Book Blogger Hop, My Favorite, TMST

Talking About Memes #3

I decided there were a couple of different discussion memes that I wanted to participate in this year, so like my quote memes, I am combining them into one weekly post.

The first meme is the Book Blogger Hop hosted by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer. Each week there is a question to answer.

This week’s question:

When reading a mass paperback book, many people fold the cover back, as if they were reading a magazine. Doing this will eventually create creases in the spine. How do you feel about this common bookish habit? (submitted by Maria @ A Night’s Dream of Books)

What people do with their own books is, of course, up to them. I choose not to fold the cover back and try to keep my books in a close to new condition as possible when reading them. That being said, yes, some of my books have creases in their spines… it’s just going to happen if you read a book enough times.

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Also joining my discussion memes is Tell Me Something Tuesday hosted by Rainy Day Ramblings. This one shares a discussion topic for each week.
This week’s topic:

What books or series that are languishing in your TBR are you finally going to try this year? 

Oh my gosh, so many! But the ones that are at the top of my list… and have been on my TBR for quite some time… include:

Wild by Cheryl Strayed
The Stars of Mithra series by Nora Roberts
Finishing the Dennehy Sisters series by Jo Goodman
Finishing the Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer.

And I’ve added a new-to-me discussion called My Favorite… hosted by Maureen’s Books. Bloggers receive a weekly prompt to discuss their favorite thing about.

This week’s prompt:

Audiobook

2017 was the year of the audiobook for me, so there are several that I really enjoyed. Hands down, my favorite was Ready Player One by Ernest Cline, narrated by Wil Wheaton. Wil did an amazing job with this story and I was sucked into the plot, enjoying the action right along with the characters. This book was not normally one I would pick up, but so many people recommended it, so when the audio was available at my library, I checked it out… and I am so glad that I did! I now own the physical copy because I loved the audio version so much!

**All links to Goodreads.

Discussion

On the Accumulation of Stuff

I swear that I am not a hoarder, but if you looked at my apartment right now, you just might think that I was lying. It’s always around the time that you move that you really see just how much stuff you own and have to wonder… why?

And I’m not talking about books. Just because I own enough books to fill 4 bookcases, doesn’t mean I have too many. It’s all the other stuff. The things that I went through phases and was interested in, got a ton of stuff, then my interest waned… or shifted. And the sad part is that I used to own even more stuff!

When I left San Diego to move to Washington, I got rid of furniture, books, all of my kitchen stuff, and so many other things it’s crazy. But I kept a lot, then got more while living in Seattle. When I left Seattle to move to Oregon with my family, I got rid of a bunch more… more books, stuffed animals, memorabilia, decor items, etc. And now that I’ve moved back to Washington and I’m unpacking in my tiny living room, I can see that I didn’t cull anywhere near enough stuff the last time I packed!

So where did all of this stuff come from? I get excited about things and want to get my hands on everything to do with them… books, collectibles, whatever. Over time this has included NASCAR, various forms of crafting, music, movies, books to an extent, and a myriad of other things. I used to keep cute pens from Disney when they ran out of ink! One thing isn’t so bad, but more than that and there is just way too much.

As I have been unpacking, I have been culling things even further {though I now have a ton of stuff to take to a donation center}. The cow collection that started when I was 16 {so 30years ago} has been cut down to just those that I love or have true sentimental value. The same goes with stuffed animals {aside from my Build-a-Bears, I work there, so I fall in love a lot}. That huge collection of NASCAR collectibles is down to 3 cars. My supply of crafting materials has been trimmed to just the crafts I really love… painting paper mache boxes and wooden bird houses. My closets and drawers have been cleared of all the things that don’t fit or I’ll never wear again. Even my books have been culled again {only books that I have read and don’t see myself re-reading, or nonfiction topics that no longer interest me}. Once I get them all to the donation center, I’ll feel so much better… and lighter.

