What I Talk About When I Talk About Running

(Psst…thank you and WELCOME to all my new readers! I was incredibly nervous to share this site with family and friends, but I am so glad I did. Hope y’all enjoy!)

 

Confession: I have a love/hate relationship with running.

This tumultuous affair began in elementary school, where all dramas begin: P.E. class.  I was never what someone would call the “athletic” type; I much preferred fulfilling my Oldest Child stereotype of bossing my classmates around and forcing them to play House or Baby-sitter’s Club or some other imaginary scenario. I usually kind of ignored whatever my elementary school coach told us to do and did my own thing, much to her chagrin.

However, there were two P.E. activities I was always pumped for: dodgeball and the Runner of the Week mile. My obsession with the first game would probably be be attributed to some sort of repressed aggression or anger issues by a psychologist, but really I think I just loved to throw things. However, my love of Runner of the Week is even more mysterious, because I usually didn’t even win.

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Top Ten 2017 Books I’m Excited For/Books I want to Read in 2017

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly event hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Check it out here to see other top ten lists and bookish blogs! You can also check out some of my own personal Top Ten Tuesdays here, here, and here

I decided the first half of this list would be books specifically released in 2017, and the other half would be books on my TBR list for this upcoming year, regardless of when they’ve been published. Without further ado:

  1. The Most Dangerous Place on Earth by Lindsey Lee Johnson – I have been reading the ARC version of this novel and have loved the drama and high school angst in this book!
  2.  Caraval by Stephanie Garber – I’ve mentioned my excitement for this book a couple of times before (see here), but again, I am incredibly excited for this book. Two sisters on a mysterious island and a legendary once-a-year performance? Yes please!
  3. A Separation by Katie Kitamura – This book is described as a searing character study, of a couple whose marriage is falling apart. Character driven novels settles right into my wheelhouse.
  4. Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward – I loved Jesmyn Ward’s Salvage the Bones, so I’m beyond excited for her to have a new release.
  5. Swimming Lessons by Claire Fuller – another ARC I’m in the middle of right now. Her prose is beyond beautiful, y’all.
  6. Evicted by Matthew Desmond – A study of the housing crisis in America.
  7. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy – I’m ashamed to admit this, but I read an entire half of this book and then DROPPED IT last year! Not on purpose, but I got distracted by a slew of ARC’s that I needed to read by a deadline, and they never seemed to end…and the months went by and I never got any further with Tolstoy, though I genuinely enjoyed the portion I read. I won’t let this happen again!!!
  8. Diary of a Provincial Lady By E.M. Delafield –  everyone keeps telling me I’ll adore this story, so I’ve nabbed a copy.
  9. Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain – I love all his shows, and after reading a couple of writing samples of his I have to read this book ASAP.
  10. Swing Time by Zadie Smith – I received a copy for Christmas and can’t wait to dive into the world of dance!

What are you most excited to read this year? I want to know! Happy reading, y’all!

Top Ten Tuesday: New to Me Authors in 2016

The Broke and the Bookish host weekly Top Ten Tuesday themed posts. This week is focused on holiday gifts! Check out their website for more reading inspiration, and check out some of my other Top Ten Tuesdays here and here

 

Top Ten New-to-Me Authors in 2016

I’ve read mostly new or new-to-me authors this year, so this was a tough pick! Here’s my best effort at picking a top ten:

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Halloween Reads: Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

Happy Halloween, y’all! Got any fun parties to attend tonight? What’s your costume going to be?

As a kid, I didn’t care that much for Halloween. Don’t get me wrong, I always loved an excuse for free candy and a stylish princess costume, but it just wasn’t something I obsessed over either. However, over the past couple of years I’ve had a lot of fun at Halloween parties, or even evenings spent at home watching Halloween TV episodes while handing out candy to the kids that come by our neighborhood. Tonight we’re gonna have Hocus Pocus in the background while we celebrate :).

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My Must-See List of Boston Independent Bookstores

I don’t know if you heard the news, but Boston was recently voted #1 Best U.S. City for Book Lovers, and I fully endorse this ranking.

Don’t get me wrong, there are many things I don’t miss about Boston – the frigidly miserable winters, the brash rapport between pedestrians and drivers, the underlying layer of pretentiousness amongst the vast academic population.  However, I do miss the abundance of scenic, cozy independent bookstores that were sprinkled throughout the city and suburbs.

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Five Things Friday: Weekend Linking

TGIF, y’all!  What are your plans for the weekend?  I have come down with a bit of a head cold, which actually gives me the perfect excuse to read in bed all weekend long, guilt-free!

My Tables of Content Wangs Vs. The World.

Sick day with a good book…never a bad thing 😉

I have several e-galleys on my Kindle that are coming out soon that I need to finish so I can review them for Netgalley.  The one I’m most excited to dive into is The Wangs Vs. The World by Jade Chang.  It’s Chang’s debut novel and Houghton Mifflen Harcourt has done an incredible ad campaign for this book; I’ve heard TONS of buzz among bloggers and Instagram accounts!  It comes out on October 4, so I’ll let y’all know before then what I thought about the novel.

Anyway, to kick off our weekend right, I gathered a few links from around the Internet for y’all to enjoy and explore for travel, current events, and book news!

  1.  Rick Steves Best and Worst of Europe – Came across this yesterday on the Rick Steves site.  I’m quite a fan of Mr. Rick, and it was fun to hear his honest opinions on his favorite (and not so favorite) destinations.  He also lets you know that his opinion changes a lot, so don’t worry if your favorite city is on his “worst” list! It’s all in good fun ;).
  2. The Skimm News emails : Making it easier to be smarter, FOR FREE.  It’s a daily (Mon-Fri) email delivered to your inbox in the AM with a “highlights” version of all the major news stories from the past 24 hours.  I read it every morning as soon as I wake up. They have giveaways for trips and monthly meet ups with other Skimmers!
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    Coffee and The Skimm, my AM dynamic duo

    Now they even have a new Skimm Ahead app (app is free for the first month, the email is always free), which integrates with your calendar for fun stuff like when your favorite football team is playing or the latest season of “Stranger Things” is released on Netflix.  I am such a huge fan that I have become a Skimmbassador ; if you sign up for The Skimm or their Skimm Ahead app using the link I posted above I am in the running for some cool Skimm gear, and once you become a Skimmer you could also earn them! It’s worth checking out!

  3. Litsy – Has anyone been using this new book app? I downloaded it on my phone a while ago but just started really getting into it (user name is mytablesofcontent if you wanna find me!).  It’s a fun combination of Instagram and Goodreads – you write reviews or post quotes of the book you’re reading and can post pictures as well, and people can comment and like your blurbs.  It’s addicting!
  4. AMAZING RAJASTHAN CITIES THAT WILL MAKE YOU FEEL ROYAL – I am obsessed samode-palace-samodewith this travel blog, My Life’s A Movie. This is one of my favorite posts that she has done recently because, as y’all might know from a previous post, I’m traveling to India in November (!!).  During my trip I’ll be visiting Rajasthan, and the prospect of spending the night in an actual palace sounds pretty dang appealing!!

 

5. 53 More Bookish Movies and TV Shows Streaming on Netflix – in case you’re not in a reading mood but still want to feel literary :).

What are your plans for the weekend – travels, reading, sleeping?  Let me know in the comments below! Cheers, everyone! XO