Wednesday, August 16, 2017

National Tell-A-Joke Day is August 16!

It's National Tell-A-Joke Day - August 16! 

I found some of these on the Internet: 

Here's a bookish one - just to make it worthy of a book blog! 

Keep Calm graphics are always welcome!

 I asked Siri to tell me some jokes and here is what she said: 

"Which baseball player has the shortest commute?" 
"The Catcher - he only works from home." 

"What was the turkey grateful for on Thanksgiving?" 


"I love math - although do you know what seems odd to me?" 
"numbers indivisible by two." da dum dum

what's your favorite joke? 

Friday, August 4, 2017

Review of "Heartless" by Marissa Meyer

Title: Heartless
Author: Marissa Meyer
Published: November 8, 2016
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Edition: hardcover 453 pages
Literary Awards: Goodreads Choice Awards Nominee for Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction (2016)

From Goodreads:

Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland and a favorite of the unmarried King, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, she wants to open a shop and create delectable pastries. But for her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for a woman who could be a queen.

At a royal ball where Cath is expected to receive the King’s marriage proposal, she meets handsome and mysterious Jest. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the King and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into a secret courtship.

Cath is determined to choose her own destiny. But in a land thriving with magic, madness and monsters, fate has other plans.

Alleluia’s Review:

I read Marissa Meyer’s series The Lunar Chronicles, so I was anxious to read this book to see what she would do with the origins of “the wicked queen.” I got attached to Catherine early on and I kept anticipating what terrible thing was going to happen to her to make her evil. In the end, one could almost commiserate with her, although one could sense where it would lead. I was disappointed that the story stopped where it did – perhaps there will be a sequel? There is a space of time between this story and The Lunar Chronicles that could be filled in nicely with another volume or two. I enjoyed this one. It was quick-moving and interesting. If you are a fan of fairytale retellings, this book is for you.

I gave it 5 stars! 


August 4 is the birthday of our 44th President Barack Obama! Here are just three of the books to consider reading to celebrate! They all are rated at least 4 stars on Goodreads. 


Here is a quote from President Obama that I find very inspiring: 

"Change will not come if we wait for some other person, or if we wait for some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek." - Barack Obama 

and this one: 

"The best way to not feel hopeless is to get up and do something. Don't wait for good things to happen to you. If you go out and make some good things happen, you will fill the world with hope, and you will fill yourself with hope." - Barack Obama 

Wednesday, August 2, 2017


Yesterday, I was looking for information about Coloring Books in anticipation of “National Coloring Book Day” which is today, August 2. I found this article on the Huffpost blog by Dr. Nikki Martinez, Psy.D., LCPC entitled, “7 Reasons Adult Coloring Books Are Great for Your Mental, Emotional and Intellectual Health.” If you want to read the entire piece with all its footnotes and related links, you can read it here.

Image result for art therapyDr. Martinez says coloring books are prescribed by many psychologists, therapists and occupational therapists, including herself, for various reasons. She actually prescribed coloring for herself after she had major surgery and was laid-up in bed for eight weeks. Now she pulls out her coloring books when she needs to shift her focus or practice her own stress reduction. Coloring books are useful in so many ways. Dr. Martinez lists 7 of them:

1.      Coloring can be used as an alternative to meditation, as a means of relaxation, and as a calming tool. It can help an individual focus on what they are doing vs. focusing on intrusive and troubling thoughts.
2.     It can help with many emotional and mental health issues such as boredom, lack of structure and stress. Dr. Mendez says, “The time and focus that adult coloring takes helps the individual remove the focus from the negative issues and habits, and focus them in a safe and productive way.
Image result for coloring books3.     They help patients with PTSD, anxiety and stress issues by calming down the part of the brain that controls the fight or flight response. Coloring helps turn down that response to give a patient much-needed rest and relaxation.
4.     It reminds us of a simpler, easier and happier times of childhood. To tap into those times is cathartic and enjoyable.
5.     Coloring has intellectual benefits, too. It uses parts of our brains that enhance focus and concentration. Deciding which colors to use to make the picture pretty activates those parts of the brain.
6.     Coloring uses both sides of our brain. Dr. Martinez says, “When we are thinking about balance, color choices, applying colored pencil to paper, we are working on problem solving and fine motor skills.” Coloring can be used to retrain individuals by occupational therapists by starting with easier pictures and gradually advancing to more and more intricate designs.

7.     Finally, Dr. Martinez gives 3 reference links for us to check out. Read her whole article here, then go get yourself some colored pencils and a coloring book and get started! 

Monday, July 31, 2017

#High Summer Readathon and the Christmas in July Readathon Wrap-up Post - really!

I felt pretty silly last week when I thought the High Summer Readathon was over on Sunday, July 23! It felt like a real gift to get an extra week to continue reading. These are the books I read - reviews are in the works: 

1. Heartless by Marissa Meyer


2. A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

A Man Called Ove

3. Stars in Your Eyes by Lynn Kurland 

Stars in Your Eyes (de Piaget, #14; de Piaget/MacLeod, #21)

For the Christmas in July Readathon, I read these two: 

1. The Christmas Pony by Melody Carlson

The Christmas Pony

2. Married by Midnight by Talli Roland 

Married by Midnight

Not sure where my 3-stars pic went, but you get the idea. 

It was very nice to be able to devote my free time the past two weeks to reading. I am discovering more and more how much I truly love it! Thank you, Michelle, for hosting these two readathons and giving us a reason to read more, more, more! Also, I liked reading a little bit of Christmas in the summer. 

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

#HSReadathon Mid-Readathon Update Post

This is my wrap-up post for the #High Summer Readathon. I never do very well with readathons. I am amazed at how many books some of the other participants read in just a week! I read TWO! And I actually didn't finish the last one until the Tuesday after the readathon was over. So sad. But I do like the idea of spending as much of my free time in a week reading. 

