It’s that time again, the day many bloggers share what we’ve been reading and plan to read, and we have Sheila from Book Journey to thank for linking us all up.
I finished one book in print and one in audio last week.
I’ve reviewed Queen Sugar here, and I probably won’t be reviewing The Italian Wife. I liked it ok, but not love. I wanted to be familiar with it as Ann Hood is speaking at the UCF Book Festival in April. I plan to read her book The Obituary Writer before the event too.
I’m currently reading two books.
I’m enjoying both these books, so so different but very good.
In the world of Indie Book Events, I was thrilled when asked to moderate a panel of YA authors this past Saturday. The Epic Reads tour featured the trio of Victoria Aveyard, author of Red Queen, Cynthia Hand, author of The Last Time We Say Goodbye, and Jasmine Wargo, author of My Heart and Other Black Holes. It was a wonderful hour for me, and I hope the audience and the authors. Thank you again to Vero Beach Book Center.
This week I’ll be visiting VBBC again to hear Jonathan Odell sharing his book Miss Hazel and the Rosa Parks League. This is Wednesday evening.
Kate Alcott speak about her latest book, A Touch of Stardust on Thursday evening.
I’ve got some reading to do…ha ha.
I want to just add a few words about a recent conflict in the blogging world. When a book blogger was found to be plagiarizing much of her reviews it shook me personally. She is a good friend of mine, and I didn’t know what do say or do. I had one day to process this when it was made public on twitter. While I don’t deny that sharing that news is important, I still struggle with the method that was used. I struggle because I know that many bloggers were hurt, hurt that their work was stolen, hurt because someone they liked and admired had taken short cuts to get a blog post or review written. We all have the right to our feelings, and hurt and anger are natural.
I decided to forgive my friend, our friendship is more than just our blogs. It’s about our shared love of our families, and life, books, coffee, good food and much more. I do not approve of what she did, it still shakes me up a bit. I do however forgive, which is defined by Webster’s as
: to stop feeling anger toward (someone who has done something wrong) : to stop blaming (someone)
: to stop feeling anger about (something) : to forgive someone for (something wrong)
My own values were questioned, others believed me to be acting as her spy or speaking for her, I did none of that. I don’t take plagiarism lightly, I do not condone it. I also believe in accepting apologies, moving on, and finding a peace from this storm. I was touched and humbled by words from other bloggers this weekend. Those who sought to bring a quiet calm to the community, Thank you Andi and Becca for being beautiful women who want to help us see the best in ourselves and each other. My most fervent desire is to continue reading and sharing the books and ideas I enjoy. I created this blog as I place for me to write, for me, because I was in the middle of parenting, and watching aging parents and I needed an outlet. I began to share the books I read, and an evolution occurred. It’s time to evolve again, maybe sharing a little more of who I am, my values, my passions.
I wish each of you a wonderful week of books and happiness.