Reading Retreat

Screen Shot 2019-07-20 at 11.05.39 PM.pngYou know how people go on weekend retreats? Well, there is one for booklovers too. My jaw literally dropped and I was all “Yes, I need that!” (even though I technically don’t). From what I gather, a handful of people go to this farmhouse and just read, then talk about their books over dinner. Quite often one book is chosen in advance so everyone has time to read it before/during the retreat to discuss it together.

At first I thought, if you really need to get away from your family that badly just to get a little reading time in there must be something wrong. But then I realized you may want to have a romantic bookish weekend away with your significant other rather than you are wanting to run away from them. That children don’t comprehend “me-time” and how a little personal space is necessary for keeping one’s sanity. And bosses sometimes don’t get “time off” means you should not be on call 24/7. The world has got to learn we bibliophiles need to rejuvenate our energy stores through reading, so don’t bug us!

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Harlequin & Me

As some of you may know, I have been dreaming of working at Harlequin since I was a teenager. My grandmother subscribed to the books (and still does!), then would pass them on to me. Nothing else could keep up with my need to read! I adored having a love of Harlequin novels to connect over as it was really the only thing we have in common.

For me, the company had always been so reliable. I could pick up any book in whichever line and they would have the same aesthetic –good writing, good editing, good ending. It got to the point where I was choosing my books based on who published the stories rather than who wrote them. Serious branding skills right there.

I tried applying to the company shortly after graduating from my publishing course, but I just did not have enough experience working with authors yet. I did not give up hope that someday I would end up working in the editorial department there, though. I just put it off to gain more experience in publishing and in life. Now that I am heading back to Canada soon, I started thinking about where I want to live and work… and that is when I saw a tweet from Angela James saying she would be looking for freelance editors soon!

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Matchmaker Make Me a Match

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There are so many books and movies and apps based on finding that perfect person. We are a society of secret romantics who want nothing more than our own happily ever after. And among all those meet cutes and swipe rights, there are a few stories about someone else finding your soulmate on your behalf. Whether it is parents arranging a marriage, or a busy business man delegating the search, or just a really nosy friend who wants you to find love it all comes down to one thing: matchmaking. And have you ever wondered what it would be like to try out a matchmaker yourself?

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Resolution Update – July

newyearsresolution_stockAt the beginning of the year I always have good intentions to jumpstart my life and do all the things I meant to do the year before but never actually got around to. This year I plotted and planned and charted with the hope I would find a way to finally get things done. I now have a schedule, tick off my daily and monthly To-Do lists, and intend to use my blog to hold myself accountable and keep motivated. I have dreams and aspirations, so there is no time like the present to achieve them!

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Special Post!

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Today is a special day for me so, despite the fact I am sick in bed right now, I decided to celebrate in the only way I can. I will be posting throughout the course of the day, both here and in my stories on my bookstagram account jk.booklover  to commemorate the occasion!

I am going to start things off with a riddle:
Do you know what this scene from Miss Congeniality and the photo of a bookish tea party I had with Marie ( ramblingsofadaydreamer )  have in common? 

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Return of the Blog

Hello, my lovelies!

I have had a bit of a shock recently. A few months back an acquaintance helped me set up my blog with its own website, domain name, and all that techie-type stuff. I was slowly working on getting it as close as I could to how I’d always envisioned it, but then had to take some time away. I was not worried because I had all these posts and reviews set to automatically go live, so y’all would still get weekly content.

However, when I was able to come back to my blog, I could not find it. My website was just gone. My new logo, my carefully-crafted posts, its entire existence had simply disappeared. I honestly have no idea what happened and do not even know how to go about finding out, but I can only blame myself for not taking better care of my blog.

Instead of dwelling on it, I have decided to return to where my book review blog began and pick up where I left off… sort of. I still plan to post reviews of the books I read and hopefully write other thought-provoking content too, but I may make some tweaks and adjustments. So in all reality, there is a silver lining to all that happened. I now have room to reevaluate and hopefully evolve into something even better than I’d been.

Maybe someday my book review website dreams will come true, but I guess my time simply is not now. Thank you for your patience and for sticking with me all this time.

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Resolution Update – February

newyearsresolution_stockAt the beginning of the year I always have good intentions to jumpstart my life and do all the things I meant to do the year before but never actually got around to. This year I plotted and planned and charted with the hope I would find a way to finally get things done. I now have a schedule, tick off my daily and monthly To-Do lists, and intend to use my blog to hold myself accountable and keep motivated. I have dreams and aspirations, so there is no time like the present to achieve them!

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