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  • A witch and a witch hunter were falling in love - Shelby Mahurin
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Do you have a way you save you favorite quotes and memories from books?
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Today I thought I’d share a little on my process of my book journal. So when I read I’ve always jotted down notes in my phone or taken pictures of quotes I loved but then I would do nothing with them. I had bought a bullet journal and it was sitting around not being filled so I decided to take my favorites quotes and memories from the books I read and mark them.
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The very first one I did was just in pencil and was characters names, quotes, theories. It was for Darkdawn and never went anywhere from there. Then I began my Raven Cycle reread in anticipation for The Dream trilogy. I wrote both in my phone and journal as I read. They are scrambles of quotes and little doodles. Those pages are FILLED.
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At some point I read and couldn’t write in my journal. This meant all my notes were in my phone and had to be transferred over. These pages are less chaotic. The lines are cleaner and planned. I’ve also moved to trying out colors as well. There are aspects about both styles I do and don’t like, but the experience has been really enjoyable. I still can’t put my ideas into page (my skill is not that good) but I’ve expanded my reading hobby.
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I read Serpent and Dove and didn’t really find much tiny memorabilia in book but did have the idea to really focus on the serpent, dove, and witches. •
Happy reading!
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#bookstagram #serpentanddove #shelbymahurin #bookstagrammer #bookworm #booklover #bookjournal #booksandcandles #bookishlove #bookish #bookishcommunity #bibliophile #books #booknerd
  • A witch and a witch hunter were falling in love - Shelby Mahurin


    Do you have a way you save you favorite quotes and memories from books?

    Today I thought I’d share a little on my process of my book journal. So when I read I’ve always jotted down notes in my phone or taken pictures of quotes I loved but then I would do nothing with them. I had bought a bullet journal and it was sitting around not being filled so I decided to take my favorites quotes and memories from the books I read and mark them.

    The very first one I did was just in pencil and was characters names, quotes, theories. It was for Darkdawn and never went anywhere from there. Then I began my Raven Cycle reread in anticipation for The Dream trilogy. I wrote both in my phone and journal as I read. They are scrambles of quotes and little doodles. Those pages are FILLED.

    At some point I read and couldn’t write in my journal. This meant all my notes were in my phone and had to be transferred over. These pages are less chaotic. The lines are cleaner and planned. I’ve also moved to trying out colors as well. There are aspects about both styles I do and don’t like, but the experience has been really enjoyable. I still can’t put my ideas into page (my skill is not that good) but I’ve expanded my reading hobby.

    I read Serpent and Dove and didn’t really find much tiny memorabilia in book but did have the idea to really focus on the serpent, dove, and witches. •
    Happy reading!

    #bookstagram #serpentanddove #shelbymahurin #bookstagrammer #bookworm #booklover #bookjournal #booksandcandles #bookishlove #bookish #bookishcommunity #bibliophile #books #booknerd