These are the two books I read: 

22948207"A Man Called Ove" by Fredrik Backman - I gave this one 5 stars. It was a book about a secretly lovely man. Some people have said it wasn't a life-changing book, but I don't care. It was very good and I liked the way Fredrik Backman laid out the story, the way he let the reader in on Ove's past a little at a time. You just grew to love the man. It deserves 5 stars. 

18584855The other book I read was "Heartless" by Marissa Meyer. I also gave this one 5 stars. It is the imagined story of the Queen of Hearts from "Alice in Wonderland" and how she got to be so fond of the phrase "off with his/her head!" For most of the book, I couldn't reconcile the character of Catherine with the Queen of Hearts. As the reader, I liked her so much. Then... You can suspect the ending, and I did, too, but getting there was quite a story. 

So, there are my two High Summer Readathon books. I didn't even get to a Christmas book for the end. I was going to read "The Christmas Pony" by Melody Carlson. Her Christmas books are so good. There is always something to be learned and considered from her books. She is my favorite Christmas author. 


Monday, July 17, 2017

#HS Readathon

Change up! I started reading "A Man Called Ove" by Fredrik Backman as my first #HS Readathon book! It's very good so far. They were showing the movie at our local library last week and I had the book, so I have started it and plan to watch the movie when I am finished. 

Sunday, July 16, 2017

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We were here yesterday and I purchased 4 books to add to my TBR (like I needed them). Anyway, the Book Loft is 32 rooms of heavenly books in all genres imaginable. It was wonderful! Here is what I bought: 



I read "The Kitchen House" a while ago and really liked it, so I have been wanting to get "The Glory Over Everything." "Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend" was recommended by Katarina Bivald and I am anxious to read it. "Lilac Girls" has been popping up in places - you know how that is, you keep seeing a book until you buy it. The story sounds very good. "Ink and Bone" is the first in The Great Library series by Rachel Caine and I heard about it from one of my Book Tubers on You Tube. Will I get to any of these during the High Summer Readathon? Who knows. Ooooh! I forgot to get a Christmas book. I will look at our library for one. 

What are you reading today? 

Monday, July 3, 2017

High Summer Readathon #HSreadathon

It's that time of year again - time for the High Summer Readathon! As you can see, it runs from July 17 - 30, 2017. There are no reading requirements, so I can whittle away at my TBR pile. It will be great! Here are a few of the books that I plan to read - I usually only get through 2 or 3: "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" by Victor Hugo. I am planning to listen to the audiobook while I read the physical book. "Let's Pretend This Never Happened" by Jenny Lawson. It is our book club selection for July. AND "Heartless" by Marissa Meyer. I read the Lunar Chronicles and loved them, so I can't wait to dig into this book. During the end of the High Summer Readathon, the Christmas In July Readathon will be going on for 48 hours July 29 & 30. For that, I will dig out one of my Christmas novels. I know I have some put away to read this Christmas, I just don't remember what they are. Anyway, I love Christmas!!! If you want to sign up for the High Summer Readathon, here is where you can do it. 


Wednesday, November 30, 2016

2017 Monthly Motif reading challenge


Here's another one! I like reading for a theme so this will be just right for me. 

JANUARY 1, 2017 – DECEMBER 31, 2017 ~
This is the 2017 Monthly Motif Reading Challenge! For this challenge, each  month is assigned a motif or theme. Our task is to read one book per month that fits in with the assigned motifs…
JANUARY – Diversify Your Reading
Kick the reading year off right and shake things up. Read a book with a character (or written by an author) of a race, religion, or sexual orientation other than your own.
FEBRUARY – Undercover Thriller
Read a book involving spies, detectives, private investigators, or a character in disguise.
I read "A Fierce Radiance" by Lauren Belfer - 3/24/2017. 
MARCH – Time TravelerRead a book set in a different dimension, a book in which time travel is involved or a dystopian or science fiction book where reality looks very different than what we’re used to.
"Ever My Love" by Lynn Kurland - 4/5/2017. 
APRIL – Award Winners
Read a book that has won a literary award or a book written by an author who has been recognized in the bookish community.
MAY – Book to Movie or Audio
Read a book that has a movie based off of it. For an extra challenge, see the movie or listen to the audio book as well.
JUNE – Destination UnknownRead a book in which the character(s) take a trip, travel somewhere, go on a quest, or find themselves on a journey toward something.
"Named of the Dragon" by Susanna Kearsley - 1/3/2017. 
JULY – Believe the UnbelievableThis month it’s all about fantasy. Epic fantasy, urban fantasy, fairytales, magic, etc.
"The Scorpio Races" by Maggie Stiefvater - 6/13/2017. 
AUGUST – Seasons, Elements, & Weather Read a book in which the season, the elements, or the weather plays a role in the story.
"The Lightning Thief" by Rick Riordan - 1/13/2017. 
SEPTEMBER – Creepy, Chilling, & FrightfulCozy mystery ghost stories, paranormal hauntings, murder mysteries, weird and scary creatures- it’s up to you!
"Mistress in the Art of Death" by Ariana Franklin - 4/17/2017. 
OCTOBER– Games, Challenges, & ContestsRead a book that involves a game of some sort. Video games, war games, psychological mess-with-your-mind games, characters who participate in a contest, or a story in which the character takes on a challenge.  "Heartless" by Marissa Meyer - 7/25/17. 
NOVEMBER – Last ChanceRead a book you’ve been meaning to get to all year but haven’t yet or read the last book in a series you started.
DECEMBER – Picking FavoritesRead a book by one of your favorite authors or read a book that Girlxoxo has recommended this year.