Thursday, June 23, 2016

Quiz: What Flavor Lemonade Are You?

This is a good result--I tend to like pink lemonade the most whenever I get some to drink.

You Are Pink Lemonade
You are a bit wacky and offbeat. You are all about expressing your uniqueness.
You inspire others to live a little more boldly. You are very exuberant.

People see you as independent, and they're right. You don't see it that way though...
You're just living your life as you want to live it. You aren't necessarily making a statement.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Quiz: What is Your Summer Color?

You Are Sunflower Yellow
You are a cheerful person no matter what the season, but there's something about summer that makes you shine extra brightly.
You see summer as a time for play, adventure, and growth. Each summer is different, and you wouldn't have it any other way.

You have a natural glow and charisma. You are naturally confident and sure of yourself - you stand tall.
You have never been afraid of wanting a lot out of life. You aim high, and you're pretty sure you'll reach all your dreams.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

My Reading This Year So Far

It's already the middle of June, meaning the year is almost half-over, which seems unbelievable.  I decided to to a mid-year post on my reading this year so far.  Thus far, I've finished seven of the challenges I signed up for this year.
What's In A Name 2016 logo

The first one I completed was What's in a Name? on the first day of March. I always seem to finish this one first each year! Probably because there are only six categories to complete.  This was followed 12 days later by the completion of the Title Fight Challenge.  This one required seven books.
Title Fight Button 2016In April, I decided to call the Ancient Greek Challenge complete after three books, since I had attempted the first level.  For the Poetry Challenge, I went over the 10 books needed for the highest level and decided to call it done after that. And I finished the Mocha Girls Read Challenge, having chosen only to do the spell-out option.


MGR Reading button

For the Alphabet Soup Challenge I counted the first book I read that started with each letter of the alphabet.  I managed to find ones for what the site calls the "pesky letters" Q, X and Z without having to use a word other than the first one in the title.   This was the only challenge I completed in May.

The next one I finished was the Color-Coded Challenge on June 2.  This has been one of my favorites for the last three years. In January, I managed to read a series in that had all color titles.  And my first read of this year was Brown Girl Dreaming, so I got an early start on this challenge. I think this is the quickest I've ever completed this one. 

Last year, I saw several of the blogs hosting the challenges I was doing get deleted by midyear.  Two such challenges were picked up by other sites,allowing me to continue. But two others disappeared completely, forcing me to call those two complete.  
Literary Loners Reading Challenge 2016
So far this year, I have not encountered this problem with any of the challenges I'm in.  But as the first-time host of a reading challenge, I was a little annoyed when I saw that some of the participants have deleted their blogs.  I did not know how many participants to expect when I first came up with the idea and was glad to see some people sign up.  One has already finished after reading five books (there are no levels).

And just the other day, I checked the hosting blog of another challenge I did this year. I've loved doing the Book to Movie Challenge since I read a lot of books that have had film adaptations. Although the blog is still around, the challenge has been discontinued as of June 2, because of a lack of interest and participation :-( I did not see this until yesterday, so I decided to call this one complete as well. Even though I'll probably read more books that have or will become movies :-)

As far as my other challenges go, I'm not yet sure how many more I will read for each of those or how much longer it will take me to complete those checklist and bingo-like challenges.  And as for my own challenge, I've read 16 books as of yet.  I know it's only June, but the other day  came up with an idea for a challenge next year. I want to try this new challenge idea (keep reading my blog to see what it is), and will see how any people I get for this one. But I am not certain about offering my current one again.  This was only first time hosting a challenge and I only wanted to to one to start with. Maybe next time I can handle more than one, but am uncertain as of yet.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Seasonal Fun In the Sun Reading Challenge

Since this is for the summer only, I thought I could squeeze in a few books. It began on May 1 and I have read one book already that is set in the summer. There are no required levels, so I will try to get at least five books between now and the end of August.  Click here to sign up and see more details.

Something happens to me when it starts getting hot out. Sure I want to slip on my flip flops, go swimming, and drink some iced lattes but what I really get in the mood for is reading a certain genre of books that are about fun in the sun! So I'm hosting a seasonal challenge specifically for these books.

My books for this challenge:
  1. Savannah Breeze--Mary Kay Andrews

Sunday, June 12, 2016

What I've Learned From Memoirs and From My Writing So Far

I'd like to share some things I've leaned from my writing and from reading other people's memoirs.

Everyone has a story to tell.  Even if you think your story is similar to that of another person (whose memoir you have read), yours is still unique to you.  Some people have similar experiences, but each one is different. I do not know why I could not convince myself of this at first. Or why I felt this way after I had decided to write about my experience with depression and Prozac.  You can from see from previous blog posts (if you haven't read my blog till now) that reading Prozac Nation gave me this  idea, but I then felt my story was too similar. But many people have convinced me otherwise and I then could see that it is true.

You can find a memoir that you identify with and one that inspires you. (Perhaps more than one or one that's both). That, as you can see above, was true for me. I could identify with a lot of things that the author of Prozac Nation described.  But I still had different life events and details, making my own story different.  Definitely read another person's memoir if you feel you can identify with what they have written about. Similar events are what helps one person identify with another.  Even if what the author of the memoir describes events that you have never experienced, you may still feel inspired to write your own memoir, no matter what you plan to focus it on. The fact that a bar owner from my hometown published a memoir was enough to make me think I could do my own, even if I didn't have any experiences similar to hers. Just the fact that I visit her bar frequently was inspiration enough, though it was really Prozac Nation that made me tell me story.  Basically, I've found every memoir I've read to be thought-provoking in one way or another, especially those on depression, since I'm going through that myself.

Only tell what you feel is important to the focus of your memoir. I can recall a lot of things I could say contributed to my depression, but I only included those I recalled at the moment I was writing my notes. If I tried to write every single one, I would have a book the size of an unabridged dictionary :-) Some may have been edited based on the best of my memory.  And I can recall some things that I feel don't contribute to the focus of my story.

This is what I have learned thus far. I'm sure there may be more to come.

And on a side note, my fascination with memoirs has given me an idea. More on this another time...

Friday, June 10, 2016

Quiz: The Single Flower Test

This is mostly true. Can't say I'm much of a justice enforcer :-)

You Are Comfortable in Your Own Skin
You are very idealistic. You really truly want what's best for the world.
You can't fall in love with just anyone at any time. Everything needs to align for you.

You have a strong sense of right and wrong. You are a justice enforcer.
You are interested in all types of people. You find almost everyone to be compelling.