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This is an interesting book with great full page photographs…2 pictures

Always have a TBR pile close at hand…it’s important that one is able to grab a new book instantly.

Man in Black Jacket Lying on White Leather Sofa Chair

Photo:  Cottonbro

Three books on working cats…1 and 3 are my favorites.


All of these books are excellent…All are on amazing female artists.

The passing of knowledge and experience…

Photo of Women Reading a Book

How often do we see photographs like this one?  I mean in magazines, or anywhere else, for that matter?  Older people become invisible in our culture.  Instead of drawing on their knowledge and experience, we ignore them, as if they don’t know anything.

When I see something like this I feel that a bond is being passed from one generation to another.  Whether they are related or not, the adult is passing something important to the child.  To me, it’s a beautiful thing that we rarely ever see.  It seems as if images such as these, would go a long way to help people reach each other.  Create a bridge between children and their elders.  It might even teach respect.

My grandmother was magic.  She gave me everything and taught me to fly.  I was so very lucky to have her.

We might want to think about listening to the stories and advice of Native Americans and the elders of all races.  To the animals and to the earth itself, if we are not only to survive, but in order to be whole.


Photo: Andrea Piacquadio




I love Paris…

Started this book last night…

Enjoying it very much.  Highlights all the fabulous women of the times, the rebels and the fabulous.  Great photographs.

Okay, so…Reading, Addiction

Two days ago, I realized my book addiction had reached a new high.  I sat down and started reading a book I was into, and had to  laugh because I was listening to a book on my headphones.  I had been cleaning and listening to the book, but saw the book I had been reading and just picked it up and…well…I may have a problem.

I just read another 643 page book today and I can’t wait to finish another one and start the next one in the series and I’m getting two new books in the mail today, to add to the nine million in my TBR pile.  And yes.  I have always been like this.


Okay, so…

I don’t like book covers where the author’s name is bigger than the title.  When their name is REALLY BIG, I wonder if the book sucks and they just want me to buy it because s/he wrote it.  I don’t like that.

I don’t like it when you’ve been following a series for 13 books and the author suddenly turns the main character into a completely different person and you keep saying to yourself, “HE WOULD NEVER DO THAT.”  Then you look at the reviews on Amazon and other people are saying the exact same thing.  I don’t like that.

I don’t like it when there are a lot of 1 star reviews on an Amazon book and you go to write your own and all the 1 star reviews are GONE.  They have been ERASED.   I don’t like that.

I don’t like knowing that people who review a book on the back jacket, haven’t read the book.  I really don’t like that.

I don’t like it when they say a book is like Harry Potter, Jim Butcher, Evanovitch, or anyone else, BECAUSE THEY NEVER ARE.  I don’t like that and I don’t buy those books.

I don’t like that some Kindle books cost as much as they do ($14.95).  Nope.  Don’t like that.

I don’t like endings that don’t fit the book’s storyline.  I don’t like that.

I don’t like books on artists that don’t have ENOUGH photographs.  I really don’t like that.

I don’t like that people who get books free, for their honest evaluation of the book, never go below three or four stars.  Hard to trust them.  I don’t like that.

I don’t like it when a book on Amazon won’t let you look inside.  I don’t buy those.  I don’t like that.

I REALLY don’t like it when they put the same book out using a different cover and say it’s a new book, when it’s NOT.  They put a new date out, because it’s being reissued, but it’s the exact same book as it was four years ago.  You always have to check those things.  I really hate that.

I don’t like it when you order a book and when it arrives, its corner/s is/are crushed. I don’t like that.

I don’t like books that are so awful I can’t read them, so I recycle them so as not to spread the ugliness around.  I don’t like that.

I don’t like books where women or animals are kidnapped, tortured, or murdered.  I hate those.

I don’t like authors who copy off of other authors.  I don’t like that at all.

I like it when packages arriver earlier than expected.  I do like that.

I like it when the books are even more beautiful than I thought they would be.  I really like that.

I don’t like it when adults do stupid things and all I can think is:  no one wold EVER do that.  I don’t like that.

I like it when pages of coffee table books aren’t shiny but matte and full of wonderful photographs.  I like that.

I like some YA books because they’re fun.  I like that.

I like books about magic.  I like that.

I like books where animals can communicate with their people.  I really like that.

I like series with characters I’m happy to see again.  I like that.

I like that Amazon keeps tract of some of the things I look at because I don’t, so it’s easy to go back and review something I might still want.  I like that.

I like reading the reviews and start with the 1 star, because they often tell me exactly what I want to know.  Women abuse, animal abuse, etc., so I know immediately that I don’t want to look any further.  I like that.

I like it when the cover tells me the story is heartbreaking, so I don’t have to bother looking at the book.  Life’s hard enough, as far as I’m concerned.  I like that.

I like it when the cover tells me it’s a family saga, or about love, war, and all that stuff, so I can move on and not waste my time looking through the pages.  I like that.

I like fantastic cover art.  I REALLY like that.

I like first paragraphs that are so fabulous, I just order the book, or put it on top of the pile I’m already carrying.  I like that.

“I like BIG PICTURES in books.  Not those tiny little corner shots.  I buy books with BIG PICTURES. I know they’re expensive, but books shouldn’t skimp on the photographs.  It can ruin a book.  Go for big pictures every time.  I like that.

I like books that are so good, I stay up all night reading them.  I like that.

I like books with tough women who never need to be rescued.  I like that.

Well, I could go on for hours…but you probably get what I’m trying to say.  I’m sure there are lots of things you do and don’t like as well.

I never finish reading a book I don’t like.  Never.







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