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Bad Girls Book Club Letter D #atozchallenge

Welcome to the Blogging from A to Z Challenge

Today’s letter is

D

The Book

Divergent by Veronica Roth

Divergent by Veronica Roth

Come on, you KNOW I had to pick this book, right?
How can you make a list that doesn’t include Tris?  There are so many things I love about Tris. If you’ve seen the movie, you haven’t really seen Tris. The book is SO much better (isn’t that always true?). In the book, Tris is a mild and meek young woman who made a choice and discovered she could do anything. If that doesn’t make Tris a Bad Girl, then nothing does. I love how Tris figures out what she wants, she learns what she’s capable of, and she grows from it. And a bonus? Tris is a likeable person (unlike Katniss) and I cheered for her throughout the whole book.

What do you think?

See you on E…

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Blogging from A to Z Challenge Sign Ups are Here!

Please read and follow the sign-up instructions outlined below so you sign onto the list correctly!

The brainchild of Arlee Bird, at Tossing it Out, the A to Z Challenge is posting every day in April except Sundays (we get those off for good behavior.) And since there are 26 days, that matches the 26 letters of the alphabet. On April 1, blog about something that begins with the letter “A.” April 2 is “B,” April 4 is “C,” and so on. You can use a theme for the month or go random – just as long as it matches the letter of the alphabet for the day.

The A to Z Challenge is a great way to get into the blogging habit and make new friends. For more details and its history, go HERE

We recommend short posts, turn off Word Verification, and visit five blogs (or more) a day beginning with the one after yours on the list.

Blogs must be on an open platform – no Tumblr, Facebook, Pinterest, etc. – and comments enabled. Please make it easy for visitors to comment on your blog.

To streamline legitimate blogs from advertisement blogs, the Co-Hosts will be visiting each blog on this list throughout the Challenge. Once the Challenge begins, blogs showing no activity or those that miss five days in a row will be removed.

Please note your blog name and number in all correspondences. Remember that as blogs are removed, your number WILL change.

There are categories for those looking for like-minded blogs. Select ONE category code and enter it after your blog’s title/name. The code applies to your blog, not your theme for the Challenge and is purely optional. See the first few blogs on the list for examples. However, if your blog has adult content, you MUST mark it (AC) or it will be removed from the list. Codes are as follows:

ANIMALS: (AN)
BOOKS/REVIEWS: (BO)
CRAFTS/ART: (CT)
CULINARY: (CU)
EDUCATION/SCIENCE: (ES)
ENTERTAINMENT: (ET)
GAMING: (GA)
HISTORY/MYTHOLOGY: (HM)
HUMOR: (HU)
LIFESTYLE/SOCIAL: (LS )
PERSONAL: (PR)
PHOTOGRAPHY: (PH)
POETRY: (PO)
TRAVEL: (TR)
WRITING/STORYTELLING/MEMOIR: (WR)
ADULT CONTENT: (AC)

Be sure to grab the badge and display it in your sidebar so we know you are participating and link to the A to Z Challenge Blog.

For more information we recommend you follow the A to Z Challenge Blog and the hosts:

Arlee Bird @ Tossing it Out
Ninja Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh
Heather M. Gardner
Jeremy @ Hollywood Nuts
AJ @ Naturally Sweet
Pam Margolis @ An Unconventional Librarian
Damyanti Biswas @ Daily Write
Zalka Csenge Virág @ The Multicolored Diary
Joy Campbell @ The Character Depot
John Holton @The Sound of One Hand Typing

We also have a Facebook Page
Email address is [email protected]
Twitter hashtag is #AtoZChallenge and Twitter id is @AprilA2Z

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The Blogging from A to Z Challenge 2015 is Here!!

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Please read and follow the sign-up instructions outlined below so you sign onto the list correctly!

The brainchild of Arlee Bird, at Tossing it Out, the A to Z Challenge is posting every day in April except Sundays (we get those off for good behavior.) And since there are 26 days, that matches the 26 letters of the alphabet. On April 1, blog about something that begins with the letter “A.” April 2 is “B,” April 3 is “C,” and so on. You can use a theme for the month or go random – just as long as it matches the letter of the alphabet for the day.

