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Who says Bingo is for old farts?

It’s Friday night, and what am I thinking of at the moment? Reading…and another game/challenge. Okay, enough laughing at my social life already. Actually, I feel blessed to have a moment to read, especially lately.  ;P Anyway, I noticed the Reading Bingo game challenge a couple weeks ago and thought “that’s neat, but I don’t think I have the time to keep up with it.”
In case you’re wondering what the heck? Here’s one of the bingo boards:
Well, I looked at this again at it today and discovered something: one month into the new year and I have 1 square from Bingo on several columns! And, that’s without even paying attention. So, I’ve added yet another challenge to my reading list. (you can see my progress via my Read in 2014 page)

Hip hip, hooray…calloo, callay, another challenge is underway!

Want to join me? Link is on the above graphic (direct link on my 2014 page).  Can you beat me to bingo? C’mon…drink the Kool-aid…it’s sweet and has no calories, so you can have it all day long. ;D Do leave a comment if/when you try the bingo…or why you don’t like Kool-aid.

Awaits for you to feed my curiosity. In the meantime, there’s a book calling my name again.

what–more books?!?!

Once again, it’s the subject of books that brings me back to my blog. I’d declare this blog a book zone, but no…it’s too much like Seinfeld and I like it that way. He-he Anyway, there are major book events happening at the moment that have called to me.

First, April 8-12 is National Library Week. Anyone reading my Read list can see I’m a fan of the library, and a regular patron to my own local library. I’ve even worked in one and dreamed of doing so again one day. Thus, I’ve to give a shout out or three to the library: Woohoo! Yippee! Rah-Rah-Rah!!  To add to the excitement, The American Library Association (ALA) has just released the state of the libraries report, including the new list of banned books (boo, hiss to the banning – hooray for the notice of the books!).

OIF‘s Top Ten List of Frequently Challenged Books in 2011:
ttyl; ttfn; l8r, g8r (series), by Lauren Myracle
*The Color of Earth (series), by Kim Dong Hwa
The Hunger Games trilogy, by Suzanne Collins
*My Mom’s Having A Baby! A Kid’s Month-by-Month Guide to Pregnancy, by Dori
Hillestad Butler
*The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie
*Alice (series), by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley
*What My Mother Doesn’t Know, by Sonya Sones
*Gossip Girl (series), by Cecily Von Ziegesar
To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee

and the Texas Challenged books

So, my TBR is going a bit higher this week to accommodate the new additions [starred] and inside the .pdf file. I’ve read four on the list to date and enjoyed all but one (ttyl series…I understand it, but been there, done that.)

Another happening is at GoodReads: the Indie Blogger Awards!
At the time of writing this entry, the list is over 800 entrants and counting. It’s a daunting task to go through the list, but some blogs have caught my eye enough to click through, scan and sometimes bookmark for more reading later. But, will they get my vote? Hmm, let’s discuss a few and see, shall we….

Filed Under “That’s Cute”
–what a neat title…cute background on title though title font distracts me; missing a link-back button (I’d love to get their business to make one)

The Midnight Bookworm
Cute layout…would be cuter if the title had the same style as the buttons, she still needs to work a bit on the font colors on the sides, too; She has a cute writing style

One Good Book Deserves Another
Oh, this blog looks nice and professional; not too busy with links, etc. to detract from the reviews; enjoyable and worth a bookmark

So Much To Read
This blog is pretty ordinary, but I like the title and the books banner and felt compelled to show that part *g*

Bookworm meets bookworm
I’m not crazy about the layout (sort of meh), but the review posts are interesting

Bookish Habits
It has a cute little layout and style….leaves me saying, oh that’s nice

Filed Under “Showing Love to the Locals”
Read it in Houston
Cute and simple; I like the title byline and some of the content; a bit boring – perhaps distracted by white space? where the heck is that link-back button? Thank goodness I know how to text link. He-he

What’s Kester Reading?
A guy in Austin blogging; I like his style of writing; simple and to-the-point; no button but worth a bookmark for later reading

Indie Reader Houston
Whoa, this one looks totally professional; also looks like THE place to be for reading in my area so bookmarking for further perusal (they’ve links to area bookstores, etc.); Fairy impressive for a new blog

Filed Under “A Nod to Nostalgic Things”
Addicted to Harlequin Romance
Harlequin has been around for ages as the go-to romance stop for books; Sometimes, it’s like soft-core porn that makes one’s mouth agape; The more I look this site,  the more I like for it’s nostalgic sweetness (although, half annoyed at that purple background – reminds me of My Little Pony or something. He-he)

Filed Under “Got Snark?”
Kiss My Lit
The name alone is worth a grin and a look; slightly irritated at the password-protected entries; the rest are at usually worth a grin; As Arnold would say: “I’ll be back”.

