Weekend Reads #29: An Update

Weekend Reads is a weekly discussion on a variety of topics. At the end of the post, I’ll include what I plan to read on the weekend.

I do not have a topic for this weekend; neither do I have a Writing Myths post though I might publish one later today. Instead, I have an update.

And it’s not much of an update either but more of a general post to share where things are at and where things might be heading, which…is an update so this sentence is pointless. Anyways, if you’ve been following along, then you might have noticed that I haven’t posted much lately. I especially haven’t posted any long pieces such as reviews or even my daily Writing Myths posts. The reason for this is that things have gotten very busy for me at work and by the time I get home, I hardly have the mental juice to write.

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Exploring My Bookshelves: Hobbits and My Bad Memory

Exploring My Bookshelves is a weekly meme created by Victoria at Addlepates and Book Nerds and co-hosted with Shannon at For the Love of Words. Visit either blog for the list of topics.

So you might have noticed that I forgot to do this post last weekend. It totally slipped my mind so I’ll double up in this one.

Last week’s topic was:

A creature you want to be

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Pastry Book Tag

Thanksgiving is tomorrow so I thought it fitting to do this Pastry Book Tag now. I was tagged by Trisha Ann at the Bookgasm Blog back in October. Thanks Trisha! 🙂


Croissant: Name a popular book or series that everyone (including you) loves.

Harry Potter is a given but I’ll also mention the Song of Ice and Fire series and the Saga comic books as well. They are both great series and deserve the many praises they receive from readers.

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Villain Squad Tag

This is a pretty interesting tag that I’ve seen around booktube. I was tagged by Trisha Ann at The Bookgasm to do this back in October. Thanks Trisha!

Basically, I’ll create a villain squad based on my answers to the questions below. I’ll also adhere to Trisha’s added rule, which makes the sources for my choices limitless.

Think of your own villain identity and power!

I would have psychic powers like Prof. X from the X-men since I do this a lot —

Prof. X

I’m sure I’ll move something with my mind or read someone’s thoughts one of these days.

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Writing Myths #8 & #9: What causes lightning and thunder?

I’m back again with another Writing Myths post. This one is short. I stole some time tonight to write it before turning in to bed. My eyes are droopy.

I’ve combined two prompts again:

Write a myth to explain thunder.

Write a myth to explain lightning.

The angels had no idea what would happen when they held the first rock concert in heaven. Celestia, the angel of holy lights, came up with plan one day when in a fit of excitement, she struck her guitar and produced a high-pitched screech. She had never heard such a sound before. Neither had Desmond but he took it as a que to start thumping his drums and soon the rest of the band of angels joined in to create a crazy new sound that was both exciting and exhilarating.

They were all pleased with the new music they made and shared it with a few of their friends.

“Oh, Celestia! Your band must hold a concert so everyone can hear this new music,” Lucius yelled over Celestia’s practice thrills on her new holy lights-infused guitar.

Celestia thought it was a great idea and made plans with her band to hold a concert. Angels throughout all the heavens attended. Celestia and her band allowed themselves to get swept away by the music as it played upon their souls. It intensified the sound and sent their audience in a dancing frenzy. It was a great concert.

But all things in heaven affect earth and the angels did not see the effects of their wild concert. Each thrill Celestia made on her holy lights guitar produced a bright flash of light across the sky and whenever Desmond beat heavily on his drums, a great boom resounded as if something heavy had fallen in the sky. The humans were fearful of these occurrences and hid in their caves. But as time passed, humans grew accustomed to them and named the occurrences lightning and thunder.


Not so great but it’s all I could think of.

Anyways, g’night.

Weekend Reads #28: Writing Myths #7, #13, & #17: The Baboon King

November is more hectic than I expected. Good thing I didn’t bother with NaNoWriMo but now I’m behind on my Writing Myths posts. It’s the 20th of the month and I’m just on prompt 7. There are 20 prompts total so I have 10 days to complete the remaining 13. Can I do it? We’ll see.

This post is longer than usually because I got carried away a little. For this one, I’ll combine three prompts:

Write a myth to explain why birds fly and fish swim.

Write a myth to explain why snakes have no legs.

Write a myth to explain how bees got their stings.

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Emoji Book Tag

September was a month of tags, all of which I’m getting to now. For this one, I was tagged by Trisha Ann at The Bookgasm Blog. Basically, I will show my five most used emojis and pair them with a book.


I use this one the most because it suits me the best. I smile a lot. Can’t help it most times. I smile even when I’d rather not. The book I’ll pair with this is —

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Wishes for My TBR Pile #10: Discovery, Curiosity, and Convincing Gave Me These

Wishes for My TBR Pile is a monthly post where I list and sometimes discuss the books I’ve discovered and would like to get.

Year of Yes

Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person by Shonda Rhimes

With three hit shows on television and three children at home, the uber-talented Shonda Rhimes had lots of good reasons to say NO when an unexpected invitation arrived. Hollywood party? No. Speaking engagement? No. Media appearances? No.

And there was the side-benefit of saying No for an introvert like Shonda: nothing new to fear.

Then Shonda’s sister laid down a challenge: just for one year, try to say YES to the unexpected invitations that come your way. Shonda reluctantly agreed ― and the result was nothing short of transformative. In Year of Yes, Shonda Rhimes chronicles the powerful impact saying yes had on every aspect of her life ― and how we can all change our lives with one little word. Yes. (Goodreads)

I don’t consider myself a Shonda Rhimes fan. I’ve watched some of her shows and liked some episodes (Grey’s Anatomy is my comfort food) but I don’t consider myself a fan since I’m not dedicated to them. So when I first heard of this book, I didn’t intend to pick it up. However, after reading a review of it over at Brown Girl Reading, it seems like a book I should read and now I’d like to give it a try.

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