It’s Been One Year!

I launched Library Luggage in January 2016.  I’ve learned a lot in a year’s time and connected with some great books and even greater people.  I’ve appreciated every e-mail follower, every comment, and all the Likes that have come my way.  Admittedly, my readers are a small group, so if you know of others who enjoy reading, please share.  Now come along as I look back.  You may even find a mention if you are a regular follower.

Post format:  Year in Review

Here I am with Brenda Davis.
Jessica Black


Here are Brenda Davis and Jessica Black, the two librarians who helped me get a copy of a rare book for one of my posts. See post here

I met Jane, a blogger from England.  She enjoyed my thoughts on a book set along the Cornish coast, where she lives.  Even my children were excited that I connected with someone “across the pond.” See post here

The author of a book I featured reached out to me.  Jan Siebold is a lovely lady, and I couldn’t be more honored that she now follows me. See post here


This started out as a book blog.  But I did some cooking and crafting along the way thanks to reading.  Here are a few projects and the books that inspired them. To visit these how-to posts, simply click on the book titles here:  Snowflake Bentley, Hello Cupcake!Australia to Zimbabwe: A Rhyming Romp Around the World, A Tangle of Knots


Passing along a passalong plant to Stephen 

In my post on the book, Passalong Plants, I offered readers some of the Rose Campion I had growing in my garden.  Stephen contacted me and came by to get some of this lovely passalong plant for his yard. See post here

Photo of Traci dressed as Holly Hobbie, circa 1970s.

Grace, Kim, and Traci all enjoyed the trip down memory lane provided by the Library Trips and Picks #3 post.  One of the featured books was an autobiography by James Garner, star of the 1970s’ show, The Rockford Files.  The other was a picture book memoir by Holly Hobbie whose artwork graced everything from calendars, books and lunch boxes of the same era.  Traci sent me this childhood photo of her dressed as Holly Hobbie. See post here

Farmers market honey is on my grocery list thanks to Pegi

Pegi has me planning a trip to the farmers market where she says the best honey is found.  After reading my post on a honey bee book,  she told me her daughter is training to become a bee keeper. See post here


Book suggestion by Mark

Mark raved about the book, The Golem and the Jinni.  I bought a copy and loved it so much I blogged about it. I passed my copy along to Grace who also loved this unique tale. See post here

Book suggestion by Kim

Kim recommended The Hiding Place.  I took forever to post about this book, but it wasn’t for lack of enthusiasm.  I had so much to say about this deeply spiritual, true adventure that I didn’t know where to start. See post here

Scott is a passionate writer who is keeping alive the works of lesser known British writers with his blog, Furrowed Middlebrow. One of his posts on books that play with the notion of time mentioned an obscure title by Rumer Godden.  I found the book and was enthralled. See post here


Margaret texted me this image of a Dove Inspirations chocolate wrapper that reads “Actually Go to a Bookstore.” Sounds like a plan to me.

Thanks to Kim for all her insightful comments, to Theresa for being my first Facebook follower and liking every post since, and to Erin, Courtney, Wendy, Genevieve, Johanna, Ruth, Eleanor and Susan for their post reactions.  Finally, a big hug to my sisters, Grace, Mary Dickson, and Margaret and to my husband and children who support and share my passion for books.

10 thoughts on “It’s Been One Year!

  • January 25, 2017 at 5:28 pm

    We love Library Luggage! We want more! We want more!

    • January 26, 2017 at 1:11 pm

      I love your enthusiasm Mark! I’m looking forward to another year of celebrating great books.

  • January 25, 2017 at 6:12 pm

    I can’t believe it has only been one year. I must have found you right at the beginning. Enjoy the site! Then I find out a connection ~ Genevieve!
    Continue your wonderful journey into the world of books!

    • January 26, 2017 at 10:02 am

      It’s great to hear from you Susan. I’m glad you enjoy my book journeys.

  • January 25, 2017 at 10:14 pm

    So glad to have been a part of this! I have thoroughly enjoyed your blog and look forward to more of your great writing and insights. Thanks!

    • January 26, 2017 at 10:05 am

      Happy to hear from you Kim. I’m looking forward to another year of good books also.

  • January 26, 2017 at 6:35 am

    Congratulations on one year of blogging. That is quite an accomplishment! It sounds like you have had an enjoyable year.

    • January 26, 2017 at 1:09 pm

      Thanks Jennifer. I’ve enjoyed writing about books and meeting others like you who enjoy reading.

  • January 31, 2017 at 9:27 pm

    Thank you Lucy.After a few years on hiatus you have gotten me back to reading again.I was intrigued by your blog on Devil in the White City by Eric Larson so I read that and am now on to Dead Wake by the same author.
    I am looking forward to several other of your recommendations!

    • April 4, 2017 at 11:57 am

      That is so good to hear. I think reading takes us out of ourselves for a while. If you are reading a physical book, it’s one of the few quiet, distraction-free activities around. It’s real therapy for me.


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