The A to Z Challenge is a great way to get into the blogging habit and make new friends. For more details and its history, go HERE

We recommend short posts, turn off Word Verification, and visit five blogs (or more) a day beginning with the one after yours on the list.

Blogs must be on an open platform – no Tumblr, Facebook, Pinterest, etc. – and comments enabled.

To streamline legitimate blogs from advertisement blogs, the Co-Hosts will be visiting each blog on this list throughout the Challenge. Blogs on the list showing no activity once the Challenge starts or miss five days in a row will be removed.

Please note your blog name and number in all correspondences. Remember that as blogs are removed, your number will change.

There are categories for those looking for like-minded blogs. Select ONE category code and enter it after your blog’s title/name. The code applies to your blog, not your theme for the Challenge and is purely optional. See the first few blogs on the list for examples. However, if your blog has adult content, you MUST mark it (AC) or it will be removed from the list. Codes are as follows:

ANIMALS: (AN)

ART: (AR)

BOOKS/REVIEWS: (BO)

CRAFTS: (CR)

CULINARY: (CU)

EDUCATION: (ED)

FASHION: (FA)

FILM/MOVIES: (FM)

GAMING: (GA)

GARDENING: (GR)

HISTORY: (HI)

HUMOR: (HU)

LIFESTYLE: (LI )

MEMOIR: (ME)

MUSIC: (MU)

MYTHOLOGY: (MY)

PERSONAL: (PR)

PHOTOGRAPHY: (PH)

POLITICS: (PO)

SCIENCE: (SC)

SOCIAL MEDIA: (SO)

SPORTS: (SP)

TRAVEL: (TR)

WRITING/STORYTELLING: (WR)

ADULT CONTENT: (AC)

Be sure to grab the badge and display it in your sidebar so we know you are participating and link to the A to Z Challenge Blog.

For more information we recommend you follow the A to Z Challenge Blog and the hosts:

Arlee Bird @ Tossing it Out

Ninja Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh

Jeremy @ Hollywood Nuts

Nicole Ayers @ The Madlab Post

Author Stephen Tremp

Heather M. Gardner

AJ @ Naturally Sweet

Pam @ An Unconventional Librarian   <—– (Me!)

Matthew MacNish @ The QQQE

Zalka Csenge Virág @ The Multicolored Diary

S. L. Hennessy @ Pensuasion

C. Lee McKenzie @ The Write Game

Joy Campbell @ The Character Depot

Susan Gourley @ Susan Says

John Holton @The Sound of One Hand Typing

Lisa Buie-Collard, Author

We also have a Facebook Page

Email address is [email protected]

Twitter hashtag is #AtoZChallenge and Twitter id is @AprilA2Z

Sign up below and join us for a month of alphabet fun!



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H is for Humphrey! #AtoZ Challenge

H

 

Hey how are ya? I couldn’t let today go by without sharing another book with you today! Today’s book is about a hamster. EEEEK!! I know I know, if small critters freak you out then you’re in good company.

Secrets According to Humphrey

 

To be sure, little scurrying creatures give me the willies, but you hafta admit, this little guy looks adorbs in his Egyptian garb.  Here’s a blurb about this lovable title:

So many secrets are flying around Room 26 that Humphrey can barely keep track. Mrs. Brisbane knows a student is leaving, but Humphrey can’t figure out which one. (Even more confusing, Mrs. Brisbane seems unsqueakably happy about it.) The class is studying the Ancient Egyptians, and some of the kids have made up secret clubs and secret codes. Even Aldo is holding back news from Humphrey.

Humphrey’s job as classroom pet is to help his humans solve their problems, but all these secrets are making it HARD-HARD-HARD!

I know, right?  Perfect for the middle grade reader who’s fairly new to longer chapter books.

Tell me; did you have a class pet?

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The end of the world is coming! Sign up for the #atozchallenge and save the world!

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It’s the end of the world! RUN RUN RUN!! Run right to your computer and point your browser to the Blogging from A to Z Challenge website! You can save the world! World domination is in order!

