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Blogging from A to Z Challenge

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

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


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Blogging from A to Z Challenge Books

#AtoZChallenge Reflections: April is for Friendship

I love love love taking part in the A to Z Challenge, y’all!

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It’s not cuz I’m so Boss

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or because I’m a nosy neighbor (librarians are information specialists, right?).

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court. Pinterest

or because I have no friends IRL

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I do have Friends IRL

and in fact, thanks to the A to Z Challenge,

I get to meet with them every Thursday for the Twitter chats!

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If Twitter is stupid then all my friends on Twitter are stupid and that’s ok with me!

At least I’m not alone.

Every Thursday at 1 and 8pm EST

Many of us log on to twitter and lose ourselves in  hashtag azchat.

If I’ve lost track of what someone is doing, chances are I’ll find them  at the #azchat.

Need a quick laugh? #azchat

Need inspiration? How about from our friends in India who wake at 5am. FIVE FRIGGIN FRAGGIN AM

just for a chance to chat with us. Amazeballs.

Or how about some friends on the left coast who are commuting and PULL OVER or chat via the train/bus?

No Friggin way, right?

Or how about our numerous English friends across the pond who tolerate our Americanisms

but yet have so righteously gifted us

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Tom Hiddleston?

All I know is, when Twitter finally gets voice activated and I can actually HEAR everyone’s voices

instead of imagining what they all sound like.

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You will all sound like Beeker to me.

Except you English, I can only do a generic 221B Baker Street accent so, you know,

I’ll be rocking that forever.

If you missed the Twitter Party Friendship olive branch of acceptance,

we offer you the second prize:

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The Celery Stalk of Mediocrity.

You’re prolly better than that but that’s the food that was leftover from the Twitter parties.

And here’s where I say something astute and heartfelt as a send off:

Go. Be Fabulous.

I’m wearing that smile you gave me, A to Z Challenge. How does it look?

Like a Boss, I know.

Thanks for another BRILLIANT (for you English) and GROOVY (for you dorks) and MOST EXCELLENT (for everyone else) Blogging from A to Z Challenge 2015!

Woot!

Get you some of that next year, don’t miss out.

We’ll be waiting for you.

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And watching.

All photos courtesy of Pinterest.

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Remembering Tina Downey #LifeisGood

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Next week over at Blogging from A to Z, and ALL OVER THE WORLD! We will be celebrating the life of our good friend Tina Downey, who left us too soon.

Also? Tina left behind two sons who need to go to college. Won’t you take a moment and click and donate to the Downey Education Fund? Every little bit helps.

Thanks friends.

 

 

 

 

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Blogging from A to Z Challenge

One more Z post #AtoZchallenge: Zombies

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I CAN’T BELIEVE I FORGOT MY ZOMBIE POST!!

Once upon a time there was a librarian who got attacked by zombies. And she became a zombie.

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Zombrarian

 

A zombrarian, get it?  The sign says: What do we want? BRAINS and the other side says: When do we want it? BRAINS!!

chuckle.

Stand down folks. You DID IT!!

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Blogging from A to Z Challenge Books Children

Q is for…Football? #AtoZ Challenge

 

 

It’s Q day! It’s Q day!

I bet you think you’ve got me stumped?

But you DON’T.

I have a book for Q!!

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QB1 by Mike Lupica

 

I love author Mike Lupica because for sporty guys who want something to read, they are never without a title. Lupica covers most of the sports and once the tweens are too old for middle grade reads, Lupica offers them something more with his YA titles.  Here’s a bit about QB1:

Jake Cullen is a freshman quarterback playing high school football in the high-pressure land of Friday Night Lights (Texas). He is also the brother of Wyatt Cullen, who quarterbacked his team to the Texas State Championship last season–not to mention the son of former NFL quarterback and local legend, Troy Cullen. To be a Cullen in Texas is to be royalty . . . and a quarterback. All of which leaves 14-year-old Jake in a Texas-sized shadow, a tall order for any boy, especially one who’s merely a freshman.

While his teammates assume the starting job will be handed to Jake on a silver platter, the truth is that he has to fight for every snap and every ounce of respect. Jake may be a Cullen and he may play quarterback, but he is not his brother or his father. Being a good teammate comes naturally to Jake; being a winner and a celebrity does not. He’s just like every other boy–awkward around a pretty girl, in awe of his famous family, and desperate to simultaneously blend in and cast his own shadow.

The story is loosely based on the Manning brothers and the wildly famous Friday Night Lights family drama. Having lived in Texas for 10 years, I can remember how obsessively people cared about football.  Me? I was at the snack bar. But whatever.

Grab this book for your fave tween guy!

Have you ever read anything by Lupica? Do you have a Q book?

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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?

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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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Blogging from A to Z Challenge Young Adult

Blogging from A to Z Challenge–RECAP

So, April has come and gone and with it the Blogging from A to Z Challenge!  Many unexpected things came up that made the challenge more challenging but since I dig a challenge, I kept on plugging.

Here’s a collage of all of the books I highlighted during the challenge

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See any of your faves in there?

Tell me about them!

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Q #atozchallenge

It’s Q day I hafta be brief today, sorry!

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Here’s The Queen’s Lady by Eve Edwards.  I like historical fiction as much as the next book lover, but COME ON WITH THIS COVER???? Seriously? this looks as historically accurate as I do in my tiara.  Here’s a blurb from Goodreads:

1584 – Surrey, England When Lady Jane Rievaulx begins service to the Queen at Richmond Palace, she is thrilled at the court’s newest arrival . . . Master James Lacey. Despite her previous courtship with his older brother, James is the man she truly loves. And for his part, he cannot deny his fascination with her. However, James is setting sail on a treacherous journey to the Americas, seeking absolution for what he sees as past sins. But when Lady Jane is forced into a terrible situation by her own family, there is only one man to save her. Will Master James return to his lady ­- before it’s too late?

Hopefully, for those of you who can’t get enough of these kinds of things, you’ll like it.  I might hafta pick up the queen of historical fiction, Philipa Gregory’s books and see what they’re about.  I do love a good historical read.

What about you?

Gotta dash, getting ready for a World Book Night party tonight!

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L #atozchallenge and John Green is my Boyfriend

It’s L day!

There comes a time when life spins really quickly like the spinning tea cups at Disney World and your puke when you get off the ride.

This is not one of those times.

This is, though, one of those times when you have a really great book that doesn’t fit into your genre but you use it anyway.

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The book I’m referring to is The Last Dogs: the Vanishing by Christopher Holt.  As you know, I’m a sucker for anything that has a dog in it.  So this title is for tweens/middle grade but who can resist a book cover with three cute furry friends on the front? Not I. Plus it starts with the letter L.  Win!

Next up is Legend by Marie Lu!  I feel as if I’m the only YA book lover on the planet who hasnt read this book!  It’s been on my radar forever and I was thrilled to return from BEA with it. Why havent I read it yet???

Is there anyone who needs a synopsis of the story? Dystopian USA; girl groomed for military excellence; guy is criminal; avenging a death; race for survival; sinister secrets,  wooo hooooooo!!

Have you read it?? Tell me!!!

And I can’t believe I forgot to tell you the most important news of all: JOHN GREEN IS MY BOYFRIEND!

No, seriously.  I met him last year at Book Expo America and he totally swooned all over me.

Look, here’s a pic:

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See? totally digs me.