Up To No Good?

I really haven’t been doing much, except for reading.  Well, I’ve clearly been reading a lot, which is perfectly fine with me.

But I thought I’d talk about what’s been going on, since I haven’t done that in a while.  I’ve done the usual book reading, and some blog reading.  Maybe it’s time to share more of my favorite blogs.  I just don’t want to leave any of them out- maybe it could be a very irregular feature or something.

I’ve been listening to my podcasts, and even found some new ones that are definitely keepers.  And some I’m not sure about.  Plus a bunch I still need to listen to.  I’ll have to share those on Monday.

I’m looking at bedspreads!  Well, kind of.  I really need a new one, because the one I have has a big hole in the middle.  And I’m keeping my sheets folded over it so I can hide the hole.  It’s been an irritating search, because all the really cute bedspreads don’t come in a twin size.  Maybe I need to go with a comforter set instead of a bedspread, but bedskirts are irritating, and I don’t want to get one if I can find a bedspread.

I’m also waiting for a bunch of pre-orders to become available.  I pre-ordered Carrie Underwood’s new album.  I also pre-ordered the new one from Norah Jones, so those reviews will be on their way next month.  Plus, I’m waiting for Insurgent by Veronica Roth, Destined by Aprilynne Pike and Endure by Carrie Jones.

I’m really liking my Nook, and with all the series I’m reading, it’ll be a godsend, because I won’t have stacks of series all over the place.  It really is convenient, and I’m glad I got it.

So, that’s all I can think for today, but I’ll be back tomorrow!

Guess What?

I got an e-reader!  It’s all very exciting, and it’s still in the shiny, new toy phase, since I got it Friday night.  I ended up going with the Nook- part of it is the fact that I love Barnes and Noble, but I also just really like how it looks.  Okay, the thing where it turns black for a second when you turn a page is slightly annoying.  I don’t particularly need something to simulate a turning page, but whatever.

I like that it’s a lot easier to carry it around than an actual book, and that I can carry multiple books on one device.  For the forseeable future, I probably won’t be downloading any new books on it.  Except for Insurgent, which I pre-ordered.  But I think I’m going to stick with books I’ve already read, and books from Project Gutenberg.  It’s definitely not going to replace traditional books, and there are some books that I don’t want an e-book for. But other books, like series, or stuff I want to read that I don’t want anyone else to know I read will eventually end up on it.

I really like it so far, and I’m definitely warming up to it a lot faster than I ever expected.  I’m sure I’ll be talking about more…especially as I use it more!

I also got the Joy The Baker Cookbook!  I was flipping through it the other day…and even made some cookies!  There’s a hundred recipes, and every single one of them has a picture!  I feel like that’s pretty rare for cookbooks, and it’s nice to see what everything is supposed to look like.  And a lot of it is baking, so it’s right up my alley!

That’s all for today, I think, so have a great Sunday!

Oodles of Books!

It’s no secret that I read a lot.  With 115 books last year, and 50 for this year, it shouldn’t be a surprise.

So today, I thought I would talk about why I choose the books I do.

Mostly, I go off of my 599-books-long to-read list on goodreads.  More than a few are series, and sometimes I decide to continue with the series.  Sometimes I don’t.  Or sometimes, I decide to finish it, but not right away.

It’s hard to not add books, but I add some to the list every once in a while.  Thankfully, I’ve added most everything to shelves as best I can, so at least I can go to specific shelves if I’m in the mood for American history, or Tudor England or a biography.  But sometimes, I just go straight down the list.

I usually check out the “popular” shelf at the library.  Basically, it has quite a few books that are super-popular, and once in a while, I manage to find something I want to read on it.  I also like to see what books they have on display throughout the library.

But one of my favorite things to do is to pick backs based on the title and/or cover.  It’s fun to do every once in a while, especially when I want to read something that’s not on my TBR pile.  Sometimes I manage to pick up something that is on my TBR list, but mostly, it’s cool to see what catches my eye.

My general thought on reading is that it’s important to read different genres.  There are so many books out there, and I don’t want to limit myself by reading a handful of things.  I do prefer young adult and anything Tudor England, but at the same time, expanding my horizons a little is also really important.  Reading is not only an escape (which is only sometimes) but a way for me to learn something new.  At some point, I’d like to read more classics, more non-fiction and to re-read some of the books on my shelves.

I’m currently reading 4 books, plus a stack of books that I checked out from the library.  And more on the way!  Not many- currently 4, with a bunch that I’m on the waiting list for.

That wraps up the rambling for today, but I’ll be back tomorrow with something random…or not.

For The Love Of History And English

I love history.  So much, in fact, that I will read it on my own.

See, me reading history, on my own, for fun, seems to confuse some people.  And me reading for fun seems to confuse people too, especially if I’m reading anything that’s an “English class book.”  An “English class book” is basically my phrase for books that are considered classics…basically, anything you’d probably read in an English class.  It’s almost like I have to be reading it for a class, because people apparently don’t read Pride And Prejudice or Dracula for fun.  But I really need to read more classics, because there are a lot of books that I haven’t read, and I feel like I’m missing out on some books I feel like I need to read at least once.

