Tuesday, June 10, 2008

A contest about Summer reading.... Read on!

Dating After 50: Negotiating The Minefields of Midlife Romance by M. D. Sharon Romm (Hardcover - Sep 9, 2005) - Large Print

Okay, so does this make anyone else laugh except me? I dunno... I just was looking through Amazon's selections that might be similar to my lovely book called The Age of Miracles, by Marianne Williamson... and I saw this one... Read it again..... Yeah, it's the large print thing that gets to me.... I must be a bit slap happy tonight.

I'd show you all a beautiful picture of what I accomplished today, but... you guessed it. I took one of those big sabbaticals and just took a gigantor nap of two and a half hours this afternoon in my recliner. During which time my 83 year old mother on her walker did a couple loads of laundry, put away dishes from having company to dinner last night, rearranged a closet shelf, and did some other stuff.... Do you think she noticed? ...... Yeah, she noticed.... I awoke feeling refreshed, kinda happy (I'd dreamed a rather happy little dream)... Sure I had the traditional "I napped too long" headache, but at least I felt human.
Did any of you belong to a summer reading group at your local library? It was a major thing in my summer to try to get my mom to take me to the nearest town (Macon) and let me be a part of that group. I understand now just why it wasn't all that terrific for her to leave her summer work of mowing, canning, cleaning, laundry, gardening... you name it, my Mother was knee deep in it.... and drive twenty miles, sit in a boiling hot car for over an hour and let me be read to... I didn't go to that part that I recall... but I did participate in the weekly thing of reading so many books. You bet. Our reward the only year I recall was a movie. We saw Lad: A Dog, and I was the only one who absolutely bawled her eyes out. The next year they saw Big Red, and I stayed home. Having seen it later at the Drive-In, I was sure I made the best choice. What is it with dog movies? They are simply sadder than they need to be....

I am in the market for some summer books. Leave a comment related to your favorite book or books..... I'll draw a winner from all the comments left in June that mention books, and I'll send that person a surprise book from my stunning collection.... Who knows? I might even have more than one winner. (I have tons of great books that I don't mind sharing.)
My recommendations (since you asked) are going to be posted along this month. I will have to think about the choices. I have mentioned a few I have read this winter, which are amazing.... Williamson, Follett, and of course my Irish poet.... but surely there are more great books out there. I'd also love to hear about favorite coffee table books and how to's and self helps.... and anything that you find yourself coming back to time and time again.... like Simple Abundance or Romancing the Ordinary. Both are soul savers of mine.... I think I'll return to my book right now.... Have a good one.


Mary Isabella said...

OGosh I have so many favorite books. I adore reading everything in print written about the Kennedy Family. Like all the classics. Little Women Charlotte's Web. Gone with the wind. The little house on the Prairie books. I read all kinds of literature....Mary

Anonymous said...

If you have never done so, please read "The Little White Horse" by Elizabeth Goudge. It is a wonderful, romantic fairy tale that I return to again and again. It is currently being made into a film in Australia. The producers had a contest to find the perfect Maria Merryweather -- little girls from all over the world sent in audition tapes (they went with a professional child actress, Dakota Blue Richards, who starred in The Golden Compass). PLease read it, you will love it!
Wendy, ethelsmommy@yahoo.com

Michele said...

Well, I love this idea!!! Not only will you get some great ideas, but so will all your readers!!

My favorite book is "The Notebook" by Nicolas Sparks. You may have seen the movie, but to me the book is way better, and everyone that I've given it to, male and female, have all loved it and had a tear or two after reading it. I just love the sentiment behind the story. In my opinion, it's one of the best love stories about never-ending love that I've read.

I'll come back with some other recommendations.


Megan said...

I know you have tons of books, but do you have The Last Lecture? I want to read this book so bad, but now I don't know if I'll have time this summer. We are moving! :) In town, but it is a bigger house! YAY! I hope all is going well for you...enjoy what little time we have! :)

Anonymous said...

Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series is perfect summer fun reading! The newest one, FEARLESS FOURTEEN, goes on sale Monday and I can't wait! Hmmm...Morelli or Ranger? If it were me, I doubt I could decide either! ~cg

Twyla and Lindsey said...

I do so enjoy a good summer read! Too bad your mom won't sit down long enough to read one! Twyla

CIELO said...

I love reading poetry... Edmund Spencer is one of my favor...

... and by the way, The House in the Roses is having a garden party and would love to see you participate... come see and show us what's growing in your garden!

Hugs, and a blessed weekend to you


Becky K. said...

Our Book Club is reading Safely Home by Randy Alcorn. It is an excellent book.

This was a great idea...I'll keep checking back to see what is recommended.

Becky K.

Tea Time and Roses said...

What a lovely contest! I have so many favorites... I tend to pull out books of comfort during the summer months. I am now reading a book by Suzanne Dale Ezell, Living Simply in God's Abundance. It is a beautiful and comforting read.



Lorrie said...

It's so hard to choose favourite books - almost like choosing a favourite child!
I have books that I save for summer and others for winter. One summer book that I love to re-read is Daphne DuMaurier's Frenchman's Creek. I can just feel the heat of the sun on the lawn when I read it.
And another book along the same lines is L.M. Montgomery's The Blue Castle. She's the author of Anne of Green Gables.
Then there are Rosamund Pilcher's books - Coming Home is one that I enjoy re-reading.


Anonymous said...

So many books that I love, but the first one that comes to mind is The Secret Garden. And now with the passing of Tasha Tudor, my book becomes even more precious. But LOVING the book I am reading now....The SHop on Blossom Street by Debbie McComber (?). My 55 year old addled brain can barely concentrate on a book lately, but this one I can't put down. I read it with a delicious spirit...sort of like eating candies from a heart shaped box. XXX Annie from San Diego