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text 2018-09-17 23:14
It's Monday! Plus a Halloween Bingo Update, Just Because... | 09/17/2018
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week.  It's a great post to organise yourself.  It's an opportunity to visit and comment, and er... add to that ever growing TBR pile!  So welcome in everyone.  This meme started with J Kaye's Blog and then was taken up by Sheila from Book Journey.  Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at the Book Date.  And here we are!

 

 


 


I've been pretty out of touch over the weekend, because of a lot of family things.  My big brother just got engaged and had a party for it.  There was food involved and lots of the happy!

There was partying and fun had by all, and also an appetizer called Bacon Crack that involved maple syrup, brown sugar, honey, black pepper, and cayenne pepper.  Unfortunately there is no photo to speak of because I pretty much demolished said appetizer before I thought to take a picture.  We'll compensate another time when I can figure out how to make this appetizer and show it off.  All we need to know is: Yummy!

Meanwhile, this meant that I didn't really have a whole lot of time to read... although to be fair, I DID spend a good amount of free time NOT DOING A DARN THING AT ALL!  During that time, I tried to read one of my Halloween Bingo books, but kept getting distracted by the four month old Bichon Frise my brother brought up with him while he was in town.

Everyone, meet Bear:

 


And just because I can, here's a double whammy of cute.  Here's a pic of the only few seconds that Bear and Baby weren't getting on each other's nerves.

 


You're all welcome!  =D

 

 

What I Read Last Week

 


My 'books read' for last week looked pretty pathetic.  But that's mainly because I found myself starting a million books instead of finishing anything.  And also, life happens.

 

 

What I'm Currently Reading

 

 

 

What I'm Planning to Read Next

 

 

 

Other Plans On the Blog

 

As far as Halloween Bingo goes, I'd been wanting to update every week, maybe on Fridays or Saturdays.  But with the weekend being so busy, that didn't happen this past weekend, so everyone get's the all-purpose 'It's Monday!' update post instead.  And also, it wasn't like I had a lot of update to make, being as how I'm still only at two books read despite all the many squares on my card that have been called.

My plans have pretty much been a bit mussed up.  But never fear, I'm not really going hardcore reading challenge go-getter this year, so I'm going to just aim to finish all the books I'm planning to read for Halloween Bingo, whether or not I finish them all within the allotted Halloween Bingo time.

I will probably have two new reviews ready to post sometime this week: for The Liar's Club series, and for The Name of the Star.  Meanwhile, I'm hoping to finish up Dance of the Gods at least by tomorrow, then work on Get Well Soon.  I'll be reading The Color of Magic on and off, though I'm hearing great things about it, so it might suck me in.  I need to find time for The Big Over Easy, and more importantly, I also need to get start on Valley of Silence as soon as I finish Dance of the Gods, if only because I need to get it read before it auto-returns to the e-book library next week.

Then I'm going to see about my next Halloween Bingo update, probably to be posted this coming Saturday, on 9/22.

Not... too much... right?


And just for kicks, here's my table/card visual aid if anyone's interested.

 

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Halloween Bingo 2018
Ani's Book Abyss

 

 

Source: anicheungbookabyss.blogspot.com/2018/09/its-monday-plus-halloween-bingo-update.html
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text 2018-09-11 11:05
OT: 40 Questions and Answers

