Sunday, August 20, 2017

Bout of Books 20 and Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows GIVEAWAY!

Bout of Books
I really need a push to focus and read, so I'm doing Bout of Books 20.  Follow me on Twitter or Instagram for more updates throughout the week.

TBR you ask? Here's my best guess:

  • Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows by Balli Kaur Jaswal
  • Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur
  • Felicity by Mary Oliver (re-read)
  • Seating Arrangements by Maggie Shipstead
  • Bobcat and Other Stories by Rebecca Lee
  • Operating Instructions by Anne Lamott
  • Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson
  • The Duchess War by Courtney Milan

I'm also running a giveaway. I won a copy of EROTIC STORIES FOR PUNJABI WINDOWS during 24in48 Readathon, and the publisher sent me two copies, so after Bout of Books, I'll be passing the extra along to one of you!

CLICK HERE: a Rafflecopter giveaway

Happy readathonning!

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Scribbling: Because I'm Copying Amanda

Amanda is scribbling at her blog, and it sounded like a good idea, so I'm blatantly ripping her off. Love you, Amanda!

Weather: 91 and sunny, which is fairly cool for a day like this on the cusp of hell...errr, August. 
Location: My bedroom/office. I was at Cotton Patch Cafe earlier, then my mom's. Now I've finished my work for the day, and I'm ready for stretchy pants.
Reading: I finished the final Southern Reach novel, ACCEPTANCE--by Jeff VanderMeer--earlier in the week, and I haven't settled on my next book just yet. I'm toying with ORANGES ARE NOT THE ONLY FRUIT by Jeanette Winterson. I've also started AN EMBER IN THE ASHES, by Sabaa Tahir and need to get back to it. Sorry for all the caps. This template doesn't italicize. 
Listening: Birds chirping. My kiddo making Transformer noises. 
Cooking: I did a lot of that this past week but not so much this weekend. We had pork chops, fresh ears of corn, lots of watermelon, and some tasty hybrid cherry plums. I made turkey taco bowls one night, fajita steak the next. Lots of summery, veggieful stuff. 
Blogging: Haaaaa! No. 
Work: This week was the week of drowning in essays. My two online classes turned in their first essay, and the first essay always requires a butt-ton of feedback. I even made video feedback for one of the classes, but time was running short, so the second class only got written feedback. It's a work in progress. This week is lighter, and thank goodness for that. 
School: Interchangeable with work for me. Though, hey, school starts for my kiddo soon. Once we get back from vacation, he'll have two weeks of freedom left.
Plans for the night: Me + couch + YouTube videos or Parks and Rec + stitching. HEAVEN.
Plans for this week: Frantic planning of things. We leave for a beach vacation next Sunday, and we have to do all the prep for that. My ex stepson (?)--Chuck's son--will be housesitting for us while we're gone, which makes me feel SO much better about leaving the dogs. We have to fill the freezer with easy stuff for him and document the things he needs to do so he won't forget. We have some stuff to buy and lots to pack, of course. And on Friday, my longest-known online friend (20 YEARS) will be in town to spend the night! So excited! 
What are you up to? 

Monday, June 19, 2017

Monday Reading | Week of June 19

Hello again! Semi-regular blogging? I hardly know what to do with myself!

The spring academic term ended today, so the past week has been filled to the brim with grading tasks. I have a couple of weeks off before the summer term kicks up, so you'd better believe I'm going to take every opportunity to enjoy it.

I'm still reading the same books I'd started last week.


I was originally reading My Cousin Rachel the fastest, but I backed off a touch to let my co-readers catch up a bit. I'd already read to Chapter 8 last year, and now I'm up to Chapter 18 or 19. It's really good, so I'm excited to get back to it. 

Last night I got REALLY hooked on No Good Duke Goes Unpunished. I just love MacLean's writing, specifically the tension she creates between the main characters. 

In unrelated-to-books news, I finished my first cross stitch project! I attempted one when I was 8 years old or something, but I haven't crossed a stitch since then. My mom picked this pattern up for cheap on a lark, and I decided to give it a go. I see infinite screw-ups, and the framing is pretty terrible, but I'm satisfied for my first effort. 

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is hosted by The Book Date

Monday, June 12, 2017

Monday Reading | Week of June 12

This past week was the steadiest bout of reading I've had in a long time.


I wrapped up The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin on Tuesday. I really loved the book. I liked the characters, the pace, the action and intrigue. I had some issues with the protagonist's actions, or lack thereof, at times, but it didn't change my feelings about the atmosphere, and I'm really excited to see what happens in the next volume of the series.

On Wednesday I whipped through And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer by Fredrik Backman. This little novella had me in tears by page 11. It's about a young boy and his grandfather who is beginning to experience dementia. His memory is fading, and Backman does a beautiful job exploring some fantastical metaphors associated with that transition. Just gorgeous.

Finally, on Saturday, I wrapped up Sex Object: A Memoir by Jessica Valenti. While I very much enjoyed the book and Valenti's writing, I haven't quite formulated my thoughts on it. I found myself doing a lot of highlighting of passages I want to revisit. Hopefully I'll get back to y'all with some ideas that are a little more gelled soon.


I picked up My Cousin Rachel by Daphne Du Maurier (again) for a read-along with friends. Amanda mentioned reading it, and I asked to join her, and then Heather and Allie both jumped in. I read about 8 chapters of it a few months ago before my slump kicked in. I was really loving it then, so I don't think it'll take me long to finish it now.

I always have to have an e-book on the go on my phone or tablet so I have something to hold my attention in bed at night or when I'm stuck in a waiting room. Right now it's The Rules of Scoundrels #3--No Good Duke Goes Unpunished--by Sarah MacLean. I haven't read the books before this one but I'm willing to take a chance on trying them out of order.

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