5 for Sunday

Posted August 13, 2017 by Hillary in 5 for Sunday / 3 Comments

5 for sunday

Feeling creatively stuck

To be honest over the last few weeks I have been feeling stuck creatively. It is like my brain is broke and won’t come up with new ideas. Usually, I wouldn’t worry about it, but when you do a living writing, then writer’s block is a no no. I knew I had to do something so I went and dug out The Artist way book and I am going to work through it. I have done it before, and it did help. I know it sounds kooky, but it is true. The problem is I stopped doing my morning pages and artists dates, and I stopped consuming stories like before, so my creative well has run dry. Seriously it took me 45 minutes just to come up with five measly things to write about today. The words flow but not at the moment. At the moment it is akin to pulling all my teeth out with out pain killers one by one. Very painful and not much fun. I am going to start my morning pages, and artist dates back up, and hopefully, ideas will start to pop up in my head again.

Sandman finally came to visit!

I have terrible insomnia when I am not depressed. When I AM depressed, I can sleep for hours and hours, but once I was better, my insomnia came back full force. I became desperate and begged the Dr to refill my ambient prescription. I know it is not the best solution, but I NEED my sleep. If I don’t get enough quality shut eye, my mood goes south, and I become an irritable, angry bitch. Luckily my shrink sympathized with me and prescribed Ambien. I took it when I came home, and that is why I am wide awake at 4 am. I need to get my sleep back on track. Sleep at night and stay awake during the day like the rest of humanity. I think if I just stay awake until 10 pm and then take my pill I can re train myself to sleep from 10 pm to 6 am. I did before, and once my body got in the habit of sleeping, I did not need the ambient as much. So the goal for the next few weeks. Train me how to sleep..again… I truly dislike it when I wake up in the middle of the night and can’t go back to sleep. I mean who besides vampires is awake at 3 am? Funny thing is I can go to sleep but staying asleep is another matter altogether. I get the Ambient extended release so with that I know I am going to be getting at LEAST 8 hours of quality shut eye. Sometimes I get as much as 14 hours especially if I had a week such as last week where insomnia kicked my ass…hard. It’s like my body has to make up its sleep debt somehow. I do not depend solely on the Ambien. I also got me some lavender essential oils with body lotion, and I spray it onto my sheets, and I have a thingie that pumps out oil all day and all night. I drink natural calm, and I listen to my meditation apps. My therapist has met bring all these apps to sleep with in the hopes of finding one that works well for me. I have a few contenders but no clear favorite yet.

Trying out pondomoros…again

A friend was telling me how they do pondomoros to help plan out their day so that they can better judge what activity will fit where. I am not big on the whole work for 25 minutes take a 5 min break thing. If I am writing and I am in Flow, then I don’t want anything to interrupt me. However knowing how long it takes me to type up a blog post and all of that would be a tremendous help. I could put 5 minutes as a filter on Todoist and then pick something from the 5 min list. I can’t do that if I have no idea how long it takes me to do something. I hooked toggle and google calendar up through zapier, and now over time I keep track of time in Toggl, it will show up on my google calendar. I am hoping after a few weeks of this I will have a better grasp of how long stuff takes me then I can put it in todoist. And THEN I will be able to better plan my day.

Went back to Feedly..old habits die hard

Last week I wrote that I was fed up with Feedly and had switched to Bloglovin. Well, I got fed up with THAT service and broke down and emailed Feedly what my real problem was. They were super nice and helpful, and I got it all straightened out, so I am back to Feedly AND Feedly is working at the moment, so I have no plans to change again anytime soon. Since I have a million feeds, I finally stopped complaining and coughed up the 7 dollars a month for Feedly. I figure that the Feedly people have to eat also, so they deserve to get paid and I should stop being such a cheap ass.

Defining my ideal audience

In my mastermind, we were all talking about our ideal readers. I, of course, didn’t have one. I was just typing up anything and see what sticks but as the people in the group pointed out that will get you nowhere fast. I sat down and did some thinking, and I think I have come up with the prototype of the perfect reader to this here blog. I will write a whole post on this later once I see if it pans out or not. I hope after all the niching down that I did that there are still people who fit the criteria.

I am a book lover who loves to read and write. I only leave my apartment for food and MOAR books. I love to meet new people online so don't be afraid to say hi!

