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Major Reorganization Goals

Major Reorganization Goals

I know that we’re well-beyond the “new year, new me” goal-setting attitude, but I still have a lot I hope to accomplish soon. There are quite a few things I want to accomplish over the course of the next few months. I will be moving out of my apartment around June, so many of these things (especially the “home” section) need to get done before the middle part of the year. Books Unhaul books I don’t want and bring them to used book stores and donation bins Organize my shelves in a way that actually makes sense and store some books in the closet Move books out of my apartment and into my parents’ houses for later use, hopefully Goodreads Audit shelves completely by making sure things are in the right spot (very general upkeep) Add books to shelves where they aren’t labeled correctly, by genre, etc. Remove unhauled books from my own-physical shelf on Goodreads Rotate through my consideration and want-to-read shelves to eliminate books each year Books get removed from “consideration” and off GR completely at the beginning of the year Books get added to the “consideration” shelf from the “want-to-read” shelf in July/August Create a system for series tracking using a group’s tracker or my own shelves Home Organize and get rid of paperwork (old bills, pay stubs, etc.) that I don’t need anymore File relevant paperwork into a new filing system that is more portable and smaller Declutter the apartment by getting rid of things I don’t need, using storage, etc. Clean out the garage by […]

The Secret Life of a Book Blogger Tag

The Secret Life of a Book Blogger Tag

I was tagged by Lindsey at Bring My Books for The Secret Life of a Book Blogger Tag back in January and I’m finally getting around to posting it! I’m the worst. Here are some fun prompts about you as a book blogger and your process. I tag anyone reading this, as always! How long have you been a blogger? I started my blog in July 2014 and went crazy getting WAY too many posts up right away. I wrote reviews, participated in a billion memes, and made ridiculous graphics I cringe at now. I can’t believe I’m nearing the three year mark because I never thought I would actually be able to hold onto a hobby for this long. At what point will you stop blogging? I can’t see an end date as of right now. Even though I somehow haven’t quit this hobby yet, you never really know what could happen. I could see my blog venturing more toward a book + lifestyle blog at some point (including a rebrand and new name perhaps). I love writing more personal posts and non-bookish things. We’ll see what happens but long story short, I don’t see myself stopping with blogging anytime soon. What is the best thing about blogging? I love finding bookish people to talk with! I’ve developed some amazing friendships with people who get it. They understand the desire to read books and get lost in other stories. Many of my real life friends don’t feel that way, so this […]

Planner-Related Struggle Bus

Posted February 22, 2017 / Personal / Information / Etc. / 13 Comments
Planner-Related Struggle Bus

I’ve talked so many times about my desire to use planners… and the various kinds I’ve failed at actually using. I had a whole ~organization~ series on the blog and I don’t use nearly ANY of those methods anymore. I’m going to call a spade a spade and just tell it like it is: I am so effing lazy. I love planning for the first week or maybe even month, then I lose all motivation. This honestly happens regardless of how “pretty” or “not pretty” I decide to make my planners. I’ve gone through so many options since 2014 and it’s exhausting to waste money and time when I ultimately write my grocery list on a sticky note and call it a day. Planner Probz You can scroll through the history of my planners here: Traveler’s Notebook, Erin Condren/ Day Designer/ Happy Planner, and Bullet Journal (no post because LAZY FAILURE). I’ve tried having little notebooks for each “topic” or are of my life. I’ve tried planners with fun layouts and stickers. I’ve tried plain planners with hourly boxes to schedule legit things out. I’ve tried completely free and wide-open planners, where you can be creative and design your own pages. Seriously, I’m too lazy for all of them. I only want to work on them when I’m really in the mood, but then I refuse to use them at ALL if they’re not “prettied up.” For example, I should still use my bujo for to-do lists but just keep it simple, […]

(No New) FRIENDS

Posted February 13, 2017 / Personal / Information / Etc. / 10 Comments
(No New) FRIENDS

