A Room Full Of Books

I have a room full of books. Some of them are books I have had since I was in middle school. Some I have read multiple times, others only once or twice.

Bookshelves on one side of my "library" and "hatchery" room.
The room is also a hatchery (guinea keets) and cannot be kept clean while the little boogers are in there.

There were more books once. I had to leave a lot of them behind when my first husband ran off, and I had to move. I didn’t have room to take all my things.

I have also had to clear the shelves to make room for new books. That or get more bookshelves and my hubby said no to that.

Childhood

I still have the Little House on the Prairie books. I reread those every so often, and I still love them. My favorite of those is Little Town on the Prairie. Laura is pretty much grown up at the end of that one.

I used to have all the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew books. The Trixie Beldon set and the Donna Parker books too. I loved those.

I had a lot of those cheap cardboard back books about horses and dogs. Don’t remember the name of the set but there was a whole lot of them you could collect. This set included some about Davy Crockett and Daniel Boone too. Good books, just made cheaply.

I also had some of  the We Were There books. Those were historical stories. I only remember the ones about The Battle of the Alamo and The Oklahoma Land Rush.

My fourth grade teacher introduced me to Science Fiction/Fantasy. We had to do a book report and got to pick a book off a pile on her desk. By my turn there were not many left. One of them was The Door Into Summer by Robert Heinlein. I picked it. Ended up in the school library checking out every book they had by him , but there wasn’t many. The public library had more.

The same section of the library had books by Andre Norton, Gordon Dickson, and quite a few others.

Teen and Young Adult Years

I had every single one of the Xanth books by Piers Anthony.

At the time there were about 20 books in that series, I think. Not sure because he kept writing them.

I haven’t read the newest ones. Just haven’t been interested enough, and there are other books I would rather spend my limited book buying budget on. They are wonderful fun books though. If you haven’t read them you should consider reading at least one. They are funny. And there are Puns, lots and lots of puns. If you don’t like puns don’t bother, because you would just find it punishing. Really.

Anne McCaffrey! I loved her. I bought just about every book she ever wrote. I bought the cheaper paperback books, so the money would go farther. I loved the Pern books. I still have every one of those.

Oh and Orson Scott Card! Enders Game was one of my favorite books for years. It was the first book that ever ticked me off so much that I threw it across the room. Good read. I have that whole set too, and quite a few of his other books.

I also used to love to read horror type books. I loved the ones where nature went haywire and caused disasters. There was one about roaches eating people. Don’t remember the name of it or who wrote it. I still read Stephen King and Dean Koontz. I used to read a lot of Robert Mccammon, his Swan Song is worth a reread (or two). This picture is of the the two shelves with my set Horror type books.My set of Dean Koontz and Stephen King books.

I went through a Harlequin Romance period in my early teens. During that time all I read was romances, mostly Harlequin, but those got me into historical romance where I found Georgette Heyer. I collected the paperbacks of her books, which I still have and reread when I’m feeling yucky.

Middle Age

These days I’m into more upbeat type stuff.

I love The Red River of the West series by Lauraine Snelling, and Love Comes Softly series by Janette Oke. I have reread the sets several times. Both authors have written some stand alone clean historical romance, and those books are good too. My set of their books is on the top of the shelves on one side of the “library”.  It also has my Little House Books (blue on the far end).

My set of books by Laurane Snelling and Janette Oke, the Little House books.

I have read more young adult books in the last few years than I ever did as a young adult. They are very enjoyable and for the most part turn out well.

I love the Safehold series by David Weber.  It is about people overcoming adversity. It is about building. Of course it also has war and death and disaster, and bad guys. There are other series he wrote that are really good.

I have been reading more fantasy and science fiction. L. E. Modesitt has some wonderful fantasy books that are great for rereads. His Recluce and Imager series are very good.

John Ringo has some great stuff out that I like to reread. I have read the Black Tide Rising books several times now, they would make a wonderful T.V. series. He and his backers are trying to get the funding for a proof of concept film right now. Check out their Fundraiser.

