Library and Bookstore Haul

Welcome (or welcome back) to my blog! Today’s post is a bookstore and library haul, as you probably saw from the title! On Thursday, I went to the library with my sister and then yesterday we went to a nice used bookstore near us! I got some pretty great books, so I decided to do a haul!

Library Books

I got this because I want to learn some more blogging tips. It’s actually eight mini books in one, so I’ve been skipping around in it and reading parts that looked interesting! I was debating on getting a photography book, but I decided to get this one instead. I’ve been messing around with my camera and learning different features and cool modes on it. Hopefully I’ll be able to upload them to the computer and share them with you guys!
My sister read this series, and she really loved it, so now I’m reading it. This is the second book in the series. The first book is A Curse so Dark and Lonely, which I actually did a book review on. I’m looking forward to reading this book a lot, because I really enjoyed the first one!
Here’s the third book in the series. I was just going to get the second one, but my sister said that I would regret it (I guess there’s a big plot twist at the end of it or something), so I got this one too!
I already read this book last year, but I thought that it was time for a re-read! I remember liking it a lot when I read it the first time. Let’s see if it’s as good as I remember!
This is the last book I got at the library. I got it because I really liked Five Feet Apart which was written by the same authors. I don’t know if I’ll like this one as much, though. Let’s see!

So, the limit at my library is five books. I don’t know if I’ll be able to read all of these by the time I have to return them though, because I’m still in the middle of reading The Fellowship of the Ring. It’s definitely a slow book, but I am actually liking it a lot!

Bookstore Books

I’ve already listened to this book, but I wanted to get it, in case I ever want to re-read it, or if my sister wants to read it.
Another Kasie West (all the ones from the bookstore are Kasie West’s books)! I also read this, but again, I might want to re-read it or something.
This Kasie West one, I never read. I’m excited to read it, but it’ll probably be after I finish all the library ones!
This one looked really cute, it’s also one I haven’t read.

I love Kasie West’s books; they are so cute, and they are pretty quick reads. I like how all her books have the people on them, but you just can’t see their faces! It’s the total opposite of the ones that have close ups of their faces.


I hope you liked this book haul! Please tell me if there are any posts you would like to see in the comments! Have an amazing day!

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Sunshine Blogger Award

Hello! Today’s post is another one I got nominated for! Sophia nominated me for it; here’s her post! Thank you! Everyone should go check out her blog! She has some great posts!

I’m also going to answer the questions from Lydia! She left it at an open nomination, so I decided to do those too! Here’s the link to Lydia’s post! It has a lot of great nominations and essays!

Rules

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and link back to their blog.
  • Answer the 11 questions sent by the person who nominated you.
  • Nominate 11 new bloggers to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
  • List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or your blog

Sophia’s Questions

#1: What’s your favorite color and why?

I love light blue! It’s just so calming. I also like most pastel colors too!

#2: What’s your Hogwarts house (if you know)?

I’ve never read or watched it, so I don’t know.

#3: What’s your favorite book and why?

I have so many! But my favorite may be “The Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins or “An Ember in the Ashes” by Sabaa Tahir. They both have such good characters and they are great stories. (They are also both very sad!!!) I also like “Lovely war” by Julie Berry, which is historical fiction.

#4: How would you spend the last day of your life?

If I knew I only had one more day to live, I would probably want to spend it with family and friends. I would want them to all know how much I loved them.

#5: Favorite singer and one of their best songs (in your opinion)?

I listen to a lot of Taylor Swift. One of my favorite songs of hers is Enchanted, but I also like The Best Day!

#6: Your opinion on aesthetics?

I like making aesthetics and looking at other people’s! I especially like book ones or bedroom aesthetics!

#7: What do you think about true love?

I think that true love is real. 💖

#8: Favorite season of the year?

I love summer because I love swimming, and hate running in the cold weather, but I’m still ready for the nice autumn weather! 🍂

#9: Favorite candy/sweet?

I like most chocolate candy bars, especially heath bars!

#10: Favorite holiday and why?

Just like Lydia, I love Christmas! I love getting up early and the tree is so pretty. It would be even better if it snowed here, but even without snow, it’s so magical! 🎄❄️

#11: What’s something about you that you think is interesting?

I think that crocheting is interesting. Not many kids or teenagers like to crochet, so when I’m crocheting out in public, people always comment on it!

Lydia’s Questions

1 . What do you want to do when you grow up?

I want to be a nurse, and probably get married and have kids.

2 . Favorite movie?

That’s hard! I love the Hunger Games series, but I also like I’m Not Ashamed.

