Wednesday, June 22, 2022

June 2022 Reading Challenge: BINGO BLACKOUT!

 
Stacia Leigh's Cozy Reading Challenge
BINGO card

Half a year of reading with a BINGO here and a BINGO there, and I'm truly ready for a blackout. Found some favorites and even found a couple to buy for my shelf. I posted Amazon links to my recommended reads. Here's the breakdown:

R1C1: One-word title: CABLE by Jeffrey A. Pitts
R1C2: Set in the northwest: WONDERLAND POEMS by Matthew Dickman
R1C4: A Rec-o-mended book: EVENTOWN by Corey Ann Haydu
R1C5: Picture book: WAITING by Kevin Henkes
R2C2: By an independent author: WINDS OF SKILAK by Bonnie Rose
R2C4: Bottom of your To Be Read pile: WHERE THE WORLD ENDS by Geraldine McCaughrean
R2C5: Blue cover: BOOK ARCHITECTURE by Stuart Horwitz
R3C1: Little Free Library find: ALWAYS SOMETHING THERE TO REMIND ME by Beth Harbison
R3C4: A holiday story: HONEYMOON FOR ONE by Jennifer Peel
R3C5: Memoir: ABOUT MY MOTHER BY Peggy Rowe
R4C1: Set in nature: WILD BIRD by Wendelin Van Draanen
R4C2: A cultural find: AMAL UNBOUND by Aisha Saeed
R4C3: Made into a movie: GONE GIRL by Gillian Flynn
R4C4: YA romance by Stacia Leigh: DEALING WITH BLUE by Stacia Leigh
R4C5: A forgotten classic: YELLOW WALLPAPER by Charlotte Gilman
R5C1: Sci-fi or fantasy: DAUGHTER OF YS by M.T. Anderson
R5C4: An award winner: RUNNING DREAM by Wendelin Van Draanen 
R5C5: Art, poetry, or play: MOTHER by Maya Angelou

It was fun while it lasted. Now I'm going to run off and read whatever the heck I want. Enjoy your summer reads, my friends!

Monday, March 28, 2022

March 2022 Reading Challenge: BINGO Update

 
Five in a row...fourth BINGO!
My two favorite reads.

 

SET IN THE NORTHWEST
Wonderland: Poems by Matthew Dickman (Poetry) - 4 out of 5 stars.
The eighties were a dreary time in Portland, yet the author's words seemed as apropos then as they do now, which inspired my ode to Wonderland:

This is Portland then and now.
This is Seattle, too, a green and seedy place, full of despair.
This is pills and brown powder on the streets and spent needles floating on puddles.
This is home to Billionaire Bill.
This is sprawling suburbia where neighbors in beige McMansions whisper behind their hands, "They're new here."
This is twenty years of "We should get together," on the other side of the fence.
This is the weather, wet, moist, gray, pushing people into their living rooms to collectively hate the color orange.
This is what 3 a.m. looks like.
~by Stacia Leigh

 

BY AN INDIE AUTHOR
Winds of Skilak
by Bonnie Rose Ward (Memoir) - 5 out of 5 stars!
An adventurous read already mentioned on the February 2022 BINGO win.

ABOUT YOUR DREAM JOB
27 Essential Principles of Story by Daniel Joshua Rubin - 5 out of 5 stars!
A shelf-worthy book with a new take on story crafting. Highly recommend.

A CULTURAL FIND
Amal Unbound by Aisha Saeed (Middle Grade) - Highly recommend!
A fun read already mentioned on the October 2021 BINGO win.

BASED ON A TRUE STORY
Winds of Skilak: The Continuing Saga by Bonnie Rose Ward (Memoir) - 5 out of 5 stars!
The author certainly lived an adventurous and dangerous life. I think she should write a cook book next or maybe even one on canning. How many jars does it take to can a moose or a bear? Loved this series and would recommend it to anyone who's interested in homesteading, Alaska, or just being in the great outdoors.


Follow the BINGO wins here:
June 2022 Reading Challenge: BINGO Blackout!
February 2022 Reading Challenge: BINGO Update
January 2022 Reading Challenge: BINGO Update
October 2021 Reading Challenge: BINGO Update


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Want to join the fun? Click here to get your own BINGO card on Etsy.

Friday, March 11, 2022

Greeting Card Challenges

Are you like me with a closet full of paper, glue, and other supplies that only see the light of day once a year? Do you order things online--like stickers and stamps--only to add them to a bin, out of sight, out of mind until the next crafting retreat? Are you a tool collector? A paper saver?

