• Books

    Two Quick Reads (Nope, Three) to Start 2019

    Amulet: The Stonekeeper (#1) by Kazu Kibuishi is a book I picked up for Greyson on Monika’s recommendation. While G. hasn’t picked it up yet, I dove in on New Year’s Day and ate it right up. It packs a sad, sad punch with two children and their mother losing the kids’ father to a car crash in the opening pages. Cut to two years later, and they move into the mother’s mysterious family home, and the story is off and running with plenty of fantasy, sci-fi, and action. I know Greyson will love this when he finally picks it up, and I can’t wait to read the second installment.…

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    Favorite Books of 2018! #amonthoffaves

    Welcome to the final day of 2018’s #amonthoffaves! Today we’re looking over our favorite books of the year. While I only read 60 books in 2018, there were some big winners that will stick with me for a long, long time. Super Favoritest Books of the Year Sawkill Girls by Claire Legrand is the feminist badassery I’ve been looking for all year long. Three young girls discover they have primordial powers to destroy evil and they will do it their way. Inspired by Rachel Held Evans is a book I’ve mentioned a gazillion times, so let’s make it a gazillion and one. If you’re a progressive Christian or interested in…

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    Sunday Books and Stuff #3

    Happy 4am Sunday! Yep, I’m awake early…again. This is becoming a normal thing, which I suppose is fine since my schedule shifts soon and I’ll be busier, earlier on most days. Reading |I have two books up my sleeve right now. I’ve made a return to Dread Nation, by Justina Ireland. I started it months ago on audio, and the audiobook was WONDERFUL, but I was still wrestling with a slump. I decided to start over completely, and I’m reading it on my Kindle this time. I’m loving it as much as I did the first time. I’m also reading through Whatever Happened to Interracial Love? by Kathleen Collins. It’s been ages since I finished a short story collection, but I think this collection is just the…

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    This is How I Blogged and Read #amonthoffaves

    #AMonthofFaves This Is How We Read and Blogged This Year – eg. Number of books read so far, genre you read the most from, picture of favorite (or most often used) reading location, most read author, % eBooks, hardcovers, paperbacks and/or audiobooks, hint at what your favorite read of the year is (let us guess), types of books you wish you read more of, month you read the most and least). Plus tell us how you blogged – most popular blog posts, you faves, did you try anything new on your blog this year, did you make blogging goals – how did you do, essential programs, apps, plugins, websites and / or your…

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    Best Covers of the Year! #amonthoffaves

    Favorite Book Covers From Our Reads This Year #AMonthofFaves – what did you like about each one?  Thank you, Kim, Tanya, and Tamara for co-hosting #AMonthofFaves with me! Inspired by Rachel Held Evans is everything I love in a cover. I adore the black/white contrast, the illustrative style, and the fantastic typography. You Are Free: Be Who You Already Are by Rebekah Lyons is another cover that wins big in the typography department. Doesn’t this look like something fabulous you’d print for your wall? Be Prepared by Vera Brosgol is one of my favorite comics of the year, and in large part I owe that to the art style. It’s so…

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    Winter Reading! #amonthoffaves

    #AMonthofFaves Winter Reading – Your fave reads from last Winter, and /or seasonal reads you love, and 5 books on this year’s winter reading list. Be sure to check out Tamara, Tanya Patrice, and Kim, my fearless co-hosts, as well as the other folks taking part in #AMonthofFaves.  Honestly, I wasn’t totally sure which direction to take today’s prompt. My reading is SO free range lately, it’s hard to think about reading in terms of plans, so what better way than a mish-mash?  Fun Seasonal Books I’ve Read (or Used) and Can Recommend:  I recently picked up Johanna Christmas: A Festive Coloring Book for myself because I was feeling those Christmas…

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    A Day (Err,Weekend) in the Life #AMonthofFaves

      A Day (or Weekend) in the Life. What did you do on Saturday, December 8th … or the weekend – December 8-9. Let’s take a peak into each others’ lives as as we chronicle what we all did on that day (or during the weekend).  Thanks for joining me,  Tamara, Tanya Patrice, and Kim for this event!     Saturday 6:20 – How is it that I’m awake before the alarm every day? Even on Saturday! 6:30 – Get the coffee started. 6:45 – Get hubs and the boy up and out of bed.  7:45 – Hubs and kiddo are out the door. Hubs has a training, and kiddo is…

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    Book Juggling: Or Reading Little Bits of This and That for Eternity

    Per usual, I am reading multiple books for a gazillion years each. This doesn’t really bother me as much as it did in years past. I used to be strictly a one-book-at-a-time reader, there was a goal to reach, and I was going to get there come hell or high water. Maybe I’ve mellowed? Maybe it’s a side effect of having SO many hobbies. I’m much more chill about my reading these days. These are the books it’s going to take me (potentially) forever to get through because I’m a dip-in-and-outer. You Are Free: Be Who You Already Are by Rebekah Lyons – I’d say I’ve spent a significant amount…

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    Sunday Books and Stuff #2

    Isn’t it funny and terrifying how a whole week can pass and you just wake up at 4:30am on a Sunday morning and realize that? Oh, wait…I just used a calculator to double-check myself, because it IS 4:30 in the morning, and the first cup of coffee hasn’t gone down yet, and IT’S BEEN 13 DAYS! How has it been 13 days? Oh right… Essays to grade Trainings to do More essays to grade House to clean Meals to cook Other fun stuff to do (see SIMS4, crochet) Life, y’all. Wow. Was Reading | Sadly, this has not been a great reading month so far. I’m taking comfort in the…

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    Sunday Books and Stuff

    Happy Sunday, folks! It’s a lazy one here. My husband is out running errands, but Greyson and I had coffee with my mom (coffee for us, cartoons for him). There’s some crochet in my near, near future, and we may go out for some archery this afternoon. That’s about it! Now, on to the books and stuff! Reading | Don’t tell, but I still have a few pages of Chilling Adventures of Sabrina to finish up. I’m also in the middle of Jen Hatmaker’s For the Love: Fighting for Grace in a World of Impossible Standards for #nonficnov. Listening | All podcasts all the time. Since Spooked! ended for the season,…