Saturday, July 14, 2018

Unhauling! Letting go...


I'll admit it... I love the look of so many books piled on my bookshelf. BUT... I think it's time I cull a ton. It makes me sad, but at the same time it's overwhelming to have so many on my shelf that are unread or that I don't plan to reread - ever. So I've decided to just cull them all. I'll be slowly donating books to the Little Free Library near my mother in law's house and maybe even boxing some up to donate to the library book sale.

So many books that I wanted to read at the time, but either don't feel the same about anymore or don't think I'll ever get to. And I think I only want to keep those that I loved, want to reread or will for sure get to in the next 2 years. That seems like a good time frame. Even review books that I was once interested in, but now so much time has passed that I'm just not feeling them - best to pass along to someone who will enjoy them!

Netgalley - cull out ones I'll never get to - DNF the ones I'm no longer interested in. And stop requesting so many books on there. Only a few at a time... I can eventually get books from the library if I'm still interested in the titles.

Have you ever done this? Did you feel guilty for culling unread books or did you feel relief? I'm hoping it helps me deal with my blogger shame of having so many older review books that I just never got to.

EDIT: I didn't know that unhauling was a thing, but I do it often. Who knew? I'm new to watching BookTube and love BooksandLala and that's where I learned about unhauling books. 

UPDATE: I unhauled 46 books from my shelves. I still need to do the ebooks, but I'm not in such a hurry for those as they are not taking up physical space.

Friday, July 13, 2018

Library Lovers Book Tag

Found via As Told By Tina

1. How often do you visit your local library?
For a while, I was going weekly, but since going back to work after my maternity leave was over, I generally go once a month? I like to use Overdrive which allows me to borrow audiobooks all the time, so it allows me to use my library when I know I can't make it there physically.

2. Are you the type of person who checks out more books than you know you can read or are you someone who only checks out the exact amount of books you intend on reading before they are due?
I go back and forth on this one. Sometimes I just grab one or two that I know I'll get to and other times I end up grabbing everything that looks amazing and end up returning some unread.

3. How old were you when you got your first library card?
  I don't actually remember when I got my first library card. I know I was young and in primary school, because our Mom would take us to the library every week or so to pick out a ton of books to read. 

4. Do you go to your library looking for a particular book or do you check out anything that peaks your interest?
Both. When I want a certain book I definitely go in search of it at the library, but I also like to browse and just grab something that look interesting.

5. Do you use your library to check out just books or do you also check out DVDs, audiobooks, etc?
I check out lots of items: mostly books, audiobooks and DVDs, but they also have museum passes, bicycles, telescopes, GPS units and more. Our library is full of amazing items to borrow.
6. From what section of your library do you check out the majority of your books? (YA, middle grade, adult, nonficiton.)
Adult, YA and children's books (for my toddler - though she has her own library card that we check those out with).

7. What is your favourite part of using your local library? 
Our local library has an amazing childrens play area with a train table, giant Connect Four game, weekly crafts, blocks, lego, musical instruments, puzzles and more. My toddler loves visiting and checking it all out. Oh and they do "blind date with a book" for adults and children and they extended it from Valentine's Day to all year long... kids loved unwrapping surprise books that went with different holidays and seasons so they keep doing them. My toddler loves these and so do I!

This isn't this first library tag or library post I've written, but I just love talking about my local libraries that I have access to... to read more click this link.

What are your favourite things about your local library?

Thursday, July 12, 2018

The History of Bees by Maja Lunde | Review @SimonSchusterCA #savethebees

The History of Bees by Maja Lunde
Published: August 22, 2017
Publisher: Touchstone
Pages: 352
Received: from publisher for honest review
Find Online: Goodreads | Amazon

In the spirit of Station Eleven and Never Let Me Go, this dazzling and ambitious literary debut follows three generations of beekeepers from the past, present, and future, weaving a spellbinding story of their relationship to the bees and to their children and one another against the backdrop of an urgent, global crisis.

England, 1852. William is a biologist and seed merchant, who sets out to build a new type of beehive one that will give both him and his children honor and fame.

United States, 2007. George is a beekeeper fighting an uphill battle against modern farming, but hopes that his son can be their salvation.

