Happy Canada Day: Book Recommendations

 

Happy 150th Birthday, Canada! Have a wonderful maple-syrup-sweet and fun weekend. I put together a list of some of books by Canadian authors that I don't see recommended a lot. Or not at all. So, if you would like to see what I have read by Canadian writers and enjoyed - read on!

This blog post (sadly) does not contain any affiliated links, but I will link to my reviews and GoodReads pages for you to learn more about those books.

 

"Milk and Honey" by Rupi Kaur

If you are from Canada and haven't seen (or read) this collection of poetry and prose by a Toronto author, Rupi Kaur, you must be living under a rock (or in an igloo). It is a collection about love, abuse, pain and betrayal. So, consider yourself warned.

Personal rating: 4 stars

 

 

Long Story Short: An Anthology of (mostly) Ten-Minute Plays, edited by Rebecca Burton

This is one of my favourite anthologies to date and includes scripts and plays by Canadian playwrights from coast to coast. I have read and reviewed this collection on my blog.

Personal rating: 4.5

 

"Jane, The Fox and Me" by Fanny Britt

It is a cute middle grade picture book/graphic novel. I adored it. (And not only because it has a fox on the cover and in the title.)

Personal rating: 4.5 stars

 

 

"Hark! A Vagrant" by Kate Beaton

You probably have seen Kate's cartoons all over tumblr even if you don't recognize the book title or her name. Go check it out through - it is hilarious and has the best Canadian memes ever.

Personal rating: 4 stars

 

 

 

"The Lady Paranorma" by Vincent Marcone

A creepy and unique graphic novel from a visual artist. Plus, you get a challenge throw in - you need to find cardinal birds throughout the book. I loved it.

Personal rating: 4 stars

 

 

"Through the Woods" by Emily Carroll

Five creepy stories with gorgeous illustrations. If you like Brothers Grimm's like fairytales and graphic novels - it is a must have. I loved it so much, that I gave it to my friend as a gift. (But I still don't own a copy myself, why....) If you are at it - check out another book by Emily Carroll co-authored with Marika McCoola - "Baba Yaga's Assistant" - I liked it slightly less but the art is great!

Personal rating: 4.5 stars

 

"The Liszts" by Kyo Maclear, Julia Sarda (illustrated)

Another graphic novel with gorgeous art (I know, I have a trend here). It is super short but I want my own copy. Because a) the art, and b) I love making lists.

Personal rating: 4.5 stars

 

 

 

And here are 3 books that I haven't read yet but would like still recommend.

 

The Secret Loves of Geek Girls by Hope Nicholson (edited)

I was lucky to be at the panel with some of those lovely lady authors. This is a collection of stories and graphics and illustrations all about geek girls, and insecurities, and loves, etc. One of the stories was even written by Margarett Atwood (I couldn't NOT mention the dame of Canadian literature, eh). I am yet to read it myself but I heard only great things.

 

 

"The World Needs More Canada" by Indigo

It is a coffee table type of picture book that celebrates Canada and the country's 150th anniversary. It definitely looks pretty on my shelf :)

 

 

 

"Now You Know Canada: 150 Years of Fascinating Facts" by Doug Lennox

I picked it up at the library because I want to know more about Canada. Although I have a feeling the book might be 2/3 hockey facts :D

 

 

I hope you enjoyed my list, and Happy Canada Day, eh!

My #LGBTQIAREAD TBR

Okay, I am not very good with TBRs or read-a-thons or read-a-longs as I am a moody reader and prefer to read what I want to read in a particular moment. But when I watched George’s video on YouTube announcing Queer Read-A-Thon, I just had to sign up! I mean, I read queer lit anyway, and it is Pride Month, so I am going to do it!

I put together a list of books and graphic novels that I would like to read in that week. It is, undoubtedly, a pretty big list, but like I mentioned before - I am a moody reader and I need to have options. I also need to tackle some of my eBooks, as I keep shopping on Kindle and not reading them (does anyone else have the same problem?).

 

My TBR:

 

 

The read-a-thon takes place during one week, June 25 - July 1. #LGBTQIARead is going to be the official hashtag on Twitter, if you would like to join in.

 

I can’t wait to start as I have been meaning to read some of those books for awhile!

