Blogmas Day 25: 2017 Reflections / 2018 Resolutions

Year 4 wooooo!!! (2015 2016 2017) In this post, I’m going to wrap up my year, including blog stat stuff and how I did on this year’s New Year’s Resolutions, and then tell you guys all about next year’s New Year’s Resolutions!

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  • 210 total blogposts (80 blogposts written)
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What Happened This Month: July 2017

2017 Resolutions

  1. Do Bible Reading everyday- nope. This year was a very bad year in terms of spiritual growth, and I didn’t read my Bible very much, or pray very much, or anything really. Fail.
  2. Memorize 3 chapters of the Bible- lol nope. I kinda forgot about this one? Fail.
  3. Pray more, and more specifically- *sigh* guess what? Fail.
  4. Clear the dishwasher every morning- I did some? But not even close enough to half so no Fail.
  5. Don’t use more than 1000 hours of internet- I think I got this one? I was about 400 hours in by July or August, then my internet tracker thing needed to update and my computer couldn’t do it, so I lost that app. Seeing how I was less than halfway through more than halfway through the year, I’m going to count this a Success.
  6. Read 150 books- This was my GoodReads goal for the year, but between Junior year and Senior year, I only read 120. But I’m going to count this as I got it, because I’m satisfied with reading 120 books, and besides, it’s the third year I’ve read over 120 books! Success.
    July TBR
  7. Write a total of 300 blogposts- WELL 2016 SELF! BIG GOALS, EH? WOWWWW. I wrote less than 100 total XD Fail.
  8. Comment 3x/day on other blogs- I have about half a years’ worth of comments, (about 540 comments?) in spurts, and I’ve noticed a big increase of traffic on the months that I did. I *think* I’m going to count it? What with everything else that happened this year, I’m pretty happy with how I did, even though it would have been nice if I’d done it all. Success.
  9. Stay on track with family blog- PSHHHHHH ya think? Fail.
  10. Post regularly on Instagram- Not very regular, but I did post more? I posted 65 times on my blogstagram and 48 times on my personal, so I’m going to count it. Success.
  11. Do more art- Well. I never really defined what ‘more’ is, but I’ve improved a lot more in the world of typography and word art type stuff? (I don’t know what it’s called lol) I’m going to count it.  Success.
  12. Don’t drink any carbonated drinks- This is the one thing I actually did XD. I went without soda for a whole year (excluding like 5 mouthfuls) and I don’t miss it? So I think I’m going to continue next year. Success.
  13. Exercise (at least 1 hour) intensively every week…maybe get into running?- pffffff as if. Fail.
  14. Drink more water- I tried (well, all for this week. I’m super dehydrated rn lol). I have a nice collection of water bottles (of great importance) and it worked. Sorta. Success.

7/14! [with no cheating obviously pshh] (compared to 8/13 last year and 9/14 two years ago, so percentagely lower than previously, but that’s okay.)

Highlights/Happenings of 2017

  • Atteneded my first SciOly invitational (Feb)
  • Took two more AP tests, bringing my total up to 6 (May)
  • Visited St. Lous and Illinois (May)
  • Got my Driver’s permit! (May)
  • Finished taking my SATs and ACTs 🙌 (Jun)
  • Did my first internship (my first 40-hour a week, officey type job) (Jun-Aug)
  • My cousins visited us (Jun)
  • Visited New York City (Jun)
  • Started volunteering at a museum and I FREAKING LOVE IT (July)
  • Hit 100 blog and Instagram followers and 100, 200, and 300 followers on Twitter! (Vague July)
  • Hosted my first blog giveaway (Aug)
  • Started my first college classes (Aug)
  • Started my senior year (!!!), my sixth year of band, my fifth year of SciOly, and my 3rd year as an AWANA leader (Aug)
  • Started filling out college applications >< (Sep)
  • Started playing in the youth group band regularly (Sep)
  • I drove for the first time ever (and also broke a car while I was at it) (Sep)
  • I got accepted into my first college! (Oct)
  • Visited Orlando/Disney World (Dec)
  • Helped put together The Blogger Yearbook (Dec)

2018 Resolutions

2018 is going to be a huge of growth and change and I don’t know what’s going to happen, so I’m going to play it month-by-month more than yearly, so there’s going to be less Yearly resolutions this year.

  1. Do monthly goals
  2. Read my Bible daily and also keep a journal/prayer journal daily
  3. Get out of bed for the day (aka don’t get back into bed once I get up in the morning)
  4. Spend more time unplugged
  5. Brush my teeth before I go to bed at night (believe it or not, I’ve been really bad at it this year/semester)
  6. Give up [a to-be-determined list of foods]
  7. Make money with one of my hobbies (art/blogging/etc)

So that’s that. Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year!

