Sunday, February 7, 2016

Photo Of The Day: January 25-31

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Taking Stock Sunday: February 7

 Originally saw this Taking Stock post on Meet Me At Mike's and thought it was the perfect end of the week post. 

Fave pic of the week.

Here are the latest happenings: 

Making: notes
Drinking: Naked or Odwalla every day (I don't eat enough or enough times a day to get all the fruit and veggie servings I need :~/)
Reading: Josh Kaufman's The Personal MBA
Wanting: to catch up on some TV shows
Looking: tired

Deciding: on which Ph.D programs that I want to apply to
Wishing: I didn't have to retake the GRE (though it might help to study for the right version this time around...long story....)
Enjoying: the peace and quiet
Waiting: for the night basketball games to start
Liking: these ideas
Wondering: how to create ^--- ideas on my budget
Loving: this playlist #90s forever!

Considering: what stories I want to write for workshop, for applications, and for submissions
Buying: a new computer monitor. 19 inch screen instead of 11!
Watching: Younger
Hoping: for a smooth week
Cringing: at the controversy that Formation is causing (though if it's true, it's deserved)

Questioning: how (or if) some of these story ideas can connect themselves into a collection 
Smelling: nothing (darn allergies)
Wearing: lounge clothes
Following: that having heat >>>>>>>>>>>> not having heat
Noticing: that my breakout is going away now that I realized I was using shampoo instead of body soap (another long story)
Thinking: about these new story ideas
Sorting: through a bunch of feelings and emotions that I'm not used to
Getting: ready for the week ahead
Bookmarking: this banana pudding recipe
Coveting: an Audible account (they have a wider selection than Overdrive)
Disliking: parts of The Autobiography of Malcolm X more than I thought I would. I think having to write a response paper about it enhanced said dislike.
Giggling: at Younger
Feeling: mixed emotions
Hearing: wind


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Saturday, February 6, 2016

Photo Of The Day: January 18-24

Sorry for dropping off the face of the earth (again...) It's been a really rough past couple of weeks. 

Trying to get back in the swing of things now....


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Thursday, February 4, 2016

Booking Through Thursday: February 4

Every week, Booking Through Thursday asks a reading-specific question. I thought it would be fun to go through their archives and see what all I could find and answer. Here's a post I found from 2009 and my answers:

Which do you prefer? (Quick answers–we’ll do more detail at some later date)
  • Reading something frivolous? Or something serious? Frivolous
  • Paperbacks? Or hardcovers? Paperback (easier to fit in purses)
  • Fiction? Or Nonfiction? Nonfiction
  • Poetry? Or Prose? Prose
  • Biographies? Or Autobiographies? Autobiography
  • History? Or Historical Fiction? Historical Fiction
  • Series? Or Stand-alones? Both (but series if I can find/read them all back to back)
  • Classics? Or best-sellers? Either? Though most of the books on my to-read list aren't classics or best-sellers. 
  • Lurid, fruity prose? Or straight-forward, basic prose? Straight forward. Why spend 3,000 words saying what you can in 300?
  • Plots? Or Stream-of-Consciousness? As long as I can follow it, either.
  • Long books? Or Short? No preference. Good is good.
  • Illustrated? Or Non-illustrated? Non-illustrated (but I love pics in autobiographies or memoirs)
  • Borrowed? Or Owned? Borrowed (gives me the inspiration I need to read them in a timely manner so I can return them)
  • New? Or Used? Used




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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

WWW Wednesday: February 3


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Each week, Sam over at Taking on a World of Words 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?
  • African American Literature 1930-1960: Langston Hughes's Not Without Laughter
  • African American Literature 1960-1988: The Autobiography of Malcolm X
  • The U.S. Since 1945: Chapter 3 of Steven M. Gillon's The American Paradox and handouts
  • The World Since 1945: Chapter 2 of P.M.H. Bell's The World Since 1945
Pleasure/Other Reads: 
I've started Josh Kaufman's The Personal MBA: Master The Art of Business, but other than that, haven't had much inclination to read what hasn't been assigned for the past few days.

 
• What did you recently finish reading?


