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Bullet Journal | August 2019

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Hello everyone! Today I am going to give you a peek inside of my August bullet journal. Like the past few months I am really inspired by plantbasedbride’s theme. This month I took from her watercolor ocean  vibe. I am really feeling the deep blues and greens, not sure why because blue is not my most favorite color, but I am going with it. I also changed up my weeklies for the first time in the last few months, I hope it works out well. Anyway, here is my bullet journal!


The image on the left I fell in love with. I did some googling and came across Let’s Make Art  she has an entire kit you can buy or you can use her print out and paint along with her if you have paints already. It is so cute and I loved how she shared her talent. As normal I have a mini calendar on the other page so I can have a quick reference for the month.

I really have been loving this new social media calendar I have been using. It really is great to be able to see everything in one place and visual see when I past because lists of dates don’t really work for me. I added a little quote with my stamp set on top of a water color water image I came across.

Here is my favorite spread of the month, my NEWTs page. I wanted to take a bit of inspiration from Book Roast and her first OWLs bullet journal tracking page. I loved the look of used roughed up parchment. On the left I printed out my desired career and put it down as a little bit of inspiration and motivation and on the right I placed the NEWTs grade I need. I didn’t write in my books from my TBR, which you can find here:___. The reason is because sometimes I don’t stick to a TBR, so I decided I would write in the book title when I read a book that meets the NEWTs requirements. I had a lot of fun doodling the castle and the fancy HP font for NEWTS.

This page is just like I have every month. It works really well for me so I don’t want to change it. I did add a bit of color to tie in the water / ocean theme. On the right I draw a physical representation in the form of spares or rectangles for the days I read a particular book. These books are color coded based upon the color that is assigned to them on the key page.

This is my new weekly spread. I decided that I did not need an hourly breakdown for the upcoming month and I didn’t want to have wasted space and waste my time making something I don’t need. I put all of the days on the left hand side and on the right I left open for notes and reminders. I did put a mini calendar on the top corner and highlight the week I am currently in. It gives me a good visual perspective as to where I am during the month.

This month I also decided to redo my blog kanban board. I found that I needed to redo the order of the steps. I find that it is best for me to write my posts first and then take the pictures. I also gave myself a little more room the blocks are larger and I left a page blank.  On the left side I decided to leave it blank to hold the tabs for the days I need to brain storm topic idea. It is a nice visual for me to see empty tabs with dates waiting for my attention.


What Bujo spread is the most used by you?

Do you track your reading outside of goodreads?

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Tag | Sunshine Blogger Award

TagTimel12:17I was tagged by Renée over at Global Bookworm, she has some great posts on her blog such as why you should become a global bookworm. I hope you check out her blog and see what she is up to.

Also, the next few Tuesday will be filled with fun tags that I need to get caught up on. I hope you all enjoy reading my answers and also consider yourself tagged!

RULES:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.
  • Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you.
  • Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and ask them 11 new questions
  • List the rules and display the sunshine blogger award logo in your post/or on your blog

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The Questions

  1. Why did you start a book blog?
    • I wanted to have a place where I could share my love of reading as well as talk with others who have the same love of books. Since a lot of my friends aren’t readers like myself I wanted to find some new ones online.
  2. What is the best book which has been written in your country?
    • Oh, this is a hard one. I think my favorite book Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. There are so many wonderful stories though.
  3. Which book is you guilty pleasure?
    • I don’t think any books I read I would consider “guilty pleasures”.
  4. What is your favorite non-fiction book?
    • My favorite non-fiction would be The Witches: Salem, 1692. I highly recommend it since it reads more like a narrative and the content is very interesting.
  5. When would you say that your blog is a (big) success?
    • I would say my blog is a big success every time I have a wonderful interaction with one of my readers since that was the reason why I created it in the first place.
  6. Which book do you believe should be mandatory to read at all schools worldwide?
    • I don’t know if I could answer this because a book that would be useful, relevant, and meaningful in every country, state, and town.
  7. Do you rather buy your books or get them from the library?
    • I really enjoy using my library for books I am iffy about, but I enjoy buying books that I really loved.
  8. Which mistakes did you make when you started blogging?
    • I think the biggest mistake I made was that I went a little over the top when I got started, which led to getting burned out quickly and then not posting again for months. I eventually redid everything and tried again.
  9. How do you take care of yourself and you mental health?
    • I make sure I have me time, which could be me just hanging out by myself, doing something I have wanted to do, or just eating my favorite meal. I realized that I need to set time aside to do things I feel like doing and it goes a long way.
  10. From which country would you like to read a book?
    • I would love to read a book that takes place in Egypt. I loved reading non-fiction books about the country, but I can say I never read a fiction set in the country. Any recommendations are welcome!
  11. If you could give advice to a blogger who starts today, what would it be?
    • Write about what you love, those who share those interests will come. Do not write what you think others want to hear.

