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24 Festive Tasks: The Charity

The last post on the 2019's edition of the game from me, I swear LOL. I apologize for taking so long, January was a mess.

 

Thanks to TA, MbD, and MR for allowing me to play hostess. As part of our duties, we were to pick a charity. I don't know if the other hostesses have chosen their charities, but I decided to choose mine today and make the donation..before I forget to do. So on behalf of the BookLikes.com community of readers, I made a US $50.00 donation to...

 

 

We Need Diverse Books!

A grassroots organization of children’s book lovers that advocates essential changes in the publishing industry to produce and promote literature that reflects and honors the lives of all young people.

 

I picked this organization because I wanted to a charity that works with children's literature, as I have two elementary school kids who needed professional help (other than their main teachers) in learning to read. Also, in light of the upholding white supremacy going on in the world generally and publishing in particular (hi RWA! hi Flat Iron! hi B&N classics!), I wanted to support an organization that works to bring literature to every child by marginalized authors. 

 

The charity uses a PayPal service to process donations, so although it is my name and email on the donation, in the notes field I dedicated the donation to the BookLikes.com community of readers in honor of our 24 Festive Tasks challenge. That might not mean anything to the person at WNDB, but I wanted this community/players to be acknowledged. You all were amazing and I enjoyed both hosting and reading all the posts you wrote. 

 

Thanks!

 

January 2020 Reading Wrap Up

 

Read:

1. Love's Violet Sunrise (Eagle Harbor #0.5) by Naomi Rawlings

2. Love's Beginning (Eagle Harbor Short Story) by Naomi Rawlings

3. Why We March: Signs of Protest and Hope

4. Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus (Avery Green #1) by Dusti Bowling

5. This Will Be My Undoing: Living at the Intersection of Black, Female, and Feminism in (White) America by Morgan Jerkins

6. The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks on Race edited by Jesmyn Ward

7. Poppies of Iraq by Brigitte Findakly and Lewis Trondheim

8. The Astronaut Wives Club by Lily Koppel

9. Anchor in the Storm (Waves of Freedom #2) by Sarah Sundin

10. Courting Trouble by Deeanne Gist

11. The White Darkness by David Grann

12. Copycat Killing (Magical Cats #3) by Sofie Kelly

 

 

Challenges:

GR: 12/200 books

BR Read Harder: 2/24 prompts

McConnell AFB Passport to Reading: 7/10 categories

Reading Assignment: Sprint Semester Professor Luv 1/4 and Professor Genre 1/4

Library Love: 6/24; savings this month: $74.25; savings to date: $74.25

Finish That Series: None finished yet.

 

Stats:

Books Read: 12

Books DNF: 0

Pages Read: 2,523

Library: 6

Own: 5

Print: 5

Ebook: 6

Audiobook: 0

Authors of Color: 3

Authors/Characters of the LGBT+ Community: 0

Authors/Characters of the Disable Community: 1

Male Authors: 3

Female Authors: 10

 

 

Book Riot's Read Harder Challenge 2020 Master Post
Poppies of Iraq - Brigitte Findakly, Lewis Trondheim Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus - Dusti Bowling

1. YA non-fiction

2. Retelling of a fairytale/classic/myth by an author of color

3. Mystery where the victim is NOT a woman

4. Graphic memoir - Poppies of Iraq by Brigitte Findakly and Lewis Trondheim

5. Book about a natural disaster

6. Play by an author of color and/or queer author

 

7. Historical fiction NOT set in WWII

8. Audiobook of poetry

9. Last book in a series

10. Rural setting

11. Debut novel by a queer author

12. Memoir by a religious person not of your own religious or spiritual belief group

 

13. Food book about a cuisine you've never tried before

14. Romance starring a single parent

15. Book about climate change

16. Over 500 pages, published after 1950, by a woman

17. SFF novella (under 120 pages)

18. Picture book with human main character from marginalized community

 

