Friday Reads and big things...

I'm again juggling my reads this weekend, with historical fiction (Slant of Light by Steve Wiegenstein) and non-fiction (Midnight in Peking: How the Murder of a Young Englishwoman Haunted the Last Days of Old China by Paul French). Boston was miserably raining this week -- kept me in reading, hooray! -- but the weekend promises to be nicer, so here's to sitting on my porch, reading in the sun!  What are you reading this weekend?

I'm considering some changes to my blog in terms of layout, so if you have any strong opinions or recommendations on widgets to change or remove, do let me know.  I've also enabled anonymous commenting on this blog -- and no comment verification. Here's hoping I won't get slammed with spam! Do any of you have opinions on this?  (I keep hearing I should move to Wordpress but that intimidates me!)

I'm also super jazzed to get my brag on: I'm in the June issue of Ladies Home Journal! They've revamped their book section and have included blurbs by three book bloggers -- including me! I'm over-the-moon excited about this!

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  1. Congrats on the publication. Booking Mama and I were recently in a Women's World Mag issue for Mother's Day recommendations.

    Reading front will be Darkroom by Joshua Graham, some poetry, and Nadia Knows Best by Jill Mansell...

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    1. That's awesome!! It feels so momentous for me -- all my life I wanted to see my name in print, and I never thought my hobby would get me there!

      Looking forward to your Mansell review!

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    2. I have the same dream and am so glad to begin seeing my name in print...though not a fiction novel or poetry book byline just yet. Mansell review will be coming this week.

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  2. Congrats on the Ladies Home Journal news! I'm reading Drop Dead Healthy and while it's a fun guilty pleasure, it has inspired me to think about health more than usual.

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    1. Oooh, nice -- I like a guilty pleasure that leads to some positive life changes -- the best of both words!

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  3. Congratulations!! Very exciting to be in Ladies Home Journal...

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    1. Thank you! I can't stop squeeing! :)

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  4. Wow, how cool about the magazine blurb! Congratulations!

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    1. Eee, thanks!! I feel stupidly giddy about it!

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  5. Enjoy blog redesigning! I've been feeling the urge to do that lately, and perhaps it will be a summer project for me. I allow anonymous comments and don't have word verification and haven't had any problems. Blogger's spam filter is excellent, and it catches almost everything there.

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    1. Carrie -- thrilled to hear that. I keep making little changes and then scaring myself, but I am ready for a redesign, something a little less template-y. We'll see if I can manage it!

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  6. Oh, Congratulations Audra! I am so happy for you! I an also excited to see the new design for the blog! My reading has slowed to a crawl, but I am hoping to get my mojo back over the weekend!

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    1. Thank you, Heather -- I'm just agog at it. Print media still feels pretty magical -- to my name there is just astounding! I appreciate the support for the blog design change -- we'll see if I'm brave enough to go there -- just moving the widgets makes me all twitchy! ;)

      I do hope the reading mojo comes back!! :/

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  7. Congrats! It's so excited to see your name in print, isn't it? And I love the little blurb they used; it has so much personality (just like you!).

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    1. It seriously is -- I'm still giddy and agog. I was afraid I was too ... silly with it, so I'm glad the blurb works!

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  8. Congrats on appearing in the magazine and good luck with your blog redesign!

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  9. Congrats on the magazine Audra, that's great! I like your design now but I'm always excited about new ones so I'm anxious t see what you do.

    I moved to Wordpress when I redid my blog and haven't looked back. I like it a lot more and they put all the spam into a folder for you. I just find it more user friendly neither blogger I really don't like how they've made the whole comment verification so ugly to use.

    I hope you get a nice weekend. I'm hoping for one too. It's been nothing but horrible winds here. I can barely walk the dog in it. Lol

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  10. Congrats!!

    Like Dar, I moved to WP and don't regret it one bit. I've had other bloggers ask me how I made the switch, so I wrote up my step-by-step process. Just shoot me an e-mail if you're interested, and I'll dig it up and forward it.

    I'll be reading I Am Forbidden this weekend. :)

    Have a great one!

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  11. Way cool on the blurb! I know one of those other bloggers too!

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  12. It's fantastic to see your blog in print! Congratulations, that is so cool! I think of moving to Wordpress often. Almost a year ago Anna, from My Eccentric Blog sent me an email with the steps to convert, one of these days I'll get the nerve to do it.
    I like your blog, but what are you thinking of doing? I changed mine a little bit recently but I'm still not thrilled with it! Good Luck!

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  13. Woo hoo!! Congratulations on the LHJ shout out!!

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  14. Congratulations on being in Ladies Home Journal......that's awesome!!!!!

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  15. Congrats audra. You so deserve it. I think you are the best. I just finished ali smith's there but for the and nell freudenbergers the newlyweds. Ali smith is awesome. I am halfway through inside scientology by janet reitman. Utterly fascinating. You are the only blogger i read and i will follow you anywhere!

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    1. Heather, your comment made my weekend -- thank you!! I've heard great things about Ali Smith but have read him/her -- I must remedy that!

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  16. Congrats audra. You so deserve it. I think you are the best. I just finished ali smith's there but for the and nell freudenbergers the newlyweds. Ali smith is awesome. I am halfway through inside scientology by janet reitman. Utterly fascinating. You are the only blogger i read and i will follow you anywhere!

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  17. Kudos to you and your blog for being acknowledged in Ladies Home Journal! Were you asked to review a particular book or genre? I read Slant of Light and really enjoyed it...hope you do as well.
    Beth :-)

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  18. Congrats on the LHJ mention - very cool! I'm also eager to hear what you think about Slant of Light. My current read is Jennie Fields' The Age of Desire, about Edith Wharton.

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  19. Holy crap! Congrats! So awesome that bloggers are becoming more represented in the media. It's about time.

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  20. I do get spam but not that much..but then of course no anon peeps can comment

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  21. I have had anonymous comment and no captcha settings for ages and don't have much trouble with spam. When I do, the blogger spam catcher catches nearly all of it, so I would say go with it.

    Congrats on being featured, and the blog redesign.

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