Working back into the Reading + Blogging Universe (IMWAYR #32)

Hi there readers. It’s been quite some time since I’ve taken the time to sit down and write. This is mainly due to the lack of reading that I’ve been doing, but also due to the lack of reflection going on in my life.

I’ve spent the last month and a half in this book-less trap. My goal of reading one book from my own bookshelf each month placed me in a challenging position because the first two books I picked up from my shelf in January and February I just could not get through. I was feeling defeated. And then I was behind on reading books that I loaned from the library… and it was honestly a downward spiral. So, I chose to not read. I actively made the choice to leave the books on the shelf and not subject myself to more personal annoyance.

Honestly though, I think it was for the best. Yesterday I picked up a book for the first time since the very beginning of March and I demolished it. I tore through the pages of Three Little Lies by Laura Marshall like I needed the words in my lungs to breathe. I don’t remember the last time I finished a book in less than 24 hours. It’s been a while…But it was the perfect novel for me to pick up with its suspenseful background.

So I would like to say that I’m back — but we all know how life goes. I don’t want to be frustrated with my passion for reading. I don’t want reading to feel like a chore because it takes the enjoyment out of the relaxation time. I’m hear to remind you that it is okay to take a break and focus on other aspects of your life. It is okay to remove the general annoyance and return to your passion when you are ready.

I think I’m ready. Without placing too much pressure on myself, my goal is to get through my remaining NetGalley reads in April. There are four books on the list, so it’s possible to read one a week (if my heart desires). We’ll see what happens.

I hope all is well.

What I Read Last Week

Three Little Lies
By: Laura Marshall

What I’m Reading This Week

The Eighth Sister
By: Robert Dugoni

It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? #31

Hello friends!~ I’ve been gone for a couple weeks. It’s the middle of February and I’ve read a whopping ONE book since the end of January (and I finished it this morning). It’s not a funk; it was a well-intentioned break brought on by the fact that I couldn’t get through The Red Tent. I have not given up because it came highly recommended to me by several people.

I finished Two Can Keep A Secret this morning and I loved it. It was a wild, thriller with a twist at the end that you definitely didn’t see coming.

The past few weeks have been dedicated to going to the gym, watching YOU on Netflix, relaxing and planning out our summer vacation. I love writing and reading, but there are also many other joys in life.

What I Read Last Week

Two Can Keep A Secret by Karen McManus

5/5 Stars — Review is upcoming!

What I’m Reading This Week

The Red Tent by Anita Diamant

I started The Red Tent at the very beginning of February as my read from my bookshelf choice.. and it has been hard to get into. Has anyone read this and loved it?

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, and are about to be reading over the week. It’s a great post to organize yourself. This meme started on J Kaye’s blog and then was hosted by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at The Book Date.

It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? #29

In times of stress, I find that cleaning, organizing, reading and cooking is the best way to de-stress. In the last week I’ve begun to organize my bookshelf and purge the books that I am never going to read. I’ve developed my spreadsheet** to encompass many different aspects of my reading life, and it is just one of those things that puts little hearts in my eyes. While I don’t really want to *schedule* the order of the books that I am reading, this year my focus is prioritizing my ARCs and library books, while also focusing on slimming down my unread shelved books.

“It’s Monday! What are you reading?” is a weekly meme hosted
by Book Date.

What I Read Last Week

Words cannot describe exactly how much I loved Educated: A Memoir. There will be a full review coming in a few weeks.

If you haven’t read this memoir yet, pick it up from your local library or bookstore ASAP!

What I’m Reading This Week

There Will Be Stars is my priority this week. This is my January book from my personal unread bookshelf. We’re getting towards the end of January — how did that happen??

I’m about 100 pages into this novel, but it is a slow read. This isn’t my first time picking it up and I’m wondering if it’s worth giving this much attention to. In the past, I’ve read the first 30 pages about three times, but I couldn’t make it over the hump.

Have any of you read There Will Be Stars? It looks like it is going to be a light and airy novel, but it is not… I’m open to any insight you all might have!

