Sunday, October 22, 2017

(CLOSED) Dewey's Mini Challenge: 10 Words for 10 Years

In the spirit of six-word memoirs or six-word stories, I thought the Dewey's Read-a-Thon 10-YEAR ANNIVERSARY a perfect opportunity to offer a ten-word celebration to show our appreciation to Dewey for starting this thing so many years ago and to our book community for making it such a monumental event and such a great time.

Your challenge is to create a ten-word celebration of Dewey's Read-a-Thon 10-Year Anniversary. Go on, you know you want to!

And, I should mention that there is incentive. The winner of this mini-challenge: the most innovative, colorful, and celebratory in ten words will win a book of his or her choice of up to $15 from the Book DepositoryI'll announce the winner here. Please leave me a way to contact you: Twitter handle, Instagram, whatever! 

You can link your entry (any platform) below or leave your entry in the comments! 

And the winner is: @AfternoonLit

Monday, October 09, 2017

#RIPXII Peril of the Group Read: SLADE HOUSE by David Mitchell

Thank you for joining us! We'd love to know what you thought of SLADE HOUSE. These questions are just a jumping-off point if you're interested in sharing your answers. Link up down below!
1. Slade House is broken up into five parts and is narrated by five characters. Which one did you like best and why? 
2. In my opinion, this is not a traditional"scary" book. Each new guest in the house reveals more about Slade House and the Grayer twins. Did you find any of it unsettling? 
3. This quote, discuss: “Grief is an amputation, but hope is incurable hemophilia: you bleed and bleed and bleed.” 
4. Norah and Jonah...sympathetic or nah? 
5. We didn't learn much about what Norah and Jonah do between each nine–year cycle, but we do know that they have a lot of freedom and many resources at their disposal. What would you do with a gifted existence like this one?
6. The ending. What did you think?

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

I Am IN the Books! (RIPXII Update 1)

RIPXII! All the books, y'all! This type of reading is scratching just the right itch for me, so I'm currently reading ALL the books.

I've had American Supernatural Tales, edited by S.T. Joshi, on my stacks for years. Admittedly, I bought it because I liked the cover the best from the Penguin Horror collection, and it's one of the books from that collection that I didn't already have. The book is ordered from the oldest stories to most recent, and I've found myself in the mood to read through this one in order (except Henry James...I always skip him). Right now I'm alllllmost halfway through, and I am about to start "The Call of Chthulhu" by H.P. Lovecraft. I've never read Lovecraft, so I'm looking forward to trying this one.

I mentioned on Twitter that I really wanted to try Tananarive Due for this year's RIP event, and someone mentioned Ghost Summer: Stories. It happened to be available on Scribd, so here we are. The stories are set in Gracetown, Florida, and I do love a collection tied together by location. The first story knocked me on my ass, so I'm definitely looking forward to more.

Last, but most certainly not least, I'm reading David Mitchell's Slade House for Peril of the Group Read. We could not have picked a better one for this Peril. The two audiobook readers are excellent, and the story sucked me in immediately. I've always been a little shy of reading Mitchell because I just assumed everything he wrote was super confusing (think Cloud Atlas) but I might be a new convert. I'm hoping I can get ahold of The Bone Clocks to listen to next.

What are you reading? 

Saturday, September 02, 2017

Bookmarks are Coming!

I've been working on some new stuff for my Etsy shop, WreckingBallDesign, and at the tippy top of my list are some new customizable book plates, magnetic bookmarks, and original designs for cross stitch bookmarks. Here are a few things in the works:


Right now I'm in the process of finding a material I really like for printing the magnetic bookmarks. I'm probably going to make them in the big, beautiful oversize shown here and a smaller, more standard size. As for the cross stitch, I'm working on this multi-color version, and then I'm going to do an autumn color scheme and one more TBA. Both of these varieties will be ready to list in the shop in about two weeks at the most. 

On the sticker front, I have a couple of new releases this week. These are both weekly sticker "kits"--enough stickers for a week+ in your planner or journal--but they are also available for purchase as individual sheets. 

Autumn Blooms stickers...

The Hipster collection. 
Everything in the shop is marked down by 25% this weekend for Labor Day! And in case you were curious, all the profit from the shop is going into savings for a car down payment. Adulting is fun (sarcasm and kinda not).

Happy reading and crafting! 

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