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June Updates and May Reflections

View of the Colorado River and Austin, Texas, where I went this month for work.

View of the Colorado River and Austin, Texas, where I went this month for work.

Hello my lovely readers!

I hope you enjoyed the variety of genres reviewed here in May.

The book of the month for June will be:

A Queer and Pleasant Danger: The True Story of a Nice Jewish Boy Who Joins the Church of Scientology and Leaves Twelve Years Later to Become the Lovely Lady She is Today by Kate Bornstein
First reviewed in June 2013
“I strongly recommend this book to everyone, really, but especially anyone with an interest in GLBTQ history/theory/studies or an interest in the first few decades of Scientology.”

How was my reading, reviewing, and writing this month?

May books read: 5 (2 nonfiction, 3 fantasy)

May reviews: 5

Other May posts: 1 response to current events

Most popular post in May written in May: On Josh and Anna Duggar and the Fundamentalist Christian Culture of Forgiving Molesters and Abusers

Most popular post in May written at any time: Book Review: The Time Machine by H. G. Wells (Bottom of TBR Pile Challenge)

May writing: This was a rough writing month for me.  It was an incredibly busy month, including a business trip that meant I wound up working twelve days in a row.  I also this month really felt the stress of planning my wedding more so than other months.  So that meant a lot of evenings (when I usually write) I was too stressed out to get into the zone.  I hope that this month I can handle my stress better so I can get back into the groove.  I would like to finish the first draft of my current project by the end of June.

Coming up in June: I have three fantasy reads for Once Upon a Time IX to post reviews for.  I also have a review of a nonfiction book I got through NetGalley to post.  I also participated in the book blogger interview swap for Juneterviews over on Book Bloggers International, so be keeping an eye out for a link to that.

Happy June and happy reading!

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May Updates and April Reflections

This daddy goose wasn't too pleased with us for walking so close to his lady and their nest.

This daddy goose wasn’t too pleased with us for walking so close to his lady and their nest.

Hello my lovely readers!

I don’t have any big blog updates this month, but I am happy to report that featuring a book of the month has been going well.  It’s been successfully generating new attention for books I reviewed years ago.  Yay!

The book of the month for May will be:

A Long Way Down by Nick Hornby
First reviewed in May 2012
“Highly recommended to the depressed and the sympathetic.  Both will be left feeling lighter and less alone.”

How was my reading, reviewing, and writing this month?

April books read: 6 (2 urban fantasy, 2 scifi, 1 erotica, 1 fantasy)

April reviews: 3

Other April posts: 1 giveaway and 1 giveaway winner announcement

Most popular post in April written in April: Book Review: Set Adrift by D. S. Kenn (Series, #1)

Most popular post in April written at any time: Book Review: Coming of Age in Mississippi by Anne Moody (The Real Help Reading Project)

April writing: I finally started using the Scrivener software I purchased last November.  I’m finding being able to set session word count goals and see a progress bar to be really helping my progress forward.  I’ve also started participating in the 1linewed hashtag on my twitter account.  This hashtag sets different rules every Wednesday for authors to share one line from their work (usually their work in progress).  I’ve been immensely enjoying getting bite-sized feedback on my writing on a weekly basis.  Definitely check it out if you are curious about my current work in progress.

Coming up in May: I have two fantasy reads for Once Upon a Time IX to post reviews for.  I also have a review of an erotica ARC I received back before I started limiting myself to only accepting review copies once a year.  Plus I’ll be reviewing an audiobook.  I also bought a Kindle Paperwhite, and I plan to do a post comparing it to my old Kindle Keyboard.

Happy May and happy reading!

Friday Fun! (Teaching, Fitness, Blog Tour)

July 13, 2012 2 comments

Hello my lovely readers!

I hope you all had great weeks. Mine has been incredibly busy but in a fun way.  The teaching sessions at work have been increasing since medical schools and medicine in general run on a calendar that starts in June (except for the first year students who start in August).  I was warned things would get busier, but I must admit it still has been a bit of a shock for me!  But I’m a person who enjoys being busy, so I’m loving it.

In fitness news, I had plateaued for a few months. I took a few tips from other fitness folks to increase intensity across the board.  Well, this week I decided to check my measurements (I don’t weigh myself), and in the last 1.5 months I’ve lost half an inch (1.27 centimeters) on my waist! Also an inch (2.54 centimeters) on my chest and hips, but the waist is the important factor!  You’re supposed 33 inches or under around the waist (for women) for cardiovascular health, and with the heart disease that is strongly prevalent in my family, that is one of the things I keep tabs on for my fitness. (source)  I’m so happy to be half an inch closer!  I now only have two inches to go.  🙂 Also this means that the changes I made in my fitness routines are working, so yay!