  •  36  4  3 hours ago
  • I have a HUGE FAVOR to ask of this awesome Bookstagram community. 
For my birthday a few years ago, my high school German pen pal sent me this calendar book.  She knows how much I adore “The Little Prince” and she knew how much I would love this book.  And I do!!! Problem is, I’ve been holding onto it for several years now, not knowing how I should fill it in.  There are 365 dates, with spaces to fill something in under each date.  My sweet friend filled in a birthday message for me under the date of my birth sooooooo many years ago, which leaves me with 364 spaces that are still empty.  And here is where my favor comes in. 
I have decided to fill this book up with cool bookish and author quotes, but I want this to be a joint effort from all the bookworms on here.  Do you have a favorite bookish quote?  A favorite quote from your favorite book?  A favorite quote from your favorite author?  A quote that makes you laugh?  A quote that makes you cry?  A quote that breaks your heart?  A quote that helped heal your broken heart?  A quote that makes you angry?  A quote that makes you roll your eyes and shake your head in disbelief?  Any quote will do!! I need 364 quotes to fill this book up and I do not have enough followers to accomplish my goal, so please feel free to drop more than one fave quote (but please post them in separate comments so I don’t accidentally overlook multiple quotes!) or feel free to tag a friend who would like to contribute to my little project.  They don’t have to follow me, or even like this post.  I just want their favorite quotes, either from a beloved book or a favorite author.  Even a book related quote will do, it doesn’t necessarily have to come from the pages of a book. The only thing I ask, is that you let me know where the quote came from, so I can credit the proper source in my little book. 
Thanks so much for reading this far down my post.  If you’re still here, it means I’ve caught your attention and you’re thinking about helping me.  So please do!!!! Go ahead and drop a quote or two or ten..... feel free to tag a friend or two or ten if you think they might like to participate, and THANK YOU!!!
  • I have a HUGE FAVOR to ask of this awesome Bookstagram community.
    For my birthday a few years ago, my high school German pen pal sent me this calendar book. She knows how much I adore “The Little Prince” and she knew how much I would love this book. And I do!!! Problem is, I’ve been holding onto it for several years now, not knowing how I should fill it in. There are 365 dates, with spaces to fill something in under each date. My sweet friend filled in a birthday message for me under the date of my birth sooooooo many years ago, which leaves me with 364 spaces that are still empty. And here is where my favor comes in.
    I have decided to fill this book up with cool bookish and author quotes, but I want this to be a joint effort from all the bookworms on here. Do you have a favorite bookish quote? A favorite quote from your favorite book? A favorite quote from your favorite author? A quote that makes you laugh? A quote that makes you cry? A quote that breaks your heart? A quote that helped heal your broken heart? A quote that makes you angry? A quote that makes you roll your eyes and shake your head in disbelief? Any quote will do!! I need 364 quotes to fill this book up and I do not have enough followers to accomplish my goal, so please feel free to drop more than one fave quote (but please post them in separate comments so I don’t accidentally overlook multiple quotes!) or feel free to tag a friend who would like to contribute to my little project. They don’t have to follow me, or even like this post. I just want their favorite quotes, either from a beloved book or a favorite author. Even a book related quote will do, it doesn’t necessarily have to come from the pages of a book. The only thing I ask, is that you let me know where the quote came from, so I can credit the proper source in my little book.
    Thanks so much for reading this far down my post. If you’re still here, it means I’ve caught your attention and you’re thinking about helping me. So please do!!!! Go ahead and drop a quote or two or ten..... feel free to tag a friend or two or ten if you think they might like to participate, and THANK YOU!!!

  •  26  6  11 hours ago
  • I was gifted A Lifetime of Impossible Days from a coworker for my birthday. I wanted so desperately to dislike this book as it is not a genre I would normally read willingly and actually felt like a book I would have had to read at uni. This book really surprised me though. The first third I found a little confusing and I wasn't sure where the story was going but by the end of the book I thought it was beautiful and magical.

Willa Waters, age 93, posts Two Very Important boxes. One goes to her 8 year old self, and the other to her 33 year old self. Inside are instructions: plant an ocean in the backyard. The Willas each water the ground under the mango tree and create a slip in time where they can communicate and visit with each other. Super Gumboots Willa is looking for an escape from her father and a way to protect her sister. She is full to the brim of imagination and wild hope. Middle Willa is careful and broken and sadly trying to mother two young boys. She wants to protect her family but can no longer find the strength. Silver Willa cannot remember the terrible thing that happened but is desperate to put the pieces together and change the future before her children move her into a nursing home. It will take each of the Willas to learn to accept, forgive and find courage.

I give this book 🌟🌟🌟🌟 out of 5 stars and I recommend this Aussie whimsical journey to anyone searching for their inner selves.

