3 ways my reading habits changed as a book blogger

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As a book blogger, my relationship with books and reading changed.  Today,  I want to talk about 3 ways my reading habits changed since I became a “book blogger.” In the past, my husband teased me for how quickly I read.  How many books a week I go through.  How much money I spend on reading a month, oops. However, I wasn’t trying to read in any particular way.  I wasn’t trying to get through the stories, it was just my natural rhythm.   Yet, as soon as I put on this hat of “book blogger” my relationship with reading has changed. How reading changes as a book blogger Speed How quickly I am going through books is changing.  All the sudden, I am trying hard to get books finished for a Sunday, so I can write my typical Sunday book review post.  If I wasn’t a blogger, I would finish whenever I finished, and never think about it.  I know it sounds silly, but there is a lot of pressure to keep churning out books. I am not participating in any of the challenges either.  Some bloggers do things like 10 books in 30 days and such, and I […]

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How to get over the end of your book relationship

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When your book relationship ends, it’s hard.  I mope, and flick through TV channels.  I’ll just wander aimlessly on the internet, stand in front of the fridge, staring aimlessly.   I try hanging out at new places, like a different library or book story. I’ll show a little interest in something new, but it just doesn’t stick.  … When you finish a book you love, it’s so hard to get emotionally involved again.   You didn’t want it to end.  No, you want to stay in the cozy world of just the two of you. Stay with the characters, world, plot, action that have become part of you.  However, it’s just not meant to be for you two.  The author ends the story.  Maybe you feel good about the ending.  Maybe you feel terrible.  Either way, it’s over and you have to move on.   So, what do you do when you are in the “book dumped” blues? These are my top tips for getting out of the shadow of that story and entering into something new. 6 Tips for getting over your book relationship  Talk to your friends about it – connect with other people who have gone through the same book […]

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How to not blog on the bus

Hey folks! It is one of those weeks. You know? I had plans. I was organized. Heck, I even have several posts written for just this sort of situation. Yet, instead of those lovely well thought out posts, you are getting my on the fly (on my phone) bus post. I have a typical corporate job. If I had failed to prepare for life’s issues, I’d have to have a ‘what can we do better next time’ chat. So, here are my top tips for being better prepared. Otherwise titled… How to not blog on the bus Have posts ready to go – while I have several back-up posts written, none of them are formatted and in WordPress. (Mistake) Download the WordPress app (or whatever CMS you use) so you can have a plan b. Make other blogger friends who would want to do guest posts on your site Set your blog up so other people have access to the dashboard and can help post Get your life together – that one is a bit more of advice to myself than to anyone else Questions What other advice do you have blog community? What do you do when life makes […]

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14 Books I read in high school and 9 I didn’t

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Recently, I have been thinking about switching up some of my post.  I want to add a bit more variety to the blog.  Well, the other day, Bookish Buzz published a list “23 Books You Didn’t Read In High School But Actually Should.”  So I thought I’d do a reaction post based on that article. In all of my school life, I only skipped the reading on one book.  That book was “A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man” by James Joyce.  I still feel a bit guilty about it.  Ah well. Without further ado, Bookish Buzz’s 23 books, with my thoughts and confessions. 14 Books I  read in high school and 9 I didn’t The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald BB – A love story within a love story. It takes the American dream, amplifies it, and then tears it apart in every way possible. KR – Read it. I agree with this book being on the list. It’s a fantastic book.  Also,  once you have read it, you can be all judgey at “Gatsby” themed parties. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee BB – It blends innocence and triumph in a way that makes you learn something […]

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Favorite books by mood

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Many people have a favorite song for when they need a laugh, a favorite drink for celebrating, and a favorite movie for when they need a laugh.  Book nerds, have a favorite book for all of those things.  Below are some of my favorite books by mood.  Favorite books by mood When I need a laugh The Princess Bride This book never fails to make me laugh.  I love the irreverent use of narrators, within narrators, within stories.  It’s a clever book that disguise itself as an easy comedy, but brings so much more to the table. When I need to believe in something A Little Princess Do I even need to explain? You pull for little Sara the whole way through the book.  She’s such a pure, lovely character.  Everything about this book is perfect. When I need a cry The Time Traveler’s Wife A beautiful story about true love.  I find this story so wonderfully painful I’ve never been able to bring myself to watch the movie. When I need inspiration Wild I love a good comeback story.  The depth and raw emotion in this book make it the perfect read when you need courage to get back […]

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Smell you later, August: round-up post

