Category Archives: Books

IS IT IN the CARDS?

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IS IT IN the CARDS?

I’ve heard the expression, ‘it’s in the cards’, before, but what does that even mean? Does it mean it is fate, luck, or a cosmic plan? I don’t know about all that, but it’s fun to think about.

I could go on speculating about these kind of deep subjects, but maybe another day. This time I have some other kinds of cards in mind.

I have a lot of cards. I never set out to have any kind of collection of them, but it sort of turned out that way. Over the years, I’ve saved most of my old library cards, and video rental cards. Every where we lived, different states, cities, towns, and countries, I’ve always found the library there. It’s always one of the first things to do, after getting settled in our new place. Some were large, some were small, some were on the Army/Naval/Air Force bases, some were on university campuses, and some were even book mobiles. It didn’t matter, as I can find books to check out any place.

The same goes for those video rental stores. I’d sign up for a card at all kinds of places, from the big name ones, to drugstores, furniture stores, grocery stores, and wherever they rented them. Big ones small ones, I didn’t care.

Anyway, I saved most of these cards. I don’t know what happened to many more…maybe we had to turn them in when we moved, or they got lost. So, I have cards. Here’s some photos of them I’ve put in a scrapbook. (excuse the marked out parts – you know how it is) 🙂

Did you have a lot of library or video cards?

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© 2017 BS

RECYCLED BOOK READING CHALLENGE – HIGH on ARRIVAL

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RECYCLED BOOK READING CHALLENGE – HIGH on ARRIVAL

Recycled Book Reading Challenge!

Click the link above to find out how to join in.

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It’s time for the monthly Recycled Book Reading Challenge.

This is where we take a book we’ve been meaning to read, that has been stacked up in our ‘to be read’ pile for awhile, and actually read it. I know I have a lot like that. We are to give a review of the book, one that has been bought at a discount, at a yard sale or thrift store, or any used book store. There’s where the ‘recycled’ part comes in. Giving these used books a chance can lead to some great reading. 🙂

This past month I read this one.

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This is a memoir written by Mackenzie Phillips, called “High on Arrival”.

I do like reading memoirs, auto-biographies, biographies, and many kinds of non-fiction. This one was one of the most thorough I’ve read in awhile. Ms Phillips does not sugar coat any part of her life that she writes about.

If you remember, she was one of the stars of the TV sit-com, “One Day at a Time”, and appeared in the movie, “American Graffiti”. She has been acting for many years, and she tells about all of her experiences on that front…the good and the bad.

Mostly, though, she chronicles her life with her famous father, John Phillips, one of the members of the popular singing group, “The Mamas & the Papas”, and the rock and roll lifestyle she was born into. She tells how there were no rules or limits placed upon her and her brother, and drug use was an everyday routine. She goes into great depth describing her days as a hard core, drug addicted junkie. Her relationships suffered, her jobs as an actress were compromised, and honestly, she seems surprised to have lived through it all.

If you are squeamish about depictions of sexual abuse, and horrendous drug use episodes, then I would recommend this book be for Mature Readers only!!

I am glad Ms Phillips has gotten her life back together, these days, and hope she continues in the future.

This book was published in 2009, by Gallery Books, a division of Simon and Schuster, Inc. It can be found on Amazon.

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© 2017 BS

 

RECYCLED BOOK READING CHALLENGE – BAR FLOWER

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RECYCLED BOOK READING CHALLENGE – BAR FLOWER

Recycled Book Reading Challenge!

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The recycled book reading challenge is where we post a review of a book we’ve read the past month. Ultimately, it should be a used book, found at library sales, yard sales, thrift stores, etc. We know we have lots of books stacked up, ready to be read. Now is the time to pick one up and actually read it!

Find out more about this challenge by clicking the link above. It’s fun! 🙂

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My recycled book this time came from the book store, in their used section. I’ve had it quite a while, and I’m glad I finally got to read it. It is called “Bar Flower”, and is a memoir written by Lea Jacobson. Here’s a photo of the cover.

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Ms Jacobson writes of her experiences in Japan. She studied the Japanese language in college, and was fluent in speaking it. So, she decided to go live in Japan to pursue teaching. She did find a job, and enjoyed it, but ran into trouble with the organization she was obligated to, and their rules.

