I finally made it through two years of grad school to achieve my MA. It went so quickly, but at the same time it seemed like I would never finish. I met so many great people and mentors at the University of Iowa and will continue those friendships. I have to say I miss school, but I don't miss the homework!
With the summer ahead of me, and back to "just working" full-time, I've been thinking about how I will tackle the heaps of books I've got at home. At work we've actually started an employee "Reading Challenge" for the year. It's a fantastic way to focus on reading many different types of books, and moving out of my comfort zone. My ability to read anything other than non-stressful, fun stuff had been put on the shelf during school, but now I've got the opportunity to stretch my reading into new areas. So you'll see different book reviews in the coming months, on books I've deliberately picked to push myself and complete my reading challenge. If you'd like to start a reading challenge yourself and aren't sure what to do, email me and I'd be happy to give you some tips.
Reviews will begin again 2-3 times a week! And I'm working on getting back into my podcast for the Bookalicious Babe. It's been a few years, but I'm ready to put new content on iTunes. If you haven't heard my podcasts, just go to iTunes and under podcasts search for "bookalicious babe". It's me rambling about books. Loved to do it and can't wait to get back into the groove.
I'm looking forward to an exciting summer wading through my piles (and boxes, and stacks, and bookshelves) of books. You'll see a mix of brand new books, older books, and books that are fairly recent, but not brand-spanking new. I am a firm believer in "A book is new if you haven't read it". It's easy to forget about books you want to read because the tidal wave of new releases can be a bit overwhelming. So I'm here to help you along, and remind you about books you may have wanted to read, but forgot about. I am guilty of the "Oooh, look at the new shiny pretty thing" mentality when it comes to books, so I can get forgetful too.
Reviews coming up: The Canterbury Sisters by Kim Wright; The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd, The Harvest Man by Alex Grecian, and many more!