This is our little world at the moment. Snow, snow and more snow. Since Wednesday, our little world has come to a complete standstill. We had about 3 inches of snow and everything has stopped. The children haven't been to school; the shops are selling out of bread and milk; my poor little VW is shivering outside the house and refusing to go out in case he gets scratched and dented. The worst thing out of all this is that the library loans I am waiting for have been 'in transit' since Wednesday, with no hope of them reaching the library. Ho hum! I know, I know, you are all saying, 'But you got loads of books for Christmas Viv', but a girl can never have too many books!
Apart from our world feeling like it is void of colour ( I feel a bit like the lead character in The Ice Queen by Alice Hoffman, who loses her ability to see red, only I can't see any colours), I am feeling rather chipper. I feel that lots of you lovely bloggers have inspired me this week.I have read some really interesting blogs that have made me look at what I have planned this year.
Firstly, check out Jessica's post over at Both Eyes Book blog, who managed to read 500 books in 2009. This girl is my hero; she works full time; has children and organised a wedding this year, still finding time to fit in 500 books. Amazing what you can do if you put your mind to it. Jessica has definitely inspired me to top my 120 books this year. I am doing well so far, as since the beginning of January I have already read 5 books, with another nearly finished.
Secondly, JKaye has inspired me to get on with my writing. JKaye has a new blog called '365 Days of Novel Writing,' which follows her daily journey into the world of becoming a successful author. Each day she writes what she has done and how she feels. I have found this to be really helpful and I have actually got off my butt and started to follow her guidelines to help me write.
Lastly, Carmen over at Whoopidoo...ings is getting me all worked up into a frenzy as she starts planning to make all her presents for Christmas 2010. I am so impressed by the websites that she has found and I have come across some lovely gifts that are quite easy to make. Check out the sites that Carmen recommends here and ease the cost of next Christmas. There are some lovely foodie presents,as well as cupcake bathbombs and felt cupcakes,which are all relatively easy to make. Follow the links on Carmen's site to the money saving experts and see what everyone is making.
So all these sites have got me geared up for lots more reading, more organisation, lots of writing and planning for next year's Christmas.
I have started organising my life already by halfing the amount of blogs in my google reader. I found I had so many blogs that I never really read or commented on blocking it up, which made me feel really heavy. By getting rid of all the ones I don't read, I feel like I have gained an extra hour a day. I have to recommend it, as it made me feel like a weight had been lifted.
As I mentioned above, I have read so much more already this week.
I finished 'Ruined' by Paula Morris, which I reviewed here; I also finished 'The Seance' by John Harwood, which I will be reviewing this week.
I also read 'The Ice Queen' by Alice Hoffman, 'The Stonewalkers' by Vivien Alcock and 'Saving CeeCee Honeycutt' by Beth Hoffman. Out of the last three I read, I have to say that 'Saving CeeCee Honeycutt' blew me away. The hype surrounding this debut is definitely for real. I want to live in this book. I hope to review all three books this week.
I have nearly finished reading How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff, which is kind of weird, but enjoyable. I have also started reading Thaw by Fiona Robyn, which Fiona kindly sent me and is released this February.
As I mentioned last week, I am slowly working my way through The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley and when I say slowly, I really mean slowly. I will be happy to get through about 100 pages a week.
So that is my reading week. I hope to get a lot more done this week, but that will depend on the weather as more snow has been predicted. Anyway, off now to prepare Sunday roast for my parents. Have a great Sunday.