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Top Ten Tuesday: Book Titles That Are Complete Sentences

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Smartphone near an empty notebook and pen. All items are sitting on a white and grey striped blanket. What a creative topic for this week! I’d never thought about book titles that also happen to be complete sentences before.

How easy did you find this prompt? Once I got into the groove of it, I compiled this list pretty easily.

1. Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

2. Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

3. All the Lives We Never Lived by Anuradha Roy

4. Please Don’t Eat the Daisies by Jean Kerr

5. In Cuba I Was a German Shepherd by Ana Menéndez

6. Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward

7. Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead by Olga Tokarczuk

8. Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya

9. All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten by Robert Fulghum

10. Please Look After Mom  by Shin Kyung-sook

Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge: My Favourite Indulgence

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Shar pei dog getting a face massage. This entire post could be summed up into one word: massages.

There is nothing I enjoy more than getting a gentle massage from someone who has a lot of experience giving them.

It’s one of the most relaxing things I can possibly imagine. I carry tension in my back and shoulders that sometimes translates into pain, so it’s glorious to have all of those knots gently loosened and sorted out.

Years ago, there was a massage studio somewhat close to my house that offered back massages at a pretty reasonable rate.

They’ve since closed, but I will be keeping an eye out for future massage opportunities once this pandemic has ended and it’s safe to get them again.

(And, no, that isn’t my dog in the photo in today’s post. I simply wanted to share a photo related to massage that was G-rated for anyone who reads this at work. Some of the massage photos on stock photo sites can be a little risqué!)

Top Ten Tuesday: Books with Mountains on Their Covers

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A mountain half bathed in evening sunlight. It is reflected in a perfectly-still lake at the foot of the mountain. Mountains are one of my favourite natural settings to find on book covers. They’re so majestic and breathtaking!

I spent part of my childhood living right next to a large mountain range, so they also bring up happy memories from those years.

There’s nothing like being nestled right next to the mountains.  You get so much snow in the winter, and the summers are nice and mild as well.

Here are ten beautiful covers that include mountains on them.

This list turned out to have more North American mountains on it than I was originally intending to include. If you know of beautiful book covers about mountain ranges in other parts of the world, I’d love to hear about them.

The Mountains That Remade America- How Sierra Nevada Geology Impacts Modern Life by Craig H Jones book cover. Image on cover shows a mountain in Nevada that's right next to a highway

1. The Mountains That Remade America: How Sierra Nevada Geology Impacts Modern Life
by Craig H Jones

The Eight Mountains by Paolo Cognetti book cover. Image on cover is a photo of snow-covered mountains.

2. The Eight Mountains by Paolo Cognetti

Everest- Mountain without Mercy by Broughton Coburn book cover. Image on cover shows sun setting on Mount Everest.

3. Everest: Mountain without Mercy by Broughton Coburn

Annapurna- The First Conquest of an 8,000-Meter Peak by Maurice Herzog book cover. Image on cover shows sun setting on Annapurna mountain peak.

4. Annapurna: The First Conquest of an 8,000-Meter Peak by Maurice Herzog

Uluru- Australia's Aboriginal Heart by Caroline Arnold book cover. Image on cover shows Mount Uluru in all of it's red, dusty glory.

5. Uluru: Australia’s Aboriginal Heart by Caroline Arnold

Walking in the Caucasus - Georgia by Peter Nasmyth book cover. Image on cover shows mountain covered in clouds and snow peeking above a thick forest of pine trees.

6. Walking in the Caucasus – Georgia by Peter Nasmyth

Adirondacks- Views of An American Wilderness by Carl E. Heilman II book cover. Image on cover is panoramic shot from a mountaintop to the lush forest and lake below.

7. Adirondacks: Views of An American Wilderness by Carl E. Heilman II

If Mountains Die- A New Mexico Memoir by John Nichols book cover. Image on cover shows stormy clouds passing over mountains bathed in red evening light.

8. If Mountains Die: A New Mexico Memoir by John Nichols\

Hannibal's March- Alps and Elephants by Gavin de Beer book cover. Image on cover is a painting of the Alps in spring when some snow still remains on them.

9. Hannibal’s March: Alps and Elephants by Gavin de Beer

The Sound of Mountain Water by Wallace Stegner book cover. Image on cover is of a mountain stream filled with water rushing over the many rocks in it.

10. The Sound of Mountain Water by Wallace Stegner

Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge: Fictional Characters I’d Love to Meet and Why

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Two people hugging sideways as they stand on the side of a cliff at sunset and look at the peaceful forest below them.This was one of those topics I could discuss for hours. If any of us ever meet in person, ask me this question if you want to see me poke my head out of my shell! (I’m often a little quiet and shy at first with new people).