 

Sign up here: http://daydreamersthoughts.co.uk/lgbtqiaread-is-back/

George’s video: https://youtu.be/xJBK3pQmo4A

SHERLOCKED 2017 IN LOS ANGELES

I have been a fan of Sherlock since late 2010. I watched first season in my hotel room in Granada, Spain. I was immediately captivated by the show (and Benedict’s Sherlock, let’s be honest here) and was crushed that there was only three episodes in the season.

Years later I am still a fan, even though the show is pretty much over. And I am going to the very first (and hopefully not last) official Sherlock Convention in North America. I had been waiting for them to do it in my part of the world for a while and once I learned that it would actually happen - I was beyond happy! I purchased my ticket the day it went on say - back in November 2016. Over 6 months ago! Crazy, I know!

I will try to blog/vlog and post on Instagram (@foxcloudsblog) during the convention. Hopefully, will take lots of pictures and will write my experience of the event afterwards (early June). It is going to be a massive event that stretches over 2.5 days, so I expect a lot of fun stuff planned.

I don’t have a particular schedule. I know that I will be going to all night parties (Friday - Sunday) and that I have one photoshoot scheduled on Friday (221B Baker Street set photo), but otherwise I am quite open. My primary objective is to go to many panels that delve into behind the scenes and filming process as it is what I am most interested in. The schedule is enormous and there are a lot of things to do!

I am not going to any of drinks receptions as those got sold out before I even realized that we needed to purchase tickets for them (considering the price of the entrance ticket, it was just too much). But I am happy that I will be going to all three night parties! Each party would have an individual theme (see in the schedule below) but I don’t think you need to specifically dress up for it. Unless you want to, of course.

So, I am going to provide below the information for the ticket that I personally purchased and the whole schedule for the convention (taken from the official website) with those events that I am most interested personally. It is for reference only, mostly for myself, so I can go back and match it with what I actually ended up doing.

Let me know if any of you is going and keep an eye on my Instagram @foxcloudsblog for Stories/Vlogs!

Cheers!

 

Official website: http://www.sherlockedusa.com/

 

DETAILS:

 

Venue

Los Angeles Airport Marriott

5855 West Century Boulevard

Los Angeles

California

90045 USA

 

Dates

Friday 26th May, Saturday 27th May & Sunday 28th May 2017

Opening Times

Friday: Registration from 2pm. Event open 5pm - 8pm - Party till late.

Saturday: 9am to 6pm (Registration open from 8am) - Party till late.

Sunday: 9am to 6pm - Party till late.

MY TICKET INFO:

 

SILVER TICKET DIOGENES CLUB

 

Entry for Friday, Saturday and Sunday

All Talks in main hall

Unreserved seat in main hall (sides/back)

Silver Priority in Queues for Autos & Photos

1 x Friday Night Party Ticket

1 x Saturday Night Party Ticket

1 x Sunday Night Party Ticket

Exclusive Sherlocked USA Button and Lanyard

 

BAKER STREET / DIOGENES CLUB - The Tracks

 

During the weekend visitors will be sorted by two groups – the Baker Street Track and the Diogenes Club Track, this is to enable everybody the chance to attend the talks.

When you purchase your ticket you will have two options for each ticket type – you chose at purchase if you want to be in the Baker Street Track or the Diogenes Club Track by selecting the ticket type with that name associated with it – ie: if you have decided to buy the silver ticket, you chose either Silver Baker Street or Silver Diogenes Club.

 

This is purely to manage numbers sitting down for each talk in the halls – there is no additional benefits to choosing one over the other, visitors will receive the same access and items associated with the ticket type regardless of the track you choose – the only thing to consider is if you are going with friends you may wish to choose the same track ticket so you can sit in the same talks.

 

 

OFFICIAL EVENT SCHEDULE (as of May 24)

 

 

Friday Schedule

Registration Open: 1400 - 2000

 

Workshop Area

1700 - 1900    Ribbon Swap

Join us for a social meet up once you have arrived for a chance to start collecting and swapping your convention ribbons!  Great opportunity to meet your fellow attendees for the weekend.

 

Photo Shoot A

1700 - 1800    Origami for Beginners

Our first session of the weekend for those of you wishing to learn some simple origami skills. See what you can do with just a piece of paper!

