Taking a Break

Hey there, peeps!

Just wanted to let you know that I will be taking a break from blogging for the Christmas holidays. There will be no memes for the next two weeks (December 21 – January 3), as I am going to take time to spend with my family. When I return, there will be new content, here at Should Be Reading, so stay tuned!

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas, and a safe holiday season!

Merry Christmas

Friday Finds (Dec. 19)

FridayFinds2014jFRIDAY FINDS showcases the books you ‘found’ and added to your To Be Read (TBR) list… whether you found them online, or in a bookstore, or in the library — wherever! (they aren’t necessarily books you purchased).

So, come on — share with us your FRIDAY FINDS! 


My Finds:

WilligLauren_TheOtherDaughter  PatakiAllison_TheAccidentalEmpress  QuinnKate_TheLadyOfTheEternalCity  FriesnerEsther_ThreadsAndFlames  GortnerCW_MademoiselleChanel

NivenJennifer_AmericanBlonde  ChadwickElizabeth_TheWinterCrown  CampionEmma_ATripleKnot  JenoffPam_TheOtherGirl

The Other Daughter” by Lauren Willig
The Accidental Empress” by Allison Patika
Lady of the Eternal City” by Kate Quinn (Empress of Rome, #4)
Threads & Flames” by Esther Friesner
Mademoiselle Chanel” by C. W. Gortner
American Blonde” by Jennifer Niven
The Winter Crown” by Elizabeth Chadwick
A Triple Knot” by Emma Campion
The Other Girl” by Pam Jenoff



PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT with either the link to your own Friday Finds post, or share your ‘finds’ in a comment here (if you don’t have a blog). Thanks! :D

WWW Wednesdays (Dec. 17)

WWW_Wednesdays4To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

{example of a WWW Wednesday post}

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Where are MizB’s answers?

PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT with either the link to your own WWW Wednesdays post, or share your answers in a comment here (if you don’t have a blog). Thanks!

Teaser Tuesdays (Dec. 16)

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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

My Teasers:

BurchardBrendon_TheCharge“If you don’t have a journal, you should. Much of our sense of competence comes in reflection about our lives, not just the actions we take.”
~ p. 75, “The Charge” by Brendon Burchard

 

PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT with either the link to your own Teaser Tuesdays post, or share your ‘teaser’ in a comment here (if you don’t have a blog). Thanks! :D

2015 Goals List

intentional1So I’ve been thinking on my goals for 2015, and I think I finally have a better idea of what I’d like to do. I hope you’ll join me in the challenge of staying accountable to each other in meeting our goals! Leave a comment if you want to do this with me (not using my goals, of course — you will set your own! But we’ll check in once every month!)

BOOK GOALS

  • BooksRead more fiction (for a break; instead of always reading to learn)
  • Stop taking notes from every nonfiction book I read — just make a couple of notes (overview) when I’m done the book (because, I think a lot of my recent “slump” has been due to not feeling up to taking the notes from the nonfiction I’ve been trying to get through)
  • Only accept review books every two-three months (instead of every monthtoo many at once leaves me overwhelmed, and I don’t have the time I used to have)
  • Aim to enjoy the books I manage to read (rather than aiming to hit a certain number of books read)

HEALTH GOALS

  • iStock_000003501504SmallRelease weight (55 lbs to go)
  • Learn to eat intuitively, without reverting back to old habits
  • Exercise 3 x per week for 30 minutes, minimum (Piyo, Walk At Home, treadmill, and/or Focus T25)
  • Give up sodas (Coca-Cola, etc)

OTHER GOALS

  • Stay successfully self-employed full-time
  • Live in expectation of the great possibilities God has in store!
  • Do Bible study consistently (daily homework, weekly video)

My One Word for 2015 is:

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God is a God of seemingly impossible things… But, I believe that ALL THINGS are possible for those who believe! (Even accomplishing these goals!) ;)

So, again… if you’d like to join me in holding each other accountable to our goals in 2015, leave me a comment below sharing the link to your own goals list, and we’ll check in once per month on how we’re doing! (I’ll put up a post to ask… and we’ll each comment on the others’ blog posts!)

