WWW Wednesday April 1, 2020

Hey y’all. It’s Wednesday, and I am down in the dumps. I was watching the news last night and, out of nowhere, they announced that the schools in my county are closed for the rest of the year. Yes, we’re still doing distance learning and, yes, I’ll see at least some of my kids through that on my computer screen, but that’s it. No more going to school. In addition to being upset about that, I’m also upset about the way it was handled. They should have told the teachers and staff before it was announced on the news. I’m really angry about the way I found out. Also, I was/am trying to find a job closer to my parents for next year. If I succeed, I’ll never see my students in person again. I’ll never see my former students in person again. I’ll never get to say goodbye.

So, yeah. I’m a little down right now. But, onto the post.

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words. Each week, participants are asked three questions:

What are you currently reading?

What did you recently finish reading?

What do you think you’ll read next?

Right now, I’m reading 3 books, but WordPress is acting up again, so I can’t post all three pictures. I’m reading Red, White, & Royal Blue by Casey McQuinston, a reread to get me through this difficult time. I’m also reading The Watchmaker’s Daughter by C.J. Archer, an author I discovered last year who quickly became a favorite. Finally, I’m reading Joe Ledger: Special Ops by Joanthan Maberry, one of four Joe Ledger books I have bought this last week. This one is a collection of short stories set among the novels.

I just finished two books: The King of Plagues by Jonathan Maberry and Starcrossed by Allie Therin. I loved both books with the passion of a thousand fiery suns. I actually reread The King of Plagues because I think there’s a mistake in it and I’ve been wanting to ask the author about it since the book came out in 2011. Now that he’s doing weekly Q&As on Facebook, I figured this was the time.

Honestly, I have no idea. Gone Girl is on top of my TBR pile, but I don’t know if I’ll read that or something else. I do have three more Joe Ledger books coming, so it might be one of those.

What are you reading this week?

Weekly Wrap-up | March 15, 2020

Hello from the apocalypse! This week was pretty crazy. We had parent conferences, which went well. In the past, I’ve experienced massive anxiety over conferences, but since going through intensive therapy, going on anti-anxiety drugs, and feeling like I’m actually a good teacher, it’s gotten a lot easier. The hardest part was the growing panic over COVID-19 which culminated in an after school meeting during which the principal told us that she couldn’t tell us anything officially, but she recommended that we take anything we’d want to have for the next two weeks home with us. A couple hours later, the official notice came down that our school is closed for the next two weeks. I have a feeling it will be longer, but I don’t know. The cafeteria will still be open for the kids to eat. I’ve been sending resources out to the parents over Class Dojo, but not all parents are signed up, so not everyone is getting them. I teach in a poor area, and some of the families don’t have access to the internet anyway. It’s a mess.

It’s funny: my dream is to not have to teach so I can write, but this is definitely not how I wanted it to happen. I want to have published several books, first, and then be able to leave teaching to write full time.

The positives: I’ll have time to read. I can continue watching The Untamed and I just got Disney+ so I can also watch The Mandalorian. (I’m not sure how to spell that). I just ordered weights, a yoga ball, and resistance bands so I can work out at home. Plus, I’ll continue to run, since that’s a solitary activity. I am considered vulnerable because of my asthma. I was considering going home to visit my parents, but right now, I’m afraid of picking up the virus on the way down and passing it on to my father, who has cancer and is losing weight as I type this. Probably not a great idea.

Reading wise, I didn’t get much done this week. I’m focusing on The Starless Sea, which I bought because it was due at the library and I couldn’t renew it. Of course, then the library closed and it didn’t matter anymore, but I love the book, so it’s fine. This way, I can go through and tab the stories in it so when they’re referenced, I can go back and reread them since I only vaguely recall them. Anyway. I hope to become more active on my blog again. I’ve got the time.

Tuesday: Top 5 Tuesday – Author’s F-J

Saturday: Snippet Saturday

Monday: TBD

Tuesday: Top 5 Tuesday – Authors K-O

Wednesday: WWW Wednesdasy

Thursday: TBD (probably The Starless Sea review)

Friday: TBD

Saturday: Snippet Saturday

How are you? Are you self-isolating? What are your tips to survive this? Drop a comment below and let me know!