So how do I keep from accumulating so much stuff going forward? I really don’t know! I’m already collecting a ton of props for Bookstagram posts now that I have somewhere to shoot pictures. And I’m finally putting up a gallery wall and have been collecting things I love for there. And then there’s the library decor that I’ve coveted for years and am finally collecting. {All of this thanks to the discovery of Hobby Lobby last year, I did mention an addiction in an earlier post}.

I guess I need to look at things in two ways. I need to not go overboard, and focus on pieces that I love and will enjoy using {or looking at}. And I also need to recognize when it’s time to let things go and not keep holding on to them. As I’ve gotten older, I hope that I am better at recognizing this than I was before.

What things do you have a problem accumulating?
How do you handle having too much stuff?

Book Beginnings, The Friday 56, Thirsty Thursday & Hungry Hearts

This Week We’re Quoting… The Upside of Unrequited

Over the last year, I discovered that I love participating in memes! But I participate in so many memes that the number of meme posts could be overwhelming each week. This year I decided to break my memes up group like memes together. Some of my favorite memes share quotes, so I’ve put together one post each week for all of my quote memes. Click on the logo for each meme to be taken to the host’s blog.

This week I am featuring quotes from Becky Albertalli’s The Upside of Unrequited.

The Upside of Unrequited

 

Join Rose City Reader every Friday to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires.

I’m on the toilet at the 9:30 Club, and I’m wondering how mermaids pee.

Best beginning ever!

Rules:
*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader
(If you have to improvise, that’s ok.)
 *Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it)
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post to the Linky on Freda’s Voice.
*It’s that simple.

Because there’s nausea and fog, but there’s also this: an unshakeable feeling that something wonderful is about to happen. That’s the part I can’t explain. No matter how unlikely, I always have a secret shred of hope. And as feeling go, that’s a pretty addictive one.

 

Thirsty Thursday and Hungry Hearts - (un)Conventional Bookviews

The idea of this feature is to share a quote with food or drinks that showed up in a recent read, as well as if it’s something you think you’d like or not. Please share the title of the book it happened in, as well as the character who ate or drank the special little something you discovered between the pages of a good read. Each week there is a link-up at (un)Conventional Bookviews for the current post so that it’s easy to find other participants as well.

Anyway, when I step into the hallway, the air smells like butter and bacon. We are definitely the kind of Jews who eat bacon.
“Is that the young professional?” asks Patty.
Patty is one of my moms. She pops out from the kitchen, wearing an oversized batik tunic. “Here, bring these to the table.” She hands me a plate stacked high with pancakes.
“Okay….”
“You look kind of out of it, sweetie. You all right?”
“Yeah, I’m…” I look at the pancakes. “What are these supposed to be?”
“Hearts?” she says. There’s flour on her chin.
“Ohhhh.”
“I guess they kind of look like penises.”
“Yup.”
“And scrotums,” she adds.
“Mom, that’s so appetizing.”

 

**Cover links to Goodreads; title links to Amazon {affiliate}

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday~ I Resolve

Welcome to another edition of Top Ten Tuesday, created by the amazing team at The Broke and the Bookish and now hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is bookish resolutions or goals. I’m stepping away from a lot of challenges this year {though I am still doing the Goodreads Challenge}, but I do have several things that I want to focus on this year whether they be reading related, blog related, or just personal…

Goodreads Challenge goal: 150 books
My highest total so far was 2017 and it was 134, so I know this is going to be a bit of a stretch, but I should have more time to really focus on reading this year, so that should help.

Read Every Day
I want to spend at least an hour reading each day. This shouldn’t be an issue, I just need to choose books that interest me and make sure to devote the time I need to reading.

Read Books I Own
I have so many books that I haven’t read, but I keep buying more {or checking them out from the library}. This year I want to get through 75-100 of the books I currently have on my owned TBR list {whether physical or digital}.

Limit Book Buying
I haven’t finalized my budget yet, but I am putting myself on a budget for buying books. Otherwise I go crazy every time I walk into a book store or stop by the Book Depository or Book Outlet sites. I haven’t decided if I’m going to do a monthly or yearly budget, but I’m leaning towards monthly.

