Samantha Leigh Miller

writer, reader, teacher

About this Blog

You know those beautiful blank writing journals that people give you and you have absolutely no idea what to do with?  My daughter gave me one of those for my birthday a few years ago, and then another for Christmas.  After dusting them on my bookshelf for a few months, I began to keep track of the books I read in one of them—just the date, title, author, various thoughts, and words or sentences that I enjoyed.  The other (a sparkly pink tome that makes me smile, just to see it on the shelf) I created into my “Joy Journal,” and is filled with the smallest moments of my day that make me happy.

So here’s my blog, which is partially a collection of my favorite books from my journal.  There are some I didn’t much enjoy, so I’m skipping over those and only including the books I’d eagerly recommend to a friend.  I promise not to give any spoilers, since I’m of the kind to stop reading cover jackets or watching movie trailers, once I know I’m interested (why, oh why do some give it all away?).  I’ll also try and give you a heads up if a book might affect you in a certain way.  There are certain stories and characters meant for different periods of our lives, so it’s wonderful when we can match a book to a need.

As I transfer my thoughts from the journal my daughter gave me to this blog, I’ll also post about what I’m currently reading.  I promise nothing with these posts, however, since I won’t know the spoilers until I finish, nor will I know if I like the book until I finish (I’ve been known to hurl books that end badly, don’t get me started on the Jackson Brody series…) and that is, IF I finish.  I’ve recently given myself permission to stop reading a bad book, and it feels delicious.  I highly recommend it.

I’m always looking for reading recommendations, so please leave yours in the comments!  There are usually at least a half dozen books in my queue, but I start getting twitchy if that number starts to drop.

I hope this blog is helpful to you in some small way.  Enjoy.

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