For What It's Worth

For What It's Worth

Wednesday, December 9, 2020

Tell Me Something Tuesday

Tell Me Something Tuesday is a weekly discussion post where bloggers discuss a wide range of topics from books and blogging to life in general.

Join in by answering this weeks question in the comments or on your own blog.

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In what will be a surprise to no one – I’ve missed the past few weeks of TMST because I seem to have gone into blogger hibernation mode.

I’m thinking of maybe posting once a month wrap-up style until I get my groove back – a monthly book post, life post and TMST.

So, I’m going to do a little catching up today with a few past TMST topics. I had really wanted to do the Thanksgiving one especially because even if I’m being a slacker lately, the blogging community is one of the things that always keeps me going.

11/24 topic: Gratitude. What books/authors/narrators/bloggers are you most thankful for this year?

Answer: Easy answer (& it’s true!) ALL of you! But a few specific shout outs to…

Roberta from OffbeatYA for being my #1 cheer leader

Lauren from Shooting Stars Mag & Blodeuedd from Book Girl of Mur-y-Castell for still existing lol There are only a few of us *original* bloggers left.

Jen Ryland Reviews for…everything. She’s my go to for venting, advice and recommendations.

Amber from DuLivre because she’s just an awesome person & blogger. And have you seen her baby??!! Baby Aria pictures have gotten me through 2020. No, seriously. Special thanks to Amber for DM’ing bonus pictures when I need them most lol

Lindsi from Do You Dog Ear for being a great friend & texting buddy.

Jen from That’s What I’m Talking About – there are several of us now co-hosting TMST but really it’s Jen who has taken on most of the work coordinating and keeping track of topics so THANK YOU. She also won my pay it forward giveaway earlier this year and used her $25 to make a donation to the New Hampshire Humane Society in memory of Fonzi & it was such a thoughtful gesture and kind thing to do.

Authors/narrators – I’ve loved all of Elizabeth Acevedo’s books and especially her narration. And a new favorite is Joniece Abbot-Pratt. She narrated both Raybearer and Grown and is fabulous!

12/1 topic: Share a book centric childhood memory.

Answer: I was not a big reader as a child. My only memory of specific books was a dinosaur fossil book that I had. I carried it everywhere! I guess I thought I was going to discover dinosaur tracks or bones?? lol

My parents also collected National Geographic magazines so I read those a lot. And at a later stage (I think I was around 10) I snuck a copy of Helter Skeltor. It had pictures of the crime scene and I became both obsessed and scared the shit out of myself. 

12/8 topic: How do you organize your Goodreads shelf?

via GIPHY

Answer: I always have the best intentions of re-organizing my Goodreads shelves but yeah – they’re a hot mess. There are some random shelves still there from years ago when I thought I would go by genres etc. Basically, I use – month read, year, YA (why no other genre?? I don’t know my logic there lol) ARC, and now library, Kindle Unlimited shelves for each year so I can keep track of where I’m getting my books from.

I am surrounded by next level planners and organizers and always feel weird that I’m not like that but I don’t care?? I just read and mostly keep track of the total number for the year/each month. I don’t have shelves for what I want to read either.

Now I’m up to date on my topics! feel free to chime in on any of my answers & I’ll be back on the 29th (I hope lol) for favorite audiobooks because I DO have several! 2020 was the year I embraced the audiobook. 

32 comments:

  1. I want to organize your GR shelves now :D

    Oh and yes so few of us originals left. Aww the olden days

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  2. I tried to have really specific shelves like I have seen on other readers' accounts, but I was too lazy to keep them up.

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    1. I start to do them but then...stop and it just leaves me with even more random shelves lol

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  3. You listed some great bloggers that I love!!! We are so blessed to have such influencers.

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  4. I don't know why it didn't occur to me to do a catch up post back when I missed a few! Smart.

    I agree, Jen is amazing and has definitely been the driving force in keeping TMST going. Very grateful for her. And the blogging community in general.

    LOL about your fossil book. Who knows? It could've happened!

