MIDWEEK ME TIME: 8/30/2017

BACK UP, FOLKS!  It’s ME time!

I have done Midweek Me Time, a weekly blog feature, and more importantly, a time once a week where I force myself to unplug and unwind, since I started my venture in the book community a few months ago.  Unfortunately, the past couple weeks I chose to skip this time to myself/break from the internet and social media.

I didn’t think it was that big of a deal at the time because I didn’t do this prior to creating my blog, but then again, I also didn’t spend this much time online prior to starting my blog.

Trust me, I NEED THIS TIME.

Have you ever thought about designating some time where you absolutely do not go online and just relax?  Read back through my past Midweek Me Time posts to see my thoughts on it and consider joining in on Wednesday evenings!

Now, let’s talk about tonight…

Girls Made of Snow and Glass

I have been a major slacker this summer with reading…also another reason why I need to spend a little more time offline!

I recently received an ARC of Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust from Flatiron Books, which releases September 5, 2017.  Check out what the story is about:

Synopsis:

Frozen meets The Bloody Chamber in this feminist fantasy reimagining of the Snow White fairytale

At sixteen, Mina’s mother is dead, her magician father is vicious, and her silent heart has never beat with love for anyone—has never beat at all, in fact, but she’d always thought that fact normal. She never guessed that her father cut out her heart and replaced it with one of glass. When she moves to Whitespring Castle and sees its king for the first time, Mina forms a plan: win the king’s heart with her beauty, become queen, and finally know love. The only catch is that she’ll have to become a stepmother.

Fifteen-year-old Lynet looks just like her late mother, and one day she discovers why: a magician created her out of snow in the dead queen’s image, at her father’s order. But despite being the dead queen made flesh, Lynet would rather be like her fierce and regal stepmother, Mina. She gets her wish when her father makes Lynet queen of the southern territories, displacing Mina. Now Mina is starting to look at Lynet with something like hatred, and Lynet must decide what to do—and who to be—to win back the only mother she’s ever known…or else defeat her once and for all.

Entwining the stories of both Lynet and Mina in the past and present, Girls Made of Snow and Glass traces the relationship of two young women doomed to be rivals from the start. Only one can win all, while the other must lose everything—unless both can find a way to reshape themselves and their story.

(Goodreads)

I was super intrigued by this book!  I am only a couple of chapters in, but it is definitely interesting, and I cannot wait to see where it leads!

I am hoping to put a good dent in my reading of it tonight.  I had hopes of finishing it before the month’s end, but, well, that’s tomorrow, and I don’t know if that will happen.  We will see, though!

I like to enjoy some at-home spa action during my Midweek Me Time, and tonight is no exception!

This book has a great Snow WhiteFrozen kind-of vibe, so I thought one of my favorite candles would be perfect to burn tonight — “Winter in Stars Hollow” by Bubble and Geek.  I love this company because it is based in West Virginia, where I live!  *Side note:  This tin (pictured in the featured photo) was part of a Stars Hollow season set, and I adore all of the seasons, so I highly recommend it for Gilmore Girls fans!

I am running low on bath bombs, but I have a bath “dust” from All of the Book Things (currently on a possibly permanent break) that seems fitting!  Delaney, owner of All of the Book Things, created an ACOTAR-themed bath dust for a past Sarah J. Maas Nerdy Post box, and it has a fabulous blackish, grey color that is reminiscent of the gorgeous book cover for Girls Made of Snow and Glass.

Finally, although it is Feyre, I felt compelled to use my beautiful magnetic bookmark from NerdyGrl Designs while reading this book.  She doesn’t look like any of the characters described, but I think her dress reminds me, again, of the book’s cover.

Now, I am off now to get some reading done and relax for the evening.  I can’t wait to see where this story leads, and I look forward to sharing my thoughts on it in a couple days!

I hope you all unplug and unwind a little, too.

Until next time…xo

FIND IT:  Amazon |  Goodreads

 

6 thoughts on “MIDWEEK ME TIME: 8/30/2017

  1. I like this idea of having a weekly time slot to stop. When I go away on holidays, it’s often to the same place and there is no wifi. I always feel so refreshed and my mind is not caught up with the mostly useless things on social media etc, and I get so much reading done (and I don’t fall down that endless hole of scrolling through instagram/pinterest/twitter etc until past midnight!). I love it and always promise to myself that I will continue to do so when I get home, but of course, I slip back into old habits! Your idea might be easier to stick to. I will give it a go!

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    1. I definitely encourage it! It isn’t terribly long; I work till 5p so it is only a few hours, but it is a few hours where I promise myself I will focus on relaxing and reading. Our lives revolve around the internet so much, especially as bloggers, that we miss out on a lot of the real world, so it’s just a tiny way to counteract all of that! I really look forward to walking away from my phone/tablet/computer on Wednesdays! If you decide to do it sometime, let me know 😊

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  2. I really loved this post! I definitely understand spending time off line though! I could probably read a lot more if I didn’t always go on Instagram or Twitter, but I still love them both because they keep me connected with the amazing book community! 🙂

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    1. Thank you 😊 I know I won’t realistically stay offline for long, which is why I stick to Wednesday evenings after work. It helps, and I have my blog post/social media posts for this scheduled AHEAD of time, and I really only do those to spread the word and share my current read & some bookish goodies 😊

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