Musing Mondays (Dec. 15)

MusingMondays5Musing Mondays asks you to muse about one of the following each week…
• Describe one of your reading habits.
• Tell us what book(s) you recently bought for yourself or someone else, and why you chose that/those book(s).
• What book are you currently desperate to get your hands on? Tell us about it!
• Tell us what you’re reading right now — what you think of it, so far; why you chose it; what you are (or, aren’t) enjoying it.
• Do you have a bookish rant? Something about books or reading (or the industry) that gets your ire up? Share it with us!
• Instead of the above questions, maybe you just want to ramble on about something else pertaining to books — let’s hear it, then!



BurchardBrendon_TheChargeI am still reading “The Charge” by Brendon Burchard. Brendon’s energy is contagious, and his book is no different — you can sense his energy through the writing! I love that. Very motivational. :)






PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT with either the link to your own Musing Mondays post, or share your answer in a comment here (if you don’t have a blog). Thanks! :D

Friday Finds (Dec. 12)

FridayFinds2014jFRIDAY FINDS showcases the books you ‘found’ and added to your To Be Read (TBR) list… whether you found them online, or in a bookstore, or in the library — wherever! (they aren’t necessarily books you purchased).

So, come on — share with us your FRIDAY FINDS! 


My Finds:

LovedaySonya_TheSummerIFell  MacallisterGreer_TheMagiciansLie  VanPraagMenna_TheDressShopOfDreams  KearsleySusanna_ADesperateFortune

The Summer I Fell” by Sonya Loveday
The Magician’s Lie” by Greer Macallister
The Dress Shop of Dreams” by Menna Van Praag
A Desperate Fortune” by Susanna Kearsley



PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT with either the link to your own Friday Finds post, or share your ‘finds’ in a comment here (if you don’t have a blog). Thanks! :D

WWW Wednesdays (Dec. 10)

WWW_Wednesdays4To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

{example of a WWW Wednesday post}

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Where are MizB’s answers?

PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT with either the link to your own WWW Wednesdays post, or share your answers in a comment here (if you don’t have a blog). Thanks!

Teaser Tuesdays (Dec. 9)

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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

My Teasers:

*** I don’t have a teaser today… sorry, folks (I was out of town for the weekend) ***

 

PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT with either the link to your own Teaser Tuesdays post, or share your ‘teaser’ in a comment here (if you don’t have a blog). Thanks! :D

WWW Wednesdays (Dec. 3)

WWW_Wednesdays4To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

{example of a WWW Wednesday post}

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Where are MizB’s answers?

PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT with either the link to your own WWW Wednesdays post, or share your answers in a comment here (if you don’t have a blog). Thanks!

Goals for 2015: Wanna Join Me?

Being that it’s now December, I am thinking about the New Year and my goals. No, not resolutions… goals. I intend for next year to be better than every year that has come before it. Michael Hyatt has an excellent 3-part video series on how to set goals you’ll actually achieve. Check it out below (clicking the picture will take you to his blog post about the series which then leads you to the video… but it’s soooo worth the trouble!)

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Here’s a few short tidbits from Michael’s post:

Whatever it is, deep down you know you were made for something MORE, better, and different than what you’re experiencing right now.

It feels like your potential is someplace out there while you’re stuck back here.

Your tomorrows are full of possibility that you can start accessing right now.

A new year represents a blank slate. But if you approach it without a proven system, will it look any different than this year when it’s finished?

– Michael Hyatt

So, will you join me? I want to set some goals, and then I want to use my blog as a sort of accountability piece… I will check in with you guys on a relatively regular basis to let you know how I’m doing with them. And, I’m asking if you want to do the same… to set some goals, and then let me know how you’re doing on them? I will be your accountability! :)

I will do another post in a couple of weeks, listing off my actual goals. However, know that they include business and health, mainly.

