Six Things on Sunday [Show and Tell]

Six Things on Sunday [Show and Tell]

Six things on Sunday… …because I couldn’t pull together 10 things at random this week I’ve reluctantly accepted that only way to grok some apps is to just start using them. I’ve been  wading into Litsy during the last few weeks and am finally getting the appeal of “Goodreads and Instagram’s perfect baby.” These are a few of the things I’m doing with it: Cross-posting #bookstagram photos Posting snippets of reviews from the blog (Litsy limits posts to […]

Show and Tell and Stop and Think [Show and Tell Sunday]

Show and Tell and Stop and Think [Show and Tell Sunday]

Show… It’s been quite a week out there, so I thought I’d start by injecting a little serenity. …and Tell But the horrible happenings of the last several days have led to some really smart, thoughtful and emotional writing, and I wanted to highlight just a little of that today. There’s some overlap in the specifics addressed in these two pieces: Concrete Ways to Be an Actual Ally to Black People | Maximum Middle Age How […]

Show & Tell & Link & Read…and Catch Up!

Show & Tell & Link & Read…and Catch Up!

I’ve noticed that one thing that’s changed for me after more than nine years of blogging is that I seem to have stopped stressing about periodic absences. For a long time, I devoted big chunks of my weekends and stolen hours at the office to preparing content and scheduling it out at least a week in advance, and when I knew I’d have to be away, I’d make plans for coverage with guest bloggers and/or […]

A Call for Collaborators: Let’s Review!

A Call for Collaborators: Let’s Review!

I’ve been wanting to get involved in a project with other book bloggers for a while, but haven’t been able to figure out just what the project might be until very recently. Here’s my modest proposal, and I hope you’ll consider taking me up on it. What I have in mind would not ask any more of you than what you’re doing already. This is a Call for Collaborators: Let’s Share Reviews! I’m thinking about something […]

Fog, Dogs, and Sea Lions: A Central Coast Weekend

Fog, Dogs, and Sea Lions: A Central Coast Weekend

(Click on any photo to view full-screen and open its gallery as a slideshow. Mouse over to see the captions.) Sunny California doesn’t always live up to its reputation. During spring and early summer on the coast, the days are frequently overcast, cool, and foggy. The weather during our long weekend on the Central Coast, between Morro Bay and Monterey, was pretty generous with what we call “June Gloom,” but the mist and fog made […]

I Brought You Something: More Stuff to Read!

I Brought You Something: More Stuff to Read!

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen some of the photos I shared there from our little getaway weekend up the Central Coast of California. For the record, a few days away from home are nearly always more rejuvenating than a week-long “staycation” (but I’m planning to take one of those later this summer anyway.) While we were away, I finished reading one book and started another, and managed to catch up […]

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 […]

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) […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]