~~ Book Tag ~~

Book Stack

The always amazing Maureen Driscoll tagged and challenged me, after being challenged by the incredible Melanie Friedman at Bookworm2Bookworm.wordpress.com.  I love these questions, especially since it National Reading Month, so I’m playing along.

What book has been on your shelf the longest?

Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye. I will never tire of that book. It was my first non-kid book, and the subject matter truly hit home.

What is your current read, your last read and the book you’ll read next?

My easily distracted mind leads me to read 3-4 books at a time. Just starting Ben Burgess, Jr’s Daddy’s Girl, half-way through Petra Durst-Benning’s The Glassblower, and finishing up M.L. Wilder’s The Vampire Mafia, and Uvi Poznanski’s The Music of Us. I highly recommend them all.

I have no clue what I’ll read next.

What book did everyone like but you hated?

50 Shades of Grey.  I can’t figure out the allure. I never saw a romance…or even a relationship. He was a bully and she was a doormat. No…just no.

What book do you keep telling yourself you’ll read but you probably won’t?

Betty Smith’s A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. I saw the Dorothy McGuire-movie DECADES ago and loved it. I fully intended to read the book, but of the thousands of books I’ve read, I’ve never gotten around to that one… and probably won’t.

What book are you saving for retirement?

I’m not saving anything. My TBR is so big I’ve forgotten what’s on it. Any book I choose after I reach retirement age will be great… and a surprise!

Last page:  read it first or save til the end?

I love a story’s buildup and anticipation. The last page… remains the last page.

Acknowledgement:  waste of paper and ink or interesting aside?

Definitely an interesting aside!

Which book character would you switch places with?

None! Maureen already chose Rosalind, Liam Kellington’s wife in Never Deny Your Heart, book 5 of her Kellington series. So I’ll just pout!

Do you have a book that reminds you of something specific in your life?

Vincent Bugliosi’s Helter Skelter – the true story of the 1969 Tate-LaBianca murders committed by followers of Charles Manson. The book came out five or six years after the murders and subsequent trials. I was in my mid-teens, and even though the story scared me senseless, I couldn’t stop reading it. I started high school that fall and quickly learned the story scared most people. Just seeing the book or hearing the name ‘Manson’ created a stir.

So… I carried the book, making sure the title was visible, for most of the fall semester – then my mom got wind of it and took my book.

But it was fun while it lasted!

*Name a book that you acquired in an interesting way.

A retiring teacher gave me his copy of Tolkien’s The Hobbit. I had absolutely no interest in Tolkien but grudgingly read it so I could tell him I did. The rest is history! I’ve wanted to move to The Shire ever since. I’m pretty sure my teacher knew what the end result would be when he gave me that book. Well played.

Have you ever given a book away for a special reason to a special person?

I gave every student in my niece’s first-grade class a copy of Dr. Seuss’ Oh, The Places You’ll Go! for her sixth birthday so they could all read the book together. She’s eighteen now and still talks about it.

Which has been with you most places?

The Bluest Eye.

Any required reading that you hated in high school that wasn’t so bad two years later?

Beowulf.

Used or band new?

New… always!

Have you ever read a Dan Brown book?

Nope! I tried, I really tried. The DaVinci Code bored me. Even the movie bored me.

Have you ever seen a movie you liked more than the book?

Hasn’t happened yet!

Have you ever read a book that’s made you hungry, cookbooks included?

Anything and everything written by the Barefoot Contessa – Ina Garten! (Except her pork dishes…Ew!)

Who is the person whose book advice you’ll always take?

Author A.C. Melody!

*Is there a book outside your comfort zone you ended up loving?

Tolkien’s The Hobbit. While it may not be ‘outside of my comfort zone’, it was definitely WAY outside of my interest zone. (See related * above!)

Okay, now I get to do the tagging….

A.C. Melody at https://acmelodyblog.wordpress.com

Kim from By Hook or by Book

Jordan Robinson from The Eternity Acts

Those are all terrific blogs.  Please check them out!

National Random Acts of Kindness Day!

Random Acts of Kindness Banner

Observed on February 17th, National Random Acts of Kindness Day has grown in popularity each year.  It is celebrated by individuals, groups, and organizations nationwide to encourage acts of kindness.

I believe we can all agree random acts of kindness are always a good thing, but society could really use a few right about now. Let’s get to it!

The phrase “practice random kindness and senseless acts of beauty” was written by Anne Herbert on a placemat in Sausalito, California in 1982. It was based on the phrase “random acts of violence and senseless acts of cruelty”. Herbert’s book Random Acts of Kindness was published in February 1993 speaking about true stories of acts of kindness.

The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation (RAK) was founded in 1995 in the USA. It is a nonprofit headquartered in Denver, Colorado.

However, launched in 2004, New Zealand was the first country in the world to have a Random Acts of Kindness Day!