Like The Diary Of Anne Frank.  I have NEVER read it, and I swear I’m not making this up.  I don’t think we even read an excerpt of it.  1984?  Never read it either.  Lord Of The Flies?  If you guessed that I haven’t read it, you guessed right.  I definitely need to read some of these books, but if I don’t like them, that’s fine, because the goal is to at least try to read them.

But back to history.  It’s true, I don’t have a degree in history.  And I don’t have one in English either.  Nope.  My degree is in sociology.

A lot of people think I studied English.  I understand that, because I like writing, and I read a lot.  Sometimes, it is entertaining to see people’s reaction when I tell them I studied sociology and not English.

On rare occasion, someone thinks I studied history, because I like reading Tudor history.  Someone even asked me once why I studied sociology, and not English or history.  Since I really like history, and I really like reading, it would make sense to study it, right?

Not exactly.  See, I love reading, and I find history really interesting.  But I know that those are 2 things that I will continue to do.  It’s not that I like sociology more because I have a degree in it.  It’s really that I know I don’t need any kind of encouragement or pushing to do it on my own.  I guess you could say that I’m a self-learner…I have no problem doing it on my own.

I do wish that I had the chance to take more history and English/literature classes.  There were more than a few that looked interesting.  But with an entire section of iTunes that’s devoted to podcasts posted by universities, I’ll be able to “take” some classes.  While there are a lot of classes that don’t seem to be posted, there are still more than enough podcasts for me to pick from.  Plus, they’re free, I can listen to them at my own pace, and I don’t have to do any homework or assigned reading.  I’ve looked it before, but wasn’t too interested.  But it’s time to listen to something new, I think, and I might as well see what’s out there.  I’ll definitely talking about them in the near future.

A Random Playlist

I created this playlist recently, mostly because I noticed that I was listening to a few songs in a particular order.  It’s a mix of songs I have, and songs I would totally add to the list if I had them.  I thought it might be a good idea to create a playlist for those songs.  Here are just a few of them.

  • Keep Your Head Up by Andy Grammer: I’ve been listening to this song a lot lately.
  • Boys and Girls by Pixie Lott: I love this song, and I have no idea why.  But it’s fun a song.
  • Turn Me On by Nicki Minaj: I’m not a huge fan of Nicki Minaj, but I love this song.
  • Lights by Ellie Goulding: I am such a big fan of Ellie Goulding.  If you haven’t heard this song, go listen to it now.
  • Safe And Sound by Taylor Swift: One, I love Taylor Swift.  Two, this is the perfect song as the theme for the Hunger Games movie.  If it is not, for some insanely stupid reason, it should be.  Seriously, it fits the book so well, it’s not even funny.  It’s very haunting, and it makes me cry.
  • Breathe Me by Sia: One of my favorites right now.  I think I like the music more than anything else…
  • Talk by Coldplay: I’m not the biggest fan of Coldplay, and have no idea why they’re considered alternative.  But this is one of my favorite songs by them.

So there we have it!  Enjoy your Monday!

Grammys!

I don’t normally watch the Grammy’s but given the fact that I didn’t really listen to any music over the last week, and had no idea what to talk about, music or podcast wise, I figured I’d watch part of it.  I am sad about Whitney Houston dying, because she was so talented!

I only saw bits and pieces of most of it, since I was going back and forth between the Grammy’s and other stuff.

Here are my random thoughts:

  • Marc Anthony presenting best rap performance was a little odd, but I guess it doesn’t really matters who the presenters are.
  • loved Kelly Clarkson and Jason Aldean’s performance.  And the set was cool- there was something very steampunk about it.
  • didn’t like Rihanna’s performance with Chris Martin
  • I’m not sure who performed right after that, but I loved it.  Was it OneRepublic, because something of that performance (and the song) reminded me of them.
  • Loved Pauley Perrette as a presenter for best rock performance.  And I loved her dress.
  • I can totally see Maroon 5 covering the Beach Boys. and performing with them.
  • has Ryan Seacrest ever hosted the Grammys?  If not, then that is very surprising.
  • I loved Taylor Swift and The Civil Wars.
  • It’s been years since I’ve watched the Grammys but it seems more concert than award show.  Granted, it is honoring music…but seriously.  Where are all the awards?  Probably in the 2 hours I was flipping back and forth between other shows.
  • Chris Brown twice?  Did they have a hard time coming up with performers or something?
  • Not surprised Adele won for song of the year.  But considering that no one else stood a chance in a category that has Adele nominated…
  • Would it be weird to say that Katy Perry had on a lot more clothes than I expected?  Her performance was a little strange.
  • Not surprised that Lady Antebellum, but I am slightly surprised that Taylor Swift didn’t win.  It would’ve been cool if Blake Shelton won since his wife was presenting.

