On Hiatus!

June 23, 2017

Well, friends, I’m leaving on a jet plane today! I will be spending 2.5 weeks in Croatia (woohoo!) which is quite a long travel adventure from my home in Wisconsin, USA. Why Croatia? Because one of my friends, who moved to Istanbul a few years ago, is getting married in beautiful Motovoun,ย Croatia. So, why not?! It’s the first time my significant other will be leaving the country, too. I’m super excited.

Obviously, this means I have a wonderful TBR to get through! Here are the books I am planning to read on my trip:

I am reading along with Krystiย @ YA and Wine’s The 5th Wave series read along. It’s much more engaging than I expected it to be, actually! I’m about 1/3 done with it, and I look forward to finishing it up quickly on our flights.

The current Big Library Read novel. I’d never heard of it before, but as you all know, I love aย good book club discussion. This is a change of pace from my usual reading, too.

Amanda @ Cover2Cover Mom read and reviewed this book a while ago now. It definitely caught my eye and I’ve been waiting for it to arrive in the library. Bam! It’s here! Time to finally understand Amanda’s passion.

After the TTT list this past week, it was time to start one of those series. I honestly don’t think I’ll finish this book (or even get to it?) on this trip, but now there is a copy in my grubby paws. So, gosh darn it, let’s do this.

And, obviously, to wrap this list up we’ve got the next book for the #AnneReadAlong2017 –> Anne of the Island. I am so excited to read this next book and chat about this with all of you. Anne Shirley is really worming her way into my heart. I cannot wait to follow her to collect!


Unfortunately, there won’t be many new posts in my absence. I won’t be taking my laptop, and the app just doesn’t get me what I want from a posting perspective. I tried SUPER hard to get my life together enough to schedule some blog posts while I’m gone. Alas, I was only able to get TWO done. How embarrassing. I didn’t even get my fun post for #AnneReadAlong20107 (sorry Jane!) written in time. I was diligently scheduling things, but they never came to be.

I will miss you all! I hope that you don’t mind my absence. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Please forgive myย silence. I can’t wait to get back and FINALLY write all those posts I was planning on.

See you in three weeks,

Jackie B Forman


  • Grab the Lapels June 23, 2017 at 9:35 am

    Word of advice: don’t try to read all the posts we write that you missed while gone. You’ll get into a bloggy backlog and never get out!

    *waves goodbye*

    • Jackie B July 8, 2017 at 4:18 pm

      Thanks for the advice! I just began my quest to catch up and YIKES– you guys write a ton! Which is *great*, but a bit overwhelming. I’ll take it day by day, I guess. ๐Ÿ˜€

      It feels good to be back.

      • Grab the Lapels July 9, 2017 at 8:40 am

        Good luck! I tend to not read tags, WWW, Top-Ten Tuesday, etc., which helps keep my reading manageable.

        • Jackie B July 12, 2017 at 12:54 pm

          I completely get that. I typically skip all tags and memes– but I have a guilty pleasure around reading and commenting on other people’s lists. I dunno why. I hope to stick to just reviews for a while, however. That should keep me sane!

          • Grab the Lapels July 12, 2017 at 12:55 pm

            Some of the Top-Ten Tuesdays catch my attention, so I read those! But, it’s not that often. Also, if you want to talk more about blogging, community, etc., feel free to DM me on Twitter ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Kourtni @ Kourtni Reads June 23, 2017 at 9:37 am

    I hope you have a great time in Croatia!!

    • Jackie B June 23, 2017 at 2:01 pm

      Thanks, Kourtni! I hope so too.

  • drcupcake45 June 23, 2017 at 10:45 am

    Have a wonderful time!!!!

    • Jackie B June 23, 2017 at 2:01 pm

      Thanks! I can’t wait.

  • TheCleverReader June 23, 2017 at 12:30 pm

    Awe! That’s so exciting. I’ve heard that place is beautiful. I hope you have loads of fun!! Great book choices btw. I love Mistborn!!

    • Jackie B June 23, 2017 at 2:01 pm

      Thanks! I can’t wait to read the whole trilogy. But it will be time consuming, for sure.

  • KrystiYAandWine June 23, 2017 at 3:27 pm

    I’m so excited for you, Jackie! Travel safe and have so much fun! You must do a blog post when you get back with pictures! I’m so glad you’ve been enjoying The 5th Wave too. Thanks again for participating with us. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Jackie B July 8, 2017 at 4:26 pm

      Thanks, Krysti! It didn’t even occur to me to do a return post… but that’s a great idea! I’ll definitely do something like that. ๐Ÿ˜€ It was a ton of fun, but I’m glad to be back to the daily grind. I’ve missed blogging a ton!

      • KrystiYAandWine July 8, 2017 at 10:56 pm

        I’m so glad you had a great time! Can’t wait to hear all about it! I can’t believe it’s already over though. It feels like you were just leaving. I’m sure much more so for you. We’ve missed you around here!

  • Dani @ Perspective of a Writer June 23, 2017 at 7:33 pm

    How fun! I hope you enjoy your trip! What a great collection of books to be kicking back with… I’ll look forward to your return

    • Jackie B July 8, 2017 at 6:51 pm

      Thanks, Dani! I just got back and reading went fairly well– a bit differently than planned, but that’s life, isn’t it? I’ll have a post-vaca post up soon. ๐Ÿ™‚ I missed you.

  • Resh Susan @ The Book Satchel June 23, 2017 at 9:56 pm

    Have fun at the wedding. And have fun tackling the TBR as well

    • Jackie B July 8, 2017 at 6:51 pm

      Thanks, Resh Susan! It was SO MUCH fun– but honestly, it feels good to be back. ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Destiny @ Howling Libraries June 24, 2017 at 11:06 am

    Have fun!

