I used to do wrap up posts each month. But…it felt a little tedious. So, I’m trying a seasonal wrap up this time. We’ll see how it goes.
Fall definitely feels over. December begins tomorrow. Christmas decor is going up. Christmas music is starting to play in shops and restaurants. There’s a bunch of snow on the ground. Yeah, I’d say Fall is over.
So far this year, I’ve read 93 books toward my goal of 100. I’m amazed. A big part of my reading this year has been audiobooks. I’ve managed to get through large novels in only a day or two while still being productive because of listening while working, driving, folding laundry, and such.
I’m also super behind on my TBR. I have a ton of books for review to read and a bunch of books I’ve either purchased or been given that I haven’t read yet, AND my library holds keep coming in. I have four in my office right now, just returned two, and have another two waiting at the library! Help! (I have since paused a bunch of holds to allow myself to catch up. Thank goodness for that option.)
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Library books, library books, library books. 😍 I just finished one library book and now get to choose from these three for my next read. I’ve read 92 books so far this year! I have no idea how! But I’m excited to see how many more I can squeeze in before the end of the year. . . . #calgarylibrary #books #bookstagram #bookblogger #readmore #bookish
On the Web
There are some days where my brain can’t handle reading longer form. Which means I just can’t focus on my book, so I go to the internet for some quicker reads to occupy myself. This was very true during the first trimester of my pregnancy (hence so few blog posts back in March and April), but has been true on and off in these last few months. Some days I need reading a book is a distraction for my tired brain, other days it’s just too much for that same tired brain.
So, here are a few of the interesting posts and articles I’ve read online recently.
Why Didn’t Cinderella Just Leave on Pages Unbound. Briana writes a really great discussion on the fact that a lot of the fairytales, especially Cinderella, gloss over the fact that the evil characters are often abusers and about how the settings of most of the originals and retellings are in a time period in which a young woman could not survive out on her own without likely becoming a sex worker. Briana also talks about how it would be great to see retellings dig into and expand on these issues that are so often glossed over.
What It’s Like to Be Fat in the UK VS the US by Marie Southard Ospina is an amazing testimony detailing how as a fat woman she has found a very experience in the UK than when she lived in the US. Her story reminds me how important it is for us to lift one another up, and as women to compliment each other. It also makes me very, very sad about the state of North American culture.
This video of all the Glindas and Elphabas singing For Good from Wicked. I’ve seen this show a couple of time and this is one of my favourite songs. And, having all the women who’ve played these characters on broadway get together to sing it so beautifully is absolutely stunning.
This little blog of mine is changing and growing. And I’m loving it! Along with bookish posts, I’m adding some more DIY, pregnancy loss, and getting back into adding writing-related posts too. I’m excited to see where trishajennreads goes in 2019.
Here are some of my favourite posts from the last few months:
- Are you pregnant? And Other Questions You Need to Stop Asking
- Superhero Books for All Kinds of Readers
- 5 Questions You Need to Stop Asking Pregnant Women
- Book Review: Ayesha at Last
- Grief, Jealousy, Joy: Three Things That Go Hand In Hand After Pregnancy Loss
- 11 Books About Girls & Women Fighting the Patriarchy
- Nine 2019 Book Releases to Look Forward to
I’ve fallen in love with The Good Place. I binged the first two seasons on Netflix and am now eagerly awaiting the new episode each week.
Eleanor wakes up in…the good place. Also known as heaven. She’s in this cute little community with all these good people and her apparent soulmate. But… Eleanor knows she’s not supposed to be there. She wasn’t a good person. And the good place is malfunctioning. Because of her. Can she keep her secret?
This show is weird, friends. Super weird. And super hilarious and fun and oh my goodness I love it so much.
I’ve also binged the first few seasons of One Day at a Time. This is a Netflix original and oh-my-gosh-it’s-so-good.
Penelope is a newly-single mom of two. She’s an army veteran and a nurse. And, she is a proud Cuban-American. Her two kids and her mom make up their loud, hilarious, big-hearted family. And, then there’s their strangely adorable building super, Schneider, who is pretty much part of the family too.
One Day at a Time tackles some big issues. But it does it so well and in such a heartwarming and often hilarious way.
If you’ve been following this blog for a while, you’ll know my life turned upside down in July. My son was due in November. He was stillborn four months early. I’ve been blogging about my journey with pregnancy loss and grief. Writing about this journey is helping me grieve, and I hope that it’s helping others either feel understood or understand something they haven’t experienced.
We adopted a puppy! We’ve always wanted a dog and decided that since I was on leave and was at home it was the right time to get one. Gizmo is a lab-mix rescue and was 9 months old when we adopted him at the end of September. He is the biggest sweetheart, a huge snugglebutt, and we love him so much.
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Allow me to introduce you to my new reading buddy Gizmo. Also affectionately known as Puppy, Doggo, Roadblock, Puppers, Chompa, Gizimodo or Gizmo-mo-mo-mo. 🐾 Gizmo is about 10 months old. We adopted him from @mistycreek_dogs, a local rescue organization about three weeks ago. He is the sweetest dog imaginable and immediately found his way into our hearts. 💗 I’ve always wanted a dog. And while Gizmo is quite a bit of work, he’s super smart and is learning a ton. And, I’m getting so much more exercise! I’ve already had to increase my daily step goal once and may need to raise it again soon. 🐾 Do you have a doggo? What’s their name? . . . #dogsofinstagram #adoptdontshop #rescuedog #rescuedogsofinstagram #puppy #blacklab
The other big life change in my world is that after my leave from work, I decided not to return to my day job. Instead, I’m now a full time freelance writer and editor. If you’re interested, you can read about how I came to that decision. And, if you need a writer or editor, take a look at my services.
What cool things did you read, watch, or do this fall?