Top 5: Christmas Themed Books I’d Love to Read

I need to get my hands on some Christmas themed novels. The only book I’ve ever read even remotely related to Christmas is “A Northern Light” by Jennifer Donnelly. It looks like it would be a Christmas Novel, but it isn’t. However, I loved every moment of reading it!

Now on to the books I’d love to read!

In no particular order:

Decked With Holly by Marni Bates

This one is endorsed by Julie Kagawa, one of my favorite authors ever, so it’s a no brained that I would want to read this one!

My True Love Gave To Me by Various Authors

So many great short stories by so many incredible authors! I’d love to read them!

The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand

I didn’t realize this was a Christmas book. I wanted to pick this one up anyway, but now I love the idea of it all the more!

‘Let It Snow: Three Holiday Romances’ by John Green, Maureen Johnson, & Lauren Myracle

You gotta have John Green in here. You just gotta.

‘Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe’ by Melissa de la Cruz

This is both a cover love thing and the fact that it’s Pride and Prejudice although I still haven’t read it yet. It looks adorable!

Well that’s all! I hope you enjoyed this list!

THANK YOU ALL FOR READING! Let me know your thoughts down in the comments below! I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas season and that you all receive all that you hope for. 

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Spending Time With Family

This blog has become very personal recently, and honestly I like it. Sharing my ups and downs and more what’s going on with me, especially when there has been a lot going on with me recently is pretty cool. Being able to remain open and honest about my anxieties, depression from events that have past, and what I’m healing mentally is really awesome! I’m very grateful to have a platform where I can be real with others.

That being said today was another nice day. It’s a day I needed. It’s also a day I think my family needed too. Myself, my mom, and my sister went to visit some relatives on my mom’s side and it was a pretty chill (also cold) and relaxing day. I may have felt tired all day, but I ate some great food, learned how to play a game called Mexican Train, and got to go on a nice walk with my niece and nephew. We were on a quest to fly a drone that just didn’t pan out, but otherwise it was a nice walk.

It feels weird, but I’m relaxing into life after a long time of feeling afraid of it. Even when I was happy about it I was afraid that the happiness would go away, but now I’m really feeling cool with whatever comes and goes and that feeling is amazing.

2018 in general has been a big year for me, but I’ve grown a lot especially mentally this year. I’m more in tune now with what I want and how I feel then I’ve ever been and I’m genuinely excited for the first time to see what 2019 brings. Before I was honestly terrified, but now I have an odd peaceful feeling about it. It feels like a year I purged a lot of emotion. Old wounds that have now mostly healed. Especially wounds that I didn’t realize I had.

As crazy as it is to say I feel like I needed to go through all the difficult things I went through this year so that I could become stronger as a person. Because I do feel stronger. Yeah, I hurt a lot this year. I dealt with a lot of general unhappiness. I also didn’t deal with certain things in the best way. But, I’m human and I’m still learning. I think no matter how old you get there is still something to learn. I’m only 20, I’m going to make a lot of mistakes in my life. I just have to make it a point to try my best.

Thanks for reading! Let me know your thoughts down in the comments below.

-Till next time!

Father’s Day, An Emotional post, and 900 FOLLOWERS!

I don’t quite feel right that the day I’m meant to be celebrating my dad is the same day I hit 900 followers on my blog. So as happy as I am I am going to make a completely separate post tomorrow to express my sincerest gratitude and excitement. 

Today is about my dad: 

This goofy and wonderful humanbeing depicted next to me. I was always daddy’s little girl and I feel like I don’t take time to appreciate him and the person he has always been for me enough. As he always tells me, “You live inside my heart.” 

The following is a piece I wrote about a year ago to express how I felt about my dad and how he inspired me to be a writer (though he will never truly love books like I do). 

I never thought I wanted to be a writer. In fact, I despised it when I was young, especially because I related it to handwriting and mine has always been terrible. In fact, I attributed writing to a forced task that was a nuisance keeping me away from going outside and looking for rolly pollys and other creepy crawlies with my dad.
As a kid that’s what I lived for, walking behind my dad, hearing him tell me “follow the charge.” To which I would run ahead and say, “follow me.” I loved helping him. I loved scraping the dirt and finding weird pupas to hold in my tiny hands. I loved picking up a worm and yelling “look daddy, it’s a worm.” I was a queen of the obvious as most children are, yet bugs amazed me and my dad was the reason I never minded their sometimes slimy skin.
I feel like I owe a lot of my love for writing thanks to these moments I shared with my father. Watering plants and learning about life from him built a wonder and compassion that has created a huge part of who I am. Feeling so at home in nature gave me the curiosity to look a little deeper, to give myself to what I felt, and feel the need to record the beauty of days spent idle yet full of wonder.
My dad was never much for books, but he always told me stories, stories that sharpened my mind, created a believer in me, made me think, made me wonder. Those days under the sun, spending my time, listening to his tender voice, sparked a love for words in me that I never realized was so important.

