Hiatus… And Then Some.

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Holy Hannah Wordnerds!

Is this… is it a post?! The first one in MONTHS?

Yes it is – and let me tell you, a LOT has been going on in my absence.

Now that I am comfortably relocated back in my home town, I’ve had some time to actually sit down and… gasp… READ SOMETHING. Let me tell you, there is really nothing more comforting during two months of unemployment than getting lost in a book or two. It definitely helped me work through the anxiety of not having a regular source of income.

So hopefully, now that I’m getting my groove back and have finally been reunited with my beautiful bookshelves, I’m so ready to get back in the swing of things. Those of you who are still around keep your eyes peeled for incoming reviews and general blog craziness!

How I’ve missed you all!

This Blog Brought to You By…

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Happy Saturday Wordnerds!

The other night, as I was flipping electronic pages in yet another hot bath, I had a thought. I should really give credit where credit is due. If I didn’t take two hours to soak in the tub a few times a week with a great read, there may not be a Read ‘Em and Eat at all.

In fact, I do SO much of my reading in the bathtub that I want to do a wee bit of a shout out to the company that sets the scene for so many of my reading sessions.


Disclaimer: This post is in NO way sponsored or endorsed by LUSH Cosmetics – but how freaking cool would that be?!

I’ve just started using the LUSH bath line in the last year (my lovely sister got me hooked on them. She sends them to me all the time since we don’t have a retailer here) and I don’t know that I will ever be able to go back to regular, Bath & Bodyworks bath bombs.

29138069_10156635245200016_182436894_nThe whole idea behind LUSH is that it is made with fresh ingredients, are 100% cruelty free, and completely vegan. Some of the face masks even have a shelf life and have to be stored in the refrigerator – so you know they’re fresh.

On top of that, if you buy any LUSH cosmetics products that come in a container, you can return the container to the store to be reused – and after you return five of them, they’ll give you a free face mask!

If you’re like me, and the most relaxing thing you can think of on a Saturday night (or a Friday… or a Tuesday… or…) is a beautifully scented bath, a glass of wine, and your most recent read – you owe it to yourself to check out the wide range of products offered by this amazing company. Just be warned that when you travel down the rabbit-hole, it’s almost impossible to go back. The Bath Bombs and Bubble Bars are my new favourite addiction.

A few of my favourite products thus far are:

The Rocket Science Bath Bomb (pictured above)

Cheer Up Buttercup Bath Bomb

Brightside Bubble Bar (Great if you don’t want to have to choose between bubbles and bath bomb! Bubble bars are BOTH!)

Thanks so much for reading! If you need me, I’ll be in the tub!

LibraryThing Acquisition – My Thoughts

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Hey Wordnerds! Long time, no see!

Things here have been pretty busy, so I’m just stopping in to share my thoughts on something that has me… well let’s just say a little worried.

Earlier this week, my fellow Littens and I were slightly shocked to find that Litsy (our online, bookish family) had been purchased by library cataloging app LibraryThing. Although acquisitions like this happen every day, this is the first that has impacted me personally.

As someone who visits Litsy every morning with her very first cup of coffee, I love seeing the posts from all of my fellow Littens – regardless of their content. I don’t care if they posted a photo of a book or their dog. Our reading lives are so diverse and different that getting a small peek into the lives of other readers is both inspiring and therapeutic. Litsy is perfect in its humble way and it’s easy to fall in love with the simplicity of the app.

Through all of the chaos, LibraryThing seemed to realize that Littens are a very passionate group. To their credit, they have set up an Onward, Litsy! facebook page so that the Littens can put in their two cents about what they would like to see changed and what they desperately want to stay the same. The group can be found here: Onward, Litsy!

Among the most common requests are: No algorithms, a wishlist feature, owned/unowned books that have been read, a special thread for giveaways/bookclubs/swaps, and more stickers for photos. (I am SO on board with all of these… especially the stickers. My inner 90s kid loves me some stickers.)

I have one, simple request. I just want the Litsy family that I know and love to persevere through the changes. I’m not afraid of the fine-tuning that the staff at LibraryThing are going to do – I’m afraid of the impact on our community. Please don’t get discouraged Littens, I know that things may end up being a little different and I know that change can be hard. Although I sometimes struggle with change myself, in my mind, waking up and finding out that – through all of the madness that may come with updates and trial and error – I lost my Litsy family, that would be the hardest of all. I love knowing what MrBook and BookBabe are having for dinner that night (it’s actually inspired me to get off my butt and cook), and what Tiffy_Reads, JoeStalksBeck, and JenLovesJT47 have up their sleeves for swaps or readathons.

These people, near and far, have become my solace in times of dreaded bookslumps and when a book just hasn’t turned out the way that I had hoped. LibraryThing or no, we’re still Littens – hear us roar!