June 21, 2016

Cover Discover: B&W and Read All Over


 
 Cover Discover is all about judging book covers (frontlist and backlist) within a particular theme.  We'd never judge the story inside by the cover outside, but it's fun sometimes to judge the cover on its own!

HOW I COUNT VOTES:
I tally up the votes for each of the questions and include rank as a percentage, as well.
Example: 5 votes for Favorite Cover
counts as higher than
4 votes for Favorite and 1 for 2nd favorite cover
which counts slightly higher than
1 vote for Favorite, 5 for second favorite.
ETC. 

First, the results of last week's Cover Discover poll: Hats on Display
 
FAVORITE COVER:
TIE
 
 SECOND FAVORITE COVER:

  THIRD FAVORITE COVER:


WOULD YOU WEAR THE HAT ON THE COVERS YOU CHOSE?
50% NO
30% MAYBE
20% NO THANKS

HAVE YOU READ THE BOOKS YOU CHOSE FOR FAVE COVERS?
45% READ ONE OF THEM, BUT NOT THE EITHER
30% I WANT TO READ THEM
25% I'M NOT INTERESTED ONE WAY OR THE OTHER IN READING THEM
0% I'VE READ BOTH THE BOOKS


Which covers did you choose as faves?  Did they place?

 
TODAY'S TOPIC:
Black & White Covers


 Here are the contenders for your vote: 










NOW, ON TO THE VOTING!

June 8, 2016

#ReadMyOwnDamnBooks - I Finally Made an Update Post!


 

As you may have noticed, I've been super slack about blogging lately. I was just telling Allison a few minutes ago that I think, at least in part, it has to do with my increase in physical activity. I was severely disabled up until almost the end of 2015.  Now, thanks to a very long stint in Physical Therapy, I am able to work out at the gym, go shopping briefly, cook a quick meal, walk the trails in my town.  I don't know how to convey how much that empowers me and makes me do happy dances.
 


However, as I was saying to Allison, I think this increase in physical activity has left me a bit wanting on the mental activity side. I feel like I am too drained to write meaningful posts most days. HOWEVER, I HAVE been reading. After that long, dreadful, drawn-out reading slump I am super pumped about being a bookworm again.  

Several of the books I have been reading have been from my own shelves, thanks to Andi's ingenious reading project, #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks!  Here is a list of what I've read of my own so far this year:




 Out of 34 books read so far this year, I've read 7 of my own books.  That is
While I am more of a spontaneous, go by my whims sort of reader, I do have a couple books I really want to read this summer:  


I am currently in the middle of Death Beckons and I'm 80 pages shy of finishing Outlander.  Technically, The Fictional 100 and The Summer Guest were both gifts, but gifts are still on my shelves and so they count, right? I am a bit over halfway with both.


The Girls of Atomic City, Wench, Hearten (Bayou Bears #2), and Wuthering Heights are all books I have yet to start, but which I want to get to this summer.


What books of your own have you read lately?
Which of your own damn books are you planning on reading next?

June 7, 2016

Cover Discover: Hats on Display


Cover Discover is all about judging book covers (frontlist and backlist) within a particular theme.  We'd never judge the story inside by the cover outside, but it's fun sometimes to judge the cover on its own!

HOW I COUNT VOTES:
I tally up the votes for each of the questions and include rank as a percentage, as well.
Example: 5 votes for Favorite Cover
counts as higher than
4 votes for Favorite and 1 for 2nd favorite cover
which counts slightly higher than
1 vote for Favorite, 5 for second favorite.
ETC. 

First, the results of last week's Cover Discover poll: Jars and Bottles
 
FAVORITE COVER:
TIE

 SECOND FAVORITE COVER:

 
THIRD FAVORITE COVER:


Which covers did you choose as faves?  Did they place?

 
TODAY'S TOPIC:
Hats

 Here are the contenders for your vote: 










NOW, ON TO THE VOTING!

May 31, 2016

Vote on This Week's Cover Discover: Jars & Bottles

 
Cover Discover is all about judging book covers (frontlist and backlist) within a particular theme.  We'd never judge the story inside by the cover outside, but it's fun sometimes to judge the cover on its own!

HOW I COUNT VOTES:
I tally up the votes for each of the questions and include rank as a percentage, as well.
Example: 5 votes for Favorite Cover
counts as higher than
4 votes for Favorite and 1 for 2nd favorite cover
which counts slightly higher than
1 vote for Favorite, 5 for second favorite.
ETC. 

First, the results of last week's Cover Discover poll: Illustrate It!
 
FAVORITE COVER:
  
  SECOND FAVORITE COVER:

  THIRD FAVORITE COVER:

 FOURTH FAVORITE COVER:

 FIFTH FAVORITE COVER:


I love all the ones you guys selected.
Which covers did you choose as faves?  Did they place?

 
TODAY'S TOPIC:
Jars and Bottles

 Here are the contenders for your vote: 









NOW, ON TO THE VOTING!

May 26, 2016

The Wander Society by Keri Smith



"When we constantly fill up all of our 'empty' time with stimulation in the form of electronic devices, games, and distractions, our brains become disengaged and the thinking process is effectively halted. We never get to hear our own inner voice-- we don't develop a relationship with ourselves and our minds. We don't get to know who we are because we are not listening."

"But if we make a conscious effort to not distract ourselves, as psychologist Sandi Mann says, 'We might go off in our heads to try and find that stimulation by our minds wandering, daydreaming.'

This is such a great little book about wandering through nature and reconnecting to our environments. It includes a variety of simple experiments to "creatively disrupt everyday life." Using our powers of observation and openness, we can fill the hole left in us from a life ruled by technology. 

I really loved just taking a breather and noticing all of the little things around me as I wandered. I wandered through a small patch of woods beside my house; I wandered around a lake and a marina; I wandered around the edges of a nearby park; I wandered through the streets in an area and neighborhood I was not familiar with; I wandered even in my own yard where I noticed a new bird's nest and a beautiful butterfly that landed and fluttered very close to me. I have drawn more art and I have found myself to be more creative. I have found myself to be more grateful in life, too.

In one section of the book Smith lists other wanderers - Walt Whitman, William Wordsworth, Charles Baudelaire, Aristotle, Virginia Woolf, among others - and I had a thought.  Forrest Gump was totally a wanderer!!!  I love Forrest Gump.  So while I was wondering I remembered that I was in good company with all of these awesome people (real and fictional). 

I will definitely be wandering more in the future and making notes of my surroundings and observing like a real explorer of my environment!  Thanks to Heather (Capricious Reader) for recommending it to me!