Books that I am Reading Now

I invariably have library fines at any of the four libraries that I frequent. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t take spending money lightly. (Who does, now-a-days!) But at least the money goes to supporting the libraries.

Here is a list of books that I’m either reading or ones that are stacked on a table, ready for me to read when I have a spare minute:


I’ve read this a million times and it’s on my Kindle. I’m only reading parts of it right now to study her outstanding character development and descriptors.


I’ve read this several times. There are places in the book where the characters’ morals and mine clash, but I like this one because of its intrigue!



I love reading about Tony Dungy and his family. Tony Dungy is a great family man and a devoted Christian husband.



Motivational books that I’m reading to keep me on track with my writing.

Always looking to learn how to improve my writing and my semi-technical knowledge.

Adventures in Ardmore


Ardmore water tower.

Ardmore water tower.

Ardmore, Alabama and Ardmore, Tennessee is located right on the state line between TN and AL, with a railroad overpass divvying up the town.

ardmore_towerI have been hanging out at the Ardmore Public Library. My book’s main character is a librarian, and so I need to expose myself to that environment to be able to credibly write about her.

The library opens at 9:00 a.m., and I arrived a bit early today. I decided to visit this tiny cemetery that I found when I took a wrong turn yesterday.


It is the Hopwood Cemetary, the final resting place of Safrona (9/21/1828-12/24/1909), her husband DG (whose name stood for Doctor Green…I don’t know if he was a doc or just called that; 8/15/1818 – 7/7/1876), and I think it was their daughter Sitha (1810-1850) and Sitha’s husband Robert.

I like the ladies’ names: Safrona and Sitha.


Safrona Hopwood's Tombstone.

Safrona Hopwood’s Tombstone.

DG Hopwood's Tombstone.

DG Hopwood’s Tombstone.

I still had time before the library opened, so I went to King’s Hardware, owned and operated by Mrs. King and her husband for 29 years!


The store reminded me a little of Papa Findley’s store (my grandpa) in that it sells just about everything. King’s Hardware is right on Main Street. Mrs. King was nice enough to allow me to take some photos for my blog.

The smell of fertilizer, seed, and paint met me at the door. I was able to buy some marigold and cut-flower seeds for $.69 a pack. Yay!








After I left the library, I took a sharp turn into Subway because I was so hungry. I noted that Ardmore, TN/AL also has a McDonald’s…which means that the city must be much more populated than where I grew up, near Butler, AL.

Later, I drove through the Tennessee hills just for fun. I had another library to visit at 1:00, which meant that I had about an hour and a half to kill.

Such a pretty day, and I’m getting ready for school to be out so that Princess Buttercup can join me on my adventures!

The road less traveled.

The road less traveled.





Join Me on a Blind Date with a Book

At the library.

At the library.

The other day, I went to our local library and loaded my little paisley “31” bag full of books to check out.

I was scanning the new arrivals stack when I saw a flier announcing the library’s “Blind Date with a Book.” Intrigued, I went to the circulation desk to ask about it.

The nicest lady, Amanda, helped me out. Her enthusiasm for the program was contagious, especially when she led me over to a circular of books wrapped in brown paper packages with jute ribbon.

Brown paper packages tied up with strings.

Brown paper packages tied up with strings.

So here’s the deal: I get to open my package and read the mystery book. (Mystery, in that I have few clues as to which book it will be.) I read the book and then fill out the bookmark for a chance to win a gift certificate. Yahoo-ee!

My blind date bookmark.

My blind date bookmark.

The clues that made me grab the book is that it sounds like the book is either out of print, or the author is deceased.

Okay, well here goes…I’m ready to open the mystery book.

Yikes! It’s Stiff by Mary Roach! Okay, well, we’ll see how this goes. It’s not what I’d actually select for myself; Although I’ve heard that Roach is humorous, I understand that she’s also a bit graphic.

But a blind date is a blind date! I’ll let you know I like it!

By the way, what type of books do you all like to read?

Morbid non-fiction in my future.

Morbid non-fiction in my future.

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