And it was at that point I stopped watching because I was bored.  I suppose I should take a look at who won sometime today…

Word For The Year

I can’t remember where I got this idea, but knowing me, it was probably a blog or a podcast.

But I feel the need to pick a word to describe how I want my year to go.  Like hope or positivity or kindness or something.  Every word I think of seems so boring and cliché.

Like, positivity is good.  I try to be positive.  But do I really want it to be my own personal word of the year?  I’m not sure. 

Creativity?  Maybe.  I do want to be more creative, whether I’m writing, being craftsy, baking, or cooking.  There are so many ways of being creative, so maybe it’s a good word to have as my word.

Healthy comes to mind, but I feel like it’s because it’s a new year, and that’s the thing on everyone’s mind.  I do need to exercise, and I feel like I eat pretty well, but I’m not sure.

There’s no rule that I need to have, so maybe a list of words that I can think about and remember and incorporate into my life.

I don’t have a set list of resolutions this year, and I’m not sure why.  I mean, there are things I want to accomplish this year, but I can’t seem to get into it.  But this word for the year thing has.

Go figure.  I think I need to create a master list and then narrow it down from there.  Hopefully, I’ll be able to talk about my guiding word soon!

Post A Day

I know it’s almost 2 weeks into the new year, and it’s probably a little bit late to be mentioning this…

…but I’ve decided that I just have to do the official wordpress post a day challenge.  I kind of, but not really, and very unofficially, did this last year.  Until I decided that posting every day was not something I wanted to do.  But I thought I’d try it on a more official basis. 

I’ll be talking about the usual stuff: t.v., movies, music, podcasts, and book reviews.  Plus, writing, if I ever do any, and random photos.  Last year, especially towards the last month or two, I felt like all I wrote about was t.v., music, and books.  And I’ll still talk about those things, but I’m more than a t.v. watching, music and podcast listening book reviewer. 

I feel like I need to talk about more than that, and I’ll definitely be planning my posts slightly more.  Not all of them, but definitely some of them.  I’ll be talking about t.v., but I don’t think it’ll be every week.  At least a couple times a month, maybe 3 depending on what’s going on with t.v. 

It should be an interesting challenge, and hopefully I can keep up the momentum.

5 Shows I’m Glad I Watch

Today’s post is about the 5 shows I’m glad I watch.  They are in no particular order.

  • NCIS: I’m so glad I “discovered” this show back in January.  There a lot I like about the show- from the character relationships to the dialogue to the characters in general, it’s on my must-watch list.
  • Once Upon A Time: It’s done by the same people who did lost, and I really like the show.  Plus, there are random things that end up on the show, and it’s interesting to see what they are every week.
  • House: I wasn’t sure about what it would be like with Cuddy gone, but it’s starting to get back to the show I love.  The last season or so, it got a little weird.  But it seems to be getting back on course.
  • Pan Am: It’s fun, and while I don’t usually watch the retro/period piece t.v. shows, this one got my interest.  It’s interesting to say the least, and I do like the fact that one of the girls is a spy.
  • Grey’s Anatomy: It’s another show that got a little weird for me, but at least no one’s having hallucinations about a dead fiancee that they’re having sex with.  The character relationships are interesting, not to mention complicated, and there’s always something crazy happening. 

So, some are new, some are old, and another, while not new, is new to me!  I’ll be glad when everything is back to it’s regularly scheduled programming, because I’m getting tired of re-runs.  Maybe I should start watching the food network again…

From Christmas Music To Year-End Lists

Now that Christmas is over, it’s time to turn off the Christmas music, and start paying attention to all those lists that seem to pop up this time of year.  You know, the one’s ranking the most popular songs of the year?  I’m going to miss listening to Christmas music, and while I could listen to it all year, it would be be slightly strange listening to Christmas music in the middle of April or something.  There’s always Christmas in July, I suppose, but it’s still weird.  Christmas music is definitely special because it comes around once a year, and I don’t want to (potentially) take the special-ness away by listening to it year-round.

I used to love listening to those year-end top 50 songs of the year countdown lists- back when I used to listen to the radio a lot.  I don’t listen to it as much now, except for Jeff and Jer, because they’re *awesome*!  But I have a bunch of stations I added to Pandora, and while I have no idea if I’ll actually listen to them over the next week, I’m sure I’ll listen to them eventually.

For me, it’s been an interesting year of things to listen to.  I definitely got into podcasts this year, and there are so many that I love.  I’m not trolling for any more podcasts at this point, but I’m pretty sure I’ll find some more to listen to.  I’m definitely glad that I stumbled across the world of podcasting, and there’s no way that I’m going to stop listening to them.

Come to think of it, I may have to come up with some of my own year-end lists, and not just for music but for other things as well…

Honestly, I wasn’t sure what to talk about, and even thought about not doing something music or podcast related, but I was in a rambling sort of mood, so I’ll definitely be back tomorrow with something more substantial than random musings.  And next Monday, I’ll have some sort of best of list for music and podcasts.