Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Goal Setting In My Ttwd Life

I love wrist watches! Watches are wonderful jewelry statements coupled with pearl bracelet and the gold and silver bangle........ I have several favorite watches, but never wear them anymore. Who needs a watch when we all have our phones?

Watches speak of schedules, appointments, timelines, calendars, deadlines and passage of time. Two years and a little more, I began this blog. Since then, time has a way of slipping right through my fingers. I have written before about my book club. I am a co-founder. We are approaching our 20th year of gathering together for the love of reading. The chair of the book club is not setting the world on fire with her reading. I use online book reviews to "book talk" when sharing titles with the club. So I have learned to fake things quite well.

The last book I read was Sarah Coltman's Beating the Bounds. I loved the story and read it twice. How do I share that with the book club? I read PK's Cassie books and Leigh's wide selection. Again, how do I share those?

There is an app on my iPad which I love. The ibook app is a real trip. I can download book samples and then decide if I want to make the purchase of the book. I have gone download crazy. I counted how many samples I have downloaded. Would you believe 153 samples are on my iPad. No kidding!

So I have decided to require more of myself. I am hereby limiting my blog reading and emailing. I am devoting more time to real life reading. I will report back once a little time has past and let you know how I am doing. Remember, I am the one who has faithfully kept a list of all the books I have read since I was eight years old. You should see the gaps in my reading list since I began blogging.

So blog readers and bloggers alike, how is your real life reading? Share the last book you read? Truth or dare here!



  1. Hi Meredith, Last book I read was a re read of a Cherise Sinclair's - Master of the Abyss. Prior to that I have just read Philip's Rules by Golden Angel. I read non stop, and my favourites I read over and over again!
    love Jan,xx

  2. Hi Meredith, most of my reading time is blog reading too. Come to think of it, more recently other reading has been books by our spanking authors. You have given me something to think about.


  3. Hi Meredith I must admit most of my reading is by fellow bloggers with their books. I have bought hard copies of books lately but never get to read them as find other books more interesting.
    As my daughter says I read dirty books lol!
    Lindy x

  4. I, too, have a huge selection of "fun" watches. I simply adore "Swatch" watches. You can wear them in any weathers, whilst doing anything, and even swim and snorkle in them. When the straps wear out, I just replace them. I keep my "best" watches for "best" occasions as one of them was a twenty first birthday present and the other was my mother's. I rarely look at my mobile phone. Pffffttt! I hate the things and only take it with me for emergencies.

    Everyone seems to belong to bookclubs these days; except me. I just try to write the things! LOL! However, I do try to read at least a chapter or two each evening before bed. At the moment I am reading "Dark Hollow" by John Connolly. I have just started it having finished his first book "Every Dead Thing". He was recommended to me by my good friend Minelle, and he is an excellent writer. If you like thrillers, then his books are for you.

    I also have a silly tradition. Every September I read a book I have had for years and years. I don't even know if it is still in print, but if it is, you absolutely have to read it if you enjoy a good historical romance. It is called "Season of Mists" by Sarah Woodhouse. It is such a beautiful story that I read it each year during the season of mists.

    My collection of spanking stories is now vast and I never tire of reading this genre, but I do try to read as many different genres as I can.

    It will be interesting to see what books everyone else reads.


  5. Hello to you, Meredith,
    Such a good question! I really do agree with you. I now spend much of my reading time on spanking fiction. But I don't really see it as much different than other reading phases in my life. It seems like I devour a certain genre of book until I tire of it. Right now I just love spanking fiction. I have waited my whole life for this phase, and I am as happy as can be.

    Phases I can remember include biographies, mysteries, prison books, series (like Harry Potter), travel, serial killers, classic English poetry, Shakespeare, science fiction, James Joyce, the Bible, and lots more.

    What I have never read is any kind of romance or best sellers that most other women seem to like. I think that is why I have never belonged to a reading group other than a Bible study at one time.

    Right now, I am also reading a book on D-Day by Rick Atkinson and will start the Outlander series when I finish.

    One book that I love to reread every so often is The Milagro Beanfield War.


