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In 2008, Joanne Guidoccio took advantage of early retirement from a 31-year teaching career and decided to launch a second act that would tap into her creative side and utilize her well-honed organizational skills. Slowly, a writing practice emerged. Her articles and book reviews were published in newspapers, magazines, and online. When she tried her hand at fiction, she made reinvention a recurring theme in her novels and short stories. Joanne writes cozy mysteries, paranormal romance, and inspirational literature. Learn more about her and her books at her website.
Decluttering My Bookshelves
I delight in the acquisition of a new book. It doesn’t matter whether I purchased it myself or received it as a gift—each book is unique in its own special way.
I like to keep all these treasures. At least, I did until I noticed overflowing bookshelves and unruly piles of books in corners. And I couldn’t remember which books I had relegated to my storage area...two floors down.
It was time to let go of...
…older paperback novels that were falling apart or collecting dust. Many of them are over thirty years old and no longer of interest to me. If I ever wish to revisit these books, I can borrow them from the library or buy the e-book.
…any book that I hadn’t read yet. In the early years of my writing journey, I reviewed books for local and regional newspapers. Enthusiastic editors would send extra ARCs that I mentally filed away for future reading. Checking the publication dates, I realized many of these books were over five years old. Along with the extra ARCs, I have a collection of “gift” books that I couldn’t read past the first chapter.
…any book that reminded me of an unhappy time in my life. While dealing with stressful personal and family issues, I immersed myself in “one-nighters” that would transport me to a safe, predictable world. I have evolved from that place.
…mediocre books that don’t warrant any more attention. Enough said!
What did I do with these books?
I disposed of any damaged books.
I donated the “practically new” and “gently used” books to the library, community centers, and reading rooms in nursing and retirement homes. (Libraries do not accept ARCs)
Thinking and acting globally...
The American Library Association has compiled a list of organizations that distribute books internationally. In most cases, there is no shipping cost. Find out more here.
Do you have any tips for decluttering bookshelves?
Too Many Women in the Room
When Gilda Greco invites her closest friends to a VIP dinner, she plans to share David Korba’s signature dishes and launch their joint venture— Xenia, an innovative Greek restaurant near Sudbury, Ontario. Unknown to Gilda, David has also invited Michael Taylor, a lecherous photographer who has throughout the past three decades managed to annoy all the women in the room. One woman follows Michael to a deserted field for his midnight run and stabs him in the jugular.
Gilda’s life is awash with complications as she wrestles with a certain detective’s commitment issues and growing doubts about her risky investment in Xenia. Frustrated, Gilda launches her own investigation and uncovers decades-old secrets and resentments that have festered until they explode into untimely death. Can Gilda outwit a killer bent on killing again?
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