Personal Experiences

My Favourite Summer Reading Spot

Today’s post is one that is close to my heart, and although it may not seem like much of a big deal to start with, by the end I hope you will have a feel for its importance to me and for me. This post is dedicated to my favourite spots to read, focusing on one in particular…

Now that it is Summer here in Aus, it is also time for the Christmas holidays, my favourite time of the year. This is partly because it means it is the end of the School year and I get six glorious weeks off, to read and blog and watch tv shows to binge-worthy standards. But it also means I get to spend my time reading outside in my favourite spot. I also get to read inside in my favourite spots as well. But there is something magical about reading outside on a warm summers day.

I know us as readers are creatures of habit when it comes to our ‘spots’ for reading. I always tend to frequent the same places in my house, on my bed, on the far left end of the couch, at my desk in my candle dungeon. Always the same spots. But now the weather has warmed up, it opens up so many new possibilities! And one in particular I am super excited for!

And here it is, my ultimate favourite outdoor reading spot.

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Now let me tell you why it is my favourite place!

Other than it being rather picturesque, it just feels like home. I remember when we planted the apple tree, with my mum, pop and gran, we all dug the dirt, watered the tree, tended to it and now it is established, I still feel that family connection. I think that connection is what draws me to it each summer.

I love laying down on the soft, clover filled grass. Feeling the breeze on my skin, the warm sun on my shoulders and losing myself in the pages of a good book.

When the day gets too hot, I move into the shade of the apple tree and roll onto my back, looking up through the foliage and glimpse the bright blue of the summer sky, between page turns.

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The sounds of birds calling, the horses walking through the paddocks and the sound of cattle grazing on the hill. The leaves gently brushing against one another as a slow breeze blows through the garden.

If I look to my left, I can see the rest of my garden, the tomato plants starting to produce fruit, the raspberry canes in full bloom, with buzzing honey bees collecting and distributing pollen to the flowers. The potatoes with their deep green leaves quietly doing their thing away from prying eyes.

If I look to my right, I can see the gate that my pop made for me to go out into the horse paddock. I can see the yearlings playing in the long summer grass, their neighs to each other echoing around the hills. I see my pop’s house up on the hill, surrounded by his garden that he and my gran made from clay filled soil into a booming native filled oasis, with birds of every kind calling from the trees.

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Yes, this is my ultimate favourite place to read. It is not only doing something that I love, but it is doing something that I love, in a place that makes me feel entirely grounded, entirely at peace with the world. It is somewhere that will always feel like home.

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I want to hear about your favourite place in the whole entire world, that you like to read.

Comment below or write your own blog post, but make sure to use the tag #BookishIntoxicationWrites so that I can see it! I want to hear all about your reading spots and hopefully see them too!

As always,

Thank you for reading!

 

Julie xx

 

 

Personal Experiences

Books That Let Me Down This November

This post may be a little controversial, so if in the collage below are any of your favourite reads, probably get out of this blog post… Now.

These three books let me down this month, I was really looking forward to them and two out of three were books that I was approved for ARC’s from NetGalley for. I didn’t finish these books. How do I know that I didn’t like them if I didn’t finish them? You may ask. Well let me tell you a thing about me. I give every book a chance, they have 50 pages to wow me, to draw me in and invest me in the story they are telling. If by 50 pages, I’m not invested, or even slightly enjoying the book, it gets unfinished. I used to feel guilty about this process, but not anymore. There are so many books to read and so little time,so why waste precious time reading something I’m not enjoying, why waste my time as well as the authors, the review readers and the NetGalley Team’s time? Which brings me to the following three books. Hold onto your hats people.

 

 

Mirage – SomaiyaDaud

This book has such a fantastic premise, stunning cover and so many great reviews, not to mention the overall hype about it! For me, I found the pacing incredibly off, it is quite slow paced to start with, but it speeds up in moments it needs to be slow, for the reader to appreciate the scene, and it is slow in the ‘action’ type scenes. I just found it incredibly hard to get into. I found myself having to re-read passages, to go back chapters to re-read things to make the current chapter I was reading make sense.

