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2016 Blog & Reading Resolutions

2016

BLOG RESOLUTIONS

1. Make My Blog More” Me”

I want to have a blog that represents me, in all my uniqueness and individuality, through both it’s deign and content!

2. Continue To Post At Least Twice A Week

I don’t want to fall off the blogging grid. Now I’m here, I’d like to stay posting at least twice a week.

3. Make My WordPress My Primary Review Blog

I’ve only been blogging on WordPress for less than a month (I know, right!!). Before this, Tumblr was my primary review blogging site. However, I’d like to change that and fully transition my review (NOT ART) blog over to WordPress.

4. Continue To Be Creative & Grow In My Creativity

I feel like I’ve been pretty creative this year. But I don’t want that to stop, especially because I’m in school. I feel like I have lots of great new ideas for new content for a new year ad I want that sort of creativity to continue!

5. Have More Discussion Posts

I’ve really enjoyed my discussion posts (Book Talks) and I want them to continue. I love interacting with you guys and hearing what you have to say on a subject!

2016

READING RESOLUTIONS

1.Read At Least 86 Books

This one speaks for itself. I want to read at least as many books as I did this year!

2. DNF More Books

If I don’t like a book, I don’t want to finish it, simple as that. I no longer want to feel the compulsion to finish every book I read. Time is precious.

3. Make Art At Least Once A Week

I’d like to make and post at least one edit per week!

4. Review More Books

This is pretty self explanatory. I love talking about books so (naturally, Chatty Kathy that I am) I want to do it more!

5. Get Better At Reviewing Books

I love gushing about books, but I still feel like I haven’t quite found my voice with reviews yet. So I want to find it in 2016!

6. Read More 2016 Debut Authors

This past year I feel like I only read  3 or 4 debut authors. I want to make it a point in 2016 to read ore debuts!

7. Complete A Reading Challenge

I’ve chosen the Diverse Reading Challenge to try and complete. It’s pretty loose, but I think it’s a really worthy goal that’s worth my time and attention!

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Infinity of Dreams Award

Thank you so, so much to the lovely and super sweet Eve at Eve Messenger’s OtherWORDly Endeavors and the wonderfully incredible Beth at Betwixt-These-Pages for nominating me for the Infinity of Dreams Award! I’m so touched! They are wonderful bloggers and great human beings and you should check their blogs out for sure! So here we go…

The Rules:

1. Thank and follow the blog that nominated you
2. Tell us 11 facts about yourself
3. Answer the questions that were set for you to answer
4.  Nominate 11 bloggers and set questions for them

11 Facts About Me:

  1. I’m obsessed with hedgehogs!
  2. I’m a classically trained singer!
  3. I’m partially fluent in Arabic (speaking, reading, and writing)!
  4. I’m a dancing queen (in my mind)!
  5. I’m a physics major in college!
  6. I go to the same school that George R.R. Martin, Veronica Roth, and Stephen Colbert attended!
  7. If I could get any bookish tattoo it would be one that said “Rattle the stars” from Throne of Glass!
  8. I have over 400 books on my official TBR!
  9. Taylor Swift is my go to happy music!
  10. I love all sweets that involve chocolate and mint!
  11. I love audiobooks!

Questions from Eve:

  1. If you had two weeks and unlimited funds, what would be your dream vacation? India! So colorful!
  2. What was one of your favorite books as a child? Princess Prunell and the Purple Peanut by Margaret Atwood was one of my all time favorite books as a kid. I had my mom read it t me over and over again!
  3. What was one of your favorite recent reads? Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin (surprise, surprise!)
  4. What is your dream/life’s ambition? I really want to become a physicist and/or a singer!
  5. What three things would indicate you’ve achieved your dream? Graduating college, getting a job, being happy 🙂
  6. What is your favorite board/card/casino game? Card Against Humanity speaks to me on a deeper level, haha.
  7. Would you prefer camping in nature or staying at fine hotel in the city? Camping! I used to love camping as a kid!
  8. If you could write like any author, who would it be and why? Laini Taylor because I love her writing style (it’s gorgeous) and her stories are so fantastical!
  9. If you could visit any historical time period, which would you choose and why? The 1920s because there’s something so alluring about forbidden fun!
  10. Romance or adventure? Ooooo! Adventure, most definitely!
  11. What’s your favorite flavor of ice cream? Mint chocolate chip!

11 Things I Want To Know About You:

  1. If you could have afternoon tea in a hot air balloon with any three authors of your choice, who would you choose?
  2. What’s your favorite Disney song?
  3. Which character from Charlie Brown do you most identify with?
  4. If you could see the world through anyone’s eyes for a day, who would you choose and why?
  5. Where/What is your “happy place”?
  6. What is your patronus?
  7. It’s Wacky Tacky Day! What are you wearing?
  8. What was the last thing that made you laugh (the happy kind of laugh, not the cynical kind)?
  9. If you were stranded on a deserted island, which fictional book character would you want with you?
  10. Roses are red, violets are blue, finish this sentence…
  11. Fill in the blank: yellow is to the sun as ________ is to happiness…

11 Bloggers I Nominate:

  1. Nori @ ReadWriteLove28
  2. Kate @ KateReadsLit
  3. Cat @ Let The Pages Reign
  4. Zoe @ A Daily Life Blog
  5. Liran @ Empress of Books
  6. Kristen @ Blissful Bookworm
  7. Claire @ Blankslaters
  8. Alex @ Fiery Reads
  9. AbbieLu @cafebookbean
  10. Kaytlyn @ The Bohemian Bookworm
  11. Kim @ By Hook Or By Book
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WWW Wednesday

This is a weekly meme hosted by Taking On A World Of Words (SamAnnElizabeth) where we answer the three questions:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you just finish reading?
  • What are you planning on reading next?

So tell me your three W’s in the comments! Here are mine!

WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING?

I am in the middle of both my ARC of Arrows by Melissa Gorzelanczyk and Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff and I’m loving both, although they’re very different, haha!

WHAT DID YOU JUST FINISH READING?

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I recently finished Winter by Marissa Meyer and loved it! It was an incredible conclusion to a great series and definitely one for the fans!

WHAT ARE YOU PLANNING ON READING NEXT?

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Next up is an ARC of Reign of Shadows by Sophie Jordan, which I am happy to announce I am on the blog tour for! This is one of my most anticipated releases of 2016, so I’m excited to get to it!

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Waiting On Wednesday | Zero Day by Jan Gangsei

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking The Spine which showcases our most anticipated upcoming releases. This week’s Waiting on Wednesday features Zero Day by Jan Gangsei!

Title: Zero Day

Author: Jan Gangsei

Expected Publication Date: January 12, 2016

Goodreads Summary: Eight years ago, Addie Webster was the victim of the most notorious kidnapping case of the decade. Addie vanished—and her high-profile parents were forced to move on.

Mark Webster is now president of the United States, fighting to keep the oval office after a tumultuous first term. Then, the unthinkable happens: the president’s daughter resurfaces. Addie is brought back into her family’s fold, but who is this sixteen-year-old girl with a quiet, burning intelligence now living in the White House? There are those in the president’s political circle who find her timely return suspicious.

When the NSA approaches Darrow Fergusson, Addie’s childhood best friend and the son of the president’s chief of staff, he doesn’t know what to think. How could this slip of a girl be a threat to national security? But at the risk of having his own secrets exposed by the powerful government agency, Darrow agrees to spy on Addie.

It soon becomes apparent that Addie is much more than the traumatized victim of a sick political fringe group. Addie has come with a mission. Will she choose to complete it? And what will happen if she does?