Join a Book Club
This is something that I’ve been wanting to do for years and I think now may finally be the time to do it. I belong to 2 different library systems and have access to 2 more, so there has to be a group at one of them that will work for me!

Continue to Blog Ahead
Schedule all blog posts out as far as possible; currently I am working on 2 weeks out, but can schedule memes and discussion posts further out if needed. When I can do bulk blogging on certain memes in advance, it helps me when I’m time crunched in different areas and only have my weekly update to focus on.

Share More Personal Posts
I do a lot of memes and just recently started writing more discussion posts. I’ve been very focused on the bookish part of my life, but I want to share more of the other parts of my life as well. I plan to share things like my apartment tour, a day in the life, and my Hobby Lobby addiction as the year progresses.

Develop a Bookstagram Presence
I am so late to this party! I’ve dabbled a bit with bookstagram over the last year, but this year I really want to do more with it. Now that I have a selection of great photo props {see Hobby Lobby addiction above} and all of my books… not to mention a place to actually take photos… I really want to feature a few {or several} posts each week.

Be Active Every Day
Living in the Pacific Northwest, there are so many amazing places to hike and a variety of activities to do to be active. I have a habit of bundling up and hiding out indoor when the weather turns cold like it has been, but I will be finding ways to remain active every day. And it doesn’t hurt to have access to my weight bench and all of my fitness gadgets again… not to mention a fitness center at my apartment complex.

Focus on the Positive
The more negative input from the world I receive, the more my anxiety increases. This is the main reason I basically quit all social media last year. I am slowly allowing social media back into my life in small doses, but I need to focus on the positive messages that are out there in the world and move away from the negativity. This also pertains to work and home life as well… there are two ways to look at any issue, and I need to find the positive view.

What are your goals or resolutions this year?

TBR

Down the TBR Hole #30

In mid-2017 I was inspired by a post on Bursting with Books to start tackling my TBR shelf on Goodreads and see if these were books I still wanted to read. The title and premise come from Lost in a Love Story. I eliminated quite a few books, but still have a massive TBR of over 2500 books. This year I’ll be tackling 10 books per week to determine if I am still interested and want to keep them, or if I’m ready to remove them from the list.

How does it work?

  • Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

This week’s selections:

The Scent of Water: Grace for Every Kind of Broken

The Scent of Water by Naomi Zacharias
Nonfiction; Religion
Added April 22, 2012

Follow Naomi as she talks to women working in brothels in Mumbai; survivors of an Indonesian tsunami in which more than 160,000 lives were lost; a young girl waiting on an operation to save her life; and victims of domestic violence horrifically burned by fire. Be still with her when she realizes the pain she feels in the face of these extreme injustices reveals a common struggle that exists within all of humanity. And rise with her as she wrestles with confusion over her identity, comes face to face with redemption, and then begins to understand her own story and to find her calling.

The Scent of Water will open your eyes to the complexities of the world, showing you pain can also be beauty, and how each are found in the unlikeliest of places. Zacharias doesn’t have all the answers. But she has hope and encouragement that will empower you to find and begin the adventure of your life.

Verdict: Remove

The Bliss Experiment: 28 Days to Personal Transformation

The Bliss Experiment by Sean Meshorer
Nonfiction; Spirituality; Self Help
Added April 22, 2012

HAPPINESS IS GOOD. BLISS IS BETTER.

We have a higher standard of living and more ways to instantaneously fulfill every desire than ever before. Then why are we unhappy? Because happiness isn’t what we really want. Happiness alone is fleeting and not deeply transformative. Bliss is a spiritual state where happiness, profound meaning, and enduring truth converge. With bliss comes an unshakable joy, a practical wisdom, and a lasting solution to our personal and planetary sufferings.

Based on a successful seminar taught by Sean Meshorer, a leading spiritual teacher and New Thought minister, The Bliss Experiment contains dozens of stories of real people learning from everyday situations, backed by more than five hundred scientific studies. This is the one essential book that distills and unifies seemingly competing practices, philosophies, religions, and psychologies. Meshorer includes exercises that have worked time and again for people from all walks of life—including him. Meshorer suffers with severe chronic pain and is able to live his life to the fullest through the practices he shares here.

