Category Archives: Meme

Sunday Shout – Out 11/24/13

A new Meme that I am all about.  I read so many books but getting reviews done for all of them is a challenge. You can participate too, just check out the Meme rules below, and check my Shout Out!

SHOUTOUT

Is there ever such a thing as too many books? I don’t think there are too many books to read, but there can definitely be too many to review. Often I’m sent books and, with an already sagging review shelf, these unsolicited books often end being overlooked – I just can’t fit them in to my schedule. Sunday Shout-Out aims to acknowledge these books and the publishers who have sent them to me.

Sunday Shout-Out is a bookish meme hosted by Monique of Write Note Reviews. If you’re a book blogger and you want to join in, just:

  • Share the title, author, blurb and image from a book (or more than one) you want to acknowledge
  • Share the genre, price and link to the publisher so readers can follow up if they like the sound of the book
  • Ping back to Write Note Reviews in your post.

A Midnight Clear: A Novel by William Wharton. Literature, Fiction. Kindle $9.78 and paperback $11.12.  Originally published in 1983.
Set in the Ardennes Forest on Christmas Eve 1944, Sergeant Will Knott and five other GIs are ordered close to the German lines to establish an observation post in an abandoned château. Here they play at being soldiers in what seems to be complete isolation. That is, until the Germans begin revealing their whereabouts and leaving signs of their presence: a scarecrow, equipment the squad had dropped on a retreat from a reconnaissance mission and, strangest of all, a small fir tree hung with fruit, candles, and cardboard stars. Suddenly, Knott and the others must unravel these mysteries, learning as they do about themselves, about one another, and about the “enemy,” until A Midnight Clear reaches its unexpected climax, one of the most shattering in the literature of war.

I read this stellar book years ago then watched the movie that was also good. Well written and thought-provoking. A recommended read!

Also available and recommended the movie from 1992.

NTSC/Region 0. Director Keith Gordon based his excellent script for “A Midnight Clear” on the book by William Wharton, who had been seriously wounded in the Battle of the Bulge towards the end of WWII. He wrote of an American Intelligence team which came upon a team of young German soldiers, desperate to surrender to the Americans, in order to survive Germany’s last offensive. He wrote of fear and suspicion, pain and loss, friendship and hope and a snow-ball fight. And of the agreement to save the lives of the Germans, which went horribly wrong. A haunting, disturbing war movie without much war, looking tenderly at those who go to kill and be killed, and gently painting a truth: There are no real victors; all are wounded by war’s inherent, random cruelty. DVD info.: A special slip-case presentation imported from S. Korea, with Dolby 5.1 sound doing justice to Mark Isham’s beautiful score, the movie is in the original English, with optional English and Korean subtitles, with the original 107 minutes .

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Many Monday Plans Meme 10/28/13

Many Monday Plans. My Monday Meme. What the heck am I going to do this week? Time for a plan. Oops, I should have done that last night – make a plan I mean.  You can participate in Many Monday Plans – Monday Meme.
  • List 7 planning to do items. (It is a seven-day week)
  • Share with your friends.
    List one TIP to share.
  • Enjoy your week.
  1. Finish Review.
  2. Errands. Blog. Post review.
  3. Take pictures for my Craft Blog! So Many Crafts. http://somanycraft.blogspot.com/
  4. Create Cone Trees for craft fairs.
  5. Read. Update Santa pattern and select fabric. Sew.
  6. Read. Write review. Crafting.
  7. Read. Pack boxes and move to garage.

My Tip for the week. Do you have an item that has an odor but can’t be washed? Place a small bowl of vinegar and the item in a container.  The vinegar will remove the odor. If you have musty smelling furniture drawers, you can use a bowl or vinegar saturated newspapers.

My silly tip. A nap can cure anything for and hour or two. My tip is take a nap.

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Teaser Tuesdays 10/15/13

f4f66-teasertuesdayTuesday  Teasers!
Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be  Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
• Grab  your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences  from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make  sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!) • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT  participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

“You may kiss me now,” she stated in a voice devoid of music.  The mirthless bow of her full lips betrayed her intent to me, but I knew the invitation, like my costume was a lie. She was pretending to be human.”

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Many Monday Plans – 10/7/13 Monday Meme

Many Monday Plans. My Monday Meme. What the heck am I going to do this week? Time for a plan. Oops, I should have done that last night – make a plan I mean.  You can participate in Many Monday Plans – Monday Meme.
  • List 7 planning to do items. (It is a seven-day week)
  • Share with your friends.
  • List one TIP to share.
  • Enjoy your week.
  1. Give my sad heart some care. Clean bonus room. Finish review.
  2. Errands. Blog. Post review.
  3. Take pictures for easy peasy wreath #2.. New Meme coming (and I don’t mean this one). Get With the Craft Blog! So Many Crafts. http://somanycraft.blogspot.com/
  4. Write a Review. Read. Update Santa pattern and select fabric. Sew.
  5. Read. Prepare for craft show. Sewing & more.
  6. Read. Pack boxes and move to garage.Take a hot bath.
  7. Design new craft show display. Take a nap. A girl just wants to have fun.

