Tuesday, April 29, 2014

A to Z....X, Y, and Z

Rats, I was so close to completing the A to Z, but you'll have to settle for a combined X, Y, Z because I went out of town this past weekend and got behind.

X is for Xanadu. "Daughter of Xanadu" by Dori Jones Yang

Athletic and strong willed, Princess Emmajin's determined to do what no woman has done before: become a warrior in the army of her grandfather, the Great Khan Khubilai. In the Mongol world the only way to achieve respect is to show bravery and win glory on the battlefield. The last thing she wants is the distraction of the foreigner Marco Polo, who challenges her beliefs in the gardens of Xanadu. Marco has no skills in the "manly arts" of the Mongols: horse racing, archery, and wrestling. Still, he charms the Khan with his wit and story-telling. Emmajin sees a different Marco as they travel across 13th-century China, hunting 'dragons' and fighting elephant-back warriors. Now she faces a different battle as she struggles with her attraction towards Marco and her incredible goal of winning fame as a soldier.

Y is for Year. "Year Zero" by Jeff Long
In Jerusalem, an American archaeologist working on Project Year Zero -- the search for the historical Jesus -- crosses the line between science and theft when he helps plunder an old Roman landfill beneath the crucifixion grounds known as Golgotha. Nathan Lee Swift's crime will have devastating consequences. When an ancient relic is opened on the black market, a two-thousand-year-old plague is unleashed -- and the dying begins. 

As the pestilence threatens to wipe out humanity, he finds a chance for redemption -- by finding the cure. Skirting the edges of civilization, Nathan Lee sets out to find his younger daughter and travels to Los Alamos, where a desperate tactic has been adopted: the use of human lab rats cloned from Project Year Zero remains. Now Nathan Lee will come face-to-face with one special cloned human who may hold the key to salvation -- in more ways than one. Patient Zero claims to remember who he is....
And his name is Jesus Christ.

Z is for Zentangle. "Joy of Zentangle" by Suzanne McNeill

Zentangle(R) is an easy-to-learn method of pattern drawing that reduces stress while promoting creativity. This book will introduce readers to the basic theory of Zentangle and provide instructions for drawing over 100 tangle patterns from such Certified Zentangle Teachers as Suzanne McNeill, Sandy Steen Bartholomew, and Marie Browning. This beautiful book is filled with examples of Zentangle drawings as well as other art projects and compelling stories from those who have improved their well-being through Zentangle.

Thanks for visiting me during the challenge and take care!


  1. I've never heard of zentangle before, so thanks for introducing it! I've asked our library to order a copy of the book, and I expect I'll be checking it out before long!

    1. Susan, Awesome! I know I would love it....creativity, reduce stress...what's not to love, right?!

  2. You completed all your letters in the month of April, so it seems to me you finished the challenge successfully. Congrats!

    The first two books sound very interesting. I've got them on my to read list. Thanks.
    The View from the Top of the Ladder

    1. Su-sieee!, Great! I did finish, but by the skin of my teeth. This year was way harder for me. Thanks for stopping by!


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