#bookstagram #aussiereader #books #pancakesquad #pancakepirates #booklife #bookshelf #bookworm #bookish #bookandplant #succulents #bookstagrammer #wafflebitchesgetwafflestitches #bookandcandles #bookstar #yareader #ya #bookmark #bookjournal #readingjournal #reading #ireadya
  • I was gifted A Lifetime of Impossible Days from a coworker for my birthday. I wanted so desperately to dislike this book as it is not a genre I would normally read willingly and actually felt like a book I would have had to read at uni. This book really surprised me though. The first third I found a little confusing and I wasn't sure where the story was going but by the end of the book I thought it was beautiful and magical.

    Willa Waters, age 93, posts Two Very Important boxes. One goes to her 8 year old self, and the other to her 33 year old self. Inside are instructions: plant an ocean in the backyard. The Willas each water the ground under the mango tree and create a slip in time where they can communicate and visit with each other. Super Gumboots Willa is looking for an escape from her father and a way to protect her sister. She is full to the brim of imagination and wild hope. Middle Willa is careful and broken and sadly trying to mother two young boys. She wants to protect her family but can no longer find the strength. Silver Willa cannot remember the terrible thing that happened but is desperate to put the pieces together and change the future before her children move her into a nursing home. It will take each of the Willas to learn to accept, forgive and find courage.

    I give this book 🌟🌟🌟🌟 out of 5 stars and I recommend this Aussie whimsical journey to anyone searching for their inner selves.

    #bookstagram #aussiereader #books #pancakesquad #pancakepirates #booklife #bookshelf #bookworm #bookish #bookandplant #succulents #bookstagrammer #wafflebitchesgetwafflestitches #bookandcandles #bookstar #yareader #ya #bookmark #bookjournal #readingjournal #reading #ireadya

  •  76  2  12 hours ago
  • J O U R N A L.  P A G E.  U P D A T E. ✒️⁣
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Let’s talk about reading challenges! Do you do them? How do you decide which ones to work on? ⁣
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For me, reading challenges are more about intentions & creating meaningful habits than about completion. Which is why I have signed up for the Reading Women Challenge of 2020 hosted by @thereadingwomen . While I read more women than men authors in 2019, my shelves were (and still are) predominantly White. I figured joining this challenge would help me diversify them even more & give me reason to look at books outside of my usual genres. ⁣
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Again, it is more than just checking off boxes, but we all have to start somewhere. 🤗
  • J O U R N A L. P A G E. U P D A T E. ✒️⁣

    Let’s talk about reading challenges! Do you do them? How do you decide which ones to work on? ⁣

    For me, reading challenges are more about intentions & creating meaningful habits than about completion. Which is why I have signed up for the Reading Women Challenge of 2020 hosted by @thereadingwomen . While I read more women than men authors in 2019, my shelves were (and still are) predominantly White. I figured joining this challenge would help me diversify them even more & give me reason to look at books outside of my usual genres. ⁣

    Again, it is more than just checking off boxes, but we all have to start somewhere. 🤗

  •  72  21  15 hours ago
  • I devoured this book!!! As a young adult I experienced some very strong “Christian” teachings that bordered on unhealthy, imposing & authoritarian...some could of said brainwashing. But I came out of that and have spent the last 10 years learning what it means to think for myself. So this book resonated with me in a deeply impactful way.
  • I devoured this book!!! As a young adult I experienced some very strong “Christian” teachings that bordered on unhealthy, imposing & authoritarian...some could of said brainwashing. But I came out of that and have spent the last 10 years learning what it means to think for myself. So this book resonated with me in a deeply impactful way.