1815 - 1900    Cosplay Countdown

Join Abie to discuss your outfits or get last minute advice or late fixes for your cosplay.  Plus it's a great chance to meet fellow cosplayers!

 

Photo Shoot B

1700 - 1900    Drawing Workshop

Ever wanted to learn how to draw your favourite characters from Sherlock, or simply improve your skills?  Try the first of our workshops!

 

221b Set Photo Shoot Open: 1700 - 2000

 

Dealers Room Open: 1700 - 2000

 

Drinks Receptions (location to be confirmed)

1800 - 1900    Drinks Reception A - SOLD OUT

1930 - 2030    Drinks Reception B - SOLD OUT

 

Screening Room

1910 - 2000    Ice Cream Social **

Join Louis Moffat as he hosts the Sherlocked Ice-Cream Social - a place to meet fellow attendees over ice-cream!  Free ice cream available whilst stocks last.

2100 - 2300     Karaoke **

Show off your singing skills with fellow attendees. Take a turn on the mic at the Karaoke!

 

Main Hall

2000 - 0200    Friday Night Party **

The theme is 'Chinese Circus'

 

Saturday Schedule

 

All times listed are in LA local times.

Registration Desk Open - 0800 - 1800

  

Main Hall

0900 - 0945    Opening Ceremony

Hosted by Tony Lee with special guests

1000 - 1045    The Birth of an Episode

Arwel Jones & Sue Vertue talk about the production process. Hosted by Tony Lee.

1100 - 1145    Body Positivity

Join our cosplay host Abie to discuss the importance of body positivity and cosplay.

1215 - 1300    Performance Hub

A chance to see the entries to the Performance Hub competition and see who wins the coveted cash prize!  Hosted by Abie and featuring special guests.

1300 - 1400    Lunch Break

1405 - 1450    The Sign of Three

Arwel Jones, Amanda Abbington and Alistair Petrie discuss all that went into bringing the wedding reception to life.

1505 - 1550    Would You Like A Cup of Tea?

The Kettle is over there... Join Una Stubbs, Wanda Ventham and Timothy Carlton as they discuss their careers and working on Sherlock. Hosted by Tony Lee.

1605 - 1650    Sherlocked Auction

Join the Sherlocked Team as rare items from the TV Show and more go under the hammer!

1705 - 1750    Every Good Fairytale Needs a Villian

Andrew Scott takes to the stage for the last panel of the day.  Hosted by Tony Lee.

 

2000 - 0200    Saturday Night Party**

The theme is 'London Calling'

 

 

Workshop Area

1000 - 1045    Origami for Beginners

Joel Stern will be on hand to teach attendees the art of origami.

1100 - 1145    Meet & Greet - Sue Vertue

Tickets only available via a ballot system - visit the Sales desk on Friday/Saturday morning for more details.

1200 - 1245    Meet & Greet - Andrew Scott

Bids can be made at the Sales Desk for this unique encounter with Moriarty!

1405 - 1450    Chaos Costuming Activity

Who doesn't need a little chaos in their lives?  Fans of cosplay can meet the challenge by attending this workshop. Hosted by Abie and Louis Moffat.

1505 - 1550    Drawing Sherlock

Learn the basics and more when it comes to drawing our favourite consulting detective!

1605 - 1650 - Meet & Greet - Una Stubbs & Louis Moffat

Bids can be made at the Sales Desk for an encounter with the land lady and young Sherlock

1705 - 1750    Production Workshop

Arwel Jones will share some on-set secrets of the prop-master, and how certain looks may be acheived.

 

Photo Shoot A

1000 - 1045    Mark Gatiss - Gold Batches A, B, C, D, E, F & G

1050 - 1135    Amanda Abbington - Gold Batches C, D, E, F, G H & I

1140 - 1225    Una Stubbs - Gold Batches D, B, C, A, E, H & I

1230 - 1300    Wanda Ventham & Timothy Carlton - Gold Batches A, B, C, D, E & F

1405 - 1505    Andrew Scott - Gold Batches A, B, C, D, E, F, G & H

1510 - 1615    Cosplay Photo Shoot

1620 - 1705    Amanda Abbington - Gold Batches J, K, L, A & B

1720 - 1750    Finding the Canon in Sherlock

A fan discussion to look at how much of the canon appears in Sherlock

 

Photo Shoot B

0950 - 1035    Alistair Petrie - Gold Batches C, D, E, F, G, H & I

1040 - 1125    Louis Moffat - Gold Batches A, B, C, D, E, F, G

1130 - 1215    Arwel Jones - Gold Batches A, B, C, D, E & F

1220 - 1250    Steven Moffat & Sue Vertue - Gold Batches - A, B, C, D, E & F

1405 - 1450    Meet & Greet - Steven Moffat

Tickets only available via a ballot system - visit the Sales desk on Friday/Saturday morning for more details.

