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  • Heidi Fiedler 4:00 pm on 2019/01/21 Permalink
    Tags: bujo, bullet journal, bullet journaling, dot journaling: a practical guide, leuchtturm 1917 bullet journal, markers, ryder carroll, , stencils, the bullet journal method   

    Everything You Need to Bullet Journal the Heck Out of This Year 

    Once assumed to be a paper-based form of OCD, bullet journaling is finding fans everywhere. Writers, readers, students, execs, parents, really anyone who wants to organize their thoughts, is finding inspiration in the world of bullet journaling (or bujo to devotees). The system is flexible enough for any lifestyle and can hold all the many aspects of our lives that we usually try to keep in our heads. Work, relationships, health, creative projects, hobbies, and more can all be safely contained in a bujo. You can add creative touches, or leave that nonsense for someone who has more time. It’s really just about making it your own, so you can stay organized and see patterns in your life that might help you get where you want to go. Ready to try a little bujo magic? All you really need is a pencil and a journal. But if you want a little guidance or inspiration, the tools below will help!

    The Bullet Journal Method, by Ryder Carroll
    If you’re new to bujo, learn how its done from the creator himself. If you’re familiar with the process, but need some help getting started, this thoughtful guide will help you understand the deeper reasons for bullet journaling and advantages of the method. Carroll developed the bujo process to organize his own thoughts, but along the way, he found it’s about more than making lists or tracking habits. Bullet journaling is designed to help anyone set meaningful goals and live an intentional life.

    Leuchtturm 1917 Bullet Journal
    Any notebook can be made into a bullet journal, but honestly it’s a pain. So save yourself the trouble and find a notebook that already has page numbers and space for a table of contents. Pockets and page markers make this an easy-to-use, all-purpose, never-lead-your side notebook. The Leuchtturm journals are a favorite in the bujo community, and they come in lots of yummy colors!

    Dot Journaling: A Practical Guide, by Rachel Wilkerson
    If you want a little more structure and advice as you learn the art of bujoing, this journal-guide combo will hold your hand. There are templates; trackers; day, week, month, and year spreads; plus page darts and fun rolls of washi tape to add color. Whether you want to create a journal that’s Instagram worthy or just soothe your monkey mind, this kit is a perfect first step.

    Brush Markers
    If you’re ready to move beyond pencil or black ink and more ink, add some color and texture with these juicy brush markers. Each of the 12 markers has two tips, so you can vary the weight of your text. Add brush work to headers, and use the fine-point for detail work and lists.

    Hand Lettering Interactive Drawing Book, by Peter Pauper Press
    It’s easy to feel intimated by bujos online, but don’t feel pressured to make your journal Instagram worthy. If you do want to up your lettering game, this full-color, hands-on workbook includes tutorials and sections for tracing. You’ll also learn how to choose a lettering style and add embellishments to emphasize the most important information in your bujo.

    Dotted Journal Stencil Set
    If you’re feeling less confident about hand lettering and drawing icons or motifs, this stencil set takes the pressure off. Use it whenever you need to repeat an icon or banner. It will give your bujo a consistent look that’s super satisfying, and it’s easy to use!

    Are you excited to bullet journal in 2019?

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  • Jenny Shank 3:30 pm on 2019/01/21 Permalink
    Tags: , new voices   

    6 Literary Debuts to Read in 2019 

    We all love a book by an old favorite writer who never disappoints, but those lifelong reading relationships have to start somewhere. Debut novels offer the promise of not only encountering a new voice, but of beginning a beautiful friendship. Here are six debuts with globe-spanning settings that should be on your radar this year.

    Golden Child by Claire Adam (January 29)
    Those of us who were blown away by A Place for Us, Fatima Farheen Mirza’s affecting debut novel of a Muslim family in California that was Sarah Jessica Parker’s first choice for her new book imprint, are ready to follow Parker wherever she leads us next. Her second release as the Editorial Director for Hogarth’s SJP is Golden Child, Claire Adam’s debut novel set in Trinidad. Like A Place for Us, it concerns a father trying to connect with a wayward son he has never understood, a young man named Paul who disappears in the bush one day. Author Adam grew up in Trinidad, studied physics at Brown University, and currently lives in London.

