Surpassed reading goal for 2017!

Happy New Year!

I’ve read 59 of 52 books for the Goodreads 2017 Reading Challenge! What should I read next?

An excellent article about reading multiple books in multiple places….

May you have many books in 2018 📚❤


Book Review – Katharine Lee Bates From Sea to Shining Sea by Melinda M. Ponder

Katharine Lee Bates: From Sea to Shining SeaKatharine Lee Bates: From Sea to Shining Sea by Melinda M. Ponder

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

5+ stars.

It’s taken me a few months to write this review. I need to thank the author and the publisher, Windy City Press, for the complimentary copy and apologize for the delay in writing and posting a review. I’ve had a tremendous book hangover and haven’t been sure I can adequately express how much I loved this book.

This is historical non-fiction written at it’s best and as a bonus for me, about my favorite time periods and about books and authors.

While reading I took some notes, I’ll share them here:
Page 18, Beautifully crafted writing.
Page 24, Densely packed with fascinating facts and information. Not one word out of place.
Page 132, Sweeping history of the times while staying true to the central story of Katharine Lee Bates and her life.
Page 172, In the late 1890’s, Katharine Lee Bates wrote, “America has long realized that she stands pledged … to demonstrate the power of democracy, with its free schools, free ballot, and free religious thought, to elevate mankind.” A 120 years later this sentiment is more important than ever…

Any lover of writing, books, poetry, the history of publishing in America, Victorian era America, western expansion, Civil War reformation, women’s rights, American history, Falmouth and shipping, the founding of Wellesley College and more, will find something in this book.

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I wish I still lived in Boston 

Lit Crawl Boston – Boston Book Festival
I grew up in the Boston suburbs and graduated from Emerson College when it was still in Back Bay. At 22, I left Massachusetts to spread my wings, moving first to Northern Virginia, then exploring the state New Jersey, eventually settling in Monmouth County (exit 117 😉).

Recently, I’ve felt a strong pull to be back in Boston. Several times during my illness (which started in 2009), different scenarios have been posited for moving back to Massachusetts. The bottom line is I haven’t been well enough to move: all of my doctors are here, and I’ve got a great team – that’s a challenge to put together and it wouldn’t be prudent to start over (especially now that I’m making some progress).

Nevertheless, I still feel the pull of the history and opportunities. I dream of going back, not as an invalid, but ready to make a contribution. My job now is to get well so I can make my dreams a reality. 

2nd Annual Lit Crawl!

  Get ready for a night of literary mayhem and merry making. The 2nd Annual Boston Lit Crawl is Thursday, October 26th from 6:30-9:30pm! This evening of fun is free, and it all takes place along Newbury Street and throughout the Literary District.  

 Check out the schedule and sign up for your favorite activities. 

 P.S. Be sure to add Literary Balderdash, a game show presented by GrubStreet and Brookline Booksmith, to your Lit Crawl itinerary!

Quote of the day – GoodReads 

“Sleep is good, he said, and books are better.” 

― George R.R. Martin

About this quote:

August 6, 1996: A Game of Thrones was first published 21 years ago today. George R.R. Martin wrote the landmark fantasy novel (as well as its sequels) on a thirty-year-old PC using a rather ancient WordStar 4.0 word processor. He owns a separate computer for checking his email. 

I Used to Be a Writer—Then I Got Sick | Literary Hub ** editorial/shared

Though I was not a writer, I mourn who I was. Bad day today. Thank you, mom, for sending me this article, it helped balance me this morning. 

Two excerpts:

I have not yet learned anything except that I don’t want this, but also that I am this—I am illness just as much as woman, wife, friend, daughter, guardian of two mutts. And because, right now, I am illness—because I have not, as other people promise I will, learned to have a malady rather than be one—it is all I can manage to write about. I am a body in every moment, and my body is all I can think about….

Pain makes us absolutely self-centered, not in the malignant way of a narcissist, but in the inevitable way of an infant. Pain refuses to allow us to forget our bodies or to amputate them from our selves. Pain’s shrill cry will rise up, louder and louder, if we try to shut it out. Now, I often marvel that anyone is alive at all. There are so many things that can go wrong.”

Please read the full essay: