So loving my #fridayreads this week! Not sure what I expected heading into this, but worried that it would be a typical chicklit novel about different kinds of engagements. I was pleasantly proved wrong! This is an endearing story of the emotional and financial values of the engagement ring from the 1940′s until the present day. It is told through different characters, but primarily through a woman named Mary Frances Gerety, who was an independent, unmarried woman in her 30′s in 1942 working for the ad agency who represented De Beers. She single-handedly coined the phrase “A Diamond Is Forever”. Frances is a real historical figure, and though this novel is fiction, I love knowing this powerful woman existed!
In the month of March, a fellow blogger, Alex in Leeds, created The Book Jar. Shortly after, it was brought to YouTube by BookTuber, MotherEffingBooks. I have seen countless videos about this and today, decided I would try it myself!
The concept of The Book Jar is to get some colourful pieces of paper and write down all the books in your house that you have not yet read; one book per slip of paper. Then, toss them all into the jar. When you’re feeling unsure of what you’re in the mood for, draw a slip from the jar and work your way through the books you already own!
Seeing as I own over 200 books I have not yet read, I thought this was an amazing idea! In preparation, I scanned my shelves for books I own but have no interest in reading anymore. I put colourful post-its on them that read “Books free to a good home :)” and left them on my front lawn yesterday. They disappeared within the hour! Then, today, I went through the grueling task of writing down each and every book.
Most of the bloggers and booktubers doing this exercise are using a mason jar, but sadly, I do not have one. So, I used the next closest thing I could find: a tea tin Jay’s brother, Jord brought back from London. It has been sitting, empty on our fridge; it was too cute to get rid of.
After throwing all my slips in, I tossed them around and had Jay pull one out. Of all the books I have gathered over the years, he ended up picking out one that is almost brand new! At the moment, I am reading two books, but once I finish them, I will read The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks! This one was a Christmas recommendation from the fantastic John Green (click the link for all his recos!)
If you choose to make a Book Jar, leave your link below in the comments! :)
This past year, I decided to start writing in a “One Line a Day” journal. Every day, for five years, I will write one line about what made that day special. Sometimes I am so sleepy that all I can scribe is “long day today, curled up with Jay and watched Jeopardy, fell asleep early.” But then there are days that something happens, and stands out. So I thought I would share with you a few of the more special things that have made my every day activities, happy. I think I’ll make this an ongoing post and update it every so often!
- Chasing down a receipt that flew out of a lady’s bag on the subway platform and her being so grateful because she was on her way to return the item in said bag.
- Spending hours on Skype with one of your favourite people in the world, who happens to be on the other side of the world!
- When the bagels at your usual breakfast shop are coming out of the oven as you walk in the door. Bliss!
- Receiving a text from your best friend that reads “hope you don’t think this is creepy, but I made a Pinterest board for your wedding..” Also, seeing the name of the board .. MOH Reporting for Duty. =)
- When you have a crappy day and receive a surprise email from your boyfriend saying “Don’t worry about this. You are one smart chocolate chip cookie!”
Tell me about a few small things that have made your day! Consider this our own little Book of Awesome =).
So, as I mentioned, I am obsessed with the world of BookTube. One of the biggest things going around at the moment is a video called “25 Things About Me.” I’m not quite ready to get this video thing going yet, but I do love the idea of sharing a few little things that will help new (and old) readers get to know me a little bit more! So, without further ado, here we go! (I am only doing 10 because I actually had a tough time coming up with non-obvious stuff..)
10 Things About Me (You Didn’t Already Know)
1) I love socks and slippers, and I don’t discriminate. I love wool socks, fuzzy socks, bootie slippers, moccasins, sock slippers. All colours, patterns, materials. I just love cozy feet.
2) I’ve never been a purse person and tend to re-buy the same type of bag all the time: fake brown leather, messenger-style and from Aldo. They don’t usually last. But I just go and buy another one.
3) I’ve had bangs since the 9th grade when my mom trimmed my hair and somehow managed to chop off the front. I was originally devastated thinking I looked something like the above photo all over again. Then I realized I could push them to the side and be considered fashionable, so I went with it, and have done so for all the years since!
4) I used to be a major clothing packrat, until one day when I lived in Montreal and discovered that a family of carpet beetles had decided to set up camp in my clothing storage bins. I ended up throwing out half of my wardrobe and learned that clothes are just clothes and you can get more. I’ve been fantastic about keeping my wardrobe to a minimum since.
5) My name was almost Teal before a horrific news story changed my parent’s minds. Now I’m Chelsey with a Y, which both confuses and amuses people. ”Chelsea or Chelsey” literally means “a landing port for chalk or limestone.”
6) I had brief dreams of being a hip-hop dancer. And when I say brief, I mean that I took a few classes and when our group was asked to perform in a mall, I quit. When Beyonce’s “Single Ladies” song came out, I momentarily regretted that decision. Momentarily.
7) My dad is a firefighter and is openly horrified by the amount of candles I have in my apartment. My favourite is a candle that smells like rain that Jay got me years and years ago.
8) I can’t sleep in complete darkness. I feel like you’re either in one camp or the other: you need to see shadows at least, or you need to feel like your eyes are closed even when they are open. This resulted in my having a nightlight until I was 20.
