Reading Stats For the Year Thus Far . . .

Wow, can you believe it’s June already? We’ve officially arrived at the sixth month of the year. Seems a good and proper time to discuss how 2019 has been going so far in the realm of books.

At the beginning of the year I knew I wanted to shift my focus to writing, and so I set my reading goal much lower than usual. The ultimate goal was to restrain my inner book worm this year and finish the year off at just 25 books/graphic novels. Well, with over half the year to go I’m already at 20, so ya see how well THAT plan’s going. 😉

So, let’s talk about the books/comics I’ve enjoyed (definitely some more than others) so far in 2019.

I’d say my favorite books I’ve read this year so far go as follows:

Favorite (Fiction) Novel So Far: Howl’s Moving Castle, by Diana Wynne Jones

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I gave this one 5 out of 5 stars. I loved the whimsical and light feel to it, and although I don’t often re-read books, this is one I could see myself one day re-reading. I enjoyed the author’s writing style very much and the sass of the main character. Witches, wizards, fire demons, hat shops and more come together in this enchanting story about a girl who is forced out of her comfort zone by a witch’s curse.

Favorite (Nonfiction) Novel So Far: The Knife Man, by Wendy Moore

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I recently played hostess for the book club I’m in, so I brought a healthy dose of books about true crime, disturbing history and the like to the table to be voted on. The winning book was The Knife Man: Blood, Body Snatching, and the Birth of Modern Surgery and it was both informative and disgusting. You can definitely expect a review for this one in the near future. 🙂

Favorite Graphic Novel So Far: Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

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I enjoyed volume 1 in the beginning of the year, but I just recently got to enjoy the collection of issues 6-8, “Monster-Sized” sort of mini-trade. (I guess there’s been some issues with getting the official second volume out according to my trusted comic book shop lady.) Expect an official review of it soon!

Books That Were Re-Reads: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

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This one was a buddy re-read with Cupcakes and Machetes. Just as fun and enchanting the second time around. ❤

Some of my latest reading choices have come courtesy of recommendations by you guys, so I have to give some shout outs for great suggestions to the following blogging buddies:

Suggestion from Precinct1313:

The Coffin Hill series. Great recommendation! I heeded their advice and snagged all 3 volumes. It was a spooky good time with great artwork.

Suggestion from Virtuanaut:

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Rick Remender’s Deadly Class was another solid recommendation. 🙂 I had found a copy at a re-sale book shop after discussing it briefly with Virtuanaut a while back so I made sure to pick it up. I waited until after I watched season 1 of the show and then gave it a read. I enjoyed it and would absolutely like to continue reading the series! 😀

Suggestion from Cupcakes and Machetes:

Both Moon Called and The Iron Druid Chronicles series came as recommendations from my #1 book pusher, C&M. This girl knows what I like, so if she says read it, I fully intend to do just that (even if it sometimes takes me forever to get around to finally doing it!) 😉

Well, that’s it for my 2019 (so far) Reading Stats post. How’s your year in reading been going so far? What has been your top read so far this year? 🙂

 

 

 

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Magnolias and a New Greenhouse

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Woo! It’s Magnolia Season, guys! ❤ I absolutely love when these beauties come into bloom. I think that’s the point when spring finally actually begins to feel like spring to me. 🙂 Yesterday was a cool and sunny day so it was the perfect time to really get going on the yard. It’s a lot of work, but ultimately it’s pretty rewarding. Aaaand a friend from work came over and helped me build my first ever personal greenhouse so I’m very excited to get that going!

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It’s tall enough for me to stand in (though I think too short for Mr. Moth to stand in without having to stoop a little) and has 6 shelves. I can’t wait for us to go and pick up some starter plants. Leaf lettuce, here we come! 😀

I’m still learning as I go with all this yard/gardening work. It’s our second spring in our first house, so last year I was mostly seeing what came up where and how it did, so this year I think I have a more solid game plan of how to care for everything and what I need to fix. This year I think I’m going to be doing a fair amount of transplanting, especially with my hostas and peonies. Maybe even my hydrangeas, but time will tell on that. I just want to make sure I do all of this when it’s best for those individual plants.

How about you guys? Got any big greenhouse or gardening projects currently in the works? 🙂 Any suggestions for what to grow in the new greenhouse? (The easier to care for the better!) Haha 😛

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I hear shaking your butt when you garden helps nurture the plants better.

