Literary Friday, ya’ll….

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With Christmas only a week-ish away- have you finished your shopping? Wrapped your gifts? Gotten ideas about how to decorate your holiday table?

**Fun kitty cat story: Jerry is crazy about chips. If there is a chip in the house, he will smell it out and sit there, looking pitiful, till you give him a bite. This morning, I walked in the living room holding a handful of Chex Mix- yep, he likes them as well. Sigh. There is apparently few snacks that Jerry will not eat or at least try to get me to give him a bite.**

 

1. Deep South Magazine: Recipe for eggnog and Southern cookbooks that should be under your tree. **Side note: I’ve never had eggnog- but this recipe sounds good!** Continue reading

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#30Authors: Heather Brittain Bergstrom talks about The Unraveling of Mercy Louis by Keija Parssinen

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Hey readers of Traveling With T! Today, I’m taking part in a super-fun month long event headed up by The Book Wheel called #30Authors.

Want to know what #30Authors is all about?

#30Authors is an annual event connecting readers, authors, and bloggers. Throughout the month of September, 30 authors review their favorite books on 30 blogs in 30 days. The event has been met with incredible support from and success within the literary community. In the six months following the event’s inaugural launch, the concept was published as an anthology by Velvet Morning Press (Legacy: An Anthology). Started by The Book Wheel, #30Authors remains active throughout the year and you can join in the fun by following along on Twitter at @30Authors, using the hashtag, #30Authors, or purchasing the anthology. To learn more about the event and to see the full schedule, please click here.

 

As part of my post for #30Authors, I have author Heather Brittain Bergstrom, STEAL THE NORTH, to talk about the book THE UNRAVELING OF MERCY LOUIS by Keija Parssinen.

Now, Heather can take it away! Continue reading

Literary Friday, ya’ll….

literary fridayIt’s FRIDAY! *happy dance!*

 

1. Deep South Magazine and their #literaryfriday: The Lonely Hunter Readalong, DOLLBABY is out in paperback, and much more!

 

2. Giveaways: River City Reading is giving away THE ROMANOV SISTERS by Helen Rappaport, Ivory Owl Reviews giving away 2 signed copies of LOVE AND MISS COMMUNICATION by Elyssa Friedland, Always With A Book is giving away 2 ARC’s of AS NIGHT FALLS by Jenny Milchman and Traveling With T (that’s me!) is giving away 3 copies of THE ROMANOV SISTERS, THE IDEA OF LOVE by Patti Callahan Henry, and A WEEK AT THE LAKE by Wendy Wax! Continue reading

Literary Friday, ya’ll…

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I’m writing this quick, fast and in a hurry because it’s Friday (aka my afternoon of errands)!

 

We had snow this week, too. Like a pretty crazy-ish amount for where I live. It was pretty and nice and white and lovely- and the kitty cats frolicked in the snow- which was 51 shades of adorable.

I’ve been productive this week on the blog- getting posts scheduled and giveaways- March is looking pretty giveaway-licious!

 

1. Deep South Magazine and their #literaryfriday: talk of Joshilyn Jackson, the Sweet Potato Queen weekend, a link to my post about meeting M.O. Walsh (plus sharing my “adorbs picture- that’s Erin words 🙂 and much more!

 

2. Turn the Page Reviews shares some food pics to make you drool and some chit-chat about books!

 

3. My Novel Opinion talks about A Mom’s POV on Social Media.

 

4. Always With A Book spotlights THE GOOD GIRL by Mary Kubica.

 

5. The Book Wheel gives us 10 Books to Feed Your Brain.

 

6. I talk about ARC’s and how it’s ok to not like them in ARC’s: Just like Scarves, They Aren’t For Everyone.

 

7. While my Goodreads account won’t reflect it (haven’t logged into that since end of 2014!) I’ve been productive in my reading- finishing THE NIGHTINGALE by Kristin Hannah (made me ugly cry), LITTLE BLACK LIES by Sandra Block (gave me the good scary feeling) and BEDSIDE MANNERS by Phoebe Fox (cute!) all in the past few days/couple of weeks!

