The A-Z of Me – Dee’s Rad Reads

I’ve seen these on a few blogs over the last few months most recently on Lynne’s blog Fictionphile and Nicki’s blog Secret Library Book Blog .  I really enjoyed reading about my blogging friends and thought I would give it a try too!

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A = Audiobooks. I’ve really listened to a lot of them this last year!

B= BOOKS!  Need I say more? 🙂

C= CRA (Canada Revenue Agency) Where I worked for years before I had to medically retire (years before I wanted).  Crocs – I know many hate them and they sure aren’t pretty, but they are so comfortable!

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D= Dee Dee.   My real name is Deanna but my nickname is Dee Dee or Dee. Dee’s Rad Reads and Reviews – this blog that I started about two years ago.

E= Edamame –   My favorite bean!

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F= Fuzzy Socks – I’m all about comfort.


G= Goodreads – A site I spend a lot of time on.  I joined Goodreads years ago just to keep track of the books I’d read so I wouldn’t keep buying the same book over and over. I started writing small reviews and eventually, I was reviewing every book I read. A great community. Friends from Goodreads encouraged me to start this blog.

H= Home – There’s really no place like it.

I= iPad & iPhone – things I don’t like to be without!

J= Jenn (always two N’s)  – My best friend. Someone who has been there for me through thick and thin. It’s also for Jodi Picoult – One of my favorite authors.

K= Karissa.  My lovely 19-year-old daughter.  Kristin Hannah – Another one of my favorite authors.

L= Lymphedema – a condition I have in my legs. It is a swelling that occurs when lymph fluid can’t flow normally and builds up in the soft tissues of a limb. It usually occurs in parts of the body where lymph nodes have been removed or damaged by cancer treatment or surgery.

M= Mother, Mom, Mommy – the best names I have been called ❤

N= Netflix – This past year I have become addicted to Netflix. I love that so many books have been turned into movies or mini-series.

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O= Organized – I like everything in its place. However, I do have books that still need to be organized.

P= Patricia – My mother has been one of my greatest supporters and I really don’t know what I would do without her.   Popcorn – my favorite snack. I honestly can’t get enough!

Q= Queen – one of my favorite bands!

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R= Reading – of course!  Rick – A terrific stepfather and Papa ❤

S= Sushi – I love it!!

T= Tea – A cup of tea goes perfectly with a good book.

U= Uggs – I have many pairs of Ugg boots & slippers. I don’t buy them for style or brand though, purely for comfort.

V= Veronica Mars –  One of my favorite TV series! And my fellow Marshmallows, She’s back! Veronica Mars, starring Kristen Bell, returns to life with a new eight-part miniseries on July 26, 2019 “Spring break in Neptune.”

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W= Winnipeg – The city where I was born and raised.

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X= Xanadu – the song by Olivia Newton-John

Y= YouTube – a place I spend more time than I should. I will go there looking for something and suddenly realize three hours have passed.

Z= Zen – I’m trying to be more Zen.

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Well, that was fun!  I have really enjoyed reading other bloggers “about me” posts and look forward to reading more.


Happy reading everyone!!






Shabby Sunday -The Peanut Butter Hamster and Other Animal Tails (1979)


Shabby Sunday” is a meme created by Mischenko @ ReadRantRock&Roll

When you have a chance, you should really check out her fantastic blog. She has many great book reviews, awesome memes, and a lot of other fun stuff.

“Shabby Sunday” is a great place to share your vintage books, heirlooms, or old books from your childhood. If you would like to participate and share some of your vintage books feel free to use the picture Mischenko has provided. Please remember to link back to Mischenko so she can see the book you’re sharing. I’d love to see your post too!


The book I am sharing is:


The Peanut Butter Hamster and Other Animal Tails

Published June 1st, 1979 by Victor Books

This was one of my favorite books when I was young. It’s well worn and there’s even some tape holding part of it together. I remember my mother reading the stories to me and then reading them myself as I got older.

I couldn’t find the book for the longest time but then remembered that I also read the stories to my daughter when she was little. Sure enough, I found the book on one of her bookshelves.

The story I remember most is the title story, “The Peanut Butter Hamster.” A boy loses his hamster and the family decides to leave a plate of peanut butter out to tempt the hamster out of wherever he is hiding in the house. A simple story but I loved it. The other stories and poems were also good but that’s the one that sticks out the most.





I’ve been enjoying everyone’s “Shabby Sunday” posts and I am looking forward to reading more of them!

Happy reading everyone!!

First Line Fridays – Keeping Lucy by T. Greenwood


Welcome to First Line Fridays, hosted by Hoarding Books!


The book I’ve selected for this week’s First Line Friday post is:

Keeping Lucy by T. Greenwood

(Click the book cover to read Goodreads description)

Keeping Lucy

Expected publication: August 6, 2019 by St. Martin’s Press


The first line is:

Later, she would blame the moon. That full, blood moon that pierced the night sky like a bleeding bullet hole.”

I am really enjoying this novel. I love the way the author writes, and I really do love that first line. (I know it’s technically two lines, but they just go so well together).

I would love to hear what you are currently reading. Feel free to join in or if you like you can also let me know what your first line is in the comments below.


Happy Friday!

Happy Reading!



I can’t wait for – The Liar’s Child by Carla Buckley (Can’t-Wait Wednesday)

Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a meme hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings to spotlight and discuss the books we are excited about that we have yet to read.

I came across this meme recently and thought it sounded like a lot of fun. There are so many books that I can’t wait to read…

My choice for this week is:

The Liar’s Child by Carla Buckley

Expected publication: March 12th, 2019 by Ballantine Books


Goodreads Description:

In this intense and intimate family portrait that moves at a thriller’s pace, a troubled woman faces a gripping moral dilemma after rescuing two abandoned children from a hurricane.

 On the outskirts of North Carolina’s Outer Banks sits The Paradise, an apartment complex where renters never stay long enough to call the place “home”–and neighbors are seldom neighborly. It’s ideal for Sara Lennox, who moved there to escape a complicated past–and even her name–and rebuild a new life for herself under the radar. But Sara cannot help but notice the family next door, especially twelve-year-old Cassie and five-year-old Boon. She hears rumors and whispers of a recent tragedy slowly tearing them apart.

 When a raging storm threatens then slams the coastal community, Sara makes a quick, bold decision: Rescue Cassie and Boon from the storm and their broken home–without telling a soul. But this seemingly noble act is not without consequences. Some lethal.

 Carla Buckley crafts a richly rewarding psychological portrait, combining a heart-wrenching family drama with high-stakes suspense, as the lives of three characters intertwine in an unforgettable story of fury, fate–and redemption.


My Thoughts:

 I’ve enjoyed many of this author’s previous novels.  After reading the description for “The Liar’s Child”, I immediately added it to my list of upcoming books to read.

I hope it is as good as it sounds!

 I can’t wait!