2018 Blogging Goals

Here’s an overview of my six blogging and book goals for the new year.

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Nonfiction Reading Challenge

My six non-fiction reading goals for 2018.

I saw a sign-up post for this challenge on Misfortune of Knowing while procrastinating on my 2018 reading/blogging goals list.  After checking out the challenge overview, I realized this fit nicely with the reading goals I already had, which were mostly for nonfiction.

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Challenge: Beyond the Big Five

A simple challenge to take this year’s Black History Month beyond the basics.


So let’s talk about something.  America has a month devoted to African-American history (February).  Most teachers and school districts these days fall in line with this and do at least a few activities relating to the theme.

The problem?  Teachers, and schools, tend to focus on the Big Five:
(Paraphrases of inaccurate comments I’ve heard from schoolchildren in parenthesis.)

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
(that guy who dreamed the Civil Rights Movement.  Oh and they shot him.  That’s sad.)

Rosa Parks
(King’s wife who sat down on the bus.  She was so tired she just couldn’t get up again!)

Jackie Robinson
(they let him play baseball with the white guys, and he was good at it.)

Harriet Tubman
(she freed all the slaves, so Lincoln almost had nothing left to do later.)

And of course, Abraham Lincoln
(he’s white, but he helped the slaves so much.  Oh and they shot him.  That’s sad.)

Sometimes Nelson Mandela is thrown in, even though he is African, not African-American!

There are a few reasons for this.  African-American history and culture is so ignored by the mainstream culture, I’ve actually encountered people who don’t know that there were other notable blacks.  Not to mention, Husband (who doesn’t study this, but has been around when the kids and I read) got more questions right on a Black History Month quiz even compared to his African-American co-workers.  I would say that this blog helped educate him, but this was before blogging, when we were just starting to study Black History!

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Mental Health Monday

A tag and some mental health reading suggestions.


The Rules:

  1. Credit the original creator, whatthelog
  2. Answer the questions!
  3. Tag as many or as few people as you like 🙂

That’s it! Now onto the questions… Continue reading “Mental Health Monday”


Currently Reading

A peek at my reading habits.


I saw this tag on whatthelog and decided to give it a try! It was short and easy to answer.

1) How many books do you usually read at once?

This is going to really bother some people…  At least five.  I always have three nonfiction (or short story) books going – one for work, one for the car, one for bedtime reading.  I actively participate in 2 nonfiction book groups every month and occasionally participate in two others.  Usually there is at least one book that’s required reading for professional development at one of my jobs.  I try to average at least one novel a week.

I consider a book to be “currently reading” if I’ve read something from it in the last three days OR the last time I had access to it.  (For example, the book I leave at my workplace for lunch reading once a week). Continue reading “Currently Reading”


Nonfiction November Wrap-Up

What I read during Nonfiction November.


As I posted before, Nonfiction November ended up being a reading success but a blogging fail since our home internet was out for quite a while! Continue reading “Nonfiction November Wrap-Up”


Good News and Bad

So you may have noticed things were really weird and random around here the last few weeks.

Bad News

Our internet went down and it took a few weeks to be reconnected.  I did have some access at the library or on my phone but wasn’t able to update the blog as RL had to come first.  A few posts that had been scheduled seemed to have still posted, but it probably seemed a little off – sorry about that!

Good News

Since we had no screen time at home for WEEKS, I ended up reading far more than I possibly expected to for Nonfiction November.  Honestly it may have been the best (outside of required reading for school or work) that I’ve done at nonfiction reading in my life!

It will probably take some time for me to sort things out and catch up on the blogs I follow.  Meanwhile, I hope everyone is having a good winter so far.