2013 Reading Challenge

I really like to read but sometimes I have trouble trying to find books to read. It’s kind of a weird problem because before I got my Kindle I used to go to the library a lot and now I have my Kindle but I still get stuck in ruts.

That was until I discovered Goodreads.com. I made a profile. Picked the genres I like, (which is really almost all genes) then it gave me a list of books in each genre. I would rate it if I had read it and if not and it looked interesting then I can add to my reading list, to read later. As I rate and add books to read it starts to get an idea of what I like and gets a little more personable on my list. I used to make handwritten “to read” lists and then I would lose them and forget what I wanted to read. This way they are always there.

Then I saw this:

2013 Reading Challenge

2013 Reading Challenge
Amanda has
read 0 books toward her goal of 50 books.


I am pretty sure I will  no problem reading 50 books in a year.  I can read 2-3 every two weeks. Sometimes, if it’s really good, I can read them in a day or two. One summer when I was in grade school,  I read 325 books in summer. I won the reading plague that year for the reading program. (Nerd Alert!!)- granted they were children’s books, but still that’s a lot of books!

So I am going to post my progress on the side bar over there ->

Also, I will post my list of what I have read and my ratings… check it out and so far I don’t have any friends on this thing because I just joined. So, if you have a goodreads account I would love to be your friend and see what you are reading!! If you want to do the challenge with me, let me know!


Right now…

Obsessing over… These shoes I saw on the Skunkboy Blog. I need these shoes to be on my feet.
Anticipating… Fall/winter. I can’t wait. I think about it a lot. It’s my favorite. I just love the weather and the clothes and the food… oh… so excited for the Fall season.
Working on…  just being more in the moments. I have done so much changing especially in this last year. I won’t go into a lot of detail right now, but I have been working on myself, and  my relationships with people and I can honestly say that as of right now, I am in a good place and I can tell that all the inner work I have been doing is paying off. 
Watching… Not watching anything at the moment. I am still waiting for my new roommate to come home so we can get cable hooked up! I usually don’t watch tv but if my roommate is going to hook it up and I have someone to split the cost I guess I will watch more tv. I am pretty excited that all my favorite shows are about to start airing again!! New Girl, The Office, Modern Family, Parks and Rec.
Thinking about… this new diet I am going to start Monday. I am not trying to really lose weight but I just want to be healthier so I am going to try this and go to the gym on a more regular basis… I am excited/dreading this! haha… I am pretty excited about actually buying groceries and saving money on that instead of eating out and eating a lot of junk food. I can tell a difference of when I eat healthy vs non healthy and it really sucks the first few days…but then it gets better. I have a motivational partner though so that should help!! More to come on that later! 😉
Reading…  I am waiting on this book to come in from the library.
Listening to… Pandora of course.  I have 3 favorite stations on Pandora.  My She and Him Radio, a Country mix of 90’s and today, and a Christian station.  Right now, I am listening to the She and Him radio and  I am listening to “Ghost” by Ingrid Michaelson.
Eating… A pop-tart and coffee.. haha.. I know! This is why I am going to try to eat healthier!
Wishing… that my new house would actually be a little more normal and that my new roommate would come home so we could get things started.  I moved at the beginning of the month but you should see it. I had to move things over because my apartment lease was up…but they weren’t quite finished with renovations yet so I officially was able to move into my room this last week but things are still not unpacked and the rest of the house is pretty bare until my roommate comes back from Texas (where she is from recuperating from surgery). I am just excited to get things to normal soon!
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Good Reads

Currently I am reading:

1.) Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)(via)

If you are a fan of “The Office” you will LOVE this book. Mindy is on the show and she is one of the script writers. She is so funny and so real! I took this book to the gym with me the other night and actually  realized an hour later that I was still on the elliptical and my time had run out!! I was laughing out loud literally. She talks about her childhood, being a celebrity and how she got there, her friendships when she was younger, body image, etc. I don’t even want to put it down!

2.) 50 Shades of Grey

Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy(via)

So… I usually hate books that get so popular so fast and are like fad books… but to be honest I heard it first from a friend who doesn’t ever read books and she liked it – so I picked up. I don’t know yet, how I feel about it. I think I like, I think it’s kind of boring and the characters are a bit overdone some ways. I think maybe I just haven’t actually got far enough into it yet. I hear everyone buzzing about it but I don’t know yet how I feel about it. So far – nothing too special to me, but like I said I think I am just now getting to the juicy parts.

