Category Archives: Books

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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© 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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© 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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© 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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© 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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© 2019 BS

Dare to Dream

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Dare to Dream

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And you must dare to do as many things as you dream of… ~ Nastassja Kinski

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This is a dream I had this morning, November 27, 2018.

I was at a library with my daughter and grand-daughter. Not sure where what library it was…never seen it in real life, but it felt familiar.

I’d turned in some books, one of which was called ‘Dare to Dream’ or something like that. There was another name similar, but can’t remember it now. Anyway, it had pink on the cover, and was sort of like those ‘for Dummies’ books, or along those same type of books. Maybe it was ‘Dare to Dream for Dummies’? I’m thinking it was a book on the subject of using your imagination when putting together scrap books. (I’ve actually been trying to get back to my scrap book making, but my imagination has been on the low end lately. I guess the book would help?)

Well, I’d turned it in, but then decided I wasn’t done with the book, and wanted it back to re-check it again. But, I couldn’t find it. I went to the shelf where it was supposed to be usually, but it wasn’t there. I looked all around, but nope, not there anywhere. So, I asked the librarian about it. They said it had already been transferred to their other library across town, and I could probably find it there.

So, we went over there. For some reason we were walking in this downtown area that may or may not have been a real place I’ve seen before. I get the feeling I’ve had dreams about this downtown before. There are tall and old buildings, empty sidewalks, it’s cold and gray, and the wind is blowing. It’s kind of dark and spooky, but still day time. It’s just the buildings, and being in the shade of them that makes it that way.

Well, we finally get to the other library, and go down a cement ramp to get to the door. Just as we get there, a guy comes out pushing a library cart with books on it. He’s actually the guy who does the story time thing for kids at the library (a real person I’ve seen before). I say we were going in just for a minute to find that book I was looking for, but he says they are closing already. Since he was sort of a friend ? he says he’ll let us go on in, but just for one hour. So we do go in, while he busies himself in the office with paperwork.

I look at all the shelves in this library, and finally, finally find the book, and take it from the shelf. Yep, it’s the one…’Dare to Dream’. It’s the same pink cover and everything.

That was all of the dream, but somewhere in there, and I don’t know why, my grand-daughter was sitting in a high-chair.

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I have a lot of recurring dream about libraries (and thrift stores). Do you have many of the same subject dreams? Mine most always have some spooky element to them, too. How about you? I’d love to hear about them! 🙂

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~also posted for NanoPoblano2018

Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2018 BS

2 Christmas Books

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2 Christmas Books

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There are 2 books that I just have to read and have re-read every Christmas season. I dig them out of the far corners of my bookshelf, and can’t wait to start reading them again. I mean, it’s been a whole year since I last read them. I haven’t gotten tired of them, even though I know what they are all about.

Here are the 2 books. They are both a lot of fun to read. Both of them are laugh out loud funny, too.

First is, “Skipping Christmas”, by John Grisham.

It has also been made into a very good movie, which I’ve seen, starring Jamie Lee Curtis, and Tim Allen. You may have seen the movie, “Christmas With the Kranks”, which follows the book very well, but as with all books made into movies, there’s extra fun in reading the original books.

 

The next one is, “An Idiot Girl’s Christmas”, by Laurie Notaro. She’s one of my favorite authors, as I’ve read all her books, and this one is just as good. She writes short essays of her true life adventures, and they most all have a humorous take on her life. This one is all about the funny things that happen at Christmas time.

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Anyway, just thought I’d share a couple of fun reads with you, for when you have a little time to settle in with some laughs. 🙂

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~also posted for NanoPoblano2018

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2018 BS

Number 3 – Stream of Consciousness Saturday – Point

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Number 3 – Stream of Consciousness Saturday – Point

The Friday Reminder and Prompt for #SoCS Nov. 3/18

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Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “point.” Open a book on your lap, close your eyes, and put your finger on the page. Whatever you land on, whether it be a word, a phrase, or a sentence, write about it. Enjoy!

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This is where we let it all hang out on Saturday…the SOCS. Linda gives us a suggested prompt to write to, and we can take it in all kinds of fun, informative, and weird directions. Join in, why don’t you. The link to the details are above. Thanks, Linda!

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So, we’re to find a book of ours, close our eyes, point to something on a page and start writing. Hmmm…

First question? Which book? Any book? The book we’re currently reading, or a favorite book, or hocus-pocus just grab something from the bookshelf?

I thought about it for awhile, and picked 3, because 3 is the magic number, right? You get 3 wishes, you turn 3 times, 3 on a match, bad/or good things come in 3s, and so on. So…three (3).

My books are:

Favorite book – “Lost Souls”, by Poppy Z. Brite

…word/sentence chosen with eyes closed – page 49 (ooh 4 + 9 = 13) – ‘The locusts were still singing in the trees and in the long weeds by the side of the road, but their song grew sad, the harbinger of another summer’s end.’

Old Favorite Book picked from the bookshelf – “The Survival of Jan Little”, by John Man –

…page 141 – (ooh 1+ 4 + 1 = 6 & 3 + 3 = 6)  – The forest was silent, except for the electric hum of some nearby insect’.

Current Book I’m reading – “Glitch”, by Heather Anastasiu

…Page 43 – (ooh another number with 3 in it) – ‘Images from our textbooks flashed in my mind as I struggled to hurry down the stairs.’

My conclusion is that all of these were picked at random (eyes closed) and all had something to do with the number 3, two were something about trees, woods, forests, and insects, and well, the last one…stairs & textbooks. And, I got the last book at the library book sale recently, and we had to go down the stairs to the basement part of the library where the sale is held. Along with all kinds of books, there are also textbooks for sale.

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Does this have any Point to it? No, but it was fun to see what happened with using this prompt. It was a lot of fun!

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This post brought to you by the number 3.

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Happy Weekend!

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2018 BS

Books I’ve Read Lately

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Books I’ve Read Lately

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Just thought I’d show the covers of some books I’ve read lately. They were all really good, in my opinion.I got them at the library book sale last month. My daughter and I go every year, and find lots of good books at bargain prices.

These are maybe classified as YA young adult, or teen? I don’t know, but I do like reading these kind of novels. All three of these have sequels to them, so I need to find them pretty soon.

I do like reading a series, if the books are good. I never know if the next ones in line are going to be as good as the first one, but I always hope so.

I hadn’t heard of these authors before, but will read more of their books, if possible.

Do you like reading a series by the same author?

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~also posted for NanoPoblano2018~ nanopoblano2018-notrim

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2018 BS