Tags

Tag | The Wanderlust Book Tag

TagTimel12:17I was tagged by the wonderful creator of this tag Lexie who has a wonderful blog called Reading by Starlight. She is kind and is really creative with her blog posts, I highly suggest you checking out her blog when you can. I really enjoy how she created this blog to mirror her love and want of traveling around the world and you can see how creative she was. Anyway, on to the tag!

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-The Rules-

  •  Mention the creator of the tag and link back to original post [Alexandra @ Reading by Starlight]
  •  Thank the blogger who tagged you
  • Answer the 10 questions below using any genre
  • Tag 5+ friends

-The Questions-

Secrets and lies: a book set in a sleepy small town

Little Women

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott takes place in a small sleepy town, but it is very rich in history as well as the occasional coming of age party. This novel takes place in Concord, Massachusetts. This is one of my favorite books of all time, I have given it 5 stars every time I have read it.

Salt and sand: a book with a beach-side community

Of Poseidon (The Syrena Legacy, #1)

Of Poseidon by Anna Banks, the main thing that stood out to me with this book is the main character lives right on the beach, she is always looking at it and around it. It must be a really beautiful sight to be able to look out your window and see it. When I read this book I ended up giving it 4 stars. 

Here there be dragons: a book with a voyage on the high seas

The Woman in Cabin 10

The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware, this book is certainly a trip. There is a murder in the middle of the sea while there are a bunch of reporters traveling in international waters. If that is now a voyage, I don’t know what it. I ended up giving this book 5 stars when I read it. 

Tread lightly: a book set down a murky river or a jungle

Euphoria

Euphoria by Lily King, this book is about a group of anthropologist going into the jungle of either Central or South America, I will be honest it has been a long time since reading it so I forgot which country it took place in. Anyway, I really enjoyed the story, which I remember I promise. It was not only about the communities they visit, but also their personal interactions with one another. I gave this book 4 stars while reading it. 

Frozen wastes: a book with a frost bitten atmosphere

The Snow Child

The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey takes place in the very cold state of Alaska. It takes place in the middle of the very cold winter, everything is covered in snow. I loved this book so much, I gave it 5 stars.

The boonies: a book with ruff or isolated terrain

Storm of the Century: An Original Screenplay

Storm of the Century: An Original Screenplay by Stephen King, now this is an isolated area for two reasons. First, it take place on an island off the coast of Maine, so getting to it on a normal day requires a boat. But, this is also during a very horrible storm so there is no way to get to the main land, or to communicate with them because communication is cut off. I really enjoyed this story, it was both scary in a real life way, but also a supernatural way. I gave it 4 stars. 

Hinterlands and cowboys: a book with a western-esque setting

Vengeance Road (Vengeance Road, #1)

Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman, this is the only book I had read that took place in a western setting. A lot of people read this a enjoyed it very much, but I don’t think westerns are for me or its writing style. I ended up giving it a low rating because the writing was kinda infuriating for me. I also realized, I don’t like westerns. 

Look lively: a book set across sweeping desert sands

The Gunslinger

The Gunslinger by Stephen King, this is honestly the only book I have read that stands out to me as taking place in a desert like area. As you can see from the cover, in the book you get there at a point in the book. I ended up enjoying this book much more than I thought I would. I gave it 3 stars. 

Wild and untamed: a book set the the heart of the woods

The Wolf Wilder

The Wolf Wilder by Katherine Rundell, I loved this book so much and it takes place in the mainly in the wood during winter time is Russia. It is a heart breaking novel in a few ways, but I really enjoyed it. I gave it 5 stars because the families commitment to making sure the wolves can live in the wilderness, but also the girls dedication and love for her mother. 

Wildest dreams: a whimsical book shrouded in magic

Lumberjanes, Vol. 1: Beware the Kitten Holy (Lumberjanes, Vol. 1)

Lumberjanes, Vol. 1: Beware the Kitten Holy by Noelle StevensonGrace EllisFaith Hicks, I read this a long time ago, but I kind of remember there being a bit of magic throne into this all girl awesome camp. I think I gave it a solid 4 stars when I read it. 


-I Tag-

Misty @ Mistys Bookspace

Paige @ Bookish Paige

Meeghan @ Meeghan Reads

Lia @ Lost in a Story

Katie @ Katie’s Corner Reviews

Bookworm Muse

Whit @ Whit Reads Lit

Mir @ TBR and Beyond

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Have you read any of these books?

Which books would you have chosen?

