Booked Solid Blog Revamp

If you are a follower of mine, you may be a little confused – what is Booked Solid and where did Jordyn Roesler go? Well, I thought I’d make a post officially announcing the launch of Booked Solid – or, rather, re-launch of my existing blog. Formerly Jordyn Roesler (jordynroesler.wordpress.com), I have changed this blog’s name and domain to Booked Solid (bookedsolid.blog) for a few reasons.

When I started this blog in early 2019 I really had no idea what type of content I wanted to create and how I wanted to present it. I thought that just using my name would allow me the most flexibility in figuring that all out. What I think I realized is that too much freedom can actually work against me – without a catchy blog name, it might be harder for followers to remember me and what my blog in particular is about.

Booked Solid for me means a few things – one, it is a nod to books as this is primarily a book blog. But also, it touches on the need for organization in a busy life in general, which I would like to implement more of on this blog in the new year. I’m thinking more Bullet Journal spreads, more lifestyle-type posts including DIYs and organization ideas, and more freedom to post about the things keeping me busy in my day-to-day life (like…. motherhood! Happening soon!)

I probably will be tinkering with exactly what this blog looks like in the coming weeks in preparation for a very jam-packed 2020 with lots of content that I’m really excited about. As I’m in the revamp phase, I’d LOVE input from all of you – what types of blogs do you like to look at and visit? Is it important to you that it be well-organized so that you can easily find past posts? Do you like lots of photos, colors, or other aesthetic elements? While this may not be my blog’s long-term, final form, I think it’s a step in the right direction towards a website that I am proud of and can fully express myself and all of my life’s facets.

As always, thanks for stopping by!


Bullet Journal Setup | 2019 Reading Trackers

I have always loved all things stationery – notebooks, planners, and lately looking at beautiful bullet journal spreads all over Pinterest and Instagram. I wanted to start one myself to have a place to keep my reading information that isn’t just an Excel spreadsheet – though we all know how much I love my spreadsheets, too.

At first I thought I’d wait to start a reading bullet journal until 2020, but then I figured there was no harm in trying it out yet this year – this way I can test out different trackers and art styles and hopefully have a few more skills come January!

It may not be much yet, but I wanted to share my first few spreads in the bullet journal. I have it updated through July and plan on keeping it updated throughout the rest of this year, possibly adding more spreads if I feel like something else is missing!

Spread 1: 2019 At-A-Glance

This first spread is something I see at the start of most bullet journals online – a very basic overview of the entire year. I think this is helpful to have as a reference to check dates and as a beginning to the bullet journal to indicate that it is for the 2019 calendar year.

Spread 2: 2019 Reading Challenge and Page Tracker

On this second spread I decided to test the waters on my illustration skills. I saw a bookshelf spread somewhere online and decided to modify it to track my progress against my new 2019 reading goal of 100 books. Each month has a designated color, and at the end of the month I will color in the number of books I completed that month. Hopefully by the end of the year all of the books will be colored in!

On the right side you’ll see my version of a page tracker. This helps me see with a quick glance how many days out of the year I have been reading. I wanted to try to incorporate a gradient system so that the darker the block is, the more pages I read that day. I don’t think this system is quite perfect, but I think it still looks aesthetically pleasing.

Spread 3: 2019 Reading Statistics

I love tracking reading statistics every month and throughout the year to see if I am favoring any genres in particular or what other trends emerge. This page is an easy way for me to keep a tally and make those comparisons without having to go into my spreadsheet and count everything up. If you’re also a statistics lover, take a look at my Mid-Year Reading Summary post for some pretty graphs with a lot of the same information!

At this point you may notice that I do not have any sort of over-arching theme for my bullet journal. I really wanted to focus on getting used to the materials, color combinations, and different writing/illustrating styles before committing to just one.

Spread 4: 2019 Books Completed

And lastly, my fourth spread is simply a list of all of the books I have completed so far this year. The spreadsheet I keep on my computer lists out each book’s genre, number of pages, Goodreads rating, and more – but this is a quick reference just to see the titles, authors, and dates completed.


That’s all I have so far – safe to say I’m already hooked. I didn’t want to overwhelm myself with monthly spreads and trackers yet, because I think that functionality and practice are the two main goals for the rest of this year when it comes to bullet journaling.

BUT! I would LOVE to see any reading trackers or beautiful spreads you have done or have seen – please leave me links to check out for inspiration and for me to connect with different people as I start this fun new hobby!


Blogger Recognition Award

Thanks so much to BW Reviews for tagging/nominating me for this!! Love your blog and the advice you gave 🙂

Rules

  1. Thank the blogger that nominated you.
  2. Write a post to show your award.
  3. Give a brief story of how your blog started.
  4. Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
  5. Select 15 other bloggers you want to give this award to.
  6. Comment on each blog letting them know you’ve nominated them and provide a link to the post you’ve created.

