Musing Mondays (Mar.2)

MusingMondays5Musing Mondays is a weekly meme that asks you to choose one of the following prompts to answer:

  • I’m currently reading…
  • Up next I think I’ll read…
  • I bought the following book(s) in the past week…
  • I’m super excited to tell you about (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I’m really upset by (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I can’t wait to get a copy of…
  • I wish I could read ___, but…
  • I blogged about ____ this past week

THIS WEEK’S RANDOM QUESTION: What’s your favorite genre? Why?

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

Changes Are Coming … Including a New Site!

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Hey, everyone. :)

As you’ve probably noticed, lately, I’ve been asking questions and preparing to make some changes to Should Be Reading. One of those changes includes moving the site to a new, self-hosted site… But don’t worry! ALL of the memes will still be there, and everything you’ve come to know and love about Should Be Reading will remain the same! I just need a new space where I can add in some new stuff!

One of the reasons for my decision to move the blog to a new site is that having a self-hosted site will allow me more functionality — for example, something you have all been asking for is for me to use InLinkz (or something similar) for my memes… and that will be coming along with the new site! Yay! :D

341_iStock-300x199-NewspaperAnother feature that will come with the new website is a monthly e-Newsletter! This will be filled with exclusive content that isn’t shared on the blog, plus special features for newsletter subscribers only! You’ll definitely want to sign up. ;)

I have been blogging for 8 years now, and really feel like this is the right move for me, and for this blog. Should Be Reading has grown to be an awesome community, with amazing followers (you guys!), and I want to continue to offer you the best I can. But, given that the site has grown far bigger than I ever expected when I started blogging, I now see that it’s time to take ‘er to the big leagues, and bring in some new, fun & exciting additions!

Again, the new site will still have my weekly memes, Musing Mondays, Teaser Tuesdays, and Friday Finds. But there will also be regular, weekly articles and some other great stuff that I want to share with you! Topics will include: books, music, creativity, blogging, lifestyle, faith, passion, purpose, and more!

So, I really hope you all will join me as I move forward on this new adventure! The new site — A Daily Rhythm – will be up and running within the next week or two. So, stay tuned! And, thank you for your continued support & friendship! Ya’ll are the best! :D

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Friday Finds (Feb. 27)

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FRIDAY 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:

MangusoSarah_Ongoingness  MillerCaleb_SavingGod  FerwerdaJulie_RaisingHell  HardinMichael_TheJesusDrivenLife  KouklGregory_Tactics

AverbackRichard-etal_ReadingGenesis1-2  TobiasCynthiaUlrich_TheWayTheyLearn  MontgomeryDaniel_Proof  PapaMatt_LookAndLive  GreearJD_JesusContinued

WilsonND_DeathByLiving  WilsonJaredC_GospelWakefulness  DeYoungKevin_TakingGodAtHisWord  ChesterTim_TotalChurch

Ongoingness: The End of a Diary” by Sarah Manguso
Saving God” by Caleb Miller
Raising Hell” by Julie Ferwerda
The Jesus Driven Life” by Michael Hardin
Tactics” by Gregory Koukl
Reading Genesis 1-2” by Richard Averback, et al.
The Way They Learn” by Cynthia Ulrich Tobias
PROOF” by Daniel Montgomery
Look & Live” by Matt Papa
Jesus, Continued” by J. D. Greear
Death By Living” by N. D. Wilson
Gospel Wakefulness” by Jared C. Wilson
Taking God At His Word” by Kevin DeYoung
Total Church” by Tim Chester & Steve Timmis



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 (please note: affiliate links are in use)

Guest Post: Copyright: Don’t Copy – Just Write!

Today’s post is written by Dami at The Gannette Book Blog!

Plagiarism — Are you safe?

I started looking into copyright and just how much of someone else’s body of work you can reuse because I started a page on my blog called “Build-A-Book”, where I attempt to write a story using one sentence excerpts from books that I read over the year, in the order that I happen to read them. So I decided to check out what is safe to do, and what isn’t.

