Saturday, November 30, 2019

Did Some Shopping Yesterday

I always say I won't go to any stores on the Friday after Thanksgiving. Well, certainly not to fight crowds at 3AM over a flatscreen TV (have one already). And I certainly won't be lining up around the parking lot at Kmart or Target on Thanksgiving night. But I will sometimes go to the stores later in the day, when crowds start to thin down. And I did just that yesterday, around 1PM. 

Shot of Kmart in Hollister, California, set to close
in February 2020


I just had to see what Kmart was like yesterday, what with it about to close by February. On other days in recent years, the parking lot at the Big K has been mostly empty as has the inside of the store itself. And they often only have one or two registers open. But yesterday, with Christmas on its way, several registers were opened and many people were waiting. And the parking lot was fuller than usual. I could not believe myself when I chose to get something at Kmart yesterday, but I wanted to get what I got (something for the gift exchange at work next month) before it ran out.Even though they were a lot of people, the store was hardly mobbed. The store has been pretty bare-boned since they announced the closing. And everything is discounted in some way. I'm not sure how many more things I'm going to buy at Kmart before it closes. It's been around since 1990. Target came to Hollister about four years later. How many of you still have Kmart in your neighborhood? 

I decided not to try yo go Target, but passed by their parking lot and it was packed.

And they I went to the Goodwill to see what they had on the sale day, known as Blue Friday. I got a pair of leggings 20% off. Again, there was a long line of customers, but the store was hardly mobbed. I'd expected to see the clothing racks almost empty with clothing dropped on the floors, something I had seen last year on this day. But this year, the racks were still pretty full and no clothes were on the ground. 

If I want to get out on the dreaded Friday after Christmas, this is how I will do it. Even though Kmart will be gone next year....

The 2020 Book Bingo Reading Challenge

This a new one at this blog. Bingo ones are always fun.




























The 2020 book bingo reading challenge


The 2020 book bingo reading challenge prompts
Here is what I am reading:
  1. Genre You Usually Don't Read: Girl, Stop Apologizing--Rachel Hollis
  2. Written by a WOC: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings--Maya Angelou
  3. Cult Classic: Cranford--Elizabeth Gaskell
  4. In the Backdrop of War: Black Dove, White Raven--Elizabeth Wein
  5. Book About Books: Murder Under Cover--Kate Carlisle
  6. By an Author From a Country You Want to Visit: An Appetite for Violets--Martine Bailey
  7. Ye Old Gods: The House of the Spirits--Isabel Allende
  8. About the Woman: Colonize This!--Daisy Hernandez and Bushra Rehman
  9. Dystopian World: Dorothy Must Die--Danielle Paige 
  10. About Our Furry Friends: Stud Rites--Susan Conant
  11. In Support of Indie Authors: Good Visions Make Good Cases--Kelly Hathaway
  12. Judged by the Cover: Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons--Lorna Landvik
  13. About Food: Around the World in 80 Dinners--Cheryl Alters Jamison
  14. Movie Adaptation: Soul Surfer--Bethany Hamilton

Spacetime Reading Challenge 2020

Going to do this one again, getting as many books as I can of next year.

spacetime reads

How the SpaceTime Reading Challenge works

You choose your book, from any part of the science fiction genre universe – hard scifi, military, scifi romance, space opera, first contact, time travel, whatever.  It’s up to you.  You add the book to your list of books read, with a review, as short or long as you like.  Make your own rules about ‘only Hugo winners’, or ‘only space opera’…  as you wish.
  • You can read any book that is from the science fiction/time-travel genres. Any sub-genres are welcome as long as they incorporate one of these genres.
  • You don’t need a blog to participate but you do need a place to post your reviews (even one-liners) to link up. (blog, Goodreads, booklikes, LibraryThing, etc.)
  • Make a goal post and link it back here with your goal for this challenge.
  • Books need to be novellas or novels, please no short stories,  although anthologies count if they meet the page guideline. (At least 100 pages +)
  • Crossovers into other challenges are fine.
  • The Challenge will  be from Jan. 1st to Dec. 31st.  Sign-up closes 30th November 2020.
My Books:

Book Challenge by Erin 12.0


  The challenge will run from JANUARY 1, 2020 to APRIL, 2020. No books that are started before 12 a.m. on January 1 or finished after 11:59 p.m. on April 30 will count. (We live in different time zones follow this according to your own time zone.)




