Weekly Wrap-up – March 8th, 2020

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Happy Sunday, y’all! I’ve had a fun morning filming and editing a new video for my YouTube channel. This was my second choice for thumbnail, and I think it’s too hilarious not to use somewhere.

It’s been a strange week for me as I’ve been sick and my moods have been all over the place, but fortunately, I’m feeling better now. I actually have more energy now than when I was experiencing the worse of my oxcarbazepine withdrawal.

From this point on, I’m going to be doing my weekly wrap-ups through my YouTube channel, but of course, I’ll continue to link them here. Keep scrolling for my favorite links of this week!


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Weekend Update – March 1st, 2020

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I’m finally back!

It’s been a much longer hiatus than I thought it would be, but it feels so nice to finally be back to blogging! My mental health is in a better place now that my psychiatrist has weaned me off the oxcarbazepine and upped my dose of Wellbutrin. The withdrawal process was rough. I missed a lot of work, had bad side effects, and felt foggy for the few weeks that it took to reduce and finally stop taking my daily dose. It was worth it though because now I have a clear mind and enough energy to get things done.

I uploaded my very first YouTube video last night, and I have an afternoon of filming planned out for today. I need to figure out what to do with my arms while I’m on camera. No wonder most people rely on holding up books!

I got a bonus at work in February, and I used some of it to sign up for a variety of subscription boxes. I love subscription boxesI’ve always been the type of person to love surprises, and it’s like opening birthday presents all month! My actual birthday is March 19th, so most of my first boxes from these companies will be arriving around my birthday, so I’m super stoked about that. I’ll do unboxings on my YouTube channel, but here’s a random sample of boxes you’ll be seeing soon: Owlcrate, Unplugged, Therabox, and FabFitFun.

For my birthday weekend, my boyfriend and I are going up to Charlottesville, VA for the Virginia Festival of the Book. It’s my very first book event, and I’m so excited! I’m going to film and photograph as much as I can so that I can share the experience with you guys! We’re still figuring out which days we’ll be there (Saturday for sure, at least) since it’s only a couple of hours away, but even more than the book festival I’m loving the idea of seeing mountains again. I miss them so much.

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I’ve been living in Virginia Beach for years now, and it’s definitely not the place where I want to spend my life. I need those mountains I just mentioned. However, I did get to explore a few new-to-me places this past weekend with a friend, and finding cute and fun places to go definitely makes living here less terrible.

We went to Leaping Lizard Cafe, which had so much of an Asheville vibe that it cured a bit of my homesickness! The food is all high-quality and at a really doable price. My doctor recently recommended that I try going gluten-free for both my bipolar disorder and PCOS, so it was lovely being able to go to a restaurant where I had a ton of options.

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Asparagus and goat cheese omelet. I didn’t eat the bread, but everything else was amazing.
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A completely raw chocolate peanut butter pie that blew my mind.
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Mimosa, of coursa!

We also went to one of the most beautiful plant shops I’ve ever seen. McDonald Garden Center was full of all types of healthy plants and it smelled amazing just walking through them all. In the past, I’ve killed every plant I’ve ever had very quickly, but I’m determined to keep all four of the ones I bought alive (which shouldn’t be too hard; all but one is either a succulent or an air plant)!  If I manage to keep everything alive until the end of March, I’m going to allow myself to get a larger, cat-safe houseplant.

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I want to thank all of you for being patient during the hiatus! You guys make all of this so much fun to do!




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Friday Wrap-Up – August 16, 2019

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So far, August has been about reading as many ARCs as I can as quickly as I can. I’ve received so many August and September releases from publishers (which I’m very thankful for), and I’ve gotten behind on reviewing them. Fortunately, so many of the books I’ve been reading are great, so it’s making it very enjoyable.

This week was the beginning of my America…in Books feature, and I’ve been shocked at how popular these posts have been! I’m so glad you guys are enjoying it.


Quote of the Week

“Scars have the strange power to remind us that our past is real.”

― Cormac McCarthy, All the Pretty Horses


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Tolkien, Special Editions, and Paper Insects: Foxy Links – July 26, 2019

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“It does not do to leave a live dragon out of your calculations, if you live near him.”

― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit or There and Back Again


You’ve probably noticed that things have been a bit slow on the blog this week, which is due to some random mysterious sickness that I’ve been dealing with. I’ve missed three out of four days of work this week which is giving me hellish anxiety. I went to the doctor halfway through this sickness and learned that they have absolutely no idea what’s going on. They gave me a generic antibiotic, which turned out to be the right call since I’m slowly starting to feel better.

This week is the Reading Rush, which I have not been keeping up with. At the time of this writing, I’ve only finished one of the seven books and am currently reading two more. I’m not going to push myself more than I need to while I’m still recovering, so I’m just looking forward to seeing what I can finish before Sunday. I might end up switching some of my TBR for the Reading Rush out for graphic novels or comic book arcs so that I can actually finish some of the challenges.