9) I am a nester. Immediately upon arriving at a new desk, a new apartment or even a hotel room, I have to set myself up. On my second day of work, it already looked like I had been there for a year. I put up my favourite pictures, prop a couple of my favourite books up, hang up my clothes or just lay out my toothbrush. I am a creature of familiarity.
10) It took me an hour to come up with these things. Jay had some noble suggestions such as “you speak with a British accent sometimes” and “you’d stay in bed all day if you could.” So I’m throwing those in there too :).
A few months ago, I discovered BookTubia. After years and years of blogging, I was shocked to learn that an entire community existed on Youtube! So, over the last few months, I have shamelessly indulged in TBR videos, or Monthly Wrap Up Videos. I sincerely look forward to videos from some of my favourite BookTubers, because it feels like having a book club (even though they are clearly the only people talking). The list of recommendations I have written down since I started watching is massssssive!
Now, if you follow the blog regularly, you will know that I occasionally film vlogs. I never really edited them, but used it as an excuse to gab about my favourite recent reads. But lately, I have been wondering about creating a Youtube channel for myself. I received a lovely comment from a reader named Linda asking if I had a channel and since then, I have been tossing the idea around in my head. My fears are mostly that I am ridiculously long-winded and have a tough time knowing when to shut up..
So, I thought I would throw it back at you guys! Do you prefer reading written reviews, updates and life stories, watching them on Youtube or a healthy mixture of both? Do any of you have Youtube channel?
If you’re not familiar with BookTubing, here are a few of my favourite BookTubers (The Readables, Padfoot and Prongs & Suddenly Lorna):
And of course, John & Hank Green (who are not just BookTubers but who definitely talk about books A LOT … and are completely amazing).
My Friday Reads is Matt Haig’s new novel, The Humans: the story of an alien who comes to earth to inhabit (and eventually kill) the body of a mathematician who has solved one of the world’s biggest mathematical problems. Low and behold, he does not expect to fall in love with his host’s wife, or learn to love his son, and his dog.
So far, this is a funny, heartwarming read! Stay tuned..
There are always those books that you have been meaning to pick up and read for weeks, months, years. My list is so long, I don’t even remember where it starts, but I do have a few starred books I always return to. So, for my birthday, I was gifted a fantastic present: a gift card! People wonder how I could possibly want a gift card to my own work, BUT here is the thing! A gift card means GUILT-FREE purchases! A reason to get a few books off that list you’ve been dying to read. A few you normally wouldn’t buy yourself because you don’t know when you’ll get a chance to actually pick them up.
The Secret History – I do quite like my darker books and this one comes highly recommended from a coworker.
100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared – Have heard wonderful things about this from colleagues and friends. I could always use a fun, quirky and heartfelt read!
The Magicians – Recommended by two colleagues as the perfect way to get into the Fantasy genre. I think it’s time.
Fahrenheit 451 – It is ALSO time to finally read this classic. Books about books, people!
Lonely Werewolf Girl – After a fun book conversation with another colleague (today, actually), we got onto the subject of favourite paranormal books. She mentioned this one, which I had never heard of. I decided to – without knowing much at all – give it a go. I miss the days when I just tried something for the hell of it without researching the crap out of it. So, here we go!
The Gods of Gotham - A previous Indigo Spotlight pick that I have not yet read. It also comes VERY highly recommended from my friend Natalie @ Browsing Bookshelves.
The Name of the Wind – Another work recommendation from the Fiction Category Manager. Have also heard wonderful things about this one (another “getting-into-Fantasy” read!)
Have YOU read any of these? Let me know in the comments!
The roaring twenties continue to be a time period that fascinates our society. Many books have come out in the past few years that center around the fabulous parties and the lives of the artistic minds who attended them, but embarrassingly, I have not read them. Rules of Civility sits unopened on my shelf and I never made it to The Paris Wife. But then, there was Zelda.
Check out my full review of Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald on the Indigo Fiction blog, HERE!
Where have you been all my life? Okay, guys. Since this book doesn’t come out for another 4 months, I’m not going to go into any crazy details (my synopsis here/ Goodreads synopsis here), but I just wanted to send this out into the world: I need Marisha Pessl to write more books.
Night Film is the most engaged I have felt with a book in a while. I cannot put it down, but I also can only handle it in increments. I NEED to know what happens, but I also need time to come up with my theories (not much beats having a theory that turns out to be right. Am I right?!) About 200 pages in, I had a talk with a coworker who raved about her previous book, Special Topics in Calamity Physics. I took my lunch to walk to the store and buy it. (Are you at all surprised?)
Now, over 75% through Night Film, I spent the majority of my morning researching Marisha Pessl and her books. Not sure if it is just being a wannabe know-it-all nerd, or if it’s the true bookseller in me, but when I love a book, I feel the need to know all that is to know. The internet becomes my new best friend. Here is what I have found:
- Special Topics in Calamity Physics (2006) has a kickass interactive website (here) and a neat trailer (at the bottom of this post).
- Night Film has a creepy and aptly constructed website. Talk about eerie suspense! (Here)
- Marisha Pessl is being published internationally! (Cover images seen on her Twitter @marishapessl.)
- Night Film has had it’s film rights sold to Chernin Entertainment; the company responsible for Rise of the Planet of the Apes and the new Tom Cruise action flick, Oblivion. It will be directed by Rupert Wyatt.
Since I’m still reading Night Film and have nothing new to share for my Friday Reads, this will have to do!