Book Review: Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers by Timothy Ferriss

Posted August 11, 2017 by Hillary in Book Reviews / 1 Comment

ISBN: 9781328684059
Book Review: Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers by Timothy FerrissTools of Titans by Timothy Ferriss
Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt on December 6th 2016
Genres: Business & Economics, General, Self-Help, Personal Growth, Success
Pages: 736
Format: hardcover
Source: library
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The latest groundbreaking tome from Tim Ferriss, the #1 New York Times best-selling author of The 4-Hour Workweek.  From the author:   “For the last two years, I’ve interviewed more than 200 world-class performers for my podcast, The Tim Ferriss Show. The guests range from super celebs (Jamie Foxx, Arnold Schwarzenegger, etc.) and athletes (icons of powerlifting, gymnastics, surfing, etc.) to legendary Special Operations commanders and black-market biochemists. For most of my guests, it’s the first time they’ve agreed to a two-to-three-hour interview. This unusual depth has helped make The Tim Ferriss Show the first business/interview podcast to pass 100 million downloads.   “This book contains the distilled tools, tactics, and ‘inside baseball’ you won’t find anywhere else. It also includes new tips from past guests, and life lessons from new ‘guests’ you haven’t met.   “What makes the show different is a relentless focus on actionable details. This is reflected in the questions. For example: What do these people do in the first sixty minutes of each morning? What do their workout routines look like, and why? What books have they gifted most to other people? What are the biggest wastes of time for novices in their field? What supplements do they take on a daily basis?   “I don’t view myself as an interviewer. I view myself as an experimenter. If I can’t test something and replicate results in the messy reality of everyday life, I’m not interested.   “Everything within these pages has been vetted, explored, and applied to my own life in some fashion. I’ve used dozens of the tactics and philosophies in high-stakes negotiations, high-risk environments, or large business dealings. The lessons have made me millions of dollars and saved me years of wasted effort and frustration.   “I created this book, my ultimate notebook of high-leverage tools, for myself. It’s changed my life, and I hope the same for you.”

My first thought after I turned the page of this book was that was one long ass book. I am not sure why chunkers have been intimidating me as of late. It is like I see a book over 300 pages and I run the other way. Maybe I have commitment issues, who knows. I read the Book The 4 hour Work Week, and the publishers made this book sound like this is gonna be the book to solve all of your problems. Tim himself has talked to everyone and distilled all the advice in this easy to understand Value and some such bullshit.
I can’t say much cause I ran up to sign for it at the library and when my hold finally came in I ran to the library to pick it up. I brought it home and started reading. I was all ready to learn the secrets of the Universe. Secrets that would make be happy, healthy and wealthy beyond my wildest dreams.
I should have had an inkling when I read the body part and he was all like Low Carb is the way to go. Ummm no it is no.t I am Vegan. Animal products gross me out. I mean I feel sorry for the animals in a way, but that’s not the sole reason I won’t eat meat. To me, I am just all like ewwwwww dead rotten flesh. Gross. But nope Tim was like low carb is the ONLY way to do and u need ketones and all of that crap. Do not think so Tim.
Then I was like ok so we differ on the diet, and it seems to exercise. I am all like I will just run/walk on the treadmill for an hour, and he has all of these…routines..that I am again like nope.
I should have put the book down but alas this was TIM FERRIS There had to be SOME good in this damn book.
And there was..kinda. I did make some notes on my Kindle. Like I think six notes out of 700 pages. One thing that I kept wondering is how does he fit so many routines in a day. I mean he has a morning routine a breakfast routine and on and on. Don’t he ever just look at the day and goes nope…Not gonna do today and stay in bed with a book? Oh and the books that he professes to read. They range from the obscure the art of archery to some stoic philosophy. Personally, I thought the stoic school of thought was bullshit in college, and I believe it is bullshit now. If I am gonna take after an ancient civilization is gonna be the party loving Romans. But Tim was big on the Stoics. I am like really Tim. Your life is not very stoic at the moment. In fact, it sounds like a privileged white male who is attempting t glean something from nothing. Like why oh why do I feel empty? I know I will read a stoic philosophy and eat dead rotten animals and crawl backward on the floor! Now I have a whole new perspective! Maybe I am just jealous but that what I was thinking when I was reading all of this.
In fact, this whole books reeks of white male privilege. Usually, I can tolerate some in yo face kind of privilege, but this book was way way out there with the privilege aspect of it.
I had to giggle when I came upon his real world MBA. He alertly did not want to take math classes at Stanford, so he invested 160K into some start-ups. Some failed some didn’t. I am not sure why I found this amusing. Maybe it causes after you get your MBA you supposed to know how to migrate the risks but if you are a hands on learner his way would work also.


