I’m taking advantage of being in a good mood and having a good day to post a warm up and report in on my year end challenge for myself. Let’s start with the challenge, shall we? [progpress title=”Books” goal=”15″ current=”4″ previous=”0″ label=”Books”] [progpress title=”Pounds” goal=”15″ current=”2″ previous=”0″ label=”Lbs”] [progpress title=”Chapters” goal=”15″ current=”1.8″ previous=”0″ label=”Chapters”] I read Sycamore Row last week (FANTASTIC BOOK), I lost two lbs and got a little further on Ch16. I’m struggling with it because I am bored by the stage of the story I am in. I kind of need this story to be over soon. I’m tired of writing it. Sorry to say, I’m ready to move on now. People are reading it and like it, though. I want to see it thru, but I don’t want to crap out some mess and call it good. Dilemma. Monday Warmup: Three goals I have set for myself are… 1. Be a published author. Somehow, some way, some day. 2. Become debt free. I was close, but then what had happened was… 3. Be content with self. I’m working on it, getting there. How about you???
Monthly Archives: October 2013
Unorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots by Deborah Feldman Summary: In this arresting memoir about growing up in—and ultimately escaping from—a strict Hasidic community, Deborah Feldman reveals what life is like trapped within a religious sect that values silence and suffering over individual freedoms. The Satmar sect of Hasidic Judaism is as mysterious as it is intriguing to outsiders. Unorthodox sheds new light on this subculture through one woman’s harrowing tale of repression and self-discovery. Raised in the cloistered world of Brooklyn’s Satmar Hasidim, Deborah Feldman struggled as a naturally curious child to make sense of and obey the rigid strictures that governed her daily life. From what she could read to whom she could speak with, virtually every aspect of her identity was tightly controlled. Married at age seventeen to a man she had only met for thirty minutes, and denied a traditional education—sexual or otherwise—she was unable to consummate the relationship for an entire year. Her resultant debilitating anxiety went undiagnosed and was exacerbated by the public shame of having failed to serve her husband. In exceptional prose, Feldman recalls how stolen moments reading about the empowered literary characters of Jane Austen and Louisa May Alcott helped her to see an alternative way of life—one she knew she had to seize when, at the age of nineteen, she gave birth to a son and realized that more than just her own future was at stake. Unorthodox is a captivating odyssey through adversity and a groundbreaking look into Orthodox Jewish culture. My Review: My rating: 4 of 5 stars Having not heard much about Ms Feldman before I heard about this book, the one star, highly critical reviews of this book puzzle me. I found it a beautifully, skillfully written expose on the life of a girl growing up in a Hasidic community, but knowing all along she does not belong there. A few things really struck a chord with me, like how Bubby and Zeidy sent Deborah […]
I’m going to try not to sound like a drooling, screaming fangirl while I write this review but OH MY GAH. There is a reason I wait (not so) patiently between Grisham books. It’s because just about every release is so. good. Sycamore Row was in no way a disappointment and I think this is the first time I have given a Grisham book five stars.
Monday Morning Warm-Up: Think of a meaningful goal you can reach by your next birthday. Maybe one that is good for you, as well as good for someone else. Write it down. You don’t have to tell anyone else what it is. But know you’ve got cheerleaders if you need them. I have already set a goal for my birthday (March 25th, 2014) to have a draft of my novel finished. Even if it is a steaming pile of crap, it will be DONE and I can move on to editing and revision. I just want to get the story OUT. Today’s 15/15/15 update- [progpress title=”Books” goal=”15″ current=”3″ previous=”0″ label=”Books”] [progpress title=”Pounds” goal=”15″ current=”0″ previous=”0″ label=”Lbs”] [progpress title=”Chapters” goal=”15″ current=”1″ previous=”0″ label=”Chapters”] Books Read: 1 Chapters written: 0 ( I did write this weekend, but not a complete chapter) Lbs lost: 0 Sucky week for me.
Weeee! Let’s get this party started! I am fake upbeat today. It’s Monday, 9am on a bank holiday and I am at work. *sigh* Not that I don’t love my job, but I’d rather be curled up in bed with a latte and a good book with The Golden Girls on in the background. I digress. Today’s Warm Up question, courtesy Jo Knowles as always, is a good one. I’d love to see others tackle it, if you are so inclined: Monday Morning Warm-Up: What can you do this week that will make you feel good about yourself? This can really go so many ways. Personally? Writerly? Generally? The one thing that makes me feel good, that I LOATHE to do is exercise. I need a distraction, a challenge that draws my attention away from the fact that I’m exercising. Right now my goal is to get in 200 minutes a week. I haven’t really been counting, but that’s like… not hard to do. And I think I’ve been achieving it… but aiming for it keeps me on the walking path or in the gym. When I am done, I feel accomplished, I feel great, I feel healthy. GETTING myself to do it is the thing. I read…….. a lot. I just really enjoy taking time out of my day to escape to a world that someone else created. When that world is created well, I’m fully immersed. It’s like a vacation. The one aspect I need to apply this to is my writing life. I need to get over the fact that I think I write OKAY but not as well as others, nowhere near a professional level and certainly not novel level. The ONLY way to get there is to keep writing and keep pushing myself, but… it’s tough. I have a saying called, Keep Your Eyes on Your Own Paper. And it’s really hard when your highest sense of enjoyment involves looking at other people’s papers (books). […]
I must admit that after reading all of the reviews for this novel, I must be dense and unsophisticated. I was confused by chapter 4 and the plot, the romances, the stories unfolding in 1892 and present day just never really caught on for me. In fact, I still don’t really ‘get it’.
