Building My Library

I wondered whether I should post about this but here it is. Everything I learned going through the journey of building my library in one big beefy post. Might prove useful to anyone thinking about starting their own 🌸 If you scroll down the post you’ll find several words written in brown font. I’ve summarized…

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Visit a Bookshop & Adopt

Ellen Helmke is the owner of an independent bookstore called Otis and Clementine’s Books & Coffee. What’s so peculiar about this charming bookshop is that it actually houses kittens, among books and lattes. Helmke decided to use her bookshop space as a foster space to help socialize kittens and eventually help them find forever homes.…

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Used Bookshops: Less is More

The saying usually goes that “if you don’t know what you’re looking for, then you may not find what you want”. Although that’s true, Kelsey Rexroat in her amusing article “The Secret to Shopping in Used Bookstores” attempt to prove the opposite by saying “If you don’t know what you’re looking for, then you never…

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Personal Update

I get the urge to blog sometimes but then decide against it because who would want to hear about being downbeat, right? Then I wonder whether posting only full of beans can make someone come across as a robot. I’m finding it hard to find something to say lately. This year has been really really…

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02. Getting Organized

I’ve spent two weeks trying to get organized before school starts in September. I’m not sure why I’m nervous. I spent 4 years in college, another 4 years doing my masters and 13 years working in college and teaching students how to plan, research and get organized- so why now? I catch myself thinking “maybe…

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Blog Maintenance Done!

I’m finally done with my housekeeping 🧹 Old posts from my other blog are now integrated into this one. The Little Nook is now a category in Storm in Teacup and not a separate blog. That’s one less website to manage (phew!). Because I find that people who are typically interested in one area might not…

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Reading With Jane Austen

In 2017, we visited the Jane Austen House Museum and later Chawton’s House in Hampshire, which used to belong to Jane’s brother Edward Austen. The trip to the estate was memorable to me. It was raining nonstop that morning during our trip. We walked quite a bit to reach the Chawton’s estate and the roads…

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Muse Lounge

Muse Lounge is located in the basement of Symphony Mall, Salmiya; next to Trapped Inn Escape Room. I’ve passed this place several times wondering what it was. From a distance it doesn’t look like a bookshop. The place is decently sized although oddly enough not many bookshelves are there. The place has a coffee shop…

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History of Publishing

The following post summarizes the history of publishing from its early stages to contemporary times. The information up to the period 2004 is taken from Richard Guthrie’s “Publishing: Principles & Practice“.  Before humans found a necessity for documenting data into some sort of medium, they preserved, celebrated and shared valuable information through oratory either in…

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01. Ready to Launch

After completing my masters in MLIS I found myself constantly ruminating about going back to Information School. I simply felt like I haven’t had enough. After leaving the academic field behind, I felt there’s little use in furthering my studies with a PhD– at least not for the time being. I changed career paths and…

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