The craziness of back-to-school in September took my mind away from sharing the pages I had created in my bullet journal for September 2020. But better late than never! Because September is the beginning of the new academic year here in Canada, I decided to focus on one of the tools elementary school children frequently use: the coloured pencil. For my quote, I decided to use a line that I loved from Anne with an E, a show that I had been watching on Netflix.
Creating the pages took a while – but I had time. I began drawing and colouring in mid-October and worked on my journal everyday until it was ready for the beginning of the month.
I love the idea I had for the mood tracker. I enjoy colouring in the pencils every day in the evening – and the page is currently looking so good.
I created a planning page for both my blogging and Instagram posts. Unfortunately not much was filled in this month.
For the first two weeks of the month, I created a dutch door. It worked really well not only because the rows of coloured pencils brightened the pages, but also because the layout suited the number of days in the first week of September.
The layout for the third and fourth week of September also look pleasing and I enjoyed filling in the spaces.
On the whole, I took pleasure in creating and filling these pages. Now I look for inspiration for October!
What writing tool do you tend to use the most often?
This month’s theme for my bullet journal is simple and was inspired by someone I follow on Instagram (@bujoforstars). I was a bit behind with my spreads this month – and as of now have not yet completed my cover page. The reason for this, I suppose, is that there is not much happening in my life and I am able to keep all plans and dates in my head.
I am hoping to slowly fill in the blank spaces with online talks by authors and meetups with friends.
I am sure the end of August will be a busy one as I get ready for back-to-school. I am hoping that soon I will have permission to go into my classroom and start setting up for the new school year. I am sure that I will need to put practices in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19. I am starting to think of adjusting my practices as we will not be able to do a lot of group work.
But in the meantime the days continue to meld into one another and I use my journal more as a diary than a planner.
As we move towards the end of April, I thought that I would share with you the spreads in my bullet journal. Using the ideas from YouTuber Amanda Rach Lee as inspiration, I centred the drawings on working spaces around the home. My bookish quote was found on the internet and, unfortunately, I do not know its origin.
As I worked on the monthly calendar, I knew I would not be filling in many dates. What I did fill in were the online teacher meetings with my school administration.
I spent quite a lot of time creating my mood and habit trackers. I love the way the page looks – and as I am filling it in with colour, it brightens my day.
My weekly spreads have not been filled with too many events – except for the online sessions I have organised with my students. I am currently using my journal to write down my thoughts and feelings for the day – a little like a diary. It is definitely working for me.
As we near the end of April, we move towards the two month mark of staying at home due to COVID-19. Working on my journal and creating its pages has been a source of relaxation for me.
Has you done any drawing or colouring during the month of April as a form of relaxation?
I have finally caught up with all my March reviews – it did take a while 🙂 – and I wasn’t surprised to see that I had read a total of 15 books during the third month of the year: 12 were books or ARCs that I had on my shelves, 1 was a library book, and 2 were audiobooks that I had loaned from the virtual library.
I read a range of genres: middle grade, romance, thriller, historical fiction, as well as fantasy. So many were excellent reads and could have been chosen as my favourite novel for March. One book, however, does stand out from the rest: Red Hood by Elana K. Arnold.
The novel is a fantasy retelling of Little Red Riding Hood and it captured my attention from the first page. If you are curious and want to know more about this tale, please head on over to read my review here.
As we continue with social distancing and the stay-at-home mandate given by our government, I may find myself reading as much in April. Only time will tell. 🙂
During the past week while on our schools are on spring break and we have been practicing social distancing, I have worked on getting my bullet journal up to date. Yesterday while writing in my journal entry for the day, I realised that I had not yet shared my March spreads in this space. I determined to rectify that oversight.
For March I decided to loosely follow the theme created by Amanda Rach Lee, a YouTuber that I follow. I say loosely as I used a different quote to what she chose as well as a different layout for my weekly and monthly spread. As I enjoy reading, I have chosen to write down each month a quote from one of the books I have enjoyed reading. This month, the quote is from Unblemished by Sara Ella, a Young Adult Fantasy novel.
I used the leaf theme Amanda Rach Lee came up with in my monthly spread. While keeping my spread simple, I adapted her idea to suit my requirements. I liked the way she incorporated the leaves into a mood tracker and thought I could create something similar. I used a mood tracker in February and enjoyed filling it in therefore thought I would work on one again this month.