 

1505 - 1550    Meet & Greet - Alistair Petrie

Place your bids at the Sales Desk for this unique encounter with Alistair.

1605 - 1650    Andrew Scott - Silvers & Standards

1705 - 1750    Cosplay on a Budget

Join Abie to discuss hints and tips to save you money when working on new cosplay outfits!

 

221b Set Photo Shoot

1000 - 1145    Standard Set Photo Shoots

1150 - 1210    Holmes Family on 221b Set Photo shoot

1405 - 1645    Standard Set Photo Shoots

1645 - 1715    Mark Gatiss on Set Photo

1715 - 1800    Standard Set Photo Shoots

 

Dealers Room Open - 1000 - 1750

Screening Room

1000 - 1225    Enjoy your favourite Sherlock episodes

1230 - 1300    Being Major Sholto

Alistair Petrie will view and commentate on his time as Major Sholto as we watch some of his scenes.

1405 - 1435    Mycroft's Movie Night

Mark Gatiss will relive Mycroft's movie night as he views the scenes from the episode and comments on filming the sequence.

1435 - 1600    Enjoy your favourite Sherlock episodes

1605 - 1650    Setlocked

The Baker Street Babes and Arwel Jones discuss being on location and the experiences they have had when production leaves the studio.

 

2045 - 2220    The Great British Sherlocked Quiz **

In the style of a traditional british 'pub' quiz, a time to test your knowledge on different subjects, but mostly Britain and Sherlock.

 

Art Exhibition Area

1735 - 1750    Sherlocked Portrait Winner

The announcement of the winner of Sherlocked USA's Portrait competition.

 

Drinks Receptions (location to be confirmed)

1800 - 1900    Drinks Reception A - SOLD OUT

1930 - 2030    Drinks Reception B - SOLD OUT

 

Sunday Schedule

 

Registration Desk Open - 0900 - 1800

 

Main Hall

 0900 - 0945    Science of Deduction

Exploring common techniques used to make simple deductions and how they apply to Sherlock.  Hosted by Baker Street Babes

1000 - 1045    Get Out of My House You Reptile

Una Stubbs and Mark Gatiss take to the stage to discuss what they really think about Mrs Hudson vs Mycroft. Hosted by Tony Lee.

1100 - 1145    Baker Street Babes Podcast

The Baker Street Babes record their latest podcast, with special guests.

1200 - 1255    Cosplay Masquarade

Join our cosplay host Abie as she presents the Sherlocked USA Cosplay Masquerade with cash prizes for the best costumes!

1300 - 1400    Lunch Break

1405 - 1450    Meet the Makers

Mark Gatiss, Steven Moffat and Sue Vertue discuss all things Sherlock and its continued success.

1505 - 1550    Being a Sherlock Fan

Join the panel to discuss the dedication and commitment needed to be a Sherlock fan.

1600 - 1645    Marvellous Mary Morstan

Amanda Abbington talks about being Mary and joining the cast of Sherlock in season 3.  Hosted by Tony Lee.

1700 - 1800    The Amazing Sherlocked Game Show

Not to be missed! Our guests will be on stage to take part in a very special game show.  Pick your side and enjoy the ride!  Hosted by Tony Lee.

 

Location to be confirmed

2000 - 2300    Sunday Night Party **

The theme is 'Moriarty's Pool Party'

 

Work Shops

0900 - 0945    The Game is On

Learn about board games in development.

1000 - 1045    Meet & Greet - Amanda Abbington

Place your bids at the Registration Desk for this unique encounter with Mary!

1100 - 1200    Origami Workshop

Another chance to perfect your paper folding skills!

