National Novel Writing Month is Only a Week Away!

It is one week until the start of National Novel Writing Month, there is still time to get involved! Check it out here!

Writing Affirmation

So leading up to the beginning of Nonmember there are a lot of opportunities to ask questions and get your thoughts flowing. One of the opportunities is to write your writing affirmation.

This is basically a couple sentences that you can pull out anytime to remind you why you’re participating in NaNoWriMo and to help motivate you when times get tough. I will refer back to this whenever I am feeling discouraged in order to help me stick to my commitment of writing a novel in November.

After careful consideration, and some edits, here is mine:

"Remind yourself how proud you will be that you chose not to give up at 
this very moment."
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Planners, Planning, and More Planners!

Sorry for being late! I actually graduated this week so it has been a little hectic! 

Planners and Planning

Since 2015 I have committed to using a planner and honestly it has been life-changing for the better.

I usually keep a planner for strictly life and I color code it to more easily communicate tasks associated with school, work, appointments, chores, gym, etc. I will definitely show you my color coding in a future post.

Since I started to run thebayreads I began to use a notebook to keep track of dates and tasks associated with my blog. I definitely needed to upgrade and actually use a more structured notebook or planner.

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I invested in a 2017-2018 17 Month Rifle Paper Co. Planner – Floral Foil by Rifle Paper Co. because I have been slack with my other planner and want to start before the new year. I will need to retrace the past couple months and fill it in to catch up in order to get back on track.

For my planner associated with thebayreads I purchased a 2018 12 Month Coptic Planner – Ebony Garden by Studio Oh! this one does not begin until January of 2018.

Everything I Never Told You (2014) by Celeste Ng

★★★★☆ 4/5

Lydia is dead. But they don’t know this yet.
So begins this exquisite novel about a Chinese American family living in 1970s small-town Ohio. Lydia is the favorite child of Marilyn and James Lee, and her parents are determined that she will fulfill the dreams they were unable to pursue. But when Lydia’s body is found in the local lake, the delicate balancing act that has been keeping the Lee family together is destroyed, tumbling them into chaos. 
A profoundly moving story of family, secrets, and longing, Everything I Never Told You is both a gripping page-turner and a sensitive family portrait, uncovering the ways in which mothers and daughters, fathers and sons, and husbands and wives struggle, all their lives, to understand one another. – Goodreads


Fiction / Can be read in a few days / Emotional 

This was definitely a different read for me this year, I had started out with some emotional reads, but since summer I have almost entirely committed my TBR to books that have some horror or fantasy aspect. Although there was a hint of mystery in this book it was generally focusing on emotions and relationships which is not usually my interest.

I found this book at a huge book fair and the cover drew me in so I said I would take a chance on it and I am glad I did. It is a beautiful, but dramatic story of a family who loses their daughter/sister. It explores the identities of each family member, their own issues, and their own speculation on what may have happened to Lydia.

Growing up has shown me Lydia’s perspective where she feels pressured to make her parents proud, but it has also opened my eyes to a huge theme in this read. When you are young you see your parents as just that – parents. What we soon discover as we mature and begin to think more is that our parents are people too, they have a history, they have a future, and they are not strictly just our parents. There is so much more to a life than we know, and a tragedy such as this has opened old wounds and prompted self discovery of the family.

Although it was not a high action novel, there were still times of suspense and mystery and I loved learning about the different lives and reactions of the members of the family. It is nice to be reminded that everyone has a story.

I cannot wait to read Little Fires Everywhere!

 

"Suddenly she felt drowned in the incredible wrongness of this moment,"

Reading and Cardio

Another Monday and another busy week ahead of me. I have been consumed by life and homework lately that I have been finding it hard to read as much as I would like, however I have figured out a way to get a nice reading session in each day!

For anyone who does their cardio on a machine or would like to start and have a hard time getting through a good cardio session should definitely test this out!

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I always bring something to read during cardio, it not only makes the cardio easier or more tolerable, but it also helps get a good reading session in.

