My 2014 Reading Stats

So, I apparently spend way too much time reading. I joined Goodreads in 2011, and in 2011 and 2012, I logged 300+ books each year. I didn’t do a very good job of logging in 2013, and my Kindle is full of books that I’ve read and not checked off yet. I finally determined that I just wasn’t going to get to it and I’ll just have to mark those book read without a confirmed date as I run across them.

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6 Twitter Auto-DMs We’re All Tired Of Getting

I don’t know who was the first person to come up with the idea of automatically sending a private message to everyone who follows you on Twitter, but it was a really bad idea, and has rendered the DM function almost useless. I know many people who don’t even check their DMs anymore because 99% of them are auto-DMs. The 1% that are legitimate messages just drift off into Twitter oblivion.

Twitter really should just ban auto-DMs. They’ve banned apps that auto-follow; surely more common sense can’t be far behind.

If you’re wondering if your auto-DM is annoying, the answer is most likely yes. I’ve seen a few — very, very few — that were funny or clever. That’s out of 10,000 or so. (Just rounding here. I haven’t actually archived or counted my DMs.) Those are pretty low odds.

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If you’re still not sure, I’m happy to spell it out for you (and vent a little in the process). Continue reading

Kid Quotes (12/14)

B: You know how I’ve been grumpy the past few days…
Me: Have you?
B: Yes, when you weren’t looking.

J: Blake, get off my arm!
B, jumping back: I’m not touching your arm!
J: Yes, you were. You’re oblivious.
B: I am not!
J: Do you even know what that means?
B: It means I want to touch people all the time.
J: No, it doesn’t.
B: Well, whatever. I’m not that!

Jack came home from a weekend camping trip with a lovely virus. At this point, he’s had a fever for two days. Blake isn’t feeling well, either, although he’s in better shape than Jack.
B: I don’t think I’m gonna make it.
Me: you don’t? Oh no! Why don’t you lie down here and let me measure you for a coffin?
He giggled and I walked off make the tea he had requested.
B: Wait! Aren’t you going to do the cough thing?
Me: Coffin. Do you know what a coffin is?
B: It’s what vampires are in sometimes.
Me: It’s what we bury dead people in.
B: Oh. I didn’t know.
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December #Giveaway: Certificate for a Free NLT Slimline #Bible

As I’ve acquired a collection of books I’ve read and reviewed, I’m going to start doing giveaways again. Each month I’ll post a new giveaway on this blog and My Other Book Blog. If you want to be sure to be informed of the new giveaways, you can subscribe to my email list. I promise I won’t send out a ton of emails. I barely have time to check my own emails, so I know how quickly inboxes fill up.

This month, I’m giving away a certificate for a free Premium Value Personal Slimline Bible, NLT. As the certificate needs to be redeemed by Jan 1, 2015, I’ll end this giveaway on December 15. Maybe you can use this to get a Bible for a Christmas gift. We have bibles coming out our ears here. (Okay, not really. That would be painful.)

Please note this certificate must be redeemed in person in a Christian book store. If do not have a local Christian book store or are not able to redeem the certificate before Jan 1, please leave the entries for someone who can actually use the certificate. This is open to US residents only.

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Learn About #BabysBrilliantforMilitary and Win $500 Cash!

Having a family member deployed is always hard, but particularly during the holiday season. Baby’s Brilliant is offering a free read-along book to military families. The deployed parent records themselves reading the story and Baby’s Brilliant adds it to a dedicated web page so the children can feel a little closer to Mom or Dad. You can find all the details here.

If you see something you like while you’re on their website, you can do some Christmas shopping and do some good. Baby’s Brilliant is donating 10% of all revenues for the month of December to St.Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Oh, and did I mention they’re also giving away a bit of cash*? Continue reading