Comment: Your Power Point was awesome! Glad you liked the format, and I loved the quaint places you shared. It's such a pretty part of our world and I'd love to see it in person some day. I esp. love hot air balloons ❤️
Comment: ooh, I would so love to visit Ireland, too, but for now must settle for listening to the accent on audio, and of course, feasting on beautiful photos. Thank you for the lovely email. Hufflepuff pride! 🦡 💛
Comment: Hi Valerie! thank you for the cute letter and vibrant postcards! Looks like our cities are in opposites places -- we're slowly opening back up with the vaccination rates going up and cases going down. I'm just hoping it will sustain this decrease and things will return to "normal". Hope all is well.
Comment: I'm so glad you enjoyed the third book more than the second, there's nothing worse than when the sequel(s) don't live up to the first book. Thanks for including your DNF, the only thing that had me interested was the location (ahh, Ireland.. 💚) but glad you made it up with your other series!
Thanks so much for hosting the swap!! Happy reading!!
Comment: Thanks for sharing your list, so many familiar songs. Love Sk8terboi too. The Les Cowboys Fringants songs are new to me. I'm defiantly going to check them out. I'm glad to hear they were able to help you
Comment: Seems like you still had a lovely Christmas! But wow, normally 4 Christmas' in a day?! I'm from the Netherlands (but living in the UK) but the Netherlands has 2 Christmas days (25 and 26). And even though the UK only has one, we celebrated it on the 26th this year over Skype with our families, because my sister was celebrating it with her boyfriends family the 25th. We've send each other gifts and we opened them on skype. It was different this year, since we normally would go to the Netherlands or they would come here, but it was still fun! I do look forward though to a Christmas when we can be together with our families again. 🎄❤️
Comment: Thank you for sharing this very unique list. I didn't know any of the French songs, thank you for introducing me to those. :) Other than that I enjoyed the songs we have in common as well as the ones you reminded me of :)
Comment: Hello! I really apologize for getting to this so, so late! I hope you and your family are safe and healthy during this time. On to your list~ it's all very positive and happy and for that I'm grateful to listen to especially now. George Ezra has such a powerful, orchestral voice. And I recognize "Lollipop" by Mika from Just Dance! Lol! I also like his song "Big Girl" (also from Just Dance). Based on the music choices, I'd think you're a very upbeat person!
Comment: Thank you! I loved reading about your choice. I haven't read any of the Harry Potter books (of course both my daughters have all the books) but I do love the movies.Thanks for joining my swap. Happy Reading!
Comment: Hi Val. Thank you for your email and book review. I just wanted to give you a massive electronic bear hug. I haven't really read a lot either. Hard to focus. And that's totally A-OK. One day at a time. <333 Stay sane.
Comment: Thanks for sharing. I am the total opposite, i need to read to take my mind of covid19. Do let me know when you completed The Storm Sister, i am hesitating to get a copy. Hate it when an ending kills the whole book.
Comment: Thanks for your answers, it was interesting reading them. I suffered really badly from sciatica for a few years about 12 years ago. One day it went and never came back. I have no idea why as I wasn't having treatment at the time. I hope you have the same luck!
Comment: Hi Valerie,
Thank you so much for your answers - I loved reading them. I'm so sorry for your losses over the year and hope the year to come is a year of healing for you and your loved ones.
I like the idea of having the number of goals as relates to your age instead of resolutions. I might try that too.
Comment: This year i placed 25 books as my Goodreads goal, then i will add another 10 books when i have achieved it. That way I don't feel pressured when I don't read a lot fo a particular month. Hehe. Vanished sounds like a great book. I will definitely try to find it in my local bookstore. Thanks for the review!
Comment: I am very sorry for the late rating .I loved your answers ,especially the one about your daughter’s laughing as your favorite sound and the outings during the summertime with your babysitter as your favorite memory from childhood 💐
Comment: Very creative!! Colorful and fun. You did great. Thanks for the pocket goodies too. I had poutine here in Wisconsin for thr first time a few years ago. Cheese curds are popular here and they add it too poutine.
Comment: Thanks so much for your review of 'The Matchmaker's List'. I enjoyed reading it. Although it's obviously a book with a lot of flaws, I might have a look at it, because I've read a number of similar books about Indian immigrant communities in Britain, and it would be interesting to compare the experience and attitudes of the different communities. Thanks for sending!
Comment: Thanks for your reviews! I have just finished The Readers of Broken Wheel and I could not put it down because I wanted to find out how it turned out. I wonder if the author has ever been to any small town in Iowa?