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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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Decluttering

Book Unhaul | March 2019

declutter

Hello everyone, since I managed to acquire a ton of books I decided to revise my shelves to see if there were any books I was willing to part with and make room for some new arrivals. I don’t know about you, but I have done quite a bit of unhauls in the past few years. With everyone I do I find that it is harder and harder to get rid of the books on my shelf. I think it is because I have really gotten my reading tastes down and because I have already removed the “easy” books.

This round I found that I was able to still get rid of quite a few, 13 in fact. But, I had to make quite a few hard decisions. Since some of these have great memories attached to them and I did quite enjoy many of these as well. I just had to realize, I was never going to reread any of them.

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-The Books-

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-The Reasons-

The Silent Companions: I was given this book for free from my local indie bookstore, which was really nice of them. I just realized that I was never really going to be in the mood to read it, even though it sounded really interesting. It has made the cut for many unhauls already, but this time I realize that it was always in the maybe pile, but I never picked it up to read.

in a dark, dark wood: I really loved this book and Ruth Ware is one of my auto buy authors. Just for me it is really hard to reread a thriller and I would rather donate this book and allow someone else to experience this wonderful book!

Feminists Don’t Wear Pink: This book was also hard to part with, I really enjoyed reading it, but ultimately I think it would be better passed on to someone else who would love to read it since I would not be rereading it.

Fresh Ink: I am not a big anthology person so I knew I would never reread this. I am going to be passing this on to a friend who loves reading collections from various authors.

Everything’s Eventual: I have so many Stephen King books I love and I would rather just have the ones I love instead of just having all of his books if I am honest.

The Winter People: I loved this book, I just will never reread it in the future. I would rather allow someone else to read it.

East of Eden: I read this and I was eh about it. I will be donating it.

Faithful: Love this author, but I have never really been in the mood to read this book.

An Absolutely Remarkable Thing: I picked this book up for the BN book club, I lost it, found it and realized I didn’t care about it at all. I never finished it and I don’t really care to. It wasn’t a bad book. I just didn’t care.

The Broken Girls: Another amazing books that I want to share with others, I just wont ever reread it.

The Book of Essie: I realized I was more into the idea of this book than actually reading it. Which, is a huge shame.

All the Ugly and Wonderful Things: I think I was not in the right mood to read this book, but I thought it was okay and I am passing it on to my friend Reg!

The Wicked Deep: This is another book I really loved the idea of this book and I read the first few chapters and enjoyed it. I was just never really pulled in enough to keep on reading. I think it was just the mood I was in when I picked it up, but I know I am not going to pick it up again and I would prefer not to waste a good book.

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Those are the books and the reasons why I am unhauling them. Do you agree with my decisions? What is the last book you unhauled?

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Goals

Reading & Blog Goals | 2019 First Quarter Check In

Reading Goals NEW

I cannot believe a quarter of the year is nearly already over, but you know that means it is time to check into my yearly goals to see my progress and see if I need to adjust myself to reach my goals. If you want to see the entire post explaining my 2019 goals, you can read that post here: Reading Goals | 2019 Edition. Anyway, I thought I would do a brief list of the goals and then I would do a but of commenting on them. I also want to share my updated yearly goals spread in my bullet journal. I am a very visual person so having that in my bullet journal really helps.

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-My Goals-

  1. Read all of the short listed books for the 2018 Man Booker Prize
  2. Read a book set in each of the 7 continents
  3. Read 50 books
  4. Read 30,000 pages
  5. Read at least one book per month from the library
  6. Read 12 non-fiction books
  7. Read a book recommended by someone I look up to
  8. Read my classic of 2019, War and Peace
  9. Take part in 2019 Beat the Backlist
    • My backlisted books are here.

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1. At this time I have only read 1 of the 6 books from this shortlist.

Washington BlackWashington Black by Esi Edugyan

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book is such an adventure, it starts with a young boy, age 11. Sadly, he is a slave on a sugar plantation in Barbados run by two brothers. The author wrote a beautiful book that shows the ugly that is slavery. It talks about awful psychological games played by owners and the bad treatment many had to endure unfairly. I also like how the author showed abolitionists and aspects of the underground railroad. The dangers of faced by those who escaped and freed those who did not belong to them. I also really enjoyed the science, art, and almost steampunk elements. I am honestly not doing this book justice, but I will say it was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2018 and it is well deserved. I also have to agree with the quote on the front of my book calling it a masterpiece.