In other exciting news, today is the first day of the official Waiting For Daybreak blog tour!  I’ll be adding links to features as they come in, but I also will be mentioning the features in every Friday Fun post for the duration of the tour, since not everyone will be clicking through to the blog tour page.  Since today is the first day of the tour, there isn’t too much to talk about this week, but I do want to call attention to the reviews and interviews that have gone up that were not a part of the official tour.

The Chronicles of an Enamored Soul is running an international giveaway that ends July 17th, so you have plenty of time to enter!

Kelsey’s Cluttered Bookshelf says, “This book is recommended for Zombie fans, there are some sexual scenes and violence, but it’s not over the top which is good. This was a great first debut book for the author.” Be sure to click through to see her whole review.

Waiting For Daybreak was also reviewed on Beauty in Ruins, who said, “The writing is solid, the dialogue creatively engaging (even with Freida’s silent cat), and the novelty of the personality issue alone definitely makes this worth a read.”

Nicki J Markus says, “The pacing of this piece is well managed and the tension was maintained perfectly from start to finish.”

And Reflections appreciated Frieda, “Even though Frieda has a personality disorder and periods of extreme depression, the character was still somehow easy to relate to.”

Finally, in addition to a review best summed-up with the great phrase, “Wonderful book!” Love, Literature, Art, and Reason also interviewed me!  Be sure to check out the interview to find out everything from how I deal with writer’s block to why I decided to give Frieda Borderline Personality Disorder.

Phew! No wonder I’ve been feeling so busy…..Evidence-Based Medicine, fitness, and book tours. Oh my!

Happy weekends all!

Friday Fun! (Reflections and Looking Forward)

December 31, 2010 11 comments

Hello my lovely readers!  Today is the last day of 2010, and it feels to me like it just flew by, in spite of everything that happened during it.

As far as this blog goes, 2010 was my first full year of blogging.  I really think I’ve solidified what I want my blog to be and look like this year.  My layout and sidebars really reflect who I am, and I think I’ve finally got a solid style going for my reviews as well as weekly schedules.  I hope you guys think so too!  In 2011, I’m hosting my first reading challenge (sign up here!) and now that I’m out of grad school, I expect my non-review posts to be slightly less librarianship focused.  But you never know.

On a personal note, 2010 was the first year I lived entirely in one place since I was 15 years old.  It’s been kind of amazing, and I’m loving having the feeling of having roots somewhere.  As my first full year living in Boston, I’ve been able to fully experience all the thrills of living in such a historic, academic city.  I enjoy every aspect of it–even the ones I complain about.  I love it that I can eat any variety of foods pretty much anytime I want.  I can’t get over the fact that I can get a veggie burger at pretty much every single pub.  I learned how to ride my bike in city traffic and experienced the joy of riding to the park to spend the day on the grass reading while others read, toss a football around, or play volleyball, and cap the day off with a walk to get some bubble tea.  I discovered local independent bookstores and their fabulous used book basements that have killed my tbr pile.  I went to a free Dharma and meditation session for the first time and found out how awesome it is to be quiet in a roomful of people.  I’ve had the bonding experience of struggling with public transit on rainy days and in blizzards.  A recent immigrant who barely spoke English once shared her umbrella with me when waiting for the bus, and it was the highlight of my day.  I tried container gardening for the first time and encountered the community of urban environmentalists.  So many new experiences in so little time.

This year also saw the end of my first real relationship.  It’s been sad and a struggle for me, but I view the entire relationship from beginning to end to now as a wonderful experience, and I wouldn’t undo it for anything in the world.  My only regrets are some of the mistakes I made, but how else can we grow and learn?  Now that I know what a relationship *can* be, I’m working on being ok being alone until the next one comes along.

This year also saw me complete my Masters of Library and Information Science!  The last two weeks have been the first time since I was….what?  Four years old?  That I haven’t been a student.  I’m thoroughly enjoying having time to myself to do more of what I’d like to do.  I’m nervous about the next step of my career–hunting for a higher paying job with the blessings of my current employer–, but I’m also thrilled to see where I end up.  Part of me still can’t believe that I’m a white collar, highly educated, young professional living in a city.  Someone pinch me!

I also hope in 2011 to really get down to business with my writing.  I want to finish at least one novel, hopefully two, and start shopping them around to publishers.  I have faith in my writing, and it’s time to start acting on it.

Don’t worry; this blog won’t suffer.  It’s so closely tied to my favorite hobby of reading that I have a hard time imagining ever not blogging again.  I’m looking forward to 2011.  I’m eager.  I will strive for my goals and take everything life throws at me.  Anytime I start to struggle or feel down, I just remember how shocked and proud 14 year old me would be of 24 year old me, and I smile.  I can’t wait to see what 2011 brings.  Everything is a learning experience, and I truly feel that I am beating down more and more demons as I get older.  Bring it on, 2011.  I’m ready, and I’m not afraid.