to check out all the stops on the blog tour for this delightful memoir. Barth has several guest posts that are well worth the stop!

Blog Tour Dates

 @ The Muffin

What goes better in the morning than a muffin? Grab your coffee and join us in celebrating the launch of Barbara Barth’s new book The Unfaithful Widow Ten Years Later. You can read an interview with the author and enter to win a copy of the book.
http://muffin.wow-womenonwriting.com

November 12th @ All Things Audry
Author Barbara Barth is a guest writer over at Audry’s blog today and will be talking about women friendships.
http://allthingsaudry.blogspot.com/

November 13th @ Words from the Heart
Stop by Linda’s blog and you can read a guest post by Barbara Barth about publishing anthologies.
https://contemplativeed.blogspot.com/

November 14th @ Thoughts in Progress
Visit Mason’s blog today and you can read Barbara’s guest post about starting a writing group. Don’t miss it!
https://masoncanyon.blogspot.com/

November 15th @ The World of My Imagination
Visit Nicole’s blog and read her review of Barbara Barth’s book The Unfaithful Widow Ten Years Later.
http://theworldofmyimagination.blogspot.com

November 16th @ Lori Duff Writes
Stop by Lori’s blog today where you can read her interview with Barbara Barth and read her review of Barbara’s book The Unfaithful Widow Ten Years Later.
https://www.loriduffwrites.com/blog/

November 16th @ Jill Sheets Blog
Visit Jill’s blog today and you can read Barbara Barth’s guest post about self-publishing.
https://jillsheets.blogspot.com

November 17th @ A Storybook World
Be sure to stop by Deirdra’s blog today and check out her spotlight of the book The Unfaithful Widow Ten Years Later and enter to win a copy of the book!
http://www.astorybookworld.com

November 18th @ Beverley A. Baird’s Blog
Be sure you visit Bev’s blog and read Barbara Barth’s guest post about starting over at 70. You won’t want to miss this!
https://beverleyabaird.wordpress.com

November 19th @ Look to the Western Sky
Be sure to visit Margo’s blog and read her interview with author Barbara Barth. Don’t miss it!
https://margoldill.com/blog

November 20th @ Anthony Avina’s Blog
Make sure you visit Anthony’s blog today and read Barbara Barth’s guest post about publishing anthologies.
http://www.authoranthonyavinablog.com

November 21st @ Cassandra’s Writing World
Stop by Cassandra’s blog today and read her review of The Unfaithful Widow Ten Years Later. You can also enter to win a copy of the book as well!
https://cassandra-mywritingworld.blogspot.com/

November 22nd @ Karen Brown Tyson’s Blog
Join us at Karen Brown Tyson’s blog where you can read a guest post about self-publishing by author Barbara Barth. Don’t miss it!
http://www.karenbrowntyson.com

November 23rd @ Beverley A. Baird’s Blog
Visit Bev’s blog again and you can read her review of Barbara Barth’s book The Unfaithful Widow Ten Years Later.
https://beverleyabaird.wordpress.com

November 24th @ Choices
Be sure to stop by Madeline’s blog and read Barbara Barth’s guest post that will be talking about women friendships.
http://madelinesharples.com/

November 25th @ Wild Woman Writer
Visit Anne’s blog today and you can read Barbara Barth’s blog guest post about starting over at 70.
https://wildwomanwriter2018.blogspot.com/

November 26th @ Life Like A Galaxy Girl
Stop by Alanna’s blog today and you can read her review of Barbara Barth’s memoir The Unfaithful Widow Ten Years Later.
http://lifelikeagalaxygirl.com/

November 27th @ Lisa Haselton’s Reviews and Interviews
Visit Lisa’s blog today and you can read her interview with author Barbara Barth and find out more about this incredible author!
http://lisahaseltonsreviewsandinterviews.blogspot.com/

November 28th @ Bibliotica
Stop by Melissa’s blog and make sure you read Barbara Barth’s guest post about grief over the years and finding happiness again.
https://www.bibliotica.com/

November 29th @ Stranded in Chaos
Visit Sara’s blog and you can read her review of Barbara Barth’s book The Unfaithful Widow Ten Years Later.
https://strandupdate.blogspot.com/

