Where Have I Been?

Hey, it’s been a while. The last time I posted on my blog was around the end of December, and since then, I have not been active. I went away due to my wedding that happened in January. I was busy finalizing my family for the wedding and finishing final touches to the wedding. January was a stressful month for me. I had other priorities at the moment. When my wedding day finally happened, I was happy and relieved; I’m not going to lie. Wedding planning at the beginning, but when it gets closer to the date that’s when everything becomes stressful! I’d recommend getting help! You can’t plan your own wedding alone! I was blessed with my sister-in-law who became my wedding planner and coordinator. I could have not done it without her, my family, and friends! And now, I’m married to my best friend, my husband. The wedding was a lot of fun and I will always cherish it. I will upload a couple pictures from my wedding a bit later this month.

After the wedding, came my honeymoon with my husband. We headed out to Portland and Seattle. I explored the Pacific Northwest and loved every moment. I had weather shock! I’m a Californian and it is usually warm down here. I was not prepared for colder weather, but my body got adjusted to the cold weather. And I survived. It wasn’t snowing, nor was it too rainy like I’d imagine it to be. I will say is this, the coffee was amazing!! I went to several coffee shops throughout my trip and explored the city, mostly by transit. I went to several bookstores, and did end up buying books. My honeymoon was a lot of fun. I got to spend every moment with my husband. I want to go back to the Pacific Northwest again!! It was a lot of fun. Next time, I want to go during spring or summer.

I am still getting adjusted to my new living situation. Let’s just say that it is definitely an upgrade. At the moment, I’m at school. Last semester in community college!! I’m taking four classes. I’m trying my best not to procrastinate this semester and pass my classes. When I don’t feel motivated, I watch study videos on YouTube and peruse studyblr on Tumblr. It works for me! Besides that, I’ll start university this coming fall. I am excited and a bit scared, but I will be hopeful about starting upper division courses!! I did get accepted to the university I always wanted to attend. I am so, so happy that I can finally be one step closer to achieving one of my life’s goal! I know that it will be tough, but I will get my BA.

Other than that, I have read a couple books over my absence. Though I have read some books, I had a reading slump. I dropped the books that I was reading such as Heartless and Prince of Fools. Those books were not bad!! But I didn’t feel like reading. I will pick them up again for this month. I have noticed that I find myself reaching for other genres at the moment. I have gotten a bit bored with YA, but that does not mean that I will drop that genre entirely. The books that I have read so far are We Should All Be Feminists, This Is Portland, Snotgirl, and Beauty & The Beast. I have not worked on my reviews yet, but they will be up soon! In order to be more efficient with my time management, I will create a new blog schedule so I can utilize my free time and update my blog more often! I started bullet journaling in order to be more organized. It has helped tremendously when it comes to school, but I will also apply it to blogging. Sorry that I kinda went away without making a post about it. But, I am back and I feel motivated to continue my blog! I have a feeling that 2017 will be a great year for blogging!

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Monthly Favorites: May 2016

Hey, and good evening! I am so happy today because I finally have internet again! Woot woot! I’ve missed it so much. It really felt like I was living in the 2000s again. The month of May went by quicker than I had expected! I know this list might be a little late. So here are my favorites:

Books:

I didn’t buy books for May, but I did end up getting three free books. Now here’s the story: My fiance and I were driving around a neighborhood near Belmont Shore. He was driving back home, but accidentally turned onto a different route. In the corner of the street there was a wagon filled with books. Free books. That’s right.

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Instagram: @thereadingbelle 

There were several book! I was a bit overwhelmed, but there were three promising books that I took with me that day. The books I hauled where Night Film by Marisha Pessl, Sprig Muslin by Georgette Heyer, The Garden Of Good And Evil by John Berendt. I might try to go there this month for more free books.

Movie:

One of the movies that I was looking forward to seeing since Winter Solider, was Captain America: Civil War. The movie was terrific!!! What I really appreciate from the Captain America series is that with each movie, it gets better. (Unlike the Ironman movies). Now, the story was well done, and the action scenes were amazing!! I have to say that Black Panther and Spiderman really stole the show for me. Also, I liked the buildup to Scarlet Witch, and Vision’s relationship.

Television

I’ve watched much more anime than I had expected for this month. It’s been so long since I’ve kept up with the anime from this season. I haven’t started Boku Hero Academia or Joker Game. I hope I can start those two really soon.