1. Is trust a big issue for you?
Yes
2. What is the last beverage you had?
Since tap water and mineral water probably don’t count, I’ll say tea.
3. Do you own a pair of skinny jeans?
Haha. No.
4. Do you think you’ll change in the next three months?
Yes.
5. Who do you feel most comfortable talking to?
My sister.
6. The last time you felt broken?
Sadly enough almost all the time.
7. Are you in a good mood?
At the moment yes, at least in an ok mood.
8. Are your eyes the same color as your dad’s?
My dad is dead, but yes. 
9. Is your current hair color your natural hair color?
Yes, but I’m considering dyeing it blue or green.
10. What was the last thing that made you laugh?
My children’s antics. 
11. Do you really truly miss someone right now?
Yes, my maternal grand parents, my dad and my aunt.
12. Are you one of those people who never drinks soda?
Yes.
13. Do you ever write in pencil anymore?
In the past years, not for a long time, but actually this past year, I’ve been making some notes about my children and my nieces in a very cute calendar.
14. Do you believe in love at first sight?
Yes.
15. Who did you last call?
My mother.
16. Did you hug/kiss one of your parents today?
No. I don’t get along with my mother.
17. Who was the last person to call you?
Probably my sister.
18. Ever use a bow and arrow?
Yes.
19. Last time you had a portrait taken by a photographer?
When my sister graduated from high school. I didn’t want to be in the photos and looked grumpy in them.
20. Is Christmas stressful?
Yes.
21. Have you ever had a pierogi?
Yes. I hope that’s the correct spelling. I found these questions on Tumblr.
22. Favorite type of fruit pie?
I mostly have apple pie so I’ll pick that.
23. Occupations you wanted to be as a kid.
Archaeologist, astronaut (lol).
24. Do you believe in ghosts?
I’m not sure.
25. Ever had a déja vu feeling?
Yes, many times.
26. Do you take a vitamin every day?
Yes. Vitamin B12. I had a deficiency and nearly died.
27. Have you ever taken dancing lessons?
Yes, classical ballet. Not seriously, just simple dancing for small children. But I did get to play the king in Sleeping Beauty at the end of term.
28. Is there a profession you picture your future spouse having?
I’ve been thinking about that a lot. It’s hard to guess at an unlikely future, unfortunately, but maybe an archivist, librarian, teacher, architect or engineer.
29. Can you curl your tongue?
Yes.
30. Have you ever won a spelling bee?
We don’t have them but I might have won if we did. When we had spelling tests I usually aced them. Not that I want to boast about it. School was really bad for me. Like in a really good Swedish song: ’real life killed me on the school bus’. It was like that except I never went on a school bus. For me it should be in the school yard or in the class room.
31. Do you study better with or without music? 
Without.
32. Have you ever been in love?
Yes.
33. Hot tea or cold tea?
Hot tea. 
34. Tea or coffee?
Tea.
35. Can you swim well?
I used to but I haven’t done it in a long time. They say those skills don’t last.
36. Can you hold your breath without holding your nose?
Of course.
37. Are you patient?
Yes.
38. Have you ever won a contest?
Yes, an art contest in high school.
39. Black or green olives?
Black.
40. Do you want to get married?
Yes, if I could find ’Mr Right’.

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text 2018-08-18 18:26
New meme

1. Favorite animals?

 

Since I love most animals, it would be easier to mention my least favorite animals which are komodo dragons, snakes, spiders etc. 

 

2. Any book recommendations?

 

The Faeland and Faeguard series by Anthea Sharp.

 

3. Three favorite colors?

 

Blue (in different shades), green (in different shades) and dark red. I also like lemon.

 

4. Do you like tea or coffee?

 

Tea, at least to some extent. I’m not crazy about it. Lemon, lime and peppermint, flavored black tea and herbal tea.

 

5. What’s your favorite nature spot to read?

 

In general I don’t like to read outdoors at all, but if I do it would be in a garden or park, in the shade. My eyes are a bit sensitive to strong light. 

 

6. Favorite flowers?

 

Apple blossoms, forgetmenots and geraniums/pelargoniums.

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text 2018-07-12 11:55
Alice in Wonderland meme

Alice: A book you’ve lost.

 
My French dictionary from high school has gone missing but I’m still hoping to find it.
 
The White Rabbit: a book you haven’t had time to read.
 
See above. Two French historic mysteries that I would prefer to read with the help of a dictionary. I could read them anyway and it would be a quicker read but not as much fun.
 
Mad Hatter: a book that made you crazy in a good way.
 
It’s hard to say actually because I often become obsessed with books and their respective universes. I don’t think I can pick just one.
 
Dormouse: a book you’ve fallen asleep over
 
Too many to count. Let me explain. Since I suffer from insomnia and pretty much always have, I try to use books to help me fall asleep. Although now that my little rascals have hit the terrible twos (running) they are now helping me fall asleep as soon as they do.
 
Queen of Hearts: a book that broke your heart
 
Any book where an animal or child or character I like dies or ends up in some terrible circumstances.
 
Knave of Hearts: a book that gave you a hangover
 
I think most really thick books since it takes quite a long time to finish them and consequently you spend a long time in the book’s universe.
 
Mock turtle: a book that made you cry
 
Same answer as for The Queen of Hearts above.
 

 

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text 2018-05-29 15:32
Harry Potter-themed meme

Shocking as it may seem to most people, I haven't read more than the first book in the series, but I thought this Harry Potter-rellated themed meme was good and I thought I'd do it. If I've made any mistakes, since I don't know the fandom too well, I hope you'll let me know so I can correct them.

Harry Potter: Tell us about a scar on your body.

I have lots of scars, mainly from beloved cats, but I also have a scar from a vaccination that didn't go quite as it should have. The spot where they injected me, swelled up, or rather my whole back, and I can still remember how much it hurt and how much I cried and how as I grew it moved across my body. I also have a barely visible scar from the C-section.

