"If there's a book you really want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it." ~Toni Morrison

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Weekly Wrap-up (June 26, 2016)


Blog Posts
Teaser Tuesday

What I'm Reading Wednesday #17

Stuck in my Head:  The Cure and Caravan Palace

Personal Stuff
I am back to blogging this week and posted all of my scheduled posts.  I have been sick with a cold, but I am on summer break, so I have lots of time to rest, drink tea and recuperate.  Hopefully next week I will be recovered.

I also started swimming this week.  It is the only exercise currently recommended by my doctor.  I am so glad to be getting some exercise again, although my cold did prevent me from going to the pool one day this week.

What I read
I am reading Frida's BedI by Slavenka Drakulic.  So far I am not super impressed, but maybe it will get better as I read.


Interesting Stuff I Found on the Internet
I haven't really had time for the internet this week and am behind on all my blog-reading.  Will catch up soon. (Hmmm, I've been saying this for a while.  It really is time to start catching up.)


ROW80 Goals
Round 2 of ROW80 has ended, so this is my final check-in on these goals.  I will use my progress to determine next round's goals.

1.  Read 9 books (5/9)
Ok, so I made it a little over half way to this goal.  Not bad.  I will try again next round.

2.  Complete the A to Z Challenge on my two blogs/Continue with my blogging schedule
I posted all my blog posts this week.  I think this is the only week of this round that I actually managed it.  I will keep working on this goal.
The A to Z Challenge once again beat me.  I completed the alphabet on my craft blog, although it was late.  I did not complete the alphabet on this blog.  I am not sure if I will try this challenge again.

3.  Edit 5 chapters of ZF
I have not started yet.  Ha!  This was one of the most important goals this round, and I didn't even start.  I will try again next round.  Now that I have some time on my hands, it might actually happen.

4.  Write daily
This goal was on again, off again for me.  Some weeks I wrote, some I didn't write at all.  This is another of my important goals.  I am trying to create the habit of daily writing.  I will try again next round.

5.  Continue my Creative Every Day challenge
I did really well with this goal.  I did not always post a picture on IG, but I did something creative every day.



How did your week go?  How did round 2 of ROW80 go?
Are you participating in the next round?

Friday, June 24, 2016

Stuck in my Head: The Cure and Caravan Palace

I love going to concerts!  Live music, the energy, a band I love....it's amazing.  In May I got to see The Cure.  It was incredible to see them perform live but I have to say I was a little disappointed that they did not play more of their popular songs during their set.  The playlist was kind of a downer.  We left during the second encore (I heard later that they ended up playing 4 encores) because the music we had been excited to hear just wasn't being played.  I did capture these two videos, though.  I just wish they had played more of these songs :(


In June, I got to see one of my favorite bands, Caravan Palace.  They play music that is classified as electro-swing.  I only got video of their encore and bow because I was so consumed by the show.  They are so energetic!  I love watching them perform!

Hope you enjoy the videos.
What's stuck in your head recently?

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

2016 What I'm Reading Wednesday #17 (June 22)

Last week I was trying to decide which of two books to read.  I chose The Butterfly Garden by Dot Hutchison and read it in one day.  Now I am reading Frida's Bed by Slavenka Drakulic.


Once again my monthly goal is to read 3 books.  I didn't do it last month, but I am now officially on summer break and should have lots of time to read :)

2016 Goal: 32 books
Books Read = 16/32
Books from TBR list: 2
Series completed: 1
2016 Pinterest Board

January
1.  Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
2.  Foreign Gods, Inc by Okey Ndibe
3.  Dear Mister Essay Writer Guy by Dinty W. Moore
4.  Thunder and Lightning by Natalie Goldberg

February
1.  The Double Life of Fidel Castro
2.  Peeps by Scott Westerfeld (Started a new series)
3.  Keeping Faith by Jodi Picoult (TBR)
4.  The Last Days by Scott Westerfeld (Completed a series!) 

March
1.  The Magician by Michael Scott (Book 2 of a series)
2.  The Art of Memoir by Mary Karr
3.  Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld

April
1.  The Art of X-Ray Reading
1.  Doodle Art Handbook by Lana Karr
2.  Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

May
1.  Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (TBR)

June
1.  The Interior Circuit by Francisco Goldman
2.  The Butterfly Garden by Dot Hutchison



What are you reading this week?  How are your reading goals going?

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Teaser Tuesday (June 21, 2016)

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Books and a Beat. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Here is my teaser:
"What the Maestro would not or could not verbalize, he expressed, as she did, in his art, in his frescoes.  Although the scenes he painted were not intimate, she knew how to read them.  For instance, she knew from the way he positioned a woman in his painting and certain other details--how he painted the eyes, for example--which of his models had been his mistress."
Frida's Bed by Slavenka Drakulic, p.88

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

2016 What I'm Reading Wednesday #16 (June 15)

I am trying to decided what book to read next.  I have been gathering books for the reading challenge that I am starting on July 1st. and have two options that I can start before the challenge.  Which should I read?  The Butterfly Garden by Dot Hustchison or Frida's Bed by Slavenka Drakulic?


