Category: Discussion

WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN???

Posted June 21, 2017 by Emily in Discussion / 0 Comments

This is so hard. I’ve been so busy. This is the first time I’ve had a minute to myself in WEEKS and I have sat here watching the cursor bling for an hour. My blogging motivation is gone. I just want to nap.

Parenting is HARD.

We went from 0 to 4 kids in the last 3 months. Then, 3 days after we became a family of 6, I left for 2 weeks working on the road. My husband is amazing and kept the house running smoothly. He had some help and I came home to his new appreciation for everything I do.

I swore I would be months ahead on my blog when I had all the ‘free’ time, out of town for work. Instead I worked. I didn’t write any blog posts and my impromptu hiatus continued.

Now I’m home and I need to figure out my new normal. I still love books. I’m still committed to the book community. I just need to figure out what that looks like.

I’ve always wanted to start a family. This is a dream come true. However, going into this, my biggest fear was I would lose what little magic I’ve found in the book community and the blogging world. I don’t want that to happen. Please be patient with me. I’m still here. I’m determined to figure this out.

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Not so Waiting on Wednesday

Posted March 15, 2017 by Emily in Discussion, WoW / 0 Comments

I had posted that I was excited about The Black Witch by Laurie Forest. I have been busy. See my recent life update for why and I haven’t been as active on twitter as I have in the past. I had missed a lot of discussion about this book. I appreciate a friend for pointing out all the people who have read this book and found it contains negative racial stereotypes. This is not something I want to promote. Please check out the following threads and posts regarding this book.

Not a Half-Breed: My reaction to The Black Witch by Laurie-Ann Forest 

 

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The Perfect Lazy Day

The Perfect Lazy Day

I was challenged by Leesa’s mattresses to come up with my idea of a perfect lazy day! This is NOT a sponsored post.  I received nothing in exchange for this. It just sounded like a fun post idea. All opinions are my own. I live in Texas and so there are very few cold days in the winter. Usually the winter is a balmy 60-75 degrees but there are the occasional day where it’s in the 30s or 40s. The cold days are the perfect ones to stay under the covers. There’s nothing better on a chilly day than to stay in bed, dozing til noon. Unfortunately, in my house I sleep at the pleasure of my benevolent overlords, Joss, a doberman and Sansa, a mutt.                       They will definitely wake me up before I’m ready.  That’s ok. They are adorable and worth it. Reading is comfort for me. I read when I’m stressed or worried. It is the ultimate escape. There’s nothing better than cracking open a book and curling up for a long uninterrupted day of reading. It doesn’t matter whether it’s a brand new story or an old favorite, a book always takes all my worries away. If I’m imagining my perfect lazy day though, I’m definitely rereading an old favorite. Probably something by Stephen King, […]

Posted December 29, 2016 by Emily in Discussion / 0 Comments
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Review/Discussion: The Crown’s Game

Review/Discussion: The Crown’s Game

The Crown’s Game (The Crown’s Game, #1) by Evelyn Skye Series: The Crown’s Game #1 Published by Balzer + Bray on May 17th 2016 Genres: Historical, Fantasy Pages: 399 Format: hardcover Source: owned Buy on Amazon Vika Andreyeva can summon the snow and turn ash into gold. Nikolai Karimov can see through walls and conjure bridges out of thin air. They are enchanters—the only two in Russia—and with the Ottoman Empire and the Kazakhs threatening, the Tsar needs a powerful enchanter by his side. And so he initiates the CrownÂ’s Game, an ancient duel of magical skill—the greatest test an enchanter will ever know. The victor becomes the Imperial Enchanter and the TsarÂ’s most respected adviser. The defeated is sentenced to death. Raised on tiny Ovchinin Island her whole life, Vika is eager for the chance to show off her talent in the grand capital of Saint Petersburg. But can she kill another enchanter—even when his magic calls to her like nothing else ever has? For Nikolai, an orphan, the CrownÂ’s Game is the chance of a lifetime. But his deadly opponent is a force to be reckoned with—beautiful, whip smart, imaginative—and he canÂ’t stop thinking about her. And when Pasha, NikolaiÂ’s best friend and heir to the throne, also starts to fall for the mysterious enchantress, Nikolai must defeat the girl they both love… or be killed himself. […]

Posted May 30, 2016 by Emily in Discussion, Review / 0 Comments
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1 year Anniversary!

