What does it take for you to give up on a book you’re reading?

I only give up on a book if it’s not written well. I enjoy challenging novels with a stimulating narrator.

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She wears purple mittens and a burgundy coat into the crisp air. A golden scarf bounces around her neck while she runs across the street. Orange, gold, and green meet her boots on the street. She kicks up a few of these fallen leaves, and a rainbow of autumn swarms around her.

Perched on the doorstep of her best childhood friend, is a plump pumpkin with eyes, a nose, and an irregular smile. The young girl knocks once at the door. Kimberly pokes her head out of the curtains in the front window before opening the door. Her mother’s advice, because mother knows best.

“Hi, Sierra,” she says. Kimberly’s dark hair is pulled back into a ruffled beanie. She also has on purple mittens, which grab for Sierra’s hands to lead her inside.

The cozy home is overflowing with the scent of pumpkin spiced candles. A pleasant wood-burning fire in an old-fashion fireplace casts the home in amber lighting. And there, sitting on the overstuffed couch, is Kimberly’s mother. She is crocheting a burgundy sweater.

“I wanted a sweater just like yours,” Kimberly whispers to her best friend.

Sierra watches her friend’s mother weave the yarn, designing a piece of clothing that matches her own. She glances between their matching purple mittens.

“Here,” Sierra says, and slips out of her sweater. “You can wear this until your mom’s done.”

Kimberly’s eyes light up, and with eager hands, she accepts the sweater. But climbing into the warmth, she smiles, and hands it back.

This is a simple story of the kind hearts of young children.

Whoseywhatsit Thursday: Writing Prompt! by Nikki


How often do you read a book, just because you’re in the mood to read it? (not because you’re obligated to for a book club, or a challenge, or for review)

We have a library of books, mostly old ones, that I still haven’t had the chance to read. I love finding a cozy chair, some hot coffee, soft music, and reading—but I never seem to have the time. So, I’d say “not very often, unfortunately.”

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Before attending to my other chores for the day, I stopped by an antique store to look for a corner bookstand for the living room.

While in the shop, a gentleman asked me if there was anything he could help me find. I said no thank you, and we went our separate ways down the winding isles of history. When I did find what I was looking for, the price tag had been ripped off. I asked the same gentleman for the price, and he went to find the other shop owner. When he returned, he started to explain that she was on the phone with the owner, but could not find the words to say that she was making a “call.” He bit his lip in concentration, digging deep into his brain to find the word he was looking for. He apologized, started over, and said, “She’s on the phone to…” and could not finish the sentence. He eventually limped back to the other store owner to ask what he should say. In seconds, she told me that she was on the phone making a “call” to the owner to get the price. He turned to me, embarrassed, and explained that he had had three strokes.

In that instant, I was in love with this man—not in a romantic way, but I loved him as a person. He was incredibly polite and gentle, and was trying so desperately hard to speak with me without any trouble from his condition. It was such genuine experience for me, something I won’t forget for a long time.

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

 
My Teasers:

“The big reason why folks leave a small town,” Rant use to say, “is so they can moon over the idea of going back. And the reason they stay put is so they can moon about getting out.”

“If you’ll ponder the though, no one ever closes a thoroughfare due to the death of an individual…Death is a tragic event, but stopping the flow of traffic is always seen as the greater crime.”

From Rant by Chuck Palahniuk.

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What is the one (or maybe two) qualities a book must have for you to pass it along to your best friend as a “must-read”?

It must tell an interesting story, something that will make someone look at life differently. It also has to have good characters.

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‎”I can’t believe it’s really been 10 years already… I will never forget the feelings I had that day and the thoughts that ran through my head as I watched the horrifying news broadcasts, and may that be true for all Americans. Let us never forget that while it may be just this one day a year that we formally grieve for those lives lost, the battle for freedom is an ever-going struggle, and that there are still people out there today, fighting so that you may feel safe tonight.”