Book Blogger Hop ~ Choosing the Next Book

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The Book Blogger Hop is a weekly meme hosted by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer. Each week poses a book-related question. The hop starts on Friday and ends on Thursday. The purpose is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers.


How do you choose the next book to read? (submitted by Elizabeth @ Silver’s Reviews)

Honestly, I am so backlogged on NetGalley it’s not even funny. I didn’t know how it worked at all. I thought it was endless opportunities to have new books, so I have a daunting mountain of books to still read. I am trying to work my way back through them all, so I pick 6-12 books from that list for a “short list” to choose from. Usually that works well, but I also throw in a new NetGalley book or other book every so often, but my goal is to get through as many of those as I can and clean up those digital corners of my life.

Book Blogger Hop ~ Psyching Yourself Up

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The Book Blogger Hop is a weekly meme hosted by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer. Each week poses a book-related question. The hop starts on Friday and ends on Thursday. The purpose is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers.


Do you read historical fiction? (submitted by Billy @ Coffee Addicted Writer)

Yes, I do! Mostly romance historical fiction, but I also have read quite a bit of WWII historical fiction and of course my childhood love and favorite series, Little House on the Prairie.

Book Blogger Hop ~ Read & Recommend

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The Book Blogger Hop is a weekly meme hosted by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer. Each week poses a book-related question. The hop starts on Friday and ends on Thursday. The purpose is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers.


What authors do you always read and recommend? (submitted by Elizabeth @ Silver’s Reviews)

I read a lot of romance and historical fiction, so I definitely would recommend authors in those areas: Nora Roberts, Diana Gabaldon, Brenda Novak, RaeAnne Thayne, Amelia Grey, Valerie Bowman, etc. I also read quite a bit of women’s literature, as well. Juliette Harper, Ashley Farley, Eliza Gordon, Kristin Hannah, Elin Hilderbrand, etc.

Specific books I’d recommend:

  • Looking for Alaska
  • Harry Potter series
  • Outlander series
  • Blue Steal
  • April’s Glow
  • Not Always Happenstance
  • King of the Friend Zone
  • Regarding Anna
  • The Neverland Wars series
  • Wonder
  • The Corner of Bitter and Sweet
  • Shackled

Back to School

Hey y’all!

It is that time again. I have already been back at school since last Tuesday – the day after I returned from Hawaii. I worked at school all week on our first ever incoming 6th grade orientation, Hippo Camp. I got some planning in with my new partner and my new mentee, who will be supporting our language arts classes thru writers’ workshop. The week ended with Hippo Camp. We had 126 baby 6th graders attend. It was a crazy packed day! 

Now it is time to move on to getting my classrooms ready. I want to do a few things differently, but I have seen HUGE classes on my unofficial class lists. As in 35+. Lawdy, but I hope not. That’s a discredit to teaching those kids. 

As I’m gearing up for the new year with new teaching load of all advanced classes (and one on-level), I’m wanting to change some things up. There is a big #clearthelist teacher movement going around right now across the nation. I am eyeballing some items on Amazon that I really would like to have to support these changes for my kids. 

Please take a peek at my Amazon wishlist for my two classrooms and groups of students. I want to prepare my classrooms for my students to be super successful in a great environment! If you feel so inclined, I would love any support from you guys! I appreciate every little bit. 

Sunday Post ~ Life Is Good

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It is a weekly news post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase the books and other goodies you’ve received, and share news about upcoming events on your blog. Be creative and personalize it! To get in on the Sunday fun day, see the rules here: Suday Post Meme.

I have been MIA for a while. I returned from my Hawaiian vacation on Monday, and coming back to our time zone hit me hard. I slept on our 8-hour flight and again in the airport during our 5+ hour delay. Poco was ecstatic to see me, but Baby was so mad at me for leaving her. She finally came around halfway through the night, halfway through the week.

Even though my contract doesn’t start until August 8, I went back to work on Tuesday and to plan our first-ever 6th grade orientation. Wednesday and Thursday I was planning with my new partner and my mentee, and Friday we hosted the orientation. I was surprised 126 kids showed up! I also heard from the horse’s mouth we have over 300 6th graders enrolled. There are only two core teachers. You do the math.

Yesterday I got my car washed. I want to get it detailed this fall. It’s been 5½ years. It’s about time, right? After sitting in my side yard for two months, my dad and I erected my gazebo and assemebled my patio furniture. We were both tired by the time that was all done, so we called it quits. It still needs the netting put up and all of the items I have sitting in my living room (also for two months.)

I did get some reading in while on the flight to Hawaii! I finished books! I have also been reading almost every night since I’ve been home. I need to sit down and figure out all the reviews I need to write. I finished Rogue Most Wanted and Once Upon a Bad Boy. I’m currently reading The Earl Next Door.

Book Blogger Hop – Multiple Copies

My Life is Complete!