Firstly, there is a difference between plagiarism and copyright infringement. Plagiarism is taking someone else’s work/ideas and presenting it as your own, whereas Copyright is the unauthorized use of someone else’s copyrighted work. Although, some cases of plagiarism are also copyright infringements, and vice versa. Confused? I was. Essentially, citations and acknowledgements ‘cure’ plagiarism, but not copyright infringement.

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When in doubt, link to whomever you might have gotten the original ideas from. Sometimes even after summarizing in our own words, it’s best to acknowledge the original owners of the ideas. Paraphrasing and directly quoting with citations also means you give credit to the owner.

How to avoid copyright infringement

Get permission.

Quoting a few lines from a full length book is usually considered ‘fair use’, especially if it is in the context of a review — meaning most of us are OK when writing book reviews. However, the story that would arise from the Build-A-Book page could be considered a ‘derived work’, in which case I would require permission from the owners of the original works. If I kept the Build-A-Book page (while I would, of course, state what book every sentence I use is from), I cannot obtain permission from every author of every book that I will read in a one year period. Therefore, I erred on the side of caution, and decided against keeping the page.

Since a lot of my posts tend to be book reviews, I don’t worry much about accidentally plagiarizing. However, while on my learning quest, it also became clear that bloggers need to take steps to protect ourselves against plagiarism, as well. Blog content can be scraped (an automated process where content from a site is copied and republished on another site), re-posted, or shared, with no credit given to the original author. In other words, you sit for hours staring at your computer screen, trying to come up with a sentence that expresses your feelings perfectly, and then someone else passes it off as theirs.

So what can we do? We can add copyright notices to our blogs, outlining what we will and won’t allow. This won’t necessarily deter all offenders, but offers at least some protection. We can get free creative commons licences HERE, and use services like Copyscape to check for copies of our pages. A quick Google search of chunks of blog posts can also alert you to unauthorized use of your content.

When I write book reviews, I make notes about how I feel whilst I read the books so, at the end, I just have to curate and polish my random thoughts. How do you write without plagiarising? And have you taken any steps to protect your content? I’d love to hear your opinions and tips, so I invite you to share them as comments below.

Links to articles that provided useful information:

3 Ways To Avoid Plagiarism (video clip)

How to Protect Your Blog From Plagiarism

The Difference Between Copyright Infringement & Plagiarism

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Teaser Tuesdays (Feb. 24)

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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:

GoutetJennie_ALadyInFrance“No one was there. I then peered into the study on the other side of the corridor and saw the matriarch of eight children, sitting at her messy desk and staring straight ahead, lost in a cloud of smoke.”

~ Chp.1 (Kindle), “A Lady in France: A Memoir” by Jennie Goutet

 

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

(note: I am now using affiliate links on Should Be Reading. See my special note)

Musing Mondays (Feb.23)

MusingMondays5Musing Mondays is a weekly meme that asks you to choose one of the following prompts to answer:

  • I’m currently reading…
  • Up next I think I’ll read…
  • I bought the following book(s) in the past week…
  • I’m super excited to tell you about (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I’m really upset by (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I can’t wait to get a copy of…
  • I wish I could read ___, but…
  • I blogged about ____ this past week…

THIS WEEK’S RANDOM QUESTION: Do you enjoy debating / discussing the books that others are currently reading? Why, or why not?

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

Friday Finds (Feb. 20)

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FRIDAY 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:

RizzoPaula_ListfulThinking  GleiJocelyn_ManageYourDaytoDay  WrightNT_SimplyGoodNews  BridgesJerry_TheDisciplineofGrace  RhodesTricia_SacredChaos
StackhouseJohn_MakingTheBestOfIt  StackhouseJohn_HumbleApologetics  HortonMichael_Ordinary  PackerJI_ConciseTheology  WaltonJohn_TheBibleStoryHandbook

