Monthly Highlights: January

Another blog series on journaling, brought to you by COURTNEY LYNN!

That is how I envision myself introducing this post to you if it was in video format. But alas, I am far too awkward and ramble WAAAY to much to ever consider vlogging. Kudos to all of you who have the patience to do all that work! And for feeling comfortable doing it!

Anyway, I am slowly moving this blogversation (get it, aha? yes, I am FULL of “Mom,” jokes already hah), off topic. Let’s refocus our efforts here, shall we?

I mentioned in another post on journaling that I have monthly pages or things I put into my journal’s to help keep my life organized, help keep me on track with my goals, etc. I figured I would do a few snapshots each month, along with some of my own reflections on what I did well, what I can improve, and see if anyone else out there has suggestions to help me better myself/my journaling experience!

I’ll also include any major progress that has been made (if any), on some of my annual pages. Basically this is a way for me to hold myself accountable, share some of my original creations I am most proud of, and maybe give some of your newbie journalers some inspiration to keep going!

Remember: the mistakes you make, make your journal your own! 😉 Channel some Bob Ross and think, happy little accidents. 

The first page I created while I was on my Christmas break was this cover page for January.

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I really enjoy doing cover pages for my months (and incorporating a little Dutch) as I think it helps kind of section off the different parts of your journal. I was really proud of this idea, because it felt super unique compared to the “standard themes,”  that a lot of people select for their journals.

Next up, is my habit tracker! I have already showed you guys my habit tracker when it was half filled in, but here it is totally done *clears throat awkwardly*.

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As you can see, I started off the year REALLY strong and then my interest in filling it out kind of dwindled. In fact, this tends to happen to me quite a bit with my habit trackers. Most months I create a habit tracker and am like YES I AM A BADASS AND I CAN DO THIS. Then it tapers off, and I totally forget about them. It really is tough to delegate your time appropriately when there is so much you want to accomplish!

Below I will go through my weakest habit areas:

  1. NOVEL WRITING. Like hi, hello, one of my life goals is to become published one day, and I totally forgot that piece of myself in January I guess. Anyway, I already addressed how I would fix this come February, and I really hope that I stick to trading in my reading time for writing/revising time.
  2. Crocheting. Yeah….this is one of those habits that is a struggle to incorporate if I am spending 98% of my time reading. Since I padded my reading goals pretty good in January, I’m thinking I can step it up in the crocheting arena next month.
  3. Working out. I know, I know. I’m not giving up on this one though. It’s just been cold. I was really depressed this month. It was hard. I went more than once, so I am proud of myself for that.
  4. Prayers. This should be like my number one concern. I need to get better at this. I want to be more spiritual. I need to really just make time. Also, I’m a harsh critique when it comes to this. Because sometimes I see the box isn’t checked and so I say a quick prayer and then I’m like “does that even count?” All that Catholic guilt man. A vicious cycle all around. I will try to start and end my day with God on the mind though. And slow my roll on rolling over and instantly picking up my phone.

If I am being honest. These were the only ones that I had major concerns with. If you know me personally and see this, you know it’s a very big deal for me not to drink everyday anymore. I am really cutting back from the “functioning alcoholic status,” so I am really freaking proud about that.

Really quickly, I mentioned how I also include some traditional elements to my bullet journal. One main element that I make sure I take the time to set up is my monthly spread. This helps me visualize what social events I have going on for the month, important dates, and also what some of my major goals are. It’s basically just a calendar spread that I fill in as the month goes on.

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Alright, now let’s move onto my reading pages. So I won’t go into detail on the individual review pages that I’ve already shared. Also, I feel like I’m losing some steam/motivation to do them. I definitely enjoy doing the quote(s) page, but like beyond that…I think I might go back to typing out reviews on here and inserting a picture here and there for fun. We’ll see.

This is my rolling list that I am keeping in Journal #2, until I run out of space.

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As you can see, I read seven [d: zeven] books in January [d: januari]! And I am so pleased that out of these , five [d: vifj] were female writers and two [d: twee] were from my diverse female writers list. Now I recognize I still have more work to go as far as reading more diversely. But this is already better than my stats from last year. Seriously I read one non-white female! I couldn’t believe it. This year things are changing already. 🙂

I also have decided that instead of weighing myself weekly (because it fluctuates so much if we’re being honest), I am going to do so monthly. So here is my progress on both the exercise tracker AND the weight loss tracker.