Still needing a job, she investigated the businesses of the night…the nightclub/bar scene, which is a major, complicated industry there. She did secure a job in one of the nightclubs, as a hostess. These jobs were classified as being in the sex industry, yet the jobs of being a hostess, was not at all selling sex. The girls were only required to sit at a table in the bar, and visit with the male patrons who came in. They were to provide drinks (at the customer’s expense), and be pleasant to talk with. That was all, and it was strictly enforced by the bar’s ‘mama’ proprietress.

Lea made friends with some of the other girls who worked there, had fun dressing up, and of course drinking. She had one job at a certain bar for a long time, then one at another place. She would go back home to the U. S. from time to time, to continue her studies, but always came back to hostessing in Japan. She still had dreams of teaching, though.

It was a very interesting book, that gives a glimpse of what the nightlife is like in some areas of the Ginza in Japan. It also goes into her struggles with alcoholism.

If you enjoy memoirs that are a bit different, you would like to read this one.

I noticed it is available on Amazon for only one penny!

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© 2016 BS

 

THE TENTH GARFIELD TREASURY – for RECYCLED BOOK READING CHALLENGE

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THE TENTH GARFIELD TREASURY – for RECYCLED BOOK CHALLENGE

This challenge is where we post a review of a book we’ve read over the past month. It is supposed to be a book that we’ve had in our ‘to be read’ stack, and that is a used book that we are basically recycling. Even old books are still good reading!

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This time I couldn’t decide on one, and time was running out. I picked up this one, “The Tenth Garfield Treasury”, because it was one I’d gotten at the library book sale a long time ago. I basically skimmed through the pages. I’ve read a lot of the Garfield books, and read the comics in newspapers for years. This one is a compilation of some of those, so are kind of recycled comics from another place.

It’s the usual antics that Garfield, the cat, gets up to with his cartoon family, Jon, and the dog, Odie. As always they are funny, and I love seeing the way they are drawn.

Garfield comics first made an appearance in 1978, the creation of Jim Davis. This book was printed in 1999, by Ballantine Publishing Group.

If you like comics, and cats doing funny things, you’ll like reading this one, too. 🙂

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To participate in this challenge, you’ll find out how by clicking the link below:

Recycled Book Reading Challenge!

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© 2016 BS

BREAKING ALL SOULS – (FIRST WORDS)

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BREAKING ALL SOULS – (FIRST WORDS)

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I thought I’d try something a little different. I’ve seen similar, but haven’t tried doing it before. What I did, was take a bunch of books that I have stacked up, take a photo, and try to make some kind of poem out of the first word or two from the titles of them. This is what I came up with. 🙂 It was pretty interesting, and fun to do. I’ll probably try it again sometime. (oh, looks like I missed using a couple of the books title words…hmm, for fun see if you can guess the ones I missed?)

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BREAKING ALL SOULS

The original haunted American desert has gone wild

Breaking all souls into ashes, where

I am a stranger, a sleeping holy ghost

You don’t hold the reckless midnight storm, the biting lover, the darker shades…

I’ll kiss the memory

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© 2016 BS

THE TIME MACHINE – RECYCLED BOOK READING CHALLENGE

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THE TIME MACHINE – RECYCLED BOOK READING CHALLENGE

I’m a few days late posting my book review, as we usually do this on the 1st of each month. But, here we go, anyway! Enjoy!

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The book I read for this month was, “The Time Machine”, by H. G. Wells. It was first written and published in 1895.

I’m pretty sure I got this book from the local library book sale. I get most of my used books there, as they have really good prices for them…50 cents for paperbacks, and $1.00 for hardback.

I actually had never read this book before. I’d seen the movies made from it, and both of the ones I saw were good. I preferred the one made in 1960 best. It starred Rod Taylor, Alan Young, and Yvette Mimieux.

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The subject of the book is of course a time machine. A scientist had invented a machine that would be able to transport a person to a different time in history, either past or future. He gave a presentation to his fellow colleagues, but they were skeptical of the whole thing. After the meeting, the Time Traveler, as the main character was called in the book, tried out his machine.

As the time for their next meeting commenced, everyone showed up except for the host. Then, just before everyone was getting ready to leave, he shows up, all bedraggled. He told them he’d time traveled to the future, and he’d tell them all about it.

