Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge for May 22, 2024

Each Wednesday, Long and Short Reviews hosts a weekly “blog hop”. For more details on how to participate, please click here.

How I Feel about Staycations

Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge for May 15, 2024

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Funny Things I’ve Googled

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Book Quotes

Hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl

I love quotes and it doesn’t matter where they come from – books, TV, movies, song lyrics – they just stick in my brain and come out at the most random of times.  Having a Kindle really helps with this obsession since I don’t have to stop and write them down any longer – I can just highlight and save for later.  Neat, huh?  Also, you should see my Kindle Notes and Highlights.

Here are some of my favorites, and I hope I didn’t repeat any from the last time we did this topic.

“Don’t swim with the dolphins during a labor dispute. No matter how much they try to convince you otherwise” ― John Scalzi, Starter Villain

‘That’s the role of poetry, Ciri. To say what others cannot utter.’ – Andrzej Sapkowski, The Time of Contempt

“This is who I am. I can’t change. I don’t want to, really. But for once I’m gonna put this devil inside me to good use.” – S. A. Cosby, Razorblade Tears

“Guncle Rule number eight: Live your life to the fullest every single day, because every day is a gift. That’s why people die. To teach us the importance of living.” – Steven Rowley, The Guncle

I usually define fear as the thing I feel when the unexpected happens. Anxiety is when I’m doing something that I already know is stupid. – Andrew Mayne, Black Coral

A clever, thoughtless person is one of the most terrifying things there is. – Patrick Rothfuss, The Name of the Wind

Intimidation was a drug. But control was an illusion. – Meg Gardiner, Into the Black Nowhere

In her mind, where the line between fact and fiction is often blurred, murder is simply a solution to a problem. – B. A. Paris, Behind Closed Doors

Perhaps a heart was indeed like a piece of dry birchwood, and could only take fire and burn brightly once—that any fire that came after would be only an ember, smaller and cooler. – Tad Williams, Shadowmarch

“I’ve seen too much of the underside of life to have much confidence in people. I don’t really believe in happy endings.” I felt him swallow. “But I’ve come to believe in you.” – Kathy Reichs, Grave Secrets

I highly recommend all of the books I’ve quoted here, especially Starter Villain by John Scalzi.  He has this amazing way of taking the ridiculous and making it make sense.  Much like Douglas Adams did.  And, on that note, one last bonus quote for the road:

“There is a theory which states that if ever anyone discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable.

There is another theory which states that this has already happened.” – Douglas Adams, The Restaurant at the End of the Universe

Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge for May 8, 2024

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Books/TV Shows/Movies I wouldn’t revisit and why

Top Ten Tuesday: Scary Books With Flowers on Their Covers


Hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl

All of the books in this week’s list are from the suspense and horror genres. This is a trend that I don’t quite understand as flowers feels so sweet and innocent to me.

Maybe they are being included as a juxtaposition to the frightening things that often happen in mystery or horror novels? What do you all think?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1. Toxic by Lydia Kang

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2.House of Hollow by Krystal Sutherland

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. The Bone Orchard by Sara A. Mueller

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. The Undead Truth of Us by Britney S. Lewis

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5. They Drown Our Daughters by Katrina Monroe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6. Black-Eyed Susans by Julia Heaberlin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7. The Depths by Nicole Lesperance

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8. Ghosted: A Love Story by Jenn Ashworth

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9.  Jar of Hearts by Jennifer Hillier

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10. Almost Insentient, Almost Divine by D.P. Watt

Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge for May 1, 2024

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Villains I’d Root for instead of the Protagonist

April Book of the Month Poll ~ Which book do you think is best based on the review?

Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge for April 24, 2024

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Songs that confused me when I was a kid

Top Ten Tuesday: Unread Books on My Shelves I Want to Read Soon


Hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl

I love my local libraries and they’re such a great resource for so many things.  Plus, there’s this beautiful thing called a holds list.  Trouble is, I work full-time and have a family, so I don’t always get through books as fast as I’d like sometimes.  This, in turn, leads me to play this game I like to call hold list roulette.  I keep clicking ‘deliver later’ because I’m either not in the mood for that particular book or because I’m buried in ARCs, group reads, or other things.

Too bad there’s not a payout for finally borrowing that book you’ve pushed back fifteen times.

Here’s a list of the oldest books on my holds list.

Insurgency by Jeremy W. Peters.  April 3, 2022

Four Aunties and a Wedding by Jesse Q. Sutano.  August 31, 2022

Cultish by Amanda Montell.  September 11, 2022

Up to No Gouda by Linda Reilly.  January 22, 2023

The Friend Zone by Abby Jimenez.  November 18, 2022

It’s One of Us by J.T. Ellison.  February 16, 2023

Thief in the Night by KJ Charles.  June 28, 2023

The Only Purple House in Town by Ann Aguirre.  July 18, 2023

Forget the Alamo by Bryan Burrough.  November 9, 2023

And There He Kept Her by Joshua Moehling.  May 10, 2023.

What’s been lingering on your TBR, just begging to be read?

Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge for April 17, 2024

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Introvert vs. Extrovert — Which One Are You?