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Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge: Books with the Most Words I Had to Look Up

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A person thumbing through a large dictionary. My answer for this week is going to be short and sweet.

When I read The Lord of the Rings trilogy many years ago, I kept a dictionary open right next to it. There were so many new vocabulary words included in it that I kept having to stop reading to find out on what Earth the characters were talking about.

To be fair, I was in middle school when I read this series. Some of those words might be more familiar to me if I were to come across them again as an adult. But the memory of looking up words regularly during these hours of reading is a strong one for me.

If you’ve read this series, did you have the same experience?

 

Top Ten Tuesday: Rubber Duckie Book Covers

Hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl

Three rubber duckies sitting on the edge of a white bathtubI don’t know about all of you, but I’m sure in the mood for lighthearted and dare I say slightly silly conversations at the moment.

For example, did you know there are dozens of books out there that feature rubber duckies on their covers?

I have no idea how or why this ever became a trend, but it does make me smile.

Have you read any of these books? Do you have a rubber duckie sitting on the edge of your bathtub at this exact moment?

Is That a Fact?- Frauds, Quacks, and the Real Science of Everyday Life by Joe Schwarcz book cover. Image on cover is of a rubber duckie floating in a beaker filled with blue liquid.

1. Is That a Fact?: Frauds, Quacks, and the Real Science of Everyday Life by Joe Schwarcz

Plus 2, Minus 2 by Ann H. Matzke book cover. Image on the cover is of four rubber duckies sitting on an inner tube in a pool.

 

2. Plus 2, Minus 2 by Ann H. Matzke

Moby-Duck by Donovan Hohn book cover. Image on cover is of a rubber duckie sitting on a patch of sand at the beach.

3. Moby-Duck: the true story of 28,800 bath toys lost at sea and of the beachcombers, oceanographers, environmentalists, and fools, including the author, who went in search of them by Donovan Hohn

Stiltskin by Andrew Buckley book cover. Image on the cover is of rumplestiltskin clasping a knife and glaring at the reader while wearing a rubber duckie perched on his head.

4. Stiltskin by Andrew Buckley

Regarding Ducks and Universes by Neve Maslakovic book cover. Image on cover is of a male toddler walking down a deserted highway on a bridge. There is a rubber duckie sittting on the road beside him.

5.Regarding Ducks and Universes by Neve Maslakovic

Rules by Cynthia Lord book cover. Image on cover is of a goldfish swimming in some water and looking at a rubber duckie floating on top of the water.

6. Rules by Cynthia Lord

My Miserable, Lonely, Lesbian Pregnancy by Andrea Askowitz book cover. Image on cover is of a rubber duckie floating upside down with it's head pointed underwater.

7. My Miserable, Lonely, Lesbian Pregnancy by Andrea Askowitz

Neurotica by Eliza Gordon book cover. Image on the cover is of a rubber duckie sitting next to a typewriter that has the title and author typed out on a sheet of paper.

8. Neurotica by Eliza Gordon

De mooiste dagen zijn het ergst by Anke Scheeren book cover. Image on cover is of a sinking rubber duckie that has bubbles coming out of its body underwater.

9.De mooiste dagen zijn het ergst by Anke Scheeren

Alternadad by Neal Pollack book cover. Image on cover is of a rubber duckie whose beak has been pierced by a metal ring. It's sitting against a black background.

10. Alternadad by Neal Pollack

Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge: Topics I Never Get Tired of Talking About

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Wow, I came up with a lot of answers this week.

I love discussing:

Bicycle leaning up against a mural of two children riding a bike so that it looks like they're riding a real bikeHistory. The most interesting parts of it are the ones that chronicle how ordinary people live and how medical care has evolved and improved over the centuries in my opinion.

Art. If you want to talk about the possible meanings for a piece, I’ll happily jump into that conversation.

Ghost Stories. Whether they’re fictional or based on the personal accounts of real people, I find all of this stuff fascinating.