Bliss helps with stress, anxiety, and depression. It makes people more successful, better able to see and seize opportunities, and build or improve relationships. Give these ideas and practices twenty-eight days of dedicated attention and you will see results. You only need a moment of bliss to benefit the rest of your life.

Verdict: Remove

I Never Promised You a Goodie Bag: A Memoir of a Life Through Events--the Ones You Plan and the Ones You Don't

I Never Promised You a Goodie Bag by Jennifer Gilbert
Nonfiction; Memoir
Added April 22, 2012

I Never Promised You a Goodie Bag is a warm, wise, and wholly original memoir of survival, renewal, and transformation, by one of New York City’s most successful and respected special events coordinators.

With her top-level events company, Save the Date, Jennifer Gilbert has worked with Fortune 500 companies, broadcast media giants, international nonprofit organizations, and celebrities from Oprah Winfrey to Bill Gates and beyond. Yet few of her clients or colleagues have known, until now, that Jennifer not only a self-made success: she’s also a survivor. After a random, near-fatal attack left her body in critical condition on a crowded city street, and left her with emotional wounds that would take years to heal, Jennifer embarked upon a journey to reclaim her life.

This is her story, in her own words: I Never Promised You a Goodie Bag, an intimate, poignant, inspiring memoir of perseverance, rediscovery, and hope.

Verdict: Keep

The Summer of Living Dangerously

The Summer of Living Dangerously by Julie Cohen
Fiction; Chick Lit
Added April 22, 2012

Alice Woodstock has her life under control. She’s successful and she’s happy – as long as she continues to ignore the hurt from her past. But when said past walks back into her life in the shape of Leo – the man she married too young, ran away to Paris with and who ultimately broke her heart – Alice is desperate for an escape route. She finds the perfect thing – a new job as a tour guide in a Regency stately home. But as she immerses herself in acting out the stories of the house, Alice begins to see parallels with her own life, forcing her to confront her feelings about what she wants and, finally, live in the real world.

Verdict: Remove

True Love Way

True Love Way by Nancy Scrofano
Fiction; Chick Lit
Added April 22, 2012

Marlo Spencer relishes all things retro. Old TV shows, classic movies, and even the collectible lunch boxes to go with them. In fact, she’s quite cozy in her Malibu apartment, surrounded by her treasured knick-knacks and vintage memorabilia. It’s her best friend, Nik, who doesn’t get her fascination with all that “old junk,” as he calls it. He especially doesn’t understand why she’s so keen to get back to their hometown of Napa when her high school sweetheart, Josh, suddenly returns after twelve years in Paris and nary a single phone call, eager to reunite with her. So, when Marlo heads up north to wine country to rekindle her relationship with Josh, Nik tags along, claiming he was already planning to visit his sister, Savannah, Marlo’s gal pal. Once they reach Napa, however, dreams of a blissful reunion are shattered as old secrets and past betrayals are revealed, leaving an unsuspecting Marlo to pick up the pieces. Can she forgive and forget, or will true love find a different path to her heart?

Verdict: Remove

The Provence Cure for the Brokenhearted

The Provence Cure for the Brokenhearted by Bridget Asher
Fiction; Chick Lit; Romance
Added May 7, 2012

Brokenhearted and still mourning the loss of her husband, Heidi travels with Abbott, her obsessive-compulsive seven-year-old son, and Charlotte, her jaded sixteen-year-old niece, to the small village of Puyloubier in the south of France, where a crumbling stone house may be responsible for mending hearts since before World War II.

There, Charlotte confesses a shocking secret, and Heidi learns the truth about her mother’s “lost summer” when Heidi was a child. As three generations collide with one another, with the neighbor who seems to know all of their family skeletons, and with an enigmatic Frenchman, Heidi, Charlotte, and Abbot journey through love, loss, and healing amid the vineyards, warm winds and delicious food of Provence. Can the magic of the house heal Heidi’s heart, too?