Favorite Post Series

This post came out of trying to remember what my favorite books were for my new post series. I’m thinking about dividing the posts into time sections for childhood, tween to young adult, older adult, and current favorites. How’s that sound to you?

The length of this post indicates that I’m gonna have to sit down and make a list. Otherwise I’ll forget some of the older ones. Going through my library won’t work because some of the books I used to love are not there anymore. Besides the ones lost moving, there are only so many books you can fit on a shelf. Once the shelves are full you either get rid of some books or start filling the floors.

I could easily become a hoarder of books, if I didn’t have family. If it was up to me the whole house might be stacked full, floor to ceiling. So I suppose it is a good thing it is NOT up to me.

How about you?

 

Gonna Talk About My Favorite Books

I’m starting a new series of posts. New Category too. Right now I’m not sure what to call it. Favorites? Best Books? Books I like? What do you think?

I’m gonna talk about the books I loved as a kid. Books I loved as a teenager. Books I loved as a young adult. Books I love now.

They are NOT the same lists.

I loved comic books at one time. The horror ones, not the super heroes. Why? I have no idea.

Stopped wanting those during my tween years.

Went through a period where I loved romance. That was ALL I read during that time. Weird.

At least it seems weird now.

I still love romance but not all the time. I like to read different stuff. This week I seem to be into adventurous/military type stuff. A couple of weeks ago it was mysteries.

Who knows what next week will bring?

I’ll probably post these on a rotating basis, once a week or so.

I’m open to suggestions. Please. Help.

Mother’s Day Kindle Fire Giveaway ($250) 2017

2017 Mother’s Day Kindle Fire Giveaway ($250 Value)

The price of a Kindle Fire has come way down in the past few years but this giveaway is still valued at $250. That’s plenty of cash to buy a Kindle Fire AND load it full of book. The winner will have their choice of a $250 Amazon.com Gift Card or $250 in Paypal Cash!

I would go for the Amazon Gift Card. You can get a LOT of books for that amount of money. I could upgrade my kindle too. Which would you rather have?

Thanks to this awesome group of authors, bloggers and publishers for making this giveaway possible.

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Prejudice Meets Pride By Rachael Anderson

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Prejudice Meets Pride by Rachael Anderson
After years of pinching pennies and struggling to get through art school, Emma Makie’s hard work finally pays off with the offer of a dream job. But when tragedy strikes, she has no choice but to make a cross-country move to Colorado Springs to take temporary custody of her two nieces. She has no money, no job prospects, and no idea how to be a mother to two little girls, but she isn’t about to let that stop her. Nor is she about to accept the help of Kevin Grantham, her handsome neighbor, who seems to think she’s incapable of doing anything on her own.

Prejudice Meets Pride is the story of a guy who thinks he has it all figured out and a girl who isn’t afraid to show him that he doesn’t. It’s about learning what it means to trust, figuring out how to give and to take, and realizing that not everyone gets to pick the person they fall in love with. Sometimes, love picks them.

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Coffee Tea Or Me By Rich Amooi Book Blast

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Coffee, Tea or Me by Rich Amooi

Susie opens a tea shop next to Jack’s coffee shop and the war begins.

Jack Robbins has a booming coffee business, an eighty-year old customer who can’t keep his clothes on, and a rescue Chihuahua named Chimichanga that likes to kiss on the mouth. Life is good until the new business next door takes a bite out of his sales.

Susie McKenna has the new tea shop everyone is talking about, an over-protective brother, and a stubborn, good-looking neighbor who is trying to steal her customers.

Things really start to percolate when Jack and Susie both volunteer to help plan the downtown festival. They have to work together and soon Jack won’t be able to get by without his daily fix of Susie. But can a coffee lover and a tea devotee put their competition aside to get their happily ever after?

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“Fun, fun, and more fun!”

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“Always funny, always entertaining.”

“A sweet romantic comedy.”