How My Blog Started

This year is the first year I’ve set a serious reading goal for myself – 52 books, way more than I’ve read in recent years combined. I wanted a way to keep track of the books I read and my thoughts on them, all in one place. Originally I had planned on posting them to Twitter, but really quickly I realized I needed more space than 280 characters can provide. So I started a blog, and after browsing other blogs I found a whole bunch of other things I wanted to write than just monthly wrap-ups. Only about a month and a half later, I’ve found my groove with about 3 bookish posts a week!

Advice to New Bloggers

I’m still VERY new at this, so feel free to take with a grain of salt 🙂

  1. Create a schedule! It helps so much when starting out to keep you on track for monthly posts (wrap-ups, TBRs, etc.) but then also shows you exactly how many other posts you need to plan ahead for any given week or month. I think a lot of new bloggers are nervous to create a posting schedule for the fear that it will create unneccessary pressure to post when you’re out of ideas, but for me it was the opposite – I had too many ideas when I was brand new, and a schedule helped me properly space them out and get used to scheduling posts on certain days. And if I need to skip a day every now and then, it’s easier not to sweat it when I’ve got a schedule in place and a plan to get back on track with regular posts.
  2. Blog hop not only to find new blogs to follow (and hopefully get some to follow you back), but also to get blogging inspiration! It can be easy to fall into a rut with the same ideas, same posts, same layouts week after week. But there are sooo many creative bloggers out there to pull inspiration from – and they would love a shout-out if you do decide to post something similar to what they have done!

My Nominations for the Blogger Recognition Award

I only have 10, but you all rock! Thanks for showing me the way!!


Mystery Blogger Award!

Image created by Okoto Enigma’s Blog – creator of this award!

I was nominated for this award by Angelica at The Book Cover Girl, and I so appreciate it!

What is the Mystery Blogger Award?

It’s an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates, it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging, and they do it with so much love and passion. – Okoto Enigma

The Rules

  • Put the award logo/image on your blog
  • List the rules
  • Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog
  • Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well
  • Tell your readers 3 things about yourself
  • Nominate 10-20 people
  • Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog
  • Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice, with one weird or funny question (specify)
  • Share a link to your best post(s)

Three Facts About Me

  1. I’m an extremely picky eater! I actually don’t like any fruits – it’s both a taste and a texture thing. I don’t like how squishy most fruits are and their flavors are usually way too overpowering for me.
  2. I constantly cycle between growing my hair down to my waist and then chopping it off to my shoulders. I just recently did another chop 🙂 I’m lucky my hair grows REALLY quickly, so I use it to my advantage and change it up often! I’d love to dye it rainbow colors… but that’ll have to wait until I don’t have a corporate job anymore, if I ever get to that point!
  3. I’m moving in two weeks! I currently live in Minnesota and am moving down one state, to Iowa. Right now I’m near a big city, and this move will bring us a little more to the middle of nowhere so it will definitely be a change in scenery. But I’m super excited for a new house to decorate!!

Angela’s Questions for Me

What’s on your bucket list this year?
Reading 52 books! I’ve never had a reading goal before, and I was actually a little worried that 52 would be too many. But I’ve already completed 27 books, which puts my over halfway and WAY ahead of schedule!

If money was not a problem, what is one thing you would do?
Travel to Thailand!

What is your favorite movie?
I have a lot!
Hush – my favorite thriller, and it’s on Netflix!
The Imitation Game – amazing movie about codebreaking
Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates – SO funny, and I love all of the actors
We’re the Millers – also SO funny, possibly my most-watched comedy
Titanic – my very first favorite, hahaha

What is the first book you remember reading?
Junie B. Jones is the first series I remember owning and reading constantly. I also have a random memory of reading a Berenstain Bears book to my class in Kindergarten, and I’m assuming that was around the time I learned to read in the first place!

What is your Hogwarts house?
I have recently discovered I’m a Hufflepuff! HP enthusiasts, feel free to let me know any interesting things about Hufflepuffs!

Bonus: What’s your favorite emoji?
My most-used is definitely the crying laughing face. But my favorite emoji, even if I don’t get to use it often, is the big pink bow!

My Nominees

Questions for My Nominees

What is one piece of advice you’ve gotten that has stuck with you for years?

What are your hobbies other than reading, writing, and blogging?

What is your most-watched TV show?

What is your beverage of choice (can be alcoholic or non)?

[Designated weird question]: What do you keep in the truck of your car (if you have one)?

