Friday, December 15, 2017

2018 Audiobook Challenge

Once again, I will be doing this one. I try to listen to one or two audiobooks each month. I made it to 30 this year and will be trying for that level again next year.

2018 Audiobook Challenge


  • Newbie (I’ll give it a try) 1-5
  • Weekend Warrior (I’m getting the hang of this) 5-10
  • Stenographer (can listen while multi-tasking) 10-15
  • Socially Awkward (Don’t talk to me) 15-20
  • Binge Listener (Why read when someone can do it for you) 20-30
  • My Precious (I had my earbuds surgically implanted) 30+
  • Marathoner (Look Ma No Hands) 50+
Here is what I am listening to:


This is the fourth annual reading challenge presented by Book Riot.

  1. A book published posthumously
  2. A book of true crime
  3. A classic of genre fiction (i.e. mystery, sci fi/fantasy, romance)
  4. A comic written and illustrated by the same person
  5. A book set in or about one of the five BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China, or South Africa)
  6. A book about nature
  7. A western
  8. A comic written or illustrated by a person of color
  9. A book of colonial or postcolonial literature
  10. A romance novel by or about a person of color
  11. A children’s classic published before 1980
  12. A celebrity memoir
  13. An Oprah Book Club selection
  14. A book of social science
  15. A one-sitting book
  16. The first book in a new-to-you YA or middle grade series
  17. A sci fi novel with a female protagonist by a female author
  18. A comic that isn’t published by Marvel, DC, or Image
  19. A book of genre fiction in translation
  20. A book with a cover you hate
  21. A mystery by a person of color or LGBTQ+ author
  22. An essay anthology
  23. A book with a female protagonist over the age of 60
  24. An assigned book you hated (or never finished)

Thursday, December 14, 2017

30th Anniversary of Prozac

I felt a need to mention that this year marks 30 years since Prozac (fluoxetine) was approved by the FDA as an antidepressant of the SSRI class, since I've been on the medication for over two years now and have been writing about it. Not sure I'll ever be as good as Wurtzel was at writing  on such a thing, since his is what made me want to tell my story. I felt I was stealing her thunder by trying to write about the same subject, but everyone I know convinced me otherwise. It will be two year next February since I began my story, and I don't know how much longer I need to work on it.   Those who have been reading my blog regularly will already know all that. 
I was told when my psychiatrist first prescribed Prozac to me that he prescribes it the most fall antidepressants, since's it been round the longest. Though I seem to see few other clients at Behavioral Health on Prozac. Some think it's it's out of date, but my boss says that isn't true.It all depends what works for each person as each medication works different for different people. 

I feel I have been less depressed from Prozac, but I still get depressed. It only decreases the depression, it's not a cure! 

The image above comes from this site,
celebrating things that turned 30 in 2017.


Prozac Nation


The 2018 Reading Challenge @ Modern Mrs. Darcy

Doing this one for the second time.

reading challenge 2018

My books for this one:

  1. Classic You've Been Meaning to Read:
  2. Recommended By Someone With Great Taste:
  3. In Translation:
  4. Nominated for an Award in 2018:
  5. Book of Poetry, a Play or an Essay Collection:
  6. Book You Can Read in a Day:
  7. More Than 500 Pages:
  8. By a Favorite Author:
  9. Recommended by a Librarian or an Indie Bookseller:
  10. Banned Book:
  11. Memoir, Autobiography or Book of Creative Nonfiction:
  12. By an Author of a Different Race, Ethnicity or Religion Than Your Own:

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Let's Play Ivyclad Bingo! (2018 Reading Challenge)

Found this one just now. There are 16 squares and I will fill as many as I get to.

  1. Superhero
  2. Debut Author
  3. Contemporary
  4. Over 500 Pages
  5. Norse Mythology
  6. Robots
  7. Historical
  8. Wolves
  9. Black Cover
  10. Set in Space
  11. Dragons
  12. Magic
  13. Star-Crossed Lovers
  14. Witches
  15. Not Set in the USA
  16. Manga

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Family Tree Reading Challenge

Here's a new one, very similar to the  Birth Year Challenge. Click on the link to see more and sign up.

Family Tree Reading Challenge
Host: Becky's Book Reviews (sign up)
January - December 2018
# of books: minimum 3,

Love reading? Love family? Love researching family history? Want a family-friendly reading challenge?  

Goal: To read a book from the birth year of your selected family members. You do not have to mention them by name, unless you want. But do please list the years you'll be reading. You may include yourself in your 'family tree.' 

Minimum of three books (and three family members). You can read more, of course. 

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What books count towards the reading challenge?
  • Fiction
  • Nonfiction
  • Board books
  • Picture Books
  • Early Readers
  • Early Chapter Books
  • Chapter Books
  • Graphic Novels 
  • Middle Grade Books
  • Young Adult Books
  • Adult Books
  • Poetry
  • Short Stories
  • Plays
I will try to read at least five books each from the following years: