I’ve been struggling with what this blog is about for a few years.  On the surface, it seems to be a blog about books, but that’s not exactly it. In some sense, it’s my own incomprehensible version of The Great Gatsby.

More exactly, this is a blog about ideas.

And so, I suppose, I am like a rabbit, hopping from books to movies, poetry, music, podcasts, conversations, etc.

At the same time, I meditate to get rid of all the words. To search for some individual peace.

My husband recently (July 2015) sustained a traumatic brain injury. He didn’t (hasn’t) gotten right back to “normal.” And from this event, I’ve learned he has had many, upwards of 10, traumatic brain injuries in his life in which he lost consciousness. And the seriousness of this event seems more apparent with each passing day as a “new normal” threatens us. On the surface, he often seems fine—just like he used to be, and I forget. I forget until I brush the wound, and it consumes us yet again.

So a strict book review blog, this is not. I embrace fiction and believe it adds real value to our lives. I believe that it is essential to our happiness as a species, and this is because it provides us with some relief from reality.

But what is reality?

Reality: The conjectured state of things as they actually exist, rather than as they appear or might be imagined.

Conjecture: An opinion or conclusion formed on the basis of incomplete information.

That’s a bit unsettling. I don’t want my “reality” to be based on incomplete information, but I suppose it is unavoidable in this complicated world. My reality might very well be an illusion.

Illusion: A thing that is likely to be wrongly perceived or interpreted by the senses. (The question of right or wrong is philosophical.)

Here is what I originally wrote about what this blog is supposed to be:

Reading helps me change the subject in my brain. It enlarges the potential I see in the world. It’s my substitute for travel and fuels my imagination. I like the term literary hedonist. I think I am one.

A whole world can exist in a book. This amazes me. That written marks can represent sounds and create language that translates into visions in our imaginations is nothing short of miraculous.

Some authors are better miracle workers than others. And I am learning that at different points in our lives, we are susceptible to different sorts of conjurings.

I hope you enjoy the blog. Please feel free to leave your comments and opinions.

Happy reading!

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  1. Thanks for following my blog. I like your interesting purposeful writing strategy ~ change the brain 🙂 Hope your weekend has gone well! Have a prosperous & productive week!


  2. Hi! I haven’t looked through your blog yet but you liked my post over on Closed the Cover and when I saw “Word Wabbit” I knew I had to check you out. Then I saw your tagline and, well, I’m a sucker for alliteration! I followed you immediately.


  3. I just want to inform you that I nominated you for the VERY INSPIRING BLOGGER AWARD because your blog inspires others. Feel free to check it out at



    1. Thank you for asking. I’m honored. It was fun to read about a day in your life. I’m not nearly as productive as I would like to be. A day in my life revolves around two basic ideas: calm down and stay focused. 🙂


      1. I’m thinking that no one is as productive as they’d like to be. I certainly know that I can do more than I do, but I get tired and lazy…


  4. You have a wonderful blog here ! I guess you are the best reader cuz best readers always write the best…..Love your blog and your way of writing….Keep this up ! xx


  5. dear fellow blogger,

    Your blog is wonderful! I have nominated you for LIEBSTAR BLOG AWARD!

    TO COPY THE AWARD PHOTO, here is the link:

    As usual there are several rules in accepting the Liebster Award– they are:
    1. Accept the award, post the picture of the Liebster Award on the top of your post and say who nominated you for the award and list their blog site.
    2. List 11 random facts about yourself.
    3. Nominate 11 other bloggers for the Liebster Award and list their blog sites.
    4. Notify the bloggers of their award.
    5.Ask the award winners 11 questions to answer when they accept their Liebster Award.
    6. Answer the questions left for you by the blogger who gave you the award.

    My Nominations of 11 other bloggers for the Liebster Award and their blog sites:
    1. Beautiful Absurdity http://www.beautiful-absurdity.com
If you ever need a recommend to read a book, visit Sham’s beautiful blog, she reviews the books she reads, but also, she write about life and nothing more.
    2. Thestifledartist: http://thestifledartist.com/
    If you love Art with all its glories, then you will love this blog.
    3. Mystery Tramp: http://samnorthcote.wordpress.com/
    Traveling and writing about one’s experience in different places never been better.
    4. Sarah Irving: http://sarahirving.wordpress.com/
    Sarah’s writing about the Middle East is a must read for any one wishing to have an alternative take of the region.
    5. Lost in Translation: http://bopaula.wordpress.com/
    Paula’s blog is beautiful for it is use of personal Photography and Sound Recording, she also has a weekly challenge that you could participate.
    6. Kitku: http://kitku.wordpress.com/
    Wonderful blog for any cinephile, review of new and classic films worth writing about.
    7. Bumba: http://bumbastories.wordpress.com/
    Little details of life captured to utmost details, wonderful.
    8. Tersia Burger: http://tersiaburger.com/
    Some of the most beautiful, sincere and emotional writings that I have read of recent did not come from a book, but rather from this blog.
    9. Word Wabbit: https://wordwabbit.wordpress.com/
    You discover many things hiding in this blog, explore it.
    10. Historianil: http://historianil.wordpress.com/
    If you read German, then this a blog for you, if not, then use Google Translate, for it is still a blog for you.
    11. Chiarina Loggia: http://chiaink.wordpress.com/
    One word is enough to describe this blog: Beautiful.

    11 questions from me to respond to with your acceptance of the Liebster Award (or choose 5 of the 11):
    1. What is the first thing you do in the morning?
    2. What is your best quality and draw us a portrait of yourself in writing or a poem.
    3. Which is your favorite meal of the day…breakfast? lunch? dinner? and describe it.
    4. What do you enjoy most in life?
    5. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
    6. What do you “see” when you write? What is the your writing process?
    7. Why are you a blogger?
    8. What is the most important lesson you have learned in your life?
    9. What is your greatest fear and how do you work through it?
    10. If you could meet any person in the world, who would it be and why?
    11. What do you imagine life to be like after death?

    Hope you accept the award 🙂


    1. That’s very kind of you. Thank you! It may take me a little while to accept the award. I’m very busy these days with work. Thank you so much for including me. 🙂


    1. Hi there!

      Well, I haven’t done a book review for an author before, but I would be happy to read your book. I am very busy with work (my job) until October of this year. After that, I would have time to read your book.

      As far as guidelines are concerned, I don’t know. If you have a hard copy of your book, you could mail it to me and I could provide you with my PO Box.

      If you prefer to send me an electronic copy, that would be fine too. I’m not sure how big your file is, or if there are considerations for emailing a large file. But we could figure that out as well.

      Is this a book that has already been published? Or, are you in prepublication stages?

      The final thing is that if I really don’t like the book, I won’t publish a review. I see no point in being critical of another author.

      Feel free to drop me an email at: joanna.hofer@gmail.com to discuss further.

      Congratulations on your book!


      1. Thanks, the book is in the pre-publication stage, so that October deadline is fine. I’ll keep your email address, until I can send you a copy (most likely electronically)


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