Book Challenge by Erin 18.0 – Categories
Book Challenge by Erin 18.0 – Categories
Now that I have a smart TV, I have discovered the joy of watching Christmas/holiday movies whenever I want, on Hulu. It has been fun so far.
Even though I try to avoid Christmas stuff before Thanksgiving, I did watch two such movies in the days before that day, including one on Thanksgiving Eve, after stumbling on to several I had not previously know about. One was a three-movie series from Lifetime that I found last Saturday. I liked this one so much that I could not wait to see the others in the series, and now I do not have to wait for such a thing. This was the closest I have come to binge-watching as of yet, as I have rarely ever watched more than one movie on the same night. I watched yet another Christmas movie this afternoon, one from BET+.
I do not yet know haw many more of these movies I will be watching this season. It's not even December yet. And I don't know if I will watch more than one on the same day and/or night. But getting to watch TV this way has been fun, even though I do not watch TV much.
The three-movie series I watched last Saturday is the "Merry Liddle Christmas" movie series. It's a very fun series of movies and worth checking out, if you're looking for something new and different to watch this holiday season.
Will be taking part in this one for for the second time.
Dong this one again.
Even though I avoided going out to stores early on Friday morning, I got a little brave to go out lateral after lunch. I was sure the crowds would have thinned down by then. Only few parking spaces left in the new shopping center but the stores were not too crowded. I saw that Boot Barn and TJ Maxx had both opened early that morning, according to the holidays hours posted on the glass doors. Don't remember about Ross, though, and didn't go to Famous Footwear or Ulta Beauty that day. And I did not bother trying to go to Target then, but did go today to get toilet paper.
In honor of Small Business Saturday, I chose to visit a local shop that was giving drawings for different discounts. I found a fridge magnet that I got for 20% off. The shop has been open for a while, but I have never been inside until yesterday. The store carries home decor, gifts and food.
Now I've already begun looking for Cyber Monday deals. Not sure if I'm going to get anything.
The Land of Whatever blog posted the following music video today:
In case you have forgotten, it is today. It's now nearly 8AM in California, and as in the past, I have avoided the idea of shopping on this date. Well, maybe not completely. Three years ago on my blog, I wrote that I did go to Kmart later in the day after the crowds had thinned out (this was in 2019; Kmart closed in early 2020, before the start of the pandemic). Going after the crowds have thinned down is something I may do today. Having stayed home all day yesterday, I am feeling a need a need to get out, probably to get to the Goodwill Blue Friday sale this afternoon.
Several new stores have recently opened in my town, including Ross, TJ Maxx, Boot Barn, Famous Footwear, and Ulta Beauty. I don't know if any of them opened early today, but I can guess that TJ Maxx didn't open at 3AM. They are owned by the same company as Home Goods, where I used to work, and we never opened early on the day after Thanksgiving. I usually had that day off. And I now wondering how Target was today.
Something else I noted the blog post linked above:
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). ...
Well, two weeks ago, I did get a new flat screen TV, my first-ever smart TV. On Veterans' Day, after a dentist appointment, my mom and I each went to Best Buy to look for new TVs, to get with our California Middle Class Refund debit cards. I was glad to have gotten them then, because I fear that today they would have all been sold out by 3AM. So far I have watched some Christmas movies, though I always try to avoid Christmas stuff before Thanksgiving (but enough on that for now) as well as The Bob's Burgers movie.
Again, I am hesitant about shopping today, but if I choose to, it will be later in the day. And since I have a desire to get out, I may just go have lunch at McDonald's or Subway or something. Decisions to be made....
Joining this one again.
There are no strict rules to the challenge. Pledge to read as many or as few nature-themed books as you would like, just one qualifies for the challenge. The titles you choose can be either fiction or non-fiction they just have to have nature, climate or environment as an issue or theme. Share your reading via comments on Gumtrees and Galaxies, links are welcome and encouraged.
The challenge will officially start on the 1st of January 2023 and run until the 31st of December 2023. You can sign up now via the comments on this post. It is optional if you want to pledge to read particular titles but I would love to know what others are reading.
Another seasonal challenge at Beyond the Bookends. Thought it says winter 2023, it starts on December 1 and runs until February 28.
Another I have been doing is now up.
You can select, read and review a book from the categories listed below during the year for a total of up to 12 books; OR select, read and review any nonfiction book. A book may be in print, electronic or audio format.
Nonfiction Nipper: Read & review 3 books, from any 3 listed categories
Nonfiction Nibbler: Read & review 6 books, from any 6 listed categories
Nonfiction Nosher: Read & review 12 books, one for each category
Nonfiction Grazer: Read & review any nonfiction book. Set your own goal
Another favorite is now up.