Weekly round-up | March 8

Hi everyone! I hope you all had a good week. I did, although it was very busy. I had a training on Monday and Thursday, which meant two days of sub plans. I also had report cards to enter and conferences to schedule. Plus, I was a little bit sick, although once I started being treated, I felt much better. Unfortunately, I didn’t finish any books this week (boo!) which means I have nothing to review. That gives me a kind of icky feeling, like I’m failing, which this blog is supposed to be a fun hobby, not an obligation. But, if you see less of me this week, that’s why.

Monday: The Toll by Neal Sushterman (review)

Tuesday: Top 5 Authors A-B-C-D-E

Wednesday: WWW Wednesday

Saturday: Snippet Saturday

Tuesday: Top 5 Authors F-G-H-I-J

Wednesday: WWW Wednesday

Saturday: Snippet Saturday

Anyone have some tag suggestions for me?

How was your week? What are you reading? Drop me a comment below and let me know!

Weekly Wrap-up | February 23, 2020

Hi all! I can’t believe it’s Sunday once again. This week felt strangely long. I think what made it long was we had a field trip on Thursday, and the anticipation leading up to it was insane. The kids were so excited. We walked to the high school to see their farm and meet the animals. It was a lot of fun, except we were hit with a heat wave I wasn’t prepared for and we didn’t take water with us and, well. It was a long walk back for all of us.

I missed my review on Thursday because, well? I didn’t finish the book. I was supposed to review The Chosen by Chaim Potok. I thought I’d be done with it because my book club meets today, but I just couldn’t get into it. I was about halfway through and had been enjoying it, but then I hit a wall and was so over it. The writing style, the characters, everything just stopped working. I think, though, that’s because I was trying to read it before bed and it took more concentration that I was able to give it. Yesterday, I sat down and started reading, determined to finish it, or at least get near the end. Luckily, I got swept up into the story and it was easy to finish. So, review on Monday.

Yesterday was exciting because my library had its grand reopening. I was so pumped for it. The library used to be this little, one room building about the size of my apartment (or maybe two of my apartments). It was old and didn’t have many books. I always felt like I was in a fishbowl where everyone could see me. I didn’t like going there and started going to a slightly farther and more updated library. Then, they destroyed my library to build a new one.

O. M. Goodness, everyone, it’s gorgeous. It’s two stories and full of books and just so beautiful. There’s a fireplace to read by, a balcony, meeting room, group study rooms, a media center, a maker’s space with a 3D printer, and TONS of brand new books. They had almost EVERY book I’ve been dying to read. And chairs everywhere! And soothing colors! A new library cards that you can put on your keychain. I LOVE IT AND WANT TO LIVE THERE!

*ahem* Sorry. Got a little over the top there. But, yeah. I love it. And I can’t wait to go back.

Monday: A Heart so Fierce and Broken (review)

Tuesday: Top 5 Bookish Habits

Wednesday: WWW Wednesday

Monday: The Chosen by Chaim Potok (review)

Tuesday: Top 5 Books that Cause a Major Hangover

Wednesday: WWW Wednesday

Thursday: The Toll by Neal Shusterman (review)

Friday: TBD

Saturday: February Wrap-up

Seriously. I’m so obsessed with this show. It’s AMAZING.

How was your week? Drop a comment below and let me know!

Weekly Wrap-up

Hi everyone! It’s been awhile. The last week and a half has been crazy and I haven’t been able to sit down and work on the blog. On February 6, I drove down to my parents house to see my dad, who was back in the hospital (he’s been in and our since New Year’s Eve). He got out and we celebrated my birthday together. Then, I drove home and got back to work at school. I just felt a little overextended, so I dropped everything but reading and spent the week recovering. But, I’m back and ready to blog!

