Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Monday, November 25, 2013

Birthday Balloon Mice

My card for the November Stamp of the Month at From the Heart Stamps.

Finished 2013 Autumn Reading Challenge

I finished the Semi-Charmed 2013 Autumn Book Challenge.


The challenge categories! 
5: Read a book that does not have "the," "a" or "an" in the title.  Decaffeinated Corpse by Cleo Coyle (10/01/13 – 10/02/13) 262 pages

10: Read a book that has been featured in Oprah's Book Club.  Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis, 258 pages (10/22/13 - 10/25/13).

10: Read a book that takes place in the state where you currently live. 
 (Arizona)   Sunset Over Chocolate Mountains by Susan Elderkin, 306 pgs (10/18/13 - 10/21/13).

15: Read an 
epistolary novel, which is a book written in letters, emails, diary entries or other documents.   The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows, 322 pages (10/11/13 -10/13/13 )

15: Read a book first published in 2013.    
Necessary Lies by Diane Chamberlain (10/07/13 -10/09/13)
335 pages

15: Read a book with something spooky in the title.  The Blackhouse by Peter May (I think a blackhouse sounds spooky, the cover looks rather spooky!) (10/02/13 – 10/04/13) 357 pages

20: Read a book with "air," "water," "earth" or "fire" in the title.  
Trouble the Water by Nicole Seitz,  305 pages (10/13/13 - 10/14/13).

20: Read a book on which a television series has been based.
  Kindness Goes Unpunished by Craig Johnson (Longmire TV series) 288 pages; (11/23/13 - 11/25/13

25: Read a fiction book that has someone’s first and last name in the title.   
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce (10/09/13 -10/11/13) 320 pages

30: Read two books by the same author. They can be in the same series, but do not have to be. Co-authors do not count (i.e. the author must be the sole author of each book).  
By Deborah Crombie 1. Kissed a Sad Goodbye (369 pages)10/15/13 - 10/18/13 ; 2. A Finer End (370 pages) (10/25/13 - 10/27/13

35: Read a fiction and nonfiction book about the same topic. Japanese American Internment:  
 Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson (fiction) 460 pages (10/28/13 - 10/31/13) and Farewell to Manzanar by Jeanne Houston (non-fiction) 203  pages (11/2/13 - 11/3/13

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Backyard Visitors

In the past few days we've had a couple of visitors to our back yard.
I had to take the picture from inside and through the window, so it's a little dark.  Love the owls!!
Then a few days later, I looked out and saw this one..
Not sure what it is..but thinking it's a juvenile Cooper's Hawk.

I Love Library Books Challenge 2014

I Love Library Books Reading 




I Love Library Books
Reading Challenge
2014


Requirements:
  • choose a level - you may move up as needed, just not down.
  • check books out of the library
  • books may overlap with other challenges
  • any format allowed (print, ebook, audio)
  • reviews are not necessary but a list of books read is. (post with review linky is coming)
  • a blog is not necessary, just comment that you want to join in.

Levels:
  • board book - 3
  • picture book - 6
  • early reader - 9
  • chapter book - 12
  • middle grades - 18
  • Young adult - 24
  • adult - 36
  • just insert IV - 50 

I'm signing up for "just insert IV"...that's 50 books.  Should be no problem, since I'm on book #104 for this year and the year isn't over!  I have also challenged myself to read as many books off my Pinterest "To Read" board during 2014.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Mount TBR 2014

 "MY READER'S BLOCK"  is hosting a great challenge for 2014 Jan.1, 2014 to Dec. 31, 2014. It is called 2014 Mount TBR Challenge. If this challenge doesn't spur one on to read your books that are stacked up on your shelves, tables, floor... I don't know what will.  I know I'm looking forward to getting to my neglected books (I fell in love with the library this year).
I'm choosing to climb Mount Blanc.
That's 24 books off my shelves.  For the rules please see the challenge link.

I will read the following books in no particular order;
Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden (my daughter's book, she's probably wondering where it went)
Sarah's Quilt by Nancy E. Turner
The Star Garden by Nancy E. Turner
Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah
Catfish Alley by Lynne Bryant
The Moonflower Vine by Jetta Carleton
Stormy Weather by Paulette Jiles
Crossing Places by Ellie Griffiths
River of Darkness by Rennie Airth
A Gathering Storm by Rachel Hore
A Time to Kill by John Grisham (will start all his books in 2014)
Til Morning Light by Ann Moore (third in her series)
My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult
Oh Danny Boy by Rhys Bowen (Molly Murphy series)
Lady Killer by Lisa Scottoline
The Fifth Witness by Michael Connolly
The Improper Life of Bezellia Grove by Susan Gregg Gilmore
The Spirit of Sweetgrass by Nicole Seitz
The Eagle Catcher by Margaret Cole (first in a series)
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Steig Larsson
Widow of the South by Robert Hicks
Cashelmara by Susan Howatch
Dressed For Death by Donna Leon
Durable Goods by Elizabeth Berg

Then of the 230 books sitting on my Kindle (yeah I'd rather hold a real book!)
In the Belly of Jonah by Sandra Brannan, Flying Changes by Sara Gruen (Water for Elephants), Things We Set on Fire by Deborah Reed.  Whew!