On Hiatus!
About Me / June 23, 2017

Well, friends, I’m leaving on a jet plane today! I will be spending 2.5 weeks in Croatia (woohoo!) which is quite a long travel adventure from my home in Wisconsin, USA. Why Croatia? Because one of my friends, who moved to Istanbul a few years ago, is getting married in beautiful Motovoun, Croatia. So, why not?! It’s the first time my significant other will be leaving the country, too. I’m super excited. Obviously, this means I have a wonderful TBR to get through! Here are the books I am planning to read on my trip: I am reading along with Krysti @ YA and Wine’s The 5th Wave series read along. It’s much more engaging than I expected it to be, actually! I’m about 1/3 done with it, and I look forward to finishing it up quickly on our flights. The current Big Library Read novel. I’d never heard of it before, but as you all know, I love a good book club discussion. This is a change of pace from my usual reading, too. Amanda @ Cover2Cover Mom read and reviewed this book a while ago now. It definitely caught my eye and I’ve been waiting for it to arrive in the…

April 2017 Month in Review
Month in Review / May 1, 2017

Newsworthy   GUYS! MY BLOG WORKS AGAIN !!!!! Wow. April was not the blog-tastic month I expected, or even hoped, it would be. After a WP plugin decided to break everything I own technologically, I had to take an unexpected 3-week haitus. THREE WEEKS. The first week I was anxious to get things back up and running. But quickly, I fell into a terrible spiral. I hadn’t realized what a critical part of my life blogging was. I slowly stopped writing reviews, even to post later. I stopped reading and commenting on other blogs. Eventually, I got into a funk so bad I even thought once, “Well, if I stop blogging, will anyone notice?” Enter Amanda @ Cover2CoverMom and Evelina @ AvalinahsBooks. These lovely ladies both reached out to me earlier last week to see if I was okay. Just this little check-in completely turned around my outlook on blogging. Honestly, it felt like eating alone in the school cafeteria for weeks and suddenly the cool kids sat at my table. Their kindness was just the reminder I needed. This community is my home! While there might be bad days (weeks…), they will always be there for me. As you…

Blogging Life: Why You Need To Understand Your Platform
Book Review / April 7, 2017

Oh hai friends. I learned a pretty critical lesson this week. Honestly, I don’t know what happened. But, it turns out one of the plug-ins I use on my blog compromised the whole thing. Death by Tsundoku was off-line for over a day, and it wasn’t until my Admin got in touch with WordPress that we figured it out. I don’t recall updating any plug-ins, but one of them was the source of my blog’s distress. In the end, we had to shut down all the plug-ins and we even removed quite a bit of theme functionality.  Now I have access to my blog, and you can read my posts, but all my reviews are a bit, well, broken without my enhanced functionality. Due to the availability of my Admin as well as some WordPress research needs, Death by Tsundoku will be on hiatus until we can get to the source of this problem.  I have spent a lot of time pondering this. While I am technically still able to post, I am floundering without my aesthetic and metadata structure. I didn’t realize how much I relied on them until the foundation for the structure of my posts vanished. Suddenly, I feel…

Shout Out and Shameless Plug
Guest Post / November 14, 2016

Guys! Guys! I wrote my first guest blog post! Now, I understand the idea behind a guest blog post is that it sits on another blog and people flock there to read it and chat about it… but I feel so honored that Brendon @ Reading and Gaming for Justice was willing to collaborate with me. Brendon’s blog thesis is more or less stems from the fact that he has some questions and concerns about the social justice implications of the literature and board game markets. His blog is to get more involved in these communities and be a part of the social justice journey. Pretty rad, to say the least.   November is Indigenous People’s Heritage Month in the United States, so Brendon is featuring posts and reviews of #OwnVoices Native Hawai’ian authors. This immediately piqued my interest, and I reached out to be a part of this. Being involved in dialogues with other bloggers has been key to my development and sharing my own message. Brendon’s goal and mine are the same: to subvert the dominant narrative and life the voices of marginalized peoples. I strongly encourage you to check out Brendon’s blog, and all his Native Hawai’ian #OwnVoices…

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