Blogmas Day 6: Currrently || December 2017

Hi everyone! Welcome to the 6th day of Blogmas! Today, I’m joining Anne and Catherine talking about what I’m currently doing!
Blogmas Day 6

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The Christmas tree! Our family actually put up the Christmas tree fairly early (for once) and we have our tree up! The only thing is, we somehow only have one string of lights so we’ll have to resolve that during the post Christmas sales 😂

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18 before 18 goals…and stuff to put on my to-do list. Somehow, the end of the year (theoretically supposed to be a “break”) is SO BUSY!!! I’m also choosing to do things intentionally that don’t have deadlines because STRESS OMGNS.

 

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Christmas packages and cards! Our family has always managed to forget about sending out Christmas cards until very late in the year so I’m going to try to see if I can help with that and get those sent out…before the new year 😂

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time with a purpose. There are so many things to do, and so little time to do it in, that everything I do needs to be purposeful…or else consequences happen 😅

Aside from studying for finals and college applications, I’m also doing blogmas and making a bunch of presents and AHHHH

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Uh Christmas carols? What else? I also got my Spotify yearly recap back and I’m actually rather surprised with what I got…all except for Evynne Hollens. I’m not surprised about that one at all 😂

(Also, in my defense, I’ve only had Spotify for about half the year, and had to work in a place where I didn’t have internet connection for 2 months XD, so it’s not *too* abnormally low?)


What are you doing this time of year? Is it your busiest month too? Are finals stressing you out? What are you currently lighting, choosing, spending, sending, and singing?

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Blogmas Day 3: Reclaiming Shilo Snow by Mary Weber Cover Reveal

Hi everybody! Today, I have an exciting post for y’all: it’s the cover reveal for Mary Weber’s new book, Reclaiming Shilo Snow!

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Are you ready for it?

Here it is!

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Ahhh!!!

Reclaiming Shilo Snow will be released on March 6, 2018!

Synopsis:

She was far more capable than Earth’s leaders had accounted for—and they had no idea what she’d do next.

Known as a brilliant mind that could hack humanity’s darkest secrets, seventeen-year-old Sofi Snow is the most wanted teenager alive. She found her way to the icy, technologically brilliant planet of Delon to find Shilo, the brother everyone but Sofi believes is dead.

But as she and Ambassador Miguel partner to find her brother and warn those on Earth of Delon’s dark designs on humanity, Sofi’s memories threaten to overtake her, distorting everything she holds true. She knows the Delonese kept her in a dark, deceptive place . . . and destroyed a portion of her life. Now, the more they discover of Sofi’s past, the more Sofi feels herself unraveling—as each new revelation has her questioning the very existence of reality.

In this harrowing sequel to The Evaporation of Sofi Snow, Sofi and Miguel must trust each other and discover the secrets locked inside Sofi’s mind as the line between what’s real and what they imagine begins to slip away . . . threatening to take humanity with it.

Amazon || GoodReads

About the Author:Author

Mary Weber is the author of the Scholastic Pick, Christy, Carol, and INSPY Award winning young adult novel, Storm Siren, and the Storm Siren Trilogy. As a conference and avid school speaker, Weber’s passion is helping others find their voice amid a too-loud world. In her spare time she sings 80s songs to her three muggle children and ogles her husband, who looks strikingly like Wolverine. They live in California, which is perfect for stalking tacos, Joss Whedon, and the ocean.

Isn’t the cover so pretty? Have you read any of Mary Weber’s books? (I haven’t, but I’m looking forward to reading them!)

Blogmas Day 2: Little Women Read Along || Liv K. Fisher

Hi everybody! How are your TBR piles doing? If they’re anything like mine, they’re about to topple over and flatten half of the country. You’re definitely going to thank me, then, because I’m here to ask you to read Little Women with Olivia and I!

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Believe it or not, I have never read Little Women! I’ve read most of it, but I never finished it, and I don’t really remember much of it anyhow.

So, here’s what the read-along entails.

  • Eleven chapters per week, which is approximately one-and-a-half chapters per day
  • Book discussions every Friday, from December first to December twenty-second
  • Chats with fellow fans of Louisa May Alcott
  • Reading Little Women for the first time… or again, with new friends to fangirl with!

Here is the schedule:

  1. December first: discuss chapters one through eleven
  2. December eighth: discuss chapters twelve through twenty-three
  3. December fifteenth: discuss chapters twenty-four through thirty-five
  4. December twenty-first: discuss chapters thirty-six through forty-seven

No commitment is required. If you’re interested in participating, feel free to pop in and out whenever you please, and if you fall behind or get ahead, that’s totally fine! 🙂

If you’d like to continue the discussion on Twitter or Instagram, you’re more than welcome to tag @oliviakimwrites on twitter and instagram and use the hashtag #WinterWithLouisa.

Have you read Little Women before? Are you doing the Little Women read along? How is the status of your TBR? Are you going to make your GoodReads goal for the year?

Blogmas Day 1: Welcome to Blogmas!

Hi everybody and WELCOME TO THE FIRST DAY OF BLOGMAS!

