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WHERE Are You Reading Challenge 2015

Where are you reading? Challenge 2015 as seen on Sheila’s blog at Bookjourney.net

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Where Are You ReadingJanuary 1 2015 – December 21st 2015

From the website that brings you the weekly meme, What Are You Reading, it seem only appropriate that I continue to host the WHERE Are You Reading Challenge.  I started hosting this challenge in 2010 and have enjoyed marking off the states every year  🙂

How do you decide what state a book is categorized under?

1.  In a fiction read it would be the State or Country that the book spends the most time in.  (Ie. If your main character is from Wisconsin but the book is all about his/her time in college in California – the books should categorize under California….)

2.  Non fiction reads categorize  in whatever State or Country it is about (Ie…. a book about fly fishing in Colorado is a Colorado point, and a book about women in Afghanistan is an Afghanistan point.

3.  If the book…

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It’s Not Just You

Just as I finish writing my post, I see this on another blog. It’s exactly what I needed to read today.

The Daily Dahlia

Confession: probably my biggest pet peeve on the planet is when people start a question with “Am I the only one who…?” No. You’re not. You’re not the only one who writes that way, reads that way, likes that food, likes that band, thinks Benedict Cumberbatch sounds like a Game of Thrones character or looks like someone squeezed Spongebob and stuck googly eyes on him…you’re just not. But. There’s a different kind of “Is it just me?” feeling, and that’s the stress of when you’re drowning in something and nobody’s talking about it and you feel like everyone’s got it together but you, and so you don’t wanna say a thing, and it all snowballs until you basically wanna curl up and die. I know that feeling. It’s why I wrote this post after splitting with my first agent. So in case you are wondering any of these things, I…

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Finally slowing down…

I have been procrastinating writing lately and I’m not sure why.  I have no outside obligations and I’m not working right now, so I should have plenty of time to write, right?

Well, for some reason, I’m at a loss for words.  I have read many books since I finished internship and graduated with my degree in Information and Library Sciences.  So there are plenty of reviews to write.  But, I hesitate.

Will anyone read what I write?

Does it matter?

I just need to write for myself, right?

I have a book review blog.  I have a memoir blog.  I also have an adoption blog.  There are so many things to write that I don’t know where to start.

Anyone else know what I mean?

So now that I have all the time in the world and the kids are out of school for the summer, I should not have any trouble writing.  But I do.

We are in a new stage of life with kids coming and going and careers changing.  I just have to be patient and see what God has in store for this family.  He has a plan, I just don’t know what it is yet.

In the meantime, I will keep reading, catching up on books I wanted to read while spending six years in college and working.  Hopefully I will stop dwelling and having a pity party and just write.  Because if I don’t now when I have time, I won’t have time when I want to write.

Sorry for the whining, I just wanted to get some thoughts out on the screen and hopefully awaken the sleeping writer inside.

Here’s a picture of one of my very favorite places in the world, The Cliffs of Moher in Ireland.

My hubby and I in Ireland.

My hubby and I in Ireland.

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The 10 Most Memorable Moms in New Fiction – Guest Post by Andrea Lochen

The Book's the Thing

I’m very excited to be able to bring you a guest post today from Andrea Lochen, author of Imaginary Things. I think any of the titles on Andrea’s list would also make touching gifts for the mom who loves to read as much as you do! 

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Check out this review of Orphan Train

Here is a review by Chandra: http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/745745062

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Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Book Store by Robin Sloan

I loved this book too! Books about books, what could be better? Thanks to Book journey for the review.

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Clay Jannon, a San-Francisco web designer, finds work during a rocky economy as the 10 pm – 6 am clerk at a 24-hour book store.  While there is not a lot of action during these strange nighttime open hours; the few people who do come in are not purchasing books, but checking out large strange volumes from the far corners of the store as allowed by the store’s owner, Mr. Penumbra.

Clay suspects that store must be somehow doing something illegal through these so-called “customers” and lending of books…but in his searching, Clay discovers something much bigger than the volumes that occupy the store….

What is it about books about books?  I mean really… how dorky can I get?  Yet, when a title mentions a book store, or a book club… I want to know more.

Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Book Store by Robin Sloan is a fun read, or in…

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Bout of Books Update

Bout of Books

Well, I wasn’t as successful as I had hoped.  But I tried, right?  That has to count for something!

Here’s what’s happened in the last few weeks:  I transferred to another school library and reduced my hours to part-time to give me time to finish my homework without staying up all night and give me more time with my family.  The two weeks before I transferred, I had to get everything ready at the old school and tie everything up in a nice little bow.  Or at least I tried to.   And, I got sick, thanks to all of the lovely teenagers at the school I worked at, they are so nice in sharing!

Plus, my Dad came into town for the car show for his birthday.  We had such a blast!  The picture below is my Dad and husband with their favorite car.

I did manage to finish 11/22/63 while he was here so we could talk about it.  It was a great book and not your typical Stephen King thriller. Which means, with all of my homework, family and work obligations, I did not finish the Bout of Books Challenge.  “sigh”  I really wanted to, but life happens, right?

Here’s the results of my Challenge:

My Goals:

I plan to read 4 books during the week of January 6th-January 12th, 2014

Books to Read

1.  Finish Under the Jewelled Sky by Alison McQueen-  Done!  I finished this earlier than January 6th.  Good book!

2. Finish 11/22/63 by Stephen King- Done!  I finished this a week later than I wanted to, but it was worth the long read!

