DAY FIVE: Kittens + Books

Last year I [Rachel] did Puppies + Books and oh my gosh, it was so fun. I loved it so much that I’m bringing it back, but with kittens! All you have to do is match book covers with kittens! (I recommend using Pinterest, or something of the like. I’d scroll around until I found a picture that reminded me of a book cover, then pair the two together.)

I did not know which of the two choices to pick for today, however, I thought it would be interesting to try to see if I could accomplish this one. I think I did good considering…

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Book Review: Beaches

Book Review: BeachesBeaches by Iris Rainer Dart
on June 1st 1985
Pages: 276
Reading Challenges: Bookopoly 2017, Literary Escape

Loudmouthed, redheaded Cee Cee Bloom has her sights set on Hollywood. Bertie White, quiet and conservative, dreams of getting married and having children. In 1951, their childhood worlds collide in Atlantic City. Keeping in touch as pen pals, they reunite over the years ... always near the ocean.
Powerful and moving, this novel follows Cee Cee and Bertie's extraordinary friendship over the course of thirty years as they transform from adolescents into adults. A bestselling novel that became a hugely successful film, Beaches is funny, heartbreaking, and a tale that should be a part of every woman's library.

I will admit that I read this book mainly because I have always loved the movie Beaches. And when Lifetime did the remake I was excited. (I have not watched it yet, but it is on the DVR and I am waiting for the right moment.) I never knew the movie was based on a book and so when I found out I instantly reserved from the library. I was not disappointed, not that I thought I would be.

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DAY FOUR: Get A Different Name Day

Have you ever wanted a different name? Maybe something along the lines of Princess Consuela Banana Hammock? Well then, today is just for you! Create a list of characters who’d names you’d very much like to steal. Piece of cake!

With a name like Penni I have always disliked my name mainly because I would keep being called quarter, nickel, dime…you get the picture. It always seemed so plain and even if I don’t stick out, I am not plain.

I always wished for a different name or I’d come up with creative, yet not so plain names for future children or characters in the many stories I would create or want to create. I do not wish to share all those because what if it’s a name someone see for the first time and then decides they like it? It’s my name and I’m stingy! Just kidding! LOL.

Here are a like of names that I currently like and would like to name a child or character…

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DAY THREE: Umbrella Day

It is, in fact, Umbrella Day. (Don’t ask me who comes up with these things.) And what does an umbrella do? Shield you from rain–and tears. So today is all about sad books, the ones that made you cry, eat a bowl of chocolate-drenched ice cream, and watch all the fluffy movies. Or you can interpret it another way! I just figured umbrellas equal rain equals sad books. Just be careful of spoilers!

So I decided to go a different route with this topic and list characters that can shield you (like an umbrella) from harm, pain, saddness, etc…

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January #OTSPSecretSister Package!!!


January was the last month for round 5 of #OTSPSecretSister project. Flo, was a little behind in sending my final package, but I was not upset or worried. It’s the thought that counts and I was going to miss receiving gifts from Flo. I have enjoyed each and every package that she has sent this past round. I feel that I have made a new friend and look forward to our continued communication as well as being excited for her wedding. Congrats Flo!!!!!

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DAY TWO: The Book Bonanza

Let’s tie in to badges and winning things by creating book awards, or something of the like. This can go one two ways: first, creating actual awards–like an award show–but bookish. Or, create book badges, perhaps to fill up a reader’s tote as they accomplish all the bookish things. 

I have to admit that I thought both choices for today were a bit hard which is one of the many reasons I am so late in posting. But I took a cue from Rachel herself and decided to make badges for readers.

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Book Review: Thirty Days to Thirty

Book Review: Thirty Days to ThirtyThirty Days to Thirty by Courtney Psak
on September 14th 2015
Pages: 255
Reading Challenges: COYER Blackout: Winter Storm

What if you were on the cusp of marrying the guy of your dreams and reaching that career goal you set for yourself, only for all of it to be taken away in one fell swoop?What if this all happened a month before you turned 30?This is the story of Jill Stevens, who after moving back home, finds a list she made in high school of thirty things she wanted to accomplish before her thirtieth birthday.With a month left and hardly anything crossed off her list, she teams up with old friends to accomplish as much as she can before the big 3-0. Along the way, she discovers her true self and realizes it’s not about the material successes in life but the journey.

I enjoyed this quick read. It was a heartwarming romantic story.

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Book Review: How Should A Person Be?

Book Review: How Should A Person Be?How Should a Person Be? by Sheila Heti
on September 25th 2010
Pages: 306
Reading Challenges: Bookopoly 2017, Single Ladies Reading Challenge

From the internationally acclaimed author of The Middle Stories and Ticknor comes a bold interrogation into the possibility of a beautiful life. How Should a Person Be? is a novel of many identities: an autobiography of the mind, a postmodern self-help book, and a fictionalized portrait of the artist as a young woman — of two such artists, in fact.
For reasons multiple and mysterious, Sheila finds herself in a quandary of self-doubt, questioning how a person should be in the world. Inspired by her friend Margaux, a painter, and her seemingly untortured ability to live and create, Sheila casts Margaux as material, embarking on a series of recordings in which nothing is too personal, too ugly, or too banal to be turned into art. Along the way, Sheila confronts a cast of painters who are equally blocked in an age in which the blow job is the ultimate art form. She begins questioning her desire to be Important, her quest to be both a leader and a pupil, and her unwillingness to sacrifice herself.
Searching, uncompromising and yet mordantly funny, How Should a Person Be? is a brilliant portrait of art-making and friendship from the psychic underground of Canada's most fiercely original writer.

I chose this book because the synopsis seem really interesting and I thought that it was relevant to this month’s reading topic.

While I was reading it, I was partly right.

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