Posted in BOOKS, Hobbies

TBR February 2017


I usually get my books at The Bookdepository.

Here are some links associated with reading and the books mentioned:


Diana Gabaldon

Sara Gruen

Michael J. Sullivan

Ruth Goodman

Posted in Life, Personal

Update on my Bullet Journalling

I have been bullet journalling since September last year. I started by just using an old empty spiral notebook which of course I had to personalise.
Being a stationery junkie as well, bullet journalling is so dangerous as it gave me an excuse to splurge on some beautiful stickers, washi tape and pens. I bought a 36-pack of Staedtler Fineliners which here in Oz cost me over $30. The BJ (Bullet Journal) also brought back memories of my schooling in East Germany where we had learned to write with fountain pens. I remembered suddenly how I loved using them as it – incredibly – forces your handwriting to be neater. So, I have now bought a couple of fountain pens as well:
  1. Rose Fountain Pen – which I found on Etsy – the shop is JournalBoutiqueAUS
  2. Momoi Printed Pink Fountain Pen – which I bought on YesStyle (I think this is not available anymore
  3. You need Blotting Paper if you write with Fountain Pens. Again, this is made by the lovely Melanie of Wiccked (Etsy)
And then I saw this little travellers notebook:
I also suddenly had numerous other notebook options as detailed in my previous post
Late last year I decided to try two notebooks, the smaller cute traveller notebook for the daily carrying about and the A5 notebook to leave at home to complete and fill in lists (habit tracker and weekly spreads for example). However, I find I hardly use the little red book and am seriously thinking of abandoning it – at least for the originally intended purpose. Luckily the cover and my home-made inserts (I found awesome instructions to make these on Poketfullofvintage’s YouTube channel. It can be re-used as the little books are just held via elastic bands and can be replaced.
Another trial in my January setup was that I followed up the monthly January spread with every week of the month right after after. Basically I was sitting one day and prepared January  2017 and 4 weekly spreads at once. I now find that this method loses me and I am not remembering or using the weeks as I was last year when I sat down every Sunday (night mostly) and prepared the following week. It is the short-term memory I think that gets lost when doing the whole months upfront. I will abandon that method from February onward and revert to my Sunday ritual for the following week as I did it originally.
Or a new way of doing the planning might be the daily prep each night to see if that works. The reason behind that would be that some days might be busier and more task-heavy than others. And in doing this daily preparation no journal paper/page will be wasted by a not so busy day 🙂 but allow enough for very busy days.
Another thing I will not continue is the spending log. I really cannot keep this up. I am using a budget every month on an Excel spreadsheet for the last two years and think that is sufficient enough. I also keep forgetting to log a few dollars here and there which defeats the purpose.
What I will keep are the monthly colour-coding (I keep the washi tape needed for that month handy), the habit tracker, the weekly spreads, the gift idea list for each important person in my life, the shopping list – this is not the weekly groceries but rather special things like my candle wick trimmer or the skipping rope –  and definitely the theme I introduced for each month. January 2017 is my “grateful/gratitude” month. Of course I have more lists to keep such as my “Books to read” and so on.
A short mention to my digital calendar on my phone. I couldn’t be without it and still need it as more often than not these days I leave the house with just my phone. Using the calendar I can quickly add any new appointments and scheduled task which I then religiously transfer to my paper format once I get back to it at night.
I find it amazing how my usage of the BJ evolves in such a short period. I haven’t yet found my perfect system but i will keep trying to develop it.
What I do find however although I am not using a “diary” as such anymore, i am still dependant on my wall calendar in my office as it shows me any bills that are due just by turning my head :-). I do transfer these to the BJ when I setup the month and the weeks. Come to think of it, I may do away with the month as well. As I previously mentioned, I have a short-term memory rather than long term and the weeks serve me better while the wall calendar could be my monthly trigger and reminder.
There are so many ideas that have been developed from the original Bullet Journal system by Ryder Carroll  and I am still crawling the world wide web, or Pinterest for that matter to get my inspirations. Here are some that I follow on my instagram or have bookmarked
don't be afraid to fail be afraid to not try
Posted in BOOKS, Personal, The Geek in me

Professional Books…

… are still THE thing.
From the “Dummies” series to subject matter books, in this case bookkeeping, GST and tax rulings and such. If I find a book somewhere in the shops or within a discussion and find the cost a bit steep I will always check the same on the Book Depository.

