Seize the Tuesday [6] – Learning a new skill

seizethetuesdaybanner_zpsf766e20aSeize the Tuesday is a book blogger meme created by myself and the Let’s Get Lost Buddies Street Team, to share stories about how we’ve seized the Tuesday, with a special focus on the particular book we’re reading. We’ll share our posts online with the hashtag: #LetsAllGetLost. The idea is to share little ways in which you may have embraced Bree’s motto of seizing the Tuesday. To relate it to books, you can talk about what book you’re reading, and how you stole some moments from the day to enjoy reading. It doesn’t have to be about reading, but we all know that a well-read day is a day seized. The idea is not just to help spread the word on LGL, but also to remind people to live fully, even/especially if that means spending a part of your day reading.

When I started this year, I made a list of things to do this year. One of the things on the list was “Learn a new skill”. This could have been anything – sewing, coding, playing guitar, etc. But my favorite (and the one I wanted to learn the most) was archery. I have always wanted to learn how to shoot a bow, and of course, this want was fueled in recent years by things like The Hunger Games, Arrow, The Lord of the Rings…aka the abundance of archers in the media. So when my brother’s girlfriend said she was going to buy a new bow, I asked if she’d teach me. Today she bought it and today I began learning archery! Yay!

It’s kind of difficult to draw the bow/pull the string/whatever you want to call it (which is only more difficult due to my arthritis), but I’ve always had pretty good aim so that part wasn’t too hard. I had a lot of fun, and I think that’s mostly the point. Here’s me shooting and my first bag full of arrows. I hit the bullseye! [Sorry for the seriously crappy picture of the target]

Shooting Bow Arrows

So today, I get to mark something off my to-do list for the year, and that’s awesome. Tuesday seized.

Seize the Tuesday [5] – Happiness through reading

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Seize the Tuesday is a book blogger meme created by myself and the Let’s Get Lost Buddies Street Team, to share stories about how we’ve seized the Tuesday, with a special focus on the particular book we’re reading. We’ll share our posts online with the hashtag: #LetsAllGetLost. The idea is to share little ways in which you may have embraced Bree’s motto of seizing the Tuesday. To relate it to books, you can talk about what book you’re reading, and how you stole some moments from the day to enjoy reading. It doesn’t have to be about reading, but we all know that a well-read day is a day seized. The idea is not just to help spread the word on LGL, but also to remind people to live fully, even/especially if that means spending a part of your day reading.

I was off from work today so I set my alarm for 8. Yeah, I don’t really know what sleeping in means. Which can be further demonstrated by the fact that my body woke me up at about 6:20 a.m. and would  not let me go back to sleep. So I got up, poured myself a cup of coffee, and sat on the couch in the lovely quiet of the morning and read.

I’m still working on Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld which is taking me quite a bit longer than I’d originally planned. I suppose it makes sense: it is 599 pages. If you aren’t familiar with the book, let me give you a short run down: Darcy has written a novel that is being published. Alternating chapters detail her journey to publication and chapters from her novel. I’m enjoying it but I’m having my reservations when it comes to the love interest in the chapters from Darcy’s novel.

No matter my feelings toward the book, I had a wonderful morning. I only read for about an hour or so, but it was fantastic. I wasn’t worrying about what I had to get done. I wasn’t worrying about anything. I was just sitting on the couch with my cup of coffee and a book in the sweet quiet of a cool morning. In other words: happiness.

Tuesday seized.

By the way, Let’s Get Lost featured in my Top Ten Tuesday today too!

Seize the Tuesday [4] – Getting crafty

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Seize the Tuesday is a book blogger meme created by Adi Alsaid and the Let’s Get Lost Buddies Street Team, to share stories about how we’ve seized the Tuesday, with a special focus on the particular book we’re reading. We’ll share our posts online with the hashtag:#LetsAllGetLost.The idea is to share little ways in which you may have embraced Bree’s motto of seizing the Tuesday. To relate it to books, you can talk about what book you’re reading, and how you stole some moments from the day to enjoy reading. It doesn’t have to be about reading, but we all know that a well-read day is a day seized. The idea is not just to help spread the word on LGL, but also to remind people to live fully, even/especially if that means spending a part of your reading.

You ever have one of those days when you have a lot you should be doing but you don’t want to do any of it so you don’t? Yeah, I had one of those days. Instead of doing some things I probably should have done, I got crafty. I haven’t really done any artsy stuff recently and that’s what I needed to do today. So I made a scarf, decorated a mug for a friend, and drew on a bowl for myself. Want to see?

