P.S. I found the first picture on Pinterest but I can't figure out where. The second pony silhouette, "Memory Bird," is by Art&Ghosts. The Blythe dolls posing with their horses was photographed by Danielle Thompson. The watercolor white horse is by JK Lamkin. I found the pic of Thunder the Broncos horse here.
Friday, January 31, 2014
Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Time for end of the year book quizzes! Yay! On this one you're supposed to answer the questions with titles of books read in 2013.
Describe yourself: Beloved
How do you feel? On the Edge
Describe where you currently live: The Kitchen House
If you could go anywhere...? Into the Wild
Favorite form of transportation: From a Buick 8
Your best friend is: The Midwife
You and your friends are: Witches of East End
What's the weather like? Ten Thousand Heavens
Your favorite time of day is: Dragons of Winter Night
What is life for you? Wicked Business
You fear: World War Z
Best advice: Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim
Thought for the day: Beat the Reaper
How you would like to die: A Good Fall
Who else wants to play?
P.S. I found this quote on Private Arts.
Sunday, January 26, 2014
Street art: love it or hate it?
P.S. I liked this picture of the mural with people walking by so you can tell how big it is. Thank you Abstracted Eye.
Tuesday, January 21, 2014
I really love the premise of this book. The main character is a young man named Addison Goodheart who cannot allow himself to be seen because his face makes people want to murder him at first sight. He has no option but to live below the city and only come out at night. Coincidence (or fate?) leads him to meet a goth girl named Gwyneth whose social phobia is so intense that she can't bear to be touched. The two strike an unlikely friendship as they unite to damage the man who murdered Gwyneth's father and is determined to rape her.
Each chapter is only 3 or 4 pages long, and every other one shifts from Addison's past to the present. The constant time shifting every few pages prevented me from getting lost in the story.
I really liked this quote about dogs though:
By the example of their joy and humility, by wanting nothing more than food and play and love, by the deep satisfaction that they take from those humble things, they belie all creeds of power and fame. Although they have the teeth to tear, it is by swish of tail and yearning eyes that they most easily get what they want.
It was good but didn't recapture the magic I felt reading him as a young innocent.
Monday, January 13, 2014
1. Read a book whose title names an object usually found in the kitchen -
The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe
The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake: A Novel by Aimee Bender
By Bread Alone by Sarah-Kate Lynch
Like Water for Chocolate: A Novel in Monthly Installments with Recipes, Romances, and Home Remedies by Laura Esquivel
Five Quarters of the Orange: A Novel by Joanne Harris
2. Read a book from your 'average' year - on average my books were published in 2000, the ones I still need to read are:
The Devil and Miss Prym by Paulo Coelho
Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie
Where Men Win Glory by Jon Krakauer
4 Blondes by Candace Bushnell
3. Read a book that has a connection with the number "14" -
Early Reviewers published this year should cover it
4. Read a book from the New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2013 -
The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer
5. Read a book set in France before the 21st Century -
The Lady and the Unicorn by Tracy Chevalier
The Virgin Blue by Tracy Chevalier
Five Quarters of the Orange by Joanne Harris
Holy Fools by Joanne Harris
Hannibal Rising by Thomas Harris
Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand
The Shoe Queen by Anna Davis
Labyrinth by Kate Mosse
6. Read a book by a Yorkshire Born writer -
Gentlemen & Players by Joanne Harris
7. Read a book you received as a present -
Road from Coorain - from my Gram
Pilgrim at Tinker Creek - from Richard
For Whom the Bell Tolls - from Richard
The Night Circus - from secret santa
Gunn's Golden Rules - from Corey
Walking Dead - from Corey
Darwin - from Kyle
8. Read a book that has a glossary - Cesar's Way by Cesar Milan
9. Read a book by the author of one of your favorite books of 2013 - 11/22/63 by Stephen King
10. Read a book that you discovered on an LT thread in 2013 -
11. Read a book that has two of something in the title -
The Postman Always Rings Twice by James M. Cain
Double Indemnity by James M. Cain
Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin
What is the What by Dave Eggers
Talking to Girls About Duran Duran by Rob Sheffield
12. Read a mystery book where the lead investigator is a professional sleuth, but not one employed by law enforcement -
The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith
13. Read a book by an author who died in 2013 -
A Stir of Echoes by Richard Matheson
14. Read a book that is about an athlete or athletes -
Horse People by Michael Korda
15. Read a book that takes place during "The War to End All Wars" (1914-1918) -
Loving Frank by Nancy Horan
16. Read a book with an ugly cover -
17. Read a book about the city, state, or country in which you live -
The Harvey Girls by Lesley Poling-Kempes
Ranch Schoolteacher by Eulalia Bourne
Haunted Arizona by Charles A. Stansfield Jr.
Arizona Curiosities by Sam Lowe
18. Read a book by an author from Sub-Saharan Africa -
19. Read a book with a walking or standing figure on the cover - I have lots of these
20. Read a book by an author called Elizabeth or a version of that name -
Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout
The Lucky Dog Matchmaking Service by Beth Kendrick
Who else wants to play? Any books on my list you think I should pick or avoid?
P.S. The book case pics came from Private Arts.
Saturday, January 11, 2014
I liked reading how he used exercise (long walks in the woods), discipline (a firm voice while teaching obedience), and reward (beef jerky) kind of like Cesar Milan to help his girlfriend's dog but it wasn't my most favorite dog book.
Thursday, January 2, 2014
P.S. Sorry, I don't remember where I got the top image from.
Wednesday, January 1, 2014
The Painted Girls by Cathy Marie Buchanan - reviewed here on January 29th
Everything's Eventual: 14 Dark Tales by Stephen King - short stories vary from The Derringer Gang to cowboys getting captured by vampire nuns. Each story as good as or better than the last.here on May 7th here on May 24th here on August 6th
The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver - Imagine an evangelical Baptist taking his family to the Belgian Congo in 1959 on a mission to save the heathen Congolese. If you are laughing right now you will like this story.here on October 29th
Light of the Moon by Luanne Rice - a woman fulfills her mother's dying wish by going to France to see a band of famous wild white horses. It becomes a journey of self-reflection and healing once her life intersects with a single dad who is trying to help his daughter overcome a tragedy.here on December 30th
Satchmo: The Wonderful World and Art of Louis Armstrong by Steven Brower - The thing that makes this book special is having access to the collages and scrapbook pages Louis Armstrong created himself! Who would have guessed that besides being a genius musician he was also a crafter?!here on April 30th here on September 13th here on November 10th