Life + Reading Update | May 28th, 2020

Wow, I haven’t posted on here in months. This is the longest I’ve officially gone without updating my blog since 2016. I apologize for randomly not posting however I’ve been active on my instagram so if you follow me there, you can get updates more often.

I guess the recent I haven’t been posting as much is because I haven’t been reading much either. When I do read, it takes me forever to finish something. I’m slowly making my way through Songbirds & Snakes by Suzanne Collins. I’m only about 200 pages in but I plan to read more tonight.

The bookstore I used to work at is closing and I haven’t had a job there since early March. I moved onto to working at Barnes & Noble but I unfortunately got laid off at the end of March. I haven’t gone back yet because our stores still aren’t open yet. I have no idea when it’ll open again. It’s been tough but I’m lucky enough to have my family here for me.

I also just went through a breakup that was hard. We had been dating for 4+ years and I’m not going to say it’s been easy, but I’m not hurt anymore. I feel pretty good about it, actually. The timing just sucks, though.

I was actually tested for COVID-19 recently as well and my test came back negative, thankfully. I’ve just been dealing with my asthma/anxiety lately. Because my asthma has been worse, I was recommended for both COVID tests. However, I’m very lucky my test came back negative.

I’ve been listening to a lot of music recently, as well as watching films here and there. I’m going to make a whole post dedicated to the films and stuff I’ve been watching recently. I hope you’re looking forward to that. 🙂

I hope you all are staying healthy!

 

 

 

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Little Update

Hello friends! I haven’t been able to post much over on here because my laptop decided to break a few days before Christmas. I’ve been so upset about it considering the repairs cost around $500 and of course, I wasn’t ready to spend that kind of money. Especially around Christmas. Thanks to my family and friends, I was able to send it in and I should be getting it back in the beginning of January.

I had so many posts planned for the end of the year and beginning of 2020 so it breaks my heart I only have limited time to blog. I’m writing this while I’m at work and I’m going to try to schedule some posts but I don’t have photos for all of them. I’m really hoping to get all my planned posts out before I get my laptop back so they’re all on time.

I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and holiday to anyone who doesn’t celebrate. If I don’t get to post before the end of the year again, have a great New Years!

 

I’m still very active on my Instagram for anyone who is interested! Here’s the link.

It’s Time to #GoIndie and put #IndiesFirst

Gooood morning, book people! It’s getting closer and closer to black Friday and the holidays so we’re all spending our money. But, are we spending it at the right places or are we supporting giant corporations who really affect the planet in harmful ways? I’ve always made an effort to shop at indie bookstores but I think this is the time where it’s incredibly important to shop indie. Shopping local is wonderful too but I know that many people don’t have indie bookstores near them. Fear not! You can always shop indie online at several online indie bookstores. I’m going to be making an entire list for the US and I’ll list it right here when it’s done.

In this photo you see above, I have all the book I’ve ordered from indie shops and bought at the ones near me. This entire stack! I might’ve forgotten a few but that’s fine because there’s still SO many. I am so proud to be supporting these local businesses and the indie bookshop that I work at as well. I have had wonderful experiences visiting indie bookshops out of my state (see this post here) and I’m so lucky to have ones near me that I love.

“Nationally, new stores are opening, established stores are finding new owners, and a new generation is coming into the business as both owner/managers and frontline booksellers. For the ninth year in a row ABA bookstore membership has grown, with stores operating in more than 2,400 locations.
And, importantly, as a channel, independent bookstore sales are up. Overall book sales across indie bookstores for 2017 increased 2.6 percent over 2016, with a compound annual growth rate of 5.4 percent over the past five years. And so far for 2018, sales in the indie channel are up approximately 5 percent over 2017. All of this is a result of the fact that indie booksellers remain a resilient and entrepreneurial group — and that independent bookstores offer a unique — and unparalleled — opportunity for the discovery of new authors and great writing.
While not every bookstore or community has seen this growth, the national trends are clear.
Because indie stores have vital and unique ties to their communities they serve as important community centers, connecting readers and book buyers more closely with authors, great writing, other passionate readers, and their neighbors.” (Source)

