Monday, June 9, 2014

It's Monday! What are you reading? & Summer Reading List Challenge


Every Monday, the lovely blogger, Shelia at Book Journey hosts a meme where bloggers share their reading material for the week as well as what they finished reading the week before. This is a great way to plan out your reading week and to see what others are currently reading as well.  

Currently I am reading A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin. It is the 2nd book in the Song of Ice and Fire series.  Over a 1000 pages long, I am only 30% into the book.  I am hoping I can get to 50% by the end of the week and be completely finish by the end of next week.


Along with reading A Clash of Kings, I posted a video about my "summer reading goals (list)" and what do you know...... A Novel Challenge created a post from Armchair By The Sea called "The Summer Reading List Challenge"!!!!

Timing could not have been greater!!!  The challenge is from May 25, 2014 - August 31, 2014.



What are you guys reading?  Have a great reading week!!!!!!

Monday, May 12, 2014

It's Monday! What are you reading? 05-12-14


Every Monday, blogger, Shelia at Book Journey hosts a meme where bloggers share their reading material for the week as well as what they finished reading the week before.  This is a great way to plan out your reading week and to see what others are currently reading as well. 

I didn't read anything last week.  It was a crazy week for me due to graduations and a death in the family, my head wasn't really into reading.  However the last book I read was Sula by Toni Morrison, here is my review:


This week I am participating in Bout of Books 10.  My goal for the readathon is to read 200 PAGES A DAY.  I am hoping this goal will assist me in finishing the following books:


And get halfway through this book:


If you are interested in wanting to know what I read in April, my May TBR and an in depth talk about my goals for Bout of Books 10, check out this video:


What are you guys reading for the week?

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Introduction to Bout of Books 10!

Bout of Books

It's that time again.... time for BOUT OF BOOKS!! I think I am in a better place (finally finished grad school!) to actually participate this time!.  If you are wondering what BOUT OF BOOKS is........

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 beings 12:01AM MONDAY, MAY 12TH and runs through 11:59PM SUNDAY, MAY 18TH 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 10 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. 
-From the Bout of Books team

Here is a video detailing my plans for BOUT OF BOOKS 10!

Sunday, April 27, 2014

APRIL 2014: Dewey's Read-a-thon HOUR 18 (Hour 12 for me)

I did it!

I went the entire 12 hours I designated for myself.  Throughout the 12 hours I complete one book:



And place a major dent in another:



While I set a task of reading a book (not necessarily completing them) every 2 hours, I actually didn't get to to do it.  However I still feel like this readathon was a success!  Could I done a lot more reading? Sure, but between talking on the phone with friends and a 1 1/2 nap, I think I did really good.  LOL

With that being sad, I am done for the night.  I will see you guys in the morning with the post meme questionnaire post.  

Keep going guys! You can do it!!!!!!!

Saturday, April 26, 2014

APRIL 2014: Dewey's Readathon HOUR 6 (Hour 1 for me)

Hey guys!

Finally finally finally am I able to participate in a read-a-thon without feeling guilty about not working on school assignments. Getting back on the read-a-thon track will take some getting use to so for this event I will only participate in 12 hours (noon until midnight - CST).  

Also within this 12 hour period I plan to tackle 6 books (2 hours for each).  Some may see this as unreasonable or crazy, but I don't want to get bored plus these books are all books that I am "currently" reading and hopefully within these 2 hours I will complete one.  I thought I would read one book at a time, but I just wanted to try something different this year.  Lets see how it works out.  Here are the six books I am referencing:



Here is the "Kick Off" Meme:

What fine part of the world are you reading from today?
Small town Louisiana!

Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?
A Clash of Kings.  I am really trying to catch up with this series in order to catch up with the damn show! LOL!

Which snack are you most looking forward to?
The snack I am looking forward to most are pickles and popcorn! LOL... 

Tell us a little something about yourself!
Lets see...... As of Tuesday, 4/22/14, I have officially finished my Masters of Social Work program!! I it has been a long 2 1/2 years, but I made it!  LOL... Now if I can just get that feeling of anxiety that I need to be working on something... Smh... LOL.

If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to?
Ummmmm........ Actually interacting with everyone and hopefully if times allow, stopping by my favorite blogs as well as new ones and unofficially cheering them on!





Monday, February 3, 2014

It's Monday! What are you reading? 02-03-14



Every Monday, blogger, Shelia at Book Journey hosts a meme where bloggers share their reading material for the week as well as what they finished reading the week before.  This is a great way to plan out your reading week and to see what others are currently reading as well. 