November 30th @ Anthony Avina’s Blog
Visit Anthony’s blog again and read his review of Barbara Barth’s book The Unfaithful Widow Ten Years Later.
http://www.authoranthonyavinablog.com

December 1st @ Words from the Heart
Visit Linda’s blog and read her review of Barbara Barth’s book The Unfaithful Widow Ten Years Later. 
https://contemplativeed.blogspot.com

December 2nd @ Women’s Writing Circle
Stop by the blog Women’s Writing Circle and you can read a guest post by Barbara Barth about adopting dogs while all her friends are having grandkids. Don’t miss this one!
http://www.susanweidener.com/

 

Top Ten Tuesday – Changes in My Reading Life

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. Each week a new topic or question is posted and we are asked to respond with 10 books or items.

This week’s TTT topic is ‘Changes in My Reading Life’.

Many are choosing to look at changes since a decade ago.
The greatest changes in my reading life though, have occurred since I retired in 2013 after 30+ years of teaching.

The changes I have seen:

1. I definitely read way more – usually a book a day. While teaching, I was lucky to read 40-50 books a year. Now, I read 400+ books (which does include at least 100 picture books a year).

2. I faithfully record my reading now and in much more detail. For the past four years I’ve kept a weekly planner and list the books read, along with the author, genre, *rating, where I got it and any info relating to a challenge for which I read it. I set goals for each month as well.

3. I use Goodreads regularly – to keep track of books read (I list by year and genre), for contests (I’ve won several books), for looking up books for reading challenges or for other books by favourite authors.

4. I participate in a number of reading challenges (PopSugar, 52 Books in 54 Weeks, Monthly Motif, Beyond the Bookends, Connect 5). These challenges have stretched my reading (especially by genre) and have been challenging at times. I’ve read many books I never would have but for the challenges.

5. I have tried to curb my spending on books, although I still prefer books over e-books and definitely over audiobooks. I use the library frequently, ordering books online to save time searching at the library. I try to frequent thrift shops, use BookBub and Freebooksy for e-books and swap with friends. But my shelves are still overflowing – and I still have way too many TBR!

6. I tend to binge read certain authors and genres, although I usually read more romance or fantasy. This fall my genre choices have been historical romances, fantasy and paranormal series and contemporary romances. I have been reading more diverse books as well as diverse authors.

7. I started a book/writing blog just a few years ago and enjoy taking part in numerous weekly memes.

8. I joined WOW (Women on Writing) as a reviewer. I’ve read and reviewed a number of fascinating books.

9. I am involved more online in the bookish community, as well as in our local boo community: joining groups on facebook, following authors on twitter and Instagram. I try to attend author visits through our library or local bookstores.

10. I will now stop reading a book and declare it a DNF if it doesn’t capture my attention. There are just too many books to read to keep reading uninspiring books, even if it is part of a series.

How has your reading life changed in the past few years??

 

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

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It’s time once again for Kathryn’s weekly meme IMWAYR at Book Date where we share what we’re reading and have read over the past week

What I Read Last Week
Last week I read 7 books: 4 historical romances, a time travel book and 2 picture books.

Here are the books I read:

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The Duchess Deal and Once Upon a Winter’s Eve by Tessa Dare (enjoyed both)

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Slightly Wicked by Mary Balogh – my first historical romance by her; so enjoyed it

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Heiress Gone Wild by Laura Lee Guhrke -another enjoyable historical romance

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The Little Shop of Found Things by Paula Brackston. My favourite read of the month so far. Loved the dynamics between characters and how Brackston engineered the time travel to early 1600s England. Now onto the second!

 

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Crazy Hair by Neil Gaiman, illus. Dave McKean

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Sulwe by Lupita Nyong’o, illus. by Vashti Harrison

 

What I’m Reading Now

The Unfaithful Widow Ten Years Later by Barbara Barth (to review for a WOW blog tour)

Your Love is Mine by Bella Andre – a contemporary romance

Secrets of the Chocolate House by Paula Brackston (2nd in her series)

 

What’s Up Next
Still working on these

The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline

Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness

 

Linking as well with
Spread the Love
Book Nook Blog Party at Create with Joy

Blog Visit from Barbara Barth

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As part of the WOW blog tour for Barbara Barth’s book “The Unfaithful Widow Ten Years Later”, Barbara has agreed to share with us how she was able to start over at age seventy.

