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Scrambled Lisas – guessing closed

There are quite a few bestselling Lisa authors.  Unscramble the title and tell me her last name 🙂

No Googling or looking at other commenter answers.  Yes, we’re going by the honor system :)  Play every week or just one time, you are always welcome 🙂  It only takes once to be eligible for a prize.

Leave your guesses as a comment. Good luck!!

  1. LLITS  ECILA Still Alice – Lisa Genova
  2. NOWS  OWREFL  NAD  ETH  RETCES  ANF  Snow Flower and the Secret Fan – Lisa See
  3. EAUBTIFUL  ILES  Beautiful Lies – Lisa Unger
  4. NEMI  LILT  NIGHTMID  Mine Till Midnight – Lisa Kleypas
  5. TEH  MANPELLS  LIFES  The Spellman Files – Lisa Lutz
  6. HET  SHOUE  EW  REGW  PU  NI  The House We Grew Up In – Lisa Jewell
  7. OUTTHWI  CRYME  Without Mercy – Lisa Jackson
  8. KAWE  Wake – Lisa McMann
  9. NLOAE  Alone – Lisa Gardner
  10. HTE FERPECT BUSHAND  The Perfect Husband – Lisa Scottoline

May 11, 2016 Posted by | Quizzes, Uncategorized | 11 Comments

Retro Baby Movie Quiz – guessing closed

From April 2010 – have fun!

I decided to quiz you on a few movies that feature pregnancy and/or babies as a main storyline.  I’ve ranked these in the order I liked them best.

Leave a comment telling me the # and the name of the movie.  No Googling or looking at other commenter’s answers – that’s cheating and no fun!

1. Diane Keaton was never pregnant, but she was a great mom in this 1987 film.  Baby Boom

2. Mia Farrow’s pregnancy was much more difficult than mine in this 1968 horror classic. Rosemary’s Baby

3. This 2007 cautionary tale made Ellen Page a star. Juno

4. In 1990 Tom Selleck, Ted Danson, and Steve Gutenberg made the best dad!  Three Men & a Baby

5. Raising Arizona

6. Becoming a father and a grandfather at the same time kept Steve Martin on his funny toes.  Father of the Bride II

7. This 1988 John Hughes film starts Kevin Bacon as a new husband and somewhat reluctant father.  She’s Having a Baby

8. Keri Russell’s life was pretty bleak until the birth of her baby brought her real happiness.  Waitress

9. Junior

10. Knocked Up

11. Bruce Willis is perfect as the baby in this 1989 comedy with Kirstie Alley as his mom. Look Who’s Talking

12. Hugh Grant becomes a bit freaked out when his girlfriend, Julianne Moore, becomes pregnant.  Nine Months

April 20, 2016 Posted by | Quizzes | 11 Comments

Who Am I? Quiz

I know it’s going to be tempting to cheat this week by looking, but you can do it from memory 🙂

Leave your guesses in a comment.  Good luck!

No Googling or looking at other commenter answers.  Yes, we’re going by the honor system 🙂  Play every week or just one time, you are always welcome 🙂  It only takes once to be eligible for a prize. 

I’ll give you 3 titles and you tell me the author.  Hint-they are all living women.

  1. Here on Earth, Practical Magic, The Dovekeepers
  2. Earthly Possessions, Breathing Lessons, The Accidental Tourist
  3. The Lake House, The Forgotten Garden, The Secret Keeper
  4. Triptych, Pretty Girls, A Faint Cold Fear
  5. The Arrivals, The Admissions, So Far Away
  6. The Sugar Queen, Lost Lake, The Girl Who Chased the Moon
  7. Summer Sisters, In the Unlikely Event, Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret
  8. Sula, Beloved, The Bluest Eye
  9. Gods in Alabama, Backseat Saints, A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty
  10. The Informationist, The Mask, The Doll

Last week’s quiz here.  Leadeboard here.

March 17, 2016 Posted by | Quizzes | 18 Comments

Library Shelves Quiz

I had ten minutes at the library to come up with a quiz, so here you go.  Read the excerpt and guess which book it’s from.  Sounds easy, right?

Leave your guesses in a comment.  Good luck!

No Googling or looking at other commenter answers.  Yes, we’re going by the honor system 🙂  Play every week or just one time, you are always welcome 🙂  It only takes once to be eligible for a prize. 

