Category: Five on Fridays

Five on Fridays #10

Posted December 12, 2014 / Five on Fridays, Weekly Memes / 0 Comments
Five on Fridays #10

Five on Friday displays the the top five things that have been on my mind this week! It could be book-related, but it may be music, movies, TV, personal life, food, etc. Reading slump Okay. I’m going to admit it. I’m officially in a reading slump. The good news is: I know exactly what caused it! I recently developed a more comprehensive Excel sheet to make a reading schedule. It makes it easier to plan when I plan to post reviews and when I should finish books to have everything done in a timely manner. Unfortunately, this makes reading feel like homework. I should be panicking if I can’t finish a book when I’m estimating that I should finish a book! I ended up getting a book in an ARC tour that I just wasn’t in the mood to read, and I kept making myself feel bad and adjusting my schedule to accommodate it. Luckily this ARC tour, On the Same Page, doesn’t require reviews in exchange for the ARCs. I decided to just not read the book and move on. It helped free up my schedule a lot. Last night, I wasn’t in the mood to read at all. So I didn’t! It felt great. I didn’t beat myself up over it. All of my holiday reviews are done except the final two, and I have two weeks to read them. STOP WORRYING. Christmas decorations We are officially done decorating for the holidays! We strung some lights up in our […]

Five on Fridays #9

Posted December 5, 2014 / Five on Fridays, Weekly Memes / 3 Comments
Five on Fridays #9

Five on Friday displays the the top five things that have been on my mind this week! It could be book-related, but it may be music, movies, TV, personal life, food, etc. It’s been a while since I’ve done of these! The past two Fridays ended up being busy and I just never got around to it. Ally Ambassador I am VERY excited that I was accepted to be an Ally Ambassador! In case you didn’t know, Ally Carter (author of the Gallagher Girls series) has a new series coming out next year: Embassy Row. I didn’t even have to read the synopsis to know I wanted to read it. Her books are about spies, criminals, and now international conspiracies – so cool. The first book in the Embassy Row series is All Fall Down, and because I was one of the first 100 people to sign up, I get an ARC! Wooo-hoo. I sent them my mailing address and am anxiously awaiting my new pretty. This also means that I should probably read Heist Society, finally… Nadine West I may have an addiction called “spending money I shouldn’t on subscription/monthly boxes.” I like the concept of monthly clothing-related boxes, but I have a body type that doesn’t fit in most sizes. HOWEVER, I came across Nadine West a while back and it’s amazing! It’s the kind of box that sends you a few items and you can send back what you don’t like; only keep and pay for what you […]

Five on Fridays #8

Posted November 14, 2014 / Five on Fridays, Weekly Memes / 2 Comments
Five on Fridays #8

Five on Friday displays the the top five things that have been on my mind this week! It could be book-related, but it may be music, movies, TV, personal life, food, etc. Lazy Sunday On Sunday last weekend, Chris and I were the laziest people on earth. We didn’t leave the apartment, except to sit on our back porch a couple of times. Our front door stayed locked all day from the night before and we hardly moved. It was AWESOME. The day before, we went to Maine to visit his sister for her birthday and spent the whole day travelling (3 hours driving up, 2 hours of time at dinner and hanging out in her dorm, and 3 hours driving home). We felt like we wasted the day because we spent 6 hours in the car. The next day we decided to waste the day in a much better way by being lazy and making the most of our free time. Normally we go to my Dad’s house on Sundays because he has NFL Sunday Ticket and we can watch my football team. Because the Panthers were on Monday night (I don’t even want to talk about how that game went), we just stayed in our apartment all day watching other football games. I took a bath, ate a lot of leftovers, browsed the internet, and just chilled. Starbucks Caprese Sandwich UMM wow. I went to Starbucks in Barnes & Noble yesterday for my lunch break because it was payday […]

Five on Fridays #7

Posted November 7, 2014 / Five on Fridays, Weekly Memes / 8 Comments
Five on Fridays #7

