RST: Back from Hiatus

First things first, hi all! It’s good to be back. I take way too many breaks. I’ll work on that but who’s to say something won’t come up again.

I used this break to sort out some stuff and made a few changes in my life. I went ‘back to school’, moved back home, had my eyes opened to a few things and was of course separated from my books for months. This is where I wish that teleportation was a thing because I have almost 400 books and they couldn’t come with me. We’re in the same vicinity now but I still don’t have access to them. This is the kind of suffering I have to go through in order to go after my dreams.

While on break, I read, watched movies for my Movie/TV Show vs. Book segment and thought up a few posts for RST. I hope to be a lot more diligent with my schedule this year because as lax as I’ve been with my blog, I’m all about routine and things being done a certain way. I’m also a major procrastinator so that plays a part in this situation. Of course, I can’t help those unexpected circumstances that turn up which force me to step away. I’m trying to get things scheduled months in advance so that if I do need to take a break, my blog doesn’t suffer the consequences.

I’m not changing anything, the schedule remains the same. See my schedule here.

Thank you for not deserting me during this time and I appreciate all the well wishes. It meant a lot and it was great to know that you all would still be here when I came back. These past few months were not easy and I only got through it because God was on my side and I knew I had something to come back to. My blog is my happy place so obviously I made a huge sacrifice stepping away from it. It was what had to be done though.

I couldn’t resist writing because it’s part of who I am, so I wrote and saved it to my computer all set to be scheduled when the time came. There’s a lot I had to get used to and it took some time but now that that’s all done, I’m ready to get this ball rolling again. Here’s to an amazing blogging year ahead.

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 (#16)

Last Sunday was Mother’s Day and a good day was had by all. Just kidding. A good day was had though. My mom worked that day so we picked her up from work and took her out to dinner. My sister made cinnamon rolls, which was cool. I swear, my obsession with those things are gonna kill me one day.

For the first time in a long time, I finished a review book days before the posting date. I was so proud of myself. Of course, I only wrote the review the day of but as I said in my review: I needed a few days to collect my thoughts.

I’ve been feeling so bad this past week but lately I’ve been motivated to work so I’m fighting through it. The editing of my stories are coming along nicely. I’m not even close to being done but I’m taking it one chapter at a time.

Posts that went up this week:

  • The Giver by Lois Lowry review
  • RST: My Mom and JKR
  • Sex Criminals Vol.2: Two Worlds, One Cop by Matt Fraction review
  • Time in a Bottle by Kathleen D. Tresemer review
  • Movie/TV Show vs. Book (#23)

I re-organised my bookshelves…yes, again. I loved the order it was in before (series on a separate shelf and the others sorted between Read and Unread in alphabetical order) but I want them all in the display cabinet where it’ll be safe from the dust. It’s summer now and the sun is so harsh. Gotta protect my babies.

I finally finished watching The Scorch Trials! One thing about me that not many people know: I will watch a movie over a span of days. I took about a month to watch The Scorch Trials. It’s not because I hate the movie I’m watching, it’s the 2 hours that I have to sit there and I can’t take it. I have a bit of a short attention span.

I just finished both the 2-hour Supernatural season finale and Grey’s Anatomy and people, I’m in a state of shock. Dare I say it. I am shook. My heart has been ripped out of my chest and been thrown to the wolves. Not so much for Grey’s but eh. It’s good that The Flash season finale wasn’t this week. I’d have been six feet under by now.

I’m currently playing a game of Review Roulette. I’m reading both The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom and ACOWAR by SJM. Whichever I finish first will be Monday’s review. I know The Time Keeper is pretty tiny but it has that small book, short chapter thing going on and it annoys me.

I’ll now go and either catch up on my other shows or read a bit. We’ll see how the day goes.

Thanks for tuning in,
Caron xx

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My Week and Happenings #13

My sleeping schedule was so messed up this week I felt like sh*t the entire time. Apart from me sleeping 12 hours during the day and staying up all night, I’ve been reading. I started this book- The Power of the Unseen by Marcel Borgi- and I’m loving it. I expect the review to be up next week.

On Doctor Who: I’m actually liking Bill. I honestly thought I wouldn’t like her but she’s quite good. We’re only 2 episodes in and I’m loving this season so far.

Posts that went up this week:

I finished two comics in one day and I would’ve started a third but I kinda passed out. I have yet to write the reviews for those but it’ll happen as soon as I find the energy.

Today was a good day. We celebrated, we partied, we laughed. Happiness all around. I still feel like death has come over me but that’s because I’m super tired. I hope I’ll manage to finish at least two more books this weekend before my Wrap Up post is uploaded.

Another thing to look forward to: ACOWAR is being released on Tuesday. I hope I get it as soon as it comes out. I want to avoid ALL spoilers.

Well, there you go. A pretty short post but as I said, I’ve been sleeping all week. I swear, it’s this heat. I don’t want to do anything because I’m constantly tired.

Thanks for tuning in,
Caron xx

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My Week and Happenings (#10)

Ah! We’re at no. 10. We’ve been doing this for 10 weeks…maybe not consecutively but still. We’re here. We’ve arrived.

Let’s see, what happened this week? I’ve been working on that newly reformed schedule I mentioned in last week’s post. I’m all set for the Movie/TV Show vs. Book posts up in to May except for next week’s as I must still watch 13 Reasons Why. I didn’t feel like starting a new series at the moment, so I watched the first 8 minutes then stopped. I heard that it’s pretty good though. I trust Netflix (probably more than I should) because any show I watched that’s been a Netflix original series, I’ve loved. Let’s hope 13 Reasons Why doesn’t disappoint because I may not have loved the book but I didn’t dislike it either.