19. By or about a refugee

20. Middle grade book with main character has a disability - Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus (Avery Green #1) by Dusti Bowling

21. Middle grade book NOT set in the US or UK

22. Horror book published by an indie press

23. Edition/Issue of a literary magazine (digital or print)

24. Book by a Native American, First Nations, or Indigenous author

 

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Really Good Satire

In response to the shitshow surrounding American Dirt

TBR Thursdays* - January 30, 2020

*bookish meme created by Moonlight Reader

 

This week I am treading water. The one book I borrowed from the library I read. I have a bunch of in-process of reading books; so once I FINALLY finish a book or two, I hope that will give me momentum to finish all the other books. I did spend a lot of time writing reviews for the books I did read on my blog; they took longer because I am still trying to figure out how WordPress works.

 

For February's reading (in addition to January's reading I didn't get finished), I am concentrating on novellas for any non-challenge reading time.

 

Print Additions

None

 

Nook Additions

None

 

Kindle Additions

None

 

Library Additions

Physical: 

1. The White Darkness by David Grann

 

Digital: None

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Print Reads

None

 

NOOK Reads

None

 

Kindle Reads

None

 

Library Reads

Physical:

-1. The White Darkness by David Grann

 

Digital: None

 

TBR from last week: 319

Additions: 1

Reads: 1

Total for this week TBR: 319

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Sunday Post - January 26, 2020

First post on the new blog. 

 

Updated with new URL. Thanks BT!

Dear 2020, You Are Leaning on My Last Nerve
Death in the Air: The True Story of a Serial Killer, the Great London Smog, and the Strangling of a City - Kate Winkler Dawson An Extraordinary Union - Alyssa Cole The Preacher's Promise - Piper Huguley

The news today has broken me - not any one news item, just all of it. So I am hunkering down tonight and tomorrow to read a mash up of historical true crime (serial killer!) and natural weather disaster to make me feel better OR to just ignore everyone. So my #FridayReads is Death in the Air.

 

After that it is back to An Extraordinary Union - which is a great book so far (I love the MCs as individuals and ohhhh the slow burn) but because it is set during the Civil War (in Richmond no less) I can't get myself to read more than a chapter a day or two chapters a day with space between the chapters to do something else. The writing is great and so are the MCs, but that time period is usually (99.9% of the time) one that I avoid. Not that present day US is any better, socially and/or politically....it's just a lot, so I am going a bit slow on it. In between chapters of AEU, I will try to work in The Preacher's Promise.

 

Have a good reading weekend!

TBR Thursdays* - January 23, 2020
Courting Trouble - Deeanne Gist Copycat Killing - Sofie Kelly

*bookish meme created by Moonlight Reader

 

Print Additions

None

 

Nook Additions

None

 

Kindle Additions

+1. The Number of Love (Codebreakers #1) by Roseanna M. White

 

Library Additions

Physical: None

Digital: None

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Print Reads

 

 

NOOK Reads

-1. Courting Trouble (Trouble #1) by Deeanne Gist

-2. Copycat Killing (Magical Cats #3) by Sofie Kelly

 

Kindle Reads

None

 

Library Reads

Physical: None

 

Digital: None

 

TBR from last week: 320

Additions: 1

Reads: 2

Total for this week TBR: 319

Winter Weekend Read-a-thon
Courting Trouble - Deeanne Gist Breathless - Beverly Jenkins An Extraordinary Union - Alyssa Cole Copycat Killing - Sofie Kelly The Preacher's Promise - Piper Huguley

We are expecting a minor winter storm tonight that would last until tomorrow afternoon. So school may not be happening tomorrow; this adds to the holiday weekend and today my son stayed home from school sick. 

 

Basically I'm in need of a sanity saver/keeper. Usually I would be doing the 24 in 48 read-a-thon, but since the organizers cancelled this round, I don't have that. So I am making my own read-a-thon. There will be no cutesy name or hashtag; it will happen just here on BL (fingers crossed it stays up) and on IG if I remember to do so. Just me and a goal of reading for most of the weekend (Friday to Sunday) and making a dent in a stack of books. 

