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A to Z Blog Challenge 2018 – Reflection

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The month of April is finished, and so is my A to Z 2018 blog posting. I had lots of fun, and I hope everyone enjoyed seeing all the book titles with a little bit about each book. Several people told me they did find some interesting books to add to their ‘want to read’ list. Wonderful! 🙂

Thank you so much to everyone who stopped by for a visit. I sure do appreciate it, and had fun talking a bit about books with you.

Now, the blog challenge itself…

  • This year, 2018, was the 5th time I’ve participated in the A to Z Blog Challenge.
  • Each year seems to get easier, but all have been fun.
  • I’m so glad I had a definite theme to my posts. It helps so much to know what you’re going to do each day.
  • This time I actually had a few posts ready to go ahead of time..not all the alphabet letters, but when you have some done, then you can keep working on the next ones, and hopefully not falling behind, or needing to hurry and catch up.
  • I had all the books A through Z picked out ahead of time, and also had written down all the quotes I’d be using.
  • I took the book photos a few days ahead of each post they’d appear on, and as I posted the photo, I’d write about that book. Some of them I hadn’t read in a long time, so had to refresh my memory about them, though.
  • I found I wanted to re-read a lot of them, myself!
  • The books I shared were only a very few of all the books I have around here. There were lots more I could have used for the challenge, but didn’t want to overload my talking about them.
  • I enjoyed visiting y’all’s blogs, to see what you were featuring for the letter of the day, too. They were all so interesting. Thanks for sharing your fun blogs!

I’m trying to remember what I did on the previous A to Z challenges.

I know the very first year I did this, I hadn’t heard of it before, and signed up only the day before it started! And…I did it on both my blogs…with no theme to either one! Whew!

So okay, no theme X 2 for the first year.

Second year – Daffy Definitions (real words I never heard of – my silly guess at the meaning, then the real definition)

Third year – no theme

Fourth year – Music Videos

Fifth year – Books & Quotes

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All in all, I love this challenge, and plan on doing it again next year!

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The Mystery Box Chickens thank you for stopping by for a visit, and wish you a happy year ahead! They will take a little break, then will be hard at work on next April’s A to Z! See you then. 🙂

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2018 BS

A to Z Blog Challenge 2018 – Letter Z

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A to Z Blog Challenge 2018 – Letter Z

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Well, we made it to the last letter in the A to Z Blog Challenge 2018.

Thanks so much to all that stopped by for a visit, and a peek into the mystery box of book titles. I appreciate all the likes, and comments you’ve so generously left here. 🙂

I’ll be doing a wrap-up/reflection post coming up soon.

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Welcome to the 2018 edition of the A to Z Blogging Challenge!

All through the month of April, the challenge asks us to blog every day (except Sundays), and to go through the alphabet A to Z, connecting our posts to the letter of each day.

My idea for this time, my 5th to participate, is to showcase a book or two each day, and provide a tiny bit of information about them. These will not be a full book review, but just saying what it is about, and if I liked the book or not.

These books are mostly books that I already have on my shelves, and have read, or are on my to be read stacks. There will be a very few of them that I don’t already own, or have read.

I will also post a quote each day that has something to say about books, or reading.

Hope you enjoy, and maybe see a book or a few that you might want to read, too.

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“Zombie Haiku”, by Ryan Mecum, is a really funny and unique book. I sort of have read it. I mean, I have seen it in the book store, and stood there reading some pages, on more than one occasion.

The pages are done in the Haiku poetry form, and tells the story of how the main character first becomes a Zombie, and what happens to him after. Some of it is pretty gross, but funny too, and if you like Zombie stories, you’ll get a kick from this one. I know I laughed a lot while reading some of them.

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Join the Mystery Box Chickens again next April, for something new in the mystery box. I know they will be busy thinking up a fun theme! 😉

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2018 BS

A to Z Blog Challenge – Letter Y

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A to Z Blog Challenge – Letter Y

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Welcome to the 2018 edition of the A to Z Blogging Challenge!

All through the month of April, the challenge asks us to blog every day (except Sundays), and to go through the alphabet A to Z, connecting our posts to the letter of each day.

My idea for this time, my 5th to participate, is to showcase a book or two each day, and provide a tiny bit of information about them. These will not be a full book review, but just saying what it is about, and if I liked the book or not.

These books are mostly books that I already have on my shelves, and have read, or are on my to be read stacks. There will be a very few of them that I don’t already own, or have read.

I will also post a quote each day that has something to say about books, or reading.

