The Sunday Salon (Mar. 8): Distractions

The Sunday Salon is hosted by Deb Nance at Readerbuzz each week. So I think what I’m going to do is stay OFF of Twitter, because it’s stressing me out, and focus only on doing blog posts/comments/etc. I mean, I have an automated thing which should cross-post my new blog posts to Twitter, but other than that, I think I’ll just…be over here. Another stress: I have still not finished any of the books I Read More …

Library Loot (Feb. 24): 4 nonfiction, 10 fiction

Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Claire from The Captive Reader and Sharlene from Real Life Reading that encourages bloggers to share the books they’ve checked out from the library. I found that little Library Loot photo in my media library, upload date circa 2009. What a throwback! Love it! This week I checked out 14 total books: 4 non-fiction, 10 fiction. Everything is adult reading level unless otherwise noted. I deliberately tried Read More …

The Sunday Salon (Feb. 23): Back to blogging

The Sunday Salon is hosted by Deb Nance at Readerbuzz each week. So I spent some time this week going through my old blog posts1 and trying to make sure everything’s a-ok. For instance, when I started using the Ultimate Book Blogger plugin in 2013, I had over 5 years of reviews that needed to get transferred over…and I never did it! They STILL haven’t been done, and it’s been literally 7 years. I guess Read More …

On not being “a reader” anymore

For the last four or five years– ever since I started graduate school and a full-time job– I’ve been finding it more difficult to focus on reading books. I start them, but don’t finish. I collect them, but they never move from the shelf. I borrow them from the library, but return them with spines still uncracked. Mostly, I don’t read like I used to (aka multiple books per week). There’s a couple reasons for Read More …

Happy blogoversary to meeeee

Howdy! It’s been a while, hasn’t it? I’m still plowing through library school and two jobs and being tired almost all the time, but I DO still want to blog– although probably not in the same way I’ve blogged for the past seven years. Yes, y’all, it’s my 7th blogoversary this month! I’ve gone from starting on WordPress.com under an entirely different name during a boring undergrad semester to being self-hosted today during a not-boring, Read More …

Autobuy authors

So my first class for library school started yesterday1 and I’m super busy trying to get as much of it done as I can before the real semester starts and I have three other classes to do. Woohoo! Meanwhile, I got to thinking about autobuy authors, those authors who you love SO MUCH and for which you’d buy2 any and every book from now until forever. Not even that you’d necessarily read the book right Read More …

Guess how many TBR books I have! Nope, it’s more than that.

I saw this TBR meme on a few blogs lately and I wanted to participate! I ended up changing most of the questions, though, because apparently that’s how I do things now. Note: I only count books I own as my TBR. Books I want to read that I don’t own go on my wishlist. 1. How do you keep track of your TBR pile? A combination of a) Goodreads, b) Calibre and c) physically Read More …

Let’s describe books as food.

Thank you to the HarperPerennial Twitter account for the idea for this post! Let's use food to describe books more often. Because I instantly know what you're talking about if you say a novel is a total taco salad. — Harper Perennial (@HarperPerennial) February 3, 2015 So, if I were to describe my last five books read as food… It would’ve been way too easy to pick food that was actually IN the book, or Read More …

Fellow book bloggers: be kind to yourselves.

Every few months somethin happens in the book blogging world where there’s this zeitgeist of panic that bloggers aren’t “doing enough.” People worry they’re not posting enough, comment enough, they don’t have the right social media outlets, a whole bunch of worries. And I understand where they’re coming from! I have worried about those same things, over and over again, until finally I figured out the secret. Here it is: I am not obligated to Read More …