Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Hidden Figures

I recently finished reading Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly.
Here are some quotes that stood out to me.

"What was a plane but a bundle of physics? Physics, of course, meant math, and math meant mathematicians."
(loc 473, Kindle Edition)

"Daring men—and with the exception of Ann Baumgartner Carl at Ohio’s Wright Field, they were all men—the test pilots did the 'damn fool’s job' of flying an airplane directly into its weak spot."
(loc 1231, Kindle Edition)

"Black or white, east or west, single or married, mothers or childless, women were now a fundamental part of the aeronautical research process."
(loc 1637, Kindle Edition)

"Katherine, on the other hand, like the engineers around her, got into the habit of reading newspapers and magazines for the first few minutes of the day. She perused Aviation Week, trying to connect the dots between the latest industry advance and the torrent of numbers flowing through her calculating machine."
(loc 2389, Kindle Edition)

"Being an engineer, Mary Jackson would eventually learn, meant being the only black person, or the only woman, or both, at industry conferences for years."
(loc 2607, Kindle Edition)

"Their employment represented an expansion of the very idea of who had the right to enlist in the country’s scientific workforce."
(loc 2922, Kindle Edition)

"In 1958, Katherine Goble finally made it into the editorial meetings of the Guidance and Control Branch of Langley’s Flight Research Division, soon to be renamed the Aerospace Mechanics Division of the nearly-ready-for-prime-time National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Now, she was going to come along with the program."
(loc 3174, Kindle Edition)

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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

2018 Reading Challenges

While my overall reading goal in 2018 is to read 100 books, I've decided to also participate in a couple of reading challenges this year. Check out this amazing list from Kim and Tanya to see a summary of ones that are available.

Author Love Challenge 2018
I'm planning on reading as many books by both Louisa May Alcott and Lucy Maud Montgomery as I can this year. I'll be reading at least 5 books from each of these authors in 2018.

The Color Coded Challenge
The color may either be named in the title or it may appear as the dominant color for the cover of the book. For "implies color" the image implying color should dominate the cover--for instance a large rainbow, a field of flowers, or the image of a painter.

2018 European Reading Challenge
The idea is to read books by European authors or books set in European countries (no matter where the author comes from). The books can be anything – novels, short stories, memoirs, travel guides, cookbooks, biography, poetry, or any other genre. You can participate at different levels, but each book must be by a different author and set in a different country – it's supposed to be a tour. I'm planning on participating at the "Honeymooner" level, which means I plan to read at least 4 books from Europe.

2018 Library Love Challenge
I'm planning on taking on the "Library Addict" level, which means I plan to read at 48 books that I borrow from my library.

Read It Again, Sam
I'm planning on tackling the "A Trip Down Memory Lane" level, which means I plan to reread at least 12 books in 2018 that I've read previously.

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Tuesday, January 09, 2018

Reading and Writing Goals 2018

This past year I had two reading and writing goals.
- Writing: the 500 Words a Day Challenge
2017 was my sixth year participating in this challenge. I've enjoyed it for the past couple of years, and I find it helpful to keep me writing consistently, even if not in large chunks all at once.
- Reading: read a total of 100 books

How did I do?
- Writing: I comfortably met my goal for the 500 Words a Day Challenge. Most of this writing was for the classes I teach. I'm really happy with how much I wrote.
- Reading: I did a lot of reading this year. I read a total of 115 books. Not as much as last year, but still more than my goal.

What's up for this year?
- Writing: I'm planning on continuing the 500 Words a Day Challenge. It's been working well for me, and I'm looking forward to seeing what happens with this goal this year.
- Reading: My plan is to read a total of 100 books this year. This is the same goal that I had for last year. It was a comfortable number for me, and I'm hopeful that I'll be able to reach this number again in 2018.

How about you? Any reading or writing goals for 2018?

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Tuesday, January 02, 2018

Best of Because He Lives 2017

Here are the most popular posts posted here in 2017.
A few posts you may have missed, so check them out.

- Hiding in Thee
- Amy Carmichael on Meaning
- Some of My Favorite Etsy Shops
- Spine Labels - Set 20
- Autumn
- 30-Day Giving Challenge 2017

Happy New Year, dear readers!

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