China, 2098. Tao hand paints pollen onto the fruit trees now that the bees have long since disappeared. When Tao s young son is taken away by the authorities after a tragic accident, she sets out on a grueling journey to find out what happened to him.

Haunting, illuminating, and deftly written, The History of Bees joins these three very different narratives into one gripping and thought-provoking story that is just as much about the powerful bond between children and parents as it is about our very relationship to nature and humanity."

First thoughts - this cover is gorgeous. If you could only see it in person, the gold lettering and the little gold dots around the page make it feel magical. I am assuming that the gold represents the pollen that the bees help with.

Now, my thoughts after having read it...

Wow! I truly enjoyed the way that story switched back forth between three point of views, which were also told each in a different year. I loved that they were all linked via the bees and in the end there was another wonderful little link as well (no spoiler on that though). 

Each POV has some link to the bees - Tao is in China, set in the near future, where bees do not exist any longer and the people of her country actually hand pollinate the trees for growing their crops. This boggled my mind at first, but actually seemed like such a genius idea of how to keep the crops going so that there were fresh foods to eat. William's narrative is set in the past in England and he works on perfecting the best man made bee hive to encourage bee keeping and harvesting of honey and being able to tame the bees in order to help them to pollinate in certain areas. And lastly is George, who's narrative is set in present day USA, where he is a bee keeper working hard to keep his bees happy and help crops to grow using the bees for pollination, but he soon encounters issues with disappearing bees.

This story feels like it's not far from the reality of our world without bees. I know it's in the news all the time about the bees and doing our part to keep the bees alive and thriving, but after reading the book and seeing what could actually happen to the entire world (not just one country or continent), it is terrifying to know that such a wonderful little creature has a very big impact on us.

Not only do the stories talk about the bees, but each one has a different story dealing with their family. They each have children and it was interesting to see how they all dealt with being parents and cultivating the relationships in their own way. They don't always handle things in the best way, but you can tell that it's mostly done out of love for their children. Some just take a little longer to figure things out. 

I thought that out of all of the stories, that I enjoyed Tao's the most, but now that I think back on the entire book, I feel that all three were needed to show the impact over time and without each of the others, the individual stories would not have been as interesting. I like how it all unravels over time while bouncing back and forth between the narrators.

About the Author:
Maja Lunde is a Norwegian author and screenwriter. Lunde has written ten books for children and young adults. She has also written scripts for Norwegian television, including for the children’s series Barnas supershow (“The Children’s Super Show”), the drama series Hjem (“Home”) and the comedy series Side om Side (“Side by Side”). The History of Bees is her first novel for adults. She lives with her husband and three children in Oslo. -source

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

To Continue Blogging or Not...

Recently, I made the decision to not renew my domain name. I know! This was a big decision for me, since has been a big part of my life for many years, but I find I am not able to blog nearly as much as I had in the past and I'm struggling to even write reviews at all. I'm still happily reading and listening to audiobooks, but I don't seem to have the time/energy to sit and blog that often anymore.

So I think the first step for me is to let go of my domain name and just keep my boring old Blogger web address - - this way I still have my blog, but I'm not paying for a service that I don't really need.

The next step is deciding if I'll blog at all anymore or if I'll just review my reads directly on Goodreads and what my reviews will look like going forward... fully thought out reviews, quick thoughts right after reading, another format? I still hang around Twitter and Instagram too and hope to start posting more bookish related photos on IG again with quick thoughts on my reads. I have a huge back log of reviews that I need to write up and am debating on just logging on to Goodreads and writing my thoughts down quickly and rating the books. I'm thinking that formatting a blog post is what keeps my from writing my thoughts down lately and this leads me to think it's almost time to say goodbye to my blog. I don't want to close it down, just maybe not continue writing anymore.

I have been constantly emailing myself links to post ideas, bookmarking all kinds of fun reading related things to do or try, but never have time for them. Ugh.

Decisions, decisions.

Being a Mom to a rambunctious 2 year old, working, taking care of a home and large property has been taking it's toll on my energy and time for actual blogging. I find that when I have a moment of quiet, that all I want to do is chill, browse social media or read. The more I write in this post, the more I feel like I'm making a decision already. Maybe I'm just not ready to say goodbye just yet?

Any one else go through something similar and make a come back later on - or did you just make a clean break and moved on in the next stage of your reader life? Any regrets?
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