Top Ten Tuesday – Books I Struggle to Finish



This week for “Top Ten Tuesday”, the weekly challenge at “The Broke and Bookish”, the theme relates to books we’ve struggled with in some way.


I’ve chosen to focus on 10+ books that am struggling to finish, for whatever reason. (The first though, I just finished, after a looong wait to do so)

I have a huge TBR pile of books. As well, I have a number of books that I’ve started but just could not finish. Too many other books catch my eye and I end up reading those ones.


  1. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo

I finally finished it last month after over a year on the TBR pile.


  1. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood. I’m loving the series, but find I can only read this book a bit at a time. With the unheaval in the U.S. it seems too prophetic somehow.


  1. The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien. It sits on my shelf half read. I read the Lord of the Rings trilogy in my teens but still haven’t finished this one. Maybe seeing the movie stopped me.


  1. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. I have started and stopped reading this book so many times. It still awaits.


  1. The Scorpio Races by Maggie Steefvater. I do enjoy fantasy – but this one got put aside for others.


  1. Wild by Cheryl Strayed. I started it, stopped, tried watching the movie, but then got stalled on both


  1. T is for Treason by Sue Grafton. I had read all of the other mystery books in her series, but still waiting to finish T thru X.


  1. The Fiery Cross by Diana Gabaldron. I loved the first 2 books and definitely am addicted to the series, but once again am stalled with the rest of the series.


  1. Casual Vaqcancy by JK Rowling. I loved all of the Harry Potter books but just could not get into this one (or her Galbraith books as well)


  1. Hollow City and Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs. The first book was challenging but I enjoyed it. The second still awaits to be finished.


I plan to finish all of these – this year!

What books have you struggled to finish.


Five Minute Friday – Neighbour



September 1 – after many weeks of a prolonged break from blogging, I knew it was time to return to challenges and writing. I have not written much this summer – and I actually miss it. So embracing daily routines should help me write and create more.

One writing challenge I plan to participate more in is the “Five Minute Friday”. The theme this week is “neighbour


Neighbours suggest caring, people who have our backs, who we are friendly with. We turn to neighbours when we need something and we willingly help our neighbours as well.

Who are our neighbours?

Someone who lives next door?

Someone who looks like us?

Someone we like?

If we are to follow the words of Jesus “Love your neighbours as yourself” – then our neighbours can and should be anyone. It is then our responsibility to treat each and every neighbour with love and dignity.

If only we would treat everyone me meet as a neighbour, as a friend, as a valued person.

Top Ten Tuesday



This week for Top Ten Tuesday, the weekly challenge hosted at the Broken and Bookish, the theme is Hidden Gems.
The genre I have been studying/reading this year (to enhance my own writing) has been romances. I have read many romance series and especially enjoyed the following:

Susan Elizabeth Phillip: Chicago Stars series
Wynette, Texas series

Roxanne St. Claire: Barefoot series

Irene Hannon: Starfish Bay series
Hope Harbor series

Rae Anne Thayne: Haven Point series

Mary Alice Monroe: Beach House series

Susan Mallory: Blackberry island series

Sherryl Woods: Trinity Harbor series

Bella Andre: The Sullivan series

Some of the authors have other series that are just as enjoyable – these were just ones I had read over the past two years.
What series have you enjoyed??

Top Ten Tuesday – Books I Read in High School


It has been a long absence from blogging, but certainly needed.

It has also been a long time since I took part in Top Ten Tuesday, the weekly challenge hosted at “The Broke and the Bookish”.

The theme this week is a free choice on the theme “Back to School”.

My choice – Top 10 Books I Read in High School

Now – that was asking a lot I know – I graduated from Grade 13 in 1971. But so many of these still resonate today – and should be required reading.



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Brave New World by Aldous Huxley ( it seems remarkable accurate in many of its predictions)



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Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy



Frankenstein by Mary Shelley (I was fascinated with her creativity)


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Catcher in the Rye by J.D.Salinger


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Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (another terrifying look at the future)


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Lord of the Flies by William Golding (this one still horrifies me)


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The Diary of Anne Frank (a testament to the amazing spirit of a young girl)


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Animal Farm by George Orwell ( Goodreads “one of the most scathing satires ever published”)


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To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (This is still one of my favourite books – if only we all would stand up to racism as did Scout and her father)



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A Separate Peace by John Knowles



Larry Kilham and the Book Blog Tour for his book “The Digital Rabbit Hole”

Larry Kilham and the Book Blog Tour for his book “The Digital Rabbit Hole”

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I am honoured to have been given the opportunity to read Larry’s book and share my review., and to be part of his book  blog tour.

