Books I Want to Finish Before the New Year

Hi! Welcome (or welcome back) to my blog!!! Today I’m going to be sharing with you guys all of the books I want to finish before 2022! Well, let’s just get right into it!

The Lord of the Rings trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien

I read the first Lord of the Rings book (The Fellowship of the Ring) last month, in October! It took me a while to read, but I really liked it! I’m currently reading The Two Towers, and before 2022, I want to try to finish the second and read the third!

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

The Hobbit is a companion novel to the Lord of the Rings series. I am wanting to read it after I finish The Return of the King!

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

I already read The Book Thief back in February, but I want to re-read it! I remember being so sad at the ending. Also, last time I read it, I took a long time to finish it, so there are a lot of parts I can’t really remember, so I want to read it again this year!

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

I want to read this book this Christmas. I remember listening to this book before, but I don’t really remember it much. I have watched the movie before, so I know the story. But after reading A Tale of Two Cities, I really liked Charles Dicken’s writing, so I want to try and read this book this Christmas!!!

Messenger and Son by Lois Lowry

I read both The Giver and Gathering Blue this year, so I want to finish the quartet this year by reading both Messenger and Son. I really like these books. They are all so different, but great. I’m really hoping to at least read one of them in 2021.

Conclusion!

This was my first year keeping track of all the books I’ve read, and my goal was to read 52 books. I really underestimated how much I read, because I’ve read 86 books already! I am now aiming to read at least 90 books before the end of December.

I think that I can do it because I only have four more books to read then, but I am probably going to have a busy month in December with getting ready for Christmas, and maybe visiting family.

Anyways, I hope you’re having a great weekend so far!!! Have an awesome day! Bye!!! Thanks for reading.

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10 Random Things I Love β€

Hey, how are you doing? I hope you are having a wonderful day, and if you aren’t, I hope this post gives you some joy! Thank you so much for 30 followers!!!!! It means a lot to me that 30 people are interested in my posts!! And, as I said in my Autumn Aesthetic post, I’m going to be doing an “About me” type post today!!

For today’s post, I’m going to be making a post with just random things I love! But it’s not just going to be reading or crocheting. Because those aren’t random! They’re just going to be little things. Some will be more random than others.

Things I Love! ❀️

1: Rainy days!

I love when it’s raining! I know a lot of people don’t, because they think it’s gross and cold and miserable outside, but I just love it! You can sit inside and curl up on the couch with a nice book and a cup of tea.

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2: Ice cream!

Who doesn’t love ice cream? It’s so delicious! I don’t really think I need an explanation for this one…

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3: Floppy paperbacks!

Do you ever have a paperback book, and it’s just so stiff and you can’t keep it open good? This is why I love floppy paperbacks! They’re just so nice because you can just open the book, set it on the table, and it’ll stay open! If a non-reader was reading this they’d probably think I was crazy…😁

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4: Blue!

I love the color blue!!! It’s my favorite!

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5: Autumn candles!

I love when it’s just starting to get chilly outside, and you can start burning candles with scents like: “Pumpkin spice”, “Apple pie”, “Crisp fall leaves”, or “Sweater weather”. (I don’t know what that would smell like, but I do know that I’ve seen it somewhere before!)

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6: Converse!

I have to be honest with you: I’ve never owned a pair of converse before. I don’t even think that I’ve worn any before! But, I just love how they look! They are so cute, and I want to get some sometime!!

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7: Braids!

My favorite way to have my hair is probably a braid. I love trying different types, such as dutch braids, french braids, regular braids, four-strand braids, and more! I love braiding hair, and I like when my hair is in a braid.

8: Awesome comments!

Thanks so much for the awesome comments on my posts! I love when I go on there and see that one of my followers left a kind or helpful comment!!!!!!

9: Summer!

Summer is my favorite season! I love the warm weather, swimming, running in the heat (I know it sounds weird), and everything related to summer (watermelon, air conditioning, sunflowers, camping, picnics, the summer aesthetic, and the sun). Well, everything except bugs…😬

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10: School

Some people (my family mostly) think that I’m crazy because I actually enjoy doing some school. I love English, history, and math. 😊 Science is one of my least favorites.

