Back to the Classics Challenge


On this page I will keep track of the books I read for the Back to the Classics Challenge hosted by Sarah @ Sarah Reads Too Much.

Here are the categories and the novels I am planning to read…

♦ 19th Century Classic:  [Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus by Mary Shelley]

♦ 20th Century Classic:  [Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell]

♦ Reread a classic of your choice:  [To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee]

♦ Classic Play:  undecided

♦ Classic Mystery/Horror/Crime Fiction:  [In Cold Blood by Truman Capote]

♦ Classic Romance:  [Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen]

♦ Read a Classic that has been translated from its original language to your language:  [One Thousand and One Nights]

♦ Classic Award Winner {To clarify, the book should be a classic which has won any established literary award}:  [The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare – Newberry Winner 1959]

♦ Read a Classic set in a Country that you (realistically speaking) will not visit during your lifetime {To clarify, this does not have to be a country that you hope to visit either. Countries that no longer exist or have never existed count.}:  [The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas]

One Hit Wonders of the 80’s Challenge


Hey Mickey you're so fine you're so fine you blow my mind hey Mickey!

I came across a great challenge over at in a group that I joined called Crazy Challenge Connection.

Being a child of the 80’s, this challenge evoked a bit of nostalgia for me. Actually, it made me set my 80’s playlist on iTunes on repeat for three days. I’ll be tracking my progress here as well as on the group message board. Now, I think I need to go find the video for Mickey on youtube…

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The decade that brought us Cabbage Patch Dolls, Pac Man, Rubik’s Cubes, Dallas and MTV now brings us a new reading challenge. Slap on your neon jelly bracelets and leg warmers, dust of those parachute pants, and look for the biggest shoulder pads you can find.

If you think you’re already signed up for too many challenges, that’s like totally bogus, fer shur!! So don’t be a dweeb, sign up! I’m like totally spazzing because this is going to be so rad. The categories are gnarly, and it’ll be a totally tubular time! Sorry, my inner Valley Girl took over there for a moment. (Like, gag me with a spoon!! As if!)

Here are the details:

Duration: One year from sign-up date.
No. of Books: 1-24, you decide!
Rules: You may choose as many (or as few) categories as you like, but only folks who read all 24 will have a totally tubular time and get to wear the keyboard tie! The books may be from any genre, unless specified otherwise in a category. Re-reads are allowed as are books used for other challenges. You can post your list up front or as you go and you can make changes as you go.

You can start this challenge whenever you like. Once you decide to start you have one year to complete it.

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Challenge Dates:  3/11/12 – 3/11/13

√ Come On Eileen by Dexys Midnight Runners ~ Read 1 book with: a character or author named Johnny, Ray, or Eileen (or a variation of the name) -OR- a book set in England –OR- a predominantly blue cover: The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton 3/17/12

Tainted Love by Soft Cell ~ Read 1 book with: a vampire or werewolf as the main character -OR- the word ‘love’ or ‘heart’ in the title -OR- a heart depicted on the cover

Walking on Sunshine by Katrina and the Waves ~ Read 1 book with: characters who finally admit they love one another -OR- the sun or waves on the cover -OR- a predominantly yellow cover

She Blinded Me With Science by Thomas Dolby ~ Read 1 book with: a character who is a scientist (main character or supporting character) -OR- with a blindingly hot bod on the cover

Take on Me by A-Ha ~ read 1 book with: a character that rides a motorcycle -OR- a scene that takes place in a diner -OR- a predominantly black and white cover

99 Luft Balloons by Nena ~ Read 1 with: a post-apocalyptic or war theme -OR- a setting of Germany or a character of German heritage -OR- with a cover showing balloons (any color) or another child’s toy

I Wanna Be a Cowboy by Boys Don’t Cry ~ Read 1 book with: cowboys or horses -OR- a cover showing a cowboy hat or a sunset -OR- an orange and/or red cover

Iko Iko by The Belle Stars ~ Read 1 book with: the main character’s grandmother playing a role -OR- ‘FIRE’ in the title or series name -OR- fire pictured on the cover

Pleasure and Pain by Divinyls ~ Read 1 book with: BDSM -OR- a cover showing a hot body holding a deadly weapon

I Wear My Sunglasses at Night by Corey Hart ~ Read 1 book with: a character that can’t go out in daylight -OR- a cover showing a moon -OR- a black cover

Don’t Worry Be Happy by Bobby McFerrin ~ Read 1 book with: a happy ending -OR- that you find humorous

The Safety Dance by Men Without Hats ~ Read 1 book with: a character who is a dancer or a scene with dancing -OR- a character who acts like an imbecile -OR- a cover showing, you guessed it, a man without a hat

Kids in America by Kim Wilde ~ Read 1 book that is considered to be Young Adult -OR- with a cover that is predominately Red, White, or Blue or a combination of all three colors

Relax by Frankie Goes to Hollywood ~ Read 1 book with: a character that needs to chill out -OR- any book in the sci-fi genre -OR- a cover showing an artificial source of light (flashlight, building lights, etc)

I Want Candy by Bow Wow Wow ~ Read 1 book with: a guy who’s tough but sweet -OR- a cover featuring some serious eye candy -OR- a cover showing actual candy

√ It’s Raining Men by Weather Girls ~ Read 1 book with: a character that can control or affect the weather -OR- a scene set during a rain storm -OR- a cover showing rain or lightning: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan 4/08/12

Puttin’ on the Ritz by Taco ~ Read 1 book with: a character who is wealthy -OR- a well dressed person on the cover -OR- a character who loves Mexican food

Lady in Red by Chris DeBurgh ~ Read 1 book that is a romance -OR- that features a woman in red on the cover

Mickey by Toni Basil ~ Read 1 book with: a character or author named Mickey, Mike, or Michael -OR- any Young Adult book

