Desperately Seeking: Pen Pals

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As 2017 comes to a close and I look ahead to 2018, one of the things I keep coming back to is connections. I love connecting with the community online, but I miss the connections in real life. Life gets so busy sometimes with work and errands and taking care of things by the fastest means possible, that I think we’ve all let some of the simplest connections fall away. So for 2018, I am striving to connect with people again. And one of the ways I am hoping to do that is by finding some pen pals with whom I can exchange snail mail.

Really, who doesn’t like getting a letter or card in the mail? I feel like that is such a personal thing and doesn’t happen anywhere near as much anymore, and I’d really like to revive that in my life. Am I the only one??

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So here is what I propose… if you would like to get a post card, card, or letter from me in the mail, simply email your mailing address to fitkittymamablog {AT} gmail {DOT} com and I will send you something every month, starting in January. Don’t forget to include your name, your blog name if you have one, and something interesting about yourself. You are more than welcome to send something back to me as well {I will send my mailing address to those who are interested}. Please be assured that I will not share your information with anyone, nor will I use your address for any purpose other than friendly engagement.

Please feel free to share this post with anyone you think may be interested and who has shared interests with me… blogging, books, cats, Disney, writing, country music, etc. My goal is to get at least one pen pal from every state. International friends are welcome too!

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I hope to be exchanging mail with you soon!

Top Ten Tuesday~ 2017 Favorites

Welcome to another edition of Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the amazing team at The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is my favorite books from 2017. Here are my 5 star reads:

Wrong Number, Right Guy (The Bourbon Street Boys, #1)

 Wrong Number, Right Guy

The Last Olympian (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #5)

The Last Olympian

City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments, #3)

City of Glass

When Breath Becomes Air

When Breath Becomes Air



Ready Player One

Ready Player One

Highly Illogical Behavior

Highly Illogical Behavior

The Thing About Jellyfish

The Thing About Jellyfish

Forged in Fire (Red-Hot SEALs, #1)

Forged in Fire

10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works

10% Happier

Life and Other Near-Death Experiences

Life And Other Near Death Experiences

**All covers link to Goodreads; all titles link to Amazon {affiliate}

Down the TBR Hole #25

Time for more Down the TBR Hole inspired by Lost in a Love Story.

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

Here are this week’s selections:

Rereadings: Seventeen writers revisit books they love

Rereadings by Anne Fadiman
Nonfiction; Writing
Added March 18, 2012

Is a book the same book—or a reader the same reader—the second time around? The seventeen authors in this witty and poignant collection of essays all agree on the answer: Never.

The editor of Rereadings is Anne Fadiman, and readers of her bestselling book Ex Libris will find this volume especially satisfying. Her chosen authors include Sven Birkerts, Allegra Goodman, Vivian Gornick, Patricia Hampl, Phillip Lopate, and Luc Sante; the objects of their literary affections range from Pride and Prejudice to Sue Barton, Student Nurse.

These essays are not conventional literary criticism; they are about relationships. Rereadings reveals at least as much about the reader as about the book: each is a miniature memoir that focuses on that most interesting of topics, the protean nature of love. And as every bibliophile knows, no love is more life-changing than the love of a book.

Verdict: Remove

The Book on the Bookshelf

The Book on the Bookshelf by Henry Petroski
Nonfiction; Writing
Added March 18, 2012

Henry Petroski, “the poet laureate of technology” and author of the highly acclaimed The Pencil and The Evolution of Useful Things now sets his sights on perhaps the greatest technological advances of the last two thousand years: the making and storing of books–from papyrus scrolls to precious medieval codices to the book as we know it, from the great library at Alexandria to monastic cells to the Library of Congress.

As writing advanced, and with it broader literacy, the development of the book was seemingly inevitable. And as books became more common, the question of where and how to store them became more pertinent. But how did we come from continuous sheets rolled on spools to the ubiquitous portable item you are holding in your hand? And how did books come to be restored and displayed vertically and spine out on shelves? Henry Petroski answers these and virtually every other question we might have about books as he contemplates the history of the book on bookshelf with his inimitable subtle analysis and intriguing detail.

Verdict: Remove

Food and Healing: How What You Eat Determines Your Health, Your Well-Being, and the Quality of Your Life

Food and Healing by Annemarie Colbin
Nonfiction; Health; Nutrition
Added March 18, 2012

Ten years ago, Colbin’s Food and Healing stood at the forefront of the food revolution, exploring the link between diet and health. In this anniversary edition, she provides updates on recent dietary systems, including low-fat, food combining, and alternative medicine.

