Category Archives: Books

Saturday Six Word Story Prompt – Survival

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Saturday Six Word Story Prompt – Survival

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

Survival

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Fantastic book – Survival of Jan Little

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January Squares Day # 9 – Up – Upside Down

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January Squares – Day # 9 – Up – Upside Down

 

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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 https://beckybofwinchester.com/square-daily-photo-challenge/
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! 🙂

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

Enjoy!

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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! 🙂

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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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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2021 BS

Fibbing Friday – Bad Book Blurbs

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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.

https://pensitivity101.wordpress.com/2020/07/03/fibbing-friday-3rd-july-2020/

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.

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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

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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

What I’ve Been Reading

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What I’ve Been Reading

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Now, I don’t like living in a time when there is a pandemic viral disaster, but I sure like reading about fictional ones.

I’ve read this first series of books several times.

“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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This two book series is good, too. I’ve read the first one twice, and am about half way through with the second one. I don’t know if there will be more.

The setting is in England, present time. Something causes a virus to be unleashed into all water, especially the rain, which contaminates every other water source. If even a drop of bad water touches you, you die a horrible death.

Some people have so far survived, and the book is told through the voice of one high school girl as she manages her life now, alone.

It is eerie how this book is so much like what we have going on right now in the real world, except the virus comes through the rain, though it is contagious person to person. How the people are told to shelter in place – stay home, how the people that are left begin raiding stores, and hoarding, how the government is looking for a cure, but not really helping, and more similarities.

These were written by Virginia Bergin in 2014 & 2015.

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So, that’s what I’ve been reading. How about you? 🙂

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2020 BS

 

What Book Am I Reading This Week?

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What Book Am I Reading This Week?

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Book jacket is yellow with a large red tomato in the middle (Title is in red letters)

“The $64 Tomato”, by William Alexander.

I’ve had this book a long time and got it at a used book store. I thought I’d read it before, but seems I hadn’t.

It’s pretty good and easy to read. There are some funny parts, and a bit of gardening tips.

The author recounts his family’s move to a ramshackle old house, and their attempts to renovate it. Meanwhile he has taken up growing fruits and vegetables, and also flowers on their three acres of land.

He has no idea of what he is doing at first, but he learns by trial and error. This leads to some funny outcomes, with his ‘crops’, and also dealing with garden pests, and also house contractor problems along the way.

The blurb on the book jacket says: “How One Man Nearly Lost His Sanity, Spent a Fortune, and Endured an Existential Crisis in the Quest for the Perfect Garden”

It is a fun read. 🙂

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2019 BS

What Have I Been Reading?

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What Have I Been Reading?

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I do read a lot of books of all kinds, but favor the memoir and biography type. Then sometimes I want a change and read some fiction.

These are just a few of the books from lately.

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“Walk to Beautiful” (My Story), by Jimmy Wayne (Barber). The words under the title say, ‘The Power of Love and a Homeless Kid Who Found the Way’.

Jimmy Wayne is a country recording artist, who tells of his life from early on, living in poverty, an abusive family life, and his struggles to better himself and his situation. He was in and out of foster homes, and detention centers, lived in horrendous conditions, and yet survived. Later on, he wanted to help other foster kids, by raising awareness , and made a 1,700 mile walk across America.

There are lots of personal photos in the book.

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“Brain Jack”, by Brian Falkner, is a Young Adult fiction/sci-fy type book.

It tells the story of Sam, a high school student who is also a computer hacker. One of the best, in fact, and gets the attention of the U. S. Government, resulting in him being recruited to help them rout out other hackers and terrorists all over the world.

There is a lot of computer lingo, but it is simply explained, and doesn’t detract from the overall story. If you are a gamer, or know a lot about computers and how they work, you’ll like this one. I sure do.

There are dark forces that get into computer networks, and Sam and others job is to eradicate them before they destroy everything.

It reminds me a lot of “Ready Player One”, and also “Ender’s Game” series. Both of these were good.

I’ve only been reading this one a couple of days, so am only about half way through. It is definitely a page turner!