Hope you enjoy, and maybe see a book or a few that you might want to read, too.

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“The Yadayada Prayer Group”, by Neta Jackson, is one I haven’t read yet. I’ve had it a long time, and it looks like a fun to read book, though. It says there are twelve women, from very different backgrounds, and life experiences, who go to a conference, and are assigned to the same prayer group. After getting to know each other, they realized they wanted to keep up their friendship, first by email, then in actual get-togethers.

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“You Are Being Lied To – The Disinformation Guide to Media, Distortion, Historical Whitewashes and Cultural Myths”, by Russ Kick, is a hard and informative look at what we would now call ‘Fake News’. In the book they tell about the whitewashing and false facts, about all kinds of things, from politics, science, medical, religion, and every day kinds of news and beliefs. It’s astounding how many things we believe to be true, are just not, at least according to this book.

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Mystery Box Chickens

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Join the MB Chickens on Monday, for the very last mystery box to be opened. The letter will be Z.

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2018 BS

 

A to Z Blog Challenge – Letter X

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Welcome to the 2018 edition of the A to Z Blogging Challenge!

All through the month of April, the challenge asks us to blog every day (except Sundays), and to go through the alphabet A to Z, connecting our posts to the letter of each day.

My idea for this time, my 5th to participate, is to showcase a book or two each day, and provide a tiny bit of information about them. These will not be a full book review, but just saying what it is about, and if I liked the book or not.

These books are mostly books that I already have on my shelves, and have read, or are on my to be read stacks. There will be a very few of them that I don’t already own, or have read.

I will also post a quote each day that has something to say about books, or reading.

Hope you enjoy, and maybe see a book or a few that you might want to read, too.

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“Xenocide”, by Orson Scott Card, is the third book in the ‘Ender’s Game’ series. I haven’t read this one, or if I did, I don’t remember it. I thought I’d read quite a few of this series in order, but some further down the list, I do remember. Anyway, the books say the planet the people live on is in peril, and they have recruited Ender, and a lot of other children/teens to become proficient in computer war games, training for the real war to come.

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I know , the letter today is X, but lots of times you see the word Xtra, so this will have to do, as I couldn’t find any more book titles starting with X.

“Extra Nutty! Even More Letters From a Nut”, by Ted L. Nancy, is another of the books he wrote about writing funny, and outrageous letters to businesses. He wanted to see what response he’d get, and he did get a lot. All the letters are in the book, and are so hilarious.

 

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Mystery Box Chickens

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Join the MB Chickens tomorrow for book titles that are ready to pop out with letter Y!

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2018 BS

A to Z Blog Challenge – Letter W

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A to Z Blog Challenge – Letter W

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Welcome to the 2018 edition of the A to Z Blogging Challenge!

All through the month of April, the challenge asks us to blog every day (except Sundays), and to go through the alphabet A to Z, connecting our posts to the letter of each day.

My idea for this time, my 5th to participate, is to showcase a book or two each day, and provide a tiny bit of information about them. These will not be a full book review, but just saying what it is about, and if I liked the book or not.

These books are mostly books that I already have on my shelves, and have read, or are on my to be read stacks. There will be a very few of them that I don’t already own, or have read.

I will also post a quote each day that has something to say about books, or reading.

Hope you enjoy, and maybe see a book or a few that you might want to read, too.

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“Without a Net”, by Michelle Kennedy, is her story of how she went from upper middle class, to homeless, in just a few years. At first she and her husband did all right, and they had three children. But, soon everything began to fall apart. After an accident with one of her kids, she’d had enough of their family’s steady decline, and she left her husband. He didn’t seem to care. From there, she struggled to keep her head above water, taking on small jobs, sleeping/living in her car, and keeping her little family together.

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“The Woman Who Swallowed a Toothbrush”, by Rob Myers, M. D., is a collection of 51 strange and bizarre medical cases, taken from leading medical journals. Some are darkly humorous, and others are the result of underlying mental and physical abnormalities. As the author writes, most medical problems are mundane and routine, but occasionally a case will come up that is truly beyond belief. However, these cases in the book are true.

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Mystery Box Chickens

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Tomorrow the MB Chickens will open the mystery box to reveal what titles begin with letter X (good luck chickens – not easy) 🙂

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2018 BS

A to Z Blog Challenge – Letter V

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Welcome to the 2018 edition of the A to Z Blogging Challenge!

All through the month of April, the challenge asks us to blog every day (except Sundays), and to go through the alphabet A to Z, connecting our posts to the letter of each day.

