A Very Handmade Holiday– Day #6 (Two giveaways in one)

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Hi friends! I know I don’t do a lot of giveaways on this site (not as many as I wish I could do to share the love) but I really wanted to give back to you guys. You give me so much all year round — friendship, encouragement, book recs, laughs, lovely comments and support — so I wanted to do a week of giveaways to show my appreciation. I decided to collab with some of my favorite Etsy shops and artists to give you some unique presents!

 

Today is actually two giveaways in one post!!!

 

First up we have Becca from Pivot Book Reviews! She makes some awesome book-inspired handpainted totes and sells them at her Etsy shop called Pivot Book Totes. The best part is she takes custom orders and I’ve LOVED seeing what people have asked her to make and what she’s come up with from there.

 

 

Here are some of my favorite totes she’s done so far:

 

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THE GIVEAWAY

Becca is offering up an Ignite Me tote for fans of the Shatter Me series — a series which I SUPER love and it came to an end this year! If you aren’t a Shatter Me series fan, I highly recommend considering contacting her for a custom tote at some point!

 

Ignite Me tote

 

Rules:

- This giveaway is US only.
– You must be 13 years or older to enter.
– No purchase necessary to enter.
– Giveaway ends January 3rd @ 11:59 EST.

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Giveaway #2

So one of my favorite places to read is my bathtub. My bathtub in my apartment isn’t the best and so I really, really miss the big ol’ tub from my childhood home these days but I STILL love drawing up a nice bath and reading to unwind. Normally with a glass of wine.

In honor of bathtub reading, I’ve teamed up with a new Etsy shop called Sustainable Stead to give you some goodies for your bath! I’m all about homemade soaps and these look lovely!

I’m really eyeing up this Rose infused goat milk soap to use in my own bath!
(ingredients: Organic coconut oil, Goats Milk, Rose essential oil, Rose petals)

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I also REALLY want to soak in my tub with this oatmeal rose soap satchet!

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Giveaway

These lovely ladies are offering up 3 soaps to one lucky winner!

Rules:

- This giveaway is US only.
– You must be 13 years or older to enter.
– No purchase necessary to enter.
– Giveaway ends January 3rd @ 11:59 EST.

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A Very Handmade Holiday– Day #5

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Hi friends! I know I don’t do a lot of giveaways on this site (not as many as I wish I could do to share the love) but I really wanted to give back to you guys. You give me so much all year round — friendship, encouragement, book recs, laughs, lovely comments and support — so I wanted to do a week of giveaways to show my appreciation. I decided to collab with some of my favorite Etsy shops and artists to give you some unique presents!

 

Today I’m featuring a shop who is brand new to the bookish Etsy scene and I think it is SUPER adorable. She does a necklace and a print set which makes the perfect gift for a bookish friend…or for yourself. Because, TREAT YO SELF.

 

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*banner will take you to her shop*

I can’t wait to see how her shop grows because the designs, jewelry and concept are adorable!!

 

Here are some of my favorite things so far from her shop:

 

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THE GIVEAWAY

 

The lovely lady at BookSphere is offering up your choice of  ONE ITEM from her shop!

 

Rules:

- This giveaway is INTERNATIONAL.
– You must be 13 years or older to enter.
– No purchase necessary to enter.
– Giveaway ends January 2nd @ 11:59 EST.

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A Very Handmade Holiday– Day #4

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Hi friends! I know I don’t do a lot of giveaways on this site (not as many as I wish I could do to share the love) but I really wanted to give back to you guys. You give me so much all year round — friendship, encouragement, book recs, laughs, lovely comments and support — so I wanted to do a week of giveaways to show my appreciation. I decided to collab with some of my favorite Etsy shops and artists to give you some unique presents!

 

Today I’m featuring a shop who makes the most darling jewelry that every book lover needs!! I mean, jewelry that lets me wear my favorite book around my neck all loud and proud? UM YEAH. Meet Tiny Book Town!

 

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Her designs are adorable — such a nice mix of classics and YA. And I really love that she has different sizes for the book charms.

 

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Here are some of my favorite things from her shop:

 

 

To Kill A Mockingbird To Kill A Mockingbird necklace

Anna and the French Kiss

Anna and the French Kiss necklace

Charlotte’s Web!!

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Paper Towns necklace

john green necklace

Jane Austen necklace

Jane Austen jewelry

 

 

 

THE GIVEAWAY

 

The lovely lady at TinyBookTown is offering up your choice of  ONE ITEM.

 

Rules:

- This giveaway is US ONLY.
– You must be 13 years or older to enter.
– No purchase necessary to enter.
– Giveaway ends January 1st @ 11:59 EST.

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A Very Handmade Holiday– Day #3

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Hi friends! I know I don’t do a lot of giveaways on this site (not as many as I wish I could do to share the love) but I really wanted to give back to you guys. You give me so much all year round — friendship, encouragement, book recs, laughs, lovely comments and support — so I wanted to do a week of giveaways to show my appreciation. I decided to collab with some of my favorite Etsy shops and artists to give you some unique presents!

 

Today I’m featuring a shop run by a blogger I SUPER DUPER LOVE:

 

THE ART OF YOUNG ADULT

 

Guys, Gillian is amazing. I’ve gotten to hang with her IRL and I love her blog to pieces — she’s smart and passionate and has damn good taste in books. SEEEE, proof! We were even twinning a little bit with our stripes.

 

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And did you know she is an amaaaazing talented artist?? She recently opened a Society6 shop this year and it’s AMAZING and so I’m so very happy to partner with her on this because I legit want SO many things from her shop — The Art of Young Adult.  (Also you HAVE to check out her Tumblr which has even more amazing fan art!)

 

 

 

Here are some of my favorite things from her shop:

 

Throne of Glass series mug

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If I Stay print — Mia with her cello <333

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Anna and the French Kiss phone case

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Cath & Levi (Fangirl) reading in bed

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Eleanor & Park t-shirt

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Isla & the Happily Ever After

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(All images belong to Gillian so don’t be a douchenozzle and try to use them for your own purposes)

THE GIVEAWAY

 

Gillian is offering up your choice of any item UNDER $20.

 

Rules:

- This giveaway is US ONLY.
– You must be 13 years or older to enter.
– No purchase necessary to enter.
– Giveaway ends December 31 @ 11:59 EST.

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A Very Handmade Holiday– Day #2

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Hi friends! I know I don’t do a lot of giveaways on this site (not as many as I wish I could do to share the love) but I really wanted to give back to you guys. You give me so much all year round — friendship, encouragement, book recs, laughs, lovely comments and support — so I wanted to do a week of giveaways to show my appreciation. I decided to collab with some of my favorite Etsy shops and artists to give you some unique presents!

 

Today I’m featuring a shop that I’ve featured an item from before! If you read my ten bookish things I need, you’ve seen it!

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I LOVE Shaileyann’s designs SO MUCH. I’m such a sucker for pretty typography and I loooove literary quotes and inspiration quotes to hang around my home! She has tons of stuff perfect for fans of Harry Potter, Game of Thrones, Dr. Who, John Green and more! She even does gorgeous invites that I have my eye on for the next event I have to throw!

 

Here are some of my favorite things from her shop:

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Hank Green quote

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Eleanor & Park quote
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Dr. Who Quote

il_570xN.658374162_qn2zLooking For Alaska inspired — From the book — “Francois Rabelais. He was a poet. And his last words were “I go to seek a Great Perhaps.” That’s why I’m going. So I don’t have to wait until I die to start seeking a Great Perhaps.”

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The lovely Shaileyann is offering up one free 11×17 print to one lucky winner!! You have no idea how jealous I am of the winner.

 

Rules:

- This giveaway is US ONLY (unless you are willing to pay shipping).
– You must be 13 years or older to enter.
– No purchase necessary to enter.
– Giveaway ends December 30 @ 11:59 EST.

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Top Twelve 2014 Releases (Non-Debuts)

Top Ten Tuesday, as  always, is hosted at my other blog — The Broke & the Bookish

This week’s topic: Top Ten Favorite Books of 2014

I decided to break up my lists because choosing 10 out of all the books I’ve read is SO HARD. For this one I chose my favorite 2014 releases (non-debuts) because I shared my top debut novels of 2014 so you should check that out. That being said Falling Into Place, Open Road Summer, Rites of Passage, and Even In Paradise SO would be on this list had I not broken it up in this way because they were DEFINITELY in my top reads of the year!

