Gotta Get Down on Friday

As always, the infamous Rebecca Black song is stuck in my head so I invite it to be stuck in yours!

Late post today, we were doing adult things like looking at a house viewing and groceries. And the mini me is having a friend stay over [Seriously, I regret it every time I say yes, they stay up way later than this old lady and I can’t just let them go hay crazy so I have to stay up too.]

Oh that’s right, looking at buying our first place.

But as we house hunt we have to keep some important things in mind:

  • Bedroom that isn’t a broom closet for the daughter
  • Areas to walk the dog
  • That it can accommodate the necessary kitchen appliances (I’m not asking for a dishwasher, but I am asking for room for the fridge and freezer.
  • Carpet not from the 60s if it’s already at the top end of our budget
  • double glazing

And most importantly

ROOM FOR BOOKSHELVES

Obviously this last one is a serious issue, we are book hoarders of a sort and even though we regularly go through our books we still have so many that we cling onto.  There may be some un-hauling in our near future lol.

Homeownership has never been big on my priorities but as we get older we don’t really care to keep paying rent that’s higher than a mortgage, and we’ve been able to have enough to have a deposit otherwise we wouldn’t have much choice. This feels like a good step but I am seriously worried about having space for the books AND you know, us too hahaha.

Am I looking forward to moving?

A little.

We have to remember, I lugged those damn novels from Texas to Scotland and though I didn’t have to unload the boxes, I did pack them and move them from upstairs to downstairs in the house in Texas and then carried them about and emptied them here and there were so many.

So many.

And I hate the process of moving

I mean really dislike it with a burning passion. It’s so overwhelming. We have so much crap.

Anyway if we find a place to fit all our books, I’ll let you guys know, in the mean time expect some more non-review content tomorrow!

Charity Shop Finds!

We actually had like two HUGE hauls but it was so ridiculous I didn’t even bother sharing because we deserved to be in timeout after those sprees.

But it looks like we kinda mostly got it out of our system, slowly I’ll update the list on the Charity shop page to less publicly shame myself and my spending habits lol but today I’ll share with you what I bought this weekend.

It was the one store we tend to frequent where it was 2 for .99P so I just ended up taking two instead of one.

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2 for .99P!

I’ve really been wanting to read The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle and not to mention as much as I love reading history books I couldn’t just leave The Holocaust The Jewish Tragedy behind, especially because most books are about WWII itself, the battles and the like and of course we do have books about the horrors of it all from the concentration camps to the battles but I liked that this one was focused on the people persecuted the most in that tragic time in history.

I’ve finished reading I Will Find You by John M. Taylor and will have the review up tomorrow but feel free to click on the link to the GoodReads page to learn more about it if you’re curious.

I know this is a  short post but it’s Sunday and I’ve spent the day at the beach and just want to sit here and pay Dragon Age II but I actually have to go read more now lolol, go see my book reviewing, a process post to find out which part of the never ending cycle I’m at!

The Productivity Tag [BESpring19]

This is my final BE Spring post! And I’m happy to say it’s another prompt by Sam @ Fictionally Sam!

What’s today’s prompt? Another original tag! Woo!!

[Thank you to Sam & Clo for putting this event together!]

RULES:

  • Answer the prompts.
  • Tag some friends.
  • Link back to this post, and be sure to mention the creator (Sam @ Fictionally Sam)
  • Have fun!

 

Planning: A book that is completely thought out

The Thornbirds I love family sagas, I really do, and this one is so well thought out and well, of course, heartbreaking because apparently, I’m almost completely incapable of reading cheerful books.

Focus: A book that kept your undivided attention

Crown of Feathers, honestly how could I put that book down when there are phoenixes involved?! HMM?!!! Preto knows her audience lol. Not to mention after you get to the ‘final countdown’ part of the book it’s just “OMG” the whole way till the end. AND THAT ENDING.

Delegating: A book that should have been a series

*Stares at Descendant of the Crane* We all saw that ending if you’ve read it. We need more. Honestly, how am I supposed to be okay with only one book?! I HAVE A NEED.

Small goals: Name a book below 150 pages that you loved

Thirteen Months of Sunrise, I love flowery short stories and I wanted this one to go for another hundred pages at least but I adored what we were given.

Peak Hours: A series you could only read at a certain time

Most of the time I can only focus on my reading at night so most series fall into that category, but, Game of Thrones I can only read during summer months, Idk why but if I didn’t finish it before it was due back at the library I literally just waited a year and then dove back in, I also took my time with it because why should I hurry if he isn’t in a hurry to finish it?? I know. I’m salty.

Lists: A book that you finally crossed off your TBR 

Book of Dust, I took forever to read that, mostly because I was afraid it wouldn’t live up to my expectations, but I didn’t have to worry about that in the end! Seriously, I had that book for like a year.

Proactive: A book that is/was ahead of its time

The Forsyte Saga, so hear me out, you don’t have to read or even like classics, I don’t care that’s all personal preference. I’m more specifically talking about the first three books that make up the one called the saga, this was published in 1921. John Galsworthy addresses the importance of arts and the problems of the middle class and their politics but even more importantly, Galsworthy tackles marital rape. This is a time where well, let’s be honest, we didn’t even have the vote let alone had the notion of rape associated with our spouses when we were still property to most. Galsworthy addresses that too, women viewed as property and the character who does this all is vilified so you won’t see him get off scot-free.

Declutter: A series you wish you could unread

The Divergent trilogy. If I could also get my money back, that would be fantastic. I actually enjoyed the ending it was the only part I really enjoyed, the rest was interesting enough but I couldn’t really get into it, I’d rather reread Twilight than to ever pick up that series again (at least Twilight had interesting characters, even if they weren’t the MC or love interest).

