Month: March 2015

Review: ‘Q&A a Day’ five-year journal from Potter Style

(Disclosure: I received a copy of this title from Blogging For Books in exchange for an honest review.)

Five year journal 1

I think this journal has such a cool concept: it asks you answer a question each day, but instead of setting aside the journal once you’ve finished off the year, you start over at the beginning–recording five years’ worth of answers, so you can see how your feelings and circumstances change over time!

Five year journal 2

This is actually a very little book–it fits in my nightstand drawer–but it’s packed with so many interesting questions (who did you want to avoid today? on a scale of 1-10, how sad are you?) that will definitely make you think, and make you reflect as you compare your answers over the years. I really love the design too, from the detailing on the front cover (paper, not leather!) to the gold edging on the pages. It makes such a little book feel so luxe, and I’m really looking forward to writing in it each day over the next several years.

Do you journal? Do you have a soft spot for pretty journals (like me!)?

Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award from Em!

My bookish friend Em from Backlist Books recently nominated me for the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award!Thank you Em! The rules are: answer ten questions, then nominate ten other bloggers and give them a set of questions to answer.

Here are Em’s ten questions to start, and my answers:

What 2015 book are you most excited about? I’m really eager to read The City of Mirrors and see how that trilogy ends. It was supposed to be released last year and then it got pushed back. I’m also really eager to read A Court of Thorns and Roses–it sounds so good!

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Which blog did you discover recently that you can’t believe you didn’t know about? I can’t believe it took me so long to start following The Broke and the Bookish. I only recently started reading the blog regularly after linking up for Top Ten Tuesday and now it’s one of my favorite book blogs to read.

What’s the best book outside of your regular genres/topics/authors you’ve read in the past year? (You can extend this time-frame if you haven’t been reading adventurously lately!) I’m not normally big on memoirs or nonfiction, but I really enjoyed Full Body Burden. It was hard to put down!

Judging books by their covers: yay or nay? Oh hell yes. I find so many lovely books that way on GR.

What’s your favorite book-to-movie adaptation? Well, like so many other ladies, I really love the BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice. I think they nailed it in every way, especially in the casting of Mr. Darcy.

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Which fictional world do you wish you could move into? I think I’m pretty happy with my world. But I’d love to visit the Shire and the Night Circus,

Hardcover or paperback? Paperback all the way. They’re easier to hold and easier to pack around in a purse.

How many books do you read in a week, on average, and are you happy with your number? I read an average of one to four per week, depending on how much reading I do on the weekend and whether I’m focusing on one title or picking up several simultaneously. I would like to read more, but life has been hectic lately! Hopefully this summer I can up my number.

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Which books are on the top of your TBR list? Station Eleven, which sounds amazing (and Em was sweet enough to send me a copy at Christmas); A Dance With Dragons, though I’m putting it off until GRRM gets his butt in gear and continues writing the series; and the Mistborn series, which the husband bought for me at Christmas.

Because this is Backlist Books, which books published at least a year ago are highest on your TBR? Eep–I have so many! It’s hard to pick just one. I suppose A Dance With Dragons. I keep hearing rumors about it from friends but so far I’ve managed to stay spoiler-free!

 

Now, it’s my turn to ask questions! I’m nominating Katrin from Land of Candy Canes, Erin from Mini. Rebel, and Cait from Paper Fury to answer my questions…and also anyone else who would like to (I do always love reading your answers!):

  1. What book character would you like to hang out with for a day?
  2. Which book do you commonly gift to people (for birthdays, holidays, etc.)?
  3. Which book(s) have surprised you the most, in a good way?
  4. What’s one of the most memorable first lines you’ve ever read?
  5. What about closing lines?
  6. What’s your fave retelling of a classic story?
  7. What book(s) are you most looking forward to reading this year? They can be new releases or older books that you just haven’t picked up yet.
  8. Do you prefer standalone books or series?
  9. If you could rewrite part of a book you’ve read recently, how would you do it? (Change the end, alter a character arc, etc.)
  10. What sequel are you most looking forward to?