Category: Life

Memorial Day: Remembering Jerry D. Reed

Today is Memorial Day here in the USA, a day we remember those who died fighting for our country.  I had an uncle, Jerry D. Reed who served and died during the Vietnam War. Though I never knew him, today I choose to remember him and also dedicate my site to him today.

This is my Uncle Jerry in boot camp in 1968. He served in the USMC.
This picture is from the Virtual Vietnam Veteran’s Wall that First Sergeant James Erwin posted. Thank you for sharing this picture! My uncle’s information on that site is here.

In 2010 I took a tour with Trafalgar Tours and part of that tour included Washington DC.  I had never been to DC and part of the day was going to be at the Vietnam Wall Memorial. I told my tour group about my uncle.  The whole group was excited to help me find my uncle’s name on the wall.

Everyone was so excited when we found his name.  I am just 5’1 and his name was much higher than I could reach to do the rubbing, so my group helped me out to get the rubbing of his name. It was a great group effort.

Thank you to my group for getting me the rubbing!  They were all so happy to help me.

Me with the rubbing of my uncle’s name at the wall.

Our tour also took us to Arlington National Cemetery. As beautiful as it is, it is a reminder of how terrible war has been and continues to be.

We also were able to watch the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.  The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is guarded 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and in any weather by Tomb Guard sentinels. Sentinels, all volunteers, are considered to be the best of the elite 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment.















Take some time and remember what today is all about: Remembering those who served our country and paid the ultimate sacrifice.  Happy Memorial Day!

Happy Anniversary!

I don’t post too much about my life as this is my blog about books. But today I have to share that today is my fourth anniversary! I met my husband at 30 and I got married at 32; he is a little older. All I will say is that he has a ‘big’ birthday coming up later this year! 😉

We may not have much, but we have each other, our twin cats we adopted in August 2015, and we have a house to keep us safe.  When I told him I wanted to start a blog in July last year he was very supportive and got me all set up with it.  He helps me out as he is my ‘editor’ for my reviews.

I love you Morgan! Happy Anniversary!



Rapid Fire Book Tag

I was tagged by Juliet over at Bookliterati Book Review  for this fun post. You’ll get to learn a little about me through this. Here goes:

eBooks or physical books?
Both! I love my kindle as you can usually get books cheaper that way and it makes it easy to carry more than one book at a time. But there is just something about a physical book! They will never go away!

Paperback or hardback?
Paperback. This goes back to the easier to carry around answer of the last question.

Online or in-store shopping?
I like both, but I think I will choose online.

Trilogies or series?
Series as long as they aren’t continued past the point that they should have ended. I don’t like when an author is under contract and has to keep writing a certain number of books and in some ways ‘forced’ to drag a series out.

Heroes or Villains?
Villains! I just love a bad guy!
**Unless it is a girl who can kick some major ass. I love strong female roles- villain or hero. Bring on the girl power!

A book you want everyone to read?
This is a hard one. I will go with my number one read from last year: My Girl by Jack Jordan. I wasn’t sure about it at first and it went in a direction I never expected! My review is here.

Recommend an underrated book?
Raising Stony Mayhall by Daryl Gregory. It is a zombie book, but a different kind of zombie book. It was left open for another book and I wish he would continue the story! You can buy it here on Amazon.

The last book you finished?
In Farleigh Field by Rhys Bowen. My review for it will be posted Saturday as it is for a blog tour.

Weirdest thing you have used as a bookmark?
Nothing too weird, I think just a scrap piece of paper.

Used books, Yes or no?
YES! There is nothing wrong with a used book!

Top three favourite genres?
Chick Lit
Apocalyptic/Post Apocalyptic

Borrow or buy?
Both- I love my local libraries!

Characters or plot?
You need both to make a book work. You need characters you care about and a well written plot to keep interest.

Short or Long book?
I’m in between 🙂 An occasional long book is good. I wish I could read faster!

Long or short chapters?
Short chapters! Again, I am not a fast reader so when chapters are shorter I feel I can read the book quicker. It also makes the book harder to put down. This is one of the reason I love Dan Brown’s books!

Book to movie or book to tv adaptation?
Book to TV adaption as a movie can only do so much. I did not like the 11/22/63 mini series on Hulu. They changed so much! I have not read The Handmaid’s Tale, but will be watching that. I hope to read that book soon.

Tag You’re It (and have fun!):
Gemma at Between the Pages Book Club
Nicki at Secret Library
Ezi at Oh My Shelves