Friday Reads & a Lil’ Chat…


Happy Friday Readers!!! It’s been a hot minute since I posted a #Fridayreads & I thought today would be a good day to bring that back here on the blog. I’m typically reading (devouring) books & reviewing but lately I have been feeling a bit slumpish. I’m still reading & keeping up with reviews cuz ya girl doesn’t cope well with letting people down lol, I’m just not doing as much as I was before my move. This got me thinking…what is hindering me from enjoying these amazing arcs? it’s not a shortage of books, ya’ll know your girl has a book buying problem…then what is it? Whelp before I get into that, this is a Friday Reads post so lets start with what i’m currently reading…

Red Sister by Mark Lawrence is my 1st Adult Fantasy book in YEARS! I’m a newb to Mark Lawrence, this being my 1st book of his but LOOK ^^^ uhh, he re-tweeted me getting ready to sit on the top staircase at work & read his book…what I didn’t expect were the Seagulls that landed on the roof & proceeded to give me a full on orchestra of cries. I do not lie…ask Gretchen @Chicnerdreads who has a voice note of said evil Gulls making a liar out of my tweet cuz no reading got done once they got started😂anyways, Red Sister is EPIC bad assery @ its finest. It’s a pretty big book but I don’t mind cuz not one bit drags & I keep finding things to love. Think Arya Stark/X-23 aka Wolverine’s protégé on her 1st day at Hogwarts…less magic…more fight training yet similar concepts. If like me, you are looking for more books with female friendships then this will check that box off for ya 😉 I am reading a ton slower than usual but its not for lack of enjoyment. I’m actually wondering what I’m going to do with myself once I finish reading Red Sister…maybe buy all of Mark’s (yea 1st name basis after you re-tweet me lol) previous books? most likely smh *covers face* 

I recently sat down to update my arc spreadsheet, something I found has helped me immensely with staying on top of publication dates. Now as much as it has helped with my anxiety…it has also contributed to it if that makes any sense? 😂 I’d like to think i’m a pretty nice person…responsible @ least & so its been my thing to post reviews 1-2 weeks prior to pub date with all of my arcs. With the exception of two that I posted a few days after, I’ve been successful on this front…but what happens when life gets in the way? few know me well but those that do, know I’m not one to delve too deep into my personal life. I’m a listener & not much of a talker but I thought it time to share a little bit about myself with you, my faithful book blogging buddies/readers…

Most of you know I’m a “young” mom of 2 tiny humans & that I married my very 1st bookworm buddy over a shared love for Harry Potter smh LOL! (8 years strong). I also have a full time J-O-B in what can sometimes seem like a stuffy office (accounting for ya *sobs*). About a year ago I decided to start this blog as a way to connect with other readers (non-husbands) over one of my biggest passions…BOOKS! I also felt the need to create something of my own, my own little corner of the internet where I could retreat to after hours.  See, about 2 years ago I was diagnosed as Diabetic. Something I knew was a real possibility after 2 complicated pregnancies & a family history with diabetes. I was NOT however, prepared to accept that diagnosis. I was under the care of a nutritionist & had lost 18lbs. all on my own but in the end my genetics won that battle. I thought after losing my father to the disease, that I knew enough…I was wrong. I decided to educate myself, get under medical treatment, joined the gym, and changed my diet. When I say change diet I mean I followed docs orders & started eating more smaller meals to wake up a dead metabolism. Plenty think that all diabetics have an over eating problem…whelp here’s one diabetic that can’t seem to work up an appetite to eat more than 2 meals (if that) per day & is still not thin by any means. Diabetes is frustrating in that it contradicts itself at every turn. Eat too much = elevated sugar/eat too little = elevated sugar. Finding the perfect balance is something I still work hard for every hour of the day. Exhaustion comes at any hour of the day as an indicator that my sugar may be too low or too high. Often times, you will feel as if you are experiencing a bad hangover if not controlled. I work super hard to stay on top of my #’s but I am human & will sometimes falter. I power walk whenever possible & as much as possible, having a 3 train commute to & from work helps keep me active. Also, my new place has a gym in the lobby that is currently being set up with all of the amenities you’d find at a sportsclub! *eeeK* …However, there are days where it’s completely out of my control & I wake up with a high base just because overnight my hormones interfered with my glucose levels. It sometimes feels like a losing battle & that’s when depression kicks in, one of the well known symptoms of this disease. I have a ton to be happy for especially with finally getting a place I can call safe to live in. Yet there are days where the dark clouds take over & a book is the last thing on my mind…

I’m sharing this with you all because this has become my home away from home on some of my darkest days. I don’t like being moody with my loved ones when I’m feeling unwell & so take to distracting myself by reading all of your posts. I may not post as frequently but you will always see me hanging around your blogs, twitter, Instagram, & Goodreads. Some of the friendships I’ve made through blogging have really been a source of joy for me. Reading your comments & interacting with some of you on a more personal level has kept me company on days where I felt I made poor company for those physically around me. I have a loving husband & 2 tiny humans that I dote over even when I’m at work (yea I stalk the teacher lol), I love them to the moon & back…sometimes I do need ME time & that’s when I come to you, my second family. This blog has helped keep my anxiety low & my depression at bay on more days than I can count & for that I am thankful to be in this amazing community. Thank you to those that reach out with kind words, comments, GIFS, likes, loves, anything really lol, it means so much to me.

