Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Since I've Gotten a Library Card

I had a library card before… Maybe 15 years ago? Then I had access to the university library…. After I graduated I honestly was too sad at the thought of going back to my tiny public library again lol

A few months ago I decided it was time to get a library card again.  And since then...

1. I read a lot more.
     It’s only May and I’ve already read nearly as many books as I did ALL LAST YEAR.  I also have fewer reading slumps because I am motivated by the fact that I need to turn my library books back in.

2. I take more chances.

     I read books I might not have otherwise read. Like “oh this one looks cute & creepy- let’s try it.”  

The Ghost of Crutchfield Hall
(And when I went to add this to my goodreads, I discovered it was the second book of hers I’d liked. So I definitely have to check out some more of her ghost stores!)

This is easier with library books cuz if I don't like it, it's not a big deal. I just return it. 
3. It’s changed the way I buy books.

     I’m not going to lie- I haven’t reduced my book spending too much since I’ve gotten my library card… >.>
BUT the way I shop for books is different. Before, when I would buy books I would go back & forth:
      Did I want to buy an old favourite that I didn’t own yet?

      Or did I want to buy a new book I hadn’t read before? 


Now I can focus on collecting books I really want to OWN. 
And I don’t have as many books that I regret buying. 

playing around w/ fun lettering a lot lately :)

4. I’ve made a significant dent in my TBR. 

     Like Percy Jackson! I have The Last Olympian checked out right now. :) I had been meaning to read this series for years but I wasn’t sure I wanted to commit to buying a new series.
(Of course, now I know that I want to buy every single thing Rick Riordan writes but hey.. )


5. I have real life conversations about books! 
     I talk to people online about books all the time...

goodreads, facebook reading groups, my blog, book tube etc. But in real life? not so much.. 
(okay, well I do still talk about books but it’s more like me ranting about how Morpheus is WAY better than Jeb while people’s eyes glaze over…)
HOWEVER, since I’ve gotten a library card:

  • I talk to the librarians about books I’m checking out.
  • I talk to people who notice that I’m frequently lugging a giant stack of library books around town…
  • I talk to my little nieces who now love going to the library w/ me and have discovered that one person, Mercer Mayer, wrote a lot of their fav books.

So who else has a library card?

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

April II: reading & blogging & gorgons, OH MY!

My April part 2 calendar journal is another one that I ended up doodling as I went along. 

One thing I really like about this tho, is that I can adjust the size of the days to whatever I need. 

With my pre-made ones I often finding myself either trying to fit A LOT in a tiny day square..
                 or looking at lots of empty space because I didn't do much that day.

The gorgon was a little rough draft doodle for a drawing I'm (still) working on.
I liked her enough that I thought she deserved to be kept :) so I cut her out & glued her on that day. 

How was your April? :)

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Favourite Books: Frankenstein

(1st post of a series in which I intend to doodle covers of & babble lovingly about my fav books)

MY Frankenstein... inspired by the book's description, apart from the colour of his skin... cuz I hate yellow..

I know that not everyone loves this book as much as I do lol

I first read it in a high school English class & I remember my classmates grumbling about how boring it was. 

Meanwhile, I read it in less than two days.  
(Even tho we weren't supposed to >.> The torment of being expected to not go on to the next chapter of a book you love just for the sake of a lesson plan? *scoffs*)

Frankenstein is one of my least favourite characters. (to be clear Frankenstein is not the name of the "monster", it's the name of the man who created him) 

I liked him in the beginning- when he was a young bookworm earnestly studying old alchemists like Cornelius Agrippa & Albertus Magnus with no idea that their "science" was hundreds of years out of date.  :)

But then he grows up into a weak, selfish, ridiculously dense man & I can't stand him anymore. 

 The creature on the other hand, is pitiable. He was made to be beautiful but turns out horrifying and is then hated & abandoned. Unlike the monster movie Frankenstein, he is very intelligent which just makes him suffer more.

He even managed to muster up some sympathy & affection for Frankenstein at the end.

And he quotes Paradise Lost!!

*sings* Who is the monster & who is man?