Van Life. My Latest obsession.

 

                        Volkswagon or Mercedes?

This has been a topic that has been on my mind at least once a day or so for the last two or three months. I adore this idea of converting a van into a living space. Can you imagine what it would be like to drive around the country and up through Canada and down into Mexico? What a delightful way to travel and see more of the world.

I watched a vlog on YouTube about a couple showing everything that they own and can pack up into two backpacks! That is insane to me and I want to try it. This vlog also mentions their plan to buy a van in Poland, convert it, and travel throughout Europe in their van.

If it was possible to die from jealousy I would have right then and there.

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I’m back from involuntary haitus

Hey there, it’s been a while.

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It’s been about a month since I last posted anything. I ended up taking a bit of a mental health break because I just wasn’t feeling what I had been posting. I decided that I needed to take a step back and reevaluate what I was doing.

For a while I was only posting WWW Wednesdays, Top Ten Tuesdays, Hauls, and Wrap Ups with a few reviews and tags sporadically thrown in. For a while I wasn’t feeling like reviewing any of the books I was reading because none of the books I was reading were blowing me away. I was walking away after finishing a book thinking “That was alright, I enjoyed it, don’t know what else to really say,” I have a difficult time reviewing a book that I was feeling very meh about or when the book was just okay. Its a lot easier for me to review a book that I either Loved or Hated.

Around the second week of January I started realizing that my disinterest in my blog, reading, tv shows, etc. was being caused by my depression and pressure that I had put on myself. I lost interest for a while and that really sucked, I would open up a new blog post and my mind would just be blank. I had nothing. I’m still in the midst of said depression episode but I’m attempting to crawl my way out of it.

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I’ve been fighting depression for a few years now and some days are better then others and sometimes I just get burnt out by life. When that happened I lost interest in my books, my writing, my blog, the tv shows I watch, and the video game I was playing. Don’t ask what I did with my nights because I don’t even know. Again, I got nothing.

One thing that I think I’m going to do is switch this blog from being fully book related to being more of a “lifestyle” blog or a general “I’m going to write about whatever I feel like writing that day,” type of blog but just to be specific here are some the topics I’m going to be exploring.

Books- How can I not be expected to not keep  writing about books? I will still post TTT, WWW Wednesdays, Hauls, Wrap Ups, tags, and reviews. Books will still be the primary focus on this blog but I just don’t want to feel limited.

Writing- Whenever my depression worsens my writing is the first thing to suffer, thank god I am not a writer that has to worry about pushing through to meet deadlines. I have two novels that I am slowly (very slowly) working on and I have two other ideas for novels that need to be explored. I plan to be posting writing updates either weekly or twice a month. I also made a new goal to either be actively working on my novels or if I’m not then I need to choose a random writing prompt from the jar of prompts and either incorporate it into one of my novels or just write a short story with it. Either way I need to start writing more.

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Working out and Diet- Just to clarify, I am not going to be posting work outs or diet plans. I am not going to be posting work outs or diet plans. I am neither a personal trainer or a nutritionist. I want to post little snippets of my journey to eat better and get into better shape. The thought is if I post about it here then it’ll keep me motivated.

That’s really all I can think of for now. I want to get back into my bookstagram and I’m trying to be more active on Twitter, but I was hating the thought of leaving my blog unposted for so long. I may take a couple more days just for mental health reasons but I’ll post again soon.

Until then.
Thanks for reading!

-Cass

Checking out a To-Be-Read Calculator

A while ago, Maren over at The Worn Bookmark posted about the Never Ending TBR pile and I can totally relate to that so I checked out the post. She was talking about how she and Ashley  were talking about their TBR piles and found a site that calculates how long it would take them to read their tbrs, and I thought to myself “I have gott (hehe) to check this out”

It’s fun to look through this, although I think it would take me longer than the time it estimates since a lot of my tbr consists of bigger books and it takes me a while to read those bigger books. I may try to (remember) to do this yearly. I think it would be interesting to compare these, or maybe I should wait until I’m 27 and see how the progress goes. I love comparing data like this.

The only problem with this is I would have to go on a book buying ban for the 2 years and 2 months and there is no way I could ever be able to do that! I can’t even go 2 weeks without going book shopping!