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It is nearly September.  Isn’t that crazy? Can you believe how fast this summer has gone?  This Tuesday, instead of a normal discussion post I am going to do a quick August round-up post. It’s been an interesting and eventful month both in my life and here on See Kate Read.  Thanks for joining me along the way, and I look forward to talking to you more in September.   Personal milestones My husband finally moved back!!! I turned 30 I went to beautiful Bermuda for vacation Blog milestones August was my first full month of blogging JK Rowling liked one of my tweets! First blog comment First blog follower Tumblr followers An author asked if I’d review their work for the first time Books I reviewed The Last Woman Standing Witchy Sour Cuckoo’s Calling Louisiana Longshot I’m so looking forward to September.  First, I can’t wait to spend more time with my husband getting to know NYC better, and making up for lost time while we were apart.  I’m also looking forward to seeing where this blog journey is going to take me, and I am looking forward to getting to know you all better! Questions Any suggestions / […]

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My cheesy 29 things post on my last day as a 29 year old

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This is the last day of my 20s, so I am going to do a cheesy 29 things post.  You are welcome, and I am sorry in equal measure. I am dreading 30 because it seems like a scary number.  However, if I can be honest with you, 29 was long and hard. I’m not sorry to see the backside of it. Maybe (hopefully? please?) 30 will be amazing. Including the gray hairs in my eyebrows and wrinkles on my forehead. Without further ado… 29 things i am grateful for, on the last day of 29, that happened/I discovered while I was 29 (No particular order) Having a washer and dryer in my apartment (in London, we never had a dryer, and air dried towels will simply never be soft and fluffy) Moving into an amazing apartment with the biggest refrigerator I’ve ever seen  Having an oven that fits my pans – again, in Europe that NEVER happened Living somewhere with 4 seasons – although right now, gosh it’s HOT Starting a new job – believing in my skills/abilities Discovering how hilarious YouTube series are (like from Flula Borg, Hannah Harto, Rhett and Link) –  I may be the last person on […]

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Is this the AA (Amazon Anonymous) 1-click meeting?

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Now, I think we should start this relationship with the truth. I used to hide my reading. Ack, one sentence, and I’ve already lied. I’m sorry. I’ll try to be better. The past tense is not appropriate.  I still hide my reading. As a kid, at night after I was supposed to be asleep, I’d keep my ears open, listening for my parents to walk up the stairs.  When I heard the steps start to creak, I would snap my lamp off and wait to hear their bedroom door close. Then I’d pop the light back on and keep reading for hours and hours. As an adult, I don’t hide the fact that I am reading so much.  My husband isn’t yelling at me to ‘turn the light off and go to sleep’ but I do sometimes hide what I am reading when I am on the subway.  (Although, thank you Kindle app, for making it so much easier to read clandestine) I also sometimes hide the amount of money I spend on books.  Sorry, honey, but books can get expensive! If I had unlimited means, boy howdy,  I would spend a fortune on books.  However, the Amazon 1-click is […]

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Book clubs – in real life

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I’m looking to join a book club. I love the idea of getting together with people to talk about books, maybe have some snacks, a glass of wine.  That sound like the best night ever. right? I really hope that’s what book clubs are like in real life, and not just the movies. Even though I am a total home-buddy, I seem to move around a bit.  Maybe a little more than a bit.  Okay, I’ve moved 13 times in the last 12 years.  A few of these moves have been within the same area (once I moved only about a block away from my old place), and some of the moves have been bigger (this January I moved from London to New York).  All of this moving around means I am always on the look out to make new friends. I am sure if you have ever moved somewhere new, then you know how hard it is to make new friends.  It’s so awkward to go up to people and basically be like “hey – want to be my friend?” without coming across as a total weird-o.  People with kids and pets have a built in way of breaking […]

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Goosebumps school book report

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How could reading books cause so many awkward moments for me?  Hiding the titles of what I’m reading on the subway is just the tip of the iceberg. My first book report was in 5th grade.  We had to read a book, write a one page paper, and create a poster.  It was October 1997, and as fitting with the time, we were asked to pick a Goosebumps book by R.L. Stein. To understand this story, it’s important for you to know that I am a coward.  Always have been.  One of the worst nights of my life was the evening I watched The Blair Witch Project.  For one, my childhood house backed up into dark woods.  For another, I’m just a big ol’ scardy cat.   Goosebumps in 5th grade Anyway, back to 5th grade.  I loved reading and a reading assignment normally wouldn’t have phased me.  However, I DID NOT want to read a Goosebumps book.   The day our teacher announced the assignment, we were frog marched down to the library to pick out our book. I remember thinking, “Why isn’t anyone else dreading this?” Were they crazy?  The librarian had pulled all the Goosebumps books out onto a […]

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