A Prelude to Book Reviews

“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies.”

– George R. R. Martin, A Dance with Dragons

Earliest Memory

What is your earliest memory of you and books?

I grew up in San Francisco, CA in the Sunset District. My mom used to take my younger brother and I to the local library that was 13 blocks up the hill. Back then we were only able to check out about 12 books for two weeks. I remember bringing my stack of that many up to the librarian’s counter, who then commented how impressed she was seeing me check out and then bring back that number twice a month. I owe my love for reading to my mama.

Annual Reading Challenge

My Goodreads Reading Challenge for 2022 is to read 50 books this year. So far, I’ve got seven under my belt, thus “2 books ahead of schedule.”

What is your reading goal this year?


What kinds of books do you like to read?

I like to read different genres. I do lean towards fiction, cozy mysteries, romances, and YA. Before CNY, I was procrastinating as usual on starting to clean so instead I decided to and got obsessed about going through my whole GR TBR shelf and deleting books I no longer wanted to read; most I couldn’t even remember why I had added them.

There were 2K+ books listed; by the time I was done culling books, the number was down to 400+. Yeah, I’m serious! Now when I add books, I try to add ones that speak to me not just then and there, but ones that will way down the road.


Currently with the start of this year, I’ve been into the works of Asian authors. Five of the seven I’ve read so far are by them. One admittingly is from last year; this is because it was the complete trilogy set.

Right now I am reading Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao and am listening to, while I knit, The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill.

Book Reviews

I am always impressed by those who write prolific and insightful book reviews. Like whoa. I, on the other hand, am not like that, so pls don’t expect such literary expositions here; just keepin’ it real. I do try to jot down a few notes, mostly impressions and questions I have about the plot and the actions of the characters.

What are your plans this weekend? I have baking to do, some mini cakes and dirt cups, for tomorrow’s Super Bowl gathering at my mama’s. Fellow Americans, do you care about who wins the game?

Until our next chat, I bid you farewell. Take care and TTYS.

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  1. My earliest memories of books are my mother taking me to the library and me checking out as many as I could carry, or was allowed to check out. Libraries then were extremely quiet places. Not like libraries here have become. When I was old enough (by late 1960’s standards) I walked the mile or so to the library to check out books. And then carried my heavy stack home to curl up somewhere private and read to my heart’s content. I would read anything. I find it more difficult to sit myself down to read in recent years. Don’t know what’s going on with that. If a book doesn’t grab me by around page 50, I’m done with it. I have too few years left to waste reading something that doesn’t hold my attention. ;^)

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  2. I was an avid reader growing up after I turned 13 yo. I would borrow books from the school library but I think I was only allowed two at a time…can’t remember. When I was about 16 yo I discovered a used paperback book store that I would purchase books read them then trade them back in to purchase more. Now that was a fantastic book trip!


  3. Popping in a little late. Love that you went to the library with your Mama when you were young. Growing up – well I am probably a generation more than yourself, we had no library. I was always mooning about the house wanting to magic up a book, but we did get comics every week. My mother was good to buy them for us with ten kids in the family!

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