My idea for this time, my 5th to participate, is to showcase a book or two each day, and provide a tiny bit of information about them. These will not be a full book review, but just saying what it is about, and if I liked the book or not.

These books are mostly books that I already have on my shelves, and have read, or are on my to be read stacks. There will be a very few of them that I don’t already own, or have read.

I will also post a quote each day that has something to say about books, or reading.

Hope you enjoy, and maybe see a book or a few that you might want to read, too.

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This was a hard letter to find a book for. I didn’t have any books still here that started with letter V, so had to look up some I’ve read in the past. I had to refresh my memory of what some of the details were on these.  (hopefully, I’ve gotten them straight)

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The Vampire Lestat”, by Anne Rice is the second book in the Vampire Chronicles series. It continues the story of how Lestat becomes a vampire, and what he’d been doing since, up until the year of the interview, (Interview With a Vampire).

I read the whole series a long time ago, and loved every one.

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“The Valley of Horses”, by Jean M. Auel, is the second book in the series of Earth’s Children. We find the main character, Ayla, has been exiled from her clan, (Clan of the Cave Bear), and she is alone on a journey to find the ‘others’ she has heard of. Meanwhile, the other main character, Jondalar, is on a journey of his own. They meet and begin traveling together, and have other adventures.

I read this whole series a long time ago, too, and they were so good. The only thing I didn’t like was that the books came out several years apart. But, now that they are done, it would be easier to remember what happened in each one, when starting the next one.

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Mystery Box Chickens

Join the MB Chickens tomorrow for the unveiling of the next book title letter, which will be W.

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2018 BS

 

 

 

 

 

A to Z Blog Challenge 2018 – Letter U

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Welcome to the 2018 edition of the A to Z Blogging Challenge!

All through the month of April, the challenge asks us to blog every day (except Sundays), and to go through the alphabet A to Z, connecting our posts to the letter of each day.

My idea for this time, my 5th to participate, is to showcase a book or two each day, and provide a tiny bit of information about them. These will not be a full book review, but just saying what it is about, and if I liked the book or not.

These books are mostly books that I already have on my shelves, and have read, or are on my to be read stacks. There will be a very few of them that I don’t already own, or have read.

I will also post a quote each day that has something to say about books, or reading.

Hope you enjoy, and maybe see a book or a few that you might want to read, too.

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“Undress Me in the Temple of Heaven”, by Susan Jane Gilman, is the author’s memoir of her and a friend’s journey into China. Their goal was to backpack around the world, but after their harrowing experiences in China, they were lucky to come back alive. This was in 1986, and they found themselves under government surveillance immediately. Detailing their encounters with complete culture shock, she tells all, with humor, yet what they survived were anything but humorous, as they both begin breaking down from mental and physical stress.

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“Urban Legends”, by Richard Roeper, takes a look at many of the strange stories and myths that we hear. Are they true? Outrageous rumors get passed from person to person, and no one really knows how they get started. This book tries to debunk the thought they they are real.

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“The Undomestic Goddess”, by Sophie Kinsella, is another fun book to read. It is a stand alone book, with a completely new character (not from the Shopaholic series), about a lady that mistakenly ends up being a house keeper. Being a career lawyer, she knows nothing of domestic duties, but she does her best to cope.

This is a really funny book, along the lines of another fish out of water story.

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Mystery Box Chickens

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Join the MB Chickens tomorrow for a look into the book title mystery box. The letter will be V.

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2018 BS

 

 

A to Z Blog Challenge – Letter T

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Welcome to the 2018 edition of the A to Z Blogging Challenge!

All through the month of April, the challenge asks us to blog every day (except Sundays), and to go through the alphabet A to Z, connecting our posts to the letter of each day.

My idea for this time, my 5th to participate, is to showcase a book or two each day, and provide a tiny bit of information about them. These will not be a full book review, but just saying what it is about, and if I liked the book or not.

These books are mostly books that I already have on my shelves, and have read, or are on my to be read stacks. There will be a very few of them that I don’t already own, or have read.

I will also post a quote each day that has something to say about books, or reading.

Hope you enjoy, and maybe see a book or a few that you might want to read, too.

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“Tracks,” by Robyn Davidson, is the author’s memoir of her journey across Australia, with her four camels, and her dog. Traveling 1,700 miles during the six months of her journey, she deals with harsh weather, unpredictable wildlife, and her quirky camels. More than just a travelogue, she learns that she is capable of overcoming all the obstacles piled against her. She writes with humor and passion for what is important in her life story.

I’ve read this one several times, and was so glad I found a copy of the book to buy, because it is unforgettable.