1 year Anniversary!

I seriously can’t believe this is true.  When I started this adventure, I had no idea where the next year would take me. Exactly a year ago today, I posted my first blog post. New Ventures. I had just returned from Texas Library Association’s annual conference and I was committed to starting a blog. Today I have the same story. I just returned from TLA for the second time and I’m just as excited about blogging. I can’t imagine my life without the friends, experiences and adventures that blogging has brought into my life. I want to thank a few people but I want to be clear that this list isn’t everyone who I need to thank. I could never list everyone. If I list a ton of people, then someone will be left out and feel bad and that’s absolutely not my intention. Thank you to Jade and Brittany, my Buddy Readers! I know I would have loved Leigh Bardugo if we hadn’t read them together, but I know that it just wouldn’t have been the same. You two are always available for great talks and secret handshakes. Huge thanks to Sarah,  my BlogHop Party Twitter Chat Co-host. You make hosting a twitter chat seem effortless while at the same time sharing the load. I wouldn’t want to do it without you. Finally everyone who’s taken a chance on  me. I can’t thank […]

Posted April 22, 2016 by Emily in Discussion, Special Feature / 6 Comments
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MEGP: Duane Reads

MEGP: Duane Reads

I’m moving! Not the blog, actually me! This week and next week I will be working hard to move into our new house and unpack. Luckily the book blog community is beyond awesome and supportive. I put out a call asking for help to keep my blog running for the next two weeks to give myself a buffer while I won’t have internet and you all jumped to help me. I can’t express how grateful I am to have such wonderful friends. As soon as Duane mentioned this post, I jumped on it! I love diversity in books and he brings up such great issues. I know you will just love it. Hi Guys!! I am Duane and I blog on DuaneReads, this is my first ever guest post and I want to begin by thanking Emily for letting me write on her amazing Blog!! 🙂 In books and most media, most Gay characters are Male and they are a ‘Token Gay Guy’ character. Meaning that they are a stereotypical gay man that is usually a side character to a woman. He is usually a feminine gay guy and he gives his female friends fashion and relationship advice and goes shopping with them. In my opinion this shows a lack of gay authors because, if a gay author was to write the gay characters, I am positive that they would have … ‘PERSONALITY’. Which […]

Posted March 17, 2016 by Emily in Discussion, Special Feature / 2 Comments
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Discussion: To Schedule or Not

Discussion: To Schedule or Not

I love to schedule my posts ahead of time. I love knowing that my post are ready to go up and I don’t have to worry about it. On a good day, I have the entire month scheduled and I’m working on posts weeks ahead. I got started scheduling FAR into the future during the Blog Ahead. It really helped me create a habit that I have stuck with. I love the illusion of freedom that being scheduled makes me feel. Like I don’t have to worry about the blog because it takes care of itself (even though we all know that’s not true. However, lately, I’ve noticed that there are real negatives to this habit. It’s not all roses and I get annoyed with myself about it. The first negative is an inability to be spontaneous. Sometimes things come up in the blogging community. A big event happens or some drama. Something that EVERYONE has an opinion about. Unfortunately, these community kerfuffles happen with some regularity. When I’m scheduled so far ahead, I don’t have the free space to just whip up an opinion post about it. There have been times this year that I was envious of people who said on twitter, I’m upset about something, I’m going to write a post and then they did! These people had a post about what was upsetting them up in […]

Posted March 7, 2016 by Emily in Discussion / 12 Comments
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