The Brain (pt. 4): Self-Talk

Self-Talk: According to several sources, self-talk is the act of conversing with oneself, either mentally, verbally, or through actions, occasionally motivating oneself to accomplish something. Verbal or mental examples of these can be: Positive: I can do this Lookin’ good! I’ve gotten better at that Take a deep breath Negative: I’m so useless I will…

Sharing Saturday: Books that Hook You

In our last day of learning more about the joys of reading, I’d like to include an article that gives tantalizing snippets of books that will hook you (and make you want to drop everything and read)! If these don’t catch your fancy, there’s always infinite possibilities of books that will keep you inundated in…

Books, Books, Books (pt. 4): Young Adult Books–for Adults!

I read a favorite YA book at the beginning of this year called, The Sun is Also a Star, by Nicola Yoon, and read it in one day. Since then I have realized that reading YA books are sometimes even more profound than adult books that I read. They seem focus more on the personal character development…

Books, Books, Books (pt. 3): For the Reluctant Readers

Today I am focused on those who say, “But I just don’t like to read!” I hope by the end of this, I will have convinced you to give some type of reading a try.  First of all, here are some reasons to spend just TWENTY minutes reading. Some of you are not students, I…

Books, Books, Books (pt. 2): Get Sucked In!

Do you ever have one of those books that you get so caught up in you forget that you live in the real world? They’re all of those memes but I see all the time, but this one really has me! That’s what I do with most books actually. I like to escape into another…

Books, Books, Books (pt. 1): Book Lovers Tag

I would like to learn more about YOU! Of course, I’m going to focus on books this week, but those who aren’t huge book fans, I have a couple hints for you as the week progresses. Here’s a bit about me, and I would love to hear more about how and what you read. Feel…

Explore the United States! (pt. 3) Books

This is my favorite part! My family can tell you that the first thing I pack when going on a trip are the books. That’s right, plural. I need at least two, and in some cases three. The reason? One e-book, one paperback, and sometimes the third if I’m still in the middle of one….

June book: Jurassic Park, by Michael Crichton

Welcome to summer, and along with it, a new book to kick off June! For HMDillard Online Book Club, we will be reading Jurassic Park, by Michael Crichton. This discussion group will be led by Miranda, and, as always, please be sure to check back often for new discussions and questions. We always love to…

Loitering in Literature!

As you might have seen from my Goodreads widget on the bottom, right-hand corner of my homepage, I really like reading! This was one of the reasons I started an online book club. It has always been relaxing for me, and was also a way for me to get out of my own world and experience…

Summer is ALMOST Here!–Beach Reads 2017

In a couple weeks I will be headed to the beach, so I thought I’d share a couple of the books that I might just have to stuff in my bag. My weakness 🙂 I KNOW that I will bring at least three books for the week, because I never know what genre I will…

Vulnerability First

As I’m reading the first couple chapters in No More Faking Fine, by Esther Fleece, I’m struck by a couple thoughts. This is the book that Rebekah chose for our online book club May choice. This book starts off very intense, with the author describing situations that she found herself in which made her shut…

Motivation, Here I Come!

What do you do to stay motivated? There are so many things in my life that I feel require motivation to keep persevering! Most of these things are not just one-and-done! Running/Exercise: While I am challenging myself to continue a running streak (almost 2 months down)! I also am trying to run more during the…