Categories:
  
5 points: Freebie Read a book that is at least 200 pages: 
The Snow Bride--Debbie Macomber  

10 points: Read a book that starts with “I”: 
I'm a Gay Wizard--V.S. Santoni
  
10 points: Read a book written by two or more authors:
Bad Boys With Expensive Toys--Nancy Warren/MaryJanice Davidson/Karen Kelley  

15 points: Read a book with a picture of a tree (or forest) on the cover:
Game Over--Fern Michaels  

20 points: Read a book with one of the following words in the title: who,
what, when, where, why:
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings--Maya Angelou
  20 points: (selected by Vinay) Read a book set in Africa
o it can be set in more than one country, but an African country needs to be the prominent one:
The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency--Alexander McCall Smith

  25 points: (selected by Darlene) As a nod to our female family members, read a book that has one of the words in the title: mother(s), sister(s), wife/wives, grandmother (or variation of), daughter(s), niece(s), aunt(s):
I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter--Erika L. Sanchez 

30 points: (selected by Deborah) Read a book that has won an Edgar award:
California Girl--T. Jefferson Parker

30 points: (selected by Debdatta) – Read a “locked room mystery” book:
35 points: Read a book from the lists given in Show Us Your Books faves from 2018 (because they haven’t posted 2019 faves yet.):
Daisy Jones & the Six--Taylor Jenkins Reid


Challenge completed on January 27


Wednesday, November 27, 2019

While I Was Reading 2020 Categories

This this the third year for this one.


2020 While I Was Reading Challenge Categories

  1.  A book with an emotion in the title
  2.  A young adult novel: Wayward Son--Rainbow Rowell
  3.  A book translated from another language
  4.  A book that’s centered around a holiday
  5.  A novel based on a true story
  6.  A book with song lyrics in the title
  7.  A book that’s been on your shelf for more than a year: Bad Boys With Expensive Toys--Nancy Warren/MaryJanice Davidson/Karen Kelley
  8.  A book with a non-human narrator
  9.  A book with a month in the title
  10.  A book you heard about on TV/Radio/a podcast 
  11.  A book set in the state you live in: California Girl--T. Jefferson Parker
  12.  A romance novel

Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge 2020

Doing this one again, getting as many as I can next year (still working on this year).



Reading Challenge Details:

  • Runs January 1, 2020 – December 31, 2020 (books read prior to 1/1/2020 do not count towards the challenge). You can join anytime you want, though the sign up linky will close Nov. 15, 2020. 
  • The goal is to read as many Contemporary Romance books as you’d like. See the different levels below and pick the one that works best for you. You can move up a level as often as you’d like but no moving down. Remember, the idea is to challenge yourself.
  • Books that qualify for this challenge can be young adult, new adult, or adult. Books can be any kind of pairing as long as there is a strong romance. Books must be a work of fiction (sorry, nonfiction does not qualify for this challenge).
  • Romances with the following elements do not qualify for this reading challenge: paranormal, historical, time-travel, fantasy, science fiction, or mystery/suspense/thriller.
  • Books can be any format (print, ebook, audio).
  • Novellas that are 100 pages in length (give or take), as well as full-length novels, will count for this reading challenge.
  • Re-reads and crossovers from other reading challenges are allowed.
  • Use the hashtag #ContRom2020 when posting your reviews/updates/re-caps/monthly topics on social media.
  • To join this challenge, grab the 2020 Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge button above and post this reading challenge on your blog to track your progress. Please include a link back to this sign-up post so others can join the reading challenge too. This will be your “update post” when doing the monthly link up.
  • You do not have to be a book blogger to participate; you can track your progress on Goodreads, LibraryThing, BookLikes, etc., so as long as you have a dedicated shelf for the 2020 Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge (your designated “update post” for the monthly link up) and your profile is not private. The point of linking up is to have a place where people can see what you’re reading.

