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This week in…: Volume 27

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This week in reading…Thanks again to everyone who participated in Show Us Your Books. Next one is September 8. Since Tuesday, I’ve finished I Regret Nothing, am halfway through Inside the O’Briens and A Little Life, and picked up The Oregon Train: A New American Journey and Some Girls Are. Good stuff.

This week in listening…While I’m still listening to my rock standards, I’m trying to incorporate some new songs into my repertoire. Like these:

This week in shit my husband says…In response to my explanation of the term “ship” as it pertains to wanting fictional characters to get together. He replies: I’ve shipped someone somewhere. You don’t need to know why.

This week in sweet ass deals…My husband is an Orioles fan. I am a Mets fan. Every so often, the stars align and they play one another during the regular season. This summer is that special time. We knew we wanted to go and I managed to find us tickets in decent seats for $10 a piece! Plus we prepaid for parking which is exponentially better than driving around Baltimore on a game day trying to find a garage and that also was $10. So 3 tickets and parking (plus the requisite ticket fees) cost $50. That’s basically less than one normal ticket. And I can go to Camden Yards wearing a Mets shirt and not fear for my life! 

This week in confusion…Am I the only one puzzled by the outrage at Target for doing away with gender designations on their toy aisles? Doesn’t this sort of fly in the face of the gender equality, girls can do anything boys can do mentality we’re trying to adopt? I mean, if we truly want it to be okay for girls to play with dinosaurs and boys to play with dolls, why wouldn’t we put them all together with no gender labels distinguishing between the two? And as for the people who truly believe that mixing the toys together will cause gender identity crises in children…well, Ron White says you can’t fix stupid and he’s completely correct. What you can do, however, is educate them and hopefully change their ignorance to understanding. Also, it’s fucking toys. Can we all calm the hell down?

This week in I’m not sure what to think…Did you guys see the viral video pregnancy announcement where the husband used pee the wife left in the toilet to do a pregnancy test and surprise her with the positive test? Then did you see how they posted a video a few days later where they said she had a miscarriage? To be honest, I’m struggling with the whole thing. First, because it sounds like absolute bullshit that he was able to get a positive test from urine diluted with water. Also, it’s fucking gross that he did that if it’s actually true and it’s even more disgusting that she doesn’t flush after she goes (the excuse that she doesn’t want to wake the kids? How loud is their toilet? Do the kids sleep in the bathroom? I can’t make sense of this) but that’s another discussion. Second, I watched the video announcing the miscarriage and it just seemed…off to me. I’m not saying that everyone grieves the same way but I can tell you that after mine, my first instinct was not to film a video just a few hours later and share it with the world. And some of the comments they made smacked of attention seeking behavior rather than genuine grief and pain. And I hope to god that they’re just completely narcissistic (which, from reading a bit about them, they really and truly are. Exhibit A: A video they posted titled “Good Looking Parents Sing Frozen” or something like that) and not lying because if they are…well, that’s a slap in the face to those of who have experienced it. And it’s disgusting. And despicable. And reprehensible. Miscarriages are not something to fake for attention or fame. And if it makes me callous and heartless that I don’t believe them, I can live with that. But my spidey senses are tingling from this story. 

This week in internet reads…Two great ones from Buzzfeed: 37 things you’ll only understand if you went to college in the 90s and 19 things only women who love swearing will understand. This post on things I’m too old to tolerate. This one from the Huffington Post with 22 habits to make your life more peaceful every day. And finally, since I’m trying to find classics I want to read, I liked this list with 25 American classics everyone should read.

This week in funnies…couples arguing mosquitoes die group text short temper


Have a great weekend! Hope you all get to do something fun and/or relaxing! 

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This week in…: Volume 26

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This week in reading…Finished Laura Vanderkam’s I Know How She Does It, halfway through I Regret Nothing, picked up Confess, and started Love May Fail. Pinch hitting for two of my original Literary Ladies books are I Regret Nothing (for Modern Romance in memoir/book written by a celebrity) and Remember Mia (for Radiant Angel in suspense/mystery/thriller). Show Us Your Books is this Tuesday, August 11! Best day of the month, amirite?

