Book Corner, TBR

August To Be Read Stack

Hello readers!

You can tell which book I’m currently reading by the Goodreads widget in the sidebar.

I’m all about Kindle e-books. I’m a hard core e-book reader. I haven’t read an actual book in quite a long time and I find that when I hold an actual book, it feels large and clunky. I much prefer my Kindle e-reader than an actual book. With that said, I get all of my books from Kindle Unlimited – I rarely, if ever, spend money on a book – it all goes into the $10 dollars a month I pay for Kindle Unlimited.

So, if you’re interested in reading lesser known authors and want to save a ton of money in books, join me!

I rarely read anything lower than a four-star review. I stopped reading for a long time simply because every book I read was stupid, or disappointing and ultimately, a waste of time. (I feel the same with movies – haven’t watched movies, or TV, in about a year). I’ve had great luck sticking to this philosophy and most of the books I read are pretty good.

You can see my book ratings on my Goodreads account.


My goal for 2020 is to read 100 books – I’m currently at 60 – I’m right on track but I like to give myself a little bit of wiggle room so I want to get at least two books ahead of schedule. Also, I reserved a bookclub on Goodreads back in 2014 and have never done anything with it – I’d like to start doing something with it. So – if you’re interested in joining the book club, read more about it here and you can join here. The books we read are adult romance, mystery/thriller and literary fiction so you must be 18+ years old to participate. I’ve never done this before but have always wanted to so please be patient with me as I stumble through the process. I’d like to try and read/discuss two books every month, meaning you have two weeks to read a book and then post your thoughts about it. We’ll try and touch on theme, character development and of course, the overall story. The rules are on the group page. I’ll start by picking the books the first few months but I’m hoping when we have enough members to ask for suggestions for books and then randomly draw from that selection.

I’m a cheapskate and I ONLY read free books, meaning, Kindle Unlimited books. So if you’re not already a Kindle Unlimited member, I would encourage you to become one. (This is not sponsored by Kindle Unlimited – however – if anyone is reading this from Kindle Unlimited …hit me up!) I read from Kindle Unlimited for two reasons: one – I’m cheap, books are expensive and I can read $80 bucks worth of books per month for only $10 bucks per month, and two – I feel like authors on Kindle Unlimited are lesser-known authors and deserve a chance to be read and quite honestly, I’m more satisfied reading these books than I am reading “best sellers” so, win-win!

Oh, and feel free to friend me on Goodreads, too. 🙂

Moving on, here is my August 2020 TBR stack:

  1. Everything You Are by Kerry Anne King
  2. Daughters of the Lake by Wendy Webb
  3. The Cruelest Stranger  by Winter Renshaw
  4. Hide Away (A Rachel Marin Thriller Book 1) by Jason Pinter
  5. Virgin River (A Virgin River Novel Book 1) by Robin Carr
  6. Blood on the Tracks (Sydney Rose Parnell Book 1) by Barbara Nickless
  7. METHOD by Kate Stewart
  8. Side Trip by Kerry Lonsdale
Don’t forget about the Dear Reader bookclub on Goodreads!
Happy reading!
Book Corner, Books Read - Podcast/Transcript

Dear Reader Book Review: The Good Daughter

 

 

 

 

 

Two girls are forced into the woods at gunpoint. One runs for her life. One is left behind.

Twenty-eight years ago, Charlotte and Samantha Quinn’s happy small-town family life was torn apart by a terrifying attack on their family home. It left their mother dead. It left their father—Pikeville’s notorious defense attorney—devastated. And it left the family fractured beyond repair, consumed by secrets from that terrible night.

Twenty-eight years later, Charlotte has followed in her father’s footsteps to become a lawyer herself—the ideal good daughter. But when violence comes to Pikeville again, and a shocking tragedy leaves the whole town traumatized, Charlotte is plunged into a nightmare. Not only is she the first witness on the scene, but it’s a case that unleashes the terrible memories she’s spent so long trying to suppress–because the shocking truth about the crime that destroyed her family nearly thirty years ago won’t stay buried forever. Packed with twists and turns, brimming with emotion and heart, The Good Daughter is fiction at its most thrilling.