1.libshelves1In the beginning it was not raining, but it is raining now—and steadily. It has been raining for so long that even though it has not always been raining the townspeople begin to feel as though this is the case—as though the weather has always been this way, the sky this gray, the puddles this profound. They feel, sometimes, as though the sun has never risen over their town at all, not ever; that its very existence is nothing but a rumor: a product of the same sort of fallacy and telescopic inaccuracy that had everyone thinking for so long that the world was flat or that the constellations were arranged in patterns.  Noah’s Wife

2.libshelves2Ephram Jennings had watched this for eleven years. Seen her black-bottomed foot kick a swirl of dust in its wake. Every day he wanted nothing more than to put each tired sole in his wide wooden tub, brush them both in warm soapy water, cream them with sweet oil and lanoline and then slip her feet, one by one into a pair of red-heel socks.

3.libshelves3In the ghetto there is a mansion, and it is my father’s house. It sits on seven acres, surrounded by growling row homes, frozen in an architectural class war. Its expansive lawn is utterly useless, wild like it smokes its own grass and dreams of being a jungle. The street around it is even worse: littered with the disposables no one could bother to put in a can, the cars on their last American owner, the living dead roaming slow and steady to nowhere. And this damn house, which killed my father, is as big as it is old, decaying to gray pulp yet somehow still standing there, with its phallic white pillars and the intention of eternity.

4.libshelves4Camaro Espinoza awoke before dawn. She had fled New York City after the killing of five men exactly 364 days before.

5.libshelves5Christian Wingmark moved his eyes from the dice he was holding to the fly on the watchmaker’s forehead. It was moving slowly, counterclockwise. Between them towered stacks of coins. More than 107 riksdaler. The only thing that mattered. When he threw the three dice, any count above nine would win him the whole pot. Only the gaming board could offer the prospect of a better life to a troubadour and rogue like him, who otherwise lived a vile and foul-smelling existence.

6.libshelves6Pale light crept into the black stanchions of pine, the ashen ground, the red center of dying coals. The camped men rose, silent, and broke the bread of old pillage between blackened fingers. One of their number looked at his own. Soot and powder, ash and dirt. Neat crescents accrued underneath the nails, trim and black, like he’d tried to dig himself out of a hole in the ground. Or into one.

7.libshelves7Hands in his pockets, Rebus turned to face Cafferty. They were old men now, similar builds, similar backgrounds. Sat together in a pub, the casual onlooker might mistake them for pals who’d known one another since school. But their history told a different story.

8.libshelves8Before Joe arrived at Misto’s cottage, when Dulcie and the old cat were alone together, he’d given her a.deep, steady look. “Life and death hang in balance, now, Dulcie. My life is ending. But you, alone, guard new lives.” How could he know that? She had looked at him, shocked, her green eyes wide.

9.libshelves9On December 7, 2059, Emilio Sandoz was released from the isolation ward of Salvator Mundi Hospital in the middle of the night and transported in a bread van to the Jesuit Residence at Number 5 Borgo Santo Spìrito, a few minutes’ walk across St. Peter’s Square from the Vatican. The next day, ignoring shouted questions and howls of journalistic outrage as he read, a Jesuit spokesman issued a short statement to the frustrated and angry media mob that had gathered outside Number 5’s massive front door.

10. libshelves10I know Holly’s da, a bit. Frank Mackey, Undercover. You go at him straight, he’ll dodge and come in sideways; you go at him sideways, he’ll charge head down. I said, ‘You came here because there’s something you want me to know. I’m not going to play guessing games I can’t win. If you’re not sure you want to tell me, then go away and have a think till you are. If you’re sure now, then spit it out.’ Holly approved of that. Almost smiled again; nodded instead. ‘There’s this board,’ she said. ‘In school. A noticeboard. It’s on the top floor, across from the art room. It’s called the Secret Place. If you’ve got a secret, like if you hate your parents or you like a guy or whatever, you can put it on a card and stick it up there.’


Last week’s Amish Quiz.