Listful Thinking” by Paula Rizzo
Manage Your Day-To-Day” by Jocelyn Glei
Simply Good News” by N. T. Wright
The Discipline of Grace” by Jerry Bridges
Sacred Chaos” by Tricia Rhodes
Making the Best of It” by John Stackhouse, Jr.
Humble Apologetics” by John Stackhouse, Jr.
Ordinary” by Michael S. Horton
Concise Theology” by J. I. Packer
The Bible Story Handbook” by John & Kim Walton



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
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PROMO: “The Good Girl” by Mary Kubica

KubicaMary_TheGoodGirl_Spring2015“I’ve been following her for the past few days. I know where she buys her groceries, where she has her dry cleaning done, where she works. I don’t know the color of her eyes or what they look like when she‘s scared. But I will.”

Born to a prominent Chicago judge and his stifled socialite wife, Mia Dennett moves against the grain as a young inner-city art teacher. One night, Mia enters a bar to meet her on-again, off-again boyfriend. But when he doesn’t show, she unwisely leaves with an enigmatic stranger. With his smooth moves and modest wit, at first Colin Thatcher seems like a safe one-night stand. But following Colin home will turn out to be the worst mistake of Mia’s life.

Colin’s job was to abduct Mia as part of a wild extortion plot and deliver her to his employers. But the plan takes an unexpected turn when Colin suddenly decides to hide Mia in a secluded cabin in rural Minnesota, evading the police and his deadly superiors. Mia’s mother, Eve, and detective Gabe Hoffman will stop at nothing to find them, but no one could have predicted the emotional entanglements that eventually cause this family’s world to shatter.

An addictively suspenseful and tautly written thriller, The Good Girl is a propulsive debut that reveals how even in the perfect family, nothing is as it seems…

Mary KubicaABOUT THE AUTHOR

International bestselling author of THE GOOD GIRL (Harlequin MIRA 2014). PRETTY BABY coming July 28, 2015.

Mary Kubica holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, in History and American Literature.  She lives outside of Chicago with her husband and two children and enjoys photography, gardening, and caring for the animals at a local shelter.

 

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A complimentary copy of this book was sent to me via Harlequin Canada as part of the SheReads.org Book Club.

PROMO: “A Lady in France: A Memoir” by Jennie Goutet

Today, I’d like to introduce you to a book, written by a friend of mine!

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At seventeen, Jennie Goutet has a dream that she will one day marry a French man and sets off to Avignon in search of him. Though her dream eludes her, she lives boldly-teaching in Asia, studying in Paris, working and traveling for an advertising firm in New York. When God calls her, she answers reluctantly, and must first come to grips with depression, crippling loss, and addiction before being restored. Serendipity takes her by the hand as she marries her French husband, works with him in a humanitarian effort in East Africa, before settling down in France and building a family. Told with honesty and strength, A Lady in France is a brave, heart- stopping story of love, grief, faith, depression, sunshine piercing the gray clouds-and hope that stays in your heart long after it’s finished.

EXCERPT:

My old Teaching Assistant, Elva, was still in my life, although she had left the school and moved to Taipei to start working there. One weekend she visited and proposed to take me into the mountains on her motorbike—we could make a day of it and bring a picnic lunch. I loved riding the motorbike. I felt so free, whipping past the people and the sights at an exhilarating pace. Helmets were not required and I didn’t care whether or not I survived a fall, so I let the wind tug at my hair freely, and brace against my body. I wanted the wind to rip the pain out of the clutches of my chest.

At first we drove and saw the familiar busy streets, loud vendors pushing their wares at every turn. We stopped at the lights, lost in an army of motorbikes, the thick white clouds of exhaust reaching up to the first story of the buildings nearby. And then the roadways opened up and became larger as we saw more and more of the countryside. We rode on for over an hour like that and then, there in the distance—the mountain.

We drove onto the path that would bring us there, the straight, wide road that crossed the rice paddies on either side, and that eventually led to the base of the mountain before winding its way up. The curves in the road pulled our bodies to one side and then the other as we climbed our way to the top. When we got to our destination, we found a little dirt semicircle off the side of the road where we parked our motorbike under the hedges. As soon as we switched off the motor, I noticed how still it was; no one else was there but us.