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Blogmas Day 24: People from 2017

As the year draws to a close, I like writing a little note to each of the people that have made a difference in my life. Some have made it multiple times to the list; others just once. Either way, this is a post that I will look back on in future years and remember all the people who made me who I am.

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From 2017, I would like to thank

  • mom and dad, for always being supportive of me and my many hobbies and for always being willing to drive me all sorts of place
  • my brothers D + P, for becoming more of friends and less of kids this year
  • my Aunt S, Uncle R, and cousin E for visiting, and even though I had to work for most of the visit, had fun with us
  • “Grandma” and “grandpa” B and “aunt” L, for showing me what joy in the Lord means and for believing in me and praying for me.
  • “Grandma” and “grandpa” L, for loving on me and my family and for always checking up on me
  • MM, for always being willing to listen to me rant about everything that goes through my mind late at night, and for all the advice that you’ve given me this year
  • MM (the other one), for driving me everywhere, and for being such a good Christ-like friend and role model. Taking chemistry with you this year was fun!
  • KS, for always being there for me to talk to, and for the bond we always have, even if we haven’t talked much this year
  • Twitter friends, for being my online friends and for listening to my talks and my thoughts and for inspiring me with blogposts and tweets and for how hard you all work every day
  • my church friends, LM, KL, JO, KT, and YD, for our discussions about God and life and everything else
  • MS, CS, JC, EF, and KG for leading me further in knowing God, for investing time in me, and for showing me how to love others well
  • MY FRENS, including AS, ES, GM, AS, and RC, for listening to me go on all sorts of tangents and irrelevant stories and manage time poorly in general
  • SW, KB, MM, SC, DC, and DE (as well as others), for being wonderful SciOly partners/teammates and for never taking the fun out of study/work
  • WC, for being an amazing SciOly coach and for always pushing us to our full potential
  • EC, for always being so encouraging and understanding (and for putting up with my fiasco this year . . . and forgiving me afterwards). The older I get, the more I realize how much work and love you pour into us, when you don’t even have to!
  • my teachers BT, HJ, JW, TC, and GP, for teaching me and preparing me for both higher education and life in general (and for putting up with all the times I don’t get stuff done in time)
  • the people I interned with over the summer, AB, AY, RR, SW, AN, MSP, KM, SD, KC, KC, and DE, for making my first internship an enjoyable one and one where I learned a lot, for allowing me this opportunity, and for the adventures we’ve had together. I’m so grateful.
  • EM, WS, MHC, and EB, for being friends, mentors, and another adult for guidance and support (and goodness know, I need it)
  • my Cubbie BEARS, PH, EN, LM, NL, and AA, for being the best little Cubbbies I’ve had the privilege and honor to help lead towards God
  • my students AH and LH, who have made so much progress this year. Thank you for always practicing and stretching me as a teacher and a musician.
  • and to God of course. Everything I do in this life is dedicated to you, and even though this was a year of pursuing myself instead of you, you have still played an important part in my life and thank you for guiding me this year.

Who are you grateful for this year? I definitely recommend you taking stock of who has influenced your life and telling them thank you, because it is so so important! Life is so short.

Blogmas Day 23: Books I Read in 2017

GOOD DAY EVERYBODY! TODAY, WE TALK BOOKS.

I had planned for 2017 to be the year of books, but between junior year and senior year and working 40 hours over the summer, it didn’t go so well. Well. I got through a little over 120 books, so it didn’t go THAT poorly, but here is my recap of the books I read this year.

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First of all, some stats, courtesy of Goodreads. (Apparently I really really don’t like giving 2-star reviews? or poor reviews in general?)

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As you can see, most of my rankings were 4-star reads, and according to GoodReads, my average rating for books is 3.8 stars.

As for shelves (which is kinda confusing, and kinda inaccurate, since 2017-read is all the books I’ve read this year), I’ve read the most books from series, and then historical fiction and Christian fiction (not surprising).

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As for my page counts, I’ve read BIG books this year! The shortest book I read was Andora’s Folly by Abigayle Claire which has 99 pages, and I averaged 255 pages a book o.0

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And now for the books I read if anybody’s interested; they could have literally checked GoodReads oops! The bolded books are my 5 star reads for this year, if you’re interested. The linked books are books that have a review on my blog!