Disclaimer: I was provided with a free product in return for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed herein are my own and not influenced by the developing company and/or its affiliates in any way. The tee shirt design was created by me. As you know, my biggest challenge when watching TV is that I generally won’t watch anything aside from Friends. I get too attached and emotional when I see episodes. I don’t even like talking with people about how much I love this show because I can’t handle it. As a part of the Netflix and Books Challenge that Erica and I are hosting this year, I wanted to spend some time highlighting some of my all-time favorite shows and maaaybe I can convince you to watch them. When I was contacted by Uberprints to make a shirt design for my blog and share my thoughts on the process, I was blanking on which book I would want to feature for the shirt. I only had a few review posts scheduled for early 2017, so my options were limited and nothing was speaking to me. I, of course, reverted to my original favorite thing – Friends. I’ve talked at length about how much I love this show and why it’s so important to me, so I won’t bore you with that right now. Instead, I’ll show you the cool Uberprints website, my shirt, AND recommend some books for the characters from Friends. All of my Friends Funkos plus the boxed […]

Becoming a Morning Person & My Routines

Posted February 6, 2017 / Personal / Information / Etc. / 13 Comments
Becoming a Morning Person & My Routines

I loved Stephanie’s post about how she prepares the night before to make mornings easier, and how she’s sort of become a morning person since then. I drafted this post back then, and finally finished it off when I saw Kristin’s post recently. I totally related when I read these because I’ve been trying to do something similar this year. I don’t always succeed in waking up early, but I do always feel better when I do. My Journey to Become a Morning Person I used to sleep incredibly late because I would stay up incredibly late. During college, I’d be up until 2 AM watching shows on Netflix. I didn’t have class until 11:00 AM on most days, so it was perfectly fine for me to then sleep from 2 – 10 AM and get ready for class then. I wasn’t reading back then, like at all, so it was easy to get lost online for hoooours without feeling like I SHOULD be reading. My journey to becoming a morning person definitely started when Chris and I moved into our current apartment. His hours at work are much different from mine (7-3:30 vs. 9-5) so he gets 1-2 hours of alone time every night after work, before I come home. I determined that I deserved some “me time” as well, so I started trying to go to sleep earlier and waking up earlier. Here are some of the things I’ve learned along the way. 1. You don’t really NEED to […]

Coming Up for Bookmark Lit in 2017

Posted January 6, 2017 / Personal / Information / Etc. / 18 Comments
Coming Up for Bookmark Lit in 2017

I feel like this title implies something ominous. Every time I see a blog post title that says “the future of this blog” my head immediately goes to “they’re quitting!” instead of just “they’re revamping!” So, yes, never fear – I’m not going anywhere. I promise. I don’t even really think this post talks about a ~new direction~ in the traditional sense, so don’t worry about that either. It’ll still be 90% books and 10% me, like it always has been. I hadn’t really hit a blogging slump in my 2+ years. I did recently hit a reading slump that derailed me a little bit, but I was still working on the blog and discussion posts. Lately I just haven’t had the same motivation to post five days a week and write an individual review post for each book I read. I’m reading less and posting less reviews, so I’m posting more “creative” posts or discussions, which has me running out of ideas. I invented a few new features and split up my monthly wrap-up posts, so there are less brand new things each week and more meme-style things. I’m totally okay with this, but it’s just different for me. Spurred by my recent resolutions post for 2017, here are some blog-specific changes happening! Reviews We’ve all seen (or written) the posts about writing reviews. They don’t get as much traffic or as many comments as other kinds of posts, so many bloggers are consolidating them or not posting them as often. […]

2016 Year-End Reading & Blogging Wrap-Up

Posted December 31, 2016 / Personal / Information / Etc. / 1 Comment
2016 Year-End Reading & Blogging Wrap-Up

Folks, I cannot believe this year is over. I really just can’t fathom it at all. I remember putting this post together for my mid-year check-in and I was baffled that it was halfway through the year. And now we’re entering 2017 somehow. This has been such a bizarre year all over the place, between politics and celebrity deaths and other kinds of internet drama. I had a pretty great year in my personal life (and reading life), so I’m going to focus on the good and see what 2017 has in store for us. Hopefully something a little better… As you see in my monthly wrap-ups, I keep my stats updated each time. The spreadsheet I use is definitely the reason for my organization. I use this time of year (in addition to the end of the year) to REALLY go all-out with my stats. It also helps me create new goals or update existing ones. SO HERE WE GO! All of the Books Read This Year Monthly Breakdown & Totals Random Fun Smallest book read: We Should All Be Feminists (49 pages) Largest book read: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (759 pages) Most read author: Lemony Snicket (13) Books read 300 pages or under: 47 Books read over 300 pages: 119 Most pages & books in a month: 7,108 pages from 23 books in April Least pages & books in a month: 2,519 pages from 7 books in October I did a full wrap-up in different categories for my midpoint check-in, but wanted to highlight just […]

