Books I got this week
I probably won’t be able to afford buying any more new books for a very, very long time. So I’m kind of on a mandatory book buying ban against my will :(
I’ll probably still do some hauls from the library, though!
Posts on the blog:
- Review: Salt & Stone by Victoria Scott ★★★★
- Review: The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath ★★
- Heartbeat Weekly (64): A personal update
If you miss Life of a Blogger, check out Karen’s new feature called Beyond the Books over at KissinBlueKaren, inspired by my old feature!
What I’ve been up to the past couple weeks:
It’s been a while since I posted a Heartbeat Weekly. First of all, I haven’t received any new books for a while, so I haven’t had much to share. Second of all, life keeps trying to knock me down, so I’ve not had time (or desire) to do any blogging.
In the past month it seems like I can’t catch a break. I’ve mentioned the breakup previously, I think. Not a week after that, I got a letter in the mail saying my mortgage was going up $90 a month because my escrow account was short.
I think I mentioned the letter I got from Allstate telling me that they were going to boot me if I didn’t fix my “loose or missing shingles.” After fixing the roof, I ordered an inspection. The guy came out the next week to look at it. A week went by and I still hadn’t heard back from Allstate. I called the following Tuesday – the 9th (keep in mind my deadline was the 12th) – and the lady said they hadn’t got the inspection back yet, but she would call me. This bitch calls me on the freaking 10th – 48 hours before my deadline – and says “You passed the inspection but oh, by the way, your insurance is going up $150 because your home is manufactured.” Because my home magically became a manufactured home since last year? Seriously?! I asked why they were just now finding this out and their excuse was that the original inspector missed it. How the f*ck do you miss that? You can tell just by looking at the house that it’s manufactured. Their excuse for everything is that the guy who started my policy is no longer with them. I told her I needed an extension to shop around, because hellooo, it was their screw up; she told me no, she can’t do that, I would have to pay month by month. I called a couple of places and told them I needed to put a rush on things, explained my situation, and within 24 hours I’d found someone else. I called back and told them to cancel Allstate because I didn’t want to be with an insurance company that screwed up that much and treated me in such a way.
After a lot of stress and bullshit, I finally dumped Allstate and I’m now with American Family. My car insurance will be lower now, anyway.
When it rains, it pours, right? But you know what? I am NOT going to let this break me. I refuse. I will find a way. I always do. Life wants to knock me down, but I won’t let it. I will wash my hands of this bullshit and move on, and I will keep my head above water somehow. I have a loving, wonderful (drama-free) family to support me; I have this big, beautiful house; I have 4 cats and a dog that I love dearly to keep me company; I have books and movies to escape when things are rough; I have all of YOU wonderful people and my amazing Bookstagram community. I have so many reasons to be thankful and I am going to cling to those instead of focusing on the negative. I don’t want a pity party – I know I am strong enough to get through this – but any advice and/or positive thoughts would be highly appreciated! <3
Side note: Skillet’s album ‘Rise’ has been very empowering at this time in my life. I am very grateful to them and all of their amazing and uplifting music!
Break their hold
‘Cause I won’t be controlled
They can’t keep their chains on me
When the truth has set me free
This is how it feels when you take your life back
This is how it feels when you finally fight back
When life pushes me I push harder
What doesn’t kill me makes me stronger
What’s in your mailbox, loverlies? Link me up!