Book Mail is the Best Mail: Page 1 Book Box

I love book mail. Every time a book shows up in my mailbox I get as excited as a little kid on Christmas morning. Recently, I subscribed to a new book box to have something fun to look forward to during this damn pandemic. I also subscribe to Book of the Month club because can you really have too many books showing up in the mail? No, no you can’t. 😬 Anyway, the first box from the new subscription arrived this week.

Ta-da! it comes with fun little bookish gift, a bookmark, a card with a lovely quotation, and your book wrapped up in brown paper and ribbon. So, you see, it is just like Christmas morning, except better because there is a book.


This book box is a bit different than most book boxes out there. When you subscribe, you are asked to fill out a form in which you describe your favorite books and authors, likes and dislikes and then Page 1 picks your book out for you, wraps it up, throws in a fun bookish treat and send it off. That’s right, they pick the book for you and you don’t know what it is until you open it.

Now, the good news is that they will replace the book if you own it or have read it or dislike the book after you read it. And you don’t even have to mail it back to them. They just ask that you pass it along to someone else or a Little Free library. And then replace the book with a new one. How cool is that? After I subscribing, and knowing their policy, I was excited to get my book and see what they picked for me.


It was so much fun to open the box and find this book wrapped so beautifully. And it is a book I am not at all familiar with, so I am excited to give it a read. And as you can see the previous picture, there are also fun bookish pins, too. I love little stuff like this.

I subscribed to this box for three months, so I think sometime in August I will give you my thoughts about the book box & whether or not I would recommend it or continue my subscription. So, let me know if you subscribe to this or another book box and what your experience has been with them. And if you have read this book tell me what you think of it, too.

Click here to go to the website to learn more about Page 1.  And if you would like to subscribe to the Page 1 book box, here is a link to the Book tube channel  Literary Life where I found out about this book box. (Thanks, Suzanne!) She has a discount code to get 10% off your order, too.

Happy Reading, y’all.

A Good Reading Weekend


It was a Dewey readathon weekend,so of course it was a good weekend , right?

I finished reading A Rogue by Any Other Name by Sarah MacLean, just the last 100 pages.  I then read A Feast of Love by Charles Baxter.  And I finished off the day reading another Sarah MacLean romance The Rogue Not Taken. Just the first 150 or so pages before I turned in for the night.

Here are my final stats for the day:

  • Read 16 1/2 hours
  • 558 pages
  • one book completed
  • two partial books
  • two paperbacks
  • one eBook
  • one nap (15 minutes)

And the Closing Survey

  1. How would you assess your reading overall? I read slowly, but I finished a book I need for another readathon & reading challenges. So yay!
  2. Did you have a strategy, and if so, did you stick to it?  No, not really. I just read books all day.
  3. What was your favorite snack? Coffee and Peanut Butter Oreos.


O.W.L’s Magical Readathon

I killed three birds with one stone during Dewey’s. I love when I can do that with a book.

92CB6110-DB60-4D8F-AFD9-0F94DFDEF36AI finished my last exam for the O.W.L’s during the Dewey’s Readathon. I’m so happy about it. This book was for the Ancient Runes prompt: Heart Rune–A heart on the cover or in the title.

I’m not writing anything about it right now, I’m saving reviews for the O.W.L’s Wrap-Up the first of of May.


And finally, The Feast of Love fit a #PopSugarReadingChallenge prompt: A Book published the month of your birthday.

How was you reading this past weekend? Did you join in on the Dewey’s Readathon? Are you planning to in the future?

And has anyone read The Feast of Love by Charles Baxter? I have some feelings about it and would love to know what others think of it. Let me know in the comments below your thoughts.

Happy Reading!



National Bookmobile Day

I am re-posting this in honor of National Bookmobile Day.

Coffee and Cats

Image result for bookmobile bad girlIn honor of #BookmobileDay2018, I am re-posting the tribute I wrote last year.

As a part of National Library Week, today is National Bookmobile Day in The United States. And as a lifelong reader and supporter of public libraries, I just want to celebrate my  love of bookmobiles and the librarians who run the. For many in rural communities, bookmobiles are the only way to access library books. And I wanted to remember the  bookmobile librarian that helped me become the reader I am today.

