The Reread Book Tag

Hey Bookworms! I was looking for something to do next, and I’ve been stumbling on quite a few, so let’s get started with the first one. This is the Reread Book Tag which was created by Brianna the Randomness Reviewer. Let’s get started!

The Reread Book Tag

A Childhood Favorite You Could Read 100 Times and Never Get Sick of it

Wild Magic by Tamora Pierce

I read this series in middle school which at this point being a month away from the last year of my 20’s, it is at this point. Any of her works I could read a million times, but this one has a soft spot as this one was my first.

A Book You DNF’ed but Would be Willing to Give Another Shot

Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson

I have DNF’ed quite a few books between this year and last, only a couple because I didn’t like them, more often than not it is because I wasn’t in the mood for them. I will put a tag on it for the library to borrow at a later time and return it for the next person to take their turn. I was on a fairy high and thought this book would have fairies like her last. It is my fault for not reading the summary, but I would give this world of magic another chance.

A Newer Favorite That You Would Reread

Dust (Heirs of Neverland,#1) by Kara Swanson/ Words on Bathroom Walls by Julia Walton

I chose books from this year and I will definitely be rereading these when I need a laugh or to feel less alone. I definitely recommend the movie of the second if you haven’t seen it I will include the clip at the end of the post.

A Book You Hated and Never Want to Read Again

Normal People by Sally Rooney

Now the tag line of it being compared to One Day which is one of my favorite books and movies is what drew me to this book as tag lines often do with comparison. Let me tell you it was not both of these characters were horrible, had no redemption arc, and honestly don’t even know why I finished it. Say What You Will is also another, but you can see why if you want in my review.

A Book You Read in School and Want to Try Again

The Importance of Being Earnest By Oscar Wilde

After reading The Picture of Dorian Gray and it not being my favorite, made me want to reread the lighter of Wilde. It is always something I think of when I need something light.

An Author You Would Reread Anything From

Cecelia Ahern

She is without a doubt the author I reread most, I reread one of her books at least once a year. They are comfort reads. My brain and heart always know which one I need at the time. She has gotten me through so much and I hope if I ever find my writing spark again, I can do the same for others.

A Series You Want to Reread for the Fun of It

Bloodlines by Richelle Mead

This couple is my ship and comfort all in one to accept the flaws in one another and help each other grow. I think I need them for inspiration this year.

A Series You Want to Reread for the Adaptation

House of Night by PC and Kristin Cast

There are a few adaptations that come to mind but since this one has been the longest since I’ve read it, when it does get a release date I do plan on rereading the first 3.

A Book You Want to Reread as An Audiobook

The Sight By David Clement Davies

I remember reading this in the middle school, and it is one of my greatest regrets that I never finished this duology. Maybe if I get them as audiobooks, I can finally finish it. One can hope!

Well that’s all for this tag, and it was fun! The last question was the hardest though because so many of my rereads lately have been audio books. What is something fun, if it’s not a bit of a challenge? Have you read any of these? Did you do this tag? Let me know in the comments below! Happy Reading and stay safe all!

First Book Review of 2021: The Witch’s Heart

Hey Bookworms, sorry for 2 posts in one day, but the more I sat here the more I needed to write this and had to bite the bullet and post it right away! I wasn’t going to write a review on here, but then I thought what better way to shove a book on people by writing a review on my actual blog? I haven’t done this in a very looooooooooooooooong time, so please try and be gentle, as I try to make this screaming fangirlness make sense among the mythology and other thoughts zooming through my head. So let’s get started and hopefully it will go okay.

