Music Monday Announcement

Stories are an integral part of the human experience, and this interaction transcends verbal or written storytelling; it is at its most visceral through music. Alongside reading and writing, music has been a part of my identity since I was very young, and though I hadn’t previously found a way to combine it with this blog due to its literary foundation, I think I have finally been able to merge the two.

I have seen the Music Monday tag appear over at The Tatted Book Geek and thought I might put my own spin on it; rather than posting individual songs on a Monday, I will focus on concept albums and bands I listen to that I believe excel at telling stories through their songs.

Due to the amount of albums I have amassed so far, I will be posting every other Monday to keep myself from becoming overwhelmed by the addition of these posts to my writing schedule, as well as to keep you in anticipation of the following entries.

I want to emphasize from the beginning that these will not be album reviews; all of the albums and songs that I share have a special place in my heart and come with the highest recommendation I can give. I own many of these albums on vinyl (one of the few things I collect) and will include pictures of these when I am able.

The underlying reason behind this twist in the meme (besides gushing about my favorite records) is that a lot of the bands I listen to don’t get much radio play, if any at all, and since many have concepts in their albums and songs, I thought this would be a great way to share their music while simultaneously diving into their deeper layers.

My Music Monday posts will begin next Monday, November 6th, with Act I: The Lake South, The River North by the Dear Hunter.

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Act I Album Cover

On the Subject of Giving, Keeping, Selling, and Buying Books

One of my favorite aspects of being a reader is finding a book that I feel needs to be shared; whether with someone specific or just in general, giving the gift of a story is one of the best gestures that someone can extend. That being said, the question of how to bestow said book upon another person can have different answers. Some people give books as gifts, lend them to friends, decide to keep them on their shelves, or sell them to bookstores. I thought it would be an interesting exercise to look into how I approach these actions and some of the reasoning behind it.

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This is technically still one rule…

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An Impromptu Blog: Over 400 followers on WordPress.com!

Despite my wildest expectations, The Past Due Book Review has over 400 dedicated followers on WordPress.com! I will do my best not to repeat myself from previous updates and keep it short, so here is a picture of my sister’s kitten, Willow, snoozing after spending a good ten minutes attacking my hands.

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Look at those furry, little murder mittens.

Thank you again to my 401 followers on WordPress.com, the 88 on the blog’s Facebook page, the 76 on Twitter, and everyone who reads the posts on my LinkedIn profile. Here’s to the next 400!

Previously: An Impromptu blog: Over 200 followers on WordPress.com!

On the Subject of Attribution and Citing Sources

I wrote a post about plagiarism last year that didn’t do very well since the editorial was prompted by politics which, in retrospect, wasn’t the greatest idea in such a turbulent election year; I still want to expand upon the idea and make an argument regarding why citing sources is a necessary part of creating or sharing content on the internet, so here we are.

If you were to put a significant amount of time into something, wouldn’t you be upset if someone took your work and shared it without your consent or went a step further and paraded it as their own? It is easy to share a meme or image online without checking the source and unintentionally spread ignorance by not doing our due diligence as responsible adults; maybe a quote from a celebrity will make this point hit home:

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This is my favorite line from the Gettysburg Address.

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An Impromptu Blog: Over 200 followers on WordPress.com!

You all continue to astound me and I can now say that The Past Due Book Review has surpassed 200 dedicated followers on WordPress.com! I truly enjoy not only sharing my writing but the amount of engagement that has happened on the blog over the last few months so here’s a picture of Hunter being drowsy and photogenic simultaneously as a reward.

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Thank you again to my 200 followers on WordPress.com, the 53 on the blog’s Facebook page, the 40 on Twitter, and everyone who reads the posts on my LinkedIn profile. Here’s to the next 200!

Previously: An Impromptu Blog: Over 100 followers on WordPress.com!

On the Subject of Variety in Reading

For a lot of people, explaining what they enjoy reading is easily done with one or two words: science fiction, fantasy, romance, nonfiction. Through no fault but my own (yes, you read that correctly) my own explanation is a little more complex. Upon graduating from college I realized that I could finally read whatever I wanted since my time wasn’t occupied with literary analysis, and I started keeping track of the books I was reading for fun; looking back at what I read in 2016, the variety present among the patterns is rather striking.

To deny oneself the ability to explore all of the possibilities in literature is simply wasting a grand opportunity to grow. I understand people have their favorite genres or authors (Lord knows I do), but remaining static in our reading only keeps us in one place as human beings. A case for reading the same author or genre is easily made, but why should we diversify when it is so much more comfortable to remain in what we know?

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Though this image illustrates my point, the lack of organization is figuratively killing me inside.

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One Year Anniversary!

It’s a bit difficult to believe, but today marks the one-year anniversary of my first review on The Past Due Book Review.

Here we are; 43 book reviews, 15 editorials, and 263 total followers later.

I will keep this brief, but thank you again to everyone who has read my writing on here. I wasn’t sure if this blog would get much traction, but I have enjoyed every moment so far (even the daily revisions in preparation of posting) and I believe this blog makes for a unique record of how my writing has improved in the last year.

So here’s a rare picture of my cats getting along and one final thank you to all of my readers! I look forward to another year of reviews and writing!

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Mr. Grumpy Gills and Ms. Photogenic

 

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Happy 1-Year