Welcome to Playful Meaderings, WordPress blog, a sharing place to air my thoughts about books, travel, humor, spirituality, Nevada, family and the people who influence me. I invite your comments and l want learn more about you, too. I am not championing a cause or a lifestyle, just imparting meanderings to aid in a more positive life.

My 2012 New Year’s Resolution was to read 75 books in one year (see first post, “Hello World”) while working full-time at a food bank, teaching Sunday School, geeking out on ancestry researching, keeping up with our two teenage daughters, two dogs, one mucho crazy cat and one saint of a husband. By the end of the year I read 84 books — Woot! Along the way, I have come to the realization how much I love reading, how books intertwine with my life, and how reading helps me chill out.

I was delighted to be Freshly Pressed in August of this year. The topic was the 1/2-way mark of mark of my reading challenge. You can read the post here.

For 2013, I am challenging myself to keep up the reading (fun!) while making more and better efforts to invite people in to share our lives. What does that mean? Right now I envision being more spontaneous. Meeting up with friends, reaching out in all situations to make new friends, being more open to a fuller life.

What influences you and how are you doing with your New Year’s resolutions? Love to hear from you!

32 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Marcella Rousseau
    Jul 28, 2012 @ 20:38:12

    Which one was the most memorable of the 47 books that you have read?


    • playfulmeanderings
      Jul 30, 2012 @ 21:28:10

      Thank you for asking! I have to say The Ox Bow Incident by Walter Van Tilburg Clark. Though set as a western, it’s truly a study in human nature. The tension we feel to do right and feel right and how, despite our nobel intentions we acquiesce to base natures in group situations to align with what others think about us. It’s very powerful. The final chapter resonates fully; Clark holds the mirror to the reader. Pretty intense.


    • lpatangan
      Apr 11, 2013 @ 15:39:23

      As a sign of my appreciation I have nominated you for the Liebster award. You can find details about it here: http://mercyme40.wordpress.com/2013/04/11/leaping-for-the-liebster-award/


      • Marcella Rousseau
        Apr 12, 2013 @ 19:29:14

        Thank you for nominating me. Someone else nominated me first and I had already accepted their nomination. I appreciate your kind thoughts!

      • lpatangan
        Apr 12, 2013 @ 19:42:58

        My pleasure! All the best 🙂

      • playfulmeanderings
        Apr 14, 2013 @ 20:27:43

        Thanks so much — such an honor from one of my favorite posters. A great way for me to get back into the groove, too 🙂

      • lpatangan
        Apr 15, 2013 @ 21:18:35

        Thank you! Glad to provide some motivation 🙂 All my best!

  2. Marcella Rousseau
    Aug 02, 2012 @ 20:37:01

    I’ve heard of The Ox Bow Incident. I think it was also a movie. I’m remembering my sociology class and what the professor said about groups – : – ). We feel anonymous in groups and therefore feel free to do things we wouldn’t ordinarily do. Mob mentality.


    • playfulmeanderings
      Aug 06, 2012 @ 01:09:34

      Yes, I had seen the movie quite a few years ago — It was also excellent. I think that theme will be with me for a long time. I like the books that keep you thinking. By the way, I trimmed back the basil and it responded well! Thank you.


      • Marcella Rousseau
        Aug 09, 2012 @ 23:32:32

        Good! I’m glad to hear that it responded well. I did something crazy today. I transplanted a small tree. I hope it responds well like your basil. I never transplanted a tree before. Maybe I’ll blog about it ; – )

  3. twv2
    Aug 05, 2012 @ 18:53:18

    I’ve just read The Cold Sassy Tree by Olive Ann Burns. It’s set in the fictional town of Cold Sassy, in the US state of Georgia and I really enjoyed it. I’m in Scotland and I’m always interested to hear what people read in other parts of the world and it’s a great way to discover new books to read.


    • playfulmeanderings
      Aug 06, 2012 @ 01:02:35

      Cold Sassy Tree was excellent! It made me want to live there in that moment. I did read her next book, Leaving Cold Sassy. It was a book she hoped to finish, but did not before her death and it was not ready for publication. Reading books is the way I can travel the world and traverse time. What books do you recommend?