Monday: A Heart so Fierce and Broken by Brigid Kemmerer (Review)

Tuesday: Top 5 Bookish Habits

Wednesday: WWW Wednesday

Thursday: The Chosen by Chaim Potok (review)

Friday: TBD

Saturday: TBD

I’m currently obsessed with the show The Untamed which is on Netflix right now. It’s about two cultivators, which are magic users, who work together to stop a clan from using evil magic to take control. It’s so good.

How was your week? Any current obsessions?

WWW Wednesday – February 5, 2020

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words. Each week, participants are asked to answer three questions:

What are you currently reading?

What did you recently finish reading?

What do you think you’ll read next?

I started Mrs. Sherlock Holmes by Brad Ricca last night. It’s a little hard to describe, because a) I’m not that far in and b) it’s just hard to describe. The first few chapters are a little disjointed, presenting mysteries and then jumping to a seemingly unrelated story. I don’t think the main character, Mrs. Grace Humiston, until the third of fourth chapter. But the writing is smooth and easy to follow (until I was too tired to read). I’m looking forward to this. (BTW, it’s not about a woman who married Sherlock Holmes; it’s based on a true story of a lawyer and detective in America who was compared to Holmes.)

I’m still, slowly, reading This Chosen by Chaim Potok. I actually really like it, I just am having trouble finding time to read. I need to stay off the computer and YouTube. I need to finish it by the twenty-third, I believe, for my book club.

Last, I’m reading I Thought it was Just Me by Brene Brown. I love Brene Brown. She makes things seem so simple and clear.

I finished The Morning Mind by Dr. Rob Carter, III and Dr. Kirti Salwe Carter the other day. It went a little off for me when it started discussing Ayurvedic medicine in one chapter, which seems like an oversimplification of a complex system. And I wasn’t exactly following everything because I was supposed to download a PDF and take a quiz and I was in the car, so… But, it made me think differently about certain things and how to structure mornings and even how to improve my posture. It was a good read.

I also finished A History of Madness by Rebecca Crunden. I totally called the ending and was vindicated when I got it right. It was a great cliffhanger; I’ll have to read the next book.

So, my dad’s in the hospital again and my birthday is on Friday and unless I go down to see my family, I’ll be spending my birthday alone. So, I’m going to my parent’s house tomorrow and there’s a Barnes and Noble nearby and I’m treating myself to A Heart of Fierce and Broken. And then, I’ll also read Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn since my mom lent it to me months ago and I’ve never got around to it.

What are you reading this week? Drop a comment below and let me know!

Weekly Wrap-Up | February 2, 2020

Hi all! January is finally over! It really feels like it lasted 465 days this year, and I’m not sure why. Well… I guess I did have a few overwhelming weeks. And my dad was in the hospital for most of it., which caused a lot of stress. And I was exhausted a lot of the time, but I’m not entirely sure why. Except, like many people, I made some healthy goals this year to eat healthier and recommit to my exercise goals, so maybe that’s why I was tired. Only, I’m not sure why that would do it. Anyway, that’s a long way of saying that I didn’t get as much reading as I wanted to. But this is not my monthly wrap up; that’ll come on Friday. 🙂

This week was good. I took some time for myself, started revising the novel I wrote in October, and generally had a good week. Not a lot of reading, but I did get some in. With any luck, I’ll get more done this week.

Monday: The Beautiful by Renne Ahdieh (review)

Tuesday: Top 5 Anticipated Releases in 2020

Wednesday: WWW Wednesday

Thursday: Sorry I’m Late, I Didn’t Want to Come by Jessica Pan (review)

Monday: Crashing Upwards by S.C. Wynne (review)

Tuesday: Top 5 Books that Weren’t What I Expected

Wednesday: WWW Wednesday

Thursday: A History of Madness by Rebecca Crunden (review)

Friday or Saturday: January Wrap-up

Friday is my birthday, so I may not get the wrap-up posted on that day.

  1. I started revising my untitled novel, a paranormal romance between a sorcerer and a vampire.
  2. I deadlifted 135 pounds.
  3. I found out I don’t have to be evaluated at work this year, because I am so awesome. 🙂

What were some of your wins this week? Happy reading!