 

 

March 10, 2016 Posted by | Quizzes | | 20 Comments

Amish Trip and First Quiz of the new round

Last week Jason and I were able to sneak away to send the night in Amish country.  Holmes County, an hour and a half from here, has the third largest Amish population in America.  We stopped at a winery for a tastingIMG_6163  before arriving at our very own treehouse! IMG_6167 IMG_6175It was very cool. We called to get the lock code and never saw another soul while we were there, even though there were two other treehouses on the property. As I looked at the book that everyone signs when they stay there I found out that there was money hidden in all the nooks and crannies. Some people found over $14, we only found $1.89, lol.

IMG_6197This was a relatively common sight as was lots of bicyclists on the country highway.  We also made a 10 minute side trip to see the World’s Largest Cuckoo Clock IMG_6208which was sort of a bust since it wasn’t working due to the cold or rain BUT we happened upon this gem, IMG_6213a train hotel!  I can’t wait to take Gage back to stay 🙂  IMG_6173We did some furniture shopping and good eatin’ and came home to a sick boy 😦  He’s still battling an ear infection.

I still haven’t gotten the prizes mailed out for he last quiz round but they are sitting here on my desk, waiting for a trip to the post office. I was working on a quiz on the Amish in literature and movies, but think it will work best if we do an open ended quiz for this one.

List up to 5 novels or movies about the Amish.

Sounds easy, right?  I’ll be giving extra points if you guess the same as someone else.  The more people that answer the same thing, the more points you earn.  I’ve got my list of 5 right here, so let’s get started.  Leave your answers as a comment 🙂  I’ll periodically hide them so there’s no temptation to cheat 🙂

 

 

March 2, 2016 Posted by | Photos, Quizzes | 21 Comments

Nicholas Sparks on the Big Screen Quiz

Sorry this is so late! Last Quiz of the round 🙂

I’ve never read a Nicholas Sparks and have only seen one of the movies, but he has been successful in getting his novels made into films with great casts.

No Googling or looking at other commenter answers.  Yes, we’re going by the honor system 🙂  Play every week or just one time, you are always welcome 🙂  It only takes once to be eligible for a prize. 

Match the movie with the actors who played the main characters.

  1. Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling
  2. Mandy Moore and Shane West
  3. Kevin Costner and Robin Wright Penn
  4. Channing Tatum and Amanda Seyfried
  5. Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth
  6. Julianne Hough and Josh Duhamel
  7. Richard Gere and Diane Lane
  8. Zac Ephron and Taylor Schilling
  9. Michelle Monaghan and James Marsden
  10. Britt Robertson and Scott Eastwood
Movies- The Best of Me, Dear John,The Last Song, The Longest Ride, The Lucky One, Message in a Bottle, Nights in the Rodanthe, The Notebook, Safe Haven, A Walk to Remember

January 27, 2016 Posted by | Quizzes | | 11 Comments

Tis the Season Quiz – guessing closed

Tis the season of Christmas movies!  See if you can identify these movies, all featuring Christmas themes. I’ll give you extra points if you can ID the actors in the picture.

Leave your guesses in a comment.  Good luck!

No Googling or looking at other commenter answers.  Yes, we’re going by the honor system 🙂  Play every week or just one time, you are always welcome 🙂  It only takes once to be eligible for a prize. 

1.christmas1The Ref

2. Elfchristmas2

3.It’s a Wonderful Life

IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE, Larry Simms, Jimmy Hawkins, James Stewart, Donna Reed, Karolyn Grimes, 1946

4.christmas4Trading Places

5.christmas5Home Alone

6. Bad Santachristmas6

7. A Christmas Storychristmas7

8. Scroogedchristmas8

9. Miracle on 34th Streetchristmas910. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

G-228 Max (Russell Crowe) enjoys the company of his supposed long-lost cousin Christie Roberts (Abbie Cornish) in A GOOD YEAR.

G-228 Max (Russell Crowe) enjoys the company of his supposed long-lost cousin Christie Roberts (Abbie Cornish) in A GOOD YEAR.

December 2, 2015 Posted by | Quizzes | 12 Comments

A new look and a late Quiz! – guessing closed

I needed a pick-me-up last night so I took 45 minutes and completely changed the layout and look of the blog.  I needed it, but don’t know if I’ll keep it. What do you think?

Once  you figure out a few of the titles for this quiz I know it will make the rest easier (hint-they all share a common word)!  I’ll give you a few extra points if you know the author.  And, as you can see, Razzi was very interested in this quiz.

Leave your guesses in a comment.  Good luck!