Grace and Fury – Tracy Banghart

Again, The premise of this book sounds so good! Two sisters, chalk and cheese, both spending eternity looking after the other, even by hiding a royally, deadly secret. It sounds incredible. However I found the writing style quite stiff and the language being used added to that stiff feel. I totally understand the Victorian Era language style, but it takes away the flow from scene to scene and character to character, throughout the book. It felt like a classic style book that I was being forced to read at Uni. I didn’t finish this one, but I can see and understand why so many people are loving it. It just wasn’t for me.

To Best The Boys – Mary Weber

I requested this title from NetGalley for its originality, for the idea that a girl was going to go into a male dominated quest, kick some serious arse and get to go and get a quality education. What I wasn’t expecting was to hate the protagonist. I felt as though she was trying to hard to be cool and edgy. It made her come across as callous and obnoxious. This book is fast paced, so that aspect really works in its favour. The over all writing style is a little different to what I usually go for, I didn’t finish this book, but like Grace and Fury, I can see how this book will be well received in some circles.

 

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That brings my let down post to an end. It wasn’t incredibly long this month, and I hope I can keep them under 5 books a month. I was a little wary of posting this, but the reasons we don’t like books are just as important as the reasons we do. I also believe that any publicity for a title is good publicity and just because I am posting something negative about these books, doesn’t mean you won’t like them. This is purely my opinion!

We as bloggers are creating conversations about titles, through these conversations, we are getting the title and authors names out there for people to make their own mind up about reading or not reading.

Did any of these titles let you down?

 

As always, thanks for reading!

Julie

Personal Experiences

Tumblr: Do you grow out of social media?

Tumblr used to be so important to me, sharing photos that I would spend hours setting up, hoping they would be good enough to be re-blogged. Likes weren’t enough, I needed the reblogs. It was like I had been dragged into the rabbit hole – utterly and completely immersed into the world of Tumblr.

But now looking back, my Tumblr experience was a lonely, solitude one. I have made so many new friends through bookstagram on insta, than I ever did on Tumblr. I think this is because I found Tumblr to be a place for individuals, not a place for community or for groups.. and yes I am aware that I may lose some love for this, but it is my opinion guys and gals. I have found Tumblr to be  a place where everyone shares the same opinion and if your opinion is slightly different, then you will be shamed and attacked for it.           I have also found that even though I still can see the appeal of the platform, I can’t stand it now.

Now when I scroll down through my Tumblr feed I feel a disconnect between the content and myself. Its just pictures, occasionally whitty text posts and gifs of movies or tv shows. Which is slightly annoying because I spent so much of my time in my early 20s scrolling through the endless blue sea. Which is where I think my disconnect is coming from. Tumblr is the perfect platform for bloggers starting out in the world. Finding their voice, finding their people and working out what they like talking about.  It is the perfect platform for photographers (not me), videograpghers (not me), artists (shock, also not me) and singers (definitely not me). Where as little old me, who writes fiction, writes about my experiences, about books I have read, loved and hated, didn’t really find my people or my place amongst the artists in the Tumblr world.

I honestly think I grew out of Tumblr. I used to sit on the couch with my at the time best friend, and we would pop on a movie or the tv and sit together, each on our respective laptops and browse all day. Occasionally showing each other something funny or cute, constantly building up our cue incase we couldn’t make it on in the next 24 hours. Now that idea irks me something shocking. Now I try to lose myself in Tumblr and find myself seeing the same posts over and over again, even if I follow new accounts, and search for more things that I like, but I think it was always like that? I also find it incredibly hard for any blog posts or review posts to be shared or liked or get any kind of audience, and as an aspiring blogger, that kind of makes it hard to do the thing that I am trying to do.

To me now, tumblr has turned into a fond memory of my youth, of summer days spent with best friends past and  I think that is where it will stay.

My question to you is.. Do you have a social media account that you used to live on, that now you don’t spend any time on? Why?

 

Thanks

Julie