Category Archives: Books

Bloganuary 2023 – Book


Bloganuary 2023 – Book Bloganuary Logo and Wordmark

Has a book changed your life?


Lost Souls

I’d say a book has changed my life.

This book is, “Lost Souls”, by Poppy Z. Brite. I liked it so much, I didn’t want it to end, so I started writing fan fiction about it. I hadn’t really heard of blogs, but I wanted someone to read what I wrote, so a friend let me know about blogs and how to set up one to post my fan fiction story, “Two Souls: Into the Fire”. I spent a very long time writing it (over a year if not more), and I’m proud of the fact that I did it, and finished it.

That started me on to writing more things on my blog, such as essays, observations, poems, challenges, and my true ghost stories.  I started in 2013 I think, and have continued to this day, enjoying every bit of it, including making many wonderful blogging friends to share thoughts with.


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© 2023 BS


Just Jot It January 2023 – Endurance


Just Jot It January 2023 – Endurance

This prompt for today was suggested by:


Your prompt for JusJoJan January 9th 2023, is “endurance.” Use the word “endurance” any way you’d like. Enjoy!

Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage by Alfred Lansing: Used - Picture 1 of 1


This is a book review of the book “Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage” by Alfred Lansing.

Do you enjoy reading true stories about people who have overcome tremendous obstacles just to survive? This story , as it’s title says, is incredible. It was published in 1959.

It is the true story of the Antarctic expedition taken on by Sir Ernest Shackleton and his crew, in 1914, on the ship Endurance. Shackleton was an explorer, and this time he set out to cross the Antarctic. They were almost to the end of their journey, when the pack ice in the sea closed in on the ship, rendering it immobile. They were stuck, with only ice surrounding them. They were stranded there for over a year.

The book describes, in white knuckle imagery, the struggles and hardships encountered by the men on board. There are pictures and maps, and most details were taken from the diarys the men kept, of this harrowing time in their lives. The author writes in a way that makes you feel you are right there with them.

Another, more recent book, written on this subject, is by Caroline Alexander, “Shackleton’s Legendary Antarctic Expedition” (1998). There are even more pictures in this book.

I read this book, the first time, when I was in the 5th grade. I remember being enthralled at how awful it must have been. I could hardly put the book down, even reading while eating meals, and neglecting my homework.

I believe this one book got me started on reading other true stories of people surviving incredible odds…from plane crashes, mountain climbing expeditions, desert and jungle adventures. It has stayed in my mind all these years.

Now that I think about it, it was a bit prophetic that these men had to endure so much on a ship named Endurance.

You can find these books on Amazon.

Thank you for reading!


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© 2014 & 2023 BS

Books & Stuff – SOCS – Happy Place


Books & Stuff – SOCS – Happy Place


Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “happy place.” Write the first thing that comes to mind when you think of “happy place.” Have fun!


Besides being at home, which is always my happy place, there are a few places I am happy being there.

These are any library, and the more the better. Everywhere we’ve ever lived, in the states or over seas, I’ve found all the libraries. Some places have just one small one, while other places have a large one, or even just a book-mobile. I have library cards from public and college libraries. I find all the libraries!

Next, and this is right up there, are book stores. I’m very happy browsing around in them all. They can be fancy big ones with coffee shops inside, or just a junky little used book store. I like them all.

Yard and garage sales. Many years of ‘sale-ing’ happiness. I find these wherever we go, too.

Antique and junk stores are great, as is thrift shops of all kinds.

I can go to any of these places and be happy. Even if I have aches, pains, headaches, whatever, if I go to any of these my troubles go away fast. 🙂

Here’s a couple of pictures of the library basement book sale one year.



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© 2022 BS






So, I was thinking about this word. The more I looked at it and said it to myself and out loud, the weirder it sounded.

Where did this word come from, and why do books always have them? I’ve read books forever and it’s true. Some books actually divide up parts into chapters and say so right there on the page. Other don’t say it’s a new chapter – just have the word one or two or whatever, and others just have some space before starting new thoughts.

When a kid is learning to like and read books, they start with a picture book. That’s pretty simple. Then they have a few short words to read, gradually adding more. Later they graduate to books with chapters. From what I’ve heard, this is a big deal for kids, to begin reading chapter books. We never called it that when I was a kid, though. Guess we didn’t call it anything.

Now, where did this word come from? I’ll google it.

From Wiki:

The first known use of chapter was in the 13th century
English word chapter comes from Proto-Indo-European *kaput-, and later Proto-Italic *kaput (Head.)
Well, that was a trip down the rabbit hole of information. Interesting, but too much to list here. Look it up if you want to.
Still, when I think of the word chapter, I think of having chapped hands. It always happens in the fall and winter, no matter how much lotion I use.
Also, I think of cowboys wearing chaps while riding their horses.
These have nothing to do with books and chapters, though.
I like chapters in books. It gives us a place to take a break from reading if you need to. Or an excuse to keep reading as in ‘just one more chapter’ …
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© 2022 BS

Throwback Thursday – Reading


Throwback Thursday – Reading


This week Maggie asks us some questions about our reading experiences. Thanks, Maggie!