First Book Retrospection of the Year: The Witch’s Heart by Genevieve Gornichec

 

Title: The Witch’s Heart by Genevieve Gornichec

Publisher: Penguin Audio

Publishing Date: February 9th 2021

Format: Audiobook from Libby App

Date Started: 26 February 2021

Date Finished: 1 March 2021

Rating: 5 Million out of 5 Stars (but GR only goes to 5 Stars)

Opening Thoughts

I think I ran across the news of this book from a Facebook ad, and from the second I saw the cover, it was an instant rush to the Libby App to put it on hold. It also pertained to mythology, so I know this book was destined, or at least hoped it would get me out of my slump/funk of a mood and God was I right. I was lucky that I didn’t have to wait too long from putting it on hold until I got it. Then the reading began as it dug it’s claws in me.

What I Loved

Can I say, everything? The world building had me traveling with Angraboda every step. It had you looking at these well known and even if you didn’t know them instantly and in different lights. This book shows you the truth of there is two sides to every story and even the characters history or myths tend to forget. Evil becomes good and Good becomes selfish, but it all comes down to motives that make them all alike. What drives these characters in there deeds. The LGBTness of this book and several characters makes me feel less alone. The stories and tales within the novel itself had me laughing in a way I hadn’t all month. Honestly there is so much I could say, but I don’t want to spoil anything.

This book is about perspective and I don’t mean changing between characters as it stayed with Angrboda. I also adored it stayed with our character but was also in third person. I tend to get tried of reading in first person and I think it is an overdone lately.

It weaves so many Norse mythologies throughout the main story, so you’re constantly learning without leaving or losing the main thread or story which is what the cover hints at.

I wish I had my own copy, so I could share my favorite quotes with you all, but I definitely know this is what I will be treating myself to for my birthday. This is a book I will be rereading again and again.

What I Hated

Honestly, other than the fact that it had to end? Nothing and it is very very rare that I say this. I wanted to cling to all of these characters and never let them go which I think was the main purpose and theme of this book to not let the legends, myths, and stories die, that we have to keep passing them on.

Final Thoughts

If you loved Circe by Madeline Miller, Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman, or anything by Rick Riordan you need to read this book. I just can’t express enough of what it will do for your sense of perspective. If you listen to anything I say this year, please let it be this. Read this book. It is amazing for a debut novel and I can’t wait to see what this author writes next.

Please let me know if you read this book, your thoughts sans spoilers if this review made any sense as it may help me get over my insecurity of writing reviews, and if you would like to see me brave my fears enough to write another. Happy Reading all and Stay Safe!

Book Talk: Reading Challenge Update

Hey Bookworms! It is now what is normally my favorite month when there isn’t a pandemic going on. It’s March, my Birthday Month, time to update you on what I read in the Reading Challenge last month, and what I will be reading this month.

February: A Book You Wish You Read in School

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

I feel bad that I wasn’t as in love with this as I was The Importance of Being Earnest. Although I do wish I had a physical copy as there were so many quotes I adored. There were important themes about conscious vs image and what you are willing to do to uphold one over the other. It just dragged in too many places and I zoned out too much for me to be in love. I will maybe come back to this book one day when I am in a better place mentally. February and last half of January were a bit rough, so I hope my favorite month will bring better vibes.

March: A Book Published within the Last Year

Written in The Stars by Alexandria BelleFleur

Now I really want to read this in March and it fits as it did come out last year. I bought this on audible, but my audible takes a back seat when my library books slam me all at once. Right now I have 19 books on my Libby app, so we’ll see if I get to it. I hope I do because my Bi Girl pride is a sucker for some girl love and I also think it is a retelling, which is my other weakness.

I’ll think of what to read for April once I finish the March read. Have you read these books, if so what did you think? No spoilers please. Are you doing in a reading challenge? Let me know in the comments below. As always, Happy Reading and Stay Safe!

Book Talk: Depression or Book Slump?

Hey Bookworms! I am back, trying to be consistent, but I am bit disappointed on not being able to do my Valentine’s Day post, but trying to move on. So onto the next topic that has been weighing on me lately. I dunno how long this post will be but just gonna let the words to come from my brain, into my fingers, and onto my screen.