Verdict: Remove

Logan (Montana Creeds, #1)

Logan by Linda Lael Miller
Fiction; Romance
Added May 7, 2012

Descendants of the legendary McKettrick family, the Creeds are renowned in Stillwater Springs, Montana–for raising hell…After years of wandering, Logan Creed, a cowboy with a dusty law degree, has returned home. To put down roots, to restore his family’s neglected ranch…to have kids of his own proudly bearing the Creed name.

Divorced mom Briana Grant has heard the stories about her gorgeous neighbor. So Logan’s kindness with her young boys is a welcome surprise, especially when her ex reappears. And when an unknown enemy vandalizes her home, Logan shows Briana–and the folks of Big Sky country–just what he’s made of.

Verdict: Remove

Mackenzie's Mountain (Mackenzie Family, #1)

Mackenzie’s Mountain by Linda Howard
Fiction; Romance
Added May 7, 2012

A small Wyoming town is about to learn a few lessons from a new schoolteacher with the courage to win the heart of a man who swore he had nothing to give….

Mary Elizabeth Potter is a self-appointed spinster with no illusions about love. But she is a good teacher and she wants Wolf Mackenzie’s son back in school. And after one heated confrontation with the boy s father, she knows father and son have changed her life forever.

Still paying for a crime he didn’t commit, Wolf Mackenzie has a chip on his shoulder the size of Wyoming. But prim-and-proper Mary Elizabeth Potter doesn’t see Wolf as the dangerous half-breed the town has branded him. Somehow she sees him as a good, decent, honest man. A man who could love…

Wolf’s not sure he or the town of Ruth, Wyoming is ready for the taming of Wolf Mackenzie.

Verdict: Remove

Heartbreaker (Buchanan-Renard, #1)

Heartbreaker by Julie Garwood
Fiction; Romantic Suspense
Added May 7, 2012

In the still shadows of the confessional, a madman tauntingly reveals his plan for a murder he is going to commit, pulling Father Thomas Madden into a twisted game by disclosing his next intended victim: Tom’s sister, Laurant. In a frantic race to protect her, Tom calls upon his best friend, elite FBI agent Nick Buchanan, to track the predator who is closing in on Laurant. Now, as an electrifying attraction grows between Laurant and Nick, so does the danger — and one false move will cost both of them everything that matters.

Verdict: Remove

The Art of Racing in the Rain

The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
Fiction; Contemporary; Animals
Added May 7, 2012

Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: a philosopher with a nearly human soul (and an obsession with opposable thumbs), he has educated himself by watching television extensively, and by listening very closely to the words of his master, Denny Swift, an up-and-coming race car driver.

Through Denny, Enzo has gained tremendous insight into the human condition, and he sees that life, like racing, isn’t simply about going fast. On the eve of his death, Enzo takes stock of his life, recalling all that he and his family have been through.

Verdict: Keep

This week’s stats: Keep 2; Remove 8

2018 stats: Keep 9; Remove 21

**All covers link to Goodreads; all titles link to Amazon {affiliate}

Monday Update, Stacking the Shelves, Sunday Post

My Week in Review 2018 #2

This is my week in review, where I update you on my life~ reading, blogging and general. I will also be linking up with some amazing blogs.

Sunday Post

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share News. A post to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog.

Life Happenings:

This week has been a struggle. And that just pretty much sums everything up. It hasn’t been bad, just really stressful and exhausting and I think my brain is just too full right now and needs a break. I have been so focused on taking care of things at work and trying to unpack everything at the apartment that I’ve forgotten to take care of myself. This is a huge no-no for me, because it’s partly through self-care that I manage my depression and anxiety. Thankfully I caught it early, I think, so I can adjust and get back on track where I need to be.

