You’re Weird: A Creative Journal for Misfits, Oddballs, and Anyone Else Who’s Uniquely Awesome by Kate Peterson

You’re Weird: A Creative Journal for Misfits, Oddballs, and Anyone Else Who’s Uniquely Awesome


I’ve found my book, yall! If you’re like me and love journals but can’t ever find the right one for you, like no further. It’s a journal for us weirdos. Inside you’ll find writing prompts, lists, places to draw, challenges, and more. It’s like the journal knows exactly what you need to be your wonderful weirdo self.

I’ve just opened it so its kind of empty right now, but I plan on filling it in during the summer and tracking my weirdness all summer. I’ll update along the way so you can enjoy it and possibly get one for the weirdo in your life.

But please, we prefer to be called eccentric.


Discover Black History Month with Shonda Rhimes

Discover Black History Month with Shonda Rhimes

You know Shonda Rhimes, right? She’s the Queen of Thursday night TV.

She’s wrote Grey’s Anatomy

greys anatomy

and Scandal


and How to Get Away with Murder


I haven’t watched any of these TV shows  (don’t judge me, I’m reading) but what I
do know her for is her book Year of Yes.

Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes

and it’s BRILLIANT!!

It’s so good I listened to it TWICE. Back to Back on audio. In fact, I’m considering
buying a hard copy so I can highlight and take notes.

That’s how freakin good it is.

It’s the self help book that reads like a funny autobiography.

Shonda shares insights into her personal struggles and how she overcame them, as well
as insights about life. Shonda will be my book bestie forever. She’s not afraid to let her geek flag fly.
In fact, it’s her geek flag that’s made Thursday into Shonday.  AMIRIGHT?

How many times have you  seen your Facebook timeline light up with Scandal discussions on Thursday nights?  For me? Every Thursday, and I have no idea what they’re talking about.  I’m sure I’d love Scandal or the other shows but I don’t want to give up my reading time. I’m trying to get to the 10,000 mark here.  But anyway, if a woman who OWNS Thursday night can offer some tidbits of information on how to live a better life, I’m all about it.

Besides, her birthday is in January, a few days away from mine so we’re practically TWINSIES!

So wave your books in the air and salute Shonda Rhimes today for Black History Month.

PS Shonda?

You rock way harder than Beyonce.


What Books Are You Giving This Christmas?

Christmas is an excuse to buy all the books for everyone that you’ve wanted to buy all year long but didn’t. And I don’t just mean buying all the books for yourself! When I’m thinking about buying books for family I try to follow three bookish rules.

keep Christmas Bookish

This is my Diversity Christmas Tree, it represents people and cultures from all over the globe. I have other trees in the house as well, but this tree will be the one we put the main presents under. Speaking of presents, when gifting books, I try to use the three rules listed above. A book I:

  • Think they will like
  • Know they want
  • Want them to read

The reason this method works for me is, you always want to give more than one book (dontcha?) and here is how you can do it! Give them the book that’s part of a series or from an author you know they’ve enjoyed in the past. That’s the book you know they want. Ask for a suggestion from someone knowledgeable (I wonder who..?) for a book that is written in a similar style or about a similar topic to the book you know they want. And finally, Mom’s gotta put some education in their brains no matter what age they are, right? So I always like to give them a book I want them to read; something to make them smarter, better, nicer, etc. Personal growth or inspirational books usually fit this category (doesn’t everyone need to read I Am Malala? The answer is yes).

So this year I’m gifting my family the following, but you’ll hafta guess who is getting which book!

bookgiftsfamily Collage

Can you take a guess who is getting each gift? What books are you giving?




2015 Diversity Reading Challenge Non Fiction Young Adult

The Four Agreements by Miguel Ruiz

I know Oprah has been promoting this book for a time and I finally had the chance to check it out!6596

As with all self help books, I suggest you read with a keen eye; what works for one person might not work for you. That said, there were things about The Four Agreements that I found helpful. Although the examples were rather repetitive and sometimes over simplified, there is good stuff inside.

Occasionally a little too woo woo for me, but still good advice. Be impeccable with your word and Dont take anything personally are the two agreements that stuck with me. Now that I’ve finished the book I”m going to go back and review the bits that I highlighted. I’m also going to go back and review my notes from Rising Strong by Brene Brown to see how I can keep improving myself in the new year.

This is a quick read so if you know someone who likes self help, this might be a good holiday pressie for them!

Have you read the Four Agreements? What did you think?


And because the author is Hispanic, this counts toward the Diversity Reading Challenge. Non fiction too!