Week in Review: September 7

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“But more than anything else, doors are change.” ▪️ It’s Wednesday. What are you reading? ▪️ This is my first day back at work after the long weekend which wound up being extra long after a surprise closure at work yesterday. ▪️ I’m about halfway through The Ten Thousand Doors of January which has been delightful so far. My new favorite game is looking at quotes and asking myself “is this from a portal fantasy or a self help book?” There is more overlap than you’d think! ▪️ #instabooks #currentlyreading #amreading #instareads #lovereading #bookworm #bookblogging #bookblogger #bookstagrammer #bibliophile #booklove #bookphotography #instabook #reading #reader #booktography #bookstagram #beautifulbooks #booksofinstagram #goodreads #bookaholic #bookish #bookishfeature #bookstafeatures #bookstagramfeature #readersofinstagram #unitedbookstagram #thetenthousanddoorsofjanuary #alixeharrow #bookanddoor

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How My Week Went:

My main takeaway this week is that I am now the proud owner of a gavel. I’ve been pretty vocal about this summer being hard. I will admit that I foolishly thought a switch would flip in September and that everything would be easier. That hasn’t happened but with the new month/new season I have been regrouping and am ready to adopt a new mindset. I’ve been trying to be gentle with myself and remember all of the progress I have made this year (I really feel like I’ve leveled up) instead of focusing on the things that have not changed. It’s been a good exercise in reframing.

What I Read:

I’m reading The Ten Thousand Doors of January. I like a lot of it. I think some of it might be flawed. But I’m really excited for it to come out so I can talk to more of you about it.

Week in Review: August 31

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Happy Monday! What are you reading this week? What’s on your to do list? What are you excited about? 📚 I’m between books but The Guinevere Deception should be on your radar for November. 📚 Big work meeting tomorrow and in blog news I’m trying to knock some book reviews off my to do list. 📚 Friday I get to see @thebookbandit for the first time in weeks so we can go to Rainbow Rowell and Faith Erin Hicks’ NYC tour stop for Pumpkinheads. 📚 Also it’s the first day in ages that hasn’t been painfully hot. I am ready for the fall weather to stick around. 📚 #instabooks #arcaugust19 #amreading #instareads #lovereading #bookworm #bookblogging #bookblogger #bookstagrammer #bibliophile #booklove #bookphotography #instabook #reading #reader #booktography #bookstagram #beautifulbooks #booksofinstagram #goodreads #bookaholic #bookish #bookishfeature #bookstafeatures #bookstagramfeature #readersofinstagram #unitedbookstagram #theguineveredeception #kierstenwhite #arcaugust

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How My Week Went:

I totally nailed it this week–got tons of stuff done. Unfortunately August totally wore me down and I think I’m fighting off a cold but whatever I’m still taking the win.

What I Read:

I haven’t been loving any of the books I’ve tried but hoping the next one will be a winner once I figure out what the next one should be.

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Week in Review: August 24

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"Life is beautiful and life is stupid." 🔮 When the end of the world arrives on Earth, no one expects it to be announced by a blue half-flamingo, half-anglerfish creature with the voice of an angel, or the person you love most in the world, or a non-threatening American waitress in Cleveland depending on who you ask. 🔮 People are even less prepared to learn that Earth's absolute very last hope is the washed out, broken up, and decidedly no-longer-good former glam rock sensation Decibel Jones and the Absolute Zeroes. 🔮 But that's jumping ahead. Really, it all started a hundred years ago when the Sentience Wars almost destroyed the galaxy. 🔮 In the peace following the Sentience Wars, everyone involved felt like it was time to celebrate while also imposing a non-negotiable hierarchy on civilization. Thus began the Metagalactic Grand Prix, a combination talent show, beauty pageant, fight for supremacy where all participating species can demonstrate their sentience along with as many special effects and as much stagecraft as they can manage. 🔮 After years of existing in relative obscurity, humanity has finally entered the galactic stage. Now all we have to do is put all of our faith in two thirds of what used to be the greatest glam rock band ever and hope that they can sing their hearts out to prove our entire species' sentience, our ability to rock, and how very much we should not be summarily vaporized in Space Opera (2018) by Catherynne M. Valente. 🔮 Have you ever asked yourself what The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy would have been like with 90% more singing? If the answer is yes, then Space Opera is the Douglas Adams inspired homage to Eurovision that you've been waiting for. Even better? It's out right now and a sequel is slated for 2021. 🔮 #instabooks #currentlyreading #amreading #instareads #lovereading #bookworm #bookblogging #bookblogger #bookstagrammer #bibliophile #beatthebacklist2019 #instabook #reading #reader #booktography #bookstagram #beautifulbooks #booksofinstagram #goodreads #bookaholic #bookish #bookishfeature #bookstafeatures #bookstagramfeatur #readersofinstagram #unitedbookstagram #spaceopera #catherynnemvalente #beatthebacklist

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How My Week Went:

Forget weird, this week was just absurd. Already looking forward to my three day weekend next week lol

What I Read:

Finished One Dark Throne and I have a lot of Thoughts. And many Feelings. Onward to Gravemaidens. In other words: I’m doing pretty well with the ARC August thing.

