Sunday, January 14, 2018

End of Year Book Survey

Survey taken from Here!

Number Of Books You Read: 50
Number of Re-Reads: 0
Genre You Read The Most From: Fiction

1. Best Book You Read In 2017?
Wonder –R.J. Palacio (Runner-Up: The Girl Before by J.P. Delaney)

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
I Hate Everyone But You –Gaby Dunn & Allison Raskin

 3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?  
Into The Water –Paula Hawkins

 4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read?
Wonder by R.J. Palacio

 5. Best series you started in 2017? Best Sequel of 2017? Best Series Ender of 2017?
I didn’t start a new series. Best sequel: Book #9 in the Kate Burkholder series called Down A Dark Road. Best series ender: Always & Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han.

 6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2017?
J.P. Delaney & Hannah McKinnon

7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?
I don’t have an answer for this one.

 8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?
The Girl Before –J.P. Delaney

 9. Book You Read In 2017 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?
The Twelve Days of Dash and Lily –Rachel Cohn & David Levithan

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2017?
Mystic Summer –Hannah McKinnon

11. Most memorable character of 2017?
August (Auggie) Pullman from Wonder

 12. Most beautifully written book read in 2017?
Wonder by R.J. Palacio

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2017?
Shaken by Tim Tebow

 14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2017 to finally read? 
I don’t have  an answer for this one.

 15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2017?
“Courage. Kindness. Friendship. Character. These are the qualities that define us as human beings, and propel us, on occasion, to greatness.” –R.J. Palacio from Wonder

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2017?
 Not sure.

 17. Book That Shocked You The Most?
The Girl Before –J.P. Delaney

18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)?
Kate Burkholder & John Tomasetti from the Kate Burkholder series by Linda Castillo

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year?
Auggie Pullman and his friends from Wonder by R.J. Palacio

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2017 From An Author You’ve Read Previously?
 Once & For All by Sarah Dessen

21. Best Book You Read In 2017 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure?
I don’t have one.

22. Best 2017 debut you read?
Wonder –R.J. Palacio The Girl Before by J.P. Delaney

23. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?
Christmas Under A Cranberry Sky & Christmas Under A Starlight Sky both by Holly Martin

24. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?
It’s A Wonderful Life by Julia Williams

25. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2017?
Wonder by R.J. Palacio

26. Hidden Gem Of The Year?
We’ll Always Have Christmas –Jenny Hale

27. Book That Crushed Your Soul?
I didn’t have a book that crushed my soul.

28. Most Unique Book You Read In 2017?
Shaken by Tim Tebow

29. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?
Hey, Harry ; Hey, Matilda –Rachel Hulin (I didn’t like this book at all.)

30.  Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?
Yes. I did the Goodreads Challenge. I set a goal of 50 books and I completed it.

31. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2017 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2018?
Chaos, Desire, And A Kick-Ass Cupcake –Kyra Davis

32. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2018 (non-debut)?
Surprise Me –Sophie Kinsella, Save The Date –Morgan Matson, All We Ever Wanted –Emily Giffin, The Perfect Wife –J.P. Delaney

33.  2018 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?
I don’t have an answer for this question.

 34. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2018?
Still Me –Jojo Moyes

Friday, January 5, 2018

Five on Friday/Friday Favorites: First One of the New Year!

1. Happy New Year

Happy New Year, my friends! We are 5 days into the new year already. I hope you all had a fun time celebrating the end of 2017 and the beginning of 2018.

Credit: This Site

2. My 31st birthday

On New Year's Eve, I celebrated my 31st birthday! I was still recovering from double ear infections and a sinus infection but I managed to go out for a little bit with my mom. We went to Target and Barnes & Noble and had tacos at Moe's. We also got cupcakes to take home. I was so tired that I didn't even stay up to watch the ball drop at midnight and I crashed at 10pm.

