Author Archives: Jo Ann Schneider

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November Book Update

Hey all,

I made the goal to read 24 books this year. I’ve already reached that and then some!

Honestly, between a week-long writing conference, Thanksgiving, and coming down with Covid AND pneumonia I feel pretty good about getting through three books this month!

I’m way ahead of my goal and enjoying the stories.

Here’s the list of books I either read or listened to in November!

Sweet/Clean Romance
A super cute friends to lovers romance! Awesome characters in this one.
Adult Sci-Fi
A survival story with a good blend of characters and some cool science.
Closed Door Romance
A fun look into what it means to be an Idol in Korea. With romance, of course!

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Slumberland Movie Review

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A young girl discovers a secret map to the dreamworld of Slumberland, and with the help of an eccentric outlaw, she traverses dreams and flees nightmares, with the hope that she will be able to see her late father again.

Why did I come to this movie again?

The hubby and I put this on our watch list a few weeks ago. Since we we’re both down with the flu we decided to put it on with the expectation that we could turn it off if it was terrible.

4 of 5


The characters were…fine. The girl who played Nemo did an excellent job. Jason Momoa only had so much to work with and did a decent job.

In general I’d say the character suffered from being a little flat. Which seems strange to say considering Flip is supposed to be this wild and crazy dream world guy. The girl, Nemo, stole the show.

4 of 5

Did I care what happened?

It didn’t take me long to figure out how the entire movie was going to play out, so I kind of cared what happened, but I’d already guessed it. Sometimes that isn’t a problem, because the journey the film takes you on is awesome. This one was more like…okay.

3 of 5

Plot Holes

I’m still not sure how the kids got into the dreamland to begin with, so that was confusing. Also, if her uncle was trapped in dreamland (spoiler) then how was he in the normal world? I had many questions that remained unanswered.

3 of 5

How many times did I yawn?

If anything this movie suffered from whiplash. I didn’t get a chance to yawn, because I was being yanked all over the place.

3 of 5

Cool Factor

One thing this film got right was the cinematography. It was beautiful.

4 of 5

The End

I guessed it well beforehand, but it was still good. Like I said, Nemo stole the show.

4 of 5

Overall Enjoyment

This is billed as a kid’s film, but it’s not, which is where I think it fell a little flat. The writers weren’t sure which audience they should focus on and the show suffers because of it. I’m not sad we took the time to watch it, but I wouldn’t watch it again.

3 of 5

Total: 28

That’s a Green Belt!

White Belt: 1-10
Yellow Belt: 11-19
Purple Belt: 20-25
Green Belt: 26-30
Brown Belt: 31-35
Black Belt: 36-40

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Old Stuff

My sisters and I are going through some of my parent’s stuff, and we keep finding all sorts of gems.

For instance, I knew my mom’s mom was an elementary teacher, but by the time I was born she had Parkinson’s disease and I never got the chance to get to know the real her.

Apparently, she had a sense of humor. Honestly, I didn’t know any of my grandparents had a sense of humor, so maybe I got mine from this grandma.

She made these silly puns for her classroom. My dad was never into dad jokes, so I guess I’m a victim of grandma jokes? Here are a few of them.

Quack, quack!
Is this one eye-roll worthy?

We’ve also found a few things that my great-grandmother crocheted.

I think we have pictures of someone wearing this, but I’m not sure.
This afghan is made of wool. So itchy! And heavy.

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October Book Update

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Hey all,

I made the goal to read 24 books this year. I’ve already reached that and then some!

October was a three book month. It should have been more, but I ended up down with a severe strain in my hip flexor which made everything hurt, including sitting and lying down.

Still, I’m ahead of my goal and enjoying the stories.

Here’s the list of books I either read or listened to in September!

YA Sci-Fi
A fun romp with great world building. Spaceships, nanotech that’s basically magic, and dragons. What isn’t there to like?
Clean Romance
I’m always down for a Price and Prejudice retelling, and this one was adorable.


Adult Sci-Fi
I listened to this one. It’s kind of like women’s fiction in space. The journey is less important than the characters and the relationships.

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