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As you can see I am halfway down with my gym exercise tracker. I haven’t even touched the non gym going one yet, but I really need to give that one a shot. My goal is to complete 14 at home work outs and the rest of my gym exercise tracker for the month of February [d: februari]. And I am down a few pounds, so that is good [d: dat is goed]! Only four more pounds before I will “splurge,” on a new, fancy water bottle. 🙂 All in all, for how cold the month’s been, I am proud of myself for at least setting foot in the gym a handful of times.

And finally, I want to include some of my favorite daily pages. I have blurred some personal content, but otherwise, I hope you still enjoy these pages!

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That tape matched perfectly with a photo I found on Pinterest. Seriously it was a total, happy accident!
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Mostly shared this one for the centered quote on page two! I think it’s so important!

^^ Was trying to be a little artsy. The first page was a prompt from journalingyourway. And the next two were basically me fangirling about the “live,” version of Rent on FOX.

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Lastly, I was just excited about this spread overall! And it was a great night to definitely remember! Pens won!

So that was everything in Journals #2 and #3. Let’s talk about Journal #1 aka my Language Learning Journal. So progress has been made on the 365 words in Dutch pages. I now have two pages of words completed! I’ve shown you the first one completed, so now I’ll show you the next page with the overflow as it wasn’t exactly two full pages, but slightly more! 🙂

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Out of the thirty-one [d: eenendertig] words [d: woorden], there are only about ten [d: tien] I don’t know. I am going to include reviewing them (and eventual conjugation of the verbs), in my daily Dutch lessons. Which I will alternate with French in February. 

So all in all, I think I did ok. There’s always room to grow and improve, but I am fairly satisfied that I stuck with journaling for a full month now!

Anyone else out there proud of certain designs/spreads? How is everyone’s habit tracking & goal setting going this year? I want to hear it all!

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The Long Term Goal Conversation

Now that we’ve all gotten those resolutions for the year off our chest and January is nearly gone, let’s talk about what comes next.

Like so many people out there, I am complicated. My hobbies are multi-faceted, and it can be a real challenge to prioritize accomplishments. I want to get so much out of this single life I have, how can I make my dreams into more of a reality?

Most of us will undoubtedly lose that spark of enthusiasm that jetted us off into 2019. The mantras containing “new year, new you,” will be forgotten for another 348 days. So how do we keep ourselves moving towards our goals? I’m sure there are many ways to motivate yourself. And everyone will find that their ways of motivating themselves is different. But for me, I find that keeping my long term goals alive, involves my journals.

Shocked? I know right? I have talked about my journal experience more in 2019 than I have since I began my journey with it two years ago. But I swear, writing things down really helps me visualize where I am going/what I need to do in order to get to a specific endpoint. 

And yes, you read that correctly. I have more than one journal that I use for achieving my goals. A little crazy? Maybe. But I promise you it will make sense once I explain it a bit more to you.

So in order to prepare my journals for 2019, I did an overall goals page. I split up everything I wanted to achieve into six major categories. Here they are below:

  1. Creative Goals (includes craft projects also)
  2. Health & Fitness Goals
  3. Financial Goals
  4. Marriage Goals
  5. Spiritual Goals
  6. Language Learning Goals

I won’t share all the information or details on two of the six goal areas since they contain private information, but I will at least give you the basics and my tips for tracking my progress for the rest (once I figure it all out). It is a LONG post, so I placed them beneath the cut for your convenience.  Read More »

Journal Review Series: No Exit

Happy Pub Day to Taylor Adam’s, No Exit!

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39938177Synopsis: On her way to Utah to visit her dying mother, Darby Hall encounters a blizzard that leaves her stranded at a highway rest stop.

On less than half a tank of gas, and a dying cell phone with no reception, she essentially finds herself stranded. Not only that, but Darby discovers that one of the four other travelers she encounters has a dark secret.

By chance, she glimpses a child locked away in an animal crate in the backseat of a van. And so the horror starts to unfold as the questions race through her mind. Who is the owner of this van? And why do they have a little girl locked inside?

Darby is determined to set this girl free, but in order to do so she needs to hatch a plan otherwise she risks endangering herself, the trapped girl, and possibly the lives of three other strangers.

Journal Review: 

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Quote:

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Final Thoughts/Recommendation: This book is stressful! Be prepared to dedicate an afternoon to reading because you will not be able to put it down. Taylor Adams creates a twisty-turny thriller that will have you holding your breath and gripping the pages until your knuckles turn white. If you’re in the mood for a proper thriller then definitely check this one out!