  •  138  11  23 hours ago
  • When it comes to notebooks, I rotate through a set of six journals on a regular basis, one of which is this: my Book Journal! From outlines for my reviews, to monthly TBR lists, blog planning and book buying alike, it’s all detailed in here.
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I bought my first about two Septembers ago, and immediately decked it out in novel-related stickers, which meant that I had to do it again with my new 2020 version! Thankfully, @redbubble has plenty of options for that sort of thing.
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Can you name all of the references? Catch some answers and inspiration in the photos...
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#bookstagram #books #booklover #bookjournal #notebooklover #bulletjournal
  • When it comes to notebooks, I rotate through a set of six journals on a regular basis, one of which is this: my Book Journal! From outlines for my reviews, to monthly TBR lists, blog planning and book buying alike, it’s all detailed in here.
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    I bought my first about two Septembers ago, and immediately decked it out in novel-related stickers, which meant that I had to do it again with my new 2020 version! Thankfully, @redbubble has plenty of options for that sort of thing.
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    Can you name all of the references? Catch some answers and inspiration in the photos...
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    #bookstagram #books #booklover #bookjournal #notebooklover #bulletjournal

  •  43  5  27 January, 2020
  • Last night I was thinking 💭 why not move all your #bookish things to a new journal?💭 ⁣
The Procrastinator in me thought 💭 Nah it’s too much work, there is still plenty of space in your old #bulletjournal, just continue...💭⁣
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Guess what I did today after seeing Ashely @_shelflove_ her IG story this morning? The rest is history but I am not done yet....I have most of the main layouts and challenges moved over but I still need to finish drawing out some stuff. ⁣
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I also printed a pretty vinyl cutout in my @cricut this afternoon and I am happy with the way it turned out! 
#bulletjournal #bookjournal #bookbujo #bookishthings #cricutvinyl #booknerd #bookgoals
  • Last night I was thinking 💭 why not move all your #bookish things to a new journal?💭 ⁣
    The Procrastinator in me thought 💭 Nah it’s too much work, there is still plenty of space in your old #bulletjournal, just continue...💭⁣

    Guess what I did today after seeing Ashely @_shelflove_ her IG story this morning? The rest is history but I am not done yet....I have most of the main layouts and challenges moved over but I still need to finish drawing out some stuff. ⁣

    I also printed a pretty vinyl cutout in my @cricut this afternoon and I am happy with the way it turned out!
    #bulletjournal #bookjournal #bookbujo #bookishthings #cricutvinyl #booknerd #bookgoals

  •  62  2  26 January, 2020
  • ▪️▪️I’m starting to do a book journal. To keep track of all the books I have read. I’m excited actually😀. Do you have one?
  • ▪️▪️I’m starting to do a book journal. To keep track of all the books I have read. I’m excited actually😀. Do you have one?

