Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Cover Trends

This week's topic at Top Ten Tuesday explores the cover trends that you like or dislike. 
Visit The Broke and the Bookish for more lists. 

1. Pretty Dresses. I have seen this on a few dislike lists but I love them. 

2. Sweet Couples. 

3. Lovely Flowers.

4. Vintage Items.

5. Headless Bodies. eee. That sounds morbid but I like when the face isn't shown. I picked up this trilogy at the library based on the covers. 

6. Washed Out Photos. 

7. Colorful & Illustrated. I'm not really sure what style this is - I always think of it as "chick-lit-ish" but I don't think that is an accurate name.

8. Photo Props.

9. Reverse Shots.

10. Facial Close-ups. 

Dislikes - not as many on this list. 
1. Bare-chested, tattooed males. 

2. Dark, Hooded Figures. Usually found on Fantasy or Dystopian books. With those dark eyes that don't look nice. 

3. Historical, Thoughtful Women.

4. Ren at Words in a Teacup mentioned that she dislikes covers where the title doesn't flow in the standard reading order and I thought "YES! Me too!" I find this annoying in other printed realms as well. 

What about you? Do you have a list for this week? 

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Library Books Read-A-Thon 2014

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Rachel Turns Pages is hosting a read-a-thon this week focused on reading any library books and getting them turned back in. The Yearathon challenge in June was to read Rick Riordan and I read the Percy Jackson series during that week. My library has been gathering the Heroes of Olympus series for me and so I will be reading those during this read-a-thon. 

Friday, June 6, 2014

Friday Book Talk

All of my excerpts for this week are from The Art of Arranging Flowers by Lynne Branard. 

This book. I just finished it this morning and I will write a full review but let me just say that this book is one of the most beautifully written pieces of literature I have read in a good long while. Branard has a lovely writing style and every character is rich and you can't help but just fall in love with them. 

Rose City Reader hosts this meme asking you to "share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author's name."

"Daisy was not crazy. At least not like they said. She wasn't unstable or paranoid. She wasn't dissociative or delusional, nor did she ever display homicidal tendencies. She didn't impose some means of self-mutilation or harbor a borderline personality. She did not require restraints or group therapy and she never intended harm. She took her meds and she was fine. She was not crazy. The day she died, that cold gray day when I withdrew into myself, that day I cleaned the house from top to bottom, wiped down every wall, emptied every trash can and discarded most of my clothes, that day when I scrubbed and mopped and threw away the things of no matter, closed the curtains in the front room, unplugged all the clocks and disconnected my phone, put on my grandmother's only black suit, changed the sheets, and lay down on the bed, I was the one who was crazy."

Freda's Voice hosts this fun meme. Turn to page 56 or 56% on ereader and post a non-spoiler sentence or two.

"That fragrance takes me back to one of the most important moments of my life and reminds me of someone who made me feel good about myself." I ordered ten bunches of them as soon as I was discharged. Evelyn is a very good nurse and she deserves to feel special."

or this one:

Call Cooper and see if he's left the warehouse yet. If he hasn't, tell him to bring me a few dozen stems of lily of the valley when he comes in the morning." I know they help with cardiac issues. "I'll add them to the pink and yellow peonies I ordered. That'll lift her spirits."

Book Blogger Hop

Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer poses a weekly question that you can answer. 
Q: When you views someone's profile, what information do you like to see? 
I usually look at people's profiles when I am trying to contact them privately so I always appreciate if they have their email in their profile, unless it is on a site where private messaging is allowed . Beyond that, I don't think I've ever thought about it. I certainly am not a believer of a lot of personal information being available so I don't look for that sort of information.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

ICAD 2014 Progress #1

ICAD 2014

Index Card a Day is a challenge hosted by Tammy at Daisy Yellow. For 61 days, you create something on an index card. It's pretty open with only one rule: you must use an index card as the substrate.

I'll be posting updates along the way of creations; not promising a schedule of any sorts. I know it won't be every day but hopefully at least twice during the week. 

I started a few days late because we had no index cards. 

June 03
We had a mom's devotional when we dropped our kids off at Kids' Club this morning at church. We spent time talking about being thankful and it really made me realize that I am thankful for many things in a very general sense...but getting down to nitty-gritty specifics was a little harder of a challenge.  I don't want to fall deeper into a place where I am constantly aware of God's blessings in my life. 

Just playing with a few supplies that were easily obtainable in the craft mess. I gathered up just a few things and put them all in a basket so......we'll see how much I can use and make look different. Doesn't matter though - it's all about having fun and not being worried about perfection! 

If you are participating in ICAD, please leave a comment! I'd love to head over and check out your creations!