I don‘t know why, but I love when people from large cities move to Alaska for work and end up falling in love with the people and town they move to. Perhaps it‘s because watching them get used to the Alaskan winters and cold is hilarious. Currently watching Hallmark‘s “Christmas Under Wraps” #WinterGames #TheFilthyAnimals
Oh Home Alone, a classic of my childhood. This movie helped to solidify my parents decision to never have the entire family over for the holidays, as well as to never travel as one group together. Way too much chaos. #WinterGames #TheFilthyAnimals
Facebook App. A text from Mom. A contact beginning with J. A selfie. -4 pts Over 100 photos. Photo of your living room. A text from before 2018. -15 pts. Battery is more than 70%. Made a phone call yesterday. Zero unread Facebook messages. Pinterest App. -40 pts. Over 1,000 photos. A photo of Christmas decor. Background is a pic of my pet. -60 pts. Total: 119 points (I hope I did this right) #WinterGames #TheFilthyAnimals
Current Hallmark movie watch. I love that the main character doesn‘t let her absent boyfriend keep her from accomplishing her Christmas List. Also, the new guy, as always, is way better than her boyfriend. #WinterGames #TheFilthyAnimals
Currently watching: Oh Hallmark. As much as I enjoy “Switched at Christmas”, you have some major errors in this movie when it comes to your wanting to portray Denver, Colorado and show the distance between parts of the Denver Metro Area. Littleton is a suburb of Denver, whereas Colorado Springs, is 80 miles south and not a suburb of the Denver Metro. #WinterGames #TheFilthyAnimals
This is the advent calendar that I opened every Christmas growing up. I cant believe that this calendar has last more than 30 years and is still in such great shape. #WinterGames #FestivePhotoChallenge #TheFilthyAnimals
On to the third Hallmark movie. I really love the Christmas in Evergreen series. The small town of Evergreen is so quaint and friendly, it makes me wish the Evergreen here in Colorado was like the one in the Hallmark movie. #WinterGames #TheFilthyAnimals
On to my next holiday/Hallmark movie of the day: “Write Before Christmas” I like that the female lead, Jessica, sends Christmas cards to five people who‘ve impacted life in significant ways. #wintergames #TheFilthyAnimals
Here‘s my TBR of physical books for December. Not pictured, “This Tender Land” which I have on ebook loan from the library. Plus I‘m sure I‘ll end up with others not shown due to audiobooks and other ebooks. Also, super proud of Ripley who was so good while taking this picture. #wintergames #TheFilthyAnimals #TBR
1. As of this posting I‘ve read 122 books. I‘m curious to see what the final number is at the end of the month.
2. My original goal was 100 books.
3. After the Twitter firestorm last month, I‘m really looking forward to reading Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
4. Cuddling up with a blanket, Ripley, a cup of tea and a book.
I really enjoyed this book and Ronan Farrow‘s coverage of the Harvey Weinstein accusations and history. I learned a lot from this book, including how Harvey Weinstein, NBC and Matt Lauer were connected and that Russia was even involved (#TIL Today I Learned). Ronan‘s reporting is wonderful and I‘m glad that despite pushback from NBC that he was able to finally break the story and get the full details out there. #NFNov
Happy Thanksgiving Littens! (For those who celebrate). Well, it‘s basically the end of the month and I don‘t think I‘ll complete any more of my Bingo board for #NFNov, so here‘s my board. I did manage to get a Bingo this month and came close to getting two. This has been a great month of non fiction reading. Thank you @rsteve388 and @Clwojick for putting this together.
I first heard about Chemaly‘s book on The Reading Women podcast. After listening to their interview with her I immediately added the book to my TBR. Having finally gotten around to reading this I found this both an informative as well as a difficult read. It made me think a lot about different situations I have found myself in while also becoming angry and disheartened at times while reading. While not for everyone, still a good read. #NFNov
I decided to read this after having read “Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit”. I really enjoyed reading this as a follow-up and more in-depth look at what Jeanette changed for@the factionalized account of her childhood. I would definitely recommend reading this if you‘ve read Oranges, but be sure to read Oranges first. #NFNov
I really enjoyed this and it‘s look at various female authors throughout history and the ways in which they contributed to and even helped to found different genres of horror and speculative fiction. The only real downside to reading this is that my TBR has grown even more with the various book recommendations provided throughout. #NFNov
I really enjoyed this memoir by one of my favorite comedic actors, Gene Wilder. I learned a lot listening to this, for instance the fact that after filming “Young Frankenstein”, he and Teri Garr briefly dated (#TIL), along with the fact that he was married four times. I would recommend this for anyone who wants an in-depth look into his life and his work. #NFNov
This morning while listening to this before work, I learned that the movie “The Frisco Kid” was partly filmed in my home state, specifically in Greeley, CO. A much better trivia fact than the typical one that most Coloradans know, “Greeley smells like cows”. #TIL #NFNov
I‘m sad to say that I did not know of Joy Harjo until after she was named Poet Laureate of the US, the footer Native American to be named so. Since her being named Poet Laureate, I have wanted to read something by her, thus I was excited to listen to her memoir in her own voice. I learned so much about Harjo, for instance her stepfather was abusive and kicked her and her siblings out of the house over the years. #TIL Next, read more Harjo #NFNov