Links to my Best/Favorite Posts

10 Things that Make Me Happy | International Happiness Day

International Women’s Day: Disney Princess Edition

Whew, that’s it! This was a long one. Thanks again to Angelica for nominating me and for Okoto Enigma for creating this award 🙂


Book Tag: Two Truths and a Lie

Image by Reader Voracious – feel free to use in your post!

I was tagged to do this by What’s She Reading? – thanks, girl!

How to participate:

  • Create a post with your two bookish truths and one bookish lie – but be sure to keep it a secret so your readers can guess!
  • Reveal the lie in a spoiler at the bottom of your post – you can use this HTML code:

(unfortunately this code isn’t working for me… so I improvised!)

That’s it! Here are my statements:

  1. I have recorded several introductory Booktube videos but have been too afraid to post any of them.
  2. There’s something inside of me that does not let myself DNF books, even if I’m not enjoying them.
  3. I prefer buying books used rather than brand-new, even though I know that it provides less support to the authors.

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This is time for you to think about your guess…

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Which one’s the lie?

Number one! I LOVE watching Booktube and I’ve toyed with the idea of starting a channel, but I haven’t gone so far as to actually film anything – yet!

Did ya get it right? 🙂

I tag the bloggers below – apologies if any of you have already been tagged or have even already done it! Happy Friday!!


10 Things That Make Me Happy | International Happiness Day

Who knew International Happiness Day was a thing? Not me… but I’ll use it as an excuse to write about ten things that just make me happy! 🙂

Number 1: MY FAMILY!

I feel extremely lucky to be so close with my family – which includes both of my parents, two brothers, my husband, my in-laws (seriously, I love them), and a whole bunch of supportive aunts, uncles, cousins, and grandparents.

Number 2: Making Spreadsheets

Nope, not a joke. It’s probably a good thing my full-time job is being a project engineer (project manager) where I pretty much have to make budget and timeline spreadsheets on the daily. But my love for organization spreads to wherever I can make it: wedding planning, books I own/want to read lists, now blog planning!

Number 3: Escape Rooms

There is something SO FUN about escape rooms to me. I love solving puzzles and playing games, and this is a nice combination of the two. Highly recommend doing a Google search to see if your city has any and doing one if it does! Pictured above: my cute extended family after a day of multiple rooms in Des Moines, IA.

Number 4: Halo Top Ice Cream

I am NOT a healthy eater. I’ve never eaten more than a few bites of a salad and vegetables don’t exist in our household unless they’re technically a starch. BUT I have fallen in love with the “lower-calorie” ice cream that is Halo Top and it makes me feel just a liiiiittle bit better about my eating habits. Chocolate chip cookie dough is the way to go, but my husband likes the PB cup one best.

Number 5: The Amazing Race

I LOVE THE AMAZING RACE. I love competition TV shows in general, but if I could choose one to go on, it would definitely be The Amazing Race. I have competed in two of my own versions, one being when I was an intern at a big company and they organized an Intern Amazing Race as a way to explore the city, and once on our honeymoon – we did the Amazing Cozumel Race as our excursion in Cozumel, Mexico 🙂

Number 6: Crafting

I grew up with an engineer for a father, always bringing home projects to work on with his large-scale vinyl cutter and 3D printer, and a crafter for a mother, who made scrapbooks for every phase of my life and all of my childhood halloween costumes. I’ve been trained well, and now there isn’t a DIY I don’t think I can tackle!

Number 7: Playing Softball

I have played softball since I was VERY little (t-ball age) and played fastpitch competetively through my senior year of high school. Since then I’ve continued playing slowpitch through coed leagues, which has been a really fun activity to do with my husband in the summer.

Number 8: Watching YouTube Videos

My watch history contains a bunch of different categories: makeup gurus, book reviewers, cleaning videos, daily vloggers, gamers (cough cough, Sims 100 baby challenge videos), and more. It’s a near addiction at this point.

Number 9: Tailgating

I went to college at a school where football is life. And so is tailgating 🙂 Nothing like waking up at 5 AM to eat and drink and get excited for a football game, especially with all of your closest friends, family, and giant stuffed bison!

Number 10: Beach Vacations

I mean… is there anyone out there who DOESN’T enjoy these?

So with that, Happy International Happiness Day! What things in your life make you happy?


Int’l Women’s Day: Disney Princess Edition

Happy International Women’s Day! I am SO EXCITED to write this post because it is about to include all of my absolute most favorite things: Disney princesses depicted as the badass bitches they are, female engineers, and books.

I wanted to combine one of my favorite online posts of all time, If Disney Princesses Were Engineers, created by A Hedy Journey (which you should absolutely go see in its entirety HERE), and a super fun book tag I’ve seen floating around called the New Disney Princess Book Tag, created by Mandy from Book Princess Reviews and Zuky from Book Bum.