I’m really hoping to get out of this funk soon so that I can get back to reading ALL the books on my spreadsheet & hopefully from my own shelves lol. I mentioned to my twin Gretchen @Chicnerdreads that I was also experiencing a bit of a YA Fantasy burn-out due to my arc binge of the genre. I have no one to blame but myself for this LOL! I’m definitely done requesting for some months, I miss reading from my shelves a bit. The one great thing that has come from this reading slump is that discussion/chat I promised ya’ll in December as part of my New Years Goals! it’s coming 😉

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Bahaaaa! this is totally me with my 2 tiny humans everyday, one is def more livelier than the other LOL!

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Author: LairOfBooks

"Between The Pages Of A Book Is A Lovely Place To Be"-Anonymous

42 thoughts on “Friday Reads & a Lil’ Chat…”

  1. Wow, diabetes does sound stressful, but it also sounds like you’re working hard to control it. I’ve heard such great things about Red Sister but I didn’t request it, so chances are it will be a while before I can read it. I’ll be looking forward to your review:-)

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    1. Thank you Kim that means a lot to me 💕 I’m always here for ya! As long as you keep those GIFS coming 😉 & yea this has kept me at peace when it all seems to be out of my control. Thanks again for your kind words 🙂💕

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  2. you know how i feel cause we speak on a personal level. i am always here for you and i’m always rooting for you. you know what you’re doing with your blog and at the end of the day we will always stand by you and we are always here for you as well. because that’s what I love about this blogging community and the friendships that we’ve made, we stay by one another. i love you!! and i admire you but you know that already. thanks for sharing with us a part of you that’s so personal xoxo

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    1. Oh I know Twin! you def have been there for me when I needed a friend or a lift in my spirits, from the bottom of my heart, I appreciate you! Thank you for always being you & always offering words of encouragement/support. I love you too bestie! 🙂

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    1. Yea Stephanie, mine was a high probability case due to having had Gestational Diabetes with both pregnancies & my family history. I was highly monitored for those pregnancies testing my sugar through finger pricks 6 X per day (before & after each meal) & submitting a wkly spreadsheet to 3 diff docs. Once I gave birth, gestational turned into type 2 even with the hefty weight loss. There are def red flags even w/out testing…severe exhaustion & extreme dizziness after certain meals are my indicators but they vary. I say air on the side of caution, get an A1C exam which tests your sugar for the past 3 mths. If you’re borderline, make the necessary changes. I’m still working towards not needing any meds at all by stepping up my diet & exercise.

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      1. I’m taking Metformin now for weight loss (they can do that I guess) but some of the signs my sister mentioned (she’s a nurse who thinks she’s a Dr, sigh) are dry skin and upset stomach. I didn’t know if you noticed those when you were going through it. I do get swelling in my legs and feet. I don’t know…I know I need to do a fasting A1C but they SUCK. I have avoided it until now. I guess I’m going to have to do it. My weight sticks on me no matter what I do…though it’s a little too cold for walking outside right now, that’s one thing I think that will help. When I was working in retail I never had these problems.

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      2. Metformin realllllly messed up my tummy & I was switched to Gilmipride (prob mispelled that) but I def have to moisturize more now to to dry skin. Swelling is there but now that I drink about 124oz of water per day, that has helped immensely. Diet change truly makes a diff with offsetting the symptoms. The A1C I suggest you schedule first thing in the AM that way you’re not walking around hungry. As you get older it’s true what they say, weight is more stubborn to drop but not impossible. I’ve gone down from a size 20 in pants to a 16 & goal for this year is 14. Set small goals for ya 😉 now that I have this gym literally being put in downstairs beneath me lol, I have accessibility & no excuse. Retail did help me as well, office life is tough but ever since I started taking healthy snacks to work, that has helped. I also meal replace 1 meal with an Herbalife shake which has kept my sugar in check and is helping me weight wise. I hope you don’t have it but if your borderline, I know people who have made it to safe again by diet & exercise 🙂there’s hope 💕

