A Word of Warning for Holiday Book Shopping

So if you follow any indy book stores on Twitter, TikToc, or Facebook, you have probably already heard.

But if you don’t, this one is for you.

It would seem that due to the supply issues that will be plaguing the world this holiday season, book suppliers are anticipating a shortage on books.

Alas, it is true.

What does this mean for you?

Well, if you pre-order now? Not a whole lot. You might get those books on time and have them for your Christmas Book hauls.

But if you wait…well…you may be waiting for longer if the stock runs out at your favorite store.

And yes, this dire warning includes Amazon. I’ve already received a notice from them about a shipping delay regarding a book I pre-ordered a month and a half ago.

Personally, I’m making a list of books I want now, and having my family order them for me early so as to get the books I want in time for the holidays.

I’m making a list of upcoming releases through the end of the year so you can get to pre-ordering now. It should be up within a few weeks.

And just to be more of a debbie downer, this applies to more than just books. It also applies to things like Legos!

So run to your favorite indy book store, head to Barnes and Noble, log into Amazon. Pre-order those books people!

Monthly Wrap Up August 2021

Huzzah! We survived another month of sweltering heat temperatures here in Texas.


Also, I hope everyone who is in the path of Hurricane Ida is safe and secure. You’re in my prayers.

Today we do as usual, and make a nice list of all the posts in August.

Every Book I Read July 2021: Why is it that the only thing I can ever think of saying here is “it is what it says on the tin”?

TTT-Titles or Covers That Made Me Want to Read/Buy the Book: This was my very first Top Ten Tuesday. And I have loved doing them.

WWW Wednesday-August 4th!: Looking back at what I was reading at any given time is awesome. And WWW Wednesday helps with that. I am definitely not doing this every week. Cause reasons.

Every Book I Bought In July 2021: This is a list of all the books I bought in July. Wait until you see August’s list.

A Month of Myths-An August 2021 TBR: I set a themed TBR this month. Stay tuned to see how I did. Spoiler alert, not well.

Every New Release I Want-August 2021: I had fun searching the interwebs for the newest of new releases this month. It always brings me joy.

Souless-A Book Review: I reviewed one book this month. And I loved it!

TTT-Favorite Places to Read: I made of list of, shocker, my favorite places to read. One of them was the beach? I hate the beach. What was I thinking?

Book Series I need to Finish: I might have a problem not completing series once I start them. Too many books come out, okay!

Anything But Books Tag: This is a post where you learned a little bit about me, and not about books. Mostly it was an excuse to talk about Gargoyles and SG-1.

TTT for Aug 24-Books I Wish I Could Read Again For the First Time: Ah, to start all over again with a beloved book. That was the point of this post.

And there you have it! All the posts I posted in August! Which was your favorite?

TTT-Favorite Places to Read

Hooray! It’s Tuesday!

After skipping last weeks option, which is secondary characters that deserved more love (I swear I sat down to do it and my mind just went blank), I figured it was time to get back to it with this weeks list.

A list of favorite places to read.

But what is the TTT, you may ask?

“Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.”

On to the list!

1.My Comfy Couch.

This is my favorite spot in the whole house. I can sit and watch TV, read, embroider, read, cuddle with my cat, read. I do an awful lot of reading in this spot. Also, I put my TBR cart right next to it so if I need a book I can just reach over and grab one.

2.The Airplane

I traveled a lot more pre-Covid, and once I got my vaccine I’ve travelled quite a bit since then. But the airplane has always been one of my favorite places to read. Mostly because reading on a plane gets my undivided attention. It also makes flying a little more bareable.

3.In Line

So this is a weird one. And pre-pandemic I did this a lot. I would end up in a long line at the grocery store or somewhere, and be bored. I started having a book on my kindle app just for this purpose. I would only get a few pages in at a time, so some may say this one is weird, but it works for me.

4. On the Beach

Now, anyone who has actually met me knows that I dislike the beach, on account of how my fair skins burns like a lobster in a pot in 5 minutes flat. The only thing that makes the beach bearable, besides sunscreen and a jaunty hat, is a good book. Okay, so maybe this isn’t a favorite place, but it’s a place where you can always find me with a book. Always.

5. In A Hotel Room

Trips are often hectic times with lots of stuff planned to do, but when you get back to your hotel, winding down is important after such a busy day. That’s when I pull out the Kindle and read for a little while. Kindles are great for trips, aren’t they?

6.My Bed

Well, this had to come up eventually, didn’t it? I mean, we knew it was going to happen. Reading in bed is my way to relax my brain after the long day of reading I’ve been doing. I can’t sleep if I haven’t read something whilst tucked in.

