Category Archives: A to Z Blog Challenge – 2018

A to Z Blog Challenge 2018 – Letter R

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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

A to Z Blog Challenge 2018 – Letter Q

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A to Z Blog Challenge 2018 – Letter Q

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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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“Quarantine” (the Loners), by Lex Thomas, is so good. This is the first book in a series of YA novels, which are set in a high school. Some catastrophic event causes a horrible virus to spread, so the whole school is quarantined. Unless help from the outside comes along to eradicate the virus, the teens are stuck until they reach, I believe, age 18, and then they graduate by being able to leave. The contamination is over for them. Meanwhile, they gravitate toward groups of like-minded students to form gangs. The first we read about are the ‘Loners’. Each gang is out for themselves, and they have battles for survival against the others.

In the next few books, another gang is featured in each one, but they all interact. You want to keep getting these books to find out how it all turns out.

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“Queen of the Road”, by Doreen Orion, is the true adventures of how a couple, with their large dog and two cats,  travel across 47 states, in an old converted bus. In this memoir, they tell all about their adventures in retro fitting the bus, meeting other travelers, and their misadventures, including a stopover at a nudist RV park.

This is a fun to read book, as you get to hear some hilarious tales of being on the road.

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Mystery Box Chickens

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The MB Chickens will be back tomorrow to reveal the book titles beginning with letter R.

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2018 BS

A to Z Blog Challenge 2018 – Letter P

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A to Z Blog Challenge 2018 – Letter P

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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 Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio”, by Terry Ryan, is written by Evelyn Ryan’s sixth son. Evelyn was the enterprising housewife who, in order to keep her large family running, entered every contest she could find. This was back in the 1950s and 60s, when there were plenty of contests on TV, radio, and newspapers.

Evelyn had a knack for writing jingles, and was very good at many of the contests she entered, winning trips, supermarket sweeps, household items of all kinds, and even large amounts of cash.

There are family photos included, and lots of humor in her life.

This is one I read quite a long time ago, and now I want to read it again.

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“Post Secret,” by Frank Warren, is his compilation of a project he started. Being fascinated with the therapeutic healing power of art, he wanted to see what happened if he left blank post-cards in random places. These were addressed to himself, and his only instruction was to reveal a never before told secret, and mail the card back to him. He was overwhelmed by the response. The cards kept coming, some even had elaborate decorations on them.

This book is a look into what anonymous people sent to him. Most of the pages are filled with the post-card art, and secrets of all kinds.

I got this book for Christmas, from my daughter, and am still looking through it. It is very good.

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Mystery Box Chickens

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Join the MB Chickens tomorrow as they have more books to show you. The letter of the day will be Q.

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2018 BS

A to Z Blog Challenge 2018 – Letter O

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A to Z Blog Challenge 2018 – Letter O

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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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“Once Upon a Quinceanera “, by Julia Alvarez, is subtitled, ‘Coming of Age in the USA’.

The Quinceanera is a Latina tradition where when a girl reaches the age fifteen, a lavish party is given her. These parties can be way over the top, in that enormous amounts of money is spent on food, decorations, and the ultimate party dress. It seems it can be even more extravagant than proms or weddings.

The author explores the tradition, and has interviewed several families, and also tells of her own personal Quinceanera.

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“Other People’s Dirt”, by Louise Rafkin is her memoir of being a housecleaner. She likens her housekeeping duties to an archeologist, seeing it all in her clients houses. As she works, she tries to piece together a story of their lives, how they live, and secrets they keep hidden. In this book she ‘dishes the dirt’ on all she finds, from celebrity households, to crime scene clean-ups, corporate offices, and more.

This book is very easy to read, entertaining, and an eye-opener into the world of professional housecleaners.

 

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Mystery Box Chickens

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The MB Chickens will be back tomorrow with book titles beginning with letter P.

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2018 BS

A to Z Blog Challenge – Letter N

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A to Z Blog Challenge – Letter N

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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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“Not Taco Bell Material”, by Adam Carolla is a book I haven’t yet read. I’ve had it for a long time, because it still sounds like an interesting book to read, and I’ll get to it one of these days, I’m sure.

Adam Carolla is a TV and radio personality. This is his story of how he came from a poor background, and with determination, he found success in his life. There are numerous personal photos in the book, also.

