Monday, May 01, 2023

May 2023 Reading Challenge: Blankets

Here in the PNW, May is that wonderful time of budding flowers, rain showers, and sun breaks teasing us with summer. Winter blankets are off the beds and beach blankets are ready to go. Whether you're warding off the last chill or embracing those bright rays, this month's reading challenge is to read books with "blanket" in the title. So relaxing.

Blanket Reads

Blanket reads (and AMZ links):

1.) Calling for a Blanket Dance by Oscar Hokeah (audiobook) - Enjoyed the storytelling!

2.) Back to the Blanket: A Native Narrative of Discovery by James Starkey 

3.) 75 Floral Blocks to Crochet: [Blankets and More] by Betty Barnden

4.) Blankets by Craig Thompson

5.) The Blanket Where Violet Sits by Allan Wolf

6.) Twins' Blanket by Hyewon Yum - Cute story!

7.) Blanket: A Poem by Patricia Celina Ngo 

8.) Blanket Statement: One Thrifted Wool Blanket Repurposed into 40+ Projects by Vicki Haninger

9.) Bugs in a Blanket by Beatrice Alemagna

10.) My Two Blankets by Irena Kobald

11.) Pigs in a Blanket by James Burks

12.) Snoozefest and the Nuzzledome: Blankets and Pillows Optional by Samantha Berger - Fun!

13.) The Story Blanket by Ferida Wolff

14.) Blanket: Journey to Extreme Coziness by Loryn Brantz

15.) Battle of the Blanket Forts by Dee Romito

16.) Geraldine's Blanket by Holly Keller

17.) Small Bunny's Blue Blanket by Tatyana Feeney - This is a good read!

18.) That's MY blanket, Baby! by Angie Morgan - Another good read!

19.) Blanket by Ruth Ohi

20.) No More Blanket for Lambkin! by Bernette G. Ford


"Steal my heart, not my blankets."
by ladyMAKESshop on Etsy

Saturday, April 01, 2023

April 2023 Reading Challenge: Marital Book Bliss

I take you, good book, to be my best friend, my faithful partner, my one true love, to have and hold from this day forward, to love and cherish for as long as it takes me to get to the last page. I truly hope you're a good read! 

Marital Book Bliss Reading Challenge
Something old, something new...something borrowed, something blue.

My selection of books to have and to hold this month for reading bliss include (AMZ links):

1.) The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid - It's a good read!

2.) A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick

3.) A Wedding in December by Anita Shreve

4.) The Vow by Kim and Krickitt Carpenter

5.) The People We Hate at the Wedding by Grant Ginder

6.) The Younger Wife by Sally Hepworth (audiobook) - Enjoyed the storytelling!

Wednesday, March 01, 2023

March 2023 Reading Challenge: Happy Baba Marta!

"Chestita Baba Marta!" Happy Granny Marta to you!

White and Red for Pizho and Penda

The beginning of March marks a typical Bulgarian tradition of wearing and/or exchanging Martenitsi (plural). A Martenitsa (singular) consists of two small wool dolls: The boy doll named Pizho is mostly white, and the girl doll named Penda is mostly red.

A Martenitsa can also be a red-and-white woven cord or bracelet.The combined two thread colors symbolize the wish for good health. They celebrate Mother Nature, or Granny Marta, breathing life into the spring season. White symbolizes purity, and red symbolizes life and love.The Martenitsi are given as gifts to family and friends either pinned to clothing or as a bracelet, until the wearer sees a stork or swallow returning from migration, or a blossoming tree, and then the Martenitsa is removed and tied to a branch.

This is a joyful holiday time, commemorating health and long life and probably for some, the start of warmer weather. Read more about the Bulgarian March culture here:BNR Radio Bulgaria and Sofia Adventures.

To honor this Bulgarian tradition, I've chosen to read red and white books for March. My short stack includes (AMZ links below):

1.) Going too Far by Jennifer Echols

2.) The Anatomical Shape of a Heart by Jenn Bennett

3.) Firegirl by Tony Abbott

4.) 303 Writing Prompts by Bonnie Neubauer

5.) Hope in the Mail by Wendelin Van Draanen


Martenitzi from a Bulgarian shop on Etsy:

Wednesday, February 01, 2023

February 2023 Reading Challenge: Book Title Haiku

A book title haiku reading challenge? Of course! Sign me up, please. To refresh the rusty minds out there--like moi--a haiku is typically five syllables on the first line, seven on the second, and five syllables for the last line. It took some time perusing my bookshelf to find titles that worked AND made sense poetically. But I found 'em:

Book Title Haiku

Frozen detective...
How (not) to find a boyfriend,
Writing down the bones.

The book list:

1.) Frozen Detective by Amanda Flower (AMZ)
Knives Out-style cozy mystery with intrigue, a fake relationship, and humor. 

2.) How (Not) to Find a Boyfriend by Allyson Valentine (AMZ)
Can an overachiever turned airhead morph into a truer version of herself for love?

3.) Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg (AMZ)
The secret to creativity is to subtract rules, "uneducate" yourself, and find the Zen writing experience.

Wednesday, January 04, 2023

January 2023 Reading Challenge: Match Your Flannel

Brown, tan, rose-pink, black, and a smidge of white

This is not an original idea, the matching of book covers to flannel, but one shared on Instagram by book-stackers across the land. Since I recently bought a new flannel scarf, I thought I'd give this reading challenge a whirl for January. Still cold outside. Still relevant. So, here's what I pulled off the shelf:

 Happy reading!

Tuesday, January 03, 2023

Fabulous Five: Favorite Reads for 2022

Goodbye 2022. It's been a fabulous reading year of good books and new authors. After reading 116% of my annual goal, it's time to bid you adieu. But before I go, I picked out five of my favorites...hands down, no contest...these are great reads!


1.) My all-time 2022 favorite read goes to a YOUND ADULT WESTERN...

2.) The best NON-FICTION, MIDDLE GRADE, and GRAPHIC NOVEL for the year goes to...

3.) Best MYSTERY for the year and an author I'd read again goes to...

4.) Best INDIE read and MEMOIR goes to...

5.) Best CULTURAL and POETRY for the year goes to...