Below are the books I read in January and books I plan to read this month:




What are you reading this week?

Sunday, January 26, 2014

2014 Reading Challenges

Since the end of the month is almost approaching (who am I kidding, the end of the month is here), I been telling myself that I really need to do a break down of the 2014 Reading Challenges I plan to participate in.   Being that I am participating in SO MANY CHALLENGES, I plan to provide one every month throughout the  year.  However this post is just an intro in order to submit my entry into the challenges.

If you do not want to read the entire listing, here is a video I done about them:



Level PASSIONATE (4 Books)
This challenge is to focus on accomplishing one of your resolutions. Therefore the purpose is to find books that stimulate action towards your goals.  The goal I will focus on will be improving my blog.  

Level 3 GIRL POWER (11 books)
This challenge is to focus on women writers in general.  I narrowed my focus on feminists. 

Level 2 CD (10 books)
This challenge is to read more books on your Ereader. 

Level REBEL (6 books)
This challenge is to read books that have been banned from libraries. 

Level ITS NOT SO BAD OUT THERE (5 books)
This challenge intends to stretch your reading boundaries.  There are 14 categories (one of which you make up yourself) in order to get outside your "reading box"!  I chose the following categories:
  1. Classic Novel
  2. Read the 1st book in a series
  3. Its about time (a book that has been on my shelf for at least 2 years)
  4. Chunkster Time (a book over 500 pages)
  5. Category I created: Read 5 Bios

This is another challenge that helps you read out of your normal comfort zone.  There are 12 categories and they are:
  1. Award Winning
  2. True Crime (non fiction)
  3. Romantic Comedy
  4. Alternate History Fiction
  5. Graphic Novel
  6. Cozy Mystery Fiction
  7. Gothic Fiction
  8. War/Military Fiction
  9. Anthology
  10. Medical Thriller Fiction
  11. Travel (non fiction)
  12. Published in 2014


  1. January - Young Adult
  2. February - Contemporary
  3. March - Urban Fantasy
  4. April - Middle Grade
  5. May - Dystopian
  6. June - High Fantasy
  7. July - Adult
  8. August - Paranormal
  9. September - Romance
  10. October - Sci-Fi
  11. November - Historical Fiction
  12. December - New Adult

Level SHAPESHIFTER (3 books)
Speculative fiction is defined as science fiction, fantasy and horror. Within those categories exist many subcategories such as cyberpunk and psychological horror from a writer of color. 


The objective is to read those free ebooks you have on your ereader and they have to be LEGALLY obtained free ebooks. The goal is to read 12 books.


Mental Illness Advocacy Reading Challenge
Level AWARE (8 books)
This challenge is to raise awareness, knowledge, and acceptance of mental illness.  Reading both fiction and nonfiction of this challenge is an excellent way to broaden one's horizons and expose one to new ideas and ways to thinking and being as well as removing the stigma faced on a daily basis by those with a mental illness.

What reading challenges are you participating in?  Leave them in the comment section.




Monday, January 6, 2014

It's Monday!; Bout of Books 9.0; YouTube


Every Monday, blogger, Shelia at Book Journey hosts a meme where bloggers share their reading material for the week as well as what they finished reading the week before. This is a great way to plan out your reading week and to see what others are currently reading as well. 

Bout of Books

Being that it is also the week of Bout of Books 9.0, I will use this time to also discuss my TBR for the read-athon:

In addition to reading three nonfiction school related books I got from library, I will also tackle.....


Lastly, guess who created a channel on YouTube???? Me!  LOL... Take a look and leave a comment to tell me what you think.


What are you currently reading this week? Leave a comment and let me know. 

Friday, January 3, 2014

Bout of Books 9.0 is here!

Being that I have been M-I-A over the past 4-5 months due to experiencing the hardest semester of grad school yet, this read-a-thon came right on time!! LOL!
Bout of Books
The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda at "On a Book Bender" and Kelly at "Reading the Paranormal". It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01 am on Monday, 01/06/13 and runs through Sunday, 01/12/13 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. My objective for the read-a-thon is to get myself back into the habit of reading because I have not read for pleasure since August!! I have four books from the library (with a hella late fees) and book 2 of the Game of Thrones series awaiting me.

Monday, August 12, 2013

Day 12 of 31: It's Monday! What are you reading? 08/12/13




Every Monday, the wonderful blogger Sheila at Book Journey hosts a meme where bloggers share their reading material for the week as well as what they finished reading the week before. This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well.

