Happy first day of Spring! I can't wait until real flowers bloom, but for now, these will do! It's also #internationaldayofhappiness - here are some things that made me happy today: * We went to the Museum of Natural History (see my stories or the Highlight on my profile) to see their dinosaur exhibit. Very cool! The animatronics were fun and I especially loved the T-Rex area. * It is still only the halfway point of March Break which means I have several more days before going back to our routine. * Not only was it the first day of Spring, it FELT like Spring! * I enjoyed a beautiful walk around the neighborhood with one of my daughters, including taking an impromptu photo or two, such as this one. 📸: @ilovetomakeart * I'm having Pad Thai for supper. It doesn't take much, really. What made you happy today?
Sometimes dead is better. . When I was 12 years old I read my very first Stephen King novel, Pet Sematary. My mother was reluctant to expose me to anything scary after I needed to sleep with the light on for days after being traumatized by Thriller when I was 10 or 11. . As a result she did not want me reading or watching anything horror-related. I ended up hiding this book behind magazines so I could sit in the living room and read it - kind of the opposite to when people would hide magazines or comics behind textbooks in school. 😂 . My mother didn't need to worry. Although I will be forever haunted by Zelda and Victor Pax-cow and Gage running down that hill towards the highway, I did not lose any sleep because of residual fear. (I did lose some sleep staying up late reading it in bed though. Some things never change, I still do that now.) . However, reading it DID turn me into a lifelong fan of Stephen King and the horror genre of books AND movies. (Ask me how she reacted when she learned I'd watched Nightmare on Elm Street when I was 13... 🙄) . The truth is I love to be scared by fiction, to be afraid when there's just no need to be. I find it fun. I may be weird, I know! . Do you like horror stories that make the hair on the back of your neck stand up? What's the first book you ever read by your favourite author?
I can't imagine I'm the only one who is wondering where on earth the weekend went and how we got to Monday already. . I had an incredible Sunday hanging out at Podcamp Halifax, I am in awe of the great info I learned and can't believe it's a free conference. . If today was a holiday Monday I would have slept in, had a leisurely coffee, and read my library book before it's due back. Instead I'm working and waiting for the caffeine to kick in. Reading will have to wait awhile. . How was your weekend? Have you ever been to a blogging or online media conference? I'm hooked!
Oh hey! It's the weekend! Float that cup my way please so I can get to sipping some tea and reading! #whpmovement . (But maybe I'll have some wine first. 🍷 Cheers!) . Am I the only one who felt this week lasted a whole month? I'm glad I can sleep in a bit tomorrow! What are you looking forward to this weekend?
I'm not much of a traveler. It's not from a lack of wanderlust. It's more a lack of wanderbudget. 😂 . The good news is I can travel anywhere anytime just by picking up a book. I've been to Los Angeles and New York City. I've been to Mexico and Cuba, and London and the French countryside. I've been across Italy and Bali, and I've traveled the Middle East and the African coast line. . I've even been to Narnia, Wonderland, Westeros, and Hogwarts. . One day I want to travel more (maybe not to Westeros though) but for now I'll let my imagination lead my feet to other places. . Where do you want to go? #whpwanderlust
Sometimes when I walk around the woods in the snow I feel like I'm strolling near Winterfell (it is certainly cold enough some days!). . I debated re-reading the Game of Thrones series but the books are long and take some time to get through, so I've decided to try to watch the whole series again before the final (😭) season comes on in April. . Are you a fan? Who do you think will make it to the end? My favourites are Jon, Danaerys, and Tyrion and I'm feeling pretty sure they won't all survive but I'm trying not to think about it!
Curiouser and curiouser... Alice had never attended a tea party quite like this before. . Welcome to Wonderland! I've been reading - and loving - the book A Blade So Black which is a retelling of Alice in Wonderland. I'm only about halfway through it and it is partly due to being busy the past few days and partly because I don't want to finish it too quickly. . Still, I felt pretty inspired to have an Alice in Wonderland themed tea party by myself. Or at least I think I was alone... #whpinspiredby . Would you want to hop down the rabbit hole and visit Wonderland? . *** edited to add: *** I feel like I should mention that not only was I inspired by a book that was inspired by another book but by several people as well. I have to give huge props to @allthatisshe and @bookishbronte for always inspiring me with their magical imagery and making me feel like I can do that too, and @sheflourished_ for inspiring me to play a little more often. Thank you ladies!
