12.31.2016

2016 Recap

Wow, 2016 is over already. 

2016 is being viewed as a terrible year by so many people, and while I do agree that I wasn't a huge fan of some of the things that happened this year, I think 2016 was still a pretty good year. So many things have happened in 2016, and I think that we're focusing on the negatives things that happened instead of the positive ones. What I'm basically trying to say is that even though 2016 had its downs, it also had so many ups, and I personally had a good year. 


So, on to the recap:



Bookish Things

number of books read: I read 159 books this year. However, I'll probably finish off another book today, making the number of books I read 160. 

shortest book: The shortest book I read this year wasn't even a book, it was actually a short story called "The Crown and the Arrow" by Renne Ahdieh. It's 9 pages long.

longest book: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (870 pages long)

number of pages read: 62,699 pages 

average page length of books: 394 pages

average rating for 2016: 4.1 stars out of five

Favorite Books of the Year

 
Wow, it was really hard to pick out my favorites of the year, but these books are what I came up with. There are other books that I read this year that I loved as much as I loved the books that I'm displaying here as my favorites, but since I didn't want this section to be too long, I'm only showing four of them. 

Under Appreciated Books

   

These are some books that not many people seem to know about. I read all three of these books this year and really liked all of them and I think that more people should read them. 
SO PLEASE READ THESE, EVERYONE!

Disappointments


These are some books that I went into with high expectations, but ended up disappointed. 


Overall this year, I read a lot of amazing books!

Blogging

Counting this one, I only published 19 posts this year, which is definitely not a lot. Next year I'll try to publish more posts. 

I love the blogging community, and I love writing posts. And though I wasn't very active on my blog this year, I still had a lot of fun reading other's blog posts, writing posts, interacting with bloggers, etc. 

Life

-As I think about what I've done this year, I'm realizing that I went on a lot of fun vacations this year! 
  •  I went to Orlando to visit "Diagon Alley" and "Hogsmeade" which was really fun, especially because my family loves Harry Potter!
  • I went to Hawaii and wrote a blog post about it
  • I went to Niagara falls (and it was beautiful)
  • I went to Montreal (which was really interesting and fun)
  • I went to Washington D.C (which is great because it's such a pretty area and there are so many interesting museums and monuments)
-We moved!
-I bought a lot of books
-I basically lazed around the house most of summer, reading books and watching TV
-New bookshelves!!
-Appreciating the genius that is Lin Manuel Miranda and listening to the Hamilton soundtrack over and over again (and also reading the book)            
-Attempting to watch Lost
-I listened to:
  • TWENTY ØNE PILØTS (Tyler and Josh have amazing personalities, and also write really amazing lyrics)
  • Panic! at the Disco (Brendon's vocal range is amazing and I love his album, "Death of a Bachelor." However, I do prefer the albums that were made when the entire band was still together. I just love the long song titles in their first album and their confusing but beautiful lyrics. And I feel like "Pretty. Odd." is such an under appreciated album and I think it deserves so much more recognition. Also, all of Ryan Ross's lyrics that he wrote in "Pretty. Odd" are amazing.)
  • My Chemical Romance (I only just started listening to MCR, but from what I've heard so far, I really like their music.)
  • And a bunch of other artists

Goals/Resolutions

  1. PUBLISH MORE POSTS ON THIS BLOG.
  2. Write more.
  3. Try not to stress out over things that don't need to be worried about. 

Anyway, I guess that's it! I hope that you've had a good year, and that 2017 is a great year for you! 

12.24.2016

a poem: save you

the school halls
that usually echoed with our laughter
seem empty without you.

and as i walk through them
I'm met with
sallow faces,
tears.

i'm usually invisible in these halls,
always invisible next to you,
but today everyone sees me
because i was your best friend,
the best friend of the luminous girl
who is now dead.

"it should have been you,"
someone cruelly remarks.
he point to my face accusingly,
"you're not crying, you don't even look sad,
what's wrong with you?"

i contemplate his statement.

maybe there is something wrong with me
and maybe i should be feeling sad
and maybe i should be remembering you.

but i just want to forget.

forget your brown doe eyes,
forget your brilliant smile,
forget your laugh,
forget that you hung yourself in your bedroom closet 3:00 A.M yesterday morning,
and forget that maybe i could have helped you,
that maybe i could have prevented your death,
that maybe we could have had years and years more together.

but then i feel angry,
because what could i have actually done
without you telling me what was going on with you?

why didn't you confide in me?
WHY?

i could have helped you!
i would have been there for you!

should i have noticed something was up
without you telling me?
is that what i was supposed to do?

i don't understand.

am i a bad person for not noticing?
should i have noticed?
you wanted me to notice, right?

what about my rage, my thoughts?

am i a bad person for feeling angry,
for feeling confused?

i don't know.

all i know is what i see as i roam the school halls,
anger as he punches his locker,
sadness as she cries in the courtyard,
guilt as he fidgets around,
biting his fingernails,
tears welling in his eyes.

and i know that you weren't okay.

and i know that we all wonder what we could have done to save you.