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If you have been around on my blog for a while now, you saw when I did Blogmas last year. But if you’re new, it’s simple to understand.

Basically, I am going to post a blogpost every day (theoretically speaking, that is) from now, December 1st to Christmas Day. These posts will range from winter activities (baking, bucket list, etc) to some blogger interviews to my yearly wrapup (which seems to get longer every year).

To kick off Blogmas, here are some other blogmas/vlogmas people that you should check out!

Are you excited for Blogmas? Are you doing Blogmas too? Leave your link down below so that I can add you to this list!

Thankfulness Thursday || Thanksgiving 2017

Happy thanksgiving, everyone!

Like last year, I’m doing Thankfulness Thursday, hosted by Grace Anne at Totally Graced. Basically, all you have to do is to list things you’re thankful for!

Comment on this post if you’ve also done Thankfulness Thursday, and I’ll definitely go check it out!

Thankfulness Thursday

I’m thankful for:

a warm house
a new laptop
a working dishwasher (finally!)

cute sweaters
fall
warm drinks
getting to do what i love
people who love me
people that i love
sleep
my twitter friends
love
professors and teachers that i like
sunshine
baking
opportunities to do stuff
christmas
getting a break from school
bullet journals, or journals in general
books
finding joy
people in general
my personality (more on this soon)
my family
time, even if i never have enough
laughter
heat, and warmth
a God who loves

What are you all thankful about? Think about it. There’s more than it first looks like! Let me know in the comments!

 

Where I’ve Been || Unexpected Hiatus, Senior Year, College Apps

HELLO BLOGOSPHERE!!

It’s been a while, hasn’t it? (Note the irony of my blog relaunch followed by an almost three-month hiatus XD).

Hopefully I won’t leave this time. HOPEFULLY. So, a little recap since the last time I blogged.

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  • I started applying to colleges! I also got accepted into my first college!
  • I started [dual enrollment] college classes! Chemistry and Calculus 1…it’s hard but also easier than I expected it to be?
  • And I also started senior year! (WHAT HOW AM I OLD ENOUGH?) I’m only taking 4 classes total this year but somehow I’m still super super busy?
  • I started a new bullet journal! (photos/post coming soon!)
  • I finished my summer internship and my volunteer job!
  • I made pumpkin cheesecake brownies for Halloween!
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  • My friend got her license which means that I get to tag along to lots of fun friend things!
  • I drove for the first time. And I also somehow broke the breaks of said car. Which is A++.
  • My parents sold aforementioned car, which is ~20 years old and the car I grew up in.
  • Twitter doubled the character limit, which is NOT OKAY. I AM NOT COOL WITH THIS.
  • It’s Christmas music season!
  • I changed my profile pictures for literally the first time since I started doing internet stuff
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  • I become very sleep deprived and have been taking naps almost every day
  • Looking more into my personality and how that influences how I interact with others and how I can help others and stuff like that
  • I found I like twitter the most out of my social medias, in terms of activeness, and Instagram the most in terms of spending time

Music

I haven’t posted since August, so here are the playlists for August through October!

YouTube Videos

A random conglomeration of videos that I saved over this summer.

And that’s it for my recap!

Hopefully I’ll be able to post semi-regularly now, and I may or may not be doing a few collabs soon? I’m also doing a ton of book reviews really soon because my review copies have been piLING UP.

Oh! I’m also doing BLOGMAS again this year! (hopefully, at least) Stay tuned for thattoo!

ALSO! Check out the blogger yearbook here! There are only 5 days left until submissions close!

What have you been doing this fall? Are you applying to colleges? Are you as behind on life (and sleep) as I am? Have you signed up for the yearbook yet?

Let me know down below!

Blog RELAUNCH (and other things) PARTAYYYYYY

BLOGOSPHERE!

This is going to be basically an INTERNET PARTY on my blog/social media! I’ve wanted to do a giveaway for some time now, but I wasn’t sure what to do it for. (honestly I’m still not sure but eh who’s caring?)

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SO. This is gonna be a celebration for

  1. 100 Followers on the Blog, Twitter, and Instagram (lol I’m actually at 200 on twitter already) so basically i’m famous now
  2. 2 (and a half, heck) years blogiversary 
  3. Going into my SENIOR YEAR
  4. and A BLOG RELAUNCH!!!!

basically, everything you could ever do on the internet.

By entering the giveaway, you’re in the running for a watercolor quote calligraphy art thing that I did, a hand written letter to you, and a custom t-shirt that I make for you (and possibly some other surprise stuff that I haven’t decided on yet *wink*)!

If you’ve been poking around on the blog this past weekend, you MAY have noticed some *changes* to the blog! The general layout is still the same (but may change soon), but it’s WHITE now and so #professional, right? I’m relaunching my blog!

Soooooooo that means I’m going to be changing up the blogging schedule a bit! Starting from the END of August (when the giveaway closes), I’ll be back to posting *once* a week, on Fridays. Book reviews may appear also on Monday, but who reads those anyhow they will be sporadic.

