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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 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

A to Z Blog Challenge 2018 – Letter K

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A to Z Blog Challenge 2018 – Letter K

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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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“Kabul Beauty School”, by Deborah Rodriguez, is an eye-opening look at one woman’s personal journey in Afghanistan.

Traveling to the war torn country with a group of humanitarian aid workers, she wasn’t very sure of what she could help out with, but she found her calling after all. Being a professional hair-dresser by trade, she realized that the Western workers, and the Afghan women alike, welcomed her expertise in fixing hair.

The author eventually opened her own beauty shop/school in Kabul, in 2003, with the help of sponsors. As she began to know more and more women, they began to tell their own personal stories, some quite tragic. This community of women formed the bonds of friendship, and learning of each other’s cultures, in spite of adverse circumstances.

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“Killer Stuff”, by Sharon Fiffer, is just one of the books in a whole series with the main character. Jane Wheel is her name, and she loves to go to estate sales, flea markets, and auctions. She buys stuff for an antique dealer to re-sell, but keeps a lot of it for herself. She just can’t help it. Along the way, she always finds some kind of crime to be solved. For some reason, she falls into the mystery and must help solve it. She has a funny family, which we see in all the books, too.

If you like mystery solving, yard sales, and very funny incidents, you’ll like this series. I’ve read them all, and wish there were more.

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Mystery Box Chickens

Join us tomorrow when the MB Chickens will open the letter L box of book titles!

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2018 BS

 

A to Z Blog Challenge 2018 – Letter J

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A to Z Blog challenge 2018 – Letter J #atozchallenge J letter

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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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“Just Another Kid”, by Torey L. Hayden, is just one of the author’s many books. I’ve read them all many times, and can say she is one of my favorite authors.

Her career is in childhood education, more specifically, she teaches special needs children. She writes of the specific children (names changed, of course), and everything that happens in her classes. There are many tears, lots of laughter, and more than that, there is learning, and love.

This book concerns her dealings with one of the children’s mothers. That the mother signs on as a classroom volunteer/aide, is a great help to Ms Hayden. However, she is to find out the mother has many problems of her own. Ms Hayden helps her work through her difficulties, just as she does with the children. So, in a way, she is ‘just another kid’.

If you’ve never read one of Torey L. Hayden’s books, I would highly recommend them.

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“Jeneration X”, by Jen Lancaster, is another of the author’s many memoirs. She uses humor to tell all, about her life.

In this one, she is trying to live the ‘adulting’ kind of life she supposes she should begin. But, it’s hard to break out of her Gen X mindset. We follow along as she navigates adulthood, with her husband, and menagerie of pets.

I’ve read all of this author’s books, and each one is so fun to read.

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Tomorrow is for the letter K, and the MB Chickens will be ready to reveal the letter K book titles.

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2018 BS

 

 

A to Z Blog Challenge 2018 – Letter H

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A to Z Blog Challenge 2018 – Letter H 2018 A to Z Challenge

A to Z Challenge for 2018.

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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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“Heads in Beds”, by Jacob Tomsky, is his personal, inside look at the hotel industry. He worked in all kinds of hotels, doing all kinds of jobs, and tells all. He pulls no punches with his revelations, the good, the bad, and the ugly. He meets all kinds of customers, all kinds of celebrities, and all kinds of bosses, and fellow employees. Follow the author as he navigates around his chosen career.

This is  a very eye-opening book, and I liked it a lot.

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“Hush Little Babies”, by Don Davis, is a true crime story. It happened right here in Texas.

It’s the story of how a suburban housewife, Darlie Routier, was accused and tried for the murder of her two little boys. The book describes the events that lead up to the murder, the trial, and the consequences.

What’s weird, is that there is a local connection we have to this story. The accused grew up and attended school in our town. It seemed she was from an affluent family, living in an almost mansion here. I’ve seen the house, myself. (the murder didn’t take place here, though).

Another weird connection is that when my husband was in training for Correction Officer employment at our local prison, he, along with other trainees, were taken to the Gatesville Prison for some further orientation. They passed by Ms Routier’s cell, and she hissed and growled at them.

If you like true crime stories, this one is very thorough in the account.

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Now, just for fun!

“Hatched”, by Sloane Tanen, and photographed by Stefan Hagen,  is such a funny book. The pictures are hilarious, and I kept laughing so much at the book store, I just had to buy it.

It uses toy chickens to portray what it’s like to be pregnant, and then becoming a mother. They have the funniest comments the chickens are saying about it all.

I’m pretty sure this is where I got my idea to use the little chickens (Mystery Box Chickens), on my A to Z posts. 🙂

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Join the MB Chickens tomorrow for the opening of the mystery book box. The letter will be I.

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2018 BS

 

A to Z Blog Challenge 2018 – Letter G

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A to Z Blog Challenge 2018 – Letter G 2018 A to Z Challenge

List of other participants for letter G

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1sBsRxpSCFjdPtDgabYvdWqFcRZg31HrNivQ6T3CXXso/edit#gid=1859961546

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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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“Gone”, by Michael Grant is a Teen/Young Adult novel. It is the start of a continuing series, with the same characters throughout.

The story starts with a ‘poof’. That is, as the teens are in class, their teacher just disappears. They soon find out that all the adults are just gone. As we meet the characters, woven into a thrilling tale, they try to find out what has happened, and what they will do now.

There are the typical good kids, and bad kids who have confrontations. Then, a few of the teens seem to have developed certain kinds of powers. There are scary parts, and funny parts as well as the continuing mystery of their situation.

And, I sure wanted to find out what happened, so I was hooked on the whole series.

The books are fast paced, and easy to read. I’d definitely recommend them.