3. Good Tidings and Great Joy: Protecting the Heart of Christmas by Sarah Palin- started this one, but not finished.

4. Christmas Bliss by Mary Kay Andrews- Didn’t even start this one!

5. Winners by Danielle Steel- this one I threw in there just in case I have more time!- Yeah, right!  Not even close!

Now, I have more books to add to my TBR list and maybe add another challenge while I’m at it.  We’ll see.  I should be able to with my part-time schedule, but something always gets in the way.  Good thing I’m a night owl!

Happy Reading!

Chandra

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Update on Memoir

Well, not a lot, to be perfectly honest.

We spent a week with our family in Germany this summer and I tried to write down everything I heard and saw while we were there. But, most of the conversation was in German and my notes are a bit incomplete.  We are sharing information with the help of other family members. All of us are busy with our daily life and haven’t had time to do much research.

This book is always on my mind and I dream of sitting down and writing away. But, I have my job, school and my family to take care of and this book keeps getting pushed aside. I feel bad that I haven’t been able to write anything at all and I am beginning to wonder if I have enough creativity and writing aptitude to pull it off. My class in Creative Writing didn’t go very well this last semester and it was disappointing to say the least. I was truly too busy to put much effort into writing anything. I tried to write out a scene from the stories I had heard my father-in-law tell, but it didn’t come out well. Makes me wonder if I can do this.

I know family members are counting on me to get this done and written correctly. But I feel time is running out on some of the main characters and getting information from them is getting more and more difficult.

I thought the trip to Germany would help me write the book in it’s entirety when we got home. Silly thought, I know.  I think that the only way to get this done is to take off a full year and do all the research and writing without worrying about school and a job. Right now, that’s not possible and it drives me crazy.  Since Christmas Break is nearly over, I know I won’t be able to do much more on the research for a while.  I get Spring Break off and a two-month summer break in June and July.  I should have good blocks of time to research and write during these breaks.

The good news is that I sincerely want to write this book for the family and for me. It will show me that all of the dreaming I do about being a writer one day and writing a family history that the family approves of, is not just a dream. It can happen. I want to read more memoirs and write a few more. There are more stories to tell, not just my husband’s family’s story.

Well, that’s it for now. Not a lot of information yet, but rest assured, I am working on it. For now, just know my heart and soul is ready to start, I’m just waiting for the opportunity.

Meanwhile, here’s a picture of the street signs we saw in Germany while we were touring the places that my husband’s father was born in and grew up in.

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Bout of Books 9.0

Bout of Books

Well, it’s been awhile.  I neglected this blog the last four or five months because I let life get in the way.  I had good reasons, mind you, but I let it happen all the same.

When we got back from Germany, I started a new job the day after we landed at a high school as the Resource Center Specialist and Attendance Clerk.  I was still a bit jet-lagged and unsure the first few days but then I got into the work routine again and time flew by.  A few weeks later, I started four online classes for my Library Sciences Degree.  That took up a good deal of time.  Throw in our daughter’s cheer, dance and school routines with lots of homework (I don’t remember THAT much homework in 6th grade!) along with my mother and our 18 year old son moving out, and now here we are at Christmas Break.  It’s been a crazy few months since our fantastic vacation in July and I forgot how great it was to step back and truly relax.

Let me just say how happy I am I work for a school.  Having two weeks off during Christmas is the best thing ever!  Normally, I would have gone back to work for a few days, taken New Year’s off, and then go back again.  I didn’t realize how great it is to stay home, in my pajamas or sweats, and do what I want to do all day.  How liberating!   I highly recommend it!

So, now that I have had some off-time and finally getting back into reading and blogging again, I thought I would participate in this fun Reading Challenge I saw on one of my favorite blogs, Hopelessly Devoted Bibliophile. 

You can find this great blog here: http://www.hopelessbibliophile.com/2013/12/bout-of-books-90.html

You can sign up for this great challenge here: http://boutofbooks.blogspot.com/2013/12/bout-of-books-90-sign-up.html

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, January 6th and runs through Sunday, January 12th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 9.0 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

Here are the details of my challenge:

Time Devoted to Reading:
I will be reading all week.

My Goals:

I plan to read 4 books during the week of January 6th-January 12th, 2014

Books to Read

1.  Finish Under the Jewelled Sky by Alison McQueen

2. Finish 11/22/63 by Stephen King

3. Good Tidings and Great Joy: Protecting the Heart of Christmas by Sarah Palin

4. Christmas Bliss by Mary Kay Andrews

5. Winners by Danielle Steel- this one I threw in there just in case I have more time!

I will try to update daily, but if not, I will update as I finish each book.

There’s so much more to write about!  My new job, my classes that I did not finish as well as I wanted to, the memoir I still need to write, and other goings-on.  But, that’ll have to wait until next time.

Go check out the Book Challenge!  I can’t wait to get started!

Happy Reading!

Chandra

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Retrieving My Readers

I really like this blogger’s honesty because she speaks about one of my struggles in finding time to update my blog regularly. I want to but ” stuff” happens and the day is over. This blog gives me hope that I will be able to get back to what I love, reading and writing about books.

Book Journey

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Many moons ago (ok, 4+ years…) I started this little book review site called Book Journey.  It was a lot of fun to get going and every reader comment was so exciting to see in my email.  In those beginning years I was able to not only comment back to very comment given me, but if they were fellow bloggers I went and visited their blog as well.  This really was the start to my readership and my daily visitor stats grew.

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It really was a lot of fun to book chat every day with those I came to “know” through this blog.  I would learn their name, and remember things they posted so I could comment about their dog, something going on in their life, or a particular book we both enjoyed.  It was like a whole group of friends out there in the world that I may or…

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Author, Blogger, Social Media Jedi

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