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!

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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.

Tuesdays With Morrie (1997) by Mitch Albom

★★★★★ 5/5

Processed with VSCO with a4 presetMaybe it was a grandparent, or a teacher or a colleague. Someone older, patient and wise, who understood you when you were young and searching, and gave you sound advice to help you make your way through it. For Mitch Albom, that person was Morrie Schwartz, his college professor from nearly twenty years ago. Maybe, like Mitch, you lost track of this mentor as you made your way, and the insights faded. Wouldn’t you like to see that person again, ask the bigger questions that still haunt you? Mitch Albom had that second chance. He rediscovered Morrie in the last months of the older man’s life. Knowing he was dying of ALS – or motor neuron disease – Mitch visited Morrie in his study every Tuesday, just as they used to back in college. Their rekindled relationship turned into one final ‘class’: lessons in how to live. – Goodreads



Memoir/Inspirational / Quick read can be read in one sitting, and should be read over and over.

Okay, I loved this read. It was so sweet and enjoyable, Morrie was really an amazing man with a lot to offer to the world. This is a great way for a man to be remembered and I am so proud of Mitch for writing this.

These kinds of reads are so important to me. This read reminded me of The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch which I also really enjoyed and have been meaning to re-read. As a 21 year old newly graduated university student, life advice is crucial to me. This is the age where things get confusing because you are trying to evaluate where you are in life and figuring out where you want to be and how to get there. I always say to myself “if I knew then what I know now” and these books can give you that in real time. Learning from others is key to our growth, and having the opportunities to hear the life lessons of wiser and more experienced people can really contribute to your own growth and possibly impact the way you live the rest of you life.

This was an enjoyable book and the set up was perfect. The chapter titles, the transitions between flashbacks and “lectures”, and the overall short and sweetness of the book makes it that much more valuable. It is a well written book with a lot to offer, I encourage everyone to read it, and then maybe read it twice.

"He was intent on proving that the word 'dying' was not synonymous with
'useless'."
"The world, I discovered, was not all that interested. I wandered around my 
early twenties, paying rent and reading classifieds and wondering why the 
lights were not turning green for me."
"I felt as if time were suddenly precious, water going down an open drain,
and I could not move quickly enough."
"'Life is a series of pulls back and forth. You want to do one thing, but 
you are bound to do something else. Something hurts you yet you know it 
shouldn't. You take certain things for granted, even when you know you 
should never take anything for granted.'"
"'So many people walk around with a meaningless life. They seem half-asleep,
 even when they're busy doing things they think are important.'"
"'And in addition to all the miseries, the young are not wise. They 
have very little understanding about life. Who wants to live every day
when you don't know what's going on?'"
"'Aging is not just decay, you know. It's growth.'"
"Death ends a life not a relationship."

 

 

 

 

 

Back To School !

The weeks seem to fly, I feel like I just made a Monday post – oh well, here we are again!

Processed with VSCO with a4 presetThis past summer I actually completed my degree in Earth Sciences and had planned to take this semester off as a new graduate and look for work – obviously that never happened.

I am back to school part-time working towards a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) diploma – and maybe to complete a major in Geography as well.

I panicked the day before the semester started and registered for whatever courses I found that were applicable and available – so here I am.


This is going to impact my reading time, and may interfere with my blogging. However, I still have plenty of time to read and since my last hiatus I have been doing better than ever for scheduling and interacting with my blog. I adore TheBayReads and will always make time for it – don’t worry.

(If you catch me slacking, call me out!)


I just wanted to take this blog post to say that you have plenty of time to figure your life out. You don’t need to jump into post secondary education straight from highschool, and you are not obligated to go to university if something else attracts you.

I am only 21 (turning 22), and I have been having difficultly being happy and sane lately because I feel pressured to start my career in Geology. Finding a job as a new graduate is not easy and I wasn’t even sure exactly what I wanted to do. Going back to school and starting this GIS program has been a step in the right direction for me. I feel like I’m on the right path because I am working towards something I actually enjoy and I have accepted that there is nothing wrong with staying in school.


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Bookmarks

Hope you all had a good weekend! For this weekend discussion I am going to discuss the different types of bookmarks I have used and put them in a list from best to worse. Many people use all sorts of bookmarks and there is variation in their preferences. I only picked up reading as of recently so my literature related bookmarks are lacking – I hope to do a similar post in the future to show off my collection as it grows.

Starting with the worst:

10. No Bookmark okay this one is absurd, but for a while I used to just remember the page number or put the page number in notes in my phone. The obvious issues with this is the page number can easily be forgotten especially if there is significant time in between readings. 

9. Folded Corner – this is a touchy subject in the reader world because you are “damaging” the book. I only use this bookmark when I have a used book that is already in a bit poorer of states. Although it is more effective than the no bookmark there is still an easy chance the page can unfold or previous folded pages stay folded and it can be confusing sometimes.

8. Sticky Note  commonly what I use in school because it is what I have on hand always. This is a more trustworthy method than the others, however it is easy to lose the sticky notes or to have to replace it over time. It is convenient when in a squeeze, but it is not the most reliable and there are more creative types of bookmarks. 

7. A Piece of Yarn – oh yeah, this is something I used faithfully for my first month back into reading. I rug hook so I always have little pieces of yarn lying around and I was in my office and thought hey this might work temporarily. It was definitely more reliable than the others, but there was still better.

6. Paint Chip – I finally started to get closer to a normal bookmark when I used a paint chip I got from my local Walmart. This was a more convenient and reliable option and started me towards getting more visually appealing bookmarks.

5. Hard Cover Book Slip – there’s probably a better technical term for this, but when I have a hardcover book with a paper sleeve with the little folds (come on I know you know what I am talking about) it is convenient to place them on the page. Of course, this is only an option if the book has this kind of cover, and it is also not the best plan for thicker books. I placed it at the halfway mark because I absolutely love to use this when I can, but like I said it is not always an option.

4. Receipt from Bookstore – this is a great method because if you want to start reading your book right after you buy it you already have a bookmark on hand. This is a great for when you get a new book and are too excited to wait and it is definitely reliable, however the issue is that it is temporary because it this bookmark is thin white paper that can become dirty or damaged very easily.

3. Harry Potter Bookmark – my friend Kelsey picked me up a harry potter bookmark from Florida. As you can see, it is amazing. It is the kind of bookmark that I love so much that I am afraid to use it. The only issue is that it is very large and may be too lengthy for the book which could lead it to be damaged.

2. Grandma’s Homemade Bookmark – I have a very strong relationship with my grandmother and she is always giving me gifts. This gift was very special to me because she handmade it herself with her church group. It is very special to me and I use it whenever I can, the only issue again is the length and where there are beads on both sides sometimes it is not long enough and may bend the pages in that case.

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1. My Go-To BookmarkI discussed this on Monday, my most used is my perfectly sized Geological Timescale bookmark. 



What types of bookmarks/methods have you used to save your page?