I also read Where the Forest Meets the Stars and was surprised that Ursa was real! It really stretched my reality button, but I had to finish it, like you said.
Thanks for the heads up on the other two. It's good to know some books that I can just skip.
You are a good reviewer!
Comment: Thanks for your answers.
I like your 'volunteer work'.
I tell my daughter not to pick up my granddaughter's stuff, when they leave. As I pick it up, I recall the fun we had and it makes the parting easier.
Comment: Thank you! I have actually seen the movie Practical Magic, which I really love. I didn't know it was a book. The first book you mentioned sounds quite interesting and I might consider reading it. :)
Comment: I enjoyed your answers even if some of them were the same (and this will probably make you laugh but I have so much stuff crammed in my head that they were like all new answers to me even if you had sent them to me before. lol)
Comment: Thank you for your answers, Valerie! It seems to me that most online horoscopes are written in such a way that everyone can see a bit of truth in them. However, they don't really have anything to do with real horoscopes. I mean things like the analysis of the impact of the star and planet systems on a particular person. I'd also love for horoscopes to be true. Happy swapping :)
Comment: Hi! Thank you so much for your reading log! I loved reading what you thought about the books! Where the Forest Meets the Stars sounds really cool and I definitely have to check it out, so I've added it to my TBR! I hope you have a wonderful week ^_^
Comment: Oh my. Thank you for sharing. I went to look at it on GoodReads and I think I will pass on this one lol. The dialect thing seems really annoying-and I don't mind dialect in a book, but this one is just odd. And lol, I do the same thing as you-"maybe the second book will be better" then I just feel even more betrayed! lol Thank you!
Comment: Thank you for your thoughtful responses. Motherhood certainly does change a person, don't let it change you completely though (unless you were an absolutely horrible person before, which I can tell you are not). When I had my son I thought I was supposed to become this totally different person and that just wasn't reality! I love your goal of getting published, it sounds like it's something very dear to you. How did you goal of a repeat win go last year?
Comment: Thank you for sharing your answers with me. I'd love to join more ATC swaps too, but like you I feel that most of the interesting ones are US only (I get that it's a postage issue, but still it's disappointing a bit)...
Comment: I really enjoyed reading your reviews, Valerie. I'm glad to know I'm not the only one who puts books aside before finishing them ;+) I really have to 'connect' with the characters to enjoy a book. Thanks for writing such thoughtful reviews. I might read The Cast. Did you know that Heather Graham used to be a romance only author? Probably why her books are 'meh.'
Comment: Thanks for your review, Valerie! I am sorry to hear that the book wasn't any good and you didn't enjoy it. How disappointing for you! I hope you go on to read something much better next! I wonder if the other book in the pair by Karen Harper is any good.
Response: Don't worry too much. The book wasn't horrible (I've definitely read worse!) but it wasn't the best! I'm giving the Karen Harper part a chance, now.
Comment: Thank you. I have visited Copenhagen and Tivoli Garden. It was some years ago. I would have liked to hear about the cruise on the Baltic. Where did you go besides Denmark? Little Mermaid is quite small
Response: We visited Germany (Berlin), then went to Tallinn. There we toured Old Tallinn. Beautiful place! One of my favorite places in my cruise! After Estonia, we spent two days in Russia (St. Petersburg). Beautiful gardens there! So amazing! On the way back, we stopped in Sweden (Stockholm) and Finland (Helsinki). I could have written 4 pages if I had written all about my trip! lol
Comment: Your poor ATC. Best I can figure, the glue was not dry when placed in the card. When I opened the card the ATC was stuck to the inside and came off in pieces. Please consider plastic sleeve to protect your art. Poor little atc. I shall rebuild him.
Response: Thank you very much for you 5 rating, despite it coming to you all destroyed! :-( Thank you also for the advice. The next ones I will put in a plastic sleeve.
Comment: Louise Jensen is on my list to read. I have 3 of her books in my tub to read because I saw that everyone was recommending them on Facebook groups that I am in. Thank you so much for the recommendations
Comment: Thanks for the great washi samples: might take them with me on holiday to decorate the postcards I'll send! We don't have a pool either, but enjoy a dip in the lake every now and then when the weather is too hot. Have a great summer!
Response: Update (May 31st): Re-sent the email on the 30th. Thank you for re-rating!
May 30th: Care to explain the 1? I messaged everyone on May 10th, which was 5 days before the deadline. There was also no communication from you before rating me.