Lost and Found

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Phew, looks like it’s time to clear out some of the dust and cobwebs from this little old blog! It’s been over a month since my last post. Life has been hectic (which I’m coming to realize is just kind of my norm anymore) and I’ve been in a weird funk adjusting to some major changes in my day to day life. Anyway, I won’t bore ya with the details, but I will say it’s good to be back. ❤ Special thanks to my partner in crime (Cupcakes and Machetes) for the reminder and motivational kick in the ass to get back to blogging! 😉

Part of the moody little funk I’ve been in has had me watching a lot more TV and movies than I usually do. Generally it’s something I can’t stand to do for long (even if I’m really enjoying the content) but yeahhh, the struggle’s been real.

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One show I’ve gotten into recently is A Discovery of Witches. I also added the first book of the series to my TBR list. Has anyone read them? Any good? Inquiring minds wanna know! I am consistently blown away by the “scenery porn” as I call it. Seriously, every episode just has absolutely gorgeous background scenery that makes me want to pack my bags and get traveling right this instant. The show definitely goes at a slowww pace which might bore some viewers, but (oddly enough) I’m enjoying it. It’s keeping my interest. I mean, with witches, vampires, demons and alchemy, how could it not? Anyone else watching it?

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Another show I surprised myself with recently was the new Netflix show Dead to Me. Totally not my usual type of show, but I binge-watched the whole first season in a shamefully fast amount of time.

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Oh, and of course, it’s Game of Thrones season, so ya know, Mr. Moth and I have been screaming and cheering at the TV each Sunday night like a couple of rabid football fans during the Super Bowl. It’s so bitter-sweet knowing it’s the final season! Can’t wait to see how it all ends. 😀

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Another show I got into is The Act on Hulu. Based off the real life murder of Dee Dee Blanchard and the events that led up to it. It gives some dark insight into the abuse and manipulation that went on in that home. It was really interesting to watch and I remember being blown away by the case when it hit the news, so the show drew me right in as well.

ANYWAY, despite currently being sick with a cold I’m determined to pull myself out of this little funk by my bootstraps. Time to dive back into being productive and getting shit DONE.  I hope you guys have all been doing well, and I look forward to catching up with all my awesome blogging buddies! ❤

 

 

Ready to Spring into Spring

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Happy Spring, everybody!! ❤ Life’s been quite topsy-turvy as of late, but thankfully, things are looking up. 🙂 I (like many of us, I’m sure) am beyond thrilled that spring is finally upon us. With all the snow and ice and winter vortex business we’ve been dealing with the past few months, warmer days are definitely something to look forward to. Plus, no more of those horrible “winter hands” from all that cold, dry air. You know what I’m talking about. 😉

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So, with spring here, I’m curious what everyone is looking forward to the most? I just bought one of those little pop-up greenhouses today so now I’m even more excited for gardening than I already was. 😀 The past couple years I’ve taken to going outside and taking lots of photos of all the flowers and plants. I’m no pro or anything like that, but it’s something I’ve come to enjoy doing, so expect plenty of outdoors pics in the months to come!

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Anyway, even though I’d been too sick/busy/exhausted to do much blogging in the last few weeks, it was never totally far from my mind. I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about the direction I want to take the blog in and what kind of posts I really wanna focus on. I also definitely want to give the whole look of the blog a major re-haul before July when this little baby blog turns three whole years old!

Anyway, I’m keeping this post short and sweet, but it’s good to be back. Looking forward to catching up with everyone and I hope you’ve all been well. 🙂 Lemme know what you’ve been up to and what adventures you’re planning for spring!

 

Updates: Writing, Drawing, Reading, OH MY!

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Hi, guys!! ❤ Life has been a whirlwind the past couple weeks, so apologies for my unplanned absence so far this month. There’s been some pretty big ups and downs, so I just haven’t been able to sit down and sink my teeth into blogging during all of it. But, I’m back, and I figured I’d throw together a quick update post full of Blah Blah Blah’s to catch up a little bit.

BLAH #1: Instagram has really been a lot of fun so far! I know I was late to the party on that one, but better late than never, right? 😉 I’ve mostly been posting drawings, photos of Bailey, bookstagram and breakfast posts so far. Due to a busy schedule it’s been a lot easier updating on there more frequently, but I still love the blogging life and all my blogging buddies, so it’s good to be back! ❤

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BLAH #2: I’ve been drawing more, just like I said I wanted to. For the new year I treated myself to a new sketchbook, so the un-official goal is to fill it up by the end of the year with new drawings. 🙂 I’ve posted a couple WIP pieces on Instagram, but I’ll post some more here soon as well.