That being said, reading did not happen this week… so I am already way behind for the year, but I think I can catch up as soon as I get this apartment done. At this point I think I’d settle for one completed room! The bathroom and kitchen are really close to done, but I need to purchase things to finish both of them. The bedroom is about half-way, but the living room, office, dining room area is no where close to done. I need to purchase things for those rooms too. Thankfully most of what I need to buy is not too expensive, but I still need to budget for them right now. I can’t decide which bigger piece I should get first though… a microwave for the kitchen, a curio cabinet for the livingroom {I have 4 small boxes to be unpacked of things to go in there}, or a fourth bookcase for the bedroom {right now the books are stacked in front of the books on one of my other bookcases}. The only other higher priced item I need is a new comforter and sheets, but I can make do with what I have for now.

Last Week on the Blog:

My Week in Review 2018 #1
Down the TBR Hole #29
Top Ten Tuesday~ I’ll Get to You This Time Around
This Week We’re Quoting~Garden of Lies
On Finding My New Normal
Talking About Memes #2

This Week on the Blog:

Down the TBR Hole #30
Top Ten Tuesday~ This Year I Resolve…
This Week We’re Quoting~The Upside of Unrequited
On the Accumulation of Stuff
Talking About Memes #3

Around the Blog World:

Evalina discusses how to set up your Net Galley and Edelweiss profile in her #NewBloggers 101 series on Avalinah’s Books.
Austine of NovelKnight Book Reviews shares how knowing why you blog is important
What Makes a Comfort Read? asks Danya from Fine Print Blog

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It’s Monday! What Are you Reading from The Book Date takes a look at the books we have been reading over the past week and what we’re planning to read next.

Currently Reading:

You're Welcome, Universe Parable of the Sower (Earthseed, #1) Joyfully His: A Novella (Sterling Canyon Book 4) Necessary Madness Make Me Sin (Bad Habit, #2) Love May Fail

You’re Welcome, Universe//Parable of the Sower//Joyfully His//Necessary Madness//Make Me Sin//Love May Fail

Recently Completed:

Nada

I will also be linking this post to Stacking the Shelves with Tynga’s Reviews & Reading Reality, a link up to share the new books we’ve added to our shelves over the past week.

Library Haul:

Nothing!

**All covers link to Goodreads; all titles link to Amazon {affiliate}

Book Blogger Hop, TMST

Talking About Memes #2

I decided there were a couple of different discussion memes that I wanted to participate in this year, so like my quote memes, I am combining them into one weekly post.

The first meme is the Book Blogger Hop hosted by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer. Each week there is a question to answer.

This week’s question:

What upcoming titles are looking forward to reading in 2018? (submitted by Billy @ Coffee Addicted Writer)
Oh there are so many great titles coming out in 2018! I posted a Top Ten list here that includes most of them. But really Nora Roberts and Jayne Ann Krentz’s new titles are at the top of my list… along with Obsidio of course!
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Also joining my discussion memes is Tell Me Something Tuesday hosted by Rainy Day Ramblings. This one shares a discussion topic for each week.
This week’s topic:
Goals for 2018
As I am preparing this post, I haven’t really solidified my goals for 2018 yet. I know that I want to read from my existing shelves and to catch up the ARCs that I am so ridiculously behind on. I am shooting to complete 150 books this year.
I want to become more active socially. I am looking for book clubs and classes either around work or my house. And I’m considering taking on a part time job as well to earn a little extra so I can pay off some of my debts.
I also really need to work on my health… eating better, getting more exercise. I could stand to lose weight, but mostly I just want to feel better and lose some of the aches and pains I experience regularly.
I want to “help” Cheshire start his own blog in 2018 and to continue to grow this blog… and maybe start another one to chronicle my life outside the pages {I may just include those aspects of my life here in my weekly and monthly updates though}.
I also really want to start a pen pal group… see here.
What are your goals for 2018?
What books are you looking forward to?
Discussion

On Finding My New Normal

Originally I was planning on posting an apartment tour today, but unfortunately the apartment is really not ready to be shown yet! So instead I decided to talk about finding my new normal in all of the craziness that has accompanied this transfer/promotion and move.