This week in book to movie news…Elle Fanning is playing Violet in the adaptation of All the Bright Places and Jennifer Lawrence was cast as Rosie in the adaptation of The Rosie Project. I’m okay with the first one but honestly, can we please stop putting Jennifer Lawrence in every single thing? I’m sort of getting sick of seeing her face in all the movies. 

This week in things that bother me…people who don’t shut the fuck up in movie theaters. Or turn off their phones. People who blindly believe everything they’re told without bothering to do any sort of investigating on their own. Inappropriate oversharing all over social media. Asking a question on aforementioned social media and someone liking the question instead of actually responding (seriously, why? Are you happy for me about my ignorance? Is it a good question? Did you do it by mistake? Someone please explain because I genuinely don’t get it). Donald Trump’s existence. 

This week in things my husband says…Me: Hey, the second movie in the Divergent series is On Demand. We should watch it. It’s called Insurgent. Him: And the third one is called Detergent: Let’s Clean This Shit Up.

This week in things my husband says, part deux…Me: I have Goldfish in my purse. Weird. (Note: this is weird because they were cheese Goldfish and the child hates those). Him: I have SPAM in my desk. Me: No you don’t. Him: Yes, I do. Pat gave me his SPAM swag from the conference. I use it as a threat.

This week in things that are awesome…I haven’t seen much good news to spread around but in things that are good news to me, the Mets have regained first place. I know it’s most likely temporary but I’ll take it. 

This week in internet reads…Mindy Kaling’s piece in The New Yorker, a commentary about recent TV show tropes. For my travel loving yet budget minded friends, Buzzfeed assembled a list of 13 affordable countries to travel to. All You magazine has a list of 27 essentials you should always have in your car (very practical, actually). Mashable’s post on this guy, a real life Lazlo Hollyfeld (and if you get that reference, we’re BFFs now). And finally, if you didn’t already know, reading is the best hobby ever and Bustle came up with 11 reasons why (although there are probably a dozen more).

This week in funnies…

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Have a great weekend! I’ll be back on Monday with another bookworm interview (moving up a day due to Show Us Your Books). 

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This week in…: Volume 25

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This week in reading…Finished Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac and Shotgun Lovesongs. Started A Little Life. Picked up Inside the O’Briens and two books from NetGalley including Girl Waits with Gun, which I’m excited to read. I’m 3 shy of completing the Literary Ladies Summer Reading Challenge and the next Show Us Your Books is August 11th so mark your calendars and start drafting your posts!

This week in fashion…well, sort of. It more should be “this week in new clothes because everything I own sucks” but I bought 4 maxi skirts so now I’m mildly trendy even if I trip over the bottom of the skirts repeatedly because #short

This week in TV…Thankfully “Last Comic Standing” and Denis Leary’s new show are great because “True Detective” fucking sucks and “Hell on Wheels”, well, I don’t know what they’re doing there. And it’s going to be forever before all the Netflix shows I like come back on so for now, it’ll continue to be minimal TV for me. Speaking of Netflix, anyone have an ETA for “Longmire”? The internet is not helpful.

This week in controversy…“Trophy” t-shirts. Diner owners who yell at children. More crap about the Duggars. Taylor Swift and Nicki Minaj fighting on Twitter and Katy Perry jumping in. Can we seriously stop caring about this stuff and spending so much energy on it? Please. It’s utter nonsense and the fact that we’re more wrapped up in crap like this instead of worrying about important things, real things like what happened to Sandra Bland or how we can get Donald Trump to shut the fuck up and go away, makes me sad for our country.