As someone who has had to start over after divorce and then to remarry at 50. Barbara’s  book has inspired me to see that having a purpose and making more of one’s life can be done at any age – and should be!

Welcome Barbara!

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Starting Over at Seventy   by Barbara Barth 

Who am I? Even those strong at the core, like I think I am, ask this question at some point. Of course, the other question I always ask myself is what do I want to be when I grow up? For me, the two go hand in hand, especially as a single woman of a certain age without kids. I didn’t worry so much when my husband was alive, but as a new widow at sixty, I needed purpose. And purpose for me is creating and doing. I created a grand world for myself between sixty and soon to be seventy in the home I’d lived in for thirty years in a Metro-Atlanta suburb, one of the hottest areas around. But I wanted more, something different.
For as long as I remember I’ve dreamed of old houses, wanting to live in a Victorian cottage or a farmhouse, maybe run a B & B. I hoarded my best old painted pieces as an antique dealer for my future home. My Zillow list was long. My Pinterest boards growing daily. Would there be cows along my drive? I finally found the one and the universe moved me quickly and smoothly to a historic community about forty miles outside of Atlanta. It was a dream come true until I realized all my basic support systems had changed and I was indeed starting over.
The who am I question hit me hard. Thirty years in one house, everything was familiar. My friendships included women from when I worked for the federal government, my antique dealer buddies, people who knew me when I was married, and so many wonderful people I’d met along the way as a widow. We had a history that only time can give. Because of all my activities, I ran into someone I knew everywhere I went. Then there were my favorite little pubs and independent book shops. I would be leaving all that. While the mileage between my old home and new was not terrible, the drive in Atlanta traffic makes it hard to just pop in and out for a visit. And all my friends have busy lives, grandchildren, some still work, others already moved to the mountains, and a bestie got married. We are only a phone call away, but that grounding face to face chatting about our lives over dinner dramatically changed.
Doubts crept in, not about the move, but about me. Would I suddenly be that older woman on a cane that everyone called ma’am? No one had a clue as to what I’d done in the past, except, of course, I tossed the author word around to help my mental self-image. Sometimes the drama queen crown fits me well.
Social Circle, the sweet town where I bought my house is fifteen minutes from Monroe, Georgia, where I used to have antique booths in 2012. I knew people there, so a quick drive (passing all those wonderful cows in pastures) put me back onto familiar turf where I could pop in for a quick chat until I got my bearings on my new life.
My move was the best thing I could have done for myself. I could have stayed where I was, life was good there, the town full of things to do. But that was not what I wanted. If I were going to make a move, I felt it was now or never. I didn’t downsize, didn’t give up all the things I love to live with, brought five dogs with me, and managed it all while still recovering from hip replacement surgery that went badly the past spring. My 1906 historic cottage is a dream come true. I love to stare at my twelve-foot ceilings, snuggle with my dogs, and wonder how I got so lucky.
The best news of all, I found my new creative place at the Monroe-Walton Center for the Arts, where I can do all that I love pulling together a writing community. Starting over at seventy? You bet. I’m not getting older I’m sprouting new growth!

 

Thank you so much Barbara for your reflections!

Author Bio:

Author, blogger, sometimes antique dealer, dog hoarder, bedazzled by life. Widowed eleven years ago, Barth writes about finding a creative path back to happiness. Her recent move to a 1906 historic cottage brought many surprises, including discovering the Monroe–Walton Center for the Arts where she started the monthly Walton Writers group and is on the MWCA Board as Literary Arts Chair. Barth is a contributor to Walton Living Magazine and a former blogger for The Balancing Act, Lifetime Television’s morning show for women. Currently she lives with six dogs, rescue dogs that rescued her. Visit her web at https://www.barbarabarthwriter.com/  Her books are available on Amazon and Kindle. Amazon author page:
https://www.amazon.com/Barbara-Barth/e/B0049M0IXO

Be sure to read her book:

unfaithful widowFinal Cover fro Barb

and check out all the stops for her blog tour :

November 12th @ All Things Audry
Author Barbara Barth is a guest writer over at Audry’s blog today and will be talking about women friendships.
http://allthingsaudry.blogspot.com/