Levels:

  • 1st Base: read 1 – 5 books
  • 2nd Base: read 6 – 10 books
  • 3rd Base: read 11 – 15 books
  • Home Run: read 16 – 20 books
  • Grand Slam: read 21+ books
My Books:

Monday, November 25, 2019

2020 Newbery Reading Challenge

I'm doing this one again, and will try for the first level.

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Welcome to another year of the Newbery Reading Challenge! Newbery and Caldecott books are fun to read - whether it's our first time experiencing them, or we're revisiting them from our childhood. If you want to challenge yourself to read more Newbery and Caldecott books this year, then you have found the right place!

Here are the rules:
Each book you read is worth points. You get:
  • 3 points for a Newbery Medal Winner
  • 2 points for a Newbery Honor Book
  • 1 point for a Caldecott Book (Both Medal winners and Honor books are worth a point.)

In addition to that, you pick a level to aim for:
  • L'Engle: 15 - 29 points
  • Spinelli: 30 - 44 points
  • Avi: 45 - 59 points
  • Lowry: 60 - 74 points
  • Konigsburg: 75+ points

You can get to this level with any combination of points you want. You can read all Newbery Medal winners. You can throw in a few Honor Books. If you want, you can even read 75 Caldecott Medal winners! How you get to your point level is totally up to you.

Also, anywhere in the point range for your level counts as completing that level. So for example, if you signed up for the Avi level and read 46 points' worth of books, then you have completed that level!

List of Newbery Medal Winners & Honor Books
List of Caldecott Medal Winners & Honor Books



My Books:

Sunday, November 24, 2019

2020 What An Animal Reading Challenge

Doing this one again. Going to read as many books as I can.




1. Any book read for this challenge has to have an animal that plays a major role in the book (which could be fiction or non-fiction.) It also counts if a main character is (or turns into) an animal (define that however you'd like). In the past, books would qualify if an animal is in the title or on the cover, but that alone no longer qualifies. This challenge is for books related to animals and just because they are in the title or on the cover, doesn't mean it's about an animal. 

These are the levels.

Level 1 - Read 6 books

Level 2 - Read 7-12

Level 3 - Read 13-20 

Level 4 - Read 21 or more


My Books:

  1. White Fang--Jack London
  2. The Call of the Wild--Jack London
  3. Stud Rites--Susan Conant
  4. Mi Gato, Mi Perro--Katrina Streza

2020 Craving For Cozies Reading Challenge

Will be doing this challenge for cozy mysteries, getting as many as possible.

Cozy mysteries, also referred to simply as “cozies”, are a sub-genre of crime fiction mysteries in which sex and violence are downplayed or treated humorously, and the crime and detection take place in a small, socially intimate community. The crime-solver is an amateur sleuth, usually but not always a woman, who is thrust into the aftermath of the murder. The protagonist frequently has an occupation or hobby that brings appealing information to the reader.
The challenge runs from January 1, 2020, and ends December 31, 2020.
Levels
  • Peckish – 1 – 25 Cozy Mysteries 
  • Famished – 26 – 51 Cozy Mysteries
  • Yearning – 51 – 75 Cozy Mysteries
  • Starving  – 76 – 100 Cozy Mysteries
  • Ravenous – 101 – 125 Cozy Mysteries
  • Voracious – 126 – 150 Cozy Mysteries 
  • Overindulged – 151 – 200 Cozy Mysteries
  • Pigged Out – 201 or more Cozy Mysteries
My Books:

Trying Not to Think About Christmas...

... and yet I have no clue what to do for Thanksgiving, which is only four days away. Although it has not been a big holiday in my family in recent years. It's been quite different each year. I'll have to see what comes this year.





But even as I am trying not to think too much about Christmas yet, I cannot escape the reminders already in stores. Some stores are already playing Christmas music already. In fact, Kmart has been playing nothing but holiday tunes. 

On a side note, the Kmart in my home town will be closing by next February. Our store has escaped the closing list for several years, but was unable to escape closure any longer. I have been amazed just how long the store lasted. I have been looking for stuff on sale at Kmart before it goes away. Just glad it will be around for the upcoming holiday. 

