THANK YOU!!


When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems as though you could not hang on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn. ~Harriet Beecher Stowe

When it is dark enough, you can see the stars. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson


These two quotes have stayed with me in the last few months because this year has been very difficult. On New Year's Eve my mother had a heart attack and she survived to have bypass surgery to repair the damage. Unfortunately her surgery was the beginning of a 3 1/2 hospital stay, ten surgeries, many obstacles, nursing home time and now home care due to the fact that my mother cannot walk.

I have been overwhelmed and at times I felt that I could not take another day but all I would have to do is take some time to myself, sit down and read and then I would feel my better. It sounds crazy, but it worked for me. That is why I love my reading so much. It takes me away from my every day dreary and takes me on adventures of mystery, happiness and hope. The more my every day life would suck the more I would read and I was able to share that on my blog. It is one of the reasons I began blogging to share that joy of reading with others but I have to admit that the month of April was a bad month. I did not post much and I barely had any reviews up, but I hope you will bear with me for things are getting better on my end. I want to do a good job because I love my books and I enjoy reading and sharing that with anyone that is willing to listen.


Thank you for following and have a happy Sunday :)

6 comments on "THANK YOU!!"

So Many Books, So Little Time wrote: May 2, 2010 at 10:57 AM

Thanks for sharing, Nancy. It's great that reading gives you comfort and I hope your mum gets better soon.


Luba wrote: May 2, 2010 at 11:10 AM

You have been through the mill these past three months, Diva, but you came through it all with flying colors and are now a stronger person. I knew in the end you'd be ok and your mom, too.

Yes, I so understand what you mean about reading taking you away, living new adventures and soothing a sad heart. I found books at a very young age. Now you know why I say, 'Oh, I've been all over the place.' Because I have, in my books. :)

Take care, Dear Diva. Lots of love and prayers have been with you for a long time. xxoo Julianna


Wrighty wrote: May 2, 2010 at 2:19 PM

I'm so sorry for all you've been through. I hope your mother will continue to recover and be well. The quotes you wrote are beautiful and very inspirational. I'm going to copy them down for myself because I've had a tough year too and this last week has been the worst. I need hope more than ever.

I'm glad you find solace in reading. I do too and it's so nice to drift off into another world. I'm having a tough time getting into any books at the moment but it will come back.

Take good care of yourself. I always enjoy your blog but I know what you mean about not writing much. Don't worry though, we will all still be here for you! Happy May!!


KarinLibrarian wrote: May 2, 2010 at 2:43 PM

I'm so sorry about the stresses in your life. I always love seeing your blog posts. I meant to comment about your most recent Waiting on Wednesday post (INFINITY by Sherrilyn Kenyon).

I LOVE LOVE LOVE the Dark Hunter series and Nick especially. I'm very excited to see how Kenyon's young adult debut is received.

Karin


Mardel wrote: May 2, 2010 at 4:05 PM

My dad had bypass surgery a few years ago and(thankfully) did very well. On the other hand, my ex-daughter-in-law's dad is going through a very difficult post-bypass surgery recovery. He had a staph infection around a pacemaker they inserted, and his legs were so swollen he couldn't walk. Things became a little easier for him when he finally got some antibiotics in his system, but I just heard that he's not feeling to well again. These times are very rough on everyone. I feel for you. I also use reading to "take me away" - that's what is so great about books (and the writers who write them).

Hang in there - I hope things ease up for you and your mom.


sweetsue wrote: May 2, 2010 at 9:35 PM

What a rough year you and your mother have had so far. I am sending a little prayer that the next half of the year will be much better. I have always read books to escape when times were tough, though I also read when times are good.


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ELIZABETH WEIN
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Wednesday, April 8 @ 7pm

CARLY ANNE WEST and WHITNEY A. MILLER
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Wednesday, April 8 @ 7pm

ELIZABETH WEIN
Copperfield's in Santa Rosa
Friday, April 10 @4pm


THIRD THURSDAY WINE AND BOOKS
Theme: We don't want to grow up. why adults read YA and why you might like it, too.
Thursday, April 16 @6:30-8pm

NEAL SHUSTERMAN
Kepler's in Menlo Park
Monday, April 20 @ 5pm

LEILA SALES
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Monday, April 20 @ 7pm

GAYLE FORMAN

Montclair Presbyterian Church in Oakland
Tuesday, April 21 @ 7pm

SABAA TAHIR Book Launch: AN EMBER IN THE ASHES
Kepler's in Menlo Park
Tuesday, April 28 @ 7:30pm


The Epic Reads YA Tour featuring Susane Colasanti, Maria Dahvana Headley and Katie Contugno.
A Great Good Place in Montclair Village
Wednesday, April 29 @ 7 pm

MAY

MICHAEL BUCKLEY
Book Passage in Corte Madera
Saturday, May 9 @ 3pm

Fierce Reads 2015 Spring Tour with Katie Finn, Lynne Matson, Marie Rutkoski and Lindsay Smith
Keplers in Menlo Park
Tuesday, May 12 @ 6pm

NYMBC Presents the Summer of Swoon Tour: SANDY HALL, KATIE VAN ARK, TEMPLE WEST and KIMBERLY KARALIUS
Books Inc. in San Francisco
Thursday, May 14 @ 7pm

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MICHELLE TEA
Kepler's in Menlo Park
Wednesday, June 3 @ 7pm

VIRGINIA BOECKER
Kepler's in Menlo Park
Thursday, June 4 @ 7pm

STEPHANIE KUEHN
Mrs. Dalloway's in Berkeley
Saturday, June 13 @ 7:30pm

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Saturday, August 8 11:30-4pm

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