Sunday, November 11, 2018

Reading Women Challenge 2019

This year was my first time doing this one, and I will be trying again next year, again completing as many of the categories as I can get to.

We've been fans of reading challenges for a while now and are quite excited to get to host our own. Reading challenges are a great way to read outside your comfort zone—and you get to do it with other bookish friends!
It officially begins January 1st, 2019 and ends December 31st, 2019.

Here’s the rundown: complete as many challenges as you can from the list below. If you have one book that covers two categories, feel free to count it for both. It's not a contest. Our goal is to encourage you to read widely (and fight the patriarchy, but that was probably a given), so just have fun with it! To help cheer you on, we’ll be hosting mini giveaways along the way. 
Be sure to share your progress, use the hashtag #ReadingWomenChallenge.

Need some recommendations? Scroll to the bottom of this page for a list of resources and join the Goodreads group.
My books for this one:

Friday, November 9, 2018

2019 POPSUGAR Reading Challenge

Been waiting for this one.  It's one of my favorites. I will attempt the advanced prompts as well as the regular ones.

Thursday, November 8, 2018

12 Books of Christmas Challenge '18

I will be participating in this one, getting as many winter-holiday-themed as I can. I always try to squeeze such books in to get into the festive spirit.

I don't know about y'all, but when Christmas time comes around, I always get the urge to dive into cheesy Christmas stories. With that in mind, I'm pleased to announce the second annual 12 Books of Christmas Challenge. I realize September seems early to be thinking about reading Christmas books, but the publishers are already sending out Christmas ARCs (Advance Reader Copy), and I know there are bloggers out there who schedule their reading two months in advance. If you still have the urge to throw your pumpkin spice latte at me for bringing up Christmas before we've even celebrated Halloween, might I suggest donating a few dollars to me through my PayPal link so at least one of us can enjoy the PSL. 

The Rules

This is supposed to be a fun, light-hearted challenge, so the rules will be minimal. 
  1. Tell everybody about the 12 Books of Christmas Challenge (#12BooksOfXmas). 
  2. Build a blog post or create a Goodreads shelf of the books you intend to read for the challenge (you can see mine here.) You can read outside your list, this is just a starting point. Then come back and add your name to the link-up. (Be sure to visit the other bloggers to see what they'll be reading.) Bloggers, please link back to this page so others can find the sign-up if they wish to join. 
  3. Reviews must be posted between November 22 and December 24. The review link-up will open on November 22th. Bookmark this page to add your reviews as you get them posted. 
  4. Any winter holiday themed books count (i.e.: Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa etc.) Check out the books we read and reviewed last year by clicking here.
  5. There are four achievement levels for this challenge, so read as few or as many books as you want. 
  6. Have fun!

My Books:

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Going Outside to Write

Even though I don't consider myself much of an outdoor person, I decided yesterday to try going outside to write. I took a walk to a local park surrounded by houses. Since it was a weekday and most kids were still in school, the park was mostly empty except for one woman and two small children. A resident across the street was washing her truck, with her dogs gathering around as she squirted the hose. And I spotted the mail truck parked by the park sidewalk at one point. 

I had been wanting to try something like this, having heard about it somewhere. I'm not sure exactly where I had heard about it, but here is an article I found on the subject (the  picture below is also from the link).

Since I use a desktop, I don't have to worry about the glare from a  screen while outside. I go, as the link says, the old-school way. I took a note book with me. That is always a good idea, even if you have a laptop. This will definitely cause less glare and will be easier to carry, depending on how far you have to walk.

I too sat at a park bench for most of the time I was there, changing benches once, then later sitting on the grass. Since the park wasn't busy, it was rather calming to be there, just sitting and trying to describe on paper all that I saw from the park. As I said, I had been wanting to try this at least once and felt yesterday as a good day. I'd felt less compelled to do so in the summertime because of the hot weather. Taking walks in the sinner is basically limited to around five or six PM when the weather starts to cool down. Now that it's getting darker earlier and less hot, taking walks must now be done before 4PM.

Overall, I'm glad to have tried this. 

Monday, November 5, 2018

2019 Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge

Doing this one once again. Will count the first book that begins with each letter.

The Alphabet Soup Challenge means that by December 31, 2019

your bowls must be filled by one book for each letter of the Alphabet.
You can drop the A’s and The’s from the book titles as shown below. 