This week in things that are awesome…I had a whole list of things to share but then this came across my screen and it is better than everything else I’m going to let it stand on its own. Facebook doesn’t always suck and it saved the lives of these two dogs

This week in internet reading…This oldie but goodie from Mental Floss, 7 Book Dedications that Basically Say “Screw You”. Science confirms that cursing is good for the soul (I fucking knew it!). Being busy is not something to be proud of and this post gives 21 great reasons why. And this post and the hashtag #IWishMyTeacherKnew is heartbreaking and makes you think about what’s really going on with the kids you know. 

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Have a great weekend! I’m not sure what I’m doing yet because it’s the first weekend of the husband’s summer vacation and we’ve planned nothing! Speaking of his vacation, posting will be erractic, if at all, next week because #poorplanning so if I don’t see you next week, I’ll see you in August! 

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P.S. You can always follow along with my terrible pictures on Instagram if you’re curious to know what we decide to do.

This week in…:Volume 24

This is one of those weeks where it gets to the end and you’re left thinking “where did this week go? What did I do, exactly?” Well, if you’re me, the answer is not a whole hell of a lot. Besides reading, getting acclimated to my new job (which I LOVE), and playing some games on my iPad, the week seems to have flittered by. It’s okay, I suppose. We’re all entitled to weeks like this. this week

This week in reading…Finished Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town and Summerlong. Started Saint Anything for the Literary Ladies Book Club. Picked up Shotgun Lovesongs and A Little Life. I’ve read 4/10 in the LL Summer Reading Challenge with 3 more on my nightstand. Finally, don’t forget, this Tuesday, July 14 is Show Us Your Books! Looking forward to learning about what you guys read!

This week in spending money…Or, not spending money. You know those weeks where it seems like everything you need or want to buy is on sale? That was my week this week. The highlights were the free bag of dog food for hitting our number in the frequent buyer program (and, at $50/bag, this was a nice treat) and Essie nail polish being on sale at Walgreen’s, plus you got a free nail treatment with your purchase of one bottle. So I finally bought Licorice and got a new apricot cuticle oil. For $5.99 

This week in travel planning…Being a lady of modest means, I have to plan my travel roughly a year in advance. Which is why I started pricing rentals in OBX for our family vacation next year (or Cape Cod or Myrtle Beach. I’m open to suggestions) as well as planning for the Book Expo America Conference in Chicago and, even though it’s a little short notice, the Book Riot Conference in November as long as football season is over and the child is on break from cheerleading. I’m going with Steph so if you plan to attend, let us know and we’ll all hang out together!

This week in things that are awesome…The Confederate Flag, or in an effort to not start yet another argument with the husband, the flag that has come to represent the Confederacy, is coming down from the Capitol in South Carolina. Now, I don’t care what you do with this flag in your own time. Wear it, sleep wrapped up in, tattoo it on your ass…doesn’t matter to me. But something that symbolizes hatred and institutionalized racism has no business flying in front of a government building. We can debate this if you’d like but you won’t change my mind. I will add this, though. Removing the “Dukes of Hazzard” from the air because it’s on the General Lee? Absolute overreaction and utter nonsense.

This week in TV…Did you guys watch the Nathan’s hot dog eating contest? No? Well, you’re luckier than I am because it’s revolting but the announcer? He is priceless and he needs to announce all the things from now on. Anytime anyone ever needs to walk into a room, this guy needs to be there calling it. He’s hilarious. 

This week in internet reads…I know how much you guys love this part of the post because distractions so hopefully I pulled some good ones for you this week. This excerpt from Amy Shumer’s interview with Glamour magazine and while I don’t generally read or buy such magazines, I’m looking forward to reading the interview in its entirety. I hope they discuss more than just her appearance. This post from Lifehacker debunking some common myths about forming habits. Then there was this one discussing the subtle art of not giving a fuck. And finally, 11 charts that sum up being a book nerd.

This week in funnies…scrabble name spelling crazy underground housekeeping

Have a wonderful weekend! Make sure to come back on Monday for Interview with a bookworm featuring Kristin (it’s moved up a day because of Show Us Your Books)!

