Monday, March 30, 2020

2020 O.W.L.s TBR


Hi, bookworms! This has been a... rough few weeks. As someone who struggles with an anxiety disorder, I've been having a difficult time trying to find things to keep my mind occupied while also not being able to focus on anything. I've seen this read-a-thon around before but never wanted to participate. Now it feels like just the thing I need to get excited about!

For those that don't know much about this challenge, you can find all the information on the website here. I love that you can choose what magical career you want to have! Once you choose your career, you'll see which O.W.L.s you have to pass. Then you can find the reading prompts related to those O.W.L.s.

For the challenge I chose Librarian, which is apparently very dangerous and mysterious. I'll also be attending Animagus Training, which comes with its own set of O.W.L.s. Here is my work load and (very tentative) TBR:


LIBRARIAN O.W.L.S

Ancient Runes (Heart on the cover or in the title)
Heartless
Heartstream

Arithmancy (Read something outside your favorite genre)
The Fountains of Silence
This Monstrous Thing

Defense Against the Dark Arts (Book set at the sea/coast)
The Deep
The Beholder

History of Magic (Book featuring witches/wizards)
Howls' Moving Castle
The Near Witch

Transfiguration (Book/series that includes shapeshifting)
Wicked Fox
A Court of Wings and Ruin



ANIMAGUS TRAINING

Arithmancy (Read something outside your favorite genre)

Potions (Under 150 pages)

Transfiguration (Book/series that includes shapeshifting)
Crescent City



Have you read any of these?
Are you taking the O.W.L.s this year?
Let me know in the comments!

Sunday, March 29, 2020

Weekly Recap: 3/22 - 3/28



HAPPENINGS OFF THE BLOG

Hi everyone! Well, things have changed a lot since my last recap, haven't they? For starters, I've barely been around the blog. Things have been overwhelming so I've just been trying to focus on keeping myself cool, calm, and collected. First things first, Kovu went to see his specialist this week and was promptly hospitalized again. Not at all what we were expecting, but after many tests we did finally get a diagnosis of a liver shunt. It sounds scary, but it can be fixed with surgery! He meets his surgeon this week and then hopefully a week after that he'll have his surgery. You guys please keep your fingers crossed for him!

In other news, this quarantine is something else. I've been playing Animal Crossing like everyone else, although I seem to be quite far behind. Even with tons of time, I can't force myself to do one thing for hours on end so I guess I'll catch up one day! I've been rereading the ACOTAR series because for whatever reason it's comforting, so why not? I also stocked up on tons of new paint colors for painted edges! My library is going to be a mess. What's everyone else doing to occupy their time?


NEW BOOKS THIS WEEK



THIS WEEK I READ

  


IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

On Monday I talked about coping with current events


UPCOMING REVIEWS

We'll see what happens!


I'm linking up to Stacking the Shelves & The Sunday Post!
Monday, March 23, 2020

All this free time and nothing to do


Hi, everyone! I've almost started this post more than once over the last few days but I'm never quite sure where to go. As we're all very aware, the world is a bit nuts at the moment. I'm staying home except for to take my dog to his appointments, which he can't miss - we're trying to find out why he's always so ill. I've spent the last several days playing video games (Animal Crossing, anyone?), watching Netflix (sort of), finding things to clean, and not quite reading.

Something interesting that I've found about this new situation we've found ourselves in is that I've had a very hard time finding ways to fill my time. Although I'm already used to being home quite a bit, since I run a home business, there's something very different about not being able to run errands, go to appointments, or the movies. So even though I have almost unlimited free time to fill, I can't seem to sit down and focus on any one thing. If my body isn't moving, I can't seem to concentrate. Oddly, that extends to my video game body - I can focus on games.

I thought that with so much free time I'd be able to read to my heart's content, blog until my fingers fell off, and watch every movie on my watch list! Alas, the opposite seems to be true. I've been re-reading ACOTAR for a solid week because I couldn't focus on anything new, I've done one blog post a week, and I've watched one and a half movies. I can't do anything without feeling like I need to look at my phone or my mind wandering.

Is anyone else feeling this way? I think a big piece of it is just the uncertainty of everything going on and not knowing how it will play out.

One thing I feel might help is to make a schedule, although I'm not sure I'll be able to stick to it. I've also been searching for things I can do to stay social. My friend and I watched a movie and messaged throughout it, I visited another friend's island in Animal Crossing, and I'm on the hunt for buddy reads. I've also had to give myself permission to not worry about my blog. I'll come to it and post when I'm feeling up to it and focus on self care when I can't.

What things are you doing to stay sane during this crazy time? Tell me how you're staying social! How much reading have you gotten done? I would love to set up group movies or reads if anyone else is interested! Talk to me in the comments!

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Top Ten Tuesday #276: Spring TBR


Today's Topic: 
Spring 2020 TBR

Happy Tuesday! This week is one of my favorite, easiest topics: a TBR list. I have to say, it took me a bit longer to find ten I was really excited for this time around. I'm not sure why, but spring feels a bit slower this year. Still, there are quite a few great books coming out and MORE THAN ONE is dystopia! 



A Song of Wraiths and Ruin by Roseanne A. Brown
Agnes at the End of the World by Kelly McWilliams
The Court of Miracles by Kester Grant
The Dark Tide by Alicia Jasinska



The Empire of Gold by S.A. Chakraborty
The Girl and the Stars by Mark Lawrence
My Calamity Jane by the Lady Janies
The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones
Seven Endless Forests by April Genevieve Tucholke


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Top Ten Tuesday #275: Favorite authors on social media


Today's Topic: 
My Favorite Authors To
Stalk On Twitter

Happy Tuesday! I am so excited about this week's topic because over the years I have become officially obsessed with Twitter and my favorite thing is following authors who are genuinely great people. These are ten of my favorite accounts to follow in no particular order! Some standouts are Rosamund Hodge, who not only wrote some of my favorite books, but also convinced me to watch I Am Dragon, and Kiersten White, whose daily adventures are endlessly entertaining!




Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.

Sunday, March 8, 2020

Weekly Recap: 3/1 - 3/7



HAPPENINGS OFF THE BLOG

Hi everyone! I HAVE GOOD NEWS! Well, good(ish)? Kovu seems to be very much on the mend. He went to see his regular vet on Thursday for follow up blood work and x-rays. The x-rays showed a lot of improvement in his lungs and the blood work showed that, while his white blood cell count is still high, it is definitely responding to treatment. He is still anemic, which we'll have to recheck. For now he has two more weeks of antibiotics and he's been eating and playing and yay!! I'm so relieved and sincerely hoping nothing else goes wrong.

Not much else has happened in our boring lives this week. We've been avoiding Disney World despite wanting to go because, you know, big crowds and scary virus. I've been mostly avoiding candle making because of my dog's pneumonia but I have gotten a couple short runs in! My life. It's exciting. I did finally make a Pinterest account for my blog! I legitimately have no idea how to use it (I've only ever used Pinterest for recipes and home decor), but I've been reading articles and making a go of it! 


NEW BOOKS THIS WEEK

 


THIS WEEK I READ



IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

On Monday I shared my online used bookstore experience
The topic was single word titles for Top Ten Tuesday
Friday book review of Echo North
On Saturday I posted the first Retellings Challenge update


UPCOMING REVIEWS



I'm linking up to Stacking the Shelves & The Sunday Post!