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5 Things I've Been Doing Instead of Blogging

That awkward moment when you have to remind yourself how to log back into your own blog.... *face palm* 

I cannot believe how long it's been since I last posted! I have missed Quite a Novel Idea more than I realized and have missed interacting with fellow book worms! I figured it's high time that I explain myself and my absence. So let's catch up, shall we? 

Meet a Fellow Bookworm! : Molly

Aah the joys of bookstagram, book twitter and book blogging. Since I started this journey a year ago, I've met SOOOO many amazing book lovers. And to be honest....I didn't even know book blogging was a thing! But now that my eyes have been opened, I've decided that occasionally, I will be interviewing other book bloggers to help introduce my readers to other great blogs! 

Today's bookworm is ...

Monthly Wrap Up: April Edition!

April Showers bring May Flowers... at least that's what they say. And for me, April showered me with SO much love, peace and WORK! lol 

So what did the month of April look like for me? 

Book Swap Party!!!

by Guest Contributor,
Gabrielle Newton

            While most of my Sunday afternoons can be captured at brunch, this past month I decided to trade in the buzzy mimosas for buzz-worthy reads amongst fellow bookworms. Since the beginning of the New Year, I’ve made a concerted effort to gather friends together for a variety of fun soirees. For this specific function, my good friend Stephanie and I both knew we wanted to bring our love of books and reading together to create an event that was “one for the books” (please tell me you giggled when read that). Below I will share tips on how to host the perfect book swap party, including free printables!

Book Review: The Defining Decade

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"This book changed my life!" "You have to read this!" These are just a few of the declarations I heard as I considered adding this read to my book club's calendar. 

Our book club conversation was a rich one, especially with notable quotes such as: 

"80% of life's defining moments happen by age 35. "

3 Tips to Striking Work-Life Balance

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The to do lists seem to never end. "I need to do this. I've got to do that. They're depending on me to fulfill this." BLAH BLAH BLAH 

The reality is, life is happening all around us and responsibilities come with the package. In no way am I trying to deny the facts of life. It's the balance of knowing what and how to prioritize that seems to leave many of us dumbfounded. And in trying to strike that balance, it seems many of us are that waiter banging the pitcher against the glass trying to refill everyone else's cup! 

As I get older, I realize that I'm no good to others if I'm not taking care of myself. 

So how exactly can we find the balance between our professional lives and our personal ones? 

Book Beginnings: Year of Yes

"You never say yes to anything." 
Six startling words. 

That's the beginning.That's the origin of it all. My sister Delorse said six startling words and changed everything. She said six words and now, as I write this, I have become a different person.

"You never say yes to anything."

She didn't even say the six startling words. She muttered them, really. Her lips barely moving, her eyes fixed intently on the large knife in her hands as she was dicing vegetables at a furious pace, trying to beat the clock. 

My 2017 Blogging Resolutions!

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"Really, Jenn? New Year's Resolutions are silly and short lived." And honestly, I understand why so many share that sentiment. It does seem to be an arbitrary time or reason to improve ourselves. However, I also feel that some people need a starting point. A "deadline" of sorts to help them set goals. 

As I was blog hopping, I stumbled upon Molly's post and it inspired me to at least dream out loud for my blog. Late last year, my blogging slowed down a loooooot. I wanted to be here but then life was calling me in a hundred different directions. 

Well, it's a NEW YEAR for Quite a Novel Idea and I am super excited to start this new year off right! 

So, what are my blogging goals? 

Happy New Year & a Book Review!

Happy New Year! OMG! It's Quite a Novel Idea's FIRST new year! 2016 had some highlights for me and launching this blog was definitely one of them :) 

So I figured what better way to start off the 2017 than with a book review. 

"What we are all looking for, is an ultimate verdict that we are important and valuable. We look for that ultimate verdict every day in all situations and people around us. And that means that every single day, we are on trial. Every day, we put ourselves back in the courtroom."