This is a story is about a family trauma. It’s about living, and suffering, through the decisions made by your parents and how those decisions ultimately shape who you are as a person. I have read Karin Slaughter before. I remember REALLY enjoying her work and I was looking forward to reading this story. Though I wasn’t disappointed in her creative approach to a story line that has been done before, (let’s be honest, is there a premise that HASN’T been done before?), I was a bit disappointed in the way she mapped it out


What I liked: The characters were unique. The father was lovable but flighty. He was super focused on his career and often put his career ahead of his family. Though that doesn’t sound like a positive trait, it was obvious that he loved his family and constantly challenged them and their intellect through his interactions with them and I admired his compassion for people, even though I thought it was a bit idealistic and naive at times.

Mom was a genius. She could have easily worked for NASA or some super brainy place like that but she chose love over her ambitions. Though I think she was a bit bitter and disappointed by her life choices, overall, she made it work for her family. I think, sometimes, super brainy people are perceived as cold and unfeeling when I feel like the opposite is true, in most cases. I think super brainy people feel just as much as us less-than intelligent human beings do, they are just better at controlling who is allowed to see that side of them.

The oldest daughter, Samantha, is nearly as intelligent as her mother but she tends to be a bit more human than her mother. She suffered tremendous physical trauma and I liked her determination to move past it and work on getting her body back up to functioning level. She also didn’t allow her trauma to define her and she worked very hard to go on to become a very successful lawyer and even opened her heart to satisfying relationship. I didn’t, however, understand her reluctance to have a relationship with her younger sister, Charlotte, considering everything she suffered through was done to save her.

Charlotte, the youngest daughter, suffered tremendous mental (and some physical) trauma as well. However, Charlotte’s method of dealing with the trauma was to put it in a box and never open it. Her psyche catches up her and before long, she has no choice but to look in that box and deal with the ugly contents. She full of sarcasm and grit and I quite liked her though ultimately her coping mechanisms were self-destructive and nearly destroyed her life. I could understand Charlotte’s reluctance to reach out to Samantha and build that sisterly relationship with her because Charlotte felt guilty for running and not staying behind to help Samantha though she knew, logically, it wouldn’t have done any good.

I’m also on the fence on how the author approached telling this story. It opens with the trauma, then fast forwards to the sister’s future lives before circling back around to re-address the trauma from their perspective. But it wasn’t really that, either, that bothered me. It was the re-telling of the trauma as it really happened. I couldn’t quite figure out why she approached the story this way. Was it to showcase the reluctance the sisters had with remembering what really happened? It felt a little deceiving to me though I rather liked having to readjust my opinion on the characters not once, but twice, before the story ended.

What I didn’t like: The think the author did such a good job of developing the sisters as interesting characters the she couldn’t quite decide which story she wanted to tell so she told both. I don’t have a problem head hopping, if it’s done right, but the author spent just a large chunk of the story following one sister that I felt I couldn’t fully appreciate either story. I think if she flipped between the two chapter by chapter instead of sections at a time, I might have enjoyed it more. In fact, she has so much material in this story she could have easily separated this into series circling the same trauma but told from multiple points of view. And it looks like she plans on writing more about the sisters at some point as she lists the book as “book one,” so it looks she intends to follow these sisters around again but perhaps incorporating a different story.

Overall, it was a good story, I just felt like she was condensing a lot of good veins of this story into one artery and it felt a bit clogged at times. I would have given it five stars if it hadn’t been so densely packed with very good multiple story lines in one story. Honestly, that’s a good problem to have for a writer.

What were your thoughts?

If you would like to find out what I’m reading next to discuss, please visit/join my Dear Reader group on Goodreads.

Book Corner, TBR

July To Be Read Stack

Hello readers!

I thought it might be interesting to you to see what I have on my bookshelf to read every month. I periodically post book reviews, (when I’m feeling energetic, not always) and if I do, then you will have an opportunity to read the book so you know what the heck I’m talking about.

You can tell which book I’m currently reading by the Goodreads widget in the sidebar.

I’m all about Kindle e-books. I’m a hard core e-book reader. I haven’t read an actual book in quite a long time and I find that when I hold an actual book, it feels large and clunky. I much prefer my Kindle e-reader than an actual book. With that said, I get all of my books from Kindle Unlimited – I rarely, if ever, spend money on a book – it all goes into the $10 dollars a month I pay for Kindle Unlimited.

