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Thursday Things 12/31

Thursday

It’s that time of year, when everyone is thinking about the fresh start looming ahead of us and what we can do differently to make the next year even better than the last. With that train of thought in mind, here are a few things that are inspiring me for this coming year…

Books for the successful woman… I’ve read Bossypants, the next ones up are How to be a Woman, Why Not Me?, and #girlboss. I also really want to read Leave Your Mark and I’ve heard really good things about I Am That Girl so it’s on the list too… I’ve been feeling lately like I have two (or more) paths ahead of me and I need to figure out which one I want to take. I’m hoping that reading these types of books will help me make my decision without wasting more time. I’m taking the Spring semester off from school and transferring in the summer so a lot of things are up in the air right now, so to speak.

I really really love this take on digital detoxing – I think I’m going to talk to the hubs and see if he’d be on board for once a week or once a month digital detoxes – our phones and/or laptops are constantly glued to our sides when we’re at home and I’m over it.

 

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It’s no secret (or maybe it is?) that I have a shopping problem… I spend way too much money on clothes for myself that I generally don’t really need… it’s my way of making myself feel better when I’ve had a bad day and I’d really love to learn how to not rely on that outlet. I’ve heard a lot about no-spending and no-shopping years in the good ol’ blogosphere, and I think 2016 is going to be my year… I’m going to commit to buying no clothes for an entire year. This terrifies me. I really like this take on the whole process, and while I’m not going to go as hardcore as she did, I am determined to end next year without a huge pile of new clothes I’ve collected throughout the year. My only exceptions to the no-clothes-buying rule are going to be (1) underwear and bras (because the size of certain things gets out of control sometimes), (2) if something I wear regularly gets ruined, (3) workout clothes within reason and (4) I will make exceptions for smaller sizes… I’m on a workout program and getting my thyroid medications figured out, so if I lose weight and cannot fit in the clothes I currently own, I will not force myself to deal with them longer than I have to for confidence reasons. I think that’s it though. Wish me luck!

K

P.S. Sorry for this ridiculously long post 🙂

P.P.S. I want to read ALL of these books. Damnit.

P.P.P.S. 2015 is officially over and while I didn’t hit my Goodreads reading goal (50 books… I feel like such a failure), I DID read more this year than last year. For 2016, I’m not setting a number for a goal, my goal is just to read more than I did this year. Happy 2016!!

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Thursday Things 12/24

Thursday

HAVE YOU SEEN THIS?!?! I am probably more excited than I should be, but whatevs. Cannot wait to see it!! & there’s this wonderful list from Buzzfeed to go along with the trailer. As soon as I heard ‘Hedwig’s Theme’ the tears welled up. I wish they would do theater showings of the HP movies so we could get the experience all over again.

Another Harry Potter related tidbit… Hermione Granger was cast for JK’s new play HP & the Cursed Child… and I LOVE the choice. Harry and Ron were cast as well, but I’m not as excited about them… it’s weird seeing HP as someone other than Daniel Radcliffe. What are your thoughts on the casting??

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That’s all from me today, I’m off to spend some much needed time with the family & in the kitchen (all of the FOOD!).

See you next week & have a very Merry Christmas!!K

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Thursday Things 12/17

Thursday

I AM SO EXCITED!!! The first trailer for the BFG has been released!! Sophie’s glasses look exactly like the ones I wore when I very first read the book like 20 years ago. LOVE.

And of course, here are some more really awesome gift ideas for the book lover in your life!

This year saw the release of some REALLY REALLY good books & I’m so glad that Saint Anything made it on this list. There are also a ton of other amazing books too! Any that surprised you?

I may have to recruit Lauren to make some DIY Harry Potter ornaments with me… so adorable!

I am ridiculously excited for the new books coming out in 2016 and this list has SO MANY that I cannot wait for. WHY WHY WHY is Heartless not coming out until next November though?! 😦

K

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Thursday Things 12/10

Thursday

Well, we’ve got less than a month til Christmas (just over 2 weeks actually!!!!!) and if you’re doing some last minute shopping, here are a ton of really good ideas for the book lover in your life (or you can just send it to your significant other/best friend/sibling/parent,etc. like I did… 🙂 )

Sorry Lauren, Netflix is my new best friend… 🙂

Proof that Hufflepuffs are the best. Sorry to all you Gryffindors, Slytherins & Ravenclaws!