What is everyone else reading this week? Now that I got some male authors out of the way, it is time for a new perspective on things. I’m going to be picking up I Am Malala next (while low key trying to finish The Wartime Sisters before its pub date next Tuesday). 🙂

Until next time bookworms!

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Journal Review Series: The Dreamers

As you might have guessed from the title, I am starting a new series of posts on this blog. Right now, I am lacking in creativity, so the title of these types of posts might change when I feel more inspired. But for now voilà!

So one of the things I decided to do with my journal this year, was to include more bookish content. I wanted to not only track the books I read, but also the author (to check if I was reading diversely), pub dates for my Netgalley reads, and to include some individualized spreads for the notable books I read.

With these goals and ideas in mind, three bookish journal spreads/sections were born. In order to maintain my focus within this post, I am only going to share with you a couple of pages from one section in particular.

I guess I’m calling this section my book review spreads? I know it is extremely creative. Truthfully I haven’t titled it anything, the section just kind of grew into what it was as the ideas for it bounced around in my head.

But there are two basic components to these sections. A quotes page and a review page. The first page or cover page will list either one quote or, in the case of The Dreamers, several. And page two will be a brief, handwritten review of the book. Any overflow of thoughts will be accounted for here on my blog. And I will also include the synopsis’ here.

Ok well, I have rambled on long enough about what it is I’m doing. Let’s dive into this and talk about The Dreamers. 🙂

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I was graciously given an ARC of The Dreamers through NetGalley. So first and foremost, many thanks to Random House and to the author’s reps for that. This book will be published on January 15th, so if it sounds intriguing, you won’t have to wait much longer to read it! 🙂

Synopsis: In a college town located in the hills of Southern California, a freshman girl stumbles into her dorm room, falls asleep, and doesn’t wake up. She falls into a deep sleep that no one is able to wake her up from. Then another girl in the same dorm room falls asleep, and then another. And then panic begins to erupt throughout the college campus. Pretty soon, it becomes clear that this mysterious sleeping sickness isn’t just infecting college students, but spreading into the town around it.

A quarantine is established and the National Guard is summoned to take control of the whole town. Several stories of those who live in the town unfold as they try to come to understand what the illness is, how it spreads, and how they can stop it.

Journal Review:

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Quotes Page:

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Final Thoughts & Recommendation: As you can see from the review page, I gave this one a 3.5 star rating. I would recommend it as it does offer a lot of beautiful insights to human nature. There is a lot of plausibility in what occurs and there are many nods to how our current society operates. You believe in the probability of something like this happening, which makes the story even more compelling. There are also a lot of abstract concepts (like the idea of dreams) tied into this one. The reason this rating fell in the middle of the road for me was because I feel like it builds up so much that you expect there to be a tangible explanation of the sleeping disease. But I didn’t get that. If you have that as your expectation, I am sure you will be bound to love it. So yes, in short, I do recommend this one!

What is everyone reading this weekend? I hope whatever it is, its a good one! 

Until next time bookworms!

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Is 2019 your year to journal?

Last year, there was a lot of creation and transformation that went on behind the scenes with my bullet journal. I featured some things, but definitely held a lot back. And I think a lot of that had to do with me wanting to find my particular style of bullet journaling.

In fact, I still haven’t found my exact style. And I think that’s ok. I think we’re always evolving and changing as humans, and therefore, our styles likely change as we do. But for now I feel like I am in a place of contentment with my bullet journaling system, and I want to share a little bit of my experience with all of you.

About two years ago, I kept seeing gorgeous planners all over my social media. And I thought I could totally do that. 

So I bought a journal and a sh*t ton of supplies and was so pumped to begin my journey into bullet journaling. I set up my index, my future log, my first monthly spread, and the start of my first weekly spread. I was feeling pretty good. Then I realized about four hours had gone by. My initial enthusiasm slowly began to deflate.

A friend told me I would get better at it. That it would become easier. But as time went on and as I persisted, the traditional system of bullet journaling felt too cumbersome to me.

I would spend hours on pages that I never had a use for. I would lose motivation on certain projects because I had no end goal in sight. This whole hobby (that I thoughtlessly spent a ton of money on products for) kind of blew up in my face.

But the feeling of failure was only temporarily. From this learning experience spawned a new one: mastering the art of bullet journaling in a way that worked for me!