Verdict: Remove

Buddhism without Beliefs: A Contemporary Guide to Awakening

Buddhism Without Beliefs by Stephen Batchelor
Nonfiction; Spirituality
Added March 18, 2012

In this simple but important volume, Stephen Batchelor reminds us that the Buddha was not a mystic who claimed privileged, esoteric knowledge of the universe, but a man who challenged us to understand the nature of anguish, let go of its origins, and bring into being a way of life that is available to us all. The concepts and practices of Buddhism, says Batchelor, are not something to believe in but something to do—and as he explains clearly and compellingly, it is a practice that we can engage in, regardless of our background or beliefs, as we live every day on the path to spiritual enlightenment.

Verdict: Remove

Harry, a History: The True Story of a Boy Wizard, His Fans, and Life Inside the Harry Potter Phenomenon

Harry, A History by Melissa Anelli
Nonfiction; Writing; Books
Added March 18, 2012

During the brief span of just one decade, hundreds of millions of perfectly ordinary people made history: they became the only ones who would remember what it was like when the Harry Potter saga was still unfinished. What is was like to seek out friends, families, online forums, fan fiction, and podcasts to get a fix between novels. When the potential death of a character was a hotter bet than the World Series. When the unfolding story of a boy wizard changed the way books are read for all time.

And a webmistress of the Leaky Cauldron, one of the most popular Harry Potter sites on the Internet, Melissa Anelli had a front row seat to it all. Whether it was helping Scholastic stop leaks and track down counterfeiters, hosting live PotterCasts at bookstores across the country, touring with the wizard rock band Harry and the Potters, or traveling to Edinburgh to interview J.K. Rowling personally, Melissa was at the center of the Harry Potter tornado, and nothing about her life would ever be the same.

The Harry Potter books are a triumph of the imagination that did far more than break sales records for all time. They restored the world’s sense of wonder and took on a magical life of their own. Now the series has ended, but the story is not over. With remembrances from J.K. Rowling’s editors, agents, publicists, fans and Rowling herself, Melissa Anelli takes us on a personal journey through every aspect of the Harry Potter phenomenon–from his very first spell to his lasting impact on the way we live the dream.

Verdict: Remove

This week I removed 5/5, 85/125 overall.

**All covers link to Goodreads; all titles link to Amazon {affiliate}

Posted in TBR

My Week in Review 2017 #49

This is my week in review, where I update you on my life~ reading, blogging and general. I will also be linking up with some amazing blogs.

Sunday Post

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share News. A post to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog.

Life Happenings:

I finally got some reading done this week and I feel accomplished! Of course there isn’t a lot more that I can do right now with all of my stuff still in Oregon! I’ve been in my apartment for a week now and things are going well… parking is limited in my complex, but so far there have only been 2 nights that I’ve had to park on the street when I’ve gotten home late. I have another week, maybe week and a half before my furniture (and books!) should arrive. I am so looking forward to that! I can’t wait to organize my books on the shelves and hang my stuff on the walls… and to just have some furniture in here so I’m not sitting on the floor! It’s all good though.

I’m still using my friend’s wifi access, but should be able to set up my own this week. And I’ve already registered for my library card at both of the library systems in the area, I just need to pick up my physical cards within 30 days. I’ll be hitting one of the libraries on Tuesday and will probably make it to the other one on Friday. I’m looking forward to having library access again, I’ve missed it!

Last Week on the Blog:

My Week in Review 2017 #48
Down the TBR Hole #24
Top Ten Tuesday~ Dream Destinations
On Organizing Books
Cat Thursday #49
Thirsty Thursdays & Hungry Hearts~ Love & Gelato
Thursday Quotables~ The BFG
The Friday 56~ My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry
Book Beginnings~ The Mystery Woman
Book Blogger Hop #23

This Week on the Blog:

Down the TBR Hole #25
Top Ten Tuesday~ 2017 Favorites
On Reflections of the Year Gone By
Cat Thursday #50
Thirsty Thursdays & Hungry Hearts~ Everything, Everything
Thursday Quotables~ The Winner’s Kiss
The Friday 56~ The Infinite Sea
Book Beginnings~ The Year We Turned Forty
Book Blogger Hop #24


It’s Monday! What Are you Reading from The Book Date takes a look at the books we have been reading over the past week and what we’re planning to read next.