    We Cast A Shadow by Maurice Carlos Ruffin (January 29)
    Maurice Carlos Ruffin’s debut will please lovers of biting political satire. An unnamed black narrator works at a law firm where he serves as proof of their “committment to diversity,” and becomes the center of a publicity campaign pushed by a shareholder. Meanwhile, the narrator encourages his son to apply skin lightening cream in the hopes that he can be spared some of the violence, racism, and indignity his father has dealt with all his life. We Cast A Shadow seems poised to contribute to the thriving artistic movement literary critic Sheri-Marie Harrison has called the “new black Gothic,” including such exemplars as the movie Get Out, Jesmyn Ward’s novel Sing, Unburied Sing, and Childish Gambino’s song and video “This is America.”

    The Age of Light by Whitney Scharer (February 5)
    Whitney Scharer’s debut focuses on Lee Miller, a larger-than-life figure who worked as a fashion model in 1920s New York, before traveling to Paris in 1929 and apprenticing herself to photographer Man Ray. She eventually became his collaborator, lover, and muse as she developed her art and started her own photography studio. During World War II, she was a war correspondent photojournalist for Vogue, and that’s only a handful of the twists and turns of this dynamic woman’s trajectory. Scharer earned her MFA from the University of Washington, has published stories in literary magazines, and works as a graphic designer as well as a writer. The Age of Light is poised to become a historical fiction hit, appealing to fans of Paula McClain’s books.

    The Old Drift by Namwali Serpell (March 26)
    Even before publishing a book, Namwali Serpell has been racking up honors including the Caine Prize for African writing and the Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award. The Zambia-raised, California-based writer seems set to fulfill her early promise with debut novel The Old Drift, an epic set in the colonial settlement known as Old Drift, near Victoria Falls. The book spans more than a hundred years, detailing the clashes and struggles of three Zambian families sparked by a mistake an Old Drift settler makes in 1904.

    Walking on the Ceiling by Ayşegül Savaş (April 30)
    Nunu is a young woman living in Paris at a time in her life when she has no discernible direction. She has parted ways with her college boyfriend and sold her mother’s apartment in Istanbul following her death. She decides to move to Paris and enroll in a literature program—but not attend any classes. While she wanders the city’s streets, she meets M., an older British writer who takes an interest in Nunu because he’s writing a novel set in Turkey, and they strike up a friendship. As the book opens, Nunu recalls how she would “hold a square mirror up to the ceiling. I examined every inch of this flat, white expanse, entirely removed from the jagged world on the opposite pole where people lived in shadows, weighed down by troubles. I understood that all anyone can do in the midst of darkness is retreat to their own, bright landscapes.” If you enjoyed the off-kilter, low-key philosophical musings of Elif Batuman’s The Idiot or the friendship between an older male writer and a young woman in Lisa Halliday’s Asymmetry, Walking on the Ceiling looks like a promising debut.

    Mostly Dead Things by Kristen Artnett (June 9)
    Kristen Artnett’s debut novel tells the story of Jessa-Lynn Morton, who finds her father’s body one day in the family taxidermy shop. In the wake of her dad’s suicide, Jessa-Lynn steps up to take over the taxidermy business, while struggling with her affections for her brother’s wife and puzzling over her mother’s increasingly bizarre artwork. Karen Russell, an authority on all things strange and funny, called it “one of the strangest and funniest and most surprising first novels I’ve ever read.”

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  • Heidi Fiedler 4:00 pm on 2019/01/14 Permalink
    Tags: , clea shearer, , , homebody: a guide to creating spaces you never want to leave, , joanna teplin, joshua becker, outer order inner calm: declutter and organize to make more room for happiness, , , the home edit: a gude to organizing and realizing your house goals, the house that pinterest built, the minimalist home: a room-by-room guide to a decluttered refocused life   

    5 Books to Help You Makeover Your Home 

    As we pack up the decorations and make room for new toys, it’s natural to take a hard look at the places where we spend the most time. Whether you’re itching to refresh your kitchen, need ideas on how to simplify, or just want to start from scratch and build your dream home, the books on this list will inspire you to get started. They’re packed with practical tips, beautiful photos, and even a few pep talks from people who have been right where you are now: hoping to transform a house into a home that feels totally and perfectly you!