There were a few Gems in Tool of Titans. Like the Wealthy part. I enjoyed that part as I need to learn about stuff such as that. I found it helpful. There are so many people who didn’t get financial advice young that need it now. Especially people who grew up as I did in Central Appalachia. There is no talk of investing there. I try to read what I can so that I can make better financial decisions but some books are just so far over my head. Not this one though. I could pretty much understand the advice in this book. Which is saying a lot since I am financially illiterate.

I think for me I am much more jaded now than when I read 4 hour work week a few years a go.  This was when I had first started my freelancing.Back then I lapped up books like this. Now though it seems to be the same information told again and again. I was even hoping to find out some neat new tech toys (I have a MAJOR case of shiny object Syndrome) but nope all the programs that are mentioned I have already tried out for myself. I could even think f BETTER programs to use than what was in the book.

I kind of wish that I could get back the time that I spent reading this book. At least I did not shell out money for it. I got my copy from the library. So there is that.
If I had to do it all over again I would have DNFed it but ah well. At least I got some financial  advice out of the book. I would encourage you to get the book from the library, and if you like it you can buy it, but for me, I felt as if I already heard it all before.




I am a book lover who loves to read and write. I only leave my apartment for food and MOAR books. I love to meet new people online so don't be afraid to say hi!

Is Scribd Worth the Money

Posted August 9, 2017 by Hillary in Apps / 2 Comments

Is Scribd worth the money? Click through to find out!

What IS Scribd?

Scribed is like a Netflix for e-books. It has thousands of e-books and audiobooks for you to choose from. No matter what your tsetse run to Scribd probably has a book to suit you. You download the app then you pick a book you want to start reading and presto you read It. They have millions of books, so you are sure to find something that you like. If you are so hard to please that you CANT find a book on there then well. I have no helpful words for you.
In all seriousness, though they have books from business to self-help to Young Adult. It is mostly backlist titles though so don’t expect the big blockbusters to be on there just yet. They do have millions of backlist titles on there though.


Ok…sounds cool but what are the downfalls of Scribd?

The one I grumble about most often is that there is no pricing tier for unlimited books. I mean I wouldn’t ca to PAY one flat fee for unlimited books, but there simply isn’t the option of doing so. This irks me to no end. At most, there are only five book credits a month plan. I don’t care about price. I mean I WANT to support Scribed and authors but on an average month I blow through books, and it would be so nice if I could read whole sagas without having to have a countdown to when my credits resets.
They have millions of books but some are audio books, and some are e-books. You get different credits for each. This is good for me because I am always paranoid about “wasting” an audio credit. I mean what if I can’t understand the narrator? Then I would be out of a credit, but this is a use it or loses it type of situation so I am more comfortable taking a chance on the audiobook than I would be otherwise. So maybe not a Con for MOST but if you are Deaf the credits can’t be switched up and to be that seems to be a little unfair. I HAVE emailed Scribed about it, and they said that they couldn’t “trade” in audiobook credits for e-book credits cause the books come from different companies. So they are not completely accessible. Maybe if enough Deaf people complain they will find a better way of addressing this issue but until then that is something to keep in mind if you are Deaf.


Hmmm, is there anything good about scribed?

They have alllllll the books. Seriously I have a list of thanks if I want to read this books. And more are being added all the time. They have popular books; they have obscure books and in-between books. You can always find something to read on Scribed.
You don’t have to wait for library holds! This for me is very good cause I am not patient waiting for my holds at the library. There is nothing worse than putting a hold on a book, and you are number one million in line. Nothing can ruin my day faster than seeing a number in the triple digits when I go to check on holds. And to add insult to injury, there is only so many holds you can have at a time! With Scribed there is none of that bullshit. I just click on read now and presto it is on my Kindle.
Another Plus with Scribd is that You don’t have to hurry up and read the book to avoid Library fines. I mean who among us has not stayed up all night to finish a book cause it was due at the library the next day? This way you can have your cake and eat it too.
You don’t have to leave your house to get a book. I mean this is mostly during the Clevland winters when I am grateful that I can just fire up Scribd and not have to deal with potential hypothermia just to feed my book addiction.
Also with Scribd, you get access to Blinkist and Pocket Premium. I LOVE pocket premium once I understood what it could do. At first, I was like OK…what does this do that the free version can’t do then I investigated, and I loved it. Now everything in Pocket is tagged and all of that good stuff.
I am not sure how I feel about Blinkist. It is like a modern day cliff notes version f books. I could see if you wanted to brush up on a book, but I like to the whole book. That is just me though.


