A few updates, some favorites from the last two years’ reviews, and very loose, mild goals for 2021.
So not only was 2020 a mess, I never really did a wrap up from 2019. I’ve gone ahead and updated my Review pages (2019, 2020) so let’s look at a few other things before getting into my favorites of the last two years and goals for 2021.
Middle Grade Mondays
For 2021 I am going to start a new occasional post, Middle Grade Monday. Towards the end of 2020, my Fiction Fridays were almost entirely diverse middle grade fantasy novels. I have a LOT more books in that category to read, review, or post about and am hoping to put out a second round up at the end of 2021 or beginning of 2022. But I also read a lot of other books including adult novels, YA, picture books, historical fiction, realistic stories, and even middle grade science fiction, all of which I would love to discuss on Fiction Friday.
I don’t want the diverse middle grade fantasy to overwhelm the blog, so sometime in the next few months I’ll be switching to posting that on Mondays and hopefully doing other fiction reviews for Fiction Fridays.
Continue reading “Year(s) in Review and Goals”
In the beginning of 2018 I set a whole bunch of goals. Blogging goals, and goals for the Nonfiction Challenge. Then my real life happened. Here’s the breakdown of how I did with all of those different goals, and the ONE surprising goal I actually completed! Continue reading “I Didn’t Meet My Goals and That’s Okay”
First, I just want to thank you for your patience. The plan was to be away for only a month, however some health complications kept us in the hospital longer than I planned so everything was delayed. That also meant my careful schedule of posts went out the window…
Many thanks to everyone who continued to read even as I missed several weeks. It appears that some external links to my reviews went up while I was gone, so a warm welcome to any new readers!
For new readers, I review anything diverse from board books to academic works. If you’re looking for a particular topic, reading level, or format then your best bet is to check the page with my tags. I tag all of my reviews with the reading level, diverse content included (the only exception being black main characters as that is the majority of what I read), how I got the book, genre, and any other topics that apply.
If you’re here for board books, they have their own page as well as a tag.
If you’re looking for a particular book or an author who doesn’t have a tag, the search page is probably your best bet. I also keep pages for all the books I review in a particular year (roughly sorted by fiction/nonfiction and picture/chapter) and a master list of all my reviews by author and illustrator, but those are only updated as I have time.
For continuing readers, thanks again for sticking around. I’ll probably be fairly quiet on the blog, and liking and commenting less than usual as we adjust to our newest family member, but I’m trying to finish a few theme weeks and Fiction Friday is back again.
I appreciate every comment, view, and like. It’s brings me great joy that my reviews are of help or use to others.
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.
Acts of Faith by Eboo Patel.
A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park.
Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell.
Dalai Lama, My Son: A Mother’s Story by Diki Tsering, edited and introduced by Khedroob Thonup.
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”
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”
So you may have noticed things were really weird and random around here the last few weeks.
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!
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.
Sinead at Huntress of Diverse Books nominated me for the Sunshine Blogger Award. I don’t normally do these sorts of things, but decided to give it a try. We learned a lot about her from her responses, so maybe you will be interested in learning more about me!
To accept this award, I must:
- Thank the person(s) who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.
- Answer the 11 questions sent by the person who nominated you.
- Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
- List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo on your post or blog.
Continue reading “More About Me”