Show and Tell (and Link and Read) Sunday

Show and Tell (and Link and Read) Sunday

It’s the unofficial First Weekend of Summer here in the USA, and we are having some beautiful late-spring weather in Southern California! We don’t have many big outdoor plans this weekend, though–we’ll be doing things like seeing movies and going shopping. I’m planning to take advantage of an extra day off by spending time reading and getting my book blogging up-to-date; I’ve had one review about 3/4 done for several weeks now, and I’ve finished two more audiobooks since that one. But what’s even better than a three-day weekend is following it with a two-day workweek, and then following that with a four-day mini-vacation! Paul and I will be driving up to Morro Bay on Thursday for a few days on the Central Coast…and aside from going whale watching on Friday, we really have nothing planned other than relaxing. (Of course I’m bringing books–reading and relaxing go together like peanut butter and chocolate!) My busy […]

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The BEA 2016 Highlight Reel

The BEA 2016 Highlight Reel

I collected some of the social media highlights of my Book Expo 2016 experience on Storify and thought I’d share them here as well. If you’re not seeing the embedded story in your feed reader, please click on through to the blog! But first, shout-outs to some of the people who made BEA 2016 Chicago such a great time: My roommate and blogging BFF Kim (Sophisticated Dorkiness) and our hotel neighbors Candace (Beth Fish Reads) and Sheila (Book Journey): It was the BEST to share breakfasts, dinners, walkabouts, and book talk with three of my closest, oldest (in blog years, that is) friends! Michelle (That’s What She Read): I was SO excited to meet my fellow Armchair BEA co-founder and book-blogging accountant face-to-face for the first time. It’s always a highlight re-connect with BEA regulars like Michelle’s roommate Jenn (Jenn’s Bookshelves), Gayle (Everyday I Write the Book), and Kerry (Entomology of a Bookworm). And thanks […]

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It Came from Chicago: BEA Books, 2016 Edition! [Show and Tell Sunday]

It Came from Chicago: BEA Books, 2016 Edition! [Show and Tell Sunday]

I posted some takeaways from Book Expo America 2016 last week, and I have additional impressions and memories I’d like to share with you. I created a Storify “Highlight Reel” but I haven’t been able to flesh it out as I’d like for reasons I’ll get into in a minute. That said, I know you’re probably most interested the books, and after a week on the road from Chicago, BEA 2016’s box of spoils arrived on Friday. Here, let’s have a look!             You probably noticed that it’s a pretty random assembly…and compared to some book hauls, a relatively small one. I’ve mentioned that I went to BEA without much of a book-acquisition plan, and most what I picked up wasn’t planned. For the most part, my nonfiction choices were more deliberate than my fiction ones, and so when I unpacked I was surprised to see that I’d actually sent home more […]

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BEA 2016: 10 Takeaways (That Aren’t Books)

BEA 2016: 10 Takeaways (That Aren’t Books)

photo credit: Kim Ukura My thirty-pound box of books from Book Expo America 2016 shipped out from Chicago yesterday and is scheduled to be delivered on Friday, so I’ll be able to talk more about them next week. In the meantime, I’d like to share some takeaways, discoveries, and lessons from #BEA16. It’s good to go into BEA excited about at least a few of the books that will be getting buzz there. I was not well prepared before I went to Chicago, so I wasn’t really feeling that excitement when I arrived, or for much of the first day. After attending the Editors’ Buzz session on Wednesday afternoon, and then spending some time on Wednesday night with a very helpful newsletter shared in the Book Bloggers at BEA Facebook group, I went into the next two days with a list, a plan…and finally, a sense of excitement. BEA itself didn’t seem to feel much […]

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It’s Book Expo Week!

It’s Book Expo Week!

Hello! This is a sticky post for the week of May 10-14, when I will be in Chicago for Book Expo America. If you’re a first-time visitor to The 3 R’s Blog, feel free to look around and acquaint yourself with nine years of blogging history. Regular programming will resume next week. Thanks for stopping by! Subscribe to Blog via Email Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. Join 2 other subscribers Email Address

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The View Before #BEA2016 [Show and Tell Sunday]

The View Before #BEA2016 [Show and Tell Sunday]

The cruelest month that was April is finally over, although it has not yet fully decamped. But I will do my best to forget what it’s saving up for me for the next week. This weekend I’m in an avocado grove near the ocean–it’s a pause between one fray and another. Tomorrow I pack and prepare. Tuesday morning I fly to Chicago. I’m not entirely ready for BEA week, but I am more than ready for a week away from the grind, especially one filled with books and book-blogging friends. Subscribe to Blog via Email Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. Join 2 other subscribers Email Address

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4 Lessons From a 4th-Timer: Ready for #BEA2016

4 Lessons From a 4th-Timer: Ready for #BEA2016

Next week, I’ll be attending Book Expo America for the fourth time (and for the first time somewhere other than New York City). Despite feeling un-ready this time for various reasons–some directly related to the event, and some not terribly pertinent to it at all–I’m excited to go again after missing it last year, and I like feeling that I’m approaching it with the mindset of a veteran. I understand that the change in venue is giving some bloggers the chance to attend BEA for the first time, so I thought I’d share four lessons I’ve learned from my experiences at the show. 4 Lessons From a 4th-Timer: Ready for #BEA2016 DON’T get sucked into the “free-books” black hole! There are so many galleys on offer, and it’s hard to resist the enthusiasm (and peer pressure) to grab anything that looks even remotely tempting. But don’t forget you have to get them all back home somehow, and […]

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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 sampler from NetGalley, cross-referencing it with Publisher’s Weekly‘s list of “Adult Galleys to Grab”, and… …using both as tools to mark publishers’ booths to prioritize and possible author signings to attend in the BEA Mobile app Devising a schedule in the app highlighting signings, galley drops, and education sessions that interest me, with the understanding […]

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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 I’ve gone to have been held at the end of May/beginning of June. The fact that this one is a few weeks earlier than usual throws a giant wrench into my routine–it lands smack in the middle of my month-end crush, which is already more crushing than usual thanks to two audits going on at […]

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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 of the package–but it should be noted that you never have to do your own landscaping, lawn mowing, pool maintenance, or exterior painting, so it’s mostly worth it.) The association has a five-person board of directors elected by the owner/members, and the board contracts with and directs the property-management company that handles maintenance and general […]

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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 now, but I’m not happy being a missing person in Bloggerland, so this is my current coping strategy. Subscribe to Blog via Email Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. Join 2 other subscribers Email Address

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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 the fastest progress with my audiobook reading, and I am having many thoughts about this one. I hope I’ll be able to find the time to write about them all! Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond: I’ve got this one from the library for another two weeks and need to […]

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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. The items tagged as “audit” are documents I owe the CPAs so they can get the agency’s annual financial reports ready. Our CEO wants them by mid-May. Since I will be out of the office the week before the middle of May (Hello, Chicago! Can’t wait to wait to see you and the glory of […]

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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; a campy Pop-art sensation; a pointy-eared master spy; and a grim and gritty ninja of the urban night. For more than three quarters of a century, he has cycled from a figure of darkness to one of lightness and back again; he’s a bat-shaped Rorschach inkblot who takes on the various meanings our changing culture […]

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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 a good opportunity to work through the backlogs in both my Feedly and my podcast app. I even added a new TV podcast to the rotation, thanks to Jessica at Quirky Bookworm—I don’t know when I’ll get around to a full rewatch of The West Wing, but I can re-experience it one episode at a […]

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