For what it is worth my thoughts on Scribd

Personally, I use and love Scribd, and no this post is so NOT sponsored. I pay them 25 dollars a month for the joy of reading five books a month which I realize still saves me money in the long run. I mean a single hardback can cost upward of 25 dollars, and for the same price, I get five e-books a month. #Win
I also use the audiobook feature, and I am not a huge audiobook fan yet cause my brain likes to wonder, and I go a half hour and have no idea what the audio book just said. I am getting better though. I DO wish there was an option for unlimited e-books. Other than that I love the service.


As with any service, there are pros and cons and some people will love it while some will not. I think it all comes down to if you are happy reading backlist titles. If you are looking for the day’s hostess books then no you won’t be satisfied with this service, but if you love back links and books with a smaller market, then this may be for you.
If you are still on the fence, you can use my referral code and get two free months so you can try it out for yourself!

I am a book lover who loves to read and write. I only leave my apartment for food and MOAR books. I love to meet new people online so don't be afraid to say hi!

What I am reading August 7 2017

Posted August 7, 2017 by Hillary in Book Reviews / 5 Comments


What I am reading August 7 2017

I read a grand total of ONE book last week. Can you guess what it is?… Get ready annnnnd….




This doorstopper of a book was more than 700 pages. I feel it should count as more than one book but alas…A review is coming up this week so watch out for it. I have it scheduled for Thursday.

That’s right I got serious about this here blog and made myself an editorial calendar. It is easier to schedule in review copies that way. GUESS WHAT?! I figured out a way to hack Trello to keep track of review copies and stuff. There are still a few kinks to work out, but once I do, I will be sure to let y’all know. It all started when I came across this blog, and her automation and I started REALLY tinkering with Zapier. Once you know what you are doing the possibilities are endless.

I feel like I want some good Sci-Fi Next so Dark Matter it is!

I am a book lover who loves to read and write. I only leave my apartment for food and MOAR books. I love to meet new people online so don't be afraid to say hi!

5 for Sunday Plus A Bonus

Posted August 6, 2017 by Hillary in 5 for Sunday / 2 Comments

5 for sunday

My Hearing Test

As most of you know Last year I received a cochlear ear implant then earlier this year in April I got a second one. For a loooong time, I could hear sounds, but I couldn’t make any sense of them. I wore the damn things every day..watched more youtube videos than one person should admit to watching in one life time. Then about a month ago I joined a mastermind. It was all online, and before the first meeting, I have to admit I was terrified. What if I went in and I couldn’t understand anyone. I would have to hide my face forever and ever. BUT If you stay in your comfort zone you will never grow. SO I took some deep breaths signed on and Lord Have Mercy Holy Shit that was the day that my brain and the implant started cooperating I could hear crystal clear AND my brain finally FINNILLY decided to interpret what ever the implant sends it.
This past Tuesday was the DAY OF RECONKING. I would find out if I had improved or if it was just a dang fluke. I took a hearing test that lasted three hours and at the end..I was aiming for a 61 and above…I GOT An 80 percent. That means I can hear and understand 80 percent of what my implants take it. Me the dr and the ASL interpreter all almost pooped our pants. I have another test in November, and I guess there is not much room to move upwards, but I am gonna try I will aim for an 81 and above.

Tracking my Book Of The Month Box

I ordered my Book Of The Month Club Box last week, and I am impatiently waiting for it to get here. According to USPS, it is in Philadelphia. I am in Cleveland.Sighhh I hope it gets here this week. I got myself one of their totes that I am looking forward to using. I also ordered Roxanne Gay’s Hunger, and I want to read it. Patience is not my strong suit as u can tell.