 

TBR for the Weekend:

1. Courting Trouble by Deeanne Gist

2. Breathless (Old West #2) by Beverly Jenkins

3. An Extraordinary Union (The Loyal League #1) by Alyssa Cole

4. Copycat Killing (Magical Cats #3) by Sofie Kelly

5. The Preacher's Promise (Home to Milford College #1) by Piper Huguley

 

If you need me, I will be in my blanket fort reading.

 

 

TBR Thursdays* - January 9th and 16th, 2020
Love's Violet Sunrise - Naomi Rawlings Love's Beginning - Naomi Rawlings This Will Be My Undoing: Living at the Intersection of Black, Female, and Feminist in (White) America - Morgan Jerkins Poppies of Iraq - Brigitte Findakly, Lewis Trondheim The Astronaut Wives Club - Lily Koppel The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks about Race - Jesmyn Ward Why We March: Signs of Protest and Hope--Voices from the Women's March - The Artisan Bakery School Anchor in the Storm (Waves of Freedom) - Sarah Sundin

*bookish meme created by Moonlight Reader

 

I forgot to post this last week and then BL went down for maintenance, so this is two week's worth of reading.

 

Well, I went into No Spend January doing well...until January 12th, when I decided to buy a 99 cent book. Other than that, it is going fine, but that is because none of the books "on sale" are interesting me. And no promos to entice me to spend money on books I do want so I can earn a credit to buy more books. 

 

My base library is doing an adult reading challenge for the winter called Passport to Reading. It runs from January 1st - February 29th. I picked up my passport this week and already filled in three of the ten categories and I am working on numbers four and five. Five categories finished enters you into a drawing for a $25 gift card to Starbucks; all ten categories finished enters you into a drawing for a $50 gift card to Barnes & Noble. I would be happy to win either one!

 

 

 

Print Additions

None

 

Nook Additions

+1. Bay City Belle (In Olde California #2 ) by Shirley Kennedy

 

Kindle Additions

None

 

Library Additions

Physical: 

+2. Poppies of Iraq by Brigette Findakly and Lewis Trondheim

 

Digital: None

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Print Reads

None

 

NOOK Reads

-1. Love's Violet Sunrise (Eagle Harbor #0.5) by Naomi Rawlings

-2. Love's Beginning (Eagle Harbor Short Story) by Naomi Rawlings

-3. This Will Be My Undoing: Living at the Intersection of Black, Female, and Feminism in (White) America by Morgan Jerkins

 

Kindle Reads

None

 

Library Reads

Physical:

-4. Why We March 

-5. The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks of Race edited by Jesmyn Ward

-6. The Astronaut Wives Club by Lily Koppel

-7. The Poppies of Iraq by Brigette Findakley and Lewis Trondheim

 

Digital:

-8. Anchor in the Storm (Waves of Freedom #2) by Sarah Sundin (already counted in the TBR)

 

TBR from last week: 326

Additions 2

Reads 8

Total for this week TBR: 320

Bout of Books 27 Master Tracking Post - Tuesday and Wednesday's Progress
The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks about Race - Jesmyn Ward The Astronaut Wives Club - Lily Koppel Courting Trouble - Deeanne Gist

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Monday, January 6th

Currently Reading: The Fire This Time edited by Jesmyn Ward - read two more essays.

IG Challenge: Currently Reading photo https://www.instagram.com/p/B6-110_n3bQ/

Twitter: Participated in the chat

 

Tuesday, January 7th 

Currently Reading: The Fire This Time edited by Jesmyn Ward - read a few more essays

IG Challenge: Favorite Feel Good photo https://www.instagram.com/p/B7CvC42nM8x/

 

Wednesday, January 8th

Currently Reading: The Fire This Time edited by Jesmyn Ward - read a few more essays

IG Challenge: Winter Themed photo https://www.instagram.com/p/B7FK64JHzhs/

 

Thursday, January 9th

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IG Challenge:

 

Friday, January 10th

Read:

Currently Reading:

IG Challenge:

 

Saturday, January 11th

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Sunday, January 12th

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My first anticipated new release of 2020
Tonight We Bombed the U.S. Capitol: The Explosive Story of M19, America's First Female Terrorist Group - William Rosenau

Besides the hold list at the library, how many other government lists will I be put on?