Cars by Gary Numan ~ Read 1 with: a character that works with cars (driver, car designer, salesman, mechanic, etc) -OR- a car on the cover

Turning Japanese by The Vapors ~ Read 1 book set in Asia -OR- with characters of Asian heritage (ex: Lily Yu in Eileen Wilks’ series) -OR- ANY book you really love

Somebody’s Watching Me by Rockwell ~ Read 1 book with: characters who watch over and protect mortals or others of their kind -OR- a shower scene -OR- a cover featuring a great pair of eyes

Too Shy by Kajagoogoo ~ Read 1 book with: a character who’s name you have trouble pronouncing -OR- a cover that is predominantly pink

Always Something there to Remind Me by Naked Eyes ~ Read 1 book with: a character having trouble with their memory -OR- a (nearly) naked person on the cover -OR- ANY historical romance

DIY: Paint sample bookmarks


How About Orange: Paint Chip Bookmarks

I found this how-to on Pinterest originally. Here is a link to the blog that originally posted it: How About Orange. (It’s a great crafty blog)
I do want to note that I do not condone the willy-nilly taking of handfuls of paint chips from hardware and/or paint stores for crafting. The paint chips used in this project were left over from when the writer painted her guestroom. If you visit your local hardware and/or paint store, verify with an employee that the paint chips are free and then take only a few. No one needs handfuls of bookmarks right? (Though they do make great gifts for the readers in your life!)
Making these bookmarks is pretty simple. Just trim them to a size you like. You can round the edges as pictured, leave them straight, or you can use some scrapbooking pinking shears or edging punches to make a more decorative edge. I love using my fancy edging punches on the ones I make.
Paste two colors back-to-back with some glue or rubber cement so that your bookmark is pretty on both sides. Punch a hole in the top of the paint chips once the glue or rubber cement has dried and attach a string or ribbon. Ta-da! You have a colorful bookmark to hold your place. They’re also pretty sturdy since the cardstock that they are printed on is fairly sturdy and thick.
You can also decorate the bookmarks any way you’d like. You can write a favorite book quote with a Sharpie (make sure it is completely dry before you move it or put it in a book so it doesn’t smudge). You can use stickers to spice it up a little, or you can draw your own little illustrations on it. If you do use stickers, be careful of anything that is too thick or covered with glitter, etc.
So, make a few bookmarks, read a few books, and have a fabulous Thursday, bookworms!

Let Them Eat Cake

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In the process of looking for a picture of a book cake for Erik’s birthday post on the 24th, I discovered that there are way too many bad Twilight book cakes in the world. However, this is not one of them. This one is beautiful. Check out Caralinruth’s Flikr to see more of her awesome cakes.

Cake made by Caralinruth

Twelfth Day


On the twelfth day of Bookmas, my true love gave to me:

twelve authors signing,

eleven fabulous fairy tales,

ten mysterious mysteries,

nine book clubs meeting,

eight memoirs remembering,

seven Harry Potters,

six e-readers a-reading,

fiiiiiive giiiiiiift carrrrrrds (to books-a-million),

four bookmarks,

three Hunger Games,

two tote bags (to carry books),

and a bookshelf SHAPED like a tree.

LKH Photo Credit | Book of Fairy Tales | Nancy Drew | Starting a Book Club | Lucky | HP | Kindle Fire | | Bookmarks | Hunger Games | Book Bag | Tree Bookshelf

And the Nominees Are…


Okay, I’m back to nominate my top 5 choices for Liebster Awards. This was a difficult process. I am not very good at blog reading anymore. I used to read a dozen or so blogs every day, or, every time they updated (which is not always the same thing). But over the years, the number of blogs I read on a regular basis has dwindled to just a handful.

1. Sew Bake Create is the creative blog of my friend Super Suz. She is wife to a cool dude, mom to two beautiful little girls, and superhero of the craft world. She bakes and decorates cakes, makes mosaics, sews, weaves, and the list goes on. She hasn’t updated in a few months but then, she’s a pretty busy lady. I’m hoping with this nomination she’ll get back on the blogging ball so to speak. Plus, I’m excited about my newest forays into craftiness lately and I definitely look to her for some inspiration.

2. The Literary Bunny is the nifty book blog by Christina. She has eclectic tastes in books and, much like me, loves all things book, including shopping! I haven’t been reading her long, just stumbled across her a few days ago as a matter of fact, but I’m enjoying her blog a great deal.

3. 101 Books is a blog of Robert Bruce’s journey as he reads all 100 of Time Magazine‘s greatest English-speaking novels since 1923 (plus Ulysses). Again, I haven’t been reading Robert’s blog very long but I’m enjoying it a lot. So many of the books Robert is reading are on my to-read list (and some have them have been there for a very long time!).

4. The Very Hungry Bookworm combines several of my favorite things: books, movies, and food. What more could you ask for? Again, I just stumbled across Lauren’s blog a few days ago and am loving it so far, but she hasn’t updated since October. She’s a high school teacher so I’m hoping she’s just taking a short hiatus due to the business of life (I have been known to do the same thing from time to time) and she’ll be back soon!

5. Books Without Any Pictures is the only blog (other than my first nomination) that I have been reading for longer than a week or two. I’ve been reading Grace’s blog for almost a year now. I’m planning to participate in a few reading challenges in 2012 that I’ve read about on her blog in the past couple of weeks. Her blog is definitely one to visit regularly!

Now I just need to add the award graphic to my page and I’m compliant with all 5 rules. Thanks again to Erik for nominating me!

And here’s hoping you all have had a Happy Christmas! (Check back later for the final day of Bookmas!)

**Just a note for the nominees, check my Here’s looking at you, Kid post for the rules, etc about the Liebster Award.