Swap-bot Time: August 14, 2022 6:18 pm


Date Joined: October 13, 2013
Last Online: September 10, 2019
Birthday: August 22
Country: United States

About Me

Mom. Writer. Optimist. Quote Collector. Book Obsessed.

A Few Things:

  • I read 1-2 books a week. Paper, kindle, iBooks, audio books. I'm always reading. PM me for private book swaps if you're interested in trading reads.
  • I always try to reuse packaging and paper and send gently well loved books before I purchase new packing materials, writing paper, and books. Though repurposed, I always try to be thoughtful and neat.
  • I welcome your Christian themed cards, books, letters, gifts, etc.
  • When in doubt, send books or anything book/literary related and I'm a happy girl!
  • My top 3 book genres are self help/productivity, dystopian (classics like 1984 and the new stuff, think Hunger Games), and christian lifestyle.

I read everything, though, from romance, espionage, biographies, classical and dystopian fiction to self help, history, and books of quotes. I'm not a fan of mystery or horror. Sending a book you've enjoyed is always a good way to go! I love receiving books and reading recommendations in general and even if they aren't my cup of tea, I'm always thrilled to have a wide variety to share and swap with others.

My one little word (aliedwards.com) for 2018 is: Gentle

I'm currently reading 'Hallelujah Anyway' by Anne Lamott

I just finished 'Hillbilly Elegy' by JD Vance

I just ordered 'We're Going to Need More Wine' by Gabrielle Union

And the last book I received as a gift or swap was Richard Paul Evan's 'The Christmas Box'

Right now I'm drinking a lot mint teas and chamomile teas, two of my favorites, but I do enjoy trying something new every now and then, especially teas in pretty and unique packaging. I'm not a big fan of plain black or fruity teas.

I am convinced that Football Season and Christmas are indisputably the most wonderful times of the year. It's all about the University of Alabama (Roll Tide!) and I'm one happy girl with gingerbread, pumpkin, and peppermint bark as I celebrate the wonder and grace of Jesus' birth.

I believe kindness cures a lot of what ails us and I think the mixed media artists Kelly Rae Roberts and Colleen Attara express this sentiment beautifully in their works.

I often visit libraries and tea rooms when I travel and I can spend hours in any bookstore. I collect ornaments from wherever my travels take me .

FAVORITE MOVIES: Original Star Wars Trilogy, The Princess Bride, The Holiday, and most James Bond Movies.

FAVORITE SONGS: "Celebrate Me Home" by Kenny Loggins, "I Can't Make You Love Me" by Bonnie Raitt, "Walking in Memphis" by Marc Cohn.

FAVORITE TV SHOWS: Alias, Frasier, Once Upon a Time, Downton Abbey, Scandal, Diners, Drive-Ins, & Dives'

FAVORITE FOODS: Pancakes, Grits, Cornbread, Oatmeal raisin cookies, Chili, Strawberry Lemonade, most Thai and Filipino foods. Candy/snack favorites are Popcorn, Twizzlers, York Peppermint Patties, Dinner mints (the puffy melt in your mouth kind) and pretty much anything with chocolate and caramel but prefer it with no nuts.

FAVORITE DRINKS: Starbucks' Iced Chai Lattes, Cafe du Monde's Cafe au lait, and Strawberry Lemonade

FAVORITES FOR GIFT CARD SWAPS: Barnes & Noble, Books-a-Million, Sephora, Starbucks, Panera, LUSH, Michaels, Amazon, and Target.

FAVORITE THEMES: Books/Reading, Thankfulness & Gratitude, Joy, Tea, Vintage Bicycles, Vintage Typewriters, Houndstooth, Flowers, Optimism, University of Alabama Crimson Tide, Postal/Airmail, Libraries, Literary.

SWAP FAVORITES * Pretty much anything related to reading, books, and libraries' * Books * Bookmarks (especially mini magnetic book markers and corner bookmarks) * Notecards/Stationary * Gift Cards (see gift card swap favorites) * More Books * Tea (lovin' Might Leaf's Citrus Chamomile right now) * Anything from artists/online stores: Colleen Attara, Kelly Rae Roberts, The Love Letter Library, or Ali Edwards * Tote Bags (especially Library/Literary Totes)
* Again more books (my top 3 wishes:)
1. Louder Than Words by Todd Henry
2. The Inspired Room by Melissa Michaels
3. Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey

My newest obsessions: Mini magnetic book markers and corner bookmarks!!

I do not care for:

  • Black, lemon, or fruity teas
  • Horror, suspense, or mystery books
  • Coloring books
  • Peanut butter, licorice, or coconut flavors
  • Anything offensive
  • Cartoon or reward stickers
  • Fairies or Kawaii
  • Diddl or Hello Kitty
  • Skulls

    Celebrate what you want to see more of. ~Tom Peters

Happy Swapping!