Character: Anne Shirley from L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables series

Why: I adore it when talkative, extroverted people make the first gesture of friendship, especially when they’re as personable as Anne. Our personalities couldn’t be more different from each other, but our shared love of books and baked goods would give us all sorts of things to discuss.

 

Character: Sankofa­­ from Nnedi Okorafor’s Remote Control. (My review is here).

Why: She’s the sort of character who needs friends who move slowly and are highly respectful of her boundaries. I’m excellent at both of those things. It would be cool to have a chance to ask her about how her powers work and what she plans to do next in her life.

 

Character: Yetu from Rivers Solomon’s The Deep (My review is here).

Why: Our personalities are so similar! We’re both quiet, easygoing folks who enjoy learning new things and exploring. There’s definitely something to be said for companionable silence sometimes. Maybe she could teach me some new swimming strokes, too.

 

Character: The hobbits and the Entwives from J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings series.

Why: Honestly, who wouldn’t want to have a dinner party with hobbits? They’re peace-loving, jolly, and kind folks who are also fantastic cooks. I’d want to meet the Entwives because I’ve wondered what really happened to them ever since I read this series. In my opinion, they survived and eventually reunited with their husbands, sons, brothers, and other male relatives.

Top Ten Tuesday: My Ten Most Recent Reads

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A lamp turned on next to a soft couch in a library whose walls are lined with booksAlong with my blogging slowdown as of about a month ago, I’ve also been reading less.

 

The good news is that I’ve been enjoying what I’m reading more than I did when my list of finished books was longer.

Here are my ten most recent reads.

1. The Fact of the Matter by Madeleine L’Engle (My review)

Genre: Fantasy

My Favourite Part: The twist ending.

 

2. Ambush Predators by Marina Ermakova (My review)

Genre: Science Fiction

My Favourite Part: A scene involving the main character hiding in a car. It made me jump!

 

3. Clocking Time by Mark McClure (My Review)

Genre: Young Adult

My Favourite Part: All of the time travel. It would be amazing if such a thing were truly possible.

 

4. People Count: Contact-Tracing Apps and Public Health by Susan Landau

Genre: Non-Fiction, Science, Epidemiology

My Favourite Part: The comparisons the author made between previous epidemics and our current one. Human behaviour patterns have remained so consistent over the centuries when it comes to how we respond to invisible threats like disease.

 

Top view of 2-story library with red stairs
Someday libraries will reopen.

5. A Story of Us: A New Look at Human Evolution by Lesley Newson

Genre: Non-Fiction, Science, Anthropology

My Favourite Part: Learning about how children were raised throughout human evolution, especially once our distant ancestors began trusting each other to watch the baby while mom went off to gather food.

 

6. Apeiorn – Tales of an Argonaut 1 by M.P. Cosmos (My Review)

Genre: Science Fiction

My Favourite Part: Meeting the same narrator in every story even though they were set in very different places and times. It was such a unique way to connect those worlds.

 

7. Searching for Sam by Sophie Bienvenu

Genre: Fiction

My Favourite Part: The descriptions of how emotionally draining it is to be homeless. I’d never thought about how difficult the mental part of homelessness must be when you have no idea where you’ll sleep at night or when your next meal might come.

 

Photo of the many floors of the Toronto Reference Library
Come visit the Toronto Reference Library if you’re ever in Toronto! It’s wonderful.

8. Boo and the Boy – A Ghost Story by Wayne Barrett (My Review)

Genre: Fantasy

My Favourite Part: The heartwarming ending. It was something I was hoping for but really didn’t think the audience would get.

 

 

 

9. Fragments – A Collection of Short Stories by Jachrys Abel (My Review)

Genre: Science Fiction

My Favourite Part: Figuring out the speculative fiction angles to some of these stories. Not all of them were readily apparent.

 

10.Four Lost Cities: A Secret History of the Urban Age by Annalee Newitz

Genre: History

My Favourite Part: Reading the most recent theories about why Çatalhöyük was abandoned. It’s the first city humans ever built (that we know of), so I’m thrilled to see how much effort has been put into understanding who lived there and why they eventually moved elsewhere.

Top Ten Tuesday: Rabbits from Books

Hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl Anyone who has followed this blog or my accounts on Twitter or Goodreads for a long time knows how much I love rabbits. Today I will be sharing books about rabbits! Yes, I have read them all and recommend checking them out yourself if you’re interested. Do speak up… Read More

Top Ten Tuesday: Colourful Book Covers

Hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl I narrowed this week’s prompt down a little bit. The original theme was so broad that I wasn’t sure where to begin. You could interpret it to be about rainbow covers, or brightly-coloured covers, or books that include as many different colours in them as possible. Honestly, even those… Read More