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What’s On Your Nightstand – January January 26, 2010

Filed under: Resolutions — Melissa @ 7:08 pm

I love 5 Minutes for Books. There are reviews every day and I have added so many books to my Paperback Swap wish list that it’s ridiculous. Earlier in the month I made a Reading Resolution regarding the books I was going to read.

My grand total of books read off my shelves: ZERO. Yes, that’s right, a big fat zero. Though I am in the middle of 2.

They are both very good, but when reading books like this, I have a difficult time just sitting and reading them. Each chapter is filled with such great information. I will finish them though.

I’m also enjoying the 7th book in the Outlander series by Diane Gabaldon. These are big books and I have enjoyed reading some each night.
These books are so good! The main character goes back in time 200 years to Scotland. This book is many years later and it takes place during the Revolutionary War. If I could I would just sit and read it all day long until I was done.


Weight Loss Blog

Filed under: Random,Resolutions — Melissa @ 2:01 pm

I’m not going to share all the sordid details on this blog, however suffice to say that I need to lose weight. Two of my friends, Mandy and Tawna, also need to lose weight. So we have joined up together to blog about our journeys.

I hope you’ll check us out (add us to your feed reader!) as we get real with our struggles and our journey to lose 100 pounds each.


Blogging Comment Resolution January 20, 2010

Filed under: Random,Resolutions — Melissa @ 5:00 am

I recently shared about my Reading Resolution for 2010. I want to report that it’s going well! I will post a review of the first book in the next few days.

The next resolution that I wanted to commit myself towards was to not just read blogs, but to also comment on them. It’s hard to post day after day and not get any comments. Are people really reading what I’m writing? Do they hate me? Love me? I wanted to give that blogging love a little more often.

I currently have 146 feeds in my Bloglines. Not everyone blogs each day, but many do. I enjoy reading those blogs. If I find myself skimming a blog time after time, it’s time to unsubscribe. A lot of my subscribed blogs are friends and I love hearing what they have to say. And the rest of the blogs of people I don’t really know..well, I get something from them. I learn, laugh, and nod my head a lot.

I love the book reviews on 5 Minutes for Books, and the Cub Scout updates on KISMIF, and I especially love the recipes on Smitten Kitchen.

So I’ve been commenting more. I’m not forcing it. But when I read a post and thoughts naturally come in my head, I resolve to hit that comment button, and take the time to share what I thought.

The one thing that is annoying about this comment determination of my mine, is that bloggers do not always make it easy to comment on their posts. If a commenter must jump through hoops to comment on your post, you just might be missing out on comments.

I think the biggest pet peeve is word verification. And what about word verification mixed with owner comment approval? What is the point of the word verification if you’re going to approve each comment anyway. And let’s discuss comments on new pages….why can’t we just comment right below the post? By the time I comment, I don’t want to hit the back button to figure out where I was last reading.

At least now most people don’t require you to have an account with their blogging service in order to comment. They’re still out there…but I haven’t run across one in recent days. Even on my blog, it opens the comment box but doesn’t leave the rest of the blog posts on the page. I have yet to figure out how to change that one.

So I will continue commenting. Spreading the blog love. But if you have word verification…I might skip commenting in the future. Sorry!


Reading Resolutions January 6, 2010

Filed under: Random,Resolutions — Melissa @ 2:57 pm

Did you make any New Year’s resolutions? Were any of them about reading??? According to She Reads (because you know they’re EXPERTS!) the top 10 most common resolutions are

1. Spend More Time With Friends And Family
2. Exercise
3. Lose Weight
4. Quit Smoking
5. Enjoy Life More
6. Quit Drinking
7. Get Out Of Debt
8. Learn Something New
9. Help Others
10. Get Organized

Before I read She Reads this morning I had already been thinking about how I have a lot of books sitting around the house that I have never finished. Books that intrigue me from the bookstore shelf or books that someone else has sworn is a must-read. I start them … and never finish. I’m really, really bad about that.

I get rid of books constantly (using Paperback Swap) but I do keep ones that I think I might finish or know that I should finish.

I’ve decided that if the book is worthy enough to still be on my shelf, then it’s worthy enough to finish. So one of my resolutions this year is to read and FINISH any book in my house (books that are mine!) that I have not previously finished.

Here’s a sampling from just one bookshelf – right now we won’t talk about how many books are in the house – the small bookshelf near the front door that Roy made for me one year:

The Hidden Art of Homemaking by Edith Schaeffer
Why Do They Dress That Way? by Stephen Scott
This Was Your Life! by Rick Howard and Jamie Lash
The Doctrines That Divide by Erwin Lutzer
For Women Only by Shaunti Feldhahn
On the Other Side of the Garden by Virginia Fugate
Boyhood and Beyond by Bob Schultz
Building a Home Full of Grace by John & Susan Yates
The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis
Face to Face by Kenneth Boa
So Much More by Anna Sofia Botkin and Elizabeth Botkin
Family Driven Faith by Voddie Baucham Jr.
Growing Little Women by Donna J. Miller
Sacred Marriage by Gary Thomas
The Ten -Minute Marriage Principle by Douglas Weiss, PhD
Raising Maidens of Virtue by Stacy McDonald
The Heart of Anger by Lou Priolo
Fifty Reasons Why Jesus Came to Die by John Piper

And then there are the books that Mrs. Susan brought to church last Sunday and let everyone pick from and take home. I got a new series to read and some exciting terrorist-the-world-is-ending type books.

Now to choose which one to start with…which would you pick?