And Kmart, like most other stores in town, has been sticked with Christmas since before the end of October, perhaps even since September. One just can't escape this.

But even as I try not to get ahead for Christmas, I did already get the idea for art at work in December. The craft I chose for then is a waterless snow globe. I needed to decide how to do it for class. Several different instructions can be found online, but I needed to pick one to use, though I actually came up with a way to make the globes that wasn't in any of the instructions. I needed to experiment at home, so I had to get some Christmas decorations and fake snow to practice with. (More on this craft to come. It will be done the first week of December.)

I have also been trying to avoid Christmas music at home until after this Thursday. If hearing it at the store is inevitable, then the least I can do avoid it in on my own. And I have vowed not to decorate for Christmas until this coming Friday at the earliest. And definitely no shopping this coming Friday, let alone Thursday evening.


Saturday, November 23, 2019

2020 Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge

Doing this once again, and as always, I will count the first book I read that begins with each letter.

JUST FOR FUN!

This is my favorite Challenge! 

The Alphabet Soup Challenge means that by December 31, 2020
your bowls must be filled by one book for each letter of the Alphabet.
Each Letter Counts As 1 Spoonful
Details
This challenge will run from January 1st, 2020 until December 31st, 2020.
You can join anytime. You do not have to post a review of the book. Books can come from any genre.
You do not need to link up each spoonful.
Make a page or a post or a GoodReads shelf where you will keep track of your spoonfuls. I keep track of mine on my Challenge Page
Crossovers to other challenges are allowed and encouraged! 
It’s an alphabet challenge!!! The challenge is to read one book that has a title starting with every 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.




My Books:

A And Then There Were None--Agatha Christie
Bad Boys With Expensive Toys--Nancy Warren/MaryJanice Davidson/Karen Kelley
California Girl--T. Jefferson Parker
Daisy Jones & the Six--Taylor Jenkins Reid
Firegirl--Tony Abbott
Girl, Stop Apologizing--Rachel Hollis
The House of the Spirits--Isabel Allende
I  I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter--Erika L. Sanchez
J
K Kiss and Tell--Fern Michaels
Lysistrata--Aristophanes
Murder à la Mode--G.A. McKevett
N The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency--Alexander McCall Smith
Ordinary Girls--Jaquira Diaz
Pop--Gordon Korman
Q A Queer and Pleasant Danger--Kate Bornstein
R Rose: Poems--Li-Young Lee
The Snow Bride--Debbie Macomber
Taking It All--Maya Banks

V
W  Wayward Son--Rainbow Rowell
X  XYZ Factor--Nancy Lublin & Alyssa Ruderman

Z


The 20 in 20 Challenge! #Read20in2020

Going to try this new one. Click here.























Below are twenty categories (or prompts, if you want to call them that). The challenge is to read 10 fiction and 10 non fiction books. Thus reading 20 books in 2020!
  • You can choose to read a fiction and a non fiction for the same category if you want, but not more than one fiction and one non-fiction for any category.
  • You can read one book each prompt and do all the twenty categories too. Up to you! I only ask that the books be over 100 pages.
  • You can read 2 each month and finish at the end of the year, or read 1 each week and finish by May. That’s totally your call. (Even 1 per day is okay, but that’ll be some feat!)
  • You can track your progress in any way you feel comfortable. I’m not likely to be behind you saying “You’ve not read! You’ve not read!” (It might happen though! No promises)
  • If you review a book you’ve read for this challenge on your blog, Goodreads or Instagram, feel free to come to this page and comment. I’ll come read it for sure. And maybe, just maybe, others might too. 