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“Graves End”, by Elaine Mercado, is her true story of living in a haunted house. This took place in Brooklyn, New York, and they are still living in the house, today.

If you like ghost stories, especially if they are a true account of a paranormal experience, this is a good one.

The author and her family finally had help from parapsychologist, Dr. Hans Holzer, and medium, Marisa Anderson. They eventually found out what was causing all the spooky things that happened to them and the house.

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Mystery Box Chickens

Join the MB Chickens tomorrow for a look at books with the titles beginning with Letter H.

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2018 BS

A to Z Blog Challenge 2018 – Letter D

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A to Z Blog Challenge 2018 – Letter D 2018 A to Z Challenge

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1dYiDI9b7D42w6w9aN80HkWnySKXOaCuvBtiKHFAZFK4/edit#gid=941749210

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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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“Dr. Mary’s Monkey”, by Edward T Haslam, is such an interesting book. It delves deeper into the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. This book is just one of many that tries to make sense of that horrible, historic day. The author has some great points to make, as he researched very carefully the events that led up to this day. This book explores how a secret lab, monkey viruses, government cover-ups, and more, are tied in to the assassination of JFK.

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“Dishwasher”, by Pete Jordan, is a fun book to read. The author has a goal of traveling the U.S. to wash dishes in as many restaurants as he can. He tells of his adventures, and misadventures, and gives a behind the scenes look at what goes on in the restaurants we eat at, and have no idea of.

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Join the Mystery Box Chickens tomorrow for a look into the box for books with titles beginning with letter E. 🙂

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2018 BS

A to Z Blog Challenge – 2018 – Letter C

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A to Z Blog Challenge – 2018 –  Letter C 2018 A to Z Challenge

http://www.a-to-zchallenge.com/2018/03/master-list-sign-ups.html

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1tumJdWHpq7VI4n2Iv-Mi6xOcCeJBqRTGdHgh9tMe2j0/edit#gid=151165970

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The above links are to the main information page for A to Z, and to the list of participants, so far, to the letter of the day, “C”.

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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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“Comic Epitaphs, From the Very Best Old Graveyards”, by the Peter Pauper Press, is a pretty funny look at what people had engraved on headstones. Most all of them are short, and very humorous, stating something about the dear deceased.

It’s actually pretty fun to come up with some for yourself and people you know. My daughter and I did this one time, while we were visiting an old cemetery. Some old headstones can be so interesting to read what was written on them.

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“The Cactus Eaters”, by Dan White, is a very good book. It is subtitled, “How I Lost My Mind – and Almost Found Myself – On the Pacific Crest Trail”.

The author and his girlfriend decide to hike this 2,650 mile trail, from Mexico to Canada. If you like true stories about hiking adventures, with lots of humorous incidents, too, this is a great one to read.

I started reading this while traveling by air. It sure made the trip feel shorter. The only thing was, I caught the flu on the way back home, and was running fever, and had chills, but kept on reading. It was hard to put down this book, sick or not.

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“Confessions of a Shopaholic”, by Sophie Kinsella, is a wonderfully funny novel. It’s the start of a series, featuring a British girl who has a little problem of spending way too much money. She gets herself into all kinds of hilarious situations, then has to work her way out of them. Her family and friends are tolerant to a point, but wonder if she’ll ever learn.

I’ve read all the books in the series more than once, and even the other books the author has published. They are just as good. Sophie Kinsella is one of my favorite authors, and I know reading her books will be just like being there with the character and her escapades.

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Now, as a bonus, here are a couple of books I have not read. They belong to my husband, and he probably would say these books are very good. He’s read pretty much everything published by the author, and grabs the next new one as soon as it comes out. I’m not real sure what they are about, except maybe espionage, politics, intrigue… ?

So, sticking with letter C, here are:

“Crescent Dawn,” and “The Chase”, by Clive Cussler.

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Join the Mystery Box Chickens tomorrow, when the letter of the day will be D.

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2018 BS

 

 

 

 

A to Z Blog Challenge 2018 – Letter B

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A to Z Blog Challenge – Letter B 2018 A to Z Challenge

http://www.a-to-zchallenge.com/2018/03/master-list-sign-ups.html

Here’s the link to participants for letter B

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1asaY3r3MqrVoqwIUJInZmXRi8H7u0pWRLmxXky7eL64/edit#gid=1302076724

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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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“Bettyville”, by George Hodgman, is his memoir of moving back home to care for his aged mother, Betty.

Betty is a force to be reckoned with, speaking her mind, and wanting everything to go her own way. She is 90 years old.

George tells his story of growing up, being gay, and dealing with his mother, from his early memories, to the present time. There’s lots of humor, and pathos recollected in this book.

My daughter gave me this book for Christmas one year, because the author was basically a local person where she lived, and the book was heavily promoted there. We both read it, and we both had differing thoughts about it. I got the feeling George and his mother didn’t really like each other, and she thought the complete opposite.

It is a very good, and interesting book, and I’d recommend it.

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“bloom”, by Kelle Hampton, is a book I have not read, yet. I bought it at a book sale, a long time ago, and it has been in my to be read stack. It still seems to be an interesting book, a memoir of a family’s journey with their Down’s Syndrome child.

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“The Biggest Secret”, by David Icke, is a most interesting book. I have several of his books, and all deal with what some may call ‘conspiracy theories’. I love reading about this subject, and whether there is a grain of truth in what the author has researched, is anybody’s guess.

This one has detailed information about the British Royal Family, including never before made public revelations about the death of Princess Diana. Other subjects covered are thoughts (fact or fiction?) on religion, politics, aliens, and secret societies.

Worth reading if you enjoy these types of topics.

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Join the Mystery Box Chickens tomorrow, when they open the box of books with titles beginning with letter C.

Mystery Box Chickens

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2018 BS