My apologies for not completing my reviews.  My dog Jelly Bean was sick and I spent time with her before I finally took her to the vet to ease her pain.

Book reviews are still awaiting my brain and fingers.

My Tip for the week. Use old socks on your hand to dust.

My silly tip. Sorry, not feeling very silly right now.

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Feature & Follow Friday 10/4/13

friday feature followWhat its all about!

Gain new followers and make new friends with the Book Blogger Feature & Follow! If this is your first time here, welcome! You are about to make some new friends and gain new followers — but you have to know — the point of this hop is to follow other bloggers also. I follow you, you follow me.

RULES: 1. (Required) Follow the Follow My Book Blog Friday Hosts Parajunkee & Alison Can Read (Required) Follow our Featured Bloggers. This weeks Featured Blogger is Attic Reviews.

2. Put your Blog name & URL in the Linky thing. You can also grab the code if you would like to insert it into your posts.

3. Grab the button up there and place it in a post, this post is for people to find a place to say “hi” in your comments and that they are now following you.

If you are using WordPress or another CMS that doesn’t have GFC (Google Friends Connect) state in your posts how you would like to be followed

4. Follow Follow Follow as many as you can, as many as you want, or just follow a few. The whole point is to make new friends and find new blogs. Also, don’t just follow, comment and say hi. Another blogger might not know you are a new follower if you don’t say “HI”

If someone comments and says they are following you, be a dear and follow back. Spread the Love…and the followers. If you’re new to the follow Friday hop, comment and let me know, so I can stop by and check out your blog!

This Weeks Question: What book (or TV show or movie) have you not read that seemingly everyone else has?
Believe it or not! I have never read the Harry Potter books. Years ago I was helping a friend’s son with his read requirement – the first book.  And the section we were reading bored me out of my mind. 

I have never watched Breaking Bad on TV. I know, I know but I haven’t watched much TV.  I just watched The Walking Dead until the show was featured in entirety in a 4th of July Marathon.

 Thank you for following Me!



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Tuesday Teasers 10/1/13

f4f66-teasertuesdayTuesday  Teasers! Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be  Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
• Grab  your current read • Open to a random page • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences  from somewhere on that page • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make  sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!) • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT  participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro.

“We were having this conversation on a fine summer evening, sitting out on the littlebalcony of her recovery room. It was a few months after her first donation, and now she was over the worst of it, I’d always time my evening visits so that we’d be able to spend a half hour or so out there, watching the sun go down over the rooftops.”

From the Booker Prize-winning author of The Remains of the Day comes a devastating new novel of innocence, knowledge, and loss. As children Kathy, Ruth, and Tommy were students at Hailsham, an exclusive boarding school secluded in the English countryside. It was a place of mercurial cliques and mysterious rules where teachers were constantly reminding their charges of how special they were.

Now, years later, Kathy is a young woman. Ruth and Tommy have reentered her life. And for the first time she is beginning to look back at their shared past and understand just what it is that makes them special–and how that gift will shape the rest of their time together. Suspenseful, moving, beautifully atmospheric, Never Let Me Go is another classic by the author of The Remains of the Day.

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Many Monday Plans – Monday Meme 9/30/13

Many Monday Plans. My Monday Meme.

What the heck am I going to do this week? Time for a plan. Oops, I should have done that last night – make a plan I mean. 
You can participate in Many Monday Plans – Monday Meme.

  • List 7 planning to do items. (It is a seven-day week)
  • Share with your friends.
  • List one TIP to share.
  • Enjoy your week.
  1. Read a book. Read another book. Read another book. What only 3 books? OK, Read 2 More.
  2. Blog. Plan to blog 3 times during the week for six posts or more. Schedule the posts. Review blog. Doggie Blog. Craft Blog. – Oh yeah, take pictures for craft tutorials. New Meme coming (and I don’t mean this one). Get With the Craft Blog! So Many Crafts. http://somanycraft.blogspot.com/
  3. Write a Review. Write another Review. Write still another review.
  4. Bathe some of the dogs. Hmmm, who is stinkiest?
  5. Shred paper in the office. This could take a while.
  6. Pack boxes and move to garage. Pack more boxes. Take a hot bath.
  7. Take a nap. A girl just wants to have fun.

Book reviews awaiting my brain and fingers:
The Morac
The Starlight Chronicles
Crime Bites – finish reading.
600 Hours of Edward
Edward Adrift

           

  • Craft Projects for So Many Crafts
  • Another Easy Peasy Wreath
  • Paper Stitching
  • Products and coupons

My Tip for the week. To remove odors, for example musty dusty books removed from storage.  Place a small container filled with vinegar nearby.  Odor gone!

My silly tip. Using embroidery floss instead of dental floss doesn’t work.

 

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