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The end of March has come and passed us by.

The giveaway winner is…


Congratulations to Nicole and thank you to everyone who participated in the giveaway comment challenge as it heightened the level of discussion in all areas and paved the way to being the most lively month for our group yet.  The April giveaway will be announced sooner than later.  Stay tuned.


Here is the scoop.

Last week was pretty neck and neck, as they say, but this week starting out, Nicole has smoothly sailed ahead so if anyone is actually in this to win this, I would suggest a heightened level of participation.  There is a little room between Nicole’s total number of posts and the runner up, Danielle and the second runner up, Frank.  That said, it’s not a HUGE gap and this giveaway could still be given away to anyone.  If you want this Moleskine Passion Book Journal, you still have a chance and I would recommend spending some time and energy on the book discussion page.  And if you are not reading this month’s book club selections, then discuss what you are reading.


One of the things I enjoy immensely when I read is writing down quotes that jump out at me.  These can be full sentences or merely a couple words.  If I like the way an author words a thought I write it down.  I have done this for years.  On this note, I decided to add a new page to our site, entitled: My Moleskine.  Here you will find all of the snips I have written down from the books I am reading.  For whatever reason, be it sentimental, intellectual, inspiring or otherwise, these quotes have caught my attention and I want to keep them near.  Perhaps, I want to remember the way something is worded to inspire me to write or maybe I want to incorporate a certain sentiment into my language or life.  Everything that I write down is something that I want to be accessible so that I can revisit and revisit as often as I’d like.

I hope that you enjoy my sharing these with you.

Moleskines are Beautiful.


Today is going to be a good reading day.  I can feel it in my bones.  Speaking of bones, I have updated the Book Raffle page. There are new books from various authors laying claim on places all over the world.  Please check them out, read them, become familiar, and make any suggestions of other books that you want added to the list & page.  I will leave the Book Raffle page with no poll for voting for a little while and let everyone read the descriptions and have some time to have books added.  In about a week or two I will add the poll to the page and open voting up for MAY reads.

Just as a reminder, here are the April winners.

I have been enjoying and loving adding quotes and books to my Moleskine reading journal.  Has anyone gone out and bought one of their own?  Of course, if you haven’t and are interested in owning one, the March giveaway is still anyone’s challenge to win.

I have tried the new Sharpie Pen out.  I heard the word on the street was that this new pen was suppose to be Moleskine safe and guess what?  It is!  I got one just last night (thank you Frank) and have already been enjoying using it in my reading journal and other Moleskines.

You all know that lately I have been increasingly concerned with my reading time.  What you don’t know is that these are my constant worries and thoughts and that I have merely been writing about them more openly.  Not being satisfied with the amount of time I have to read is an ongoing existing factor in my day-to-day life.  I have been trying out techniques that you all so graciously suggested and I will continue to work on them.  I still need a new desk for writing and some reading.  I still need to create a good reading space.  I have settled on a desk and will be making this one (hopefully, sometime in March):

I am still debating where to create a better reading space, but I wish I could have this space:

With the exception that my shelves would not be white, they would have to be a darker would stain.  The floors would not be tiled and so sterile looking, they need to be warmer, the chair would be slightly more luxurious, and the picturing hanging next to the fire place would be a Jacques-Louis David.  Either of the two following:


I am a huge fan of Jacques-Louis David.

I am feeling terrific about this week and my reading goals.  Hopefully, if all goes as planned, by the end of March, I will feel victorious at surmounting at least some of my night stand pile, since it’s huge and only continues to grow.  Maybe I’ll feel this good:

I’ll leave you with some questions for you to answer:

1.  How has your reading gone this week, so far?
2.  What does your perfect reading space include?
3.  Who is reading what from the March selections?


The Book Raffle poll is now clsoed for voting. And the April reading selection winners are:

1. The Savage Detectives by Roberto Bolano

2. Tokyo Vice by Jake Adelstein

3. The Help by Kathryn Stockett

Thank you to all of you who voted.

Again, I just want to reframe the monthly selections “schedule.”  You do not have to read all three books for any given month.  You may chose, which of the books you would like to read and if you have the time and desire, you may read two of the three or three of the three.  It is all dependent on your schedule and interests.  If none of the three books sounds interesting to you, I have this to say: Let me know what you want to read and I will gladly and I mean, GLADLY add it to the book raffle page.

I am currently researching new books to list on the Book Raffle page, so if anyone has a book they are interested in reading in future months, now would be a good time to send those options to me and I’ll get them posted.  The books that received a minimum of one vote last month will remain on the Book Raffle page for one more month.

If anyone has the desire to lead a discussion on any of the books for April, please let me know.

As for my personal reading…. This week I am going to finish: The Catcher in the Rye, The Here and Now, and American Rust.  This week will hold both a ton of reading and of writing, though I may be over-comitting myself, this is my aim.

Here is the scoop on the March Giveaway: Nicole is in first place, with both Danielle and Frank close behind.  At this point, it is still anyone’s to win.  I am getting excited as we come into the half way point of the month because this Moleskine Journal is amazing!

I need your opinions and feedback!  All of you. During the month of February, we as a group, read one book.  Then in March, we selected three books.  I would really like to hear from each of you to determine how you are liking the set up of the group.  Is it working for you?  Do some things need to be changed or altered?  What is difficult?  Are there things that are confusing.  Etc., Etc.  Please send me your feedback either by replying to this post with your comments, or you may email me directly.

I very much would like to hear from all of you as this group is really not about me making all the decisions and setting up the structure, but for all of us, as the members, to have a say in how things go and what we read.  Also, if you have been following the site or lurking around here and there checking things out, please tell me what would make this group more appealing?  How can we win your “membership?”  What could make this group better?


Do you want updates on who’s ahead on the march giveaway comment challenge?

Let’s try it.  Unless I hear otherwise, from you, I will make a plan to announce who is ahead in the March giveaway each Monday, but I won’t tell you how many comments.  I’ll keep it semi-vague.


As it stands currently, the leader is Danielle, but right behind her are Nicole and Frank.

I am excited for the person that wins this giveaway.  The Moleskine book journal is very enjoyable and it feels so darn rewarding to use.


I wanted to share a few quotes from Robert Cohen’s The HERE And NOW out of my reading journal.

“Ray Spurlock’s mind was one of those vigorous, lucid, multichambered, and zippily efficient organs that appear in the species as if by divine will and are promptly commissioned to run things.”

“The issue is focus.  The issue is structure.”

“Ours was that kind of closeness: involuted, messy, full of abrasion and division.  And yet each new separation, when it came, managed to disorient us completely.  Each new separation had a rich, idiosyncratic life of its own, bore its own unique freight of melancholy and emptiness.  Each new separation seemed a little harder than the last one to shake off.”

So, there you go – a peak into the lines that are grabbing me and winning their way into my moleskine.