So many cacti, so little time.

Iโ€™m linking this post to Sunday Post, Stacking the Shelves, and It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?



Last Sunday I had an early Galentine’s brunch with a group of girls. I had a ton of fun. Since I’m new to the whole smartphone thing, a couple of friends went over Snapchat (which I don’t plan to get), different apps, and even showed me how to boomerang. Which is why there’s a random story on my Instagram account of the three of us. It’s probably the only time you’ll see me without my wig or my face obscured. I guess I’m not so anonymous anymore.

Yesterday was the cactus & succulent event. The cactus & succulent society puts together this event where local nurseries bring in their plants to both sell and put in for a judging competition. Last year we came home with quite a bit of plants. However, this year I reigned myself in and didn’t buy anything. Although, I took a ton of photos of the plants and plan to maybe check out the various nurseries in the area to see what else they have. If you follow me on Instagram you may have seen my story showing some of the plants at the event.

Speaking of which, I’m thinking I will use the Instagram stories as a way to show updates on my personal life. I posted photos from the succulent event as well as a birthday party I attended last night for a friend’s thirtieth birthday. I’m not sure if I want my feed to be just books, or if I want to mix in personal photos. I’m still trying to figure out what I’m doing over there. Ha!





New arrivals…



Books I read last week

The Hate You Give took me by surprise. I was not expecting to be so wrapped up in Starr’s life the way that I was. I can’t wait to see the movie for this. Baby on the Bad Boy’s Doorstep was a light romantic read. Although, I’m not overly sure why the title says bad boy when the main character couldn’t be farther from it.


Currently reading

With the winter Olypics in full swing, I couldn’t think of a more perfect book to read. Shot On Gold is a sports romance between a hockey player and a figure skater who are both competing in the winter Olympics.



On Instagram…


Do you have an Instagram? Is it just for books or do you post personal photos, too? Which would you prefer to see in your feed?




48 Thoughts on “So many cacti, so little time.

  1. It’s funny, but everyone says that about The Hate U Give ๐Ÿ™‚ I don’t think I’ve seen a single review where people were expecting more than they got ๐Ÿ˜€
    And I think I’ve posted a personal photo or two, but it’s mostly books on my Insta ๐Ÿ™‚

    • I don’t think I’ve read any reviews about the book. Which is weird because I feel like I would have seen it everywhere. It hit my radar when I saw that there was a book to movie adaptation in production.

  2. CACTI. That is the answer I have been looking for. I have been killing so many plants in the past 3-4 months. And I have no clue why that even happens. So I am gonna try the cacti family and pray really hard that I won’t kill them as well.

    I will have to watch for the review of the Kendrick’s book cuz Kendrick!!

    • I put my succulents and cacti in a south facing windowsill. I even went out and purchased floating shelves that suction to my window so that I can have all my plants in the one and window in my house that actually gets sun. Other plants I would look into would be the ZZ plant, the snake plant, and pothos. They don’t like to be in direct sun, and they are totally fine with neglect.

  3. The cactus & succulent event sounds like fun, I’ve been wanting to get a little cactus for my cubicle at work. Galentineโ€™s brunch is a nice idea too.
    I have Instagram because I love taking pics. I check it daily and post a few times a week. I post snippets of my day on there, books, crochet, day trips, quotes, whatever strikes my mood. Your Instagram feed looks nice! Enjoy your week.

    • Your feed sounds like fun. I will have to check it out and follow you. I love looking at books, but I also like to look at what everyone is up to. I don’t crochet, but I do knit. So, I’d love to see your projects. Okay, I’m gonna stop typing so that I can check it out. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Glad you had a lovely time, Kristin! Some of my co-workers are 22 and have been trying to get me onto Snapchat. I deleted my account a couple of weeks ago, as I don’t understand it and it seems like a pointless social media platform in my opinion. I do have Instagram and post anything that I want to post, whether it’s books, food, or something else. ๐Ÿ™‚

    I have Anna Kendrick’s book as well, and I was actually planning om reading it very soon!

    • They were explaining Snapchat to me and all I could think was, “So it’s an Instagram but things disappear after being viewed?” I just don’t really understand it either.

      I started listening to her book on Friday. Haven’t made it too far but it’s pretty funny. I think it has a lot to do with the fact that her personality is the exact same as mine. Didn’t realize that until I started listening to this book.

