before bed...

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So today's bloggy exploration = "before bed."
Here's the thought...
I'll share what I've been reading/up to in those precious moments before sleepy-sleep.
And then you can share what you've been up to. Do you have a tv series you've been watching?  A project you're working on?  A book you're writing/reading?

This is our Zion Book Group book for the month. 84, Charing Cross Road.  It's a collection of real-life letters that span several decades.  I started it last night, and it's captivating and laugh-out-loud funny.  The letters start about 1949. They reveal the correspondence between a woman from the United States and a rare books dealer in England.  The woman, Helen, is so hilarious and witty.  I'm only 30 pages in so far, but I really feel inspired to write more letters. 

My copy of this gem is nearly 4 years old! I got it in Chicago right before I moved to Minnesota.  The author of "Wreck this Journal" is Keri Smith. Each page is a different prompt. It's such a fun book and a great pre-bedtime activity.  Last night, I completed the following page.  The prompt was: "Write one word over and over."

My word of choice: "HOPE"

You don't need the book in order to do this activity.  I highly recommend it.
If you follow-through, let me know what word you choose.

I've also been listening to this song on repeat....
"Paper Doll" by John Mayer.  The video is silly.
The song is great.


  1. I was finally able to start a book again while on a short vacation up at our family's cabin called "The Time of My Life" by Cecelia Ahern. It's an easy light right about a woman who can't let go of certain things until her Life comes along and allows her to see how to live again.

  2. That video is so funny! I am reading Geraldine Brooks's 'Year of Wonders' about the Plague in England in 1666. It is a captivating piece of historical fiction. I always read before my eyes fall shut, so this is likely all you'll hear about from me. Sweet dreams, Carol

    1. Thank you for sharing these updates, Carol!!! Great to hear what you're reading!

  3. I'm now on to the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Orphan Master's Son by Adam Johnson (2012). It is really interesting, intriguing. Gotta love my Kindle! -Carol

  4. The Norman Conquest (2013).