Sunday Post - January 5, 2020
Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus - Dusti Bowling

*bookish meme started by Caffeinated Reviewer

 

This is my first Sunday post! I will put these on my blog when it is ready, in the mean time I will just keep them here.

 

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Home Fires: Friday was the official last day of Winter Break and tomorrow the kids go back to school - thank the deity of your choice. Today I took down the Christmas decorations and packed them away, so I got my reading nook back - YES! I celebrated the return of the reading nook by uh, finishing the book I was reading. 

 

Natural Order of Things: windy AF here today. Dry since the new year started. I am cutting out alcohol and soda as it seems my GI issues went nuts over the holidays and I was throwing back Prilosec and Immodium AD like candy. I am cutting down on caffeine to one (admittedly HUGE) cup of tea in the morning, then only caffeine-free drinks the rest of the day. So I am getting back to my natural state - that of a bitchy sloth.

 

Volunteer Hour: Last month I completed the 1st Aid/CPR/AED certification course and I am now good for two years. This is a personal goal of mine, as I had to have this certification in the military and then let it lapse when I retired; I made myself a promise to get back to it when I moved back to the states. I now needed it as a GS troop leader. The training came in handy because yesterday I burned a small part of my hand on spilled tea on my way to training for how to sell GS cookies via six hour power point presentation. Hey at least I knew how to treat my burn, which is slowly healing. We better sell a crap ton of cookies.

 

Shelf Talk: I posted my stats for 2019. In 2020 I have finished 5 books on my way to completing 200 books read goal. Bob Cycle 27 starts tomorrow.

 

Joshua and I finished the third book for the William Allen White Award challenge, so now he just has to go see the school librarian and take the 5 question test tomorrow. We read Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus (Aven Green #1) by Dusti Bowling; it is about a girl named Aven who has no arms (birth defect) who moves from Kansas to Arizona with her adopted parents to manage an amusement park that has seen better days. She befriends two school "outcasts" - Connor who has Tourette's and Zion who is overweight and shy. They get up to eighth grade hijinks and Aven discovers something about her family. Book two in the series was published in September and both kids want to read it over the summer. Highly Recommend. Previously, we read Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis and So.B.It. by Sophie Weeks. 

 

Must See TV: Over Christmas break I binged season 8 of Call the Midwife. Now I wait to watch CTM when it airs here in the spring...man, I miss the UK and BBC iplayer - I could be watching it right now! So now I need recommendations on what to watch...what's good BL?

 

Cinema Sunday: Haven't been to the movies since Frozen II - which I thought was better than the original but WTF was that Kristoff musical number?. Wonder Woman 1984 doesn't come out until June *sigh*. Some holiday releases/upcoming movies look good...to watch when it comes to Redbox or my library, some are a definite hard pass (see Mike's post on upcoming movies). Promising Young Woman trailer looks good so I am hoping the movie lives up the (small) hype. I think I am way too traumatized by seeing memes/stills from the Cats movie to even entertain the idea of seeing that movie. 

 

Sociable Introvert: Between RWA continuing dumpster fires (a new branch of WTF? is sprouting every day) and the US-IRAN conflict, my Twitter timeline is a mess. Not to mention that we in the states are now in countdown to the primaries/conventions/Election Day 2020 and everyone has lost their damn minds. On FB, just radio silence about what is going on in the world - oh, and the Patriots lost which makes everyone happy (me included). 

