Reading over the weekend

Just because I love to read but don’t have the time for all the books I’ve my eye on. I made a promise to myself to read at least two books a week. Anyone else?


Top 10 Ways To Get Students Talking about their Reading by Tammy Mulligan

Nerdy Book Club

My grandmother was a kind and gentle person who only spoke when she had something important to say.   Although she didn’t carry on lengthy conversations, her words were full of wisdom.  As a young girl, I remember walking in the woods with her after arguing with my younger brother.  She stopped along the path, bent down and looked me in the eyes, “You know – What we say really matters.  It shows what we care about.”

Now many years later, I think about her message every time I sit beside a reader.

If what we say shows what we care about, then our conversations with readers are priceless.    When sitting beside a reader, I want readers to talk about what they are reading and about the process of reading.  I want to know what is working for them, what they are thinking about and what plans they have as readers.

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Book Blast: Claiming Annie’s Heart by @Judythe2 #amreading #Romance #Review

POTL: All Things Books, Reading and Publishing


Genre: Irish Romance/Contemporary Romantic Suspense

Why I Wrote the Book:

My Irish roots go deep. My daddy’s mother was an Irish Callahan from County Clark. Then there’s my maternal grandmother who was also of Irish descent.

I made my first trip to Ireland in the 90s. As I drove through the lush, green countryside and poked about in pubs and music shops, I saw joy sparkling in the eyes of the people I met. Everyone I encountered felt like family.

I also experienced a deep sense of how much the Troubles of Northern Ireland dramatically affect Irish lives.

On another trip, I visited an Irish girl’s boarding school and had one of those writer moments where a character sprang fully formed into my head, commanding me to tell her story. That was Annie Foster, the heroine of CLAIMING ANNIE’S HEART.

Book Blurb:

Annie Foster remains in Ireland after boarding school…

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