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Hi! My name is Margot. My blog is about the things I love to do. That could be what I'm reading, places we visit, my family, food, or whatever else is happening. I hope you'll stay and visit a while. Contact me by email: joyfullyretired (at) gmail (dot) com.

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"I read so I can live more than one life in more than one place." - Anne Tyler

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My Favorite Books of 2014

In looking back over the past year, I decided it was a pretty good reading year. I lowered the number of books I wanted to read to 85 and it was a good move. It allowed me to spend time concentrating on quality stories. And now, as is my habit at the end of the […]

Reading Challenges: 2015

This is the time of year when I spend a lot of time on the Novel Challenge blog. Participating in reading challenges is one of my favorite parts of book blogging. Challenges have led me to read books I might otherwise never consider. I’ve been pouring over all the posts at a Novel Challenge. First, […]

Re-Visiting Louise Penny’s Novels

Those of us who are fans of the Armand Gamache novels–all nine of them–are looking forward to the next book in the series. Book #10 is to be called The Long Way Home. The novel still features the Chief Inspector, but now he’s the Retired Chief Inspector. He’s living in Three Pines and the story […]

Triple Dog Dare: I Made It!

I just spent the last three months reacting to the Triple Dog Dare Challenge. Here’s what the dare looked like: “I dare you to go three months without reading anything new!” The hardest part of the whole experience was going into the library and passing the “New Books” shelf. If I picked up one of […]

Update: The Triple Dog Dare Challenge

In the past I’ve observed fellow book bloggers participating in this challenge. I’ve never joined before because I never thought I had enough resolve to stick with it. After all, no new books for three months seemed quite daunting. But – I really needed something to push me into reading some of those books that […]

Advent Tour: It Began With a Baby

The Virtual Advent Tour is about sharing traditions and other things important to us this time of year. I have a tradition that exists inside my head at Christmas. I think about pregnant Mary and how she felt traveling, bumping on top of a donkey, on a dirt road, for miles and miles until they […]

Happy Memorial Day

I hope all of you here in the U.S. are enjoying the first long weekend of the summer. I do remember how much I used to enjoy these three-day events. Now that I’m retired, people actually have to remind me when these holidays are coming up. In the “olden days” we used to spend this […]

I’m Taking a Blogging Break

After years and well, actually decades, of constant hand motion, my hands are taking their revenge. They want to stop moving, get repaired and heal. Today I’m having carpal tunnel surgery on my right hand to get the process started. The doctor said I will be able to move my fingertips but cautioned me to […]

Quirky Girls Celebrate One Year of Blogging

It’s hard to believe, but Quirky Girls Read is now one year old. Each day this week we’re celebrating with giveaways and blog posts. Today is my day. Come by and read my post and sign up for two books I’m giving away.