This is the main part of the book, his telling of his adventures in the future time. He was in the same location as they were in now, just way into the future. He’d met a strange group of people, called Eloi, and their enemies, called the Morlocks. At one point, he even loses his time machine, and has to find it before he can return to the present time.

He is befriended by a sweet girl Eloi, named Weena, who shows him around, and he wants to bring her back with him. It’s all very interesting how he deals with the world of the future, that is so different.

I would recommend reading this book.

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That brings me to the name of my blog…’teleportingweena’. 🙂 I chose it because I love the story of the Time Machine, and the girl, Weena. It is about time travel, and you never know exactly where you’ll land, or what you’ll see. Just like the vision I had when I started this blog. Also, our tabby cat was named Rowena, and we called her Weena. I’m convinced she could teleport herself to other dimensions. Sound kind of wacky, I know, but cats are mysterious, so you never quite know for sure. 🙂

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I did read the definitions of ‘time travel’ and ‘teleportation’. Here’s what I understood from that: Time Travel (a time machine) will send you through time…past or future. Teleportation (no machine), moves you to a different location in the present time.

Have you ever been teleported somewhere? I think I have. 🙂

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This is for Mliae’s “Recycled Book Reading Challenge”. Find out how to join in by clicking below:

Recycled Book Reading Challenge!

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© 2016 BS

4 a. m.

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4 a. m.

Vampires and Lost Souls

Such are the demons we fight

4 a. m. secrets

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Vampires and Demons

Guard your Lost Soul against them

4 a. m. terrors

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Lost Souls together

Stand against evil beings

4 a. m. – love wins

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© 2016 BS

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For Prompt Nights 0When Armed with the license to quote (13)  http://www.adashofsunny.com/category/prompt-nights/

For National Paranormal Day – May 3rd

For favorite book, “Lost Souls” by Poppy Z. Brite

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THE ULTIMATE BOOK TAG

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THE ULTIMATE BOOK TAG

I found this book tag post on Tabby’s blog, The Orange Owl Diaries https://orangeowldiaries.com/2016/04/25/ultimate-book-tag/ … It sounds like fun, so I decided to post my answers. Thanks, Tabby!

As someone who loves to read a lot of books, this book tag is interesting. There are questions to answer about books, so here they are:

1. Do you get sick while reading in the car?

No, I never have.

2. Harry Potter Series or the Twilight Saga? Give 3 points to defend your answer.

As I’ve not read either one, I couldn’t say yay or nay about either.

3. Do you carry a book bag? If so, what is in it besides books?

Sometimes I carry a book bag or a tote bag. I have a really unique one that a friend made for me years ago. It’s made from an old pair of blue jeans, and he did leatherwork for the handle with my name embossed in it.

4. Do you smell your books?

Once in awhile you just can’t help smelling them. A brand new one smells way different from an older one. One time there was a library book that smelled like pepper. We all could smell pepper, and every once in awhile we’d go see if it still smelled like pepper, and every time it did, even years later. I never could read it, because it smelled. The pages weren’t dirty at all, though.

5. Books with or without little illustrations?

It doesn’t matter if I like the book. I do like photos, though, on the non-fiction books.

6. What book did you love while reading, but discovered later it wasn’t quality writing?

Can’t think of any at the moment.

7. Do you have any funny stories involving books from your childhood? Please share.

Oh yeah…In 4th grade I’d checked out a book from the school library, and you know those little cards they’d stamp the date on, and you’d sign your name, and it fit in a little pocket glued to the inside cover of the book. Well, this was way back in the ‘good old days’ haha… I don’t suppose they do that now? Anyway, the book was called “Strawberry Roan” and was about a horse. I was way into horsey type books at the time. It was a great book, and then it was time to turn it back in. So, I get on my bicycle to ride to school. The book is in the front basket of the bike. I get going, hit a bump, and fall down with the bike. I got a big cut on my knee (still have the scar), and the book…well, it bounced out of the basket and got run over by the bike, and was a big ‘ol mess. I freaked out of course…what was I gonna do? What was I gonna say about the library book? I worried about it all the way to school (after I picked myself up from the ground). At school, I went into the library room, and wonder of wonders, no one else was in there. I took the little card from it’s pocket, and scratched out my name really dark, with a pencil, so no one would know I’d had the book, that was now ruined. I put it back on the shelf, and never told anyone. I have no idea what happened when it was discovered.  🙂

8. What is the thinnest book on your shelf?

Oh, man…I’d have to get up and look. Maybe I’ll tell you later?