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2. At this time I have read 2 books for this goal. I have read for North America and Europe. I have picked up three more books for this challenge. Those being Africa, Antartica, and Asia. If you have any recommendations for South America, please share!

3. At this time I have read 19 books, I am 9 books ahead of schedule!

4. At this point in time I have read 9498 pages, so I am nearly a third of the way to my goal. So theory I should be finishing this before the year is out and I am on track.

5. So far I gave stuck to that, at minimum I have read a book a month from the library.

6. Looking at the 19 books I have read this year, a total of 6 books have been non-fiction. So, I am already 50% done with this goal.

7. At this time I have read 0 books for this goal, I did buy Milkman by Anna Burns, but with recent reviews I am a little afraid to pick it up. I have very similar taste in books to one of my friends and she did not enjoy it, I think she told me she DNFed it or struggled to read it.

8. At this time I have read 2 sections of the 17 I set up for the year. I am a bit behind because I focused on reading Monte Cristo with Jenna and put War and Peace on the back burner. I plan on picking it back up in April.

9. As of writing this I am going very well with my backlist. I have 20 books on my backlist, which I am very ecstatic about!

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-Bullet Journal Spread-

Overall, for only being a quarter into the year, I think I am doing very well for myself. I know with the OWLs Readathon coming up I will be getting though many more books as well. Plus, I do a lot of reading in the warmer months of the year and I have plenty of time.

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How are your goals progressing so far? What goals did you get for yourself in 2019?

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Life, DIYs, & Cooking

Indoor Garden Adventures|February 2019

More Than Books

Welcome to the second month of my indoor garden adventures, if you missed the first installment where I introduce the first terrariums I set up, Indoor Garden Adventures | January 2019. This installment I will update you with how the seedlings are doing and share a new addition I have added to my garden. I will say starting this in January might not have been the best start since I have been trying to keep the temperature nice and warm for my plants, but it has been so cold. Anyway, here are the updates!

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Updates

So, sadly I have an update that is not so good. Then a bit of an upgrade for one of my established plants The first bit of news is my air plant was damaged during shipping. Seemed the heat pack was too hot for the little plant and it was too stressed. I honestly felt horrible. As soon as I noticed something was wrong I thought I already did something to the plant. Turns out I personally did not, but the shipping did not go so well. I was sent a replacement plant, which arrived 2/29/19 and it seemed to be be in better condition. It felt like it had more heft to it and was brighter in color.

The second bad news, well not sure if I should call it bad news… my seeds never sprouted like I suspected they wouldn’t. This is true for my outside gardening as well. I can never do seed starters, but if you give me a baby tomato plant I will grow it larger than myself, yes that actually happened to me last year. My plant became bigger than me. I am still not sure how I pulled it off, but I have a green thumb somewhere it seems.

Also, I am happy to say that I have had an aloe plant for years. Sadly it is not able to live in my room because it needs more natural light than it can get in my room with the window I have. Anyway, it has gotten so big! It has 3 pups growing off of it now and I thought it was time to give it an upgrade! I am hoping it does well with the new pot and continues to thrive.

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Additions

So, while I was waiting for my replacement air plant I ended up picking up a grow light for my plants. I wanted them to get as much sunlight as they needed and the weather has been not so great the past month. Every day seemed to be overcast and dark. So I picked up a cheaper one and I am hoping that will help the little ones.

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What is your favorite plant or flower? Do you have a garden, indoor or outdoor?

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Tags

Tag Time | Unpopular Bookish Opinions

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I was so happy when I was tagged by Lexie to complete this tag. I always love reading these types of blog posts and booktube videos. I don’t know what it is about these types of posts that I love, but I think it might be because from time to time someone else has the same unpopular opinions as I do and I finally feel like I am not the only one who feels that way.

Anyway, I was ecstatic to be tagged and I hope you enjoy reading my unpopular opinions!

