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Have You Hugged A Book Today?- January 2018

So, here’s the dealio. I didn’t read anything this past month. I’ve been doing a lot of podcasts and TV, but just…books are giving me a hard time right now. So in lieu of me pretending like I did something when I didn’t, I’m gonna tell you about this cool thing I’ve started:

My Aerio Bookstore!

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A Reply to “New Blog Feature: Girl Books”

Read the original blog post by Elissa here: New Blog Feature: Girl Books

“We need more books that feature strong, loving, nurturing female protagonists…”

I consider myself a feminist. It took me a while to come to that conclusion, because I have a different viewpoint on feminism than most “traditional” feminists, in that I believe feminism not only means the right to choose to buck traditional gender roles, but also the freedom to choose to embrace those gender roles. My mother is a stay-at-home mom who raised two kids on a farm (one of them home-schooled), and she is one of the most kick-a$$ women I know, despite never having actually kicked anyone’s a$$. She has lived the life that made her happiest, despite the world and “feminists” constantly berating people and labeling her life as the “weak” choice. I can tell you, for a fact, that I don’t have the courage and strength to do what she has done.

We (and by “we” I mostly mean women, though this can apply to anyone that feels forced into a box) are constantly bombarded with the expectation that we must do everything a man does, and if we don’t then we have failed as feminists. I don’t think this is true. I believe we have a duty to live the life that is going to make us happiest. If what makes you happy is kicking the bad guy’s butt and being physically stronger than the average bear, than go for it! You deserve that life! But if your idea of happiness more closely resembles a Jane Austen novel, complete with a handsome man to sweep you off your feet and a beautiful home with tons of little ones running around, then that has just as much value, and it certainly doesn’t make you a bad feminist.

I completely agree that we need more books that don’t portray feminity as the kryptonite of feminism, and I, personally, am looking forward to this series. There is so much more to strength than physical power. Just ask my mom.

Thanks to my friend, Elissa, for standing by her convictions and beliefs! You go, girl! I’m always rooting for you 🙂

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Have You Hugged A Book This Year?- A Summary of 2017

Welcome to the 2018 reading blog, everyone!

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I guess I’ll start by letting you all know how 2017 went for me.

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Pretty well! I managed to just scrape by and make my goal for the year! Let’s take a look at what’s happened recently, then we’ll look at the year and see what’s coming up in 2018.

Here’s the link to my star rating breakdown if anyone needs a refresher. It’s also up in the header under the Blog tab 🙂

  • What I’m currently reading (in order of Date Started)
    1. Odd Apocalypse (Odd Thomas, #5) by Dean Koontz- Still plugging away on this one. I haven’t done a lot of reading lately, but this is still on the list of things to finish this month.
    2. Batman, Volume 1: The Court of Owls by Scott Snyder- See above. Still working on it, slowly but surely.
  • Books I’ve Finished 
    1.   The Successful Author Mindset: A Handbook for Surviving the Writer’s Journey by Joanna Penn- Four Stars

And now, for the summary of 2017!

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Have You Hugged A Book Today?- December 2017

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It’s always a surprise when I actually make these goals. I always feel like it’s a down to the wire kind of experience. Let’s see what I’ve done!

Here’s the link to my star rating breakdown if anyone needs a refresher. It’s recently been moved up in the header, you can now find it on the “Blog” dropdown 🙂

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T’was The Day Before Christmas…

…and all through the blog, everything had been updated. Now, let’s have some eggnog!

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That’s right, I’ve spent my Christmas Eve updating the website! You might not notice much difference if the blog is all you’re interested in:  a color change, some font updates, and the like. The biggest change you might notice is that the Book Review Stars Explained! page has been moved in the header. It’s now underneath the Blog menu.

The biggest change has been made to the Home page of the site. I now have a featured page (showing where you can buy “Doubt The Stars”, which is out in paperback, by the way!) and a neat little About section. It looks pretty cool if you wanna check it out 🙂

I know I’ve been slacking on the blogging front this month. I’m going to try to catch up on that as much as I can in the next week or so. In the meantime, I hope you all have a wonderful holiday!

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Have You Hugged A Book Today?- November 2017

What? A blog post, actually posted on time?

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It’s remarkable how often those two traits coincide… ;P
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Oh look at that, I fell behind.

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In my defense I’ve been listening to a lot of podcasts and stuff…which I guess isn’t really much of a defense at all. Oh well, here we go!

Here’s the link to my star rating breakdown if anyone needs a refresher. It’s also up in the header.

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The Quarterly Writing Round Up!- Q3, 2017

Oh my gosh, it’s a new quarter already!

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2017 is just flying by. If it could slow down a just a smidge I would be fine with that, actually. No? Alright then.

Here’s a recap of my goals for the year, in case you don’t want to go back and read the original post:

Overall goals for the year: Edit and (Finished, Q1/Q2/Q3) Publish “The Stars Are Fire” (now titled “Doubt The Stars”); Write (Finished, Q2), Edit, and Post “Good Intentions”; Finish Writing “Double The Baggins, Twice The Took” (Finished, Q3); Finish Writing “Wonderland Reclaimed”; Write first draft of Tempest in Space novel (tentatively titled “Such Stuff As Dreams”)

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Rumors Of My Distress Might Not Be As Exaggerated As I Would Like…

So, if anyone actually pays attention to when this blog is updated (irregular as it may be), you may have noticed that I’ve missed a couple of blog posts. Sorry about that. See, there was this guy named Harvey. He came to visit my little corner of the world, and totally over-stayed his welcome.

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