Featured Books

Featured Book: On Writing by Stephen King

All Book’d Up’s featured book for the week of April 1, 2018 is On Writing by Stephen King.Onwriting There are hundreds of books available that are devoted to the writing craft. This book is very easy to read and entertaining in a way that only King can accomplish. Click the link to learn more about this book and grab a copy for yourself. You’ll thank me later.

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2018 Reading Challenge

I haven’t been making the best progress with my 2018 reading goals. I always have the best intentions; however, I seem to get caught up doing other things when I would rather be reading. While browsing the Web this morning I came across this article listing 7 ways to read morepexels-photo-775998.jpeg. I think trying some of these will help me accomplish my 75 book goal for the year.

Does anyone else have a huge reading goal for this year?

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Featured Book of the Week

This week’s featured book is the Tale of Peter Rabbit. I thought this book would be perfect to feature with Easter coming up. We’re in the early days of Spring and it won’t be long before there are little bunnies hopping around in my back yard. This is a board book that I’m sure all kids would enjoy. Click the link to head over to the bookstore to buy your copy now!

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My (terrible) Reading Habits

Lately, I have sucked at finishing books in a timely manner. It’s not that I don’t want to read. I just haven’t had the time. Between work and posting books for sale in my online bookstore, I have been dead tired at the end of the day. I haven’t even cleaned my room! (Let’s keep that between us). I am making a promise to myself that I will start and finish books in a time appropriate manner from this point forward. No more going longer that 12 hours without reading at least one page. I guess that means I can’t repeat binge-watch Stranger Things on Netflix.

While we’re on the subject of me reading, I did finish a very enlightening book about two weeks ago. You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen Sincero is the only self-help book I have ever been able to finish. I loved every minute of it! She has a way of getting her point across without talking down to her readers. I guess it’s because she’s been there. I could vividly imagine some of her anecdotes because I have been there, too. This lady can relate to being broke, depressed, and completely lost in life. I also love how she doesn’t push her help on you. Her attitude is very “I’m gonna leave this help right here and if you want it, take it. If not, then continue to struggle without bothering me”. I really like that.

To help myself read more this year, I decided to join the 2018 reading challenge by Goodreads. My goal is to read 75 books this year. That’s 1.5 books a week. I’m already a month behind. I’m going to take advantage of my job closing early on next Monday and being closed all day on Fat Tuesday. Speaking of Fat Tuesday, since most of the day is spent eating and waiting on parades, I think I’ll take my books along with me. I’m very bad about completing any kind of challenge. I want to finish this time. My daughter thinks I can do it. I don’t want to let her down. I told her that if she reads 75 books I’ll buy her a new bike. I will keep you guys posted on my progress and the deal with my daughter.

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Long time, no…read?

Heyyyy! I know it’s been a while since my last post. I have had so much going on. First, there was my move. It took much longer than I anticipated. I didn’t officially finish moving until the day before my surgery. My surgery was a lot harder on me than I expected. Who knew gas could hurt so bad? I wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemy. Three days after my surgery my daughter wanted to have ice cream and cake to celebrate her upcoming birthday. Ice cream and cake quickly turned into a small party at her Maw-Maw’s place. Three days after that, on her actual birthday, my sister felt the need to repeat the ice cream and cake event since she missed the first. The next few days were spent helping my daughter pack for her trip to Disney World. She left for her trip on November 4th and I was all set to relax for a few days while she was gone. God had other plans. My brother died the next day. I was not ready. The next week involved lots of planning, talking, hugging, crying and the unfortunate task of having to inform my daughter that her uncle passed away. With everything going on, yesterday was the first day that I picked up a book in about three weeks. I tried to read on those nights when I just couldn’t fall asleep, but I couldn’t make sense of the words on the pages. I turned on my computer more than once to try to write. No words would flow. I guess it will just take time to get back into the groove of things.

Maybe I’m trying to make up for lost time, but I am now currently reading two books. The first book is Wonder by R.J. Palacio. I’m reading that to Kenzie at night. We read all the way to chapter 5 last night and we love it! The second is (still) “Allegiant” by Veronica Roth. I hope to finish that one ASAP! My doctor gave me strict orders to chill this week. She said I’ve had too much going on after such a major surgery. I agree.

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Recovery Reading List

In just over a week I will have surgery. I’m not at all afraid. This won’t be my first time going under the knife; however, my daughter and I are moving back to my mom’s house. I have gotten used to having my own personal space, living according to my schedule, and actually (finally) getting my kid on a decent schedule. Alas, this is what will be easier for everyone involved. The good news is, I’ll be off work for six whole weeks! This gives me so much time to catch up on my reading. I made a list of books I want to read while I recover. Staying at Mama’s house means hundreds of interruptions. This means that there is a strong chance that I will not complete the entire list. So, here is my Recovery Reading List:

  1. One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus
  2. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
  3. Sing, Unburied, Sing: A Novel by Jesmyn Ward
  4. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
  5. Turtles All the Way Down by John Green
  6. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

There you have it! My Recovery Reading List. Check in for updates on my progress as I knock this little list out during my time off.

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All Book’d Up for the Hurricane

Hey there, fellow book lovers! Unless you live under a rock, or you really just don’t care that much about weather, I’m sure you have heard all about Hurricane Nate. Here along the Gulf Coast we can’t help but hear about ol’ Nate. Coverage is on every channel. Don’t get me wrong, I know that hurricanes are serious business. However, I have lived here my entire life and I believe I have a good idea about when I should panic and when to take advantage of being stuck in the house. This is a case for the latter. I decided to pack up myself, my kid and her guinea pig and head to my mama’s house for the weekend. My child and her pet will be entertained by my stepfather, and I will be able to finish my current read, Allegiant (Divergent Trilogy). I have really enjoyed reading this trilogy. I hate that it’s about to end. I admire Tris’ strength and her determination to fight for what she believes in. Her character is so kick ass, but very human as well. We’re able to see and understand her fears, what makes her happy, and how she thinks, all without being overwhelmed with too much detail.

Along with reading, I will also be able to get some planning and brainstorming done. So much can be accomplished while stuck indoors. I have some ideas for future blog posts and a couple of book hunting trips I need to plan.

I look forward to learning about what happens to the characters that I have grown so fond of. I’m also excited about catching up on some much needed rest. I’ll check in after the storm. If you’re near the coast, please be safe and do what you should to protect yourselves.

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