New Zealand’s RAK Day started after co-founder Josh de Jong was stuck in Auckland traffic one typical afternoon and watched some irate drivers ahead of him getting into a bit of a road rage altercation. He began to think… ‘what would it be like if on one day everyone in New Zealand was kind to a stranger?’ Thus the national day was born and quickly spread around the world.

A simple online search of ‘random acts of kindness’ yields a return of thousands of related items, not the least of which is dozens of groups and organizations created to spread kindness.

The cynic in me could say how sad it is we need groups to motivate us to be kind to each other. But, my optimistic side applauds them for leading by example.

I hope the day is celebrated with millions of acts of random kindness, but I also hope we don’t wait for February 17th or some random group to recruit to us. It doesn’t take much to show kindness. Hate takes effort and forethought, and energy to sustain it. Kindness is natural when you treat others the way you wish to be treated.

A few ideas for random acts of kindness could include:

  • Pay for the person behind you in the drive-thru
  • Let someone go ahead of you in line
  • Buy extra at the grocery store and donate it to a food pantry
  • Buy flowers for someone (postal worker, grocery store clerk, bus driver, etc.)
  • Help someone change a flat tire
  • Post anonymous sticky notes with validating or uplifting messages around for people to find
  • Compliment a work colleague on their work
  • Send an encouraging text to someone
  • Take muffins to work
  • Let a car into the traffic ahead of you
  • Wash someone else’s car
  • Take a gift to new neighbors and introduce yourself
  • Pay the bus fare for the passenger behind you

Showing kindness to someone else makes them AND you feel good – so enjoy your day…and feel good!

No Random Act

January 4th- National Trivia Day!

Trivia Blocks

Welcome to a celebration of National Trivia Day, held every January 4th!

First bit of trivia – the origins of National Trivia Day are unknown! It’s true! At least, according to NationalDayCalendar.com. Oh well, it’s trivia – let’s just go with it!

  • In 1961, Martha Stewart was selected as one of Glamour magazine’s “Ten Best-Dressed College Girls.” (Whaaaaat?)
  • As part of David Hasselhoff’s divorce settlement, he kept possession of the nickname “Hoff” and the catchphrase “Don’t Hassle the Hoff.” (*BLINK!*)
  • “Jay” used to be slang for “foolish person.” So when a pedestrian ignored street signs, he was referred to as a “jaywalker.”
  • Duncan Hines was a real person. He was a popular restaurant critic who also wrote a book of hotel recommendations.
  • The string on boxes of animal crackers was originally placed there so the container could be hung from a Christmas tree.
  • Alaska is the only state that can be typed on one row of keys. (Go ahead and try typing the other 49 states. We’ll wait.)
  • At the 1905 wedding of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, President Teddy Roosevelt gave away the bride.
  • Every time you lick a stamp, you consume 1/10 of a calorie.
  • The average person falls asleep in seven minutes.
  • Studies show that if a cat falls off the seventh floor of a building it has about thirty percent less chance of surviving than a cat that falls off the twentieth floor. It supposedly takes about eight floors for the cat to realize what is occurring, relax and correct itself.
  • Your stomach has to produce a new layer of mucus every 2 weeks otherwise, it will digest itself. (Can we all say, “Ewwwwww!”)
  • 101 Dalmatians, Peter Pan, Lady and the Tramp, and Mulan are the only Disney cartoons where both parents are present and don’t die throughout the movie.
  • To escape the grip of a crocodile’s jaws, push your thumbs into its eyeballs – it will let you go instantly. (*BLINK!*)
  • Reindeer like to eat bananas.
  • The word “samba” means “to rub navels together.”
  • Mel Blanc (the voice of Bugs Bunny) was allergic to carrots.
  • The electric chair was invented by a dentist.
  • The very first bomb dropped by the Allies on Berlin during World War II Killed the only elephant in the Berlin Zoo.
  • More people are killed annually by donkeys than airplane crashes.
  • Crocodiles and alligators are surprisingly fast on land.  Although they are rapid, they are not agile.  So, if being chased by one, run in a zigzag line to lose him or her. (Who is getting this close to crocodiles and alligators???)
  • Seattle’s Fremont Bridge rises up and down more than any drawbridge in the world.
  • Right-handed people live, on average; nine years longer than left-handed people.
  • Ten percent of the Russian government’s income comes from the sale of vodka.
  • In the United States, a pound of potato chips costs two hundred times more than a pound of potatoes.
  • A giraffe can go without water longer than a camel.
  • A person cannot taste food unless it is mixed with saliva. For example, if a strong-tasting substance like salt is placed on a dry tongue, the taste buds will not be able to taste it. As soon as a drop of saliva is added and the salt is dissolved, however, a definite taste sensation results. This is true for all foods.
  • Nearly 80% of all animals on earth have six legs.

 

Personally, I’m wondering if crocodile and alligator attacks are really a common thing???

Want MORE useless trivia! Stop by my blog – Nesie’s Place!