3 . Favorite school subject?

I like English because I love writing, but I also like math!

4 . Favorite book genre?

Nooooooo! I don’t know if I can choose! I love a lot of genres (contemporary, fantasy, dystopian, historical fiction)!!! But maybe I’d choose contemporary if I have to pick one.

5 . What book do you think would make a good movie?

I think that the Ember in the Ashes series would make such good movies! I can just picture all the scenes, and it’s one of my favorite books!

6 . What’s an underrated book you think everyone should read?

I think that there are a lot, but probably the Ruta Sepetys books (Salt to the Sea, and Between Shades of Grey). I never really hear about them and they have such amazing stories. They are both set during WW2, and they are both about events not many people know of. I also think that Salt to the Sea would make an amazing movie.

7 . What’s a popular book that you did not like? (If you have one)

I don’t really think there are any. Maybe I’d say the Divergent or Twilight series, though I didn’t hate any of them. I just didn’t really like them much.

8 . If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?

It would be very nice to travel to Paris or Italy!

9 . Cats or dogs?

I love both cats and dogs! There isn’t a specific one I like more. I do have a cat though.

10 . Favorite hobby?

I love crocheting, but also reading and writing…I can’t choose! 😅

11 . If you could change one thing in your country, what would you change?

Maybe elect better leaders and people in the government.

My nominations

I definitely don’t know enough people with blogs to nominate!

1: Sophie Neudorf

2: Rae-Rae’s Blogs

3: Raegan‘s Full Mind

4: Bookworm Hollow

And anyone else who wants to do it!

My questions

  1. Do you play any sports?
  2. What’s your clothing style? (athletic, artsy, casual, etc.)
  3. Do you play any instruments?
  4. What do you hope to accomplish with your blog/what’s your blog for?
  5. What’s your happiest memory?
  6. What’s your favorite quote?
  7. Are you introverted or extroverted?
  8. Have you ever met a celebrity?
  9. Do you like surprises?
  10. What are your pet peeves? (if you have any)
  11. What’s your favorite thing about yourself?

Okay, everyone! I hope you liked today’s post! have a great week! My next post should be on Saturday, but it’s going to be a busy week for me. Bye!  😁

GIF-Y Love Tag

Hello everyone! Today’s post is another tag that I got nominated for. Sophia tagged me for this; here’s her post. Go check out her blog! She has a lot of great posts. I feel like I’m going to have a lot of Stranger Things and Hunger Games GIFs, but oh well! I hope you like it!

Rules

  1. Mention the creators Tiction and Nehal.
  2. Thank the person who tagged you and leave a link to their blog.
  3. Use the tag #gif-y-love and choose a GIF you love for each of the provided prompts.
  4. Tag at least 5 people.

Here are my GIFs:

I’m bored

Eleven Millie Bobby Brown GIF - Eleven Millie Bobby Brown Stranger Things GIFs

Current mood

Galadriel GIF - Galadriel GIFs

Reading

Belle Reading GIF - Belle Disney GIFs

Sarcastic

Thank You GIF - Thehungergames Hungergames Bow GIFs

Spongebob

Spongebob Crying GIF - Spongebob Crying Sad GIFs

Angry

El Mad GIF - El Mad Stare GIFs

Scared

Peeta GIF - Catchingfire The Hunger Games Hunger Games GIFs

Laughing

Laughing So Hard Hysterically GIF - Laughing So Hard Hysterically Crying GIFs

Nominations

I nominate anyone who wants to do it! 😀

Okay! I hope you liked today’s post! Have a great rest of your weekend! ❤️

Simple Crochet Autumn Pumpkin Pattern

Helloooooo! I hope you’re having a good week so far! Today, I’m posting a crochet pattern for these cute little pumpkins! I’ve been pretty busy lately, so I haven’t posted since Thursday the seventh. I’ve just been pretty busy with school, and my friend came over last weekend. Okay, I hope you like it!

Inspiration/idea

Last year, I tried to make some of these with a worsted weight yarn, but it wasn’t that strong, and the pumpkin didn’t turn out. So, this year, I was determined to make a (successful) pumpkin. I looked up some patterns after getting the yarn, but most of them used up a lot of yarn, or they were just not right for the yarn I was using. So, I decided to make up a pattern!

The Yarn

For these pumpkins, I used a size 6, bulky yarn. You can use any bulky yarn, but for these, I used Lion Brand Yarns Wool Ease Thick & Quick in the color Oatmeal. I went to Walmart last weekend, and my dad let me pick out some yarn. I chose this because I loved the nice fall color and I was thinking about making a hat or scarf. But after thinking about it for a while, I decided to make some lovely fall pumpkins.

