The Rapid Fire Book Tag

Lately I’ve been browsing Pinterest and found this little book tag. It sounded interesting so I thought I’d give it a whirl.

(On a side note, how often do you use Pinterest? I can forget about it for months then get in daily finding good stuff.)

1. Ebook or physical book?

Physical. I can concentrate better than on my phone or iPad. I’d like to get a simple ereader one day, you know like a paperwhite or a simple touch that looks like a page instead of a computer screen. That’d be awesome.

2. Paperback or hardback?

Both. Paperback for reading/carrying around. Hardback for collection (preferably.)

3. Online or in-store shopping?

In-store, because I like to browse. Online you kinda have to know what you’re shopping for.

4. Trilogies or series?

Trilogy, because they’re shorter and I don’t have the patience for long series anymore.

5. Heroes or villains?

Heroes.

6. A book you want everyone to read?

Never Let Me Go, because I still think about it sometimes.

7. Recommend an underrated book.

The Serafina series. It gets a high rating on Goodreads but it seems few people know absolutely it. Go read them, awesome new-ish children’s series.

8. The last baby you finished?

The Viscount Who Loved Me by Julia Quinn.

9. The last baby you bought?

Never Let Me Go and The Remains of the Day

10. Weirdest thing you used as a bookmark?

Piece of paper…usually have a bookmark around.

11. Used books: yes or no?

Yes as long as they’re gently used.

12. Top 3 favorite genres?

Realistic, historical, fantasy. Young adult isn’t a genre people, it’s a target audience (annoys me when they say YA is a genre), but I do read some books intended for young adults.

13. Borrow or buy?

Both.

14. Characters or plot?

Both depends on what I can focus on. Preferably both in one book.

15. Long or short books?

Short-ish.

16. Long or short chapters?

Short usually

17. Name the first 3 books you can think of.

Harry Potter, American Dirt, My Dark Vanessa

18. Books that make you laugh or cry?

Don’t do either much but Beyond the Point made me want to cry so much. A remarkable book.

19. Our world or fictional world?

Ours.

20. Audiobooks: yes or no?

I want to say yes but I never finished one all the way through.

21. Ever judge a book by its cover?

Well yeah, it happens even though you’re not supposed to.

22. Book to movie or book to tv adaptations?

Tv has been popular but it depends on how long the book is.

23. Movie or tv show you preferred to the book?

Jurassic Park and The Book Thief.

24. Stand alone or series?

Stand alone these days.

Things I’ve Got Going On.

Question of the Day:
What is the best thing you’ve got going on in your life at the moment?

I have a nice little house.
I’ve got my loving husband with whom I can talk to and have companionship with.
I have my dog, rooster, and chicken who keep me laughing with their silly little antics.
My husband has a good job that keeps us going through all the life’s bills we’ve got to pay.
I have a little job that pays me to supplement.
Everyone I care about has their health.
I am happy that our kitchen is fully furnished.
I’m happy for our comfortable bed. Sometimes I wish we had a king bed, but a queen is the next best thing.
I still have days off to relax and take care of the house.

Things I Love

Because it’s been a rough week, I wanted focus on the bright side of life. Because when we hit a rough patch, we tend to forget about the good things that keep us going. Today I want to share some of the things I love.

  • Snuggling on the couch with my husband watching a show (Amazing Race) or a movie (last movie: Christmas Vacation)
  • Seeing my dog just sit outside and enjoying the first snowfall.
  • Getting into a book that has caught my attention.
  • Learning to snowboard with my husband.
  • Learning a recipe that my husband and I both like. (I was never a cook previously and to cook something and seeing my man enjoy it is wonderful.)
  • Falling asleep with my head on my husband’s chest.
  • Going on new adventures, even if it means going to a new park I haven’t been to yet (especially since I’m in a new area.)
  • Having my house become decorated with Christmas.
  • Finally being able to listen to Christmas music. It’s making me relaxed and happy.
  • Seeing the sunrise or sunset.
  • Stargazing with my husband.
  • My husband in general. I love him so much. I don’t know what I’d do without him.
  • Homemade smoothies.
  • Going for a walk with husband/dog.

What are some things that you love this season?

Books I’d Love to See Turned Into Movies

It seems like most books these days are being turned into movies. As soon as it gets published, you see a trailer for its upcoming movie. There are, however, little gems of books that have been overlooked that would make a wonderful film adaptations. The following are books that I’d love to see be adapted to the big screen.

  1. A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray
  2. the Serafina series by Robert Beatty
  3. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
  4. You Were There Too by Colleen Oakley
  5. Beyond the Point by Claire Gibson
  6. My Sister’s Keeper by Robert Dugoni
  7. Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan (be a t.v. series like Game of Thrones)
  8. The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe
  9. The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner
  10. The Christmas Box by Richard Paul Evans

I’m sure a couple of these will become movies eventually, particularly Where the Crawdads Sing, but others need to be pitched to Hollywood so that I can see how it’s interpreted visually.

15 Boring Facts About Me

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I saw this on Facebook and I thought it was an interesting idea, so I thought it’d be a great blog post. The post states that the teacher asks his students to share a boring fact about themselves rather than an interesting fact because interesting facts put too much much pressure on the student. I thought this was a cool idea and decided to make it a list on my blog.

