Book Blogger Hop ~ 6.23.17

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The Book Blogger Hop is a weekly meme hosted by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer. Each week poses a book-related question. The hop starts on Friday and ends on Thursday. The purpose is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers.


If you are at a really good point in a book and the phone rings or the door bell rings, do you stop reading or let the phone or door bell go unanswered? (submitted by Elizabeth @ Silver’s Reviews)

First, let me state that for the record as a law enforcement officer’s significant other, we don’t ever answer the doorbell unless it’s the pizza delivery. So the doorbell can ring all day. If it isn’t the pizza, you can forget about it.

I can’t say I’ve ever answered the phoned while I was reading before. Not any instance that I can recall, at least, but I’m sure it’s happened at some point. After the suicide of my cousin, Rikki Tikki, after placing an unanswered call (to his mother), I try to answer the phone whenever it rings – given I know the individual calling. It’s just something that has stayed with me over the years that I just can’t shake, so it doesn’t matter how good the book is getting, I’ll answer the call.

 

Top Ten Tuesday: Series I’ve Been Meaning To…But Haven’t 

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly meme feature created at The Broke and the Bookish. We’d love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists. For the list of past topics and future schedule, click here.


Series I’ve Been Meaning To…But Haven’t 

Outlander – I stopped reading at Fiery Cross. I got stuck and just couldn’t move forward, and put it on my bookshelf one day several years ago and haven’t touched it since. I want to finish the series so badly – I own the entire dang thing – but it just seems like this part is dragging on and on endlessly and not for much in way of the plot.

The Land of Stories – I read the first book, The Wishing Spell, and FELL IN LOVE. I bought the second when it came out in paperback and I was waiting on the next ones in paperback. I should go buy them now…

Junie B. Jones – I was requested to read these to my baby brother and my mother because they thought I read them so well. I know we didn’t read all of them, and Junie B. gets herself into some funny scrapes and situations!

Bloody Jack – I’ve read through the seventh book (or eighth, I can’t remember). That’s when I discovered he was still publishing more. Then, a couple years ago L.A. Meyer passed away and I discovered he’d published even more. I think there are 12 in total, and I need to read the latter part of the series.

The Power of the Matchmaker – These were published one a month last year, and I read and reviewed all of them except for two. I really want to read the last two and finish the series.

The Lockwood Legacy – I reviewed the first three books through a wonderful tour company (that is now defunct). I thought the author ended the series there. Last year I discovered she’d written three or so more books, so I bought them in an omnibus but still haven’t gotten around to them.

Hercule Poirot – I’ve only read a couple of Agatha Christie’s books in this series (probably the two most famous). I want to eventually read the entire series.

The Hunger Games – I still haven’t read the last book. I read HG in 2011 for my elementary block (for teaching). I read the second book shortly after, but I never got around to the last book.

 

 

 

Which series have you been meaning to start? Or like me, which ones have been hanging around that you need to finish up? 

Cover Characteristics: Movie Screen

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This is a new meme hosted by Sugar & Snark. It came about when Sugar was wondering which cover to use for her #70 Cover of the Week post. Sugar kept on thinking of more than one, and they all seemed to have a theme/characteristic. So she decided to switch things up a bit!

Each week we will post a characteristic and choose 5 of our favorite covers with that characteristic. If you want to join in and share your 5 favorite covers with the week’s particular characteristic, then just make a post, grab the meme picture (or make your own) and leave your URL in Linky (so we can visit). You don’t even need to participate, just stopping by and saying hi would be great! Don’t forget to stop by the other participants!

Movie Screen

I had a hard time finding diversity for this topic. Everything I came across seemed to be nonfiction. I was hoping to find some cute fiction covers.

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Book Blogger Hop ~ 6.16.17

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The Book Blogger Hop is a weekly meme hosted by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer. Each week poses a book-related question. The hop starts on Friday and ends on Thursday. The purpose is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers.


How do you organize your blog in terms of what is in your side bar? Do you have categories and defined sections in your side bar? (submitted by Elizabeth @ Silver’s Reviews)

My sidebar has been a bit of a thorn in my side ever since creating my blog. I always felt I was overdoing it. I’ve changed it up so many times I don’t even know what I originally had or even what I had last year.

Now I keep my graphic at the top, with my recent Instagram photos (that I don’t think anyone pays attention to). Then I have all the classic follow buttons, followed by my NetGalley badges and my Currently Reading on Goodreads tracker.

Then I have my blog stats – HEY-YA! I’ve hit over 50K views!!

Followed by the top pages and posts and giveaways graphic (linked), my sidebar wraps up with the archives and categories and FTC Disclaimer and Copyright.

That’s all I’ve got, all collective in a single sidebar down the page.

 

My Bullet Journal: Favorite Spreads

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This is the sixth in a series of posts about My Bullet Journal Journey. I’ve sequenced the posts so that they chronicle my journey and are step-by-step guides for those of you considering starting your own. 