  6. Mere,,nothing wrong with blog reading and anything that has to do with spanking. , Ttwd is so great for marriages,why worry about what the rest of the world is reading, Whyat they are reading can't compare with Ttwd. : - )


  7. I read quite often. Mind you they are not all best sellers or even worth remembering, but it slows my mind. Half the time, I can't or don't know the title, it is just the oldest one on my list, except when a new one comes out by one of our blogging friends.

    I do know the last one I read was Cassie's Ordeal.

    The one prior to this was a book about George Patton, can't remember the title - told ya. It was by...can't remember that either.

    Good reading.

  8. I am also guilty of not reading 'real life' stuff for a while. My summer has been spent reading delicious ttwd books and short stories and I've enjoyed each one of them. I keep a list of real life books that I want to read and I know at some point I will pick one of them up but for now I'm having too much fun reading the juicy stuff and Beating the Bounds is the next one up! Life is short, I have to squeeze it all in!
    Thanks for a great post Meredith.

  9. Hi Meredith, I also see that blogging and commenting takes a lot of time, though I love both … and wished the days were longer. Currently I am reading Jaye Peaches’ new book Sophia and the Duke (includes spanking), and Kissing Kate (young adult; no spanking) by Lauren Myracle.



  10. My first special watch came from my hubby on our wedding day. I wore it every until it literally fell apart and couldn't be fixed any longer. Yes, we've been married awhile. J
    My recent reads have been quite the serious stuff: "Just Lead!", "Soup", and "Unbroken." I think I need some light-hearted reading in my life. Can't wait to hear what your next non-ttwd read is.
    Thanks, Meredith.

  11. What a fun question. My most recent book was "Cassie's Ordeal". Before that was "The Sons". Some non spanking favorites this year have been "Boys in the Boat", "Code Name Verity" and "Little Bee". The last two, in particular, provided a lot of food for thought.

    Thanks, EL

  12. Hey Mere...I have several books in progress...vanilla and kinky...but life is getting in the way right now so haven't really had a chance to finish any of them yet. Looking forward to what you have to share.

    Hugs and blessings...Cat

  13. Good to take a step back sometimes and enjoy your other interests. I rarely have time to read and oddly enough, I love reading, it is relaxing and helps me focus my attention on something other then work. I love Danielle Steele and Nora Roberts. But right now am trying to stay current with Cassie's most current story. Enjoy your hiatus from blogging and enjoy catching up on your reading.

  14. Hi. Great post. Food for thought. Do what makes you happy! Catch up!

    I read all the time. Everywhere I go....even when I shouldn't!
    A recent non spanking book I read is 'Time Of Death' a thriller mystery. Ellis Vidler is the author---I think. I read tons of health blogs, natural healing things..recipes..... Etc...I've been thinking that I need to read more non spanking stuff.... But I just love it---- I've always read Romance, Mystery.... Whatever thriller catches my eye.

  15. I kept the same list in elementary school. I was quite proud of my list. The Pizza Hut Book-it program was a big thing when I was growing up. I never had trouble meeting the reading list goals. With little kids, I've had to resort to audiobooks. They're wonderful in the car, while folding laundry, etc. The last book I listed to was by Kate Morton "The Secret Keeper" Oh, I was so sad for that book to end. It was a beautiful story with a doozy of a plot twist. The last book I read was a book I bought on the clearance rack at Barnes & Noble, "The King's Deception" by Steve Berry. Mystery, current events, Tudor-era England. It kept me turning the pages!

  16. I love the lists of books idea! I'm currently reading the Cassie story from the start:) I would be honored if you would consider reading my first published book, Savannah's Surrender <3

  17. I am reading Mate With Me by BJ Wane, a hot paranormal romance with just enough history and flavor or New Orleans that I am now a devoted fan and reader.

  18. Have so many books on my TBR list. I just don't seem to find the time to read as much as I used to.

    Currently reading Harper Lee's Go Set a Watchman.


  19. Currently, The Bible, something from the How To Train Your Dragon series (reading with the kiddos here), peer reviews from medical journals (do they count), always worming on Anne Frye books as well. Not much time for my smut reads, Hehehe.
    Miss you Mere.

  20. Trying to read all Jo Nesbo's Harry Hole books. Making my way through them. Nesbo's is an extraordinary Norwegian writer. Had a knee replacement end July so have enjoyed a great deal of reading time in the past five weeks when not doing my Physical Therapy.