So, if you’re interested in reading lesser known authors and want to save a ton of money in books, join me!

I rarely read anything lower than a four-star review. I stopped reading for a long time simply because every book I read was stupid, or disappointing and ultimately, a waste of time. (I feel the same with movies – haven’t watched movies, or TV, in about a year). I’ve had great luck sticking to this philosophy and most of the books I read are pretty good.

You can see my book ratings on my Goodreads account.


My goal for 2020 is to read 100 books – I’m currently at 49 – I’m right on track but I like to give myself a little bit of wiggle room so I want to get at least two books ahead of schedule. Also, I reserved a bookclub on Goodreads back in 2014 and have never done anything with it – I’d like to start doing something with it. So – if you’re interested in joining the book club, read more about it here and you can join here. The books we read are adult romance, mystery/thriller and literary fiction so you must be 18+ years old to participate. I’ve never done this before but have always wanted to so please be patient with me as I stumble through the process. I’d like to try and read/discuss two books every month, meaning you have two weeks to read a book and then post your thoughts about it. We’ll try and touch on theme, character development and of course, the overall story. The rules are on the group page. I’ll start by picking the books the first few months but I’m hoping when we have enough members to ask for suggestions for books and then randomly draw from that selection.

I’m a cheapskate and I ONLY read free books, meaning, Kindle Unlimited books. So if you’re not already a Kindle Unlimited member, I would encourage you to become one. (This is not sponsored by Kindle Unlimited – however – if anyone is reading this from Kindle Unlimited …hit me up!) I read from Kindle Unlimited for two reasons: one – I’m cheap, books are expensive and I can read $80 bucks worth of books per month for only $10 bucks per month, and two – I feel like authors on Kindle Unlimited are lesser-known authors and deserve a chance to be read and quite honestly, I’m more satisfied reading these books than I am reading “best sellers” so, win-win!

I’m also going to try HARDER to write my reviews after I read books. I fly through books so fast that stopping to write my thoughts feels like it slows me down, but I know there are some of you out there that like to read reviews, so I will try and do better. I did a horrible job on my May reads, i.e. I didn’t write a single review, but I think in addition to putting my thoughts out there for anyone interested in reading my thoughts, it would help me process what other writers are doing to help my own writing.

Oh, and feel free to friend me on Goodreads, too. 🙂

Moving on, here is my July 2020 TBR stack:

  1. The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson
  2. The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter 
  3. The Friend by Teresa Driscoll
  4. A Killer’s Wife (Desert Plains Book 1) by Victor Methos
  5. Devoted by Dean Koontz
  6. Come Homicide or High Water (Welcome Back to Scumble River Book 3) by Denise Swanson
  7. The Spider Heist (Spider Heist Thrillers Book 1) by Jason Kasper
  8. The First Mrs. Rothschild by Sara Aharoni, Yardenne Greenspan (Translator)
Don’t forget about the Dear Reader bookclub on Goodreads!
Happy reading!
Book Corner, TBR

June To Be Read Stack

Hello readers!

I thought it might be interesting to you to see what I have on my bookshelf to read every month. I periodically post book reviews, (when I’m feeling energetic, not always) and if I do, then you will have an opportunity to read the book so you know what the heck I’m talking about.

You can tell which book I’m currently reading by the Goodreads widget in the sidebar.

I’m all about Kindle e-books. I’m a hard core e-book reader. I haven’t read an actual book in quite a long time and I find that when I hold an actual book, it feels large and clunky. I much prefer my Kindle e-reader than an actual book. With that said, I get all of my books from Kindle Unlimited – I rarely, if ever, spend money on a book – it all goes into the $10 dollars a month I pay for Kindle Unlimited.

So, if you’re interested in reading lesser known authors and want to save a ton of money in books, join me!

I rarely read anything lower than a four-star review. I stopped reading for a long time simply because every book I read was stupid, or disappointing and ultimately, a waste of time. (I feel the same with movies – haven’t watched movies, or TV, in about a year). I’ve had great luck sticking to this philosophy and most of the books I read are pretty good.

You can see my book ratings on my Goodreads account.