I grew up in a tiny community in the rural West. It was miles from everywhere. The nearest town with banks, grocery stores, and a library was a 30 minute drive—in good weather. So my first exposure to a library and library books was the bookmobile. The bookmobile came to our house twice a month, every other Wednesday. Mr. Riggs, the librarian, would park…

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Celebrities Reading

18360786-F3FC-407A-B7B0-B2787EAC3A0D I think one of the things I’ve been so impressed by during this self isolation/quarantine/shelter-in-place world is the creativity and talents of so many people. The amount of singing and dancing shared by everyday folks  across the various social media platforms is just amazing. And many celebrities are getting in on the action while they are stuck at home, too. For instance, Patrick Stewart is reading Shakespeare’s sonnets everyday & posting the video on Twitter.  And LeVar Burton of Reading Rainbow fame is reading aloud, mostly children’s stories, on Twitter, too . But the one I most look forward to is Jennifer Ehle reading Pride and Prejudice on her Instagram stories and on her You Tube channel.

Jennifer Ehle is, of course, my favorite Lizzy Bennet. She plays Lizzy in the beloved 1995 version which also stars Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy. I know there are arguments across the internet about who is the best Darcy (Colin Firth, obviously), but for my money, the best Lizzy Bennet is Jennifer Ehle. So, for me, to listen to her read P&P is just perfection. But make no mistake, this is not a slick professional production. It is Jennifer reading in different rooms of her home while kids, cats, and dogs make noise in the background. It’s Jennifer reading in her car at a park. And her dog, Violet, either just back from a walk or waiting patiently, mostly, to on a walk. And it’s just charming. I can’t recommend listening to her reading enough.  And I think I’ll have to pull out my DVDs of the 1995 version and have myself a P&P bingeathon.

Are their other celebrities or regular folk reading out there on the internet that I should check out? Let me know in the comments below.

March 2020 Wrap-Up


Total Books Read: 18 

Own: 6

Library: 12

eBooks: 10

Print: 8

Written by Women: 18

Favorite: Bel Canto by Ann Patchett


I participated in the 24in48 Readathon #Stayhome24in48 and read 4 books.

Things I’ve read on the internet:

Is there anyplace we can escape discussion of The Tiger King? Apparently not. Why Joe Exotic is Guilty

That was my reading life  in March. How was your reading life? Let me know in the comments below.

Happy Reading!

January 2020 Wrap Up


As you can see, January was a historical romance heavy month for me. And it makes sense because 2020 became another dumpster fire of a year quickly this year, so I needed to read books that both comfort me and tell me that a happily ever after is possible. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

How was your January? Let me know in the comments below.

Happy Reading!

Now, onward to February.




The Five Lowest Rated Books According to GoodReads on my TBR Stack, The 2020 Edition!

If I plan on reading the top Five on my GoodReads owned TBR stack, it stands to reason that I should read the five lowest rated books, right? So that’s what I’m going to do. But unlike the top five, the low five list has changed a bit from the 2019 version. One reason is that I read one of the books on the lowest rated list. And the other is that one of the books on the list has only 34 ratings on GoodReads. So that means the addition of two books to the original list. Click here to see my original post.

Here are the guidelines I’m using for this challenge:

  • I’m using GoodReads ratings to pick the books.
  • Books must have at least 100 ratings on GoodReads.
  • Books that I own, either physical copies or Kindle copies, as of December 31, 2019. Books purchased after this date will not be included this year.
  • All the ratings are as of January 14, 2020 on GoodReads.
  • I will read and write a review for each book before the end of the year.

So, here is the list:

The Almost Moon by Alice Sebold. Average Rating 2.69 Stars. 33,955 Ratings. 5,508 Reviews. I own a paperback copy.




Whiskey by Bruce Holbert. Average Rating 2.83 Stars. 161 Ratings. 42 Reviews. I own a hard back.



That Kind of Mother by Rumaan Alam. Average Rating 3.04 Stars. 5,035 Ratings. 756 Reviews. I own hard back copy.



28FE0B24-BFF8-45EA-BEC8-A1DC5FD88C9A Now You See Her by Jacquelyn Mitchard. Average Rating 3.11 Stars. 491 Ratings. 80 Reviews. I own paperback copy.



F734741C-E4E6-4958-B79F-F83D9CCD5016 Mrs. Robinson’s Disgrace by Kate Summerscale. Average Rating 3.12 Stars. 3,380 ratings. 653 Reviews. I own a Kindle copy.





What do you think? Have you read any of the books on my list? What did you think if so? Let me know in the comments below.

Happy Reading, y’all!

Here is a link to a book blog and a you tube video that inspired me to attempt this personal challenge last year:

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