Don’t Call It It Slump-back!

No. I swear I’m not slumping. I’m slowing. Big difference.

I’m slumping with style.


While I’m not in an exact slump, I’m noticing a major slow down. Usually, I read anywhere from sixty to one hundred pages a day. Lately, that number’s diminished to forty to fifty. Not a big deal, I suppose. Summer’s a time to relax. I should heed those words without guilt.

But, I feel guilty.

To combat a full-on slump, I will commit to three actions.

  1. I will read at least forty pages until the feeling’s gone by dividing those pages into sections. Twenty at time twice a day? Sounds good.
  2. Listen to an audiobook. If someone’s reading to me, I’m still reading.
  3. Read light work. For example, read a short story or two. Or, read a book without heavy issues (e.g. social justice, pain).

Overall, I’ll relax. This too shall pass like any other book feeling (e.g. book hangovers). No big deal.


How do you manage the onslaught of an impending slump? Share below in a comment.

Happy Reading!


A to Z Book Tag

I saw this on Annemieke‘s (A Dance with Books) blog and rubbed my hands together to see what I could add to this interesting tag. Feel free to join!

Author You’ve Read the Most Books From

Toni Morrison. Courtney Summers. Jacqueline Woodson. Stephen King. Nella Larson. Danzy Senna. Nicola Yoon. V.C. Andrews (though technically a ghostwriter after awhile). Carolyn Keene (Some ghostwritten). Dorothy Parker. Kate Chopin. Shirley Jackson. (So many to list!)

Best Sequel

I don’t read enough series to give this one a fair assessment. I prefer standalones.

Current Read 

The Address              When We Were Worthy

Drink of Choice While Reading

Earl Grey…hot…or a cup of English Breakfast tea

E-reader or Physical Book 

While I’m partial to physical books, I tend to read arcs on my e-reader.

Fictional Character You Would Have Dated in High School 

Sherlock Holmes. I tended to date arrogant dudes then. #selfesteemforthewindecadeslater

Glad You Gave This Book a Chance

Akata Witch (Akata Witch, #1) Fantasy’s not my gig, but magical realism intrigues me. Go figure.

Important Moment in Reading Life

At ten, due to my constant trips to my neighborhood library (3x a week Pre-Internet/1980s), I earned my right to sign for an adult library card. My mother knew the library, so she gave her permission to issue me one. Having an adult card meant the library no longer confined my lending to the kids section and I could get up to twelve books (I carried grocery bags back home!), instead of six. While I had to be mindful of certain material (Erotica? Nope. YA? Sure, though it wasn’t called so then).

I felt older, smarter, and special than those with regular kids’ cards.

Just Finished

What We Lose

Kinds of Books You Won’t Read

Most fantasy books, unless there’s magical realism involved. Not big on Science Fiction (except in movies) and romance either.

Longest Book You’ve Read

Websters’ Dictionary. Yes. One summer I read the entire dictionary. Remember, I grew up  during pre-Internet and pre-cable t.v. life.

Major Book Hangover Because Of

Death of a characters. Yet, I tend to not get book hangovers.

Number of Bookcases You Own

3 and piles upon piles upon piles of neatly stacked books in need of bookshelf lovin’.

One Book You’ve Read Multiple Times

Forever I discovered this book during the late 80s and haven’t stopped re-reading it since.

Preferred Place to Read

My bed! Comfy. Molded to my body. A nightstand with more books and the perfect spot for a tea mug. Lovely!

Quote that Gives You Life

“Maybe all women were shapeshifters, changing instantly depending on who was around.”
― Brit BennettThe Mothers

Reading Regret

Forty years on Earth and not keeping book records. So, when I come across a book I read, I do my best to remember how it made me feel and rate it.

Series You Have Started But Need to Finish

You’d think I would’ve finished The Hunger Games trilogy by now. I read The Hunger Games and Catching Fire, but not Mockingjay. Does watching the movie count?

Three of Your All-Time Favorite Books

Forever     Bulletproof Diva  Their Eyes Were Watching God

Unapologetic Fangirl For

Jacqueline Woodson. Benedict Cumberbatch. His version of Sherlock (BBC). Zora Neale Hurston. Michael Jackson.

Very Excited For This Release


New People and Little & Lion

Worst Reading Habit

I don’t lend books to anyone, and I mean, anyone. Family and friends included.

X Marks the Spot–Start at the top left of your shelf and pick the 27th book:

The Dud Avocado

Your Latest Book Purchase

The Summer We Got Free

ZZZ-snatcher book (last book that kept you up WAY late):

As a working mother and teacher, I require my sleep. I’m out at a reasonable hour.

Happy Tagging!


Film: Girls’ Trip is Tripworthy!

Sometimes when a movie pushes boundaries, you wonder whether they needed to use audacious moments to sell a thin plot and horrible dialogue spoken by detestable characters. The Hangover. Rough Night. Two recent examples pushing raunchy behavior for a quick profit, despite their lack of fun and thrill. Yes, you said the seven bad words you cannot say on radio and t.v. But, you failed to make it funny.

Hence, the uphill battle Girls Trip wins. The movie, while it has cliched moments gifts a full package of raunchiness, fun, nostalgia, and endearment tucked in two hours filled with “Did I hear her correctly?” and “Yeah, she really did that!”