My goal for 2020 is to read 100 books – I’m currently at 41 – I’m right on track but I like to give myself a little bit of wiggle room so I want to get at least two books ahead of schedule. Also, I reserved a bookclub on Goodreads back in 2014 and have never done anything with it – I’d like to start doing something with it. So – if you’re interested in joining the book club, read more about it here and you can join here. The books we read are adult romance, mystery/thriller and literary fiction so you must be 18+ years old to participate. I’ve never done this before but have always wanted to so please be patient with me as I stumble through the process. I’d like to try and read/discuss two books every month, meaning you have two weeks to read a book and then post your thoughts about it. We’ll try and touch on theme, character development and of course, the overall story. The rules are on the group page. I’ll start by picking the books the first few months but I’m hoping when we have enough members to ask for suggestions for books and then randomly draw from that selection.

I’m a cheapskate and I ONLY read free books, meaning, Kindle Unlimited books. So if you’re not already a Kindle Unlimited member, I would encourage you to become one. (This is not sponsored by Kindle Unlimited – however – if anyone is reading this from Kindle Unlimited …hit me up!) I read from Kindle Unlimited for two reasons: one – I’m cheap, books are expensive and I can read $80 bucks worth of books per month for only $10 bucks per month, and two – I feel like authors on Kindle Unlimited are lesser-known authors and deserve a chance to be read and quite honestly, I’m more satisfied reading these books than I am reading “best sellers” so, win-win!

I’m also going to try HARDER to write my reviews after I read books. I fly through books so fast that stopping to write my thoughts feels like it slows me down, but I know there are some of you out there that like to read reviews, so I will try and do better. I did a horrible job on my May reads, i.e. I didn’t write a single review, but I think in addition to putting my thoughts out there for anyone interested in reading my thoughts, it would help me process what other writers are doing to help my own writing.

Oh, and feel free to friend me on Goodreads, too. 🙂

Moving on, here is my June 2020 TBR stack:

 

  1. The Trade by Meghan Quinn
  2. All That Remains by Jack Hunt
  3. Punk 57 by Penelope Douglas
  4. The Art of Inheriting Secrets by Barbara O’Neal
  5. I Will Make You Pay by Teresa Driscoll
  6. The Other Wife by Claire McGowan
  7. Duke of Debauchery (Sins and Scoundrels Book 5) by Scarlett Scott
  8. Sorry I Missed You by Suzy Krause
Don’t forget about the Dear Reader bookclub on Goodreads!
Happy reading!
Bullet Journal

May 2020 Bullet Journal Spreads

It’s May, guys.

HOW IS THIS POSSIBLE!

I want an April redo, please. I feel like that month was nothing but fear and anxiety.

And Easter … where did that go?!

Anyway, here we are, in the month of May. And I’m still working on my Corona virus podcast because your girl has THINGS TO SAY. But I’m trying to keep it real while keeping it fair and I’ll be honest, it’s hard because all I really want to do is rant like a crazy person. *ahem* Anyway …

Here is my May bullet journal set up (or Bujo for the cool kids).

I’m doing the vision board thing. I’m picking out pictures from Unsplash that make me happy and putting a collage thingie together. (I send the files to Staples and have them print off the pages for me – it’s like ridiculously cheap doing it that way). This one sucks, but remember, I don’t have a crafty bone in my body so cut me some slack. I learned I don’t care for cutting around the pictures and haven’t done that since. Next month’s vision board page is better … but not much.

Anyway – I picked the proverbial May flowers theme because I have to get the cheesy themes out of the way first before I get artsy-fartsy. (Don’t hold your breath on it getting better, though). But then, as you will soon see, it actually turned into a sunflowers theme because IT’S EASIER – GET OFF ME.

I like flowers, I just don’t want flowers. Why? Because they’re freaking expensive and last for a week – I can think of 999,999 more things to spend my money on, thank you very much.

But I like looking at them – just don’t buy them.

Here’s my brain dump and step tracker. I think these pages turned out cute-ish.

It was my first time using the white gel pen and … meh, not a fan. I have to go over it about ten times for it to show up and then it looks like a child wrote it. Who am I kidding, that’s actually my handwriting.

I love these types of pages. I’m thinking of expanding the brain dump into a monthly thoughts page, maybe two pages, next Bujo because again, I’m using the Bujo more as a journal as opposed to a planner. Cause I’m boring and never have much scheduled.

