Wednesday, June 18, 2014

WWW Wednesday: June 18, 2014

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Each week, MizB over at Should be Reading asks the following three questions: 
What are you currently reading? 
What did you recently finish reading? 
What do you think you’ll read next? 

Here are my answers:

1. What are you currently reading? I'm currently reading EntreLeadership by Dave Ramsey (still). I've also begun re-reading The Watsons Go To Birmingham by Christopher Paul Curtis. In an attempt to make sure that my about-to-be fifth grade cousin doesn't get brain-drain, my grandma has decided to homeschool him for the summer. This, of course led me to think big, so I created a plan for him that includes reading this book. I just want to reintroduce myself to it to keep track with what assignments he will be doing.

2. What did you recently finish reading? The last book I finished is a tie between What Your Fourth Grader Needs To Know and What Your Fifth Grader Needs To Know by E.D. Hirsch Jr. Read these two books simultaneously as I was trying to find activities and lessons I could use for my cousin.

3. What do you think you’ll read next? Next, I will read Molly Ivins by Bill Minutaglio and W. Michael Smith. Growing up, I used to love reading her, so I think I will enjoy reading about her life and career. Also, I'll be listening to The Fault In Our Stars by John Green as I get back in the swing of listening to audiobooks. With assignments and required reading take a large part of my semester, I love listening to audiobooks as I'm going to and from or working so I can keep up with pleasure reads without falling behind on my classwork.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Sage Advice

Sage Advice

Get rid of your bitterness
And forgive the past
You can never move forward
If you're always looking back

Let go of the anger
Leave it all behind
Before the venom seeps in
And blinds you from all that abounds

Tear down those walls
That you've built over the years
The ones that guard you from anyone
Who may ever want to come in 

Maybe my bitterness will poison me
And my anger will kill
Maybe it will take me quickly
Or maybe it will drag on for years

Maybe the walls that surround me
Will crumble and fall as they all eventually do
But my bitterness, anger, and these walls I have built
Are all that I have to protect me from you


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Alana

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books On My Summer TBR list

 

This week's Top Ten list from The Broke and the Bookish: Top Ten Books On My Summer TBR list

This week's list is actually identical to my list from "Ten Books That Will Be In My Beach Bag This Summer" so I just copied and pasted from that post since nothing has changed. 

1. Molly Ivins by Bill Minutaglio and W. Michael Smith: as a Texan and former fan of all-things politics, I used to love reading what Ivins wrote. One year at the Texas Book Festival, they announced that there were working on a book about her life. Now, it's here and it's the first thing I want to read this summer.

2. Everybody's Got Something by Robin Roberts: I've loved Robin Roberts since she was on Sportscenter (always been a huge sports fan), so her memoir is a must-read for me.

3. The Fault In Our Stars by John Green: I'm not a huge bandwagon reader (never have read Harry Potter, Twilight, or Lord Of The Rings for example), but I'll give this a listen since I'll be in the car a lot this summer.

4. The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich by Timothy Ferriss: I have to throw in some career-oriented books as well to stay on my path of personal development. I've heard good things about this book from people who I follow or read, so I'll check it out.

5-7. The Ya-Ya Trilogy (Little Altars Everywhere, Ya-Yas in Bloom, and The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood) by Rebecca Wells: I read the last one after seeing the movie, but though I have all three, I've never read the first two. I hope to read them in order now that I have them all.

8. The Catcher In The Rye by J.D. Salinger: confession--I never read this book. By senior semester (I graduated high school a semester early) I was through with all things academic, so I never read it. This and The Great Gatsby are the two books from English IV that I put on my to-read list. I listened to the latter on audiobook on my road trip to Memphis, and I'll read or listen to this one before I move there.

9. To Be Young, Gifted, and Black by Lorraine Hansberry: currently reading A Raisin In The Sun again, so once I'm done with that, I'd love to finally crack open the other book that I have written by her.

10. Foxfire by Joyce Carol Oates: here's another book whose film adaptation I've seen first, but I'd like to read it all the same before classes start and I go back to reading what's assigned.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

WWW Wednesdays

**This week's answers are the same as last week. I didn't get my usual reading time this weekend since I'm in the process of getting ready to move and so is my mother (which means that I'm organizing packing up E-VER-Y-THING) while still trying to keep up with everything else I've got going on. (Thank goodness I decided not to take any summer classes for the first time in forever. Como se dice overload???)**

Anywho, this week's WWW Wednesday:

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Each week, MizB over at Should be Reading asks the following three questions: 
What are you currently reading? 
What did you recently finish reading? 
What do you think you’ll read next? 

Here are my answers:

1. What are you currently reading? I'm currently reading EntreLeadership by Dave Ramsey (still). I've made it through the first few chapters and what I've learned a lot so far.