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“Nickel and Dimed”, by Barbara Ehrenreich, is the author’s journey into the world of the working class poor. Wondering how anyone could manage to get by on low wage jobs, she joined them to find out. She traveled to many cities, and took on many different jobs, and records her experiences and thoughts on working conditions, welfare, and more. She sees what goes on behind the scenes, and hears personal stories from her co-workers.

This book is very well balanced between her own hands on reality of the situations she finds herself in, and statistical facts and figures.

I enjoyed reading this one, as I had no idea of what really goes on concerning this subject.

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Mystery Box Chickens

Join the MB Chickens tomorrow for the unveiling of the next book titles. They will be for letter O.

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2018 BS

A to Z Blog Challenge 2018 – Letter M

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A to Z Blog Challenge 2018 – Letter M

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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 Maze Runner”, by James Dashner is the start of a riveting novel series.  I found these in the Young Adult section of the book store. In the notes at the front of the book it says it is Science Fiction.

The main character, Thomas, wakes up in a strange world, and has no recollection of who he is or how he got to this place. There are other teens here, who have no clue, either, but they help him find his way around. They are all trying to escape the maze, which is outside their fortress.

Thomas becomes a runner. His job is to run through the mazes, and document what he finds. Along the way there are horrible creatures trying to kill him.

There is so much going on in this book, it’s hard to say much, without giving away the way it turns out. It does keep you turning the pages, and then wanting the next book in the series, each one building to the final conclusion.

This book was made into a movie, which I did see. It was very good, and stayed pretty true to the book.

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“Morning Glory,” By Gloria Ann Hawker, is her true account of being involved and abducted by aliens.

Living in Albuquerque New Mexico, she began to experience strange events in her life. Documenting it all, she came to realize she was dealing with the manipulations of alien beings.

Then, the government became interested in her case, and she was subjected to their manipulations, too, which were just as horrible.

I got to meet Ms Hawker in person, and have a short conversation with her. This was in Roswell New Mexico. She was there as a speaker, and she had a book signing on the day we were there. She signed my copy of her book (photo) which reads, ‘One day the truth of this phenomena will be known – Gloria’.

I do believe there are aliens here, and I sincerely believe Ms Hawker knows it, too.

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Mystery Box Chickens

Tomorrow we have an off day, but come Monday, the MB Chickens will be back to open another book title box. The letter will be N.

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2018 BS

 

A to Z Blog Challenge 2018 – Letter L

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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 Little Old Lady Who Broke All the Rules”, by Catharina Ingelman-Sundberg, is such a funny book, and has a story line I’d never come across before.

The main character, Martha, lives in a retirement home in Stockholm, Sweden. There have been some drastic changes in policy there, and she and her cronies are not happy. This begins her scheme of robbing a bank, and her friends are all for it, too. Their ultimate goal is to get sent to prison, where at least the accommodations seem better than the retirement home.

They try scheme after scheme, with hilarious results.

My daughter gave me this book for Christmas, and I loved it from the very first page.

 

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“Letters From a Nut”, by Ted L. Nancy, is so interesting to read. The author writes letters to all kinds of businesses, not just to compliment them, or to complain, but just to see what kind of reaction he will get.

His letters are so funny, and weird, yet polite. I was laughing at his audacity, to actually write some of the things he mentions in the letters. Then, he gets responses back from the businesses, which are funny, too.

This book also got me thinking maybe I could do something similar, so I did. I wrote to all kinds of businesses. I didn’t write such bold letters as he did, but I did get back answers from them. Along with nice letters, I got coupons for free items, little trinkets, and brochures.

***sorry about the big purple flower on the photo of this book. The paper book cover had one of those sale stickers on it, and it was stuck on there so hard. I tried peeling it off, scraping it off, using glue remover stuff, and I wound up tearing a hole in the paper. This just looked awful, so…I stuck the flower over the hole. 🙂

 

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Mystery Box Chickens

Tomorrow the MB Chickens will open another book box. Titles will be starting with letter M.

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2018 BS

A to Z Blog Challenge 2018 – Letter K

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A to Z Blog Challenge 2018 – Letter K

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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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“Kabul Beauty School”, by Deborah Rodriguez, is an eye-opening look at one woman’s personal journey in Afghanistan.

