Reading Slumps, Social Media Overload, & Life Updates

Hiiiiiiiiiii! Long time no talk, oops! This month has been insanely busy that I completely forgot to post on here the past couple of weeks, my bad. 

This month started out with us moving into our new place (!), and while that has been exciting and amazing it has also been completely draining. I’m sure we all have moved a time or two (or many times) — we all know how it is. 

The first thing I made sure to organize and put away were my books. Now, some of you know that at our old place I had the pretty rainbow shelf. When we moved, I decided to forego the rainbow aesthetic and sort by genre instead. It’s definitely not as pretty, but it’s much easier to find my books now 😉 

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My new set up!

Needless to say I quickly burnt myself out, and when I’m burnt out I don’t tend to read a book. I tend to gravitate towards some good ol’ fashion reality tv. My latest guilty pleasure has been Vanderpump Rules. I’ve been binging it on Hulu every second I get, and it has definitely put a pause on my reading.  I’m not sure why exactly I like it, but isn’t that the point of reality tv? It’s not that we necessarily like it, we just can’t look away. 

So, this month reading wise has not been the best to me. I guess you could say I’m kind of in a slump currently. I will maybe read one or two pages here and there and then go and find something else to do. If I’m lucky I will read two books this month, which is way different than my six last month. And no, I haven’t finished Vengeful yet even though I am loving it. My #1 goal this month is to finally finish it.


On top of the chaos of moving, Seattle decided it wanted a winter this year and dumped a bunch of snow on the city. Well, a bunch of snow in Seattle terms. My neighborhood got around 8 inches, but some of the city saw over a foot of snow. It was nuts. Apparently it is the snowiest February Seattle has seen since 1949.

 

Last week I only worked one full day, and this week we’ve had delayed starts with coming in a few hours later than normal. Last Tuesday I missed the memo on our delayed start and decided to do some book shopping instead…..needless to say I am on a book buying ban throughout March AND maybe April. My brain is definitely on vacation mode. The snow has been nice, but I’m definitely ready for it to be gone and for the rain to come back. 🙂

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What happens when I’m in a bookstore for too long.

On a whim, I decided to start an Instagram account solely for book related posts (@talesofabibliophile_). It’s been fun but it’s one of those things where I’m not quite sure whether or not it’s for me. What I like about other social media platforms, like Twitter is you can organize accounts into specific lists for easier viewing instead of following a bunch of people. (can anyone tell I’m Type A?)

What frustrates me with Instagram, is you can’t do this (unless you can and I just don’t know about it) and I started following way too many accounts and it just clogged up my feed. So, I decided to create a specific account for book accounts and posts only. But I hardly post on my personal Instagram or other social media accounts because I’m just not that into social media.  So we’ll how long this lasts. I’m more of a viewer than a poster — if that makes sense? I’m not sure if it’s worth it to have this blog AND then my Instagram account, but honestly who knows.  😂  It all feels very overwhelming. 


Finally, two of my close friends told me about Book of the Month, and I’m mad at myself I didn’t know about it before. I’ve seen all of these amazing subscription boxes, but I just wanted one where I got a book. I don’t need anything else. Well, needless to say my first month of my subscription was February and I ended up choosing three — oops! 

I chose The Winter Sister, The Clockmaker’s Daughter, and The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo. I recently finished The Winter Sister and I actually really enjoyed it. (here’s hoping my book slump is going away)  I don’t think I would have picked it out myself if I was at a bookstore or online looking at books so I’m using Book of the Month to push myself out of my normal reading genres to pick something I normally wouldn’t choose. I might not always like the books I pick, but that’s the fun in it! 🙂

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February BOTM picks!

I hope to get to back to my regular scheduled posting next week. I’ve just been really exhausted and have had zero creative energy, but with things starting to settle down and getting back to some sort of routine, I can feel myself getting that creative itch again. 

I hope you all have a great weekend! I would love to know what you’ve been reading lately or what you plan on reading. 

 

Until next time

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17 thoughts on “Reading Slumps, Social Media Overload, & Life Updates

    1. thank you! We’ve been having so much fun ordering things for the new place. Our area rugs came in yesterday and the place already feels much more cozy and homey. I hope you’re doing well! ❤

  1. I just followed your new Instagram! I’m so glad you discovered BOTM! Brand new hardbacks for $15??? It’s such a steal.

    I can’t believe how much snow your getting. Down here in the South it’s becoming warm already. So I’m weird because I like the cold but that’s because the South is so humid! Argggh. I’m kind of jealous of your snow. 😂

    I hope the rest of your reading month goes well. Your bookshelf set up is beautiful!

    1. aw well thank you! i’m not sure how much I’ll be posting over there😂

      All of our snow has melted, at least where I am at in the city and everything has turned back to normal….meaning it’s raining nonstop, haha! The snow was fun, but I left Michigan for a reason. 😂

    1. It’s actually in my bag today! But The Winter Sister was a bit emotionally draining and I heard the same thing about Where the Crawdads Sing, so not sure if I will get to it today.

  2. Lovely looking bookshelves! I hope life gets less hectic, when I’m in burn out mode I can’t read either and also watch a whole heap of tv! My guilty pleasure is a UK crime drama called ‘Midsomer Murders.’ It’s ridiculous but requires little to no brain, it’s just tea, murder and the British countryside!!

    1. Oh. My. God. I LOVE Midsomer Murders. They have it on Netflix here in the US, and it’s what I call my “cozy murder show” since Netflix took away Murder, She Wrote.

      1. That’s hilarious because Murder, She Wrote and Midsomer Murders are on regular TV still in the UK! Honestly, my Sunday routine is cup of tea, biscuits and Midsomer Murders. It’s about as cosy as murders can get!

      2. So jealous! Murder, She Wrote is on regular cable here in the US but it’s only on at weird times during the early morning or late at night. I might just buy the DVD set 😉 So glad to hear there’s another fan of Midsomer!

  3. Congratulations on your move. I hope you’ll be very happy in your new home. Your bookstore purchases contain two of my favorite reads. “Where the Crawdads Sing” and “Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine”.

    1. I keep hearing about these two books and how great they are. I just started Eleanor Oliphant, and it’s pretty good so far. Not sure when I’ll finish it as I’m reading a few other books at the moment, ha!

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