Week in Review January 20: I am very tired and trying to be very merry

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It’s been a long week. I play caregiver a lot and I didn’t really think this week would be that different but it was a lot harder and more stressful than previously–probably because there is more wound care involved and also probably from post traumatic stress. Especially toward the end of the week it just started to feel like every single thing I tried to do took at least twice as long as it should have and everything was a struggle. Do you ever have days like that? How do you knuckle through?

I also know a lot more about iTunes now because I had to re-install my entire music library to my phone after changing a setting erased everything. This isn’t the first time it’s happened and I was ready but god it’s tedious and annoying. I know streaming music is the big thing right now but I just am not comfortable to subscribe to a service and no longer own my actual music, you know?

I wanted to write two reviews every day this week. I almost did but lost momentum at the end. It was still a huge help to get down my review backlog either way.

I have a birthday this weekend and am also trying to celebrate it. Don’t ask how. As of this writing I’m still not sure.

I’m posting every day on Instagram this year. Here’s some of my latest:

I didn’t expect to become a Leigh Bardugo fan when I first read Six of Crows the year it came out. 📚📚📚 Imagine my surprise when this hybrid heist fantasy wound up becoming an immediate favorite for me. So much so that I wound up preordering Crooked Kingdom and attending the launch party. (And loving it of course.) 📚📚📚 Despite not reading the original Shadow and Bone trilogy I was very excited when to read The Language of Thorns (especially after seeing the gorgeous sampler) and downright thrilled to have the opportunity to review it before its release for SLJ. 📚📚📚 Obviously I am now on board for all things Grisha and planning to loop back and read the Shadow and Bone books before King of Scars hits shelves next year. 📚📚📚 What books have become unexpected favorites for you? Which fandoms have taken you completely by surprise? 📚📚📚 #instabooks #currentlyreading #amreading #instareads #bookgram #bookworm #bookblogging #bookblogger #bookstagrammer #bibliophile #bookphotography #instabook #reading #reader #booknerd #yalit #yabooks #instareads #books #booktography #bookstagram #igreads #book #booklove #booksofinstagram #goodreads #bookaholic #bookish #grishaverse #thelanguageofthorns

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I’ve been thinking a lot about duologies lately. It’s a comparatively new form for a series that’s been getting a lot of traction lately—especially in YA. 📚📚📚 I like duologies because they’re easy to commit to and also it’s a form that makes design and writing choices more overt as the two books work with each other and mirror each other while being totally different books. 📚📚📚 One of my favorite duos is Passenger and Wayfarer by @alexbracken. This series travels across the globe and through time as Etta discovers her heritage as a time traveler and works with privateer and fellow traveler Nicholas to preserve time and stay together. 📚📚📚 Have you read this series? Do you like duologies? What’s your favorite? 📚📚📚 #instabooks #currentlyreading #amreading #instareads #bookgram #bookworm #bookblogging #bookblogger #bookstagrammer #bibliophile #bookphotography #instabook #reading #reader #booknerd #yalit #yabooks #instareads #books #booktography #bookstagram #igreads #book #booklove #booksofinstagram #goodreads #bookaholic #bookish #alexandrabracken #bookseries

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My current aesthetic is on brand across all platforms. 📚📚📚 Got to love bright white books with multicolor accents and a matching phone case and bookmark. 📚📚📚 First up is Warcross by Marie Lu. Emika Chen is on the edge and looking down when a failed hack glitches her into the biggest virtual reality game of the year and catches the attention of the game’s creator (and her idol) Hideo Tanaka. Secretly hired by Hideo to find a mysterious hacker, Emika is thrust into the dizzying world of the Warcross championship as she has to compete with her team, identify her fellow bounty hunters, and find the hacker before it’s too late. But the deeper Emika delves into the underworld of Warcross the more she realizes that nothing is as it seems. 📚📚📚 In Hit Makers: The Science of Popularity in the Age of Distraction Derek Thompson explores what makes a hit with surprising results as he examines how exposure, familiarity, and other factors play into the often ineffable quality of popular appeal. This is approachable nonfiction at its best and a must read for anyone with more than a passing interest in pop culture. 📚📚📚 What are you reading today? Do the covers match as well as these do? 📚📚📚 #instabooks #currentlyreading #amreading #instareads #bookgram #bookworm #bookblogging #bookblogger #bookstagrammer #bibliophile #bookphotography #instabook #reading #reader #booknerd #yalit #yabooks #instareads #books #booktography #bookstagram #igreads #book #booklove #booksofinstagram #goodreads #bookaholic #bookish #warcross #hitmakers

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Here are links to the other posts from this week:

If you you want to see how my month in reading is shaking out be sure to check out my January reading tracker.