I’m also going to start a sleep tracker next Bujo, too. I really don’t care much for the overall habit trackers that everyone else does – just mood, step and sleep is all I care about. I have to say, it’s fun coloring in the step trackers every month and it really does motivate me to walk more. (If I have more “not enough” categories than 10K categories? Oh hell no).

My calendar page. See that mason jar of flowers stamp? LOVE. I freaking love stamps, but not a fan of letter stamps. Wait until you see September’s spread – I used stamp letters and it really does look like a kindergarten project. I’ll get better … maybe.

I have mixed feelings on calendar pages. Again, I don’t really use them because I’m boring as hell and never really have anything to write in them so they feel sort of a waste. I’m toying with the idea of making full page calendar artsy spreads in my next Bujo and just making a small monthly calendar but the thought of planning a full artsy spread triggers my productive gene and …meh. We’ll see. I actually had a few things to add to the calendar this month – look at me – I’M BUSY – so that’s satisfying. I got the sunflower stickers from Hobby Lobby which was a nice touch, in my opinion.

The yellow highlighted days are days off – I’m taking one long-ass weekend off around Memorial day – can’t wait! We don’t have any plans and I’m cool with that – days off mean I’m not at work so WINNER.

Weekly spreads are still the same – I like this layout. It givers me room to write some thoughts from each day. The little squares on the left are to track weather. I think in future weeklies, I’m going to skip the “important” section at the bottom and make a seven-day weather and fasting tracker. Hey! I have a few more tracker ideas. I lied.

(And can we all just stare at the awesome watering can stencil? Cause I am …)

I have mixed feelings on these question pages. I type up a question/answer private message to be read by whomever is reading my Bujo, (after I’m dead, of course) and putting that piece of paper in the envelope and gluing it to my journal. It makes it bulky and that sort of bugs me, but I’m going to continue doing it for this year, at least. I’m not anything if not consistent … actually, I’m not consistent, evidenced by the spotty posts on this blog, but you know what I mean! Again, LOVE this stamp. I wish I had put more ink on it.

And lastly, a page for the many, many, MANY blog post ideas I have but never get around to writing/posting because I’m lazy. I tried to use that cute stamp again but I didn’t put enough ink on it and it was spotty and looked like crap so I stuck on some sunflowers to cover it up. Bask in my creativity, people.

The next page is dedicated to our 30th wedding anniversary which is May 26th. I haven’t colored it yet – I’m savoring it (nope, lazy again), and I’m leaving a spot open for a picture of me and Kevin. which I can now confidently take on my new phone! Yep, I finally caved and bought a new phone. I traded in my old as hills Samsung 5 for a Samsung A51. I like the phone so far, I haven’t even had it for a week (a Mother’s Day gift to myself) and I’m still waiting on my phone cases I ordered (which I wish would hurry up because this sucker is SLIPPERY – I’m going to drop it), but so far, so good. It has a pretty freaking awesome camera on it which I’m most excited about because my old phone had a crappy camera.

But I digress.

I’m currently working on my November spread. Yep – I’m that far ahead. And I’m already thinking about my January 2021 spread. I’ll probably stop working on this Bujo after I finish my December spread though because now that I’ve written my yearly goals in my Bujo and have only done two of about 15, I’m feeling the pressure to get some more stuff done. I want some check marks, yo!

Here are some bullet journal videos I’ve been watching lately:

I really enjoy Planning with Kay’s videos. She has a shop where she sells her cute stickers and I REALLY enjoyed her book spreads. I will likely buy these stickers from her at some point because OF COURSE, I have to make book spreads. Duh.

Also, I’m totally doing this Productivity Board Spread next year. DAMN IT, another tracker! (I would do this tracker sooner but I already have my 2020 Bujo planned out for the rest of the year and I’m out of pages so … )

But is this not the cutest idea?? And I’m guessing I’m a visual person judging by my motivation to do more walking when I see my step trackers and I’m thinking this would motivate me to be more productive, overall. Hey, it couldn’t hurt!

AND – I bought this cute reading tracker stencil from Erin Floto Designs that I will be using instead of my reading bookshelf next Bujo. The bookshelf is cute but I need more room to write the names of my books and this stencil will give me plenty of room to do that.

And – OMG – ANOTHER TRACKER IDEA. I suck.