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The scarf and bowl are for me, but the mug is for a friend of mine. I am not a fan of whiskey. What do you think of what I made?

I had a lot of fun! It was a nice, relaxing day. I kind of regret it now because I might be stressed for the rest of the week trying to do stuff I should’ve done today before and after work, but you know what? I seized the Tuesday and it was wonderful.

Hope you had a great Tuesday too!

Seize the Tuesday [3] – Caaaaaake

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Seize the Tuesday is a book blogger meme created by Adi Alsaid and the Let’s Get Lost Buddies Street Team, to share stories about how we’ve seized the Tuesday, with a special focus on the particular book we’re reading. We’ll share our posts online with the hashtag: #LetsAllGetLost.The idea is to share little ways in which you may have embraced Bree’s motto of seizing the Tuesday. To relate it to books, you can talk about what book you’re reading, and how you stole some moments from the day to enjoy reading. It doesn’t have to be about reading, but we all know that a well-read day is a day seized. The idea is not just to help spread the word on LGL, but also to remind people to live fully, even/especially if that means spending a part of your reading.

I know I’m several hours late for a Tuesday post, but that’s okay. Let me tell you how I seized the day yesterday. 🙂

I did several things yesterday, but I think my favorite part was the cake. Who doesn’t like cake? My brother’s sort-of girlfriend and I spent the day out shopping, going to a check-up appointment for me and my wisdom teeth, and getting things we needed, but we stopped at a new store near us called “Nothing Bundt Cake” (first of all, isn’t that the cutest name??!) to get a little bundt cupcake. I, of course, got red velvet (if red velvet is an option, I will always choose it). She got Pumpkin Spice and Chocolate Chocolate Chip, as she was going to eat half of each and share the other half with my mom. When we got home from shopping, we sat on the couch, put on some of The Walking Dead and ate our cakes. It was delicious. Soft, moist, and so. freaking. delicious.

It wasn’t anything big or spectacular (okay, the cake was pretty spectacular), but it was nice. A fun day out and about and a quiet moment at home with a good show, a good friend, and freaking good cupcake.

How was your Tuesday?

Seize the Tuesday [2] – Thank goodness for Skype

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Seize the Tuesday is a book blogger meme created by Adi Alsaid and the Let’s Get Lost Buddies Street Team, to share stories about how we’ve seized the Tuesday, with a special focus on the particular book we’re reading. We’ll share our posts online with the hashtag: #LetsAllGetLost. The idea is to share little ways in which you may have embraced Bree’s motto of seizing the Tuesday. To relate it to books, you can talk about what book you’re reading, and how you stole some moments from the day to enjoy reading. It doesn’t have to be about reading, but we all know that a well-read day is a day seized. The idea is not just to help spread the word on LGL, but also to remind people to live fully, even/especially if that means spending a part of your reading.

Today I got to Skype with one of my favorite people. We have pretty much the same personality, recommend books to each other all the time (more on this soon), and just happen to live on different continents. Her name is Jo, and she blogs over at Drifting Pages. I met her when I lived in Scotland during late 2012-late 2013 while I was pursuing my Master’s degree. She’s one of the people that I always enjoy talking to and make time during my week to do so.

Jo and I have the wonderful ability to make each other laugh even when we don’t want to. We always have hilarious conversations and end up talking a lot longer than we intended to do so. It had been a little longer between Skype conversations than usual this time, but it never feels like it for us. I think our trick is that we don’t talk every day. We don’t need to. We hate the boring “Hey. How are you? I’m good. Good.” conversations. Do you know what I mean? When you message someone every day and nothing has changed, you’re still the same, there’s no news, you’re still good. Those conversations can be boring, and our conversations are never like that. Plus, we live on different continents, so we couldn’t really talk every day anyway with our schedules.

Another reason I appreciate Jo is that we both love books. LOVE books. And being passionate-about-the-things-we-love people, we really enjoy telling each other about books we’ve read and loved. Jo recommended The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (my current read) to me with a passion that I had felt when I recommended Matt Haig’s The Humans to her, which she read. One of the best things about our friendship is that even if the other person doesn’t feel the same passion about something as the recommender, it isn’t an issue. We just appreciate that the other person will listen to us fangirl and will try the thing we enjoyed.

So basically this whole post is about how much I appreciate having Jo in my life and being able to talk to her even though we are an ocean apart. I believe in showing people how much I love them, and I hope this shows Jo.