  1. Nancy’s Mysterious Letter (Nancy Drew, #8) by Carolyn Keene
  2. Rush Revere and the Presidency (Rush Revere, #5) by Rush Limbaugh
  3. After the War by Carol Matas
  4. First The Killed My Father by Loung Ung
  5. White Sands, Red Menace by Ellen Klages
  6. When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit by Judith Kerr
  7. China’s Long March by Jean Fritz
  8. The Wish by Beverly Lewis
  9. The Perilous Journey by William O. Steele and Jean Fritz
  10. Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
  11. Rules of the Road by Joan Bauer
  12. Best Foot Forward by Joan Bauer
  13. The Seventeenth Swap by Eloise Jarvis McGraw
  14. A Note Yet Unsung by Tamara Alexander
  15. Parallel Journeys by Eleanor H. Ayer
  16. The Newcomer by Suzanne Woods Fisher
  17. The Outcasts of 19 Schyler Place by E. L. Konigsburg
  18. Faith, Hope, and Ivy June by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
  19. Little House in the Highlands by Melissa Wiley
  20. The Far Side of the Loch by Melissa Wiley
  21. Belles on Their Toes by Frank E. Gilbreth Jr.
  22. The Assassin’s Daughter by Jameson C. Smith
  23. Salt to the Sea by Ruth Sepetys
  24. Princess Academy: Palace of Stone by Shannon Hale
  25. The Princess and I by Rebekah Eddy
  26. A Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  27. Down to the Bonny Glen by Melissa Wiley
  28. Beyond the Heather Hills by Melissa Wiley
  29. The Rocks Don’t Lie by David R. Montgomery
  30. Princess Academy: The Forgotten Sisters by Shannon Hale
  31. Tattler’s Branch by Jan Watson
  32. When the Sea Turned to Silver by Grace Lin
  33. Shaken by Tim Tebow
  34. A Fool and His Monet by Sandra Orchard
  35. Grace’s Pictures by Cindy Thompson
  36. Mission Titanic (39 Clues) by Jude Watson
  37. Mission Hindenburg (39 Clues) by C. Alexander London
  38. Nowhere to Run (39 Clues) by Jude Watson
  39. Breakaway (39 Clues) by Jeff Hirsch
  40. Good Enough by Paula Yoo
  41. Riley Mae and the Rock Shocker Trek by Jill Osborne
  42. Riley Mae and the Ready Eddy Rapids by Jill Osborne
  43. Riley Mae and the Sole Fire Safari by Jill Osborne
  44. Trusting Grace by Maggie Brendan
  45. Countdown (39 Clues) by Natalie Standiford
  46. Flashpoint (39 Clues) by Gordan Korman
  47. Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
  48. Mission Hurricane (39 Clues) by Jenny Goebel
  49. Mission Atomic (39 Clues) by Sarwat Chadda
  50. For Love and Honor by Jody Hedlund
  51. Yours Truly by Heather Vogel Fredrick
  52. The Secret Slipper by Amanda Tero
  53. Another Day, Another Dali by Sandra Orchard
  54. Mystery of the Moss-Covered Mansion (Nancy Drew #18) by Carolyn Keene
  55. The Secrets of Pirates Hill (Hardy Boys #36) by Franklin Dixon
  56. The Black Book of Buried Secrets (39 Clues) by Mallory Kass
  57. Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O’Brein
  58. The Double Helix by James Watson
  59. Gifts from Heaven by James Stuart Bell
  60. The Golden Braid by Melanie Dickerson
  61. While the Clock Ticked (Hardy Boys #11) by Franklin Dixon
  62. Jericho’s Journey by G. Clifton Wisler
  63. The Secret of the Sealed Room by Bailey MacDonald
  64. The Bad Beginning (A Series of Unfortunate Events #1) by Lemony Snicket
  65. Under A Desert Sky by Lynne Hartke
  66. The House on the Gulf by Margaret Peterson Haddix
  67. The Hardy Boys Detective Handbook by Franklin Dixon
  68. Outbreak (39 Clues) by C. Alexander London
  69. The Reptile Room (A Series of Unfortunate Events #2) by Lemony Snicket
  70. The Wide Window (A Series of Unfortunate Events #3) by Lemony Snicket
  71. The Miserable Mill (A Series of Unfortunate Events #4) by Lemony Snicket
  72. Sammy Keys and the Hotel Thief by Wendelin van Draanen
  73. Sammy Keys and the Art of Deception by Wendelin van Draanen
  74. Sammy Keys and the Cold Hard Cash by Wendelin van Draanen
  75. The Raven Boys by Maggie Steifvater
  76. The Fantastic Family Whipple by Matthew Ward
  77. War of the World Records by Matthew Ward
  78. True to You by Becky Wade
  79. Over Maya Dead Body by Sandra Orchard
  80. The Forgotten Recipe by Amy Clipston
  81. Molly and Pim and the Millions of Stars by Martine Murray
  82. The Endless Steppe by Esther Hauztig
  83. After a Fashion by Jen Turano
  84. The Courtship Basket by Amy Clipston
  85. The Election Day Dilemma (Boxcar Children #145) by Gertrude Chandler Warner
  86. The Cherished Quilt by Amy Clipston
  87. Andora’s Folly by Abigayle Claire
  88. It’s Like This, Cat by Emily Cheney Neville
  89. The Sleepwatchers by William C. Dement
  90. Tiny Piece of Sky by Shawn K. Stout
  91. Then Came You by Becky Wade
  92. Dead Cold Brew by Cleo Coyle
  93. The Best School Year Ever by Barbara Robinson
  94. The Ghost in Tokido Inn by Dorothy Hoobler
  95. The Best Halloween Ever by Barbara Robinson
  96. Betsy and the Emperor by Statin Rabin
  97. My Brother Louis Measures Worms by Barbara Robinson
  98. More Wise Men of Helm and Their Merry Tale by Solomon Simon
  99. The Good Master by Kate Seredy
  100. The Blood Race by K. A. Emmons
  101. The Hooded Hawk (Hardy Boys #34) by Franklin Dixon
  102. The Pushcart War by Jean Merrill
  103. Third Grade Detective Series by George E. Stanley
  104. Chu Ju’s House by Gloria Whelan
  105. Escape Across the Wide Sea by Katherine Kirkpatrick
  106. The Twisted Claw (Hardy Boys #18) by Franklin Dixon
  107. The Sign on the Door (Hardy Boys #13) by Franklin Dixon
  108. Time Out for Happiness by Frank E. Gilbreth Jr.
  109. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dixon
  110. Operation Yes by Sara Lewis Holmes
  111. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brone
  112. Love, Ruby Lavender by Deborah Wiles
  113. The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
  114. Roller Skates by Ruth Sawyer
  115. Caravel by Stephanie Garber
  116. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  117. Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee
  118. Under the Egg by Laura Marx Fizgerald
  119. All the Light We Cannot See by Anothony Doerr
  120. The Dream Thieves by Maggie Steifvater
  121. A Name Unknown by Roseanna M. White
  122. The Beloved Hope Chest by Amy Clipston
  123. The ABC Murders by Agatha Christie
  124. Long Drive Home by Will Allison
  125. Cat Among the Pigeons by Agatha Christie