And lastly, I really enjoyed this May plan with me video – I’m totally doing these mason jars though mine won’t look at cute as hers.

Happy journeling, everyone!

TBR

May To Be Read Stack

Hello readers!

I thought it might be interesting to you to see what I have on my bookshelf to read every month. I periodically post book reviews, (when I’m feeling energetic, not always) and if I do, then you will have an opportunity to read the book so you know what the heck I’m talking about.

You can tell which book I’m currently reading by the Goodreads widget in the sidebar.

I’m all about Kindle e-books. I’m a hard core e-book reader. I haven’t read an actual book in quite a long time and I find that when I hold an actual book, it feels large and clunky. I much prefer my Kindle e-reader than an actual book. With that said, I get all of my books from Kindle Unlimited – I rarely, if ever, spend money on a book – it all goes into the $10 dollars a month I pay for Kindle Unlimited.

So, if you’re interested in reading lesser known authors and want to save a ton of money in books, join me!

I rarely read anything lower than a four-star review. I stopped reading for a long time simply because every book I read was stupid, or disappointing and ultimately, a waste of time. (I feel the same with movies – haven’t watched movies, or TV, in about a year). I’ve had great luck sticking to this philosophy and most of the books I read are pretty good.

You can see my book ratings on my Goodreads account.

Here is my May 2020 TBR stack:

 

  1. In Bed with the Earl (Lost Lords of London Book 1) by Christi Caldwell
  2. Cross Her Heart (Bree Taggert Book 1) by Melinda Leigh
  3. The Star and the Shamrock by Jean Grainger
  4. Winter World (The Long Winter Trilogy Book 1)by A.G. Riddle
  5. Wall of Silence by Tracy Buchanan
  6. The Weight of Ink by Rachel Kadish
  7. She Can Tell (She Can Series, Book 2) by Melinda Leigh
  8. The Man Who Played with Fire: Stieg Larsson’s Lost Files and the Hunt for an Assassin by Jan Stocklassa, Tara F. Chace (Translator)
  9. In An Instant by Suzanne Redfearn

 

At the Moment

Stuck at Home? (Aren’t We All?) Bored? This Might Bring a Smile to Your Face

What the heck, it’s been 11 days since I last posted? I SWEAR it feels like three days ago.

Anyone else losing track of time with the quarantine?

Missouri has been on city/state lock down for … three weeks now? Honestly, I’ve lost track. I believe Kansas City / St. Louis / Springfield were the only cities in the state that went on lock down, the state of Missouri followed suit … last week?

AARGH, time is hard!

I also feel like I’ve aged ten years since this nightmare started, too.

Fortunately, I’ve continued working so I haven’t really had time to be bored, but I know a lot of people are not as fortunate so I’m sharing a fun YouTube video of the Eh Bee Family. I was going through my subscriptions and when I saw their name, I thought, “what are they up to now?” And of course, they didn’t disappoint. They are a cute family that do cute family stuff together.

Anyhow, enjoy this video of fun things to do if you’re bored at home during this quarantine. I’m currently working on a podcast where I talk about all things COVID-19 and how it’s affecting me, my family, and my job as a healthcare worker.

Stay healthy, friends!

TBR

April To Be Read Stack

Hello readers!

I thought it might be interesting to you to see what I have on my bookshelf to read every month. I periodically post book reviews, (when I’m feeling energetic, not always) and if I do, then you will have an opportunity to read the book so you know what the heck I’m talking about.

You can tell which book I’m currently reading by the Goodreads widget in the sidebar.

I’m all about Kindle e-books. I’m a hard core e-book reader. I haven’t read an actual book in quite a long time and I find that when I hold an actual book, it feels large and clunky. I much prefer my Kindle e-reader than an actual book. With that said, I get all of my books from Kindle Unlimited – I rarely, if ever, spend money on a book – it all goes into the $10 dollars a month I pay for Kindle Unlimited.

So, if you’re interested in reading lesser known authors and want to save a ton of money in books, join me!

I rarely read anything lower than a four-star review. I stopped reading for a long time simply because every book I read was stupid, or disappointing and ultimately, a waste of time. (I feel the same with movies – haven’t watched movies, or TV, in about a year). I’ve had great luck sticking to this philosophy and most of the books I read are pretty good.