Bye bye feedly hello Bloglovin

I reached my breaking point with Feedly last week. I mean if I want more than 100 feeds I GOTTA PAY?! Fuck that I am switching Bloglovin. I downloaded my OPML whatever file thingie imported it to Bloglovin the told Feedly byeeee and canceled my subscription. I am kinda liking being able to see the blogs when I read them. As a Deaf person I am very visual so being able to SEE all the pretty blogs makes me feel inspired. Plus I love their frame thingie. Back in the day when google reader was still around that is what I used. Glad someone decided to repurpose it.


I have wanted to start a podcast, but the actual doing of one terrified me. I mean I can barely work PhotoShop. I took one look at audacity (the program) and was like forget this. Then yesterday in my mastermind group I came across Anchor. It makes creating a podcast super easy. I am typing this on Saturday Morning, and I haven’t recorded anything on it yet. Maybe by the time you are reading this, I will have something on it.



It Never Gets Easier

I read this post on Modern Mrs. Darcy and let me tell you it was EXACTLY what I needed to hear. There are a LOT of things that I have been putting off. Strangely I have ALMOST gotten my eating under control. I did not go over my points this week, and I am finding substitutes for food I love. For example, I LOVE ice cream. I was sad until I discovered Halo Top and the WHOLE THING is only 6 Weight Watchers points! Now I am happy as a clam. But yet…..
There are so many things that I put off thinking it will be easier tomorrow or next week or even the next lifetime maybe. Like exercise. I know I am happier and all when I do my daily walk/run on the treadmill. Last year hitting 315 pounds spurned me to action, but now that I have lost weight and continue to lose weight on Weight Watchers I find it damn near impossible to motivate myself to walk two blocks to the gym. I suspect this is why some days I find it hard to focus and to get moving but like the blog says it doesn’t get easier and I would rather be a happy, tired wealthy woman than a poor fat slob. So I gotta get a move on. The first step is to get to the gym.

Yes I Went There

I love coffee.. Coffee and books make me happy and make my world go ‘round. You may have heard of the summer hottest drink. Lacroix coconut water with cold brew coffee. I am never one to skip out on a trend but this one….I finally got up the courage to make some and OMG it IS good! I drank my whole gallon in one day, and no I did not sleep that night. Got a lot of work done though.
I got the Dunkin Doughnut cold brew coffee and a case of coconut Lacroix. I took a gallon jug thingie poured in a gallon of Lacroix and stuck two coffee bags in it. The next morning I gathered up my courage and took a sip and was shocked at how good it was. Everyone I know of the line was like all.GROSS..But you DID think bulletproof coffee was good. Gross…See I told you I never skip a trend. If you like coffee and you like La Croix, then you should give this a try. A warning though doesn’t taste the coconut La Croix before hand it tastes exactly like suntan lotion. I don’t know why la Croix keeps making it when even die hard la Croix drinkers like me think it is horrible but alas coconut L a Croix and coffee is surprisingly good.

I am a book lover who loves to read and write. I only leave my apartment for food and MOAR books. I love to meet new people online so don't be afraid to say hi!

Bookish Podcasts I am Loving

Posted August 2, 2017 by Hillary in reading life / 2 Comments

podcasts for book lovers


As many of you know, last year I received cochlear ear implants. Well, I received them a year apart One in 2016 and one in 2017. At first, I was like this is not working but I kept at it wearing the dang things every single day and practicing listen while reading the book and watching more Youtube Videos than one person should admit to watching in their lifetime. I had a reason yo. I was gonna be a CI SUPERUSER! Everyone had their doubts as I was born Deaf and hearing aids were useless and I was deemed at the tender age of 12 an “oral failure” and sent to the state Deaf school. BUUUUT I was bound and determined to make my brain comprehend sounds. GUESS WHAT?! After two years I CAN! You should have seen the DR when I passed a hearing test for the first time EVAR! So now I am always listening to a podcast. My phone limits how many I can have as it is a 16 GB iPhone 6 plus. I so can’t wait to upgrade Next Month or whenever next iPhone comes out. You best believe I am getting the one with the most memory and storage.

The Podcasts below are the ones that Listen to ALLLLL….THE…TIME

What Should I Read Next

This one is my favorite. I always get so many recommendations on her show. I think I have found my people with this podcast. I love how real and raw it is. Like her prediction is not always on point but we all have another book to hunt down and see for yourself anyway.

