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Friday, January 31, 2020

#30DayBookBinge, Round10! + FREE PRINTABLES!

Since the ORIGINAL 10th #30DayBookBinge was a fail on my part (back in October), and what *should have been* the next book binge should technically be going on right now, I guess you could say things got a little out of whack. But I'm just gonna roll with it! So the next 30 Day Book Binge is going to be for the month of February, which yes, does not have 30 days in it! 😂
But it 's a leap year, so we're close. Just consider that you're getting a day off for good behavior. ;)

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.

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:

  • a February 2020 calendar, in this month's pink & berry florals theme
  •  a TBR tracker in 2 versions ("Twenty Books to Read in 2020" and blank, so you can decide the theme yourself) 
    • the blank bookshelves printable is available as a single letter size (approx A4) illustration, or a 2-per-page bullet journal size (suitable for A5 or larger, with room for margins). The "Twenty Books.." version prints with the sticker pack, below.
  • a set of digital stickers, which you can print and cut out to use in a planner or bullet journal. Included designs:
    • the "Twenty Books to Read in 2020" bookshelf printable, mentioned above.
    • 5-Star Rating stickers, for you to rate the books you read
    • blank and colored book illustrations
    • a 30-box daily reading checkmark tracker
    • colorful days of the week labels
    • book "reaction" stickers and decorative heart stickers
    • and a decorative corner-page sticker in the month's floral design, to match the February calendar!
  • 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). 

The download window for these printables has closed. New printables will be available in the next round of the 30 Day Book Binge!

I hope to see you around during our 10th (tenth!) 30 Day Book Binge, and I very much hope you enjoy the free printables. If you like them or make use of them, please let me know!

Happy reading!

*These digital files are for personal use only. Please do not reupload these designs, remix them, or use them in a commercial capacity. You may save and print as many as you'd like for personal use, though. And feel free to share them with friends!

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Introducing THE FAVORITES CLUB + February Pick!

.. I mean, I don't know how much of a "club" it is, because at this point, it's just me, but YANNO. A really exclusive club of 1. ;)

My goal in 2020 (and in life from here on out) is to rediscover the joy in things, and The Favorites Club will (hopefully) be a step in that direction. Its purpose is to allow me to make time for things I love, and to focus on sharing that love with all of you, encouraging you not only to give those things I love a chance, but also encouraging you to make time for things YOU love, things that bring you comfort, and things that you may get new, fresh enjoyment out of, even though the story itself is not new to you.

This project will probably morph a bit as it goes on, because the intention is that it not feel like work or obligation, so if you have ideas to incorporate or things you'd like to see, please let me know. Also, if you have a favorite -- especially a childhood favorite -- that you think I should read, or you'd like to buddy read / co-host with me one month, please reach out!

This month's pick is CASTLE WAITING, which is a graphic novel bu Linda Medley featuring fairy tale characters, cozy homey scenes, and a good dash of absurdity - all things I love!
And it turns out that it's now finally available on comixology and in paperback!

"Castle Waiting is the story of an isolated, abandoned castle, and the eccentric inhabitants who bring it back to life. A fable for modern times, it is a fairy tale that's not about rescuing the princess, saving the kingdom, or fighting the ultimate war between Good and Evil -- but about being a hero in your own home. The opening chapter tells the origin of the castle itself, which is abandoned by its princess in a comic twist on "Sleeping Beauty" when she rides off into the sunset with her Prince Charming.
The castle becomes a refuge for misfits, outcasts, and others seeking sanctuary, playing host to a lively and colorful cast of characters that inhabits the subsequent stories, including a talking anthropomorphic horse, a mysteriously pregnant Lady on the run, and a bearded nun.

Linda Medley lavishly illustrates Castle Waiting in a classic visual style reminiscent of Arthur Rackham and William Heath Robinson. Blending elements from a variety of sources -- fairy tales, folklore, nursery rhymes -- Medley tells the story of the everyday lives of fantastic characters with humor, intelligence, and insight into human nature. Castle Waiting can be read on multiple levels and can be enjoyed by readers of all ages, especially young girls."

Monday, January 27, 2020

Backlist Love (16)

You know I love me some forgotten gems! Here are 3 graphic novels that have been out for a little while now, that you may have forgotten that you meant to pick up - or maybe that you never even heard of to begin with, but that are totally up your alley!
Let me know your thoughts on them in the comments, and if you have suggestions for similar books, or future themes for Backlist Love, let me know!


Saturday, January 25, 2020

"Currently" "Reading".. sort of

I sort of disappeared over the last few months, but in that time, I was reading, I swear! The problem is, I wasn't *finishing*... Here are all the books I'm "currently" reading, and maybe will even finish soon. Possibly. Hopefully?

(Also, sorry for not posting this here on the blog sooner! In case you missed it, I've posted 2 other videos recently on my youtube channel, as well, which will be making it over to the blog over the next couple of days. But if you won't want to wait, you can check them out at youtube.com/BookRatMisty)


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