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  1. A popular book or series that you didn’t like
    • The Shatter Me series by Tahereh Mafi. I tried reading this series, I read about half of the first book and I did not like it at all. I found it annoying. I am happy to say I read and LOVED her most recent book, A Very Large Expanse of Sea.
  2. A Popular Book or series that every one else seems to hate but you love.
    • I will openly admit I loved the Twilight Series and I am not ashamed of it. I devoured those books, reading one a day. Would I feel the same now? Who knows, but I absolutely loved it.
  3. A Love Triangle where the main character ended up with the person you did NOT want them to end up with  OR an OTP that you don’t like.
    • The book series that stands out to me the most is To All the Boys I’v Loved Before by Jenny Han. I was soooooo mad and after the 2nd book I refused to continue with it. At least I think it was the 2nd one.
  4. A popular book Genre that you hardly reach for.
    • I am not really interested in science fiction, I feel like everyone loves science fiction and fantasy. While I can get into fantasy, science fiction is a lot harder for me.
  5. A popular or beloved character that you do not like
    • Hum, this one is really hard for me to figure out. I don’t think there is a character I flat out dislike, but I do have a problem with Albus Dumbledore because I feel like he was really manipulative.
  6. A popular author that you can’t seem to get into
    • This is a hard one, I think if I had to name one I would pick VE Schwab. I just don’t really get excited by the descriptions of her books so I never picked up her books.
  7. A popular book trope that you’re tired of seeing
    • I am really tired of seeing girl in a bad situation and all of a sudden has everything and is super powerful out of luck and never saw it coming. I find it really annoying and if someone is going to become powerful it will be through hard work, not random or an ability randomly found out decade(s) into your life.
  8. A popular series that you have no interest in reading. 
    • The Red Queen Series by Victoria Aveyard, I tried reading it on an airplane ride when it first came out when everyone was all over it. I gave up after 35 pages or so. I was so bored the rest of the flight.
  9. The saying goes “The book is always better than the movie”, but what movie or T.V. show adaptation do you prefer more than the book?
    • I really liked the adaptation of Death Note, not the Netflix one,  more than the actual manga.

      -I Tag-

      JaneKatie, Allison

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Do you agree with my answers? What unpopular opinion do you have?

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Life, DIYs, & Cooking

Operation Find a Hobby | Making a Baby Blanket

FindAHobby

Long time no talk about my other hobbies! Over the course of this series, which you can read more here: Operation Find a Hobby, I explored quite a few hobbies. Since then some have stuck and others not so much. One that I did not post in that series was crochet. The reason why I had not posted about that topic is because I have previously dabbled in it, but it never stayed with me. Most of the books I was using as a reference were either confusing and my in person resources were limited.

Over the last few months I have gotten more and more into it. I made a simple scarf in December and a couple of hats for friends and my boyfriend. Now I am taking on a much larger project and it is nothing like I have done before and I wanted to share it with all of you.

So, for months I have been loving zig zag edged blankets. Something about them being irregular in a sense really appeals to me. For a while my friend and I have tried a bunch of different methods and she even asked a few people she knew who have been doing it for YEARS, DECADES actually, and still I had no luck with being able to figure out a pattern until I came across the site called Daisy Farm Crafts. I found her post called Crochet Berry Chevron Baby Blanket.

The pattern they made was exceptionally easy once I got the hang of it and I really enjoyed that there were some videos within the pattern to help you visually see the stitches when the abbreviations, which are new to me, were confusing. I would suggest you checking out their blog and seeing the patterns they have. I plan on trying more of them in the future, that is for sure.

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-My Current Progress-

While I am not very far into this project, I am very proud that I have finally mastered the zig zag pattern, but also learned how to do the berry stitch. Which, for me was very overwhelming because there seems to be about 6 or 7 steps for just one. Anyway, like I said I am not far into this project, but I wanted to share with you some of the things I am working on in my life and I thought this would be a perfect addition to the Operation Find a Hobby series.

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Do you crochet? What should I try to crochet next? What is your favorite hobby outside of reading?

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TBR

February TBR | 2019

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Hello and welcome to my February TBR, my first one of 2019. Last month I didn’t feel like making a TBR because I wanted to focus on reading some classics and finishing the books I started. Since I am finished with those I thought it was time to make one. I am going to make this post short and sweet so without more of a delay, here is my TBR!

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Save the Date by Morgan Matson

Save the Date

This book I am kinda ashamed to still have on my TBR. I picked it up when I met Morgan Matson at BookCon 2018. She was so nice and lovely, we had a great laugh about my corgi lanyard. I have read and loved previous books by her, but for some reason I have not picked this up. I think it is because I have not been in the mood for a contemporary. I think I am finally in the mood for it though. I want something light after all the intense reads of last month.

World Without End by Ken Follett

World Without End (Kingsbridge, #2)

This is the next book in the Kingsbridge series, which I started last year due to the Haul | Bookseller Picks My Books post I did. I ended up loving the first book, a very large historical fiction. I ended up going out right away and getting the second book, but I did not feel like reading such a large book right away. So, I decided now is finally the time since the 3rd book has finally came out in paperback and I can get that if I end up liking this one just as much.