2. What did you recently finish reading? The last book I finished was Suze Orman's The Money Book for the Young, Fabulous, & Broke. I went ahead and switched things up since Orman's book was easier for me to get through.

3. What do you think you’ll read next? Next, I will read Molly Ivins by Bill Minutaglio and W. Michael Smith. Growing up, I used to love reading her, so I think I will enjoy reading about her life and career.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I've Read So Far This Year

 

This week's Top Ten list from The Broke and the Bookish: Books I've Read So Far This Year

**I haven't actually read ten books yet this year (I know, I know. I'm trying to catch up now while I can), but here are the books I've read or listened to so far in order of reading them.

1. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald,  2. Events That Shaped Our Lives With Walter Cronkite and Dan Rather, and 3. Liberty: A Lake Wobegon Novel by Garrison Keiller: these were the audiobooks that I listened to during my road trip to Memphis and back when I was searching the airwaves for classic country stations (I love listening to classic country on the road for some reason. Not sure why.)

4. The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man by James Weldon Johnson, and 5. Harlem Nocturne: Women Artists & Progressive Politics During World War II by Farah Jasmine Griffin: I read both of these books from cover to cover for my Harlem Renaissance class. We were assigned other books and stories as well, but these two novels were the highlight of that class and my year so far. Loved them both and I'm glad I got to read them.

6. Suze Orman's Action Plan: New Rules for New Times, 7. The 9 Steps to Financial Freedom, and 8. The Money Class all by Suze Orman: I've really made it a point to try to get my finances right this year since I'll be adding on the expense of grad school until 2017. I want to make sure I am making the right decisions now that will allow me to stay above water in spite of needing loans and financial aid to help me pay for school. The goal is to learn about everything now, so I can make the best decisions now as well as in the future.  

9. Financial Peace Revisited, and 10. Entreleadership by Dave Ramsey: I'm reading Ramsey's books for the same reason that I read Orman's books. I want to equip myself with the knowledge that I need to not make the bad financial decisions that can cause years of drowning or even bankruptcy. I don't want to struggle forever and learning how to make the right decisions will (hopefully) prevent that. 

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

WWW Wednesdays

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Each week, MizB over at Should be Reading asks the following three questions: 
What are you currently reading? 
What did you recently finish reading? 
What do you think you’ll read next? 

Here are my answers:

1. What are you currently reading? I'm currently reading EntreLeadership by Dave Ramsey (still). I've made it through the first few chapters and what I've learned a lot so far.

2. What did you recently finish reading? The last book I finished was Suze Orman's The Money Book for the Young, Fabulous, & Broke. I went ahead and switched things up since Orman's book was easier for me to get through.

3. What do you think you’ll read next? Next, I will read Molly Ivins by Bill Minutaglio and W. Michael Smith. Growing up, I used to love reading her, so I think I will enjoy reading about her life and career.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books That Will Be In My Beach Bag This Summer


 

This week's Top Ten list from The Broke and the Bookish: Ten Books That Will Be In My Beach Bag This Summer

1. Molly Ivins by Bill Minutaglio and W. Michael Smith: as a Texan and former fan of all-things politics, I used to love reading what Ivins wrote. One year at the Texas Book Festival, they announced that there were working on a book about her life. Now, it's here and it's the first thing I want to read this summer.

2. Everybody's Got Something by Robin Roberts: I've loved Robin Roberts since she was on Sportscenter (always been a huge sports fan), so her memoir is a must-read for me.

3. The Fault In Our Stars by John Green: I'm not a huge bandwagon reader (never have read Harry Potter, Twilight, or Lord Of The Rings for example), but I'll give this a listen since I'll be in the car a lot this summer.

4. The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich by Timothy Ferriss: I have to throw in some career-oriented books as well to stay on my path of personal development. I've heard good things about this book from people who I follow or read, so I'll check it out.

5-7. The Ya-Ya Trilogy (Little Altars Everywhere, Ya-Yas in Bloom, and The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood) by Rebecca Wells: I read the last one after seeing the movie, but though I have all three, I've never read the first two. I hope to read them in order now that I have them all.

8. The Catcher In The Rye by J.D. Salinger: confession--I never read this book. By senior semester (I graduated high school a semester early) I was through with all things academic, so I never read it. This and The Great Gatsby are the two books from English IV that I put on my to-read list. I listened to the latter on audiobook on my road trip to Memphis, and I'll read or listen to this one before I move there.

9. To Be Young, Gifted, and Black by Lorraine Hansberry: currently reading A Raisin In The Sun again, so once I'm done with that, I'd love to finally crack open the other book that I have written by her.

10. Foxfire by Joyce Carol Oates: here's another book whose film adaptation I've seen first, but I'd like to read it all the same before classes start and I go back to reading what's assigned.