What. Is. Up.

The January 2016 edition.

(on a side note, my wordpress post editor looks different, and me no likey. WHERE IS MY SAVE BUTTON????? *breathes into paper bag*)

What I’ve READ:

I re-read HOURGLASS by Myra McEntyre because I needed something swoony and fun where I knew what was going to happen.

A NIGHT DIVIDED by Jennifer Nielsen, which read a bit more MG than YA to me, but a great read for the family, and a brilliant look at post WWII Berlin.

BONE GAP by Laura Ruby (OK. I’m cheating, I read this in December, but I’m curious about something)- I loved this book but I’m trying to figure out why it’s called magical realism when we actually travel to a different dimension/land and come face to face w/ the “bad guy” there? Also. There is a lot of magic. I think the first few chapters had a magical realism feel to it, but the rest pretty much felt like fantasy. The writing was impeccable, the twists were brilliant, and I’d recommend this to anyone/everyone.

THUG KITCHEN – I’m obsessed. I have yet to eat a bad recipe.

THE KICK-ASS WRITER by Chuck Wendig. If you love his blog, you’ll love this book.

re-read DEATH COMING UP THE HILL by Chris Crowe – he’s a professor at BYU and the keynote at this year’s Storymakers Conference in May. The book is brilliant. Gutted me in the most perfect way, even the second time around.

FIRES OF INVENTION by J Scott Savage – Not only is Jeff a stellar individual, but he writes a fab book. I took this great class from him (4 Part Pacing) and I loved that his book followed that like perfection. A great adventurous steampunk.

(Psst. THE SAVING IS NOW AUTOMATIC!!! REJOICE!! *tosses paper bag into burn pile*)

High on the TBR:

THUG KITCHEN PARTY GRUB (I’m addicted to the first one, so I thought I’d test this one out), INK AND ASHES by Valynne E. Maetani (I’ll meet her at Storymakers in May), WEST WITH THE NIGHT by Beryl Markham (thank you book club of awesomeness for picking fab books). And a stack of historical books for research purposes.

READING NOW:

The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes, and I plan to re-read OTHER BROKEN THINGS by Christa Desir. I beta’d this book like 2 years ago, so I’m stoked to jump into Nat’s world of attempting sobriety by boxing. Isn’t her cover AH-mazing?

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WRITING:

Uhhhh. Can we change that to editing/revising? It makes me realize how much writing I did in December because I’ve spent all month cleaning those up 😉

LIFE:

I’m back into YOGA and wondering WHY I EVER STOPPED? I love it. So great for me on so many levels. Also, only two weeks, and my arms are starting to look amazing. Just sayin’ – If you’ve always been curious, go to Yoga with Adrienne on Youtube – she’s a bit goofy and keeps the spiritual side of it to a minimum. I’m doing the 30 Days of Yoga challenge, but if you’re new to the practice, I’d start with her beginning videos. I noticed a difference in just a couple days.

I’ve purchased 3 Vegan cookbooks in my attempt to use less animal products. No, I’m not a vegetarian but I don’t eat a lot of meat. I’m just trying to make sure my diet is varied. I wanna live a nice long healthy life, and I don’t want to get sick and know that I could have done better.

I TURN 40 THIS YEAR. I’m kinda… I don’t know. It’s just a number, but there’s also a part of me that says, “Hey, you’ve never in your life made a big deal out of your birthday, why not do something big this year?” Right now I’m leaning toward a short family vacay at the princess lodge in Girdwood, but we’ll see.

What’s going on in everyone else’s world?

~ Jo

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