reading slumps {suck}

Thursday, January 21, 2016

i hate neglecting my blog like this. so many weeks have gone by and all you see on here is 
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it's wrong, and i feel horrible about it. 

so, what's been going on? well, i've been in a bit of a reading slump. i tried to read some of the books i have on my TBR pile that i mentioned before. the thing is that many of them are YA books, a genre that i have not been in the mood to read whatsoever.

i want to get back into reading classics and literary fiction (a broad genre, i know). i want to pick up more mature content, become lost in intricately written stories, delve into current events told from another perspective, and read more business/self-help books. 

i sound like a true adult. but, believe me, i am definitely a child at heart. and i have gone through this stage before- back in high school. back then i had more free time to do anything and read everything. so, like any other typical high schooler, i would read economic books and classical literary material. the usual. 

but when i left for university i lost some of that momentum because schoolwork at that level will suck the life out of you and let's face it, there are other things to do, people to see, events to go to.

when i started to realize i was forcing myself to read the books on my current TBR pile, i immediately stopped. i knew that wasn't the answer to my slump. instead, i've been slowly circling other potential books i've been meaning to read, feeling them out and scoping out their summaries to see if perhaps they will ignite my reading frenzy.

and even though i've sort of been putting down YA in this post, i will say that there has been 1 book i've read and finished this year- the first and only one in fact; it is Juliet Marillier's The Caller, the last book in the Shadowfell series

it was amazing. i've been reading this series since 2014 and it took me a while to finish because i kept putting off buying the last book. when i saw it on BookOutlet i knew the time had come to finally conclude this beloved fantasy series.  Marillier did a fantastic job of joining all the loose ends and neatly tying everything up. 

if you have not read this series, heard about it or been in the mood for some fantasy: PICK THIS UP. you will not regret it (only until you became enamored and realize you will have to end the series sooner or later). 

what do you do to get out of reading slumps? i would love some tips/suggestions! 


bye 2015, cheers to the new year

Friday, January 01, 2016

2015 was one interesting year. so many things happened- both big and small. this past year i really honed in on my likes, dislikes, people i want to surround myself with, outlook for the future, values, and daily affirmations for positivity and motivation.

i want to do good and be good, not only to those around me, but to myself.

in 2015, i went on so many fun adventures with my friends, started consistently running, read a lot, graduated university, moved back home, bought my first car, landed my very first "big girl" job, began to travel, and made myself a firm promise to keep up with this blog and writing.

oh, and i turned 24. that sounds so old, but in reality, i have so many things left to do in this lifetime.

here are a couple pictures in 2015 that brought a smile to my face:

Savannah, Georgia roadtrip

A quaint bookstore in my old college town with very affordable prices
An engraving I spied on my university's campus while I was taking graduation pictures
1 out of 3 Disney parks my friend and I conquered in one day- these fireworks concluded the trip
NYC with my best friend for the second year in a row 
A hazy moment of cheers caught during Valentine's Day (Galentine's Day) with some girlfriends
 Very peaceful Minnesota lake that I unfortunately did not have the chance to run around- still beautiful, though
My aunt's wedding where I snapped their first dance
there were so many pictures i had in my album that i could not fit on here. so, these are merely a few. i hope that in 2016 i can become more photo savy and get a better camera.

i'm really thankful for having the opportunity to do all the things i was able to do in 2015 and especially for being able to graduate. school had its up's and down's but looking back it all worked out in the long run.

what were some of your favorite moments this past year?


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