Week in Review: September 12: Quarantine Week 26: In Which I Spent An Entire Week Dealing with Chair Drama

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I need a new desk chair and my mom and I need new recliners in our living room and that has consumed most of my life. A new desk chair has been acquired and is coming. Recliners continue to be up in the air because furniture shopping is the worst.

Week In Review: September 5: Quarantine Week 25: In Which I Can’t Believe It’s September

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September really took me by surprise and I still haven’t recovered from the transition to a new month. It’s been the kind of week where objectively I have done almost everything I meant to/needed to do. But it still doesn’t feel like enough. Which isn’t a great feeling but I’m trying to ride it out. I think part of it is also still the whole trying to work and act like everything is normal during a global pandemic. My favorite summer show Big Brother started last month and, sadly, the season has been a major train wreck so I can’t even rely on trash reality TV as a respite from ~pandemic stress~.

Week In Review: August 29: Quarantine Week 24: In Which Things Are Planned

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Hello! What have you been up to this week? How are you? ▪️ Can you believe August is almost over? I really can’t. August felt very long but also like I blinked and then it was almost September. ▪️ I committed myself to filming an August wrap up for IGTV so I need to figure that out soon. (Still a little nervous about it although this our year of video conferencing has made me much more comfortable seeing and hearing myself on video.) ▪️ Aside from an embarrassing number of copies of The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue I am on a book buying ban as I work on reading down my owned books. This was somewhat derailed by my reread of Megan Whalen Turner’s Queen’s Thief series but I’m recommitted now! ▪️ Work wise everything is still very nebulous and I’m trying to not stress about that. My first virtual staff book club is happening in the second week of September so that’s my most immediate project to plan for. Fingers crossed it goes well. ▪️ #InstaReads #BookLife #BookGram #Booktography #BeautifulBooks #Bookstagramit #LibrariansOfInstagram #BookReviews #BookBlog #AllTheBooks #UnitedBookstagram #LoveReading #BooksOfIg #BookStyle #BookPost #BookishLife #ForTheLoveOfBooks #ReadersOfInsta #BookBlogging #BookRecommendations #ReadersOfIg #BooksToRead #ReadMore #BookstagramFeatures #BookstaFeatures #thegirlsatthekingfisherclub #genevievevalentine #bookstagram #bookworm

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How My Week Went:

I was going to start this recap by saying I feel like, since the pandemic started, it’s been a one good week/one bad week kind of thing. But this last part of August was just . . . not that great.

There’s lots of cool stuff happening on the blog this week–lots and lots of stuff as I try to build in more Friday posts with either booklists or some kind of lifestyle thing.

Work is still work. I’m planning a holiday promotion now that no one will see until November. If you want to read about a USPS inspired booklist, I was interviewed about that this week: https://www.brooklynpaper.com/bpl-post-office-reading-list/

Week In Review: August 21: Quarantine Week 23: In Which I Send Many Emails

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This week felt like it was five months long. Appropriate since it was just like every other week of quarantine–which is hitting the five month mark. I’m tired. I miss having more than a thimbleful of patience at any one time. And I’m sick to death of people acting like I’m the irrational one for still trying to self-isolate for as long as humanly possible. My mom hasn’t been feeling well this week (allergies and generic malaise, not plague) which is its own special kind of stress during a pandemic. I keep trying to leave space for optimism but it’s easier to be annoyed or sad and disappointed. One good thing this week is that I’ve been re-reading Megan Whalen Turner’s books this week and I think they are exactly what I needed right now–a soothing balm while I try (again and always) to regroup.

Week In Review: August 15: Quarantine Week 22: In Which My Blog Turns 13

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My blog turned 13 this week! Check out the Blog birthday post for links to enter the giveaways I’m running on Twitter and Instagram. Not much else to say–this wasn’t a good week for sleep or low stress which, generally, is not a good combination. Hoping a hard reset this weekend will help.

Week In Review: August 8: Quarantine Week 21: In Which Many Things are Accomplished!

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Hi. I actually low key hate this picture BUT I’m putting my money where my mouth is and this is your friendly reminder to wear a mask when you go out to protect yourself and others.

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This week was very productive. I have many work projects in progress and I think some of them will even be fun.

If you follow me on Instagram I also started a new interactive project–we’re building our dream house! I don’t know how long it will be but I think it will be fun. I’m even experimenting with highlights so I don’t lose the polls before they finish.