2016 End of Year and Statistics Surveys

Posted December 30, 2016 / Personal / Information / Etc. / 9 Comments
2016 End of Year and Statistics Surveys

Happy end of the year! I am usually very strict about completing these surveys once the year is 100% over and the reading is completely done. This year, I ended up achieving my Goodreads goal and stopping dead in my reading tracks for the next day or so. I didn’t want to go over, so I could give myself time to relax without reading-related pressure! I love filling out these two surveys each year and this year is no exception. Off you go! I loved filling out Jamie’s survey last year and the year before, so it (again) was a no-brainer that I would join this year! This is the 6th time she’s hosted this little survey and it’s so fun to see what everyone chooses for the categories. Last year, I didn’t allow myself any duplicates. I’m going to try to keep them to a minimum for this survey, but it feels impossible. I’ll need to have a few. To learn more about it and see a blank set of questions, check here! It was so fun to reread my answers for last year, since I copied that survey here to clean out and fill out. What a year 2015 was, eh? 180 books! Number of Books You Read: 160 Number of Re-Reads: 16 (including the Series of Unfortunate Events) Genre You Read The Most From: Contemporary/Romance 1. Best Book You Read In 2015? Totally cheating and adding multiple categories! (Not including rereads.) Best of the best: After I Do by Taylor Jenkins Reid (she […]

2017 Resolutions

2017 Resolutions

Last year we had a TTT for our resolutions and even though there isn’t one this year, I knew I had to make one myself. It turned into a fairly important set of goals for me in 2016. I ended up revisiting those goals/resolutions throughout the year and actually did a great job of keeping up with them! I’m actually not a big New Years person. Time and dates are completely arbitrary. I don’t make personal resolutions and don’t really think of the new year as a “fresh start.” However, for the blog (and for a couple of personal things!) I like the idea of setting goals in January because it gives you a concrete timeline of when to finish them. This year, I did keep similar resolutions in some places and just edited them a little bit more. Otherwise, these are brand new! Read less… and give myself time to focus on other hobbies ///  This goal is actually the same from last year, except I plan to reduce my goal even more and see where I end up. I averaged 11-12 books per month in 2016, which is down from the 14-15 per month in 2015. That’s good! I had a reading slump and was totally burned out by October, so I had no motivation anymore. I want to avoid that even further this year. I hope to expand this a little bit by also limiting audiobooks. I don’t want to always have one going, so I can enjoy podcasts and other […]

Merry Christmas! // The Christmas Tag

Posted December 25, 2016 / Personal / Information / Etc. / 2 Comments
Merry Christmas! // The Christmas Tag

Merry Christmas to those who celebrate!! One of my favorite days is finally here. It actually shouldn’t say “finally” because I feel like this month FLEW BY. Seriously, each month has this year but December… damn. Busy and quick. I wanted to post a little something on the blog for Christmas today so I thought The Christmas Tag would be a perfect fit to finish off the season. I hope you enjoyed all of the holiday reviews and features on the blog! Here’s a little recap of them, if you’d like to catch up and get in the spirit today. General holiday posts: Holiday Introduction, Favorite Books and Tropes, Christmas Coziness Holiday-Themed Top Ten Tuesdays:  Holiday Gift Guide for My YA Sister, Wishlist for Santa Holiday reviews: Winter Street, Winter Stroll, Winter Storms, Season of Second Chances, Top Ten Clues You’re Clueless (Book Buddies), All I Want for Christmas, What Light • Found on Spines and Covers and previously on The Enthusiast • What is your favorite Christmas film? No-brainer. I love The Santa Clause way too much. I used to watch each year with my parents and will ALWAYS put it on at least once or twice in December. I even watch the sequels, even though they’re garbage. From the second this movie starts until the second it ends, I’m so happy and Christmassy. Have you ever had a white Christmas? Yes absolutely! I live in Connecticut so we usually have a white Christmas. I don’t think we’ve had one in the past two years or […]