Sunday, December 15, 2013

Bookish This and That - Sunday Salon 76



So on Friday I drafted up a whiny "State of My Blogging" type post and I've been mulling it over ever since. I planned to publish it today, but I think just typing out the words helped get off my chest what I'm feeling right now--basically I want to be blogging though recently I alternately feel guilty and selfish about it (guilty for not keeping up with your posts and selfish for still posting). I started to imagine your comments: "Give yourself a break, Trish, you just had a baby and are adjusting" and I started to do the whole "you're right, you're right, I know you're right" bit and decided to screw all and just write a regular post instead. Ha!

If you ever wondered what the "Insanity" part of this blog was...well, it's all in my head.

Since I'm flying by the seat of my pants here, I don't really have an agenda or topic. I'm trying to convince myself that I don't always have to have A post topic!  I can tell you that I've been doing a fair amount of reading the past couple of weeks. I've stopped napping when the baby naps but usually by the time her second and longest nap of the day comes around I'm too exhausted to do anything productive so I grab a cup of coffee and head to the couch with a book.

And the reading has been great! Most recently I've enjoyed Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell (on audio...sometimes listening without earbuds while I work on my hexies). Part of me wishes that I had read the book instead of listened, but the narrators were really fantastic and did an excellent job of reading for Eleanor and Park. I've now moved onto Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling. It's funny but also a bit disjointed. I'm learning I need short audios to listen to--have any suggestions for audios less than 10 hours?

In terms of paper, I finished Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. This was my 2013 book to read and I waited so long into the year that I was afraid I wasn't going to finish it. Luckily it was one of those books that I could not put down. Like I finally had to just devour it because nothing else was getting done at my house. I feared that my family would starve as I locked myself away in the closet reading about Claire and Jamie. I now have a major book hangover and am trying my very hardest from not starting the next book in the series as I know that my home will fall into disrepair as I'm swept up in the drama again. Bah!

Since finishing Outlander I've been waffling over what to read next--part of me things I might be done with reading for the year so that I can tackle my ever growing to-do list (Scott's quilt will haunt me forever), but then that 2:00 nap comes around and I just want to curl up with a book. I've picked up One Day by David Nicholls and am intrigued but not very far into it. We'll see what the next two weeks bring. I am happy to have met my bookish goals for 2013 (though I don't know exactly how many books I've read...take that book blogging world!) and look forward to setting some new goals in 2014.

What have you been reading lately? Are there still some goals that you're trying to finish up by the end of the year?

Happy Sunday! Hope you're all staying warm. Today is our Annual Bake Day so me and the girls will be busy busy!

24 comments:

  1. I've got 500 pages to go for my pages read goal. I'm looking forward to some new goals for 2014. Trying to decide on what challenges to sign up for.

    I just finished Me Before You. Wow. Still processing but such a great read.

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  2. I know you deliberately didn't write this post so people wouldn't comment like this, but seriously, don't beat yourself up when it comes to blogging! I personally would rather have posts from you than you reading mine, and if that makes ME selfish then, well, I'm selfish!

    As for goals- I deliberately didn't set any, or sign up for any challenges this year, cause I wanted my reading to be more, I'm, spontaneous, I guess? Well, I wanted to make an effort to read more women and I've done that so I'm good.

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  3. I've pretty much given up on finishing any of the challenges I set for myself this year. I should have learned from last year that I just can't stick to a reading schedule like that--I need to be free to read what moves me in the moment. I'm close to reading my 75 books for the year, though, so maybe I can at least say I accomplished that. :)

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  4. I didn't finish Outlander, I'd like to but now I'm scared I'd have to reread a couple hundred pages to remember who everyone is.

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  5. One goal left: to get to 75 books read for the year, which I should break as I'm at 71 and over my Christmas break, I plan on reading the Percy Jackson series, which has five books in it.

    Also where's the post topic? ;)

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  6. I shall talk Lisa into reading Outlander (I just assumed she and everyone else had read it until I saw her comment) with me since you enjoyed it so much :) I got it off my shelf finally so that counts for something, right??? I think so! Now to just finally actually start reading it. I'm oh so close to meeting one of my goals and not so much with the others. Oh well...I will try again in 2014 :) I need to start settling on some goals for the new year but I haven't really thought about it yet. I'm such a procrastinator. Have a great week Trish!

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  7. I quit setting goals a long time ago because I never met them. Have you ever listened to David Sedaris on audio?

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  8. Happy baking day! I hope you take and post a few pictures :-) I totally do the same thing during naptime--read! I used to feel guilty about not being super productive when the kids were sleeping, but now I think of it (and actually use it as) my lunch break. People who work usually get an hour lunch break, so I figure a stay at home mom can too, right? Anyways, isn't it great to get lost in a book?? Outlander had the same effect on me too!

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  9. Have fun with Bake Day!! We're waiting until everyone is home, so it won't happen until next weekend.

