Owlcrate January Unboxing: Classic Remix

I’m finally getting to share the January Owlcrate @owlcrate box! Last month we received a lot of goodies (as always!) The theme was classic remix, so the goodies all related to a classic novel and being a former Lit. major in college, this was so much fun to receive! 

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There was a lovely mint and rose tea from First Edition Tea Co @firsteditiontea that was inspired by the Little Prince. To complement the mint scent, Tea Soap Books @teasoapbooks crafted a white tea and berries hand soap inspired by The Secret Garden. I love bookmarks and I’m so thrilled to have received a bookmark by Lexy Olivia @lexyolivia that was inspired by Slaughterhouse Five. I’ve seen her work all over my feed and was happy to finally get my hands on one of her bookmarks. We also received a Phantom of the Opera inspired fridge magnet from @sweetsequels.

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My stationery-planner girl heart just about flipped when I saw this wall calendar inspired by children’s classics from Obvious State @obviousstate. I kid you not friends, I was despairing over finding a wall calendar that was both simple and functional. This was perfect and the illustrations of various children’s books characters was absolutely perfect.

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The book for the month of January was Roseblood by AG Howard. I haven’t read any of her other books, so I’m really excited to read this one. It’s a modern day retelling of The Phantom of the Opera! 

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Did you guys hear that Owlcrate has a photo challenge #classicowl for the January box? The pictures are amazing. Also, there’s going to be an #owlcrateathon from February 11-25. There will be three mini-challenges to help knock down your Owlcrate TBR. I’m actually buddy reading Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake with Sierra @lookingthroughthepages which was in the September box! I’m so excited for these challenges. Check out their profile for more details! February’s theme is “Run away with the circus” and I can not wait!

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My husband was able to swap out my old phone battery for a new one (a delicate procedure that he handled like no big deal). Can I get a 🙌🏽 for awesome husbands? How’s your Thursday going? 

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Book Challenge: Debut book by a favorite author

For #grimdragon Debut Books by Favorite Authors–An Ember in the Ashes is one of my favorite books and Sabaa Tahir is one of my favorite authors. I love her world building and writing style. I also love her characters Elias Veturius and Laia. I was lucky to have met her last year and she’s so nice! I highly recommend her books!

For #squeakybookishlibrary 💃🏼This emoji cracks me up!! Whenever I see it, I think of sass and grace. Helene Aquila is a graceful warrior. Izzi is a sassy kitchen girl. 

For #watermelanerdsfebruary “The circus arrives without warning.” What would your circus act be? Hmm. Taming the effrits from AEITA! 

For #bibliophilelove2017 Books and Maps! Here’s a map of The Empire from AEITA that I got at a signing for ATATN.  

For #bookishfriendsfeb17 Prince–Marcus Farrar became A Very Important Person (Trying not to spoil it), but let’s be honest, if we’re talking Prince in the dreamy, sighing way, Elias Veturius is it! 

So if you saw my InstaStory, you saw that my umbrella lights for photography came in. They are amazing. 😁 This is my first picture using the umbrella lights and I’m pleased with the final take. It’s changed my bookstagramming life! It rained today and I was like BRING IT! I’ve got UMBRELLAS… umbrella lights. I was going to take more pictures tonight but I’m solo parenting this weekend. (Husband got invited to go to the Super Bowl.) But I’m exhausted! 😩 Mad respect for single parents out there who do this full time! 

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What are your plans this weekend? If you use lighting for your pictures, what kind do you use? 

Book Challenge: I love…

For #bibliophilelove2017 I love…the bookstagram community! I’m so grateful to have found this place and also for the friends I have made here. I’m so glad to have an outlet to share my love for books and also share it with other people who completely understand! (You all know who you are!!) 😊.

For #squeakybookishlibrary 🦄—Unicorns remind me of my #booktwin Amy @ladyofthelibrary. Not just because it’s one of her favorite animals, but she’s got a beautiful soul and brings joy and light into your life. This Snape-Always key chain, made by @whenmelissareads, was given to me as a Friendaversary gift. It’s been one year since me and Amy became friends through bookstagram and I will always be grateful she found me! She’s been a constant source of support and positivity from BG prop advice to talking about what kind of shenanigans our kids are up to, she’s put up with my messaging and texting with patience and kindness. If you haven’t met Amy yet, make sure to stop by her account. 

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Who’s a friend that after all this time, you’ll always be grateful for? Comment below to spread the love!

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I’m a day late for these prompts. I didn’t post last night because I was helping my husband pack. He’s going away to attend the Super Bowl with a friend which means me, alone with our four kids. 😳 But my umbrella lights came in and FRIENDS it has changed my life! Check out my InstaStory to see them! Happy Friday! 

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Book Challenge: Shadows in Literature 

I had this book on my TBR for the longest time! I actually received an ARC last year at Y’all West which I didn’t get a chance to read. 😅 Then I received a final copy in the June Owlcrate @owlcrate later in the year. It was a sign from the book gods for me to read This Savage Song. But I didn’t listen. I don’t know why. I love Victoria Schwab. She’s pretty much one of my role models on being a writer. I finally got that kick in the behind when my audio book request from the library became available last month. I didn’t want to miss the opportunity, so I made sure to listen and read it. (It took forever to get my request!).