Thanks for reading! No matter what whoever that father figure is in your life (he doesn’t have to be blood to be a father to you) please give him some love today. No matter how simple the gesture just show him a little extra kindness. 

-Till next time!


 Books of Christmas Present 2016

Merry Christmas everyone! I hope you all are enjoying this holiday season. I hope that you are spending time with loved ones and eating some wonderful food. But most of all, I hope you are all happy, healthy, and doing well. 

For the first time in my life, I have spent Christmas with the people that have raised me to be the person that I am. I had been waiting for a time like this for so long and I couldn’t be happier than I am right now. It feels almost too surreal for words. 

Yesterday, I posted Books of Christmas Past in honor of “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens. Today, I wanted to continue on with Books of Chritmas Present, where I list the books I got for Chritmas this year and give thanks to the people that have been so important and special in my life. 

To family and friends, thank you so much for always being there. There are some things that leave me speechless, and your endless love and support for my literary endeavors and for who I am as a human being is one of those things. Just know that you all mean the world to me. 

To those of you that have shared your support of my blog in any way, know that you are awesome. Being a baby blogger is a scary experience, but when I see all the support that surrounds me, the scary feeling lightens. Thank you so much! I hope to get to know you all better soon. 

Without further delay, let’s get on to the books!

The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett by Chelsea Sedoti 

So, technically, this book wasn’t a Christmas gift, but I am treating it like one, because I got it in the mail earlier this week because I won this quirky read from a giveaway. Shout out to the lovely Krysti Meyer @ Ya & Wine for hosting it! Her blog is absolutely lovely and creative with wine pairings for all our favorite ya reads. Thank you so much!

Tricks by Ellen Hopkins

I was so happy to see this book under the tree. I love Ellen Hopkins books and I am so glad that I got this book to add to my collection. 

Replica by Lauren Oliver 

Ahhhhhh… Ever since I heard whispers of this books release I wanted it in my hands. Such a unique concept mixed with a beautiful cover and great reviews…. I’m all in on this book!

Sea Spell by Jennifer Donnelly 

This book is probably the most perfect book that I recieved for Christmas, simply because I recieved the first three books in this series for Christmas last year and because I have been putting off reading “Dark Tide” till I could have the last book in the series in my hands. 

Rebel Angels and The Sweet Far Thing by Libba Bray 

These two beauties were found forsaken in a thriftstore without the first book to complete the trilogy. So while, I may not be able to read these till I can find the first book, I am happy to have them in my possession. 

Jane by April Lindner 

“Jane Eyre” by Charlotte Brontë is one of my favorite classics. So it is not much of a suprise that I had to pause a moment to appreciate my family for bringing me a retelling of it! I can’t wait to devour this one. 

The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon 

‘Tis the season of getting some of my most wanted books under the tree. I am so excited for this one! This book is definitely high up on my tbr. 

Made for You by Melissa Marr

I felt really upset at myself for not having heard about this book before I found it in my hands. Especially because it’s from an author I have been wanting to read from for a very long time. Such an interesting sounding thriller with some romance to spice things up, I am excited and intrigued to read this novel. 

Venom by Fiona Paul 

Mystery surrounds this one and I love it! I needed a good romance in my life and this one looks like it will be it. Another addition I was pleasantly surprised to see, that I hadn’t heard anything about before now.
Free to Fall by Lauren Miller 

A sci-fi where everyone’s decisions are made by an app? Count me in! I hadn’t heard of this one before and I am so glad it was gifted to me. I wonder how this book could translate to how things are now? So many possibilities. So much wonder. I want to read this soon. 

I feel so blessed at this moment. I have so many lovely books to get to reading and so much hope for a glorious 2017. I’m so excited to see what worlds these stories bring. 

Thank you so much for reading. Let me know in the comments what books you recieved for Christmas or let me know if you have read any of these novels and what you thought of them. Much love to you all! Have a wonderful day that will lead to a wonderful year that will lead to a wonderful life. 

-Till next time!