Good Reads Goal

“A man only learns in two ways,
one by reading, and the other by
association with smarter people.”
Will Rogers

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Congrats! You have read 100 books of a goal of 100!
2015 Reading Challenge

The beginning of the year, I made a commitment on the Good Reads website to read 100 books by the end of the year. Well, I’m happy to report that I was able to reach my goal.

I enjoy reading, so it wasn’t that difficult to read all the books I read. Although, I would have liked to read more of the classics. But while on my reading journey, I discovered some new authors and ended up reading most of these new authors books.

My plan for 2016 is to continue reading more with the coming year. However, I need to do more writing this year than reading. One of my New Year’s resolutions is to concentrate more on my writing.

I figure, if I put as much effort as I did to reading this past year into writing, I’ll be able to finish my novel by the end of 2016. With any luck, by this time next year maybe my novel will be on someone else’s Good Reads goal.

Shine On

Malaga Cove Library

A library is the delivery room
for the birth of ideas,
a place where history comes to life.”
Norman Cousins

The Malaga Cove Library

Libraries have always been such a big part of my life. This morning I made a visit to one of my favorite hide-a-ways, the Malaga Cove Library. When I visit this particular library, it’s always such an inspiration. I leave there with all these new ideas popping into my head, and my creative juices flowing. It’s such a magical place.

Tucked away behind the Malaga Cove Plaza shopping area, this charming  library was built in the 1920s. Designed by Pasadena-based architect Myron Hunt, the library was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1995.

The grounds surrounding the library are another reason I take such pleasure in visiting this library. If I’m in need of a quiet spot to enjoy nature, this is where you can find me. It’s also where you’re sure to catch sight of the popular peacocks who like to roam the grounds.

The peacocks of Malaga Cove

Malaga Cove is only .66 square miles with approximately 2,000 residents. It’s a charming area that, still retains an old-world charm and small-town feel.

The Olmstead Brothers helped with the initial design of the Malaga Cove Plaza and were responsible for the park-like feel of the city. At the time of the city’s incorporation in 1939, the business and shop area around Malaga Cove contained almost all of the Peninsula’s earlier buildings.


Malaga Cove Plaza serves as the official entry point into Palos Verdes Estates and features beautiful Spanish Renaissance architecture and elegant archways.

On weekends the Plaza holds art exhibits for local artists. The library has weekly and yearly events as well, which are free of charge.

They say “the best things in life are free.” Today, that usually isn’t the case. Except when it comes to visiting the Malaga Cove Library.

Shine On

A Walk in The Woods

I want things to be better all the time.
And I tend to get angry about that.
Books are an opportunity to vent.

Bill Bryson

A Walk in The Woods

Since the beginning of this year, I’ve read a variety of books. I’m proud to say, I’ve read 65 books to date. They range from celebrity biographies to 100-year-old classics.

So it’s rare that I find a book to read that is laugh-out-loud funny, inspirational and educational all rolled into one. A Walk in the Woods is one of those rare books.

Bill Bryson’s 1998 book, A Walk in the Woods, which was made into a movie and will be released September 2nd, is a story about Bill Bryson’s quest to hike the Appalachian Trail.

The book has all the subjects and details I find interesting. It’s packed with history, nature and science with details about the hiking trails in the eastern United States extending between Springer Mountain in Georgia and Mount Katahdin in Maine.

What I enjoyed the most about this book was Bryson’s sense of humor. This book was highly entertaining, and is a great read for all ages and walks of life who have ever hiked or simply enjoy a walk in the woods.

Shine On

A Bookworm

“The best advice I ever got was that
knowledge is power and to keep reading.”
David Bailey

Good Reads Goal

We are a little more than half way through 2015 and already I’ve read 53 books out of the 100 I promised myself I’d read this year. That’s 4 more books than I read for the entire 2014 year.

At the rate I’m reading I’m sure by the end of the year, I will have easily read over 100 books.

Originally I wanted to read just the classic novels, but I find I’m reading a variety of genres and authors.

I’ve surprised myself how much I’m turning into a bookworm.

Shine On

Impossible to Put These Books Down

“Books can be dangerous.
The best ones should be labeled,
‘This could change your life’.”
Helen Exley

Joshua Son of None

Joshua Son of None a novel by Nancy Freedman

If you’ve been following my blog, you know that I’ve accepted the 2015 “Good Reads” challenge. I pledged to read two books per week this year. That’s double the amount of books I read last year. I love reading, so this will be an enjoyable challenge.

Over the years, there have been a handful of books that I read that I saw as a movie as I read the book. The first book was a novel by Nancy Freedman, “Joshua Son of None”. This book had such an impact on me. I couldn’t get it out of my head. So much so, that a few years after reading this book in the 1970s, I contacted Ms Freedman. I contacted her because I was interested in optioning this book to make it into a film. I was fortunate to sit down with her for several hours and discuss the possibility of an option. She was very warm and interested in my proposition. Unfortunately she passed away a few years back. A deal was never made and a movie was never made. I still hope to see this political thriller in theaters some day.

Another book I read back in the 1970s was the book by Peter Benchley named, “Jaws”. I’m an extremely visual person, so this novel had me on the edge of my seat with the movie that I could see unfolding from this book. Several friends as well as family mocked me for reading a book about a shark. Later, when the movie came out, they remembered I had read the novel and wanted to borrow my “Jaws” book.

The other book I read that people mocked me about was written by one of my favorite authors, Michael Crichton. The book was “Jurassic Park”. This book really scared the dickens out of me with his detail writing, which Crichton was famous. My friends and family stopped mocking me after this summer hit broke all box office records.

These three books stand out in my mind the most when I think of all the books I’ve read in my life. These books also are responsible for my interest in writing. Each of these authors wrote with such compelling dialogue and visually mesmerizing action, that it was impossible to put these books down.

Shine On