 

8. I met author M.O. Walsh last week at Lemuria Books- So nice to meet the author of MY SUNSHINE AWAY!

 

9. Do you like Robyn Carr? Win ONE WISH (continental US only).

 

10. Library Educated talks #truthtrain and #blogging.

 

11. OnDBookshelf shares about her whirlwind of author events (SO jealous!)

 

12. My #fridayreads Close to Destiny by Adria Cimino.

 

 

Have a happy and safe weekend!

 

Happy Reading and Bookishly Yours,

T @ Traveling With T

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Tuesday Mashup

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It’s Tuesday and I’m 1 step closer to a vacation in a couple of weeks. A vacation that is so needed!

So, let’s get to this Mashup- giveaways, Travel The World With Books, Bookish Gifts for the Babies, #30Authors, Why Do We Love Those Controversial Books and  so much more!

1. Always With A Book reviews THREE STORY HOUSE by Courtney Miller Santo.

2. Love At First Book has several ideas for Bookish Gifts for Babies! My niece, the adorable Miss A, will be benefitting from the lovely Rebecca @ Lovely At First Book’s ideas! Continue reading

Literary Friday, ya’ll….

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Literary Friday…. I’m in a BEA packing frenzy!

 

1. Deep South Magazine and their #literaryfriday: Karen White, Emily Giffin and Mary Kay Andrews news, some Pat Conroy news and the Summer Reading List Twitter Chat Schedule (psst- you might see a familiar co-host for the Erika Marks chat 😉  Plus so much more!

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Guest Post: Allison from The Book Wheel reveals her 2014 Resolutions

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Today, I have Allison from The Book Wheel guest posting about her New Year Resolutions. Allison is a great blogger- always on the cutting edge and she runs her blog like an efficient business. I could just sit and listen to Miss A talk for hours about her plans!

Read on for her New Year Resolutions (maybe you’ll be inspired- I was!)

Allison at The Book Wheel- New Year Resolutions

Hi Travelers! My name is Allison and I blog over at The Book Wheel about books, politics, and other shenanigans. I’m so excited that Tamara has asked me over to share with you my New Year’s Resolutions. This year is the first time “get healthier” and “lose weight” isn’t on my list because, frankly, I never follow through with them. And if I do, it’s by accident and not because of any direct efforts on my part. Plus, I already gave up soda! So, this year my resolutions are as follow:

  • Read more award winning books. This isn’t an official challenge or anything, but I find that I often miss out on the award winners because I’m bogged down with other books I need to read. This year, I’m going to try to read the nominees before the winners are announced and, if I miss one or two, read them once they do win.
  • Take less author requests. I know, I know. This one sounds so callous. But I get roughly 5-10 author requests per day and, as much as I’d like to read them all, I simply can’t. This past year I learned that saying yes to everyone also means that I rarely have time to read the books already on my shelf, like the award winners.
  • Spend less time online by focusing on the task at hand. This is going to be hard because I run a website, but I really need to streamline my online time. I have a bad habit of blogging while watching television, which then takes 10x longer, and I can easily waste a day on something that should have taken me an hour. That wasted times mean less time for studying, hanging with my husband, and reading.
  • Put down the iPhone when I’m at home. This one goes hand-in-hand with my previous resolution. I also have a nasty habit of keeping my phone on and near my at all times and it needs to stop. When I’m spending time with my husband (even if it’s just watching TV), I am going to put my phone on silent and in the other room. Maybe I’ll get a home phone for emergencies, but I really need to stop relying on my phone when I already have an iPad and MacBook. I’m *considering* removing my social media apps from my phone, but that sounds so scary!

Did you pick up any resolution ideas from Allison? I hope so! Tell me in the comments if you did!

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