A NEW CHALLENGE: More New York Interest

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MY MARCH (VIRTUAL) TRIP TO NYC CAUSED ME TO FALL IN LIVE WITH THE BIG APPLE.

Many thanks to those of you who went along on my virtual four-day-trip to NYC (Virginia, that means you, dear.) and to Jay of This is My Truth Now, one of my favorite bloggers, who “played along” and met me at the New York Public Library one of those days. I had a glorious time taking virtual tours and looking at pictures of all New York has to offer.

The Big Apple

Specifically, I fell in love with the city and my delight with it was enhanced by reading a gift book from Deb Nance of Readerbuzz, who lives in the same town as I and started me on the path to blogging back in 2016.

This tiny book contains the “…finest portrait ever painted of the city at the height of its glory,”…

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BAREFOOT DREAMS OF PEDRA LUNA by Alda P. Dobbs: A Review

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The true story of the author’s great grandmother’s journey to a new country and a new life during the Mexican Revolution

Up front, let me say that the copy I read was provided by the author with absolutely no strings attached. The opinions voiced here are strictly my own.

Twelve-year-old Petra Luna was happy living with her abuela in a small town in Mexico. Although her mother had died, things were going right in her life–until her father was conscripted by Los Federales to fight in the Mexican Revolution. Petra had to grow up fast, becoming the sole provider for her grandmother, sister, and baby brother. Eventually the Federales came to her town, burning it to the ground, causing Petra and her little family to become refugees, walking through the burning desert and all the horrors that awaited them there.

When they reached a resting place, the met up with…

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DEWEY’S 24 HR. READATHON, STATS

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WHAT AN EXPERIENCE! I read 19 of the 24 hours.

GOALS ACCOMPLISHED

I had hoped to “finish several books that are in progress.” I finished two that I had already started.

I wanted to read any books checked out of the library that were “lying around the house.” There were no library books at home after I turned in Adam Grant’s Originals on Friday.

I wanted to begin my Classic Club selection, The Secret Garden. This I could not do because I had problems trying to load the eBook, and the audiobook I requested was not available at the library because it was a state holiday, and the library was closed.

A goal I added at the last minute was to catch up on my devotionals in Simple Abundance, which I was able to do.

This photo shows the books I chose the night before to read during the…

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DEWEY’s 24 HR READATHON: 9:00 p.m. Check In

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CAUGHT UP ON

Freesia’s getting tired. It’s been a looooong day.

Saturday Morning for Kids on Saturday night

Swing It Sunny by Jennifer Holm and Matthew Holm, a graphic novel. I will not review this thanks to spending time at Dewey’s, but it deals with Sunny’s summer before middle school begins and how she misses her brother, Dale, who has been sent to Military School after troubles with drugs and unsavory friends. Can Sunny remain sunny-side up?

TIME FOR SOME

AND, THE READING CONTINUES…

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DEWEY’S 24 HR. READATHON: 4:30 P.M. Check In

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I took a break for lunch and a quick trip to the post office. When I arrived downtown, I realized it was Frontier Day, sponsored by the Rotary, and National Oak Park was full of vendors. I had to park about a quarter of a mile away, then walked through the many rows of booths. (Ok, so I made a couple of purchases!) It was over 85 degrees. Thank goodness I had my walking stick and the Living Stones Church was handing out free bottles of water. (I spent all the cash I had in my wallet except for $1.50 in quarters.) When I arrived home around three-ish, I was exhausted and very warm.

What better way than to sit down under a fan and rest than reading a book? I finished the first book, of this year’s Read-a-thon:

Useful but not a lot “new”

I have marked several places…

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DEWEY’S 24 HR READATHON: 11:00 a.m. Check In

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It has been a busy, productive morning. I started with a light breakfast

Then I caught up on my daily devotionals which National Poetry Month and end-of-semester grading caused me to put on the back burner for a few days.

I wrote an entry in my reading log (to use in a future post) of a book I recently finished.

The morning paper was next, something I usually don’t get to before afternoon. Yes, we are dinosaurs that still get a paper paper daily.

My Better Half decided to join me in the Readathon when he got up.

This was taken last fall.

I then took care of messages, and visited blogging friends’ posts for the day. Two others were doing Dewey’s this year.

My cat, Freesia is keeping me company. Treaties keep her interested.

I always have been a Grammar Nazi.

So far today, I have finished one book…

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