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
Today all I wanted to do was stretch out and and finish reading my book. Alas, it was also Monday and I had work to do. Isn't that always how it goes? . But now I have some evening time ahead of me to get down to business. I'm pretty sure I will manage to reach the very last page before it expires in less than 2 days and disappears back to the library for the next person waiting for Children of Blood and Bone. . Please tell me I'm not the only one who finds real life gets in the way of my book time?! 🙈📚
Lately my youngest daughter has been taking books out from her school library that she thinks I might like to read. This is the latest one. I haven't had a chance to start yet (I'm frantically trying to finish my borrowed ebook of Children of Blood and Bone before it expires and disappears back to the public library) but it sounds good and I will get to it soon. . Here's an embarrassing confession. In the 7+ years that I've lived in Halifax, I have yet to actually go into ANY of our public libraries, even the one not too far from my house. I borrow their ebooks all the time with the Overdrive app but I want to actually go one day soon. I used to go all the time when I was younger, taking out far more books than I could possibly read in one borrowing period. . Do you make use of the public libraries in your city? . (Yes, I know, my mug full of tea says, My weekend is all booked and it is not the weekend yet but it's my favourite mug so I use it no matter what day it is - besides, it does sum up my weekend plans!)
Surrounded by paperbacks and hardcover books, yet 95% of the books I read are in digital format. It isn't that I don't enjoy the feeling of holding a physical book, but e-readers make it a lot easier for me to get tons of reading in. . There's a lot of bickering over which is better, but if you're reading, you're reading. I wrote a blog post awhile back all about why digital reading works best for me. Link is in my bio if you'd like to weigh in. . My post lists all my reasons but the biggest one is my vision. My eyesight is far from great, so being able to increase the font size (especially later in the evening when I'm more tired) was a huge game changer for me. . Which do you read most often? Why?
So it probably isn't going to feel like summer for awhile, right? It was so cold today that it took forever for the space heater to warm up the room I use as a home office. I was just happy to be able to work from home instead of waiting for a bus in the frigid air. . I am currently 1/4 though Children of Blood and Bone, and I am really loving it. I wasn't sure at first but now I resent having to put it down. . Being a fantasy novel put it outside my usual genres but once I set my trepidation aside I was all over it. . What book did you read and love that is not your normal genre?
Sundays are perfect for getting cozy with a glass of wine and an old favourite quick read while ignoring the end of the weekend. I always feel like you pretty much have to have some red wine if you're reading a vampire novel - anything else would be uncivilized. . Recently I got inspired by some book-based photos on Instagram, being the reader that I've always been. It has since spawned so many ideas for photos featuring books and I've actually been having fun with photos again. . As a bonus, I've discovered that the bookstagram community here is so warm, welcoming, and fun. But what else would you expect from a group of bookworms? #whpcommunity . What's your favourite genre to read? Mine is usually dystopian novels!
Do you ever have books that you loved so much you want to re-read them but you can't make time because you still have so many in your to read pile? Yeah, I know. The Harry Potter series is one I could read again every year if only I had the time. I've read each twice or more but it will never be enough. Random fact: while she was never my favourite character, I always said I would have loved to play Bellatrix Lestrange in the movies and bow down to Helena Bonham Carter for her portrayal. Also, I learned to knit specifically so I could make myself this Slytherin scarf (because Snape was actually my fave - always). What would you read over? #whpseasonal
Achievement unlocked: long weekend is here. As you can see, I am ready for it! . What are your weekend plans? . #whpseasonal
When you're just trying to make it through all your to-read pile... . I'm actually doing really well with my 2018 reading goal. Over on @goodreads I chose a manageable challenge of 22 books for the year. I am currently reading book number 28 and there is still over a month and a half left to go. I credit ebooks from the library for my success - when they expire they disappear so there is something about seeing 3 days left to make me get a move on. . Now as for how many books I want to read in life, well, there are not enough years for me to read them all. But I will try! . How has your reading been going this year? What's the best book you've read so far in 2018?
Last week someone wrote an article using lots of big words to put down people in the Bookstagram community for using books as creative props in their photos. She also implied that these creatives don't even really read all that much, if at all. She took cheap shots at some people in particular that I love to follow on Instagram - @me_and_orla and @theslowtraveler and @bookishbronte - in part BECAUSE of the creative posts they share. And she even took images from their feeds to mock them. One part annoyance, and one part solidarity led me to re-create one of Sara's beautiful book images. And I figured that my copy of The Painted Girls was perfect to go with it. Don't let people who don't understand what you create talk you out of doing the things that you love in life. They'll never get it, but your right people will, and they will cheer loudly for you. PS I read almost every book in this pile, including The Painted Girls, which I highly recommend. What are you reading right now?
I got so tired of the dark, rainy days and of the days that were dreary and overcast even when it was dry. Plus our clocks went back last night which means less light for awhile. So I made my own sunshine to carry around with me whenever I need some. What do you think - do you suppose it will work? On the other hand, maybe I'd better just pick up some Vitamin D just in case. #whpscale
I miss sunlight. It has been a fairly dreary fall season here for the most part. The colors of the leaves have been spectacular but we've had so much rain that it's too soggy to enjoy them, and all the dampness is taking away one of my favourite things - the beautiful crunching sounds of dry leaves underfoot. . Luckily it seems like we may have a dry Halloween at least, but I sure would like a sunny weekend to go traipsing through the woods for a bit! . Don't even get me started about the fact that the time changes on Saturday night (or, well, early Sunday morning), which will make sunlight even more fleeting! . All this rain makes me want to curl up with a blanket and some tea, sulking. How is the season in your neck of the woods?
Okay I have to be honest for a second. If you've known me for more that a few minutes you know how much I love summer. And I do. It will always be my favourite. But it's hard to hate on autumn. Because, yes yes, it's the gateway to the hell of winter, but LOOK AT IT. Stupid season, tempting me with beautiful colors and crunchy leaves underfoot, and soups and pies, and valid reasons to get all my blankets out again. What's your favourite thing about this season?
Any time I talk about dropping out of the Cult of Busy people get confused. I think there is a block many folks have when it comes to learning to take a slower, dialed down approach to life. There is such a misconception that slowing down = lazy and that is not necessarily true. I'm all for the hustle but not when you're hustling just for the sake of saying it. Save that energy for things that matter and say no to the things that don't. What have you said no to lately?