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Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge: Stuff on My Bucket List

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.

Some of topics over the last several weeks have been tricky ones, but this one is easy.

Red sandstone cliffs and red beach at Prince Edward Island.
By Fundamentaldan – Own work, CC BY 2.5, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1550270

One of the biggest things still on my bucket list is visiting Prince Edward Island. My curiosity about this province began when I first read the Anne of Green Gables series by L.M. Montgomery.

Someday I want to see their red roads, rocks, and beaches for myself.

Visiting the various real-life places that Montgomery fictionalized for her stories would also be amazing.

The interesting thing about this goal is that I rarely yearn to travel much in general! I usually prefer to stick close to home due to how easily I feel motion sickness on various forms of transportation.

I’d love to go back to school someday and get a Masters degree. My Bachelors degree was in Psychology, so maybe something related to that? I once dreamed of working as a therapist and still think that would be a rewarding line of work.

Learning how to enjoy jogging is something I’d also like to accomplish. I’ve tried several times and have never felt that runner’s high that some athletic people talk about. Maybe one day it will happen.

Becoming fluent in Spanish is the final big thing on my bucket list for the time being. Learning to speak a second language is a lot of work, so I dip in and out of practicing it as my time and energy levels allow for. I’d bet I could become fluent if I were more diligent about practicing. Can anyone recommend some good Spanish music or TV shows?

Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish Photos

Hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl

My pick for this week’s freebie theme is a simple one. Let’s look at some interesting bookish stock photos! Tell me which one is your favourite in the comment section below. I’m including brief descriptions of them for anyone who needs captions or who can’t see the photos.

Sad girl holding a book while standing outside near a forest
Sad girl holding a book while standing outside near a forest.

 

Black and white drawing of an astronaut floating through outer space. A book is attached to their helmet with a cord. 

 

Drawing of a skull sitting on top of an antique book. An extinguished candle and empty hourglass are flanking it.

 

Two children standing in a forest reading books.
Two children standing in a forest reading books.

 

A cat wearing a pair of oversized glasses
A cat wearing a pair of oversized glasses

 

A cup of tea and a few chocolate chip cookies on two fancy saucers

 

A cardboard robot standing on two stacked books while stirring a cup of coffee with a teaspoon
A cardboard robot standing on two stacked books while stirring a cup of coffee with a teaspoon

 

Two women balancing books on their heads while reading and laughing
Two women balancing books on their heads while reading and laughing

 

Man floating in a body of water while reading and wearing a pair of sunglasses
Man floating in a body of water while reading and wearing a pair of sunglasses

 

woman reading a book to her dog
Woman reading a book to her dog

 

Senior woman sitting on chair while reading a book to a young girl
Senior woman sitting on chair while reading a book to a young girl

Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge: Character Names in a Book I Can’t Pronounce

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A knight kneeling in front of a woman who is wearing a medieval dress.Raise your hand if you read the fantasy genre!

There are countless things I love about these sorts of stories, but I have to admit that some of the names in them are pretty hard to get rolling off of my tongue.

There are often massive linguistic differences between names from real-life cultures I may not be well-acquainted with and names that were made up by the authors themselves.

The former have pronunciations that make sense once you understand a little bit about the language they came from and how vowels and consonants can and can’t be joined up together in it.

This isn’t always the case for the latter unless you have an author like J.R.R. Tolkien who creates entire languages for his worlds. While I definitely don’t judge anyone who skips that step when creating a fantasy world, it can make pronouncing the names of the characters in it trickier.

So I tried to keep this list pared down to names that trip me up due to them not being formed by strict rules of pronunciation.

  • Daenerys
  • Zeddicus Zu’l Zorander
  • Tekilashan
  • Numuhukumakiaki’aialunamor
  • Kylarral-ten
  • Tvlakv
  • Drizzt Daermon N’a’shezbaernon.
  • Zoenen Hoogstandjes

I found most of these names in this Reddit thread if anyone is interested in reading more.

 

 

Top Ten Tuesday: Canadian Book Festivals I’d Love to Go to Someday

Hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl

Map of the provinces and territories of CanadaI chose Canadian literary events for this week’s prompt because most of the bookish event and festival lists out there are heavily slanted towards the United States.

I think there’s something to be said for shining the spotlight on other parts of the world, too.

Word on the Street, the first entry on this list, is something I’ve attended on numerous occasions in the past. It’s a great deal of fun, and I can’t recommend it highly enough to all of you no matter which genres you enjoy.

Everything else is still on my bucket list!

See the map at the beginning of this post if you need a refresher on Canadian geography as you read about all of these wonderful festivals. The provinces will be highlighted in red in the photos below for the festivals that always occur in the same provinces.

Ontario highlighted on a map
Photo credit: TUBS.

