Monday, September 29, 2014

100 Word Challenge: "...the smile..."

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This week's prompt from the 100 Word Challenge For Grown Ups posted on Julia's Place is "...the smile..."


The smile hides her displeasure of the situation. You can't see the irritation in her eyes. Her "bless your heart" hides her annoyance. A true lady's feeling never show. Anger, frustration, or pain, you'll never know.


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Musing Mondays: September 29




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Each week, MizB over at Should Be Reading asks six reading-related topics for bloggers to choose from.

This week's topic: What book are you currently desperate to get your hands on? Tell us about it!

A couple of summers ago, I got really into Debbie Macomber's Cedar Cove series. I ended up reading all twelve books all in a row. This wasn't my first foray into Debbie. My mom actually introduced me to her a few years before as light reading after a semester of heavy required reading (which was every semester for me since I majored in English). Around twenty books later, I can't wait to get a hand on her newest book Love Letters

This is actually the third book in the Rose Harbor series, which takes place in Cedar Cove and has many characters that were featured throughout the C.C. series. I got lucky by finding the audiobook for the first two (which I listened two on a couple of the road trips I took last year). Hoping to find the audiobook for Love Letters as well, so I can listen to it now (during my workouts or commute) instead of having to wait until the end of the semester to read over the winter break. 

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Monday, September 22, 2014

Musing Mondays: September 22

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Each week, MizB over at Should Be Reading asks six reading-related topics for bloggers to choose from.

This week's topic: Tell us what book(s) you recently bought for yourself or someone else, and why you chose that/those book(s).

Last week, I mentioned that most of my reading time has been taken up with reading required books and stories for school. Needless to say, those are the books I recently bought for myself.

Instead, I'll mention some books that I bought one of my cousins for her 14th birthday. One was a book for high schoolers (she's just entering 9th grade...just feels like yesterday, I was holding her as a newborn and hoping she wouldn't pee on me...but that's a different story for a different day) that breaks down what college-bound students should do each year they're in high school. The name escapes me (sorry about that), but I also bought her a book called Fiske Guide To Getting Into The Right College. Along the same line as the last one, it breaks down what needs to be done when concerning standardized testing, applying, and all that jazz. 

I know both are heavy for someone just entering high school, but a lot of our conversations before her birthday were dealing with where she was wanting to go and what she wanted to study. She specifically asked for something along the lines of what I got her (otherwise, she would've gotten the customary gift I give to teens/adults: gift cards, a dinner out, or straight cash homie). 

I do want her to enjoy her high school years and live to the fullest, but with things the way they are now, it's never too soon to focus for the future and prepare now for it. And I have gotten word that she enjoyed both books and has been reading and keeping up with the timeline. All I could ask for. 

Right now, I'm looking forward to one of the longer school breaks. I've promised her a road trip to tour some of the colleges that she's looking out that are closer to where I am than where she is. And as I've learned from someone who promised to take to see each of the Twilight movies if she kept a B average at school, she has a verrrry good memory! 

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Wednesday Poetry Prompt: Hold (Blank)


Hold (Your Apology)

It happened again
Just hold your apology
Heard it all before 


Note: this poetry prompt was found here

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100 Word Challenge: "…as the waves gently lapped I…."

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This week's prompt from the 100 Word Challenge For Grown Ups posted on Julia's Place is "… as the waves gently lapped I …."


As the waves gently lapped, I took another step into the water. Now covered to my ankle, the waves gently move their way around me as if I'm not here at all. I pick up a stone on the water's edge, flick my wrist and watch it go. One ripple, then two, then another one. I watch as it skips along the clear blue water until it stops and sinks to its final resting place on the bottom. The waves gently move their way around as if it was never here at all.



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WWW Wednesday: September 17



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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?

• What are you currently reading? I'm currently reading John Steinbeck's Red Pony, Annie Proulx's Brokeback Mountain, and John Griswold's Pirates You Don't Know (all for school)


• What did you recently finish reading? I recently finished Jane Austen's Pride And Prejudice (and only because of an audiobook I was able to find on Youtube that had captions going alongside. Thank you CCProse!!!) and Bluff City Pawn by Stephen Schottenfeld. Once again, these were for class as a lot of what I'll be reading for the next two-three months.