We walked around the wall of hedges, baskets in hand as we chatted lightly. We began to pick the wild litchis in the tall bushes, reaching higher and higher to get the largest, juiciest ones above our heads, and we stopped to peel off their purple cardboard skin and taste the cloying sweetness of the fruit, before spitting out the smooth brown pit, our fingers sticky from the juice. When we had filled our baskets, we returned to the road and drove a ways until we found the large stream winding its way down the mountain. In the center, there were two broad, flat rocks that jutted out of the rushing stream of water, as if the dry smooth surface was beckoning us to settle on it.

Smaller rounded rocks formed a pathway in the current, and we were able to hop across them to reach the middle. There we sat talking and watching our empty litchi shells float downstream. We stayed there until the sun started to set, until we started to feel the chill in the early evening air. And then the fading light finally shook us out of our reverie, and we stood up to get our balance before hopping back across the stones, and collecting our things to go home.

I’ll never forget that day on the mountain, the day when the sights and feelings were so foreign it was like someone else’s life momentarily juxtaposed mine—the day I tried to outrun my pain. I remember how we turned towards the mountain, coasting freely over the crisscross of yellowed roads with their large grids of golden rice waving in the glaring sun almost as far as the eye could see. And the image of that hot sun, blue sky, the golden rice, the green and brown set of mountains ahead, and me, flying, flying across it all… I think this scene will flood my vision with its brilliant colors in my last days.


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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Jennie GoutetJennie Goutet lives just outside of Paris with her husband and three children, and she spends her time writing, cooking, chasing her naughty dog, and despairing over a weedy garden.

She is the author of “A Lady in France: A Memoir” and a contributing author to “Sunshine After the Storm: A Survival Guide for Grieving Mothers.”

Jennie blogs at http://aladyinfrance.com about family, faith, French recipes and culture.

Teaser Tuesdays (Feb.17)

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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:

HogsheadSally_HowTheWorldSeesYou“A spark? I can work with that. Hand me the kerosene.”

~ p. 1, “How the World Sees You” by Sally Hogshead

 

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

(note: I am now using affiliate links on Should Be Reading. See my special note)

Giveaway :: Update

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Hey, everyone! I just wanted to write and say a quick “THANK YOU!” to all who participated in my recent Reader Survey. I appreciate your willingness to help me out, and your loyalty to my blog. :)

I have chosen a winner — at random — for the copy of “The War of Art” by Steven Pressfield. She has been notified by email.

NOTE: I am going to leave the Survey open for a while — so, if you haven’t yet taken part, I’d welcome your input! However, the giveaway is (obviously) finished.

Musing Mondays (Feb.16)

MusingMondays5Musing Mondays is a weekly meme that asks you to choose one of the following prompts to answer:

  • I’m currently reading…
  • Up next I think I’ll read…
  • I bought the following book(s) in the past week…
  • I’m super excited to tell you about (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I’m really upset by (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I can’t wait to get a copy of…
  • I wish I could read ___, but…
  • I blogged about ____ this past week…

THIS WEEK’S RANDOM QUESTION: ((nothing today — it’s a holiday))

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

Friday Finds (Feb.13)

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FRIDAY 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:

UngerLisa_CrazyLoveYou  RobsonJennifer_AfterTheWarIsOver  AveyardVictoria_RedQueen

BoggessLaura_PlaydatesWithGod  MearsHenrietta_WhatTheBibleIsAllAbout-VisualEdition  HarrisonSam_Ideaspotting

 

Crazy Love You” – Lisa Unger
After the War is Over” – Jennifer Robson
Red Queen” – Victoria Aveyard
Playdates With God” – Laura Boggess
What the Bible Is All About (Visual Edition)” – Henrietta Mears
IdeaSpotting” – Sam Harrison

(special note)

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