Five Beautiful Bookish Quotes

Hi all! Sorry for the intermittent posts! I’m working to become more consistent. 🙂

Today I have for you five bookish quotes that I think are very pretty/printable. I had fun playing with different fonts and formatting while making them. I hope you enjoy!

(If you want a list of 100 bookish quotes, you can check out this post.)

_I do believe something very magical can happen when you read a good book._With freedom, books, fowers, and the moon, who could not be happy_Everyone is a reader... Some just haven't found their favorite book yetBe our new copywriter.Beach Vibes 2020

Which one is your favorite?

❤ Annette

1 year ago: 5 Awesome Crochet Books and 5 More I Want to Read

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Book Club Around a Bonfire!

Depending on the weather where you live, now may be the perfect time of year to have an outdoor book club. Around a bonfire! If it’s still too chilly in your locale, you can hold on to this idea until the time is right.

For a while my friends and I held a book club once a month. We used it as a way to pick up books just slightly outside of our comfort zone, or books that a lot of people seemed to enjoy, but we never got around to. We read books like And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie, Snowflower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See, and The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisburger. We found it best if we chose books no one had read before and books that may have book club questions already existing online. For some, we also enjoyed watching the movie after we discussed the book. Plus, getting together with friends and perhaps eating some yummy snacks was always fun.

One of my favorite book club nights took place around a firepit. My friends have a nice gas fire pit that we could all huddle around while discussing our latest read.

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If you need ideas for s’mores, we’ve done some experimenting with those as well. Here are some suggestions for different ingredients you can use:

Graham Substitutions:
Wafer cookies
Just use chocolate and put the marshmallow in the middle
Oreos
Chocolate Substitutions:
Dark chocolate
Fancy chocolates
Reeses
Nutella
Cookie Butter

Our favorite combo is Graham Cracker+Reeses Peanut Butter Cup+Marshmallow (this is so good!)

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(The s’mores ideas and pictures were originally published on my personal blog, musicmicetro.blogspot.com on March 27, 2017)

What’s your favorite way to discuss books with your friends?

❤ Annette

3 Tips for NaNoWriMo

Hi all! If you don’t know, next month is National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo for short. The goal is to write a 50,000 word novel between November 1 and November 30. There are lot of events and write-ins, and ways to meet your local community. The goal is to get everything on paper, no matter how “good” it is. Once you have a novel written, it’s much easier to edit and polish it up.

I’ve participated in NaNoWriMo a couple of times and only “won” (by writing 50,000 words) once. But that doesn’t stop me from trying! I will be participating this November, but with a tweak to the rules. I plan on writing 50,000 words of blog posts, instead of a novel! So you may not hear from me during November (except for schedule posts), but that means lots and lots of content for you all throughout the next year!

Since I’ve done NaNo quite a few times but only won once, I thought I’d share with you some tips I have, since I’ve definitely learned from the years that I didn’t win!

  1. Plan ahead. There always seems to be a debate whether it’s better to plan ahead, or just go with the flow. For me, I definitely need to plan ahead. I make sure to lay out 30 plot points before November starts, so I never have a day where I don’t know what to write. Sometimes I write two plot points in one day, sometimes it takes two days to write one. It’s just great to have that guideline so I don’t get stuck. It’s also helpful to have some generic story twists to throw in if you need more words or find a lull in your story.
  2. Do Reverse NaNo. (Full details/wiki article on this here.) This is the only way I’ve won NaNo. Normally, I run out of steam towards the end and then Thanksgiving happens and then I just never finish my project. With Reverse NaNo, instead of writing a flat 1,667 words a day (50,000 words divided by 30 days), you start with a high daily goal 3346 and then end with 1 words on the final day. This is great because it capitalizes on your energy at the beginning and accounts for the holiday season near the end of November. Plus, if you miss a day or two, it’s easy to make up by getting rid of your 1 word day. I also know people with inconsistent schedules that will take the varied daily word counts and assign different amounts to each day based on their schedule for the day.
  3. Don’t let yourself go home until you’ve reached your word count. I work a basic 9-5, so I have a pretty consistent schedule. The year I won, every day after work I would go to a coffee shop and write until I reached my word count. I wasn’t “allowed” to go home until I reached my goal for the day. This worked really well for me, because once I get home from work, I usually just want to relax and not do much, and then I forget to pull out my laptop and write.

