“Making Habits, Breaking Habits” by Jeremy Dean

Alicia K. Anderson

Recommended reading for the resolution-writer!

Making Habits, Breaking Habits by Jeremy Dean (Da Capo Books, ISBN 978-0-738-21598-3)

One of the fabulous perquisites of working at my day job is a constant influx of Advance Reading Copies of books about health & wellness topics.   There are people who are in charge of certain areas of content, and they get first crack at the new books. Sometimes, the authors are contacted to serve as experts. I don’t think there are frequent book reviews coming out of my workplace.

But then, what happens to all of the lovely ARCs? They get placed on a shelf, free to a good home for anyone interested in reading them. During the slow, silent days at the office when everyone else still had vacation days to use or lose, I meandered those shelves and found this gem.

Dean’s book comes out this week, so I recommend…

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The Sunshine Award

The prestigious Sunshine Award

I was delighted to wake up Yesterday to the notification that I had received this Award from a fellow blogger whom I most sincerely admire, and enjoy creatively. A. K. Anderson – Her blog is always lots of fun, and never the same. She’ll get you thinking and make you laugh, often at the same time.

So what is the Sunshine Award?

The Sunshine Award is an award given by bloggers to other bloggers. The recipients of the Sunshine Award are “bloggers who positively and creatively inspire others in the blogosphere.” The way the award works is this: thank the person who gave you the award, and link back to them. Then answer questions about yourself. Finally, select up to 10 of your favorite bloggers, link their blogs to your post, and let them know they have been awarded the Sunshine Award!

What inspired you to start blogging?

I work at a bookstore so I wanted to find a way to get in touch with the book community. I also wanted to organized my own thoughts – to have a point of reference – when it came to books I had read. On a minor note I wanted to meet individuals who could inspire me, and in a way help me fine-tune my own writing.

How did you come up with the name of your blog?

Well… haha. I thought it should express me and my intentions. My name and books. 😛

What is your favorite blog that you like to read?

I like ones that are pretty, and colorful. I like ones with giveaway prizes. Ones that have deep insights into an Authors thinking, or perhaps even an actual interview with said Author.  I like ones that have a combo of things to look at like, perhaps the Blogger’s vlog, or poetry – I love poetry. More importantly I like ones that share a unique intelligent perspective.

Tell about your dream job.

Honestly, I love what I do. I love waking up in the morning to come into my bookstore and share my passion for literature. Perhaps writing a work of fiction on the side and having that published would be the cherry.

Is your glass half full or half empty?

Oh, its full, baby! 🙂  I believe positive thinking is 80% of the reason why I never get sick. <cue music>

I believe, I believe, I believe, I believe, I believe… Even when I’m trying to be pessimistic it comes out more like subdued optimism, and I still believe the best will actually happen and surprise me. 

If you could go anywhere for a week’s vacation, where would you go?

Indonesia, Bali. 

What food can you absolutely not eat?

Anything that’s still alive or is seemingly looking at me. Or is very slimy.

Dark chocolate or milk chocolate?

Milk.

How much time do you spend blogging?

An hour or two a week.

Do you watch TV – if so, what are some of your favorite shows?

Not much at all, actually… but occasionally I’ll sit down and enjoy Oprah, Ellen, or List it or Love it, or some cooking shows… or I did really like MadLove – sad it ended after one season. 

Now, I get to nominated some of my favorite bloggers, and I look forward to their answers to these sunny questions.

History’s odds and sods – This lady is fascinatingly well read, and such a pleasure to know. She’s is most definitely an inspiration to me. 

Faith Sullivan Writes – Faith is a very talented writer of NA fiction titles Heartbeat and Unexpected. She’s fun, down to earth, and very enthusiastic. And a very good twitter friend @_FaithSullivan_ 

Bloggin’bout books – Susan’s blog is fabulous, and well-developed. She is a loving mother of four, and incredibly well read. I agree with her reviews 100%! She inspired me to be a more lively blogger. And I hope she writes a book one day. 

In Between  – Jude is a 19 year old university student who is passionate about writing and reading. She’s  only been blogging for 2 years and has 1690 followers!! Her blog is lots of fun and has a contest celebrating the anniversary of her 2nd year. 

Mindful Mundanes – She is an intense blogger and the one who first inspired me with the idea to start blogging. She reads tons of YA fiction, and writes very specific, articulate, and passionate reviews.

Journey of a Soul – CJ Sullivan is a “speculative fiction author” of the Epic Angel Trilogy and has a beautiful blog/vlog combo. She is creative and honest in her blogs, and most enjoyable.

Dyadic Echoes – Andrew is a multi-faceted, and very talented blogger. And a loving father. He does much to support the writing community! 

Ok, there you have it consider yourselves most worthy award winners!! Can’t wait to read your answers!

Alicia K. Anderson

The prestigious Sunshine Award

My day yesterday was anything but sunny, so I’m delighted to accept the Sunshine Award from my friend Jon Herrera.  What is the sunshine award?

The Sunshine Award is an award given by bloggers to other bloggers. The recipients of the Sunshine Award are “bloggers who positively and creatively inspire others in the blogosphere.” The way the award works is this: thank the person who gave you the award, and link back to them. Then answer questions about yourself. Finally, select up to 10 of your favorite bloggers, link their blogs to your post, and let them know they have been awarded the Sunshine Award!

I’m really honored that Jon chose me for this, because I enjoy his blog.

What inspired you to start blogging?

I started blogging in 2005. Before that, I would copy and paste the same funny stories into emails and send them to friends and…

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