  •  13  2  26 January, 2020
  • 📖R E L E C T U R E 📖 .
🏹The Hunger Games – Tome 1🏹 .
🏹Résumé🏹
Les Hunger Games ont commencé. Le vainqueur deviendra riche et célèbre. Les autres mourront … 
Peeta et Katniss sont tirés au sort pour participer aux Hunger Games. La règle est simple : 24 candidats pour un seul survivant, le tout sous le feu des caméras… 
Dans un futur sombre, sur les ruines des États-Unis, un jeu télévisé est créé pour contrôler le peuple par la terreur. ✨
Douze garçons et douze filles tirés au sort participent à cette sinistre téléréalité, que tout le monde est forcé de regarder en direct. Une seule règle dans l'arène : survivre, à tout prix. 
Quand sa petite soeur est appelée pour participer aux Hunger Games, Katniss n'hésite pas une seconde. Elle prend sa place, consciente du danger. À seize ans, Katniss a déjà été confrontée plusieurs fois à la mort. Chez elle, survivre est comme une seconde nature... 🧭
🏹Avis🏹
@readingwithcamille m’avait donné envie de le relire au début du mois quand elle aussi a commencé à relire la saga. 😁Me replonger dans Panem n’a pas été compliqué. Je me souvenais de beaucoup de passages de ce premier tome mais ils étaient faussés par les souvenirs que j’avais du film. Certains passages sont en effet légèrement modifiés mais cela ne m’a pas empêcher de prendre goût à ma lecture 🥰. J’ai de nouveau adoré ce tome comme lors de ma première lecture, et du coup j’ai envie de revoir le film😁.
J’ai un petit faible pour les deux amants maudits, même si Peeta paraît faible aux yeux de beaucoup de lecteurs. Et les sentiments de Katniss envers Peeta, même si on lit ses pensées tout le long du livre, changent un peu du tout au tout … 🤨
En parlant de sentiments et d’émotions, je trouve que l’auteure nous met vraiment « dans la peau » de Katniss. Même chose lors des passages haletants, on se retrouve pris au cœur de l’action grâce à cette vision qu’on a de « voir » à travers les yeux du personnage principal 🤓
J’avoue que la fin m’a laissé perplexe… 🤔J’avais oublié que ça se finissait de cette manière. Du coup, suite à cette relecture je me pose de nouvelles questions par rapport à ce tome et j’espère avoir mes réponses dans la suite ! [suite en com]
  • 📖R E L E C T U R E 📖 .
    🏹The Hunger Games – Tome 1🏹 .
    🏹Résumé🏹
    Les Hunger Games ont commencé. Le vainqueur deviendra riche et célèbre. Les autres mourront …
    Peeta et Katniss sont tirés au sort pour participer aux Hunger Games. La règle est simple : 24 candidats pour un seul survivant, le tout sous le feu des caméras…
    Dans un futur sombre, sur les ruines des États-Unis, un jeu télévisé est créé pour contrôler le peuple par la terreur. ✨
    Douze garçons et douze filles tirés au sort participent à cette sinistre téléréalité, que tout le monde est forcé de regarder en direct. Une seule règle dans l'arène : survivre, à tout prix.
    Quand sa petite soeur est appelée pour participer aux Hunger Games, Katniss n'hésite pas une seconde. Elle prend sa place, consciente du danger. À seize ans, Katniss a déjà été confrontée plusieurs fois à la mort. Chez elle, survivre est comme une seconde nature... 🧭
    🏹Avis🏹
    @readingwithcamille m’avait donné envie de le relire au début du mois quand elle aussi a commencé à relire la saga. 😁Me replonger dans Panem n’a pas été compliqué. Je me souvenais de beaucoup de passages de ce premier tome mais ils étaient faussés par les souvenirs que j’avais du film. Certains passages sont en effet légèrement modifiés mais cela ne m’a pas empêcher de prendre goût à ma lecture 🥰. J’ai de nouveau adoré ce tome comme lors de ma première lecture, et du coup j’ai envie de revoir le film😁.
    J’ai un petit faible pour les deux amants maudits, même si Peeta paraît faible aux yeux de beaucoup de lecteurs. Et les sentiments de Katniss envers Peeta, même si on lit ses pensées tout le long du livre, changent un peu du tout au tout … 🤨
    En parlant de sentiments et d’émotions, je trouve que l’auteure nous met vraiment « dans la peau » de Katniss. Même chose lors des passages haletants, on se retrouve pris au cœur de l’action grâce à cette vision qu’on a de « voir » à travers les yeux du personnage principal 🤓
    J’avoue que la fin m’a laissé perplexe… 🤔J’avais oublié que ça se finissait de cette manière. Du coup, suite à cette relecture je me pose de nouvelles questions par rapport à ce tome et j’espère avoir mes réponses dans la suite ! [suite en com]

  •  45  3  26 January, 2020
  • The first journal page of Charlie’s leather bound book. As she grows so will the art, her thoughts, her perception of the world she lives in. Later on this year Odin’s Prize will be released and this journal will be given to the winner of the contest I will be holding for Charlie’s Box. Within these pages you will have secret notes, never before read chapters. Playlists, inspiration, personal thoughts of my fleshing our characters. Finian might give you a special note. Also within the pages you will get Odin’s art. ♥️✍️There will be original artwork as well that goes along with the book series. I’m excited and I hope the Wildflowers are too!
#bookjournaling #bookjournal
  • The first journal page of Charlie’s leather bound book. As she grows so will the art, her thoughts, her perception of the world she lives in. Later on this year Odin’s Prize will be released and this journal will be given to the winner of the contest I will be holding for Charlie’s Box. Within these pages you will have secret notes, never before read chapters. Playlists, inspiration, personal thoughts of my fleshing our characters. Finian might give you a special note. Also within the pages you will get Odin’s art. ♥️✍️There will be original artwork as well that goes along with the book series. I’m excited and I hope the Wildflowers are too!
    #bookjournaling #bookjournal