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AHHH and I’m a dummy and I realized that even though I read these two books before 2014 they are two 2014 releases that should be on this list: The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson and We Were Liars by E. Lockhart.

The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski: If you like fantasy, get this. If you don’t like fantasy, get this. It’s a really good series for people who aren’t really into magic-y kind of stuff. AND THE ROMANCE. THE WORDS. YOU GUYS. (and the sequel is soooo good).

I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson: If I were forced to pick ONE favorite of all the books of 2014 it might be this one. Yeah, I’m pretty sure it would be.

Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson: Another major WIN for me with Morgan Matson. If you like contemporary YA (think: Sarah Dessen) and like reading about friendships and finding yourself, GET ON THIS.

Life By Committee by Corey Ann Haydu: Definitely the most underrated on my list! It was so thought-provoking and challenged me as a reader. Loved the plot, loved the main character (even when she was hard to like!).

After I Do by Taylor Jenkins Reid: I want to give this to all my married friends basically! And everyone really. It personally made me think SOOOO much about my own marriage.

Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins: Was so worth the wait but I’m sad to see this particular companion series be over. Excited for what Steph will do next though!

Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas: This is a third book in a series so if you haven’t read the first (Throne of Glass) make that your 2015 New Years Resolution. THIS BOOK. THIS SERIES. It’s an all time favorite.

Landline by Rainbow Rowell: Rainbow’s books just work for me so much! This also made me think a lot about my marriage and relationships. I read this before I read After I Do but they had very similar kind of themes.

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel: If you don’t like typical dystopian /post apocalyptic books, this is for  you. It’s very realistic but goes back and forth between the before/during the flu outbreak/twenty years with those who had survived. IT WAS AMAZING. Easily top 3 of the year for me!

The Young Elites by Marie Lu: I COULD NOT PUT THIS DOWN. Marie Lu has created an amazing start to a new fantasy series and I want to cry about the wait until next year for book 2.

Everything Leads To You by Nina LaCour: This is another one that didn’t get a lot of spotlight this year but is soooo deserving of it!

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han: I loved this book so much. If you are into lighter contemporary YA and love sister relationships being explored in your books, get on it. It’s a duology and you have no idea how bad I need book 2.

<< Check out my FAVORITE DEBUTS OF 2014 — some of which were my ALL TIME FAVORITE books of this year!!>>

 

So tell me…what were you favorite books of 2014??

A Very Handmade Holiday– A Week Of Giveaways

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Hi friends! I know I don’t do a lot of giveaways on this site (at least not as many as I wish I could share with you) but I really wanted to give back to you guys. You give me so much all year round — friendship, encouragement, book recs, laughs, lovely comments and support — so I wanted to do a week of giveaways to show my appreciation. I decided to collab with some of my favorite Etsy shops and artists to give you some unique presents!

 

First up is an Etsy shop that I’d been bookmarking for a while AND they also run a bookish blog!

 

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Appraising Pages has some of the cutest literary apparel I’ve seen on Etsy! They even have some comic & tv inspired items since we book nerds tend to also have interests there too!

Now take a moment to drool with me over some of my favorites in their shop:

 

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The lovely ladies are offering up a $30 credit to their shop to one lucky winner so you can pick out your own literary inspired clothing!

Rules:

- This giveaway is open INTERNATIONALLY.
– You must be 13 years or older to enter.
– No purchase necessary to enter.
– Giveaway ends December 29 @ 11:59 EST.

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Seven 2014 Debuts That Shouldn’t Be Missed

Over the course of the coming weeks I’m going to lay my favorites out for you! Yesterday I talked about my favorite new-to-me authors I discovered this year! In the coming weeks I will talk about my favorite 2014 releases (non-debuts), books that should have been talked about more and my favorite backlist books I read this year. And, like the past couples years, I’ll do a favorite of everything music/tv/movies/etc — all things not books!