Multi-tasking: books that you read at the same time

Anytime I read nonfiction, I’ll read a fiction book to balance it out, I read about the Russian Revolution and Metro 2033 at the same time and that actually was super helpful in understanding the different political situations in that book.

Tagging:

I literally just got done tagging people. Ugh. Okay let’s see who today’s victims are!

Isabelle

Susan

Charvi

Spring Cleaning Book Tag

Another BESpring 19 prompt! This one is from Amanda @ Between the Shelves and it’s a book tag, and, well, who doesn’t love a fun tag?!

[Thank you to Sam & Clo for putting this event together!]

Tag rules:

  • Link back to the original post
  • Tag as many friends as you want
  • Have fun!

Spring Cleaning Book Tag

1. Getting started: A book series you’ve been wanting to read

Well, I really want to read The Three Musketeers but it’s also part of a series if you didn’t know, The d’Artagnan Romances and we own three of them so far, so, I hope to at least get to one of them this year!

2. Cleaning/organizing the closet: The best way to organize books

I do a bit of genre and then author. Most authors I read and own don’t tend to jump genre, but I do put all YA on their own shelf and organize them by genre/series. We also have a shelf just for nonfiction and some historical fiction [mostly because the historical fiction doesn’t fit anywhere else if we’re being honest here].

3. Getting rid of unnecessary things: Book/series you no longer need

Hmm…this is a difficult one for me! There are probably a bunch of ARCs that I don’t need anymore, but I can’t think of them at the moment. I’ll have to collect them soon to get rid of them.

4. Get some air: Your favorite light-hearted read

I don’t know if I could name a favorite but I read a really nice novella this week, The Ballet Lover by Barbara L. Baer, just a woman ballet journalist/critic witnessing events, and not necessarily light-hearted as it wasn’t weighed down by complex plot lines, it’s a one sitting kind of read.

5. Clean out the kitchen cupboards: Favorite food-themed read

Uh, I don’t really have any food-themed reads, but in Hallowe’en Party the victim bobs for apples?? Does this count?

6. Dust the shelves: What’s the fifth book on your bookshelf?

Hmm, our bookshelves are double/triple stacked, but I guess In Chancery by John Galsworthy is our fifth book? It’s the second book in the Forsyte Saga (Forsyte Chronicles #2).

7. Wishing for the end: A 2019 release you’re really excited about

Real Talk? The Secret CommonwealthThe Book of Dust #2 by Philip Pullman, it comes out in my birthday month as well so just a double bonus that it and like two others are coming out in October.

8. Long but satisfying: The longest book series you’ve read

Oh uh, page lengthwise the longest series I read was Game of Thrones but I think we all know that’s not a satisfying read. -Refuses to say anything negative about the fact that we’re still waiting for this book.- But the longest book series, that could be tricky, I like longer series, except Wheel of Time, I read and enjoyed the first three books of that but all I kept thinking was ‘he’ll never finish this.’ And well I guess I was half true.

Tagging:

Michelle

Isabelle

Sam

A Blog’s Life

Another BESpring19 post, today’s prompt is brought to us by the AMAZING Clo.

[Thank you to Sam & Clo for putting this event together!]

This is a fun one today!

 

Where did you start with your Blogging journey, where are you now and where do you want to see it in a year or two?

Great things to think about!

I’m gonna lay this track down for ya’ll in chronological order!

In The Beginning…

I started with just trying to post a review, and then a lament of sorts on my lack of white shelves and Funko pops. [No judgement on that, I just have some cluttered ugly ass shelves and I’m jaded because of it] I didn’t really know if I would like it, I wasn’t sure anyone would read it and so it actually sat there with just one, maybe two posts from October to January.

It clicked then that I wanted to do this, I realized, if there’s anything I’ve ever enjoyed outside of music it was this and now that I had my musical things on track, why not do something outside of music that still was, well, me.

So, Right Now…

I’ve grown SO MUCH. And it’s so much due to having joined such a generally supportive and positive online community. Bookish people are indeed my peeps, ya’ll are my Ride or Die guys.

I’ve gone from talking into a void and almost not doing it at all to now being active every day, I post every day, I think there have been 2 days at most I haven’t posted. I’ve grown in my capabilities as a blogger, continually learning the finer points of writing a good review, and following and meeting so many awesome people. I’ve got 276 followers, which ain’t too shabby for an old lady, and I’m shocked I even have over 500 followers on Twitter let alone edging closer to 800.

Keep Moving Forward…

Right now, I’m at a good pace, my goal is to not lose it. Now. I know there’ll be slumps, but I mean I just, in general, want to keep up with my growth rate if not in numbers than in personal growth lol. I do see myself switching to maybe 3x a week posts for the holiday season, that’s October through December for me. Especially this year as I’m in a musical and have a lot of travelling coming up. BUT looking further ahead than that, I want to give more insightful posts, I want to always keep up a steady flow of Indie book reading and reviewing as well as Netgalley eARCs and I’m sorry if this sounds materialistic but my goal for next January would be to get an ARC from somewhere like Tor/Orbit. This means having to get more followers as well, but, I hope I’m able to do that through just pure determination and interacting with others in the community. [This means I need at least 1K followers on Twitter and I would like to eventually get that amount on Bookstagram, but, I’m looking at getting followers that I can interact with so I’m not in a rush]

I love following bookish people on social media and I think that’s a great way to expand my ‘circle.’ I’d also love to look into doing collab posts this year, and have a regular sort of segment to do. Whether it’s my top 5s that I do, or something a bit more unique. We’ll just have to wait and see.

What about you all? What are your blogging goals? Have you come far from your humble beginnings?

Leave a comment and let me know!

Toodles!