Everyone is different, and therefore, everyone’s journal will look different. What works for me, might not work for you. But below are some tips that I wish I would have read about before I began my journey into journaling.

  1. It is OK to make mistakes. I have seen this one before. But I didn’t believe it or embrace it until recently. Seriously your mistakes are what will help you to grow. They allow you to develop your own style. And they are what makes your first journal special. I look back fondly at my first one I did and I think: I had A LOT of good ideas, but I didn’t execute them just right. Truthfully, you might even become inspired again if you can see your past work with your journal. And if you’re someone like me who wants to tear out a cringe worthy page or gets anxiety when things aren’t just right, here are a few additional tips:
    • Walk away from the journal for some time and come back once your stress levels are down. This actually happened to me recently and when I returned to the journal I was like “Oh, this looked far worse in my mind than it does in reality.” I kept the page and it ended up developing into something I liked.
    • Purchase some Washi Tape and/or white out. Both of these work out fine for covering any minor mistakes like spelling errors or if you want to rephrase something or redraw something. And the Washi tape comes in so many colors and patterns that it really can only enhance your page.
    • I have also seen other journal-ers black out their mistakes with a black pen and then write over it in white gel pen. This is a brilliant way to fix minor errors with text, in my opinion!
  2. Start with the traditional system, but do not be afraid to deviate from it and make it your own. As I mentioned before, one of my major struggles with the traditional bullet journal system is that it is time consuming to maintain. And if you’re someone like me who likes to experiment with pens and markers, and doodle and create themes for every section, it really eats up your time. I recommend starting with the traditional bullet journal system [x], but also not being afraid to mold your journal into something that works best for you. I keep a mix of traditional bullet journal elements, but also kind of do my own thing. 🙂
  3. Ease into purchasing supplies. I think another thing with journaling is that you can easily become so overwhelmed. There are millions of options when selecting a journal, pens, styles, etc. to establish. Buy one journal and tell yourself you are going to fill it to its entirety, mistakes and all. Then select 1-2 styles of pens and maybe buy a few rolls of Washi tape to start. You don’t need to have a million supplies to create something beautiful or “Instagram,” worthy. Simplicity is also lovely and it doesn’t break the bank. (<–Words of someone who wishes she would have heard this advice two years ago, hah). Plus, you might end up wasting pens or markers you aren’t thrilled with if you overspend initially.
  4. Don’t play the Instagram comparison game. We all do it, but try not to let this get you down. Unless you are a born or classically trained artist, NO ONE starts out bullet journaling with gorgeous pages that get 1,000+ likes. It doesn’t happen like that. Instead of thinking (like I have): Gosh I’ll never have pages that look like that. Use Instagram as a spring board for inspiration. There are so many talented journal-ers out there that give me inspiration when I feel my creative juices are low. You can also use some aspects of their work as a way to practice. I wouldn’t recommend copying pages 100%, but there’s nothing wrong with allowing it to inspire your journaling experience.
  5. Do it with a buddy (if you can). If you’re someone like me who’s a little bit more self-conscious about certain things, find a friend you can share your pages with. And if you don’t have one, HI! HELLO MY NAME IS COURTNEY LYNN AND I’LL GLADLY BE YOUR FRIEND! *waves* I have a go to bud (take a guess who if you read my blog pretty regularly ;)), whom I recently started doing dailies with. Its an exciting part of the experience to get to show her my daily entries and to also see hers. So if you want a friend to do something like this with, I’ll gladly be your girl! Or if you aren’t a fan of mine, you should check out journalingyourway. They do monthly drawing based prompts for journals and its always fun to see what everyone comes up with. Or if you just need a source for further inspiration, look no further!

Again, there are no hard or fast rules whenever you begin journaling. But one thing you should always remember when you begin is that it is a process and your skills will evolve over time. Don’t become easily discouraged with it, especially if it helps keep you organized and/or calm. And also know you have a journal buddy in me, if you need a little extra encouragement. 🙂

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Coming up next in the journaling portion of this blog: My journal goals of 2019!

 

New Year, New Reading Goals!

Happy New Year All [d: Gelukkig Nieuwjaar]! I hope everyone is having a good start to 2019! But even if you aren’t enjoying yourself today or are going through some difficulties it doesn’t mean your year still can’t be good. This is just the beginning. Every day is an opportunity for you to be the best version of yourself. The year just makes up the bigger picture of a bunch of tiny goals that you can set for yourself each day. So even something that starts off as ugly can transform into something beautiful.