As I read Larry Kilham’s book “The Digital Rabbit Hole”, I was struck with just how pervasive the digital world has become. If we let it, it will suck us all down its digital rabbit hole.
Kilham’s book is organized in three parts:
Part 1: The New World of the Knowosphere
Part 2: What we Learn and How to Think in the Age of Google
Part 3: Escape from the Rabbit Hole
Each part builds on the other, giving us detailed information about this new world, both its benefits as well as its very negative aspects. We are becoming one world electronically, but there is less respect for experienced-based knowledge. Too often people believe what is on the web, without questioning or investigating what they are seeing.
The rapid rise of the use of smartphones has led to addicts who can’t seem to disconnect. Who hasn’t seen people who cannot be separated from their smartphones?
“Children and adults must develop the habits of exploration, creativity and life-long learning. In addition, they must develop a sense of truth as an intellectual discipline, and never lose sight of pursuing it.” (pg. 100)
Kilham stresses the need to step back, to “recapture our minds”, to see the internet as a tool, a resource – not the “all-knowing expert.”
Reading Larry Kilham’s book was definitely an eye-opener. I personally do not use a smartphone, but I have a pc and tablet and am (slightly) addicted to Twitter. This book really does explain the Trump phenomenon and the rise of “fake news” – how so many could have been drawn into his brand of politics, how he got elected. One quote said it all:
“A major problem … in an active democracy is whether people lose interest in the truth or even how to find it. If information satisfies their mind by confirming what they generally think about issues, or just makes them feel good, why take the time and effort to see if there is deception, misinformation or misunderstanding involved.” (pg. 96/97)

I would highly recommend Larry Kilham’s book. The more knowledge we have of what it means to live in this Knowosphere and how we can overcome its negative aspects, the better prepared we will be to move forward in the future. And, Larry Kilham gives us this knowledge and tools to succeed.

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Larry Kilham’s The Digital Rabbit Hole 

Will digital media sweep us into a new era of prosperity? What new advances in entertainment, culture, education, and knowledge can we expect? Will we get stuck in Cyberland only to be saved by digital detox?

The Digital Rabbit Hole reveals that we are becoming captive in the digital universe. The portals are smartphones and the world is the Internet. We immerse ourselves in social media; we learn through packaged feel-good information; and we will leave the hard work to robots and AI. The book details digital media and discusses smartphone addiction problems. It proposes solutions to stimulate creativity and education and to recapture our humanity.

Paperback: 144 Pages
Genre: Social Science/Non Fiction
Publisher:; 1 edition (January 1, 2016)

The Digital Rabbit Hole is available in print on Amazon.

About the Author:
Larry Kilham has traveled extensively overseas for over twenty years. He worked in several large international companies and started and sold two high-tech ventures. He received a B.S. in engineering from the University of Colorado and an M.S. in management from MIT. Larry has written books about creativity and invention, artificial intelligence and digital media, travel overseas, and three novels with an AI theme. Currently, he is writing a novel about free will.

Larry can be found online at:





———-Blog Tour Dates (Be sure to check the other blog stops – and chances to enter the giveaway)

Monday July 10th (today) @ WOW! Women on Writing
Interview & Giveaway

Tuesday July 11th @ CMash Reads 
Cheryl Masciarelli reads and reviews Larry Kilham’s “The Digital Rabbit Hole”. Don’t miss her insightful review and this opportunity to learn more about Kilham and his many published works.

Wednesday July 12th @ Bring on Lemons with Cathy Hansen
Educator, Business Owner, and Mother Cathy Hansen reads and reviews “The Digital Rabbit Hole” by Larry Kilham. Read her thoughts today!

Thursday July 13th @ Linda Appleman Shapiro

Author and Psychologist Linda Appleman Shapiro shares her thoughts and insight after reading and reviewing “The Digital Rabbit Hole” by Larry Kilham.

Friday July 14th @ Bring on Lemons with Crystal Otto
Avid reader and reviewer (and social media lover) Crystal J. Casavant-Otto reads and reviews Larry Kilham’s “The Digital Rabbit Hole” and shares her thoughts about how social media has changed our lives.

Monday July 17th @ Beverley Baird
Writer, Reader, and Book Enthusiast Beverley A Baird reviews Larry Kilham’s “The Digital Rabbit Hole” and shares her experiences with her readers.

Tuesday July 18th @ Bring on Lemons with Troy Pflum
Midwestern father and avid reader Troy Pflum reads and reviews Larry Kilham’s “The Digital Rabbit Hole” and shares his ideas and afterthoughts with readers at Bring on Lemons.