**I wish I could remember the exact person I found the spreadsheet template from that I adopted mine from (shout-out and HUGE thank you to whoever you are!)

It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? #28

It’s a beautiful snow day in the DMV area! I have the day off work which means more time for reading, writing, television watching and eating warm, delicious soup. I’ve been dreaming of a snow day since we came back from winter break — Adjusting back to work can be a challenge when the last few months of your life has been crazy with travel! So I am thankful and grateful for this snow day.

“It’s Monday! What are you reading?” is a weekly meme hosted by Book Date. I enjoy participating in this post each week because you get to see the progress that other people are making on their books and goals each week.

What I Read Last Week:

The Lost Girls of Paris by Pam Jenoff

What I’m Reading This Week

I went in with the intention of focusing purely on reading There Will Be Stars this week because it has been on my bookshelf for the last two years. But then my name finally popped up as number one at the library for Educated and I’ve been waiting months to read it! Then I went a little clicker happy on NetGalley where I found Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and A Mother’s Will to Survive and I didn’t think to check the publication date which was just a few short days away.

Hopefully this snow day will help me jump start my reading week!

I’m trying to be more strategic in completing my requested books from NetGalley. I feel as if it would be way better to provide the review for the book right around the time of its release — so here’s to another goal for 2019!

It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? #27

“It’s Monday! What are you reading?” is a weekly meme hosted by Book Date. I participated in this meme throughout a better part of 2018 and I am hoping to keep up with this weekly post throughout 2019. Last week I didn’t make a post because it was December 31st and I was preparing my End of the Year Review, which you can view here!

If this is your first time visiting Arguably Alexis, welcome! If you’ve been here before, thanks for coming back 🙂

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It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? #26

This past week has been a great one. Work was a bit crazy, and I added in a few shifts at Paper Source; but then I got to head to Florida to spend time with family. I love the holiday season because I get to relax, eat yummy foods and read books.

I’m looking forward to the new year starting next week ~~

This is my weekly: It’s Monday, What Are You Reading post hosted by The Book Date.

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It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? #24

Happy Monday after Thanksgiving! I hope everyone enjoyed their time off work, and time with your families (if you were lucky enough to see them). I love the holiday season because there is nothing better than seeing loved ones and the delicious scents that come with Thanksgiving, Hanukkah and Christmas. I spent the last six days out in Phoenix, Arizona which is very different from my usual day to day in the DMV area. For some of my readers, I’ve mentioned Phoenix before (it was one of my first posts!) I hadn’t been out here since I was one years old, and now I’ve been back twice in a 12 month period. WILD. Anyway, I spent a lot of time reading this week. And even though I’m heading back to the DMV this afternoon, I’ll have even more plane time later this week when I set off to Nebraska.

In other news: It’s Monday, What Are You Reading?

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It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? #23

I feel like when you fall into a rhythm, sometimes you begin to lose the purpose of the work you’re doing. In my office I am constantly trying to find new projects + ideas while finishing up prior work. The same thing happens quite often when I’m working on Arguably Alexis. I brainstorm a lot + spend time thinking about topics to write about. I think about photography and writing short stories. Sometimes I think about movies and cooking. There is a never ending supply of content soaring through my brain waves that I would like to include on the site.

In other news: It’s Monday, What Are You Reading?

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It’s Monday. What are you reading? #22

It is a gross, cold and rainy day in the District, which is 100% opposite from the weather we had this weekend. This is the type of weather that I despise, although it would be perfect to curl up on my couch and finish The Library Book by Susan Orleans. It is such an enjoyable read — I would like to warn you that people may curl their lips at you because you are reading a book called The Library Book which you may or may not loan from the library. I’ve had quite a couple funny looks this past week.

It’s officially Non-Fiction November, so I am going to focus on reading more non-fiction books this month. (Except for the book I am going to read after The Library Book… I am headed to Cancun this weekend, so I figure a funny romance book will fit the beach weather better than a non-fiction book).

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? which is a weekly post to share what you recently finished reading, what you’re currently reading, and what you plan on reading this week. It’s hosted by Kathryn at Bookdate.

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