Back to School

Book Blogger Hop – Read & Recommend

My Life is Complete!

I have spent the summer teaching summer school for all of June, a two-week total slob-hobo-in-my-own-home, followed by two weeks in Hawaii with my mom. The trip was to see my youngest brother stationed there, but things are always screwy with my brothers. We did see him….4 times…for a few hours. And this time, it wasn’t the military’s fault. Long story there.

While on this trip is also the first time I revealed to anyone who I didn’t have in-person contact with a massive change about my appearance. I drastically changed my hair, which required 2 cuts because the first stylist fucked it up so bad. SO bad. So I kept a low profile for several weeks. I didn’t share any photos of myself until this trip. I was asked – or should I say hinted but too scared to actually come out and ask – by one kid in summer school and one guy on this trip if I was a lesbian because it is short and part of my head is shaved. Seriously? We live in 2019. That is so ignorant.

I thoroughly enjoyed the trip (minus my moody brother who never spoke to me or wanted to do any activities with us while we were there). We had only 1 tour scheduled when we arrived. There was only 1 other person with us! We went to Pearl Harbor (super, super powerful – read about that here), the Dole Plantation (not enough time to do anything but browse the shop), and the Polynesian Cultural Center. We only saw part of one tribe there (out of the six), and I would go back there in a heartbeat! It was so interesting and different.  You could easily spend 2 days there.

We laid low for a couple of days while researching and planning the rest of our trip. We took a circle tour of the island that had nearly 15 stops, which ended at the Dole Plantation. There was one woman making us late at EVERY single stop. She would not come back to the bus. It was getting very frustrating. One of the last stops was a quick snorkel at Turtle Beach (where I saw no turtles). It’s hard to believe, but this was the first time I had ever snorkeled. And I felt like I totally sucked at it. To my credit, the water was really shallow and the reef was right below me, so the idea that I COULD stand messed with me, even though I couldn’t. Because the reef! The water was also really murky, so I gave up.

We went to the Honolulu Zoo and the Waikiki Aquarium. They were on the small side compared to what we have in Texas, and I saw many typical animals in their zoo that are native to Texas, so that didn’t WOW me right off the bat. The zoo day was very tiring, so we had to do the aquarium a different day. While we were there, the Hawaiian Ukelele Festival was happening between our hotel and the aquarium. It was a CRAZY day! Traffic all day, constant honking, flags being worn or displayed from passing vehicles, windows down with loud music blaring. We later learned that all of that was not for the Ukelele Festival, but part of a Hawaiian (the locals) protest.

We also went to a very small sea life park. It was free transportation to the other side of the island, and once each portion of the park was open and up and running, we liked it. They had several things shut down for construction, including the huge gift shop, so that was disappointing. BUT! They had 14 green sea turtles very accessible. All but three were 75-80 years old. The three younger ones were 21-25. I came back to their pool at least twice.

We figured out how to use the actual bus system, not the trollies (all but two that charge $25 a day!).  Day bus pass? $5.50. We went to the ‘Iolani Palace, home of Hawaiian royalty and the Hawaiian capital until 1969. It has been restored. We went on an audio tour and had to wear special covers on our shoes. The history of the rulers is very interesting. We finally got down some of the biggest Hawaiian historical points with more explanation in the audio tour of the palace.

Our last full day in Hawaii, we went on a catamaran sail to swim with green sea turtles out in the Pacific Ocean. It was the most exhilarating thing and checked off the number one thing on my mental bucket list. My life is now complete! As soon as I swam off from the ladder, there was a boy in front of me and a turtle surfaced right in front of him. I could reach over his shoulder and touch its head, but that’s a federal offense. After that, I was just in heaven. I will never, ever forget that for the rest of my life – and I did it with my mom. And I had no problems whatsoever snorkeling out in the ocean.

The flights were long. Even though I slept continually waiting for our airport shuttle, on the 8-hour flight back to Texas, and in the Houston airport during our layover and then multiple delays, I struggled the day after we came back. I couldn’t seem to get out of bed, but I eventually had to to be at school to plan an event with my principals.

I loved Hawaii – except for the prices. A cheeseburger was $15! Just a cheeseburger and fries. Not even a beverage. That part of Hawaii is a huge deterrent, but if I were to ever somehow miraculously go back, I would do so many catamaran turtle snorkels and go back to the Polynesian Cultural Center and do the entire thing, all the shows and components of each tribe.

Book Blogger Hop ~ Multiple Copies

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The Book Blogger Hop is a weekly meme hosted by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer. Each week poses a book-related question. The hop starts on Friday and ends on Thursday. The purpose is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers.


Do you own more than one copy of a book? (submitted by Billy @ Coffee Addicted Writer)

I only own multiple copies of two books:

-Huckeleberry Finn (3…I think…)

-Harry Potter series (two box sets, and I’m adding the illustrated books to my shelves)