Four life-long friends gather for a reunion during the Essence Music Festival in New Orleans. Friendship rekindles and tests. Dormant pleasures explore. Being ladylike’s redefined. 

Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett-Smith, Regina Hall, and newcomer Tiffany Haddish serve face, comedy, and friendship with glee and audience satisfaction.

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The “Who I Am” Tag

I saw this tag first on Molly’s Book Nook (Molly’s Book Nook). I thought “Hey, that’s a cute tag.” But, I talked myself out of playing. Then, I saw Tanya’s Reading (Tanya’s Reading), but needed more coaxing. After seeing Destiny play (Howling Libraries), I said to myself, “Enough! Let’s play!”

I love reading fellow bloggers likes and dislikes when it comes to ready, so why not?

Here Goes!

What is the meaning behind my name?


My first name’s Latanya (Latanya). To family and friends, I go by Tanya (Tanya).

African-American flair + Russian “Fairy Queen” + Judaism’s oral Torah = me.

My blog name, however, is Crafty Scribbles. Why? Along with living life as a happy book dragon, I write and teach English. Words serve as my bread and butter. It’s my craft, my pleasure, and my scribbling joy.

What is my Myer-Briggs Personality Type?

Proud INFP! Mediators have a talent for self-expression, revealing their beauty and their secrets through metaphors and fictional characters. We’re good listeners. But, we’re particular about whom we connect. Do not ask us to talk freely.

Mediator personality

What is my zodiac sign?

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Strengths: Generous, idealistic, great sense of humor

Weaknesses: Promises more than can deliver, very impatient, will say anything no matter how undiplomatic

Sagittarius likes: Freedom, travel, philosophy, being outdoors

Sagittarius dislikes: Clingy people, being constrained, off-the-wall theories, details

What is my Hogwarts House?

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I’m sure you’ve heard of us.

What are my learning styles?

  • Visual 1
  • Aural 9
  • Read/Write 16
  • Kinesthetic 1

You have a very strong read/write learning preference.

Am I right or left brain dominant?

You are right-brained.

66% right-brained; 34% left-brained.

What is my blood type?

I don’t know my blood type.

What career am I meant to have?

No surprise.

Which Divergent faction do you belong to?


What does my birth order say about me?

The Firstborn

Stereotype: Natural leader, ambitious, responsible.
Why it’s true: The eldest, for a while, has no competition for time (or books or baby banter) with Mom and Dad. “There’s a benefit to all of that undiluted attention. A 2007 study in Norway showed that firstborns had two to three more IQ points than the next child,” says Frank J. Sulloway, Ph.D., the author of Born to Rebel. Firstborns tend to be surrogate parents when other siblings arrive, hence their protective and responsible nature.
When it’s not: Parents can set high expectations for a first (or only) child. “When he feels like he has disappointed his parents or can’t measure up, he may veer off in another direction,” says Kevin Leman, Ph.D., a psychologist and the author of The Birth Order Book.


EVERYONE join! I’d like to see how we’re alike or different. If you fill this out, comment or ping me and I’d love to read your answers. Enjoy!

Top 5 Books For Slytherin Souls

The Good: Clever. Ambitious. Resourceful. Loyal. Cunning.

The Bad: Possessing a bad reputation based on a few choice members never knowing the potential to do good. Read this myth-breaking article (Slytherins Aren’t So Bad!). We’re good. Honest!

If you follow Harry Potter’s world, Slytherin happens to be one of four houses. Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, and Ravenclaw exists as the other three. But, enough of them.

I’m a Slytherin without shame. There’s something awesome about seeing other people shiver (literally, lol) when you tell them what house Pottermore and other quizzes – many, many, many quizzes – place you. I’m proud of my house and I wear my badge with honor. Without those good qualities, I would not have attained my two degrees (Ravenclaws would snicker), my loving husband and children (Hush, Hufflepuffs!), and many of the courageous moves in my life (Don’t start, Gryffindors!).

I’m a good Slytherin. But, I do have my moments. When my family’s threatened or when my book order’s late, don’t test me. Enough said.

To keep like-minded Slytherins on the straight and narrow, I’ve composed a list of five books I’ve read that speaks to our hearts and souls. Fierce reads, indeed.

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It’s Monday. What Cha’ Reading?

Good Monday, Everyone!

How did your weekend go? Fast? Exciting? Slow? Wakey. Wakey. Time to experience another week.

Can you believe there’s two weeks left in July? Where does time fly? Seriously. I locked my school year down last month and that seemed like yesterday. Before I know it, my alarm will strike 5:45 and I’m fixing a thermos filled with tea to take to work. No time to complain. Summer beckons more time to enjoy reading.

What I Read Last Week

The Mothers The Mothers

What We Lose What We Lose

What I’m Reading This Week

The Address

With a century between them, two women, drawn to The Dakota Apartments (Yes. THAT Dakota!), experience love, loss, pain, and pleasure. This story’s set in 1884 and 1985, so I’m ready to journey through each woman’s life behind the walls of this famous New York City apartment complex. This arc’s a gift from Penguin’s First Reads. I cannot wait to deep drive into its fascinating story.

All aboard this drama train…

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