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Adventures in Coloring

Adventures in Coloring

Posted 23 July, 2015 by Akilah in Uncategorized / 1 Comment

1. There are a lot (A LOT!) of coloring books for grown-ups out there. 2. Picking which coloring books to buy is an exercise in frustration AND fun. 3. Some of the books have so many details that it’s a little overwhelming. 4. However, I discovered that I actually do like the coloring books that have more detail. 5. I do not, however, have any interest in coloring pictures of nature, animals, or patterns. (Unicorns do not count as animals; they are jerks.) 6. Listening to audiobooks while coloring is A+++ (another idea I got from Andi!). 7. It is very, very easy to spend hours coloring. This is not necessarily a bad thing. 8. I can think a picture looks a hot mess while I’m coloring, and, in the end, it turns out fine. I think/hope I will get better at picking colors that go well together. 9. Coloring […]

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May in Review

May in Review

Posted 8 June, 2015 by Akilah in Uncategorized / 2 Comments

I have sucked so hard at blogging. School got out and then there was all the prepping for summer, and now it’s summer, and I am deep in the throes of my summer class (only two weeks left! It went so fast!).  So, yes, my blogging has suffered, but my reading has not. I read 9 books in May. (I started 12, though.)

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Reading Roundup: April 2015

Reading Roundup: April 2015

Posted 30 April, 2015 by Akilah in Uncategorized / 2 Comments

I read seven books this month: I’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios (YA) In Real Life by Cory Doctorow, illustrated by Jen Wang (YA graphic novel) Get Over Yourself (Princeless, Vol. 2) by Jeremy Whitley, illustrated by Emily Martin (graphic novel) The Boy in the Black Suit by Jason Reynolds (YA) Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future by A.S. King (YA) Not Otherwise Specified by Hannah Moskovitz (YA) Me Before You by Jojo Moyes (adult) Three of the seven are for book club, and the number of book club books I read is going to increase a lot because the summer children’s lit book club I belong to meets once a week over the summer. Yeah, it’s pretty intense. Of note:

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March 2015 in Review

March 2015 in Review

Posted 9 April, 2015 by Akilah in Uncategorized / 2 Comments

I finished nine books this month: Princeless by Jeremy Whitley, illustrated by M. Goodwin (graphic novel) This Side of Home by Renée Watson (YA) Fast Sam, Cool Clyde, and Stuff by Walter Dean Myers (YA) The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom by Christopher Healy, narrated by Bronson Pinchot (middle grade, audiobook) The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom (adult) 52 Reasons to Hate My Father by Jessica Brody (YA) The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale (YA) The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin (children’s lit) Shakespeare Saved My Life by Laura Bates (adult lit, non-fiction)

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Housecleaning: Bloggiesta-style

Housecleaning: Bloggiesta-style

Posted 22 March, 2015 by Akilah in Uncategorized / 7 Comments

I 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.

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February 2015 Reading Roundup

February 2015 Reading Roundup

Posted 28 February, 2015 by Akilah in Uncategorized / 2 Comments

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 […]

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January 2015 Reading Roundup

January 2015 Reading Roundup

Posted 2 February, 2015 by Akilah in Uncategorized / 5 Comments

Hey, so I finished 12 books this month! Much better than last January when I only read two. I also made some progress towards my reading challenge goals. Books read The Queen of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner (YA) Cress by Marissa Meyer, narrated by Rebecca Soler (YA, audio) A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray (YA) Ms. Marvel Vol. 1: No Normal by G. Willow Wilson, illustrated by Adrian Alphona (YA, graphic novel) Top Ten Clues You’re Clueless by Liz Czukas (YA) Saga #1 by Brian K. Vaughn, illustrated by Fiona Staples (adult, graphic novel) Skim by Mariko Tamaki, illustrated by Jillian Tamaki (YA, graphic novel) Where Does the Day Go? by Walter Dean Myers, illustrated by Leo Carty (picture book) The  Candymakers by Wendy Mass (MG) Truly, Madly, Deadly by Hannah Jayne (YA) The Dragon Takes a Wife by Walter Dean Myers, illustrated by Fiona French (picture […]

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Winter 2015 Mini Bloggiesta

Winter 2015 Mini Bloggiesta

Posted 17 January, 2015 by Akilah in Uncategorized / 1 Comment

I didn’t plan to participate in this weekend’s mini bloggiesta, yet here I am doing little things around my blog. So, this is me, making it official. My to-do list: 1. Make my front page easier to scroll by adding “read more” links to the posts on the front page. (This one was inspired by my students. We did our blogging lesson, and a couple of them said how hard it is to navigate blogs with really long posts on the front page and that it’d be better/more attractive if it was only a preview.) √ 2. Change 2014 to 2015 in my copyright widget. √ 3. Change my theme. √ 4. Schedule 2-3 posts. √ 5. I have actually already read through skimmed some of the mini challenges, so I may go back and pay more attention to them–especially the meme and creative book reviews posts. √ Good luck […]

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