Friday, July 15, 2011

Follow Friday (2) and Blogger Hop (1)

I love participating in the Follow Friday blog hop, hosted by one of my favorite blogs to follow Parajunkee's View.

Q. What do I do when I are not reading?
When I am not reading, I am:
1)  Singing songs with my daughter.  Her current favorites are "ABC," "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star," "Itsy, Bitsy Spider," and "Old McDonald Had a Farm."  And that farm has a lot of penguins on it suddenly--no I don't get it either.  :)
2) Blogging.  I love reading what is going on with other people's blogs.  And commenting is half the fun!
3) Playing words with friends.  My screen name is Shanan if you would like to start a game.
4) Browsing bookstores, however I recently found that shoe stores can be awfully fun as well.
5) Catching up on netflix and DVDs.  I recently found that I love to watch my favorite TV shows on DVD.  I never thought I would, I fought it for a long time, but now I love it and have so much to catch-up on.  
6) Cooking.  My daughter has recently found that she loves to help in the kitchen so I spend quite a bit of time planning meals that involve steps she can help with.

Now here is a list of things I wish I was also doing when I was not reading:
1) Traveling.  I have not spent a great deal of time outside of my home state, but I would love to travel more.  My favorite destination so far has been Washington, D.C.  I love US history and you cannot get more US history than Washington, D.C.
2) Exercising.  I am quite behind on my exercise goals--one of which is to actually exercise.  :)
3) Learning Spanish.  I took 3 years of Spanish in high school and 4 semesters of Spanish in college and I am still horrible.  My daughter is currently obsessed with Dora and Diego.  I think she already speaks Spanish better than I do.  I know very sad.

This is my first time to participate in the Book Blogger Hop hosted by
Book Blogger Hop

How/Where do you get your books? Do you buy them or go to the library? Is there a certain website you use like paperbackswap?
I try to list on the review where I received the books, however in general when I want a book here are the steps I go through to get it.
1)  If you are a member, my name on this site is yogimommy.  I would love to be friends.  I love to play the games and have found that is the best way to get some of the books I want.  But every once in a while I get offered a book through their first-in/first-out (FIFO) system.  Overall, I LOVE this site.
2) Library.  If I am not 100% sure that I want to keep the book or that I can use the book in a Paperbackswap game, then I would rather save my money.  I have found that a lot of the YA books that I really want to read have very short waits at my local library, if they have any waits at all.  My library has a decent audiobook collection and since audiobooks tend to be a little more expensive, I tend to look to my library first.
3)  I joined their rewards club before last Christmas and I love it.  I also love that they have tons of coupons that they send me through email.  I rarely, if ever, buy a book from them without a coupon.  And with the rewards card, even if I only buy one book the shipping is free.


  1. Hi! I love your answer, hahaha. And specially the part were you sing with your daughter, I used to love that song!
    BTW, I'm a new follower!

    This is my Follow Friday

    And while you are there check my GIVEAWAYS tab, I have two and both of them are international! :D



  2. I love your answers!! The exercise one made me chuckle - I am exactly the same :)

    I'm a new follower! I love your blog and look forward to reading more :)

  3. I use the digital download library to find audio books.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog.

    Girl Who Reads

  4. Hey Shannan. Thank you for stopping by my blog - I thought I'd return the favour. :)

    Sounds like your daughter keeps you really busy and I had to laugh at the penguins that Old MacDonald seems to be hording! :)

    Have a lovely weekend!

    Shelagh (new follower)
    The Word Fiend

  5. I stopped by from the blog hop

  6. Paperbackswap is a great way to recycle books! I'll look you up!

  7. Hi there, new follower here returning the follow, from the hop! :p

    Great answer, traveling is the best when we have time for it! Have a great weekend!

  8. I’m seeing a pattern of book acquisition here. After all, there are just so many places to get books and so many different ways to read them.

    It’s hard to beat the library for price and selection but it’s even harder to beat the convenience of browsing BN or Amazon from a Nook or Kindle, hitting a button and reading the book you picked in about sixty seconds.

    As usual, my answer to this week’s Book Blogger Hop question is all over the map. Hop on over and read my multipart answer –

    Howard A. Sherman, Implementor

  9. yeah for the library and I have been seeing more and more about paperbackswap..I will have to check it out sometime.

  10. I love the games must tell me which you play. I love this blog decor. pink and brown reminds me of cupcakes i did for a wedding. chocolate his favorite and she was an alpha. so i got very creative. now i'm in the mood for cupcakes. Header is NICE!! Exercise, I should be doing more. i do like bike riding too. have a wonderful weekend

  11. Hopping through. So cool that you like singing with your daughter. I bet she has lots of fun with it and you do too.
    My Hop

  12. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I am a new follower!
    Just wait for the Disney movies...I knew all of the Princess movies line by line and would find myself singing the songs in the car!
    DC is a long way from AZ - but it is one of the best cities in the US! I love the Washington Mall!
    Check out GoodReads, it's a great place to find out about new books and you can swap as well!

  13. I love Goodreads, but I haven't swapped there before. :) My name is yogimommy on Goodreads if you want to be friends. :)

  14. Loved your answer. Following back:)

  15. Hi Shanan, I discovered you via the Blog Hop and The Mom Bloggers Club. I love your blog! I am following you :)I look forward to reading your book reviews. Right now I am enjoying The Cat Who series.

  16. Blog-hopping by to visit and follow! I'm pretty desperate to learn Spanish, too. I took it in college, but it has faded in the meantime. :-)

  17. Thanks for visiting my blog. I'm new to FF and Blog Hop. I have never tried Paperbackswap and I'm seeing a lot about it. I'll have to check it out! I lived in Argentina and went to school for a year to learn Spanish! That was seven years ago, if you don't use it, you lose it!

  18. aww your daughter loves the best songs and tv shows (Diego is such a studmuffin!)

    Spanish is actually my first language (: so if you ever need any help with it, just ask! ;)

    Thanks for stoping by my blog (:
    New follower of yours (:

  19. Thank you all for stopping by.

    Yes, my daughter is quite a character but she always keeps me laughing and keeps me grounded.

    I have heard that if you don't use Spanish--you lose it, which may be a big part of my problem. But where most of my other academic subjects came fairly easily to me, Spanish did not. And I wasn't disciplined enough at the time to work through it. It was easier to work on the things that were easier--such a high school mentality right? :)

  20. thanks for following! following back!

  21. I love bookstores and movies. When I have down time I can be found submerged in either one! Hi! Just stopping by. Following you from Follow My Book Blog Friday Blog Hop. Would love a visit and a follow back on my blog: Thanks! Nice to meet you!