Going to Picture-Perfect Places With No Books for Pictures

Ever gone somewhere and the scenery or view is so beautiful you wish you’d brought a book with because the moment is perfection?

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Yea, happens to me a lot. It’s usually my own fault because I don’t really like carrying things so when I do go out I’m always wearing a jeans with pockets so my phone can come with me. If I need money…pockets. It’s very rare that I’ll bring a book with me and even if I do end up reading on a long trip, it’s on my iPad.

These book-related pictures have to be planned to the smallest detail. Where are we going? When are we going? What’s the weather like? What’s the location like? I need to know all these things and only if I feel like it will I risk my books leaving the safety of my library.

There are the odd times when I’m in the mood to go wild and will take a book or two out with me. One that comes to mind is when my family went out for a desert photoshoot and I thought eh, why not, and just took some desert-themed books along for the ride.

I’m not really a photo junkie so I don’t take pics often, be it of me or things in general. Most of the time I forget because I get so lost in actually looking at the thing in real life. The other night on our way back home, there was this beautiful display of lightning and we wanted to take pics but we kept missing our opportunity so we just enjoyed it for what it was. <<<This is not me saying ‘put your phone away and live in the moment’. I think it has a lot to do with personal preference.

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There’s this mountain-ish hilltop in the area I live in and people go there often. I prefer being indoors so I don’t always take the opportunity to go up there but when I do…I don’t have a book with me. It’s so funny though because I could always just leave the book in the car so there’s no excuse really but still, it’s like I’m allergic or something.

My point is, all of these are missed opportunities for me because I forget that pictures are a thing and I’m usually so busy freaking out that the thought of sharing my excitement doesn’t even cross my mind. I’m lucky that my house is beautiful enough to allow me to still take pretty pictures. Most of my bookstagram pics were either taken on my balcony or in my dad’s garden.

A few pics I took on location:

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So that’s it for this post. Maybe I’ll be able to take more pics in the future. I currently don’t have a car so I can’t just leave when I want but a girl can dream.

Thanks for stopping by,
Caron xx

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I’m Taking a Break

As you can see from the title, I’ll be taking a break. I know I just came back from a hiatus that lasted from mid-2016 to the end of the year. I also realise that I just started a new blogging schedule and this break can’t come at a worse time.

Thing is, as important as my blog is to me, I have other important things to focus on as well i.e. my studies and my life.

My blog helps with my mental health but I don’t think this outlet is going to help me when I’m stressing about deadlines and whether or not I’m doing well enough to pass. I have to prioritise, you know.

In saying that, I’m sad to be stepping away but it’s what I need to do if I want to excel in achieving my goals.

Any posts that go up while I’m gone were scheduled beforehand and I don’t think I’ll be scheduling any more for the moment. I won’t be reviewing novels/comic books for the foreseeable future and I’ve already updated my review policy.

Good luck to those currently writing exams and happy reading,

See you when I get back,
Caron xx

My Week and Happenings (#15)

This week has been quite a busy one for me. It’s gotten to the point that a whole day has passed and I barely notice because I’m so focused on what I’m doing.

I started writing again. Okay, not completely but I’m getting there. I’ve been working on editing my stories on Wattpad. I find the situation I’m in hilarious and a bit ironic because my writing was so juvenile and if those were books I had to review I would’ve given up long ago. Then again, I count in the fact that I was 16 years old and knew nothing of the world. Hell, at 22 I still know nothing.

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I keep adding things to my plate as if I have the time for it. When I’m going to learn, I’ll never know.

Posts that went up this week:

I’m still trying to schedule posts ahead of time but along with me actually needing to finish books so I can post reviews, I also need to have the willingness to write something. It’s times like these that I wonder where in heavens my muse disappeared to.

I listened to Everybody by Logic. It’s his new album that dropped last weekend and I’m in love with it! I don’t usually listen to music like that but the lyrics really drew me in.

I still haven’t started ACOWAR. I was so excited to get it and then I did and I was over the moon (lol I’m never going to get over this expression) but now I’m like: ‘eh, you can wait for a while’. I’m still eager to read it but I’m not going to stop everything just for that. As I said earlier, I have a schedule I need to get ahead of.

