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To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading? “Prozac Nation” by Elizabeth Wurtzel-Apparently there’s a movie based on this book, but I have never even heard about it, although the name did sound familiar. I’m not very far into this book yet and so far I am actually surprised at how much I DON’T relate with the character…I thought the fact that I deal with depression would make the character relatable to me, but this character takes a lot more medication than me for her depression, has more severe symptoms than me and has tried drugs…and this is just what I have found out so far. I CAN relate to her feelings when she tries to stop her medicine and people are like, “She’s acting crazy again, she should be a good girl and just take them!”….but I relate to that from back in the early 2000’s when every time I cried or acted upset(even if it was for a legitimate reason), people would ask if I was taking my medicine and it made me feel the same way a woman feels if she is overly emotional for a GOOD reason and someone asks her or assumes she is on her “monthly”….Is it just me that gets bothered by it? It’s this feeling of, “Other people can be sad or angry sometimes and it’s considered normal, can’t it be possible that my feelings are a normal life reaction and not always based on my depression OR something every woman goes through?”

What did you recently finish reading? “Then Came You” by Jennifer Weiner-I personally LOVED this book and the way it showed how people can change for the better and a family doesn’t always have to end up being what we may traditionally consider family to be…The story is told from 4 different person’s sides but it meshes together so well and clearly that I had no problem following along!

“Black and Blue” by Anna Quindlen-Loved and hated it…Hate only because of the reality in this book….So many women who are abused never see the man guilty of it charged with the crime or punished for it and this fact makes me sad and angry at the way the world works. The ending was realistic and somewhat good, somewhat bad…I find myself hating that it’s realistic because I want a fairy tale ending BUT at the same time, you HAVE to show the reality if you expect people to be aware and try to make a change.

What do you think you’ll read next? I really don’t know for sure…I have 3 more library books checked out, ONE on hold that was due back Monday but shows it’s still checked out! UGH! and 2 more books coming eventually in the mail from Books Free….as well as my new Stephen King book that I am dying to read! So you will have to wait until next week to see what I read next! 🙂


Giving Thanks Day #9: Today, I am thankful for the ability to hear. Besides reading, music is a huge importance in my life, but without my hearing, I would have never known what Music was like. I would never have been able to experience the syncopation of beats, the major and the minors, and the way music can be your best friend when dealing with heartbreak or make cleaning the house more bearable. Music has been there for me through years of depression and I honestly don’t know where I would be in my life without the joy of it. I have an older brother who is deaf and that really makes me think about how lucky we are to be able to hear. Every time I go see a movie on the big screen, I feel sad for my brother who doesn’t get to enjoy that experience the same way without an interpreter signing to him every word that is said. Sure there are horrible things our ears may hear through the years, but it’s because of the wonderful things we also can hear that make it all worth it. A newborn baby cooing and giggling, a little niece telling you she loves you when you’re sad, the words “I do” repeated by your husband on your Wedding Day, your name called at graduation…….all blessings of which I am thankful I have heard through this ability bestowed on me.

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading? “Being Kendra” by Kendra Wilkinson

What did you recently finish reading? “How reading changed my life” by Anna Quindlen

“The Day I turned uncool:Confessions of a Reluctant Grown-up” by Dan Zevin

What do you think you’ll read next? “Then Came You” by Jennifer Weiner


Giving Thanks Day #2: Today, I give thanks for my ability to read and my ability to see with my eyes, even if I need to wear glasses or contacts to do so adequately. Not only do my eyes allow me to read, but they allow me to see beauty in life; from a newborn baby to a beautiful rose, without my sight, I would be unable to truly understand what you can only learn through vision. We often take advantage of the fact that we can see until we are faced with the possibility of losing it. I want to give thanks now, today, for my sight instead of waiting for a moment to come when I may not have it anymore.

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading? “Tales for a Stormy Night” by Dorothy Salisbury Davis

What did you recently finish reading? “Little Earthquakes” by Jennifer Weiner (another great Chick Lit. book by one of my favorite authors)

What do you think you’ll read next? “Blessings” by Anna Quindlen..This will be the 3rd book of hers I have read and the description sounds intriguing. Here is what Goodreads had to say about this book: Late one night, a teenage couple drives up to the big white clapboard home on the Blessing estate and leaves a box. In that instant, the lives of those who live and work there are changed forever. Skip Cuddy, the caretaker, finds a baby girl asleep in that box and decides he wants to keep the child . . . while Lydia Blessing, the matriarch of the estate, for her own reasons, agrees to help him. Blessings explores how the secrets of the past affect decisions and lives in the present; what makes a person or a life legitimate or illegitimate and who decides; and the unique resources people find in themselves and in a community. This is a powerful novel of love, redemption, and personal change by the Pulitzer Prize–winning writer about whom The Washington Post Book World said, “Quindlen knows that all the things we ever will be can be found in some forgotten fragment of family.”

What’s the BEST book YOU have read so far in 2011? For me, I would have to hands down say “Rebecca” by Daphne du Maurier. I haven’t thoroughly been intrigued and drawn into a story the way this novel did, in such a long time. It was full of mystery and beautifully written. It will definitely go down as one of my favorite books of all time. But there were definitely other books that stood out for different reasons this year. “Room” by Emma Donoghue, “The Girls” by Lori Lansens, “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time” by Mark Haddon,”Escape” by Carolyn Jessop and “Please stop laughing at me” by Jodee Blanco were ALL great reads that I would recommend to anyone.

So…..I want to know YOUR best book that you have read this year. If you have more than one, I welcome you to post all your favorites. I would love to know what everyone else has been reading this year. Have a great rest of the week! 🙂

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading? I literally just finished “Escape” this morning….I had about 100 pages left and I just could NOT put it down until I got to the end. Even though I KNEW she had escaped, I wanted to hurry up and get to that part so I could hear the happy news of it and how her life was so much better now.

What did you recently finish reading? “Escape” by Carolyn Jessop with Lauren Palmer….WOW…I could probably go on for days about this book. The stuff this woman had to go through makes me feel so grateful for the life I have. It’s just horrific how this woman was treated by her husband, her sister wives, step children and even some of her own children, and the people who helped run the Fundamentalist sect she was in. I had already read so much last year in the book, “Stolen Innocence” by Elissa Wall(another amazing book!) and this book just exposed even more about how bad it was under the rule of FLDS with Rulon Jeffs going into Warren Jeffs taking over. So thankful they finally arrested that guy and put him away…..if you read either one of these books, you will understand what I mean. Just an incredible revealing look into what life was like for women in these communities.

What do you think you’ll read next? I think I’m gonna read “Little Earthquakes” by Jennifer Weiner…time for a chick lit fix! 🙂

I’m currently only 4 books away from completing my challenge of reading 50 books in 2011! Even though I have slowed down my reading some, I KNOW I will have no problem with meeting that goal and since I can change the goal, I’m thinking of increasing the number a bit. Do you think I should make it 75? or should I only increase it to about 60? OR do you think I shouldn’t change it at all and just continue reading regardless and be happy I passed my challenge goal?

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