I like my fanfiction plots like I like my Sims families.
I love living the day in the comfort of my favorite book
By: The Editors | Photo Courtesy of: Julia Watkins
A copy of this book was received in return for a review. This review is free from bias and only portrays the reader’s observations and opinions.
Confession Time: I’ve been trying to live a low waste lifestyle for the past two years. But living in a rural area I thought it couldn’t be done. That the infrastructure, so to speak, for the world around me just wasn’t up to the challenge. Then I realized, that’s the point. We live in a world ruled by the concept that everything has it’s price, everything can be replaced, and anything can be disposed of in the blink of an eye. And like many people around the world today, I don’t want to live like that. I want to focus on living intentionally, living slowly, and reducing my impact on our fragile earth. That’s when I picked up this book by Julia Watkins. “Simply Living Well” and read the words I needed to hear, “Zero-waste is a process, not an event…” and she’s right. Building an intentional lifestyle that is against the norm around you is a process and it requires you to examine everything in your life from a new point of view, create new ways of doing things, and form new habits. It’s about intentional living, building connection, understanding the origins of your food, your personal origins, and the circles of responsibility. Low waste wasn’t just a trend or something you looked at on Instagram. It’s a philosophy of getting back to your roots in every meaning of the word.
Julia Watkin’s book is truly a work of art, part guidebook and part letter to a friend, it’s everything you could ever need for starting your low waste journey or getting back to it if you have been feeling disheartened by past attempts. I found myself lost for several hours pouring over the pages and making mental notes of the recipes I want to try in the future from ‘Veggie Juice Pulp Crackers’ to 'Elderberry Syrup’. I quickly became obsessed with was ‘Natural Wellness Essentials’ which starts out with a very convenient list of needed equipment, essential oils, herbs and spices for making anything from tinctures to tonics. I highly reccommend everyone considering going low-waste, zerowaste, plastic free, slow living or joining the low impact movement to get a copy of this book and read it slowly taking note of which things you are interested in trying out first and what inspires you. After all, habits like lifestyles are made through slow consistent progress.
This, hands down, is one of the best purchases I’ve ever made
does anyone have recommendations for either fantasy or historical fiction medical drama books? something like The Midwife’s Apprentice but geared at a YA or adult audience?
I know this is incredibly niche, but ideally I’d love a more fantasy/social-history-of-medicine-focused version of Alan E. Nourse’s RX For Tomorrow (but less… 50s).
bonus points if it’s written by an indie, queer, or both
Book Reviews to be posted:
“Fangirl” by Rainbow Rowell (TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 11TH!)
“The Lover’s Knot” by Clare O’Donohue
“Howl’s Moving Castle” by Diana Wynne Jones
“The Language Of Thorns: Midnight Tales And Dangerous Magic” by Leigh Bardugo
“Echoes in Death” by J.D. Robb
“If I Just Look Hard Enough” by Angela Dye (poetry collection)
“Critical Role: Vox Machina Origins ” by Matthew Mercer, Matthew Colville, Olivia Samson and Chris Northrop
“Don’t Cosplay With My Heart” by Cecil Castellucci
Books I’m currently reading:
“The Six-Gun Tarot” by R. S. Belcher
“Crime And Poetry” by Amanda Flower
Books I will read eventually:
“The Wicked King” by Holly Black
“The Princess Plot” by Kirsten Boie
“Plus” by Veronica Chambers
“Spymaster” by Margaret Weis and Robert Krammes
“The Journey of Inspiration” by My Cosmic Backyard
“Black” from “The Circle” series by Ted Dekker
“Intangible” by C.A. Gray
Books I’ve dropped (a.k.a did not finish (DNF) and will not be reviewing):
“French Pastry Murder” by Leslie Meier (DNF at 10%)
Books I hope to get my hands on soon so I can read them eventually:
“Out of the Shadows” by Ashlee Nicole Bye
“Queens of Geek” by Jen Wilde
“Dead Air: A Glenn Beckert Mystery” by Cliff Protzman
“Pulse Point” by Colleen Nelson and Nancy Chappell-Pollack
“A Totally Awkward Love Story” by Tom Ellen and Lucy Ivison
Is there a biography about anti-imperialist al-Afghani meant for a general audience? I want to read up on this guy because his life seems super interesting but an academic work would be too much of an investment right now.
