Sunday, December 17, 2017

2018 Nonfiction Reading Challenge

It's been about two years since I saw a nonfiction challenge offered. This one is hosted by this site.  I will be reading as many books as I can for this, thus following the first option.

In previous years, I’ve thought about hosting a nonfiction challenge, but I’ve been able to find existing challenges that made doing so seem redundant. That’s not the case this year, so I’m excited to announce that I’ll be hosting a nonfiction reading challenge! The goals will be flexible and I’ll be putting together several events throughout the year to help participants connect with each other.

Suggested Goals

Rather than suggest particular levels for this challenge, I’ve got a couple ideas for different nonfiction reading goals you could set for yourself.

Here is what I am reading:

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Reading Women Challenge


This one has some interesting categories. Acc

This one has some interesting categories. According to the rules, you may complete as many of the categories as you can. Click here to see more.

Here is What I Am Reading for this One:

3 Ways Writing Can Relieve Stress


People are always looking for new ways to relieve stress. Yet, after all this time, there is still one method that works better than anything and that is writing. 
You might’ve heard that writing can help relieve stress but you’re unsure of how writing exactly helps. Look no further! I will be sharing with you three ways in which writing relieves stress. 

Form of Meditation
What is something that every high achiever has in common whether they’re a writer or businessman or woman? They each meditate.
Writing can be a form of meditation. When you meditate you want to block out the noise around you and be fully conscious of what you’re doing. By meditating, you open an inner stillness inside yourself. 

You can gain inner stillness from writing. Because when you write, you have to block out the noise around you and focus entirely on the piece. Your breathing will slow and it’s just going to be you with the words your writing (or typing) 🙂
When you get deep into your article, you realize that your creative impulses are taking overYou’ll be in a state of zen, not even remembering why you were stressed out. 

Get Your Thoughts On Paper
Each day we generate around 60,000 thoughts. Some of those thoughts can be stressful. To quell that stress, keep a journal for yourself. 
Each morning or night or both if you’d prefer, write what you’re thinking in a journal. By doing this practice each morning you will develop it into a habit. You will be able to get your thoughts on paper instead of keeping them in your head. 
The great thing about writing your thoughts each day is you can go back and see what you were thinking in certain situations and how most of the time, what you were stressing over never came true! 
You can start with a few sentences and then move onto a paragraph each day. 
You can release all the emotions that have been inside of you. 
Sometimes we can get really stressed out and getting your thoughts out instead of keeping them in may be just what you need. 

Take Your Mind Away
When you’re stressed about something, the best thing you can do is get your mind off whatever you’re stressing about. When you write, you can’t focus on writing and being stressed at the same time, it’s impossible. 
By writing, you’re taking your mind away from your stress. Even if it’s only for an hour, I can guarantee that you will feel better. You’ll have accomplished something and been in a meditative state. 
Sometimes we need to take our mind away to gain a fresh perspective on our life. 
We can turn small problems into big problems with the power of our thoughts and free time. When you choose to write, the new perspective you gain will allow you to see that you shouldn’t be stressing in the first place
When you write, you’re choosing to relieve stress. And when you relieve stress, you’re living a better and more fulfilling life.

I never really thought of it this way, but I do agree with what is suggested. There are still many thought I want to get down on paper that I haven't done yet. 

Last night I rewrote portions of the last chapter and the epilogue of my memoir. I was up late doing so, which has been atypical of me lately. Most of the time in winter, I get tired so easily after about being up for around 12 hours or so. But I guess the activity yesterday at our Christmas party at work made me a little more energetic. 

Once again, I want to take a break from my memoir and continue on my dairy novel set in the 1980s. I have some ideas for that one that I have not gotten down and need to!  I'm trying to get up to a moment that has already been alluded to in what I have written so far.  

Or I want to try something new just for a while. I keep trying with the idea of a fairy tale retelling (Side note: I'm sad that the fairy tale retelling reading challenge I did this year won't be happening next year. I've really gotten into reading these kinds of stories).

Friday, December 15, 2017

2018 Audiobook Challenge

Once again, I will be doing this one. I try to listen to one or two audiobooks each month. I made it to 30 this year and will be trying for that level again next year.

2018 Audiobook Challenge


  • Newbie (I’ll give it a try) 1-5
  • Weekend Warrior (I’m getting the hang of this) 5-10
  • Stenographer (can listen while multi-tasking) 10-15
  • Socially Awkward (Don’t talk to me) 15-20
  • Binge Listener (Why read when someone can do it for you) 20-30
  • My Precious (I had my earbuds surgically implanted) 30+
  • Marathoner (Look Ma No Hands) 50+
Here is what I am listening to:


This is the fourth annual reading challenge presented by Book Riot.

  1. A book published posthumously
  2. A book of true crime
  3. A classic of genre fiction (i.e. mystery, sci fi/fantasy, romance)
  4. A comic written and illustrated by the same person
  5. A book set in or about one of the five BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China, or South Africa)
  6. A book about nature
  7. A western
  8. A comic written or illustrated by a person of color
  9. A book of colonial or postcolonial literature
  10. A romance novel by or about a person of color
  11. A children’s classic published before 1980
  12. A celebrity memoir
  13. An Oprah Book Club selection
  14. A book of social science
  15. A one-sitting book
  16. The first book in a new-to-you YA or middle grade series
  17. A sci fi novel with a female protagonist by a female author
  18. A comic that isn’t published by Marvel, DC, or Image
  19. A book of genre fiction in translation
  20. A book with a cover you hate
  21. A mystery by a person of color or LGBTQ+ author
  22. An essay anthology
  23. A book with a female protagonist over the age of 60
  24. An assigned book you hated (or never finished)

Thursday, December 14, 2017

30th Anniversary of Prozac

I felt a need to mention that this year marks 30 years since Prozac (fluoxetine) was approved by the FDA as an antidepressant of the SSRI class, since I've been on the medication for over two years now and have been writing about it. Not sure I'll ever be as good as Wurtzel was at writing  on such a thing, since his is what made me want to tell my story. I felt I was stealing her thunder by trying to write about the same subject, but everyone I know convinced me otherwise. It will be two year next February since I began my story, and I don't know how much longer I need to work on it.   Those who have been reading my blog regularly will already know all that. 
I was told when my psychiatrist first prescribed Prozac to me that he prescribes it the most fall antidepressants, since's it been round the longest. Though I seem to see few other clients at Behavioral Health on Prozac. Some think it's it's out of date, but my boss says that isn't true.It all depends what works for each person as each medication works different for different people. 

I feel I have been less depressed from Prozac, but I still get depressed. It only decreases the depression, it's not a cure! 

The image above comes from this site,
celebrating things that turned 30 in 2017.


Prozac Nation


The 2018 Reading Challenge @ Modern Mrs. Darcy

Doing this one for the second time.

reading challenge 2018

My books for this one:

  1. Classic You've Been Meaning to Read:
  2. Recommended By Someone With Great Taste:
  3. In Translation:
  4. Nominated for an Award in 2018:
  5. Book of Poetry, a Play or an Essay Collection:
  6. Book You Can Read in a Day:
  7. More Than 500 Pages:
  8. By a Favorite Author:
  9. Recommended by a Librarian or an Indie Bookseller:
  10. Banned Book:
  11. Memoir, Autobiography or Book of Creative Nonfiction:
  12. By an Author of a Different Race, Ethnicity or Religion Than Your Own: