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Thursday, April 8, 2021

YOU Choose What I Read + #30DayBookBinge Check-In

Hello, hello!
Before we get into the grist of today's post, I just want to check in and see how those of you who are participating in #30DayBookBinge are doing! Have you read every day this month? It's okay if you haven't: just jump back in and attack it from a new angle! You got this!
And because I think accountability does wonders, I have a little challenge for you this week: post about it. Snap a pic of your current stack. Share a quote from your favorite read this month, or your current one. Ask people to vote on what you pick up next. It's totally up to you how you do it, but sometime this weekend or coming week, post about it with the hashtag #30DayBookBinge. I've found people who get involved (myself included) are far more likely to finish and consider the month a success -- plus community is half the fun!

Now.
I've made it pretty clear lately that I'm waffling HARD about my approach to reading -- and blogging -- lately, and though some part of me wants to take on all the challenges and plan all the things, another part of me wants absolutely no strings attached. So I'm in this weird kind of limbo where everything feels very nebulous and unofficial, in some way. 

And while I think I'm leaning much more towards the 'no-strings' side of things, that planning, plotting, puzzles-and-challenges side of my brain will never be satisfied unless there's something to toy around with. And with that in mind, I decided to tackle a project / challenge to myself that I mentioned a couple of weeks ago, which dovetails quite nicely with my goal of broadening my reading horizons: I'm gonna read a bunch of books I didn't pick

I've had this idea kicking around for awhile now, and it was one of those things that I felt could be either amazing or disastrous, but either way, A Whole Thing. But the downside is, in the way I originally conceived of it, it would have been a big undertaking that would have eaten up a solid, continuous chunk of my reading time. But in my effort to approach things more casually and loosely, I had a little rethink and realized: it doesn't need to be one big reading vlog where I try to cram in as many of your recommendations as I can. It can be an ongoing series! And you know I love a series. 

So I'm kicking it off now, currently reading someone else's recommendation, and I have another on request that will be read soon. But I want to get as many different picks from as many different people as I can, because the whole point is to discover things I wouldn't necessarily have picked up otherwise. 

So below, you'll find a form (you know I also love a form) where you can send me one (or many) of the books you think I should add to my list for this project. It can be one you've recommended to me in the past and want to push me to finally read, or just one you think is entirely out of my comfort zone but that I should read anyway. It can be something you think I'll love, or you just want my perspective on -- or even one you think I'll hate! (But please be nice to me and limit the hate reads, at least a little bit. lol)
Any genre.
Any style.
Any format.
Any age range.

I'm going to compile a big ol' list and pull from them regularly to be part of a new series throughout the course of this year. Hopefully I'll find some new authors and styles to love (it's happened before!), and at the very least, I'll check off that box that says "read more widely in 2021" from my resolutions list! 
Thanks in advance for your recommendations, and keep 'em coming! 


Monday, April 5, 2021

Bullet Journal Walk-Through + April Plan With Me

I want to start by thanking all of you who filled out my feedback form last week; you guys have given me so much to think about, so many ideas to explore, and a renewed excitement for the work-side of book blogging. Thank you!

One of the things that came through loud and clear (in addition to everyone saying 'bring back 30 Day Book Binge!!')was that people want to see more art and journal related content. Now, I know that there is a divide between what my audience on youtube wants, vs what my audience here on the blog wants, and I figured bullet journaling was pretty firmly on the youtube side of things -- but actually, there were a good number of you who specifically asked me to share it all on the blog side of things, too! (For those of you who aren't interested in this content -- that's okay! I'll catch you in the next post.)

So today, I'm sharing not one but two recent bullet journal videos. In addition to this week's scheduled video, in which I did a full flip-through and discussion of this year's gorgeous (If I do say so myself. And I do. I love it so) bullet journal theme, "Celestial Floral," I also posted a bonus video where I took you along with me as I set up my spreads for the month of April. 

First up: my 2021 bujo so far...

 

And then we take a slightly more detailed deep-dive into the current month, with my harmony-themed, lavender-accented April layout:

 
 
So, are you a fan of bujos and planners? If so, what are some of your favorite themes and designs? And what are some of your go-to tips and tricks that you think beginning bujo-ers might find helpful? Let  me know in the comments, and you might be featured in an upcoming post. 
Thanks so much for watching!

Thursday, April 1, 2021

#30DayBookBinge Round 12 + FREE Printables!

Recently, when I asked you guys to tell me what you wanted to see from me (thanks for all the great feedback, by the way), there was a resounding cry of 30 DAY BOOK BINGE!! Which I was glad to hear! 30DBB has been super beneficial for me, and I've loved the idea of it helping a lot of you set a solid reading habit or power through your TBR. But to be honest, I wasn't sure if there was a lot of interest in it anymore. A few people here and there were popping up on the hashtag on twitter and instagram, sharing their progress through their stacks, but for the most part, it seemed like a lot of people had dropped off. 

I didn't want to keep shoving something in your face that you didn't want -- nor did I want to take on the work of making the accompanying printables sets for no reason -- but it seems that for a lot of you, you were just too busy reading to talk about reading! Haha. And I am a-ok with that; it is sort of the point, afterall. All I needed to hear was that there was interest, and I was game to bring it back. 

