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My Favorite Things....


Thought I should include some of the things I love best. Perhaps you'll see something you've never heard of before and I can pass that enjoyment onto others.
Pugsley I love reading, music, great movies, to laugh, be silly, animals, and nature. These are the things that make life worth living for me.


So enjoy my list...hopefully you can make a discovery.

Nicholas Sparks:


I discovered Nicholas about 5 years ago when I picked up The Notebook at Barnes & Noble. I've been a devoted fan ever since. It's now my quest to get all of his first edition hard cover books as soon as they are published. It's difficult to pick out a favorite book but Message in the Bottle is right up on the top of the list. A few of his novels have been made into movies in the past few years. I suggest reading the book first....movies aren't as good as the books.


Sarah McLachlan:

Sarah is my favorite singer. First CD I purchased of hers was Surfacing. Awesome CD that made me run out and buy a few more. Sarah is a talented songwriter and has one of the most beautiful voices I have ever heard. (Sarah's Sweet Surrender is what you are hearing when the page opens.)

Maya Angelou:

  Dr. Maya Angelou is a poet, historian, author, actress, playwright, civil-rights activist, producer and director. She's struggled, great hardships, pain...but has risen above it all to become an amazing woman. Her poetry is very inspiring and uplifting. I've seen her a few times on Oprah....she's one of those people who I could just sit and listen to for hours. Her voice is so's like a melody.

A few favorite books......

  Good in Bed: Debut novel of Jennifer Weiner. Don't let the title scare you...just give it a try. It's a very addictive book. Once you pick it up you can't put it down.
  The Lovely Bones: Debut novel of Alice Sebold. This book had a lot of hype when it first came out which made me leery of reading it. But I finally purchased it and I'm glad I did.
  Watermelon: This is one of those books I picked up on a whim. Read the jacket and thought hmm sounds interesting. Well it was a good buy because I loved this book.
  Christmas Box Trilogy: I stumbled upon this trilogy one year when I was in a rather blue mood during the holiday season. (The Christmas Box, Timepiece, and The Letter)
  The Chamber: This is the first book of John Grisham's I read. I've been a huge fan ever since. (He's my second favorite author behind Nicholas.) This remains my favorite of his collection. Also suggest Time to Kill (also a great movie) , The Rainmaker, and The Partner.
  The Complete Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm: As a child I would spend hours in the Fox Lake Library or my elementary school's library reading fairy tales. I loved reading of damsels in distress, gallant knights, and beautiful castles. It upsets me that parents want to censor such stories from children because they feel they are too violent. Well when I was a kid I used stories like this to run away from the harsh and cruel realities of the world around me. It helps develop their imagination and too many of these parents have forgotten the joy of reading these stories when they too were children.
  My Favorite Stores: I am a woman so that means I do love to shop.
  Barnes & Noble, Pier 1 Imports, Target, Hallmark, Cost Plus World Market, Bath & Body Works, Shopko, Pottery Barn, Tracy Porter (Princeton), Columbus Antique Mall, Kris Kingles Haus (Fond Du Lac), Mill Street Junction (Green Lake), etc.....
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