Currently // So, About This Here Blogging Thing…

I’m not going to say I’m done, just done for now. Life is crazy. I have school, the kids have school, then there is work, potentially soccer for the girl, the husband, and just life in general. I have no time. Something has to go. I have one more review due by the end of the month, then I’m out for awhile.

I’ll still be around on social media of course, helping Andi with the readathon, and the occasional post to my Tumblr. Follow me there and keep in touch!

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Thanks for reading you guys. I plan to be back by May. Don’t leave me! Love you!

 

It’s Monday! What are you reading?

 

What you see above is a reading slump trying to happen. I am “reading” The Queen of the Night and Swimming Lessons. I am enjoying them 

But the other two are calling my name. Loudly. 

You know what this means, right? 

No reading. Any advice for this poor reader

What are your plans for the reading week? Reading anything good this week?

It's Monday! What Are You Reading

 

Currently // Snowed In!

Good morning and happy Sunday!

As I was saying yesterday, we got a LOT of snow. AND, since we’re in the South and seeing a snowflake sends everyone into crazy shocked paralyzed ineptitude, we are now snowed in. Yesterday was fun in the snow, dogs in the house, terrorized cats, pulled pork chili, and lots of reading. Today will be much of the same. With roast chicken.

My cat Jasper, pictured above, has proven himself to be quite the guard kitty! Since the dogs were inside yesterday, because of the cold, all three cats were on high (growling) alert. And Jasper did not leave my side! He even got between me and one of the dogs yesterday! I don’t know if he was afraid one would hurt me or was just picking up on my general dislike of dogs (true story, sorry) but he protected me all day and night. So sweet.

What reading I did yesterday was of The Queen of the Night. In took about 100 pages, but I’m finally really into it. I forget what a long build up such epic historical novels can have. I’m looking forward to reading more of it today.

I hope you have a wonderful Sunday, whether you’re snowed in or not. Big plans?

Favorite Podcasts of 2016

As you may know, I love podcasts. I listen to a lot of podcasts. And I wanted to share a few of my favorite episodes from last year with you.

Undone – The Deacons 

This is a story about a forgotten part of civil-rights history that is still very much alive. In 1965, a group of black men in Louisiana called the Deacons for Defense and Justice took up arms against the Klan. Now a daughter of the Deacons wants to start a museum in their honor, but not everyone in town wants their story told.

Sidedoor – Confronting the Past

A 1921 riot destroyed almost 40 blocks of a wealthy black neighborhood in North Tulsa, Oklahoma. No one knows how many people died, no one was ever convicted and no one really talked about it until a decade ago. This is the story of the Tulsa Race Massacre and why it’s important that you know it.

Human Race – Tin Man

On this week’s episode of Human Race, we meet Randy Shepherd, one very unlikely runner. Randy is 42 now, and he never enjoyed running very much. He was more of a team sports guy. But beyond that, he had a rock-solid excuse for staying on the couch.

Back when he was in his 30s, Shepherd’s already compromised heart rapidly began to fail. There was no time to match him with a transplant donor. Certain that Shepherd could die at any moment, surgeons removed his heart and replaced it with a machine called a total artificial heart. Right out of the surgery, he faced difficult questions: What happens when you lose such an essential part of yourself? What can you physically do (and not do) when a machine powers your body?

His choice ultimately transformed his life.

Human Race – Sylvia

Sylvia Weiner is a prolific runner. She’s 85 years old, and she estimates that, during the course of her running career, she’s completed nearly 2,000 races—and she’s got an extensive collection of race medals and trophies to prove it. In 1975, Sylvia even claimed a very special spot in Boston Marathon history.\

But her most significant legacy has nothing to do with race accolades. When Sylvia runs, she shows others what’s possible. Her long-term dedication to the sport is impressive. “I have to stick to [running] for dear life,” she says. That’s because running is more than a passion; it’s a way of dealing with her traumatic past.

In this week’s episode, Sylvia shares her incredible story. Let’s just say, there’s a reason Sylvia’s longtime running buddy greets her with an enthusiastic, “Sylvia! She’s our hero!”

