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The Why

Why do we need another blog about books?

What exactly is The Novel Way?

What if no one reads this?

These are the questions rattling around my head for the past month or so since I’ve decided to create this blog.  In truth, I’ve always had this blog.  Go ahead, look at the archives… I’ll wait.  It was always just something I did for me and a few friends who knew about it.  No Facebook pages, no Instagram accounts… just the words.  Reading and writing have always just gone hand in hand for me, and while I always wanted a bigger audience, I was probably too afraid of what other people would think to put myself out there.  The phrase what other people think should be removed from our thought process.

So, back to the questions and the ever present WHY?  Why do we need another book blog?  Short answer, we don’t.  Just like we don’t need another parenting blog or healthy living blog.  There are certainly great ones out there, right?  But this won’t stop other people from starting new ones every single day.

The Novel Way isn’t just about books.  It’s about life.  It’s about finding time in your day to do more things you love, like reading.  I spent too many years miserable in a job that made me feel like there was no way out.  Like nothing I did would ever make a difference.  I just thought that was the way it was supposed to be.  Then I left, and a different world opened up to me.  No, it’s not all rainbows and butterflies.  There are those sweet baby Jesus moments days when I’m counting down the hours till naptime.  But, the one thing I’ve learned about myself is that making a difference is important to me.  I like to help others find a book or solve a problem.  It’s literally in my DNA.  And If I can make you smile or laugh along the way, well that would be perfection.

So, yeah… that’s why.  My goal is to inspire you… to read, to try a different perspective, to make your load a little lighter.

If I can get one person to feel happier after reading something I wrote, then HELL YES I’m in.  Love a book I recommend, please leave a comment.  If this isn’t for you, that’s okay.

Either way, thanks for reading 🙂

See you next time!





Summer Reading Kickoff!


New website.  New look.  New projects.

I have been wanting to start a new website for so long now, and finally – with the long holiday weekend – I am digging in.  Everyone I follow says that WordPress is the way to go, so here I am, learning new things.  I only spent a half-hour with the tech support this morning, so #winning!

While I will mostly talk about books and what I’m reading on this site, I will definitely try to spread my wings into other areas as well.  I am trying to bring more creativity into my life, not less, and the best way I know how to start a conversation is about books, so that is where I will begin.

Last sumA-Man-Called-Ovemer I challenged myself to read one book per week, starting Memorial Weekend.  This year is no different.

My first pick this year is A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman, which I started yesterday.  This came highly recommended and has been sitting on my bookshelf since December.  It’s time.

Only thirty pages in, and I’m reminded of Clint Eastwood from Grand Torino – a movie I adore for so many reasons  – and I can’t wait to pick it back up.

My other project this summer is to finally tackle the self-publishing world and finally let the world meet Grace and Charlie.  The whole process is a bit daunting to me, and I know I have a lot to learn, but hopefully the end product will be the beginning of something new for me.

That is what this whole year is about anyway.

I hope you enjoyed this.  Thank you for reading!!

If you want to do your own Summer Reading Challenge, check out this reading guide from one of my favorite websites, Modern Miss Darcy.

Happy Reading 🙂