Sunday, March 15, 2015


I said to myself no more challenges, but decided to allow for some short-term ones.  With three already done and one to be over in April, I decided to give this one a try.

I already frequent my library but have only checked about a few books this month.  I wanted to try reading from my piles of books at home (I always join a TBR challenge and am making sure not to neglect it), and will try to do so for the rest of this month.  I need to read more for my Dystopian, Nonfiction, Mental Illness Awareness, LGBT, Graphic Novels, Feminism, Fairy Tales Retold, Curvy Heroine, Diversity, Erotic Romance and Classics challenges and have one more month for the Play challenge.  I don't own a lot of books that fit these challenges (in most cases, none at all), so borrowing from the library for a month will help me catch up on each of these.  I get most of my audiobooks and picture books from the library, and some of my other challenges have categories of books I will need to borrow.

I'm going to try to see if I can go without buying books for all of April.  Most of them I buy at second-hand stores, including one in my town that sells then for 50 cents to one dollar.  If I do buy any, they will not be read until after April.   I think I can do all this.

Here are the details for the challenge. Sign up by April 15 at Read What I Like.

RMLC - Komika

Both Stefani at Caught Read Handed and Amy at Read What I Like work in libraries, where they order tons of books each month that come in and are put on the shelves. As any librarian will do, all the books they order are ones they wish they had time to read themselves but they seldom have the time to do just that. This challenge started in the comment section on a post about bookish resolutions – one of which was a book buying ban. What better way to save money on buying books than checking out books from your local library (or the one where you work)? Just in case it wasn’t clear – THERE IS NO BETTER WAY! The challenge started as a buddy read of library books and turned into a month long celebration of libraries and all that they offer. The hashtag #ReadingMyLibrary came out of the need for a catchy, simple hashtag and a desire to make it clear we appreciate our libraries. We hope you’ll join us!

Make sure you check out THE RULES and THE SCHEDULE and THE QUESTIONS YOU MAY HAVE pages

More about the challenge:
  • The #ReadingMyLibrary Challenge will run from Wednesday, April 1 – Thursday, April 30, 2015.
  • You only have to read ONE (1) book to participate in the challenge! If you happen to read more, it just means more chances for you to win the #ReadingMyLibrary Challenge giveaway! You get an extra entry for every FIVE (5) books you read over that initial ONE (1).
  • There will be HUGE library scavenger hunt that will run from April 15 – 30 which will include its own giveaway.
  • There is no required amount of time you must spend reading, commenting, tweeting, etc. The scavenger hunt and giveaways are all optional.
  • We would LOVE if you shared your TBRs, current reads, library recommendations, library pictures, or really ANYTHING you want to share about your library using the hashtag #ReadingMyLibrary!
Signing up is super easy! Create a post on your blog, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube (really anywhere that you can share something) announcing your participation and linking back to either Stefani’s or Amy’s sign up post. Post it and go here to link up! It’s that simple! (If you wanted to include the button/banner for the challenge and/or a list of your TBR, we’d love that too, but it isn’t required)

Saturday, March 14, 2015

JELLY BELLY JELLY BEANS (Goodreads Reading Challenge)

Another reading challenge, but this one is from Goodreads and I have never tried any of their challenges.  Been wanting to do so for some time, but haven't really found any Goodreads challenges that have interested me.  This one however, sounded like fun.    This does not have a deadline to finish, but those wishing to sign up must do so before March 1, 2016.  I like that there is no deadline to finish, so I can take my time on this one, and will try to cross over books with this challenge for others whenever possible.  Here is the link to sign up at Goodreads.

Begins 3/1/15, No deadline

As with all of our no-deadline challenges, sign-ups will be accepted for one year after the start date.
Sign-up Deadline is 3/1/16.

Most everyone has tasted a Jelly Belly jelly bean, but did you know...?
* They are gluten free, peanut free, dairy free, fat free, and vegetarian friendly.
* Certified OU Kosher.
* Each jelly bean is 4 calories.
* 25 jelly beans weigh approximately 1 ounce.
* Made in more than 100 different flavors.
* After 20 years, Peanut Butter flavor was retired.

Because this is one of our crazier crazy challenges, we are offering a choice of levels that you can complete, depending on just how crazy you are!

Thanks to Barb for creating this monster challenge!