This is my last week of freedom before school starts and I want to concentrate on getting myself organize because this last year of grad school is going to be crazy.  Therefore the books below are the ones I will be diving into.


As far as the books mention last week, I am still tackling them.  The nonfiction are "perpetual' reading books (at least in my opinion) so I have no specific time frame of when I will have them completed.  As far as the fiction, for some reason I really don't feel like reading them. Most likely when school start back I will go back into reading fiction. 





What are you guys reading this week?


Thursday, August 8, 2013

Day 8 of 31: Be Happy!

Now and then its good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy.
-Guillaume Apdlmaire

That's exactly what I am going to do tonight, just chill, watch TV, and be happy!  Hope you all have and/or had a great day!

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Day 7 of 31: Morning Routines

A couple of weeks ago I was reading a personal finance book and I came across a section that really spoke volumes to me. I can’t remember what it said verbatim, but it discussed how we start our day and the effect that it can have on us. It gave an excellent example of how getting up earlier, would eliminate buying coffee at a coffee shop and thus save you $100 a month/$1000 yearly. 

With a full time job, full time grad program, internship that is like a part time job and 2 blogs; I need to find time to do it all and create some sort of social life (hell I want a man… LOL).

I have come to the conclusion that if I can get my day started in the right direction, not only will it help financially, but also mentally, spiritually and physically. Now that I know there is a problem, it’s time to come up with a formula to garner a solution.  After reading several blog posts and articles about the effects of developing a morning routine, I thought....hmmmm this is exactly what I need for my problem.  

Current morning routine:
I go to bed at midnight or later.  I am SUPPOSE TO wake up at 5/5:30, but I hit the snooze button (or turn it off) until my 6am alarm goes off.  I jump up, get dress, grab items needed and run out the door to head to work (no breakfast).  Luckily I am only 10 mins from my place of employment, but trying to get to at 6:30 ALWAYS feel like l am in a high speed car chase.  Thus throughout the day I am hungry, cranky and plain ole exhausted.

For the rest of the month I plan to do the following in order to develop a better morning  routine:
  1. No internet after 10pm!
  2. Prepare the night before and go to bed at a decent time (aim to get 7-8 hrs of sleep).
  3. For the rest of the month I aim to wake up 30 minutes earlier.
  4. DO NOT HIT THE SNOOZE BUTTON!
  5. Take 3-5 minutes to meditate, pray and/or to read an entry of a daily devotional/bible.
  6. Do 15 minutes of Yoga or Stretch from the Daily Burn.
  7. Eat Breakfast.
  8. Shower and get dress.
  9. Plan out my day.
  10. Leave 10 minutes earlier than I usually would. 



Being that I am not a morning person, this will be a difficult habit to develop, but I am positive that I can accomplish it by the end of the month!  I will be back in September with an update. 

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Day 6 of 31: Procrastination, Tired and Lazy

I briefly stated in another post that I suffer from procrastination.  However sometimes I cannot tell the difference between procrastination, tired and laziness.   Procrastination is the act of putting off something while laziness is being slow moving and indolent and we all know what tired mean so no need for a definition.  Let’s take today as an example:

After working 11 hours today on 5 hours of sleep, I hopped in bed, checked Instagram, Vine and watched Youtube videos on Yard Locs and Marley braids. I knew I needed to get up and start working on posts not only for today, but also for tomorrow so that I can get a step ahead and have good momentum. But noooooo I just laid around. Why is that?


Am I procrastinating, being lazy or am I just plain ole tired?

Monday, August 5, 2013

Day 5 of 31: It's Monday, What are you Reading? 8/5/13


Every Monday, the wonderful blogger Sheila at Book Journey hosts a meme where bloggers share their reading material for the week as well as what they finished reading the week before.  This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well.

Due to my crazy schedule, I have been in a pretty bad reading slump.


I have been reading Wicked by Gregory Maguire since April and I have not gotten pass page 22.  Its not that I do not find the book enjoyable, but with my schedule (and Games of Thrones readalong) I just haven't had the time to get into it.


A perpetual read that is on my night stand is The Purpose Driven Life.  The initial plan was to read a chapter a night for the 40 days and since that didn't happen, I just read a chapter when the mood hits me.  Currently on day 12.




Currently I am on a quest of reading/studying the Bible. Therefore I am reading several books (at one time) in order to assist me with this journey. There will be a post soon.


Lastly, I really want to start the second book in the Fire and Ice Series, but with school approaching and really wanting to finish Wicked, I may just wait until September before trying to tackle the book.


What about you guys?  What are you reading this week?