I often order from bookshops out of state online because so many indie bookshops do signed copies and sometimes even personalized copies! Many authors are willing to do this for their own indie bookstores near them (example: Rainbow Rowell and Bookworm Omaha). I have so many signed and personalized books because of this and I love them all so much. It’s so cool that my favorite author wrote a little personalized note to me in my favorite book by them. I’m going to make a list of authors that do this as well! Stay tuned for that.

But onto my point, I’m going to start doing A LOT of posts dedicated to indie bookstores and book shopping because I really want people to understand that if they keep shopping at big corporations like Amazon or Target for their books, these little precious bookstores are going to die. This is super personal to me as well considering the store I worked at was going to close. Below, I’m going to put an image of a very sad sign we had outside the store before moving. I’m a bookseller so I hear people say to my face they’ll just get a book on Amazon or that it’s cheaper online. I wish I could have Amazon prices at the bookstore I work at but unfortunately, we can’t afford to take a hit for low prices. But, we do try to lower prices with sales constantly so indies CAN be affordable and if you took a day to step inside one, you’d learn that.

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So many people are buying things in the holidays, especially black Friday, so please be aware of the places you’re buying from. Please at least take time out of your day to walk into the indie bookstore you might pass on the way to somewhere else. When you buy from your local bookstore, you’re putting money into your community and supporting it, helping it grow.

If you’re buying a book for your friend, try shopping at an independent bookstore. Bookstores often have so many lovely little gift items as well. It’s hard not to find something at an indie bookstore.

During the next few weeks, try indies first! I’m sure you’ll love it. 

If you want to take part in this little indie awareness thing we’re doing, use the hashtags #GoIndie and #IndieFirst! I’ll be sharing a bunch on my Instagram so make sure you’re following me on there for updates and more independent bookstore love! I have an entire highlight of stories if you want to see my past stories about this.
Here’s our Indie Bingo!

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If you want to order books to support the store I work at, please DM me over on Instagram! I can ship anywhere in the U.S. for free. I’m also wrapping books if they’re gifts ♡

Find your local bookstore!

 

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a Little Life Update

Hello everyone! I know I’ve disappeared a bit in the past few months but I just wanted to let you guys know what’s going on. I haven’t been posting nearly as much and I want to — it’s just been busy.

Let’s just get the big stuff out of the way first! I’ve been having really bad stomach pain the past month and I finally went to the doctor for it. It’s unlike any pain I’ve had before so I was worried. They thought maybe my appendix was irritated since it does happen on the right side often. I got a CT scan and my appendix was fine however, my lungs weren’t. They had seen a teeny tiny nodule on my left lung and decided I needed a full lung CT scan to make sure that’s what it really is. I went the next day for my lung CT scan and found out two days later that I actually have three nodules (or lumps) on my lungs. They’re not cancerous which I thought so considering I’m quite young and don’t even smoke. I was kind of shaken up by this because how do you not panic when you find out there’s things on your lungs that shouldn’t be there? Why are they even there? They said it could be from a lot of things but that I need to get routine CT scans every year to make sure they’re not growing. This is because if they are growing, they’ll start to cause problems with my breathing. They’re very small so I try to not worry about it but I’m seeing a lung specialist soon so still kind of worried. I have no idea why they’re there or if they even affect me already so I’m hoping I’ll find more out Tuesday.