Grad diaries Y2S2 | What a week…. 😬🥱🥴😪😑💩 tbh
But I finished all assignments on time, so it wasn’t so bad.
ink on your fingertips, smudging slightly against your clothes and books and your glasses when you shove them up your nose distractedly because your face is buried in a book and it’s growing less and less likely that you’ll ever come back to reality
I was in the mood to make some new book spine poetry so here’s a kinda spooky one for y’all!
The Ghost Bride, Yangsze Choo
Making a routine for myself! I want to post regularly and read like I used to. Instead of assuming it’ll “never be like that again, I’ll never be able to do that”, I’m going to work towards it again because there’s no logical reason why I can’t. So here were.
Had to get a new library card to a different county system due to owing money from literally 8 years ago at my local library. I got to go in today and pick up my holds (you know I found some books to hold the day the card came in the mail).
🔅Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine
🔅A Darker Shade of Magic by Victoria Schwab
🔅Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
I’m also reading the Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black right now.
We’ve got a Half-Priced Books a few minutes from my pizza job that I’ve now purchased items at twice in a week period—
- The Diviner’s (1st and 2nd in the series) by Libba Bray
- The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black
- A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray
AND, if that wasn’t enough, I stopped at the little independent bookstore and purchased several things. That has this black and white tuxedo cat who was definitely a Long Boi and loved to be held like a baby and scratched, so I just snuggled with him while I looked through the shelves of books. I got:
- The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater’
- Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
- Interview with a Vampire by Anne Rice (which is the main reason I went there, I’ve been feeling some angsty vampire feels)
I’ve also filled out some of my Reading Planner I got with my OwlCrate so I have a TBR List, a calendar of February that includes a weekly planner with a place for the reading list and pages read that week, and a Book Wishlist with a monthly wrap up and ratings for what I read, and some favorite quotes. I’m excited to fill it out.
My February TBR is currently:
- Darkest Part of The Forest
- IT by Stephen King
- The Diviner’s
- Raven Boys
- Interview with a Vampire
- Ink and Bone
- Finish the Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
-Hazelwood by Melissa Albert
That’s about two per week, we’ll see how it goes!
Guys!!!! We’ve done it, we survived a whple month this year!!! It was hard but we’re still here and I’m proud of us for that. :)
Rn, my head hurts so much because I had a MTBD out of a philosophy assignement I have to do but I had NO IDEA on how to start but I finally think I got a general idea of what I want to do!!! And I¡m really proud of myself for finally starting it even though I still have time.
Anyways, my grades are doing fine and I’m reading quite a lot this year!!! There are days I didn’t read at all but it was mainly because I was stressed due to having some rough days this past weeks but I’m slowly doing better and I know it¡s not going to be the end and someday it will get better so! I just have to keep trying.
I think I don’t have any tests next week and we’re having many trips and special events this month so I may be able to stay home some extra days!!!! Hooray for days off!!!! I think I enjoy being home so much more now that I’m back at school.
And guess what??? I really think school’s making me lose weight because I’ve lost 1′5 kg this month!! 0′8 kg this last week!!!! For over a year I barely lost any weight, but I slowly started losing weight ever since this summer and I’m down 6 kg since then, aprox!!! I also can fit now in some pants I wasn’t able to wear in the past!
There have been many awful days and moments this first month of the year, but overall I’m doing great and things WILL get better (or I’ll make them better). Looking forward to keep trying everyday even when I’m at my lowest and my mind will scream the opposite. Let’s continue to be strong this month together.