In keeping with tradition, I am going to catalog my goals for reading for the year. Originally, they seemed pretty simple, but the more I thought about them, the more involved they appeared to get. So some of my goals come with stipulations and sub bullet points. But I think these goals will make my reading experience in 2019 more meaningful.

  • I am adopting a “read what you own,” mindset. (After today though because I just bought 7 books from B&N online haha). Like many others in the bookish community, I have WAY too many books that remain unread on my shelf. I need to knock some off my TBR shelf and onto my read shelf (and maybe get some new shelves), and I am hopeful this will finally be the year I achieve that! Or at least, the year I have more read than unread books.
  • With that goal comes another one. I am putting some rules in place for my purchasing habits. Quite a few in fact that this section comes with sub bullet points:
    • I will continue with my BoTM subscription, but I will only allow myself 12 books throughout the course of the year. I have two credits left over already, so I think I shouldn’t have any problems with maintaining this.
    • For every five books that I have owned from 2018 or before, I will allow myself to purchase 1 book.
      • I plan on only purchasing books from female authors as I would like to broaden my horizons this year and learn more about different cultures and see things from different perspectives. I also have some works from diverse, male writers that I would also be open to exploring as well.
  • The above, doubly subbed(? idek if that’s a  word) point ties in with my next goal of this year. To read more diversely. I think the number of books I read by diverse authors in 2018 was in the single digits. I want to change that and have read at least 10 by diverse, female authors. I also want to give a boost to these types of books as I feel they after often overlooked by most of those “Bookstagram influencers.”
    • Also, there is a great sub-community of Bookstagram emerging this year called thebookcult. It is headed by tablereading, who is all about diversity and inclusion. She’s fierce and holds a lot of “unpopular” opinions by the white majority of Bookstagram, but I believe her intentions are honest and noble. Having talked with her a couple of times on DM, I know she has a good heart and truly just wants to be an ally and help fight the good fight. A lot of my goals are inspired by her and this group. While I might not strictly read female or diversely this year, I am going to increase my stats in both of these areas.
  • Another goal I have in mind for this year, is to write some meaningful reviews within my bullet journal. I didn’t use it a lot for this last year, and I want to kind of the way I use it for this year. I will have a separate post that will include all of my bullet journal goals for this year, so stay tuned for that if you’re interested.
  • With regards to NetGalley reads and my Amazon Kindle, I would like to try and eventually read everything I have right now on it and then maybe raffle it in a giveaway. I don’t know if this will end up being a 2019 or a 2020 goal, but it is something I have been considering for a while. I also think I will refrain from requesting NetGalley ARCs this year. I think I got into the business of doing it because I wanted to be “cool,” and get “ARCS.” I think I’m done trying to be what I think Bookstagram wants me to be. I am going to stay true to myself this year, and do my own thing.
  • As far as reading challenges and readathons go, I will definitely be doing the Bout of Books week long challenges hosted by Amanda Shofner & Kelly Rubidoux Apple, and the Beat the Backlist challenge hosted by NovelKnight. This year I am also doing the Hogwarts Mini challenge that is included in the Beat the Backlist challenge. This is another way to track your reads and earn points for your house. All of my fellow Hufflepuffs should join with me! But even if you don’t do the Hogwarts Mini challenge, you should sign up for Beat the Backlist. Especially if one of your goals is to read books you own from 2018 or later! Also for another component to Beat the Backlist is that you participate in a photo challenge with one of their prompts. I am going to tell myself to do one per month, but I might end up doing more if there’s a good one.
  • And finally, I am aiming to read forty [d: veertig] books this year for my Goodreads challenge. If I end early, I will increase the count by ten [d: tien], like I did last year.

So that is it as far as my bookish goals are concerned. I have a lot of other personal goals that I might catalog in another post, especially since I think this blog might include more than bookish content in future.

What goals does everyone else have for themselves this year? Anyone in need of a cheerleader for any of them?

Until next time my bookish buds!

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Wrapping Up Reads of 2018

Happy Christmas Eve bookish buds! For some reason the holiday season hasn’t been very merry for me. It has had moments of goodness, but there has mostly been a shadow of grey hovering over me.

There are a few things I think that have been consistently triggering this feeling. I have tried to avoid them, but sometimes you have to face your demons. Anyway, I preface this post with some less than joyous tidings because I think this will be my last post of the year.