Now, onto the other big thing that’s been upsetting me. One of my precious cats, Baby, passed away a few days ago. He had been struggling with his health for awhile since he had a category four heart murmur. If you know anything about heart murmurs in cats, that’s pretty dang bad. He actually lived much longer than he should have since we took great care of him and gave him medicine. Unfortunately, his medicine hadn’t been helping his breathing at all. You could tell it was hard for him to breathe and he was working extra hard to do so. He also has had seizures for the past year or so but they slowed down a lot after awhile and they didn’t worry us anymore. But, unfortunately, they started coming back and he had three in one day before he had to be put down. He started to pee himself every time and he seemed miserable. He wasn’t acting himself anymore and there wasn’t much we could do for him. His medicine stopped working and if we did an X-ray on him to find out more, he would’ve probably ended up on oxygen and in a hospital. It’s not the life he wanted to live and we know that. He was struggling so much in the end but it was still very hard to let him go. Losing a pet is so difficult because one moment they’re there and the next, they’re gone.

Now, onto the little things… I had to take the Fall semester off due to personal reasons so I haven’t been in school. I’ve been bored without school but this had let me read much more and focus on other things. I’m still working at the indie bookstore but I’m losing hope that I’ll have this job very long. I don’t want to share much about it but it seems like our store isn’t doing as well as it did before so I’m just praying that we stay open for now. It’s stressful working in a store that isn’t doing it’s best because you feel as if there’s something you should be doing but you can’t. I’m just a minimum wage bookseller with truly not much control at all. I just sell books.

I don’t have much more to update you on but if you wish to be updated more often, I’m way more active on my Instagram (@uponthepages). I try to post daily excluding Fridays and Saturdays. I hope to see you on there!

 

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Upcoming Reviews | 7/26/19

Hello everyone! These are all the ARCs I have to read into 2020. I will be posting a review for all of them and I hope to meet each of the deadlines I gave myself. I obviously might not post on each of these days but I plan to. As you might’ve noticed, most of these days I plan to post are a week BEFORE the release date. I’ve always done reviews like this because it gives me more time to read the books and it allows me to promote my review whenever the book is published. I’m also probably going to be reviewing more books but might not have the ARCs yet or it’ll be a review of some random book I just read. If you have any questions, just let me know!

  • We Are Lost and Found by Helene Dunbar

Release Date: September 3rd, 2019

Review Date: Most likely August 26th, 2019

  • Imaginary Friend by Stephen Chbosky

Release Date: October 1st, 2019

Review Date: Most likely August 24th (I’m hoping for this but it’s also a VERY long book so who knows)

  • Twice in a Blue Moon by Christina Lauren

Release Date: October 22nd, 2019

Review Date: Most likely October 15th, 2019

  • Infinity Son by Adam Silvera

Release Date: January 14th, 2020

Review Date: Most likely January 7th, 2020

  • Tweet Cute by Emma Lord

Release Date: January 21st, 2020

Review Date: January 16th, 2020

 

Where Have I Been? | Life Update

Hi! I know I haven’t posted in forever and I feel horrible about it. At least I have an excuse? I recently started my summer semester and I’ve been studying a lot since this semester is a lot shorter than usual. It’s also all online so it seems like way more work than usual. I’ve also been working at my new bookstore job and it’s been nice. The days are LONG and exhausting so whenever I’m not at work, I’m usually working on my classes or resting.

My mom also recently had surgery on her knee and I’ve been taking care of her as well. Along with that, I recently found out I have high cholesterol for someone my age. I’m literally nineteen and somehow have high cholesterol. I’m on a primarily vegan diet which is what’s recommended to lower cholesterol so I have no idea what I’m doing wrong. I’m going back to the doctor soon to talk about what I should do and see if maybe it’s hereditary? My mom has it too so who knows. There’s just been a lot going on so I haven’t had time to sit down and write.

I’ve just been so tired so whenever I have time to write blog posts, all I want to do is watch Youtube or something instead.

I hope to start writing again and perhaps I’ll work on a blog post tomorrow at work. I really miss posting and I have SO many ideas drafted. If you’re looking for content from me in the meantime, I still occasionally post on Instagram and Twitter.

Expect more posts near the Reading Rush! I have an account on there because I will be participating and I’m really excited.

I’ll have a wrap up going up tomorrow so look forward to that! I hope to post again soon 🙂