Five on Friday displays the the top five things that have been on my mind this week! It could be book-related, but it may be music, movies, TV, personal life, food, etc. BrickFair 2014 Last weekend, we went to BrickFair 2014 in Somerset, NJ. I luckily have a friend who lives about 10 minutes away from there, so we were able to hang out with her and her boyfriend and go to BrickFair! I was in awe of all the cool stuff people can make. It really inspired Chris to build his own creations instead of buying the premade Lego sets. They had different categories and types of builds around the whole place. They also had vendors that sold custom Lego apparel, jewelry, and figures/accessories. Chris ended up with a few sets and accessories. It was a cool experience and we’re so glad we ended up going! Balancing Everything I feel like I sound like a broken record when I talk about this, but it’s really hard! As a new blogger, I’m still trying to find a way to balance everything in my life. I spend a lot of time blogging at work, which I shouldn’t do, but I find it hard to do otherwise. I used to be addicted to using my computer, browsing the internet, and watching Netflix during college, but now I never do. I don’t want to blog when I get home. I want to pry my eyes away from the computer since I stare at it […]

Five on Fridays #6

Posted October 31, 2014 / Five on Fridays, Weekly Memes / 1 Comment
Five on Fridays #6

Five on Friday displays the the top five things that have been on my mind this week! It could be book-related, but it may be music, movies, TV, personal life, food, etc. Rereading Books Everyone knows that generally I don’t reread books. There are SO MANY other books out there I want to read for the first time; I just don’t have time or energy to read something I’ve already read. That being said, my thoughts have kind of changed lately. I started my Gallagher Girls reread (this time in audiobook form) and I’m realizing how fun it can be! I remembered loving the series and the general outline of what happens/what it’s about… but I’m finding that I remember almost nothing about the series plot-wise. If that’s the case with one of my so-called favorite series, maybe that would happen with other books I’ve read in the past. Now I’m having terrible urges to reread all of my favorite books and series! I know that a reread of Harry Potter will be coming soon, as well as Great and Terrible Beauty. Who am I??? Halloween Festivities We got off to a late start this year with our Halloween preparations and festivities. We carved our pumpkin finally last night and did all of the pumpkin picking the weekend before. Here you’ll see Chris using the pumpkin as a head! We also got a cinderella pumpkin and two little gourds to go on the other side of our front door. As I […]

Five on Fridays #5

Posted October 24, 2014 / Five on Fridays, Weekly Memes / 4 Comments
Five on Fridays #5

Five on Friday displays the the top five things that have been on my mind this week! It could be book-related, but it may be music, movies, TV, personal life, food, etc. Strand Bookstore Yessss this week I finally got to go to Strand! It was overwhelming and took forever to get there (by walking all the way from Rockefeller Center)… but it was great! I ended buying two books (not even the two that I planned to buy): Ex-Mas by Kate Brian, to add to my holiday reads, and Stealing Parker by Miranda Kenneally, because the paperback was actually NEW and cheaper than the Kindle version! Woo! I also bought one of those cute Strand bags with the bookshelves and kittens all over it. I wish I explored more of that stuff there, like bookmarks and magnets and other accessories. Oh well, it’s not like NYC is that far away 😉 Sorry the picture is so awful – I can’t believe I only got a few of them! Game of Thrones Chris and I started watching Game of Thrones! We’re only on episode four I think, but we’re really enjoying it. We watched one episode on Monday night and the next day both of us confessed that we were DYING to watch more and hadn’t stopped thinking about the show. So far it’s pretty interesting getting to know the characters and thinking about what could possibly happen next. The first few episodes seem to be dialogue-heavy and we sometimes find […]

Five on Fridays #4

Posted October 17, 2014 / Five on Fridays, Weekly Memes / 1 Comment
Five on Fridays #4

