Welcome to the third instalment of Ramblings from my pages… – a new weekly feature here on Keeper of Pages. This post was inspired by It’s Book Talk’s “5 on Friday: Things I’m Loving Lately” – it differs slightly, similar in that it will feature bookish and non-bookish topics, but different in that I will ramble about things I’m loving, hating, wishing for, links I’ve enjoyed, life updates – you name it, I may just ramble about it. The only staple feature of this post will be concluding it with a cool link I found around the web.
Before we crack on with this weeks post, I just wanted to say thank you to you all, I can’t believe how well received this new feature has been, the engagement, and comments, have been unbelievable, and I’m incredibly grateful! Thank you!
In this week’s ramblings, I’m talking about: The Abominable Book Club, making blogging fun again, and YouTube. I’m in a bit of a YouTube blackhole at the moment, so that’s what makes up half of this post! Whether you read the entire post or jump to the section(s) you’re interested in, I hope you enjoy my ramblings. Note: if it’s green, it’s a link, click it!
THE ABOMINABLE BOOK CLUB
The Abominable Book Club is a new UK subscription box that specialises in horror and thriller books! They just launched this month, and only ship within the UK at the moment, with hopes of opening international shipping in the future. In the words of the curators each box will contain:
“a featured book curated and chosen by us (to be discussed on our forum!), a locally-sourced luxury treat made in Wales, a random, mystery second-hand book in the horror or thriller genre, an exclusive bookmark designed by us, and a handful of hot beverages to take the chill out of your spine during those nocturnal reading sessions!”
If you ask me, the UK has been crying out for this box, we need a horror box in our lives! And if that wasn’t exciting enough, I was lucky enough to be chosen as an Instagram Rep; so I will get the first book for free in exchange for sharing an unboxing and promoting the box. If you’re on Instagram, I highly recommend you give them a follow, @abominablebook, they have a horror collection to be envious of.
You can find out everything you need to know about this new subscription box, and make a purchase/subscribe at: www.abominablebookclub.com.
And don’t forget to use my code KEEPER10 for 10% off your first box.
MAKING BLOGGING FUN AGAIN
I’m on this mission to make blogging fun again – if you caught my first rambling, you’ll know I spoke about scrapping blog tours in 2019, a decision I feel so much better for making, never say never, but for now, as of 2019 they are out! Thanks for all your comments on that post, it was good to see what blog tours mean to different people. This is kind of a continuation of that post….
I can’t remember whose post I saw it on, but it was on Instagram, 🙈 (shout me if it was you, or you know the post I’m talking about); it said “reading is my joy, not my job.” That has stuck with me because it’s the complete truth! And I need to get back to that joy in my book life. I’ve been blogging pretty sporadically lately, and I’m not reading as much as I used to, and that’s largely due to it not being fun anymore, but I’m getting there. And I have to shoutout Eva @ Novel Deelights for being my sounding board, allowing me to rant and just being an all round awesome person. In exchange, I’m helping her up her Instagram game, lol!
You may also have noticed, I scrapped my monthly wrap up last month, because I hate putting that post together, and my new rule is, if it’s not fun, scrap it! My blog was created as a place to collate my book reviews, every other post is additional, and from now on, the minute something is no longer fun, it’s gone! I’m going to think about the monthly wrap up, and see if I can think of a fun way to rejig that post so it’s more than posting links to all the books I reviewed that month. I really enjoy Zuky @ BookBum’s wrap up because I enjoy her life updates, I also really like Marija @ Inside my Library Mind’s wrap up post, she does it as a ‘favourites of the month’ so it features more than books. But, I’ll think about it, and see….
YOUTUBE – WE THREE
So, what have I been doing as I’m not reading as much? Well, I’m in a YouTube blackhole! It starts off with me watching one video, and then I go where the links take me. One of the things I like to watch are auditions from TV talent shows. I don’t watch them on TV because it’s all so staged, it gets on my nerves. But, I did stumble across this audition that basically killed me – it’s a sibling band called We Three, they auditioned on America’s Got Talent 2018 and did an original song, a tribute to their mother who passed away from cancer. It caught me unawares, and made me quite emotional.
YouTube link, incase embedded video doesn’t work: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jb2XquQ_upc&feature=youtu.be
YOUTUBE – THE SACRED RIANA
If you watched the video above, I don’t want to leave you feeling emotional, I’d much rather leave you feeling terrified, by introducing you to The Sacred Riana, an Indonesian magician and illusionist. I first discovered The Sacred Riana when she won Asia’s Got Talent in 2017. And I’m so annoyed that she was on this year’s America’s Got Talent, and the judges, Simon in particular, acted like they’d never heard of her, like it wasn’t planned for her to enter. What was even more frustrating was they had her do the same acts, just tweaking a few things. She is incredible, but it was a money move to have her enter the American version of the show, as she’d already won the Asian version.
But, whatever, she is amazing, here’s one of her performances from Asia’s Got Talent.
YouTube link, incase embedded video doesn’t work: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MG-bvSY2f_4
LINK AROUND THE WEB
Affect vs. Effect
I hope you enjoyed reading this post as much as I enjoyed writing it, and you’ll join me next Sunday for some more ramblings.
If you missed last week’s rambling you can find it here – topics: Penguin Ink Editions, spooky October reads, black history month, and Bull.