I still have a couple weeks left and some debuts I’m sure I’ll sneak in before the year ends but today I want to talk about my favorite debut novels of 2014! There were some incredibly strong debuts that got high marks from me!!

Best YA debuts 2014

 

Far From You by Tess Sharpe

This emotional mystery just completely wrecked me as Sophie searches for who murdered her best friend Mina when everybody, because of Sophie’s past, chalks it up to a drug deal gone wrong but Sophie knows the truth that she’s been clean and it wasn’t random.  (My review of Far From You)

Even in Paradise by Chelsey Philpot

I’m telling you, the summary doesn’t do this book justice at all. This book was enchanting, heart-smashing, beautiful and bittersweet. Plus it was well written to boot. I found myself so mesmerized, like the main character Charlotte does, with the enigmatic new friend Julia and her well-to-do family with secrets of their own. (My review of Even In Paradise)

Let’s Get Lost by Adi Alsaid

Adi’s debut was so impressive and beautiful. It’s about a girl on a road trip and we see her from the 4 teens that meet her in different places along the way in different circumstances.  Then we get the perspective of the girl we’ve gotten to know through the eyes of others and her viewpoint…well I didn’t see that coming. I will say I had a slow start with the beginning bc of some insta-love but then WOW. (My review of Let’s Get Lost)

Falling Into Place by Amy Zhang

THIS BOOK HAD ME UP UNTIL 1AM SOBBING — a wrecking ball to the heart it was.  And I’m an old lady so you know it’s serious if I’m up that late. Quiet and unassuming and then an onslaught of emotional chaos for me by the end. I loved the beautiful prose and the unique narration and how it added to my mounting “pit-in-the-stomach” feeling while reading this one. (My review of Falling Into Place)

Rites of Passage by Joy N. Hensley

I knew I was probably going to LIKE this one but the amount of which I FREAKING LOVED IT..I could not have predicted that. It was an all-consuming reading experience..just ask Will. I was screaming at the book and talking to it and flailing. (My review of Rites of Passage)

Open Road Summer by Emery Lord

Ahhh this book was a very popular debut and RIGHTLY SO. Like so totally deserving. Music, bffs, romance, road tripping it. I’m telling you…watch out for Emery Lord. She’s going to be a staple in the YA contemporary scene. (My review Open Road Summer)

Wish You Were Italian by Kristin Rae

This one was so fun but also it had serious bits in it that I didn’t expect. Kristin Rae just absolutely transported me to Italy and I did NOT want this book to be over! (My review of Wish You Were Italian)

 

Tell me YOUR favorite debut of 2014!!

Book Talk: No Place To Fall By Jaye Robin Brown

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Publisher/Year: HarperTeen- December 9, 2014
Genres: Contemporary YA
Format: ARC
Source: For Review
Other Books From Author: None -- debut novel!
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I received this from the publisher in exchange for review consideration. This in no way swayed my opinion. Pinky swear!

 

 

 

Want an “at a glance” look at what I thought? Check out my Review On A Post-It or my “Final Thought”

 

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Amber has always been the good girl — the ones that stayed on the straight and narrow and who was determined to get out of her small town. But she hasn’t always felt really ALIVE until she starts going up to a hiking hangout spot with her best friend Devon where she gets to be whoever she wants and meet people who are just passing through. That feeling from the summer follows her into the school year and she starts to make some choices that make her wonder if she’s that good girl everyone thinks she is. She also pursues an opportunity that would take her out of this town and away from her problems in the form of a music program at a high school for the arts in a big city a couple hours away and the boy who helps her practice makes things even more complicated in her life.

a2That one really grew on me! And awww at the ending!

a4This one grew on me! I was thinking it was alright at first and then I got to a point wherein I’d go to read for 20 minute before bed and suddenly I was done with half the book. Repeat the next night. By the time I finished I could feel my rating meter down below moving up a bit.