Comment: Hi Valerie, I'm so sorry I noted having rated this swap on 22 Feb but couldn't find it (thanks for info from the host) and now I'm here again... I've received your swap back in Feb and have enjoyed the items you sent, thank you very much! :D
Response: Hi! I sent you a resend on April 17th, 2018. I even emailed you a picture of the postcard. Thank you for your patience while I was learning how to be a first-time mom. Things were hectic and swaps did take a backseat. But your resend has been sent! :-)
Comment: Thanks for the lovely message & the pics! "Explorers on the Moon" was my childhood favourite too ... I made my parents bring it (tattered condition) from the commercial library they were members of, & read it to me in Bengali :)
Comment: hello Val,
so awesome you have a new baby & definitive wardrobe preference! it's fun knowing there are so many
funny French Canadians ... i hope they become more well-known to the rest of the world ;)
may you have a healthful, rewarding summer with books & plays to share with your daughter!
Comment: Thanks for the wonderfully girly swap. ☺️
I have a niece and LOVE all of the adorable things for little girls—I definitely spoil her. I hope you don’t have to wait too long for your daughter’s arrival!
Comment: Thanks for the book reviews, I really enjoyed them. I really have to read "Murder on the Orient Express", my girlfriend also read it this month and it seems that I might enjoy it. I'm not really into this genre, but recently I read a murder mystery that was a nice change from the usual books I read and it was very fresh. Also, I might check "Friend Request" as it seemd very interesting.
Comment: I received your pretty mini pocket letter today and it is great! The colours you used were very pretty and I appreciate the extras you included as well. If you are ever interested in a private swap for another mini pocket letter or a full-size one just let me know :)
Comment: Hi Valerie and thank you for the postcard. Ottawa looks very colorful and fun just from the front of the PC, I really like it. This first line of Cheryl Strayed's book sounded intresting to me and I will give it a look. Thanks again, have a great day ^^
Comment: I had to laugh out loud when I read your review of Wild! I thought the same thing when I read it... too much woe is me for my tastes. If you like stories about hiking, there is one called The Barefoot Sisters that is really good.
Comment: Thanks for sharing! I admittedly giggled at your reflections on Wild. I've not read/seen it myself, but it made me think of the Gilmore Girls revival. I won't spoil it for you if it's of interest, but if there's *any* truth to the GG portrayal of it... there's a "book" fanbase and a "movie" fanbase, to perhaps it wasn't the best adaptation? (of course I say that while holding my own policy of "the book is always better!" haha)
Comment: Thanks Valerie for your sharing. Lucky you visiting those Scandinavia countries , always wanted to visit there. keep writing those novels. Congratulations on your daughter whose on the way. Happy swapping.
Comment: SNOW! I love snow! We get snow so rarely in my area and if we want to go to the snow it's about a 3-6 hour drive to get to good snow like that! There is a big sign vandal in my town too... They've yet to catch him! Thanks so much for sharing!
Comment: Thank you! :) I'm writing this as listening to it. I immediately like "Fou" in first listen. Song by Zaz is also catchy. And two singers with only short clip is nice too. I like "Chats Sauvages" too. I like French sound, so far I only listen to Kids United. Thanks for the playlist <3
Comment: I enjoyed your list. I read a Jo Nesbo book years ago, and have been trying to get my brother to read them ever since! They can be pretty graphic in terms of violence, but the stories are good!
Comment: Thanks for sharing your board. It was nice to see some pins from a country I don't know that much about. Or actually nothing.. It seems like a nice country to visit, and the nature is beautiful!
Comment: Thanks for hosting this fun swap and for the interesting board about a country I knew nothing about! This was a great idea and a really fascinating way to learn about new places. I love traveling and this was a great swap to fuel my wanderlust!
Comment: Thanks for your log! Will come back and comment again once I've read it properly. :)
Read it all now! You managed to read a load of stuff that I'd never heard of. Thanks for being truly honest about what you do and don't like too. :)
Comment: Thanks for the awesome playlist! I love Royals, but haven't listened to it in awhile. Thanks also for the story about Uptown Funk. I actually re watched the video when you mentioned the props! Thanks again! :)
Comment: Yes. I had a Guess Who game and my dad had that Mastermind board. For years, I've been trying to remember the name of that game because he can't. My sister and I used to enjoy hiding the pegs from dad just after he'd set the game up to play with his brother. What horrible children we were;) x
Comment: Texas has decided to have a touch of winter this week so I'm running a little behind on ratings and swaps (darn satellite internet) lol I'm sure to return your email soon as I am caught up! Thank you so much for emailing me I'm so looking forward to all the emails to come!