LEVELS - Choose which level you intend to complete when you sign up. (You can change your mind later.)

PENNY CANDY - Complete all 50 scavenger tasks. I will be choosing this level.  

SAMPLER - Spell only Beanboozled flavors.

HONEYDUKES REGULAR (For those who don't know, Honeydukes is a sweets shop in the Harry Potter world.) - Spell only Bertie Bott's flavors.

SWEET TOOTH - Spell only Miscellaneous Favorite and Retired flavors.

SUGAR COATED - Spell out ALL flavors.

CONFECTION CONNOISSEUR - Choose 30 scavenger tasks AND spell Bertie Bott's flavors. (You get a "discount" on the scavenger tasks for doing a spelling section too.)

SUGAR FREAK - Choose 30 scavenger tasks AND spell Miscellaneous Favorite and Retired flavors (You get a "discount" on the scavenger tasks for doing a spelling section too.)

GLUTTON - Complete all 50 scavenger tasks AND spell out ALL flavors.

♦ If you want to participate in a challenge, please sign up by posting at least a partial list of the challenge requirements. This gives us a post to link you to, which you can use to update your books as the challenge progresses. 

♦ Unless otherwise noted, books must be at least 150 pages long. Books may only be used for one task in this challenge, but cross-challenge posting is encouraged :) Re-reads are allowed, as long as you read the entire book and not simply skim through it.

♦ For each book you read, please post a link to the title, and indicate the author and the date you finished reading it. If a challenge task gives several options, please make it clear which option you’ve chosen. If the task calls for an item on the cover, include a link to the book cover. If it’s not obvious from the book title or cover, be sure to explain how your book fits the task. If you don’t, you won’t get credit for completing that task. 
* If you don’t know how to post a link to the book title, cover or author, see the instructions here: 
Add a link to the book title, book cover and/or author 

♦ If you choose one of the spelling options, you may use the first letter of the first word in the book’s title – excluding A, An and The – the author’s first or last initial (middle names or initials can NOT be used), or the FIRST initial of a main character from the book. 

♦ When you complete the challenge, please post your entire list as a new message to make it easier for everyone to see what you’ve read :) If you don’t repost your list, your name will not be added to the list of those who have completed the challenge.  Link

7-Up – Read a book with a number in the title.  One Day--David Nicholls

A&W Cream Soda – Read a book with “AND” in the title.

A&W Root Beer – Read a book with at least one consecutive double letter in the author’s first or last name (Steve BeRRy, SaMMi Carter, David BaldaCCi).

Apple Pie A La Coldstone – Read a book with a dessert on the cover or in the title.  The Cupcake Queen--Heather Hepler    
The Cupcake Queen by Heather Hepler
Berry Blue – Read a book with a cover that is at least 50% blue.

Birthday Cake Remix Cold Stone – Read a book in which a celebration of some sort occurs.

Bubble Gum – Read a YA book. 

Buttered Popcorn – Read a book that you couldn’t put down.

Candy Corn – Read a book with some sort of candy on the cover or in the title.    Candy Apple Dead--Sammi Carter Candy Apple Dead (A Candy Shop Mystery, #1)
Cantaloupe – Read a book with a round object occupying at least 25% of the cover.

Cappuccino – Read a thriller.   The Girl on the Train--Paula Hawkins

Caramel Corn – Read a book that is “sweet.”

Chocolate Devotion Cold Stone – Read a book from your favorite genre.

Chocolate Pudding – Read a book with a cover that is more than 50% chocolate brown.

Cinnamon – Read a book whose title begins with "C" (disregard A, An and The).   The Chocolate Cat Caper---Joanna Carl

Cotton Candy – Read a book with a cover that is more than 50% pink.

Crushed Pineapple – Read a book set in a tropical climate.

Dr. Pepper – Read a book with a character who is a doctor or nurse.

French Vanilla – Read a book set in a European country. You may find this list helpful.

Grape Crush – Read a book with a cover that is more than 50% purple (NOT violet).

Green Apple – Read a book with a fruit on the cover or in the title.

Honey Bean – Read a book by an author whose first OR last initial is "H" or "B."

Island Punch – Read a book in which at least one scene occurs on an island.

Juicy Pear – Read a book with a beverage on the cover or in the title.

