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American Road by Pete Davies
Avatar: The Last Airbender: Smoke and Shadow Part Three by Gene Luen Yang
Curse of the Blue Tattoo by L.A. Meyer
Dead Air by Michelle Schusterman
Dear Hank Williams by Kimberly Willis Holt
Digital Photographer's Handbook by Tom Ang
Doctor Who: The Nameless City by Michael Scott
Everything's Amazing [sort of] by Liz Pichon
Extraordinary Jane by Hannah E. Harrison
Fed, White, and Blue: Finding America with My Fork by Simon Majumdar
The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer L. Holm
The Great American Whatever by Tim Federle
Jerusalem: Chronicles from the Holy City by Guy Delisle
Lab Girl by Hope Jahren
The Last Days of California by Mary Miller
The Locksmith issue 2 by Terrance Grace
The Long Quiche Goodbye by Avery Aames
The Marvels by Brian Selznick
The Mystery of the Scarlet Rose by Irene Adler
The Numberlys by William Joyce
PopCo by Scarlett Thomas
Reading Up a Storm by Eva Gates
Red Knit Cap Girl by Naoko Stoop
Romance of the Road by Ronald Primeau
Rutabaga the Adventure Chef: Book 2: Feasts of Fury by Eric Colossal
The Shepherd's Crown by Terry Pratchett
Something New: Tales from a Makeshift Bride by Lucy Knisley
A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro
Thai Die by Monica Ferris
Ways to Disappear by Idra Novey

Miscellaneous
How I spend my time
I don't only post reviews
On leveled reading — or leveled reading didn't make me a life long reader
On reading ebooks and digital fatigue
Twenty-nine years of being a reader
What are my thoughts on audiobooks?

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4 stars: Good but flawed
3 stars: Average
2 stars: OK
1 star: Did not finish

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My Kind of Mystery Reading Challenge 2017 February - January 2017-8



How I spend my time: 06/10/16

How I spend my time.

A question I get asked at least once a year is "how do you find time to read?" The variant of that question is "how do you find time to get anything else done?"

OK. OK. My life isn't as routine or as busy as Larry's but there's certainly an ebb and flow to it.

Do I spend all day reading? No. Goodness no. As much as I love reading there is no way you could get me to sit all day and do nothing but read. I can read for about an hour before I have to do something else.

So what is my schedule like? When school is in session, it's like this:

7:00 AM: Wake up. Get the kids up. Make lunch for my youngest. Eat breakfast.

7:45 AM: Get the kids to school.

8:00 AM: Coffee with husband before he leaves for work. While we drink coffee I sometimes read an ebook on my phone.

8:30-11AM: Me time. This is when I hike, photograph stuff, paint, etc.

11-12 PM: Chores

12-1 PM: Lunch

1-2:45: Errands or volunteering. Volunteering could be at the library sorting books or it could be lesson planning for Girl Scouts.

3-3:30PM: Pick up kids

3:30-5PM: While the kids do their homework, I work on my blog. I write reviews and I post reviews. Sometimes I might even read.

5-6PM: Cook dinner

6-7PM: Chores

7:30-8:30 PM: Eat dinner.

8:30-9:30: Watch TV as a family.

9:30-10:30: Kids go to bed.

9:30-11: Husband and son watch TV. If I'm interested, I watch too. Otherwise I write, work on my photographs, or paint.

11-12 AM Read

12 AM: Bed time

As you can see it's not a full day of reading. It's maybe two hours or two and a half hours of reading. But it's no always that much. And sure, sometimes it's more. Weekends are of course different. Holidays and vacations are different too. But that's the gist of how I get things done.

Things will also change when i find work again. It will happen eventually.

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Comment #1: Friday, June 24, 2016 at 07:11:13

Kenna McKinnon

My goodness, what kind of work are you looking for? You sound like you hardly sleep during the week. You are a photographer, painter, blogger, reader, full time mom and wife. Perhaps you speed read?



Comment #2: Friday, June 24, 2016 at 08:40:00

Pussreboots

I am a librarian but there are more librarians than there are jobs right now. So I volunteer instead. The photography is a hobby, a way to make sure I get out doors and get some exercise. The painting is also a hobby, although I'm working to take that to the next level by getting some of my work purchased for a new library my city is building. Parent and spouse, though, aren't jobs nor something I use to define myself by. As far as speed reading, no I don't usually speed read, although I do know how to. Please see "how I read."