• What do you think you’ll read next? Well, according to my syllabi, I will next be reading Colson Whitehead's The Illusionist and a novel of my choice so I can write my analytical paper. 




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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Authors I've Only Read One Book From But NEED to Read More

 

This week's Top Ten list from The Broke and the Bookish: Top Authors I've Only Read One Book From But NEED to Read More

1. F. Scott Fitzgerald. Technically, I listened to The Great Gatsby on audiobook earlier this year, but I would love to read more stories from Fitzgerald since I'm a huge fan of many things 1920s. It was an interesting mix of the excesses of prosperity and the trauma that WWI caused some of the day's most famous writers to suffer from. How their stories deal with this mixture has always been fascinating to me. 

2. J.D. Salinger: Another technicality. This time, it's because I've only read half of The Catcher In The Rye. So I'd like to read all of that one as well as Franny and Zooey that has been on my shelf for almost a decade. 

3. Lorraine Hansberry: I've read, seen, and heard A Raisin In The Sun, but I would love to read To Be Young, Gifted, and Black (which has also been on my bookshelf for way too long without my finally getting around to reading it)

4. Frances Mayes: I loved Under The Tuscan Sun and recently acquired Every Day In Tuscany. That will most likely be going on my holiday break to-read list.

5. Robin Roberts: I know Everybody's Got Something just came out not too long ago, but I would love to learn more about Robin's time at ESPN. I watched her on Sportscenter when I was younger, so I would love to read about her time in Bristol and how it was like being a pioneer for African American women.

6. John Green: Still mourning over The Fault In Our Stars like the rest of the people who only heard about the novel after hearing that the movie was coming out (which I still haven't seen btw, but may Netflix it when it's released). I found Looking For Alaska at Half Price years ago, but have never read it. Will rectify this soon.

7. Kaye Gibbons: Okay, so I'm cheating with this one since I've read both Ellen Foster books, but still. I'd like to read some non-Ellen books to see if they captivate me the same way Ellen Foster did when I was younger.

8. Janet Fitch: Loved loved loved loved White Oleander as a teen (and now, of course). As of right now, I only have two other titles to choose from, so I may just check out both from the library and read them when I get a chance.

9. Harper Lee: Wishful thinking, I know, but a girl can dream right? If we only get To Kill A Mockingbird, that's more than enough for me. Classic.

10. Dorothy Allison: I read Bastard Out Of Carolina in middle school (I know, I know...was way too young to be reading that. I've heard that many times before). If nothing else, I would love to read Cavedweller after watching the film adaptation starring Kyra Sedgwick and Kevin Bacon (yes, for you guys who play Six Degrees Of Kevin Bacon: here's another connection!)


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Monday, September 15, 2014

Musing Monday: September 15

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Each week, MizB over at Should Be Reading asks six reading-related topics for bloggers to choose from.

This week's topic: Describe one of your reading habits

Well, now that school is back in session, my current reading habit is reading what has been assigned to me! For my four classes, I have ten books to read in addition to short stories and fiction pieces for my workshop class. As you may imagine, it doesn't give me a whole lot of time to read for pleasure, but I'm sure to get that in as well. 

Mainly, I go to my tried and true and read Fanfiction in my free time. Can't believe I've been reading for twelve years now (thanks Sami!!!) I like how most of the chapters are pretty short. I only need around 10 minutes to so to read each update, so I'll do that if I have the time or during the weekend (I have a no homework policy on the weekends. Otherwise, I'll literally burn myself out...again) 

Another way I get around mainly reading things for school is by listening to audiobooks. I'm able to read one story while listening to another without getting the two mixed up, so I will do that if I'm hanging out around campus. If I'm going somewhere that will take more than a few minutes, I'll also take an audiobook along for the ride so I won't always be at the mercy of the radio.

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