The First Main Word Needs To Be
The Letter You Are Counting 

Except For those pesky Q, X, AND Z titles then the word that starts with the challenge letter can be anywhere in the title.


Sunday, November 4, 2018

The 2019 Cayl Reading Challenge

Found this one today. It's a new one and has monthly categories.

January: Read a nonfiction novel
February: Read one book that is over ten years old
March: Read a book that’s been on your bookshelf for over a year
April: Read a Classic
May: Read a new release (any book from 2018/2019)
June: Read the last book in a series or finish a series
July: Choice between a contemporary or love story book
August: Read a book you know nothing about or something out of your comfort zone
September: Read a children’s book
October: Read a “spooky” book, be it a thriller, horror, or supernatural
November: Read the favorite book of someone close to you
December: Read the book that you’ve desperately wanted to read

Fall Back

I have to agree. It always takes some adjusting to the time change, but I hate the fact that it gets dark so early now, actually around 5PM rather than 4. But still hate that. Once the time change hits, I inevitably find myself wanting to go to bed as early as 7PM. I almost never get out on Friday nights during this time because the early dark makes me too tired. 

How do you feel about the time change?

Saturday, November 3, 2018

Chapter Break Bingo – November 2018

Here is the new card for November.

Click on the card to download (or right click here and save-as).
My books:
  1. All Quiet on the Western Front--Erich Maria Remarque (5 squares): Library Book, Physical Book,  Made Into a Movie, Brown on the Cover, Mysterious Character
  2. Sitting Bull--Susan Bivin Aller (3 squares): Bad Boy Actually Good, Travel--Distance, Start Over/New Beginning
  3. A Cat is Better--Linda Joy Singleton (1 square): Pet
  4. Raspberry Danish Murder--Joanne Fluke (7 squares): In a Series, Detective, Feast, Baking/Cooking/Cookbook, Married Couple, Family Gathering, Sassy/Sarcastic Character
  5. When Dimple met Rishi--Sandhya Menon (3 squares); Free Space, Not in a Series, Sports/Ball
  6. Changeless--Gail Carriger (1 square): Magical Abilities
  7. Harbor Me--Jacqueline Woodson (1 square): Audiobook

Friday, November 2, 2018

Humor Reading Challenge 2019 (My Signup)

Signing up for the last of my challenges for next year.  Since I got to the highest level the first two years I've heard the challenge, I will try for that level again next year.

Choose a level from below.  You may go up a level, but not down.
Cartoonist: 1-5 books
Humor Columnist: 6-10 books 
Comedy Writer:  11-15 books
Stand Up Comedian: More than 15 books 

My Books:

Creativity Reading Challenge 2019 (My Signup)

Here is my signup for this one. I will get as many as I can.

This challenge is about reading books on creativity, art, crafts, writing, film making, photography, cosmetology, DIY, cooking, music and any other topic that helps you live a more creative life. 

My books for this one:

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Epistolary Reading Challenge 2019 (My Signup)

Since there are no levels on this one, I will get as many as I can for this one.

My books for this one:

Memoir Reading Challenge 2019 (My Signup)

I will get as many books as I can for this one, meeting the minimum of five.

My Books:
  1. _Mental Illness Memoir
  2. _Other Illness Memoir
  3. _Political Memoir
  4. _Food Memoir
  5. _Animal Memoir
  6. _Music Memoir
  7. _Travel Memoir
  8. _Written by a person of color
  9. _Written by a woman
  10. _Written by a person who identifies as LGBTQIA
  11. _Written by an actor or a comedian
  12. _Written by an author or journalist
  13. _Written by any other celebrity
  14. _Written by someone under 40
  15. _Written by someone over 40
  16. _Written by someone from a country different from your own
  17. _Memoir of high school or college events
  18. _One you find thought-provoking
  19. _Made into a movie
  20. _Graphic Novel memoir
  21. _Bestselling memoir
  22. _Humorous memoir
  23. _Fictional memoir
  24. _Published in 2019
  25. _Published in 2018 or earlier
  26. _Under 300 pages
  27. _One you want to re-read
  28. _Subject of your choice
  29. _Author of your choice
  30. _Free choice
  31. _Free choice
  32. _Free choice

Mental Health Reading Challenge 2019 (My Signup)

I will now begin signing up for my own reading challenges for next year. For this one, I will be reading as many books as I can.