No Googling or looking at other commenter answers.  Yes, we’re going by the honor system 🙂  Play every week or just one time, you are always welcome 🙂  It only takes once to be eligible for a prize. 

  1. The Wife’s Tale by Lori Lansen
  2. A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick
  3. The Wife, the Maid, and the Mistress by Ariel Lawhon
  4. The Italian Wife by Ann Hood
  5. The Pilot’s Wife by Anita Shreve
  6. The Traitor’s Wife by Allison Pataki
  7. The Governor’s Wife by Michael Harvey
  8. The Shoemaker’s Wife by Adriana Trigiani
  9. Wife 22 by Melanie Gideon
  10. The Aviator’s Wife by Melanie Benjamin
  11. The Actor and the Housewife by Shannon Hale
  12. The 19th Wife by David Ebershoff
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November 18, 2015 Posted by | Quizzes | | 16 Comments

Thankful Quiz – guessing closed

I saw Christmas decorations last weekend and I wasn’t happy about it.  I love Thanksgiving, the quieter holiday that’s all about being thankful for what I have instead of the later, flashier holiday that’s all about what I want.  So, at the library yesterday and picked up books from the New section that had something on the cover that I was thankful for.  So, they’re all relatively new, taken from both fiction and nonfiction.  Give me the title and author if you can.  You’ll also get an extra point if you can tell me what it is on the cover that I’m thankful for 🙂

Leave your guesses in a comment.  Good luck!  I noticed after I downloaded the picture that I have two 9’s and no 10.  Go figure!

No Googling or looking at other commenter answers.  Yes, we’re going by the honor system 🙂  Play every week or just one time, you are always welcome 🙂  It only takes once to be eligible for a prize. 

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  1. Why Grow Up by Susan Neiman – balloons/parties   2.The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George – mail!   3.The Darling Dahlias & the Eleven O’clock Lady by Susan Wittig Albert – my home  4.A Window Opens by Elisabeth Egan – reading/books   5.Never Kill A Friend by Martin Hill – stained glass/church  6.Come Hell or Highball by Maia Chance – a pretty adult beverage  7.An Improbable Friendship by Anthony David – trees  8.Re Jane by Patricia Park – trains, because they make my son happy  9.Who Do You Love by Jennifer Weiner – the loves of my life 9.Death Wears a Mask by Ashley Weaver – a chance to get dressed up and go out.

Answers to last week’s scary movie quiz here.

November 4, 2015 Posted by | Quizzes | 13 Comments

Aging Bestsellers Quiz – guessing closed

Since it’s the week of birthdays around here I thought I’d see how well you can estimate ages.  I perused the bestseller list this week and found these authors.  You need to tell me which one you think is OLDER.  Easy right?  Leave your guesses in a comment.  Good luck!

No Googling or looking at other commenter answers.  Yes, we’re going by the honor system 🙂  Play every week or just one time, you are always welcome 🙂  It only takes once to be eligible for a prize. 

1.Harper Lee Nov07.JPGHarper Lee 89 or Margaret Atwood 75Margaret Atwood Eden Mills Writers Festival 2006.jpg

2.James Patterson.jpgJames Patterson 68 or Jan Karon 78

3.Lee Child, Bouchercon 2010.jpgLee Child 60 or Kristin Hannah 55KristinHannah

4.Lauren groff bw.jpgLauren Groff 37 or Anthony Doerr 42Anthony Doerr - Author - Peerie Profile

5.Karin Slaughter 2012.jpgKarin Slaughter 44 or Jo Jo Moyes 46Jojo-Moyes

6.Jonathan Franzen 2011 Shankbone 2.JPGJonathan Franzen 56 or Jim Butcher 43where I'll be No panels scheduled at this time.

7.McCullough I.jpgDavid McCullough 82 or Clive Cussler 84Clive Cussler is back on the list with 'The Striker.' Check out his ...

8.SueGrafton.jpgSue Grafton 75 or Iris Johansen 77 Iris Johansen (born April 7, 1938) is an American author of crime ...

9.Catherine CoulterCatherine Coulter 72 or Danielle Steel 68Danielle Steel

10.BillOReillySept2010.jpgBill O’Reilly 66 or Nora Roberts 65Nora Roberts


Answers to last week’s Old School Quiz here.

October 14, 2015 Posted by | Quizzes | | 10 Comments