Currently Reading:

Daphne (The Six Sisters, #4)  Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore  Parable of the Sower (Earthseed, #1)

Daphne//Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore//Parable of the Sower

Recently Completed:

Bliss and the Art of Forever (Hope Springs, #4)  Claiming Alexis (Ace Security, #2)  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter, #7)

Bliss and the Art of Forever//Claiming Alexis//Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Up Next on TBR:

Joyfully His: A Novella (Sterling Canyon Book 4)  Oz: The Complete Collection  Spaceman: An Astronaut's Unlikely Journey to Unlock the Secrets of the Universe

Joyfully His//The Complete Oz Collection//Spaceman

I will also be linking this post to Stacking the Shelves with Tynga’s Reviews & Reading Reality, a link up to share the new books we’ve added to our shelves over the past week.

Kindle Unlimited:

The Comfort of Favorite Things (Hope Springs #5)  Claiming Bailey (Ace Security #3)

The Comfort of Favorite Things//Claiming Bailey

**All covers link to Goodreads; all titles link to Amazon {affiliate}

Book Blogger Hop #23

I am linking up with Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer for the Book Blogger Hop. And what is the Book Blogger Hop? Well according to the meme’s page:

Each week the hop will start on a Friday and end on Thursday. There will be a weekly prompt featuring a book related question. The hop’s purpose is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to your own blog.

This week’s question:

If you celebrate Christmas, do you feel the need to stop reading anything but Christmas-themed romances as the holiday season starts? (submitted by Maria @ A Night’s Dream of Books)

As I mentioned last week, there are several Christmas books that I read every year, but other than that I continue reading my regular stuff. I don’t necessarily save holiday themed books for the holiday season… I’ll read them pretty much whenever.

The Friday 56~ My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry

It’s time for another edition of The Friday 56, a weekly meme hosted by Freda’s Voice.

*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader
(If you have to improvise, that’s ok.)
*Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it)
*Post it.
*Link up.

This week I chose to feature My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry by Fredrik Backman.

My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry

“She has three scratch marks on her cheek. As if from claws. She knows they’ll want to know how it all began. Elsa ran, is the short answer. She’s good at running. That’s what happens when you get chased all the time.”

Book Beginnings~ The Mystery Woman

I’ve added some additional memes to my repertoire and am linking up with Book Beginnings, hosted by Rose City Reader.

This meme is a fairly simple concept, we share the first line or so from a current read. This week I’m featuring The Mystery Woman by Amanda Quick.

The Mystery Woman (Ladies of Lantern Street, #2)

The heel of one of her high-button boots skidded across the stream of blood that seeped out from under the door. Beatrice Lockwood nearly lost her balance. She caught her breath and managed to grab the doorknob in time to steady herself.


Thirsty Thursday & Hungry Hearts~ Love & Gelato

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I’m participating in Thirsty Thursday & Hungry Hearts, hosted by Lexxie over at {un}Conventional Book Views again this week.

What is Thirsty Thursday & Hungry Hearts? Well here’s a description from Lexxie’s site:

The idea of this feature is to share a quote with food or drinks that showed up in a recent read, as well as if it’s something you think you’d like or not. Please share the title of the book it happened in, as well as the character who ate or drank the special little something you discovered between the pages of a good read. Each week there is a link-up for the current post so that it’s easy to find other participants as well.

This week I am featuring Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch. In this scene, Lina has just met Ren and is at his house after meeting his mother, another American living in Italy. {pg. 73-74}

Love & Gelato

Odette reappeared, carrying two cans of orange Fanta and an opened sleeve of cookies. “Here you go, Ren foes through about a pack of these a day. You’ll love them.”
I took one. It was a sandwich cookie with vanilla on one side and chocolate on the other. An Italian Oreo. I bit into it and a choir of angels started singing. Did Italian food have some kind of fairy dust that made it way better than its American counterparts?
“Give her more,” Ren said. “She looks like she’s going to eat her arm.”
“Hey–” I started, but then Odette handed me the rest of the cookies and I was too busy eating to properly defend myself.

Thursday Quotables~ The BFG


Because I love sharing quotes from books, the more random the better, I decided to join Bookshelf Fantasies for Thursday Quotables to highlight some great quotes from the books I’m reading.

This week I’m featuring quotes from Roald Dahl’s The BFG.



“Dreams,” he said, “is very mysterious things. They is floating around in the air like little wispy-misty bubbles. And all the time they is searching for sleeping people.”


“Ah, but they is not killing their own kind,” the BFG said. “Human beans is the only animals that is killing their own kind.”


Considering she was meeting a giant for the first time in her life, the Queen remained astonishingly self-composed.