Category Archives: the library

My 2013 Book Highlights

Frankly not much did not go right for me regards 2013. I’m putting it behind me, working on my faith for ever better things to come, and highlighting on a positive before I let 2013 go. I read some really good books (well, at least I thought they were –ignores negative reviews on them–). Some of them were quite long for me, but the stories were so captivating the length didn’t matter. I love when that happens! If anyone is interested in my full list, that’s on my 2013 bookshelf. Some of the best from that list included:
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nine things or so

Thanks to the SITS ladies, I ran across a post recently called “9 things your Blog Site should contain”…well, let’s see how I’ve done.

1. Have a well-designed blog header. –looks up— I had a prettier banner, but I had to change it to fit a new blog theme and get my tagline back. Picture matches, though one day I’d like to change it to a picture of pears, all info there. So, check!

2. A tasteful background – it used to be green, to match my original banner, but the white matches my button banner. Although, I could change it to tan, purple or pink. Hmm…we’ll revisit this thought later.

3. A consistent color theme…well, it matches.  So, it works.

4. A profile with 3-5 sentences. Oh yeah, feel free to look “inside” me, but be careful, I’m ticklish. ;D

5. Pages and categories. –looks to the left— In the mold, you can look up posts by the month, or pick a category below of  a topic of interest. That’s convenient, I think.

6. Social media. Oh, look at the right! I see site visitors, a link to follow me on Twitter, sign up to get the blog posts in your email and one can even play with my dying neopet (poor thing, but it’s still cute). Oh shoot…my Pinterest link isn’t –digs it up for adding later—.

7.  A list of related posts. They’re below every post on this site when one opens up the post on its own page.

8. A list of popular posts. Well, I had them on the right, but took them off because I had so many links for one to see.. –sits down cross-legged in a huff—So there.

9. A list of archives. Hey, I already covered this one. They’re In the Mold. (Yes, it’s a play on words, in case one is wondering. It could be the stuff that forms on bad food or where you put the batter to bake in the oven. I’ll let my readers decide,)

That’s it. Oh look, I think I pass the test! Yippee-doo-dah day. Hehe What’s next?

Oh, In other news…
It’s no secret that like many other kids, I grew up reading books by SE. Hinton growing up, and to this day The Outsiders is one of my favorite books (and movies). I’ve read about all she’s written, and enjoy saying Rumblefish because it just sounds fun. Anyway… GoodReads had cool chat this week with this author!! Unfortunately, I was so excited my tongue tied into knots! I said as much via my tweets, and guess what?! She responded to me. Oh, happy day, calloo-callay! That kind of made my day. Oh, how easily amused I can be sometimes, but that’s a good thing, eh. Stay gold, everybody.

In a weird note, I’m once again reminded how one should always proofread before sending. Above, I had originally typed “9 things your bong site should contain”. Oh my, I didn’t even realize that kind of stuff was on my subconscious mind. Actually, it’s more likely because I watch funny comedians like Craig Ferguson and Bill Maher.and I read blogs like  Now, that would make for an interesting banner to the site. At least, it’d get people talking. Hmm. ;D

A quick slice of pie

In local news (about this blogger), I’ve updated my blog a bit and entered another book challenge on the 2013 bookshelf. Drawn to the beautiful graphic and the challenge enticed me like a Texan to barbecue. Hope things look a little better [on the blog] from the visitors’ end. Wish me luck on the rest. It’s about time something goes right again. I’m still thinking of doing a couple more challenges, so it may update the bookshelves again. It all depends on what I find via A Novel Challenge, my favorite site of the moment.
Oh, and a shout-out: I love my local library! They have proved once again how awesome they can be helping me out earlier today, all because I spoke up! If you’re nearby me, go visit them. If you’re not, go find one near you, for adventures are waiting to happen for you as well. 🙂

another year done

I’m not sure if I’m happy or what that the year is done. I’ve had quite a few disappointments, which even interfered with my writing (here) and reading. Overall, I’m still here; that’s saying something I think. As for my reading goals this year, I think I nailed most of them in spite of the disappointments.

Challenges…accepted…forgotten, and blasted out of the water:

GoodReads Reading Challenge 2012
Duration: January 1 – December 31st
Goal: 50 books
Read 52 of 50 books (104%)
Comments: I did it with days to spare. I still have a couple or so on my currently reading shelf, too, and will get those done…next year. ~wink~
2012 Supporting Your Local Library Challenge
Duration: January 1st – December 31st
Level 4 – Read 37+ library books
Current Progress:
47/ 37  books
Finished 12/31/2012 – 100+% done!
Comments: I am so thankful to have a local library to help feed my reading habit!
2012 E-books Reading Challenge
Duration: January 1st – December 31st
The Mini Challenge – Read 5 e-books
Finished goal 5/23/2012 — 5 / 5 books, 100% done!
* #Self: Taming Your Inner Online Menace by Carla Madden (e-book on Kobo)
* Beauty and the Beast by Marianna Mayer (get e-book)
* The Cat Manual by Michael Ray Taylor (get e-book)
* Harry Potter: the prequel by J.K. Rowling (e-book on GoodReads)
* Ode to Icky by Miranda Russell (get e-book)
*Free Four: Tobias Tells The Story by Veronica Roth (#1.1 of the Divergent series) (get e-book)
Comments: I still have a few e-books I’m still reading and hundreds in my TBR thanks to Amazon, GoodReads, and other online book places encouraging my habit. So hard to say no, but so much my e-reader overflows! hah! Though, it’s a good problem to have.
Finishing the Series Challenge
Duration: January 1st to December 31st
Level 2 – Finish 2 series
Finished goal: March 2012
— completed Sisters of the Quilt series
— completed The Giver series
— completed The Potluck Club series*
— completed Nikki Heat series
— completed Sonya Sones’ “What my______ doesn’t know” series
— completed Ada’s House series
— completed The Potluck Club: The Potluck Catering Club series
— completed Haunting Emma series
— completed the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series (to date)
— in progress: Divergent series (waiting on author to publish more); Kauffman Amish Bakery series (3 of 5 done); Yada Yada Prayer Group series (3 of 7 done)
Comments: As one can see, I kind of blew this challenge out of the water and I’m still going strong.
Outdo yourself challenge
Duration: January 1st to December 31st 2012
Level: Getting your heart rate up (reading 1-5 more books than last year)
Goal: 1 more book…or so ~wink~
Went 2 over (almost 4…I’m in the middle of 2: 1 hardcover; 1 e-book)
Comments: If only I could have finished my currently reading, I would have blasted this challenge as well. Oh well, I did complete it.
Reading Challenge Addict
Duration: January 1st – December 31st 2012
Level attempting: 6-11 challenges
(1) GoodReads official reading challenge – completed
(2) Supporting the local library – completed
(3) reading e-books – completed

(#) Reading addict challenge

Comments: In the future, I must learn to document better.

To see what I read this year, check out Read in 2012.

Happy New Year, everyone! And may all have a good read this year! 🙂

Good news…almost

I decided to check out the library web site today, and noticed a book I requested the library to order has arrived!! The not-so-great news is a few other people have discovered it before me. Mega-sigh.


Nevertheless, I’m finally on the waiting list for @TheBloggess ‘s book, “Let’s Pretend This Never Happened: (a mostly true memoir)”. That deserves an “almost woohoo!” from me to Hamlet von Schnitzel and all passersby.
Open-mouthed smile

I return you to regular programming. happy rest-of-the-weekend