The Book Lover’s Tag

Hello, dear ones! As you’ve learned from previous posts, I love reading. It’s an activity that has brought my life joy since I was able to string words together on a page.

After reading a delightful post written by Sílvia of The Happiest Pixel introducing and tagging all readers in The Book Lover’s Tag, (FYI, you need to follow her blog, it’s as lovely as it is creative and fun!) I decided that I too wanted to take part because WHO DOESN’T LOVE READING?!

General rules:

Thank and tag the blogger who nominated you.

Answer the 10 questions below.

Tag all the bloggers you know who love to read!

The questions are as follows:

Do you have a specific place where you like to read?

I prefer reading at home in my replica molded Eames chair with my feet propped up on the coffee table. But, I’m happy to ready anywhere, just so long as it’s quiet!

Do you prefer using a bookmark or random pieces of paper?

I check out most of my books from the library these days, so I usually use the paper receipt they print with the “return by” date. If I don’t have the receipt, I’ll use a bookmark. If I don’t have a bookmark, I will make one because I refuse to dog-ear pages; the people who do are monsters!

Can you pause reading in a book anywhere on the page or is best for you to do so at the end of the chapter?

When I was in junior high I was adamant about not pausing before finishing a chapter, but now I’m fine with pausing after I’ve read through the odd-numbered page, that way I know I’m starting on the even-numbered page. I won’t stop in the the middle though.

Do you eat or dink while you read?

I’ll usually have something to drink while I read, be it an iced chai or hot coffee.

Do you listen to music or have the TV on while you read?

I don’t own a television, so I don’t watch and read, but I will listen to orchestral music when I read, but only if I’m in the mood.

Do you read one or several books at a time?

One. I think it’s disrespectful to the authors to read multiple books at once. I also don’t want to confuse storylines or character arcs.

Do you prefer reading at home or elsewhere?

I prefer reading at home, but I ALWAYS have a book tucked under my arm or nestled in my bag so that I have the option to read at lunch or the coffee shop–even while I’m waiting for the train.

Do you read the words on the page out loud or silently to yourself?

I read the words silently to myself. To be quite honest though, I miss reading out loud, it was one of my favorite things to do in school, haha!

Do you break the spine?

NO! I’m not a monster! How can anyone feel good about breaking a defenseless book’s spine? Sigh, I used to repair books when I worked at a library in college. I shuddered every time one was returned with a broken spine. I take special care not open the book too harshly. Yep, I’m a psycho.

Do you write in your books?

That depends on the book. If it’s about a particular subject I’m trying to familiarize myself with, yes, but I only do so in the books I personally own.

And the nominees are…

Every reader of this post! Let’s keep the tag going!

Word of the Day: Procrastination

When I have something to do, when there’s a deadline that’s coming up, be it a real deadline or one I have made up for myself, I tend to procrastinate.

I don’t know why I do it. I wasn’t always this way. When I was an undergrad I used to have all of my term papers drafted and edited a week before the due date. In my day job as a writer, I take extra precaution to make sure my project are written at least 24 hours in advance; anything less feels like a failure.

But I put off personal projects. Maybe I’m afraid of failure. I mean, that’s why I started this blog in the first place: the blog was supposed to document my failings as a DIYer, haha!

The last DIY project I posted about was at least a month ago. So, how do I procrastinate? It’s easy!

Here’s how:

Check Buzzfeed for new Amazon shopping articles (Do you know what a dream it would be to write those posts? They’re all images!)

Check email

Check LinkedIn

Check email again

Watch the kit kats from the Kitten Academy on Youtube

Look around the apartment and find something to clean

Wash the dishes

Put in a load of laundry

Go to the gym

Check email again

Get lost in a pool of Seth Meyers videos

Go back to the project

Get so frustrated with the work of the project that you put it away; out of sight, out of mind

Check Buzzfeed again, take that quiz you said was stupid and wouldn’t take

Take a shower

Make a snack

Go for a walk

Look at Pinterest

Read for a bit

Take some notes on the book

Check email again

Watch a few episodes of VEEP (On a side note, isn’t Julia Louis-Dreyfus perfection in that show?)

Call it a day and go to bed.

Procrastinating isn’t hard to do, and all that procrastination can keep you busy!

How do you

Word of the Day: Cappuccino

 

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I’ve decided to expand what I do with this blog and have decided that along with writing DIY arts and crafts articles, I’m going to write about the new books I’m reading, and, a short blurb to do with a one-word prompt. By writing a short response to one word every day, I’m hoping to better my writing and keep my creative juices flowing when I don’t have a craft project to work on.

Today’s One-Word Writing Prompt: Cappuccino

The smells of a café, the earthy, nutty aroma that greets you as you walk through the door has the honeyed familiarity of an old friend. The fragrance of the coffee and spices makes the atmosphere feel warm, comfortable and familiar, even when it’s a shop you don’t often frequent.

Anticipation builds as you wait in line. Should your order a pastry? The croissants are flaky and the pound cake moist. A crunchy piece of biscotti might pair better with your order of the day. It’s your turn. The barista greets you with a warm smile and asks you what you’ll have. A cappuccino. A sublime blend of coffee and milk frothed to unadulterated perfection, you cut through the bitterness of the coffee to the sweetness of the milk and…ah, heaven. A well-crafted cappuccino is comfort in a cup. Some like to shoot it like a shot of espresso, I like to sip it slowly and enjoy the notes. Paired with a good book, a cappuccino helps to calm the nerves and bring everything back to the center. The froth and flavor of a cappuccino brings joy to hard day.