Archive | August 2015

Journals, Journals, Everywhere!

The other day a friend of mine on Facebook posted about how Facebook seems to be a personal, yet public, journal and then proceeded to ask how many people on her friends list actually still used a normal pen-to-paper journal. I was the first to admit that yes i do still keep a journal and let me explain why.

In high school when my mother had signed me up to see a psychologist weekly, he had suggested that i keep a journal. I explained that things like that were not possible because i had two, very snoopy, very sneaky, younger twin sisters. He looked at me and said;

“And that is stopping you, why?”

Before i could answer him, he turned around and dug around in his desk looking for something. When he found what he was looking for he turned around and handed me a lighter. I sat there just staring at it. The ugliest lighter i had ever seen, bile yellow and completely full with lighter fluid. I guess i was in shock that an adult was handing me a lighter, almost like he was telling me to commit arson. I started to ask him what i was supposed to do with an ugly ass lighter but he stopped me and said;

” Sharon, if there is nothing for them to find, then they cant read it.If you write something down and you dont want it read, burn the pages and let them float away. You get them out and let your anger float away like the pages.”

BRILLIANT MAN!

So since then i have always kept a journal and occasionally, on the days i write to get anger out, and say things i dont mean i still burn those pages. But my journal collection continues to grow and i find myself burning pages less and less. While on blogging for books i found a Q&A a Day journal almost like the last ones i reviewed for B4B but its SO MUCH BETTER!!! Its for artists! Or maybe not just artists but those who feel like doodling! I absolutely love it! Its a four year journal and every page has a writing prompt, you draw how you see that prompt and fill in the year of that entry! Since i have been doing more drawings i thought it would be a great addition to my other new “artsy” journals. I just recently got a wreck this journal box set that included Wreck This Journal, Mess, This Is Not A Book and Pocket Scavenger! Brilliant journals and i have no shame in admitting i WRECK those journals! If your a journal writer or havent started or wrote in one for a long time i highly suggest every one of them! They are fun and give you ways to get those feelings out and sometimes without even knowing you are doing it! Read on, Bookworms!Snapshot_20150824

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“If you keep on drinking rum, the world will soon be quit of a very dirty scoundrel!” ― Robert Louis Stevenson, Treasure Island

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When you are a child, the thought of finding lost, buried or even new-to-you things is addicting. The thought of going on a mystery treasure or scavenger hunt is not unheard of but happens occasionally while playing with friends or siblings. Of course when I was growing up I loved the idea of finding a buried a treasure in a book store, you know that book in the very back of a bookcase or box in an old run down second hand shop for only $0.25. Those were my favorite treasures and nothing could beat them. One of my absolute favorites was Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson. When I picked up this book I never knew how drawn into the book I would be, and certainly that I would not end up reading the book a couple dozen times in my life.

While browsing through the list of books on Blogging For Books last week I opened another tab to look at my new weeks book. I choose The New World By Andrew Motion and was so excited to find out that it is a continuation type of story from Treasure Island. I was not disappointed in the slightest with this story and i feel that Andrew Motion should do continuations of all of the Great American Classics. Now this book could definitely be read as a stand alone but I highly suggest that if you have read Treasure Island you run, type or call for a copy of this book! I’m almost positive that its books like these that will convert children and teens of this generation from smart phones and gaming consoles to print and e-books. Below, as usual, I will post the synopsis and buying link and don’t forget; READ ON, MY LOVELIES!

Book Synopsis:

Washed ashore after escaping Treasure Island, young Jim Hawkins and his companion Natty find themselves stranded on the Gulf Coast of Texas. Their ship, the Nightingale, has been destroyed, and besides one other crew member, they are the only survivors.  Before they can even grasp the full scope of their predicament, they realize they are not alone on the beach. When a band of Native Americans approaches the shore in a threatening fury, they brutally kill Jim and Natty’s last shipmate, rob their dead crew, and take the two desperate survivors hostage.

Suddenly, Jim and Natty are thrust into an adventure that takes them all across the unruly American South. Starting with a desperate escape from a violent chief who obsessively keeps close on their trail, they join up with a troupe of entertainers who take them to a thriving and dangerous New Orleans, and seek the closest port so they can set sail for home once again.

In magnificent, free-wheeling prose and in a high-flying style, Andrew Motion has spun a fantastic yarn that will win the hearts of adventure lovers everywhere.

Amazon Buying Link:

http://www.amazon.com/The-New-World-A-Novel/dp/0804138451

Here are few of my favorite things! Well, more specifically blogs!

So i love blogging but more than that i love reading other blogs. I feel like i get to know someone on a better level. I do so much research on products before i buy them and i think its pretty dang smart to have an entire arsenal of blogger opinions to go to when i need reliable info before buying books of beauty products! Below are a few of my favorite blogs. I am sure you will love them so why not go and give them a look and maybe even a follow, all bloggers know how it is to need followers! And while your there, tell them The Homemakers Hobbies Sent you their way!

Health and Beauty Blogs

makeupbyamyperrone.wordpress.com

frugalbeautybloggerr.wordpress.com

http://elegantandrelevant.com/

https://opinionthatmatter.wordpress.com/

https://riajosellee.wordpress.com/

Book Blogs

https://readersoasis.wordpress.com/

https://georgeharvey2015.wordpress.com/

http://litcoachlady.com/