How was your week? What are you reading?

Let’s talk in the comments.

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January 13 Week in Review: Nurse Emma reporting for duty

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My mom had surgery earlier this week and I’m taking off for almost two weeks to be around more while she’s recovering. Although it was outpatient the whole procedure was a lot more invasive than either of us expected. But I’m happy to report that Mom is doing well and feeling a little better every day. Being the nurse during her recovery is a little scary because it’s a lot of responsibility but I think we’re both doing well.

On Friday I got to see my friend Becky during a NYC stopover between Florida and her big international trip. We braved the rain to head uptown to Serendipity which was charming.

It was also really fogggy!

I’m feeling a little weird being off from work for so long (and suddenly because I extended my leave time the day of Mom’s surgery) but I’m reminding myself that being a caregiver is valid and important and requires as much time as work (or being sick myself) would. And it’s as valid a reason to unplug from work stuff as a vacation day would be.

I have officially bought notebooks for my planner and made a couple of monthly spreads. My original plan was to track everything in one book but after I got a reading journal from Shelflove Crate (see below) I decided to use that for reading stuff and I’m tracking habits/tasks/spending in another notebook. I hate the trackers I made and am already realizing they have some limitations. BUT I’m going to keep trying.

Do you use a paper planner? Do you bullet journal? Any tips and tricks for me?

I’m posting every day on Instagram this year. Here’s one of my latest:

When I heard the theme for December’s #shelflovecrate was “Timeless” I was pretty sure I’d love the items (and had a good idea what the book might be) so I decided to go ahead and order the box as an early birthday present to myself. 📚📚📚 I’m happy to say the box didn’t disappoint! I’m very excited to read Everless soon and have already been using the Peter Pan inspired planner/reading journal which is filled with reading challenges, weekly and monthly calendars, and beautiful quote prints I am very likely to cut out and frame when I finish using all of the pages. And who doesn’t want a time turner of their own or a time is money magnet? Swipe over to see a list of all the items included in this fun box. 📚📚📚 #instabooks #currentlyreading #amreading #instareads #bookgram #bookworm #bookblogging #bookblogger #bookstagrammer #bibliophile #bookphotography #instabook #reading #reader #booknerd #yalit #yabooks #instareads #books #booktography #bookstagram #igreads #book #booklove #booksofinstagram #goodreads #bookaholic #bookish #everless

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If you you want to see how my month in reading is shaking out be sure to check out my January reading tracker.

How was your week? What are you reading?

Let’s talk in the comments.

January 6 Week in Review: All the snow, all the plans.

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A lot happened on the blog this week! You can read my rambling about the start of my KonMari project, catch my January reading tracker (do any of you read those? I have doubts!), see why I still love Fire and Hemlock so damn much, and maybe possibly join this virtual companion to the Mock Printz program my library does every year.

Off the blog it was a weird week. I went back to work on the second and then had a snow day on the fourth but it still felt like a long week. I’m weeding picture books which is always interesting but is giving me terrible allergies this time around (yay dust).

How are you coping with the snow and the cold? Were you hit with this bomb cyclone madness?

It won’t be bullet journaling but I have a plan for the things I want to track in an analog notebook this year. I also bought some notebooks and stationary accessories on sale. I’m excited for them to come. Hopefully soon.

What goals are you tracking this year? Are you a planner person?

I’ve decided to try to post every day this year on Instagram so if you aren’t following me there yet, now is a great time to start if you want to cheer me on.

Here’s my latest from Instagram:

Next read of 2018: Fragments of the Lost by Megan Miranda. 📚📚📚 Jessa has no desire to to clear out her ex-boyfriend’s room but when his mother asks, she can’t say no. Jessa knows this is her penance—her punishment for being part of the puzzle of Caleb’s last day even if she can’t explain why he was at her meet that day anymore than anyone else can. 📚📚📚 As Jessa sorts through the fragments of Caleb’s life she starts to remember details of the start and end of their relationship. She also starts to wonder if everything they know about Caleb’s death is still just mismatched fragments waiting to be put together. 📚📚📚 Have you read this one? Is it on your list? What fragments tell your life story? 📚📚📚 #instabooks #currentlyreading #amreading #instareads #bookgram #bookworm #bookblogging #bookblogger #bookstagrammer #bibliophile #bookphotography #instabook #reading #reader #booknerd #yalit #yabooks #instareads #books #booktography #bookstagram #igreads #book #ilovebooks #booklove #booksofinstagram #goodreads #bookaholic #bookish #bookfeaturepage #reyesfilter

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If you you want to see how my month in reading is shaking out be sure to check out my January reading tracker.