  5. Beware Of The Reader on 11 February, 2018 at 10:03 am said:

    I loved the Hate U Give! It’s a hyped book that deserves all the good reviews. I can’t wait to watch the movie. Happy Sunday!

    • I totally agree with you. I usually find myself not liking hyped books and was so afraid I was going to be bored with it. That couldn’t have been farther from the truth.

  6. I’m curious about The Hate U Give. I hope you’ll enjoy your new books. Happy reading!

    • You have got to get a copy of it. I wasn’t sold on it, but decided to give it a try when I saw that it was being turned into a movie. I was glued to that thing until the last page.

  7. Oh wow your Instagram photos are so pretty! I used to post bookish photos and personal photos on my Instagram account, but then as a lot of my family members don’t know about my blog, I decided to separate my accounts, but I don’t post as much on my bookish account now :/ I’ve had The Hate U Give for the longest time now, I really need to read it soon! I hope you have a great week ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Thanks. It’s so hard finding a balance. I want to be able to post personal photos to show that I’m a real person, but it seems like when I do, no one cares about them but me. :\ I wouldn’t be able to do two accounts though. I’m horrible about posting on the one. LoL
      And yes, you should definitely bump The Hate U Give up on your reading list. I wasn’t sure I was even like it, but not even halfway through I was texting my sister that she needed to read it.

  8. Oo that is a lot of little cacti. I can see it being hard to say no on bringing them home. My instagram is a mix of books, food, herd and random event and planning stuff. I like it that way, personally ๐Ÿ™‚

    • It was kind of hard to walk away with nothing. However, the line was at least an hour and a half long and I just wasn’t feeling the wait. LoL So I took pictures of the ones I liked and plan to see if the nurseries have an actual shop, or see if I can find them elsewhere. The Mister found me amusing though. I was in heaven walking around that cramped room, looking at all the plants. I’m a complete succulent nerd. LoL

  9. Since I don’t have a cellphone I don’t use Instagram but it wouldn’t matter if you had a mix up of photos. Whatever inspires you. I love Jaci Burton and the red covered books are for valentines day I’m assuming? Nice.

    • Jaci Burton is great. I am about to start her latest book and I just love that it has to do with two players who are competing in the winter Olympics. The red books are a photo challenge I did. I do want to do a heart of books soon though. I just need to do it. ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Oooh! Your instagram photos look fantastic and I love your cactus photos!

  11. I have the Anna Kendrick book. But I think I want to hear the audio version now that I see she reads it. Enjoy your latest batch!

    • Anytime I want to read an autobiography, I always check to see if the author narrated it. I would see if your library has an audio version. She’s pretty funny.

  12. Lauren Becker on 11 February, 2018 at 5:49 pm said:

    I love Instagram but I use it for whatever I want to be honest. I don’t mind what other people do, but I kind of like a mix sometimes. Feeds that are just bookstagram are usually beautiful but it can be repetitive for me. This is me if you’re curious:

    Looks like you had a good reading week. ๐Ÿ™‚


    • I agree about the repetitiveness of all the bookstagram posts. Which is probably why I follow friends and family, crafting accounts, and animal accounts. It gives my feed a bit of a break.

  13. I loved The Hate U Give too. I was so invested in Starr and her entire family. I can’t wait to see how the movie version compares. Anna Kendrick’s book is a pretty fun read. I read the print version and kind of wish I had gone the audio route instead. I think I probably missed out on some of Anna’s humor by just reading it on paper.

  14. I’m so behind on reading The Hate U Give. I do have an Instagram account, I have it set to private, I only share personal photos with family. I think a mixture of photos are wonderful to see, it just depends on what how much personal photos you want to share with everyone. I went to delete my Snapchat account last week and I had a message from my daughter, I think I’m going to remove it because I don’t really use it. It’s wonderful to see you enjoying your new phone. Have a great week.