I read somewhere that what you do on January 1st is what you will be doing all year. If that’s true, then 2018 will be the year of unpacking for me! Really though, I do like the idea of this year being about sorting through all of my stuff, both physical and emotional, and creating order. And I have a lot of stuff!

But in addition to that, I committed to myself that this year would be about taking better care of myself, so I made sure to focus on that on January 1st as well. I made time to rest, time to read, and time to focus on my blog in addition to all of the unpacking and cleaning required with the move. It helped to keep me balanced through the bulk of it. And that’s really what normal is about for me… balance.

I am a creature of routine. I like it and I find comfort in it. I have my morning routines before work, my evening routines when I get home, my routines that I follow on my days off, and as long as I am sticking to my routines and balancing that with adventures, my life is good.

Even while I was transitioning, I noticed that I naturally developed a routine in each situation I was in… I had a routine for doing things while I was in the hotel, a routine while I was staying at my friend’s house, and a routine for being in the apartment sans furniture. Now that everything is here, it’s important to find my new routine. Lately it has been revolving around the unpacking and clearing process, but once that is complete, I’ll be able to fill that space with more reading and exercise.

So what do I want my new normal to look like? I want to balance my time between work, blogging, reading, living a healthy lifestyle, and fun. And a lot of those overlap, so I think that will naturally help with the balance. And now that I am not driving a minimum of 2 hours every day, I can focus more on the things I need to be happy.

What does your “normal” look like?

Book Beginnings, The Friday 56, Thirsty Thursday & Hungry Hearts

This Week We’re Quoting… Garden of Lies

Over the last year, I discovered that I love participating in memes! But I participate in so many memes that the number of meme posts could be overwhelming each week. This year I decided to break my memes up group like memes together. Some of my favorite memes share quotes, so I’ve put together one post each week for all of my quote memes. Click on the logo for each meme to be taken to the host’s blog.

This week I am featuring quotes from Amanda Quick’s Garden of Lies.

Garden of Lies

Join Rose City Reader every Friday to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires.

Slater Roxton was examining the strangely luminous paintings on the wall of the ornate burial chamber when the tomb trap was triggered.

Uh oh!

Rules:
*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader
(If you have to improvise, that’s ok.)
 *Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it)
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post to the Linky on Freda’s Voice.
*It’s that simple.

“Yes. Paladin doesn’t pay, you understand, except in free copies of the Quarterly. But I am not writing to make an income.  It is therapy.”

 

Thirsty Thursday and Hungry Hearts - (un)Conventional Bookviews

The idea of this feature is to share a quote with food or drinks that showed up in a recent read, as well as if it’s something you think you’d like or not. Please share the title of the book it happened in, as well as the character who ate or drank the special little something you discovered between the pages of a good read. Each week there is a link-up at (un)Conventional Bookviews for the current post so that it’s easy to find other participants as well.

Mrs. Dunstan had brought in a tray with a light supper of hot vegetable soup, hard-boiled eggs, cheese and bread. Slater had spoken little during the meal. He had helped himself to some of the cheese and bread and devoted himself to prowling the small space while Ursula dined.
It was not until Mrs. Dunstan had removed the tray that Ursula realized that the expression in Slater’s eyes was the heat of controlled anger, not desire. He was in a dangerous mood.

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Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday~ I’ll Get You This Time Around

Welcome to another edition of Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the amazing team at The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is books I meant to get to in 2017 and didn’t… but I really will get to in 2018.

Holding Up the Universe

Holding Up the Universe

The Book Thief

The Book Thief

The Kill Order (The Maze Runner, #0.5)

The Kill Order

An Abundance of Katherines

An Abundance of Katherines

Island of Glass (The Guardians Trilogy, #3)

Island of Glass

The Selection (The Selection, #1)

The Selection

Geekerella

Geekerella

Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock

Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

Simon vs the Homo Sapien’s Agenda

When All the Girls Have Gone (Cutler, Sutter & Salinas #1)

When All the Girls Have Gone

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