Traveling to the war torn country with a group of humanitarian aid workers, she wasn’t very sure of what she could help out with, but she found her calling after all. Being a professional hair-dresser by trade, she realized that the Western workers, and the Afghan women alike, welcomed her expertise in fixing hair.

The author eventually opened her own beauty shop/school in Kabul, in 2003, with the help of sponsors. As she began to know more and more women, they began to tell their own personal stories, some quite tragic. This community of women formed the bonds of friendship, and learning of each other’s cultures, in spite of adverse circumstances.

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“Killer Stuff”, by Sharon Fiffer, is just one of the books in a whole series with the main character. Jane Wheel is her name, and she loves to go to estate sales, flea markets, and auctions. She buys stuff for an antique dealer to re-sell, but keeps a lot of it for herself. She just can’t help it. Along the way, she always finds some kind of crime to be solved. For some reason, she falls into the mystery and must help solve it. She has a funny family, which we see in all the books, too.

If you like mystery solving, yard sales, and very funny incidents, you’ll like this series. I’ve read them all, and wish there were more.

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Mystery Box Chickens

Join us tomorrow when the MB Chickens will open the letter L box of book titles!

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2018 BS

 

A to Z Blog Challenge 2018 – Letter J

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A to Z Blog challenge 2018 – Letter J #atozchallenge J letter

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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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“Just Another Kid”, by Torey L. Hayden, is just one of the author’s many books. I’ve read them all many times, and can say she is one of my favorite authors.

Her career is in childhood education, more specifically, she teaches special needs children. She writes of the specific children (names changed, of course), and everything that happens in her classes. There are many tears, lots of laughter, and more than that, there is learning, and love.

This book concerns her dealings with one of the children’s mothers. That the mother signs on as a classroom volunteer/aide, is a great help to Ms Hayden. However, she is to find out the mother has many problems of her own. Ms Hayden helps her work through her difficulties, just as she does with the children. So, in a way, she is ‘just another kid’.

If you’ve never read one of Torey L. Hayden’s books, I would highly recommend them.

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“Jeneration X”, by Jen Lancaster, is another of the author’s many memoirs. She uses humor to tell all, about her life.

In this one, she is trying to live the ‘adulting’ kind of life she supposes she should begin. But, it’s hard to break out of her Gen X mindset. We follow along as she navigates adulthood, with her husband, and menagerie of pets.

I’ve read all of this author’s books, and each one is so fun to read.

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Tomorrow is for the letter K, and the MB Chickens will be ready to reveal the letter K book titles.

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2018 BS

 

 

A to Z Blog Challenge 2018 – Letter I

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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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“In a Dark Place”, by Ray Garton, Al Snedeker, Carmen Snedeker, Ed Warren, and Lorraine Warren, is a true account of a haunting.

The Warrens, who are prominent demonologists, investigates the Snedekers claims of their house being haunted. What they found out was much worse.

Moving house is always stressful, but then the Snedeker’s teenage son came right out and said to his mother, “Mom, we have to leave this house. There’s something evil here.”

The family found out just how true that statement was. Over the next few months, they were subjected to emotional, mental, and physical attacks in that house.

The Warren’s have chronicled their story in this book.

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“The Intruders”, by Pat Montandon, is the author’s true story of the experiences she had in her San Francisco house. From the time she moved in, until the time she left, two years later, she was bombarded by unexplained fires, thefts, a persistent chill throughout the house, and more, including the death of a close friend. Finally, she had psychic investigators, and an exorcist to come help. They concluded there were supernatural forces at work in the house.

This is maybe the first book I ever read on this subject. I checked it out of the library, many years ago, and kept on checking it out to read again. I did finally find a copy of it to buy.

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Now, to something different.

“Into the Wild”, and “Into Thin Air”, are by the same author, Jon Krakauer.

“Into Thin Air” is the author’s own personal journey as he climbed Mt. Everest.

“Into the Wild”, is the story of Christopher McCandless, who walked out into the Alaskan wilderness to live alone.

Both of these books are so good. If you like stories of survival in the face of all odds, these will be remembered for a long time.

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Mystery Box Chickens

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Join the Mystery Box Chickens tomorrow for the opening of the book box. The letter of book titles will be J.

Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2018 BS