Now, go watch Michael’s video (and sign up for the other 2)… seriously. You won’t regret it. (you can always unsubscribe afterward)

Edited to Add: Don’t be freaked out by the words “proven system” and “accountability”… We all want more from life, right? We know we could achieve so much more… we just need that little push. Well, here’s your push. ;)

Teaser Tuesdays (Dec. 2)

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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

BurchardBrendon_TheChargeMy Teasers:

“We’ve become a society so caught up in the superficial that when we meet people who are truly present with us, we take notice. We can tell that they want to be here with us right now.”

~ p. 107, “The Charge” by Brendon Burchard

PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT with either the link to your own Teaser Tuesdays post, or share your ‘teaser’ in a comment here (if you don’t have a blog). Thanks! :D

Musing Mondays (Dec. 1)

MusingMondays5Musing Mondays asks you to muse about one of the following each week…
• Describe one of your reading habits.
• Tell us what book(s) you recently bought for yourself or someone else, and why you chose that/those book(s).
• What book are you currently desperate to get your hands on? Tell us about it!
• Tell us what you’re reading right now — what you think of it, so far; why you chose it; what you are (or, aren’t) enjoying it.
• Do you have a bookish rant? Something about books or reading (or the industry) that gets your ire up? Share it with us!
• Instead of the above questions, maybe you just want to ramble on about something else pertaining to books — let’s hear it, then!

BurchardBrendon_TheChargeI am still reading “The Charge” by Brendon Burchard. Brendon’s energy is contagious, and his book is no different — you can sense his energy through the writing! I love that. Very motivational. :)

 

 

PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT with either the link to your own Musing Mondays post, or share your answer in a comment here (if you don’t have a blog). Thanks! :D

Survey Results …and, the winner is…!

luv-Computer2You guys all rock! Seriously, I have the BEST community of followers! Thank you SO much for taking part in my survey, this past week! You’ve been more than helpful!

Drumroll, please… Here are your survey results (an overview):

First off, Teaser Tuesdays will continue, as it is! It’s not disappearing, so please, don’t worry! LOL. It’s my most popular meme. ;)

Next up, Musing Mondays & WWW Wednesdays — these were not as favorable as TT and FF, and they both garnered a lot of suggestions in how they could be improved. As such, please stay tuned for changes to these both in the new year…

Friday Finds surprised me… I really thought no one but me loved that meme, yet a lot of you said you consider it your favorite! I’m glad, because –if I did away with all of my other memes– FF would be the one I would choose to keep. I need it, as it keeps me from having bits of paper with titles scribbled on them strewn about my house. ;)

2015_istockNow, as for types of posts you all would like to see here at Should Be Reading in the future (2015), almost ALL of you said you want a “Featured Book-of-the-Month“! And, close behind in favorites were: Guest Posts, Blogger Spotlights, and How-To posts. So, I am working out the details for how I plan to add all of those things (and a few others), come January!

The #1 complaint from almost every single survey participant — regarding their frustrations in life, right now — was time management… not enough time to do what they want/need to do. This is soooo common! And, rest assured, I plan to write some posts that will speak to this issue. In the meantime, you might like the one post I already wrote over at my Rhythm Life Coaching blog: Priorities: Why It’s Important to Know Yours and Organize Your Life Accordingly.

In regards to blogging, the biggest challenge seems to be a tie between two things: Getting started, and creating compelling content. So, yep — I’ll be sharing posts on these topics, soon, as well!

I loved your answers to what you dream about doing, if money/time/etc. were no object! Most of you wish to travel and/or write a book. Of course, there were other answers. But, I’d say that about 50-70% of you wish for these 2 things above all else.

And your answers to my “getting to know you” question were fascinating! I was really impressed that most of us here love arts & music, and are introverted! Of course, then there are those who are extroverted, or half-and-half (I think I’m half-and-half on that one, too). ;)  And, a couple of you are even the maths & science type! Whoo! I love the diversity here!

and-the-winner-isAnd now… the moment you’ve all be waiting patiently for… our GIVEAWAY WINNER!

Congratulations to … http://candy-m.blogspot.ca/!

(winner was chosen at random — name pulled from a hat)

And, again, THANK YOU TO ALL OF YOU who participated in my survey … as well as to all of those who read my posts, here at Should Be Reading, and/or participate in my memes! I love you all! Stay tuned for the changes, coming in January! ;)