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Lets Talk | Posting Update & Blog Changes

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Hey everyone, this post is going to be a little different than my normal. In the next few months there are going to be quite a few changes in my life, hopefully all for the better. Since I will be busier because I am working towards something that is a huge goal of mine. I am going to be cutting back on my blogging from 3 times a week to 2. Maybe this will temporary or last forever, only time will tell. But, I wanted to just talk about it a bit and explain why there is a sudden change in my posting.

I have been blogging for some time and I have met some amazing people and I really love talking to everyone. I have found such awesome books since blogging and really opened my eyes to a lot. I don’t want to lose that connection and experience because I am working towards something else, but I need to be realistic.

Chances are this new project is going to take a ton of my time and I will be stressed out of my mind. Who knows if I will even have much time to read, I really hope I do. Anyway, when I decided a change needed to be made I posted a poll on my twitter and on my instagram to have your input.

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So, according to my twitter poll, the most popular choice was Sunday/Wednesday and the same went for my instagram poll as well. So over the next few weeks I will slowly start to make a change to this new posting schedule. Thanks for all the input who saw the polls and voted, it really helped.

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Thanks for reading! I hope in the next few months I will get to share really exciting news with all of you.

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Life, DIYs, & Cooking

Garden Adventures | March 2019

Gardening

Hello everyone, I am here again with another update on my gardening adventures. I am happy to say that there have been no plant casualties. I was so happy that I have been able to keep all the plants alive, I am still a bit uneasy about some of my plants, but I will get more into that in a bit.

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My Plants

As you can see in the above pictures, I have my first plant, my air plant, as well as a few others. I will list them from top row left to right then the bottom row. As you can see, I have my plants labeled so I can remember them a bit better. Especially since one was just sent to me with another plant without a name or anything. I had to ask twitter for help in identifying it.

  • Ionantha
  • Moon Valley
  • Marble Queen Pothos
  • ZZ Plant
  • Snake Plant

Snake Plant Identification

Thankfully, with some retweets someone was able to point me in the right direction and I was super happy about it. I was not happy with the seller I got it from. First the ZZ plant they sent me was not in good health at all, it was way over watered. They decided to just put this plant in because they were sending me a “bad” plant instead of just refunding everything, in fact it was root bound and I had to literally cut open the pot to try and save this plant. They did end up refunding the price of the plant, but not the shipping then sent me no information about this plant. Sadly, it has a fungi growing on one of the leaves so I had to cut it off. So far both plants seem to be doing alright, I hope the ZZ and Snake plants continue to thrive.


Marble Queen

I am a bit worried about this plant, when I got it, there were a few small brown edged holes in the middle of the leaves, now the tips are starting to turn brown. I was thinking it was due to under-watering so I am being more vigilant about it and am continuing to research the issue, but any suggestions would be helpful. You can kind of see the issue in the image above.


Moon Valley

My latest and random addition, I am kind of confused as to how to take care of it. When I picked it up in the store it said it needed low light and normal watering with getting dry in between. With my own research I found that they like a lot of indirect light and the soil needs to stay slightly wet at all times. So…. since more than one site said the latter, I am going to go with that? Wish me luck.

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Thanks for reading my plant updates for March! I know this is not my normal bookish thing, but I am really enjoying sharing other hobbies of mine.

Do you have a favorite plant? Do you garden, indoor or outdoor?

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Finding Balance | Netgalley Backlist & Rules

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Overall, I have to say I am pretty good with keeping up with my Netgalley list now. I used to be fairly bad at it. I would often go on requesting sprees because I was not sure if I would or would not get approved for books. I figured most were a long shot and I would just up my odds by requesting a bunch. Well, that approach did not work.

When I first started I had no system or rules in place, so I would just pick a random ARC I needed to review and read it every so often. I did not account for when it came out or how long I had on my shelf. I was kind of overwhelmed and I had a ton on my kindle. I really had no idea where to start so I pick threw a dart and read that one.

