Monday, December 11, 2017

#AMonthofFaves: Blogger Love Edition and a Video!

#AMonthofFaves [The Blogger Love Edition] - Recommend some bloggers and for us to check out and tell us what you like about each blog, e.g. bookish, food, fashion, travel, lifestyle, money, mom blogs, productivity etc.

Hey hey hey! Busy weeks are busy, and I'm off to a breakneck start. If #AMonthofFaves was going to happen today, it had to be a quick, one-shot deal, so here we are with a Facebook Live video: some shout-outs, what I'm reading, and some quick life updates. Exciting stuff! 

My blogger and vlogger shout-outs! 

Koffee - SIMS4/gaming

Deligracy - SIMS4/gaming

Sarah's Bookshelves

Running N' Reading

Doing Dewey

Amanda's Fig and Thistle Youtube - I brain farted and didn't mention you in the video, but I LOVE YOUR CHANNEL!

My favorite "follow me around" vloggers post

Whew! Don't forget to visit my partners in crime: Kim, Tanya Patrice, and Tamara! Link your own post below! 

Friday, December 08, 2017

#AMonthofFaves: 3 Popular Books Worth the Hype

I HAVE THINGS TO SAY ABOUT THIS PROMPT! I had to go back into Goodreads and poke around, but I definitely have things to say.

I've mostly been out of the popular book loop but some of these are overall-popular while others are probably more popular within their own genre communities. Let's dig in!

I will read abso-freaking-lutely-anything that Caitlin Doughty writes. Then I'll probably listen to it, too. She's become an auto-buy author for me, and From Here to Eternity: Traveling the World to Find the Good Death did not dissapoint in the slightest. I love her candor and humor in regards to death practices all over the world. She reminds me a bit of Mary Roach in Stiff in the way that she's able to find a giggle in the morbid without being disrespectful at all. Open pyre funeral in Colorado, anyone?

Ohhh, Roxane slay my heart every time. I listened to Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body all in one go as I was driving to Tennessee to meet up with friends, and while it gutted me, it was also the perfect way to listen. As a fat woman, I could relate so much to Gay's point of view and to many of her life life online, taking stupid chances, moving across the country. It was a lot of similarity...experientially and emotionally. It was so good to hear someone give voice to issues I've grappled with my whole life but never knew how to express.

I am SO not into Archie comics, and I never have been. They're enough of a cultural staple that I know enough to follow along if I want to watch Riverdale, but a fangirl I am not. However, as is the case with a lot of things I don't love (see Wizard of Oz, Alice in Wonderland), I adore a good take-off...something that spins a same-old, meh-for-me story on its head, and that's exactly what Afterlife with Archie vol. 1 does. The characters are just a bit screwier, darker, deader. I loved this first volume so much I gave it five stars, and I'm already on to the issues that comprise volume 2. It's available for download on Comixology Unlimited if that's a thing you do.

So there ya have it...three popular books (in very diferent circles) worth the hype!

What were some of your faves this year? Link up down below and don't forget to visit Tamara, Tanya Patrice, and Kim!

Wednesday, December 06, 2017

This Is How We Blog (#AMonthofFaves)

This Is How We Blog #AMonthofFaves – Essential Computer Programs, Browser Plugins, Websites and / or your blogging routine, blogs on blogging that you follow, blog tips you learned and used this year
I feel like, for me, #AMonthofFaves will be a lot of me writing, "Hey! I didn't do this much in 2017!"

I haven't felt much like talking. Writing. I have things to say, and I say them to my Representatives' staffers on the phone, and via FAX, and on Women in Science postcards, and in rants and snark on Facebook and Twitter. I share short snippets and memories on Instagram. Blogging just hasn't been a thing I can do. Longer-form sharing just hasn't been my bag.

I hope it's my thing in 2018. It's starting to feel better.

Don't forget to LINK UP! Visit Tamara, Kim, and Tanya Patrice!

Tuesday, December 05, 2017


I know, I know. It's December, and there are already bloggy events going on (see #AMonthofFaves), and holidays, and whatnot. BUT, personally, I have a two-week break from work coming up, my kiddo is usually at his dad's for several days around the holidays, and I plan to READ, READ, READ.

In fact, I decided to make an event: #DecemberBookBinge because I will be book bingeing FOR SURE. It's not so much about the numbers as it is about feeling like reading, having the time, and using that time wisely.

Want to join the binge? I hope you will. Set a goal, maybe even an arbitrary one, and enjoy your reading. No pressure, just community reading fun.

My personal goal is 10 books in December, but if I don't make that, I don't give a fig (see more about figs below). I'll still enjoy the books I do read.

I think this will also be a nice companiion to Amanda's (FigandThistleBooks) #cozyfig Instagram event which is super brilliant and laid back. You can also learn more about Amanda's challenge on her BookTube channel

If you want to sign up, go for it! Or just hashtag #DecemberBookBinge wherever you're buzzing about books. 

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