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3. Books Read In December

These are the 4 books I read in December, which completed my Goodreads challenge of reading 50 books in 2017:

Christmas At Mistletoe Cove –Holly Martin (3 stars)
Auggie & Me: Three Wonder Stories –R.J.Palacio (4 stars)
We’ll Always Have Christmas –Jenny Hale (5 stars)
Christmas at St. Ives –Miranda Dickinson (3 stars)

4. December 2017 Occasions & Events

In December...

I attended the second annual Winter Planner Land event. I went to the event in 2016 and both of them were beyond amazing and so much fun.

My niece/God-daughter O turned 12!!

I attended my local planner meet up and we had a pot luck where everyone brought something to eat/drink. It was a lot of fun!

On the 17th, it marked 6 years that I graduated from college.

On December 16th, it marked the 11 year anniversary of meeting my favorite athlete, David Wright! My dad surprised me with tickets for my birthday that year.

 I turned 31 on New Year's Eve.

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Monday, January 1, 2018

2017 Survey

1. What did you do in 2017 that you'd never done before?
I got a full time job at a daycare center. I started working there on October 16th.

2. Did you keep your new years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I didn't make any resolutions.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
My cousin, A and my friend, C.

4. Did anyone close to you die?

5. What countries did you visit?
Not a country but I went to Turks & Caicos at the end of February/beginning of March. 

6. What would you like to have in 2018 that you lacked in 2017?
Nothing that I can think of.

7. What date(s) from 2017 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
February 25 & 26: I was in NY visiting family.
February 27-March 4th: Trip to Turks & Caicos.
April 20th-April 23: Nashville, TN for Planners Gone Wild National Planner Conference.
August 13-August 21: Trip to NY to visit family.
September 27: Found out that I got the full time job I applied for.
October 16: First day of work at my new job at the daycare!
December 8th-10th: Stone Mountain, GA for the Winter Planner Land conference.
All of the time I spent with my mom and my friends!

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Getting a full time job, and getting through the year being in constant pain due to my hip.

9. What was your biggest failure?
I didn’t really have any big failures. I was disappointed to not find any relief for my hip pain despite countless doctor visits, PT, and other things.

10. What was the best thing you bought?
I purchased a lot of planner stickers & supplies, great books, gifts for my family members for birthdays & Christmas.

11. Whose behavior merited celebration?
My mom

12. Where did most of your money go?
Planner stickers & supplies, Books, bills, groceries, Christmas & birthday presents for my family & friends. 

13. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Getting a full time job working with children, my trip to NY in August, all of the trips I took this year and all of the planner meet ups I attended.

14. What song will always remind you of 2017?
In Case You Didn't Know -Brett Young & God Bless This Mess –Jillian Jacqueline

15. What do you wish you'd done more of?
I wish I was able to go to NY more often to visit and spend time with my family.

16. How will you be spending Christmas?
I spent it at home. I couldn't go out due to being in a lot of pain with my hip.

17. Did you fall in love in 2017?

18. What was your favorite TV program?
I love a lot of shows but my favorites are Chicago PD/Fire/Med/Justice and The Good Doctor. 

19. What was the best book you read?
Here are my top 5 favorites out of the 50 books I read this year: Wonder –R.J. Palacio, The Girl Before -J.P. Delaney, Shaken -Tim Tebow, Down A Dark Road -Linda Castillo, Once & For All -Sarah Dessen.

20. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Brett Young, Luke Combs, Russell Dickerson, Jillian Jacqueline.

21. What did you want and get?
A full time job working with children.

22. What did you want and not get?
I wanted to go back to visit my family in NY more often than I did. I also wanted to attend at least 1 Mets game.

23. What was your favorite film of this year?
I'm not sure. I loved a bunch of movies.

24. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I turned 31 on December 31st! I celebrated with my mom. We went out to lunch and did some shopping. I was still sick with double ear infections & sinus infection so we didn’t spend the whole day out. It was also one of the first times I didn’t stay up until midnight to watch the ball drop.

25. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Spending more time in NY with my family.

26. What kept you sane?
My best friend: my mom, my family, my planner friends, my furbabies: Davey Eli & Pumpkin, the planner community.

27. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
David Wright, JJ Redick, Eric Decker, Paul Wesley

28. Who was the best new person you met?
Planner friends, my bosses & co-workers at my new job!

29. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2017:
“I will choose to find joy in the journey that God has set before me.” –I found this quote on Pinterest and I love it because I did have a lot of health and pain issues in 2017 and I always tried to remember this when I felt really down about it.

30. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:
“And no matter what dreams you're chasing
Never get above your raising
And may the simple things be amazing
On the journey of your life”

-The Journey of Your Life by Jake Owen

Saturday, December 23, 2017

TBB Asks... Holiday Edition

I missed the link-up for this but I still wanted to answer the questions.

1. Real or Fake Tree?

Growing up, we always had a real tree. From 10th grade on, we always had a fake tree.

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2. Favorite Christmas Cookie?

Decorated sugar cookies.

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3. Home on Christmas Morning or Travel?

I usually travel to NY (where I'm from) for Christmas to spend the holidays with my nieces & nephews and family in NY. If I'm not in NY, I'm home.

^Personal Photo^

4. Clear or Colored Lights?


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5. Send Christmas cards?

I usually do but this year I only sent out a few to friends and my nieces & nephews.

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6. Favorite Christmas Present Received?

I love all of the gifts I receive.

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7. Favorite Christmas Present Given?

I'm not sure.

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8. Stockings or No stockings?


^Personal Photo^

9. Christmas PJs?

ALL month long!

^Personal Photo^

10. Favorite Christmas Carol?

I love all Christmas music!

^Personal Photo^

11. Favorite Holiday Tradition?

Growing up, it was our annual family Christmas parties with my mom's entire family (she is one of 11 children) and cookie bakes with my mom, my aunt, and my three cousins!

^Personal Photo^

12. Early Shopper or Last Minute?

Early shopper.

Credit: Heather Stillufsen @ Rose Hill Design Studio on Etsy

13. Favorite Christmas Movie or Show?

I have a ton of favorite Christmas movies. I love all of the Hallmark and Lifetime Christmas movies. Other movies I love are Christmas With The Kranks, National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, The Holiday, Love Actually, and more.

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14. Favorite Holiday Beverage?

Sparkling apple cider (the non-alcoholic kind).

15. Cookies & Milk for Santa?


Wednesday, December 20, 2017

What's Up Wednesday: December Edition

1. What We're Eating This Week...

Monday: Pasta
Tuesday: Pizza
Wednesday: Roast pork
and I'm not sure about the rest of the week.

2. What I'm Reminiscence About...

Christmases spent with my family in NY.

^Personal photo^

3. What I'm Loving...

The holiday shows that the kids at the daycare I work at are putting on, the Christmas season!

Credit: Heather Stillfusen @ RoseHillDesignStudio on Etsy

4. What I've Been Up To...

I completed my Christmas shopping, I've been working a lot and I've been having a few doctor appointments relating to the pain I'm still having in my hip.

Credit: Heather Stillfusen @ RoseHillDesignStudio on Etsy

5. What I'm Dreading...

Not being able to spend Christmas with my nieces & nephews and family in NY.

6. What I'm Working On...

Upcoming blog posts.

7. What I'm Excited About...

Christmas & my birthday!

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8. What I'm Watching/Reading:

TV: Fall TV shows winter finales and lots of Christmas movies!
Reading: I'm currently reading Auggie & Me: Three Wonder Stories by R.J. Palacio. I have one more book to read to hit my 2017 reading challenge goal of reading 50 books this year.

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9. What I'm Listening To...

Christmas music!!!

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10. What I'm Wearing...

A mix of long & short sleeve shorts, pants/jeans. Tomorrow is ugly Christmas sweater day at work and Friday is Pajama Day as it is Polar Express Day at work.