The questions:

  1. Who were the readers in your family?
  2. Were there some people who did not like to read or could not read?
  3. Did your family subscribe to the newspaper?
  4. If you did get the paper, was your Sunday newspaper considered special? What part did you enjoy?
  5. Did your home have books strewn around? Hardbacks or paperbacks?
  6. Did you frequent the library at school?
  7. How about the local community library? Did you have a library card?
  8. What was the first book you remember reading?
  9. Did you have a collection of books (Nancy Drew, The Hardy Boys, Happy Hollisters, etc?)
  10. Did you read comic books? If so, what titles?
  11. Did you end up a bookworm, a casual reader, or someone who read only when required?
  12. Is there a book from your childhood you would like to read again? If so, what book?
  13. What book or books have been extremely meaningful or influential in your life?
  14. BONUS QUESTION: What book(s) do you frequently gift to others? Why?


My answers:

1. In our family everyone was always reading something.

2. I never heard of anyone in our family that couldn’t read.

3. Yes, we had the local newspaper delivered every day.

4. The Sunday paper was bigger, and had the comics. I always liked those, and I probably read the headlines of the front page, and looked at some of the lifestyle section.

5. We did have books in the house, both hardback and paperback ones. We had an encyclopedia set, and a children’s set, too.

6. I always went to the school’s library in all grades. In Jr. High, I did work in the library, classifying, shelving, checking out books to people, putting dust covers on books, etc. Then in high school I did the same thing, and even held an office in the library club.

7. I had a children’s library card and couldn’t wait until I got the adult library card. I’ve always had one in every city we moved to, even overseas.

8. The first book I remember reading is “The Three Billy Goats Gruff”. I actually still have it.

9. I had a lot of books, maybe not a collection, but a lot. I would get the Trixie Beldon books. Earlier on we got a whole box of little Golden Books as a gift from a neighbor.

10. I read quite a few comic books. Not superheroes. Mostly Archie, Caspar the Friendly Ghost, Donald Duck, and those kinds.

11. I was a bookworm from the get go, and I still am.

12. Oh, I don’t know, maybe the Black Stallion series (I was obsessed with horses at the time)

13. I just read for pleasure, no great insights. I read all kinds, from non-fiction, fiction, horror, and everything in between. Some make me laugh, some make me cry, and some are just interesting.

14. I don’t gift books to other people. I might say to them what book I liked, then they can get it or not. People’s taste in books are so different, I couldn’t begin to know what they’d like. I have given gift cards though, so they can pick out what book they’d want.

This is my Three Billy Goats Gruff book I’ve had forever, and the first one I could read by myself. Then I passed it on to my cousin when he was little, then it was back to me so my girls could read it, too.

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© 2022 BS

Saturday Six Word Story Prompt – Survival


Saturday Six Word Story Prompt – Survival


Prompt for Week #88 (Aug 28, 2021 – Sep 3, 2021)




Fantastic book – Survival of Jan Little





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© 2021 BS



January Squares Day # 9 – Up – Upside Down


January Squares – Day # 9 – Up – Upside Down


Squares Logo

Supermarket Views


This is a month long challenge, hosted by Becky of “The Life of B”.

This month’s theme is Up – and here is where you find the main details
The most important rule of this challenge is that your photo Must be Square!

To join in, find out the details, and see other entries, just click the above link. It’s fun! 🙂


I’ll also be adding a song to go along with the photo in one way or another.



This book is upside down.

I always read while I’m eating a meal, and put my book in a wire book holder. I wasn’t paying attention until I started to read, and discovered I’d put it in upside down. haha! 🙂


You have to see this wild video – so fun to watch! 🙂

It shows 4 guys and 2 girls in a plane in zero gravity doing all kinds of flips and tricks.

“Upside Down & Inside Out”, by OK Go


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© 2021 BS

Fibbing Friday – Bad Book Blurbs


Fibbing Friday – Bad Book Blurbs

These are fun questions we’re supposed to answer in any kind of silly, wrong, or outrageous ways. Just for fun!

Find out more at the link found below.

I’ll give you the title of 10 books, and let’s see what you can come with for what they’re about in two or three sentences.
The idea remember is to fib a little, a lot, tell whoppers, be inventive, silly or even outrageous, in your response and evade the truth.


1. War and Peace
2. The Green Mile
3. Dances with Wolves
4. Jaws
5. The Wind in the Willows
6. The Deserter
7. One Shot
8. It
9. Independence Day
10. The Count of Monte Cristo


1. War and Peace is a book about emotions. It explores the universal feelings we have of being mad about something, rage, and throwing a hissy fit. Those are war feelings. This book also gives examples of peaceful feelings, such as happiness, contentment, smiles & hugs, which we all want.

2.  The Green Mile  is a how-to book on gardening. It shows you the ins and outs of creating any size lawn and garden, with tips and photos.

3. Dances With Wolves is the tell-all memoirs of celebrities who have competed on televised dance competitions. Go behind the scenes as they reveal the cutthroat world of contestants and judges. Includes photos.

4. Jaws is a classic, must read medical textbook for students in dental colleges. Work book pages included as an important part of earning a good grade and diploma.

5. The Wind in the Willows is a book about the dust bowl era, and how soil erosion by the wind contributed mightily toward the depression years.

6. The Deserter is a lovely book (with scrumptious photos) of sweet treats. These deserts will tempt your taste buds. Recipes are easy to follow, and includes nutrition tables.

7. One Shot is a short story collection of murder mysteries, based on an amalgam of true crime cases of the past 100 years.

8. It, the book, is a children’s interactive exercise in choices. Cute stories for the little ones lets them choose between two different endings. Beautifully illustrated.

9. Independence Day follows six students through their high school years up to  their graduation day, and  how they will handle their new independence.

10. The Count of Monte Cristo is a book about one family who gave up everything when they bought their own island. From city life, to establishing their island home, they come to realize home is where the heart is, as long as they are together in their dream.


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© 2020 BS