August Reading List

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Instead of waiting until the end of the month to do a reading list, I thought I should start posting earlier instead of after the fact. So this month, I've been obsessed with The Mazer Runner series.

Sunshine Blogger Award - 2nd Nomination!

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The Sunshine Blogger Award

I was nominated for this award for the second time by Halos and Life.  I started blogging in May and it is so humbling to have been nominated twice.  
The Sunshine Blogger Award was created to showcase bloggers who are creative, talented, joyful and dedicated to the blogging world.
There are a few rules to get to know the blogger.  These are:
  • Thank the blogger who nominated you in your blog post and link back to his/her blog.
  • Answer 11 questions the blogger asked you.
  • Nominate 11 new bloggers to receive the award and give them 11 questions you have chosen.
  • List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post on your blog.
Halos and Life asked me these 11 questions:
  • Why did you start blogging?
I started blogging because I love journaling and love to write.  I'd been yearning for a creative outlet and blogging seemed like a great platform.  I also have had some trying experiences with depression and hope to alleviate the stigma associated with it particularly with postpartum.
  • Is blogging your full-time job, or do you hope for it to be someday?
I wish blogging was my full time job!
  • What is your favorite color and why?
My favorite colors - Carolina blue because I'm a Tarheel all the way
and pink, well, because it's so girly.
  • Are you “city” or “country” and why?
This is hard, but I'd have to ultimately go with a city and that city would be Beijing.  I've lived there several times and every time I feel like my soul feels settled there and like I'm home.  I've felt so connected to China since I was a child, but after having traveled throughout China, Beijing is definitely my home. 
  • If you could choose any place in the world to visit, where would it be?
I have to choose one!  Yikes - right now, top of list is Eastern Europe simply because I've never been there.
  • Are you a “coke” or “pepsi” person, or neither?
Neither!  I don't like sweets or soft drinks.
  • Do you like ice cream (who doesn’t?) and if so, what flavor?
Not a fan of ice cream.
  • Do you collect anything and if so, what?
Chinese things that go on my China shrine (see a pattern here)
  • Do you prefer cooking at home, or eating out?
I just love to eat; it doesn't matter where!
  • If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
In this stage of my life, right here in Salisbury in my current dream house!  At other points of my life, Beijing would've been choice!
  • If you could be any super hero, which one would it be and why?
I'm at a loss...the only one I can think of is Wonder Woman and I sure do wish I was Wonder Woman and could do it all!

I nominate:
  1. A Zest for Travel -
  2. A Real Mom Blog
  3. Nerds, Numbers, and Natterings -
  4. Travels with Thomasaurus -
  5. Addicted to Travel -
  6. Llama Punch -
  7. Work, Play, Chardonnay
  8. Modern Mrs. Darcy
  9. Lemon Blessings -
  10. Mom Wife Wine -

My Questions:
  1. What's your favorite wine?
  2. What's your happiest vacation memory as a kid?
  3. What's your favorite book and why?
  4. What's your favorite show to binge watch?
  5. Favorite way to relax.
  6. Favorite thing to do to waste time.
  7. Do you prefer the city or the country and why?
  8. Describe your dream house.
  9. What's your favorite food?
  10. Are you a morning person or a night owl?


July Reading List

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How I have managed to keep up with books over the past month is some what beyond me, but thank goodness for audiobooks! Without them, I definitely would not be able to tear through so many books a month. Here's July's Reading List a little late!
The "new" book by Harper Lee took me hook, line, and sinker.  I felt like I was right back as a 10 year old reading "To Kill a Mockingbird".  This time, Scout, is all grown up and living in New York City.  She comes back home and her view of the world she grew up in, the people she loves, and what race means in the South is shattered.  Reese Witherspoon read the audiobook and I was absolutely floored by her ability to act just through the act of reading a book.  The book, itself, forced me to question a lot of thoughts I have about growing up in the South.

"Wedding Night" is a true chick lit book.  It's fully predictable but utterly hilarious.  It tells the story of two sisters trying to find their way through the mess we call life and trying to find love in the process.  It is a funny take on what happens when old loves find us again and what happens when life doesn't quite happen as you thought it would.

I loved Liz Gilbert's "Eat, Pray, Love" and I think I was expecting "Big Magic" to be similar in writing style.  If you go in expecting a story, that is not what you will receive.  That being said, what she writes is so spot on about the inner creative living and dying to get outside of ourselves.  She talks about the courage it takes to just do what we love without the baggage of making it a "career" or something that generates an external reward for the creation in and of itself should be our reward.

I love weird young adult novels and this one is no exception.  It follows time travelers that go back in time to either retrieve works from artists that were never published or to capture the old works so they can be still be enjoyed in the future.  The world as we know it has collapsed and libraries no longer exist.  Although time travel has been outlawed, Stassi works for a Syndicate that has wealthy patrons willing to pay to recover the cultural artifacts of the past.  This episode in the series takes Stassi back to 1925 Paris where she runs with the Hemingways, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Gertrude Stein.  A bit juvenile but you quickly become captivated.

Check out Modern Mrs. Darcy's list here.

Hope to get August's Reading List out before September!  Been rough moving and trying to unpack!


Depression, PPD, and Decades of Living Through It: Chapter 3: Part 1

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In case you missed Chapter 2, you can find it here.  Sorry for the delay in writing, but we moved last Thursday and my life has been a literal wreck.  I can't find anything and boxes are everywhere which is driving my anxiety through the roof!