Whatever your reasoning, you really should sign up for the Blogging from A to Z challenge.  Here’s why:

  • Want more followers? We have them.
  • Wanna meet more people? Easy peasy.
  • Need inspiration? We got it.
  • Like to write? So do we.
  • Like to read blogs? We got plenty.
  • Wanna take over the world? One blog at a time.

What more reasons do you need to sign up for the blogging challenge?

None, now git over there and sign up! I’ll come to your house every morning and make a special brekkies for you, will that do it?

I hope you love PBJ cause that’s what I’m serving.

But seriously, the challenge is the most fun I’ve had since the last time I had this much fun! I’ve made lots of new enemies friends from all around the world and have learned more about other people in the process. The world becomes so much smaller when you read a blog post from India.  You realize we are all in this together. We’re different but we’re the same.

CUE THE MUSIC!!

There’s still time to sign up.  Here.

 

You won’t regret signing up. There is much fun to be had.

and also?

Weekly Twitter chats; Thursdays at 1pm!

 

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Get to Know my #atozchallenge Bookish Friends. Introducing Tim!

IT’S TIM!

You know PammyPam likes to make new friends and also to learn about new books! I’ve invited my friends from the Blogging from A to Z Challenge to come over and chat about a book they love. Remember when Arlee joined us last Friday? Well today, his challenge team member Brave Sir Tim joins us to discuss his fave book.  And it’s not My Little Pony.

My Favorite Book – Dracula by Bram Stoker

It is really hard to pick a favorite book.  There are so many good ones out there and so many that I love to read and reread, but one of my favorites is “Dracula” by Bram Stoker.

I love horror and gothic horror in particular, and Dracula is one of the best.  Published in 1897 Dracula says quite a bit about our history and fears as the world was changing.   England at this time was the World’s greatest power, the sun literally never set on the British flag.  Science, technology and sweeping industrialization was changing the face of the world. Sometimes these changes were at the cost of the lands of the British Empire stretched out too.  Your common Englishman was of the time feared and was enthralled with these lands at the same time.  Old world vs. New World.  Superstition, religion and magic vs. science, technology and industrialization.   These are themes of Dracula.

Dracula represents the Old World while our heroes, especially Mina, represent the modern age.  Van Helsing is a man of Science, Mina is a forward thinking woman that uses the latest “technology”, in this case the typewriter, Harker even represents the industrial spirit.  All gather to fight this evil using the technology at their disposal.

Additionally Dracula works as an allegory of unrepressed sexual desire.  Dracula is the ultimate sexual predator in a time when sexual mores and sexual practice could not have been more disparate.  Dracula preys on the women of the story, notably Lucy (who represents the old world woman)  and Mina (the new world woman).  His sexual prowess infects others like the scourge of the day, syphilis.  Dracula is no love story, it is about horror, fear and desires turned dark and evil.

This is all the background to a classic “Penny Dreadful”, the hunting of an evil monster who preys on the young and innocent.   It might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but I enjoy it.

Thanks Brave Sir Tim. While I’m not a big fan of scary stuff, I’ve never quite understood the sensuality of Dracula. I mean, he bites your neck and you die, how sexy is that?I do, however, get the whole changing world and whatnot and our darkest fears.  My fears, however, are running out of cake.  My fave vamp?

The Count

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Count! One piece of cake, ah ha ha ha!

It was great getting to know you Brave Sir Tim! Check him out at The Other Side, http://timbrannan.blogspot.com/

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Blogging from A to Z THEME REVEAL! #atozchallenge

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THE GREAT & POWERFUL THEME REVEAL

It’s here, it’s here! It’s time for the blogging from A to Z challenge theme reveal!

Want to guess what my theme is?

Here’s a hint. Take a look at the picture and see if you can guess my theme.

Ready?

THEME REVEAL.jpg

If you guessed books you’d be right.

But what kind of books?

Leave your answer in the comments!

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How To Schedule your #atozchallenge Posts?

You’ve committed yourself to the a to z challenge. You’ve tossed around a few ideas. You’re excited to begin but still you’re wondering…

How to Schedule your A to Z Challenge Posts?

 

Scheduling is VERY important friends, if you want to have a stress free #atozchallenge! Here’s an image that should help you know when to schedule each post.