This was not the best course of action for me. I saw more and more books go into the 6 months or older section and I became stressed. I was getting approved more often as I handed in reviews, which I was excited about, but then I had more and more books coming into my kindle that I previously. One day I was just so over whelmed I took a day and just went through everything. When I did this I came up with a few rules and tracking system that helped me.

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My Tracking System

I made a really simple tracking system for myself. I write down the title, if I reviewed it, when it is to be published, and when it will be archived. When I go to read an ARC, I go to this list and I look at the published date to determine which one I will read next.

You may notice that I do not track which books I request. I used to, but now I only pick one ARC to request per month. You can see from the above image I have an ARC for February, March, April and July. I only requested one per month so I can’t get over whelmed with the ARCs coming in. Having one ARC a month means I can still read all the books I have on my shelf without worrying about getting my reviews in.

My Rules

Now these rules are just what works for me, that does not mean they will work for you, but I thought it would be interesting to share.

  1. Request one book per month, dependent on the release date.
    • This limits the amount of ARCs coming in
  2. Read the an ARC the month before it’s release date.
    • Takes the pressure off
  3. As soon as I get an approval email, add book to the ARC Tracker
    • This ensures I don’t forget a book I am approved for.
  4. Only request books I would pay to read.
    • This one is my top rules, this makes sure I request only books I will want to read asap. I will not want to put them off and I know I am not taking ARCs away from others who really want to read them.
  5. No book can make it to the 3 month or older shelf.
    • Ensures I keep my feedback ratio over 80%

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The Current State of my Netgalley

Feedback Ratio: 87%

31 Approved  |  27 Feedback Sent

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How do you manage your requests and netgalley reviews?

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Writing | Blogoween Announcement

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Hello everyone, I just wanted to let you all know that I am taking part in, or at least I am going to try to take part in Blogoween, which will be a month full of Halloween and bookish posts. My two favorite things!

I found out about this Halloween and Fall related challenge after reading about it on Northern Plunder, if you have not yet check out her blog she is awesome. As soon as I saw her first post I knew I needed to jump in.

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Levels

Level 1: 13 Days of Blogoween

Pick any 13 days to post
Don’t have to be consecutive
Don’t have to post on Halloween (but you can!)
Level 2: 24th – 31st

Must post on the 24th Oct through to the 31st Oct (that’s 7 posts)
Must be consecutive posts
Must post on Halloween
Can’t change level
Level 3: 31 Days

Posting EVERY DAY (that’s 31 posts)
Can mix Autumn themes into your posts
If you find within the first few days it’s too much, can switch to Level 1

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I think I am going to go really bold here and TRY for level 3, but chances are I will end up doing 13 days of Blogoween, no shame in that. Honestly, my goal is to just have fun and maybe find a few new blogs to follow. I hope you don’t mind all of the posting you are about to see from me!

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Tag Tuesday | The Miranda Sings Award

Tag Tuesday

I was tagged by Misty, you need to check her out. She is so kind and her blog is wonderful.

Rules:

  • Announce your win with a post, and link the blogger who nominated you.
  • Include the featured image on your blog post.
  • Nominate 10 bloggers (or as many as you can think of) and link your awardees in the post.
  • List 7 things you love about yourself. (This can be about your appearance, your personality, your achievements, etc.)
  • Don’t use negative connotation (i.e. Don’t say things like – “I’m prettier than an average person.” or “People have told me I’m smart.” You are pretty. You are smart.)

7 Things I love about myself:

  1. I’ love that I am determined. Once I set my mind to something I work hard until I have achieved it.
  2. I love that I am a good listener. A lot of my friends come to me to talk because I am a good listener and I give pretty good advice.
  3. I love that I can be goofy. While I can be very serious I can be VERY goofy. I think it is important to have fun and be goofy other wise things become overwhelming.
  4. I love that I enjoy learning new things. I am always interesting in learning something new. I have never though “I know enough” in my life and I think that is important.
  5. I love that I have the ability to be creative. I know it sounds a little funny, but I love the fact that I am creative enough to have a creative outlet. I love art and creating things with my own hands.
  6. I love that I have the ability to be content. Once again this sounds kind of funny. But, I like that I can be happy and peaceful while doing nothing.
  7. I love that I act like an old lady. I often am told I act like an old lady because I do a lot of crafts that seem to be something “old ladies” do. But, I think it is wonderful to create something with your own hands.

I Tag:

Camillea

Zoë

theimaginedreality

Lacey

Kaytlyn

Flavia

Charlotte

& anyone else who would like to do this tag.