    • Jackie B June 29, 2017 at 2:55 pm

      Thanks, Destiny!! I appreciate the well-wishes.

  • Books, Vertigo and Tea June 24, 2017 at 4:47 pm

    I never schedule during breaks honestly. Call me odd, but I don;t like to have something up that everyone is commenting on and I am not responding to ๐Ÿ˜‰ It is a weird hang up I know. I am so excited for you. Have fun and safe travels. Return to me with good stories <3

    • Jackie B June 29, 2017 at 2:52 pm

      I totally get that. It is not a weird hang up at all! But with the #AnneReadAlong2017, I didn’t want to leave Jane in a lurch. So, I tried. I would love to comment on everything in the moment, but regularly posting is important to me. My goal for the year is to post 2 posts a week and I was trying to maintain that. Oh well! As the French say, c’est la vie!
      I hope to come back with many great stories. The question is- how do I get a book-themed post together about my trip?

      • Books, Vertigo and Tea June 29, 2017 at 5:22 pm

        Life happens <3 I think you deserve the break so no one will think too hardly of you ๐Ÿ˜‰ I am excited to here all about it! Not sure how you can incorporate books into the post, but you should take some fun shots of your books in various locations). Maybe pair some of the food, etc with books!

        • Jackie B July 9, 2017 at 2:16 pm

          OH MAN. Why didn’t I do this when I was traveling?! I am ashamed. But I did get some good photos– perhaps I can photoshop them?

  • Amanda @Cover2CoverMom June 24, 2017 at 10:12 pm

    Have an amazing trip!!! Can’t wait to hear all about it ๐Ÿ™‚

    I’m so excited you are reading Stella by Starlight! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did ((fingers crossed you don’t hate it and despise me afterwards lol))

    I just finished Anne of the Island yesterday! I think you will like it much better than the second book ๐Ÿ™‚ I loved reading about Anne’s college adventures!

    • Jackie B June 29, 2017 at 2:54 pm

      Thanks, Amanda! I hope I love it too– reading has gone much more slowly than I expected on this trip, but I think I set the bar too high for reading on an international trip. I have been doing a ton of sightseeing and far less reading than I expected. And I promise, no matter how I feel about this book, I could never despise you.

      Anne of the Island is so far much more my speed. That chapter featuring Davy felt weird- but Anne in college is still Anne and I adore her. She’s just having more mature daydreams!

  • Marie June 25, 2017 at 4:06 am

    I hope you’ll have a lovely time! Safe travels and have fun, Jackie! <3 <3

    • Jackie B June 29, 2017 at 2:49 pm

      Thanks, Marie! So far, tons of fun. I can’t wait for the second half of our adventure. (Thanks delayed flights in the Zagreb for this post. )

  • Annemieke June 25, 2017 at 4:11 am

    Have a great time. See you when you get back. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Jackie B June 29, 2017 at 2:46 pm

      Thanks!! The first half has been great– I can’t wait to share about my adventures when I return.

  • Evelina @ AvalinahsBooks June 25, 2017 at 2:50 pm

    Just you have fun! And those look like great reads ๐Ÿ™‚ hope the plane flights go well!

    • Jackie B June 29, 2017 at 2:15 pm

      Thanks, Evelina! Flights were SUPER rough in the way into Croatia, mostly because CDG was an absolute nightmare… but we made it safely, if a bit late. Now we are flying to Zadar. Woohoo, airport downtime! The only good thing about this is it means time to check up on my blog.

      • Evelina @ AvalinahsBooks June 29, 2017 at 2:19 pm

        Yeah, that’s a good thing I hope you’re traveling safely, cause here we’re having the worst storm ever. It WOKE me in the morning, and later in the day we had so much precipitation that we were 1cm away from emergency measures o.o

        • Jackie B July 9, 2017 at 2:15 pm

          We had a ton of storms during travel- it was the most turbulent travel I’ve experienced yet! Which is a shame, as that was David’s first international trip… oh well. Updates coming soon!

          • Evelina July 10, 2017 at 6:39 am

            Oh yeah, we also had crazy storms during this time. It’s really too bad!

  • whatthelog June 25, 2017 at 4:52 pm

    Have fun! Take lots of pics! <3

    • Jackie B June 29, 2017 at 2:13 pm

      We’re only halfway done and I’ve run out of iCloud space! I must be doing something right.

  • Laila@BigReadingLife June 26, 2017 at 1:04 pm

    Can’t wait to hear about your travels (if you write about them!) Have a great time!

    • Jackie B June 29, 2017 at 2:14 pm

      I think I might have to, at this point. I want to tie in books somehow. Hmmm…. I should ponder that. As always, you give me amazing ideas Laila!

  • Sarah @ Reviews and Readathons June 27, 2017 at 8:57 pm

    While I will miss your posts–I definitely think you have a good excuse! I hope you have a fantastic vacation!

    • Jackie B June 29, 2017 at 2:12 pm

      D’aw, thanks Sarah! That means a lot to me. So far, so good! But airport downtime means catching up on the blog. Yay!

  • theorangutanlibrarian June 28, 2017 at 8:19 pm

    ooh I really hope you have a wonderful time!!! And enjoy all your reading!!!

    • Jackie B June 29, 2017 at 2:11 pm

      Thank you! I haven’t gotten as much reading in as I would have liked thus far, but I’m in Croatia, so I can’t complain.

      • theorangutanlibrarian July 1, 2017 at 9:11 pm

        You’re welcome!! hahaa well hope you get more chance to read (and enjoy the sun!!) ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Anna @MyBookishDream June 29, 2017 at 2:57 pm

    I hope you have a lot of fun in Croatia!

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