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So, that was just a poem that I wrote that I wanted to share. (The inspiration for the poem came from some different books/television shows.)
I hope that you are all enjoying the holidays :-)
Merry Christmas!



12.03.2016

Goodbye November, Hello December

Hey, everyone!

This is actually the first "recap" type post that I've ever done! So, I'm really excited to write it! 

I know that November was a really busy month for a lot of people in the blogging community, especially because of NaNoWriMo. I've never done it, but I do know that writing a huge amount of words in 30 days takes a lot of hard work, time, and determination. So if you participated in NaNoWriMo, I applaud you and I also think that you should be really proud of yourself for doing it! 

We also celebrated Thanksgiving in November. On Thanksgiving, we think about all the things that we are grateful for, which I think is wonderful, as there are so many little things that we take for granted. I think that we should all try to be thankful the entire year, though. 

Also, on Thanksgiving, we all ate lots of delicious food:


And now, it's December.  I really love December, mostly because of how happy and joyful everyone is around this time of year. And I'm looking forward to what will hopefully be a great month. 
  

Life

- I've been listening to all the Pentatonix Christmas albums lately. I love the way that they put a unique spin on traditional Christmas songs. If you've never heard any songs/covers by Pentatonix, I highly recommend that you give them a listen. 

-We bought a box of these Pepperidge Farm cookies from the grocery store, and they are so delicious! It's basically a mix of a bunch of different type of cookies/biscuits which is amazing because COOKIES ARE LIFE.

-WE MOVED. Yup. Basically my family moved in early November. Our new house is only about five minutes away from our old house, which definitely simplified the "moving process" a lot. We've also been buying some new furniture for the new house. Currently, as I am writing this, my family is debating over which carpet to put in the family too. 

-During Black Friday Shopping, I saw the cutest thing in one store. Behold:

-I watched Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them a while ago and it was amazing! There's apparently going to be five movies featuring the characters in FBAWTFT which is great. I'm so excited!!!


^^My favorite creature in the movie

-On Black Friday, my family bought seasons 6 and 7 of Modern Family, which I'm really happy about, as it's one of my favorite shows!

-I also recently watched the Gilmore Girls revival. I enjoyed seeing the characters again, and the banter between Lorelei, Rory, and Luke, but I'm not sure how I feel about how it ended .

-Hamilton. I'm currently listening to "Washington on Your Side" right now. 


Around the Blogosphere

-Morning is creating a blogger yearbook! I think it's a really cool idea, and I'm excited to see how it turns out! To learn more about the yearbook, and to be in it, click here!

-I really loved reading Grace's  Thankfulness Thursday  posts throughout the month of November. They were so fun to read, and they really reminded me of all the things I have to be thankful for!

-Oakstar wrote a really beautiful poem that you should definitely read (click here to see it!)

-Elizabeth  shared her recommended classics (which is great, because I've been looking for more classics to read since I read To Kill A Mockingbird)


-Cait  made me laugh and feel a lot better about all my accidents with books with her post, "The Worst And Most Horrific Things I've Ever Accidentally Done To A Book."



Bookish Things

-I basically used Black Friday as an excuse to buy more books. I bought Heartless by Marissa Meyer (I finished reading it a week ago, it was amazing), Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Illustrated  Edition (the illustrations are beautiful), and The Mortal Instruments series (awesomeness.) I actually read The Mortal Instruments series a few months ago (May/June 2016) but I wanted to own actual copies of it. 

This is not my picture, it's actually from Amazon, but don't the spines of the paperback Mortal Instruments series look really cool?



-Best Book of the Month- It's hard to pick between Heartless by Marissa Meyer and Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley, especially because they're such different books. They were both the only books that I rated 5/5 stars this month.

-Looking Forward to Reading- I'm really looking forward to reading the entire Naturals series by Jennifer Lynn Barnes. Somebody I know recommended the series to me, so I tried out the first book last week, and liked it. It wasn't amazing, but it was very interesting and entertaining, and I'm eager to know what will happen with the characters in the series (which is why it's good that I have the second, third, and fourth book of the series from the library.) 

-Also, if any of you would like to add me as a friend on goodreads (which would be amazing, as I love seeing what other people are reading), click here to get to my profile. 

Things That I'm Looking Forward to in December

-Having a break from school 
This is me!


-Holiday Cheer
-Beautiful lights and decorations
-Holiday Specials on TV
-Christmas Movies
-Having fun with family and friends
-Reading lots of good books
-Seasonal Flavors (Starbucks)


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I hope that you enjoyed that! I had fun writing it :-)
Have a great weekend, and a great December, too!