So let me start off by saying that I started off strong. I read 19 books in total! I know I could hardly believe it either but I was trying to devour books as if they were the oxygen that helped me push through every day. I also wanted to read lighter with with some graphic novels as well. I miss them, so I was on the hunt for them on the library. That being said, some tough stuff happened, work wise towards the tail end of January. I will post more once I feel it is safe to do so, but with everything being so fresh, I feel it is best to stay quiet for now.

That being said winter is also always a hard season for me aside from Christmas. My body is very susceptible to the cold, so when it affects me physically it affects me mentally. I have still been reading in February, don’t get me wrong, I’ve read 6 in comparison so far (here is a link to my GR Reading Challenge to see).

At this point if I were to five up reading I could sink too deep into myself. The last few reads in a row though, I don’t feel myself absorbing or even getting attached. There is no couple I can cheer for, no one I can even grow to dislike. I am just feeling apathetic about it. At this point I don’t even trust my ratings.

Now am I in a slump because I read so much last month and 2 even making it to being my favorites? Is my brain making me have that degree of separation from that think that used to keep me in a somewhat happy mood. Another fun fact of when I feel like this, my brain is like let’s read ALL the books in EVERY format at once! Don’t worry I haven’t attempted it, but I did browse through the library and checked out a bunch at once. At this point I can’t puzzle it out, but trying to be patient and understanding with myself.

Anyone feeling the same? If so what are you doing to cope? Any tips? Please let me know in the comments below. Please also stay (especially those in TX my thoughts are with you all), and as always Happy Reading!

Book Talk: Are Book Groups Worth It?

Hey Bookworms, sorry if you are hearing too much from me this week, but I’ve had a lot of topics I have been wanting to talk about lately. So I hope this brain dump/ vent isn’t too much of a hassle to read.

As you all know we have been in a pandemic, so I have been trying to find other ways to be social especially when it comes to books, but recently. I’ve had a bit of a negative experience. Let me start off by saying this is a Facebook group for women, that I decided to join, as female friendship has been something I have missed the most as much as I adore my boyfriend there are things I miss having a girl to talk to, and he doesn’t read much.

Now, before this, I’ve been enjoying the group commenting on group on what others are reading offering opinions, and sharing what I am currently reading. I don’t spend a lot of time on the group admittedly, except for what pops up on my feed. Now a new member had proudly posted how many books she read last month and was curious to know how many others in the group have read? This reader had posted she had read somewhere in the 30’s, so I happily go to post I read 19 (at that point so far), and boy did I get caught up in the comments.

Some were mild saying they didn’t like seeing the numbers as it made them feel pressured or anxious, both valid feelings, but in my opinion, not exactly nice to guilt a new member with making others feel bad. The worst comment though on this poor reader was “she must not have a job or know how to adult correctly, or only be reading audio books” that comment was too far. I was completely aghast. I was so angry, I was shaking. Now, the original poster did respond that she is currently, working, and explained how she managed her reading.

What made me upset about this though is that the job comment was made in this climate of the world. We are in a global pandemic, in which many have been laid off, some have been forced to stop working due to medical implications or living with ones at risk and needing to quarantine to keep loved ones safe, their jobs that they felt would always be needed may have ended there is a never ending list. It is disgusting to read this ablest, bullsh*t.

Now, with my disability, I am contributing as best as I can to the working world. Although I know many can’t work in the typical way, or do a “9-5”, and I can face facts that this may not be something I can always do in society’s norms. It broke my heart that someone who did not know this person’s situation or life to make assumption.

The next part of the comment that bothered me is the “adulting” assumption. The fact that the typical assumption, is having children, living on your own, etc. This is also something many people cannot do or choose not to do. Some with disabilities, cannot safely live on their own, people in general may choose not to have kids or can’t have them. There is no way to determine the normal way to adult. For me it is living with my parents, paying them rent, saving up a future with my LDR partner, taking care of 2 adorable fur babies, trying to get my creativity as well as my self back, and figuring out what I want to do for a day job while maintaining my own mental and when I can physical health. Now don’t get wrong, I do get jealous at times of social medias images of adulting or seeing where others are in their journey, but my journey is only for me to decide.

