Showing posts with label January. Show all posts
Showing posts with label January. Show all posts

Monday, April 9, 2018

Quarterly Recap: January-March

It’s finally time for another Quarterly Recap. That obligatory recap post that appears once every three months on Our Thoughts Precisely. It feels like forever since I last sat down to write and collect links for this type of post, the time gap even longer thanks to the annual skip I took at the end of last year. So, starting with reviews….
January Reviews...
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February Reviews...

March Reviews...
**All weekly meme labels can be found on the Extras page**

Other January Posts...

Other February Posts...

Other March Posts...
Looking back, the last three months are pretty much what I expected them to be. In January, there was a small decrease in the amount of blog posts since I was just coming back from being on an extended break from blogging after the holidays. So, it took a minute to get back into the swing of things. So, looking ahead, I have a couple of posts that I’m excited to share on the blog including Acrylics #2 and an updated upcoming music/recent release list.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

January Poetry Roundup

After I made my goal to read more poetry in 2018, I came across the problem of trying to figure out how I wanted to talk about them on the blog. And in the end, I decided that rather than doing a full review post for poetry books—many of them are short—that I would do a single monthly roundup of what I’ve been reading.
The Universe of Us by Lang Leav
  • The first poetry book I tackled in January was The Universe of Us by Lang Leav. Prior to this book, I’d never read anything by Leav but have heard a lot of good things about her work. Suffice it to say, I was interested. I’m not the best judge of what’s good or bad poetry—I haven’t read enough of it—but I enjoyed this collection. There were many poems about love and hurt, among other things. Many of them were relatable, such as Ode to Writers on page 93, which was so true that it almost hurt. Among my other favorites were Your Life, Today, the beautiful simplicity of Shooting Stars, and the truths that loudly resonated in Conversations. All-in-all, The Universe of Us wasn’t a bad one to start with....


The Portable Nineteenth-Century African American Women Writers edited by Hollis Robins and Henry Louise Gates Jr.

  • Moving on, my second read was this collection edited by Hollis Robins and Henry Louise Gates Jr.. The basics: This book includes everything from poetry to fiction, essays, speeches, and personal accounts, among other things. It's a thought provoking and poignant collection that's an essential must read that also inspires further reading. It's history. And it dealt with accounts of slavery, discrimination after the Civil War, and hope and empowerment through religion and education from the viewpoint of African American women. There was work by writers such as Mary Prince, Pauline Hopkins, Julia Collins, and many others. I also enjoyed the fiction and poetry included in this book like the excerpt from Sarah E. Farro’s 1891 novel, True Love, and Mary E. Ash Lee’s poem, Afmerica (1885). As for the the poetry featured in this book, it's best described as intense. These poems often dealt with subjects that directly correlated with African American Women of the time, and acutely reflected their worries, observations, and hope for a better future—subjects that were reflected throughout the entire collection. As such, The Portable Nineteenth-Century African American Women Writers was one of my favorite reads from January....

Comments + Looking ahead…

In January, I only got to two poetry books. It was a pretty good start on my goal; although, I hope to get to more than two in February. The good news is that more of  my library holds have come in, and I've compiled a list of which ones to read next....

Do you have any poetry recommendations?

Monday, April 3, 2017

Quarterly Recap: January-March

Yes, I actually remembered to do this post on time. I’m not going to do a super long intro since this is just a recap of most of the posts that have been posted to the blog through January, February, and March. However, I included only a few of the weekly meme post, otherwise, they can be found by following the meme label on the features page...
January Reviews:
February Reviews:

March Reviews:
**Weekly Meme labels can be found on the Features page**

Other January Posts:

Other February Posts:

Other March Posts:
I’ve gotten a good amount of stuff done across these past three months, but that’s not what this section of the post is about. I’m supposed to be looking ahead to what I’m going to be doing. One of my biggest goals for April is to do another discussion post. So far, I’ve done two, and the once a month thing is working pretty well. As for reading—that’s going pretty well. Over the weekend I read one of my most anticipated 2017 releases—The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. Hands down, it’s one of the best books I’ve read all year, and I hope that trend continues.


Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Quarterly Recap: January-March

And, it's time for the first Quarterly Recap of 2016. This is just a post where I gather up the links for all the things that have appeared on the blog for the past three months. And then, I'll share a few details about what I'm looking forward to doing in the coming months. So, to start off, I'll begin with the reviews for January till the end of March...

January Reviews:
February Reviews:
March Reviews:

Other January Posts:
Other February Posts:
Other March Posts:

The start of the year was a little slow since I took a little extra time off from blogging, but things definitely picked up later in the month of January. Posts were steady, but I would like to do better as far as reading is concerned. I've been in a little bit of a slump across the past week or so. I read too many books that I didn't end up enjoying, basically back-to-back. So, for a while there, I just didn't feel like reading or blogging at all. I did have a surplus of reviews and posts, which pretty much kept the blog active.

I'm back to reading now, and the only thing I want to do in the next three months, is to find books that I enjoy. It doesn't matter what genre it is as long as I'm into it.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Trimonthly Recap: January-March

Welcome the first trimonthly recap on Our Thoughts Precisely. I figured that instead of doing a recap each month that I would do one at the end of a three month increment. This is just a place to recap reviews and various types of posts. I'm going to start with reviews...

January Reviews:

February Reviews:

March Reviews:

Beginning with January, I listed my 2015 Blogger Resolutions, created a Book Tag, and participated in the cover reveal for Maybe Me by Amber Hart

Moving right along to February I participated in the Would You Rather Book Tag, took part in an excerpt reveal for Salt & Stone by Victoria Scott, did a Book Haul, and a post for the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award

And finally in March, on the fifteenth Our Thoughts Precisely turned 2 and I updated the design. I wrote a discussion post on the importance of taking a break, and participated in two cover reveals: Balance Keepers: The Pillars of Ponderay by Lindsay Cummings & Dragons Are People, Too by Sarah Nicolas.
I would like to get more nonfiction in the next couple of months (I recently finished one and started another), so if you have any suggestions leave them in the comments.  On another note, I want to look for more Book Tags to participate in since they're fun to do. Thanks for stopping by and happy reading!
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