Friday, November 17, 2017

October 2017 Monthly Highlights

Reading Challenge Updates, Books Read this Month

Hi! So for me, October started off as a pretty good month. I read a ton of books, I still had hope for finishing most of my challenges (including my goal of reading 100 books this year, I had a plan) even though I am seriously behind on every one of my goals.

This year has been a challenging year for me. I still love reading, but it hasn't been as big a part of my life as it usually is. I've been reading less. I've had several months where I didn't read any books or only read a couple instead of several.

It also has been one of those years where things happen and it feels like a snowball that just continues to roll and grow until it starts going down a hill picking up speed and getting bigger until it is just completely out of control. Like I said earlier, I haven't been reading and blogging much this year which has been difficult for me. We've been sick, had injuries, panic attacks, a hurricane, and heartbreak.

The latest thing has been heartbreak. Which for me has been the hardest. I haven't talked about it much at all. Mostly just with my Mom, Grandma, and my husband. I've had a heart to heart with a close family friend, she is like family to me. And I did finally talk about it a little bit with one of my best friends. I hate Cancer. I have participated in Relay for Life several times and it has always moved me to tears. Cancer hurts everyone it touches, it hurts the people that have/had it. Their families. Their friends. The news when you hear a loved one is no longer in remission, hurts a lot. But you still have hope, still pray that they can fight it again. But sometimes no matter how hard that person fights, cancer wins.

My heart breaks because I love and will miss person we lost. My heart breaks for his Dad, Mom, Stepmom, and siblings, because I can't imagine the pain of losing a child, a sibling. My heart breaks for his grandparents, because I can't imagine the pain of losing a grandchild. My heart breaks because I am sad that the next time I visit, I won't see him again. 

As of now, it has been almost a month. I'm still sad, it will always bring a tear to my eye. I see things and people that remind me of him and it brings tears to my eyes. But now I am going to focus on memories. Focus on the pictures I have with his bright smiling face and remember the way he made everyone smile around him. And I am going to hope that someday in our future there will be a cure for cancer, a time where it won't come back.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday #102: Ten Books With Fall/Autumn Covers

Top Ten Tuesday hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Their blog can be found here.

October 10: Ten Books With Fall/Autumn Covers/Themes (If the cover screams fall to you, or the books give off a feeling of being Fallish) 

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday #101: Ten Books on my 2017 Fall TBR

Top Ten Tuesday hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Their blog can be found here.

September 19: Top Ten Books On My Fall TBR List

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday #100: Ten Books I've Put Down, Thinking I'll Come Back to Them...But Probably Won't

Top Ten Tuesday hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Their blog can be found here.

September 5: Ten Books I Struggled to Get Into But Ended Up Loving or Ten Books That Were A Chore To Get Through or Ten Books I've Most Recently Put Down (the theme is...books you had a hard time with...tweak it how ever you need)

Monday, September 4, 2017

Bookish Bingo: Fall 2017

Hi everyone!!! So I haven't been around for a while. I pretty much fell completely off of social media and blogging universe over the summer. There were several factors which added up to why I haven't been around. Between injuries (we are all fine now), having a HUGE reading slump, the start of school, and just spending time with family; I just didn't have the time or motivation to post. I did miss it though.
I was already planning to come back in September to blogging, but then I saw a blog post for Fall Bookish Bingo hosted by Pretty Deadly Reviews and I knew it was the perfect thing to get me back into reading. I've read probably like 5 books since summer started. I am in a major slump. I have always loved participating in Bookish Bingo, so I am really hoping that it will help get me out of the several month long slump that I have been in.

Fall Bookish Bingo (September/October/November)

I am really excited to be participating in Bookish Bingo. Happy Fall reading! 

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday #55: Bad Romance

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Girl Against the Universe: Seven Days/Seven Giveaways Paperback Blog Tour - Day 2

Hi everyone! For those of you that don't already know, I LOVE Paula Stokes' books! I feel in love with her books when I read The Art of Lainey back in 2014! Girl Against the Universe was one of my favorite books read last year, and one of my all time favorite reads. So you can imagine my excitement about being included in this awesome tour!