My Books for this one:

The 2019 Ragdoll Reading Challenge (Regular Edition)

This is one of three editions of this challenge. RRCIMG
1. A funny book. Let’s start things off nice and easy. Something that will make you laugh or smile, to get you started.
2. A Family members favourite book. Ask your favourite family member for their favourite book – find out why it’s so great.
3. A book with a real city in the title. Pick a city, any city…any REAL city…Rome, Paris, Milton Keynes…find a book with the cities name in the title and read it ’til you it’s done (unless you picked Milton Keynes, then just read it until you’re sick of hearing about Milton Keynes!)
4. A book with NO ROMANCE. Specially for the valentines period – any book with NO ROMANCE in it (or as little as possible). While everyone else is getting their sappy on, we’ll be getting our anything else in the world on!
5. A book you wouldn’t normally read. Think of a genre you wouldn’t normally choose, and pick something from it. I recommend using Goodreadsto find something; if you search a genre they will have loads of lists of books recommended by users.
6. A ‘free’ book. If you’ve got a kindle, that’s a good place to start – lots of free books there. Or a library. Or borrow from a friend, family member or coworker. If you must steal one, don’t get me involved when you get caught!
7. A book you’ve been meaning to read. Got a book you’ve always wanted to read but never got around to it? This is your chance!!
8. A ‘classic’ book. “′Classic′ – a book which people praise and don’t read.” ― Mark Twain. Let’s fix this – find one, read it, see what all the fuss is about. You’ll love it. Goodreads has a massive list of ‘classic’ books if you’re not sure of what to pick; here.
9. A book or author with an alliterative name. Alliteration – where you use the same sounds in quick succession, like this, Peter Pan (book), Daniel Defoe (Author), Ragdoll Reads (Hoopy blog)
10. A translated book. Read a book that wasn’t written in English (or your first language). This is sometimes a bit tricky but usually really rewarding. Again, Goodreads is your friend for finding something for this category.
11. A book with a terrible cover. You know the type – you look at it and think ‘Now why on EARTH would I buy that?!” Maybe it’s boring, or cheesy, or just outright silly – but the book could be great – well guess whose gonna find out!
12. A ‘Random Number’ book. Roll a 6 sided die, then look for a book with that number in the title. I.E. Roll die, get a 3 – read Three Men in a Boat (Jerome K. Jerome).
13. A book set in another country or culture. I’m going to say some rules here that you can choose to follow. 1. If you’re in England don’t pick America (and vice versa). 2. Alien / fantasy worlds don’t count. For some people this will be really easy, for others it’s a chance to broaden your reading horizons.
14. A memorable book. Most people have at least one book they remember reading that made them love books. At the very least, a book they remember really enjoying. Think of the book that got you hooked, and go read it again!
15. A book whose author shares your initials. Probably easier to just do your first and last initial. Your name is John Voltaire? Read Jules Verne! Molly Anderson? Read Margaret Atwood! Lawrence ‘Murderball’ Armstrong? Read Louisa May Alcott! You get the idea…
16. A book over 500 pages. Any book, any genre, 500+ pages – what could be simpler?
17. A book with a strong female lead. Strong as in well written, not necessarily physically strong. Female leads who get stuff DONE, kick some butt, or are just super cool!
18. A book that takes place at sea. Doesn’t have to all  happen at sea, but it should be a key theme.
19. A book set in the past. Go as far back as you like; historical fiction, fantasy; historical non-fiction – get your history on!
20. A book everyone else seems to love. We’ve all got books like this. Everybody raves about them, but for some reason you never picked up the book and found out why. Maybe it was over-hyped, or it just didn’t grab you. Maybe you were reading something else and by the time you finished, everyone had stopped going on about it. Time to find out what the big deal was!
21. A spooky book. Must be getting near Halloween, right? Read something a bit spooky, or supernatural, gruesome, or outright scary! Maybe a horror novel, or a book involving skeletons…
22. A book by a P.O.C. or LGBTQIA+ author. Double points if it has a related theme. If we are being honest, most of us have a real lack of diversity in our libraries – time to fix that problem. 
23. A book you’ve never heard of. We’ve all been in a bookshop (or amazon, or wherever), and seen a book we’ve never heard of. We’ve never heard it mentioned or reviewed…we don’t even recognise the author! Let’s take the plunge – who knows what we might be missing!
24. A ‘Top 10 of 2019’ book. It’s the end of the year, everyone’s been rating books for 12 months, there’s going to be a million ‘Top 10’ book lists for every genre known to man. Pick a genre, find a list, pick a book from the ‘Top 10’ and read it. May as well try and end the year on a high!
WILDCARD!! 2 more books from any of the categories. OR. My favourite book, Les Misérables by Victor Hugo (abridged is you must). Pick one of the above options. Fairly self-explanatory. Les Misérables my most favourite book – the story is so beautiful. It is heavy going at times and super long, but well worth the read. Let me know which you go for!

