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The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey by Walter Mosley


Here are a few of my favorite quotes fromThe Last Days of Ptolemy Grey” by Walter Mosley


“The great man say that life is pain,” Coydog had said over eighty-five years before.  That mean if you love life, then you love the hurt that come along wit’ it. Now, if that ain’t the blues, I don’t know what is.” p.76


“Ptolemy and Peter Brock worked on a truck, driving up and down city streets delivering ice to the customers of Brock’s father, Minister Brock. “What church your daddy preach at?” “He ain’t no preacher,” Peter said. “My grandfather named him that so if you used his first name you had to respect him anyway.” p.79


“The older you get the more you live in the past.” p.166


Check out more thoughts about this book on my Goodreads link.


Reading Goals – 2014


Last year I set a reading goal of 30 books for 2013. I am pleased to say that I achieved my goal of 30 before the end of the year and decided to raise it to 40! I was a bit nervous about attaining my new goal, felt I was being over zealous, but guess what, I did it!!!

I tracked my progress on Goodreads.com. Feel free to click the link on my home page to have a look at my list of read books. I am also proud of myself because I actually followed through with my New Year’s resolution and stayed true to my love for books for a whole year!

This year I have decided not to raise but to lower the number of books I’d like to read so that I can read without pressure. I want to continue to enjoy books without the guilt of not reaching my monthly quota. I also want to indulge in books without considering their length. Maybe I’ll read more “mammoths” this year.

My goal is to read more leisurely and diversely. With this in mind, I’ve decided to set my goal at an achievable 25 books this year. Since I’m a member of a book club, that should knock out 12 and I buddy read with friends, which takes care of more obligatory reading leaving me with the opportunity to read more of what I want without constraints. The way I see it, this will be a more exciting reading year.

***What are your plans for reading next year? Do you set reading goals? If so, how do you go about setting your goals?


How to Choose What to Read Next


We can all agree on one thing; there are just so many great books out there and not enough time to read them. Here are a few ways I determine what I will read next.

  • Mood: I often allow my emotions to determine what book I will read next. After a heavy literary read I might reach for a light and fluffy Contemporary Fiction novel. If I’ve had a really light week, I might reach for a book that will give me a good cry (Between Shades of Grey not to be confused with the saucy erotica novel Fifty Shades of Grey).


  • TBR (To Be Read) List: I have a habit of buying lots of books when I can catch a sale, some I read right away while others get more shelf time. Sometimes I join a challenge on Goodreads (a website for book junkies) to help lessen my number of TBR books. For example, the challenge may require me to read a book with a yellow cover, read a book that’s been on my shelf the longest and read a book with the least number of pages. 


  • Book club commitments: I’m a member of a book club that meets once a month to discuss a book. I usually read the book designated for the month immediately so I can focus on other books. 


How do you choose what you will read next?