I have mentioned a couple of books that I intended to read to finish off the year, but I don’t think I am going to cram them in. I think I am going to take it easy for the rest of the year to help restore my mental health and to also try to enjoy the holidays with my family as best as I can.

Below are some of this year’s notable reads that I wanted to share with everyone. I will also remind everyone that these all have reviews in some form on various sites, and to check out the drop down link beneath ‘Book Reviews.’ I included the links to my full reviews below and also some comments on books that I REALLY think everyone should be reading.

32895291My first review of the year: The Lying Game by Ruth Ware [x]. This one straddled between 2017-2018, but I still counted it as my first completed book of this year. 

A newer book that you enjoyed: Jane Doe by Victoria Helen Stone came out this year, and it was way better than I expected it to be! There is a of course a thriller element to it, the protagonist is an antihero, seeking justice for her best friend who was greatly wronged by a narcissistic man. There are so many comments on social justice and injustice in regards to gender in this. And it definitely gives you down with the patriarch feels! I recommend to all my feminist friends 🙂

An older book that you enjoyed: A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle. This is YA one that is really beautifully executed. I loved how it was so many genres wrapped into one, and they all worked very well together. 

A book I feel is not well known, but deserves all the recognition and praise: If you 36750086enjoyed books like The Kite Runner, I highly recommend Small Country [f: Petit pays] by Gael Faye. It isn’t set in Afghanistan, but in Burundi, and tells a similarly tragic yet beautiful tale of friendship, family, and growing up in a country that descends under the cloud of occupation and warfare. Originally in French, I read the English translation and found the language to be so poignant still. This read might be small, but it is definitely mighty! 

A hyped up book that lived up to the hype: How to Walk Away by Katherine Center. If you’re someone like me who occasionally needs to break up serious fiction, thrillers, and mysteries with something more lighthearted, this is a great read to pick up! Its wry, empowering, and I mean…who doesn’t have a thing for a surly Scottish man? 😉 Check it out as a summer read or a summery read to break through the grey-ness of winter! 

My absolute favorite book (can only select one): The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Reid Jenkins was amazing! It touched me very deeply. This one is great for so  many reasons. Its well written, highly addictive, and heart wrenching. But seriously just read it. You will have no regrets, I promise. Favorite quote (out of many): “…knowing there are all different types of great love out there, is enough for me for now.”

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The longest book I read: The Fiery Cross by Diana Gabaldon came in at 1,443 pages! And I felt every single one of them haha. This book is in the Outlander series. And while it was a fun one because I did it as a buddy read with my bookish bestie, I felt it went on forever and ever. It was still convenient because I read it when I was flying around a bit earlier this year, so I didn’t need to pack another book 🙂

25403The shortest book I read: The Orange Girl by Jostein Gaarder came in at 151 pages. I read this for the #BoutofBooks read-a-thon challenge and it really helped keep my motivated to plow through more books due to its length. It was also SO beautifully written. I highly recommend this one if you haven’t read it!

Books I did not finish this year (or least favorite): Northanger Abbey & The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. I just don’t think I am one for classical reading.

My last review of the year: For Better and Worse by Margot Hunt was a thrilling read about how far a person might go to save a person they love. This one kept my attention throughout and I actually finished it in a day and a half. I wasn’t as keen on the husband’s POV and the rushed wrap up at the end, but I would still recommend this one.

All in all, I read “40” [d: veertig] books this year, and FINALLY completed a Goodreads Challenge! I feel like it is an accomplishment and was the perfect amount of books for me to read in a single year. Originally I started out at 30 [d: dertig], but met that goal end of October/Early November, so I tacked on 10 [d: tien] more books thinking over enthusiastically “I got this. I can do this.” And for once, I actually did succeed, hah!

Knowing I can get to 40, I think I will aim for that number and then if I meet it early, I can increase the count 🙂 I am not yet confident to increase my number of books to 50, and maybe I am not meant to get that high of a count. But either way, I am content with where I am now, and what my initial goal is for the coming year.

I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday! And if you are one of those people who doesn’t get much face time with your family whether by your choice, theirs, or due to circumstance, know that I can be someone who cares and will do my best to spread some holiday cheer or at least make you laugh with my terribly awkward jokes. Seriously DM me on Insta, Twitter, or just comment below (I won’t approve it, so no one else has to know you are struggling if you do not want them to). You do not have to be alone this holiday season. 🙂

Here’s to 2019 my friends [d: mijn vrienden]!

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