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Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge: If I Won a Large Lottery Jackpot, I Would….

Hosted by Long and Short Reviews.

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This is going to be an eclectic list.

Get All of My Dental Work Done at Once. It’s non-urgent and is being done slowly and as necessary. If I had a windfall of cash, I’d bite the bullet (metaphorically speaking) and get everything checked off the to-do list as soon as possible.

Woman holding a gift wrapped in gold paper and a gold ribbon Buy Ethical, Local, and Eco-Friendly Stuff. I’d buy as much food, clothing, shoes, electronics, and other various household items from local merchants and farmers as is possible here in southern Ontario.   Buying local can be more ecologically friendly in general, so I’d keep an eye out for businesses that were cognizant of that as well. There’s something to be said for supporting small businesses and your local economy if you have the extra money to do so.

Donate Anonymously. For example, homeless shelters and food banks have always needed donations, and the demand for their services is sadly higher than ever. They should focus on the fact that they suddenly had more resources to help people going through tough times and not worry about giving me credit for anything. I’m too bashful to pose for photo-ops. LOL!

Hire A Housekeeper. I would pay them handsomely to come over for a couple of days a week to clean, shop for groceries, and do laundry. It would be wonderful to have the time I currently invest in that stuff freed up for other pursuits, although I do feel a little selfish to even mention this. It would be such a big splurge.

Buy an Annual Membership to My Local Art Museum. I used to go there occasionally before this darn pandemic began. I’d love to have the freedom to go as often as I pleased and during quiet times of the day when there aren’t any lines to see any of the paintings.

Treat My Family to a Vacation. That is to say, I’d take my spouse, parents, siblings, nephews, and sister-in-law on whatever sort of trip everyone agreed upon. I’d pay all expenses and try to convince them to accept some spending cash, too. Money is only as good as the memories it makes and the joy it brings to others.

Top Ten Tuesday: Literature-Themed Colouring Books

Hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl

Close-up photo of colored pencils Technically, this week’s topic was “Book Titles That Sound Like They Could Be Crayola Crayon Colors.”

My apologies to Jana, but I couldn’t find a single title that fit this description no matter how hard I searched.

Due to this, I tweaked the topic to be literature themed colouring books. That is to say, colouring books that are inspired by actual novels. Get your coloured pencils ready!

1. Tolkien’s World: A Fantasy Coloring Book by Allan Curless

2. The World of the Hunger Games: The Official Coloring Book by Scholastic Inc.

3. Terry Pratchett’s Discworld Coloring Book by Terry Pratchett

4. Hansel and Gretel: An Amazing Colouring Book by Fabiana Attanasio

5. The Alice in Wonderland Colouring Book by Rachel Cloyne

6. The Lord of the Rings Movie Trilogy Colouring Book by Nicolette Caven

7. The Walking Dead: Rick Grimes Adult Coloring Book by Robert Kirkman

8. A Court of Thorns and Roses Colouring Book by Sarah J. Maas

9. Terry Pratchett’s Discworld Coloring Book by Terry Pratchett

10. The Official Eragon Coloring Book by Christopher Paolini

 

Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge: Books I Chose Based on Their Titles

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Cover designs can vary so much from one round of printing to the next that I decided to focus on titles this week. I included links to descriptions of the plots of these stories for anyone who needs them, and I also added a sentence or two about why each one grabbed my attention.

A pile of opened books drenched in sunlight The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams Bianco

I loved stuffed animals and dolls when I was a kid, so the idea of a velveteen rabbit appealed to me immediately.

 

The Kind of Girl I Am by Julia Watts

This title didn’t make sense to me at all when I first saw it, so I had to figure out what it was actually saying!

 

The Color of Water: A Black Man’s Tribute to His White Mother by James McBride

Isn’t that an attention-grabbing title? I sure thought it was good. Originally, I’d assumed he was adopted and wanted to see if my guess was correct there.

 

The Bigger Book of Lydia by Margaret Willey

This was one of the first times I ever remember seeing my name in a book title, and it made this a must-read for me. Luckily, it’s become a little more common to find characters who share my name these days.

