Sunday Salon: February Wrap Up

Happenings // This week I changed the blog design, woohoo! Also celebrated some book bloggers as well as the book blogging community overall. Added a bunch of new-to-me blogs to my Feedly, too (thanks, Shannon!). Wrap Up // This was a fun reading month! I read 6 books (2 of which were graphic novels) and a bunch of comics, including 3 issues of Lumberjanes and all 12 issues of Alex + Ada. [Oops! I forgot to include Free to Learn by Peter Gray in the image below]. My favorite read of the month was The Thing About Great White Sharks. Review posts tomorrow! Currently Reading // This week I haven't read very much at all, so I'm still reading A Flute in My Refrigerator and…

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Sunday Salon & January Wrap Up

Time & Place // Noon, at home. We slept in today...Eating & Drinking // A bagel and coffee with Abuelita creamer.Listening // Back in September, I Instagrammed a clip of myself practicing the alto flute solo for Ravel's Daphnis et Chloe. I finally got around to requesting the (live!) recording of our October symphony concert, so if you'd like to hear how it went, here ya go: Not Watching // The Superbowl. I didn't realize it was this weekend until my mom mentioned it to me last night. We need a Superbowl mini-readathon...Happenings // Yesterday I took C to a Girl Scout "Girls in Sports Day" at the university. She was the youngest girl in her group, but the older girls were really sweet…

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November 2014 Reading Wrap Up

Last week, I completely forgot to post a wrap up of my November reading. So here it is, a little late.With the exceptions of Happy Birthday, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle and The Giver, you can click a cover to visit my review.This month felt so very, very sluggish to me, so the number of books here was a huge surprise. Hooray, November!

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October 2014 Reading Wrap Up

October was a slow month, but in a "quality over quantity" kind of way. I read To Kill a Mockingbird for the first time. I read it sloooowly. I wanted it to never end! When I finally finished, I couldn't seem to move on to anything else.Seriously, I basically picked up a book, set it aside. Tried another book, set it aside. Rinse and repeat. Slumped around for a while. Thankfully, Diane Cook helped me turn a corner with her collection of short stories, Man V Nature.Then I read The Republic of Imagination by Azar Nafisi, which was thought-provoking and interesting and all those great things, but really required my full, careful attention. (Proper review coming soon.)So, that was my October.…

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September 2014 Reading Wrap Up

After August's intense reading flurry, September looks like a slump with only four books! It didn't feel too much like one, though. I didn't list my one DNF, and I've been savoring To Kill a Mockingbird for the last week (and still am). Tobia e l'Angelo was in Italian, so that took longer than usual. Plus, I actually put the techniques in Fluent Forever into practice, which took away from my reading time. Reviews of all of the above will be coming soon! I feel good about September, and I'm excited about what October will bring.What are you looking forward to this month, bookish or otherwise?

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August 2014 Reading Wrap Up

Whoa, obviously Bout of Books 11 gave me a huge boost. 15 books in August!My favorite August read? Surprise: Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage. How to Build a Girl and A Brief Moment of Weightlessness were way up there, too, though (reviews coming later this month).I have a feeling my reading will slow down and get back to normal this month, though. This weekend started rehearsals for another musical, Annie Get Your Gun. There are some really tricky (and fast!) spots. The Sound of Music was easy enough that I could read through it the first time through, but I'm going to have to do some practicing this time around.Hope everyone is looking forward to a great September!

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July 2014 Reading Wrap Up

July was a pretty great month. We officially started C's kindergarten year (we homeschool year-round), I started playing in the pit orchestra for The Sound of Music (which continues through much of August), and I read seven books. You can read my review for each of the books above by clicking its cover, with the exception of The Virtues of Oxygen (review coming soon).My favorite July read? Definitely Violins of Hope, by leaps and bounds. And that's saying a lot, because most of my July reads were absolutely fantastic.I'm currently reading Haruki Murakami's new novel, Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage. Last night I had a revelation about its title, and got all goosebumpy. Have I ever mentioned how…

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April 2014 Reading Wrap Up

Only two fewer books than last month. That surprised me considered how much of a slump I found myself in during April. I almost made it to seven books. I'd planned to finish The Last Policeman by Ben Winters yesterday, but was distracted checking up on friends. Anyhow, it's riveting in a very balanced sort of way: not too heavy, not too light. Just what I need right now.The links in the image above will take you to my reviews, with the exceptions of Little Island by Katharine Britton, which I loved but have to wait until June 2 to review (for a book tour), and The Happiest Days of Our Lives by Wil Wheaton, which I'll review soon. I picked up…

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March 2014 Reading Wrap Up & Bloggiesta Finish Line

I read eight books during March! Three of them were very short (Stack, American Born Chinese, and I Kill the Mockingbird) so I think this was still an average-ish reading month for me. My review of Clever Girl posts tomorrow, and I'm hoping to have No Book but the World ready later this week.Bloggiesta Spring 2014 ended last night!I'm happy to say, I completed everything on my long to-do list, and made it to most of the Twitter chats. I ended up with new social media icons in my sidebar, a (very slightly) tweaked banner image above, and added a favicon to the site. I was also inspired by Friday afternoon's chat about the technical aspects of blogging, and finished up a post explaining how…

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February 2014 Reading Wrap Up

I didn't expect to read much at all this month, yet I managed to read six books and have a pretty good variety: three fiction books, and three non-fiction, one of which was a graphic novel. January and February were absolute insanity work-wise, so I'm looking forward to (hoping for?) a more normal schedule in March (translation: more time to read!).

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