This yarn is a wool and acrylic blend. I normally don’t like using wool because I have found it to be scratchy and itchy, but mixed with the acrylic, this yarn is nice and soft and easy to use. With just one ball of this yarn, I was able to make three pumpkins and I still had some left over!

Materials

Note: in the picture, I showed a 5.5 mm crochet hook and a tape measure, but you don’t need these.

Notes

  • There is no specific gauge for this pattern
  • This pattern is a beginner pattern
  • The number in between the parentheses are the number of stitches you should have at the end of the row
  • The chain ones at the beginning of the rows do not count as stitches

Stitches & Abbreviations

  • Chain – Ch
  • Single crochet – Sc
  • Single crochet back loop only – Sc blo
  • Slip stitch – Sl st
  • Skip – Sk
  • Repeat – Rep

Instructions

Ch 11.
Row 1: Sk the first st. Sc in each of the other sts.
Row 2: Ch 1, turn. Sc blo in every st. (10)

Row 3: Ch 1, turn. Sc in every st. (10)

Rep rows 2 and 3 until you get to row 20. (10)

Fasten off and leave a long tail.

Put the wrong sides (the sides without ridges) together. Using your yarn needle and long tail, whip stitch the two sides together.
Now, you should have a cylinder shaped thing with the top and bottom open.

Next, weave your needle through the rows on top of the piece. Pull tight, closing off the top. You may need to go over this a few times to secure it.

Make sure your needle and thread are inside the pumpkin. Pull them out the bottom of the pumpkin. So, make sure your needle and tail end are up the top and out of the way.

Now, stuff the pumpkin! Make sure you don’t stuff it so much that the stuffing is popping out. It should be pretty soft, but not too stuffed. If you do anything, understuff it.

Now, weave the yarn needle in and out of the rows, like you did with the other side. But don’t pull tight yet! You still have to put the stem in. I crocheted an i-cord using three strands of worsted weight yarn and the 9 mm hook. But you can use a twig, and I’ve even seen people use cinnamon sticks.

Now, you should have the pumpkin looking like this. If you pull the yarn end you used to sew everything together, the top would close up. You should also have your stem.

Put the stem in the opening. If you are using a crocheted piece, you can use the end from that to sew it to the pumpkin a little bit. If you are using something else, you can use hot glue if you are thinking it will come out.

Okay, now pull the end from sewing the pumpkin, and the top should close up! The stem should be in there, and secured.

You should have something like this now. You can leave it like this and weave in the ends, but I like doing something else.
Using the yarn and needle, go down and into the bottom of the pumpkin. Come back out on the top. This will make the yarn go down like in the picture above. Move it so it is on the row in between the ridges. Pull a little to tighten. Don’t pull too tight. Repeat this until all the spaces between the ridges are completed.
This is what the bottom will look like!

Weave in the remaining ends.

And you’re done! I hope you like this pattern. Please comment if there are any ways I can improve my writing, or if there are any typos. Have a great day!

Lucky in Love by Kasie West Book Review (Spoiler Free)

Hello everybody! I’m sorry for not posting yesterday. I was pretty busy with school and everything. But I have a book review I’m posting today, as you probably saw from the title. If you’ve read the page I have about all the books I’ve read in 2021 (if you haven’t, here it is) or my monthly wrap ups you probably know that I’ve read a lot of Kasie West books. They are sweet, short, contemporary books.

This one, like all of the others by this author, I listened to because they don’t have the books at the library. It is 329 pages, and I loved it! I always like to listen to books while I crochet, so that’s what I was doing while listening to this!

Synopsis:

Maddie’s not impulsive. She’s all about hard work and planning ahead. But one night, on a whim, she buys a lottery ticket. And then, to her astonishment —

She wins!

In a flash, Maddie’s life is unrecognizable. No more stressing about college scholarships. Suddenly, she’s talking about renting a yacht. And being in the spotlight at school is fun… until rumors start flying, and random people ask her for loans. Now, Maddie isn’t sure who she can trust.

Except for Seth Nguyen, her funny, charming coworker at the local zoo. Seth doesn’t seem aware of Maddie’s big news. And, for some reason, she doesn’t want to tell him. But what will happen if he learns her secret?

With tons of humor and heart, Kasie West delivers a million-dollar tale of winning, losing, and falling in love.

My thoughts on the book

Characters

I liked Maddie’s character, because I think that I can kind of relate to her a bit. She believes in hard work and planning ahead instead of luck. She tried to work hard at school to get into college. I think that, overall, the characters were well crafted.