Bungou Stray Dogs  is by far my favorite anime for this season. I like the pacing of the show. One bookish fact is that the characters are based off Japanese authors. One of my favorite guys happens to be Osamu Dazai, and I happen to have read No Longer Human. I might create a Bungou Stray Dogs reading challenge after I finish the show.

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Haven’t You Heard? I’m Sakamoto is hilarious. I laugh at every episode. If you like watching Gintama, then I’d recommend this one!! It’s so much fun.

Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World took me a while to really get attached to it. The pacing is definitely slow, but it’s worth watching. The twins are my favorite from the bunch.

Personal

I’m the type of person to collect journals, but I never end up writing in them. That’s right…I’m a journal hoarder. I do have a journal for blogging which I regularly use, but not one for my personal life. I’ve challenged myself to write at least a couple sentences a day. I used to be really committed to journaling when I was ten years younger. It feels like it’s been forever since I started writing down my thoughts. I’ve been doing good so far, though I write slower than before. Ha ha.

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Blog Update: 500 Followers?!

Hey, and good day! I don’t have internet at the moment, so it’s a bit hard to be online for now. Luckily, I shall have internet in my home soon. Now, I wanted to talk about something. Followers!

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I’ve been blogging for almost two years now, and I’m really happy. I did get a bit emotional because I really never expected my blog to grow tremendously. I’m thinking of doing a book giveaway real soon 🙂

Anyways, I’m hoping everyone is having a great day!!! Thank you!!!

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Blogger Recognition Award

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I was tagged by Fernanda @ Mystery Date With A Book and Fatima @ Noteablepad! Thank you for the nominations!! Please check out their blogs! tumblr_inline_niyn5ntHcI1ry72eotumblr_inline_niyn5ntHcI1ry72eotumblr_inline_niyn5ntHcI1ry72eo

RULES:

  • Write a post to show your award
  • Give a brief story of how your blog started
  • Give two advice to new bloggers
  • Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog
  • Select 15 other blogs you want to give the award to

How I Started:

I was always very hesitant when it came to starting a blog. My first two attempts on creating a blog was almost a decade ago on blogspot. Those two blogs had little to do with books actually, but instead more geared towards my thoughts. Occasionally, I would write a book review. Those two blogs didn’t last long.

So, it was about two years ago when I started my blog. I really didn’t know what to expect at all. Ha ha. I’ll be honest, I had no clue when it came to blogging, especially about books.I was jumping around the idea of a book blog after much encouragement from friends and family since they know I read fast. But, I went for it.I knew what I wanted to say, but I couldn’t form it into a post. I was confused by weekly memes such as Top Ten Tuesday and Top 5 Wednesday, and blog awards too. Eventually, I grasped the concept. Ha ha. Even to this day, I’m still learning how to blog.

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My Advice To New Bloggers:

  • Have a journal – Why? I use a journal to write down all my ideas when it comes to a book review and doing weekly memes. It helps me keep on track when it comes to a post.
  • Participate in Weekly Memes – Why? They are fun and it’s a great way to get introduced to other book bloggers.
  • Interact with other bloggers!!! – I cannot stress this enough!shooting star.gif

Nominees:

The Grisha Lieutenant

Cheerleaders Recaps

Head In The Cloud, Heart In The Books

Among The Pages

Kingdom Book Blog

The Calico Books

Between The Lines

Raeleigh Reads

Book Club Babe

Genie Reads

Carrianne’s Cuppa ‘n Critiques

Study Read WriteBy Page or By Plane

Wretched And Divine

Ash And Ink

Scarlet Bookkeeper

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3 Day, 3 Quote: Haruki Murakami

Hey and good evening, or should I say good night? Ha ha! Well, before going to sleep I am posting my second quote for this challenge! I picked Hard Boiled Wonderland And The End Of The World for today’s quote.

The Rules:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you.
  2. Post a quote for three consecutive days
  3. Nominate three new bloggers each day.

Quote:

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(Sorry for the bad quality. Picture taken by yours truly)

Nominees

Lindsey’s Lovely Book Blog

Louise Loves Books

 The Bookkeeper’s Secrets

December Uppercase Unboxing

Hello world! Here is my unboxing video of my Uppercase box. I have the expert plan which is the most popular plan!

The Book:

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Goodreads Synopsis:

The Rules:

Don’t deceive me. Ever. Especially using my blindness. Especially in public.

Don’t help me unless I ask. Otherwise you’re just getting in my way or bothering me.

Don’t be weird. Seriously, other than having my eyes closed all the time, I’m just like you only smarter.