9. What is the thickest book on your shelf?

Same, thing…I’ll tell you later.

10. Do you write as well as read? Do you see yourself in the future as being an author?

I write all the time. I am an author of all my blog posts. I’ve also had a poem published in an online magazine.

11. When did you get into reading?

Before I could read, I’d make up stories about the kid books I had. Then, I’d memorize the words of the books. I don’t remember when I actually could read words, but in elementary school, I’m sure.

12. What is your favorite classic book?

Classic? Maybe “Grapes of Wrath”?

13. In school what was your best subject? Language Arts/English?

English.

14. If you were given a book as a present that you had read before and hated, what would you do?

Tell the person thank you. Later, I’d probably donate it to the library, for their annual book sale.

15. What is a lesser know series that you know of that is similar to Harry Potter of the Hunger Games?

Sorry, don’t know of any.

16. What is your favorite word?

Words of all kinds. I like to read the dictionary.

17. Are you a nerd, dork, or dweeb?

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18. Bookmark or random piece of paper?

Bookmark! I love collecting all kinds, and using them.

19. One book at a time, or several books at once?

Several at once…one in each room.

20. Can you stop reading at any part of the book, or does it have to be the end of the chapter?

I can stop anywhere, even in the middle of a sentence, then pick right back up when I get back to it.

21. Do you write in a book?

No.

22. Love Triangle or forbidden love?

Forbidden love.

23. Can you read while listening to music/watching TV?

Yes, it doesn’t bother me.

24. Do you read out loud or silently in your head?

Silently to myself, but if something is funny, laughing out loud.

25. Bonus Question: Physical book, e-book, or audio book?

Physical book, but I do have a lot to read on my Kindle.

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Fun questions! If you’d like to give this a try, please do. Send me a link, if you do, so I can read your answers! 🙂

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Thanks for visiting! Peace }I{

© 2016 BS

RECYCLED BOOK READING CHALLENGE

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RECYCLED BOOK READING CHALLENGE

Hi, again! Here it is the 1st of May, and it’s time for another review of a recycled book I read during the past month.

We all have those books we bought at a sale, thrift store, library book sale, yard sale…you know the kind. We bring them home, stack them up, and the pile gets larger, as we add more. This challenge is hopefully to nudge us to actually take one of these books, and read it. I know I’m all interested in the book when I bring it home, then it gets farther down the stack, and I forget I have it.

So, the simple instructions can be found here … https://lifexperimentblog.com/2016/01/26/recycled-book-reading-challenge/

Just read a book, write a post (a short review of it), take a picture of the book, post it, and ping back to where you heard about the challenge. Do this, once a month, on the 1st of the month, for 12 months. 🙂

Here’s the one I read for the month of April:

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The Necklace by Cheryl Jarvis

I bought this book at the library book sale, quite awhile ago. It was actually a discarded library book.

Here’s the gist of it…

It seems a woman in Ventura, California had a plan. She saw a beautiful and expensive diamond necklace at a jewelry store, and wanted it, but couldn’t afford the thousands of dollars it cost.

So, she invited her friends and co-workers to contribute to the cost of buying it, and they would share wearing it, one month at a time, for each lady. The ones who did, (they each paid a thousand dollars), held monthly meetings, and the next lady on the list would get the necklace for a month. At the next meeting, she was to tell what all adventures she had.

They named the necklace, “Jewelia”. This plan worked out pretty well, but there were some heated discussions about the ‘rules’, of which some wanted rules, some didn’t. Somehow, the news outlets got wind of this necklace sharing experiment, and the group was featured in People Magazine.

The book does each chapter with a look at the women who participated, one by one, and her thoughts on it all. It was very interesting to read about such a unique experiment, and the women’s thoughts on it.

One thing that bugged me, though, was that every one of these women claimed they were not rich, were just ordinary, every day people, with husbands, children, a job, etc.  In my opinion, they were all pretty rich…way above middle class, as they described their houses, pools, holidays, etc.

I’d recommend reading this, as it is interesting all the way through, and there are photos.

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Now, to find a recycled book to read for next review time! Why not join in? 🙂

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© 2016 BS