7. In the Salon Chair

I dye my hair lots of fun colors. It’s been purple since December and that’s probably going to change soon. But a great way to pass the time while my color is processing is by reading. This goes back to having a book on my phone at all times. It really helps and I highly recommend it.

8. In the Chair at My Mother’s House

Sorry folks, no picture of this one, as I am not currently in Florida to get one. But I will tell you, this recliner is so comfy. And it’s got a good sized table beside it for snacks and beverages. Always a plus.

9. The Lanai at My In Laws House

I’m sorry, but look at that view. That’s the view from my In-Laws back patio. I will forever love taking a book out there. They have such cozy chairs too.

10. Pretty Much Anywhere I Am

Is this one a cop out? No, I don’t think so. I’m happy to read anywhere. In the car going somewhere, at someone else’s house, on the moon…with Steve. If you get that last one, we can be friends. In short, I’m happy to plop down anywhere there is space for some book reading. Aren’t you?

Where do you like to read most?

Bookish T-Shirts

So I stumbled down a rabbit hole on the internet recently. It was inspired by the t-shirt I’m wearing now.

It’s by teeturtle and I love it so much. It’s comfy and soft and oh so cute. But I got it a few years ago and I was just curious to see if they still had it.

Because of reasons.

That totally make sense.

If you’re me.


Anyway, that inspired me to write this post. My favorite bookish t-shirts. Because we all could use something comfy to wear.

I love this design, found on the Teeturtle website. We both have purple hair! Yes, I will be buying this next month.

I don’t know why, but I feel personally attacked by this one. I found it on ETSY.

This is true. I mean, my mom used to just drop me off at the library and was not at all surprised to find me with a giant stack of books that I wanted to check out. I was always a reader. Maybe I should pick this shirt up too. It’s from Out of Print.

But why is it true though? The hubs will be sound asleep and here I am at 4 in the morning reading something on my tablet. This one is from Society 6.

I love a good Doctor Who quote. This just happens to be one of my favorites. This shirt is from Tee Fury.

Does anybody else remember Book It? When I was a kid I loved that program! Good news! They brought it back this year and are enrolling now! Also, you can find this shirt here, on Amazon.

And there are a few of the dozens of amazing book related t-shirts I found!

100th Blog Post!

It’s my 100th Blog Post!

Huzzah! Hooray!

Holy cow.

There were a few days (months really) were I didn’t think the blog was gonna last this long. For reals though.

I started this blog as a way to write about anything and everything that crossed my mind.

In the early days I wrote about my cat. I mean look at how cute she is!

Or about a cup of tea. Yes, I really wrote an entire blog post about a cup of tea. What? I love tea. Don’t tell me you don’t love cuddling up with a cup of tea and a good book.

Okay, so maybe you like coffee and a good book. I’m not gonna judge you.

Let’s not forget the fabulous girls weekend in New Orleans. That was a good time. I miss those ladies.

I also wrote about the first time I made my family’s sacred chicken and dumplings recipe after my dad died last year. That was a healing experience for me.

Then I wrote my very first book review and got bit by a bug that just wouldn’t go away. Hello The Power. Spoiler alert, I wasn’t really a fan of this book.

I got really excited to join my first book club this year. So much so that I decided to write about it. We read the Princess Bride!

I started a little plant menagerie. One the plants has since died. But most of them are alive, and that’s all that matters here!

We cancelled our trip to Disney because of Covid-19. While it was the responsible thing to do, it still hurt my heart to do it.

I started playing Animal Crossing in April, wrote about it in July, and have still managed to play every day since. I’m not saying I have a problem, but I just flattened my island to redo it…again.

Then I read a book a day in August to get my reading engine kickstarted. It worked. Cause now I have a book blog.

I started review books with more regularity. Like, for example, Legendborn by Tracy Deonn.

I also decorated the front room of our house with books. Because how could you not use books everywhere?

The Hubs and I did end up going to a quaint B&B for our 40th birthdays this year. Twas fun.

And then I reviewed on of my favorite books in a long time, The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab. Yes, it’s safe to say I loved this book.

I really have enjoyed blogging over these last two years and I’m excited to see where the next two years will take me. I loved that I have evolved into a book blog, as books really are one of my passions in life. They bring me loads of joy. What blog posts have you enjoyed?

Well That Didn’t Take Long

Well, I did it.  I changed my mind.

About what, you may ask?

The wall!  I changed my mind about the wall!

If you’ll recall from this post, I really wanted to paint.  Specifically, this wall in my house.


I felt my home really needed an accent wall, but I was going to do my best to wait until the pandemic was over.

Then I got an itch.  And I needed to do something!  So I went out and bought paint samples for the two colors I liked best.