  1. I like to mix ketchup into my mashed potatoes if there’s no gravy. It’s like mashed french fries, so why not?
  2. Sometimes I read more than one book at the same time.
  3. I only put a little bit of mayo on my sandwiches. Too much and it tastes gross.
  4. I never went camping before until 2019 when my now husband came home from basic training.
  5. I often re-read books since I already know the ending and it’s comforting.
  6. I am anal about keeping things neat and tidy in my house, especially if someone comes over.
  7. My husband and I planned a small wedding from the beginning. It kind of worked out considering all the COVID-19 stuff that happened and prohibiting large gatherings.
  8. I like to read in bed.
  9. If it’s nice outside, I’ll read on the back deck in direct sunlight.
  10. I’ve never read a hardcore science fiction novel.
  11. I’ve never taken a solo road trip anywhere.
  12. Sometimes when I’m eating Hershey’s chocolate, I’ll place a piece of chocolate on my tongue and let it melt and fill my mouth.
  13. People don’t realize how few movies I’ve actually seen in my life.
  14. I like to watch unsolved mystery shows on YouTube.
  15. I used to read a lot of young adult fiction. I haven’t so much lately, but I’d like to pick it up again.

15 Books Set in Ohio

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So I’m from Ohio, and surprisingly, I haven’t seen or read many books from Ohio. Curious to see what kinds of books pop up set in my home state, I googled “books set in Ohio.”

The following list is pulled from a couple different places in the top search categories. Perhaps you and I will read them sometime.

  1. The Outsider by Stephen King
  2. Wench by Dolen Perkins-Valez
  3. The Devil All the Time by Ray Pollock
  4. Winesbeg, Ohio by Sherwood Anderson
  5. The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
  6. Ohio by Stephen Markley
  7. The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey (one I actually read, a good read but the sequels aren’t as much)
  8. Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
  9. Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech
  10. Indignation by Philip Roth
  11. The House of Dies Drear by Virginia Hamilton (another great novel, haven’t read it in decades, need to read it again)
  12. If We Were Villains by M.L. Rio
  13. Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
  14. “…And Ladies of the Club” by Helen Hoover
  15. Escape From Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein

Couple of links I grabbed from: http://www.bookglow.net/must-read-books-set-in-ohio/ & https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Novels_set_in_Ohio

Some of these I knew of and others I didn’t or forgot about. I wish there were more books set in Ohio, it really is an interesting place to write about.

21 Books on My To Read Shelf

As always, I’m constantly adding books to my “to read” shelf. I haven’t finished any other books on my to read shelf. Or what I already half. And yet…I keepĀ  adding to it because that’s what I do.

So, here are 21 of the latest books I added to my “to read” shelf:

  1. The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins
  2. Underland: A Deep Time Journey by Robert Macfarlene
  3. The Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton
  4. Malorie by Josh Malerman
  5. Thou Shall Not Be a Jerk: A Christian’s Guide to Engaging Politics by Eugene Cho
  6. Light of the Stars: Alien Worlds and the Fate of the Earth by Adam Frank
  7. The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs: A New History of the Lost World by Stephen Brussatte
  8. She Has Her Mother’s Laugh: The Powers, Perversions, and Potential of Heredity by Carl Zimmer
  9. The Year of the Witching by Alexis Henderson
  10. Some Places More Than Others by Renee Watson
  11. The Moon Within by Aida Salazaar
  12. Merci Suarez Changes Gears by Meg Medina
  13. Pie in the Sky by Remi Lay
  14. The Forgotten Girl by India Hill
  15. The Jumbies by Tracey Baptiste
  16. Ghost Squad by Claribel Ortega
  17. The Witch Boy by Molly Ostertag
  18. Sincerely, Harriety by Sarah Winifred Searle
  19. Sheets by Brenna Thummler
  20. Unnatural Causes by Richard Shepherd
  21. Escape From Camp 14: One Man’s Remarkable Odyssey from North Korea to Freedom in the West by Blaine Harden

10 Dr. Seuss Books You Should Read

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A reader can never go wrong with a Dr. Seuss book. He’s been delighting readers for decades and his silly drawings, life lessons and thought provoking themes are still relevant today. The following are ten books by Seuss that everyone should read:

  1. The Lorax
  2. The Cat in the Hat
  3. One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish
  4. Horton Hatches the Egg
  5. Hop on Pop
  6. There’s a Wocket in My Pocket!
  7. And to Think that I saw it on Mulberry Street
  8. The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins
  9. If I Ran the Zoo
  10. Marvin K. Mooney, Will You Please go Now!

10 Picture Books All Children Should Read

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When I worked at a library, I loved looking through picture books. They’re easy to read, and full of beautiful illustrations. Of course, some picture books are written for older kids, but the impact is still the same. Here are ten books all children should read:

  1. Our Daddy is Invincible by Shannon Maxwell
  2. How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss
  3. The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig by Eugene Trivizas
  4. Georgia in Hawaii: When Georgia O’Keefe Painted What She Pleased by Amy Novesky
  5. The Yankee at the Seder by Elka Weber
  6. Creepy Carrots! by Aaron Reynolds
  7. The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsberg
  8. Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
  9. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
  10. Corduroy by Don Freeman

I might have to make a series out of this, because there’s so many fun and engaging picture books out there. What are some of your favorite picture books that children should read?

10 Books That Feature Dogs.

I love dogs. I love books. I especially love books about dogs. I wish I read more of them. They make me so warm and fuzzy inside.

Here are some books that feature dogs:

  1. Marley & Me by John Grogan
  2. Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
  3. Old Yeller by Fred Gibson
  4. Where the Red Feen Grows by Wilson Rawls
  5. White Fang by Jack London
  6. The Call of the Wild by Jack London
  7. Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
  8. The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Weoblewski
  9. Dog Stories by James Herriot
  10. My Life in Dog Years by Gary Paulsen

I’m a little unsure of the Story of Edgar Sawtelle. It has dogs in it and the main character works with them, but I wouldn’t call them the center of the book. It’s a good story so I put it on there. I wouldn’t read it again though, for other reasons.