Last but not least, “she must be only reading audio books”. If you have been following me for the last 2 years at minimum, you will know that audio books are my primary form of reading lately. Reading Audio Books IS READING. YOU are still taking in the story, analyzing, getting lost in words and worlds. E-books are books, even if you can’t get the new book smell. It helps making carrying all the books that your back or shoulders may not easily be able to accommodate. Paper and hard backs are reading which is the most classic way where you can get lost in the sound of pages turning, the smell of ink, and an excuse to wander book store isles.

Why in this day and age are we being judged by how we are choosing to read. We should be praising and encouraging each other for reading no matter how we choose to do it or how we find the time to read. It can be our greatest way of coping, facing, and escaping the hardships of the real world. Reading can save a child from hardships of getting away from abuse, can give teens an escape from the bullying they may face for 6-8 hours a day, it can give EVERYONE company in the current isolation in the world as we try to keep each other safe.

I don’t know if this post even makes sense, but I needed to put words to the screen. I am hoping this experience was a once off. As bookworms can tend to be those who may have been picked on at some point in their lives, bullying in a book group was something I least expected. Does anyone have a group they can recommend instead, or how to deal with people like this? Has anyone had or seen similar experiences? Please let me know in the comments below, this is something I dearly NEED to have a conversation about. Anywho, as always Happy Reading Bookworms, please stay safe both mentally and physically.

Book Talk: I decided to do a reading challenge!

Hey Bookworms! Hope you are all staying safe, it is blustery and windy here, so since I can’t enjoy the outdoors, why not blog? So, I decided end of last year, to do a reading challenge. It is something I have skirted for years due to fear and pressure. This year it’s time to face my fears, now, how did I go about deciding it?

Now I know the normal and most popular is the Popsugar Reading Challenge, so I thought why not look into it? And dang if my mouth didn’t drop, the amount of this list was unbelievable. Not only that, it would take a lot of research, I mean an author that shares my zodiac sign?! What am I supposed to do, hop on Twitter and ask who else is a fish (Pisces)??? Now not saying I won’t do some of these books, if I run out of ideas of what to read, but I feel my reading challenge shouldn’t take more work than reading the actual books, themselves.

So where did I head to next? Pinterest, anyone else, still sometimes obsessed with pinning? I found one that felt doable and most importantly, I found a friend to keep me accountable. One of my best LDR reading friends and a big sister figure who I adore, who has been there for me during all the chaos, Julia.

Since January has past, I will post, what I read last month along with some of my thoughts, and what I plan to read next month.

January

To Kill a Mocking Bird by Harper Lee

Now to be honest when trying to think of a book I read in school, I was drawing a blank. So, I texted Julia who kindly texted me some ideas. One of them was this, obviously, now this is a book that I didn’t read in school, and I figured since she read it in school it counted? I am so glad I picked this up especially with the climate of today’s world. This book shows that we haven’t addressed enough of the discrimination of the world, we may have taken steps, but if last year has shown us anything it is that we need to do more to make a change. The fact that children are more open to the struggles than adults are who often times choose to turn a blind eye is so important. We definitely need to do better.

Now what’s next you may ask, I thought about it, wondering about which books I was jealous of books that others read in school that I haven’t yet. I thought and thought and then I went on the path of author’s I’ve read and wanted more of. Who better than the lovely Oscar Wilde? Who’s quotes speak to me in volumes as someone of the queer community that had to stay hidden. Ding, Ding, Ding, I had a winner.

February

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

Now, I haven’t started it yet, as it just became available at the library and I am currently trying to finish this book before starting another. At least when in the same format, so if you all are interested, I will write about it next month, when I figure out what I am reading for my birth month. If anyone has any tips on how to find books that came out last year let me know as I am horrible at release dates.

Anywho that’s all for now bookworms, are any of you doing any reading challenges, what do you think of the Popsugar Challenge or reading challenges in general? Have you read the first two on the list? Are you doing a challenge? If so please let me know and link yourself down below, I’d be more than happy to follow your progress! As always Happy Reading and Stay Safe!

Top Ten Tuesday: My Goals for 2021

Hey bookworms, I am back! I know this topic was posted for a week or 2 ago, but I needed to write today, so why not start with this. I don’t know how many I am going to post or if they were be all book related, but I am gonna see what my fingers come up with. These Top Ten Tuesday themes can be found as posted by That Artsy Reader Girl. I am trying not to ramble too much, so let’s get started.

1. Get My Creativity Back

Now this may seem silly as I am writing this now, but it goes further. I want to create characters again, see the words flow out of my fingers, or even hear their voices in my head (yes, I know that can be a sign of other things), but I miss hearing them. I would even settle for writing a fanfiction, more poetry, no, I am not trying to pressure myself, but this was always the person I know I was meant to be. I want to help others find refuge as the same way these creators have helped me find in the past. My best Christmas gift was a subscription to Masterclass, gifted by my Tia. I am literally hanging on Gaiman’s words and I want to create, it’s just hard to know how to anymore. How to create? Question of my life lately, anyone else struggling with that, please let me know I am not on my own.

2. Get a Laptop of My Own

Now this may sound silly as I am writing on one currently, but this is mom’s chrome book, and it’s always different working on my own. The problem with that is the expense, and the guilt that comes with buying something of my own, but I don’t have the same guilt buying something just as expensive for others. My brain makes no sense to me, but I am determined to get past that even if it is buying it on credit and paying it down. The ability to just get on it whenever I want, always having it close buy.

3. Find a Job I Like

Now maybe this isn’t something I can accomplish in 2021 (COVID and having to only work remotely being at risk and living with my mom who is at risk), but I want to get on a path to a day job that makes me feel appreciated, that I feel doesn’t drain me to my core. I know writing is my passion, but can I as rusty as I am turn this into a career, am I ready to bare more to the world, would I be able to find a niche, or do I pursue going back to school to go into a different field? I know I always say age is just a number,but at almost 30 I can’t help but compare myself to my peers seeming to have found their purpose. It just seems to be a circle even if I don’t want the same paths they do. I feel like I am lost, when I used to have such a fire.

4. Read 100-150 Books

I read 147 books last year, and I want to definitely want to try to do better, but I also don’t want to pressure myself more. My current goal is set to, 100 on good reads, and as I am writing this I’ve read 17. I currently have a bit of free time on my hands and will post about that at a later time, right now I don’t feel secure to.

5. Read More Print

Now by no means am I belittling my audiobook reads, as I am currently reading one I am writing this. I adore that I can control the speed to read faster and have my hands free to do other things such as type, cuddle and chase around our new puppy. I feel bad that I have neglected my print books, whether they be E-books or Physical. There is so much on both shelves that I need to tackle, my concussion has long since healed there is no reason, I can’t ease myself back into them. Plus I have so many cute book marks that are begging to be used.

6. Read at least 3 different Genre Types

Now, I like most readers can be like Sheldon Cooper, sticking to genres I know and love, but one thing I am most proud of last year was how many different genres I read: contemporary fiction, historical fiction, memoirs. I want to keep this trend going.

7. Visit Another Country (Whether it Be Fictional or In Person)

Whether it’s in person to Canada again (although unlikely with COVID and committing to a 14 day quarantine is a bit much as much as I love my partner) reading would suffice reading a setting outside of the US. I want to be safe and the vaccine isn’t exactly accessible at this point. Hopefully they will work out the kinks sooner or later, so books are my trains and planes.

8. Get Back Into the Community and Make More Friends

The thing I miss most about this community is the feeling of belonging and having people I can go to. Talking of opinions even if we don’t agree and sharing recommendations. I just dunno how to step back in. Hopefully this year I can figure this out.

9. Practising Self Care and Not Feeling Guilty about it

I have had so many days even this month where I feel guilty for not being able to do much physically because my body is screaming for rest. I want to learn to be gentle with myself, asking for help when I need it, and not pushing people away. Also in this when I am able to get things back in order is getting medical and mental health help, see a dermatologist, a orthapedist, etc. I know it seems simple but it’s getting over my fears and accepting my body for what it is and not fighting it anymore.

10. Write More Reviews

This circles back to my first goal and number 8, but how am I supposed to be strong in my own writing, if I am not brave enough to voice my own opinions. I want to build up my skills again and be proud of sense of voice again. I want to help the authors that I read and part of that is writing reviews. Now I am not committing to a number as of yet, but I would be proud to at least do 2, whether it is book or movie reviews.

Well that’s all for today. If you do want to keep up with what I am currently reading as always you can check my Goodreads and Insta(plus my insta has cute puppy stories!). I hope you all are staying warm, safe, and well. Do your part to help us all stay safe if you can please, because those of us that are at risk are finding it hard to be apart from the ones we love. Did you do this topic? What are your goals? Leave me the links or let me know in the comments below, please. Happy Reading!

Top Books that Kept Me going in the Chaos of 2020

Hey Bookworms! I know I am so late to this party, but hence is the life with a new puppy and winter making it hard to function. Out of all the chaos of last year, the one thing I was … Continue reading

Life Update: Where Do I Go from Here?

Hey Bookworms! I am back and did the formatting on here change?

I know, I am not very good at this and honestly with the chaos in the world, I don’t know how to be. 2019 turned 2020 into a mess with COVID. I am honestly trying my best to push through.

I haven’t seen my significant other since last year November, my job is work from home which the positive for my body, but it is hard to have the degree of separation I used to have. It is also hard to work hospitality, when people travelling are keeping us apart, but I am grateful to still be working. Any tips about how to maintain the separation, not let the stress get to me, and battle the depression would be helpful.

Please drop them in the comments and I am also working on trying to make my work space more positive.

Sophie, my fur baby, went to Rainbow Bridge in July in a very traumatic way. t is still hard to cope with it, because she was my reason for getting up in the morning, so it’s hard to push through my depression and anxiety. It is hard to focus on getting through my day to day, let alone write.

There was one positive of this year which was getting my payout for the car accident I was in April of last year. It was enough to pay off what needed to be done, put more than half of it in savings, and get a few needed things. I am still looking into a laptop of my own, but I they have gotten super expensive since the last time I bought one in college.

I miss writing, but I dunno how to when I feel empty. I know I have said this a lot in the last 2-3 years. I want to write, I want to be a part of the community again, but I think I need to heal from everything that’s gone on. I need to learn balance again.

I have ideas, don’t get me wrong such as shows and movies I want to review/compare and contrast, books I want to tell you all about, but at the end of the day finding the drive. Please be patient with me, and if you want me to read your posts, please feel free to drop them in the comments.

I am still active on Goodreads and my wrap-ups are for the most part posted on Insta. Speaking of Goodreads, I am 2 away from my reading Goal of 120, and trying to not raise it again. I get anxious if I get too close and I will get even more anxious if I raise it and don’t meet it.

Long story short this year has been chaos, a rollercoaster, and I am trying to figure out how to get through. I got on here to wish that you all are staying safe, and to just say I am still here. Hope you all have an amazing week and happy reading!

Life Update: Chaos and the Coming Days

Hey Bookworms! I needed to write something and I didn’t know what to write in this fog of sadness and pain. This isn’t just going to be about books, but about my LDR, the weather, a few points about my cerebral palsy, COVID-19, but yes I will talk about books. Let’s get started!

Chaos and the Coming Days

LDR

So first off let me start off by saying today is hard. It was supposed to be my first day with my boyfriend. I work hospitality, so when at work I receive all the updates about what we’re canceling, borders that are closing, and travel bans. When we got the notification that cancellations were happening at least until the 14th of April (it is my weekend, so I haven’t seen any newer updates since Sunday).

I knew on Saturday, I would have to change my ticket. It hurt like hell to do because at this point I haven’t seen him in 4 months.  I was supposed to leave in 2 days at that point to spend, 6 nights, and 5 days together. The most time we have spent together in a while. Not to mention this is the first time in 2 years, we have spent a birthday a part, this is what hurts the worst.

While I have a new flight booked for May with a new flexible change policy, just in case. (I am so grateful for Westjet being so helpful and understanding). I am praying this all calms down by then. My family and friends are all saying at least you are both healthy and safe, but it doesn’t mean it didn’t crack our hearts open.

I am trying to remain patient and hopeful as this is what all LDR’s are built off of. I am sending my positive thoughts out to others separated by these closures. I am trying to find comfort and not jealousy of the couples that are currently together even when it’s hard, as this is what we have to look forward to.

The Weather, Cerebral Palsy, and COVID-19

This is probably one of the few times you’ll hear me talking about my CP because although it a part of me, I try to not let it define me. I also don’t want people to assume my experience with CP is the same as another person with  CP.  Like most disabilities and disorders it is on a spectrum and has different types (which is what I hope anybody who writes about this disability includes this notes because it can set false expectations and be harmful to those who are uneducated).

While COVID-19 is affecting a lot of people with different immune deficiencies, disabilities, disorders, the young, and people over 50.  Some people with Cerebral Palsy do have weakened immune systems, thankfully, I have not been one of those people. I have only been sick at least once a year in my life if that (not including allergies), and some of those were self inflicted by being a stubborn child by and not eating when I was supposed to, often times for a full day, or weather changing rapidly.

With this extended winter we’ve been facing (the groundhog lied…), my body has been paying the price. I have been aching and swelling for weeks as the weather is on the roller coaster it is and possibly having another disability that may tie into this pain (which I can’t get checked until Fall again). I am more afraid of how my body pain is affecting me more this year than it has before than I am of a virus, because I know my body can fight it. I know I am practicing the right things, and I am trying to remain calm, because stress and anxiety can weaken the immune system.

Work

I don’t tend to talk much about work on here. Thankfully I still have work, and I am trying to stay calm and positive again. Putting money in savings and trying to be diligent. I am sending all good thoughts for those of you who can’t go to work and I am hoping my work stays consistent.

Days I am Home

On my days I have off which is a 3 day weekend this weekend because I didn’t feel it was fair to go into work on my birthday this year due to everything that went on last week. I am spending my 28th on March 18th at home, with my family, cake, books, and a movie binge. I know a lot of us are worried with the actual libraries shut down, but there is still Overdrive and Libby if you have WiFi or data access to download when you don’t have access to either.

We have each other, this blogging community, our words to reach each other even when these borders are shut down.

Want to work out, look up exercises to do at home, when I am not in pain I try to move as much as possible.

Board games, so you can keep your mind going, video games, movies and books that will make you think.

Sing, get lost in music, dance, write a poem, if your mind starts to wander in the wrong way redirect it or at least distract it.

Create don’t let your mind focus on the panic as that’s when we become our worst selves. Most importantly be kind, try not to panic buy, to help others who need the resources. This is something I stick buy as I can’t always get out due to my current state.

We are all stronger that the remenants that 2019 is holding over us. I refuse to blame 2020 for this as this started last year hence the name. 2020 is trying to teach us to be strong, calm, patient, and kind. Don’t let 2019’s left overs turn is into scared sheep.

I am going to try and practice all these suggestions, and I hope you all do too. I hope this rant stayed somewhat coherent. Happy Reading Bookworms, stay calm healthy, and safe!

 

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