In order to keep this post to a reasonable length and also to avoid completely plagiarizing the If Disney Pricesses Were Engineers post (seriously, click on the link and go see the whole thing), I am choosing to highlight my SIX favorite Disney princess, show which type of engineering they best embody, and share the book I feel best fits the book tag prompt assigned to them. Here we go!

All princess images and captions were taken from A Hedy Journey’s post, I am not taking credit for any of them, just want to share the brilliance!

Ariel

Ariel (from The Little Mermaid) the Biomedical Engineer – after her experiences losing her tail and gaining painful new legs, Ariel developed a sympathy for prosthetics users and went on to be a Biomedical Engineer, working with robotics for amputees.

Ariel, of course, lives under the sea. Her associated book prompt is a book that has a water/ocean setting:

This is really stretching my memory here, but Olive’s Ocean by Kevin Henkes was one of my favorite childhood books about a girl who spends the summer at her grandmother’s house near the ocean and is dealing with grief of a lost classmate. I LOVED this book, and this is reminding me to pick it up again and reread it.

Belle

Belle (from Beauty and the Beast) the Computer Systems Engineer – Belle became curious about wireless communications technologies after trying to understand how the Beast’s magic mirror worked.  With Computer Systems Engineering, she discovered that there was something more than that provincial life and something even more interesting to her than reading books: coding!

Belle is the beauty with the books, prompting for a book with the best bookworm or book lover:

Annika from Tracey Garvis Graves’ The Girl He Used to Know is an extremely introverted woman whose love for books is frequently mentioned throughout this novel. Annika suffers from an autism-spectrum disorder that makes most social situations too much for her to handle, so books are her haven. I love this character and this book!

Jasmine

Jasmine (from Aladdin) the Aerospace Engineer – after getting a taste for experiencing A Whole New World on the magic carpet, Jasmine became determined to travel to space, studying Aerospace Engineering in preparation for becoming Agrabah’s first astronaut.

Jasmine’s promt is a book with an unlikely love story, in terms of romance OR a book you didn’t expect to love so much:

Brace yourself for this one… Flowers in the Attic is V.C. Andrews’ novel about four children who are forced to live in the attic of their grandparents’ house after their father suddenly dies and their mother is no longer financially able to support their previous living arrangements. Potential spoiler here if you are ever interested in reading this 1979 novel: the oldest brother and sister fall for each other because there is no one else to fall for as they grow up in isolation. Highly controversial, but about as unlikely as it gets!

Elsa

Elsa (from Frozen) the Civil Engineer – in order to ensure that her ice sculptures, bridges and buildings were structurally sound, and that upon thawing, that they didn’t flood Arendelle, Elsa undertook studies in statics and hydrology, becoming a Civil Engineer.

Elsa’s newfound love for colder climates prompts a book in a winter/cold setting:

Dark Matter is a brain-bending science fiction novel with a pivotal scene happening in the middle of a blizzard. Sorry, that’s the closest I’ve got for this one, I admit it’s a bit of a stretch 😊

Merida

Merida (from Brave) the Electrical Engineer – whilst trying to determine exactly what wisps are made from, Merida stumbled upon Electrical Engineering and is currently doing a PhD on electronic weapons calibration.  However, she actually spends most of her time mucking around with the Van de Graff machine in her lab.

Merida determines her OWN fate, prompting for a book where there is no love story or love interest:

The Roar is a middle-grade dystopian novel about a set of twins who are separated by the government and try to fight their way back to each other in order to overthrow the forces that did this to them. No love story necessary here, just two independent siblings fighting for their family.

Mulan

Mulan the Materials Engineer – Mulan’s interest in swords developed beyond swordswomanship and into steel production, leading her to study Materials Engineering in order to seek work in a foundry.  Luckily, all those years spent with Mushu the dragon meant that Mulan had developed a tolerance of being around high temperatures so she loved her new work environment.

Mulan is the princess who saved her country. Her book prompt is for the fiercest heroine:

I don’t read much fantasy (at all, really) so I don’t have any fierce, battling heroines that come to mind. But Grace from Behind Closed Doors does, as she’s fighting a different kind of battle: an oppressive husband. I don’t want to give much else away about the storyline, but I believe that this woman needed a special kind of strength just to attempt to fight her way free from this villain.

What do you think about this post? I’m not sure what exactly my goal was for putting this all together, but I hope these princesses, these engineering careers, or these books inspire you in some way or another on this International Women’s Day!

If I missed your favorite princess, please, again, take a look at the If Disney Princesses Were Engineers blog post (I linked it 3 times for ya!), and if you are interested in participating in the New Disney Princess Book Tag, I tag you to answer all 13 of the prompts on the original tag! Thanks for reading!