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Pictures From Today

Here are some photos from our work party.

Happy Halloween!

Today is the party at work. I made my acorn cookies yesterday afternoon. There will be bingo game with prizes and other games as well. Will be posting pictures later today.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Been Going to a Local Writing Lab

Some news I want to share--there is a writing lab on Wednesday nights at the arts center in my town. I've been going since the beginning of the month. We won't be meeting this week, since tomorrow is Halloween, but I plan to go whenever I can as the first three meetings I have attended (along with two other girls from work who are also writing books), have been fun and Have enjoyed meeting the others who attend. Last week, the group critiques the first ten pages of my book You Can't Hide From the Teeth. Various opinions came from each of the members. We also have writing exercises in the class which is an hour-and-a-half long. So far it's been fun and I'm glad to have found it. 

BTW, the critique group I found on is closing down since the organizer stepped down. I never got a chance to go to this one, as it was at a bad time for me. But now that I've found something closer, I'm not going to be sad about not getting to the other group. 

Monday, October 29, 2018

Color Coded Reading Challenge 2019

I have loved doing this one and will be in again. 

Here are the rules:

~Challenge runs from January 1 through December 31, 2019 and any book read after January 1 may count regardless of when you sign up. Sign-ups accepted until November 1, 2019.

~Read nine books in the following categories:

1. A book with "Blue" or any shade of Blue (Turquoise, Aquamarine, Navy, etc.) in the title/on the cover.

2. A book with "Red" or any shade of Red (Scarlet, Crimson, Burgandy, etc.) in the title/on the cover.

3. A book with "Yellow" or any shade of Yellow (Gold, Lemon, Maize, etc.) in the title/on the cover.

4. A book with "Green" or any shade of Green (Emerald, Lime, Jade, etc.) in the title/on the cover.

5. A book with  "Brown" or any shade of Brown (Tan, Beige, Sand, etc.) in the title/on the cover.

6. A book with "Black" or any shade of Black (Jet, Ebony, Charcoal, etc.) in the title/on the cover.

7. A book with "White" or any shade of White (Ivory, Eggshell, Cream, etc.) in the title/on the cover.

8. A book with any other color in the title/on the cover (Purple, Orange, Silver, Magenta, Pink, etc.).

9. A book with a word that implies color in the title/on the cover (Rainbow, Polka-dot, Plaid, Shadow, Paint, Ink, etc.).

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Monthly Key Word Challenge 2019

This is once again at My Reader's Block.

*The object is to read one book each month--ideally during that month. However, I know that life can get in the way and some folks may not see this challenge until a couple (or several) months have gone by. So, if you get behind or if you sign up later in 2019, you are welcome to post any catch-up reads while the most current month's linky is open. Just be sure to identify your post appropriately. For instance, if posting January's key word (at any time): Bev (Why Didn't They Ask Evans?) January.

*However, our time machine only works one way--to the past. Please do not read ahead and post books for future key words until that month's linky is up or later.

*Key words may be tweaked. If the key word is dance, you may use dancing or danced. You may also be more creative and use "tango" or "ballet" or "waltz."

My Books:


Zombie Night

Last night a Zombie Crawl took place, put on by the local arts commission. The local karaoke bar was an it the zombies's stops, and here are some pictures (too many good ones to choose from!)

And there was a costume contest at 11:30. I was third place! Here I am with the first-place winner, a man-eating zombie and below is the second-place winner, a baseball girl:

Saturday, October 27, 2018

More Neighborhood Haunts and Some Art

I took these pictures while on a walk this afternoon:

 And here was the project for our art class on Wednesday, a witch hat Halloween wreath. The client who had the idea got it from a Youtube video.