  • African American Literature 1930-1960:  Lorraine Hansberry's Raisin In The Sun
  • African American Literature 1960-1988: Handouts of chapters and journal articles and James Baldwin's Another Country.
  • The U.S. Since 1945: Chapter 2 of Steven M. Gillon's The American Paradox and handouts
  • The World Since 1945: Chapter 1 of P.M.H. Bell's The World Since 1945
Pleasure/Other Reads: 
I didn't get much reading done at all last week. Going to spend the rest of the week trying to catch up on everything I've missed.


• What do you think you’ll read next?
  • African American Literature 1930-1960: Zora Neale Hurston’s Jonah’s Gourd Vine
  • African American Literature 1960-1988: Alice Walker's The Third Life of Grange Copeland
  • The U.S. Since 1945: Chapter 4 of Steven M. Gillon's The American Paradox
  • The World Since 1945: Chapter 3 of P.M.H. Bell's The World Since 1945
Pleasure/Other Reads:
Going to get back in the swing of listening to Jan Karon's At Home In Mitford and submission reading as things start getting back to normal.



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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Historical Settings I Love

 

This week's Top Ten list from The Broke and the Bookish: Top Ten Historical Settings I Love

1. The American South during the Civil Rights Movement: since this time in history got glossed over during every history class until I made it college, I used fiction and nonfiction book written about and during this period to supplement my knowledge. Nowadays, I still love learning and reading about all things 1960s, so this remains one of my top picks.

2. America during The Great Depression: can't really pinpoint why I starting liking this decade so much, but I think reading Tom Brokaw's The Greatest Generation got me interested in learning more about the people who grew up during the 1930s and came of age during (or because of) World War II.

3. The 1920s: I listened to The Great Gatsby and started my Harlem Renaissance class within days of each other a couple of years ago. Ever since then, I have been fascinated by what I ended up calling the converging literary movements of Interwar America. In one decade, the Lost Generation and the Renaissance had their heydays. Still blows my mind thinking about it.

4. Turn of the 20th Century: this is all thanks to reading The Color Purple in 1999. As we were preparing for Y2K (remember that??? good times...), I started reading a lot of books and stories from or about the turn of the 20th century to see what all had changed in the past 100 years (and to see what all was still the same). Taking African American Literature 1850-1900 last semester reintroduced me to this time period, and I'm hoping to dedicate some of my pleasure reading to books from or about this time.

5. Vietnam War Era/Counterculture: I reckon I'm a hippie born in the wrong time in history because I have always loved the whole counterculture aura of the late 60s (music, the prospect of hitchhiking across country (or riding in a VW Bug) TV shows, etc. (well, everything except the prospect of missing out on bathing...I'm pro good personal hygiene, so that part may be tough) ). And living through the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq really made me interested in learning about those who fought in the Vietnam War.

6. World War II/The Greatest Generation: I think I've mentioned this before, but I wasn't really allowed out of the house during the summer when I was middle school. That meant all day by myself watching TV. While I watched plenty of TRL and reruns on TNT (ER, NYPD Blue, and Law and Order for the win!), I also watched copious amounts of The History Channel, especially the programs about World War II. That led to checking out a lot of books about this era from the library when I got to go.

7. Mid 1990s: may have missed out on the late 1960s, but I got to experience the 90s and am constantly nostalgic for all things 90s (mainly thanks to Buzzfeed posts). I think this was around the time that YA novels really started blowing up, but I missed out on the trend and like going back and reading what I missed out on. 

8. 1950s: I used to not like learning about this decade in my history classes or when I was watching documentaries, but will plow through so I could get to the 60s. However, I've found a new appreciation for the 50s over the past few years (not going to lie: Grease, Happy Days, and American Graffiti have helped with that a lot). The chaos of the 1960s wouldn't have happened without the 1950s laying the groundwork, so what used to bore me now interests me. 

9. Postbellum America: I haven't read a lot of fiction from this time period, but reading nonfiction about Reconstruction and the first few years of a reunited America are fascinating to me.

10. Present Day: I'm not sure what to call this era of literature, but some of the best things to read or listen to are things recently published. As my to-do list grows longer by the day, I want to make sure I balance the past and recently released to have a broad range of books to enjoy.  


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