Heavyweight – Buzz

Buzz and Sheldon are brothers in their eighties who have been estranged for decades. Buzz visits Sheldon to see if there’s still a relationship left to salvage.

Someone Knows Something – Season One

In 1972, five-year-old Adrien McNaughton vanished while on a family fishing trip in Eastern Ontario. Despite an intensive search and investigation, no sign of Adrien was found, no clue as to where he might be. The case has hung over the area like a dark mass ever since, especially in the small town of Arnprior, where the McNaughton family lived.

In season one of the podcast Someone Knows Something, host David Ridgen, who grew up in Arnprior, goes back to investigate. Ridgen, a independent filmmaker with a proven record of solving cold cases, asks the questions that have been waiting for answers for over 40 years. He speaks to family, friends and other members of the community, discovering new leads and evidence, trying to put the ghosts of the past to rest.

Criminal – The Editor

In November of 1988, Robin Woods was sentenced to sixteen years in the notoriously harsh Maryland Correctional Institution. In prison, Robin found himself using a dictionary to work his way through a book for the first time in his life. It was a Mario Puzo novel. While many inmates become highly educated during their incarceration, Robin became such a voracious and careful reader he was able to locate a factual error in Merriam Webster’s Collegiate Encyclopedia. He wrote a letter to the encyclopedia’s editor, beginning an intricate friendship that changed the lives of both men.

Criminal – Money Tree

When Axton Betz-Hamilton was 11 years old, her parents’ identities were stolen, but at that time consumer protection services for identity theft victims were basically non-existent. So the family dealt with the consequences as best they could. But when Axton got to college, she realized that her identity had been stolen as well. Her credit score was in the lowest 2%. As she was working to restore her credit, she inadvertently discovered who had stolen the family’s identity. It would change everything forever.

* All blurbs are from the linked websites.

So there you have it. A few of my favorite episodes from 2016. Do you have any podcasts I need to check out?

2016 Best in Reading, a Reader’s Superlatives!

I am truly hard-pressed to come up with any kind of list, top ten or otherwise. I read 164 stories in 2016 and I loved so very many of them. So, instead, I thought I would try this:

2016 Best in Reading, a Reader’s Superlatives!

Most Likely to Make Me Split my Sides: My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Matthews

Most Likely to Make Me Do An Ugly Cry: The Summer That Melted Everything by Tiffany McDaniel (Honorable Mentions to The Mothers by Brit Bennett and Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson)

Most Likely to Teach a College Course All By Itself: The Secret Lives of Bats by Merlin Tuttle (Honorable Mention to The Soul of an Octopus by Sy Montgomery)

Most Likely to Make My Hair Stand on End: You Will Know Me by Megan Abbott (Honorable Mention to Printer’s Devil Court by Susan Hill)

Most Likely to Fly Across the Room and Hit the Wall, Straight from my Hand: No One Knows by JT Ellison (Honorable Mention to Thorn Jack by Katherine Harbour)

Most Likely to Turn the Pages All By Itself: Sleeping Giants by Sylvian Neuvel

Most Likely to Be The Best Ending to a Series, EVER: The Raven King by Stiefvater

Most Likely to Empower Me to Do…Something: Hammer Head: The Making of a Carpenter by Nina MacLaughlin (Honorable Mention to Running Like a Girl by Alexandra Heminsley

Most Likely to Leave One Confused, Over and Over Again: Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

Most Likely to Blind You With Science: Lab Girl by Hope Jahrens

Most Likely to Cut You: The Regional Office is Under Attack by Manuel Gonzalez (Honorable Mention to Bitch Planet Volume 1: Extraordinary Machine)

Most Likely to be Read Twice in the Same Year: The Fireman by Joe Hill (in print and audio)

Most Likely to Blow Up the Meth Lab: Sweetgirl by Travis Mulhauser

Most Tongue-Tie-able Titles: Fredrik Backman

Most Likely to Poison the Wine: The Dinner by Herman Koch

Most Likely to Invite the Devil to Town: Mr. Splitfoot by Samantha Hunt (Honorable Mention to The Summer That Melted Everything by Tiffany McDaniel natch)

Most Likely to be Prom Queen: The Fox and the Star by Coralie Bickford-Smith

Most Likely to Have All the Cool Parties: Bad Girls Throughout History: 100 Remarkable Women Who Changed the World by Ann Shen

So, there you have it. Some of my favorites, and a couple much less than, reads from 2016. Here’s hoping 2017 is just as adventurous!