Filed Under “"That’s Strange but Kind of Cool”
Dr. Herumu – Health Information based loosely on true stories (…from an African Emergency Room)
Strange yet imaginative poetry and short stories; I’m not sure what to think of it all, but I think the health care side of me likes it and wants me to bookmark for later

The Canary Review
From the twist on the name (ike John Steinbeck’s novel Cannery Row), to the reviews, to the cute little birdie ratings, this one just puts a smile on my face – has a high smartness factor that makes for an enjoyable read

That’s just a handful of good fun that I’ve seen tonight. Hope you’ve seen something equally enjoyable. I’m not sure if this post has set my votes straight or confused me more. LOL If you’ve seen something else, do tell me all about it in the comments. We can always use another thrill, eh. Ta-ta for now. Open-mouthed smile

Starting another writing exercise – 1 word

I haven’t abandoned anything yet, but I think I may be having a lazy moment. Good thing is my creativity is coming back again. Bad thing is it’s not connecting to other parts…yet. Anyone have some mental glue to make this process faster? IDK either. In the meantime, at NaBloPo, this month’s theme is “in one word”. Sounds intriguing. So, trying it for 30 days…or until boredom or something else sets into my brain.


According to, today’s word is: basic

1 minute response: The simplest needs of a person. What do we really need? It’s usually less than what we initially think, and may include things that produce a "duh" reaction.


Conclusion(s) from exercise – I need to learn how to type faster. I also thought of the basic computer language. ~shrugs~
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Bitten by the Junebug

A start to another month, it is, halfway through another year, and the start of the summer season has arrived with a hot, sticky mess for many people. Well, it’s hot and sticky for my area, anyway. My latest updates include re-logging into my NaBloPoMo page–it’s been way too long!– and setting up for another book challenge. This book challenge coincides with the other two I have going on (the Library Books challenge and the YA challenge), so diving in with both feet and hoping I won’t drown.
It’s time to start the:

Summer Challenge 2010!

Yes, folks…brought to you via GoodReads’ virtual book club,
The Seasonal Reading Challenge (a branch from The Next Best Book Club).
The Challenge: complete all the tasks listed on the 2010 Tasks link.
Challenge length: June to August 2010

Here are my reading plans (may be revised/updated as I go, due to availability or necessity):
[edited due to massive changes – 6/13]

5.1 Heat Wave – Heat Wave by Richard Castle
5.2 Blockbuster Books – Ramona and Beezus by Beverly Cleary
5.3 S.U.M.M.E.R. – When you reach me by Rebecca Stead
5.4 Lesser Known Awards – The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson (won a Golden Kite Award in 2009)
5.5 Dropping Names – Rabbit Hill by Robert Lawson
5.6 “I Only Regret…” – Pandora’s Box by Clive Egleton
5.7 “I Confess…” – Back to the Future III by Craig Shaw Gardner (has the time machine [De Lorean car] on cover) –DONE!
5.8 Take a Walk – Under list “Novels of Ideas”: Einstein’s Dreams by Alan P. Lightman
5.9 Get Caught Reading –
5.10 If One Cannot Enjoy Reading Again –

10.1 Stormy Weather – Legal Tender by Lisa Scottoline
10.2 The…Who – The girl who dreams only geese
10.3 Same Time/Place – Kirsten of Pleasant Grove, UT (Page 7) reading Always Looking Up: The Adventures of an Incurable Optimist by Michael J. Fox
10.4 Roll the Dice – (255) The Insiders by Rosemary Rodgers – 249 pages
10.5 Beach –
10.6 Stand Up – Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson
10.7 Truth – On Writing: a memoir of the craft by Stephen King
10.8 Under the Sea – Whale Rider by Witi Tame Ihimaera Or Songs of the Humpback Whale: a novel of five voices by Jodi Picolt
10.9 You cannot Open – Cooking Up Murder by Miranda Bliss
10.10 Great Minds – My 5 Star read: The World According to Mister Rogers; Page 6, Patricia rated it 5 stars; so reading her 5-Star read: The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
15.1 Wedding Bells – The Crucible: a play in 4 acts by Arthur Miller and The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
15.2 Stars & Stripes – Texas Two-Step by Debbie Macomber and All That I Have by Castle Freeman or All of the Lovely Bad Ones by Mary Downing Hahn or The Autobiography of God by Julius Lester
15.3 Books and Blogs – Welcome to Temptation by Jennifer Crusie (reviewed by Books I Done Read)
15.4 Learn your Numbers – (7) You Suck by Christopher Moore and The Alchemist’s Daughter by Katherine McMahon (following characteristics: thought , analysis, introspection)
15.5 The Great Authors – Alexander McCall Smith – his favorite: 100 years of solitude /book Ladies’ Detective Series #9 or #10
15.6 River Runs – A Cottage in Portugal by Richard Hewitt and Laurie Halse Anderson: Longest–Wintergirls; reading 2nd longest–Fever 1793
15.7 Change – India: the Challenge of Change by James Traub
15.8 Double Double – The Disreputable History of of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart and The Sealed Letter by Emma Donoghue **Looking for smaller!
15.9 Enlightened – The Daydreamer by Ian McEwan
15.10 Family – A Cousin’s Prayer by Wanda E. Brunstetter

20.1 – The Most Improved Player – Deirdre’s Task – Sweltering Summer Days
Homemade Love by J. California Cooper / Homemade vanilla 😛

20.2 – Rookie Of The Season – Kiri’s Task – A Trip To The Past
The Golden Ass (The Transformation of Lucius) by Apuleius

20.3 – Best Review Contest – Amanda VA’s Task – School May Be Out
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

20.4 – Always The Bridesmaid, Never The Bride – Shelley’s Task – Anniversary Gift
The Cotton Song by Tom Bailey
(because you’re still singing euphorically for you’re still in shock for of what you’ve entered! hah!)

