First Post Challenge

Colleen of Silver Threading challenged me to bring back my first blog post.  Since that first post, I have learned a great deal about blogging and writing.  Most important to me though, are the many friendships I have made along the way.

Here are the rules:

  • Copy-paste, link, pingback or whatever way you want to, your first post.
  • State what type of post that was. G. Introduction, Story, Poem
  • Explain why that was your first post.
  • Nominate 5 other bloggers. Five because I know the pain of opening a lot of tabs at once.


My five nominees are:


Colline’s Blog

Between the Lines

A Woman’s Wisdom

Stephanie’s Book Reviews


I started blogging on June 6, 2013. My first post was a book review with an introduction to the reason I was starting a blog.  Later, I removed the introduction and made it part of my About page.  Here is that original post.

I am a reader, not a writer.  So why am I blogging?

I am a reader, and this blog is about sharing the books I love whether romance, historic fiction, chick lit, biography, memoir, fantasy, classic, contemporary fiction, or even an occasional children’s book.  What I will never read are thrillers (I even hid behind a pillow during JURASSIC PARK). This blog is a place to talk about current reads, and many of the wonderful books I’ve read over the years, as well. I invite your comments and recommendations, and hope that you will find this a place to return to often.


Let’s talk about books.apple_orchard

Recently I read Susan Wiggs’ THE APPLE ORCHARD. Wiggs’ main character, Tess Delaney, considers her life well planned out – she is up for a substantial promotion, has great friends, an apartment she enjoys – everything, except the closeness of family.  Tess’s mother Shannon traveled while her grandmother raised her; her father was never a part of her life, in fact, she knew nothing about him. As a result, Tess, like all the women in her family before her, felt she didn’t need a permanent relationship with a man. Then one morning when she had a very important meeting scheduled with her boss to discuss her promotion, her life changed forever in ways she could not have imagined when Dominic Rossi, an attorney for the grandfather she didn’t know she had, showed up in her office. Rossi informed Tess that her grandfather Magnus Johansen was in a coma and she had been named in his will and needed to come back with him to Archangel, a small town in the Sonoma country. This was the beginning of a journey filled with many unanswered questions and Tess didn’t want any interruptions in her life. She certainly wasn’t interested in traipsing off with a strange man to her grandfather’s orchard when she had such a rewarding job in San Francisco.

Tess is confronted with many unsettling issues after she arrives in Archangel, but she doesn’t want to stay to sort through them. However, as each day goes by, she is more drawn to the life and family she discovered there. There is also Dominic Rossi who keeps turning up, but Tess definitely doesn’t need a relationship and a ready-made family to alter her life. Will she stay or return to her former life?

Wigg’s characters were extremely well developed and the plot had many twists and turns to keep me turning the pages.  Long after I finished the last page, my mind wandered back to Archangel, Tess, and the other characters. I highly recommend this book.

25 thoughts on “First Post Challenge

  1. What a great idea to re-post your first post. I didn’t know you then, and I hadn’t thought to go back so it is interesting to read it. Just two years ago – not long before I started. You have stayed true to your blogging goals as stated back then. I’m so pleased I met you. We share a love of literature. 🙂

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  2. Michelle – I always enjoy your book reviews and hope I manage to catch most of them. I’m always looking for gems I might enjoy in my quest for great reads. During this time while my husband has been so very ill, I’ve found myself being attracted lighter reading vs mostly non-fiction. I’m enjoying women’s fiction once again along with meditation and books of love and hope.
    You have a wonderful blog to visit and thank you for the choices you bring our way.

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    1. Sheri, I am delighted that you are enjoying my blog and my reviews. I’m so sorry your husband has been so ill. You are right, lighter reading is the way to go when life is weighing heavily on us. Prayers to you and your husband.

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  3. I like to sometimes read first posts of people i have been following for a time, I find it fascinating to see how the writing and musing have progressed and then I poddle through posts and watch the number of likes and comments grow and it gives me a happy feeling. Keep blogging my friend, it’s always fun to stop by here.

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  4. That was a good first post. I’m glad you’re still blogging. When did you start? Did I miss seeing the date?

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      1. No, it is a wonderful review. That first couple of times I posted, I was so nervous about everything. You know, you are putting yourself out there for the whole world to see, or at least it seemed at the time.


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