You might have seen my earlier post earlier in the year about reading goals and how they don’t work for everyone. They definitely don’t work for me and I don’t enjoy having the pressure of keeping up with avid readers who would likely triple the number of books that I could read in the year. You can probably gather from that that I will NOT be setting a reading target per se for 2019 (because let’s be honest, first time mum with a reading goal of like 100+ books? That’s just never going to happen). So instead of a goal of the total number of books read, I’m going to set myself the target of reading some of the books from my to-be-read pile (it’s less of a pile and more like an entire bookcase because I have a serious problem). This isn’t going to be a ridiculously high number of books but I’m going to try and I’m going to set out some specific books that I plan to read.
Continue reading “My TBR Goals for 2019”
So you might be aware that I recently changed job from the fast paced and should destroying world of the catering industry for a more chilled desk job in a dentist. It’s a pretty good life but we aren’t going to go into that. There is a point behind me mentioning this actually. The way my previous jobs bonus scheme worked was as a point system, your store was awarded points based on performance and you could then go on to spend the points on cool stuff. I was saving my points and when it came to me leaving the company I decided I should use my points instead of losing them.
Naturally, I loaded them all into a National Book Token card to spend in a bookshop.
It did not disappoint.
Continue reading “August Book Haul – Welcome to the Grishaverse”
Just a short one for you all tonight. So I’ve been trying to organise our flat because the place is getting a little out of hand with our junk (mostly mine) and I thought that I would take the opportunity to start organising my bookshelves. Basically, the books are taking over the living room and while I don’t mind that at all, my fiance does. Anyway, while doing this I realised just how massive my TBR pile actually is. I’ve a terrible habit of buying more books when there is still a pile as tall as me, and so I decided it’s time to do something about that. I decided to make a TBR jar.
I bought these Lego storage heads a few years back, a pumpkin one and a skeleton one (they’re cute as hell), but I never really found a suitable use for them until now. I made a note of ALL of the books currently in my possession (even the ones I’ve read because I’m in a reading slump I need to break out of) and wrote down all the titles on strips of different coloured paper, founded them up neatly and put them into my pumpkin Lego head. The operation took the better part of my evening, cutting and folding, but I’m very pleased with the outcome. The idea of the project is that I no longer have to spend so long picking a book to read, I just need to pick at random and the jar does all the decision making for me. It’ll be great because it will help me to tear through my TBR pile while also pushing me to read new books rather than the same titles over and over again. I’m very excited to get stuck in. I’ll keep you posted.
The first pick from my jar was The Beast is an Animal by Peternelle Van Arsdale so that’s up next. Have any of you read it before? It’s a beautiful book. A post on the book to follow.
Until next time,