November 13th @ Words from the Heart
Stop by Linda’s blog and you can read a guest post by Barbara Barth about publishing anthologies.
https://contemplativeed.blogspot.com/

November 14th @ Thoughts in Progress
Visit Mason’s blog today and you can read Barbara’s guest post about starting a writing group. Don’t miss it!
https://masoncanyon.blogspot.com/

November 15th @ The World of My Imagination
Visit Nicole’s blog and read her review of Barbara Barth’s book The Unfaithful Widow Ten Years Later.
http://theworldofmyimagination.blogspot.com

November 16th @ Lori Duff Writes
Stop by Lori’s blog today where you can read her interview with Barbara Barth and read her review of Barbara’s book The Unfaithful Widow Ten Years Later.
https://www.loriduffwrites.com/blog/

November 16th @ Jill Sheets Blog
Visit Jill’s blog today and you can read Barbara Barth’s guest post about self-publishing.
https://jillsheets.blogspot.com

November 17th @ A Storybook World
Be sure to stop by Deirdra’s blog today and check out her spotlight of the book The Unfaithful Widow Ten Years Later and enter to win a copy of the book!
http://www.astorybookworld.com

November 18th @ Beverley A. Baird’s Blog
Be sure you visit Bev’s blog and read Barbara Barth’s guest post about starting over at 70. You won’t want to miss this!
https://beverleyabaird.wordpress.com

November 19th @ Look to the Western Sky
Be sure to visit Margo’s blog and read her interview with author Barbara Barth. Don’t miss it!
https://margoldill.com/blog

November 20th @ Anthony Avina’s Blog
Make sure you visit Anthony’s blog today and read Barbara Barth’s guest post about publishing anthologies.
http://www.authoranthonyavinablog.com

November 21st @ Cassandra’s Writing World
Stop by Cassandra’s blog today and read her review of The Unfaithful Widow Ten Years Later. You can also enter to win a copy of the book as well!
https://cassandra-mywritingworld.blogspot.com/

November 22nd @ Karen Brown Tyson’s Blog
Join us at Karen Brown Tyson’s blog where you can read a guest post about self-publishing by author Barbara Barth. Don’t miss it!
http://www.karenbrowntyson.com

November 23rd @ Beverley A. Baird’s Blog
Visit Bev’s blog again and you can read her review of Barbara Barth’s book The Unfaithful Widow Ten Years Later.
https://beverleyabaird.wordpress.com

November 24th @ Choices
Be sure to stop by Madeline’s blog and read Barbara Barth’s guest post that will be talking about women friendships.
http://madelinesharples.com/

November 25th @ Wild Woman Writer
Visit Anne’s blog today and you can read Barbara Barth’s blog guest post about starting over at 70.
https://wildwomanwriter2018.blogspot.com/

November 26th @ Life Like A Galaxy Girl
Stop by Alanna’s blog today and you can read her review of Barbara Barth’s memoir The Unfaithful Widow Ten Years Later.
http://lifelikeagalaxygirl.com/

November 27th @ Lisa Haselton’s Reviews and Interviews
Visit Lisa’s blog today and you can read her interview with author Barbara Barth and find out more about this incredible author!
http://lisahaseltonsreviewsandinterviews.blogspot.com/

November 28th @ Bibliotica
Stop by Melissa’s blog and make sure you read Barbara Barth’s guest post about grief over the years and finding happiness again.
https://www.bibliotica.com/

November 29th @ Stranded in Chaos
Visit Sara’s blog and you can read her review of Barbara Barth’s book The Unfaithful Widow Ten Years Later.
https://strandupdate.blogspot.com/

November 30th @ Anthony Avina’s Blog
Visit Anthony’s blog again and read his review of Barbara Barth’s book The Unfaithful Widow Ten Years Later.
http://www.authoranthonyavinablog.com

December 1st @ Words from the Heart
Visit Linda’s blog and read her review of Barbara Barth’s book The Unfaithful Widow Ten Years Later. 
https://contemplativeed.blogspot.com

December 2nd @ Women’s Writing Circle
Stop by the blog Women’s Writing Circle and you can read a guest post by Barbara Barth about adopting dogs while all her friends are having grandkids. Don’t miss this one!
http://www.susanweidener.com/