Book Blogger Hop ~ Bookish Holidays

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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.


Have you ever wished that there were official government bookish holidays, and that, by law, employers HAD to give their workers a paid day off? If so, what kind of bookish holiday would you like to have? (submitted by Maria @ A Night’s Dream of Books)

No, I hadn’t thought of this. Maybe like author celebration days (like Mark Twain, for example), but getting an official government holiday for this would be amazing!

I would definitely like a Historical Fiction Day, Huck Finn Day,  Start A New Book Day, Read Your Heart Out Day, Visit Your Local Library Day, Read in the Park Day. It would definitely promote the value of education and reading in our society and culture, which could greatly improve so many things about the lives of the younger generations.

Sunday Post ~ September Spaz

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.

It is crazy to think we are *almost* through the first six weeks of school! My 6th-period class has earned a special place in my heart because they are super rockstars. I have been pretty with it in terms of staying on top of my grading. They have had a handful of online assignments that auto-grades, so that has made my life a little easier these past two weeks.

And my yearbook staff are hitting the ground running! I’ve got some great leaders and go-getters. We went to our fall workshop last week and I loved seeing them brighten with the possibilities and trends they saw to bring back to their own pages.

My goal this year is to refocus on me and mine – especially my K9 crew. I am not going to put in hours like I did last year. I will do what I can in the time I’m given. I lost 30 lbs this summer, and prioritizing how to eat better and cook meals is something I want to do this year. I really want to lose another 30 lbs by the time my birthday rolls around, but definitely within the next year. I want to enjoy my life. It has been really hard for me to go beyond the fact that being a teacher is not my identity.

I am in love with my living room now that the furniture is useful for me. I’ve spent every evening and my weekends in the living room instead of my bedroom. It makes grading and eating so much easier! This was a great purchase decision and I’m glad I did it. While I have another payment, it was worth it. I keep telling myself in less than a year my Jeep will be paid off and a couple other things, so I’ll be keeping over $500 each month. I cannot wait! Not like I’m actually going to see that money…it’ll be put to paying down other bills! Oh, the life.

Reading has fallen a little by the wayside as school has picked up. I have tried several nights to read, but I am so tired I don’t get more than a few pages read. I’m trying to make up for that on nights I am not staying at school and on the weekends. I’ve rea my first Christmas read, and now I’m moving on to something a little more mysterious.

And on the other hand, I have a total of 16 reviews to write. How did I let this get so out of hand?? Maybe I need more hands…or an octopus or two.

Buying a Library Book

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Book Blogger Hop ~ Time Reading

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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 long does it usually take you to finish a book? (submitted by Elizabeth @ Silver’s Reviews)

Honestly, the amount of time it takes me to read a book depends on what is going on in my life. From August – March, I don’t have much time at all to even sleep or shower, let alone read and review books. It is the  busiest time of the school year with teaching, planning, grading and also the UIL and yearbook seasons. I have read less in the past two years than ever, and that makes me sad. I can finish certain books in a day or two if I do nothing else, but that’s not how my life goes anymore.

Book Blogger Hop ~ Buying a Library 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.


Have you ever read a library book you loved SO much, you just HAD to own it, so you bought a copy for yourself after returning the library book you had already finished? (submitted by Maria @ A Night’s Dream of Books)

Yes, although I bought them MUCH later than when I read them from the library. I read the Little House on the Prairie series in elementary school (and re-read them at least 10 times). That is the next book purchase on my list. I also read Perfect and started the Bloody Jack series in high school, and after graduation and making my own money, I bought both of these books. I own all the books in the Bloody Jack series now and I still adore them. I also did the same with the Harry Potter series, which I read through the Amazon Lending Library after I graduated college. I now own two box sets (one I’m going to give to my mom), and the illustrated copies that have been released.

Sunday Post ~ Back in the Swing

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.

School has started and I have some great kids! A few squirrels and chuckleheads, but I think we’re working out those kinks. I have an awesome assembly of yearbook kids. I think perhaps the best group ever. We are three weeks in and progress reports go out this week.

Two weeks ago I took Baby in for her shots and asked them about a bump on her elbow. It was a tumor. She went into surgery three days later. I take her back this week to get her stitches out and find out the results. And today is her 8th birthday!

Last week my middle brother, who has been deployed to Iraq, finally came home! I am so glad he is back stateside and he and his wife are settling into their new home. He will be coming home in a few weeks and I can’t wait.

Last weekend I drove almost to Oklahoma with my friend to pick up a dog for her daughter. It was a surprise. Her husband finally agreed to get a puppy and gave up his rigid rule that it had to be a schnauzer. The original puppy they saw in pictures kept disappearing, so she picked out another one. As we were leaving, I asked her about the original one. The owner brought her back out of the house…and we backed away with two puppies! I couldn’t decide, she couldn’t decide, her husband couldn’t decide, so we let her daughter decide. She actually picked the original one they were going to get, and I came home with a ten-week chocolate and caramel Border Collie-Labrador. With the mask around her eyes, I thought of masks and masquerades, so I named her Revel.

Two weeks ago I took advantage of the Labor Day sales and set out with my friend and her daughter – the KK girls – to find the perfect reclining sectional and coffee table for my odd-shaped living room. I settled on a denim-looking sectional called Levi and a large rolling coffee table. I found a great discounted rug at Walmart that matched and everything arrived and got set up yesterday. I am SO in love with my living room and foresee spending a lot more time there. It will also be much more helpful for grading papers.

I have been trying to keep up with reading. It has been tough this week. I have been going to bed earlier than I ever did the past school years. My eyes can’t stay open to read more than 5 pages this past week.

Back to School

Read & Recommend

Psyching Yourself Up

Choosing the Next Book

Gifts for Book Lovers

Buying a Library Book

Book Blogger Hop ~ Gifts for Book Lovers

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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 would you give as a birthday gift to a fellow book lover? (submitted by Billy @ Coffee Addicted Writer)

I am a horrible gift buyer. Maybe because nobody talks about what they’d want around me and it kinda sucks to ask. My first line would be a gift card to a book retailer (Amazon, The Book Depository, B&N, etc.) because you can buy all kinds of books or bookish things with it! The next thing on the list would be some bookish related items to adorn their shelves and accompany their books.