I’m still reading City of Bones…I know, I’m starting to think I have a problem. I’m reading it a bit faster because with all these other books I have to read I need to add City of Ashes to the list as well because I heard that Season 2B is based on that book.

I asked in a poll the other day which book I should read next (of my owned physical copies) and I gave the options: The Giver, The Graveyard Book and The Time Keeper and I got 24 votes for The Giver and 8 each for the others. I’ve only read the introduction so far but Law and Order: SVU has been keeping me busy. I just started season 2 yesterday.

My review for An Illustrated History of Notable Shadowhunters and Denizens of Downworld by Cassandra Clare and Cassandra Jean went up in the week. See it here.

My first RST in the new schedule slot also went up this week. It’s about Beauty and the Beast. See here. I swear, I’ll try not to throw out so many Beauty and the Beast Posts out there but I’m not entirely sorry as it is my favourite and I’m probably going to read as many retellings that I find interesting. Keep a look out for my review of ACOMAF coming in the next few weeks.

Apart from that I’m just reading, reading, reading. I don’t even want to go anywhere because I’m so excited about finally having a solid schedule and working on becoming a regular blogger that I’m completely comfortable staying home. Try explaining that to my parents. They think this is a joke.

My plans for today include a photoshoot I don’t want to be a part of (I don’t like taking photos…hence my sparse personal Instagram account) in the desert. A BBQ…that I’m probably going to distance myself from. I’m going to be honest here and say that I see socialising as distractions from my reading. I want to be at least 3 weeks ahead of schedule at all times and I don’t want to end up stressing.

Not much went on this week, so that’s about it.

Thanks for tuning in,
Caron xx

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My Week and Happenings (#9)

I’ve been thinking these past two weeks and I’ve decided to make some changes. I needed some organisation and stability in my life and I started working on achieving that.

I’ve mentioned in an earlier post that my blog is my ‘escape’, my place to be who and what I want and since I’m virtually surrounded by people who understand and share my passion, I can’t allow outside forces to take away one of the few things that keeps me sane. These past few weeks I’ve been slacking in my reading, planning posts and of course, writing these weekly updates. I’m working on changing that.

Book reviews that went up: The Sword of Summer | Mia Goes Fourth | The Impaler’s Revenge

Last week wasn’t a good week for me but I try not to dwell on the past so I won’t talk about it. What happened this week though is a different matter. I decided to reorganise my bookshelves…again and changed it back to how I had it a few months ago when I did my Bookshelf Tour. I’m not entirely happy with where I placed my two single bookshelves but since I started using my desk more I have no choice (if I could get this ugly sofa out of my room that would help).

I did a search the other day and I found out that there’ll be a book fair in a city an hour or so away from me so I’ll be going, come hell or high water. I’ve never been to a book fair before but the pictures in the gallery look a lot like a Comic Con layout, which I think is cool.

There’s this huge Public Library in Dubai that I’ve never been to so I’ll be visiting there soon as well. It looks so colourful from the outside and I can only imagine what the inside looks like. A friend and I found this used bookstore a few months ago and I’ve been dying to go back there but since it’s so far, that’s not always possible. I keep forgetting to write a post about that day but I will soon!

Some- most- of the changes I want to make are blog related. I’ve been very lax when it comes to posts and my schedule. So far I upload twice a week, Mondays and Fridays, and I’d like to change that and be more active. Hopefully over the next few months I can bring this idea to light and establish myself even more as a Book Blogger.

I’ve brought back my RST (Random Story Time), Expected Releases as well as the Movie/TV Show vs. Book posts and I’m okay with them but not entirely pleased. With new book adaptations coming out almost every year plus the 100+ I have on my list I figure that it wouldn’t be too much of a stretch to upload a new post every week so that’ll start soon. I’m changing the RST days to Tuesdays and bringing back the Comic Book Wednesdays. I’ll be working on catching up and scheduling posts so that I can be ahead. I’ve made a posting schedule so you can view that here.

I thought I was serious before but that’s nothing compared to how I feel now. I don’t want to play around anymore and if there happens to be days when I’m not feeling to good I want to be rest assured that posts have already been scheduled so I could take a day or two to collect myself.

Good things that happened this week: I finally watched Beauty and the Beast and I loved it as I knew I would. How to be a Bawse by Lilly Singh was published and I’m so happy for her. I’ve heard from those that’ve already read it that it’s amazing! My cousins arrived yesterday and they’ll be here for two weeks.

My Wrap-Up also just went up so check that out here.

I’m hoping these next few weeks go really well for me.

Thanks for tuning in,
Caron xx

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Reading Goal for 2017: Complete

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Yes! Victory is mine. Mine, I tell you!

I set my goal for 20 this year because I didn’t know what my year was going to look like. I still don’t know so I’ll be leaving the goal as is and won’t be increasing the number. I want to continue reading without the constant reminder that there’s a challenge I signed up for. I want the freedom to read at my leisure so that’s what I’m going to do.

See my reading list of 2017 here.

I feel like a bit of a cheat because about 5 of these books were either sneak peeks, novellas or short stories. I know that I don’t need to feel this way but I’ll add a few more reads just to give myself some peace of mind.

I’m probably going to be reading another 30 or so books before the year’s up as I have a ton of review books to get to and I’m trying not to disappoint authors as many of them rely on reviewers to get their books out there.

My favourite book that I’ve read so far this year was An Illustrated History of Notable Shadowhunters and Denizens of Downworld with Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy taking up the second place. I’m currently reading 3 books and I should be starting another review book soon.

To those who have completed their reading goal, congrats. Good luck to those who are on this awesome journey and for some who are considering joining, please do. It’s never too late.

Don’t forget to have fun reading.

Caron xx

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