From The Front Porch

This Podcast is about books and the south. I love Books, and I love the south, so it is right up my alley. The talk about other things also likes being booksellers in an independent bookstore (wait…they still have those?) I personally really like how they bring everything together into one delectable mishmash of topics.

Anything BookRiot puts out

They are always on top of what is going to be the next hit. I am not sure how they do it, but I am impressed. On their website, they said they have two years worth of podcasts so that I will be kept entertained for a long long, time



This is the first one that I was able to understand. I remember I was in a car with a friend and I put a podcast on “just to see, which” and I understood it! For that reason alone it holds a special place in my heart.heh or my head (get it?) This podcast centers around what I like to call more serious which just means all the books the book snobs are talking about. I like most of the books, So I get recs from this show also.

Smart Podcast Trashy Books

This podcast is just pure trashy fun. I mean that in the best way possible. I don’t read a lot of Romance, but I am hoping to change that and so far judging how popular this podcast is their recs resonate with their readers, so I am going to try to get ahold of some of the books they talk about.

The New York Public Library

I love Libraries, and I love Libraries that have podcasts. I love how they bring different people together to discuss the day’s topics. Warning this podcast will cause you to think. You think you hold a particular opinion but when you hear the OTHER side well…it can be uncomfortable and mind bending, and I love it.

Reading Glasses

This is a podcast about books AND the reading life. I JUST started it I am like two episodes in, but I think I am in love.


Tell me in the comments do YOU have any recs for bookish podcasts?

I am a book lover who loves to read and write. I only leave my apartment for food and MOAR books. I love to meet new people online so don't be afraid to say hi!

Life Goals for August 2017

Posted August 1, 2017 by Hillary in monthly goals / 2 Comments

 I like to make goals each month. Here are my goals for August 2007

Keep up With The Exercise

I have finally gotten back into the groove of exercising, and I want to keep it up. I am starting to feel good again, and I notice my productivity levels are going up. Which is good for a full-time blogger. People think blogging is easy, but it is not. It requires stamina. All jokes aside any endeavor where you are a one woman show requires stamina, and exercise increases your stamina so a huge plus.
It also helps with my anxiety and depression. I am hoping to stave off another depressive episode like I had the first six months of this year. My shrink says depression is helped by exercising and last year when I exercised for six months I felt goooooood! I am hoping to work my way back up to that.

Continue with Weight Watchers

I fell off the wagon with this one in the last half of July. Oops. I was doing well, but then I just got tired of tracking and didn’t go to meetings cause I did not want to face the scale.
I could whine about how it is a pain to track everything or I could suck it up and just do it. Whining has gotten me nowhere fast, so I am just going to suck it up and start tracking. That seems to be my biggest downfall with any diet I have tried. I track and lose weight then I get tired of tracking and..you guessed it.I either stall or gain weight. I would rather LOSE weight, and I know what I have to do to lose it, and that includes tracking what I eat in the Weight Watchers app. It is really easy. I am just lazy sometimes. I gotta develop discipline in some things. I got a LOT discipline in some areas and not so good discipline in other others. Gotta work on that! And I am paying for it so it just makes sense that I would use the program to its fullest capabilities.

Get Back Into Reading

I haven’t read much this month. It seems I have been slogging away with Tools of Titans forever and ever. That is one long ass book. I am almost done with it though so I have high hopes for August will be a great reading month. I have a HUGE problem with DNFing a book and Tools of Titans is a good book I just feel like I have been reading it forever and ever and I dunno.. I am not motivated to pick it up, and I have it in my head that I CAN’T read another book until I finish Tools Of Titans. Sounds stupid when I write that down. I am a sucker for self-help books, and I keep hoping that I will come across some magical new program in it but I seem to be really on top of the online tech stuff cause I have heard of and in most cases tried every program they mention in the book. I am almost done with it anyway though, can’t quit now.

Beyond The Pages

I am starting a new feature. I read so many self-help books, and I want to start to keep track of the things I read I try and implement them. I want to change this and actually, try and apply what I read. I have every intention of doing so when I read a book but then it just gets forgotten, and that is a shame for a New Age Self help junkie like me. So I have made a list of things that I want to try and implement.
I was trying to think of a name for this feature, and for the longest time I couldn’t think of one then Beyond the Pages jumped into my head on the treadmill yesterday morning, and I thought it was perfect. See Exercise IS good for something! I seem to get all my best ideas in the gym. First book up is Unfu@k Your Habitat. I will explain how I got my apartment in order in the Unfu*k Your Habitat style.


