Reading

Reading Resolutions 2016

Of all the resolutions I made last year, I stuck with my reading resolutions the most. And while I’m proud of my 2015 reading journey, I’m hoping to feel even prouder in 2016.

  • In an ideal world, I’d read an entire book in a day, but I’ll settle for 15 pages a day. Even on my busiest, craziest days. I have too many of those.
  • For my Goodreads reading challenge, I put down 32 books. I don’t understand people who refuse to read a single book for 365 days. I also can’t wrap my ahead around the fact that some individuals read 500 books in one year. There are three types of readers.
  • I want to touch non-fiction books and actually open them. What a difficult resolution! I’m so hard on myself.

Also, Rachel, Kristen, and I are keeping track of how much we spend on books. You should too if you want to cry on December 31st, 2016.

Happy reading!

Don’t cry too many tears over fictional characters this year.

Blogging

Blogging Resolutions 2016

I made three blogging resolutions for 2015. I figured I’d do the same for 2016.

This year is going to be the year for my blog. I feel it in my bones. I wish the same for you.

Above all else I will work my hardest to create the best content I possibly can.

Maybe my blogging resolutions will inspire you to make your own. If that isn’t the case, stick around for my reading and writing resolutions.

  • I’m aiming to publish 350 posts this year.
  • I want to write 10 articles for other blogs or sites.
  • I hope to enjoy every moment and learn from every experience.

Have you thought about your blogging resolutions yet?

Happy new year! All the best for you and your blog.

Blogging · Personal Reflection

End Of The Year Review And Thank You

Happy New Year’s Eve. Happy New Year. I don’t know when you’re reading this. But have a happy day regardless!

Thank you all for another amazing year. I’m grateful for every single one of you.

This blog didn’t do so poorly if I do say so myself. I got to review an awesome book, share interesting infographics courtesy of Grammarly, and confess something that shouldn’t come as a surprise.

I even wrote articles for Student Life Network as well as SUM.

I truly admire the work you’ve done and continue to do. You inspire me.

May 2016 be more awesome than 2015, 2014, all the previous years combined. You deserve it!

There are plenty more words to be written and stories to be shared in the new year. So happy writing, reading, and blogging.

I hope you’re happy and healthy and whatever else you want to be.

Stay great.

Reading

Fav Books Mid-Year 2015: Part 2

My memory didn’t fail me.

I published Fav Books Mid-Year 2015 back in August. Now I’m turning my attention to books I read and finished in the last six months.

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

I was surprised at how much I liked the characters, the writing, the plot. That has to count for something. I still haven’t read the other books in the series. Maybe I will in 2016. I won’t make any guarantees.

The Forgotten by David Baldacci

The Forgotten by David Baldacci

I could not not include a Baldacci novel. I still want Robert Puller’s brain. Yes, I read The Escape before reading Zero Day and The Forgotten. Reading the books out of order didn’t spoil my enjoyment at all.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

I wasn’t kidding when I said I love everything about this book.

Thanks to you for creating awesome content.

You made 2015 even better.

Happy reading in 2016!

Blogging · Personal Reflection

December 2015: What I Love

Going back through some of my posts from this year and picking out one I’m particularly fond of.

So this happened…

I clicked on “How You Know You Are A Writer“, made some edits to it, then updated the post. But I forgot that it would be publicized on all my social media accounts—again.

Of course, when I realized my mistake people already noticed before me.  My Tumblr followers decided to like and reblog it. Rachel even retweeted it.

So rather than cover it up by deleting my mistake and pretending like it never happened, I’m doing the exact opposite. I’m owning up to my mistake. That’s a first for me.

Let this be known:

I’m human.

I wasn’t originally going to pick “How You Know You Are A Writer“, but then I got careless.

I won’t ask you to guess the post I was thinking of because that’d be cruel.

I’m flawed, but I have a heart.

Reading

Books Of The Month: November 2015

Oh, November.

NaNo, NaNo, NaNo.

These are the books I managed to finish this month while trying to write my own.

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne

One phrase description: The ending will stay with you.

Quote:

You wear the right outfit and you feel like the person you’re pretending to be.

My general thoughts: Bruno was naive, even for his age. Kids are perceptive, and because the main character wasn’t, I was slightly annoyed.

Angels in America by Tony Kushner

Angels in America by Tony Kushner

One phrase description: The characters are out of this world.

Quote:

It’s the fear of what comes after the doing that makes the doing hard to do.

My general thoughts: I liked “Millennium Approaches” (part one) more than “Perestroika” (part two).

Beloved by Toni Morrison

Beloved by Toni Morrison

One phrase description: The prose is beautiful. 

Quote:

If you can’t count they can cheat you. If you can’t read they can beat you.

My general thoughts: It’s a tough, difficult read. I took forever to finish the book because I kept admiring Morrison’s wonderful writing of a very serious topic.

I am currently reading…

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Why: Why not? It’s such a high-quality book in every way possible. The prose, the photographs, even the paper. I’m taking my time with it. Read: I haven’t had all the time in the world this month for obvious reasons.

I hope you had a great month of reading and writing. We have one more month of 2015. Isn’t that crazy?

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Productivity

October 2015: What I Love

I found out recently that Dropbox has an offline feature.

Make Available Offline

You’re able to make documents accessible even without an internet connection. Isn’t that awesome?Dropbox Offline Files

I keep syllabi and other resources offline so I can refer to them any time I want.

This is such a lifesaver and a productivity booster.

In my previous What I Love, I wrote about a similar feature for Google Drive.

And since then, I’ve made the folders in my Google Drive colourful. They’re so much nicer to look at now.

Google Drive Folders

I’m also loving that NaNo is almost here!

Reading

Books Of The Month: August 2015

A while ago I said I’d do a recurring feature on my blog. I lied…about the singularity.

Instead of picking one book to talk about, I’m including all of the books I’ve read each month because I’m an inclusive person.

I try to keep my blog spoiler free and these posts will be no different.

It’ll happen on the 28th of every month assuming I don’t forget and no technical issues occur.

These are the books I’ve finished at the time this post goes up (more like books everyone else has read, yet I’m just getting around to now):

The Book Thief by Markus ZusakThe Book Thief by Markus Zusak

One phrase description: You’ll probably love it or hate it.

Quote:

It amazes me what humans can do, even when streams are flowing down their faces and they stagger on, coughing and searching, and finding.

My general thoughts: It took me so long to get through this book. Precisely two weeks and two days simply because I had to keep putting it down. Overall, I think Zusak did a good job handling some very sensitive issues.

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

One phrase description: If nothing else, read it for the message.

Quote:

It may seem that every time someone offers you a hand up, they just let go and you slip further down.

My general thoughts: I wish the points of views were easier to distinguish. Hannah’s story was told in italics and Clay was in the same font without being italicized. There were points where I got the POVs mixed up. What a horrible problem to have, am I right?

The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny HanThe Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han

One phrase description: One of those rare books that I liked more in the beginning than I did by the end.

Quote:

It’s hard to throw away history. It was like you were throwing away a part of yourself.

My general thoughts: Is it a coincidence I read this during the summer? Yes, although I’m not the biggest fan of romance novels and never will be.

Now onto what I hope to read next month…

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Why: I’m not entirely sure why I want to read it, but I think the book will give me a break from textbooks and academic articles. Reading in general gives me a break from real life.

Happy reading!

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