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2016 Book Favorites

No one should be shocked by any of these, I have raved about all of them and each one of these books have stuck with me all throughout the year.

They are all new favorites and ones I would pick up and reread again and again.

Outlander
by Diana Gabaldon

A Court of Mist and Fury
by Sarah J Maas

This Savage Song
by Victoria Schwab

Dreams of Gods and Monsters
by Laini Taylor

Red Rising
by Pierce Brown

The Wrath and The Dawn
by Renee Ahdieh

The Night Circus
by Erin Morgenstern

Crooked Kingdom
by Leigh Bardugo

The Song of Achilles
by Madeline Miller

Gemina
by Amie Kauffman and Jay Kristoff

The Star Touched Queen
by Roshani Chokshi


My 2016 Least Favorites

I decided to add these on just for that kind of contrast. I’m sorry if any of these are your favorites, they just didn’t do it for me.

Dreamology by Lucy Keating

This may not be a surprise because I wrote a very non gushing review for it, just to refresh, I didn’t like the characters, the story didn’t make sense in a lot of parts, and our characters priorities were way out of line.

Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie

I really struggled to get through this one, the plot was slow and really dragged on for a lot of it, and there was something about the writing style that I couldn’t get into. Really disappointing read of the year.

Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson

At the moment I really cant think of why I didn’t like this. Its just not coming to me right now, I remember not liking the character and thinking that the book was 200 pages too long.

This Girl by Colleen Hoover

Ah this one, the Slammed series by Colleen Hoover is my least favorite out of everything that shes written. I wasn’t a fan of Slammed and this was just Wills POV for everything that happened. It really didn’t shed any light on the story, brought nothing new to the series.

The Retribution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

Oh the injustice of the ending for this trilogy!!!! Really disappointing ending to an amazing trilogy.


There’s my list of favorite and least favorite reads of 2016. I cant believe that the year is almost over.

What was your favorite read of 2016? Least favorite?
Let me know in the comments and don’t worry if one of your least favorites was one of my favorites. I’d be curious to know why 🙂

Blogmas #4: A Court of Mist and Fury Giveaway!

Good Morning everyone!

I am really excited about this post today because I am finally doing a giveaway, I am giving away a hardback copy of A Court of Mist and Fury!

Unfortunately, this is a US based giveaway.

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This giveaway will be open starting today, December 12, and will close Friday, December 16th at midnight (PST).

Rules for the giveaway:

1. Must be following the LittleBookCottage

2. Like this Post

3. Leave a comment telling me about your ideal perfect winter night; tell me about who you are spending the evening with (family? Friends? Significant Other?), where are you at (home? maybe childhood home? cabin in a snowy mountain?) and any other details that would make it your ideal night.

And that’s all you have to do to be officially entered.


Personally, mine would take place in a cabin in the mountains with a nice roaring fire in the fireplace. I’m curled up on a nice comfy couch with a mug of hot choco and a book, the bf curled up next to me. If I look outside I can see a small flurry of snowflakes gently falling from the sky.


Good Luck if you enter, I will be announcing the giveaway Saturday, December 17th, please spread the word around 🙂

Thank you and Happy Holiday

December Anticipations

Spindle
by E.K Johnston
Release date: December 6th

This is a spin on the Sleeping Beauty fairy tale, Sleeping Beauty is probably my favorite fairy tale of all time. I love the movie, Maleficent is one of my favorite villains of all time. If there is a Sleeping Beauty retelling then I want to read it asap. I’ve already read Princess of Thorns and A Wicked Thing, really enjoyed both, so I am looking forward to reading another.

Did I Mention I Miss You?
by Estelle Maskame
Release date: December 6th

I actually just picked up Did I Mention I Love You because I knew book 3 was coming out soon and might as well start it.

Crystal Storm 
by Morgan Rhodes
Release date: December 13th

I CANT WAIT FOR THIS! THE EXCITEMENT IS REAL!!!

Ever the Hunted 
by Erin Summerill
Release date: December 27th

I don’t know how I feel about this book anymore. I’ve been hearing a lot of mixed reviews and it makes me nervous.