Photo Challenge #16 / Hands

IMG_8770“Easter Tradition” / Theme: Hands

A little about this photo…

Hands do so much, don’t they? Here they are, dying Easter eggs for tomorrow. It’s one of my favourite Easter traditions. (I also happen to love eating hard-boiled eggs.)

And it’s fun to share this tradition with the younger generations.

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Photo Challenge #15 / A Small World

20190219ma_0350“A Colony for the Birds” / Theme: A Small World

A little about this photo…

This is just part of the tree… I love walking past and seeing all the different little birdhouses. And if you look carefully, they’re even numbered!

Bird 1: Yeah, I’m in #59 this year.
Bird 2: How did you manage to snag that one?
Bird 1: Luck of the draw.

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Photo Challenge #14 / Clouds

IMG_8621“Clouds from Above” / Theme: Clouds

A little about this photo…

My favourite seat on an airplane is the window seat. That’s because I like to see the world below. And I always get a kick out of seeing clouds below. I thought these were interesting-looking clouds. It’s almost like they are a soft blanket of cotton.

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Spring Reading Bingo Challenge / March


Here’s my bingo card for Middle Grade Carousel’s Reading Bingo challenge.

In all, I finished eight middle grade books that fit the descriptions on the bingo card. And yes, I got my bingo!

How Does It Work?

Pick your challenge, grab a book, and fill in the squares. Try and get 5 in a row, or attempt to fill in the whole sheet if you’re a speedy reader.


  1. Because this is a Middle Grade Carousel challenge, all of the books on your Bingo board should be MG reads. Find out more about Middle Grade books here.
  2. Each square needs to be filled with a unique book. You cannot use the same title more than once, even if it fits multiple themes. Choose wisely!
  3. You should only be filling in your Bingo board with books you’ve read during this month.

Here are my results… (The * means that’s the book that got me my Bingo!)

*A Book About Basketball

Basketball (or Something Like It) // by Nora Raleigh Baskin

basketballMG, Contemporary (2007)

Honestly, I found this book a tad confusing. It’s told through four different POVs, and I was forever getting them mixed up. Which kid is this again?? By the end, I think I had it figured out.

The one thing that did bother me was the foul language. I don’t mind it if it’s for a reason. (The Great Gilly Hopkins? Yes. I would even argue that it worked in Front Desk.) But you don’t normally see this in a middle-grade novel. So, it felt out of place. And again, there really was no real reason to include it. [2.5 stars]

*A Rabbit on the Cover

El Deafo // by Cece Bell

el-deafoMG Graphic Novel, Near-Historical (2014)

I loved this story! 🙂 I’m not always crazy about graphic novels since I usually want more words. But I thought this whole book worked beautifully as is.

I loved that Cece Bell told her story with rabbits as the characters. I loved learning about the subject matter. I loved Rabbit-Cece. I loved how she took the challenge handed her and didn’t let it stop her.

I loved this book! (Can you tell?) [5 stars]

Read my full review here.

*Pick Your Prompt / A Sequel

Copyboy // by Vince Vawter

copyboyUpper MG, Historical (2018)

I was pretty excited when I saw this among the new books at the library. I wasn’t even it existed! And I wasn’t disappointed. While I don’t think it’s quite as good as its predecessor, it’s still a good book. 🙂 [4 stars]

Read my full review here.

*A Book About a Curse

ella-enchanted Enchanted // by Gail Carson Levine

MG, Fairy Tale (1997)

Having recently read Ogre Enchanted, I wanted to go back to the original book. I really enjoyed my re-read. And yes, it still holds up after all these years. THIS is Gail Carson Levine’s masterpiece. There’s a reason why it got a Newbery Honor. [5 stars]

*Author’s First Name is Ben

Zita the Spacegirl // by Ben Hatke

zita-spacegirl.jpgMG, Graphic Novel, Sci-fi (2011)

This book is about Zita and her friend Joseph who gets sucked into another world. Zita quickly follows him… because it’s all her fault. She meets up with a ragtag band of misfits and they all go on the quest.

I generally liked this book. But this is the type of graphic novel that reminds me how much I love words. And I miss words when they’re, well… missing. I didn’t really resonate with the end of the book. Won’t spoil it, but I kind of understand WHY he did it. [3 stars]

Other MG Books I Finished this Month…

    • Blue Cover // The Benefits of Being an Octopus // by Ann Braden
    • A Book from the Library // Number the Stars // by Lois Lowry
    • ‘Lion’ in the Title // The Mystery of the Missing Lion // by Alexander McCall Smith

Final Thoughts…

March Bingo: Complete! Have you read any of these books? Let me know what you thought of them.

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Photo Challenge #12 / Hello!

20190307ma_0471“First Robin” / Theme: Hello!

A little about this photo…

This is seriously the first robin I spotted this year. And I managed to capture this shot of him in flight! It’s always nice to see the robins return… because it means Spring is that much closer. (And in actual fact, Spring is here since the first day of Spring was on Wednesday!) 🙂

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Photo Challenge #11 / Bridge

20190307ma_0518“We’ll Cross that Bridge” / Theme: Bridge

A little about this photo…

Here’s a footbridge that leads from one park to another. It’s a nice little hike. Usually, we only go about halfway across before turning back. This time we crossed the whole thing. And now it’s time to go back.

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