The Apollo theater in Harlem, NY is one that I think anyone who knows anything about music has heard of. I know I grew up knowing about the importance of The Apollo in Black History. This was a great documentary and I actually learned a lot of things. #TIL (today I learned) that the Billie Holiday made her debut at The Apollo and she sang “Strange Fruit” #NFNov
After reading two fictional accounts of the Lorena Hickok and Eleanor Roosevelt relationship ship, I was intrigued to read a nonfiction accounting of their relationship. This book not only covers their relationship and friendship, but the history of the periods in which they lived and were active in. #TIL (Today I learned)was that Eleanor had same sexual relationships when she was in school. Would recommend the audiobook. #NFNov
Such a fun little book covering the fashion of Queen Elizabeth II‘s throughout her lifetime. One of the many things I learned from this little gem of a book is that she abolished the ritual of aristocratic and unmarried young married women being presented to her at court as seen in so many movies of the Victorian Era. #TIL (Today I Learned) #NFNov
I loved this quick little read filled with quotes and insights from Gloria Steinem and fellow feminists. This is a book that I know I‘ll return to again and again for its wonderful quotes, as well as one that I will probably buy additional copies of to gift to others. #NFNov #nonfictionnovember #feminism
This book was recommended by Loki: Where Mischief Lies author Mackenzi Lee and I‘m so glad she mentioned it. This was a fascinating book that examined four women and the roles they play in true crime, for every crime has its: Detective, Victim, Attorney and Killer. One of the key things I learned from this book is that there are more women in the field of forensics science than men (TIL, Today I Learned) A must for true crime fans. #NFNov
Looking for a fun and lighthearted reading event for December? H Th en be sure to check out the #WinterGames being@hosted by @Clwojick and @StayCurious
Full details and the sign up link can be found on either of their pages.
Went with my Mom today to see the Monet exhibit at the Denver Art Museum. Was a great exhibit, made even more so because we did the docent led tour which gave us some additional insight to his life and the paintings. I learned quite a lot about him that I didn‘t know. For instance today I learned, #TIL that Monet lived to be 86 years old and left behind over 2000 pieces of work. Art tour during #NFNov for the win, although I know I may not count
The heinous murder of young Emmett Till is a crime which continue to resonates in the U.S. to this day, for despite the Civil Rifghts Movement, the U.S. still has and sows the seeds of racism and injustice. Today I learned that the death of Emmett Till not only garnered nationwide coverage, but worldwide coverage as well. Many foreign countries were sadly not surprised by what happened or the outcome of the trial. #NFNOV #nonfictionnovember
These are the six audiobooks I plan on listening to for Nonfiction November. I‘m currently listening to the tagged book and am really enjoying this in-depth look at this horrific crime, the trial and the state of the country and beginnings of the civil rights movement. #nonfictionnovember #NFNOV
This was a fun month and I had fun taking part in my first team competition on Litsy with #TeamStoker for #Scarathlon.
1. I‘m currently reading The Beautiful by Renee Ahdieh.
2. My last 5 ⭐️ read was Wraith by Joe Hill which I read last night. (3 of the books I read this month were 5 ⭐️ reads actually).
3. I managed to read 14 books this year
4. Up next I‘ll be taking part in Nonfiction November, so I think I‘ll read In the Heart of the Sea first
Watching one of my all time favorite horror movies. Fun fact: My older sister is still terrified of this movie despite being in her 40s. And yes, being the wonderfully cruel younger sister that I am, I enjoy referencing it every chance I get around her. #TeamStoker #scarathlon +4 pts
The first time I read Dracula, I wasn‘t a fan. Since this was the book chosen for the #TeamStoker #DraculaBuddyRead I decided I would give the audiobook a try. I so wish the full cast recording that Audible did had existed when I was in college. I enjoyed Dracula so much better the second time around. I highly recommend this audio recording. #scarathlon +11 pts
I remember first hearing about this book when Paige McKenzie appeared on the Today Show in 2015 to talk about it and the YouTube videos that inspired the book. Four years later I finally picked it up. Started off a bit slow but the action built and it got to the point where I couldn‘t put it down. Look forward to reading the remaining in the series. #TeamStoker #scarathlon #ScaryScavengerHunt prompt matte cover +11 pts
I‘ve had this graphic novel sitting on my shelf for a few years now, finally got around to reading it. I loved this prequel to Joe Hill‘s NOS4A2. It delves into the history of Charlie Manx and Christmasland, how they each came to be.Highly recommend to fans of NOS4A2 and and want more of this amazing world. #TeamStoker #scarathlon #ScaryScavengerHunt prompt that scares you, the Christmasland kids are scary as heck! +11 pts
Laure Eve‘s sequel to The Graces does not disappoint. I enjoyed getting to learn more about the Grace Family History as well as the way magic works in this small English town. The stakes are raised and the end result left me quite satisfied. #TeamStoker #scarathlon #ScaryScavengerHunt prompt book with a witch in it. +11 pts