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Book Review! Plus a free Filo insert. Woot Woot!

I’m a reader. A regular ol’ bookworm. My taste in books varies like New England weather. One week I’m enthralled by a great classic and the next week I’m devouring some “woman in peril” pot boiler I picked up at the airport. Sometimes I even get galleys to review here on the blog, which is so fun. Not to mention free.

As a voracious reader I’ve noticed that books a lot of the population calls wonderful or delightful, I tend to find them dull and poorly written. No, I’m not going to name titles or authors, no need to be Nanny Negative but suffice to say that my taste is not to the popular.

Then along came this little book, The Storied Life of AJ Fikry. This book was mentioned everywhere as such a good read that naturally, I figured I would hate it. Then, right before a cross country flight I was searching “Goodreads” (are you on there? if not you should be) for an interesting title and this little book popped up.


The reason I trust Goodreads  over other lists is because the forum is populated entirely of voracious readers like myself. So, I bought the book and started reading it from Boston to San Diego.

It’s enchanting. Although I won’t say that it grabbed me from page one, definitely by chapter 2 I was hooked. Now if you don’t like to know plots ahead of time, stop here.

The main character, AJ Fikry is a widowed book shop owner on an island off of Massachusetts. A setting naturally dear to my heart. A publisher’s representative enters his life, a lost baby and a wonderfully average gentleman who becomes both hero and book lover by book’s end.  Scattered though out are literary references that as a bibliophile I found delightful.  There’s even a CS Lewis reference that I didn’t get so if anyone knows what I’m talking about, please share.

If you are a constant reader (as Stephen King refers to us in his writing) then I suspect you will enjoy this novel. I liked it so much that I saved the second half for the flight home. ( I didn’t want it to end).  The book is not suspenseful, mysterious, overtly romantic of a difficult read. It is quite simply what is sometimes categorized as a delightful yarn.



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What do you use your Filofax for?

C’mon people, let’s hear it. You know that you are a planner junkie and it doesn’t matter how you got here but we are all part of a tribe. Yes, a tribe. We all have a love of planners.

Is it just planners though? Is it just the buttery, beautiful, colored leather? Or is it more than that? Is it that we like write things out by hand? Or is it that we like to be organized? Or, and this is a big or, does using a planner help us to feel in control of our environment?  Hmmm? Yes? Did I hit a nerve?

Following lots of pages on Instagram, ( I am @planner.passion if you want to follow me) I’ve found that a lot of us planner geeks have a lot of anxiety. Am I saying this to call people out? No way. I am saying this to shake hands with all of the other folks out there who use planners to deal with anxiety.

Hello! Raising my hand here. Using my various Filofaxes, planners  and creating specific inserts that make sense to me, helps me rein in all that nervous energy zipping around inside me.

No, I am not bragging. Bragging would be silly. Nobody wants to have a problem. Nobody wants to admit to being plagued by anxiety but yup, here I am.  3 filofaxes and a foxydori in a row

What about all that decorating that goes into this new planner craze? How does that help with anxiety? Does it create more anxiety? Ok, I am not a psychologist and I don’t play one on the internet so I can’t really answer that in general. But, as for me, the decorating is an option. I only decorate if I feel creative at the time.

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Using a planner has been part of my life for as long as I can remember. Even as a teen, I would always keep one of those tiny,free Hallmark calendars in my purse. I probably didn’t keep track of much more than which date of the month I expected a visit from a friend but regardless, it kept me on track and in control.  Just like now. Can you imagine trying to decorate one of those really tiny little paper calendars. Hahaha. That would be funny.

Another common trait that I find among all of us planner geeks, is that many of us were and are scrapbookers. We love keeping memories and even more than that we LOVE stuff. Stuff, you know, like stickers, washi tape, die cuts, pens. You know what I’m talking about.

Even better that creating a scrapbook, what about carrying your daily memories around with you everyday? Huh? Am I right? Yes. I love it. That’s why I do it.

Now, it’s your turn. How do you use your planner? How many do you have? Are you strictly a Filofax girl or do you use others?

Does your planner make you feel better about things or does it stress you out? Share with us in the comments below so we can all be happy in our planner geek tribe, together.


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Hello Hello Hello! We meet again here in my happily embellished world.

What do think about when you think about upcoming holidays?

Food? Candy? Family?  How about holiday movies? It’s the time of year when awesome flix come to the theatre AND all of those super stop action holiday movies like Rudolf. Yes indeed, That is what I look forward to. The Grinch anyone? Yes.

With that in mind, I have created just for you and for FREE mind you, a little personal size list to keep track of all of those movies you want to see.

Ya know, maybe you can’t make it to the movie theatre and you have to wait for them to come out on streaming or that box full of DVDs in front of the grocery store. (This is not a sponsored post so no free plug ins my peeps. You know what I’m talking about.)

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There is is. Yes, it’s watermarked but your download will be just clean and simple. I know how you cats like decorating these pages so I kept it simple.

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As always, remember that these are for personal use only. If you have a friend that would like a copy, send them over here. I love all my visitors. Let me know what you think. I love reading your comments.

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