More often than not I will find what I am looking for at a much lower price and in all varieties such as hard cover, paperback and sometimes e-books.

I have been buying my own and my children’s books for a few years now at the BD and have not ever had a problem. And if there is a delayed delivery or a faulty item I made contact and received a reply in less than 24 hours. Bear in mind that I am in Oz while the BD is in the UK.
For my leisure reading I usually review books first on GoodReads and if I find something, I can even create lists on the Book Depository.

I have wishlists for both my kids and myself. Once I buy a book off the list it drops away from it. Best of all > absolutely free shipping worldwide. Unless you need something within a week (this cannot be guaranteed), I probably wouldn’t go anywhere else.

I have tried numerous other Australian online book stores but somehow always find my way back to the BD.
This is my note for the day which came about while I was writing something else for this blog. It occurred to me how much we are still loving our “in-paper-bound” books, even my son who is now in High School and can chose between Textbook + E-book or just E-book. He will always go for the first option. So did my daughter btw. and both are avid readers (of different genres admittedly).
So check it out if you’re after some down-time reading material: Book Depository.

Posted in Personal, The Geek in me


My latest blog post “Journal Haul” took me a little while to create however when I now see it the pictures are all over the shop.

Apologies peeps, I had it all nicely layed out (Is “layed” the word?).

I am not sure how I am able to write posts with the formatting I want but I am sure I will improve with time.

Please be patient with me and I shall get better 🙂


Posted in BOOKS, Personal

Book Review

Crown of Midnight

Book 2 of the “Throne of Glass” series by Sarah J. Maas


Recommendations were for “teenagers/young adults depending on maturity”. It is probably a correct assumption considering the style of writing and maturity is a factor if recommending to that age group.

However, my children are 21 and 13 but I am the one reading the series and by doing so exclusively (without grabbing one of the other books on my “currently reading” list) the story line must be captivating. Trust me – I am quite mature 🙂

“Eighteen-year-old Celaena Sardothien is bold, daring and beautiful – the perfect seductress and the greatest assassin her world has ever known. But though she won the King’s contest and became his champion, Celaena has been granted neither her liberty nor the freedom to follow her heart. The slavery of the suffocating salt mines of Endovier that scarred her past is nothing compared to a life bound to her darkest enemy, a king whose rule is so dark and evil it is near impossible to defy. Celaena faces a choice that is tearing her heart to pieces: kill in cold blood for a man she hates, or risk sentencing those she loves to death. Celaena must decide what she will fight for survival, love or the future of a kingdom. Because an assassin cannot have it all .”

I like the fact that the writer chooses to start a new book every time Celaena’s life is about to start a new chapter. It keeps the story line clean in my opinion and allows for new adventures, characters and yes shocks to enter her world (or ours as readers).

It has royalty (the good and the bad), assassins, faeries, witches, dragons, good and bad magic and demons as well. But also intrigue, betrayal, action and yes – love.

There is no dull moment in the story, but some predictability here and there.

Overall, if you are a fan of fantasy and even are a bit more mature, give it a try and see where the assassins adventures take you.

As always, let me know what you are reading xx J.

Posted in BOOKS, Hobbies, Personal

Customer Service

By now all my followers here and peeps that came by to have a look would know that I am an avid reader. Thankfully I have passed this on to my two children.

Anyway, as there are so many interesting titles and genres available I found the best site to purchase my books to be the Book Depository.

I have no idea how many books my two babies and I have purchased over the years… I lost count. Nevertheless I have not ever had a drama. On one occasion I waited patiently for an edition but 5 weeks later I asked the question if it could be tracked as it may have been lost somewhere between the UK and Australia. A reply in less than 24 hours offered me a choice between a refund or a replacement, I chose the latter which eventually arrived. I wasn’t in a hurry as I didn’t plan it as a gift but rather for my own amusement.

This was the only time ever I had to get in contact until today that is….

In my latest order I included a Moleskine Booklight which would have been a fantastic tool for a late-night reader like me. However – after 24 hours charging it wouldn’t work. Silly me only now researched the item and it seems to be a common issue.


(Photo: Book Depository)

So – I wrote my problem into the “Contact Us” box and sent it off. Just over 3 hours later and I have already received the most polite apology and agreement that these lights possibly do not ship well. The kind Lucy than advised that the refund has already been issued as she cannot guarantee that a replacement item will work any better.

That my friends is service.

Well done Book Depository. I may have lost my booklight but I will not leave you in a hurry.

Stay safe and take care as always, J. xx