It’s Monday and I actually had a relaxing weekend.

February 20, 2017

I had nothing on my calendar this weekend. NOTHING.

a miracle before God I tell you source

a miracle before God I tell you (source)


I managed to clean up my house a bit and actually sit on the couch and do nothing. Nothing!


tfw you find a gif of one of your old LiveJournal icons source

tfw you find a gif of one of your old LiveJournal icons (source)


It was glorious.

Also, of course, I read some books:

The Fifth Season (The Broken Earth, #1)The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Yeah, so this definitely deserves the hype. It took me a few chapters to get into it and then I was hooked. I will also say that as a black woman whose rage levels are at their peak right now, this really got to some of the stuff that is bothering me, so for that, I am truly grateful.


Ms. Bixby's Last DayMs. Bixby’s Last Day by John David Anderson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The beginning of this made me laugh and the end almost made me cry, so that shows you just how much ground this one covers. This is a sweet book, and, of course, I love any book that shows the positive influence of teachers. I am also convinced this would make a pretty good movie and could see most of the story playing out that way in my mind. So, yes: two thumbs up, fine holiday fun.

I also wrote some blog posts:

Since I’m making my students write book reviews, I figured I should at least do one or two a month for fairness. Oh, and I am planning some kind of review/response to The Fifth Season. That should be this week. I have feelings about it, obviously.

And now I’m reading these books:

Wires and Nerve by Marissa Meyer

I started Wires and Nerve by Marissa Meyer yesterday. I love Iko, so this is a lot of fun. I like the illustrations, but I am NOT a fan of the character drawings (except Iko and Wolf), so there is that. Story is good so far.

Hidden Figures

My hold for the audiobook of Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly just came in so I chose to return the other audiobook I was listening to so I can get down to business. I haven’t started yet, but I’m excited to on my way to work tomorrow. (And, no, I still haven’t seen the movie. See above re: first weekend in a long time with nothing on my calendar. I hope to get to it soon, though.)

In other news:

I also managed to watch the pilot of Golden Girls on Hulu (all of the seasons are streaming! no commercials!), which I had somehow never seen before. Dorothy and I remain one. Also, I didn’t realize that Sophia speaking the unvarnished truth is the result of a stroke that damaged the part of her brain that allows her to filter/self-censor. Neat trick.

Slice of Life Challenge

I also filled out the participation form for the 2017 Slice of Life Challenge, so I guess that’s a thing I’m doing next month. (I want to assign it to my creative writing students next spring, so I figure I might as well give it a go to see how I feel about it.)

Kidlit version hosted by Kellee Moye of Unleashing Readers and Jen of Teach Mentor Texts; original version hosted by Kathryn at Book Date.

Kidlit version hosted by Kellee Moye of Unleashing Readers and Jen of Teach Mentor Texts; original version hosted by Kathryn at Book Date.

Happy reading, everyone!


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  1. Lindsey Stefan

    Haha, your gif usage is perfect!

    I am so glad to hear you loved NK Jemisin. I am determined to finally read one of her books this year!

  2. Ally Bean

    I NEED to watch the Golden Girls like everyone else I know. I’ve only seen a few episodes, and friends make references I don’t get– and it’s not because I’m Rose!

  3. cweichel

    The Fifth Season wasn’t even on my radar so I’m so glad you talked about it here. I’m looking forward to reading it.

  4. Jenny @ Reading the End

    Doing nothing on the weekend is fully the best feeling in the world. I had a busy weekend visiting friends in Austin, which was wonderful of course, but I am hoping that this upcoming weekend can feature lots of resting and idling around and reading books. PLUS then I have the following Tuesday off for Mardi Gras. Yay!

  5. historyoftelephony

    Sometimes there is nothing like just sitting and doing nothing. Thanks for the post.

  6. Elisabeth Ellington

    Ah, a do nothing weekend! How delightful! I was waffling on the Slice of Life challenge. I mean, I can’t even manage to post two blog posts a week: how in the world am I going to write 31 in 31 days? But maybe that’s just what I need. In any case, I hopped over to Two Writing Teachers and signed up too. Panic should set in shortly….

    • Akilah

      You can do it! I believe in you!
      I am also planning to do the A to Z challenge in April. Because why not?

  7. Sharlene

    Yay for do nothing weekends! Also love that gif!!

    I didn’t know about Wires and Nerve – Iko is the best part of the series so I’m going to have to eventually check that out! Thanks!


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