So we're launching into the 12th 30Day Book Binge! Yes, that's right. TWELFTH. [Side note: I don' think I've ever typed 'twelfth' in all caps before, and wow, that just doesn't even look like a word.] Most of you are probably familiar with what this is by now (it is the twelfth round, after all...), but for those of you who need a refresher: 

30 DAY BOOK BINGE is a quarterly (supposedly) reading challenge in which the goal is just to read something every single day for 30 straight days. What you read (books, poetry, the newspaper), the format you read it in (physical, digital, audio), and how long you read for are entirely up to you! The goal is just to make daily reading a habit, and to maybe knock out some other reading goals in the process (other challenges you're taking part in, school reading, whatever).

You can share your progress, your reading picks, ask for encouragement or give some of your own on social media with the hashtag #30DayBookBinge -- I LOVE seeing what you guys are reading, and what you have to say!



Now, as always, I like to sweeten the pot by giving you some special, limited edition printables to go along with each round of the Book Binge. These are created by me, specifically for each round of our "challenge," and they are 100% free for you to download and use.*

I changed things up a little bit this time around, so you will find all of the printables available sized to fit on a single sheet of paper.  (A previous bookshelf perma-printable is also available.) You can print on regular computer paper, cardstock, or sticker paper, and cut them out to use accordingly. They're intended for planners and bullet journals, but you can use them however you'd like. You'll find a half-size calendar, a bookmark, and a set of bookish circle stickers, all in this months LEMON theme. (I love lemons!) All of the printables are available as a printable pdf or as a png file, which you can use for digital planner apps.

You can download the printables for free >>>HERE<<<

THESE PRINTABLES ARE FOR PERSONAL USE ONLY. 

You do not have permission to share, distribute, sell, remix, or use them in any way other than intended. This set was created by me, specifically for the 30 Day Book Binge; the images are hand-painted, and the entire set took a lot of time to create. Please respect that, and don't try to distribute or profit off of my hard work. 


I look forward to seeing you all active on the #30DayBookBinge hashtag, across all social media platforms, and I can't wait to see what you read, and how you put your printables to use! 

Thursday, March 25, 2021

Onward -- with your help!

I mentioned in Monday's video (hi, remember me? I came back.) that I'm going to try to stick to a regular schedule, wherein I post a video every Sunday (Monday, here on the blog; early birds can see it on Sundays on youtube), and a blog post every Thursday. And that's all well and good, but... it's been awhile, hasn't it? And as I've mentioned, I didn't read as much last year, and am not really taking on review books like I used to. 

What reading -- and book blogging -- looks like for me now, 12 years in, is changing, and to be honest, I'm not actually sure what it looks like now. I'm so out of the habit, it almost feels like starting from scratch. And though I've got a perpetual list of ideas to tackle in my bullet journal, those tend to be big ideas and projects, and are going to take some time to come together. 

So in order to make sure I'm able to keep to my new schedule, and to make sure I'm giving you guys what you want to see, I'm inviting you now to tell me. What types of bookish (and non-bookish!) content are you enjoying right now? What are some of your favorite post types? What things have you liked from me in the past, and what do you wish I'd do more of? 

If you have a sec, please fill out the quick 2-page questionnaire and let me know, or feel free to give input in the comments. Thanks in advance, and looking forward to your thoughts! 

And quickly, before I let you  go: Technically April should be another round of 30 Day Book Binge, so: yay or nay? Should I keep going with 30DBB? Let me know in the comments!

Monday, March 22, 2021

New Bookish Goals

 Well, hello there! 

I'm gonna skip the usual spiel about how I've been gone for awhile, but am going to try to repreioritize this blog and post more regularly. I mean, I am, but you know... no promises. 

That said, try to hold me to it! For now, I'm intending to have 1 new video and 1 new blog post every week, and I'm open to suggestions on what you'd like to see -- but I'm so very out of the habit that I'll likely forget here and there. Feel free to remind me! Forcefully!

I guess that was a little bit of The Spiel. But for today, let's go ahead and get back into the swing of things with a look at my  bookish goals for the not-so-new year. 


Wednesday, October 7, 2020

October 2020 TBR

 Here's a look at what I read last month when I *said* I would be reading the things I picked in my "Shop My Shelves" video... as well as a stack of potential reads for this month's #30DayBookBinge!

Let me know your thoughts in the comments. What kind of books do you crave in October? 

Mentioned: 

#30DayBookBinge

Shop My Shelves video

Texas Gothic 
Find Me Their Bones 
The Bromance Book Club 
The Bride 
A Rogue of One's Own 
Spirit & Dust 
Beach Read (maybe) 
Mexican Gothic 
Something Is Killing the Children 
and maybe an audiobook (looking for recommendations!)

Thursday, October 1, 2020

"Cosmic Kitty" FREE Digital Sticker Set | #30DayBookBinge Round 11!

 Hey, bookish friends! Welcome to the 30 Day Book Binge, round eleven! Can you believe it???