Whew. There you have it folks! A comprehensive list of all the books I have read this year.

What was your favorite read of the year? How many books did you shoot for (and did you make it?) What is a book I should read?

 

Blogmas Day 21: #BeatTheBackList Reading Challenge 2018

HELLO FRIENDS. TODAY WE BEGIN WRAPPING UP THE YEAR AND STARTING TO BRING IN THE NEW YEAR. (I have literally 10 wrapup posts. Who’s the most extra end-of-year blogger again?)

Today, we talk about what I’m going to read next year!

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I heard about this challenge, Beat the Backlist 2018 through my friend Charley’s blog. Basically, for Beat the Backlist, your goal is to read only backlisted books (or, books that were published before 2018). This isn’t that much of a problem for me, seeing as how I don’t usually read newly released books, but I’ve been getting more into it, and I also want to go through my TBR. You can set your own goal and you don’t need to have a blog (just a social media platform to update on).

If you’d like to find out more about #BeatTheBacklist, check here. It’s slightly more complicated than how I laid it out (bookstagram, prizes, teams, etc) but it’s all on the website if you’re interested so I don’t bore you half to death

So. What am I supposed to be talking about right now? Well, first of all, my goal. My goal for #BeattheBacklist is 80 books (out of either 120 or 150, whichever one I decide to go for) which is very sensible for me.

Next, here’s a list of books that I’m hoping to read this upcoming year-

  • The Divergent Trilogy by Veronica Roth
  • Harry Potter Series by J. K. Rowling (turning 18, folks. yes I’m very homeschooled)
  • Percy Jackson and the Olympians series by Rick Riordan
  • The Color Project by Sierra Adams
  • The rest of A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket
  • Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow
  • The Hobbit  and The Lord of the Rings trilogy by J. R. R. Tolkein
  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  • Between Shades of Gray by Ruth Septys
  • Melanie Dickerson’s Hagenheim series (to get ready for the new ones)
  • The Shades of Magic (series? trilogy? not sure) by V. E. Schwab
  • The Six of Crows Duology by Leigh Bardugo
  • The Selection Series by Keira Cass

Mostly series, so there’s a lot more books than it looks like. (Also I get to read Harry Potter because I’m turning 18. WOOO) Also several books that most people read in middle school but I was too sheltered to XD

So. Are you part of #BeatTheBacklist? Even if you’re not, what are some books that you’re planning on reading next year? How many books are you planning on reading?

Blogmas Day 19: BLOGGER INTERVIEWS!

HELLO EVERYBODY!!! Do you want to be interviewed on my blog? If so, read on!

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Next year, I’m planning on doing a (hopefully) monthly series spotlighting various creatives. You get to talk about why you do what you do, what inspires you, and all that fun kind of stuff! You also get to share your art and promote your book

If you’re interested, fill out this form, and I’ll contact you!

And that’s it! I’m looking forward to this!

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!
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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?

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.

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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?