If you answered yes, we might be twinsies! I recently made a vow to only shop from my stash and not buy any more stuff (already broken thanks to finding a like-new Cuttlebug at the thrift store). But I'm making somewhat of a dent after learning of the Bring Smiles to Seniors nonprofit organization that accepts greeting card donations for seniors. It inspired me to GET BUSY because if I donate 2,500 cards I'll get "Angel" status. Uh, oh...a challenge! Lol. So far I've made a bag of 50, so I  have a ways to go yet...hence, the list of prompts below:


52 Weeks of Greeting Card Prompts
 

And I'd be remiss if I didn't turn it into a BINGO game. You know...design...fun stuff. If you're on Instagram and feel like participating, be sure to tag your projects with #greetingcardchallenge and/or #greetingcardbingo to join in the fun. See you there!

Greeting Card Challenge - BINGO
 
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"She aint nothin' but a goal digger." ~ @DMarzDesigns

Monday, February 07, 2022

February 2022 Reading Challenge: BINGO Update


Five in a row...third BINGO!

 

ONE-WORD TITLE
Something a little different for this one: I read an as-yet-to-be-published manuscript for a friend that crosses off this BINGO box for the win! A great book that I'll be able to talk about VERY soon.

BY AN INDIE AUTHOR
Winds of Skilak by Bonnie Rose Ward (Memoir) - 5 out of 5 stars!
The pages were filled to the brim with hardships, wild critters, and adventure. I was truly sad for it to end, but thankfully there's another book by this author, the saga continues.

FREE SPACE
A Suitcase of Seaweed and Other Poems by Janet S. Wong (poetry) - 5 out of 5 stars!
A beautiful and amusing read already mentioned on the January 2022 BINGO win post.

YA ROMANCE BY STACIA LEIGH
Dealing with Blue by Stacia Leigh (Young Adult Romance) - 5 out of 5 stars!
I published this in 2015 and after reading it through with a lens of six more years of experience (more books written and published, judging contests, and providing critiques), I gave my debut baby a little polish. Update your Kindle or buy a new copy. It's now New & Improved!

ART POETRY OR PLAY
Mother: A Cradle to Hold Me by Maya Angelou (Poetry) - 5 out of 5 stars!
Short and sweet and nearly made me cry. Highly recommend.


Follow the BINGO wins here:
June 2022 Reading Challenge: BINGO Blackout!

March 2022 Reading Challenge: BINGO Update
January 2022 Reading Challenge: BINGO Update
October 2021 Reading Challenge: BINGO Update


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Want to join the fun? Click here to get your own BINGO card on Etsy.

Sunday, January 02, 2022

January 2022 Reading Challenge: A BINGO Update

 Five in a row...second BINGO!

I'm taking the long way around this Bingo card, but I've finally managed another BINGO win, starting the New Year on the right foot. Here's what I've read so far (Amazon links included):

REPEAT READ
The Ex Games by Jennifer Echols (Young Adult Romance) 4 out of 5 stars.
A romantic comedy with lots of snow-filled high jinks. It's a quick read and perfect for the holidays.

A NUMBER IN THE TITLE
2000 to 10,000: How to Write Faster, Write Better, and Write More of What You Love by Rachel Aaron (Nonfiction) 4 out of 5 stars.
What's this book about? Exactly what the title says. It's a quick and motivational read for a dedicated writer.

FREE SPACE
A Suitcase of Seaweed and Other Poems by Janet S. Wong (Poetry) 5 out of 5 stars!
The author denotes beautiful and amusing words depicting family pride, being Korean, Chinese, and American. I loved this one.

MADE INTO A MOVIE
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn (Suspense) 4 out of 5 stars.
A fun read already mentioned on the October 2021 BINGO win.

A SCARY BOOK
Dangerous Prayers: Because Following Jesus Was Never Meant to Be Safe by Craig Groeschel (Spiritual) 5 out of 5 stars!
I'd never read a book about prayer before, but the cover and title sounded scary enough to cross off this BINGO square. All said and done, it did the job in more ways than one. I'd recommend.

 

Follow the BINGO wins here:
June 2022 Reading Challenge: BINGO Blackout!
March 2022 Reading Challenge: BINGO Update
February 2022 Reading Challenge: BINGO Update

October 2021 Reading Challenge: BINGO Update

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Want to join the fun? Click here to get your own BINGO card on Etsy.

Saturday, January 01, 2022

Fabulous Five: Favorite Reads for 2021

Oh, how I enjoy this time of year. Instead of making resolutions, I go back in time, reflect on the books I've read over the past year, and pick out my favorites. 2021 was pretty straight forward, so let's get to it.


 

 
TOP FIVE!

1.) My all-time 2021 favorite read goes to...
 
 

2.) My favorite author for the year goes to...
 
 
 
3.) Best Middle Grade read and favorite cover goes to...

 
 

4.) Best Young Adult read for the year...
 
 
by EmilyWibberley and