1. Book with a subtitle:
2. Featuring an inheritance:
3. Title starting with the letter "G": The Green Ember--S.D. Smith
4. Title starting with the letter "H": Her Body and Other Parties--Carmen Maria Machado
5. Title starting with the letter "I": I Kissed Shara Wheeler--Casey McQuiston
6. Under 200 pages: Ellen Foster--Kaye Gibbons
7. A city or country name in the title: Midnight in Chernobyl--Adam Higginbotham
8. Dystopian fiction:
9. A book with a dedication: Dear Edward--Ann Napolitano
10. Takes place during the Roaring Twenties:
11. A book about secrets: Red--Alison Cherry
12. High fantasy: Blood Like Magic--Liselle Sambury
13. Published posthumously:
14. A survival story: The Long Winter--Laura Ingalls Wilder [re-read]
15. Set in Australia: Lost Autumn--Mary-Rose MacColl
16. Featuring one of the 7 deadly sins: Lust & Wonder--Augusten Burroughs
17. By a Caribbean author:
18. Set during a war other than WWI or WWII: The Undertaker's Assistant--Amanda Skenandore
19. Typographic cover: The Astonishing Color of After--Emily X.R. Pan
20. A book about siblings: Three Sisters, Three Queens--Philippa Gregory
21. A second-hand book: The Peddler's Grandson--Edward Cohen
22. A body-positive message:
23. An alliterative title:
24. Nordic noir:
25. A fashionable character:
26. Has an epilogue: Memoirs of an Addicted Brain--Marc Lewis
27. Newbery Medal winner:
28. Includes a funeral: Aristotle and Dante Dive Into the Waters of the World--Benjamin Alire Saenz
29. Sends you down a rabbit hole: Abby in Wonderland--Sarah Mlynowski
30. An author with the same name as you: Famous Father Daughter--Jamie Bernstein
31. Set in a workplace:
32. Published by Macmillan: The Path Made Clear--Oprah Winfrey
33. A banned book: The Best Man--Richard Peck
34. Featuring mythology:
35. A book you meant to read last year: This is Where We Live--Janelle Brown
36. Chapters have cliffhangers:
37. Written in the present tense: The Ex Talk--Rachel Lynn Solomon
38. An enemies-to-lovers plot: Queerly Beloved--Susie Dumond
39. The final book in a series: Sunflower Sisters--Martha Hall Kelly
40. Written by a comedian:
41. A character who is a refugee: The House of Broken Angels--Luis Alberto Urrea
42. "Time" in the title: Timeless Depths--Erica Varela
43. A book "everyone" has read: Verity--Colleen Hoover
44. A contemporary setting:
45. First word in the book is "The": Blueprints--Barbara Delinsky
46. Script font on the spine: Secrets of the Tulip Sisters--Susan Mallery
47. Set in the city of Dublin:
48. A book by Octavia E. Butler: Parable of the Talents
49. Books on the cover: Checked Out For Murder--Allison Brook
50. Related to the word "murder": Death of an Italian Chef--Lee Hollis
51. Doesn't fit any of the other 51 prompts:
52. Published in 2023:
One I am joining for the first time.
January – Romantic Comedy: The Love Hypothesis--Ali Hazelwood
February – Steamy Romance: Seven Years to Sin--Sylvia Day
March – New Adult Romance: Yerba Buena--Nina LaCour
April – Back Title on Your TBR List: Drums of Autumn--Diana Gabaldon
May – Historical Romance: The Undertaker's Assistant--Amanda Skenandore
June – LGBTQ+ Romance: The Best At It--Maulik Pancholy
July – Contemporary Romance
August – A New Author to You
September – Sports Romance
October – Reread a Favorite Book!
November – Award Nominee
December – Your Favorite Trope
The annual challenge has a new blog with a new name. I will get as many books as possible.
Dates: November 21, 2022 through January 6, 2023
Three ways to participate:
Doing this one again.
A Almost American Girl--Robin Ha
C Checked Out For Murder--Allison Brook
D Death of an Italian Chef--Lee Hollis
F For Everyone--Jason Reynolds
H Her Body and Other Parties--Carmen Maria Machado
I I Kissed Shara Wheeler--Casey McQuiston
L The Love Hypothesis--Ali Hazelwood
M My Name is Asher Lev--Chaim Potok
N Night Fire--Catherine Coulter
O The Office BFFs--Jenna Fischer & Angela Kinsey
P Parable of the Talents--Octavia E. Butler
Q Queerly Beloved--Susie Dumond
R Remarkably Bright Creatures--Shelby Van Pelt
S Seven Years to Sin--Sylvia Day
T This is Where We Live--Janelle Brown
U The Undertaker's Assistant--Amanda Skenandore
X The Ex Talk--Rachel Lynn Solomon
Challenge completed on May 7
Another favorite, at Socrates' Book Reviews.
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
The animal can be any type of animal (real or fictitious)--dog, cat, monkey, wolf, snake, insect, hedgehog, aardvark...dragon, mermaid, centaur, vampire, werewolf...you get the idea...