    • It’s so good. I hope you can bump it up on your reading list. As for social media, my Facebook is my personal account to keep in contact with friends and family. Everything else is sort of for the blog. With Instagram I’ve been slowly creeping in more personal pictures. I’m loving that I’m able to take pictures and upload them on the go. ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. Love all the pricklies. Your book stacks look great. I don’t have an Instagram account…yet. It is already too hard keeping up with social media and email.
    sherry @ fundinmental Sunday Memes

    • Thanks. I’m not too active on Twitter anymore. I used to love sitting on there and chatting about books but all everyone seems to talk about are politics on there now. I miss the days of twitter chats. ๐Ÿ™

  16. Wow! Those plants look pretty fabulous! I’ve never heard of that book, but it sounds worth checking out. Like you, I have no earthly cue of what in heck I’m doing on Instagram.(lol) I sort of focus on the things I like and post them. So it’s a crazy mix of food, planner stuff, books, fashion and a whole lot more. It’s fun to look at what people come up with and I like the things you do too. Hugs…RO

    • HAHaHaHa At least I’m not alone on Instagram. Everyone seems to have their stuff together, and I’m over in my corner just marching to the beat of my own drum. It may not be polished looking but like you, I like posting things that I’m interested in… even if no one else is interested in it.

  17. My instagram is mostly personal photos with the odd book photo thrown in and I tend to use stories as a way to update on what’s going on in my day haha. I’ve got The Hate U Give and I still need to read along with my mountain of other books haha. I hope you have a great week and the cacti are cute ๐Ÿ™‚

    • I wasn’t overly sure about stories, but I think I like them. I like using them just like you said, as a way to sort of check in online with everyone without doing a whole post. The Hate U Give took me by surprise. I hope you get the chance to read it before the movie comes out.

  18. I loved your cacti pics on IG over the weekend. That’s something I haven’t tried to grow yet. I tend to stick with native plants that are super low maintenance and bring in the butterflies. I’m not a huge fan of container plants but I might give it a go this year.

    I have like a – green-ish thumb. 1/2 my yard is gorgeous and the other have dies lol

    Karen @ For What It’s Worth

    • Aww. Thanks. There were so many cool looking ones but I didn’t want to clog up IG with all the pictures. I find that cacti and succulents are the only things I can grow. Mainly because I forget to water plants. LoL I basically need very low maintenance plants.

  19. I tried to do instagram like almost 4 years ago when my grandson was born. Til this date I just have only one photo on it and that is the day my grandson was born. Few weeks back I wanted to do one with books but I can barely keep up with my blog and decided not to.

  20. The Galentineโ€™s brunch sounds like fun! Iโ€™m so hit or miss with Instagram. I see all the gorgeous bookstagram pics and get inspired but I just never take the time to really do anything with it. Iโ€™ve had Anna Kendrickโ€™s book on my Overdrive list for quite a while – and every time it comes up I decide Iโ€™m not in the mood for it and suspend my hold for another month or so. LOL Funny about the Bad Boy title. I read one once called Welcoming the Bad Boy (I think that was it) and I remember mentioning it in my review because the guy was an absolute sweetheart. The only thing I could figure that (maybe) made him a bad boy was that he rode a motorcycle. Ha!

    • Anna’s book is really funny when you listen to it. Her and I would either be bff’s or enemies because we have the same personality and sense of humor. If you liked her character in Pitch Perfect then you would probably enjoy her book since she has that reserved snarky vibe in her book.

  21. Looks like some great reads, I hope that they all satisfy. I haven’t really watched the winter olympics but I should, might cool me down!

  22. I have Instagram, but I only got it two months ago, so I havenโ€™t done much with it. I have a mix of book photos and personal photos. Have a great week!

  23. The cacti look wonderful – it sounds like it was a fun event!
    And how did I not already have the Jaci Burton title on my shelf? It’s about hockey players, yeah? I love hockey romances – I think it’s partly because my husband was a hockey player when we met ๐Ÿ˜€
    I have separate instagram accounts, one for bookish stuff, one for me stuff, and one for the dogs ๐Ÿ˜€
    I hope you’re having a wonderful week, Kristin. Happy reading!

    • It’s a romance between a hockey player and a figure skater at the Winter Olympics. I just finished it last night and it was REALLY good. Since your husband was a hockey player, you’d probably love this.

  24. I am so glad you enjoyed The Hate U Give, it was such a great, powerful book <3
    I use instagram, but mostly for my personal travel pictures and you will most likely never see my face on there, haha, I'm way too shy for that.
    Lovely post! Hope you are having a lovely week ๐Ÿ™‚

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