A Pretty Typical Atypical Day in My Life

I usually post strictly about books (and occasionally teaching), but I thought it would be fun to participate in the A Day in the Life challenge/event hosted by Trish over at Love, Laughter, and a Touch of Insanity. Basically,  bloggers show what a typical day in their lives looks like.


The day I’m sharing is atypical for me because my daughter is on spring break and is out of town on a service trip with the church’s youth group. So the part of my day that’s devoted to mom-type stuff is missing. (Also, I usually wake up an hour earlier. No taking daughter to school = sleeping in!) However, this day wound up being pretty typical because unexpected life stuff came up that kept me from having the kind of day I planned. So, you know, typical.

So here’s what my day looked like on Wednesday, March 25, 2015.

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Housecleaning: Bloggiesta-style

Bloggiesta-S15I am super behind on everything (and by everything, I mean grading, of course). Still and all, I am going to try to carve out some time to do stuff around my blog for Bloggiesta. I’m digging the fact that it’s a week this time, so I can really do 15-30 minutes a day on some stuff.

My to-do list:

1. Import reviews from old blog — I forgot I had started a blog over at blogspot when I jumped into book blogging and was trying to figure out where I wanted to hang my hat. As such, I want to get those posts/reviews over here so everything is all in one place.

2. Make a button for roundup posts — for visual interest, you know.

3. Header — I want a header! I need to find the original pic I use for my gravatar and turn it into a header. Or find someone to do it for me. I know what I want it to say and how I want it to look, so I’m practically halfway done.

4. Make posts/pages for 2015 challenges — Right now, I have my 2015 challenge listed on my goals page, but it’s too long and cluttered, and it makes me insane. So I want to either create a page/post for each individual challenge or make a page/post just for the challenges. Probably the latter since it’s less work.

5. Collectible quotes w/graphic — I really want to start sharing book quotes I collect, so I want to schedule a few of those and possibly make a graphic.

6.  Write a blog post or two — self-explanatory

7. I also will look through the mini-challenges and see if any catch my eye.

It’ll be interesting to see if I get ANYthing done, considering how so very behind on grading I am right now.

Good luck to everyone else participating!

Top Ten Books for Readers Who Like Scandal and How to Get Away with Murder

So, this week’s Top Ten Tuesday list will probably be a little cheeky. The topic is books for people who like [fill in the blank], and Scandal was the first thing that popped in my head, followed by How to Get Away with Murder (HTGAWM) since the shows come on back-to-back and have some similarities.

Namely that they’re both about terrible people doing terrible things–some of which they think are totally justified. So here are some books if you’re totally into that kind of scene.

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“Don’t let the muggles get you down!”

I went out of town last weekend, and, as I was waiting for my flight, I decided to (re)read Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling.

After finishing it, all I can say is that Rowling is a mothereffing genius. Like, for real.

***Spoilers for the entire series included in this post***

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Recommendation Wednesday: Princeless

About 3/4 of the way through Princeless by Jeremy Whitley (illustrated by M. Goodwin), I could not stop smiling. Then, when I finished the book, I closed it with a satisfying “YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSS.”

(Or YAAAAAAAAAAAAS as the youngers say.)

There is so much to dig about this book. Let’s start here:

Princeless by Jeremy Whitley

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All Time Fave Books from the Past Three Years

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday challenge was to list our top ten faves from the past 3-5 years. While I have loved quite a few books from those years, calling out faves was difficult for me. Just because I really like or even love a book doesn’t mean it’s necessarily a favorite.

So, I had to figure out what makes a book a favorite. For me, a favorite is a book I know I will absolutely reread someday. I’m not a big re-reader, so that seems like the best criteria for deciding what makes the list.

Here are the five books I am planning to reread some day (all of which I have actually reviewed! Links go to my reviews):

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February 2015 Reading Roundup

I finished 10 books this month! This year is off to a winning start.

The Untelling by Tayari Jones (adult)
The Book with No Pictures by BJ Novak (children)
Relish by Lucy Knisley (adult, graphic novel)
Sex & Violence by Carrie Mesrobian (YA)
Fairest: Levana’s Story by Marissa Meyer, read by Rebecca Soler (YA, audio)
Kissing Ted Callahan (and Other Guys) by Amy Spalding (YA)
All Fall Down by Ally Carter (YA)
The Dancers by Walter Dean Myers, illustrated by Anne Rockwell (children, picture book)
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling (middle grade)

One was for my TBR challenge, so I’m at 4/10 there. Two went toward the Diversity on the Shelf challenge so I’m at 10/25+ for that one. And add two more for my adult read challenge, so I’m at 3/15 there. Not to mention that I knocked one more out for my current passion project.

I even wrote a review this month! Fancy. The plan is to schedule reviews/discussion posts for two or three of those books for next month.

On to March! Spring break is this week, so should get quite a bit of reading in. I’m also hoping my numbers stay pretty consistent next month.

How did everyone else’s reading go this month?

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall, Who’s the Craziest One of All?

If you guessed Levana from the Lunar Chronicles, you guessed right! Homegirl is CRAY. Like, certifiably so. And we get to find out just how much in Fairest: Levana’s Story by Marissa Meyer.

Fairest by Marissa Meyer

Before I get into the (non-spoilery) review, I just want to say I wish all of my students would read this because it has one of the best examples of tragic irony I have read in a long, long time. I mean, seriously. It is super great. In that horrible tragedy way. You know what I mean.

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I Got 99 Problems, but a Book Ain’t One

Or Top Ten Five Book Problems I have. Which is today’s Top Ten Tuesday topic.

And, yes, I know a million people have probably already made the “99 Problems” joke, but IT FITS.

These are legit problems I am having right now, btw.

1. My (public) library won’t let me do an interlibrary loan for the first edition (1972) of The Dragon’s Wife by Walter Dean Myers.

Because they have the later edition (1995) in circulation! However, I want to see the original illustrations. I know this means I just have to go through my job’s library, but still. Why won’t the public library let me be great?

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Recommendation Wednesday: Two Picture Books

As part of my passion project, I’ve recently finished (and loved) two of Walter Dean Myers’ early picture books: Where Does the Day Go? (illustrated by Leo Carty) and Fly, Jimmy, Fly! (illustrated by Moneta Barnett).


cover image from Amazon

Where Does the Day Go? is delightful. A group of kids are in the park with one of the children’s father, and they have a pretty serious conversation about what happens to the day when it turns into night. Each kid has a theory, but each theory leaves the group with questions. So they take turns telling their theories and trying to answer the questions.

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