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A to Z Blog Challenge 2018 – Letter U

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

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© 2018 BS

 

 

A to Z Blog Challenge – Letter T

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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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A to Z Blog Challenge 2018 – Letter S #AtoZChallenge 2018 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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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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A to Z Blog Challenge 2018 – Letter L #AtoZChallenge 2018 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