We make our own luck. I believed that, too. We chose our own fate. We controlled our own future. I knew what I wanted. I needed to go get it.

Kasie West, Lucky in Love

Seth is Maddie’s friend from the zoo. He has a great personality and I really liked their friendship in the book!

“You need to empty your mind, and relax each other muscle group until you feel like you are going to melt into the floor. Then you just let it all go. All the expectations, all the unneeded worry, all the things other people want for you but you don’t want for yourself.”

Kasie West, Lucky in Love

I think that the characters in this book were really good, and they definitely had personalities. Sometimes, I read a book and it feels like the characters don’t really have a personality. I call this the character having a “bland personality.” But it wasn’t like this for this book.

I like how Kasie West made the characters flawed. Maddie is too trusting. She did make some decisions that I wouldn’t have made with her money, but it made me more invested in the story. What will she do next? Why did she do that?! Oh, no. Don’t spend all your money on that!!!!

Plot, writing, and other things

I think that this book was really believable. It definitely seems like this would happen if someone won the lottery. I think that the story is a really sweet and fun read. I liked the story and about how Maddie and how she would spend fifty million dollars (well, just over thirty million after taxes). It made me think about what I would do with the money if I had that much.

I liked that this book was about Maddie finding out her relationships and herself. I was beginning to get very annoyed at some of the ways Maddie was spending the money, but I liked to see how the choices changed her.

Something I didn’t like in the book was that it kind of ended abruptly. I just feel like…well I can’t really say that much with out spoiling anything. Anyways, it ended kind of quickly and I just felt like she could have had more of a tied up ending.

“Sometimes regardless of what we want, reality takes over.”

Kasie West, Lucky in Love

Conclusion

I rated this book a five out of five stars. I loved how it was a sweet, light romance with believable and not bland characters. I do feel like the ending was kind of abrupt, but overall the book was great!

I hope you have a great day! I’ll probably be posting an aesthetic for my book, a library book haul (if we end up going to the library), or a “If you liked this book, read this one” kind of thing. Comment which one would you like to see!

The Cookie Lover Award! 🍪

Hey everybody, hope you’re having a wonderful day! For this post, I’m going to be doing the Cookie Lover Award. Thanks for nominating me Rae-rae’s blogs; go check her blog out out! Here’s her post!

Rules:

  • Thank the person/fellow cookie lover who nominated you! (or whose blog you found out about this award through)
  • Answer the cookie-related questions and add one of your own!
  • Share some pictures of cookies you adore! (can be pics you’ve taken or ones from online, just be sure to give credit where credit is due.)
  • Nominate 5 or more bloggers who love cookies and leave an open nomination for every cookie lover around the world!

Questions:

1. What are your top three favourite types of cookies?

I love thin mints! My other two favorites are shortbread cookies and macarons! Also, you should try gluten free oreos (for some reason, they’re better than regular ones.)

2. What’s a cookie you haven’t tried yet but REALLY want to?

I don’t really know. Maybe sandies. I think I had them before, but I don’t really remember how they tasted. They look very good with the pecans!

3. What’s the last type of cookie you ate?

I had some chocolate chip cookies. They were the chips ahoy ones. I hate chewy chocolate chip cookies, but the crunchy ones are so good!

4. If you were a cookie, which kind would you be and why? (i.e. chocolate chip, oatmeal raisin, macaroon, peanut butter, etc)

I don’t really know. I’ve never really thought about it before. 😂 Maybe thin mints because they’re my favorite. 🤷‍♀️

5. Why do you love cookies?

I like cookies because there are a lot of varieties to try and they can all be very different. There can be chewy ones, crunchy ones, ones with nuts, chocolate, or toffee/caramel, and many more variations. There can be so many different flavors too!

Rachel’s question: What do you like most about cookies?

It’s kind of the same answer as the last question. I like them most because they can all be so different.

Pictures:

Some macarons my sister and I made a little while ago (sorry for the bad picture.)

The rest are ones I found on the internet. If you push on the picture, it’ll take you to the recipe!

These are some of the easiest and yummiest sugar cookies I’ve ever made. They are so delicious and buttery!
Macarons!!!
I love shortbread cookies! They’re so buttery and delicious!
I’ve never made these homemade thin mints, but they look so good! Yum!

My question is: What’s your favorite cookie to make homemade?

I nominate: Lydia! And you, if you love cookies and want to do this award!

So, thanks for reading this post! I hope you have a great day! ❤️