    The Home Edit: A Guide to Organizing and Realizing Your House Goals, by Clea Shearer and Joanna Teplin
    There’s no point to tossing another throw pillow on the couch or updating your gallery wall, if you’re frustrated every time you try to find something or your shelves are sagging with clutter. Before you can redesign, you need to reorganize, and this thorough guide will walk you through the entire process, including labeling your kitchen. The authors even promise to make it fun!

    Outer Order, Inner Calm: Declutter and Organize to Make More Room for Happiness, by Gretchen Rubin
    The popular author of The Happiness Project and Better than Before has a special way of articulating big ideas in easy to digest, memorable ways. In her latest book, she shares simple, practical ways everyone can use to make their homes feel a little more homey, so they can enjoy their time there more. The best part is the way Rubin offers different tips for different personality types, knowing there are no one-size-fits-all answers when it comes to something as big as decluttering. It’s a bit like hygge meets Marie Kondo, with the added bonus of learning something about yourself!

    The Minimalist Home: A Room-by-Room Guide to a Decluttered, Refocused Life, by Joshua Becker
    If you’re craving a minimalist lifestyle but aren’t sure how to get there, Becker is an experienced guide. He offers thoughtful and specific ways anyone can declutter their home. Along the way, he reminds readers why they’re embarking on this journey. The goal is to design a home that supports us in cultivating more productive and peaceful days. Keeping the focus on the purpose behind the trend will help you do the hard work of transforming your house—and your life.

    Homebody: A Guide to Creating Spaces You Never Want to Leave, by Joanna Gaines
    Designer Joanna Gaines has a keen understanding of what people want to find when they walk in the door. Combining clean lines, layered textures, warm touches, and personal details, Gaines shows you how to create a home that doesn’t just look like the houses she works on but feels like your own private sanctuary. Get familiar with your personal preferences, learn design basics, and even sketch your own plans. This book is made to guide you from fuzzy idea to fabulous reveal.

    The House That Pinterest Built, by Diane Keaton
    Deep blacks. Creamy whites. Wood beams. Brick walls. If you’ve ever swooned over an interior shot in a Diane Keaton rom com, you’re not alone. Even Diane Keaton herself looked to director Nancy Meyers—and of course, Pinterest!—when she decided to build a new home. She recorded her journey in this gorgeous coffee-table book. There are over 250 pages of visual inspiration, practical advice, and fantastical details that will have you eager to build your own dream home.

    What books will help guide you to makeover your home?

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  • BN Editors 3:00 pm on 2019/01/11 Permalink
    Tags: , b&n stores, going the extra miles   

    Barnes & Noble Bookseller Danielle Patten Goes Above & Beyond 

    Assistant Store Manager Danielle Patten, from our store in Salem, New Hampshire (Store 2605), was selected as November’s Above & Beyond winner, and as our first quarterly winner! For this recognition, she received a letter from our Chairman Len Riggio and will be receiving a $1,000 prize.

    Check out the nomination that led to her selection below:

    “Each day, we are tasked with making sales, conversion, average transactionm and more. Our teams work together feverishly to make each and every customer interaction the best it can be, and every now and then as a Store Manager something happens beyond the day to day drive that shows us just how amazing our teams really are.

    I arrived on Wednesday to begin my day like any other, and as soon as I was settled my ASM Danielle Patten informed me of a tragedy that had occurred in the early hours of the morning. The local Chief of Police in a nearby town had a fire break out in his home. He, his wife, two children, and dog escaped the fire, but with only the clothes they were wearing. His wife is a teacher in our town, and they are frequent shoppers at our store. This tragedy was worsened because of the road conditions. Firefighters and water tankers were delayed due to the icy conditions, as the roads had been a sheet of ice from the storm we received that day. Their home was a total loss.

    Danielle and her connections within the community found out what the children’s favorite books were and made them a priority for book donations. Gail Upton, a long-time bookseller, added hats, gloves, socks, and blankets. By the end of their shifts, we had enough donations filling multiple bags—enough items to keep the family warm and the children’s favorite books back in their hands. We even had a donation of a NOOK to replace the one that the wife had lost. It brought tears to our eyes each time a donation was made. For this family’s children to have their favorite books back in their hands knowing it might bring some comfort to them on their Thanksgiving was heartwarming.

    There are no words to truly express what I witnessed on a day when most are hustling and bustling to get their Thanksgiving dinner plans in order.