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I hope you liked this post!!! Thanks again for 30 followers! ❀ Have a great rest of your week!!!!! On Saturday, I’ll probably have a blogging tips post or a monthly wrap up…I don’t know which one yet!

Love, Life, and the List by Kasie West Book Review (Spoilers!!)

β€œNobody else’s opinion about..[you]…is going to matter to you until yours does.”

–Kasie West

Hello everyone! I hope you are having a great day and weekend so far!! Today’s post is a book review for a book I recently read, called Love, Life, and the List. It’s by Kasie West (one of my favorite contemporary authors!) and is a YA contemporary novel.

I told you guys that I got it in my Library and Bookstore Haul post, and I finished it in less than a day! I finished it last Saturday, and I loved it! I rated it 5/5 stars, and I think it was one of my favorites of Kasie West’s books! Okay, now for the review!!

Beware! This review will have SPOILERS!! If you haven’t read this book, don’t read any further or you’ll be spoiled for the whole book and the ending! Okay, I warned you. Also, I’m not going to give a full synopsis on the book, because I’m assuming you’ve read the book if you are reading this!!

This is a book about Abby Turner, who’s a sixteen year old girl who loves art! She wants to get into this art show, and she was expecting to get in, but she doesn’t, because her paintings have no “heart”. Now, she has to re-think her whole summer.

She makes this list to do this month to make her art better! They are things like face a fear, fall in love, or have her heart broken. Besides her art, there is another point in this book. And that’s: she is in love with her friend, Cooper.

She has loved Cooper for a while, but he didn’t feel the same when she confessed her love for him a few years ago.

β€œArt is subjective, that’s what makes it great,” I said. β€œWe each get to love or hate something on our own terms.”

–Kasie West

I loved this book!!! It was so sweet, but also had some drama. I loved the story, the characters, and the writing was very well too! I also think that there were a lot of great quotes in this book!! I’m going to try to get my sister to read it too, but it might take her a long time because she has a lot of other books she’s wanting to read.

β€œThat we can only control ourselves. No matter how much we wish we could twist and bend someone’s will to ours, they have to want it too.”

–Kasie West

I like this story. How it’s not just about the romance between Cooper and Abby, but it’s also about her art and how she realizes that–to change her art–she has to first be willing to change herself!!

The characters are really defined. I can definitely tell who’s talking and I just know what decision one of the characters would make because it feels like I know them. But one thing I didn’t like about it is I feel like Kasie West didn’t add much description. I feel like it didn’t really say what each of the characters looked like.

Something you should know about me is that I don’t forgive book characters easily. If one of them does something mean to the other, I don’t like that character for a long time–if ever! So, I was really mad (I mean REALLY mad) when Cooper “forgot” about her art show. She did all this stuff and he didn’t even show up!!!!

I mean, I guess it wasn’t really his fault because he thought it was Saturday or something, but I felt soooo bad for Abby at that point that I didn’t even care! I may or may have not cried at that point…anyways, I have probably forgiven him by the end, but I can never forget how much I felt bad for Abby at the part where he forgot about the art show.

Okay, so I hope you liked this book review/rant!! It was a really fun post to write! Have an awesome rest of your weekend!! Bye!!!! (I don’t know why I like using exclamation points so much. 🀷) Okay, actually bye this time!!!

Autumn Aesthetic

I can’t believe it’s getting so chilly out! Fall’s almost gone, and I’m starting to see a lot of Christmas things! I’m sad that fall’s leaving, but I also can’t wait until the winter! Anyways, I made an autumn aesthetic! I absolutely love making aesthetics, and I’m thinking of making a winter one when it’s winter, too!

All the pictures were found on Pixabay! I hope you liked it and have an awesome day!

Edit: I’ll be doing a sort of “About me” post when I reach 30 followers! Just one more to go!!!!!

The Aesthetic for my Book

Hello, today’s post is an aesthetic for my book (which you probably saw from the title!) I’ve been wanting to make an aesthetic for it for a while, but I hadn’t gotten around to it until now! It goes kind of from the start of the book to the end if that makes sense.

If you don’t really know anything about my book, I’ll tell you a bit about it. It’s a dystopian novel following two main characters, Julie, and Elizabeth. It’s set in America after war and disease has destroyed the country. (I know this sounds like every YA dystopian novel, lol). I can’t really say any more, though. Hope you like it!

