Friday Tag–I’m IT

While reading my daily “fix” of a friend, James J. Cudney’s blog ,This is My Truth Now, (really worth checking out), I came across a “tag” or challenge put out by the blog Always Trust In Books.  In it there were 20 quick questions to answer about your blog.  I do not have the time or inclination to answer all 20 questions, but I thought it might be fun to address a few of them and give followers and readers some insights into Powerful Women Readers.

What were the last three books you read?

Memoirs of a Geisha, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, both book club selections, and The Education of Dixie Dupree. The last is a debut novel I’d read a review on, and debut novels fascinate me; I guess it’s because I’ve always heard the saying, “Everyone has one novel inside them.”

Spoilers or No Spoilers?  Nothing spoils a good book or a good movie for me, even if someone gives away the ending, especially if I am appreciating the good writing as I read, but I would NEVER skip to the end and actually read the ending of a book.  That’s UNTHINKABLE!

How long have you been blogging? A year and two months

The last book you read in one sitting  I’m going to cheat and choose a children’s book, Tadpole’s Promise by Jeanne Willis

Favorite genre   I’ll read anything; I like all genres if the characters are well developed and the writing is good

DNF (Did Not Finish) The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood, not because it was not good but because I got caught in the rush of the school semester and had to return it to the library 

Approximate number of books read per month   Depends on the month and the position I’m in in the school semester      I usually read at least two books a week and seldom more than four.  This is hard to estimate because I have three or even four books going at once.

Music or quiet when reading?  Definitely quiet

Favorite blogging position    Sitting on the bed, propped up by firm pillows with the laptop braced against my drawn-up knees

Are you a professional blogger  Absolutely not.  I would not enjoy getting a free book in return for a “fair review.”  I do not blog about (or even enter into my reading log) books I did not like.  Books I review are only ones I think have merit or I have enjoyed and want to “tell” someone about them.

Best piece of advice for starting-out bloggers  Have fun!

Author: Rae Longest

This year (2019) finds me with 50 years of teaching "under my belt." I have taught all levels from pre-K "(library lady" or "book lady"--volunteer) to juniors, seniors, and graduate students enrolled in my Advanced Writing class at the university where I have just completed 30 years. My first paying teaching job was junior high, and I spent 13 years with ages 12-13, the "difficult years." I had some of the "funnest" experiences with this age group. When I was no longer the "young, fun teacher," I taught in an elementary school setting before sixth graders went on to junior high, teaching language arts blocs, an assignment that was a "dream-fit" for me. After completing graduate school in my 40s, I went on to community college, then university teaching. Just as teaching is "in my blood," so is a passion for reading, writing, libraries, and everything bookish. This blog will be open to anyone who loves books, promotes literacy and wants to "come out and play."

10 thoughts on “Friday Tag–I’m IT”

  1. Congratulations on a great first tag post! And you chose a bit of a difficult one, too. Fun… even with the lil’ bit o’ cheatin’ you pointed out. I thought you’d been blogging for much longer. My favorite part is learning people’s way of reading, e.g. in bed or the couch, physical or electronic, reading or listening. Nice one.

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    1. I laughed out loud when you said you’d thought I’d been blogging longer. I never evan hear of blogging, bloggers, or the blogging experience/world until I started reading and following my friend, Deb Nance’s Readerbuzz and became addicted. When the light dawned on me that “I could do that” (though not to her ability and technological skills!) I tried it out, and the rest is history! Thank YOU for becoming part of that history.

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    1. I take that as high praise from someone whose blog is as faithful and clever as yours. Thanks for reading my “nonsense” in spite of our age difference! It just proves you are an open-minded young person, my favorite kind! Also thanks for all the times you allowed me to “pick your brain.” That has been enormously helpful in teaching.


  2. I really enjoyed reading this, Rae:). Gosh – I hadn’t realised that you read books off your laptop… Presumably your eyes don’t get tired from the background glare? Like you, I rarely get the chance to sit down and devour a whole book in a single session other than a children’s book – the big exception being recently when I was smitten… Thank you for sharing!

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    1. And there YOU are my faithful friend. Thank you for your kind comments and for all the good kindle recommendations which I read, yes, on my laptop. My friend/”grandson” is after me to get a kindle. What is the advantage?

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      1. There are three advantages to having a kindle – firstly, it’s a lot lighter and easier to read in bed; secondly, the electronic ink they bang on about really cuts down your eye strain – I also love the fact you can increase/decrease the size of the font, which I know you can do on a computer, but this is a lot quicker and easier; thirdly, I spend hours working on my computer during the day so that last thing I want to do is use it when relaxing. Hope that helps, Rae – have a great reading week whatever device you’re using:)

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