My Year in Nonfiction (So Far)

It's time for Nonfiction November! Week 1: (Oct. 28 to Nov. 1) – Your Year in Nonfiction (hosted by Julz of Julz Reads): Take a look back at your year of nonfiction and reflect on the following questions. What was your favorite nonfiction read of the year? My favorite nonfiction read of the year so far has to be Pema Chödrön's Welcoming the Unwelcome. She is so kind, wise, and down to earth. Do you have a particular topic you’ve been attracted to more this year? I gravitate heavily toward memoir when it comes to nonfiction. I enjoy reading about others' experiences and learning from them. What nonfiction book have you recommended the most? The audiobook of Split Tooth by…

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Myers-Briggs Book Personality Tag

What's your Myers-Briggs book personality? I saw this fun bookish activity over at Feed Your Fiction Addiction. If you want to do this prompt, first take the Myers-Briggs test, then grab the questions that match your results (originated by Jaded Reader) and answer them in your own post. I had to take the test because I didn't know my type. Apparently I'm an ISFJ-A (the A is for "assertive" which, haha yeah, that's accurate). I can definitely see myself in these adjectives, although I think I'm not very traditional. And yes, I may follow rules, but I can see right through unjust rules and will seethe about it internally (or ignore it completely, depending on how it affects others). (I) INTROVERT:…

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Last Year’s Favorite Winter Reads (#AMonthOfFaves)

Last Year's Favorite Winter Reads Today's prompt focuses on winter reading. Here are six of my favorite reads from last winter. #AMonthofFaves is an annual blog event hosted by Girlxoxo, Traveling with T, and Estella’s Revenge. You can hop in anytime, and find all of the prompts here. No Time To Spare: Thinking About What Matters by Ursula K. Le Guin In this collection of essays, Le Guin talks about literature, politics, belief, aging, and life. It is absolutely delightful. She is so interesting! Even when she's talking about her cat, Pard, there's a deeper layer to her musings. She sees the world with such clarity and wonder, and these essays allow the reader to experience that perspective. This book ended up being a smart,…

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100 Days of Practice (#AMonthOfFaves)

For #AMonthofFaves today, we're talking about habits, routines, or rituals that worked for us this year. #AMonthOfFaves is an annual blog event hosted by Girlxoxo, Traveling with T, and Estella’s Revenge. You can hop in anytime, and find all of the prompts here. This year I joined the #100DaysOfPractice challenge on Instagram. The goal was to practice for 100 days in a row. I missed a few days here and there, because I didn't want to count heavy rehearsal/performance days where I was really just playing, not actively practicing. I also challenged myself to work on my weaker instruments, so my Instagram this year has plenty of embarrassing clarinet and saxophone clips. Flute For the flute family, I focused on…

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Book Bloggers I Love! (#AMonthofFaves)

Today I'm sharing ten of the many book bloggers I love! This is part of #AMonthofFaves, an annual blog event hosted by Girlxoxo, Traveling with T, and Estella’s Revenge (all of whom I also love). You can hop in anytime, and find all of the prompts here. I went into hermit mode—combined with a severe reading slump—for a good chunk of this year, so I'm only recently getting back into the swing of things in the online book community. A few years ago I wrote about book bloggers who make me happy, but most of them are either no longer active, or had moved over to posting about books on social media exclusively. (A. M. Blair is the last person standing from…

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Easy Crockpot Meals (#AMonthofFaves)

#AMonthofFaves is an annual blog event hosted by Girlxoxo, Traveling with T, and Estella’s Revenge. You can hop in anytime, and find all of the prompts here. Today is the 2018 Favorites Edition. My work schedule this year has been more hectic than usual, so I tried to be better about planning out meals. Mondays through Wednesdays are my longest days, so I use the crockpot. That way, dinner is ready as soon as I'm finished working. Here are my family's top five favorite crockpot recipes from 2018. All of these happen to be tree nut-free (C is allergic) and are easy to convert to gluten-free (I have celiac). 2018 Favorite Easy Crockpot Meals 1. Garlic Butter and Chicken Pasta…

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Flash Readathon Wrap Up

Andi and Heather made a couple of innocent "I need a readathon" comments within my earshot (or whatever you call it online). Which got me thinking...why not have a casual, impromptu one? No need to have a formal host or organizer really (though the three of us kept an eye on the hashtag and answered questions). The idea was to have a very laid-back, free-for-all kind of readathon with real no rules, just lots of reading and chit-chat.Apparently we weren't the only ones needing this little "reading flash mob" because wow, so many of you went along with this last-minute idea! It was a whole lot of fun, as you can tell from Twitter and Instagram! I know I'd love to do this again.I…

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Book Community Happiness

After the book blogger shout-outs yesterday, I was on a roll. There's so much I love about book blogging (which is why I do it!). Once I set aside distractions and started thinking about that, the reasons why kept coming.We understand each other.from agirlandhershows, Tumblr1. You think nobody else can possibly love your favorite author as much as you do...and then you make a bookish friend who names her kitten after him! [via Leah]2. Dogs aren't much different than children when you're trying to read. [via Shannon]3. Fellow non-fiction enthusiasts unite! [via Katie W.]We spread bookish joy.from bumblebookbees, Tumblr4. Because of someone's post, you start reading material you'd have never given a second glance to otherwise. And you're sold. [Andi does this to me a lot.]5. You can…

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7 Book Bloggers Who Make Me HAPPY!

Veteran or newbie, who cares? There are plenty of book bloggers who never fail to bring a smile to my face, whether it's through their social media presence, their insightful reviews, or usually, both. To be honest, I think book blogging as a whole is a positive, inspiring, amazing community. Here are seven favorites I offer as proof! In no particular order:1. Karen at One More Page...Twitter: KarenmfaI'm not even sure how to sum this gal up. Go look at any of her tweets or posts. Karen is a sweetheart, and super intelligent!2. A.M. Blair at The Misfortune Of KnowingTwitter: KoivioletA. M. offers so much insight. Her reviews tend to have an interesting spin and a personal perspective. She pours heart…

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Bout of Books 11 Wrap Up

Well, we've reached the end of Bout of Books 11. I met all of my goals. Participated in a Twitter chat and a few of the challenges. I wanted to read at least 100 pages a day, but ended up averaging about 233 pages a day. I went a little free-range on the books I'd planned to read (that's part of the fun!) and read 8 books total, which tallied up to be a total of 1,631 pages! Here are the books I read this week: A Brief Moment of Weightlessness was my favorite read of the week. It's a collection of short stories, and every single one (EVERY SINGLE ONE!) ripped my heart out and took my breath away,…

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