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“This Day (Diaries from American Women)”, compiled by Joni B. Cole, Rebecca Joffrey, and B. K. Rakhra, is the culmination of a project. A project to record in writing, the voices of typical American women, relating what their normal day was like on one particular day. They chose a random day, October 15th (year not stated, but the book was published in 2003). The authors wrote to, called, and emailed as many people as they could about their idea, and it snowballed from there. They got over 529 responses that were finally published in the book. The women participating were from all walks of life, and their short day diary entries told of their day from the mundane, to the humorous, to the serious.

Maybe you’ve wondered what other people are doing on a certain day, as you are going about your own business. This book is a look into what these other women were doing, and is so interesting.

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Mystery Box Chickens

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Join the MB Chickens tomorrow for the next book titles beginning with the letter U.

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2018 BS

 

A to Z Blog Challenge 2018 – Letter S

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Welcome to the 2018 edition of the A to Z Blogging Challenge!

All through the month of April, the challenge asks us to blog every day (except Sundays), and to go through the alphabet A to Z, connecting our posts to the letter of each day.

My idea for this time, my 5th to participate, is to showcase a book or two each day, and provide a tiny bit of information about them. These will not be a full book review, but just saying what it is about, and if I liked the book or not.

These books are mostly books that I already have on my shelves, and have read, or are on my to be read stacks. There will be a very few of them that I don’t already own, or have read.

I will also post a quote each day that has something to say about books, or reading.

Hope you enjoy, and maybe see a book or a few that you might want to read, too.

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“Shut Up and Eat Your Snowshoes!”, by Jack Douglas is a really fun book to read. I read it long ago, then several times after. The author, his wife and young son, and their menagerie of animals, decide to move from the city, to the wilderness backwoods of Canada. He duly wrote down, in hilarious fashion, all the adventures and misadventures they had. Being city slickers knowing nothing of how things worked out in the boonies, is his true fish out of water story.

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“Serpent in Paradise”, by Dea Birkett, is the author’s journey back in time. She travels to tiny Pitcairn Island, to find out what happened to the ancestors of the mutineers who sailed with Captain William Bligh, on the ship called Bounty.

She chronicles her own voyage to the island, cut off from civilization for all these years, and talks with the villagers, while she learns how the survivors managed to live in such isolation, after that ill-fated, and famed event with the mutiny on the Bounty.

This book is easy to read, even as it tells the history of the times, but in a personal story kind of way.

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Mystery Box Chickens

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Join the MB Chickens on Monday (no post on Sunday) for the opening of the next book title box. The letter will be T.

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2018 BS

 

A to Z Blog Challenge 2018 – Letter R

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Welcome to the 2018 edition of the A to Z Blogging Challenge!

All through the month of April, the challenge asks us to blog every day (except Sundays), and to go through the alphabet A to Z, connecting our posts to the letter of each day.

My idea for this time, my 5th to participate, is to showcase a book or two each day, and provide a tiny bit of information about them. These will not be a full book review, but just saying what it is about, and if I liked the book or not.

These books are mostly books that I already have on my shelves, and have read, or are on my to be read stacks. There will be a very few of them that I don’t already own, or have read.

I will also post a quote each day that has something to say about books, or reading.

Hope you enjoy, and maybe see a book or a few that you might want to read, too.

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“The Ruins”, by Scott Smith, is a book I’ve read more than once, and I’ve seen the movie made of it, and it was good, too.

Starting out, we see the characters on a lovely vacation trip in Mexico. When one of their friends goes missing, they go look for him, which leads them deep into the jungle. They come upon some ancient Mayan ruins, and this is when their nightmare begins.

This book is so good, and yes scary! It sure makes you look at your garden plants in another way, after reading this book. The vines…omg…the vines!

If you like horror tales, check it out!

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“Roller Girl (Totally True Tales From the Track)”, by Melissa “Melicious” Joulwan, is a fun book to read. It’s all about the sport of competition roller skating, as in Roller Derby.

As a founding member of the Texas Rollergirls Rock-n-Rollerderby the author takes us on a wild ride, telling us how Roller Derby works, how she became involved, and some of the long, fascinating history of the sport. She takes us to the competitions, and also talks about her life when not on the rink.

I like hearing about the names she and her team mates choose for themselves, and the fun and funky costumes they wear, too. All this takes place in Austin TX, and there are photos included.

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Mystery Box Chickens

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Join the MB Chickens tomorrow, and they will open the next book title box. The letter of the day will be S.

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2018 BS