But as time has passed and I lived with the colors, I came to a very different conclusion.

I don’t actually like either one of them for this room!

Yup.  They gotta go.  It didn’t take too long.  I noticed after about a week that the colors weren’t quite what I wanted, and they pretty much stayed that way.

It also doesn’t help that both colors made me want to paint the rest of the rooms that the wall is visible from, i.e. the kitchen and the dining room. That’s a no go.  I know I have the time, but that’s a lot of work and I have very high ceilings.


So it’s back to the drawing board.  I still want to paint that wall, I just have to find a different color for it.  More researching on the internet for me!

When the “Worst” Thing Happens

Okay, so not the worst, worst thing.  But still.

The worst thing happened!

My Nintendo Switch died!

I should maybe explain that I started playing Animal Crossing: New Horizons recently.  I had never played an Animal Crossing game before.  I found it highly entertaining.  I played, according to my Switch before it died, for 125 hours or more.   Not to mention the hours I had put into my replay of Breath of the Wild.

Then on Saturday, I put my Switch to sleep to go make dinner, and it didn’t want to wake back up.

I did everything I could to bring it back.  I even called my husband down to come and look at it.

Nothing worked.  It was well and truly dead.


My husband did have one minor solution though.  See, we are a two switch household.  We discovered a while ago that we both like playing Switch game and taking it on trips and the like.  So two Switches quickly became a necessity in our lives.

The hubs just suggested I use his until we could send mine off to Nintendo for repairs.  Which will be a while, since the repair center is closed due to Covid-19, as it should be.

With the hubs’ great sacrifice, I was off!

I did have to start the game all over again, but I learned from the last time I played.  What took me almost two weeks to do last time, took me a day and a half to do this time.

I’m trying hard not to do things the same way.  I picked a different roof color for my house, for example.  And of course, the island is different.  And I got all new villagers, which is great, though I did like my old villagers.

Oh!  And because I had gotten Nintendo Switch Online, I didn’t lose all my gameplay for Breath of the Wild!  Still wish you could back your Animal Crossing island up though!


When Life Has Got You Down

Well hello!

Mental health check!  How are you?

Me, I’m on a mild downswing with my bi-polar disorder.  For me, that means mild depression.  Oh joy.

I say mild because that’s what it is.

I find myself having a lack of desire to do things other than sitting around my house playing Animal Crossing.  And I only want to do that because it involves just sitting around my house!

I’m having trouble falling asleep at night and then, in the morning, I’m having trouble waking up!  That’s what you call a no-win situation. It’s because of the lack of sleep the night before leads to a desire to sleep in, but the alarm I set to try and wake myself up every day says no.  Bother.

This week I told myself I was going to start doing things.  I know, doing things won’t snap me out of my depression, nor do I expect it to, but my house won’t clean itself.

When I looked at the idea of cleaning my house it felt too daunting, so I skipped doing something on Monday.

On Tuesday I told myself that I was going to clean the master bathroom.  That didn’t happen.  It felt like an insurmountable task.  Like Sisyphus and his boulder.

Then, on  Wednesday, I decided to try something different.  If the idea of cleaning a whole room felt too huge, why not just clean part of it.

So I cleaned the shower.

Finally, a win!

I did something.

Thursday, I woke up early and met with my psychiatrist.  He doesn’t recommend changing my medication at this time, because, like most people, my change of mental state can be directly related to the chaos caused by Covid-19, even though my day to day life hasn’t changed much.

So for now, I just have to remember to be not to harsh with my self when I find it hard to get out of bed and to practice good self-care.

Oh, and lots of cuddles with this one.



Happy Star Wars Day!

May the 4th be with you!

I love that pun.  nevermind that it is a very clever marketing tool to get Star Wars fans everywhere to buy new merch and watch the movies.  It totally works.

I mean, I woke up this morning to buy a pair of Star Wars Minnie ears from Disney for my upcoming trip only to find out that they were more than I was willing to pay for something I was only going to wear once.  $80 for a pair of Minnie ears Disney?  Really?

They were cute though.

Droid Ear Headband by Ashley Eckstein for Her Universe – Star Wars – Limited Release

It may be a day for merch, but it’s also a day for nostalgia.

See, my first memories of Star Wars are shared with my father.  He was the first person I saw the original trilogy with.  And I’m not gonna lie, after the last movie, Rise of Skywalker, I may have cried in the theater as the credits were rolling because I wasn’t able to share this final movie with him.

It was bittersweet.

So today, I’ll watch that original trilogy.  I’ll celebrate all things Star Wars.  I’ll remember my dad and the times we spent watching the movie together.

Today, I will be unapologetically nerdy.  Just the way May the 4th is supposed to be.