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The Stand by Stephen King

So it seems that I will be reading quite a few large books this upcoming months and I am not sure how well that is going to go, but I am going to do my best to at least finish this TBR jar pick. I have been wanting to read this for sometime, but since it is so large I have been putting it off because I felt like I did not have the time to dedicate to it. While I do have the paperback edition, the cover you can see below, I think I might get the ebook edition so I can carry it around with me without having the weight of it.

The Stand

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Writing and More

Bullet Journal | February 2019

Recs

This month I ended up having to migrate into a new bullet journal, just a month shy of starting a new one in the new year, but I can’t bring myself to waste so many pages. Anyway, I love starting a new bullet journal because, for me, I always end up not using spreads I used constantly in the start and creating something new. I like removing all the fluff and redoing all the things I love and use. So this months installment of my bullet journal you will see the spreads I migrated and then my monthly set up. If you want to see my previous bullet journal and spreads you can find those here.

Supplies I Used

Inspiration From

Boho Berry, @bulletjournaltime, @northernplanner, XOXOKAYMO, and Plant Based Bride.

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Here is the opening of my new bullet journal, I wanted to add a bit more artistic flair to this one instead of jumping right into my spreads. On the right side quote/art Credit: Epooch I ordered a card with this quote on it planning on pasting it inside my bullet journal, but sadly it did not arrive on time so I recreated it. But, I am excited to be able to keep it and put it on my tack board to look at all the time. On the left side I did my best to doodle a bee and some honey comb patterns.

I made a “year” at a glance with only 3 months because my bullet journals really don’t even last a year or even 6 months. Mine tend to last 3-5 months if I am lucky. I use mine for notes and organization so I have many pages of notes and random things. On the right hand side I added a page that I can turn to to easily find the middle of the page and other spacing that might be useful to me.

The layout on the left is a migration of my winter bucket list from my previous bullet journal. I really enjoy this idea, it gives me a little drive to do something fun and different. The righthand side is the migration of my ARC Tracker as well. I have not really changed anything other than adding a downloaded column to keep track of the books I have added to my kindle or my computer depending on the format.

So, I have said a lot of times that I am not a blogger for the numbers or anything like that, I am here to talk books, bookish things and additionally my other hobbies. Well, when I was googling inspiration for a bee inspired layouts I found this tracker and I thought it was so cute with all the honey combs. I wanted to doodle it for two reasons. The first being it was a challenge to draw that shape so many times without messing up and the second being it was so aesthetically pleasing. So I added social media tracking. Each comb has a number and when I reach that number I color the edges in and write the date I met the milestone.

Both of these are buddy reads I am doing currently. War and Peace I am reading throughout the year and Monte Cristo I am cohosting a buddy read with Jenna on instagram [find her account here], if you have read the book or want to jump in and join us we would be thrilled. We are reading it until April and will have discussions every Friday.

These are both migrations as well. On the left-hand side I a cheatsheet to help me come up with blog post ideas. I don’t stick to this layout, but it helps when I need to come up with an idea what types of blog posts I can do without writing a lot of the same thing again and again. On the right-hand side I have my idea daily routine if I didn’t need to do anything.

On the left-hand side you can see my reading goals, you can see I have already made some progress on some of them, which makes me super happy. On the right-hand side I added a date night idea page. I thought this would be fun to add a bunch of stuff to and when my bf and myself feel like we want to do something different, we can just look at this page and do something.

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So, with this being the first month in my bullet journal I wanted to stay with the overall theme I started it with. So we are continuing with the bees. The reason I came up with this theme is I watch a youtuber and then I found out she had a separate bee keeping channel, emmymade, and then I fell into a rabbit hole and ended up watching all of the videos from the last year. While I am afraid of bees, I can very much respect them. I am also really jealous of those who are not afraid and can bee keep. It looks like a very rewarding experience.

Here is my monthly habit tracker for this month. This monthly tracker is from my Boho Berry Box and her theme this month was sending letters. Not something I was really into as a theme, but I do love sending postcards. I participate in postcrossing and I love sending postcards all over the world as well as receiving them and learning about those who live in other countries.

On the left-hand side is my book tracker where I color in squares to show how many days I am reading a particular book. It is a wonderful visual tracker that I have fallen in love with over the past two months of trying it. I have gotten rid of my book stack and replaced it with this. On the right-hand side I have my key as well as room to add the book titles. As you can see I am carrying over two books from January so I already added them. I am keeping them the same color so it is more consistent.

