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Cozy Reads for the Cozy Season

I was recently introduced to cozy fantasy books novels and I have not turned back! I read one last month and fell head over heels in love with it. I immediately started looking for more and so fare have found one, but hope to find more!

How about introducing you all to the book that started it all for? That book is Legends & Lattes and I am OBSESSED WITH IT!

I actually saw this in a friend’s story at the tale end of the summer and didn’t really think about it. In October I was looking for a fantasy, but not one that was going to require to much thinking on my part. I wanted something fun and light hearted and this was it! From the first page to the last page I felt like I was being held by a warm blanket. The story is dreamy and full of coffee and baked goods and what more could you want?! To add to the charm of the coffee and baked goods is an underlying love story and some lovely friendships! If that hasn’t sold you, I don’t know what will, but you need to check this book out today! I know I this is going to become my go to, feel good read and I cannot wait to read it again!!

The next book, per Amazon, that was recommended to me was Can’t Spell Treason Without Tea and I cannot wait to pick this one up too!

From the reviews I have read and either the author note in the book, this is just like Legends & Lattes. I was so relieved to read that and a lot of the reviews for this book make it seem like another perfect cozy fantasy! I don’t know if this is a recent genre, but this I can already tell this is going to be something that I go to when I need a pick me up this winter! I cannot wait to share more from this genre as I discover them, and if you have some be sure to share those as well!

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Music to Read By

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How about some music to read by on this Wednesday? Little known fact about me, I actually went to school for Music Education, not only that but I LOVED to teach my kiddos about music history and movie music while I was still an educator. I am a FIRM believer in the power of music not just in our daily lives but also in our reading lives! When you have a good playlist, nothing can stop you from reading.

While I love to also have TV on when I read, I think it’s great to have an instrumental playlist going while you read as well (not at the same time as the TV obviously…). Some people can handle the noise and some cannot, so if you want to test out if this is something for you, I always recommend trying instrumental music first. Some movie/film music can be best for reading! If you put on a whole album of a film score on you seriously can’t go wrong!

I believe a good playlist has waves to it, it does not remain static, so this playlist reflects that! While it has its smooth moments there are also jarring moments of classical and film music. I highly recommend not skipping any of these songs but letting it move with you as you work your way through your book. You might be surprised how much you enjoy the changes!


Reading Slumps

Well, I’m back. I’m writing and reading again, finally, and I’m loving it! I feel like I can’t go 6 months without one of these slumps and a post about them. I usually try to talk through a reading/writing slump on here because it helps me to figure out why it happened. I also know other people struggle with slumps, so sometimes it’s nice to know you’re not alone!

First off, usually each of my slumps involves a stressful life event. You know what I mean? It doesn’t necessarily have to be something huge, but it’s usually something big-ish. Past slump starters have been things dealing with my job, family things or in this case buying a house. I feel like in these cases it’s super important not to get down on ourselves for not reading. I also think it’s important to acknowledge that these things are stressing us out too much to read, something we love to do!

After I see/notice that I’ve gotten myself in a reading slump I like to come up with a reading plan. Normally in a slump (especially one of these stress related slumps) I have a hard time picking up an actual book. I can’t concentrate long enough to read anything so I switch exclusively to audiobooks. Audiobooks are the absolute best for me in a slump! I’m able to listen to and enjoy an audiobook while working, running errands or exercising. When I say audiobooks help save me during a slump I’m not kidding. They literally keep my mind busy and off my stresses and continue to give me a way to read.

Sometimes though, I’m not able to read at all. During this last slump (all of June) I picked up one book. I couldn’t get into audiobooks and every time I tried to pick up a new read, I immediately put it down. In this case I took all of June off. There were a lot of life changes happening for me in June and although I love books, I didn’t have any energy to devote to them. And guess what? THAT’S OKAY! It’s okay to take a break from reading. It’s okay to step back. Always put yourself first.

So yeah, that’s how I approach slumps. I acknowledge them, try to tackle them with audiobooks but if all else fails it’s okay to take a break! I know none of this is groundbreaking or new information, but sometimes it’s good just to see you’re not alone. Life happens and sometimes we just have to roll with the punches!

Happy reading!!