1. I loved the small town setting and think the author NAILED it: You might not know this about me but from the time I was born until 7th grade I grew up in a VERY small town in the middle of nowhere, PA and it felt so much like this town. I’m not saying ALL small towns are like this..but this nailed my old town — from the way everyone knows each others business, to the way they speak/some narrow thinking, to the hopeless/stuck feeling one can feel especially when they have bigger dreams, etc. Some of the characters could have absolutely been people I knew. It kind of made me sad thinking about the girls I knew who ended up like Amber’s sister and feel trapped. But as much as it made me feel sad for some of the people who got too caught up in the things of a small town, I love that it gave me the warm and fuzzies about small town livin — I always wanted to get out of there and I felt so superior when I did…and then suddenly as an adult when I’d go to visit my dad I began to appreciate a small town! I really related to Amber in that way and I’m proud of my roots!

2. The romance was so cute: It’s a romance trope I always kind of love when I see it — the best friend’s older brother. Maybe it’s because I totally had a crush on a best friend’s brother? PERHAPS. I loved Will (and hey he shares a name with my husband so even better) and I loved their relationship even though I know that there’s something in this book that might make people not ship them. It’s something I HATE but I don’t know…I think I’m a little more forgiving in high school about it because it’s that time to make bad decisions/mistakes, learn and grow.

3. I loved this exploration of how our mistakes define us: So in this book, Amber makes a BIG colossal, totally not HER decision. She knows it’s wrong and immediately regrets it. But this thing…it makes her question what kind of person she is and if she’s just going to end up destined to become this person she didn’t want to be. I loved that her mistake had BIG consequences and felt like it was handled very realistically. As a reader, you are like WHAT ARE YOU THINKING WHY ARE YOU DOING THIS. It made me think of how many times in my life I’ve had some bad judgement calls that were not in line with who I was/thought I was.

4. FAMILY MATTERS: As someone who has had a semi-dysfunctional family at various points through my childhood and adulthood, I could relate! I loved watching some of the family issues play out even though they made my heart ache. It all felt so realistic and well done!

 

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Re-readability: Probably not.
Would I buy a copy for my collection? Because it wasn’t a favorite or I’d reread it, no.

a5readers who want small town settings, readers who like main characters who are into music (lots of music in this book!), readers who don’t mind main characters who are flawed and get into some messy situations, contemporary YA readers who like a balance of cute and serious

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While I wouldn’t say it was a book that really moved me, I really enjoyed the ride. I definitely grew to enjoy it more and more as I progressed and the plot really started to come together. I enjoyed the themes present in this novel and the setting tremendously. I definitely thought this one was going to be a bit lighter of a book but it did have some serious elements for sure and I’d say I was happy with what it was vs. what my expectations were.

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No Place To Fall by Jaye Robin Brown

a8j* Have you read this one? What did you think? Similar or different from me? I would LOVE to hear regardless!
*If you haven’t read it, does it feel like something you’d be into?
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The Perpetual Page-Turner

Beyond The Pages — On How I Live

Beyond the Pages is my way of sharing the things books make me think about and interact with and want to talk about shared experiences with people. Some of my best conversations have happened because of something that came up in a book. I’m pretty personal in my reviews but I’d like a way to not bog down my review with a huge paragraph of personal experience so this is my way to be able to share it. Some times it will be serious and sometimes just random and fun but I hope we can connect! PAST Beyond the Pages here!

 

 

The book that inspired this conversation:

 

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

Station Eleven
(Goodreads // Amazon)

What It Is About:

It weaves together the stories of a handful of people before and after the collapse of a civilization largely taken out by a super-flu that spread quickly. I don’t want to give too much away and the official summary is wordy but it’s one of the BEST books I’ve read this year.


What I said about it:

 ” It was brutal, thought-provoking and just a real masterpiece.”  Read my full review here!

What It Got Me Thinking About:

How I live!!

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Normally these posts are super focused on one particular thing but Station Eleven got me thinking about a lot of things but, when I reflected on them, they all could be filed under “how I live”. I try to be really conscious of how I live — my effect, my happiness and my joy, what I’m putting out there/leaving behind, how I’m growing and what I’m focused on. I try to think at the end of each day, “if this was my last day on earth would I be happy with how I lived it?” and then in the morning I just tell myself to do it better and remind myself this new day is a blank slate.

