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Morning meanderings is a daily meme brought to you by Sheila at One Person’s Journey Through a World of Books. It’s a forum for me to discuss books and other things while I sip my daily allotment of caffeine.

I can’t believe that November is almost over.  Wait, today is the last day of November!  When did that happen?  Thanksgiving break was a week long and it flew by!  I had such big plans on all that I was going to do during my time off.  Unfortunately, I came down with a cold.  I have since mostly nursed myself back to health.  I’m running at about 75% right now.  Don’t worry, I’m fighting my way through dead week and then finally, FINALS!  This means I will have a lot of time for reading in December and early January.  That is something to look forward to.

In the spirit of celebration and looking forward to my future reading prospects, I have decided to sign myself up for the TBR Challenge.  The rules are simple enough and I can insist upon digging in to my massive and ever growing TBR pile.

Here is my list:

  1. Love Walked In by Marisa de los Santos
  2. Bran Hambric: The Farfield Curse by Kaleb Nation
  3. The Weight of Silence by Heather Gudenkauf
  4. Millie’s Fling by Jill Mansell
  5. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Wolf
  6. Heart’s Blood by Juliet Marillier
  7. The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood
  8. The Help by Kathryn Stockett
  9. The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
  10. Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella
  11. Written on the Body by Jeanette Winterson
  12. Atonement by Ian McEwan

I haven’t come up with an alternate list, but I will.  I kind of like the idea of sticking to this list though!  We shall see … I might end up reading some of these before January!


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Morning meanderings is a daily meme brought to you by Sheila at One Person’s Journey Through a World of Books.  It’s a forum for me to discuss books and other things while I sip my daily allotment of caffeine.

Seriously, what happened to my life?  I have been so busy with school, NaNoWriMo, being a CF, trying to manage a semblance of a social life, and attempting to stay healthy  that I haven’t given myself much time to read or blog.  But it’s Thanksgiving vacation, which means a whole week of to blog and read to my heart’s content!  I spent the weekend fighting off a cold and reading Mercury in Retrograde (review to come later).  I have also been catching up on all your blogs.  Yes, I do love to see what you have been reading.  And there are a lot of exciting new challenges and giveaways going on, which I couldn’t help to join.  Let me share some of what I have found with you all:

In the spirit of the Holidays, I signed up for the Holiday Reading Challenge.  Not entirely sure exactly what I”m going to be reading for this, but I made up a prospective list:

  • The Christmas Cookie Club by Ann Pearlman
  • Christmas Jars by Jason Wright
  • The Christmas Shoes by Donna VanLiere
  • A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

Also, Nikola’s Book Blog, a blog that I have only just recently started following is hosting a giveaway contest that will fit in very will with the Jane Austen Challenge that is still looming over my head.

Three winners will win a copy of both Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters.  I have heard a lot of hype about both books and would love to win them.  Wish me luck!

Speaking of giveaways and challenges, I’m hoping that as we hope into 2010 and my schedule gets a little lighter, I will be able to host my own giveaway and contest.  Stay tuned for more details in the future.  Trust me, I’m sticking around this time!

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Morning meanderings is a daily meme brought to you by Sheila at One Person’s Journey Through a World of Books.  It’s a forum for me to discuss books and other things while I sip my daily allotment of caffeine.

Today’s Morning Meandering I find myself with a venti iced chai instead of the usual nonfat vanilla latte.  It is just way too hot and I opted for something milder to get my Saturday morning started.  This lovely Saturday morning I am on duty meaning in cases of emergency – I get a call.  So far, it has been a very relaxing, uneventful morning.  I woke up and the boyfriend went out to get breakfast – bagels and Starbucks.  Then we sat down and caught up on some TV.  Namely, House.  Anyone else addicted to that show?  If you don’t already tune in, I suggest you start because this season is bound to be AMAZING!

In other news, I cannot stop adding blogs to my google reader.  Everyday as I attempt to catch up with all the blogs that I already follow, I inevitably come across new ones.  It’s a bit daunting, I won’t lie, but it is also exciting.  I’m excited at the prospect of expanding my role in the blogging community as I meet new people and find news ways to connect through books.  In the upcoming weeks, I hope I’ll be able to do a feature on some of the blogs that I’ve just discovered.  I want to spend a little more time with them before then though so stay tuned!

I’m hoping to do some heavy reading today, but they boyfriend also wants to possibly go out tonight when I’m off duty.  We’ll see who prevails.  Right now I’m rooting for books just because I haven’t had an opportunity in quite a while to really sit down with a book and read!

Happy Saturday everyone.  Thanks for tuning in.

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Good morning everyone.  Although to some, it might be afternoon alIMG_0062ready.  This is going to be a new feature that I hope to incorporate into my blog.  As you all know, it’s very difficult for me to keep up with reading and reviewing during the school year so there might be days where I throw one of these out to discuss bookish things that have either come up in my life or that I have noticed on other people’s blogs.  This feature is in large part provided by One Person’s Journey Through a World of Books.  She pioneered the idea and I just fell in love with it.

This morning, my nonfat vanilla latte and I are tired.  I stayed up way too late last night!  After work (I get off of work at 2AM) I felt restless and decided to settle down with an episode of the new show NCIS: Los Angelese.  I’m a big fan of the original NCIS and decided to give this show a shot.  Loved it!

As far as books go, I’m falling way far behind.  I’ve barely scratched the surface of Bitch: In Praise of Difficult Wome and I have two Library books eagerly awaiting my attention: Lost in Austen by Shannon Hale and Mistress of the Art of Death by Ariana Franklin.  Both are fulfilling pieces of challenges that I hope to finish sometime in the future!  I also have a copy of Dan Brown’s latest book The Lost Symbol.  It will be my first Dan Brown read and I’m excited because I’ve heard that it’s in part about the Masons and I love mason speculative history.  I guess my American History teacher instilled a lasting love for all things American history, even made up stuff.  Needless to say, I will hopefully be in bed reading for most of the weekend.  And not just for fun.  My Shakespeare class has a ton of reading.  Not only do I have to have to read Much Ado About Nothing in its entirety by Tuesday but I also have 100 or so pages of background reading also due.  Don’t get me wrong, it’s interesting stuff, but it’s just a lot!  On top of that I have some political science cases to read for my comparative politics class, some theory stuff for my minority politics class, and some poetry for my romantic lit class.  Wow, the year is starting off so quickly!  I guess I forget how fast quarters go by.

Still, I am in love with all my classes.  They are going to be tough, but I know I’m going to learn a lot.  I hate to admit it but I’m extremely ignorant when it comes to other countries and their political systems so I’m hoping to learn a lot from comparative politics.  And I’m super excited to take my first college Shakespeare class.  After all, he was arguably the most influential English writer ever.  He changed English language so much and his plays are fun to read.  Romantic literature isn’t super exciting for me because this isn’t my first dabble into it, but I’m sure that I’ll learn a lot from the class.  My teacher is this adorable old Jesuit priest and he has some amazing insights.  And minority politics?  Hello, discussion about this kind of stuff is why I declared a political science minor!  So classes will be awesome and you will undoubtedly hear more about them in my morning meanderings as I take some time to sit down with my latte and discuss my morning thoughts, whatever they might be!

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