Wednesday July 19th @ Constant Story
Fellow author David Berner reads and reviews Larry Kilham’s “The Digital Rabbit Hole”.

Thursday July 20th @ Book Santa Fe
Reader and book enthusiast Tange Dudt reviews Larry Kilham’s “The Digital Rabbit Hole” and shares her thoughts with readers at Book Santa Fe.

Friday July 21st @ Eric Trant
Fellow author Eric Trant shares his thoughts after reading and reviewing “The Digital Rabbit Hole” by Larry Kilham.

Sunday July 23rd @ Hott Books
Today’s author spotlight at Hott Books is none other than Larry Kilham. Find out more about this accomplished author and “The Digital Rabbit Hole”

Monday July 24th @ Lisa Haselton Reviews and Interviews 
Lisa Haselton interviews Larry Kilham about “The Digital Rabbit Hole”

Tuesday July 25th Bring on Lemons with Tess Fallier
Tess Fallier is today’s guest blogger with a review and insight into Larry Kilham’s “The Digital Rabbit Hole”. Don’t miss this blog stop!


Five Minute Friday – STEADY



Every Friday, Kate Motaung posts a word to spark five minutes of writing. This week, the word prompt is STEADY.


“Slow but steady wins the race.”

Who hasn’t heard that motto or read Aesop’s fable of “The Tortoise and the Hare”? It is a lesson we all can (and maybe should) embrace.

When we steadily work on something, taking our time, being careful to do our best, we can achieve much.

It is that steady plodding forward that is the secret – keep moving, step by step; keep doing, eyes forward.

Writers are told to write daily and it is this daily action, no matter the number of words written, that improves our writing.

Five Minute Friday – WORTH

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Each Friday, Kate Motaung of “Five Minute Friday”, posts a prompt and encourages us to write for five minutes.

This week the theme is  WORTH.  (Check here to visit other writers)


When we think of worth,  we tend to think first in terms of buying things and money – what is this worth? How much will it cost?

Yet, in these turbulent times, it is the worth of people which should be our first concern. As Christ told us, over and over, loving others is a must.

Too often, hate and cruelty to others predominates. Fear and ignorance push people to racist acts. The news is full of killings and destruction all over the world..

If everyone could only see that every person has worth, is valuable, is a child of God, LOVE would dominate, not hate.

Yes, we are all worth so much. We need to acknowledge our own worth and celebrate the worth of everyone we meet. We may never know when we meet Jesus.



Slice of Life Tuesday


Today is Slice of Life Tuesday – the weekly writing challenge hosted at Two Writing Teachers.


I have missed having a nesting robin family on our porch for several years now. But several weeks ago, a new nest was built, and a family of robins moved in.


It has been so interesting watch the parents come and go. The mom sits most of the time. I hate to disrupt her by opening the patio door and coming out on the porch – which I usually have to do at least once a day.

The mom flies off, often to the clothes line and chirps at me. I can just imagine what she is yelling at me!


Yesterday, I snuck a photo of her nest and saw three eggs.


Now the wait begins!

Slice of Life Tuesday


Today is the Tuesday Slice of Life – the weekly writing challenge hosted at “Two Writing Teachers”

I have just finished another daily writing challenge, for April. In some ways, it was good to be finished – after two months of daily writing/blogging, I now have a bit of a break.

But, it has helped solidify my writing habit. I want to write and the ideas have started to flow more readily. The March SOL and the April Blogging Challenge gave me sixty days of routine, of daily writing and support.

This past month also connected me with Amy Krouse Rosenthal. Her death still seems surreal.

I used her “Encyclopedia of Me” to post daily, choosing one of her themes daily to write about some aspect of my life.

I plan to continue to fill the book, jotting down lists, observations and memories as they come. Saturday was #MoreforAKR and it was a special day to celebrate this wonderful, amazing woman.

While visiting a church bazaar, I found my #MoreforAKR – I bought lunch for an elderly woman. We then spent a lovely half hour visiting together. I left with a smile and a few books.

Blogging A to Z: Z


Today is the last day of the April Blogging A to Z, so today is Z.

I am using Amy Krouse Rosenthal’s “Encyclopedia of Me” to journal daily.


Z is for “In the ZONE”

The Urban Dictionary defines being in the zone as

“Being Completely Unaware of what’s going on around you as you are So Extremely into what’s going on right in front of your face; like anything more than 3 feet away just doesn’t register in the brain.”

What a feeling it is to be so lost in something that time falls away, you are caught up in something that engages you physically, mentally and spiritually.

I have experienced this a few times – and it is usually when I am creating something or so lost in a book, I don’t hear anything and have to be nudged to come back to the present.

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