3.)The Circle Maker

The Circle Maker: Praying Circles Around Your Biggest Dreams and Greatest Fears(via)

A couple of months ago a lady I work with at church gave us all a handout that had an excerpt from this book and I liked it. I put it on reserve at the library and just picked it up last night. I thought I would read a couple of chapters a night. So far I like it. If you like books like this, Christian self-help per say. I think you will like this one. It’s basically about how to have a better more confident prayer life and “drawing circles” around your hopes/desires/fears/concerns/etc and learning how to pray better about them.


I saw this  on a blog I was reading and I though it would be a fun writing idea. Plus go check out Sometimes Sweet. She is a pretty cool girl.

So here goes…

Reading: Well, I haven’t started yet, but I will be picking up Helen Keller in Love. I also wrote a pre-review post already. I am pretty excited about it. There is also another book recommended by a girl I work with at the church that I will probably read soon too.

Watching: My favorite TV shows as of now are: Modern Family, The New Girl, Parks and Recreation, and The Office (Yes, I still like it, even with Michael gone.) I usually set aside some time on Thursdays and I watch these on Hulu. I have to say I look forward to this small amount of time every week. This is really the only time I watch tv. (Unless you count the news running in the background while I get ready every morning, or if I am at someone else’s house and they are watching tv.)

Working on: Getting healthier, in general. Trying to eat healthier and excercise more. Just overall make better decisions in life.

Thinking about: My weekend – it’s already crazy busy! How am I going to fit everything in?

Anticipating: Change. I need it. I feel like I have been stuck in a rut for a while now. I can’t wait until something exciting happens or changes!!

Listening to: If you haven’t realized it yet from reading my blog, I am like Zooey Deschanel’s biggest fan! Haha… so I am actually listening to my She & Him Pandora station… and wouldn’t you know it… I am actually listening to Zooey now. There are a lot of other “new” artists I am learning I really like also from station.

Eating: Apples with peanut butter. My new favorite snack for now!! 🙂

Wishing: I was on vacation now. Any place better than where I am at. I love Oklahoma but I gotta try something new! Give me some mountains, a beach, a city – anything.

Link up if you want and tell me what you are currently doing.

Dating for the Modern Girl

So, for those who know me and those that don’t you probably have already guessed I am single, shocker, Right?! Actually, I am glad that I am still single. For one, I look by at my 19 to about 23ish year old self and I think “Whoa! I wouldn’t have been ready at all for anything like that.”

This is a different dating world these days…

The Home Ec major in me would tell you that the divorce rate is 50% – which you don’t need me to tell you that, just look around.  I would like to fall into that other side of the 50%, you know the side that actually makes it.

I stumbled across this book* and it has the best dating advice I think I have ever read. Henry Cloud is one of my favorite non-fiction writers. He is amazing.

The gist of it is quite opposite as to what society – especially girls do. Date lots of people at once and NOT for marriage. Sounds crazy but think about it….

Have you thought about it yet? Does it make sense to you?

Here’s why it does to me:

  • You don’t get too attached too fast and put all energy into something when it’s not going to go anywhere.
  • You seem more interesting and harder to get. Girls – Let’s make the guys pursue us a little…
  • You naturally will weed out the bad from the good. (Or at least that’s how I think it will work. Haven’t quite got that far yet.)
  • You will have people to compare to. You will KNOW what you want and what you don’t.
  • If someone turns out to be mean or not nice – it’s not a devastating loss, you move on a lot quicker.
  • If you date to get to know people and you are building friendships first then you will have a solid foundation. (Which are what the BEST relationships are built on.)
  • It takes SO much pressure off dating.
  • It opens you up to a lot of others who might not have been your “type.”

Here’s where it gets tricky and most of my friends and family who I have talked to about doing this support me 100% but some issues have come up like:

  • It feels weird to date more than one at a time.
  • What if you hurt someone feelings because they get too attached?
  • Isn’t that kind of like being a player?
  • How long to do you keep doing this?

My opinion on this, and Dr. Cloud also backs this up, is as long as you are HONEST with everyone you go out with and you tell them – “This is what I am doing. This is where I am at.” Then you are NOT responsible for their feelings or actions.  If they date only you or others also that’s on them.  If they don’t want to date you, that’s ok too.

I have been doing this for a couple of weeks and its different and it takes some time to get used to changing your mindset.  Being this honest, so far has changed things, and I have already met some really great guys! I don’t really know how this will end up but I hope (and I have a feeling) that will turn out pretty good.

I would like to add-on that I am NOT promoting USING people. There is difference on leading someone on and being honest.

I won’t lie – it’s super hard. It requires brutal honesty, (which I am finding that I thought I was a direct honest person, but I am more vague than I would like to be. – I am working on this!)

What are your thoughts on this?

*Be sure to read the reviews – these are people who also have put this into practice and it gives the negative and positive sides.