Start my booksagram

I have meant to do this all year, but yeah I got hit with a wallop of a depressive episode. Now that I am all better I am going to dig out my fancy camera and tackle Photoshop and do some books a gram posts. I know it may not look as pretty as some as I am just starting out but with practice comes progress Right? Or something like that. I enjoy seeing other peoples Booksagram, and I can only hope that mine will be half as good as some of the accounts that I see. Maybe I will take a photography course and a Photoshop course I LOVE courses can help you tell?

Cook More

I have come to face the fact that my dining out habits are getting in the way of my weight loss efforts. Restaurant foods are fattening and ridiculously high in points. There have been many times where I THOUGHT I was doing well in picking a low point food but nope. I took a good hard look at what I usually eat and well as I like to say…This is why I am fat…I am so good at the self-deprecating humor at times…but honestly, it is true. I mean eating out once in a while is ok but for me who does it almost every day, it is not good to my health AND weight loss efforts. I have had to go to the ER TWICE last month cause I passed out and my friends all thought I had died and called the ambulance. It turns out my blood sugar had dropped, and the DR told me I needed to change my eating habits and get my weight under control. I can cook somewhat, but I am going to practice and hopefully get good at it.

I am a book lover who loves to read and write. I only leave my apartment for food and MOAR books. I love to meet new people online so don't be afraid to say hi!

July 2017 in Review

Posted July 31, 2017 by Hillary in monthly wrap ups / 3 Comments


Well, here we are. July is over with, and August is almost here. I can’t believe it. I spent the first half of the year depressed and finally FINALLY after many medication changes and dosages change the depression lifted. I can see the light again. I wouldn’t wish that kind of depression on my worst enemy. I am determined to make the rest of the year rock. I am back to exercising, and on Aug first I am going Paleo again. I will have to be careful as I had some episodes of low blood sugar but the Dr is watching me. I am not going to be so strict that I refuse a coke if I am about to pass out but I want to get healthy, so I can THRIVE and not just merely live.

I have discovered Canva for Work, and I am in LOVE. I will still use Photoshop to edit pics but to make blog graphics and such Canva it is.

I can’t believe that I had this kitten for almost a month. He was born on April 1 but no jokes as he is ultra sensitive about THAT but the little fur face will be four months old Tomorrow. I think it s sinking in his skull that I am keeping him til he crosses the rainbow bridge, so all of the behavior issues are getting resolved. Who ever said cats don’t have feelings obviously never had one!

Here is what I blogged in July. I spent the first half still depressed then picked up the second half

I am still making my way through the big ass never-ending book Tools of Titans. There is a lot of good info in it though which is why I keep slogging through it.

Ohhhhh this is also the month that I started understanding podcasts. I have a post on that planned.

I didn’t read a book a day as I planned but I DID get back to work. I have another blog that is my “work” blog, and I have been hard at work on that one. So progress on something lol.

I am not sure what I plan to read this month. There are so many options. I have been getting unsolicited books in the mail from publishers, and that makes me feel like I have made it. Ha. Plus there are library books, Scribed and the list goes on and on. I have two books and a comic preordered. On Tuesday Garfield and Grumpy Cat hit my Kindle. A friend told me about that, and you better believe I went straight to ComiXology and subscribed to the series. I preordered the book by Modern Mrs. Darcy and a book on Magnesium. That book is big in the Paleo world so I was like I will just get it and that way I can refer to it.

So tell me what books are YOU most looking forward to in August?




I am a book lover who loves to read and write. I only leave my apartment for food and MOAR books. I love to meet new people online so don't be afraid to say hi!

Sunday Post/Salon

Posted July 30, 2017 by Hillary in Book Reviews / 4 Comments

I can’t believe that July is almost over! It is like half the year went by with out me. I want a do over. Since that is impossible, i am determined to make the last half of this year count. I got PLANS y’all. I will be telling you on August 1st ha ha

It has been sunny here thank God. All that rain was starting to get on my nerves. It will be winter soon enough here, so I want it to stay pretty weather for as long as possible. I even went out on the balcony to work this week. It has been cooler than usual though which makes me afraid that winter is gonna come early and it will be brutal.

