Millennial Blur

I swear, once you hit 30, all your days, weeks, months, and even years, become a major blur. I don’t know where May went … and June is halfway over. I’d like to think that as a teacher, my summers would be full of adventure and fun, but uhm, I’m still just doing a lot of cleaning and cooking. I don’t actually mind it, but time flies even when you aren’t having fun.

millennialguideI got a new book today and am looking forward to reading through it.

Even though I’m on the cusp of being a Millennial, I’m working through a book by Alison Lea Sher titled The Millennial’s Guide to Changing the World A New Generation’s Handbook to Being Yourself & Living With Purpose. If the title isn’t long enough for you, the 288 pages of handbook material might be.

I’m only a few pages into Sher’s book, but am enjoying her friendy tone, her down-to-earth style of writing, and her reminder that as Millennial’s, we can be more. I look forward to more work through the book and seeing what other advice Sher has to offer her readers.

I’ll be in touch with a full review of this book soon enough, but wanted to let you know I am being more than just a stay-at-home-stepmom; I’m doing things, too!

What are you doing? What are you reading?

Books of Late

I’ve been keeping myself busy with forcing out words and taking in words. The outwardly forced words aren’t quite ready to be shared, but the words I’m taking in have been interesting and worth sharing.

I Am Watching You by Teresa Driscoll was a thriller/mystery that had me rushing through the pages. A woman overhears (and oversees?) something on a train that leads to her “accidental” involvement in a young girl’s disappearance. Worth the read, 3.5/5.

#METOO: A Supernatural Thriller by L. Seifert was a fun read. During the current #MeToo movement, a story that takes a magical look at methods of dealing with sexual pressures from men. I have more to say about this book, but want to give it its own entry, as the author deserves a deeper review than It was a fun read. I tore through it trying to figure out ‘whodunit.’ I was impressed by the new take on “cell phones” and a feminist movement. More soon. 🙂

Lies that Bind Us by Andrew Hart wrapped me up and dragged me into its story. A third of the way through the story, we learn that our narrative is pathologically untrustworthy. This threw me for a HUGE loop as the entire book is “based” on the lies that wrap us within the lives of those around us. However, if my narrator is lying about lying, who is actually lying? Great read; 5/5 no qualms.

The Selection by Kiera Cass was a young adult fiction piece I’ve seen my former students reading. I was offered it free and thought I’d give it a chance. It was an easy read, pretty stereotypical girl meets boy, girl falls in love with boy, girl shouldn’t be in love with boy, don’t know the ending of boy and girl because it’s a series. Most of me is not even interested in picking up the second in the series, so that might tell you a bit about how serious this entertainment is. (Hey, at least I’m honest.)

What have you been reading?

A Book Survey

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  1. Favorite childhood books? The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster, The Cay by Theodore Taylor, The Pushcart War by Jean Merrill.pexels-photo-373465.jpeg
  2. What books do you have on request at the library? Currently three of them. Life As A Pioneer on the Oregon Trail by Jeri Freedman, Frontier Grit: The Unlikely True Stories of Daring Pioneer Women by Marianne Monson, and Surviving the Journey: The Story of the Oregon Trail by Danny Kravitz.
  3. What do you currently have checked out at the library? Strangely enough, I have two books out right now, but my online account says only one. Good thing I’ve read Oregon Trail Revisited by Gregory Franzwa before and will return it. I also have Pioneer Children on the Journey West by Emmy E. Werner.
  4. Do you prefer to read one book at a time, or several at once? Ultimately I prefer to read one at a time in order to keep the story lines straight; but oftentimes I have multiple books going because I read for different aspects of my life.
  5. How often do you read out of your comfort zone? I think I’d say “regularly,” at this point. Growing up I avoided anything out of my comfort zone, but now-a-days I am willing to pick up and give any book a shot.
  6. What is your reading comfort zone? Anything but science fiction, but as I said in number five, I’ll read that now, too.
  7. Can you read on the bus? Yes. Also in a car, on a train, in an airplane, while walking, and quite possibly I could read a book while I ride my bike. I’m pretty talented.
  8. Do you ever dog-ear books? Yes; I see no problem in making a book mine if it’s going to be mine.
  9. Do you ever write in the margins of your books? All. The. Time. I love to “close read” and annotate while I have a new books. Many of my nonfiction books are both dog-eared AND written all over. Love on your books, they’re just paper!
  10. What will inspire you to recommend a book? If I can’t stop thinking about a book after I’ve finished it, I want to share it. If I stay up too late at night reading a book, I’ll recommend it. If a book made me think, cry, or question my own life, I’ll tell other people about it!

WWW Wednesday, 4/25/18

“For those of you who don’t know, WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Taking on a World of Words.” Today, I found this lovely meme at Peaks and Pages. To particippexels-photo-261909.jpegate, just answer the following questions:

1. What did you read last?

The last book I was reading is Pioneer Children on the Journey West by Emmy E. Werner. I went to the library ALONE last night and got to pick out some historical nonfiction to help my own word count. Recounting a child’s trek across the out-West trails is an insight I gladly welcome.

2. What are you currently reading?

The words on this screen? Okay, so I guess the first question and this question deserve different answers, even if they are close to the same question. For pleasure, I am reading The Rendezvous Series by Win Blevins which I blogged about a few days back. Sam is on his adventure to St. Louis at this point, and he’s already had a few tough twists and turns in his life. Pick it up if you’re into well-written and cleanly described historical fiction.

3. What will you read next?

I don’t know. I rarely plan which book comes after the one I’m working on. The Rendezvous Series is a series, though, so if I’m loving the first part of Sam’s trek out West this much, I would bet that books 2-6 (yes, there are SIX! of them) will be right behind the first of the series.