This page is another book tracker I have used for months and months. I write the title of the book then underneath I add a square for each chapter or section of the book. When I complete that chapter or section I color in a square. It is like the goodreads precent tracker, but in a notebook.

In this monthly overview I write down all of the blogposts I plan on writing and publishing throughout the month. You will see on the left I have dots next to some of the dates. This is because those are my posting days. This reminds me that I need to get brain storming. On the right side I just write the books I am going to try and read in the month. It is a simple checklist layout. Sometimes simple spreads are just what you need.

Last month I tried a new weekly layout and I will say I absolutely HATED it. I am so happy that this month I get to use my old layout. The other one I did not have enough room to write the items I needed to get done each day as well as appointments I had. I did want to still have room to journal or take notes so, as you can seen below, I added a page here and there that is just meant for notes. I added a simple header at the top of the left page and bottom of the right page.

So there you have it, my February bullet journal. As you can see I have a fun new bullet journal with a new theme and I have kept some of the spreads and others I have dropped  like hot cakes. That is the thing I LOVE about bullet journals, you can keep what works and throw away the rest. As your life changes you can change you bujo.

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REVIEW | The Familiars by Stacey Halls

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* I received this book from publisher via netgalley for free in exchange for an honest review.*

The FamiliarsDescription

Young Fleetwood Shuttleworth, a noblewoman, is with child again. None of her previous pregnancies have borne fruit, and her husband, Richard, is anxious for an heir. Then Fleetwood discovers a hidden doctor’s letter that carries a dire prediction: she will not survive another birth. By chance she meets a midwife named Alice Grey, who promises to help her deliver a healthy baby. But Alice soon stands accused of witchcraft.

Is there more to Alice than meets the eye? Fleetwood must risk everything to prove her innocence. As the two women’s lives become intertwined, the Witch Trials of 1612 loom. Time is running out; both their lives are at stake. Only they know the truth. Only they can save each other.

Rich and compelling, set against the frenzy of the real Pendle Hill Witch Trials, this novel explores the rights of 17th-century women and raises the question: Was witch-hunting really women-hunting? Fleetwood Shuttleworth, Alice Grey and the other characters are actual historical figures. King James I was obsessed with asserting power over the lawless countryside (even woodland creatures, or “familiars,” were suspected of dark magic) by capturing “witches”—in reality mostly poor and illiterate women.

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What I Liked

I would like to start off by saying, this is going to be one of these reviews where I just want to gush about a book and ramble. I am going to do my absolute best and actually write a review that makes sense.

The main thing I like about this historical fiction novel is the fact it doesn’t just take place in the past. I have read so many historical novels that just take place during a time period, but this novel really encapsulates the events, social order, societal expectations. The author embedded characters and people who were alive during the time period and even though this is a work of fiction you can tell that she did a lot of research and in knowledgeable about this period.

One part that I really like is how accurate she was when showing how women were treated during this period in time. I have read a few reviews that said that the main character is meek, but I have to respectfully disagree with this. During this period in time, if you were not meek and subservient as a women, SADLY, your life could be in serious danger depending on who your husband was. I found that even though that this character was controlled to an extent, she was also free and really pushed the barriers. A lot of women would have been deathly afraid or just did not think of doing a lot of the stuff Fleetwood has done. This historical fiction novel, like I said earlier, is pretty darn accurate historical fiction. Do I think this was good? No, but regrettably it is a great representation.

I also liked how class prejudices were lightly touched on, especially with the witch themes throughout this book. I felt that this book not only was accurate, but it also tried to show how wrong these social norms were.

Apart from the historical aspects of this novel, I really enjoyed the writing. I sat down in 3 sittings and I flew through this. It was fast paced, but did not jump in a way that made you think you missed something. I also enjoyed that it did not feel like the writing was modern, it was a nice touch and really added to the atmosphere of the book. I also felt genuine anger at some parts of the book and I felt myself tearing up at others. I really was rooting for Fleetwood and Alice.

What I Didn’t Like

The only fault I could even think about is not knowing more of what happened to a particular a character.

Overall Thoughts

If you could not tell, I really enjoyed this novel. I loved how period accurate it was and how the author used real names from the year that this is taking place. I also enjoy how she embodied the time period, but also exposed the issues that and pointed out how unfair the system was towards particular people. It is safe to say that I am preordering this novel.

Thank-you for listening to my gushing rambles!

5stars

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Book Information

Publication Date: February 19th 2019

Publisher: Mira Books

List Price: $26.99

ISBN: 9780778369189

Pages: 352 pages

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