Those are my best tips for NaNo! Except maybe “don’t get a new dog in November”, which is why I lost last year. But I don’t regret it. 🙂

Are any of you participating in NaNoWriMo? Or have you participated in the past? Do you have any tips or tricks for me?

❤ Annette

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1 year ago: Why Books Are Good for Babies

1 Year Blogiversary: My Most Popular Posts

Earlier this month was my one year blogiversary! Hooray! 🎉 Thanks to all of my readers, followers, and commenters! I can’t wait to see where this blog goes in another year. 🙂

Here are my top five posts from the past year. If you haven’t read them yet, you might want to – others seem to enjoy them. 🙂

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reading slump

top 2017

dogwarts

lucky dog
(book review)

If you’ve made it this far down the post, I’d love it if you took a minute or two to take a survey about my blog! I want to know what you guys want to read! You can take the survey >>>>here.<<<< It’s only five questions long. 🙂

Thanks for being awesome!

❤ Annette

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Update to Blog Pages

Hello! Hopefully I’ll have a “real” post for you later this weekend, but I wanted to let you know that I’ve completely re-done my book review pages. They’re much prettier and more visual than they were before. 🙂 You can access them from the main menu above. ^^

I’ve also added a page called “Reading Challenges” so I can keep track of my progress for reading challenges this year. This is probably more for me than you, but it’s there nonetheless. 😀

Enjoy!

❤ Annette

My Original TBR

I found this the other day and thought it’d be fun to share. It’s my original TBR… from when I was a kid… in the nineties.

The cover says “Groovy” and has a large smiley face, likely to mimic the super-popular Lisa Frank style.

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And since there was no Goodreads (nor did we have internet), I wrote every book by hand. And if I found a series I wanted to read, I’d write down every. single. one.

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I’m fairly sure most of these came from those awesome Scholastic Book Club flyers that got sent home every once in a while. I’m also fairly sure I never got around to a lot of these. In that way childhood TBR was very similar to my current one!

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Gel pens were also the thing back then. (I also exchanged them with my pen pal, because those were also a thing.)

What was your first TBR like? How did you keep track of the books you wanted to read before Goodreads and the like came along?

❤ Annette

 

Finishing the Series Challenge

Remember how yesterday I said I didn’t want to participate in any reading challenges? Well…. I found two I’m going to participate in. 😀 This one, hosted by Celebrity Readers, is entirely focused on finishing series. I did a lot of that in 2017, but I am still so into doing it for 2018 a well!

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I’m not going to force myself to read anything if I’m not feeling it, but here are some of the series that I would like to finish:

The Lemonade War by Jacqueline Davis

Illuminae Files by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

A.I. Love You by Ken Akamatsu

Christmas Around the World by World Book

Confectionately Yours by Lisa Papademitriou

Hardcore Self Help by Robert Duff

Paradox by Rachel Bach

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

Follow Your Heart by Melody Carlson

Embassy Row by Ally Carter

They also have different levels based on how many series you finish – I’d love to make it to “A-List”, which means I would have to finish (or get caught up on) 9 series! Think I can do it? 😀

What series would you like to finish this year?

❤ Annette

Beat the Backlist!

So I definitely didn’t plan on participating in any book challenges this year… until I found this one! The entire goal of this challenge is to read books that were not written in 2018, which is exactly what I had planned on focusing on this year! (To be honest, I don’t often read new releases, especially now that I don’t go to the library that often.) This challenge is hosted by Novel Knight. (<– That link has all the details if you want to join too!)

As of right now, I only want to read 12 books this year. I’m sure that’ll change as I read throughout the year, but I want to allow myself the freedom to tackle some of the longer, more difficult books on my TBR.

Are you doing any book challenges this year? Which ones?

❤ Annette

My Favorite Christmas Tradition

This is going to be a super short post, but since one of my favorite Christmas traditions is book related, I wanted to share.

Every year on Christmas Eve, after we’d eaten Christmas dinner, gone to mass, and gotten into our pajamas, we would all pile on the couch and my dad would read us The Night Before Christmas. Even if we’d gone to midnight mass and it was super late, even if some of us were in high school, even if my Dad was almost falling asleep at the end of each sentence, we always read it. And I love that that was our tradition!

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My sisters, my dad, and me (my mom took the picture)

Our favorite version of the book is this one (which I still own).

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We also had a mouse family version similar to the one below, which we read if we couldn’t find the other one. (We were all avid readers, so books roamed our house quite a bit. :))

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I hope you and your families and friends have a wonderful Christmas!

❤ Annette