Are you ready for a little fairy tale?
There was an old woman who lived in a shoe. She had so many books she didn’t know what to do. She shelved them, she stacked them and she piled them into cupboards. Finally she started giving them away – to friends and to the library. She also dusted them (eventually) and, of course, she read them.
The only thing the old woman couldn’t do with her books was talk to others about them. The old woman was happy with her books; they were her friends. But – the books didn’t have mouths to talk outloud. It made the old woman very sad.
One day a lovely fairy godmother visited the old woman and offered her an option. The fairy godmother promised conversations about books with readers from all over the world.
The old woman was skeptical at first but soon discovered there were readers in magical places – places like Cornwall and Paris and Bruges and Australia and Arizona and Florida and South Carolina and Utah and Texas and even California. She discovered a whole new universe, and it was called BlogLand.
All it took was a miraculous little box and the old woman entered the new universe. She began telling others about the books she read and others told her about their books. Soon they were exchanging books and making long lists they called TBRs. The old woman smiled and “talked” all day with her new friends. And, of course, she lived happily ever after.
Yes, that’s pretty much how I began my blogging journey almost four years ago. I truly love blogging on Joyfully Retired. It’s all because of the wonderful folks I now call my friends. When I had the chance to join in with Jehara, Molly, Faith, and Izzy to create Quirky Girls Read, I jumped at it.
We’ve had a great year looking at a wide range of books. A fun part is how we challenge each other as well as you, our readers. Molly challenges us to read the classics and I now have several sitting on my read-now stack. I loved reading The Hotel On the Corner of Bitter and Sweet along with many of you in last year’s read-a-long.
We have even more good stuff planned for the year ahead. I just started reading Forever by Judy Blume for a March read-a-long. I know Molly is going to challenge us to read more classics. And, I plan to lead us in another read-a-long in the Fall. (No book has been picked yet. Any ideas?)
It’s so rewarding to exchange thoughts on books with all of you. Thanks for stopping by and thanks for your thoughtful comments. Let’s keep it going for another year. Keep this old woman smiling.