  •  297  33  26 January, 2020
  • Book Journal #3: I made a series tracker to see how many books are in the series I am interested in.. :) had so much fun writng down all the books and I can't wait to dive into them #bookjournaling #bookjournals #bookjournal #bookj
  • Book Journal #3: I made a series tracker to see how many books are in the series I am interested in.. :) had so much fun writng down all the books and I can't wait to dive into them #bookjournaling #bookjournals #bookjournal #bookj

  •  1  0  26 January, 2020

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  • One of my goals for 2020 is to finish five completed series that I’ve previously started. I’ve already implied which two I’ll be attempting this month in my January reading plans (my previous post!), but everything else is up in the air for now! To be quite honest, I might have to re-read some of the ones I’ve already marked because ... brain empty, no details 😂

The boxes I color for each book in the series aren’t lined up because I did the titles first, and some of them were way too long 😅

Which series are you hoping to tackle this year?
  • One of my goals for 2020 is to finish five completed series that I’ve previously started. I’ve already implied which two I’ll be attempting this month in my January reading plans (my previous post!), but everything else is up in the air for now! To be quite honest, I might have to re-read some of the ones I’ve already marked because ... brain empty, no details 😂

    The boxes I color for each book in the series aren’t lined up because I did the titles first, and some of them were way too long 😅

    Which series are you hoping to tackle this year?

  •  333  25  7 January, 2020
  • “𝐤𝐧𝐨𝐰𝐥𝐞𝐝𝐠𝐞 𝐚𝐥𝐰𝐚𝐲𝐬 𝐡𝐚𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐩𝐨𝐭𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐢𝐚𝐥 𝐭𝐨 𝐛𝐞 𝐝𝐚𝐧𝐠𝐞𝐫𝐨𝐮𝐬. 𝐢𝐭 𝐢𝐬 𝐚 𝐦𝐨𝐫𝐞 𝐩𝐨𝐰𝐞𝐫𝐟𝐮𝐥 𝐰𝐞𝐚𝐩𝐨𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐧 𝐚𝐧𝐲 𝐬𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐝 𝐨𝐫 𝐬𝐩𝐞𝐥𝐥”⁣
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- sorcery of thorns by @margaret_rogerson 📖✨
  • “𝐤𝐧𝐨𝐰𝐥𝐞𝐝𝐠𝐞 𝐚𝐥𝐰𝐚𝐲𝐬 𝐡𝐚𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐩𝐨𝐭𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐢𝐚𝐥 𝐭𝐨 𝐛𝐞 𝐝𝐚𝐧𝐠𝐞𝐫𝐨𝐮𝐬. 𝐢𝐭 𝐢𝐬 𝐚 𝐦𝐨𝐫𝐞 𝐩𝐨𝐰𝐞𝐫𝐟𝐮𝐥 𝐰𝐞𝐚𝐩𝐨𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐧 𝐚𝐧𝐲 𝐬𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐝 𝐨𝐫 𝐬𝐩𝐞𝐥𝐥”⁣

    - sorcery of thorns by @margaret_rogerson 📖✨

  •  2,532  27  24 January, 2020
  • I devoured this book!!! As a young adult I experienced some very strong “Christian” teachings that bordered on unhealthy, imposing & authoritarian...some could of said brainwashing. But I came out of that and have spent the last 10 years learning what it means to think for myself. So this book resonated with me in a deeply impactful way.
  • I devoured this book!!! As a young adult I experienced some very strong “Christian” teachings that bordered on unhealthy, imposing & authoritarian...some could of said brainwashing. But I came out of that and have spent the last 10 years learning what it means to think for myself. So this book resonated with me in a deeply impactful way.