It’s Monday! What are you reading?

I tried y’all, but I had three books to cross over into 2017. Which is completely fine, as I’m loving all three of them! I read over 100 pages of Swimming Lessons just yesterday. If I have my way, I’ll finish it on this, my last day of vacation. The Queen of the Night is completely enthralling, just the kind of book I love for this time of year. And, as my local production of Carmen is in two weeks and I’ll be slaving away laying out the program and printing 1000 of them, TIMELY too! Just Mercy is my audio-book and heavens. It is heartbreaking and inspiring. I hope I’m not a snot factory by the time I finish it cause I KNOW there will be tears.

What are your plans for the reading week? Reading anything good this week?

It's Monday! What Are You Reading

 

Monthly Wrap Up – December 2016

Good morning and Happy New Year! Thanks to a long holiday vacation and a vicious cold, I was able to do a LOT of reading at the end of December. A lot of GOOD reading. Here is how I finished out 2016:

151. Anne of Green Gables by LM Montgomery, read by Rachel McAdams
152. An Unnecessary Woman by Rabih Alamaddine
153. Giant Days, Issue 21 by John Allison
154. Equal Rites by Terry Pratchett, read by Celia Imrie
155. Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodsonm read by Jacqueline Woodson
156. Pull Me Under by Kelly Luce
157. I Hate Fairyland, Issue 1 by Skottie Young
158. The Summer That Melted Everything by Tiffany McDaniel
159. Morning Glories, Volume 6: Demerits by Nick Spencer
160. Morning Glories, Volume 7, Honors by Nick Spencer
161. Morning Glories, Volume 8, Rivals by Nick Spencer
162. Morning Glories, Volume 9, Assembly by Nick Spencer
163. My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows
164. Bad Girls Throughout History: 100 Remarkable Women Who Changed the World by Ann Shen

I am going to have such a hard time picking any favorites for 2016; I’m not even sure I can pick a favorite for just December! I completely adored Brown Girl Dreaming. The Summer that Melted Everything left me feeling hot, a little bit reckless, and a whole lot amazed. And My Lady Jane completely tickled my funny bone and charmed my socks off. Then, there was Pull Me Under, which was just spellbinding. I want to read about ALL the amazing ladies in Bad Girls Throughout History, and I can’t believe I’m all caught up on Morning Glories! Equal Rites left me missing Terry Pratchett all over again. He was just so fantastic.

Here is to a great reading year and a fantastic month. I hope January (and the rest of the year) is just as great!

Reading in 2017

Bout of Books 18I am so excited to be starting off the new year reading with everyone participating in Bout of Books 18! I’m ending 2016 with a bang (more on that later) and want to start 2017 with one as well. I don’t have any real goals, just to read read read! Here are a few of the books I’d like to get through though:

Valiant Gentlemen by Sabrina Murray
Swimming Lessons by Claire Fuller
The Man Who Rained by Ali Shaw

I don’t plan to do many reading challenges this year, but this one fits in perfectly with my life, so why not? We signed the papers on our house just this week, so we’ll be moving as soon as it’s built – as soon as 4 months from now! I look around now and I feel a tiny bit of panic at how many books I’m going to have to move. That is where Andi’s Read My Own Damn Books Challenge comes in! My plan is simple; try to get through as many books as I can before we move – either read it or give it away – and winnow down the amount I’ll have to move. I’ll continue on after the move, of course, just to get some of my books read. I mean, I bought them. I should read them. Right?

1st quarter hopefuls are:

How to Build a Girl by Caitlin Moran
Wonder Women by Sam Maggs
The Vienna Melody by Ernst
Right Ho, Jeeves by PG Wodehouse
The Good Lord Bird by James McBride

And many, MANY, more.

See you in 2017! Happy New Year!