Blog News: Music Reviews, Summer Reading Challenge, and Sponsor hiatus

Hello friends.  
There are a few blog-related things I wanted to here is a 3-in-1 post.

In an effort to keep up on what's new in the world of music, I will start doing more music/album reviews.  As for now, it's completely unsponsored, which means I have to wait until the album comes out like everyone else. Give me a 
week or so to listen to it, and then I can share my thoughts. I'm basically testing out the music review waters.  I'll be mainly listening to Alt Rock/Indie/Folk.  This week you can expect my thoughts on the new M. Ward album and the debut album of Alabama Shakes.

So stay tuned for that.  
And on that note (pun intended), there will also be a little musical review collaboration coming in May with Melissa of Press Play.
So stay tuned for that too.

I'm also tossing around the idea of doing book reviews, but I'm afraid to take on too much.  If you do reviews or have any tips for me, please share.  If I had 30+ hours a week to read, I totally would.  Unfortunately with two rug rats, it's not that easy.  Basically, I'm on the fence.

Now, on to the Reading Challenge I want to share.  My friend Megan, Semi-Charmed Kind of Life, is doing a fun, unique Reading Challenge for this summer.  I'm very excited about this one.  You can find the rules and guidelines here.  I think you should play along, because reading is fun.  And fun is good.

Semi-Charmed Summer Book Challenge

So, here is my (un)official list.  I want to say this list won't change, but I have never successfully stuck with a list, ever. I will finish the challenge though, and if you want try to race me to the finish, game on, my friend. Game. On.

List Updated on 5/6/12
{World Book Night book} Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson
{Assigned in school, but never read} The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
{Memoir} On the Road by Jack Kerouac 
{Read in one day} The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
{Always wanted to read} The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
{Pair with antonyms in the title} The Fault in our Stars by John Green & Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles
{Setting I want to visit: England} The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley
{Written in my birth year} The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera
{Heard bad things} Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James - DONE
{Trilogy} Shade/Shift/Shine by Jeri Smith-Ready
{4th shelf, 3rd from left} Waterfall by Lisa Tawn Bergren

And last but not least, I have decided to take a break from Sponsor Swapping for the summer.  It's just going to be a super busy summer and I can't promise I will be able to stay up-to-date on it all.  From May through August, the sidebar spots will be filled by a few of my favorite blogs and friends.  I hope to have the sponsor swap back up and running in September.
As always, thanks for understanding.

But before I leave you...I have to share at least one cute kid shot...
I give you.  My son doing some Avatar meditation in the park.
Obviously got embarrassed when I busted out the camera.

Have a great week!


  1. Looking forward to your music reviews! Also, that list of books looks fun. I'm also planning on reading The Namesake for World Book Night. A friend lent it to me more than two months ago, so I really need to get to it.

    I can't wait for May 1!!

  2. That book challenge sounds great!! I wish I could take a break from destashing my yarn to read...

  3. I'm so happy that you decided to do some album reviews! Honestly, I totally think you should do book reviews as well. it's a GOOD thing you don't finish books every day, because that would make you a book blogger. But like me, you'd be able to review your favorites once every couple weeks (or do a post at the end of each month with what you read, and rate them, etc). I think you could definitely do it, and it would give you a good way to look back on what you've read through your blog!

    I'm VERY excited for May. We are gonna have so much fun! :)

  4. Such great categories for the Summer Book Challenge. I think I might have to hop on board that train. As for book reviews, I say go for it. Even if you don't have time to post reviews on the same day each week/month, I still think there is value in posting them. I post book reviews when moved by a particular book and definitely take some of my reading cues from what others have recommended.

  5. Wonderful post. I think it is very informative post.Mark David.


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