The categories are: 
  1. A crime fiction or a true crime book
  2. A book set in the country where you are currently residing: Hollywood Remembered--Paul Zollo (NF)
  3. A book with a (mostly) white color cover: My Fair Lazy--Jen Lancaster (NF)
  4. A book with day/night in the title
  5. An LGBTQ related book: Wayward Son--Rainbow Rowell (F)
  6. A book originally published in the 1990s
  7. A book about mental health/dealing with mental illness: My Lovely Wife in the Psych Ward--Mark Lukach (NF)
  8. A humor book: Girl, Stop Apologizing--Rachel Hollis (NF)
  9. A book from an author you chose for another category in this challenge
  10. A book with 11 letters/characters in the title (excluding spaces): Kiss and Tell--Fern Michaels (F)
  11. An epistolary book: Daisy Jones & the Six--Taylor Jenkins Reid (F)
  12. A book with a calendar month in the the title
  13. A book you read in your childhood days
  14. A book translated into English from another language
  15. A book with more than 500 pages: The Stand--Stephen King (F)
  16. A book that has something to do with sports: Pop--Gordon Korman (F)
  17. An illustrated book
  18. A wartime book: Black Dove, White Raven--Elizabeth Wein (F)
  19. A book that has won the Sahitya Akademi Award for English
  20. A book earlier reviewed by me (list of books sorted by title under the Books menu, or by popular genres under the Genres menu)

Reading Women Challenge 2020

Here is the challenge for 2020. I will read as many books as possible.







My Books:

  1. Frequently Recommended to You: Daisy Jones & the Six--Taylor Jenkins Reid
  2. Picture Book by a BIPOC Author: The Day You Begin--Jacqueline Woodson
  3. Anthology With Multiple Authors: Bad Boys With Expensive Toys--Nancy Warren/MaryJanice Davidson/Karen Kelley
  4. Author From the Caribbean: Ordinary Girls--Jaquira Diaz
  5. Feel-Good/Happy Book: Pretty in Plaid--Jen Lancaster
  6. Under 100 Pages: Piper Morgan Plans a Party--Stephanie Faris
  7. Biography: Rise of the Rocket Girls--Nathalia Holt
  8. Inspired by Folklore: Dorothy Must Die--Danielle Paige 
  9. About Food: Around the World in 80 Dinners--Cheryl Alters Jamison
  10. LGBTQ+ Author: A Queer and Pleasant Danger--Kate Bernstein
  11. Arab Woman: If You Could Be Mine--Sara Farizan
  12. Movie Adaptation: Soul Surfer--Bethany Hamilton


BONUS:



Thursday, November 21, 2019

2020 DIVERSITY READING CHALLENGE

Doing this again.Will do all 12 months, and as many LGBT+ books for the summer as I can get.


For those who want to challenge themselves even more, each month has a theme to read towards.  These themes will help you tackle the different kinds of diversity.  On occasion we’ve given multiple themes in a month to give readers options (ie I had a lot of great choices, and I couldn’t decide).

JANUARY – diverse folktales/culture/mythology; or diverse retelling; or non-western setting:
The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency--Alexander McCall Smith

FEBRUARY – poc: Black/African American:
Infants of the Spring--Wallace Thurman



MARCH – #ownvoices; or gender: female authors in male-dominated genres/non-fiction:
Rise of the Rocket Girls--Nathalia Holt







JUNE – LGBT+ pride summer: sexuality and gender identity

JULY – LGBT+ pride summer: sexuality and gender identity

AUGUST – mental health/addiction

SEPTEMBER – poc: hispanic/latinx

OCTOBER – physical/sensory/cognitive/intellectual/developmental disabilities

NOVEMBER – poc: Native American

DECEMBER – religious minorities





There’s sort of an extra level to the LGBT+ pride summer in June and July — aim to check off as many letters in LGBTQQIA (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex and asexual) as possible!




Tuesday, November 19, 2019

#LETSREADINDIE 2020 READING CHALLENGE

Going to try this one again.


Welcome to the #LetsReadIndie 2020 Reading Challenge! 
Guidelines 
  • The Challenge begins January 1, 2020 – December 31, 2020
  • All Books read for this challenge MUST BE INDIE. This means self-published or small publishing housing. It is up to you how you want to interpret this challenge.
  • All genres count and re-reading and crossovers are encouraged!
  • Books can be any length and can be any format.



My Books: 

  1. I'm a Gay Wizard--V.S. Santoni
  2. Imaginary Animal--Rachelle Linda Escamilla
  3. Good Visions Make Good Cases--Kelly Hashway