 

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’d Gladly Throw Into the Ocean

Hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl

Aerial shot of blue ocean waves Content warning: abusive relationships. Scroll past my first answer if you’d rather not read about that topic for any reason.

I’m a patient and forgiving reader in general. There are very few books out there that I have no patience for and will not provide links to here.

The Books: The Twilight series by Stephanie Meyer

Why I’d Toss It: I was in an abusive relationship when I was a teenager, and it was really painful. There were so many red flags in Bella and Edward’s relationship that I couldn’t keep reading and can’t recommend this series to anyone.

 

The Book: The Secret by Rhonda Byrne

Why I’d Toss It: Look,I completely agree that having a positive and optimistic attitude is a good thing in general. Anyone who follows me on Twitter will see how perky I usually am! Unfortunately, I’ve observed a lot of ugly victim blaming coming from the idea that terrible things happen to people because they entertained the wrong thoughts. Not every tragedy in life can be prevented. I believe in loving and supporting people when they’re at their lowest points instead of coming up with reasons why they deserved it.

 

The Book: The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Why I’d Toss It: All of the characters were awful human beings. They all had the time and money to become better people and yet refused to do so. I do not have the patience to read about folks like that, but I won’t judge anyone who does. This was simply a case of my moral code clashing so strongly with theirs that I couldn’t get into the plot at all.

 

The Book: Anything written by Donald J. Trump

Why I’d Toss It: He’s Trump.

 

The Book: The Land of Painted Caves by Jean M. Auel

Why I’d Toss It: I loved the Earth’s Children series, but the final book in it was nonsensical at best. It destroyed character arcs, ignored thousands of pages of foreshadowing and plot development, and refused to answer the majority of the questions the audience had been carrying around for years.

Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge: TV Shows I Binge Watch(ed)

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Generally, I prefer not to binge-watch shows. It’s easier for me to enjoy them when I take at least a few days between episodes, especially for shows that can be repetitive at times.

These are the exceptions to this preference of mine. Two are shows I finished ages ago, and the final one is something I recently started watching.

Logo for Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Show Title: Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Why I Binge-Watched It: Just because vampires (or monsters, or teenage girls) behave a certain way in other universes doesn’t mean they’ll follow those rules in this universe. I loved the risks Joss Whedon took with the plots twists in this series.

Logo for 30 Rock

 

Show: 30 Rock

Why I Binge-Watched It: The zany ensemble cast was hilarious. This show was set backstage on a fictional version of Saturday Night Life. It featured everyone from celebrities (both real and fictional) to the various long-suffering employees there who try to appease all sorts of ridiculous requests from their guests and sometimes coworkers as well.  I loved all of the funny references to previous storylines and guest stars they included later on.

 

Logo for The Simpsons.

Show Title: The Simpsons

Why I Binge-Watch It: A little while ago, I started watching The Simpsons from the beginning since I only ever saw random episodes of it when I was growing up. It’s 90% brain candy and 10% astute observations about western society. That’s the perfect combination of factors to make me want to see more than one episode a day.  The early seasons have held up well, too, if any of you are curious about watching or rewatching them!

Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge: What My Last Meal Would Be

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. This week’s prompt was an easy one. I’m going with my favourite foods. Lasagna (dairy-free, of course!) Breadsticks Chocolate almond milk Lemon meringue pie Dairy-free mint… Read More

Top Ten Tuesday: Funny Book Titles

Hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl All of these titles make me giggle! I have not read any of them yet, so let me know if you’ve read and liked any of them. 1. The Hollow Chocolate Bunnies of the Apocalypse by Robert Rankin 2. Annie Gomez and the Gigantic Foot of Doom by Jay Cutts 3.… Read More

Top Ten Tuesday: Books on My Spring 2021 TBR

Hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl I’m a mood reader, so these TBR posts for Top Ten Tuesday often turn out to be wildly different from what I actually get around to reading in any given season. Spring is also the time of year when I generally read less and spend more time outdoors. Toronto… Read More