I know we had a little bit of a break, there, in our "quarterly" reading challenge, THANK YOU VERY MUCH 2020, but we're back now, and ready to crush this challenge! And I don't mean the royal-we-as-in-me here; I mean we as in us. As in you

You can do this. You can read every day, and build a solid, fulfilling, enjoyable reading habit. I promise. I've said it a bunch of times, but I credit this low-pressure challenge with a renewed love of reading for me -- my daily reading streak stretched for nearly 2 and a half unbroken years, until I got sick earlier this year. And that streak? It felt good

And I'm ready to get it back! If you'd also like to bump up your reading, and build a solid foundation for a reading habit in a low-pressure, low-commitment way, I hope you'll consider joining me this month for the 30Day Book Binge! And as usual, to keep things fun and (hopefully) excite your readerly sensibilities, I'm made a set of free printables for your personal use during the challenge! You can find out more about the challenge, and the printables, below! I've used entirely too many exclamation points in this post so far!


ABOUT:
30 DAY BOOK BINGE is a quarterly (supposedly) reading challenge in which the goal is just to read something every single day for 30 straight days. What you read (books, poetry, the newspaper), the format you read it in (physical, digital, audio), and how long you read for are entirely up to you! The goal is just to make daily reading a habit, and to maybe knock out some other reading goals in the process (other challenges you're taking part in, school reading, whatever).
You can share your progress, your reading picks, ask for encouragement or give some of your own on social media with the hashtag #30DayBookBinge -- I LOVE seeing what you guys are reading, and what you have to say!

Now, as always, I like to sweeten the pot by giving you some special, limited edition printables to go along with each round of the Book Binge. These are created by me, specifically for each round of our "challenge," and they are 100% free for you to download and use.*

In the printable pack, you'll find:

  • an October 2020 calendar, in a "pumpkin florals" theme
  • a TBR tracker in 2 sizes, in case you missed out on it in the last round (it was "Twenty Books to Read in 2020" then, but now it's blank, so you can decide the theme yourself) 
  • my "Cosmic Kitty" set of digital stickers, which you can print and cut out to use in a planner or bullet journal, or anywhere stickers will stick. 
  • Two Autumn-themed bookmarks, which I recommend gluing down to a piece of thin cardboard backing, like a cereal box, to make it sturdier for everyday use.
  • All files are available as PDFs and PNG files, so that you can use or print them in whichever format you're most comfortable handling (or resizing, as needed). Or crop the sticker images individually for use in digital planning apps!
  • You may need to set your margins to a wider width in your printer settings before printing. 

Remember, they are completely free to download, but they are for personal use only. Please do not share or duplicate these designs, beyond printing copies for yourself.

The designs will only be available during this round of the Book Binge, so make sure to snag them while you can!

Hope to see you during the Binge. 
Happy Reading!

Monday, September 28, 2020

Shop My Shelves

Alright, last catch-up video of the week! 
Because I've not been taking on review books (or, been reading at all, for that matter), I thought we'd have a browse through my shelves to "shop" for some titles I've been wanting to read, and which may have gone forgotten for awhile.
Have I actually read any of them since this video was posted? Hmm... Tell me your thoughts on the likelihood of that in the comments, and I'll have a sit-down with you all soon to talk about how my foray back into reading has gone so far...

Friday, September 25, 2020

The thing about 2020 is, it broke me.

As mentioned in yesterday's vlog / #30DayBookBinge announcement, I've actually been back on youtube for a few weeks! So here is my reintroduction to blogging and vlogging, and a bit about why I disappeared. 
I'll be popping in on Monday with one more catch-up video, and the blog will probably be fairly video-heavy for awhile to come, at least, because that's just where my head's at. But I'll try to wriggle in some written content soon, too. 
But for now... let's catch up.


 

Thursday, September 24, 2020

Making Printable Stickers + 30 Day Book Binge Invite

Hello! Before we get into the video I'm sharing below, I just want to say hi, and I know I've been missing for awhile... I actually uploaded a video about that, but it never made its way here to the blog. (I have it posted for tomorrow, which makes it very much out of order, but there you go. I'm still alive!)

I just wanted to hop in here and say hi and that I'm (sort of) back at it, before we jump into what would otherwise be a very abrupt reintroduction to my face and self. ;)
And now I'll let myself take it away...


Sorry for the sound issues again, guys. I don't know what's going on, and whether it's my phone or my editing software, but it's giving me endless issues. Might be easier to watch this one with headphones.
 
ANYWAY, the next round of #30DayBookBinge starts on the 1st! 30 DAY BOOK BINGE is a quarterly reading challenge in which the goal is just to read something every single day for 30 straight days. What you read (books, poetry, the newspaper), the format you read it in (physical, digital, audio), and how long you read for are entirely up to you! The goal is just to make daily reading a habit, and to maybe knock out some reading goals in the process. You can share your progress, your reading picks, ask for encouragement or give some of your own on social media with the hashtag #30DayBookBinge. 

Hope to see you on the hashtag!
And don't forget to stop back on October 1st to download your free printables!
 

Music: Acoustic Guitar 1 by Audionautix

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