Wednesday, August 31, 2022

September Eve


Can you believe it? Just going by too fast. 

I hope not to see this so soon, since most stores are just barely getting the Halloween stuff out. None yet as far as I have seen. Some stores aren't done getting out the Halloween, but one never knows about holiday items in stores these days.

I certainly won't be thinking about Christmas this weekend. And I won't be going anywhere to avoid the holiday crowds. But also...

Well, it's not quite fall yet, but the above is predicted for the holiday weekend. Actually predicted to be in the 100s. Ouch! The last time it was this hot on Labor Day weekend, the electricity went out in my area. Since I could not turn on the fan, I was really sweating! Just hope the electricity doesn't go out this time if the weather is as hot as predicted.

Sunday, August 28, 2022

BCB Fall Reading Challenge 2022

 Another found via Storygraph and one more for fall.

Starts: Thursday, 01 September 2022

Ends: Wednesday, 30 November 2022

Challenge prompts

1. Features found family: Apples Never Fall--Liane Moriarty

2. An Indigenous AuthorThe Night Watchman--Louise Erdrich

3. Trilogy Book 1: The Kiss Quotient--Helen Hoang

4. Trilogy Book 2: The Bride Test--Helen Hoang

6. Stairs on the cover: Peril in Paperback--Kate Carlisle

7. A Choose Your Own Adventure book: Unicorn Princess--Shannon Gilligan

8. An Indie Author: First Trip--Cheryl Taylor

9. A book that scares youCity on Fire--Garth Risk Hallberg

This could be content, page number or genre in general. Horror books, huge page counts, or maybe a genre that is intimidating to you. This is open to your interpretation. 

10. Takes place during October: Halloween Fraidy Cat--Abby Klein

This book doesn't have to exclusively take place in October but that majority of the book should. 

Back to school themes, Halloween, Fall type books will work best.

11. A title with a color in itThe Story of Blue-Beard--Charles Perrault

I taught preschool for five years. I'm not going to waste my time teaching ADULTS what colors are lol 

12. A Non-Fiction bookRemember the Ladies--Cheryl Harness

NOT A MEMOIR! EXPAND YOUR HORIZONS. LEARN ABOUT RACE! LEARN ABOUT HISTORY! Any non fic will work as long as it is not a memoir or biography. 

14. MC is a teacher or professor: Lit--Mary Karr

Back to school vibes, this means the teacher or professor should be teaching in a school/university. 

No coaches, fitness trainers, etc.

15. A cover that matches your birth stone: Ruby--Erica Varela (Weird, because my birthstone is garnet)


16. MC has a flower nameLayover--Amy Alderson & Emily Meyer (one of the MCs is named Poppy)

Daisy, Iris, Rose, Violet, Poppy....there's so many! If you're unsure if it is a flower name, please google it! Spelling doesn't matter, nicknames are fine too. If their name is Rosie that works. 

NOT nature names, Forest, River, Rain/Rayne those don't count.

17. Cat on the coverDeath Overdue--Allison Brooke


18. MC is paranormal: The Last Kids on Earth--Max Brallier

Ghosts, vampires, shape shifters....OH MY! 

The paranormal definition is pretty vague. Anything beyond scientific explanation. Think legendary creatures, mythical creatures and CRYPTIDS! 

19. Read your book while you eat lunch: Maigret and the Headless Corpse--Georges Simenon

20. A title that begins with W: Where To, Little Wombat?--Charles Fuge

21. A title that begins with IIt Happened One Autumn--Lisa Kleypas

22. A title that begins with T: Three Stations--Martin Cruz Smith

23. A title that begins with C: Conversations With Friends--Sally Rooney

24. A title that begins with HThe Hating Game--Sally Thorne

25. A title that uses ALL the letters in your first name: Jemima J--Jane Green

It just needs to use all the letters in your name- does not have to be in order!! 

Challenge completed on November 20

Wednesday, August 17, 2022

Black Cat Appreciation Day

 Today this came up on my Facebook memories:

And today I learned this:

Never knew about this until now.

Sunday, August 7, 2022

Lost in a Maze Fall 2022 Reading Challenge

 This one is on Storygraph. I have not joined that app, but am still going to participate in this.

Starts: Thursday, 01 September 2022

Ends: Wednesday, 30 November 2022

Challenge prompts

1. Published Sept/Oct/Nov: The Last Kids on Earth--Max Brallier (published in October 2015)

3. Frenemies or Enemies to Lovers: The Hating Game--Sally Thorne

4. Coffee or Tea Shop: Devonshire Scream--Laura Childs

5. Into the woods: Hansel & Gretel--James Marshall

6. Banned Book: Native Son--Richard Wright

7. Fairy or Folk Tale: Rumpelstiltskin--Paul Galdone

10. Related to Halloween: Halloween Fraidy Cat--Abby Klein

11. Orange or Cream Cover: Felix Ever After--Kacen Callender

12. Group Read/Free Space: Finding Me--Viola Davis

Challenge completed on October 6