Fitness. I enjoy hearing about types of exercise folks do or don’t like and why. For example, I’ve never been able to get into jogging, but I love yoga, dancing, and weightlifting.

Astronomy. My favourite subjects here generally revolve around space exploration, the possibility of sending people to Mars, and the discoveries of new planets.

Food. Cooking, meal planning, the latest scientific understandings of good nutrition, and even the history of various foods/dishes all catch my attention.

Archeology. Learning how different groups of people lived hundreds, thousands, or tens of thousands of years ago is always interesting to me. We’re such an adaptable species in general.

 

Top Ten Tuesday: Books For My Younger Self

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Close-up photo of an opened bookI was the sort of kid who ignored age recommendations and read everything that grabbed my interest, so this week’s prompt was a little tricky for me. In the end, I decided to narrow this down to young adult books published in the last decade or so that I would have loved as a kid.

Of course I can read them as an adult, too, but I think they would have been even more meaningful to me if I were still a kid or teenager. Some of my answers have to do with the desire to read about characters like me in some way, and I’ve noted which ones fit into this category. Everything else simply seemed like it was a great story!

It will be interesting to see how all of you interpreted this prompt!

1. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

2. Hot Dog Girl by Jennifer Dugan

3. Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman

4. Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

I have a food allergy, too, and would have loved to read about a protagonist who understood what it was like to have to watch what she ate so carefully. That can be a lonely experience when you’re a teenager and everyone else can eat whatever they wish (or so it seems at that age).

5. Timekeeper by Tara Sim

I would have loved this paranormal LGBTQ+ tale. It was rare for me to find books about non-heterosexual characters back in the day. Once again, representation matters!

6. The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

7. Love, Hate and Other Filters by Samira Ahmad

8. Want by Cindy Pon

9. Dread Nation by Justina Ireland

10. The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi

Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge: Topics That Make Me Stop Reading a Book

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I’m an adventurous reader who bounces around among all of the genres. While there are certain genres I visit regularly and others I only visit occasionally, it takes a lot to turn me off from a story entirely.

This is the fairly small list of topics that I refuse to read about.

Dozens of white cards that are all arranged in a spiral and have the word "no" printed on all of them.Glorifying Prejudice. That is to say, I strictly avoid anything that makes it seem honourable to hate or discriminate against  others because they’re not like you in some way. Why not encourage inclusion and acceptance instead?

Preachiness. This is a universal nope from me no matter the subject matter or whether I happen to agree with the author.  If someone wrote a book that tried to browbeat its readers into believing that purple is the best colour in the universe, I’d stop reading before finishing the first page despite my deep love of that colour.

Hopelessness. I used to be a huge fan of stories like The Walking Dead or Cormac McCarthy’s The Road. While I do still enjoy some horror in small doses, everything I read and watch needs to have a hopeful message included in it these days.

Dead Pets. There are far too many books out there that kill off beloved pets at the climax of the plot. I’ve had my fill of this trope until the end of time itself. Let Fido live!

Top Ten Tuesday: Literary Cookbooks That Make Me Hungry

Hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl I’ve written several posts about books that make me hungry, so I narrowed down this week’s topic to make it more of a challenge. Here are ten literary cookbooks that make me hungry. 1. An Unexpected Cookbook: The Unofficial Book of Hobbit Cookery by Chris-Rachael Oseland 2. Drink Me: Curious… Read More

Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge: Favourite Movie Quotes (and Why)

Hosted by Long and Short Reviews. Click here to read everyone else’s replies to this week’s question and here to see the full list of topics for the year. I narrowed down this week’s topic to movie quotes only.   “Just keep swimming.” -Finding Nemo (2003) Why I Love It: Sometimes this is the best… Read More

Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Should Be Adapted Into Netflix Shows

Hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl I have strong opinions about today’s topic! All of these books would make amazing shows. I can only hope that Netflix will realize they need more content and pick them up. 1.The Clan of the Cave Bear series by Jean M. Auel Why: This series has everything – romance, adventure,… Read More