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This week in…: Volume 23

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This week in reading…Finished Let it Be and The Long Home (2 books on my Literary Ladies list), started Missoula, and I’m about 3/4 of the way done with Please Don’t Come Back From the Moon. And I learned that the author of one of my favorite books, The Sisters Brothers, has a new book coming out in September. I might have done a little jig of glee when I learned that. Also, mark your calendars–the next Show Us Your Books linkup with me and Steph is July 14th.

This week in movies…Did you guys know that there’s a new movie in the Rocky series coming out this fall? It’s not about Rocky, though. Well, I mean, it sort of is but it centers on Apollo Creed’s son. Who’s played by Michael B. Jordan. Or, as I refer to him, Vince from Friday Night Lights. It looks pretty kick ass, too. 

This week in TV…Last Comic Standing. Hell on Wheels. Denis Leary’s new show Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll. What do they have in common besides showing my ridiculously eclectic taste? They all start this month! I might actually watch some TV that’s not John Oliver! Because let’s face it, this season of True Detective is pretty damn terrible and I need something to watch.

This week in musicShinedown released a new song, “Cut the Cord”. I will listen to Brent Smith sing the alphabet I love his voice so much but I’m on the fence about this song. Take a listen. What do you think?

This week in creepy shit I do…Do you guys also do that thing where you start reading a book by a new to you author and you instantly fall in love and then get all of his (or her) books from the library and then stalk follow them on social media and Google the crap out of them so you can learn all the things including if they’re doing an appearance/book signing/book reading near where you live? No? Just me? Okay. But I might have done that this week with Dean Bakopolous. I also might have problems. 

This week in good news…So remember how a few months ago I was all bummed because I didn’t get a job I thought I was perfect for? I believe now that there was a reason I didn’t get it as it left me available to take a job that’s even more awesome and more exciting. I get to work at home for a publishing company in their speakers group (to be clear, I will not be doing any speaking. I will be helping promote the authors who do want to speak). GUYS. I get to work around books. And the people who write them. Without wearing pants (well, I mean, I won’t be wearing pants. The authors might. I don’t know their choices). Basically, it’s perfect.

This week in things I don’t give a shit about…Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner getting a divorce. They’re a Hollywood couple. How is this surprising at all? Why is everyone freaking out? It’s almost as bad as when that one guy left One Direction. 

This week in things that are awesome…I mean besides last Friday’s SCOTUS decision? Hard to get better than that. But there are a few that came close. Like Bree Newsome climbing the flagpole in South Carolina to remove the confederate flag. I don’t care what you do with that flag in your personal life but it has no business flying in front of a government building. Then there was this TV station who staffed their rival station’s newsroom so they could attend the funeral of the rival station’s sport anchor. This San Francisco woman who developed an app to help combat food waste and hunger among San Francisco’s homeless. These best friends who built their own tiny house neighborhood so they can be together forever. 

This week in internet reads…So many good reads I’ve been saving to Pocket and need to share with you all (oh, if you’re not using Pocket, I highly recommend you do so, especially if you hate having 32980473287 tabs open at once so you remember what you want to go back and read. Plus, it’s like your own personal magazine) but I can’t do that. So I picked the highlights, like this Buzzfeed posts about 19 things you should know if you date a book lover. Keeping with the book theme, Hello Giggles posted 23 children’s books secretly written for 20somethings (last on the list is Wonder by RJ Palacio. All I can say to that is ALL THE YESSES!!! If you have not read this book yet, do it), Book Riot came up with 80 bookish lists they wish existed, and I also found this list of 10 great writers no one reads anymore (maybe we should turn this one into a reading challenge for next year?). The Huffington Post shared 51 reasons to be in love with life

This week in funnies…push pull strange smell mosquito

Happy Fourth of July weekend for those celebrating!! May you enjoy the founding of our freedom and America’s birthday by eating dozens of hot dogs, fighting crowds at the beach, and keeping your pets from freaking out at fireworks! 

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