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text 2017-01-01 02:54
To A New Year!!

Hi all! I missed you guys! I know I've been scarce lately. I originally took a hiatus because I had the most awful writers block & coupled with the Booklikes issues, I was having a hard time getting anything done. Writing reviews started being more of a chore for me then it was fun so I felt a much needed break was in order. 

 

Then as they say...when it rains it pours and I had a number of personal things pop-up, culminating with my father unexpectedly passing on the 10th of this month followed my grandmother passing, not unexpectedly, on the 26th.

 

So it's been a hell of a month and I normally don't share much personal stuff but when I lost my father, I lost a friend too and he deserves a mention. Whatever better place there is out there, I hope he and my grandmother are both in it and we'll all meet again one day. 


Reading has always been soothing for me and has carried me through many nights in the past so as I ring in this New Year's, I'm going to turn to my loyal books, fellow bloggers and friends, catch up on some reviews and read the night away....

May this year be better then the last!

Happy New Year's!! 

 

 

 

 P.S. I'm glad to see BL is up and running again, or is it? I've been having problems all evening trying to connect and post this.  : (

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review 2016-11-29 19:37
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Somewhere Warm: A New Year's Eve Short Romance - G.G. Andrew

Zoe goes over to Evan's house to retrieve her friend's box.  Evan is the ex to her friend.  They hit it off and Zoe is not sure who to believe.

 

This is a short story about trusting your instincts and enjoying the holiday somewhere warm.  I was pleased overall with the amount of substance packed in such a small package.  The story felt stilted to me in some parts, but overall was a sincerely sweet book.  I give this story a 3/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

 

 

***This copy was given in exchange for an honest review.

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text 2016-04-22 14:49
Goal Setting - Healthology

I randomly came across this helpful and inspiring little list of ways to improve your goal setting, technically is health based but the idea is transferable. 

 

 

To improve your chances of actually achieving your New Year’s resolution this year, make sure your goal has the following characteristics:

 

  1. It is simple, realistic and achievable for you.
    Perhaps your initial New Year’s resolution of losing 20kg is actually a long term goal. It might be more achievable to set more of a short term goal (e.g. to lose 5kg within the next 2 months) as your work towards your long term goal weight.
    Is never drinking soft drink ever again a realistic goal if you currently consume 2L cola each day? Although this is a fabulous goal to have, perhaps you could start by initially halving your consumption of soft drinks and reducing it further thereafter.
  1. It is measurable.

    How are you going to measure your success if your resolution is to ‘eat healthier’? Perhaps a more measurable goal would be to ‘eat 2 servings of fruit and 5 servings of vegetables each day’ or to ‘only consume 1 small takeaway meal per week’. If you can’t measure your success you won’t ever be able to objectively determine whether you’ve achieved your goal or not.

  1. It includes a measure of time.
    Following on from a goal being measurable, it’s always a good idea to set yourself a time limit of when you expect to be able to achieve your goal. Perhaps you could set a short term goal and a longer term goal for 2016.

For example, ‘I will lose an average of 0.5kg per week over 12 weeks to arrive at my short term weight reduction goal of 6kg.’ Or ‘I will be able to complete 20 push-ups in a row by 30 June 2016’.

 

 

There are also some other fantastic idea's such as:

  • Eat a small handful of nuts every day as a healthy snack (e.g. to replace your sweet biscuit at morning tea) 
  • Reduce the sugar you add to your tea/coffee by half
  • Consume breakfast every morning (it can be as simple as a homemade smoothie using 250ml milk and blending with a banana)

 

 

Personally I found it surprisingly motivational. Here's the link to read the rest!!

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text 2016-01-21 22:22
(Belated) Bookish New Year's Resolutions

2016 is my year of the un-deadlines and easygoing-ness.

 

Just because I enjoy reading everyone's progress updates and reviews -- I want to be more active posting those.

 

Deadlines and self-pressure on ARCs, review copies, complicated challenges, the usual way I do group reads and Buddy reads, readathons -- nope.

 

I am likely to do a couple of easy challenges because I'd likely read the books anyway and  they require little beyond listing book read.  So far that's 16 in 2016 and I've Started So I'll Finish 2016 - The Saga Continues.

 

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url 2016-01-09 18:09
New Year's Bookolutions 2016

Last year, I was tagged by my friend, Ameriie, at Books Beauty Ameriie for New Year's Bookolutions. I had a lot of fun discussing the books I was planning on reading this past year (LOL can you guess my success rate?!), and so I thought that I'd do the tag again this year.