Week in Review: August 1: Quarantine Week 20: In which I am emotionally exhausted

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Have you ever wanted to run away to the circus? 🎪 Harley never thought she'd have to run away to the circus. Not when her parents already run a successful one in Las Vegas. After years of dreaming of becoming an aerialist and performing on the static trapeze, Harley hopes her parents will finally see her how serious she is and let her begin training professionally after high school. 🎪 Instead they double down on their demand that Harley focus on college first and then consider the circus–even though Harley knows she is in her prime as a performer right now, something that may not be true after four years in school studying something she has no interest in learning. 🎪 After her latest fight with her parents goes too far, Harley feels like she only has one choice: join a rival traveling circus. 🎪 Life on the road isn't what Harley expected. The performers at Maison du Mystère don't trust her, the trapeze artist who is supposed to mentor Harley actively hates her, and worst of all Harley has to live with the guilt over what she did to her parents so that she could snatch this opportunity. Harley has never felt like she fit into her family–never enough of any one thing to truly share biracial parents' and her grandparents' histories–and now she's afraid she may not be enough for the circus either. 🎪 As she struggles to carve out a place for herself at the Maison du Mystère and proof to herself and her parents that she has what it takes, Harley will have to decide if the sacrifices–and the choices–that she's made to get to this point are worth it in Harley in the Sky (2020) by Akemi Dawn Bowman. 🎪 #InstaReads #BookLife #Booktography #BeautifulBooks #Bookstagramit #LibrariansOfInstagram #BookReviews #BookBlog #AllTheBooks #UnitedBookstagram #OnceUponABookClubBox #BooksOfIg #BookStyle #BookLife #BookPost #BookishLife #ForTheLoveOfBooks #OnceUponABookClub #ReadersOfInsta #LoveReading #ouabc #BookRecommendations #ReadersOfIg #BooksToRead #ReadMore #BookstagramFeatures #BookstaFeatures #HarleyInTheSky #AkemiDawnBowman #30bachallenge

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I don’t think I’ve been saying this every week since March but this week was emotionally exhausting. I’m a little burnt out from working from home because I take on too much. I’m a little sad from, you know, the state of the world. And I’m a little lonely after not seeing anyone but my mom for going on more than four months. I also feel intensely guilty about working entirely from home still while colleagues and friends have had to go back already. But I know this is still the best and safest option for me and my family (my mom) and I have to be grateful for that.

I tried to give my space for optimism this week but then being on the verge of a panic attack for two days and trying to tamp down existential dread through sheer force of will for the rest of the week sort of got in the way for that. So I guess I’m giving myself space for optimism in the upcoming week too.

Week in Review: July 25: Quarantine Week 19: In Which I Think About Personal Development Goals

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Do you have any #bookstagram goals? Or other social media goals? 📚 These are mine for the year. They align well with my usual desire to set what I call personal development goals at the start of the fiscal year. 📚 -Use my letterboard more: I love this thing. It’s one of my favorite gifts and proves @thatsostelle is a genius gifter and I need to use it more. Discovering it fits on my shelf today was a boon! -Build my brand: this is one of the reasons I started bookstagram at all. I have a solid blog and twitter presence but wanted to be more visible here -Try IGTV: would you all watch my IGTV if I shared booktalks? Be honest. -Increase engagement: this has been a great year for increasing my following on here (*waves*) and I’d like to keep that momentum going. -Have fun: @thebookbandit and @cassieopiabooks are subjected to a lot of my of my insta whining. I want to work on remembering that I do this because it’s fun and I like stretching myself as a photographer no matter how well my other goals work out. 📚 #InstaReads #BookLife #BookGram #Booktography #BeautifulBooks #Bookstagramit #LibrariansOfInstagram #BookReviews #BookBlog #AllTheBooks #UnitedBookstagram #LoveReading #BooksOfIg #BookStyle #BookLife #BookPost #BookishLife #ForTheLoveOfBooks #AllTheBooks #ReadersOfInsta #LoveReading #BookBlogging #BookRecommendations #ReadersOfIg #BooksToRead #ReadMore #BookstagramFeatures #BookstaFeatures #30bachallenge

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Still working remotely, still self-isolating except for my mom who lives with me–those things have been hard. But I’m grateful for the friends I have been able to keep in touch with virtually and the friends I only know virtually.

I started a month-long challenge on Instagram for bookstagrammers and it’s been interesting to stretch myself there and also a good exercise in perspective and appreciating how far I’ve come, in all areas, and how much I’ve achieved.

This is the time of year where I usually set what I call “personal development” goals. These run on a fiscal year schedule so I set them every summer and previous ones have included things like trying to make new friends at work and be brave and step out of my comfort zone. Sometimes they’re really hard to do but I never regret them. I hadn’t been sure what to set for a goal this year since, for the foreseeable future anyway, my world is pretty small.

But after doing this challenge and thinking about goals I want to set for my Instagram, I feel like having fun this year and remembering to appreciate the progress I’ve made aren’t bad as far as personal development goals go.

Week in Review: July 18: Quarantine Week 18: Everything is Still on Fire

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Everything is still a mess. The world is burning. And it feels like it’s going to be like that for a while now? I don’t know. I spent this week reorganizing my bookshelves and honestly it still feels like the most productive part of my week. I’m selling a bunch of them on ebay if you’re into that: https://www.ebay.com/sch/missdirect/m.html?_nkw=&_armrs=1&_ipg=&_from=

Week in Review: July 11: Quarantine Week 17: In Which I Make Progress on my To Do List

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I think I finally have what feels like “enough” masks and gloves. Which is good I guess. I am still working remotely and it’s still very one day at a time. I am restless, like everyone, but know staying home is still the best course of action. This week I got a lot done “at” work, did a lot of mending I’d been putting off, and I have made a significant dent in blog reviews. I even started scheduling interviews again!