I have loved and hated and loved and hated my bullet journaling journey. I can’t compare to the more professional photos you’ll find online (particularly Instagram). Just like with blogging, sometimes it does seem like a competition. I will admit – I can’t compete. I don’t have the time or the steady hand or the creativity. But I do enjoy this and I do have fun, and today I’m going to share my favorite spreads I’ve done so far.

Favorite Spreads

Weekly Spread

This was one of my first weekly spread layouts I used from about January through some of March. I slowly started incorporating washi tape, and with this one I used two artisan stencils for the blue badge-like outline around the days, and the corner design. What I loved about this spread was the combination of the colors, the stencil designs, and the clean look.

Monthly Calendar Companion

This is the very first monthly calendar and companion I set up for January. I LOVED the bookshelf at the top and that’s why this is one of my favorites. However, designing just the books took up so much time and I will only ever possibly fill all of them in the summer months, so I nixed that feature after January.

Free Hand

This spread was featured on my Oopsies! and Reinvented Pages segment a few weeks ago. If you look closely you’ll see the mess-up and White Out. While I am a perfectionist and having inconsistencies bothers me, I really liked the free hand lettering and numbers I did on this weekly spread.

March Creativity

One thing I will lament always is that there is NO WAY I am as creative as any of the amazing artists featuring their work on Instagram. (Seriously, just look up #bulletjournaljunkies. I’m in awe.) But since I already had two months under my belt and had a little ground accomplished, I decided to start finding little ways to add some designs and color to my boring spreads. I adore the March calendar. Everything is completely free hand except the boxes and it looks so good! I was proud of how it turned out.

And on the bottom is the monthly calendar companion. I was trying to think of cool ways to incorporate March’s biggest day into it. While my little leprechaun didn’t turn out quite how I wanted, I still think he looks cute. I now have the right type of markers to do the rainbow, so if I ever try something like that again it will look better.

SCIENCE! 

A lot of my eighth-grade students decided to focus on a current topic for their own bullet journals back in March. They had just finished studying the moon phases in science, and several of them did different renditions of their own. When they presented their two best collections, I had two different students present their moon phases and I liked it so much that I decided to do my own.

Travel Destinations

Another collection a couple of my seventh-grade students did was a travel destination spread. I liked the idea and had wanted to do my own, but didn’t know how to do it. I was inspired by one of my veteran officers. She put little icons next to most of her places. For example, Disney World was one of hers and she put the classic black Mickey Mouse ears. One was overseas, so she used an airplane. I went home and researched the spread and modeled mine after an amazing one I found. Later I found a sticker set and placed those on the page.

Wish List

This is in the front of my bullet journal. For a long time, I only had one item on my list. I couldn’t think of anything else! It defied the whole point of the list! Then I came back and added the dandelion. I love that dandelion so much, that’s why it’s a favorite. I slowly added a couple more items after about four months or so. I think I can now add a couple more.


 Thanks for reading! Do you have a bullet journal? Which monthly and weekly layouts work for you?

Check back for my next post in the BUJO series. The next two will be about changing things that aren’t working and some recent things I’ve done. 

Top Ten Tuesday: All the Fathers

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly meme feature created at The Broke and the Bookish. We’d love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists. For the list of past topics and future schedule, click here.


Father’s Day Freebie

We all know the difference between a father and a dad. True, there’s the connotation we apply to each of those words to take into consideration, but a father can be anyone who is a sperm donor. A dad is a different story, and there are sometimes these wonderful men out there who have no biological children and are dads to so many young people. Today I’m looking at the dads.

 

Part I

Favorite Dads in Literature

Atticus Finch ~ To Kill a Mockingbird

Charles Ingalls ~ Little House (on the Prairie series)

James Potter ~ Harry Potter (series)

Riley Stinson ~ This Heart of Mine

 George Kronenfeldt ~ Real Santa

 

Part II

Best Father/Kid Relationships

*Charlie and Gibbie McGraw ~ Land of a Hundred Wonders

Auggie and Nate Pullman ~ Wonder

Kyle and Doc ~ Hope in Every Raindrop

Todd and Ginnie West ~ Ginnie West Adventures (series)

Yi ~ The Warrior & The Flower

 

*This is the book that inspired my blog name!

Do you have a favorite memory of your dad? 

Cover Characteristics: Face in the Sky

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This is a new meme hosted by Sugar & Snark. It came about when Sugar was wondering which cover to use for her #70 Cover of the Week post. Sugar kept on thinking of more than one, and they all seemed to have a theme/characteristic. So she decided to switch things up a bit!

Each week we will post a characteristic and choose 5 of our favorite covers with that characteristic. If you want to join in and share your 5 favorite covers with the week’s particular characteristic, then just make a post, grab the meme picture (or make your own) and leave your URL in Linky (so we can visit). You don’t even need to participate, just stopping by and saying hi would be great! Don’t forget to stop by the other participants!

Face in the Sky

This one lends itself to a classic romance. It just does! I also discovered Australian Culture was a genre? Lots of horses and such, and I like that!

 

 

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