Parker Grant doesn’t need 20/20 vision to see right through you. That’s why she created the Rules: Don’t treat her any differently just because she’s blind, and never take advantage. There will be no second chances. Just ask Scott Kilpatrick, the boy who broke her heart.

When Scott suddenly reappears in her life after being gone for years, Parker knows there’s only one way to react-shun him so hard it hurts. She has enough on her mind already, like trying out for the track team (that’s right, her eyes don’t work but her legs still do), doling out tough-love advice to her painfully naive classmates, and giving herself gold stars for every day she hasn’t cried since her dad’s death three months ago. But avoiding her past quickly proves impossible, and the more Parker learns about what really happened–both with Scott, and her dad–the more she starts to question if things are always as they seem. Maybe, just maybe, some Rules are meant to be broken.

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Day Nine: Christmas Seating

Hello Day 9 of the 12 Days of Christmas Blogging Challenge!! Go to StephJ blog to see her original post! I recommend doing this challenge!!

The Rules:

  • Include the photo below in each blog post
  • You may start at any point in December
  • Use the topic supplied for the post of that day
  • Make sure all posts are in December, but they don’t have to be posted consecutively (lets face it it’s a busy time)
  • Nominate 3 people after each blog to start the challenge
  • Have fun!

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Christmas Seating:

Usually, I sit with my sisters and cousins when it comes to Christmas Dinner. There isn’t arranged seating and everyone just picks where they want to sit. The small kids and the young adults sit in one table while the parents sit at another. Either way, as long as I celebrate with family, I will be happy!

Nominees

Claire

Deanna

Lucía

Day One: List Your Favorite Things About Christmas

I was nominated by Kristine to do this challenge! The challenge was created by StephJ! Go check out both of their blogs! I love the month of December and one of my favorite seasons is Winter! And Christmas is just as amazing!

The Rules:

  • Include the photo below in each blog post
  • You may start at any point in December
  • Use the topic supplied for the post of that day
  • Make sure all posts are in December, but they don’t have to be posted consecutively (lets face it it’s a busy time)
  • Nominate 3 people after each blog to start the challenge
  • Have fun!

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My Favorite Things:

  1.  My family! Christmas is the perfect holiday to bring relatives closer together. I really enjoy celebrating Christmas at my house and I love seeing my baby cousins. I love taking goofy pictures with my sisters and cracking jokes with the adults.
  2. Decorating the Christmas tree! Each year we add new ornaments to our usual Christmas tree. My sisters and I spend most of the time shopping for new ornaments this time of year. We like making our tree stand out.
  3. Holiday drinks. I go to Starbucks and Coffee Bean a lot more now that they have holiday drinks!
  4. I love wearing ugly christmas sweaters, but I find it fun to create your own design! This was me a couple years ago:DIY Christmas Sweater
  5. Gifts! Who doesn’t like a good present? I really like shopping for gifts for my relatives, and buying myself an occasional gift.
  6. Christmas music!!! The pandora jazz holiday station is one of my favorites. I feel upbeat and merry when I sing along. Daphne Love Derby’s cover is one of my favorites:

Nominees

Claire

Deanna

Lucía

 

Blog Update: 200 Followers?!

Wow! I am so happy with these news! I never expected to have this many followers! I really can’t believe it’s 200 people!  I just want to say a big thank you! Really, I am grateful and I feel blessed! I started reviewing as a hobby, but I really excited to continue working on my writing and reading! Again, thank you so much!!

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The Dragon’s Loyalty Award

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I was nominated by Lala for this award! Go check out her blog! o(^◇^)o

The Rules

I. Display the award on your blog

II. Announce your win with a post and link the blogger who awarded you

III. Present 6 deserving bloggers with the award

IV. Link your awardees in the post and let them know of their being awarded

V. Write seven interesting things about you.

Facts About Me

  • I love to make desserts more than anything in the world. I have a giant sweet tooth.
  • I like to dye my hair a lot. Hopefully, I can dye my hair a pastel color.
  • I am a very competitive person when it comes to playing games. My sister calls me “Monica” (from Friends).
  • I love to binge watch shows. This winter, I want to watch One Punch Man and watch the Korean drama She Was Pretty.
  • I need coffee or tea to function in the morning.
  • I watch a lot of YouTube videos.
  • I love to sing karaoke even though I am a terribly singer. I am such a fan of singing ballads and sappy love songs.

The Nominees

Sophie

Deanna

Sarah

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Keri

Hayley