11. What I'm Doing This Weekend...

Relaxing and celebrating Christmas Eve!

Credit: Credit: Heather Stillfusen @ RoseHillDesignStudio on Etsy

12. What I'm Looking Forward To Next Month...

The start of 2018 and a brand new year!

13. What Else Is New...

I think I covered everything!

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Books Read In: September, October, & November

Books Read in September (6 books):

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Daughter –Jane Shemilt (3 stars)
The Art of Adapting –Cassandra Dunn (4 stars)
Grace, Not Perfection –Emily Ley (4 stars)
Comfort & Joy –Kristin Hannah (4 stars)
Dancing Through Life: Steps of Courage & Conviction –Candace Cameron Bure (4 stars)
Safe At Home: Confessions of a Baseball Fanatic –Alyssa Milano (4 stars)

Favorite Book Read in September:
The Art of Adapting -Cassandra Dunn ; 
Safe At Home: Confessions of a Baseball Fanatic -Alyssa Milano

Books Read in October (6 books):

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Christmas Under A Cranberry Sky –Holly Martin (5 stars)
Christmas Under A Starlit Sky –Holly Martin (5 stars)
Holly’s Inbox: Scandal In The City (4 stars)
Hey, Harry ; Hey, Matilda –Rachel Hulin (1 star)
Emily & Einstein –Linda Francis Lee (2 stars)
The Breakdown –B.A. Paris (4 stars)

Favorite Book Read in October:
Christmas Under A Cranberry Sky -Holly Martin
Christmas Under A Starlit Sky -Holly Martin

Books Read in November (7 books):

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Class Mom –Laurie Gelman  (4 stars)
Top Ten –Katie Cotugno (4 stars)
Wonder –R.J. Palacio (5 stars)
Christmas In London –Anita Hughes (3 stars)
Christmas Cakes & Mistletoe Nights –Carole Matthews (3 stars)
The 12 Dares of Christa –Marissa Burt (3 stars)
 I Hate Everyone But You –Gaby Dunn & Allison Raskin (1 star)

Favorite Book Read in November:
Wonder -R.J. Palacio
Class Mom -Laurie Gelman

Thursday, November 23, 2017

What's Up Wednesday: November Edition

I'm posting this a day late.

1. What We're Eating This Week...
Monday: Pizza
Tuesday: Cheeseburger & Fries
Wednesday: Oatmeal
Thursday: Thanksgiving dinner!
Friday: Leftovers

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2. What I'm Reminiscing About...

Holiday seasons through the years.

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3. What I'm Loving...

The start of the holiday season!

4. What I've Been Up To...

I've been loving my new job! The past weekend, I went to see Wonder with my mom and Grandma and it was such a beautiful movie! I recommend that everyone read the book and see the movie!

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5. What I'm Dreading...

That I am unable to go to NY this year for Christmas to spend time with my family!

6. What I'm Working On...

Shopping for Christmas presents for my family!

Credit: Heather Stillufsen @ Rose Hill Design Studio

7. What I'm Excited About...

The holiday season!!

Credit: Heather Stillufsen @ Rose Hill Design Studio

8. What I'm Watching/Reading...

Watching: Regular Fall TV shows, lots of Christmas movies!
Reading: Lots of Christmas books!

9. What I'm Listening To...

Christmas music!!

10. What I'm Wearing...

T-shirts/sweaters, pants!

11. What I'm Doing This Weekend...

I'll be continuing to clean my room as well as relaxing at home. I'm also going to be putting up the Christmas tree in my room. On Sunday, I'm going to Target to get my flu shot and do some shopping with my mom!

12. What I'm Looking Forward To Next Month...

Christmas and the holiday season, my niece/God-daughter's birthday, my 31st birthday, Winter Planner Land event with my friends, New Year's Eve.

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13. What Else Is New...

I think I've covered everything!!