 
New Year's Bookolutions 2016!

Number one, a series I plan to begin:

Last year I wrote The Seven Realms series, with The Demon King as the first book, by Cinda Williams Chima. Sadly, I have not read this series yet. It's still on my TBR.

This year, I'm writing the Chronicles of Prydain by Lloyd Alexander. I can't remember which author mentioned the series in an interview, but that reminded me of an article I'd read in my Children's Literature class three years ago about how the Lloyd Alexander series handled its religious undertones compared to the His Dark Materials series (among others). It sounds like these are classic children's literature that have inspired many writers over the years, and I'm looking forward to seeing why.

Number two, a series I plan to finish:

Last year I wrote The Legend trilogy, with Champion as the last and final book, by Marie Lu. Sadly, I have not read this EITHER yet. Okay, I'm 0/2 so far. Doesn't mean I won't read these books this year!

This year, I'm writing the Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer. I pre-ordered Winter, so I've had the book since November, but since it's 800 pages, I was reluctant to take it home with me. Seemed too heavy for my carry-on, so that's only left maybe 20 or so days when I've had the chance to read the book. So, now that I'm back in New Jersey, and vacation is over, one of my goals is to finally pick up that book and finish the series! It's exciting to see such good things being said about the series closer (especially all the fan choice awards!).

Number three, a book that I've put off reading year after year:

Last year I wrote An Unquiet Mind by Kay Redfield Jamison, because it had been assigned reading for my Biological Basis of Psychopathology class, and I hadn't read it then nor since. To be fair to myself, part of the reason why I haven't read this yet has to do with my having moved this past summer. I took a lot of books with me to the office each day, and er, I still haven't brought a good portion of them home with me yet. Likely, this book is one of them, and out of sight, out of mind.

That being said, this year, I'm planning on reading Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson. I keep putting off this trilogy for a number of reasons, one of which being that my friend who committed suicide got me the books as a gift, and I know I won't be able to discuss the books with him. But I want to know why he considered Brandon Sanderson his favorite author; I want to know why he gave me these books, and want to read these book gifts!
 
Number four, a book or series that I plan to reread:

Last year, I wrote Harry Potter + The Queen's Thief series by Megan Whalen Turner. Both are, in fact, true. I recently read HP, actually, owing to the marathon ABC Family/Freeform had over Christmas(?) weekend of the movies. And TQT by MWT? I reread that series whenever I've got a book hangover, because it's awesome and will leave me in awe regardless.

This year, I'll reread The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater. Since The Raven King is being released in 2016, I'll finally have all four books. I've already reread the first two books via the audiobook (WHICH I LOVE-- I love Will Patton's narration soooooo much), and I can't wait to do all four the same way or even reading through the text for various clues. Maggie Stiefvater has repeatedly said that she's plotted the books so that they would reward readers with their details. A reread would indeed make for a great experience.

Number five, a genre that I'd like to read more of:

"I guess that I'd say nonfiction books with relation to science concepts or fantasy and literary criticism." That's definitely still true, even if I didn't really achieve that. I've got to stop reading my romance novels and be a little more focused if I want this to come true.

This year, I'm planning on reading more YA historical fiction. It was pretty sad while writing my Book Shimmy Award nominations, when I realized that I hadn't really read much in that genre, and how I had to nominate a book with fantastical elements. So here's to getting around to more historical fiction, including books that I'd written on my TBR list for 2015 like Under the Painted Sky by Stacey Lee.

Number six, the number of books I want to read:

Last year I wrote between 50 and 75. I definitely achieved that number, and I'm going to go with the same number this year. Hell, in the past two months, I've managed to read about 16 books. I think 50-75 books is a fair assumption for 2016, and I don't want to stress myself out and say over 100 or something, especially given the resolution I name below!

Number seven, my non-bookish resolution:

This year, I'm going to follow in Anna's footsteps and say that my non-bookish resolution is to choose what's best for me. Come this February, I will be officially visiting some graduate schools, and come May, I will presumably (assuming I get accepted after my interviews!) be choosing a place for the next five years of my life. This coming year is going to be full of excitement and inescapable life decisions. So, resolution: I will choose what's best for me.

So I'm probably supposed to tag people to continue this, but if y'all want to use the tag, you should! How would you answer these questions? What are some of your book and non bookish resolutions? Let me know!
 
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