    I'm currently working on redoing my goodreads shelves and it's a big project, but also, so worth it for me (I'm ridiculously type A and it was stressful to me that they were such a mess). But, whatever system works for you, right? I love the YA shelf BTW too funny!

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    1. I've done that a few times and it helps when I truly can't get to a topic in time or when I have shorter answers :-))

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  5. "Roberta from OffbeatYA for being my #1 cheer leader"
    📣 😁 💛

    It's funny how the dinosaur book story stuck with you. You must have been very fond of that book!

    I would have been suspicious if you had GR shelves. I would have thought that a body-snatcher got you 🤣 😉.

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  6. My GR shelves are a mess lol. I am a disorganized mess really. I've fallen behind on blogging and it's been difficult to catch up. I have a bunch of half started posts but then something happens around here and I can't catch up.

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    1. I just don't care about organizing my books to that level for myself.

      Ugh...blogging. ZERO motivation there.

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  7. So much yes for Elizabeth Acevedo! 👏👏👏✨

    I been getting blogger blah, too. Heh heh. Your pics of Kai and Ripley brighten my days on IG. ☺

    I'm kind of getting excited about next year's reading. I am about to draft my 2021 challenges post. Here's to a less stressful new year. 💯

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    1. Awww that makes me happy. There are so many people with animal or kid pics that make my day.

      I'm really curious if I ever get my motivation back. Good luck to you!!

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  8. Reading Helter Skelter at age 10 probably scarred you for life. LOL I read it in my early 20's and even then I had nightmares for weeks that the Manson family was after me. Gah!

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    1. Yeah - my mother took it away from me but I kept finding it lol I had this really morbid curiosity about it even though it also freaked me out.

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  9. I WILL ALWAYS SEND YOU DMS OF HAPPINESS.

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  10. Yay for original bloggers haha- so many people have left we gotta hang on to the ones that are left! And I had a few dinosaur books too, I think. I read em over and over. :)

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    1. SO many people have quit. It's depressing but I feel like we're left with a core group that supports each other.

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  11. Blogger hibernation mode is a good description for this funk... I'm also feeling a case of Reader hibernation mode and that's just not compatible with being a book blogger, lol.
    People's baby/pet pics have kept me going this year. I love your Ripley and Kai!

    I don't do Goodreads shelves...

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    1. I'm feeling exactly the same. I feel like I'm on the fringe of blogger world. I'm barely reading or blogging but kind of sort of still here lol

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  12. I've met so many great people by having a blog. It's been a lot of fun.

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    1. Even though I'm not very active - checking in always makes me feel better.

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  13. I love that the one childhood book you loved was about dinosaur fossils 😂

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    1. I was OBSESSED!! lol

      I wish I could remember the book but it had all these dinosaur facts and tracks so I thought for sure I could find a fossil lol

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  14. You were behind on your posts and I'm behind on reading posts! I love that you played catch up in one fell swoop! I'm thankful that we've gotten to know each other better in 2020... Here's to a wonderful 2021! *HUGS*

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    1. I think we're all behind in one way or another lol

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  15. Fun reading through your answers, Karen! I'm glad you all picked up TMST because it's one of my favorite posts to read at blogs.

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    1. That's great! It's a wonderful prompt for me when I'm otherwise lazy and have nothing to post lol

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  16. My blogging has gone by the wayside this last couple of weeks. I'm sick of Blogger and just feel too busy and stressed to just get stuff done! I'm grateful to the patience of my blogging friends and thankful that they have supported me through everything this year. I'm always in the middle of sorting my Goodreads shelves but they remain half done again this year!

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  17. I totally understand. It seems like so much is going on, but then there's not much going on(lol) and we have to take a step back from blogging because of life in general. I like the idea of putting it all together in one post. Showing gratitude is always so wonderful. I've always been a reader, and I remember going to bed at night with a flashlight so I could finish reading, and I often got aught by my mom!(lol) Sending some Holiday Hugs your way! RO

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