Miss you, Jo.

Seize the Tuesday [1]

seizethetuesdaybanner_zpsf766e20aSeize the Tuesday is a book blogger meme created by Adi Alsaid and the Let’s Get Lost Buddies Street Team, to share stories about how we’ve seized the Tuesday, with a special focus on the particular book we’re reading. We’ll share our posts online with the hashtag: #LetsAllGetLostThe idea is to share little ways in which you may have embraced Bree’s motto of seizing the Tuesday. To relate it to books, you can talk about what book you’re reading, and how you stole some moments from the day to enjoy reading. It doesn’t have to be about reading, but we all know that a well-read day is a day seized. The idea is not just to help spread the word on LGL, but also to remind people to live fully, even/especially if that means spending a part of your day reading.


So if you couldn’t tell from my blog picture, I don’t have any hair. None. There’s nothing there. No, I don’t have cancer. No, I’m not dying. No, I’m not going through chemo.

I have alopecia. Basically, something inside me thinks that my hair is a disease and makes it fall out. I don’t have any other symptoms…other than the no hair thing. It’s not life threatening. I just don’t have hair.

Today, at the library where I work, I had a really great conversation about it with someone. Usually, as you could probably imagine, people assume that I have cancer. They ask me what stage I have or if I’m going through chemo or what type of cancer I have, blah blah blah. I have NO problem with people asking me why I don’t have hair (there’s nothing wrong with being curious), but I really am not a fan of people assuming. In addition to assuming, some people can be really mean. I’m used to all of this though.

What I’m still not used to is the people who are nice, genuinely curious without being intrusive about it. That’s what happened today. I had a lovely woman come in and say, “Can I ask you something without you getting offended?” I, of course, knew exactly what she was going to ask and said, “You want to know why I don’t have hair?” She said yes, and I proceeded to tell her. What followed was a conversation about her husband shaving his head a few years ago and the amount of people assuming he had cancer. She said she knew right away that I didn’t because I don’t look sick. I was like, “YES! Exactly. Thank you.” We laughed, connected, had a nice chat, and then she left.

What might seem like a simple exchange to some of you was one of the best conversations I’ve had recently. I haven’t felt that comfortable, confident, and happy about a conversation about my head in a while. This lady, her husband, and I had a genuine connection over something that I can’t usually connect with other people about.

Seize the Tuesday, indeed.

SUNDAY FUNDAY: WEEK IN REVIEW [13]

Hey guys, I hope you don’t mind if today’s Sunday Funday is super short. I’m exhausted, but I still wanted to keep you guys up to date on what’s been happening with me!

September 1 – 7, 2014

You probably noticed that last weekend I went to the Decatur Book Festival in Georgia. If you didn’t, check out my recap of the weekend HERE on WatchPlayRead. There’s lots of fun pictures and anecdotes. 🙂 ALSO, my interview with Jennifer E. Smith is up on WPR as well. Check back tomorrow because my interview with Maggie Stiefvater and our round of bookish Would You Rather? will be up.

Things you might be interested in:

Adi Alsaid had some awesome things to say about adults reading young adult literature.

I related really well to this quote from Wonder.

I fell even more in love with Matt Haig’s books.

I had an amazing book/comic book haul this week.

And on WatchPlayRead, I listed ten children’s books you don’t have to be an adult to appreciate.

Exciting things in my life:

My job at the library went full time (hence being exhausted, as I now have a full-time job, an online job, my blog, and WatchPlayRead…and, you know, I need to read, sleep, and eat). I’m super excited!

I know I already said it, but I interviewed Maggie Stiefvater and Jennifer E. Smith. Happy Stefani.

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Adi Alsaid and Jennifer Mathieu recognized me from tweeting my reviews of their books. What?!

ALSO, something exciting for all of you will be on the blog tomorrow! I’m really excited about it and I hope you guys will be too. 🙂 (Two hints: 1. It’s a first for my blog and 2. I met Stephanie Perkins last weekend)

This week I finished the Wonder audiobook and started The Help. I also finished Jennifer E. Smith’s This Is What Happy Looks Like. I read Hermelin: The Detective Mouse and And Tango Makes Three. I also started Rooms by Lauren Oliver.

So the Teen Wolf Season 4 finale is tomorrow. 😦 I’m not ready.

How about you guys? What did you read this week? Anything exciting happening? Fill me in on your week in the comments!