1215 - 1255    Drawing Sherlock

Learn the basics and more when it comes to drawing our favourite consulting detective!

1405 - 1450    Meet & Greet - Andrew Scott

Place your bids at the Sales Desk for this unique encounter with Moriarty.

1505 - 1550    Meet & Greet - Mark Gatiss

Place your bids at the Sales Desk for the opportunity for this unique encounter with Mycroft.

1600 - 1645    Meet & Greet - Steven Moffat & Louis Moffat

Tickets only available via a ballot system - visit the Sales desk on Saturday/Sunday for more details.

 

Photo Shoot A

0900 - 0930    Amanda Abbington Aquarium Shoot

0945 - 1035    Andrew Scott - Gold Batches I, J, K, L - Silver & Standards

1045 - 1120    Arwel Jones - Gold Batches J, K, L, G, H & I - Silver & Standards

1125 - 1155    Wanda Ventham & Timothy Carlton 1 - Gold Batches G, H, I, J, K & L

1200 - 1300    Sue Vertue & Steven Moffat - Gold Batches G, H, I, J, K & L - Silver & Standards

1405 - 1435    Cosplay Photo Shoot

1440 - 1500    Wanda Ventham & Timothy Carlton 2 - Silver & Standards

1600 - 1645    Writing Workshop

Get professional tips and advice on perfecting your writing skills.  Hosted by 221 Breakfast Club.

 

 Photo Shoot B

0915 - 1000    Alistair Petrie - Gold Batches J, K, L, A & B - Silver & Standards

1005 - 1050    Louis Moffat - Gold Batches J, K, L, H & I Silver & Standards

1055 - 1140    Una Stubbs - Gold Batches J, K, L, F & G - Silver & Standards

1145 - 1230    Mark Gatiss - Gold Batches J, K, L, H & I - Silver & Standards

1405 - 1450    Chaos Costuming

Join Abie and Alistair Petrie for another challenge.  Are your cosplay skills ready?

1505 - 1550    Production Workshop

Arwel Jones shares more secrets and demonstrates some simple techniques to create some amazing props.

1600 - 1645    Cosplay on a Budget

Our cosplay host Abie shares some more hints and tips for creating amazing cosplay... on a budget.

 

 

221b Set Photo Shoot

0900 - 0930    Production Group Photo Shoot

1045 - 1205    Standard Set Photo Shoots

1215 - 1235    Una Stubbs on 221b Set Photo shoot

1240 - 1300    Cast Group Photo Shoot

1405 - 1550    Standard Set Photo Shoots

1600 - 1645    Andrew Scott on 221b Set Photo Shoot

 

Dealers Room Open - 0900 - 1645

 

 Screening Room

0900 - 0930    Animal Instincts

A closer look at the animals of Sherlock

0930 - 1130    Enjoy your favourite Sherlock episodes

1130 - 1200    Up On the Roof

Andrew Scott relives and comments on those now infamous rooftop scenes between Moriarty and Sherlock just before that fall.

1200 - 1500    Enjoy your favourite Sherlock episodes

1500 - 1530    Mrs Hudson and THAT car chase scene

Una Stubbs and Steven Moffat discuss the most surprising, and thoroughly enjoyable, scene of season 4!

1530 - 1600    Enjoy your favourite Sherlock moments

1600 - 1645    Setlocked

Baker Street Babes and Arwel Jones discuss location filming in public places.

 

**     Evening activity - Only applicable to some ticket types, check the Tickets page for more details.

 Please note that the schedule overrides the days listed on any photo shoot tickets already purchased.  Photo Shoots will be called as VIP/Gold first, then Silvers and then standards.  Your photo will now by called by group and happen on either Saturday or Sunday depending on your assigned group.  You will be notified of your Group Letter in an email prior to the event.

 Groups for Gold Package Holder for autographs and photo shoots will also be made clear on arrival when you collect your pass.   The allocation of group letters is based on when tickets were purchased.

 Autographs are not scheduled, but will happen at times over the weekend when the guest is not busy with a photo shoot, busy with a talk or on a break.

 At this time the separate tracks 'Baker Street' and 'Diogenes Club' are not shown on the schedule as attendee numbers do not require their activation.

 VIP's will be contacted shortly by their VIP Liaison Kelly, who will let them know their additional schedule.