    • progressivepapa
      Aug 08, 2012 @ 18:32:01

      Great book indeed! I also recommend Delta Wedding by Eudora Welty, one of the great Southern writers from American literature’s golden age.


  4. ariesgrl23
    Aug 07, 2012 @ 09:39:45

    Hello! My name is Nicole, aka Ariesgrl. I wanted to thank you for visiting my blog and liking my page. I checked out your blog, which is very cool. Good luck with your goals! Have a great day.
    Thanks again,


  5. stateofthebook
    Aug 08, 2012 @ 21:51:01

    You’re enthusiam for books is wonderful. I’m excited to explore your site more and see how you evaluate and process books. I’m anxious to see what you read to get to 75. Thanks for not being a bad reader, but instead being that rare reader that embraces variety.


  6. ariesgrl23
    Aug 22, 2012 @ 01:46:40

    Hi! I nominated your blog for the Liebster Award!!!


  7. GreedyFrog
    Sep 01, 2012 @ 15:54:38

    Thanks for following! 🙂


  8. Morris Brook Farm
    Sep 07, 2012 @ 13:45:43

    Thank you for visiting my blog! I too am an avid reader, and I look forward to checking out some of the books you have read.


    • playfulmeanderings
      Sep 07, 2012 @ 16:08:03

      Isn’t it great how books can connect us through time and place? I love the photos you have taken on the farm. You’ve really immersed yourself in it. What a place of peace.


  9. Read Stuff With Me!
    Oct 17, 2012 @ 03:59:38

    Hey you’ve got a really good blog out here 🙂 All the best for your mission (though you have already almost completed it) ..Thanks for sharing !


  10. ramblingsfromamum
    Oct 25, 2012 @ 11:36:29

    I stumbled across your site whilst on Irishkaties – glad I did 🙂 I so love WordPress being able to link up so many different people from around this great wide world of ours..surprisingly with similar tastes in life and what they love. I seem to write more than I read…but when our summer months hit I indulge myself once again 🙂


  11. The Smile Scavenger
    Dec 20, 2012 @ 03:07:25

    I never did congratulate you on finishing your resolution. You’re amazing! Your blog inspired me to take up reading again for which I am VERY grateful. 🙂 Keep going. There are so many good books…


  12. chris9911
    Dec 20, 2012 @ 03:34:45

    lol, I guess I should have stopped by here first. I found the link for your freshly pressed blog 🙂
    You are so fortunate to go through that many books in one year. I can’t remember last time I even read a book.lol


  13. The Monkey Bellhop
    Jan 01, 2013 @ 03:49:14

    Great blog, I love the book recommendations and thank you so much for reading mine. If you do appreciate humor that is not too confrontational and tied to “real life” experiences, I just published a book called “The Barber’s Conundrum and other stories” that might be of interest, particularly since you have two teenagers and a lot of my work is focused on raising kids. Happy to email you an ebook version.


  14. asurrenderedyear
    Feb 04, 2013 @ 19:51:24

    Thanks for following. You have a great blog here and I look forward to the back and forth participating.


  15. sakuraandme
    Feb 22, 2013 @ 02:31:51

    Hi and thanks for stopping by my blog! Wow, that’s a lot of reading! Wish you luck…Hugs Paula xx


  16. danyulengelke
    Feb 27, 2013 @ 19:15:51

    Playful Meanderings,

    Thanks much for checking out Living with Literature.

    Very impressed by your reading list and ability to devour so many books! Have you read ‘Under the Volcano’ by Malcolm Lowry? Quite a task, but it’s been my favorite from the ‘Time Top 100 Novels’ list.

    Keep up the good work and stop by anytime!-


  17. ajaytao2010
    Mar 14, 2013 @ 15:56:19

    Nice reading about you.

    Thanks. For visiting my blog Ajaytao2010@wordpress.com. Browse through the category sections, I feel you may definitely find something of your interest.


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