Adi Alsaid on adults reading young adult books at Decatur Book Festival

This past weekend, I went to the Decatur Book Festival in Decatur, Georgia and met several celebrities of my favorite authors.

Map of My Heart PanelI attended several panels over Saturday and Sunday. Since finding out about the festival, I’d been looking forward to the “Map of My Heart: Love Stories” panel featuring Isabel Gillies, Stephanie Perkins, Adi Alsaid, and Jennifer E. Smith. They didn’t end up talking too much about travel or the places in their books, but they did get asked probably my favorite question and answer of the festival:

Elizabeth Lenhard, moderator: Are you thinking about your teen readers? Or are you thinking of everyone? Or are you thinking of these adult readers out there, and does that affect how you’re writing at all?

Adi Alsaid: [after some other stuff] I never heard of people asking young adults why they would read an adult book when the character’s not a young adult. I don’t think that really matters, as a reader. I think we just want to connect with a story and a character, and it almost always is someone unlike ourselves, so why would the age matter?”

As an adult reader of a lot of young adult literature, I really loved this answer. I felt like a lot of my followers would relate to it just as much as I did so I wanted to share. I loved what he said: young adults aren’t asked why they read adult fiction; why should adults be asked why they read young adult fiction? We just want a good story to connect to.

What do you think? Do you like Adi’s response? Adi wrote Let’s Get Lost, which I reviewed on my blog HERE. Also, check out my wrap up post of the whole Decatur Book Festival over on WatchPlayRead.

Book Review: Let’s Get Lost by Adi Alsaid

Let's Get LostTitle: Let’s Get Lost

Author: Adi Alsaid

Genre: YA, Contemporary

Publisher: Harlequin Teen

Publication Date:

Hardback: 338 pages

Stand alone or series: Stand alone

How did I get this book: Bought

Check out the summary on Goodreads.

What I thought:

I’m going to start this review with what I didn’t like about this book. Mostly because what I didn’t like happened right at the beginning. Leila is on a road trip from Louisiana to Alaska to see the Northern Lights. On her way, she stops by a car shop in Mississippi (I live in MS, so this was cool!) and meets Hudson. I don’t want to give too much away but can you say instalove? Geez. Here’s one of Hudson’s reasons why: “I like her face. I really like her face.” (page 33) Seriously? Ugh. So yeah, that annoyed me because you guys know I hate instalove. Also:

“He only allowed himself a quick glance at her, knowing as soon as he saw her that she was the kind of girl who could make you think your life was not complete unless she was in it.” (PAGE 1)

That was on page one and two. UGH.

On the other hand, here’s a quote I loved:

“Funny, how it took a little bit of pain to remember that certain parts of yourself were alive.” (Page 37)

After Leila leaves MS, she meets Bree. This was probably my favorite section. I should mention that each of the sections are kind of told from the perspectives of the people Leila meets (though they are in third person). Bree lost both of her parents and fought with her sister, so she’s been hitchhiking across the country. This section had emotional depth, which I appreciated, and the friend chemistry between Leila and Bree was pretty on point.

The other two sections we get before we have one set from Leila’s POV were Elliot, a funny guy who’s had his heart broken, and Sonia, a girl still grieving over the loss of her first love who is trying to figure out how to move on. I enjoyed both of these sections; Elliot’s for the humor and for the romance I was rooting for, and Sonia’s for the feels and hijinks. Though it was kind of annoying how Leila was just able to turn up, somehow convince these kids to allow a freaking stranger to help them, and then save the day. Every time practically.

Leila’s a bit of a Manic Pixie Dream Girl, though I think that’s partly the point. Leila is kind of kept at a distance from the reader as we only really see her through the eyes of the other people (super attractive, smart, spontaneous, and drive a cherry red car *rolls eyes*). We finally get her real story at the end though.

ROAD TRIP!!! I love travelling and road trips and seeing new places. This book did a wonderful job at describing these places, but not in a touristy way; it did describe some places in it, of course, but it showed how the people there live, what it’s like to live in Vicksburg, MS (which I don’t think is quite as exciting as Hudson does), or what it’s like to camp in Alaska and wait for the Northern Lights. It made my wanderlust flair up for sure.

The bottom line: Even though I didn’t like the instalove and I’m not a huge fan of MPDGs, this book was really entertaining, fun, full of adventures, and quite enjoyable. It made me smile, laugh, and want to road trip RIGHT NOW (thank goodness I’m going on a small one this weekend!).

Rating: 7 – pretty good

Reading next: This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith