Planners vs. Bullet Journals

If there is anything that I’ve learned about bookish people in the past two and a half years, it’s that we LOVE journaling. And plannering. And coloring. Anything that allows us to express ourselves and be organized, and if we get to include books, all the better.

I’ve noticed that there are two camps. The bullet journal camp, and the planner camp. I’ve done both, and I am firmly in team planner. But I thought it might be fun to look at the pros and cons of each.

Bullet Journal

Pros

  • If you’re artistic, they are soooooo pretty
  • You get to have exactly what you want because you design every page!
  • Flexibility
  • Doesn’t have to be pricey
  • Pretty picture on Insta!
  • Improve your handwriting and calligraphy skills
  • Great online community
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The Versatile Blogger Award

So I was going through my large bookmark folder of book tags, and I noticed that I’ve been tagged for this one not once, but TWICE. Most recently Dani at Mousai Books, but also back in FEBRUARY I was tagged by Jayati at It’s Just a Coffee Addicted Bibliophile. Worse, it appears I *never actually thanked her*

SO. Jayati, THANK YOU FOR NOMINATING ME!!!! I am sorry for not thanking you, usually I’m not such a spaz. (That’s a lie, I’m just a complete mess right now. Blame grad school.)

The rules are pretty simple, thank the person who nominated you (check), nominate fifteen people (holy smokes!) and tell everyone seven things about yourself (yikes).


1. I like books?

Seriously, I hate the “tell us about yourself” prompts. I’m so boring that the only thing I can think of is I like books.

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Review: Carry On

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

Series: Simon Snow
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Maturity Level: 5
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Rating: ⋆⋆⋆⋆

Simon Snow is the worst chosen one who’s ever been chosen.

That’s what his roommate, Baz, says. And Baz might be evil and a vampire and a complete git, but he’s probably right.

Half the time, Simon can’t even make his wand work, and the other half, he sets something on fire. His mentor’s avoiding him, his girlfriend broke up with him, and there’s a magic-eating monster running around wearing Simon’s face. Baz would be having a field day with all this, if he were here—it’s their last year at the Watford School of Magicks, and Simon’s infuriating nemesis didn’t even bother to show up.

“Carry On” is a ghost story, a love story, a mystery and a melodrama. It has just as much kissing and talking as you’d expect from a Rainbow Rowell story—but far, far more monsters. 


I’m still not sure how I feel about Carry On. It was … quite different from what I was expecting. Sort of. It also sort of wasn’t. As always, I adore the way Rainbow Rowell writes romance. It’s like we’re soul mates or something. But I’m not sure I like the way she writes fantasy.

Warning, semi-spoilery, because I figure if you’re reading this review you more or less know what this story is about. Okay then.

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Ad Feedback Please!

I’ve been noticing a lot of ads on other blogs of free WordPress users lately. Like, some people I’ve always seen some ads, but the last few weeks it’s been a LOT. A lot a lot. In some cases I’m seeing ads upwards of five different locations! I’m not sure if that’s something those users are volunteering for or not, so I tried to check out my own blog. But I’m getting mixed results from using my husband’s various devices.

Would I would really appreciate from you guys is some feedback on what you’re seeing on MY blog in particular. I’m thinking about upgrading, but I don’t know that I want to that badly. $8 a month isn’t that bad, but since you pay it all at once it’s kind of a chunk of money.

If you’re reading this in the reader, do me a favor and open this up in MY blog please. (God, Katie, you’re just trying to boost your stats.) Fill out the survey below. And then, if you don’t mind, I would super DUPER appreciate anyone who would be willing to take some screen shots of what ads you are seeing and email them to me. My email is nevernotreadingblog@gmail.com

Now I’m going to type some nonsense, because I notice there are more ads on longer posts.

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The New TBR Plan

Making room for variety AND re-reads

I’ve posted a couple of times in the last sixth months or so about my rather bizarre current tbr solution. I found that when left to my own mood-reading habits, I tend to pick up more YA fantasy than I can actually put up with, and I read a lot of books that are all kind of the same and get bored of them. Any time I would love a book it was usually something sufficiently DIFFERENT from all the other things I’d been reading. So I made up a solution where I had to read one of each genre before I could read another.

It was a lot. I ended up with 10 genres. YA, mystery, sci-fi, fantasy, historical fiction, classics, and on and on and on. I really like this method because I was getting in a lot of variety and trying out a lot of kinds of books I hadn’t read much of before. It also forced me to read some of the literary fiction that had been sitting on my tbr for a while and not read because it isn’t as flashy and exciting as genre fiction.

The problem is, as I’ve been posting about literally all summer, that it left even less time for re-reading. When you’re forcing yourself to read ten genres, how can you possibly find time to re-read? I couldn’t.

So after some long, hard thinking, I decided it was time to reform.

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Sorting Hat Sunday: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

Lara Jean looked nervously at the barrier between the platforms. Margot had already told her what to expect, but Lara Jean was still nervous. It’s not going to hurt, she reminded herself.

She wished her mom was here. She shouldn’t be doing this alone. Margot didn’t have to. That was the thought that did her in. Tears poured down Lara Jean’s cheeks.

“It’s okay Lara Jean,” Margot whispered, pulling her into a fierce hug. “I’m here. You’re not alone.”

“How do you always know exactly what I’m thinking?” Lara Jean sniffed.

“That’s what sisters are for.”


Lara Jean

Lara Jean actually reveals her Hogwarts house during the course of the book, possibly more than once, so there’s not much for me to say here. Sorry if I’ve remembered incorrectly, but I also feel like this is pretty obvious.

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Review: In the Labyrinth of Drakes

In the Labyrinth of Drakes by Marie Brennan

Series: The Memoirs of Lady Trent
Genre: Fantasy
Maturity Level: 2
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Rating: ⋆⋆⋆⋆

Even those who take no interest in the field of dragon naturalism have heard of Lady Trent’s expedition to the inhospitable deserts of Akhia. Her discoveries there are the stuff of romantic legend, catapulting her from scholarly obscurity to worldwide fame. The details of her personal life during that time are hardly less private, having provided fodder for gossips in several countries.

As is so often the case in the career of this illustrious woman, the public story is far from complete. In this, the fourth volume of her memoirs, Lady Trent relates how she acquired her position with the Royal Scirling Army; how foreign saboteurs imperiled both her work and her well-being; and how her determined pursuit of knowledge took her into the deepest reaches of the Labyrinth of Drakes, where the chance action of a dragon set the stage for her greatest achievement yet.


This is the best Lady Trent memoir yet! It’s not often that a series gets better and better as it goes, but in this series each book has been better than the last. Brennan finally finds her stride in this one, having put together exactly the book I wanted to read.

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