November Reading Wrap-up

November Reading Wrap-up

I'm a week late with this post because I wanted to share my 2017 Reading Challenge last week. Be sure to check that out and consider joining. Now, let's look back at November. My goal: "For November, I’m going to plan on 4 books, including a challenge book and a book...

Announcing the RWC 2017 Reading Challenge

Announcing the RWC 2017 Reading Challenge

Tired of reading the same old stuff? Find most reading challenges to be too demanding? I participated in a popular reading challenge last year with some friends and the number of books, coupled with bizarre categories, left many of us feeling as if we had to read...

October Reading Wrap-Up

October Reading Wrap-Up

Book time! Last month's goal: "I'll set a goal of 4 books and 2 more challenge categories." What happened? (Link to my Goodreads 2016 shelf where you can find individual reviews that may or may not differ from what is posted here.) The Girl Before - Rena Olsen - 4* -...

September Reading Wrap-up

September Reading Wrap-up

It's that time again! Last month's goal: "September will likely slow down with some travel and the return of class. I'll go with a timid goal of 4 books and try to hit at least two more reading challenge categories." Reality? (Link to my Goodreads 2016 shelf where you...

August Reading Wrap-up

August Reading Wrap-up

I'm determined to finish this post early this month. First, we'll review last month's goal: "My goal for August is to finish eight books and 2000 pages, as well as cross off a couple of difficult categories on the reading challenge..." Let's see what happened. (Link...

July Reading Wrap-Up

July Reading Wrap-Up

Oh my, this post is late. First, we'll review last month's goal: "Let's shoot for 3 books, 1000 words? I'm trying to be more realistic this time around." That was because I hadn't picked up any books as of the 5th, we had just moved, I had finals to complete, and I...

June Reading Wrap-Up

June Reading Wrap-Up

Remember last month's post, when I said: "In June, I'd like to read over 2000 pages and finish two VSI books, including the one on my currently-reading shelf. I'd also like to finish the short story book I started reading months ago." Hahahahaha! I was such a funny,...

May Reading Wrap-Up

May was a very in-between month with 6 books. Considering the number of things going on, including the beginning of two graduate courses, I'd say that's not too bad. Let's take a look: The Graveyard Book - Neil Gaiman  - 4* - (May 2) (This IS the Goodreads review) I...

Writing: How I’ve Missed It!

Writing: How I’ve Missed It!

I haven't talked much about writing lately. In fact, I didn't even bother with a writing wrap-up or forecast to start 2016. However, writing has been on my mind a lot recently, and I've even made some progress. When we moved to Alexandria last November, I started...

April Reading Wrap-Up

April Reading Wrap-Up

During March, I read 10 books. During April, only 4. What happened? I'm not really sure. (A visiting friend, travel, a 9-day migraine... those may have contributed to my low book count.) Let's review: When We Were Alive - C.J. Fisher  - 3.75* - (Apr. 6): (Goodreads...

March Reading Wrap-Up

March Reading Wrap-Up

Now THIS is how we reach some book goals. March was a 10-book month. We'll get right to it. A Little Life - Hanya Yanagihara  - 4* - (Mar. 2): (Goodreads review) This was a tough read. Well-written, great depth to the characters and relationships, but it tackled a lot...

February Reading Wrap-Up

February Reading Wrap-Up

February... Even in a Leap Year, this will be a short post. Bring on the books! My Grandmother Asked Me To Tell You She's Sorry - Fredrik Backman  - 3* - (Feb. 4): (Goodreads review) I wanted to love this based on reviews from friends. It's a read for bookclub (though...

January Reading Wrap-Up

January Reading Wrap-Up

Time for a look at what I read in January. It could've been a better start, but it was a good start considering how busy the month became overall. Programming note: Remember how I said I would have my Reading Year in Review. then my Writing Year in Review, followed by...

December Reading Wrap-Up

December Reading Wrap-Up

December picked up considerably from prior months, which I really enjoyed. It was nice to end a big reading year on an "up" month. Programming note: Come back next week for my Reading Year in Review. The following week, I plan to have my Writing Year in Review,...

September/October/November Reading Wrap-up

September/October/November Reading Wrap-up

Umm, yes, that's right. My monthly reading wrap-up turned into a quarterly wrap-up. Does that mean it will be 30+ books long? No, not even close. Goal of 10 books failed miserably each month. In fact, I haven't even read 10 books total in that time. Why is that? Life...

August Reading Wrap-up

August Reading Wrap-up

Note: I wrote this around Sept. 8th but never published it. Oops. And now it's almost time for my September wrap-up.  Goal of 10 books achieved! Though I think I'm going to shorten my reviews here and start sending you over to my Goodreads page if you want to read my...

Pinterest for Writing

Pinterest for Writing

Like everyone else, I use Pinterest for collecting recipes, decorating ideas, craft projects and other ambitious Martha Stewart-y ideals I'll never live up to in this lifetime. But I've also been using it to brainstorm and collect story ideas. Note: My "typical"...

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