Lemon Drop – Read a book with a cover that is at least 50% yellow.

Mango – Read a book with the word “MAN,” intact, in the title or the author’s name.

Margarita – Read a book whose cover is at least 50% green.

Mint Mint Chocolate Chocolate Chip – Read a book whose title includes at least one repeated word. 

Mixed Berry Smoothie – Read a book that combines two of your favorite genres (historical fiction AND mystery, for example).

Mojito – Read a book that relaxes you.

Orange Crush – Read a book by an author whose first AND last initial can be found in ORANGECRUSH.   Not Another Bad Date--Rachel Gibson

Orange Sherbet – Read a book set in a cold climate. 

Our Strawberry Blonde – Read a book with a blonde on the cover.

Peach – Read a book by an author whose first OR last initial is "P." 

Peach Bellini – Read a book whose cover is at least 50% orange.

Plum – Read a book whose title begins with "P" (ALL WORDS COUNT, including A, An and The).

Pomegranate – Read a book that a friend recommended to you. 

Pomegranate Cosmo – Read a book in which the first letter of EVERY WORD of the title can be found in POMEGRANATECOSMO (minimum three words; to use a letter more than once, it must appear more than once).

Red Apple – Read a book by one of your favorite authors.

Sizzling Cinnamon – Read a romance (any kind – romantic-suspense, paranormal romance, ‘pure’ romance, whatever).

Strawberry Cheesecake – Read a book whose cover is at least 50% white.

Strawberry Daiquiri – Read a book with snow and/or ice on the cover.

Strawberry Jam – Read a book whose cover is at least 50% red.

Sunkist Lemon – Read a book with the sun on the cover .

Sunkist Orange – Read a book with a grove of trees or a forest on the cover.

Toasted Marshmallow – Read a book of short stories. 

Top Banana – Read the book that is currently at the top of your TBR pile.

Tutti-Frutti– Read a book whose cover is at least three BRIGHT colors.

Watermelon – Read a book set in the summer.

Wild Blackberry – Read a book whose cover is at least 50% black. 

Friday, February 13, 2015

TV Ratings Diaries Still Exist

Remember those things called Rating Service Diaries which you would receive in the mail and in which you would write down what you watched on TV for a week?  If you thought these were a thing of the past, think again.

Last Wednesday, February 4, I received one of these in my mail to be started the following morning. I'd received and ignored a phone call sometime earlier about getting one of these things, but I still got it in the mail. I just couldn't ignore the the thing, since they sent four crisp new $1 bills with the diary, and the instructions said to send the dairy back at the end of the week, no matter how much TV was watched during the dairy period.

The last time I'd received one of these things was around 1999. As such I kind of began wondering if they'd been rendered obsolete in the digital age to be replaced a digital equivalent of some sort.  Obviously this has not been the case so far.  But somehow I haven't gotten a ratings diary for about 16 years now. I know I got more than one of these during the 1990s, but not one during the first two decades of the new millennium.  Thus it took some time getting back into the idea of recording what I watched for a week into a diary.

The dairy period began on February 5.  For some reason, "morning" began at 5 AM each day, "afternoon" at noon. "evening" at 5PM, and "late night" was 11PM till 4AM, the following day. Thus watching Access Hollywood and Early Today during the 4AM hour on February 5 did not count. In fact, these two programs were basically all that I watched during the ratings diary period (which ended on February 12).  Since I've been working a temp job that is swing shift (3:30PM to midnight) on weeknights, I wasn't home most of the time to watch TV. All I watched on the weekends while I was home was the local news as well the evening news on NBC. Saturday I watched two episodes of Saturday Night Live,  the vintage episode at 10PM (a repeat from October 1990, with Patrick Swayze as host and Mariah Carey as musical guest), as well as the show in its regular time slot, which was actually a repeat from December (with a Christmas theme).  Sunday was more news, Jeopardy, and a repeat of Burn Notice.  I don't have cable and only get two channels (literally). As a result, it felt awkward doing a ratings dairy with little to watch and little time to do it. But having accepted the $4 sent with the diary, I just couldn't toss the thing. And they wanted know what you watch, no matter how much you watch.  If I got more channels and more time to watch, the whole experience would have been more challenging.  I was just surprised to see this process is still being done, even though it's been forever since the last time I've done it.