 Schedule is correct at time of published and may be subject to change prior to the event.  Any updates will be amended at the earliest opportunity but please check the schedules at the event to ensure you don't miss out.  This schedule was published as correct on May 15th 2017..

 

Today I wrote on my door in chalk: "Excuse the yelling. Filming in progress."

The script was ready. It was in my hands. Absolutely perfect. I needed someone to read it though.

Eventually as I was running out of time, I had to resolve to read it as monologue myself.

I ran to the door and yelled: "Freddie!! NOOO!!!" And then stopped short realizing that I was probably making too much noise.

But I needed to film it because the script was so good.

And then I woke up.

And what did you dream of last night?

Bulldog princess

I met this adorably puppy (okay, so she is three years old, not exactly a puppy but still) last weekend and even managed to snap some photos of her. Even though she was mostly ignoring me. Her name is Stella and she gets extra kudos for enduring our aimless wandering through the park with nothing but a short breath. She is the most chill and calm dog I have ever seen. 

What are your dreams made of?

 

This night I had lengthy conversations with a certified psychopath, recently released from jail, who was trying to convince me that he was fully reformed and law-abiding now. His bald head and weasel like features filled me with revulsion that I was trying to suppress and be open minded, because miracles do happen and everyone deserves a second chance. However. Our conversations mostly took place in narrow corridors which made me both uncomfortable and also acutely aware of this man's presence.

Some corridors were filled with clothes racks. (Most probably because I spent 3 days browsing Ikea website.) I saw man's boots and a trench-coat peaking from a hollow in a wall. I thought it was a real person, but it turned out to be a mannequin. Everything was different shades of grey and dull. Not a fun place.

At the end of our conversation, the psychopath (I don't know his name, but this is how I was referring to him in my mind) asked me if I trusted his words. It was hard not to laugh.

I answered, "As much as I trust any other man unknown to me".  Which is both true and untrue. I did not trust him, but I didn't want to be offensive either (which is my common modus operandi and quite often puts me into awkward situations).

I did not trust the psychopath to walk behind me. Only ahead of me.

There was also a staged scene in which a couple wakes up to find a dead girl in their bed - right between them. I though that the wife didn't perform the scream exactly how I would have done it. Although I admit that feeling a living person's hand on your buttock is not the same as a dead body's. But this is what is acting for, right?

(I swear, I am not crazy.)

This sounds like a nightmare but it was not, because I was in control. Plus, there was also a lovely image of a bare chested Santiago Cabrera (Aramis from BBC The Musketeers) who certainly did cheer me up a lot. (Thank you, dream gods!) He was glorious to watch with other people too.

There were five of us in the room. (Which quite disturbingly coincides with something that my grandmother told me this morning - although his number 5 is wrong on all accounts.) He was sitting on the floor, crosslegged, and leaning over to some other blond guy for a cigarette. There was someone else in the room, whom I didn't know. The myself and the psychopath.

It could have turned into a murder mysteries - I have had those before - but I forced myself to wake up, because I didn't want to spoil my image of a shirtless Cabrera by anything else.

Now let me return to my cold coffee and other matters of equal importance.

p.s. I updated my blog's layout! It involved some CSS skills - I feel very proud of myself.

September Read-A-Thons

I should have titled this post something like "September Read-A-Thons or How to Make Myself Even More Stressed During Vacation", because I will, hopefully, be away on vacation in September for about 3 weeks. Naturally, I do plan to take books with me (and I will post my TBR online) but participating in readathons while meeting with family and friends and traveling around? Ugh, madness. Anyway. I was catching up with YT today and saw 2 announcements that immediately made me want to participate. One is Banned Books Read-A-Thon "Banned Book-A-Thon" (announcement) and another one is Slow Read-A-Thon (announcement). I am posting these links mostly for my sake, as I know I will be scrambling later, trying to find them.

Slow Read-A-Thon

Slow Read-A-Thon (and I just love tags #slowathon and #booksnals) runs September 12 and September 18. There are some prompts/challenges, but it is not required to complete them all.