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“Scratch Beginnings”, by Adam Shepard tells of his true story of living a year as a homeless person. He starts out with nothing but $25, and a few things in a back pack. He wants to see if he can survive on the streets, and the homeless shelters he stays at. He tries to find a job to earn some money, finding it hard, as so many of those who are down and out do.

He tells of the people he meets along the way, and gets a better understanding of how destitute people are treated.

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“Here’s the Story”, by Maureen McCormick, in which she tells of her life as a child actress on “The Brady Bunch” (Marcia), and her life after the show was over. She seemed to never be able to reconcile herself and her alter ego Marcia from the show. This led to many destructive habits (drugs), and how she overcame them.

It’s an eye-opening look at how some celebrities fall from the heights of success, to the depths of despair, and struggle to find themselves again.

There are lots of personal photos and also behind the scenes remembrances of being on the TV show.

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“A Sliver of Light”, by Shane Bauer, Josh Fattal, and Sarah Shourd, tells the true story of how they were imprisoned in Iran. They were hiking on a beautiful afternoon in Iraq, when accosted and taken in by the Iranian border guards. Falsely accused of espionage, they spent two years imprisoned, surviving on their wits and strength.

Told by all three are their day to day living conditions there, and speaks of some who helped them there, and also their family and friends back home who dealt with the press, and the government red tape in the U. S. and in Iran.

 

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2019 BS

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Fan Of … Books

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Fan Of … Books

Fan Of… #9 — Succulents

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Here’s a new fun challenge! Just post something you like and are a fan of. 🙂

It’s hosted by Jez Braithwaite, and you can find his blog at the above link.

How To Join In

  1. Create a Fan Of… Photo Post.
  2. Add a link to your Fan of… blog post in my comment box.
  3. Title your post Fan Of… or add Fan Of… tag.

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These are just a few of my book shelves. They are all just a big mish-mash of all kinds of books. 🙂

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2019 BS

 

Pull Up a Seat – Comfy

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Pull Up a Seat – Comfy  Pull_up-_a_Seat-Badge

Pull up a Seat Photo Challenge 2019-Week 20

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Two comfy gray arm chairs at a used book store we went to recently.

There were four of these chairs sat around a wooden table.

My grand-daughter and I took full advantage of these chairs, while her mom was still browsing the store for books. We read each other stories, played Eye Spy, and the chairs were so comfortable, we could have taken a nice nap. 😉

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2019 BS

Book Stuff

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Book Stuff

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2002 Michael Crichton – Prey

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Here’s the book I’m currently reading. I’m about half way through, and it’s really good.

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I’d been in a sort of a doldrums with finding something to read lately. I kept reading parts of old books I’ve read several times, and yeah, they were good, but after so many times, I just couldn’t finish any of them again. I really don’t like to be without something to read that keeps me interested for awhile, and want to read more every chance I get.

I have tons of books, old ones, and even new ones. The thing is, sometimes I’m in a mood for something, but don’t really know what it is …until I run across some book that will hook me for a few days.

This one I got at a book sale, probably, a long time ago. I hadn’t read it before, and I guess it just hit the right mood at the right time.

So, you can enlarge the photo to see the back cover synopsis, if you want.

Here’s what I’ve figured out so far.

The main character husband has been without a job for awhile, so stays home to care for the children. His wife has a high powered job, and is doing good, But…she starts acting very weird…like nice to everyone one minute, then cross and snappy with her family the next minute.

The baby gets sick.

There’s a super secret scientific lab out in the Nevada desert (the wife works there).

The lab is manufacturing tiny robot cameras. Some of them escape.

That’s as far as I’ve gotten. So…I have to keep reading to find out what happens next.

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So, how do you go about finding something new to read? Like me, do you stand in front of your bookshelves, picking up one after another, reading a few words, then going nope, nope, nope, okay I’ll try this one…nope…Hey, this one sounds pretty good. Start reading it, and it turns out that you picked a good one after all! 🙂

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2019 BS