Bookmarked: Reviews Q3 2021

July - September 2021 Twenty Books - Definitely a Personal Best! Summer beach days and porch evenings aren't complete without a book in my hand. Which ones have you read? Do our ratings jive? Which ones do you want to pick up after reading my reviews? Drop a comment below. Would love to hear from…

Play It Forward

From My Library to Yours - for Free. I started my Audible membership when I had a 1.5 hour commute both ways to work and for my husband and I to listen to books for our annual snowbird drive from NH to FL. In the past year, I've adopted another way to listen - during…

Turn the Page and Move On

Connected through a shared love of reading. This past Friday, as the dust blew across the pages of my reading Kristin Hannah’s latest and greatest, Four Winds, (review to follow) another storm brewed on the pages of Facebook. One of the reading groups I regularly follow, Book Club Girls, run by Harper Collins, announced they…

Back Together & It Feels So Good

July 2021 - The NCL Bookends Recovene In-Person Meetings After 11 Months of Shutdown I'm not sure which lasted longer: the hugs for each arrival, the clouds for a beach day, or the book discussion. After eleven months apart, most of the members of my book club traveled down for a Cape Cod picnic and…

Book Store Road Trip

Indie Book Stores Rule! Many of you who follow me on Facebook know that I post Kindle specials on a regular basis. Why you might ask am I encouraging more dollars into the pocket of Amazon and Jeff Bezos when independent book stores have struggled, especially after 15 months of a global pandemic? First, there's…

Gift Ideas for Mother’s Day

Top Center: My Mom. Top Left: My paternal grandmother. Top Right: My maternal grandmother. Bottom Left: My paternal step-grandmother. Bottom Right: My paternal great-grandmother. First Gift Idea A gift for you, a gift for your mom: family legacy. Learn about the women in your family. Mom, I Want to Hear Your Story is a guided workbook…

Independent Bookstores

On the Road to Finding Hidden Gems recommendations please... And, a Giveaway! Happy Indie Bookstore Day! I can't wait to travel again and visit hidden gems around the country. Tell me about your favorite indie bookstore. I'm compiling a list through an easy form (makes my super Type A organizer self happy). How will I…

Book Club Discussions

Based on Surveys Fielded September 2020 - April 2021 Opinion please... What's the best part of a memorable book club meeting? The wine served or the book discussion generated? Be honest. A glass, or two, of a good wine may get a discussion flowing, but for me, a successful meeting comes down to how many…

Bookmarked: Reviews Q1 2021

Winter Months + Car Travel + Vacation Days = Lots of Book Time A three week getaway to Florida jumpstarted my 2021 reading adventures. With a twenty-hour drive each way, plus some vacation days sitting on a beach and a few more winter nights cozied up in my reading nook spurred a prolific quarter of…