October 15th. I love it.

Halfway through the month to my favorite holiday of the year!

First thing up this week, reading parties. I love it. On Friday, I hosted the best kind of party there is – a Reading Party! That’s literally what it is. People come over and you read. There’s not a lot of conversation unless it has to do with the book you’re reading and you can go 45 minutes without even acknowledging each other. Isn’t that great? We weren’t even reading the same books so you can’t even call it a book club. We did make alcoholic peach smoothies and play with my cats. I’ll be hosting one again soon, I’m sure!

I love it.

Next up, passing my first grad school class. I love it. I got my final grade back for my first class, Curriculum Design, and I aced it. 100%. Even with a final paper that could have been way better. I just hope that the rest of my classes are this easy.

I love it.

Finally, Halloween movie marathons. I love it. I’ve ben on a cleaning spree all day and I think it’s been fueled by Halloween movies. After I caught up on all of my shows for the week, I took to Netflix. I’ve watched “Coraline” and “Sleepy Hollow.” “The Nightmare Before Christmas” is next, probably followed by another movie or reading. Halloween is my favorite time of year! I’ve been waiting 11 months for this!

I love it. It’s great. Everything’s great.

I love it.

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April 9th. I love it.

So glad that’s over!

First up this week friends is Middle Grade novels. I love them. This week I read “You Throw Like a Girl” and “Chester and Gus.” I won’t tell you the details now (but read my reviews) but they both meant a lot to me. Middle Grade novels are the types of books I like to write and reading great books like these makes me want to work even harder at writing. I hope that with some time off this summer I can work on the two projects I started/finished this fall. If you’re in the mood to read the first draft of 2 middle grade novels, let me know and I’ll send copies to you for editing!

I love it.

Next up, having multiple teams to root for. I love it. Now that it’s baseball season, my TV is on a lot more. Sometimes I watch games that I wouldn’t think I’d be interested in on MLB TV and get so engrossed with the game, I don’t realize I have other things I was supposed to be doing. While the Indians will always be my team, I can’t forget about my friends that play on the Red Sox (Steven Wright), Twins (Chris Gimenez), and Blue Jays (TJ House). I’m also a huge Paul Goldschmidt fan (D-Backs) so I watch them consistently too. Oh, and I can’t forget Bud’s Dodgers. With all of these teams to root for, there is never s shortage of baseball at my house.

I love it.

Finally, lazy days. I love them. Yesterday I slept in till 10am and continued to lay in bed until I finished listening to the Focus 3 podcast (if you haven’t heard it, I’d start). Then I was motivated and went to the store but came right back home and lounged. I read an entire book (Chester and Gus), napped for a few hours while watching “Merlin”, one of my favorite shows (check it out on Netflix). Today was much of the same but I’ve been writing, watching baseball, and drinking lots of coffee. The cats even let me sleep in until 8:30am because I fed them last night. How nice of them.

I love it. It’s great. Everything’s great.

I love it.

Resolutions for 2017

My sister and I are all about reaching goals. Every Sunday, we text each other what our goals for the week are. Usually it involves how many times we want to work out and making sure we wait until Friday to get fancy coffee from Dunkin Donuts or Krispy Kreme before work. I am usually one to write down my yearly resolutions, but this year I want to make it public so people can call me on it.

Here are my resolutions for 2017:

  1. I’m going to read at least 25 books.
  2. I’m going to work out at least 3 times per week.
  3. I’m going to get back to the weight that I was when Bud and I started dating.
  4. I will not buy things impulsively and I’ll save all the money I can.
  5. I will not eat out unless I’m with friends for special occasions.
  6. I will write in my blog at least twice a week.
  7. I will finish editing “Henry Halpert vs. Darkness” and “Jake and the Search for a Hero”
  8. I’m going to pass my PLT and also my Praxis II in English.
  9. I’m going to read or finish the following book series:
    • The Chronicles of Narnia
    • Star Wars: The Original Trilogy
    • The Lord of the Rings
  10. I will create a habit of happiness.

What are your resolutions?

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Nerd Lists: Pros and Cons of Audiobooks

In the past year, I have become seriously obsessed with audiobooks. I don’t use Audible or anything mainstream because I found out that I can “borrow” them from the library. I mean, it’s free, it’s easy, and there are millions of books to pick from.

Arthur Read was right. “Having fun isn’t hard when you’ve got a library card.”

While I absolutely love what audiobooks can do for me, I have found some drawbacks. As I often do, I started a Pro/Con list so I’d thought I’d share it with you for some insight (whether you want it or not).

Pro: I can still be productive while I’m reading.

Before I started using audiobooks, I was always stressing out about finishing a book before it was do or I would put off chores and other necessary adult things because my mind wouldn’t be satisfied until I finished the book. Now, I can multitask. For instance, just last night, I put on my wireless headphones and started listening to “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.” While doing that, I cleaned my bathroom, did the dishes, and played with my cats. It’s like a win-win situation.

Con: I sometimes stop paying attention.

Just as easy as it is to multitask, it’s just as easy to forget to pay attention. There have been times where I find that I’m completely lost in the story and have no idea how we got there.

Pro: I can read more books.

Now, not only do I read a book, but I listen to one, too. I have a book (in physical form) with me at all times in the event that audiobooks aren’t appropriate and the other way around. I have 2 books I’m working on at all times. Double the pleasure reading, double the fun. It’s only September but I’ve already finished my goal of reading 25 books this year. So many more books can be read before December!

Con: It’s harder to update my Goodreads page.

One of my favorite, nerdy things to do is update my Goodreads page. I participate in the reading challenge every year and I take pride in updating what page I’m on in a book. It also lets me know what kind of pace I’m reading at so I can guess when I’ll finish it. With audiobooks, sure, you know what chapter you’re on, but there are no page numbers. It kills me to not be able to update how far along I am in a book. Sometimes, I’ll just take the total number of chapters and divide them to find the percentage of the book I have done, but it’s not the same feeling.

Pro: There’s the possibility for a non-stop reading fest.

Sometimes, if I own a book and I’m really into it, I’ll look for the audiobook. That way, when my eyes can no longer focus on the book, I can pick up right where I left off in audiobook format. This is something I use a lot. Last weekend, in fact, while reading “Cinder”, the first book of the Lunar Chronicles Series, I spent 14 hours reading, listening, and taking the occasional break. I would read until I thought of something I had to do and put the book on audio. Then, when I found myself having a hard time paying attention to the audio, I’d start reading the book again.

 

Looking at this list, it is clear to me that the pros outweigh the cons when it comes to audiobooks. Anyone interested in free audiobooks should talk to their local library about what they have to offer or support paid for audiobook sites like Audible.

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