I was looking for a specific book on one of my shelves and found these two - I forgot I even had them. Now I'm annoyed I don't have the first in the series! . I do remember loving all of them when I first read them though and wishing I could travel as much as those jeans did. . I don't really travel much so for me, reading books that take place in a variety of locations fills that void a bit! . This weekend I'm travelling to Wonderland in the hopes of finishing my current book (A Blade So Black) so I can go on to the THREE holds that came in from the library this week! . Do you travel? What locations do you love reading about in fiction?
It never fails, am I right? You're just about to crack open a new read and I get an email telling me a hold I placed at the library has come in and to go download my ebook right away. . Ah well. I was looking forward to getting into this Ruth Ware book that I borrowed from my sister. However, I placed a hold on A Blade So Black FOREVER ago o if it's in, I'm reading that. The library will take my ebook back after 21 days and my sister is more lenient with borrowing times so it works out anyway. . I didn't expect to get my long awaited hold when I did, but it certainly is a wonderful problem to have! #whpunexpected . A Blade So Black will be my second book of 2019 (first was The Girl Who Smiled Beads, so well written). What are you reading now? Do you ever struggle with too many books available all at once?
I had a great 2018 overall. Probably the biggest accomplishment for me was leaving my job of 7 years and starting somewhere new. It was terrifying but so worth it because it was exactly right for me - and as a bonus I've met even more incredible people on top of the ones I said goodbye to at my old job. . I also read more in the past year than I had for awhile and it just makes me want to read even MORE in 2019 so I think I will do that. . I am going into the new year with less of a resolution (although I enjoy setting those as well) and more of an intention - disconnect to connect. No, I'm not abandoning social media or selling my laptop, but I want to push them aside a bit more often and connect differently. Connect with my family and friends. With the outdoors. With creative things that require my hands like drawing, painting, and maybe even learning to bake. Connecting with more good reads and with myself. Connecting with my health. . I think those sound like a good foundation for a great year. . What do you want in 2019?
I read a lot of great things in this past year but I am especially grateful that I read Unwind and then the other three books in the story. It was honestly the best dystopian series I've ever read where it was excellent from start to finish. It also made me mad so that's always a good sign of a fantastic fictional novel. . My resolutions for the new year are laid back. I read more in 2018 than I had I awhile so I'd like to piggyback on that and read even more again. And I'd like to write WAY more than I did please and thank you. . I also want to do more things with my hands, away from social media. I want to draw again and get better, and buy cheap art stuff to do a paint night at home with a YouTube tutorial, and maybe even try some jigsaw puzzles. . Those are my simple resolutions for 2019. Read, write, draw, create. Simple but fun and important. . Do you have any resolutions? #whpresolutions2019
It is Christmas Eve Eve! I can't believe the big day is almost here. I'm over 75% of the way through gift wrapping and I did it while watching Christmas Vacation - my tradition - so I know it truly is that magical time of year. I'm so excited about some of the gifts we have for the kids, I can't wait! Four hours of work on Monday and then I get to kick back and hopefully watch Elf! Would you like to wake up to a book tree on Christmas morning? I sure would! #whpmagical
Do you ever re-read your favourite books? The Poisonwood Bible is definitely in my top 5 and although I've only read it once I've been meaning to crack it open again for years. I just never seem to have time, I have so many new books to get to and novels on hold at the library. . One day though, I will revisit the Price family. The story is told by the five daughters of a Baptist missionary who left the U.S. and dragged his whole family as he brought his religion to the then-Belgian Congo in 1959. They are met with the disastrous results you'd expect and several you wouldn't. . Have you read this yet? It is honestly just so good, it has stuck with me since the day I finished the very last page at least a decade ago.
I may be biased, what with my reading addiction and all, but I think books are great gifts, dont you think? I always loved getting one or two on Christmas morning. . I'd love to unwrap the final book in the Game of Thrones series but George R R Martin hasn't finished it yet so i must wait. I would settle for a gift card to @chaptersindigo to go buy something that catches my eye! 😁 . (By the way this isn't sponsored, I just love going to Chapters; they are more than welcome to sponsor me at any time though, haha.) . What book would you love to find under your tree?
What's your favourite book ever? That's probably one of the toughest questions for a bookworm to answer but if I MUST then it would be A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini. I've loved all his books but this one hit me the hardest. . Warning - it's not really a book fit for public consumption unless you don't mind doing the Ugly Cry outside of the house. I had to limit myself to just reading it at home after breaking down in sobs in the lunch room at work one day! . This man has the most incredible gift when it comes to spinning words together. It really is magical. . Also magical is managing to catch a bit of sun over a book with Suns in the title. 😄☀️ . Tell me your favourite book since my goal in life is apparently to have a neverending to-read list. #whpnaturallight