Today, working at the gift shop, there was a journal on the counter.
That in itself isn't extraordinary, it's been there for as long as I can remember.
It's one of those things that now just a part of the wood-work.
I guess I figured it was an order book, or customer hold.
But today I was bored (it was so quiet!) so I decided to open it and see what it was.
It was someone's diary.
They'd listed presents for kids, feelings and thoughts, shopping lists.
Firstly, thanks to one of Lisa Dempster's friends on Facebook, from whom I stole this photo (Lisa commented on it, it came up on my profile etc etc).
Secondly, how awesome is it?!
Well, I guess it's how you look at it...
But really. Think about it.
There are millions of blogs around.
If I had to wager a guess, thousands of young adult ones alone. Maybe more.
So really, apart from yourself (and possible your other half who is obligated to like it) why would anyone care about your blog?
Today I went to two shopping centres and about ten bookstores/book-buying places (Big W, Target etc).
I've never been to so many bookstores in a short amount of time in my life!!
I've been on a mission the whole time - to find the Girlfriend fiction series.
Ever since the lovely Elizabeth got me onto them (and admittedly Andrew had been telling me how awesome they were long before :P) I've been searching like crazy to find them.
And I've done so well!
I'm six short of the whole collection, and I haven't paid full price for ANY ...
This last week my very good friend Amy and I have hit around ten or so bookstores, plus several other book-buying places (Target, Big W etc).
We have this habit of seeing each other crazily during the holidays (about every second day, for what, like two weeks now, Amy?!), since during the year we barely see each other. Tis the life of a teacher (her) and me (always busy).
If it’s one gift I’ve given her, it’s definitely my book-nerd-ness.
Going to bookstores with her is absolutely one of life’s joys. She’s so easy to please: I’ll walk around, pull random books off the shelf and say, “Buy this, it’s awesome” and she will. I can’t even being to estimate how many books she’s bought over these past few weeks on my recommendation.
This morning I watched one of my absolute favourite movies. (Is it saying something that all my favourite movies are adaptions from books? Little Children, Revolutionary Road, The Virgin Suicides, The Hours?).
Every time I watch it my breath gets taken away and I can only sit back and take in its beauty and honesty.
There are so many classic quotes. So much to think about. So much life. So much death. So much honesty.
Virginia Woolf: Dear Leonard. To look life in the face, always, to look life in the face and to know it for what it is. At last to know it, to love it for what it is, and then, to put it away. Leonard, always ...
So today I woke up and checked my emails and Facebook on my mobile in bed, as I often do.
I was greeted with three lovely things:
One, a Lit Life reader Cathryn, left a comment on yesterday's review of Pretty Little Liars and said based on my review she went and ordered the entire series!! Oh gosh!!! "I trust your taste," she said. Thanks Cathryn! It really means a lot that you (and others!) buy books based on what I say. It's really an incredible feeling. I really hope you like them!
Two, I got an email from the always fab duo of Lisa and Laura Roecker about the comment I left on their Tell The Truth Tuesday post (which is not open for further discussion, if anyone is wondering :p). Which was ...
Review: Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard
Aria, Emily, Spencer, Hanna and Alison have been best friends since the third grade. They go everywhere together, thinking no-one can come between them. If anyone is the ringleader of the group it is Alison, and the other girls cannot help but confide all their secrets to her.
One night, during a sleepover, Alison goes missing. Her body is never found. The girls mourn her death but move apart after time, assuming their secrets have disappeared with Alison too.
Three years later and Aria is having an affair with her teacher; Emily is questioning her sexuality; Hanna is a thief; and Spencer is flirting with her sister's fiance. They ...
Tonight on the 7pm Project, they did a story about hoarding.
Here are some fun facts about hoarding from the story:
- 900,000 people hoard in Australia
- People start hoarding as young as ten
- Shop excessively
- People who hoard can’t throw anything out
- People who hoard often have no order in their house
- One house fire every two months due to hoarding
Before we move on to the silliness of this post, hoarding is a serious issue and you can find links to help on the 7pm Project website.
I thought today I'd share some of the awesome books I've picked up this week.
First up, the wonderful books I've gotten from publishers to review:
PRETTY LITTLE LIARS by SARA SHEPHARD
Aria, Emily, Spencer, Hanna and Alison have been best friends since the third grade. They go everywhere together, thinking no-one can come between them. If anyone is the ringleader of the group it is Alison, and the other girls cannot help but confide all their secrets to her.One night, during a sleepover, Alison goes missing. Her body is never found. The girls mourn her death but move apart after time, assuming their secrets have disappeared with Alison too.Three years later and Aria is having an ...
Angela from Literary Minded a few days ago posted some hints for authors, publicists and anyone else sending/hoping to send books to review to reviewers.
The post is great and brings up some really interesting points.
Some interesting facts about me and my reviews:
I probably accept about half of the requests I getLargely due to the fact that most of the requests I get are for spec fic (so therefore those authors/publicists haven't read this blog (or the review policy) at all) (which really, isn't that surprising given the current state of the market, ie saturated in spec fic books!!!)Something that also bugs me is when they send over a request, I accept ...