Hermione Granger: What is your favorite book, how many times have you read it, and why do you love it?

Please, Hermione, you of all people should know that it's impossible to pick just one book. But I do have several that I have read and re-read over the years, among them LOTR.

Ron Weasley: Something you’re afraid of?

Many things, but mostly the situation in the world today.

Luna Lovegood: One thing that makes you different from everyone else.

If I knew that maybe more people would like me.

Fred Weasley: Can you do any magic tricks? What is the best one you can do? If you can’t do any, what’s the best one you’ve seen?

Unfortunately, I haven't seen any good magic tricks that I can remember.

George Weasley: What is the best prank you’ve ever played on someone?

I once tricked a not very nice temp that I disliked into letting me go get Camilla's (my name) French books in her locker. He said I could go but when I returned a friend of mine had told him what I'd really told him. It was really my sister's books I was going to get.

Neville Longbottom: Tell us an embarrassing story.

I'm not sure I want to do that. Embarrassing is embarrassing and it's not something I'd like to share with anyone. I just want to forget.

Narcissa Malfoy: Do you have a good relationship with your family? Who are you closest to?

Yes. I'm closest to my sister and my daughter.

Voldemort: If you were to create a Horcrux(s), what would it be and why?

I don't even know what that is, but I know I should.

Bellatrix Lestrange: Have you ever loved someone who could never love you back?

Yes, all the time.

Ginny Weasley: Have you ever been in love with an unexpected person?

Yes.

Hedwig: If you went to Hogwarts, what kind of pet would you bring? (ex: cat, owl, rat, frog)

What? I can take only one? Cats and dogs would be my answer, and if I could maybe some rabbits, guinea pigs, cockatiels and maybe bantams as well.

Draco Malfoy: Is it better to be feared or to be loved?

To be loved.

Rubeus Hagrid: What is your favorite mystical creature?

Unicorn, I think.

Dolores Umbridge: Make a list of rules that your family (or whoever you choose) would have to follow if you made the rules.

If I could make rules for the rest of the world, I'd make sure we were all safe.

Lucius Malfoy: What is your most prized possession?

It's hard to pick just one, but I do love my boots a lot. Yes, boots, but I do love my books as well and my old toys.

Molly Weasley: What is the proudest moment of your life?

When I had my children.

Dobby: Who are you most loyal to?

My family.

Sirius Black: Have you ever been accused of doing something you didn’t do?

Yes.

Argus Filch: What’s the worst job you’ve ever had?

In the kitchen of a mental hospital.

Dudley Dursley: How many presents do you usually receive on your birthday?

Five - ten books.

Peter Pettigrew: Are you a leader or a follower?

Neither. I walk by myself. LOL.

Cedric Diggory: Have you ever had a near death experience?

Not really.

Albus Dumbledore: What is the greatest obstacle you have ever overcome in your life?

Being able to have children despite many difficulties and setbacks.

Minerva McGonagall: What is your favorite spell?

A protective spell (if I had one).

Severus Snape: Are you a trustworthy person?


Yes.

Remus Lupin: If you transform into any one animal or creature, which one would it be?

A dragon, maybe.

Uncle Vernon: What is your favorite day of the week?

Friday.

Mad Eye Moody: Who is the bravest person you know?

I'm not sure I know any really brave people.

Arthur Weasley: What do you think is the best “muggle” invention?

Self-driving cars, maybe. 3D printers are pretty cool too and so are androids and robots.

Professor Sprout: What is your favourite class that is offered at Hogwarts?

Something to do with history.

Nymphadora Tonks: If you could change one thing about your appearance what would it be?

I'd be a lot thinner.

Moaning Myrtle: What is something that always makes you cry?

Lots of things make me cry.

James Potter: Would you risk your life to save someone you truly love?

Yes.

Lily Potter: What color eyes do you have?

Greyish blue.

Professor Trelawney: Have you ever dreamt something was going to happen and then it happened?

Yes, weirdly enough.

Mr. Ollivander: What would your wand look like?

I'm not sure. Not brown anyway.

Lavender Brown: Who is the last person who texted and have you ever had a crush on them?

No. I only text my family as a rule, but I have texted a few guys. Not really ones I've had a crush on, sadly enough.

Cho Chang: If you were on the Quidditch team, what position would you play?

I hate sports.

Aunt Petunia: What is your favorite flower?

Either forgetmenots, geraniums or apple blossoms (if those count).

Source: crimsoncorundum.dreamwidth.org/187838.html
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