Pictures from Pixabay! Have a great day and the rest of your weekend!

Single Line Story Challenge (part two)

Hello! A while ago, I did this challenge. If you haven’t seen it, here it is! I just got nominated to do it again by Rae at Rae-Rae’s Blogs! Thank you! Here’s her post!

Rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you/Mention whose blog you found this on
  • Include the rules and badge in your post
  • Write 5 single line stories that fall under any of these genres (you can pick which ones you do!):
    • fantasy
    • romance
    • thriller
    • mystery
    • western
    • contemporary
    • historical
    • drama
    • dystopian
    • adventure
    • sci-fi
    • paranormal
    • young adult
  • You can choose 5 genres that’s easiest for you, or you can challenge yourself to try something new!
  • Nominate 5 blogger/writers who you’d love to see participate and leave an open nomination for all writers!
  • You can do this challenge more than once

My Stories

Fantasy: From up in this tree, I can see onto the rolling planes: a boy on a horse…the boy who helped me.

Mystery: When I open the journal to write about my day, I see the words Don’t believe anything they say in my handwriting…I have no recollection of writing this.

Historical: I see my sister a few yards away; I’m about to call out to her when a bomb makes me fall to the concrete ground.

Dystopian: It’s day 1,063 underground, day 1,063 since seeing the sun; 1 day until I’m going to escape.

Young adult: I slip through the doors right before they seal tight…and I can’t help thinking of the person I left behind.

Nominations

Anyone can do this!

I love this challenge! It’s so hard to only use one scentence for each! But it was really fun to do it again! Thanks again Rae! Have a great day, bye!

Monthly Wrap Up: October 2021

Hello! I hope you had a great month! It’s now November! I had a pretty good, if not busy, October. In most of my Monthly Wrap Up posts, I list all the books I’ve read and a short description of each, and updates on writing, crochet, running, and some other random things. I’m still going to do that, but I’m also going to add a section for posts I made, and any good pictures I took.

Books

I did not get that many books read this month. That’s because I was reading The fellowship of the ring which was kind of slow. Anyways, here are the books:

  1. The people of sparks by Jeanne DuPRAU is the second book in the city of ember series. It is a children’s series, but I think that they are pretty good. The people from the city of ember have found out that they were living underground, and they emerge into the outside world. They go to the city of sparks. But there are some in the city of sparks that don’t want the people from Ember there. 5/5 stars!
  2. Scars like wings by Erin Stewart is one I re-read. I read it last year, so I thought that I should read it again. It’s about a girl who survived a house fire. But her parents and cousin died. She is living with her aunt and uncles. Her doctor tells her she should go back to school, and this book just tells about her struggles. 5/5 stars!
  3. A bus of my own by Jim Lehrer is an autobiography. I had to read it for my ninth grade English class. I actually liked it a lot. It had good writing and really lively stories. 4.5/5 stars!
  4. The fellowship of the ring by JRR Tolkien. I watched the movies of this series, and I liked them well enough. This book follows a lot of characters, including: Frodo Baggins, Samwise Gamgee, and a lot of others, most of them comming along later in the book. Frodo’s uncle, Bilbo, found a ring which was created by The Dark Lord, and it contains a lot of power. Bilbo gave the ring to Frodo, and he has to make a long journey across Middle Earth. 5/5 stars!

Writing

I didn’t get much writing done either, but I have 51,629 words all together in my dystopian novel! I have an idea for a contemporary novel, but I haven’t written any of it yet. I also started to write another book with my sister, which is a fantasy one.

Crochet

I got quite a few things done. Just some small things. I love the little pumpkins, which I actually have a pattern for here!

Running

I haven’t run that much this month, but I did get some new running shoes and I’m starting to run more again!

Posts

The Cookie Lover Award

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

Simple Crochet Autumn Pumpkin Pattern

GIF-Y Love Tag

Sunshine Blogger Award

Library and Bookstore Haul

Pictures

This sunset was so pretty! It doesn’t look as good in the photo as it did in real life.

We went to a fun get-together, and they had a big fire. It was so cool, but also really hot.

Okay, I hope you’re having a great day! Bye!