February Inbox/Outbox

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Hello

It’s that time again when I bring you an update with all the things that happened in the past month. Reading-wise, I can’t say it’s been great. Now that I’m not working again, I’m having a tough time getting into the swing of things. Even though I’ve got plenty of time on my hands, I’m unable to get some reading done. I think it may have to do with worrying about being unemployed. I hate not being a productive human being. I don’t like relying on my husband too much, so it’s been on my  mind pretty much 24/7. I really hope I find a job soon. It’s been almost three weeks. Sigh.

INBOX

  1. Shimmer by Paula Weston
  2. Dear Emma by Katie Heaney
  3. The Immortals by Jordanna Max Brodsky
  4. Black Apple by Joan Crate
  5. Morning Star by Pierce Brown
  6. She’s Not There by Joy Fielding
  7. The Defiant by Lisa M. Stasse
  8. The Passage by Justin Cronin
  9. The Twelve by Justin Cronin
  10. Shylock is My Name by Howard Jacobson
  11. The City of Mirrors by Justin Cronin
  12. Wicked Sexy Liar by Christina Lauren

OUTBOX

  1. Worth it All by Claudia Connor (Review this week)
  2. Patient Zero by Jonathan Maberry 
  3. Dear Emma by Katie Heaney
  4. The Passage by Justin Cronin
  5. He Will Be My Ruin by KA Tucker
  6. Hounded by Kevin Hearne
  7. City of the Lost by Kelley Armstrong
  8. The Impostor Queen by Sarah Fine
  9. The Widow by Fiona Barton (Review this week)
  10. Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman (Review this week)
  11. And Again by Jessica Chiarella
  12. Priest by Sierra Simone
  13. Wicked Sexy Liar by Christina Lauren (Review this week)

TBR PILE DIFFERENTIAL: -1

Holla. Steady as she goes. Now that I’m slowly embracing this minimalism movement, I’m having an easier time saying no to book shopping jaunts. Yesterday, my dear husband asked me if I wanted to go and I declined. One of the traits that minimalism teaches you is, being able to discern what you need versus what you want. Don’t get me wrong, I’m still going to buy books, but I’m going to make sure it’s a book that I truly want. I’m keeping track of the book releases by visiting blogs that have a weekly New Release feature. I’m also going to steer clear of thrift stores for the time being because I don’t need to accumulate more books. Let’s hope I can keep this up.

A LIFE MINIMIZED

Speaking of minimalism, so after I did an announcement post about a new blog I wanted to do, I had a sudden realization that starting another one might be counterproductive with what I’m trying to achieve. Another thing that I’m slowly learning about this movement  is that it teaches you to reduce the things that occupy your time and your mind on a daily basis. I realized that another blog might be an added stress or pressure for me on top of trying to keep up with this blog. So if you don’t mind, I might do a random post about it on here rather than worrying about another one to maintain. What do you think? Thoughts? Suggestions?

In any case, I started purging my house last week. I thought it would be overwhelming for me, but I found that if I concentrated on one particular space, it would not be so bad. I started with my desk drawers. Then, I moved on to the two bathrooms we have upstairs. Tomorrow, I’d planned to tackle our pantry. Slowly but surely, I’m learning to keep the clutter away by putting things back as soon as I’m done with them. Procrastination has always been a big hindrance to keeping clutter away, so if I keep reminding myself to do things right away, I’m well on my way.

NETFLIX AND GORGE

I finally signed up to have a Netflix account. Bad idea. Bad. Very bad. I got caught up with The Shadowhunters. I started The 100 and quit right after they killed the character I love. I watched movies. In short, I wasted a lot of valuable reading time. Thankfully, I think the lovin’ is gone. I’m only going to watch when I absolutely have nothing else to do.

Anyway, that’s been my week, my month. How was yours?