Once again my monthly goal is to read 3 books.  I didn't do it last month, but I am now officially on summer break and should have lots of time to read :)

2016 Goal: 32 books
Books Read = 15/32
Books from TBR list: 2
Series completed: 1
2016 Pinterest Board

January
1.  Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
2.  Foreign Gods, Inc by Okey Ndibe
3.  Dear Mister Essay Writer Guy by Dinty W. Moore
4.  Thunder and Lightning by Natalie Goldberg

February
1.  The Double Life of Fidel Castro
2.  Peeps by Scott Westerfeld (Started a new series)
3.  Keeping Faith by Jodi Picoult (TBR)
4.  The Last Days by Scott Westerfeld (Completed a series!) 

March
1.  The Magician by Michael Scott (Book 2 of a series)
2.  The Art of Memoir by Mary Karr
3.  Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld

April
1.  The Art of X-Ray Reading
1.  Doodle Art Handbook by Lana Karr
2.  Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

May
1.  Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (TBR)

June
1.  The Interior Circuit by Francisco Goldman



What are you reading this week?  How are your reading goals going?

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

2016 What I'm Reading Wednesday #15 (June 8)

I am still reading The Interior Circuit by Francisco Goldman.  I know, boring.  I am still really enjoying the book.  It's just a busy time of year for me, and I don't get a lot of reading time right now.  However, all of that is about to change really soon, so when I discovered a new reading challenge, I had to sign up!

The Book Challenge by Erin is a Facebook group with a unique reading challenge.  The challenge starts on July 1st and ends October 31st.  Different categories are awarded different point values.  Here are my choices for each category:

• 5 points: Freebie: Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness
• 10 points: Book that starts with the letter “R”.  Room by Emma Donoghue
• 10 points: Book with five words in the title.  Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis
• 15 points: Book that has a (mostly) blue cover.  Armada by Ernest Cline
• 20 points: Book with twins as characters.  The Sorceress by Michael Scott
• 20 points: Book made into a movie.  Wild by Cheryl Strayed• 25 points: Book set in a country you have always wanted to visit.  The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zaf√≥n
• 30 points: Historical fiction book. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
• 30 points: Music related book. The Haters by Jesse Andrews
• 35 points: Book originally published over 100 years ago. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte


Once again my monthly goal is to read 3 books.  I didn't do it last month, but soon I will be on summer break and should have lots of time to read :)

2016 Goal: 32 books
Books Read = 14/32
Books from TBR list: 2
Series completed: 1
2016 Pinterest Board

January
1.  Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
2.  Foreign Gods, Inc by Okey Ndibe
3.  Dear Mister Essay Writer Guy by Dinty W. Moore
4.  Thunder and Lightning by Natalie Goldberg

February
1.  The Double Life of Fidel Castro
2.  Peeps by Scott Westerfeld (Started a new series)
3.  Keeping Faith by Jodi Picoult (TBR)
4.  The Last Days by Scott Westerfeld (Completed a series!) 

March
1.  The Magician by Michael Scott (Book 2 of a series)
2.  The Art of Memoir by Mary Karr
3.  Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld

April
1.  The Art of X-Ray Reading
1.  Doodle Art Handbook by Lana Karr
2.  Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

May
1.  Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (TBR)



What are you reading this week?  How are your reading goals going?

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Ten Reasons I Love my Kindle


Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish.


The theme at The Broke and the Bookish this week is the Top Ten Reasons I love X.  I thought of all things reading that I love and quickly realized that one on the things I love most is my Kindle!  So without further ado, here are ten reasons that I love my Kindle.

I like reading all types of books, and the amazing thing about reading them on my Kindle is (1)my book always fits in my purse.  I could be reading a hardcover copy of George RR Martin's Song of Ice and Fire series, it will still fit in my purse.  In fact, (2)when I am carrying my Kindle, I have a whole library in my purse.  Can you believe that?  It still amazes me, every day.

While I am reading, the Kindle has many advantages.  I really love that (3)I can get instant definitions if I don't understand, or want more information about, a word.  I am fascinated by words.  I also love (4)highlighting my favorite quotes and phrases in a book.  My Kindle allows me to do this without damaging the book in any way.  Also, I can (5)bookmark a page without ever damaging the book or having to remember where the heck I put my bookmark.  I am forever losing bookmarks!

Another thing I love about my Kindle is the great deals I can get on books.  First, (6)I love my e-library!!  I can choose from a wide selection of books.  I can have multiple books on hold and checked out at the same time.  And the best part of all, they automatically take the books back at the end of the lending period, so (7)no more late fees!  Add to that (8)the deals I get through Amazon Prime.  I get to borrow one book each month and with Kindle First, I now get to purchase a free book each month before it is released.  

When I am out in public, the Kindle allows me some anonymity because (9)nobody knows what I am reading!  So I can read something embarrassing without anyone knowing ;)

Of course the last reason I love my Kindle has nothing to do with reading.  I really do love (10)the apps I can get on my Kindle.  They keep me occupied between reads.

By the way, I am not affiliated with Amazon.  I just really love my Kindle :)


What do you really love about reading?
Do you have a Kindle or other e-reader?  Do you love it?