Where do you find your next book?

Dear Fellow Journalers,

It occurred to me this week while I was reading the last few pages of my latest read “The British are Coming” by Rick Atkinson, that my book challenge on Good Reads was coming to an end. My list of titles this year was eclectic to say the least: 8 true stories, 3 Cozy Mysteries, 6 Fiction, 3Self-Help, 1Western among others.

I bet your list of read books is about the same as mine. I also can attest to the fact that my TBR (to be read) pile of books has grown also. So I thought I’d take a look at our Reading Journal and bring you an update on articles I have found over the year.

Where do you find your next great read?

According to a recent library article there are (believe it or not) somewhere between 600,000 and 100,000 books published every year in the US alone.Now, if you were to purchase all your favorites from B & N ( Barnes & Noble) you’d be feeding an expensive hobby. Luckily your local library has come to your rescue. Most libraries in the US belong to a consortium which means if they don’t have the latest “xxyy” title, they will check the other 30 or so libraries in the group. There are also hold systems, so you  can get your hands on “xxyy” eventually. Also, have you checked your library book sales?

If you have a Kindle or other e-reader you can download. books from apps like OverDrive, Amazon, Libby, or RBDigital. If your community has a used book or Thrift Store, you will find books of all kinds at the fraction of the original cost. Lastly, you can start  a book swap with friends.

One of the ways that I have kept prices down are to keep a wish list of books on my Amazon wish list. Once a month I check the prices against my library catalog and other apps. When the price point is close to my comfort level, I buy it or borrow it if I can.

What have you read lately?


Quotes for book lovers

Dear Fellow Journalers,

The following quotes are for YOU!



“You never have to change anything. You get up in the middle of the night to write.”     Saul Bellow


“To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best day and night to make you like everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight and never stop fighting.”

E.E. Cummings


“Books give a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.”    Plato


“A little library, growing larger every year, is an honorable part of a man’s history. It is a man’s duty to have books. A library is not a luxury, but one of the necessaries of life.”  Henry Ward Beecher


“I don’t believe in the kind of magic in my books. But I do believe something very magical can happen when you read a good book.”

J.K. Rowling


“We read five words on the first page of a really good book and we begin to forget that we are reading printed words on a page; we begin to see images.”   John Gardner


Random Thoughts about books

Dear Fellow Journalers,

Today’s Random Thoughts are about books. Enjoy!


“It doesn’t matter. I have books, new books and I can bear anything as long as there are books.”

Jo Walton

(Welsh-Canadian author who penned a Hugo award-winning book “Among others” in 2011)

“Book collecting is an obsession, an occupation, a disease, an addiction, a fascination, and absurdity, a fate. It is not a hobby. Those who do it must do it.”

Jeanette Winterson

(English writer who started writing at age 6. She is famous for her work “Oranges are not the only fruit.”)


“The library is inhabited by spirits that come out of the pages at night.”

Isabel Allende

(Chilean-American author who has been called “the world’s most widely read Spanish author.”)


“Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.”

Benjamin Franklin

Summer Camp Blues

Dear Fellow Journalers,

Below is another great post from MaryBeth. Enjoy!


Dear Mommy and Daddy”. I knew in an instant what the letter I was reading would be about. Our son, “T” was at his first ever summer camp and a long (on my part) 2 weeks had passed when the letter arrived in the mail. “T” is our oldest and the idea of time away from home seemed like a great adventure when he first broached the subject with us.

I remember the brochure promised safety, well-trained counselors, art and sport activities and a chance for our boys to be on their own. “T” was very excited when we told him he could go. Thank goodness, my husband helped him pack, as everything would have disappeared into his duffel bag if it had fit! “He’ll be fine”, my husband told me as we watched the travelers drive away.

I knew in my heart that it was the right thing to do, that he needed to spread his wings and fly away (at least for a month!) and that he’d have a wonderful time. But oh, I missed him! The summer days were long without him and my “helper” was, temporarily his younger sister. Car trips to the library weren’t the same and neither were the sun-dappled days of playing catch or lemonade coloring days on our deck.

“I’m having a great time! T.J. (his best friend from home) and I won the fishing contest!” Well, I thought as I continued to read. It was good that T.J. was with him as he knew someone at least.  “Yesterday, we had macaroni and cheese for lunch, but it didn’t taste as good as yours, Mommy.” Here it comes, I thought…… but the next sentence really surprised me. “This is really a great place and I hope you’ll let me come again next year.”  Ok, I’ll admit it – I lost it!

My husband was perplexed and then said some words that I heard in the shelter of his arms. “Mary Beth, he’s having a wonderful time. He’s learning and laughing and being a boy. He has to grow up sometime. You’re a great Mom and he loves you as we all do. I think you have a case of the Summer Camp Blues. How about we gather up the kids and head over to the diner for dinner?”

Summer Camp Survivor,

Mary Beth


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