Welcome to another edition of Friday Reads! Hope everyone has some great books in the queue! This weekend I am picking two books to finish: The Room Beyond by Stephanie Elmas I’m reading this book ( and the next one) courtesy of NetGalley. I just LOVE that place! I’m getting to read some really great books. I heard about this book via twitter from the author and requested it and was approved in seconds. YAY! I’m about halfway through, and I admit to being very confused but it seems like things are starting to come together. I’ll do a reading binge tonight or tomorrow and finish it off. Stay tuned for a review of this one next week! The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon I am SO EXCITED to read this book! It’s not out until February but I’ve been stalking it on Galley sites and it finally popped up for me and I was approved and YAYYYYYYYY. I LOVE Jennifer McMahon and this book is already really good. She’s spooky and her writing is beautiful and I just love her books. So I’ll be devouring this one this weekend as well. Reviews for this book won’t post until January, but I’ll do my GoodReads review long befor then. If you’re curious about what I thought of the book, follow my reviews there! Of course I am still reading Furious Cool, another NetGalley pick that doesn’t come out till November. If I get the chance I’ll get more chapters in on this one as well. I ALSO just joined Edelweiss so I have three books I am reading for reviews next year. These on top of the awesome books I see every single day and add to my To Read List…….STRESSFUL! HAHAHA. And don’t forget to tune in Monday to get an update on my 15/15/15 challenge — 15 Books, 15 lbs, 15 chapters. Can I do it? You’ll find out!
Bear with me, people. I am going get a little bit personal. I typically only talk books and writing here, because my life is………books and writing. The occasional good tv show or awesome sandwich, but books and writing are pretty much it. But today I find that my mind is already turning toward the end of the year. Here we are in 4th quarter, the air is crisp and cool and feels like autumn. The leaves are bright and beautiful and the sun rises later and sets earlier. This all makes my head turn toward that Big Old Goal Line, December 31, 2013. I was having a conversation a few minutes ago with a friend about recently joining the small fitness center here at our place of work. It’s nothing more than a few treadmills, ellipticals, free weights and weight machines. A nice little area that I feel I am going to enjoy belonging to. I have ~15 lbs I want to lose before the end of the year. Joining the fitness center will, I hope, give me a bit of a leg up. I have lost over 60 lbs since December 2012 and over 80 lbs since Jan 2012. Losing these next 15lbs will mean a cool 100lbs down……so I’m going for it! I also have 61 books read this year. My goal is 75, so I have 14 books to read before I meet or exceed that goal. For all intents and purposes, let’s say 15 books to read before the end of the year. I’ve GOT to get moving on some writing, so I want to set a goal to write 15 chapters by the end of the year, something I should have no problem doing, between the multiple projects I am working on, also assuming that a one-shot would count as one chapter, should I do some writing exercises or something like that. Blogging won’t count, neither will book reviews. So that’s how I am going […]
The Trial of Dr. Kate by Michael E. Glasscock III Expected publication: October 8th 2013 by Greenleaf Book Group Press Summary: In the summer of 1952, Lillian Johnson was found dead in her home, slumped in the wheelchair that had become her cage due to multiple sclerosis. An overdose of barbiturate had triggered a heart attack, but the scene was not quite right. It looked as though someone other than Lillian herself had injected the fatal dose. Dr. Kate Marlow, Lillian’s physician and best friend, now sits in the Round Rock city jail. The only country doctor for miles, Kate cannot remember her whereabouts at the time of Lillian’s death?and the small Tennessee town buzzes with judgment. As Dr. Kate’s trial approaches, another woman is determined to uncover the truth about the night of Lillian’s death. Memphis reporter Shenandoah Coleman grew up in Round Rock on the wrong side of the tracks, but unlike the rest of her unsavory clan, escaped her destiny. Now, back in the town she grew up in, she’ll have to turn every stone to keep Kate from a guilty verdict. Review: My rating: 2 of 5 stars Not an altogether terrible book, but I knew at 20% in that I didn’t have much interest in finishing it. I made myself finish it because it’s on my shelf at NetGalley and didn’t want to NOT turn in a review for this. The Trial of Dr Kate is set in 1950’s Tennessee. Reporter Shenandoah (what a name)has traveled back to Round Rock to cover the trial of her childhood friend Dr. Kate Marlow. While I enjoyed certain character depictions like Hattie Mae, I found most of the characters difficult to connect with. We learn details about them, learn how everyone in town owes some sort of debt to Dr. Kate and don’t believe she committed the murder that she’s being held in jail on, and yet she is still in jail? I just had a hard time […]
First of all, HOLY CRAP, this book was good. I feel like I say this a lot, but it really is rare for me to pick up a book and read it all the way through. I started reading this late Friday (10/4) and finished it Saturday 10/5. Talk about an engrossing page turner!