You can see my book ratings on my Goodreads account.

Here is my April 2020 TBR stack:

  1. The Last Sister by Kendra Elliott
  2. Last Day by Luanne Rice
  3. When We Believed in Mermaids by Barbara O’Neal
  4. A Cold Trail by Robert Dugoni
  5. Protecting What’s Mine by Lucy Score
  6. Sweet Temptation by Cora Reilly
  7. Hopeless by Colleen Hoover
  8. The Neon Lawyer by Victor Methos

Happy Reading!

Bullet Journal

April 2020 Bullet Journal Spreads

It’s time to share my April bullet journal spread:

I went with the clichĂ© – April showers.

I actually got the idea from watching the hundreds of bullet journal videos on YouTube and it all started with a vision board. The idea of a vision board appealed to me immediately. It’s basically a collage page of pictures that inspire you or make you happy, or something you aspire to do or feel.

And after stumbling across Unsplash, a site that offers royalty free pictures, I was instantly hooked.

After looking through the photos on Unsplash, I decided April showers would be my theme.

I’m continuing to prefer an actual calendar page as opposed to a vertical calendar page. Though I’m tempted to do a full monthly cover page with a small calendar in the future because let’s face it, my social calendar is virtually always empty so it seems a waste to use two pages for a calendar I rarely use. I may try that option in my next bullet journal.

I found the cute, sparkly cloud stickers at Hobby Lobby and an idea was born.  (Though it looks like the cloud stickers are out-of-stock currently. Our local Hobby Lobbys are closed, which .. bummer).

Remember, my bullet journal is all about experimenting with different mediums and I really liked this picture of the woman with the red umbrella, though I wish it wasn’t as dark. I like how the red gives it a “splash” (see what I did there) of color.

You know what’s funny? I didn’t realize until I went back later to put Easter on the calendar that my numbering is off. GAH! Oh well, I’ll laugh about it … at some point. (Easter is on the 12th, not the 13th – see my note at the bottom? That’s why I chose the “it’s the little things” sticker – lol).

Here’s my April vision board. The woman with the red umbrella and the street lamp was actually one picture, I cut it apart and thought it turned out cool. I love the picture of the child stomping in the rain because it makes me feel carefree and young. I also liked the rain-streaked window because watching the rain fall relaxes me and it’s interesting to see how your world changes when it rains. I love this vision board idea and I plan on continuing this every month. I am not, however, crazy about the washi tape I stuck on there. I like washi tape, I just haven’t found a use for it yet. But I’m not giving up.

Again, I was playing around with pictures and though I really like the colorful umbrellas, I’m not crazy how bright they are when compared to the rest of the spread. I plan on making a rainbow spread at some point and using this umbrella picture would have been better suited on that spread.

Here is how my weeklies turned out. All of my weeklies look the same. I’m really enjoying this horizontal spread and I’ve been keeping up with summarizing my day on each one. At some point, I think I will make them bigger and do away with my notes at the bottom. I haven’t really been utilizing them at this point and I would rather make notes on my calendar spread than on my weekly spreads. We’ll see.

I think the step tracker page turned out cute, though my clump of clouds in the middle look an elephant with snot coming out of its nose. haha! I’m also really using my brain dump pages and I think I might make them two pages in my next bullet journal because again, I use my bullet journal as more of a journal than a planner.

And lastly, here is my quote – tell me this isn’t true!! Again, hate the washi tape element here. Washi tape frustrates me!

I finished my August spread today and will likely start my September spread tomorrow. I already have tons of theme ideas for upcoming spreads and can’t wait to start my 2021 bullet journal. I want to work ahead while I’m still enthusiastic because I know me and the novelty of this will wear off and I won’t want to do anything else with it for months. This way, I’ve worked far enough ahead that when the bug bits me again, I won’t be discouraged when I have to catch up.

I’m learning a bit more each time I put a spread together and I feel like the spreads are getting better, overall. Remember, I’m one of the least artsy people you’ll ever know so that fact that I’m doing this at all feels like an accomplishment to me.

I learn something each time I watch a bullet journal video so it’s hard to give you just a couple to watch here. Instead, here is a link to a ton of videos that will hopefully inspire you to do something fun with your own bullet journal.

Happy Journeling!