Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Back to School Book Blogger Challenge - Day 9


Day 7: Share the story of your favorite teacher or mentor? 


The Back to School Book Blogger Challenge is hosted by Parajunkee. Stop by her blog to join in!

This has been the hardest question of this challenge to answer.  There have been favorite teachers, counselors and a few great bosses.  Even my siblings have been a huge influence on me.  I think that I have to name my dad as my favorite mentor however.  Not just with reading and books, but his encouragement.  Whatever I showed an interest in, he would buy a book about it or a kit or something so I could explore.  He taught himself glassblowing, fly tying and went back to school to become a teacher when he was well past 50.  He was an amateur photographer (like myself) and he wrote poetry and short stories (and even got one poem published).  I don't know if it occurred to him that he couldn't accomplish something.  Thinking about it, I wish I could have more of that chutzpah in my life.  I guess it's never too late.

Let me know who your favorite teacher or mentor is or was.  I'd love to hear it.


Monday, August 25, 2014

Back to School Book Blogger Challenge - Day 8


Day 8: What is the biggest lesson you've learned as a blogger? 


The Back to School Book Blogger Challenge is hosted by Parajunkee. Stop by her blog to join in!

I don't know if I can narrow this down so I came up with a list.  Suffice it to say, I have learned so MUCH as a book blogger.

-Why yes!  Anyone *can* have a blog! (For some weird reason I thought you had to be some kind of "professional blogger.")
-Blogging is a lot of work.  A LOT.
-The publishing industry is a lot more intricate that I imagined.
-I am a slow reader.  (People in my life say I'm a fast reader, but when I compare myself with all the bloggers I know...ummm, no. )
-There are crazy and insecure people out there in the world. 
-There are wonderful, amazing, kind, funny and generous people out there in the world.


Sunday, August 24, 2014

Back to School Book Blogger Challenge - Day 7.


Day 7: What are the most inspiring books you've read that have been assigned to you? 


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To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee and Ceremony by Leslie Marmon Silko. 

In 6th grade we read To Kill a Mockingbird in English.  I loved my teacher, I loved English and I think it helped to read this book aloud and discuss it in class.  I loved Scout and her relationship with her father.  I loved the spooky mystery of Boo Radley.  I loved Atticus and I loved the insight I gained from this book.  The way people think, human behavior and even plot devices.

Another book that really affected me was Ceremony by Leslie Marmon Silko.  After college I took an online class with the New School on Native American mythology and this was one of the discussion reads.  This may sound cliche but that book changed my life.  I knew about the wholeness of the Universe and how everything is related and interconnected, but when I read this book, I really felt it and understood it. 

What books have inspired you and how?


Saturday, August 23, 2014

Back to School Book Blogger Challenge - Day 6.


Day 6: What are some steps you'll take on your blog to keep things flowing smoothly or change things up? 


The Back to School Book Blogger Challenge is hosted by Parajunkee. Stop by her blog to join in!

Oh how I wish I had goals and strategies to make my blog better, more appealing and more fun.  I wish I could think of awesome challenges like this one I'm participating in or great features like Tune in Tuesdays and Stacking the Shelves.  But I stretch myself to the point that I'm just happy when I can read a book and get a post up.  However, I have been thinking about plans for my blog lately, whether or not I'll actually implement them or not is a different story.

-Change my review format.  I'm getting tired of not being able to be more clever with my reviews or insightful.  How many ways can I express what I love about a book?  I want to come up with something different.  I'm thinking of just a list or maybe even participate in the Short and Tweet meme. 

-Get back to doing some features such as Midnyte Snack.  I mean, I love food and I love books.  It should be a no brainer.  Oh wait...I don't like to cook.  That's it!  But maybe I can just buy the food already made.

-Think outside the box.  I would really like to learn more about blogging and get fresh ideas.  Felicia from The Geeky Bloggers Book Blog t old me about Bloggy Boot Camp.  It's a bit pricey, but I'd still like to go.  I've actually started researching where I can take additional Blogging classes and workshops. 

-Use Instagram and Pinterest more.  (Self explanatory.)

-Further contemplate moving to Wordpress.  I sometimes wonder if I should just take the plunge.  Most everyone who has done so tells me I should as well.  I would like to implement all the cool gadgets, and not have to worry about the minor formatting issues I've encountered anymore.  But I also feel - If it ain't broke why fix it?

What do you think about my ideas?  I'd love any advice.  What are some steps you'll be taking with your own blog?


Friday, August 22, 2014

Back to School Book Blogger Challenge - Day 5.


Day 5: Share your own story about what or who fostered the love of reading in yourself. 


The Back to School Book Blogger Challenge is hosted by Parajunkee. Stop by her blog to join in!

My Dad.  Definitely my dad.  Not only did he do all the things on my list from yesterday.  He was always reading himself.  He had his chair, (You know, the "Dad" chair that all Dad's seem to have?) and all around it on the floor were books he had read, books he was in the middle of reading and his big red dictionary.  He would sometimes pick it up, look up a word and go back to his book.  When he was done with one book, "PLOP" it went on the pile.  Then every once in a while he would gather up his pile and head to the library to return them and get more. 

The interesting thing about my dad, was that he didn't read books to me that *I* wanted him to read to me.  He only read what he wanted.  So, I learned that there were only a few titles that he would oblige me with.  Dick Whittington and his Cat, Puss in Boots, Annabel Lee and another poem about a man who froze to death in Alaska, but I can't remember the title. 

It sounds very simple but I know that it helped influence me.  Or maybe it just guided me along to discover what was to become one of my biggest passions. 

Who fostered your love of reading?


Thursday, August 21, 2014

Back to School Book Blogger Challenge - Day 4.


Day 4: If you are a parent, or have advice for parents...what doyou (or think would work) to foster the love of reading in your kids?


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Here are things that my dad did to foster the love of reading in me.

1. Took me to the library to get a library card.
2. Read to me.
3. Read the same books as me and discussed them. 
4. Bought me books. 
5. Talked about authors he liked, disliked or just something interesting about them.
6. Had lots of bookshelves at the family's disposal. 
7. Never censored my reading. 

How about you?  What do you do to foster the love of reading in your own kids or any kids?


Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Back to School Book Blogger Challenge - Day 3.


Day 3: Share your most memorable school memory.


The Back to School Book Blogger Challenge is hosted by Parajunkee. Stop by her blog to join in!

I'm assuming that this should be book related so I won't go into the embarrassing memories that haunt me.  I'll talk about my bookish memories.  Suffice it to say, my favorite subject was always Reading and English.  I also loved "Free Time," kind of like an indoor recess where most people would do their homework, but of course, I read books.  I also loved when teachers read to the class and library time (when the librarians read to us). 

One of my favorite book memories was from Elementary School.  I saw a poster for Ghosts I Have Been by Richard Peck on the school library window.  Unfortunately, the book wasn't in yet!  Aaaaaaa!  I kept waiting and asking and I'm sure the librarians were fed up with me.  Finally, the book arrived and I bet I was the first one to check it out.  The anticipation was part of the excitement I'm sure, but I remember also loving the book.  Sometimes when you wait for a book, it's not as good as you had hoped, but I do remember absolutely loving this one. 

What are some of your favorite memories from school?

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