3 week haul
Bought with birthday money:
- Lord of the Fading Lands by C.L. Wilson
- The Winter King by C.L. Wilson
- Raven’s Prophecy Tarot by Maggie Stiefvater
- Harry Potter 8 film set (eBay, only $17.99!)
Thank you to my wonderful boyfriend for this one!
- Gemina by Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufman
- Vicarious by Paula Stokes
- Shadows by Paula Weston
- Haze by Paula Weston
- Shimmer by Paula Weston
- Burn by Paula Weston
Thank you so much to Penguin Random House, Tor, and Penguin Random House Canada for sending me these awesome books!
I’M SO EXCITED FOR GEMINA I CAN’T EVEN. I’m on the tour in September, woot!!
July YA Chronicles box
- And I Darken by Kiersten White
- Sailor Moon button by JuicyGinger & Button Empire
- Throne of Glass keychain by Belle Regalia
- Hermione’s wand necklace
- Tris inspired temporary tattoos
- Crown’s Game bookmark
This was my very first YA Chronicles box, and it was EPIC!! I tried And I Darken and couldn’t get into it (but the cover is SO PRETTY) – so expect to see it in a giveaway soon – but all of the little goodies in this box rocked my socks! My favorite piece is that awesome Sailor Moon mirror, I love it SO. MUCH. I love Sailor Moon, so I was totally geeking out when I found it in this box!
Want to try YA Chronicles? Use my code NHB10 to get 10% off your first order!
July Fandom of the Month Club box
- Hogwarts Houses bracelet
- Whomping Willow ring
- Hogwarts earrings
- Fat Lady holographic necklace
- Hogwarts Express magnet
- “You could be great you know” bag
I somehow ordered two different subscriptions so I got a duplicate box (I don’t even know, my brain has issues okay), so expect to see that in a giveaway soon as well!
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What I’ve been up to this week:
This past week was downright AWFUL. Someone who used to be a really close friend – who I had a falling out with a few months ago – was found dead Thursday morning. She tried to reach out to me a few weeks ago, and I didn’t know how to respond so I brushed it off. She reached out to me and I wasn’t there, and now I’ll never have the chance to be. She was only 24. It hit me pretty hard.
I’ve got some financial stress at work with a couple clients bouncing checks, and I’m the one who has to pay for that since they were my clients. So I’m losing quite a bit of money there. I also got a delinquent letter in the mail saying I never paid my city taxes last year, even though I filed with H&R Block and it was supposedly paid. Then, on top of all that, my ex is starting his shit again, harassing me on social media, which always really stresses me out. (When it rains it pours, eh?)
Another reason I’ve been missing from Instagram and the blog because I’ve been in a massive everything slump for days and days on end. I’ve had zero motivation or inspiration for posts or photography, and when I do take photos I’m unhappy with all of them. It leaves me feeling very upset and inadequate and I don’t know how to shake it. My blog also hasn’t been loading hardly at all, so when I actually do want to blog I can’t (this post took me literally all day to do because it keeps losing connection). It’s very frustrating and discouraging. I can’t seem to get into any books, either…I keep picking things up and putting them down. I had 4 or 5 different books I picked up and couldn’t get into in July. Taking a short break helped a little, and I’m hoping I can come back with a fresh outlook! I think I’m just going to take it easy for a while, so I might not be as active (mainly Instagram, since I’m not really super active on here most of the time anyway).
I rearranged my bookshelves
I had a wild hair a couple weeks ago to rearrange my bookshelves. I was getting a bit bored with them the way they were, and after seeing all those beautiful rainbow themed shelves, I decided I wanted to try it!
Rearranging was was SUCH A PAIN. Seriously guys, it took me almost an entire week to finish it. (Mostly because I kept procrastinating…) My back was killing me by the time I was done! It was hard work, and very tedious. I had to sort all my books – keep in mind I have about 900 of them – into color piles, and there were so many giant piles and then I had to arrange them by shade in each color pile and it was just SO overwhelming.
The bottom left hand photo shows all of the signed books I own! I’m pretty proud of them :)
Progress level: Procrastination
The final verdict? HORRIBLE. DECISION. I mean, it’s pretty. It is. But I don’t have as many colored spines as I’d hoped – most are black – so the rainbow isn’t that impressive comparable to how many books I actually have. Furthermore, I CAN’T FIND ANYTHING. I’ve gone to look for a book a couple of times and it takes forever to find anything unless I happen to remember what color the spine was. It’s horrible. My OCD over them not being in alphabetical order is driving me nuts. Also, the worst part is I had to split up series. Yes. Cringe. I’d say it won’t last long, but it probably will simply because I don’t want to have to deal with rearranging them again anytime soon. It will probably stay this way until I’m ready to upgrade to Billy shelves because I’m too lazy XD
Adventures on Bookstagram
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