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Accepting the reading challenge

On Facebook, I was recently challenged to posting for seven days about books that I have read and enjoyed. I use Facebook to interact with folks that I don’t get to see everyday. I don’t click on things posted on Facebook. I don’t watch videos. I don’t “like” posts. I don’t use emojis. So I wasn’t about to participate in a seven day challenge. But I did like the idea of talking about the books that I have read and enjoyed. I figured if I was going to talk about 7 books I might as well get a blog post out of it. So here Ann, in answer to your challenge, are 7 books that I have enjoyed.

I don’t get much time to wander in the library to search out new titles. To make book selection easier I tend to read books that are part of a series. (carry over from Nancy Drew days?) So many of these are series and I am somewhere in the series.

Miss Julia Takes the Wheel by [Ross, Ann B.]

The Miss Julia series by Ann B Ross. Why I like these: Set in North Carolina. The main character, Miss Julia is a strong, intelligent Southern woman who gets things done. There is always one laugh until you pee moment in the book. I don’t understand, why someone like Reese Witherspoon hasn’t snapped the rights up and made these into movies.



From the Bruno series by Martin Walker. Why I like these: Set in a small bit of the French countryside where Ben and I spent a lovely vacation several years ago. I can “see” everything that is written. Not too violent. Not too many characters to try to keep up with.

If You Lived Here, I'd Know Your Name: News from Small-Town Alaska by [Lende, Heather]


Sometimes, if our lives are really busy, I find it easier to read a collection of essays. No need to keep track of characters or a plot line. Just pick up, read for a bit when I can and then put it down to come back to later. This is a good one of those. So are these.


You Can't Drink All Day If You Don't Start in the Morning by [Rivenbark, Celia]



Southern Lady Code: Essays by [Ellis, Helen]

Ben and I both enjoy graphic novels. Especially her works.


Displacement by [Knisley, Lucy]

We would especially recommend this one to anyone who is traveling with older folks.




By  Fabien Grolleau  (Author), Jeremie Royer (Illustrator). This was a beautiful work.

That is seven writers that I have enjoyed. I think having the time to read what I want is one of the best things about being retired. I know living close to a well funded and well maintained public library makes that so easy. And I know this is a privilege that not everyone has.

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