I have been slacking off on the exercise. I told myself that I was gonna start again on the first and that way I can have a fresh start with a new month. I love how my brain works sometimes.

I must have hit it big in the book blogging world with out even knowing it. I got two unsolicited review copies in the mail this week. This is the first time EVAR that I got unsolicited copies. They are from Penguin Random house too. They are How To Change a Life and I can’t seem to find the other one. Will have to look for it.

I am still working on reading Tools of Titans. It has been hard to focus this week. The cat stole my ADHD meds and I just yesterday found them behind the recliner. It is a good thing he is cute. That kitten is a trip. Now that I have my ADHD meds back I am hoping I can make a dent in my reading and blogging this week.

I am REALLY sad about Coke Zero going off the market. I have decided to look at it as the Universe helping me stick with my Paleo Diet come Aug 1st. I don’t like any other diet pop expect Coke Zero, and I can’t have regular soda cause it makes me nauseated, so water it is. Sighhh it must be the end times.

Oh, Guess what mark your calendars for Aug 11 because I will be doing a take over of One Woman shop on Instagram! I am nervous and excited both!

I have been playing with Canva for Work, and I am in love! Now I too can have pretty blog graphics!

I have been listening to a LOT of podcasts. I have finally realized that I will never be “caught up” cause I could only really understand them in the past couple months and some people have YEARS of podcast episodes, so I am just listening to them as they come up on my iPhone. I am starting to have my favorites which I will tell about in a later post. If you have any podcasts recs leave them in the comments!



I am a book lover who loves to read and write. I only leave my apartment for food and MOAR books. I love to meet new people online so don't be afraid to say hi!

Book Review:Sci-Fi Junior High by John Martin, Scott Seegert

Posted July 26, 2017 by Hillary in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

ISBN: 9781407180885
Book Review:Sci-Fi Junior High by John Martin, Scott SeegertSci-Fi Junior High by Scott Seegert
Published by Scholastic UK on March 6th 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Humorous Stories
Pages: 304
Source: library
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At Sci-Fi Junior High, everyone knows Kelvin Klosmo's scientist parents are geniuses, but Kelvin's own geniusness hasn't exactly ... kicked in yet. Can he keep his secret hidden, even when an evil scientist takes the form of a stuffed bunny and tries to conquer the universe? A hilarious illustrated story that's out of this world!

I first heard about this book on another blog, and at the moment I am craving some excellent Sci-Fi. Sci-Fi Junior High also takes place in space. A little kiddie space opera. This was right up my alley.

I read this when I was still depressed, and it was just the sort of story that I needed.something cheery, short and fun.

Kelvin is the new dude in school. His parents are a super genius, so that means he is also right? WRONG! He can’t let anyone know though. He like every other kid desperately wants to fit in and if that means pretending to be a super genius then so be it.

Kelvin then goes through typical middle school kid problems which include bullying, not knowing about things around him and trying to be cool.

Bullying is a hot topic at the moment, and I loved how the book handles this issue. There is no violence unless you count getting shoved into a space helmet violence, but seriously no guns, no shootings no deaths or anything like that. That was refreshing. I understand the need to face those topics, but I do get weary of reading about violence. I read to escape at times, and this book provided a much-needed escape from reality that I so desperately needed at the time.

I also liked the fact that he had a family in this book. Has anyone noticed that most books geared toward younger readers leave out the whole family aspect? It is like the kiddies just went BOOM and came out of nowhere. He also had friction with his family, and THAT was fun to see how he handled THAT.  I mean all kids have a conflict with their families, and they need a way to understand how to manage them and to know that they are not alone in the problems that they have. I could have used a book like this when I was in middle school.

I also LOVED the illustrations. This is a book imprint that is trying to get reluctant readers to read, and I feel that they do a pretty good damn job of it. It is short; the text is broken up, so it does not like it is a million words that no middle schooler wants to plow through. It had cute pics to help readers who may not have gotten to the full on “can read well” phase. I feel that this book will be a big hit among relucent readers.

Rating Report
Overall: five-stars
I am a book lover who loves to read and write. I only leave my apartment for food and MOAR books. I love to meet new people online so don't be afraid to say hi!