Monday, May 30, 2016

It's Monday, What Are You Reading? / #FitReaders Check In - May 30, 2016

So, um...hi!  I've been absent from this meme for quite a while.  In fact, I've been absent from the blog for a while, although that might not have been apparent because I had so many posts scheduled. I had actually planned to take May off from blogging, and then changed my mind.  But, in retrospect, I should have stuck to that plan as my life just tends to be too crazy during that month (so, year!)

But, really, this break has been good for me.  It gave me a chance to decide what direction I would like to take things and how.  First off, not much is going to change for the blog  I'm still going to do reviews (mostly) on Tuesdays and Thursdays, Saturday Snapshots on Saturdays, and the Monday/#FitReaders Check In post on Mondays.  I'm also hoping to add Wednesday and Friday posts.  I haven't yet decided what I'd like posts on those two days to be, but right now I'm just focusing on getting posts up on those days.

I'm also going to try to be more active on Social Media.  I have done 2 things towards this end this month.  First, I finally figured out how to use Litsy...which I love.  Oh, Litsy, how did I live this long without you?  If you don't know what Litsy is, it is best described as what would happen if Instagram and Goodreads had a baby.  And it is yet one more reason my TBR keeps growing...

The second social media-ish thing I've done was start to spend more time on this blog's Facebook page. I've been sharing a fair number of articles there and have been interacting with comments (please comment and share, if you feel so moved). I also hope to start more conversations with you all there.

Since I'm jumping back into things, here are the places I can be found:

  • Facebook - As I said, this one is probably my go-to
  • Twitter - I'll be honest, I haven't yet figured out the "trick" to keeping up with Twitter.  As a result, I'm kind of hit and miss here...
  • Litsy - I'm over here at WestMetroMommy.  Please come join me, this party is far too small!
  • Instagram - My username is WestMetroMommyReads.  I'll admit that I mostly post non-bookish things here (the book stuff has moved over to Litsy), but I am still fairly active here.
  • Goodreads - Because you HAVE to have a Goodreads account, right?  In all fairness, this is an excellent tool for tracking reading
  • Periscope - Username: WestMetroMommy.  I use this...sometimes. I'm not completely sold and, honestly, I think Facebook Live may do it in.
Phew, I think that's it for the "business" onto the memes:

Well, I kind of took a break from this as well, so I don't have any real updates.  However, I do have goals for June, so I thought I would share those.

1 - 70,000 steps a week
(Hey, if you want to friend me on FitBit, you can find me here or by searching for melinda(dot)d(dot)ott(at)gmail(dot)com)

2 - 2 strength training workouts a week
This is an area where I really struggle. For this goal, I'm not going to worry about duration or whatnot, I just need to get something done.

3 - 96 ounces of water a day
I used to be so good about getting my water in, but lately I've really been struggling with it. I'm hoping just being intentional will be the push that I need.

So, updates next week!

Right now, I'm reading:
The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
This is a re-read for me.  However, it has probably been at least a decade since I last picked it up, so it was time for a refresher. It's amazing how relevant it is right now!

Kiss Me That Way (Cottonbloom #1) by Laura Trentham
I've actually put this on the backburner for the moment as I have another book I have to get done.  Honestly, this book is starting to tick me off, so I'm not sure I'm going to go back to it.  I feel obligated to do so because I got it from Netgalley--but I'm not sure it is worth it.

What Happens in Texas by Carolyn Brown
This is another book I'm still not sure about.  I'm 20% of the way into it and I still don't know who the heroine of the story is!  Honestly, it reads more like a set up for a TV show like Desperate Housewives than a novel.

Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow
If you've been following things here, you know I failed at the audiobook of this version (it was my, not the book's, fault).  However, now I have the print book and it has taken its place as the esteemed "toilet book."  I've tabbed out the pages so, if I had started it on July 1st, and read 1 section a day, I would have finished on December 31st, 2016.  However, I started it early and am reading 1.5-2 sections a day, so I plan to finish long before 2017.

Right now, I'm listening to:
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte, narrated by Thandie Newton
Jane Eyre is one of my favorite, if not my favorite, novel.  I can't fit in a re-read of it right now, but then I came across this and was intrigued with the idea of Thandie Newton as the narrator.  I decided to give it a try and so far it is living up to my expectations!

Since my last update, I've finished reading or listening to:
There's a lot here, so I'm just going to list it.  If I have a published review of the title, I'll link to it.

Phew!  I think that's it for this very long post.  Next week we'll be back to business as usual!

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