  •  138  11  23 hours ago
  • My reading in 2019 was different in more ways than one. 
More non-fiction than I think I may have ever read in one year.
Which I’m pretty sure was the reason I  needed to expand to 2 volumes of my reading journal. I take so many more notes/book on non-fiction. 
Fewer books and total pages read. In keeping on-brand, it’s honestly not a concern for me. I’m more interested in reading books that will mark me than racking up a record tally. If I read too much too fast I outpace my memory’s ability to fix a book in my mental archive. 
A renewed enthusiasm for short stories, which were my gateway drug to literature as a teen. These days I have one collection going at all times. I’m amazed by them all over again - just how much can be told in so few pages. 
The theme of attention and noticing came up intentionally and unexpectedly over and over again. Eventually I caught on.
I conquered The Magus which had flummoxed me more than once in previous attempts. What a trip!
Kept moving along my Virginia Woolf project (complete reading in random order) with a re-reading of Mrs Dalloway and first of To the Lighthouse & a  companion All the Lives We Ever Lived. 
Fell under the spell of Penelope Lively and will have to use restraint to stop myself reading her books in quick succession. 
And while I’m not big on superlatives, this year the best book of the year was my third - Cousin Bette.  So I’m making more Balzac in 2020 a top priority. 
Wishing you good books and the time to read them in the New Year,  Happy Reading, friends. 
p.s. my undying thanks to Anne Bogel of the Modern Mrs Darcy blog and What Should I Read Next podcast. I tried and failed to keep a book journal countless times over the years, but it wasn’t until I  came across her posts on bullet journaling for book journaling that I found a system that worked for me. I know the practice propels  my reading, helps me hold my reading in mind, and brings me joy. What a gift! 
#bookjournal #2019booksread #contrarians_bookshelf #whatshouldireadnext #bookjournalbulletjournal #bulletjournal #bookstagram #myyearinbooks #happierpodcast #reader #10thingstotellyou #theunreadshelfproject #readtheclassics #modernmrsdarcy
  • My reading in 2019 was different in more ways than one.
    More non-fiction than I think I may have ever read in one year.
    Which I’m pretty sure was the reason I needed to expand to 2 volumes of my reading journal. I take so many more notes/book on non-fiction.
    Fewer books and total pages read. In keeping on-brand, it’s honestly not a concern for me. I’m more interested in reading books that will mark me than racking up a record tally. If I read too much too fast I outpace my memory’s ability to fix a book in my mental archive.
    A renewed enthusiasm for short stories, which were my gateway drug to literature as a teen. These days I have one collection going at all times. I’m amazed by them all over again - just how much can be told in so few pages.
    The theme of attention and noticing came up intentionally and unexpectedly over and over again. Eventually I caught on.
    I conquered The Magus which had flummoxed me more than once in previous attempts. What a trip!
    Kept moving along my Virginia Woolf project (complete reading in random order) with a re-reading of Mrs Dalloway and first of To the Lighthouse & a companion All the Lives We Ever Lived.
    Fell under the spell of Penelope Lively and will have to use restraint to stop myself reading her books in quick succession.
    And while I’m not big on superlatives, this year the best book of the year was my third - Cousin Bette. So I’m making more Balzac in 2020 a top priority.
    Wishing you good books and the time to read them in the New Year, Happy Reading, friends.
    p.s. my undying thanks to Anne Bogel of the Modern Mrs Darcy blog and What Should I Read Next podcast. I tried and failed to keep a book journal countless times over the years, but it wasn’t until I came across her posts on bullet journaling for book journaling that I found a system that worked for me. I know the practice propels my reading, helps me hold my reading in mind, and brings me joy. What a gift!
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