1. Word on the Street

Location: Toronto,Ontario

Target Audience: Everyone

Why I Love It: It includes such a wonderful variety of books and authors for every age, genre, style, and demographic group you can imagine and maybe even a few you’ve never encountered before. The food there is incredible, too!

 

2. The Festival of Literary Diversity 

Location: Brampton, Ontario

Target Audience: Diverse authors and storytellers (and anyone who wants to read diverse books!)

Why I Want to Visit It: What’s not to love about celebrating diversity in the bookish community? I really need to rent a car or hop on a train and take a road trip to this festival after we have a vaccine for Covid-19.

 

Quebec highlighted on a map
Photo credit: TUBS.

3. Atwater Poetry Project

Location: Montreal, Quebec

Target Audience: Poets and anyone who loves poetry

Why I Want to Visit It: A well-written poem makes my heart sing.

 

4. Bloody Words

Location: Various Canadian cities (the location changes every year)

Target Audience: Mystery writers and readers

Why I Want to Visit It: I occasionally read mysteries and think it would be cool to learn more about this genre.

 

The Northwest Territories highlighted on a map
Photo credit: TUBS

 

5. NorthWords Writers Festival Society

Location: Yellowknife, Northwest Territories

Target Audience: Aboriginal writers and anyone who is interested in reading their work

Why I Want to Visit It: Canada has an amazing literary community in general, and it includes many talented Aboriginal and First Nations authors. I’d be thrilled to attend a whole festival dedicated to their work.

 

Yukon territory highlighted on a map
Photo credit: TUBS

 

6. Yukon Writers’ Festival

Location: The Yukon Territory

Target Audience: Anyone who is part of Canadian literary scene in the Yukon or who wants to learn more about it.

Why I Want to Visit It: I must confess to not knowing a lot about the culture of the Yukon or what the literary scene is like up there. That’s something I’d love to change someday.

 

Nova Scotia highlighted on a map
Photo credit: TUBS

 

7. Read by the Sea

Location: River John, Nova Scotia

Target Audience: Everyone who wants to read Canadian works

Why I Want to Visit It: It sounds like an all-Canadian version of Word on the Street. If that’s true, this festival must be amazing!

 

Newfoundland highlighted on a map
Photo credit: TUBS

 

8. Writers at Woody Point

Location: Newfoundland

Target Audience: Anyone who writes or reads stories set in this province

Why I Want to Visit It: I only know a little bit about the culture of or literary scene in Newfoundland and would like to change that.

 

British Columbia highlighted on a map
Photo credit: TUBS

 

9. Vancouver Writers Fest

Location: Vancouver, British Columbia

Target Audience: Anyone who writes or reads stories set in Vancouver

Why I Want to Visit It: I used to live in Vancouver. It’s a beautiful, bookish city, and reading about it makes me feel like I’m back there.

 

Saskatchewan highlighted on a map
Photo credit: TUBS

 

10. Saskatchewan Festival Of Words

Location: Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan

Target Audience: Everyone who enjoys Canadian literature

Why I Want to Visit It: This festival lasts for four whole days! That alone is enough to make me eager to check it out.

Do any of you have other Canadian literary festivals to add to this list? I’d sure like to hear about them.

Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge: Things I Collect

Hosted by Long and Short Reviews.

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A cardboard box filled with four dairy-free boston creme donuts.
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This week’s topic was tricky for me because I’m a minimalist. I don’t own a lot of physical stuff, and almost everything I do own is used regularly and heavily.

When I go on a trip somewhere or want to treat myself, I don’t buy knick-knacks to commemorate it. Instead, I do things like:

  • Take lots of photos.
  • Try new experiences.
  • Order delicious dairy-free meals and snacks that are either unavailable at home or a bit too expensive to indulge in regularly.
  • Create vivid memories by soaking in every moment of the experience.
  • Buy a rare t-shirt, hat, socks, or some other article of clothing I happen to need that will also remind me of the good time I had there since all clothing wears out eventually.

Case in point, a few months ago I splurged on a box of vegan Boston cream donuts.

The bakery that makes them goes out of their way to source ethically produced ingredients and pay their staff fairly (which is wonderful!)

When you add all of those increased costs together, this place has to charge more than a typical bakery in order to make ends meet. So I view getting treats from them as a delightful detour from my typical diet.

The cool thing about that is how much more I appreciate them than I would if ate sugary donuts every single day of the week. And it makes my dentist happy, too.

Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Make Me Smile

Hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl I’m stretching the definition of the term book a bit for today’s prompt. You see, it’s impossible for me to narrow this list down to fictional stories. Which tales make me smile has evolved throughout the course of my life. My answer at age 5 would be completely different… Read More

Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge: The Last Place I Traveled to 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. Last summer I went on an Alaskan cruise with my spouse, parents, brothers, sister-in-law, and nephews.   My parents had been curious about taking a cruise… Read More