 

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Rich Amooi is a former Silicon Valley radio personality and wedding DJ who now writes romantic comedies full-time. He is happily married to a kiss monster imported from Spain. Rich believes in public displays of affection, silliness, infinite possibilities, donuts, gratitude, laughter, and happily ever after.

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Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Amazon.com Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader and sponsored by the author. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

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Gratitude Giveaway Hop 2015

Gratitude Giveaway Hop Button.Welcome to the 6th anual Gratitude Giveaway Hop hosted by I Am A Reader, Not A Writer, and BookHounds.

This giveaway is to show how grateful we are that you are following us. If you are NOT following us, here is your chance to fix that. :)

Here on Simple Wyrdings you can enter to win $15 PayPal cash, so you can finally buy that new book you have been wanting.  Or buy a book to give to someone else this holiday. Books make wonderful gifts.

This is open to anyone with a PayPal account who can legally enter. Just fill out the Rafflecopter form below, and then hop on to the rest of the blogs on the linky.

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My Book Cave Book Blast Giveaway

I signed up. I love the idea behind this. Of course I already have a stack of books to keep me reading for a while, but it is always good to know where to go for more.

My Book Cave – Free & Discounted Ebooks

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My Book Cave is the company behind this ingenious idea. The concept is simple.

Just sign up for the genres and ratings you want to see, choose your heat, violence, and swearing comfort level, then My Book Cave delivers ebook deals to your inbox. Rating include All Audiences, Mild, Mild+, Moderate, Moderate+, and Adult.

 

And right now, My Book Cave is having a huge giveaway with two ereaders and three cash gift cards. Just for signing up, you’re entered to win one of the ereaders. Visit My Book Cave to sign up or check out their blog for the rest of the prizes.

 

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$50 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash

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Spooktacular Giveaway Hop 2015

Spooktacular Giveaway Hop Button 2015.Welcome to the 6th Annual Spooktacular Giveaway Hop hosted by I Am A Reader, Not A Writer.

It seems amazing to me that I have participated in this hop every year for 6 years. It doesn’t seem that long.

It is one of the biggest hops of the year, and there are more than 200 giveaways to enter. So bookmark the giveaway, because you (probably) won’t be able to enter them all at one time.

Here on Simple Wyrdings you can enter to win $10 PayPal Cash. This is open to anyone who has a PayPal account AND can legally enter(check your local laws).

Just enter on the Rafflecopter form below, and be to check out all the other giveaways on the linky (bottom of the post).

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Fall Is In The Air Giveaway Hop 2015

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Welcome to the Fall Is In The Air Giveaway Hop hosted by LeahSay’s Views and Planet Weidknecht

Fall is in the air here in Arkansas. At night anyway. This past week the daytime temperatures have still been in the upper 80’s or even the lower 90’s, but it cools down at night, and the leaves are turning some lovely colors, and much of the grass has started to go dormant too.

Another indication that fall is in the air, is my having sneezing fits. So fall is really in the air! I hope all you allergy sufferers out there are not having too bad a time of it, but we have some nice prizes to help make you feel better.

Each of the prize packages being given away in this hop will be worth at least $25. You can’t win if you don’t enter to be sure to hop on by all the different blogs on the linky (at the bottom of the post) and enter their giveaways.

Here on Simple Wyrdings you can win a prize package that includes a neat head covering from CoolHeads($19.99), and a children’s coloring/activity book($9.99).

Picture of a man wearing Coolheads headwear. If you don’t want to wait to see if you win, just go buy a CoolHead. They are on sale right now for $19.99. It looks like they are sold out of the red trim, but they have several other colors.

My husband is still liking the ones he has (read my review). They do help keep your cool in the summer sun, but I think they will do just as well for winter. They would add an extra layer of protection, especially if you can’t (won’t) wear a scarf. My husband doesn’t like scarfs on the farm because they come unwound, and drag on the ground, or scare the horses, or just get in his way.

The CoolHead would keep the wind off his neck and ears.