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T5W | July 5th|Books Without Romance

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In the past I have never done Top 5 Wednesday, but this week I decided to give it a shot. This week the prompt asks us to list the top five books without romance or have a tiny bit of romance. I went to the Top 5 Wednesday goodreads group to get this weeks prompt. You can also find all of the prompts for this upcoming month.

Jackaby by William Ritter

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I cannot speak more highly of a book/series. I love Jackaby and all the other cast of characters. Now, this book has some lingering eyes, but it barely even in the book. I will say there are a lot of people who want to see some of the characters shipped, but there is no romance in this book. Just  glorious supernatural adventure.

Sabriel by Garth Nix

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Sabriel is way to busy trying to save her father Mage Abhorsen in the Old Kingdom. She is dealing with free magic and a companion that might not actually be on her side to worry about a true romance.

The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak

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This books is a wonderful story. Honestly a must read in my opinion.

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

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This is one of my favorite books. A high fantasy adventure following Bilbo Baggins. There is magic, orcs, elves, an angry dragon and much more…apart from romance.

The Giver by Lois Lowry

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This books main focus is on Jonas and his internal struggle becoming Receiver of Memory. Being given this role causes him to question the society he has grown up in.


Can you think of any other books without romance?

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TAG | The Unique Blogger Award

Tag Tuesday

Thank you Dawlyn and Krista from Little Blind Book Finds for the Tag! Today for Tag Tuesday I will be doing The Unique Blogger Award. I love tags like this because every person creates the questions for the people they tag so no one has the same questions.

The Rules

  1. Share the link of the blogger who has shown love to you by nominating you.
  2. Answer the questions.
  3. In the spirit of sharing love and solidarity with our blogging family, nominate 8-13 people for the same award.
  4. Ask them 3 questions

The Questions

1.What inspired you to start your blog?

Going right for the hard questions, huh? Well I decided to make my blog because I wanted to talk about books. Now some of you may know I have a bookstagram and I had that first. But, while I LOVE bookstagram and still use it constantly I noticed there is a lack of communication which upset me. So I decided why not create a blog. While I made it a while ago, I really started using it this past January.

2. What advice do you have for new bloggers?

Have fun and post what makes you happy because people who enjoy the same stuff will find you. Also, blogging is meant to be fun, make sure you are always enjoying the content you are creating and don’t put so much pressure on yourself.

3. Name a book that you’ve read or want to read that you heard about from the blogosphere?

This is a really great questions, hum. I think one of the main books/series I plan to read because of the blogosphere would have to be A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab. I heard about it on booktube, but a review I read, which of course now I cannot remember, and it really sold me on the book/series. Apparently, my boyfriends love of commas has rubbed off on me.

My Questions

  1. Is there a quote from a book that has inspired you/changed the way you view things? If so, what is the quote?
  2. Who would you cast as the main characters of a movie adaptation of your favorite book?
  3. What do you enjoy most about blogging?

I Nominate:

Jess

Nikki

Kristina

Sarah

Misty

Also, anyone else who wants to join in on the fun!

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Wrap Up

JUNE 2017 | WRAP UP

Wrap Up

5 Stars:

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I finally got around to finishing A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas and I enjoyed it quite a lot. I have to say the ending blew me away completely. It has me very excited for the next book in the series. I am currently am in line to get it from my library so I can read it at the beach without ruining my copy.

4 Stars:

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Another book I got to during the month of June is The Seafarer’s Kiss by Julia Ember. I read this short book in a single day and I was very invested in the main character. This is a LGBTQ+ retelling/twist between Ursula from the little mermaids childhood and Norse mythology. This book would have easily been a 5 stars, but there was a scene that happened between our main character and her love interest that made me a little uncomfortable. Even with that small scene I adored this book.

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The first book I finished in June was It by Stephen King. This huge tome that is over 1000 pages was totally worth it. It was creepy and intriguing, it has me very excited for the remake that is coming out later this year.

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Some of this book I loved, the other parts I did not enjoy at all. I enjoyed all the nods to other words such as Harry Potter, The Hobbit, Lord of the Rings, and more. But, this book just rubbed me the wrong way sometimes. I just got angry at it, not at the characters. I found myself thinking, “Why? There was no reason for this!” Beginning is great, then ending is amazing, but the middle falls a little flat. If you can push yourself through the middle of the book you are golden!

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What did you read this month?

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