Monday, April 23, 2018

Number 14: Heartless

I read all the books in one of the Goodreads Choice Awards categories. Now I'm counting down from my least favorite to those that I absolutely loved.  Stay tuned for my thoughts and mini-reviews.  Find out more HERE!


Heartless by Marissa Meye
Stand-Alone
Genre: Fantasy, Retelling, Young Adult
Pages: 453

I love Marissa Meyer and her books, but I don't love Alice and Wonderland.  So a retelling of a fairy tale that I don't love really didn't have much of a chance.  That being said, I thought the most interesting part of this read was the background of the side characters like Cheshire the cat and the Mad Hatter.  But the Queen of Hearts and her reason for going "bad" didn't really do it for me.  I felt most of the book was pointless and unnessary (man I sound harsh) and the the explanation at the end could have been done without any of the rest.  I wanted it to feel necessary.  The background and character development of the Queen of Hearts just didn't match up to me.  I don't know.  I'll look forward to of Ms. Meyer's retellings in the future.  This one was just okay.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Number 15: The Raven King

I read all the books in one of the Goodreads Choice Awards categories. Now I'm counting down from my least favorite to those that I absolutely loved.  Stay tuned for my thoughts and mini-reviews.  Find out more HERE!

The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater
Series: The Raven Cycle #4
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Pages: 439

I'm so ducking under my desk as I type this.  I feel like I'm going to lose my bibliophile card for not having this book at the very top of my countdown.  But really it comes down to the fact that everyone loves Gansy... but me.  So this series is good.  But the premise of the series was fascinating an dMs. Stiefvater is an AMAZING writer and author.  But it just didn't come together for me.  I ended up being disappointed.  BUT there were so many twists and parts that I loved, It just still left me wanting a bit.  I still recommend this series and I many love the commaraderie of the friends.  I loved many of them but Gansy was a "meh" for me.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Number 16: The Rose and the Dagger

 I read all the books in one of the Goodreads Choice Awards categories. Now I'm counting down from my least favorite to those that I absolutely loved. Stay tuned for my thoughts and mini-reviews. Find out more HERE!

The Rose and the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh
Series: The Wrath and the Dawn #2
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Pages: 416 pages

I'm starting to feel a bit like the grinch during this countdown.  I don't mean to be but you guys, these are supposed to be the best 20 of a year.  I had high expectations.  So I loooovvvveeeddd The Wrath and the Dawn, book 1 this series but that's not the book in this countdown.  The Rose and the Dagger was good and I would recommend this series, but it was a let down compared to the previous book.  The pacing was uneven and the plot was a bit all over the place.  There was a nice twist at the end which I liked but ultimately, I just missed The Wrath and the Dawn.  I'm such a sucker for a sweet romance.  There were some better reads on this list. 

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Planner Update! Planner System is going strong


If you follow my instagram @Reflectionsofabookaholic, you might notice that planners make quite a few appearances.  I posted this picture without annonotations at the beginning of the year of my planner stack.  I use ALL of them every week.

Planners often talk about "planner peace" and trying to find the perfect planner that helps manage everything.  I don't even try that.  I have a whole planner system and I re-evaluate every year.  

My Inkwell Press Planner - Is my main planner.  It stays on my desk and houses my goals, tracking, reading lists, book lists, menu, and weekly schedule and anything else that comes up.  Because everything is there, it has to be general and it can get cluttered and overwhelming.  This planner has losts of confidential information and never leaves my desk.

My Erin Condren Planner - is my reflection planner.  Y'all know by now that I'm all about reflecting on all the things.   I use this planner to keep track of what I've actually done each day.  This helps me compare my plans with my performance.  It keeps me grounded when I feel that I'm not accomplishing things.  And it helps me set realistic schedules by showing me what can be done in a day.  I use the monthly calender to keep track of Jacob's milestones. I usestickers and post videos of this planner on my Youtube page.  This is half reflection and half scrapbook/memory keeping.  I keep Jacob's

Flower B6 Traveler's Notebook - My work calendar and contacts notebook.  I take this notebook with me everywhere.  I keep client contact information, my calendar, and other quick notes.  I'm often needing to schedule hearings, mediations, consults, etc. when I'm on the go.  This holds my calendar and lets me keep track of dates that I've given out as available to make sure I don't double book my calendar.

Griffindor B6 Foxy Fix Scarlet Notebook - Work planner/notebook.  I take this planner with me.  It has more detailed information of my work to-do lists, goals, and the like.  I keep confidential information out and take it with me everywhere.

What planner(s) are you using and how are you doing with it?
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