BetsyG rated for 12 Letters in 2017 on Dec 31, 2017
Comment: Got your letter. Hope your New Year is better for you. I have enjoyed reading about the kids and your activities. Am sending you a pm
ladyaries7 rated for Personal Book swap on Nov 10, 2017
Comment: Thanks ! im super excited to have three books that i havent read from my one of favorite authors :)
ladyaries7 rated for July Book Box & More on Aug 8, 2017
Comment: Wonderful as always! Thanks so much :)
samsstuff rated for From a magazine on Jul 22, 2017
Comment: Thank you for sharing your lovely story with me!
starrgirl rated for Make Someone's Day Swap on Jul 20, 2017
Comment: It made more than my day- it made my week! Thanks so much!
brooklynbunch rated for Summer Reading Book Swap - USA on Jul 17, 2017
Comment: Looks good--thank you for the book. Just finished a book and was looking for something to read. I've read the first couple of books in the series but haven't kept up. Thanks also for the notecards. Susan (brooklynbunch)
Poftoffel rated for Flash Fiction - Siblings on Jun 20, 2017
Comment: Very exciting! I'd love to read more...I have so many questions :D What is the King's secret? And what's in the book?! (I love mysterious books). If you write your novel I'll certainly buy it ^__^ Thank you for sharing your (excellent) writing with me and thank you for the lovely extras :D
pernie123 rated for Random Word Flash Fiction on Jun 16, 2017
Comment: A nicely written story which held my interest. A fun assignment, wasn't it? Thanks ever so much for tea++. I look forward to Wissotzky English Breakfast tea.
tiger1i1y rated for Just Write #10 - Poem on Jun 14, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the tea and your poem. I love your poem. You have a way with words, and I bet your larger piece will be great.
Poftoffel rated for Just Write #10 - Poem on Jun 14, 2017
Comment: I'm so happy to hear that my swaps are helping you write! That's exactly the goal of The Writer's Well :D Thank you for the super cute notecard and the hearts ;-) Your poem is gorgeous, the hearth that is not home...I've read it a few times now and it just keeps getting better. The imagery is perfect for the feeling you want to give the reader. Thank you for sharing this with me!
Fly rated for Wishlist on May 30, 2017
Comment: Thanks!
Comment: Sorry for the late plane. This lady was on a jet plane. Thank you for your letter and poetry. I was surprised how much I enjoyed this swap!
Comment: What an exciting piece of flash fiction! I love the strong writing and that feeling of suspense. There's so much going on in so little words, very powerful. Thank you for participating in my swap :D And thank you for the super cute extra's!
Comment: Thank you. I like your poem. swaps also help me to write more frequently. Thank you for added tea and quote.
Comment: Great picks - it will be cool to read something different for a change! I believe I have read Elin Hilderbrand's books before, but I've never read any Charlie Chan mysteries!
smmarrty rated for Quotes of Peace Postcard Swap on May 12, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the cool pc and words of wisdom (and peace.) Mother Theresa is a favorite of mine - thanks.
Comment: Thank you for beautifully written flash fiction and extras you kindly added.
brooklynbunch rated for April Reading Challenge on May 5, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the sign, notecard, bookmark, and the little paper flower. Hope I didn't miss anything.I like how you tied everything together to represent the story. These are my favorite swaps currently on swap bot. Can't wait for the next one. Susan (brooklynbunch)
Comment: Thank you so much for the package! I loved the Truth Bomb :) Romance is not at the top of list to read but hopefully I'll get through them!
ladyaries7 rated for LadyAries & LadyWoods Book Box on Apr 27, 2017
Comment: Its always fun to receive books i havent read yet...yay! Perfect!!

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CurlyTea on Aug 22, 2018:

Happy Birthday!

CurlyTea on Aug 22, 2017:

BetsyG on Aug 5, 2017:

Got your letter today. Sounds like your weather has been like ours! Thanks so much for passing along the Encouragement booklet. It sure came at a great time.

lou on Aug 4, 2017:

Happy Birthday Month from WIYM group!

BetsyG on Jun 17, 2017:

Got your May letter today. Sure hope you can relax now that school is over.

BetsyG on Apr 3, 2017:

Got your letter today. Will reply early next week.

Megbomb on Mar 27, 2017:

Thank you so much for angeling the November Book Challenge for me! It was a wonderful surprise in today's mail!

reader44ever on Mar 17, 2017:

Hi Sharhonda! Thank you ever so much for your lovely thank you card about the "goof-off-day" swap. And it's so funny that you mentioned laughing a bit over my mention of library books that can't be renewed...

Yesterday, when getting ready to leave the house to go to the library and on other errands, I logged into my library account to renew the books that were due the 16th and see what all was ready for pick up (if anything)...

One of the books that was due yesterday turned out to be a book I had checked out three weeks ago, and it was one of the "Express Reads" that could only be checked out once, no renewals allowed...

Well, had you asked me, I would have said that I checked that book out LAST Thursday! Finding out I'd had it for three weeks? That was a shock! lol ;-)

Also, that's neat that you used to live in Tucson! (Did I know that? I'm sorry, I have an AWFUL memory!) And I love that you were a patron of the Dusenberry-River branch library. :-) I myself go most often to Nanini. Both are north of Tucson downtown and I've been to the Dusenberry-River Library several times. It's a neat branch, tucked into that corner of that shopping center the way it is! :-)

Anyway, thank you for a lovely reply to my letter!!!

And Happy Reading to you, too!!! :-)

BetsyG on Mar 13, 2017:

Sent reply to your Feb 27 letter. Am waiting for the snow tonite!

BetsyG on Mar 2, 2017:

Got your Feb letter today. Thanks for the stamps. I haven't seen those.

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