I usually bring my kobo since it is more convenient and can use it on almost all cardio machines, however since A Little Life is a large and detailed read I have been sticking to the stairclimber so that I can read this book during.

My trick is to read a full chapter and then check the time, if they are short chapters then read two!

STORY TIME: When I was reading The Girl on the Train I was on the bike 
machines planning on doing a 20 minute session. The book was that good 
that I ended up sitting down and doing over an hour of cardio. Time well 
spent having a good cardio session and finishing a good book.

Let me know if you try it!

An Idea Notebook

One of the hardest parts about writing is coming up with ideas, that is why on this Writer Wednesdays segment I am going to talk to you about the importance of having an idea notebook!

Sadly, I have lost count of the great ideas I have had – and lost – because I failed to record them in a place that I could come back to at any time. I have tried using my phone, but batteries die, phones break, and software crashes. The most trustworthy method of saving your ideas is to write them down in a notebook.

To get my ideas flowing and to prepare for novel November I have chosen a notebook to designate as my idea notebook. It does not require a lot of effort, you just need a space where you can record ideas as you have them.

The ideal idea notebook is big enough that you can record many ideas, but small enough that you can carry it with you in your bag/purse or even in your hand.


Now, anytime you have an idea you can just grab this notebook and scribble your thoughts down as quickly and messy as you want. This way, whenever you are ready to sit down and actually write something you can refer back to this notebook in order to retrieve some of your great ideas!

But, don’t forget your pen!


Maybe sometime in the future I will share some of my ideas from my own idea notebook with you!

Happy Thanksgiving

Here in Newfoundland, Canada this Monday is the holiday of Thanksgiving. Life is so busy we often forget to be grateful and thank others for the great aspects of life we have.

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I had a great thanksgiving weekend, I spent Saturday with my closest friends, Sunday I had turkey dinner with my mother, father, and a couple friends into the cabin and ended off the night playing UNO and headbands, and then I spent today hiking with my parents, visited my grandparents, and then going out to a restaurant for supper.

 

So for today’s Me, Myself, and Monday segment I have decided to make a quick note of some of the things I am thankful for!

Here is a list of things (big and small) that I am forever thankful for

  1. Health
  2. Friends and Family (here and gone)
  3. University
  4. My Pets (here and gone)
  5. Music
  6. Access to Clean Water
  7. Nature
  8. Food on my Plate
  9. The Endless Opportunities I Have Access to
  10.  ..and of course BOOKS

Poets,Artists,Lovers: A Novel (2017) by Mira Tudor

★★★ 3.5/5

IMG_3820PAL is a fast-paced yet poignant character-driven novel riding waves of romanticism, drama, and wit in a manner reminiscent of David Nicholls’s books (One Day)—and set in the exciting world of several vibrant Romanian artists and musicians. Henriette, an accomplished sculptor, seems to find more joy in her feminist-inspired work and her piano playing than in the people who care about her.
Ela, a piano teacher turned book reviewer, hopes to discover the key to happiness and a more meaningful life through studying the workings of the mind and crafting poems about emotions she trusts will lead her to a better place. Joining them in beauty and blindness is Pamfil, a violinist who dabbles as a singer and lives mostly for the moment and his monthly parties. As they follow their passions, they find themselves on treacherous journeys to love and happiness, and are slow to figure out how to best tackle their predicaments. Fortunately, their lovers and friends are there to help . . . but then a newcomer complicates things. – Goodreads


Fiction/Contemporary/Women’s Fiction – can be read in a few good reading sessions

This read consists of characters that are artists in many different possible forms; sculptors, violinists, poets, and more. Somehow all their paths cross through a man named Pamfil whose charm makes them question what type of passion they seek in life.

Pamfil stimulates the discussion of what is lust, and what is love. Each lover endures different personal struggle identifying with what they feel for Pamfil and what it means for their relationship with their current/past partner.

