Monday, March 19, 2012

TTBA Weekly News and Mailbox Monday

This feature was inspired by It's Monday! What are you reading? hosted by Sheila at Book Journey and by The Sunday Salon.

Well, I'm doing it again...taking on another project.  I just can't help myself.  When those wheels start turning in my brain, I just can't stop them.  What I'm working on shouldn't require too much maintenance on my part and what the project entails is a way of challenging myself in reading even more and expanding my horizons...and inviting others to join me.  Be watching for the announcement tomorrow.

What's going on in the reading world....
My friend's over at Read 2 Review are hosting some fun reading events this month.
This Saturday is the Mockingjay Read-a-Long event.  For all the details, go HERE.
The Easter Egg Treasure Hunt is a fun, scavenger hunt type of contest.  Go HERE for details.

Titanic--100 Years Remembrance, is in the early planning stages, but is looking like it's going to be an awesome event.  Check out all the details HERE.
The Forever Amber Read-a-Long started yesterday.  There's still time to join us.  You have all week to read the first section.  Our first discussion isn't until this Saturday.  Check out all the details HERE at Historical Fiction Connection.  Would love to have you join us! 
I have announced the Spring into Horror Read-a-Thon over at Castle Macabre.  The dates are April 23 - 29, on the tail of Dewey's 24 Hour Read-a-Thon.  I'm really hoping to make this read-a-thon more about the reading this time so any challenges will be reading related.  I'll also be seeking any prize donations or giveaway hosts so if you're game or you know anyone, let me know.  Authors looking to promote your books?  Contact me!  For all the read-a-thon details and to sign-up, head over to this POST at Castle Macabre.

I'm going to sign up for Bloggiesta in the hopes that I can use the first two days to work on my library blog.  I will be travelling on Sunday, April 1st (going to Michigan to visit my first grand-nephew for the first time)so won't be able to do anything that day.  But I'm not promising anything.  It's all going to depend on how much reading I get done during the read-a-thon hosted by the Cover to Cover group on Goodreads that starts this Saturday and runs through March 31.  So, I'm signing up, but am reserving my right to opt out, if necessary.  ;O)  To find out all the details and to sign-up for Bloggiesta, visit the host blog, It's All About Books.

Armchair BEA is coming back in May! This will be my third year to participate.  It's a great event for those of us who do not attend BEA in person.  Sign-Ups are yet to come, but you can read about what they have planned this year at this POST.
A Victorian Celebration, hosted by A Literary Odyssey, is coming in June and July.  So fun! Yes, I think reading classic literature is fun. =O)  I am signing up for this.  If you would like to, check out all the info and sign-up HERE.

What I've been reading....
Currently reading:
Bleak House by Charles Dickens
House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski
Forever Amber by Kathleen Winsor
Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke
Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell (I was reading this for a read-a-long, but got seriously behind so now I've decided to just read it a bit at a time, even if it takes me all year)

Getting ready to start:
The Turquoise by Anya Seton
A couple of review books from my pile, not sure which yet

Will not be able to start:
11/22/63 by Stephen King  =O(

Finished last week:
The Turning of Anne Merrick by Christine Blevins (review)
Mailbox Monday was created by Marcia and is currently on tour. This month's host is Diary of an Eccentric. (want to read a book description? Clicking the book covers will take you to the book's page on Amazon)

I only received one book last week (what!?!) and it was from Bookmooch:

Reach Your True Potential is the good part. Zampelli wrote it for herself and the millions like her. It gives you a step-by-step program for change, and a set of tools to help you put that program into action. These tools include task list, action plans, exercises, and worksheets, plus stories and examples of how real people overcame the real obstacles in their lives.

She begins by identifying self-defeating attitudes, including: uniqueness, the sense that no one else is like you nor can understand you, so you can't possibly succeed; perfectionism, the inability to accept less than some non-existent best; and feelings of unworthiness, impatience, and paralyzing fear. She then shows how these attitudes lead to self-defeating behaviors that impede success, including: procrastination and avoidance, compulsions and co-dependence, irresponsibility and self-destructive habits.

She also demonstrates the power of the conversations we have with ourselves. If you tell yourself you're a failure, then you are likely to be one. If you tell yourself you're worthy of success, of love and respect, of healthy, happy relationships, then you will find them.

One of the most powerful weapons in the war against self-sabotage is learning to acknowledge an accept your success. Zampelli explains how to track your successes, develop your self-esteem, and reward yourself for jobs well done, situations well handled, and problems well solved.

Other chapters concentrate on the art and skill of taking risks, on seeking and using help from others, and on defining your own goals and the path you'll follow to reach them. Ultimately, Zampelli will convince you that the only way to really fail is to quit. (from Goodreads)

Happy reading!


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