I adjusted the weekly spread and used a format that I have enjoyed using in the past. The spread has been quick and easy for me to recreate each week in March so far. I am loving its simplicity as well as the colours that I used.
Because of the social distancing so many of us are adhering to, the days this week (and next week) are free of plans. I am using the space, though, to keep a record of what I am doing at home as well as my thoughts.
What theme are you using this month in your bullet journal?
I am a little late with my monthly wrap-up. With all that has been going on in my work life, my routine has been a little skewered. 😦 As I have finished reading my first book for February, I thought I had best do my wrap up post before posting the review of my completed read.
During the month of January I managed to read 7 titles:
Courtney Alameda & Valynne Maetani Seven Deadly Shadows – Young Adult Fantasy ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️5 stars
Rebecca Raisin The Little Bookshop on the Seine – Women’s Contemporary Fiction ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️4 stars
Lamar Giles Not So Pure and Simple – Young Adult Contemporary ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️4 stars
Christina Lauren Twice in a Blue Moon – Romance ⭐️⭐️2 stars
Martin Michaud Never Forget – Police Procedural ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️5 stars
Abbi Waxman The Bookish Life of Nina Hill ⭐️⭐️⭐️3 stars
Karen McBride Crow Winter ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️5 stars
The title of my favourite book kept shifting as I read more books during the month. After reading Seven Deadly Shadows by Courtney Alameda & Valynne Maetani, I was sure that this amazing fantasy novel would remain my best read. However, Never Forget by Martin Michaud was just as good, though a different genre. After reading Crow Winter by Karen McBride, the novel immediately took first place as I knew it would be my favourite.
This debut novel touched me to the core in unexpected ways. The imagery used was beautiful; and I loved seeing the growth and development of a young woman as she overcomes her grief for her father and connects with the cultural traditions of her ancestors. The story also has a sub-story as colonialism is referred to. The Anishnaabe group are seen as grieving over the loss of their culture; and yet there is hope as the young people turn back to the ways of the past and the Europeans living on the traditional lands attempt to make restitution. If you are interested in reading more about my thoughts on this novel, you may find it here.
Many of the books I read in January were good choices and I look forward to seeing what February will bring me.
I have been colouring my bookish page for a while now and decided this summer I would finish it so that I can complete the project I I have in mind. Last night saw me Netflixing and colouring the last line of the illustrated shelf.
Last week Thursday was World Penguin Day. The Penguin is our school mascot so every year the entire school focuses on these wonderful creatures. In my classroom, my students worked on a number of activities that I had prepared for them – one of which was colouring in a beautiful penguin mandala that I had found.
Colouring is a great way for the children to practice holding and manoeuvring the pencil. It is also a calming activity which most children love to do. I am sure that by the end of today, all the boys and girls will be done with the task and I will put them up on the board for us all to enjoy.
During the month of November, I read 7 books for this year’s Book Pledge, bringing my total for read books this year to 83. I am wondering whether I will be able to read 100 books this year – so near and yet so far! – but that means I will have to read 17 books total. Even though I am on break, I do not think I will manage it. Maybe 90 books.
The titles I read in November are listed below. To read my reviews (if you haven’t already), click on the title in the following list:
Beartown by Fredrik Backman – contemporary fiction ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5 stars
Bring Me Back by B. A. Paris – thriller, psychological thriller, suspense ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 4 stars
Reflecting on my choice of reads for the past month, I realise that I have two favourites: Beartown by Fredrik Backman as well as Damsel by Elana K. Arnold. Both novels feature the strength of women and how they find the strength within themselves to change what has been done to them by a man. Even though I love the fantasy novel Damsel, I do choose Beartown to be my book of the month. The novel focuses on so many issues, and it made me feel so many emotions while reading it.
What was your favourite read in November? Share your choice, or the link to your post, below.
Reflecting on my choice of reads for the past month, I would say that I have chosen well. I read so many books that I enjoyed! Two of them, The Lost Queen and Shadow of the Fox, have sequels coming out (hopefully next year). I enjoy both of these genres (historical ad fantasy) and look forward to continuing with the stories. As I have to choose one for my favourite, I would choose Shadow of the Fox. Why? For the humour. Reading the story made me smile, and made me think of the anime that I enjoyed watching with my family a few Christmases ago.
What was your favourite read in October? Share your choice, or the link to your post, below.