The prompts: 1) Read a book and mark it up! (Tabs, notes, underlining, etc.) 2) Create something inspired by the book you're reading! (Examples: write a poem, a song, do a sketch, a dance routine, a painting...) 3) Do a buddy read (with booktube or real life freinds) and discuss the book! 4) Read a book out loud (to someone or just to yourself.) 5) Read a book that intimidates you! 6) Reread a book and compare your reading experiences. 7) Read a book and review it on your platform of choice during the readathon week. 8) Read a book, then read secondary literature on it. Or a retelling/variation of the first book.

Banned Book-A-Thon

Banned Book-A-Thon starts at midnight Sunday, 25 September, and runs till midnight Saturday, 1 October. The theme for this year is "diversity." More info about Banned Books Week: http://www.bannedbooksweek.org/

Somehow in my brain I decided that participating in readathons during my vacation is exactly what I need on top of everything else. Hmmm... Nevertheless, I am excited about the prospect of picking books to fit some challenges. Of course, I don't plan to participate in all of them or reading a lot, but I can aim for 2-3 books, right?

Tell me, I am not crazy XD

I have done it again (disappeared and came back)

Managing this blog turned out a bit more difficult than I expected. I have no problems with posting photos here or videos but actually writing blog posts? Here is where I have a problem. So, here is my attempt at a comeback number umpteenth.

Anyhow, I was browsing books online today (simultaneously on BookOutlet, AbeBooks, Indigo and Amazon - no, I am not joking) and came to a conclusion that I seem to be resolving to buying books that I should probably be getting from the library. But. But. But. My library holds are maxed out, that is I have 100 books on hold. And some of those have been on hold disgustingly long.

See an example.

 

OutstandingHolds

I have been waiting for "We were liars" for almost 12 months AND I am still far from being at the top of the queue, as the library obviously does not have that many copies on hand.

So, I got so annoyed to the point that I went and ordered this book at BookOutlet. This book was consistently popping up in my recommendations and I want to read it but I didn't want to own it. Alas, there is a limit I can wait for a book.

Same thing for some other books. I purchased some of them on AbeBooks and cancelled more of my requests where I was not in the top 10-15 people as the wait was getting ridiculous.

I realized that I have been adding books on hold at the library as the way to remember to read them (I am bad with titles) and therefore I keep maxing out. Which is annoying. I even have a separate wish list on Amazon that I titled "get these books from the library", so that I don't accidentally buy them.

I am a horrible shopaholic when it comes to books. I spent a ridiculous amount of money in June. It feels like July might be no better.

Do I have that much money to spend?

No.

Do I have shelf space for all those books?

Nope.

Why do I keep buying books?

Because it makes me happy! Besides I am not buying expensive tech gear or clothes. I am buying books. Mostly discounted, on sales or in second hand stores. So, I am not THAT bad.

But I am bad, and I admit it.

I also found that checking out a whole bunch of books from the library (as well as having 100 books on hold) is very overwhelming. I am trying to figure out how to get rid (meaning, read) from all of those books I have right now, so I can go on reading what I want to read right now. (This is why I do really bad with TBRs in general.)

Today is the last day of BookTube-A-Thon is which I am participating. And not doing too well. I am not bad, but I still find it hard to adhere to a set tbr.

Here are my ranty post.

Cheers.

Reboot 1.0

Let's try this again. I want to use this blog more. I got so into making videos that I stopped posting book reviews here. I miss it.  But I didn't want to use my laptop as it was so slow and posting from my iPhone didn't always work. 

But I'm back and hopefully will be posting more. 

New Year Resolutions

I'm quite aware it is February ;) I wrote those down a month ago, but never got to share them.

  • read 70 books*
  • listen to 10 audiobooks
  • see 10 theatre plays
  • watch 50 movies
  • start art journal again
  • write more
  • blog regularly (once a day)
  • take more photos and share them
  • consistently write book reviews
  • write plays/events reviews
  • take care of my health
  • start going to the gym again
  • travel to new places
  • meet new people
  • smile every day

*I set my goal at GoodReads for 70 books as well, but it is not the same. On GoodReads I keep track of both books and audiobooks, but in my journal I keep them separate. Which means that I will hit my GoodReads goal before my personal one.

I must say that my book reading challenge is going quite nicely AND I have already listened to 10 audiobooks, so that is quite encouraging :D

I also started a new art journal. I hope to keep doing that throughout the year.

I still suck at writing and posting reviews right after the events/plays/reading books. But I am working on it!