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  10. I read Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling and I didn't realize I hadn't written my review yet until I saw your post. I went to check my thoughts on the book and nope, no review! I think I better do it today before I forget again. Now I'm wondering if I have other review-less reads for 2013.

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  11. I am so weird. I have never read the series after Outlander, but I have read Outlander twice. And I really want to listen to it on audio. I have the other books... I just, I don't know what is wrong with me. haha. For some reason I feel Outlander stands well on its own? I don't know...

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  12. I have so many of those "state of blogging" whiny posts in my draft folder. I have 35 drafts and like 28 of them are "WOE IS ME BLOGGING AND REAL LIFE ARE HARD." And they are! And those are valid feelings! But like you said, sometimes it just helps to type it out, I don't necessarily need to share it with everyone.

    I really want to read Outlander one day! I feel like I will really enjoy it, especially when I need a fun book. I feel like I might have bought it during a Kindle Daily Deal sale? Or not? I don't know. This is the problem with Kindle Daily Deals.

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  13. Oh! Audiobooks under 10 hours - I really LOVED Howl's Moving Castle on audio and it was only 8 hours. Loved loved loved.

    Did I mention I loved it?

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  14. I'm thinking I need to read E&P too.

    I loved Mindy's audio. But I listened to it in bits and pieces so it didn't affect me.

    I hear ya. Under 10 hours is a big plus for me too.

    No goals here. Just happily and slowly getting through Molly Harper's newest Christmas audio I'm Dreaming of an Undead Christmas. Super fun and under 6 hours. ;)

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  15. I never worry about people visiting my blog. I know how busy everyone is and I'm not always great at stopping by myself. Plus, you are a new mom...always a challenge to get anything done. Hang in there!

    All of my goals for reading have fell by the wayside. I failed at most challenges and am not even close to 100 books on my Goodreads challenge. Oh well. Another year for new beginnings just around the corner. I'm going to cut back on challenges next year and really focus on my massive home library.

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  16. Glad to see you back, Trish! I had a goal of reading a few Xmas books during December but that got derailed when I bought the last Dan Brown book, Inferno, on my Nook for like $4 over Black Friday. I finished that and I'm now trying to finish L Frank Baum's Life and Adventures of Santa Claus so I can start Krampus The Yule Lord by Brom. I hopefully can finish the Baum book today at lunch, but I can make no guarantees. *shrugs* We'll see. I'm off work tomorrow as Piper turns 1 year old. :-) Then I'm off all next week with Christmas and my marathon going on. Not much time for reading.

    Pax

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  17. No more challenges for this girl! I did beat my Goodreads goal, but I also signed up for a TBR challenge that I failed. Ah well, I know better now. I won't be putting an ounce of pressure on myself in 2014.

    Enjoy this season with your family!

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  18. That first paragraph, yes :) I loved E&P, too. I would like to get to 80 books read but that is very much a like and nowhere near a want or hope because I know it's unlikely to happen. I've given up on my goals, I'll be limiting it next year because I seem unable to keep to them!

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  19. Dude, you blog for yourself as much as you do for us. We'll be here, even when you don't feel like posting a day or two or a week! Keep up as you can, or don't. But DO NOT BEAT YOURSELF UP over it! You just had a baby! You're routine is crazy! I know how it is with two! You'll get it figured out and we'll be here.

    Promise.

    Audiobooks. Let's see. Less than 8 hours: The Wee Free Men is, not sure about the rest of the series (A Hat Full of Sky, Wintersmith, and I Shall Wear Midnight) they aren't on my phone. The reader is fantastic. LOVE HIM. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman is. Read by him too. Also Stardust. I think most of the Tomorrow series by John Marsden are (Tomorrow, When the War Began, etc) and the reader is great. Email me if you want more!

    Also, E&P!!! YES! Loved that book.

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  20. I didn;'t just have a baby, and come 2p.m. I need to sit down with a cup of... and rest. I'm even too tired to read sometime. And you are right, "GIVE YOURSELF a BREAK". We love to hear from you when ever you get to us, no topic necessary. Love ya! Have a wonderful Christmas, with your wee ones.

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  21. Hi Trish! :-) I have never heard of either of the books you mention, guess I haven't been keeping up with the latest in books! And I have been very lax about keeping track of what I've been reading. oops!

    And you don't have to have a topic, you have such a great style that your posts are enjoyable no matter what!

    By the way, I moved my blog, it's now here www.createyourworld.me/blog

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  22. I tend to like lighter reads in December with a few Christmas stories thrown in the mix. Have a festive, happy month.

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  23. Obviously, whatever you are doing on your blog is working so don't stress, mama! Don't wait too long to read the second Outlander book, you want all the details to be fresh :)

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  24. Heck, we don't get paid for this blogging thing and it's your blog - do what you want/can and don't stress! I'm always impressed by how much you do manage to get done with two little ones. I only just met my reading goal for the year and I don't even do hexes...or quilting...or have two adorable little girls to distract me.

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