I also decided to go back to weekly wrap-ups instead of daily. I work Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursdays, so on those days, it’s hard for me to wake up, get ready for work, and find time to blog. Weekly wrap-ups make more sense to me anyway.


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Thoughts

This past week, my blog hit 10,000 overall views since I started it back in September. I’m also nearing 1,000 subscribers, and my mind is absolutely blown by all of this. It’s surreal.

I started Read Yourself Happy because I was lonely and didn’t have any bookish friends to talk to in the city where I’m currently living. I wanted to share my love of reading and discuss books I read. A blog seemed like the perfect way to do that.

Since September, this website has become one of the most important parts of my life. While my day job is mind-numbingly boring and I spend my days getting screamed at by angry customers (I work in an insurance-related call center), my days off and nights are filled with writing, reading, and digitally connecting with so many new, wonderful people.

It’s hard for me to believe that there are people who enjoy my content and regularly read my blog. It’s wonderful but just doesn’t seem real sometimes. However, I am so, so, so thankful to every single person who has read a review, liked a post, or left a comment. It means the absolute world to me and has been a bright spot over the last few months when I’ve been struggling with job-related burnout and dealing with my bipolar diagnosis.

I love all of you guys so much. You’re all bringing so much joy to my life.

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Bookish Spotlight

I recently discovered the book blog Novel & Waffles, and everything about Kat’s blog is amazing. The aesthetic of the entire website is delightful, and her content is on point. For an example of what I mean, check out her review of Marie Lu’s Champion.

Here are a few articles from Novel & Waffles to get you started:


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(Note: I apparently forgot to post a Friday Wrap-up last week, so this will be a little longer than usual.)




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Thoughts

I’m not sure what I want to talk about here this week. This past week has been a mental struggle for me. The thing that drives me crazy about being bipolar and that has driven me nuts long before my diagnosis, is the inconsistencies of my mood. It’s exhausting to wake up and not know if you’re going to be super motivated and productive that day, or so depressed that you can barely get out of bed. I’m constantly thankful for the support I have from friends and co-workers though.

Since Ian and I are moving at the end of the month (same city, just new place), I’m slowly starting to organize, purge, and pack. I hate moving (who doesn’t?), but I love unpacking. I always start packing way before moving day, and by the time I get around to unpacking everything, it’s almost like opening presents because I’ve forgotten where everything is.

I hope all of y’all have had a good week, and are doing something fun this weekend! Let me know in the comments what you’re currently reading!


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Things I Love

  • After we finished watching Star Trek: Discovery, Ian got to pick the next show we watch, and he chose AMC’s Into the Badlands. I’d never heard of it before, but holy shit, it’s incredible. It’s post-apocalyptic, has martial arts and sword fighting, a cacophony of styles and cultures, and lots of gore. It’s exactly the sort of television show that I’d like. I’m upset there are only three seasons though.
  • I desperately want this crystal dragon artwork to hang on my wall from artist Katie O’Neill. All of StrangelyKatie’s art is amazing. If it looks familiar to you, she’s the artist behind The Tea Dragon Society.
  • The region of the mid-Atlantic where I live is miserably hot for 70% of the year (one of the reasons Ian and I are looking to move far, far north), but one of the few things that makes it a little better are the spring and summertime thunderstorms. I missed thunderstorms when I lived in Asheville, NC because we rarely got them. I’ve always loved thunderstorms, and there are few things better than watching lighting over the ocean.

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Sunday Wrap-up – May 5, 2019

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Thoughts

Yesterday I took a long drive down to the town where I grew up. It’s probably been close to two years since the last time I was there, despite the fact that I currently live just 45 minutes away.

Part of the reason it took me so long was that I have such a mix of memories, not all of them good.

I grew up on an island, and it’s scenic and beautiful. Over half of the island is a wildlife refuge. For that reason alone I’m glad I went back today. I’d almost forgotten how pretty the landscape is.

At the same time though, when I was a teenager and living there, my entire life was made up of thinking of ways to get far, far away from that place. I felt trapped there. Eventually, I escaped to Asheville, NC, where I made a life for myself until moving back to the coast a couple of years ago.

The island will always be special for me simply for the fact that it’s where I lived with my mother and it’s where she’s buried. I enjoyed the nostalgia I felt while I was down there today, and marveled at how little it’s changed in the time I’ve been away.

If you haven’t been to your hometown lately, think about making a trip, even if all of your memories aren’t perfect. Nostalgia can be a wonderful thing.


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Sunday Links

It’s Sunday again, which means another roundup of things I’ve loved around the web!

And in case you missed it on the blog…

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