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      3. Thanks. Your symptoms sound like mine.
        Yes, Metformin messes with my stomach all the time. But it was either that or have bouts of incredible bloating and…well, you know. Not for days. It was so uncomfortable. I’d rather have the upset.
        My doctor just ordered a bunch of blood work…so now I’m going to have to have it done. I really want to lose weight. I was on the right track and then I lost my job in retail and I am not working regularly as much so my activity is way down (don’t you wish you could read and run? Lol). I used to go to Curves but can’t afford the membership. If I had like a workout buddy, I would prob go out and do more stuff. I really don’t want all that weight to come back!
        I appreciate the info. I’ve been freaking out so much. I’m scared of needles and don’t want to have to take my blood sugar all the time…so I have to try to do what I can to keep it away for as long as I can, I guess. (Someone send me a sexy man that I can chase…that will help me move!)
        I’m glad you have dropped all those sizes. I think sizes are a better way to tell than a number on a scale. I’m so proud of you! Keep up the good work! Then move here and help me! 🙏

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      4. I completely understand, I used to only go to the gym when I had someone to come with for motivation & support. Then I got diagnosed & everything fell into perspective….you are your #1 source of motivation & soon your biggest fan when you start reaching milestones. I wish I had done so beforehand & maybe that would’ve helped even though my family history is so strong that even when I was thin I had dizzy spells from eating fruit. Still though, I want to live as long as possible for my two tiny humans so I throw on the sweats, headphones on with an audiobook & hit the treadmill. Do it for you Stephanie 🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼 you can do it 😉 sizes are more telling than anything else cuz sometimes you lose inches over pounds 🙂 I wish you tons of good health & motivation 💕

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  3. My dad had diabetes and we found out a year or so ago that my husband is diabetic as well. From watching what they went through or are currently going through I can understand how you feel. It sounds like you are taking the steps you need to to get healthier. I hope everything works out for you!!

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  4. While I do not suffer from diabetes, I cared for many clients who do and understand it is life altering and a lot of maintenance. And you do this all while balancing work and life with two tiny humans ❤ Plus you had the big move (which was so exciting) and maintain this blog!!! You have some serious drive girl 😉 I am so glad you and Gretchen have one another. I need to move haha. I feel you on slumps and needing to from your own shelves.

    I am excited about your journey into Red Sister (I know I have said it a million times haha). Can't wait to see that review also 🙂

    P.S. If you ever need to gripe and moan on a bad day, I totally get it. I am feeling so overwhelmed right now. Love you ❤

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    1. I don’t know what I’d do w/out friends like you & Gretchen so thank you Danielle 😊💕always know what to say to make me smile 😉 life can be chaotic & this blog & friends centers me, turns down the noise which is why I write my reviews at night when they’ve gone to bed. You don’t need to move! Not from my dream city 😍I need to move there haha! The weather there would certainly fit my mood at times lol. I have about 120 digital pages left (lawd knows how that equates to actual) & eeeeeeeK! I have questions. Wondering if I’ll be left hanging in devastation or what?!?? 😂😂😂 hoping 🤞🏼🤞🏼🤞🏼to finish it btwn today & tomorrow. Thanks again Danielle, hugs & kisses 😘

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      1. I think 120 digital pages will fly by for you! I found myself in agreement with the ending and hope you will as well. I am excited for more.. wonder what his average wait time is.. cannot handle another GRRM bahaha.

        And you make it easy to be there and care ❤ You are such an awesome human being. One of my faves!

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    1. Thank you Annie! It really is the calm in my chaotic Mommy, officer worker, wife, and On and on life 😂😂😂 this really is like going to the bar on a Friday night for me. I enjoy all of your company 😃💕

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  5. First of all, the GIF at the end of this post just made me smile, and I really loved how you got a little personal in this post. It isn’t always easy getting personal on the internet, but sometimes it can be a good thing.

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    1. aww thanks Ashley! it’s not easy getting personal for me with anyone really but this being the place I find peace of mind, i figured I should probably feel safe to open up a bit. Thank you, that GIF is me every morning on the way down the elevator with my son & daughter lol smh.

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  6. Thank you for sharing such a personal post! I had no idea you had diabetes. It runs in my family as well, so I have seen many a family member struggle over the years. My brother-in-law was diagnosed a year ago, and has been having a really rough time keeping weight on as opposed to off. I just saw him this weekend and he has lost a good 15 lbs. He is struggling big time.

    I am so sorry you are going through a rough patch right now. Please always feel free to reach out if you need a friend. I’m always here to listen. It sounds like you are actively trying to be healthy and keep on top of things, but like you said you are human. Sending hugs to you 🙂

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words & support Amanda, that means a lot to me *hugs* I feel for your brother-in-law, it’s not easy physically/mentally, glad he has you in his corner. I am blessed with a physically fit hubby aka partner in life who motivates me on my down days. My dad actually struggled with putting weight on as well as your brother-in-law, so many misconceptions of this disease smh. Thanks again for offering a listening ear & just being you 😉

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