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Week in Review: August 17

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What’s your favorite kind of candy? ▪️ Usually I’m all about chocolate but I made an except for these super cute frog gummies that Disney gave out while Ashley Elston was signing ARCs of 10 Blind Dates at BookExpo. ▪️ I’m hoping to get to this one later this month. We’ll see! If July was a busy month, then August is shaping up to just be a weird one. Lots of things happening. Lots of important insights and realizations. ▪️ August 12 will be my blogs twelfth birthday. And earlier this month was the sixteenth anniversary of starting my first ever library job (as a part time shelving page in high school). Plus I hit five years as a full-time ya librarian in June. Isn’t it funny how some milestones tend to cluster? ▪️ #instabooks #10blinddates #amreading #instareads #lovereading #bookworm #bookblogging #bookblogger #bookstagrammer #bibliophile #sugarfina #bookphotography #instabook #reading #reader #booktography #bookstagram #beautifulbooks #booksofinstagram #goodreads #bookaholic #bookish #bookishfeature #bookstafeatures #bookstagramfeature #readersofinstagram #unitedbookstagram #signedbooksundays #signedbooksunday #ashleyelston

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How My Week Went:

I feel like my word for the month of August is “weird.” Every week I feel like I’ve been saying how weird things are and I’m still not sure why.

What I Read:

Still working on The Guinevere Deception and re-read Because It Is My Blood by Gabrielle Zevin.

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Week in Review: August 10

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What are you reading today? 📚 Have you read any books by Taylor Jenkins Reid yet? I’ve heard friends raving about her for years and I have to say it seems like she just keeps getting better. I am all in for this oral history about the meteoric rise and sudden fall of a rock band in the late 1970s. 📚 #instabooks #currentlyreading #amreading #instareads #lovereading #bookworm #bookblogging #bookblogger #bookstagrammer #bibliophile #booklove #bookphotography #instabook #reading #reader #booktography #bookstagram #beautifulbooks #booksofinstagram #goodreads #bookaholic #bookish #bookishfeature #bookstafeatures #bookstagramfeature #readersofinstagram #unitedbookstagram #daisyjonesandthesix #taylorjenkinsreid #bookmark

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How My Week Went:

This has been such a weird week! I am the type of person who reads my weekly horoscope and this week’s was really spot on–like freakishly so–as were the tarot readings I did for myself. I prefer to tell others about obvious signs from the universe while ignoring any that may directed at me so it was a bit unsettling but I’m trying to lean in. I also got so many compliments this week–people telling me I’m charming or charismatic, competent, and even cute or gorgeous. It was quite the boost and a feeling I’m going to try to keep in my heart moving forward.

What I Read:

I finished a re-read of All These Things I’ve Done by Gabrielle Zevin and have moved on to the second book Because It Is My Blood. It’s an absolute all time favorite series and I’m happy to report it still holds up. I tried Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin (which I was so so excited to read) but it didn’t work for me. But that’s okay because then I picked up Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid and hi, I’m now obsessed. I have talked about it to no fewer than five different coworkers in the past week. Right now I’m reading The Guinevere Deception by Kiersten White because sometimes you just have to read the book that won’t be out for another three months.

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Week in Review: August 3

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Do you have a favorite musical? 📚 Last night I was lucky enough to get to see Be More Chill with @miss_melissalee. The show is based on a novel by Ned Vizzini about a nerd who hopes that using a supercomputer called a squip to tap into his brain will help him be more chill and win the girl of his dreams. But it turns out Japanese nanotechnology supercomputers can have agendas of their own and, well, things don’t go as planned. 📚 The musical production was a lot of fun. The bare bones set was used to great effect with fun lighting and backdrop changes. The small ensemble cast were all fantastic (and all of them had a chance to shine). Plus the show is hysterical. My face was sore from laughing so much by the end of the night. 📚 There’s a lot of love in this show but my favorite train of wisdom is this: 🎵🎶🎵”When you love someone you put your pants on.”🎶🎵🎶 📚 #instabooks #beatthebacklist2019 #musical #instareads #bookishmusicals #bookworm #bookblogging #bookblogger #bookstagrammer #bibliophile #booklove #bookphotography #instabook #reading #reader #booktography #bookstagram #beautifulbooks #booksofinstagram #goodreads #bookaholic #bookish #bookishfeature #bookstafeatures #bookstagramfeature #readersofinstagram #unitedbookstagram #bemorechill #bemorechillmusical #beatthebacklist

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How My Week Went:

This week was an emotional roller coaster. The heat and humidity made me sick at work. But then I got a surprise invite from my friend Melissa to see Be More Chill and it was totally delightful and just what I needed this week.

What I Read:

I finally finished Inventing Ourselves! It was really dense but informative. That said, you can also watch Sarah-Jayne Blakemore’s TED Talk to get the information a lot faster. I tried House of Salt and Sorrows. It wasn’t for me. And now I’m reading Queen of Ruin which I have been excitedly waiting for since I read Grace and Fury last year.

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  • How often do you make/eat toast?

Week in Review: July 27

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Happy Friday! Be sure to add The Tea Dragon Festival to your to read list for September. ▪️ This book is all about mutual appreciation and acknowledging skills and efforts. ▪️ In honor of that, here is my biggest tip for earning respect in the workplace: acknowledge your coworkers’ accomplishments and thank them for their efforts. ▪️ Appreciation never gets old and it can never be overstated. ▪️ #instabooks #teadragonfestival #amreading #instareads #lovereading #bookworm #bookblogging #bookblogger #bookstagrammer #bibliophile #booklove #bookphotography #instabook #reading #reader #booktography #bookstagram #beautifulbooks #booksofinstagram #goodreads #bookaholic #bookish #bookishfeature #bookstafeatures #bookstagramfeature #readersofinstagram #unitedbookstagram #katieoneill #comics #teadragonsociety

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How My Week Went:

Many thanks to my far-flung friends who have spent the week getting novel length texts from me recapping various sitcom-esque moments from my week. Also! I have survived Mock Printzmas in July and will be preparing for Harry Potter’s birthday at work when this posts.

What I Read:

I read Practical Magic for the first time. Much like Howl’s Moving Castle, it is a very different animal from its movie adaptation and that is totally fine because I loved both.

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  • How was your week?
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  • Doesn’t any else feel like their life is a sitcom?