The reason why I’m telling you this is because I don’t want you to make the same mistake I did and put off reading this book. I don’t know how Victoria Schwab does it, but she manages to create worlds where magic exists plausible (as in the ADSOM series), but in this case monsters. Set in a dystopian setting, Verity city is plagued with monsters. These monsters are created from the violence committed by humans. They are the embodiment of sins that move in the shadows. The two main characters August Flynn and Kate Harker are embroiled in this reality. I highly recommend this, but note that this is geared toward a YA audience. Her ADSOM fantasy series is adult, so the difference in storytelling style is noticeable, but still compelling.

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Did you guys see on my InstaStory that there’s a preorder incentive for A Conjuring of Light (the third book in the ADSOM series). If you submit your receipt for a preorder of ACOL to MacMillan, you can get a book hugger for the series. I’m dying to get one!

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Everyone in North City pays for protection from the monsters and wears a medallion to show they are under Harker’s protection. Medallion featured is the Allomantic alphabet from Mistborn by @badalijewelry. 

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Anyone else a Victoria Schwab fan? Which of her books have you read? I think my next Victoria Schwab book will be Vicious.
#watermelanerdsfebruary “All beauty of life is made up of light and shadow.” Shadows in Literature (Groundhog day)

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Bullet Journal Challenge: Hi! 

Besides being an avid reader, I’m a notebook and bullet journal enthusiast. I use bullet journaling for different parts of my personality: reader, writer, and mommy. Featured here are the notebook systems that help me stay organized and reach my goals. .

I’ve recently moved all my collections into a TUL disc bound notebook and I’m loving it. My collections are divided up into five sections: reading, writing, buddy reads, manga/anime/drama, and notes. It’s so nice not having to worry about how a collection will be and where to find it. To the right is my sexy Foxy Fix @thefoxyfix Traveler’s Notebook. I have separate notebook inserts to help me organize my mommy and family life: real life bullet journal, book and nerd gear budget tracker, menu planner, and running lists of home/family supplies. Below is my Midori MD A5 squared notebook in a lovely notebook cover by @lunabluebags. I use this for personal journaling, but for this year I’ve set goals for personal care and I’m using it to track my progress. To the left of my journal is my Leuchtturm 1917 @leuchtturm1917 squared pages in an Anthracite cover. This is my favorite notebook for bullet journaling, but the Midori MD notebook is a close second. I use my LT1917 for my reading and writing life. I use it to set goals for writing my novel and reading. I also keep my current reads tracker and my dailies in there. 

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Seems like a lot, but this suits my personality so well. Different parts of me need different spaces, so I love having different notebooks that suit those parts of me. 

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Wooden bookmark from @riddlesteashoppe.

To do planner stickers from @paperkumaco.

Tap the rest for details!

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I’ve had some interest expressed in a flip through for my TUL disc bound to see the sections. Would that be something you’d all like to see on my InstaStory? Who else is a notebook/bullet journal addict?

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#planwithmechallenge Hi! 🙋🏽 

Book Challenge: February TBR

My February TBR consists mostly of books that I was reading from January that I’m planning to finish this month and I have a few buddy reads. Yay! I’m continuing Heartless, The Sun is Also a Star, All the Light We Cannot See, Lady Midnight, Prince of Thorns, and Before They are Hanged. I accidentally finished reading The Son of Neptune today! (See previous post). .

I will be buddy reading The Thirteen Tales with my friend Vicky @bijoux, Three Dark Crowns with my first buddy read friend Sierra @lookingthroughthepages, and Furthermore for a group read along with Sadie @devourer.of.books, Sam @_sklevy, and Ruthie @paperbackparamour. I’m excited to start these books with these ladies!

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I’ve started the first day of the month with a finished book—Son of Neptune—so I feel really good and optimistic that I can get through most of my TBR.

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Have you guys read any of these? What did you think? Also, Melanie @watermelanies was so very kind to let me send manic DMs about Lady Midnight because OMG the feels! I’m looking for more support, i.e. more people to manically message about LM. 

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Wooden bookmark by the lovely Mary @markedbymary.

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February TBR

#grimdragon 

#squeakybookishlibrary

#watermelanerdsfebruary 

#bibliophilelove2017

#bookishfriendsfeb17

Reading Habits 

Okay. So when I took this picture I kind of didn’t realize that I should’ve posted it sooner rather then later because WHOA it’s February already! Where has the time gone? .

If you check my previous post, you’ll see that This Savage Song was part of my January Wrap-up. You can see mini-reviews of other books I finished in January by scrolling down to the previous post. 

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So let’s talk about what kind of reader you are. One of my daily habits I want to keep up is to read for at least 20 minutes a day. To help me stay on track, I’ve created this current reads tracker. It’s helped me so much by helping me see my reading progress on my books. I also update my Goodreads status to also keep me accountable. Also, since I read multiple books at a time, I can see which ones have grabbed my attention and which ones need more of it. 

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How do you guys track your reading? What are some reading goals you’ve set for yourself?

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I stayed up way too late watching a Korean drama Playful Kiss and then accidentally finished reading Son of Neptune. I’m listening to SON with my kids, but I wanted to see how much we had left and accidentally read the rest of it. 😅 How’s your Wednesday going so far?