20 Things This Week

Here’s a look at some interesting things we read/ saw / thought / did this week.


  1. Stephany’s post on the Myth of Motivation was just what I needed to read this week. There are a few habits I want to add to my daily life but have been struggling to do so. I’m so guilty of just waiting for motivation to hit me.
  2. 10 Science Fiction and Fantasy Debuts to look for in the second half of 2016. This list looks good! Nearly everything on it is calling my name.
  3. Dan Brown is paying to have the Ritter Library in Amsterdam (a mysticism library) digitized. I think this is awesome. My most favorite library job ever was when I worked in Digitization.
  4. Tanya was actually the one who tuned me in to Speculative Fiction. I saw this list and noticed that there’s a new release on there from M.R. Carey! I just finished The Girl With All the Gifts (also a rec from Tanya for the Monthly Motif challenge) and loved it. So straight away I requested Carey’s new book from my library.
  5. This week Tanya and I gave you an insider look at how we manage Co-Blogging Using Evernote. If you’re looking for an opportunity to co-blog, Florinda has put out a Call for Collaborators. This is a easy, low stress way to dip your foot into collaboration and see if moving on to co-blogging might be right for you.
  6. Everyone is putting up their Bucket Lists! Check out 101 Things to Do This Summer and make your own bucket list. Tanya and I have started our Summer Activities Challenge so you can check our list for even more ideas.
  7. Looking for an easy and fun summer craft project? Try this Cactus Embroidery Hoop Art. It’s a little known fact that I’m actually a sewer and cross-stitcher. I learned from my mom at a very young age. I promise that this stitch project is simple enough that just about anyone can manage it.

Girlxoxo Summer FunTanya …

  1. Have you read any of the The 10 Best Sci-Fi and Fantasy Novels of 2016 So Far? I’ve got my eye on a few already – as if my reading list isn’t big enough already!
  2. Here are the New York Public Library’s Staff Picks for Summer 2016.
  3. Amazon has put out their list of the Best of the Year So Far – and I can already see my wish list getting bigger and bigger.
  4. The Notables Halfway: Five Favorites is an awesome way to put together a blog post of faves. Go check it out and show some comment love.
  5. A rather interesting look at Why This Book Blogger Has Personal Accounts. While I don’t have separate accounts, I only link 1 social media outlet to my blog, and I don’t post anything negative or outlandish on the internet.
  6. What Books Taught Us – How to Survive the Apocalypse. Do you think you’ve learned any useful skills or tricks?
  7. I’m so jealous of the beautiful places that Lauren is Reading in the Summer.
  8. Horror: It’s Not All White Dudes. Let me just 2nd Ghost Summer by Tananrive Due.
  9. For genre fiction lovers out there, check out these 100 Must-Read Works of Speculative Fiction in Translation and Speculative Fiction That Makes You Go “Hmm”
  10. 23 Things All Binge-Readers Can Relate To – yep!
  11. This app Reach Keeps Your Savings Goals Front and Center in Chrome – is similar to the post I did on Look at Your Goals Every Day {Digital Lifehack}.
  12. I added a few more apps to my phone thanks to Apps and Gear for Summer (2016 Edition).
  13. You never think you need it – until you need it – so bookmark How I Remove Malware From my WordPress Site

What are you up to this weekend? I flew back from Florida on Friday, and I’ve been binge watching Game of Thrones, just started reading Justin Cronin’s, The City of Mirrors (The Passage #3) which is almost 600 pages long.


// Comments //

  1. Jess @ POB!

    Jun 26

    Thanks so much for mentioning my post! I’m really glad you enjoyed it :). I’ll definitely check out some of these other links, especially how to survive the apocalypse and Amazon’s best book list.

  2. Lynn Poppe

    Jun 26

    Thanks for the shout out, ladies!