I found out the reason why I’ve been sleeping so much. I get these headaches that refuse to go away and whenever I’m lying down or even slouching, I end up almost falling asleep. I’m now sitting at my desk all day and only going to my bed when it’s time to call it a night. Only problem with this: my charger is by my bed and I don’t have a socket near my desk.

I think that’s about it for my week. I was mainly just thinking about writing and listening to music. Still turned out to be a productive though. That’s it for now.

Thanks for tuning in,
Caron xx

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The Versatile Blogger Award

Thank you to James over at this-is-my-truth-now for nominating me for this award. I’ve been seeing this one go around and I’ve been waiting for the day I was nominated so thank you, James! To new friends and the epic journey of finding new cool and interesting things. Onward we go!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE RULES:

  • You have to thank the person who nominated you and provide a link to their blog! (Being kind)
  • Link the nominees and inform them about their nomination (passing the love, that was given)
  • Nominate at least 15 bloggers of your choice (At least)
  • Share 7 facts about yourself (being truthful)

MY FACTS:

  • I haven’t stepped foot in a library in 10 years.
  • My voice gets high pitched when I’m really excited.
  • I prefer Classic Rock music over other genres
  • I have a fear of heights and flying.
  • I dabble with the piano a bit.
  • I’m 22 and I still have a ‘blanky’ from the time I was 12. It’s Winnie the Pooh themed.
  • I don’t read/watch anything horror related because I believe in ghosts and me being very spiritual, I’m always afraid it’ll attract unwanted spirits.

 

I NOMINATE:

bytheletterbookreviews

Coffeehouse Chatter

BookBum

mychestnutreadingtree

Written Word Worlds

ChocolatePages

The Book Review Cafe

Write Through The Night

The Not So Secret Life of a Fangirl 

Living in Pages

The Book Was Better

adoptabookaus

Rachel Reads Ravenously 

The Book-Filled Day

Cafe Book Bean

 

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My Week and Happenings (#7)

March is here, folks. So since February has ended the year is moving a lot quicker. I noticed it around mid-Feb I guess. I don’t mind but I’ve barely processed a situation before I find that it’s the next day and new situations are thrown in front of me.

This month is going to strenuous and long in the figurative sense and I’m not sure if I’m ready for that just yet. There’s a lot of waiting that’s about to happen and the impatient part of me is just loving that. Please notice the sarcasm there. The last week of Feb disappointed me so I had to take some time and get over that…okay, I’m still not over it.

Good things that’s happened this week! I’ve finally managed to get into the website of this bookstore back home and it’s glorious! It’s actually calling out to me. I feel like a lot of my time is going to be spent in the physical store. I discovered that my town holds a lot of book-related events which is amazing because I don’t have too many friends that are as in love with books as I am.

I’m still reading City of Bones, as I said, I’ll be taking my time reading it. I don’t own Clockwork Angel so I need to find a good deal on that in any case. No rushing needed though. I started The Sword of Summer too and I’m loving it so far. I’ll admit that I’m not doing too well in the emotional sense so I haven’t been feeling like reading much.

My review for the sneak peek of Alex and Eliza by Melissa de la Cruz just went up so you can see that here. I have a ton of review books to get through and I hope I feel good enough to get through them all. I finished The Vile Village a few days ago and I don’t think too much went on in that book. I wasn’t as into it as I was the other books but I shall push onward.

I’m taking a break on The Princess Diaries series because book 4 pissed me off quite a bit and I’m not ready to return to that world yet. Hence, the rereading of The Shadowhunter Chronicles.

My week’s been pretty dull. I slept most of the time and when I was awake my mind was on trivial things that barely hold importance. I can’t say that next week’s going to be better. As I said…waiting game. Not a fan.

Anyways thanks for tuning in,
Caron xx

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Writing: An art or am I just going with the flow?

“Lock up your libraries if you like; but there is no gate, no lock, no bolt that you can set upon the freedom of my mind.”
Virginia Woolf, A Room of One’s Own

So here’s the thing: anybody can write. I’ve said this before and I’ll keep saying it. Anyone can pick up a pen and write something down. Does that make them a writer? What exactly makes someone a writer? The answer: I don’t know.