If I hadn’t already gotten all of my stocking stuffers (I buy my own… it’s more fun that way haha), I would totally be getting some of these. Is it bad that I really want that wand remote?

Even though it’s winter, I’m still loving Lauren Conrad’s Fall reading list… so many good books on it! I love that she includes YA books!

K

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Top Ten Tuesday: 12/8

Tuesday

Top Ten New-To-Me Favorite Authors I Read For The First Time In 2015

  1. Susan Ee | I read Ee’s Angelfall series for the first time this year (and my first encounter with her work) and fell in love.
  2. Grace Draven | I picked up Radiance on Amazon and fell in love from there. I need to read more of Draven’s work!
  3. Alexandra Bracken | I read the Darkest Minds series (and then Passenger). Another author that I need to read more of, as she hasn’t disappointed me yet.
  4. Eliza Crewe | So sassy, so spunky, so different than what I’m used to reading. Highly recommend,
  5. Michelle Moran | Moran definitely rekindled my love of historical fiction this year, which I appreciate! Her ancient Egypt novels had me reading for hours at a time and unable to put them down.
  6. Stephanie Thornton | Another historical fiction author that I need to read more of. I loved her Tiger Queens book and I have the rest of her work on my TBR list.
  7. Rick Yancey | I still have nightmares (legit ones) about the different waves and aliens coming for us.
  8. Laini Taylor | Gaaaah. Such beautiful writing.
  9. Renee Ahdieh | Please, please come out with more books. Please.
  10. Sabaa Tahir | And you, too. More. Please.

L

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Thursday Things 12/03

Thursday

The holiday season is strong in me, and I always feel a lot more lovey-dovey and thankful around this time, so this list was perfect (and to be honest, it made me tear up a little bit).

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 This is so beautiful. And it was made in a single night!

I’m a little while away from having kids, but I swear they will own (and wear regularly) most of these onesies.

The 2015 Goodreads Choice Awards winners have been announced! Did anyone that you voted for win? Anything that took you by surprise?

 This list literally made me laugh out loud – I love ALL OF THEM.

Cupcakes = happiness. When has Gilmore Girls ever been wrong? (the answer is never in case you were wondering).

I follow 3 of the authors on this list but you’re right if you think I’m going to start following all the others now!
K

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Top Ten Tuesday: 12/1

Tuesday

Top Ten 2016 Debuts Novels I’m Looking Forward To

  1. This is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp | This is about a school shooting—the entire book spans 54 minutes from four perspectives. I actually have this in my galley queue and am waiting until it gets a little closer to the release date to read and review.
  2. The Reader by Traci Chee | The whole “not allowed to read” thing seems to be popping up a lot lately, but this one sounds awesome!
  3. Burning Glass by Kathryn Purdie | Sonya can feel what others can feel, a gift she’s kept secret. This sounds so good! It sounds like there is a possibility of a love triangle, which makes me nervous, but I’ll give it a shot.
  4. Into the Dim by Janet B. Taylor | I have a weakness for time travel novels. Love the concept of this and I love Scotland. Yes, please.
  5. Sword and Verse by MacMillian | This sounds like a mix of several different stories I love.

6. The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye | Magic, competition, romance…my cup of tea.

7. The Heir and the Spare by Emily Albright | I’m a secret sucker for royal romance.

8. Flirting with Fame by Samantha Joyce | This sounds so cute! Elise is the anonymous author of a popular book series who gets a taste of fame who lives vicariously through the girl who poses as her on the back cover.

9. The Moon in the Palace by Weina Dai Randel | I love historical fiction, and this one looks amazing.

10. The Edge of Nowhere by CH Armstrong | The cover. The description. I need this.

L

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Thursday Things 11/26

Thursday

Today, since it’s Thanksgiving and all, instead of doing a link roundup of all the things that have caught my eye lately, I’m going to tell you about a few things that I’m super thankful for right now, in no particular order.