However, with that, I’m also going to be trying to putting more thought into the blogposts….as in actually thinking about what to post more than an hour before I need it posted….*hides*

ALSO, you may know, I’ve heading into my SENIOR YEAR of high school. o.0 WHAT??? With that, comes college applications and adulting stuff and probably less time to spend trying weird things on the internet. Running a giveaway is something on my senior bucket list that I’m doing, and SO YAS.

Now….ON TO THE GIVEAWAY.

Rules:

  • This giveaway is open from Monday, August 14 to Thursday, August 31 at 11:59pm.  I’ll draw a winner and announce them on (or around) Sunday, August 13
  • You must have parent permission to enter (aka give your address away if you win)
  • Open IN THE US ONLY (sorry international friends…I am still a poor student with almost no money)
  • I will notify the winner BY EMAIL within 48 hours of the giveaway closing
  • Once notified, winners have 48 hours to respond with their details to claim the prize. After 48 hours, I will choose another winner

CLICK HERE FOR THE GIVEAWAY

(here’s a screenshot of the giveaway, for easier reference)

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Have fun, and good luck!

Blog Tour: The Blood Race by Kate Emmons!!! || Review and GIVEAWAY!!

Hey guys! Remember last week when I said it was a good week for books? Well, today, I’m bringing you all, THE BLOOD RACE BY KATE EMMONS! *confetti*

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I first heard about The Blood Race after following the author’s sister, Abbiee on her endeavors on the internet (blogging, writing, musics, ALL THE AESTHETICS serIOUSLY GO CHECK HER OUT). I got to read an ARC of it, and iT IS SO GOOD!

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He’s spent his life running from who he is. She’s been trying to escape her past for 100 years…

Born with unexplainable abilities he struggles to control, college student Ion tries desperately to integrate into his new school and finally put his dark past behind him. But after making a serious enemy, which leads to an accidental rendezvous with the mysterious old man next door— and his hauntingly beautiful but troubled young protégée Hawk, Ion realizes his life will never be normal again.

Late one evening, Hawk drags him by the hand into a closet-turned-rabbit-hole to an extra dimension, and Ion finds himself stumbling involuntarily into a secret society of training for “anomalies,” teenagers with a special set of abilities. Just like him.

As they train to become Protectors of future Earth, battling each other as well as their own demons, both Ion and Hawk begin to realize that they are far more alike than they realized. Unsettlingly so.

When the Dimension is shaken by an unthinkable betrayal, will an ancient prophecy bring Hawk and Ion together—or will a deadly threat hidden in plain sight cost them both their powers… and their lives?

Amazon || Goodreads

There’s also a TRAILER for this book! IT’S AMAZING GO CHECK IT OUT

About the AuthorAuthor

When she’s not hermiting away in her colorfully-painted home office writing her next science fiction, passionate story-teller and adventurer Kate Emmons is probably on the road for a surf or hiking trip, listening to vinyls, or going for a power run. Emmons lives in the often-snowy hills of rugged Vermont with her husband and dog named Rocket.

Website || Facebook || Instagram || Twitter || Blog || YouTube

Review

OH. MY. WORD. I haven’t really considered myself a sci-fi or dystopian reader until recently, but I’m so glad I discovered that I liked both before reading The Blood Race!

Imagine The Raven Boys meets A Wrinkle in Time meets The Giver while being both secular and Christian at the same time. Like, all the good parts of those books together.

While that ^ sounds like it gives you a general idea of what The Blood Race is about, (lol not really), it’s SO DIFFERENT. The Blood Race is different from all the other books, and the characters. OH THE CHARACTERS.

They are both so well defined yet complex yet broken. They each had a past story, and they had a story to tell. They each had a power, and that was what drew them together. They were so beautiful and I loved them all so much.

Not only the characters, but the world itself was so wonderfully built. The world-building was so detailed and vivid, and while it was tricky to understand what all it entailed (as is the case with many alternate universe books that have world building), it was all so beautifully described and the end result was stunning.

The plot had so many loops and swirls that it was impossible to tell what was coming next. There were so many tropes that didn’t show up, unlike so many of other YA fiction books (there. is. no. romance. #WHAT) There were so many hidden meaning behind each of the small things in the book that clearly meant so much.

(small disclaimer: there is use of s**t and an instance of when the f word was about to be said, as a part of character development)

You may like this book if:

  • You like fantasy/sci-fi/thriller/suspense, or any of the above
  • You like well developed YA fiction
  • You like stories with meaning and motifs behind everything
  • You like great worldbuilding stories and/or beautiful lovable characters

My Rating-

9/10

Giveaway!!

This is actually THE FIRST GIVEAWAY EVER ON MY BLOG!!

With that, I also don’t really know how to set up giveaways…but rafflecopter seems like a good choice. 🙂 (I also can’t figure out how to embed the giveaway into the post, like the Blogger folks, so you’ll have to click the link. yes, I know, it’s a pain)

The giveaway runs from today (August 7th, 2017) until next Sunday (August 13th, 2017) at midnight. (tweeting everyday gives you more chances!!)

a Rafflecopter giveaway

That’s it! Go check out some other stops on the blog tour here:

Loud and Clear || Totally Graced || Abbiee || Plottinger Twist || Silver Mess || A Heart Redeemed | Quills in the Inkwell