 

Headphones: all my subscribed podcasts took the holidays off, so today starts all new 2020 episodes. I took down and pack away the decorations while listening to season five of Trashy Divorces - this season is all about Frank Sinatra and his relationships, starting with episode 1 on his first wife. They also did a segment on Charles Dickens and his trashy love life. Look, I don't read gossip pages or blogs, but man do I love a trashy podcast.

 

That's all for this week. Hope you enjoyed a look into the life of Tea.

 

 

Bookish People are Awesome...

Especially if they are found here on BL.

 

Thank you for letting me vent some fear/loathing yesterday. I'm okay today regarding that. 

 

But I am also exhausted from attending a 6 hour in-person training done entirely in power point presentations...with 73 other people, not including the four instructors. This includes training done while we ate lunch. Felt like I was back in the USAF. 

TBR Thursdays* - January 2, 2020

*bookish meme created by Moonlight Reader

 

Edited to add 1/4/2020: Oops forgot to set this to post rather than save draft. Two days late but here it is.

 

Amazon had a buy $20 in ebooks, get $5 in credit promotion and I took full advantage of it (the $5 credit got me two books). And I got really stressed prior to the start of the holiday, so I went shuffling through the NOOK freebie section. So 2020 TBR is starting off higher than I wanted.

 

Print Additions

None 

 

Nook Additions

1. Love in the Rockies (McKinnie Mail Order Brides #2) by Ciara Knight

2. A Little Light Mischief (The Turner Series #3.5) by Cat Sebastian

3. Witchnapped in Westerham (Paranormal Investigation Bureau #1) by Dionne Lister

4. Then There Were Nun (Nun of Your Business Mysteries #1) by Dakota Cassidy

5. The Wedding is Doomed! by Various Authors

6. Changing Leaves by Edie Bryant

7. A Taste of Seduction by Mary Campisi

8. How to Be an Anti-Racist by Ibram X. Kendi

9. Mrs. Sartin's Secretary (Lords of Chance #2.5) by Wendy LaCapra

10. Daffodils (Katherine Wheel #1) by Alex Martin

11. Heiress Without a Cause by Sara Ramsey

12. Climate Justice: Hope, Resilience, and the Fight for a Sustainable Future by Mary Robinson

13. Fairchild's Lady by Roseanna M. White

14. A Hero's Promise by Roseanna M. White

15. Love and Forever (Small Town Romance #1) by Chloe Peterson

 

Kindle Additions

16. Proper English (England #0) by KJ Charles

17. Willow: Bride of Pennsylvania (American Mail-Order Bride #2) by Merry Farmer

18. The Lady's Guide to Celestial Mechanics (Feminine Pursuits #1) by Olivia Waite

19. Mrs. Martin's Incomparable Adventure (The Worth Saga #2.75) by Courtney Milan

20. Miracle on Ladies' Mile by Joanna Shupe

21. Beneath an Italian Sky (An American Heiress #2) by Stacy Henrie

22. Where Snowy Owl Sleeps (Brides of Blessing #9) by Mimi Milan

23. Birth of the Butterfly (Brides of Blessing #11) by Mimi Milan

24. A Taste of Whiskey Valley (Whiskey Valley #1) by Aleigh K. Dean

 

Library Additions

Physical:

25. Why We March: Signs of Protest and Hope/Voices from the Women's March

26. The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks About Race edited by Jessmyn Ward

27. The Astronaut Wives Club by Lily Koppel

 

Digital:

None

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Print Reads

None

 

NOOK Reads

None

 

Kindle Reads

None

 

Library Reads

Physical: None

Digital: None

 

2020 Start TBR: 326

Reads: 0

Total for this week TBR: 326

It's really hard to read and get into a good book when your loved one, the father of your kids whose birthdays are next month, may be gone off to the ME by Monday or next week or just as we are celebrating with birthday cake. Because our toddler in chief was upset about memes posted to Twitter and wanted to distract my fellow Americans from his impending impeachment. 

 

Fuck everything.

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Love on the Line - Deeanne Gist