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 [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.