5 Ways I’m Getting Ready for #BEA2016

5 Ways I’m Getting Ready for #BEA2016

I made a list of things to do to address my lack of preparation for Book Expo America next week. I’m not sure how far I’ll get with any of them, frankly. Work is hectic this week; we’re making a quick trip down the coast to see my mother-in-law this weekend for Mother’s Day; practical matters like laundry and packing will need to be priorities on Monday; and my flight leaves for Chicago at 7:30 AM on Tuesday (which means the shuttle is coming at 4:00). Wish me luck! 5 Ways I’m Getting Ready for #BEA2016 Downloading the Buzz Books 2016 […]

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6 Reasons I’m Not Ready for #BEA2016

6 Reasons I’m Not Ready for #BEA2016

Right about this time next week, I’ll be on my way to Chicago for Book Expo America 2016, and I am feeling severely under-prepared! I’ve taken care of the things that had to be done well in advance–I have the plane tickets, the hotel room, and the roommate–but not much else, and I’m not confident of my ability to get much prepping done in the time that remains. My Top 6 Reasons I’m Not Ready for #BEA2016 WORK. I’m used to scrambling to get year-end audit work off my plate before I go to Book Expo…but the last few Book Expos […]

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Open Doors: News From Home

Open Doors: News From Home

The suburbs are fertile ground for fictional drama and have provided the setting for some of my favorite novels, but I have recently become caught up in some real-life home-front drama. We have lived in this condominium complex for almost eight years–nearly five years as renters, and then as owners since the summer of 2013. When we bought the unit next door to the one we’d been renting, we not only became new homeowners, we became dues-paying members of the community’s condo-owners’ association. (If you own a unit, whether or not you live in it, association membership and dues-paying are part […]

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Open Eyes: What I’m Seeing

Open Eyes: What I’m Seeing

For a mostly-wordless Wednesday, I thought I’d share a look at what I’m seeing around my neighborhood lately. I took these snapshots during my walks with Winchester this past weekend. It’s been sunny and not too hot recently–perfect Southern California spring weather! I’ve done minor edits on these photos, but primarily for cropping and emphasis–no artificial colors or filters were used in the creation of this blog post.   This weekend, I composed a series of short updates that I’ve scheduled to post over the course of the week. I don’t have time for too much more than that right […]

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Open Books: What I’m Reading

Open Books: What I’m Reading

I’m in a weird place where I’m not reading anything on paper. I’m currently working through two e-books from the library, an audiobook, and the first graphic novel I bought to read in the Comixology app. Aside from the last, I’m strongly leaning toward nonfiction these days. Here’s a quick look at what I’m reading. All the Single Ladies: Unmarried Women and the Rise of an Independent Nation by Rebecca Traister, audiobook read by Candace Thaxton: .It may surprise you to know that I have spent most of my adult life married. It surprises me, to be honest. As usual, I’m making […]

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Open Items: What I’m Working On

Open Items: What I’m Working On

This weekend, I composed a series of short updates that I’ve scheduled to post over the course of the week. I don’t have time for too much more than that right now, but I’m not happy being a missing person in Bloggerland, so this is my current coping strategy. Here is a look at what I’m working on at my day job, via my office to-do list for today. It obviously doesn’t include the things I don’t know about yet that are likely to jump the queue and cause the items I do know about to be dislodged or rearranged. […]

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THE CAPED CRUSADE by Glen Weldon [Audiobook Thoughts]

THE CAPED CRUSADE by Glen Weldon [Audiobook Thoughts]

The Caped Crusade Written by Glen Weldon Audiobook read by Glen Weldon Published by Simon and Schuster on March 22nd 2016 ISBN: 9781476756691 Genres: Social Science, Popular Culture, Media Studies Pages: 336 Format: audiobook Source: purchased This post contains affiliate links to Indiebound.org. If you buy the book using that link, I will receive a small commission from the sale.> A witty, intelligent cultural history from NPR book critic Glen Weldon explains Batman’s rises and falls throughout the ages—and what his story tells us about ourselves. Since his creation, Batman has been many things: a two-fisted detective; a planet-hopping gadabout; […]

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Reading? ‘Riting? Not Really! [Show and Tell Sunday]

Reading? ‘Riting? Not Really! [Show and Tell Sunday]

Since not much has been going on with either of The 3 R’s Blog‘s first two R’s lately, this will be brief. In fact, it has come to this: Yes, work breaks are a to-do list item right now I’ve deliberately been holding back from reading books for the last week or so. I haven’t wanted to finish anything because I knew I would not have time to write about it, and I still haven’t written up the last audiobook I read. However, it’s worth noting that choosing to avoid books and audiobooks for a little while has given me […]

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This is a Blog Post [Show and Tell Sunday]

This is a Blog Post [Show and Tell Sunday]

Look! It’s a Blog Post! The irony of a semi-hiatus from blogging just weeks before I go to a major conference as a blogger is definitely not lost on me, but my workload has me operating in “something’s got to give” mode these days, and blogging is one of the things that can give. That said, I’m glad I have a little time to give it this weekend! I really don’t like missing a Sunday post–even when I don’t have a lot to talk about–and I want to get some thoughts recorded about an audiobook I finished this week before it […]

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YOU ARE ONE OF THEM by Elliott Holt [Book Thoughts]

YOU ARE ONE OF THEM by Elliott Holt [Book Thoughts]

You Are One of Them Written by Elliott Holt Published by Penguin on May 30th 2013 ISBN: 9781101617977 Genres: Fiction, Literary Pages: 304 Format: ebook Source: purchased This post contains affiliate links to Indiebound.org. If you buy the book using that link, I will receive a small commission from the sale.> “A hugely absorbing first novel from a writer with a fluid, vivid style and a rare knack for balancing the pleasure of entertainment with the deeper gratification of insight. More, please.”—Maggie Shipstead, The New York Times Book Review (Editors’ Choice) “A story about Russia, the United States, friendship, identity, defection, […]

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