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Why I started this blog…….


Hi!  I’m glad you have found me on the world wide web…….

Yep, I’m old and will probably call things all sorts of odd names, but just hang on, I think this will be a fun adventure.

I have had trouble decided what to make my first post about, but then I got tagged in Facebook by the 10 books that have affected your life.   After thinking on that and adding commentary to each book I listed, I decided that might make a good post for here.  Hopefully, it will jumpstart my brain into other topics.  There’s just so much I want to write about, I have trouble typing the first word.

Here’s the post I made today on Facebook…….Feel free to share on your Facebook or reply on here.

Okay, you all know how much I love to read, so this was hard to choose just a few of favorites because I think every book I read has become a part of me.  I may not remember the entire plot or storyline, but there was something that stayed with me from the story and has formed the person I am now.

Here’s my list of 10 (approximately)…Oh, and I added commentary to each (no extra charge!)

  1. The Bible – it has been my strength in sad times and my joy in happy times. If I had to only choose one book, the Bible would have to be the one.  Although I don’t memorize scripture like I did in my younger years, the ones I have memorized will come to mind at the moment I least expect it.
  2. The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren gave me strength during a very difficult time in my life. It also taught me that I may never know what God’s will is for me, but my job is be available to what He needs me to do and be.
  3. I had very few books growing up (maybe that’s my reason for collecting so many now), but the three I remember reading over and over again were: Moon Mouse by Adelaide Holl, Harry the Dirty Dog by Gene Zion, and Mike Mullican and His Steamshovel by Virginia Lee Burton. Don’t judge me for the titles – I know they sound like boy’s books, but they were the ones I had and loved.  Yes, I still have them with me today.
  4. The Borrowers by Mary Norton. In fourth grade at Episcopal Day School, Mrs. Barbara Foster read the Borrowers to us after lunch each day.  I was mesmerized!  I fell in love with Pod, Homily and Arrietie and have read it many times since.
  5. Rather than read Little House on the Praire books, I read Janette Oke’s Love Comes Softly
  6. In elementary and middle school, I read every biography the East Gadsden Public Library had on its shelves. Most of them were bound in that orange hardback binding.  I call them the orange back biographies.  I collect them today for memories sake.
  7. In His Steps by Charles Sheldon. A religious fiction story based on an entire town deciding to live their lives by first asking themselves, “what would Jesus do.”  (long before the WWJD revival).
  8. Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh convinced me I was a writer and began my collection of notebooks and pens and the desire to write
  9. To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee was one of the first books I realized were made into movies. It was sort of a shock then and even today that someone would want to make a movie out of a book.
  10. I Love You Stinky Face by Lisa McCourt was one of the books I read over and over again to Hannah Grace when she was little. We both loved that book among others!!
  11. Alabama Moon by Watt Key was one of the first young adult novels I read as an adult and truly enjoyed. Nevermind it was a “guy book” too, I realized YA fiction was pretty cool.
  12. The Same Sweet Girls by Cassandra King made me long for friendships like the girls in the story. It also was the start of my love of Cassandra King’s writing which lead to other Southern female authors.

The list could be never-ending, but I’ll just list a few more……

The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough was the book I read even though I knew my parents would definitely not approve of my reading…. NOT that that has ever stopped me since…..

Any poetry by Emily Dickinson, any inspirational book by Charles Swindoll, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (one of my all-time favorite authors),