That being said, there are a lot of days where I don’t like my answer. And there are a lot of days that turn into weeks that I get so consumed with LIFE that I don’t even think about it. I try to be so present and conscious about how I’m living but sometimes living just gets in the way of being mindful of it…which isn’t a BAD thing when I’m happy about how I’m living.

 

There were 3 major things that Station Eleven really had me reflecting on concerning HOW I LIVE:

 

1. How “surviving is insufficient” — The beautiful thing about the civilization after it all collapsed in Station Eleven is how, after all they had been through, they didn’t just want to be a society that survived this super-flu that wiped out everything. Surviving wasn’t good enough — they wanted to rebuild, thrive, find joy and just try to do better and learn from it. The Traveling Symphony’s (bc art and storytelling prevail!!) slogan on their wagon was “Surviving Is Insufficient” and it resonated with me so much. So many days I feel like I’m just in straight survival mode. Just trying to survive the day. Willing it to be over. And yes, some days that’s the best it’s going to be — a triumph to just survive the day. But that is not the sort of habit I want to get into and I feel like it’s so easy for me to go through my work day and and my work week and I just try to SURVIVE until the weekend. Survival mode is not enough for me as a life strategy. I know that but sometimes I let myself get into it. I’ve always loved the quote from Oscar Wilde —

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And honestly that is the rut I get stuck into sometimes. I’m existing and surviving alright but I’m not REALLY living.

 

2. On what I make important: In the book, one day is normal and within the next week everything collapses and soon everything you were used to is gone — plumbing, electricity, internet, your job, fame, Friday nights out to the bar  etc. All those things become relics and we see that as the story shows threads from BEFORE and then those from after. The things people are worried about and seem so damn significant to them before vs. after is a startling difference.

No more internet. No more social media, no more scrolling through litanies of dreams and nervous hopes and photographs of lunches, cries for help and expressions of contentment and relationship-status updates with heart icons whole or broken, plans to meet up later, pleas, complaints, desires, pictures of babies dressed as bears or peppers for Halloween. No more reading and commenting on the lives of others, and in doing so, feeling slightly less alone in the room. No more avatars.

 

It made me think so much about how obsessed with all my screens and my internet life and my tv shows, etc and how fleeting they are. How when our internet goes out or my phone dies and I FEEL LIKE GOING CRAZY. I can’t live. I think of how I can get lost in the internet and suddenly it is 5 hours later. How, if they world ended and I survived, that the things I’ve placed as important in my life would mostly be rendered useless. And that’s not to say that I can’t ENJOY these things or that they are evil but I’ve realized how they consume me and how I should be mindful of my attachment to THINGS and how I can get so fixated on something so insignificant.

 

3. On being remembered: There’s this one character who ponders immortality and what it is to be remembered, what they want to be remembered for and all the people they remember — how they become immortal in his mind. Memories are a funny thing. I think a lot of people I’ve lost in my life, people I used to know and grew away from, brief encounters with strangers, etc. So many things color our memories — time, perspective, etc. Someone passed recently that I didn’t know but had an impact on me and I wept as I watched their memorial video — how alive they seemed and inspiring they were. How they embraced life.  I wondered if my life would translate that way.  I am morbid so sometimes I wonder what people would say at my funeral if I died. How they’d feel. What would they tell their kids or friends or family about me? It always makes me reflect on if how I’m living is how I want to be remembered.  How do I want to be remembered as a blogger? As a family member? As a friend? As someone you met briefly? Obviously I want to be remembered favorable but what else do I want to be remembered for? I don’t have the exact answer but I want to at least be remembered for being a person who really LIVED. Who loved. Who inspired in some small way. Was kind and genuine.

 

 

There’s nothing like reading an apocalyptic that is so realistic and that could SO easily happen to make you think about how you live. Which is a-okay with me because I want to LIVE a life that I can be proud of and enjoy so reflection is good for my soul. I don’t want to do this life on auto-pilot. I want to experience the good and the bad and the in-between. I want to connect. To share in humanity. I want to learn and grow. I want to be remembered in all my messy glory as a human who tried their best and died feeling like, despite the bumps along the way, they did it right.

 

What inspires you when you think of how you live? Do you have any life mottos or mantras that guide how you live? Did anything I said resonate with you?

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