20.5 – Just Joined In – Amber GA’s Task – Library Love
The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Neffinegger –DONE!

20.6 – Supporting Goodreads Authors – Nicole CA’s Task – List Maker
Jemima J by Jane Green

20.7 – I Like Big Books And I Cannot Lie – Dionisia’s Task – For Those We Love To Hate
A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess

20.8 – Happy Birthday To You – Rhiannon’s Task (July 21st) – B&N Classics
Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand (gr ebook)

20.9 – Luck Of The Draw – Terri’s Task – The Spirit of Independence
Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey and Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems

20.10 – Group Reads
Read One Of The Following Group Read Selections And Make At Least One Post In The Discussion Thread.
A. Books About Books – The Book Thief
B. Sci-Fi/Fantasy – The Hunger Games
C. Mystery – The ABC Murders

25.1 – Valorie’s Task – Independence Day
In honor U.S. Independence Day (July 4th)…
A. (TBA)
B. (TBA)

25.2 – Coralie’s Task – Q & A
Where Did Pluto Go?: A beginner’s guide to understanding the new solar system by Paul Graham Sutherland; A Girl from Yamhill by Beverly Cleary

25.3 – Jennifer N’S Task – Virtual Foreign Vacation
A. The Double Comfort Safari Club by Alexander McCall Smith
B. The Stranger by Albert Camus (originally in French)

25.4 – Nicole OH’s Task – Happy Birthday to Me!
I’ll Mature When I’m Dead by Dave Barry and (TBA after seeing page 31 for a noun)

25.5 – Helen’s Task – Share the Summer Love
A. favorite genre/type. (TBA)
B. second favorite genre/type. (TBA)

25.6 – Ashley FL’S Task – “Summer Lovin”
Song: Under the Boardwalk
Title: Under the Boardwalk
reason: down by the sea, out of the sun…it’s a place for summertime fun.

25.7 – Wendy’s Task – I’m Passionate About…
A. The Twitter Book by Tim O’Reilly
B.  Twitter Wit by Nick Douglas

Be sure to identify what your passion is in your post.
25.8 – Sandy’s Task – Once Upon A Time…
Goose Chase by Patrice Kindl; Black Pearls: a faerie strand by Louise Hawes

25.9 – Donna Jo’s Task – It’s Time For The Swim Suit Edition.
C. Tankini – Read 850 pages of book(s) published in last 5 years. (TBA)

25.10 – Belinda’s Task – Let’s Play The Name Game
A. (TBA)
B. (TBA)

30.1 Ms Anderson – My Soul to Take by Rachel Vincent; Ambush at Soda Creek by Lewis B. Patten
30.2 PJ Reads – Ribsy by Beverly Cleary and (TBA)
30.3 – Sheila’s Task – An Ode To Illinois
A. 12 Americans Speak by John Edwin Pomfret
C. Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Marquez

30.4 – Cheryl TX’s Task – The Science Of Crime
Cure by Robin Cook; Ice Cold by Tess Gerritsen

30.5 – DLM Rose’s Task – Virtual Block Party
Are you there vodka? It’s me, Chelsea by Chelsea Handler
Texas BBQ by Wyatt McFadden

Whew! That’s a lot of planning, and I’m not even done yet. I’m writing it here for accountability, and possible help. If you can provide either, please do.
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Fall reading update

A Quick Update to my Supporting the Library challenge

I’m reading up a storm! Okay, so maybe it’s only a tropical storm, and no Category 5 hurricane. But, I’m making progress, slowly but surely.
To pick up where I left off last time, I’ve finished #17, #18 and #19 on the list. Plus, a few more as follows.

September (1st half)
[20] Foreign Body by Robin Cook
[21] The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
[22] 8)#1 Ladies… The Good Husband of Zebra Drive by Alexander McCall Smith
[23] A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein
[24] Spy Cat by Peg Kehret
[25] Catcher and the Rye by J.D. Salinger
[26] Twilight (#1) by Stephanie Meyer

Over halfway there! And, lots of time to the deadline date. Yeah! If you’d like to help support the cause yourself, see my earlier post on this subject. Of course, feel free to help me by encouraging me to continue onward via your comments here and on Twitter. Please do. I need all the help I can get. 😉
Happy reading, y’all!
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