I’ve been writing since I was 9 years old and I’ve been calling myself a writer since I handed in my first story to my third grade teacher. I got a high mark and lots of praise so I figured since I had the talent, I might as well continue. I moved on to poems but I realised that I don’t understand poems in general, making me not like them so I went back to writing whatever random story popped into my head.

Even though anyone can be a writer, there is a bit of talent behind it. Some skill even. It’s not necessary that whatever someone writes automatically becomes a bestseller but it can happen. I’ve seen people come from out of the blue and rise up like a friggin phoenix and impress so many people with their literary skills. I’m not sure if, at times, luck has anything to do with it.

With writing, what I used to do was have papers strewn all over the place. I’d use my mirror and my cupboard doors and dry-erase boards an jot down any idea that popped in my head. Now I have a specific book for that but it was nice to see my ideas from my head to any available surface. I don’t always think up a full plot before I start a story- that’s also a new thing I’ve been doing. The last NaNo I took part in was 2015 I think, and although I didn’t reach the goal, I did go about it a different way. I had a plot, a music playlist, random scenes thrown out on the page. It was great, and while that story still isn’t complete, I know what I wanted from it.

I don’t write as much as I used to and it saddens me because I’m ‘too busy’ with so many other things that I don’t allow my thoughts to process and let new ideas form. I have a few WIP that I want to get back to because I believe they have potential. There’s one that I’m leaving as is. I’m not interested in writing about that topic anymore so I’m just going to let it stand.

I don’t know where I was supposed to go with this post but this is what I came up with. Thanks for sticking around.

Caron xx

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My Week and Happenings (#6)

Why did this week go by so fast? February is supposed to be an in between to prepare us for the knowledge that the year actually is moving forward.

The good news that I wanted to bring…well, there’s none yet but we’re keeping a positive vibe. The hope remains strong and we will come out of this victorious. Excuse me if I sound weird in this post. I literally just woke up.

I’ve been reading Mia Goes Fourth since last week. I’m not in a reading slump but this is definitely not my favourite book in the series so far. Mia’s so…woman, he said he loves you! People don’t just say that to anyone. Especially if they end up kissing you after saying those words.  I’m nearly done with it so hopefully I can put this behind me. One thing is sure though, one day when I re-read the series, I’m going to dread having to go through Mia Goes Fourth all over again. Since we’re on this series, my review for Take Two just went up. See it here.

My review for Hollow City also went up this week. See here.

I’m also reading City of Bones. I’ve finally decided to get to that re-read I’ve been promising myself I’d do. I read the entire Mortal Instruments and Infernal Devices about 2 years ago and just got each new book in the Shadowhunter Chronicles as they were released. This is my favourite series so I’m glad that I’m getting to experience it from the beginning again. Also, Simon Lewis, my darling! ❤︎

My sister invaded my room the other night (she was trying to figure out this Sudoku puzzle) and we decided to watch City of Bones. I was feeling nostalgic since it was because of the movie that I decided to read the series at all. Thing is, I’ve watched the movie before but I had never laughed so much before. We caught some quotes that I’ll share here.

  • Clary about her missing memories: “But I can’t remember what she’d want me to forget.”  We found this extremely funny.
  • Jace to Clary in that alley when she confronts him about being a cold blooded killer: “As opposed to a peace loving killer.”
  • When Clary returns to her room and Simon is there and she kinda brushes Jace off: “How swiftly you dismiss our love.”

These scenes weren’t necessary funny but we were in the moment. I also found the part where Clary tripped on the steps at the City of Bones and Jace said “Shh, you’ll wake the dead.”

I finally listened to the full Hamilton Musical and by God, that is amazing! I’ve been singing the songs all week and I’ve even got my sister joining me on a few. This is one show (after Les Mis) that I really wish I could see in person.

So yes, that’s been my week. I’ve got a ton of review books to get through to so that should happen. I hope all of you have a great week. I’m certainly keeping my fingers crossed for good news.

Thanks for tuning in,
Caron xx

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