The coloring/activity book is 25 Careers You Never Knew Existed by Tracy Balan, and you can buy that for $9.99, on Amazon.com if you don’t want to wait.

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For a chance to win just enter on the Rafflecopter form below, and don’t forget to check out the other blogs on the linky!

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Seven Sparks Book Blast & Giveaway

Picture of the Seven Sparks book collection.This collection sure has some interesting books in it. They all sound like good reads. The only problem is they are all the first book of a series, and you know very well you won’t be able to read just one. Not if you are anything like me. The first book will get your hooked and you are down for the count.

On the bright side that should keep you in good reads for a while.  :)

Spark: Seven Fantastic First-in-Series Novels

A collection of seven fabulous first-in-series novels from the Seven Sparks author collective. Dive into these adventurous, fantastical, romantic stories with strong heroines and plenty of action. Seven Sparks books are all compelling reads without explicit descriptions or swearing, making these books perfect for YA readers or anyone in the mood for a marvelous adventure! This multi-author bundle contains more than 2,200 pages of great reading.
Combined, these books have over 800 *5-star reviews* on Amazon, with an average ranking of 4.4 stars.

ABOUT THE BOOKS IN THE BUNDLE:

RUNES – USA Today Bestselling author Ednah Walters (Norse Mythology/Paranormal Romance/Angels & Demons/Clean Romance)

Seventeen-year-old Raine Cooper has enough on her plate dealing with her father’s disappearance, her mother’s erratic behavior and the possibility of her boyfriend relocating. The last thing she needs is Torin St. James—a mysterious new neighbor with a wicked smile and uncanny way of reading her.

FEYLAND: THE DARK REALM – USA Today bestselling author Anthea Sharp (Urban Fantasy/Science Fiction/YA Romance/Fae Adventure/Fairytales)

What if a high-tech computer game was actually a gateway to the Realm of Faerie? Jennet Carter soon finds herself battling the Dark Queen, falling for the perfect hero, and trying to save her own world from unspeakable danger!

STARSTRUCK – USA Today bestselling author Brenda Hiatt (Science Fiction/Sweet Romance/Coming of Age)

The middle of nowhere gets a lot more interesting for an orphaned astronomy geek when the hot new quarterback inexplicably befriends her and strange things start to happen: her acne clears up, her eyesight improves, and when they touch, sparks fly—literally! The incredible truth will change her mundane life forever—if she survives!

THE GATEKEEPER’S SONS – Bestselling author Eva Pohler (Greek Myths & Legends/Teen Fantasy/Paranormal Romance)

Fifteen-year-old Therese Mills is heading home in the car with her parents when someone begins shooting at them, sending their car into a lake. She finds the strength to escape, and winds up in the coma that introduces her to the twin sons of Hades… and plunges her into the center of a war brewing between the Gods on Mount Olympus.

SWORN TO RAISE – New York Times bestselling author Terah Edun (High Fantasy/Sword & Sorcery/Coming of Age/Action Adventure)

When peasant girl Ciardis is chosen for a position at court, she travels across the empire to begin a new life. To survive, she’ll need to master intrigue, befriend a crown prince, and learn to control magical abilities she never knew existed.

ATLANTIS RIPTIDE – Bestselling author Allie Burton (Mermaids/Clean Romance/Sci-Fi Fantasy/Genetic Engineering)

Pearl ran away from the circus, tired of her adoptive parents’ abuse of her special skills. Unknownst to her, a battle rages under the ocean and each side wants to use her powers for their cause. As Pearl discovers her talents she must choose her destiny – ignore the churning seas or swim into battle.

SAVING MARS – Bestselling author Cidney Swanson (Science Fiction/Teen Romance/Action Adventure)

Jessamyn pilots a ship to Earth to steal food for the Mars Colony at a time when Earth-Mars relations couldn’t be worse. Breaking rules of no contact, Jess falls for Pavel, nephew to Earth’s Chancellor, but when Jess’s brother is captured, she must choose: rescue her brother or her planet?

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