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Love this graphic? Click the image and it will take you to the site and you can download your own and make it your desktop image!

So, you have your schedule, now what? Do as much prep work as possible BEFORE the challenge begins:

  • preload all your titles for the month with #atozchallenge somewhere in it
  • choose your theme, if you’re having one
  • download/upload the alphabets for the appropriate blog posts
  • try to write 3-5 blog posts prior to  April 1 (that way you’ll have more time to have fun & visit other blogs)
  • when you DO sit down to write blog posts, try to write at least a day or two ahead, in case of emergencies (cuz they will come up)
  • keep your posts short
  • ensure COMMENT VERIFICATION IS TURNED OFF
  •  find a rhythm that works for you
  • read the A to Z blog for tips
  • reach out for help (Tweet me: @Pamlovesbooks)
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Get to Know my #atozchallenge Bookish Friends. Introducing MJ!

M. J. Joachim in the Library

Well, you know PammyPam likes to make new friends and also to learn about new books! I’ve invited my friends from the Blogging from A to Z Challenge to come over and chat about a book they love.  My first victim is the sweet MJ Joachim of M.J. Joachim’s Writing Tips.

Thank you, Pam for inviting me to share one of my favorite children’s stories and talk about my love of libraries with your audience today.

giving tree

One of my favorite children’s books is The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein. No matter how old I get, I will never outgrow the beautiful message shared in this book. I’m sure fond memories of reading this story to library children during Story Hour, students I taught over the years and my own children have made it all the more sentimental for me.

My first job was as a page in a library. It was my responsibility to sort and shelve the books. Oh, how I loved working in the Children’s Library, sifting through hundreds of picture books and entertaining stories, helping a child find just the right book for a book report or research project, and reading stories to all the little ones who would come to enjoy Story Hour. Sometimes they would ask me to read to them when no story time was scheduled. I always did what I could to oblige, often asking the Children’s Librarian on duty to claim me as needed extra help during those times. One particular librarian never even needed to be asked. She loved it when we worked together in the children’s section.

Libraries have always been one of my favorite places to hang out. As a child, I’d hike the mile walk down the bike trail, past the stream and across the highway, to eventually emerge at our local library, where I would lose myself in the stacks. I’d spend hours looking at books, choosing at least four or five to take home at once. One time, I lost track of time. The early hours of the morning turned to late hours in the afternoon. Mom was furious, as I strolled in, humped over and breathing hard with my heavy pack full of books on my back. I just looked at her and smiled. She sent me to my room, where I quickly immersed myself in my reading material, too tired to wander out at dinnertime.

Summer Read-a-thons were treasured by my own kids, especially when the heat reached well past 110 degrees Fahrenheit. We’d head on over to the library early when my kids were young, take our time finding most of the books on the list, check out a few movies before we left, and stay inside where it was cool, reading our books and watching movies well into the evening hours, when the sun went down and it was easier to play outside.

I still enjoy going to the library these days, though now it’s more to get ideas and do research for articles I’m writing. It seems every time I go, there are fewer and fewer books, more computers and conference areas and less staff to help find where they put things; our local library is almost always rearranged every time I go. Most of the books are online and checkout for the ones that aren’t is done at the self-service kiosk.

The library has changed a lot over the years, but the children and the stories we read to them never will. They’ll still climb into our laps or sit at our feet, begging to see the pictures and eager to see the words. Personal experience tells me, The Giving Tree is one of their favorites, and you already know it’s one of mine.

Thanks again for having me, Pam.

110 degrees F or 0 degrees F, The Giving Tree is ALWAYS the perfect book!

 

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Presenting An Unconventional Alliance and the #atozchallenge

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(cue opening music) WELCOME FRIENDS!

As a Blogging From A to Z April Challenge Co Host, I get the privilege of building a team, an alliance, to help everyone enjoy the challenge.  These brave persons have stepped forward to be part of my alliance and I couldn’t be happier.  Here they are: (cue more music)

Amber from Never Squat with Your Spurs On 

Mary from Mary-andering Creatively

Karen at Still Magnolias Blog

Ida at Reflex Reactions 

Neala at Moon, Light, and Shadow 

you?

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