I really enjoyed Mira’s writing style, there was so much insight and emotion in the writing I always caught myself writing down favorite quotes. The flow and beauty in the writing made the story so much more pleasurable to read.

The discussion of lust,love, and relationships is important in life and if you can relate at all then this read will definitely get you thinking about the kind of passion and stability you seek in your own life. Seeing Pamfil through the eyes of Henriette, Ela, and Anca and reading about the impacts he had on their lives provides us with different perspectives on the love/lust conversation and emphasizes that the impact of such a relationship is different depending on who you are and what you value.

My only problem with this read is that there was not enough action for me. Towards the middle it seemed to be very slow with a lot more discussion about weight than necessary. I would of enjoyed more events that caused interaction between all our poets,artists, and lovers. The beginning and ending were very well done and strong, however I did have a hard time staying engaged in the middle.

I definitely hope to read more from this author.

You can get her book here

"There is no routine with a loved one. Lovers are supposed to change each 
other all the time."
"He had only one heart and couldn't trust a woman, any woman, with it."
"'At twenty-four you should be looking resolutely ahead,' Pamfil said, 
'and not into the past. There will be enough time for that later on.'"
"And life wasn't only music and sunshine."

October’s TBR!

A Little Life is definitely going to take me some time to finish, and I am also trying to get through an ebook so September’s TBR is slowing me down

HOWEVER, after careful consideration of your suggestions I have picked some spooky halloween reads for this month!

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The Shining by Stephen King – I have been dying to read this book, but I wanted to save it for October!

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley – I am a little embarrassed to say I have never read this yet, but it fits right into my Halloween theme!

The Shack by William Paul Young – I have chosen this read for now (mostly because I need to finish it so my mom can have it), but it doesn’t exactly fit with my theme so I may change my mind when I get around to it.

Because I still have some September reads to clue up I have chosen only three books besides for my TBR – hopefully I get to read more.


Have you read any of these?

My Favorite Month is Here!

Today’s Me, Myself, and Monday post is going to be short and sweet because I have a midterm tomorrow – and guess who hasn’t studied yet!

October is my absolute favorite month! I get to wear my long socks and sweaters while getting in the spirit of Halloween.

I find this type of year everything feels different and I spend the autumn season getting more in touch with myself.

Autumn is my favorite, however it does not last long in Newfoundland – winter may come at any second. I am going to enjoy it while it lasts!

I am starting off my favorite month with this read (and this outfit)

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October Goals

September was my first month of sharing goals and making a plan to meet them. It was successful and really helped me focus on reading related goals

This month I need to focus on the goals I didn’t reach from September and add some new goals to make October successful.

Reading Goals

  • Commit more time to reading and less to sleeping/netflix/phone – The main goal for this month’s reading is to spend less time on my phone/netflix and more time reading. Although I am reading at a decent pace I have noticed I have been wasting a lot of time with netflix or napping, so I would like to commit more of this time to reading instead.

Blog Goals 

  • Stick to my schedule – This month I really need to focus on reaching my planned schedule of posts, last month I was very late posting most of them. I realize now the time and effort I need to commit so hopefully this month I can get on track

Bookstagram Goals

  • Interact more – Stories and interaction is my biggest focus. I need to be more social on my instagram page by posting stories and interacting with others through their posts.
  • Improve photography – Putting more time and effort into my pictures is very important to me this month. Since I have been rushed or late to post I end up using mediocre pictures and I want to address this ASAP.

Journal Goals

  • Worry less, journal more – This month I am going to focus on just adding more to my bullet journal. I am always too concerned with how artistic and perfect a spread looks and I end up waiting and waiting until I have enough time to do it good – which means I never do it. SO this month I want to stop being a perfectionist and just embrace using my bullet journal for whatever I want, whenever I need.

Writing Goals

  • Write down your thoughts – I am having trouble finding time and my spark for writing. October is a very busy month school wise, therefore I am going to keep it light and commit to writing down thoughts and ideas in a notebook.