    On Thanksgiving when I was asked what I was thankful for, all I could think of was the generosity and caring I witnessed from my team, and the impact it had on a local family. It really is what we are all about, and in the end what we do each day is about giving back—supporting our community when needed any way we can.”

    Congratulations, Danielle!

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  • Heidi Fiedler 3:00 pm on 2019/01/10 Permalink
    Tags: atomic habits: an easy and proven way to build good habits and break bad ones, benjamin spall, cal newport, chris bailey, daniel h. pink, digital minimalism: choosing a focused life in a noisy world, gary keller, hyperfocus: how to be more productive in a world of distraction, jake knapp, james clear, john zeratsky, make time: how to focus on what matters every day, michael xander, my morning routine: how successful people start every day inspired, , , the one thing: the surprisingly simple truth behind extraordinary results, when: the scientific secrets of perfect timing   

    7 Books About Making Time for What Matters 

    Last year’s resolution to find more time in the day probably wasn’t successful. (If you find a 25th hour, let us know!) But this year’s resolution to get really intentional about how you prioritize your time might be doable. The first step is to be clear about what matters to you. (No one else gets a vote!) Then look to the books on this list, which will help you find ways to protect what really matters and say a polite “no thank you” to anything else that threatens to take over your schedule. Here’s to a year of just the right amount of yeses!

    Make Time: How to Focus on What Matters Every Day, by Jake Knapp and John Zeratsky
    Part pep talk, part manifesto, and part practical how-to guide, this book helps readers get clear about what matters and offers realistic ways we can make more time for the habits, practices, and pushes that can transform our lives. This book isn’t just about doing more, moving faster, or working smarter, it’s designed to help us feel in charge of our lives in four simple steps that can be repeated daily.

    When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing, by Daniel H. Pink
    This is the year to get smart about what you do and when you do it. Pink has reviewed the research and identified simple but effective ways we can all perform more efficiently. Use the questions to determine your chronological temperament. Then follow Pink’s recommendations on when to do everything from write an email to take a nap. The result is knowing not just how to make time for what matters but when to do the things that matter most.

    Atomic Habits: An Easy and Proven Way to Build Good Habits and Break Bad Ones, by James Clear
    Slow and steady wins the race, and change happens little by little. Even when it feels like nothing is happening, work is being done and progress is being made. Clear has developed a support guide for anyone looking to make their resolutions stick or just craft a life that reflects their values and goals. Learn the latest science behind habit formation, and then apply Clear’s process to your own life. The results may be explosive.

    Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World, by Cal Newport
    From the author of the acclaimed Deep Work comes a new title dedicated to one of the most ubiquitous problems of modern life: digital overwhelm. Learn how to unhook and detach from the many pings and dings we’re all subject to each day. With the time you gain, you may find yourself doing deep, creative work, or you might simply enjoy focusing on a moment of leisure. With Newport’s guidance, the choice is yours.

    The One Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results, by Gary Keller
    Fans of Essentialism will find this bestseller inspiring. Whether your focus is on sales, church, craft, family, self care, or any of the other priorities so many of us struggle with, this book will help you focus on the one thing that will help you be successful. The process is designed to provoke thoughtful questions and help you cultivate a new, calmer approach to life. By the end of the book, you’ll have a deeper understanding of what your one thing is and how to make time for it.

    Hyperfocus: How to Be More Productive in a World of Distraction, by Chris Bailey
    Have you ever put a Word doc in Focus mode and sighed with relief? It’s harder to put our modern, digitally driven lives in Focus mode, but the idea sounds delicious, no? And the truth is, our attention is our most precious resource. In this popular title, Bailey offers practical steps that readers can take to identify distractions and manage their attention. The results will help you be more productive, creative, and engaged with life’s most meaningful moments.

    My Morning Routine: How Successful People Start Every Day Inspired, by Benjamin Spall and Michael Xander
    Leaders around the world agree, finding a morning routine that works for you can unlock your entire day. Peek inside the routines of some of the greats and learn what it says about them, as well as how you can apply their best practices to your own life. Perhaps you’ll find it’s not exercise but a bit of tidying that helps prepare you for the day ahead. Or maybe a ritual cup of tea will supercharge your day. Whatever habits and routines you decide to adopt, it’s time to rise and shine!

    How will you make time for what matters in 2019?

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