How was your week? What are you reading?

Let’s talk in the comments.

Week in Review December 30: 2018 Resolutions

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I really loved Jane, Unlimited and I’m excited to finally be sharing my review of it with you here on the blog. In addition to my top ten booklist, I also did another year of reading tracker stats.

Moving into 2018 I am going to try to make these posts a little chattier again and not just a roundup of what I’ve published on the blog in the past week (and, you know, maybe I’ll post them on time too).

Since this post happens to come right at the end of the year (December went by so quickly for me), I decided to share some of my resolutions for 2018.

In 2016 and 2017 I was focused on being mindful and intentional. I’m not sure how I did with either of those. In 2017 I have been working on being neater and on using what I have–but I slipped up a few times. I also completely lost focus of what I was trying to do for my yearly goal which was, of course, a stumbling blog too.

In 2018 I am going to try to have deliberate and intentional as my guiding words. I have some specific things I want to accomplish this year and I’m hoping remembering those words throughout the year will help me focus on what I need to do.

I’ve been re-assessing my possessions through the eyes of KonMari again (more on that tomorrow because it’s getting to be a long post all by itself!) and I’m hoping to start budgeting and saving more. I also want to try to get back in the habit of using the library and buying fewer books (something that became increasingly difficult as a book blogger/reviewer).

I have no idea how this is going to go but I also bought a non-leather planner (I am doubling down on my commitment to a leather free life except for shoes/gifts and cruelty free makeup) and I’m going to try to use that to sort of get organized and stay focused. I’m not sure if I’ll be bullet journaling because I kind of hate the cult following “bujo” has at this point but it will be something. I don’t know.

What are you goals for the new year? What do you hope 2018 has in store?

Here’s my latest from Instagram:

I’m a little behind but I’ll be posting more pictures from the city’s holiday displays soon. Another thing I’ve realized about myself (and hope to remember moving forward) is that just because I’m using a camera phone it doesn’t make my pictures less artistic or less valuable. I am trying to remind myself that I am a photographer and that it counts even with so called “low tech” tools. I’m also trying to put more value on things that I might deem as disposable (like pictures I take or even some of my blog posts here) because the effort is no less real.

If you you want to see how my month in reading is shaking out be sure to check out my December reading tracker.

How was your week? What are you reading?

Let’s talk in the comments.

Week in Review: December 23

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Reviewing two “big” titles of the year (and Morris Award finalists, yay!) and also sharing my top ten reads of the year. Have you read any of these? Are any of them your favorites?

 

Here’s my latest from Instagram:

If you you want to see how my month in reading is shaking out be sure to check out my December reading tracker.

How was your week? What are you reading?

Let’s talk in the comments.

Week in Review: December 16

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Big news for this avid New York 1 viewer! One of my pictures was chosen as a NY1 Picture of the Day! Dreams do come true! I’m still so excited about this.

Mom and I are still trying to figure out if my picture *might* get shown on actual NY1 news but it turns out that isn’t an easy thing to figure out. Time will tell.

I’m also back in the top 5000 Amazon Reviewers which I’m really happy about and hoping to maintain this time. Despite Amazon being NO HELP and making it impossible to see review comments or helpful votes (who cares about a “smile” on a review?! ugh).

I also hosted my annual cookie swap this weekend which felt like a lot more work this year but was also a lot of fun.

Here’s my latest from Instagram:

If you you want to see how my month in reading is shaking out be sure to check out my December reading tracker.

How was your week? What are you reading?

Let’s talk in the comments.

Week in Review: December 9

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My mom was looking at my blog this week and was super embarrassed on my behalf that no one ever comments. So that’s where I’m at. Hoping for a quiet weekend with minimal snow.

Here’s my latest from Instagram:

Just a regular light post on a New York City Street.

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If you you want to see how my month in reading is shaking out be sure to check out my December reading tracker.

How was your week? What are you reading?

Let’s talk in the comments.