  1. Lauren. I cannot tell you enough how thankful I am to have her in my life, as my best friend, a work colleague, my partner in blogging, and my workout buddy. It’s incredible how much my life has changed since she came into and I can’t even begin to tell you how wonderful it is to have someone that really, truly gets you. Also, we have so much fun together & push eachother to constantly be better. I love our friendship so much!
  2. Hubs. We have been through A LOT together & let’s just say that I wasn’t the nicest person when we first started dating. He has helped me grow up so much & become a much, much better person. I’m so thankful to have him in my life and couldn’t imagine growing old and grumpy with anyone else. ❤
  3. Family. We are a crazy bunch, but we love eachother no matter what and we have so much fun together! Thanksgiving wouldn’t be the same without all of them (and neither would Cards Against Humanity and my brothers & husband trying to get my mom to say the most horrible things they can lol).
  4. Friends. Obvs Lauren is already on this list, but I have a few other friends that I couldn’t live without. There are some I go to for their wisdom and advice, some I go to because I know I can count on them to lighten things up and just be goofy with, and others that I go to because I know they’ll always be there. I couldn’t imagine my life without any of them to be perfectly honest.

And with that, I shall resume my eating of all the Thanksgiving things and playing Cards Against Humanity with the entire family! Hope everyone has a great day!

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Top Ten Tuesday: 11/24

Tuesday

Top Ten Books I’m Thankful For

  1. Jessie’s Girls: Muscle Building Edition by Jessie Hilgenberg | This is an e-book, but it still counts. I discovered Jessie Hilgenberg on Instagram and saw the amazing progress her “followers” were experiencing on her programs. I bit the bullet and bought it, and I haven’t looked back. It has completely changed the way I look at training and nutrition. The road to emotional healing and loving myself is going to take a while, but this is a great start.
  2. Harry Potter by JK Rowling | Duh. I remember picking up The Sorcerer’s Stone at the Library, waaaay back in the day. I read it and made my parents read it. Then we read The Chamber of Secrets, The Prisoner of Azkaban and The Goblet of Fire. It took a while, as I was about 12, but I remember waiting at Barnes & Noble for the midnight release of The Order of the Phoenix. It completely transformed me into an avid reader and really brought my family together.
  3. Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden | I read this in high school, and it was my first historical fiction piece I’d ever read. Though fictional, I felt that it really opened my eyes to the cultural differences that women face around the world and ultimately made me much more open to picking up historical fiction in the future.
  4. Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin | I read this my sophomore year of college, and it was truly (and embarrassingly) the first “adult” fiction I’d ever picked up. Prior to it, I’d been too scared to venture outside of the YA section at the library. Why? Because I felt I wasn’t “smart enough” to read adult fiction. Dumb, right? I’m over it now!
  5. Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer | This was my first venture in to the world of non-fiction, which I had always assumed would be boring as hell. Newsflash: it wasn’t. It did make me realize that my romanticized notions of being an outdoorsy girl were ludicrous, though.

6. Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton | My first science fiction novel. It’s the only book I’ve read more than twice. Dare I say it’s my favorite?

7. Meg Cabot — the whole lot of them | I can’t choose just one Meg Cabot book to add to this list—really, it was all of them growing up that made me feel like I understood life in school (I was homeschooled). I definitely lived vicariously through her characters.

8. River Town: Two Years on the Yangtze by Peter Hessler | This was an assigned reading in my Eastern Civilizations class, but it really opened my eyes to a new culture that fascinated me. Ever since reading it, China has been on my list of places I would love to travel to (it also made me desperately want to join the Peace Corps).

9. AP Style Guide | Never would have made it through school without it.

10. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini | Another eye opener, another piece of art. There’s a definite theme in this post—books are portals to other worlds, sometimes fictitious, sometimes real life. These books have given me the gift learning about and understanding another culture different than my own until I can travel there myself.

L

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Thursday Things 11/19

Thursday

If you’re in the market for some new ink & you’d like some literary inspiration, definitely take a look over here – there are a lot of really cute options. I say take an idea to your artist & let them run with it!

Um. Have you seen this yet? I’m not sure how I feel about it… I loved the first movie but the second wasn’t as good and now… 😦

I love that so many people want Veronica Roth as their survival buddy – but my favorite was Bardugo & Aveyard choosing eachother because of their jewelry.

I LOVE this idea that Uppercase came up with – be sure to give your thanks! You can even link your social media in your thank you, which I love.

The Rock is one of my most favorite people to be perfectly honest (follow him on Instagram if you don’t already), and this made me love him even more. Depression is real and affects EVERYONE.

 

K

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