Five on Friday displays the the top five things that have been on my mind this week! It could be book-related, but it may be music, movies, TV, personal life, food, etc. Girls (HBO) This is my new TV addiction. I said in last week’s Five that I don’t have any time for TV anymore and I was feeling like there were no shows that interested me. Well, literally that same day I decided to stay up and try a new show: Girls. Jesus it’s so perfect and hilarious. It’s just so realistic and interesting; I binge-watched the whole first season before bed on Friday and when I woke up on Saturday. Oddly enough, I haven’t had time to watch it since, but I’m hoping to have some time this weekend. I’m really interested in checking out Lena Dunham’s book now too – have any of you read it? (Not That Kind of Girl) My Kindle Okay so I’ve been a little library-crazy over the past few weeks. I’ve totally forgotten how much I enjoy using my Kindle! I know there’s no better feeling than holding a real book… but there are so many glorious benefits to using a Kindle instead sometimes. I’ve been able to read in bed once we turn off the lights. I don’t have to struggle with finding a comfortable position to hold the book open. I can read using the Kindle app on my computer when I’m feeling lazy at work. It fits much better in my […]

Five on Fridays #3

Posted October 10, 2014 / Five on Fridays, Weekly Memes / 7 Comments
Five on Fridays #3

Five on Friday displays the the top five things that have been on my mind this week! It could be book-related, but it may be music, movies, TV, personal life, food, etc.I’ve gotten painfully behind on my TV shows. When we moved, we lost whatever was unwatched on the DVR because we switched companies. We decided to save some money and get a cheaper package for TV at our new place because a) we wanted to be more productive instead of just putting the TV on whenever we’re in the living room and b) we could use our subscriptions to Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime. So far it’s working okay…we just hate not having a DVR. I wrote a list of the shows we watch and when they’re on, but it doesn’t really help. Not to mention the fact that there are a lot of shows I watch without Chris. I can’t keep track of it all!! On top of THAT I don’t have any time for shows! I used to watch an episode or two in the morning but now I use that time for reading. I’ll probably expand on this topic in a later post…I’m not exactly happy at my current job. Or even with my career choice. I wanted to be an English teacher ALL through childhood until high school, but once I took a Marketing class I changed my mind. I thought it was something that came easily to me that I would be able to make […]

Five on Fridays #2

Posted October 3, 2014 / Five on Fridays, Weekly Memes / 2 Comments
Five on Fridays #2

Five on Friday displays the the top five things that have been on my mind this week! It could be book-related, but it may be music, movies, TV, personal life, food, etc.Okay I’ve posted QUITE a bit lately about how much I love the library, how glad I am to now have a new library card, and how everyone should run out and get one. With my love for the library comes a little annoyance. I think it’s so great the amount of books you can get from the library… but the amount of AUDIObooks is frustrating. Even when the library has the audiobook you want, normally you’re like 30th in line to get it. I understand that they want to keep it like they’re “real” books so you have to check them out, but c’mon… it’s a digital file! Just gimme it! I’m not sure if it’s just my library that does this, but there has to be a better way. I had to request a CD audiobook through interlibrary loan in order to get one I wanted (and it was an older book, so that’s why it was even available). I’ve been trying to help my boyfriend get into reading and the only time he can do it is through audiobooks at work. He listened to The Maze Runner by using his Audible credit, but it’s impossible to get the second book! The eAudio wasn’t available through our library and we had to also request the CD version from […]

Five on Fridays #1

Posted September 26, 2014 / Five on Fridays, Weekly Memes / 4 Comments
Five on Fridays #1

Today I’m introducing a “new” meme on Bookmark Lit. Friday Finds was getting to be too much work for me each week – I generally add a LOT of books to my TBR list each week. It took way too long to get the book images, create a post, link to the Goodreads, etc. If I only added a handful of books it wouldn’t be an issue. Regardless, I’ve seen this sort of post on a number of blogs lately but none of them seem to be attached to a specific meme. (Just to give some credit where it could be due, I’ve seen this kind of thing on Hello, Chelly! and Rosie Reads). This meme will basically be the top five things that have been on my mind this week! It could be book-related, but it may be music, movies, TV, personal life, food, etc! Without further ado, here’s the first Five on Friday! I’ll admit that I didn’t like this song at first. I miss the old T.Swift with her country songs and long curly hair. However, once I went to my college for alumni weekend, my friends and I listened to it literally on repeat and I haven’t been able to stop yet. It’s now one of those songs that reminds me of a super fun weekend with friends. I tend to scream it and go crazy in the car when it comes on, just like my friends and I did. My boyfriend said he could just […]