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BLAH #3: Writing has been going really well. Usually fall seems to be my big creative season, but this winter I feel like I’ve really hit my stride again with my writing. It feels great. I have been learning to navigate my way around Scrivener. (Thank goodness for Youtube tutorials!!) It has some pretty damn snazzy tools and features for writers and I feel like it’s been helping keep me focused and on track with my writing since I started using it. Big thanks again to the lovely Cupcakes and Machetes for gifting it to me for my birthday! ❤ I’m the sort of person who likes practical gifts and this was the perfect surprise. I’m using the hell out of it and it’s helping me a lot as I work on my story.

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BLAH #4: In reading news, I’m currently doing a Harry Potter re-read/buddy read with the previously mentioned C&M. Neither of us seem to re-read books very often since there’s just sooo much out there to be read, but I’ve greatly been enjoying re-reading this one. Most. Magical. Buddy. Read. EVER.

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Anywhoooo, that’s about it for me right now. How have you guys all been doing?? I’m so behind on everyone’s posts so it’ll take me a hot minute to try to catch up a bit, so feel free to fill me in on any exciting news of yours I may have missed. I hope everyone has been having a great February so far. Have a wonderful weekend! ❤

IgnitedMoth has fluttered onto Instagram

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Hey, guys! ❤ I just wanted to pop in real quick to share with you that I finally joined the Cool Kid Party and started an Instagram account! Took me long enough, right? 😉 I guess that’s what getting a new phone and a wicked case of Cabin Fever will do to a girl, huh?

Anyhow, I’m still figuring it all out but it seems pretty straight forward so far, thankfully. I’ve posted a couple things (including 2 new drawings) if any of you lovely people are interested. I go by ignitedmoth on Instagram as well, so I should be pretty easy to find. If you have an Instagram account gimme your user name in the comments so I can creep at you in a sufficient manner. 😛

I think I’ll pretty much be sharing photos related to the stuff I babble about here on my blog, so books/comics, my drawings, some of the stuff I’ve cooked, and pet/outdoor photos, mostly. 🙂 Who knows, I may throw in the occasional wildcard here and there.

Well, I hope everyone has a fun weekend in store. I’m finally going back to work today, so I should probably go get ready for that, but knowing me I’ll probably wait until the last minute and be rushing all around the house. 😛

Birthday Snow Day

Brrrr! My portion of Michigan is currently under a Wind Chill Warning from the National Weather Service that included fun little details like “Wind chills as low as 45 below zero expected.” and “The dangerously cold wind chills could cause frostbite on exposed skin in as little as 10 minutes.” So, basically, stepping outside right now is like getting bitch slapped by a Wampa.

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With all the snow and ice we’ve had lately I’ve been on a little unplanned vacation due to all the snow days at my work. All the schools are closed due to the weather so I’ve been able to stay cozy at home and do a bunch of writing, reading and drawing which has been really nice! 🙂 I hadn’t planned on taking my birthday off from work so it’s kind of a fun little surprise having it off today. Mother Nature can be cruel AND kind. 😉

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It can be difficult finding ways to go out and celebrate your birthday when you were born in the frigid dead of winter, but this year I managed to celebrate AND stay warm, so it was a win-win. Mr. and Mrs. Cupcakes and Machetes came to stay the weekend, which included going to dinner, going to a giant arcade, prezzies of the most epic caliber, and board games galore! I also celebrated with family before the weekend came to an end, and of course that was fun too because my parents and brother (and the puggies!) are awesome. Needless to say, it was a fun but exhausting weekend, so I wasn’t totally heartbroken when school/work was canceled. 😉 (The only thing that sucks is not getting paid for all these snow days!)

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Poor Mr. Moth had to hop on his tauntaun and brave the cold today to go to work so I plan on getting good and properly caffeinated and writing my butt off. More birthday shenanigans to ensue once he gets home, but for now I’m off to work on my book with an awesome new writing program courtesy of the bestest friend in all the land, C&M. ❤

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Hope any of you a bitter cold winter like us is staying as warm and cozy as possible right now. ❤