A Random List of New Year Goals

It’s currently the 11th of January and the world is in chaos.

In other news, I recently got my wisdom teeth removed and my jawline has finally settled back to normal after several days of me resembling Buzz Lightyear. And school has resumed. YAY.

GOALS OF THE YEAR:

– Read 52 books this year. In short, I want to diversify all that I read: authors, genre, format.

– Cut down on my TBR. I was recently on Goodreads cutting down my TBR list and it’s now down from 300 to 150 books! It’s so easy to add books that I want-to-read, but it becomes overwhelming because I know I’ll never get to them by the fact I keep adding new books I discover… and new book releases. It’s a never ending cycle. This task is quite satisfying because, tbh, will I get to all these books? No. Do some of the books I added in the past no longer appeal to me? Yes. It’s best to focus on those books that you think you’ll enjoy most since there are so many out there.

– Practice my Spanish. I have this problem where I can’t speak Spanish fluently. I’ve been trying to fix that this past year. I even watched a whole show in Spanish, Money Heist, to immerse myself entertainment-wise which is something I haven’t done since cable television (it’s been awhile). Something challenging would be read one book in Spanish and let’s see how much I comprehend.

– Keep a journal. I was inspired by all these pretty journals I kept on seeing on TikTok and Youtube and bought two! One is going to be a reading journal. The other an idea’s journal. Vague, yes, but I was thinking don’t you ever have an idea that pops into your mind and you say you’re going to save it in your memory (for later) but the thought ends up evaporating before the end of the day? That happens all the time. Who knows what I was thinking about. Not me and my short term memory. 

– Improve my writing/write something. You know what would be amazing? Writing a full-length novel. May not be practical for me, but a girl can dream.

– Post once a week. Because I have these moments where I feel inspired enough to write a post, except it’s just sections of a post. This leads me to having many half-done drafts. 

Miscellaneous:

Learn to make something other than pasta. 🍝  |  Learn to play that electric guitar. 🎸  |  Improve my vocals. 🎤🎶  |  Maybe develop some style. 👗  |  DO NOT PROCRASTINATE! ⏳  |  Be more patient and positive. 😀  |  Gain some confidence. 🙏  |  Actually use the camera that has been sitting there, unused, for years. 🎥  |  Do not get overly consumed on your phone. 🚫  |  Try drawing/painting. 🖌  |  Earn 💲. Save better. Walmart?  |  Go outside and breathe some fresh air. 🌎

How has your year gone so far? What are some of your goals for this year? What are you guys currently reading? My CR is The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue and I think I may just be ascending from my book slump, so yay!

And as always…

2020: YEAR IN REVIEW

With today being the last day of the year, I thought I’d do a general recap of the year. Even though virtually nothing happened in my life. I graduated from high school. I turned 18. I can actually drive now (although that’s last year’s development). My baby sister was born this October so there is a crying baby in my house, as I speak (nay type).

So this year did not go as anyone thought it would. I BOUGHT A PLANNER. AN ACTUAL $30 COLORFUL PLANNER where I was going to write down what I was gonna do during the year. Now it’s blank, except for like those early days—and who am I kidding. I wasn’t going to finish that notebook. I may have gotten it 1/2 filled, a 1/4, but I don’t finish things… in general.

This year I read 5(2) books. 2020: THE YEAR I FINALLY DISCOVERED LEIGH BARDUGO’S BOOKS. Ok not discovered, but finally read…The year where I was suppose to finish the Arc of Scythe series, but only read the 1st book (AND IT WAS THE FIRST BOOK OF THE YEAR!) See, this is where that part about me not finishing things comes in… The year I read ACOTAR. I’m tempted to re-read the whole series in time for the ACOSF release because I have some thoughts on the series and its characters. But I’d have to go through everything all over again. HI IF ANYONE IS READING ACOTAR in JANUARY/FEBRUARY please let me know! I would love to BUDDY-READ.

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On the topic of Romance… + The Happy Ever After Playlist Mini-Review

I recently completed this book I (temporarily) DNFed back in August: The Happy Ever After Playlist. Not to say I didn’t like it (I actually did enjoy it), but around 40 pages from the end, I realized I know exactly what is going to happen, so why bother.

You see, what I’ve seen is that stories that are romance-centered have the same general story arcs:

We begin with two love interests. They either meet, meet-again, or… the point is we begin with a relationship that a potential romance can be built from. Over the course of much of the story, the two get to know each other better. They fall in love, as is customary. Life is good. They are in their own little happy bubble. BUT THEN, conflict arrives in their lives head-on. This conflict has been building in the background throughout the story. One love interest must have had some idea of this developing conflict, as it must affect them and their relationship personally. This conflict is the reason the love birds break-up, separate, or break-contact. After, there is the part where the love interests are broken and sad that their relationship ended. There is regret and the acceptance that they will never find another person better for them. This leads us to the grand finale. One love interest must ultimately have the realization that they need to get their ex-love back because they are the one. And this is where you get the race against the clock. Time is running out and they must reach their one and only before they lose their chance once and for all. Here come those famous airport scenes, those grand confessions of love. In the end, they do get there happily ever after (as far as the story goes).

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Shadow and Bone Teaser Trailer!!!!

I would just like to bring this to your attention:

Idk I’m fucking screaming right now. April 2021. Thats almost half a year!!!!! I cannot wait. I CANNOT WAIT. I’m literally hyperventilating right now. All from a trailer that showed us nothing but the stag, the crow, Ben Barnes voice and the Sun Summoner. OMG. Hi Alina hi.

THIS BETTER BE EPIC. THIS BETTER BE EPIC. I am going to manifest its epicness into existence everyday until it is released.

Ok I’m sorry. I’ve literally mentioned Leigh Bardugo’s books in every single one of my posts so far. Aaah I’m obsessed I’m sorry!

Sidenote: YESSS!!! I finally found out how to embed actual videos into my posts! I thought you couldn’t on wordpress free so yay!!!!!!!!!

As you can tell, I am incredibly excited at the moment.

Anyway, just wanted to bring this to your attention if you hadn’t already seen it.

AND THAT IS ALL.

Taylor Swift Album Challenge | Book Tag

If you didn’t know, today is Taylor Swift’s birthday. And in honor of this day that brought us one of the most talented artists of our time and one of my all-time-favorites, here is this tag that Riddhi @ Whispering Stories tagged me in. (This tag was originally created by Rhonda @ Rhonda With A Book.)

Happy Birthday Taylor!!!

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THE PUMPKIN SPICE LATTE TAG | OMG! THAT SONG/BOOK TAG

Hello Bookworms!

Happy Holiday Season! 2020 is almost over. Almost.

Today I have for you my first two tags (!) and, as you will see in this post, I am currently trying my hand at emojis. Let’s see how this goes.

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Crooked Kingdom – Book Review

– CROOKED KINGDOM BY LEIGH BARDUGO – GENRE: YA FANTASY – PAGES: 546 –

SUMMARY: Kaz Brekker and his crew of deadly outcasts have just pulled off a heist so daring even they didn’t think they’d survive. But instead of divvying up a fat reward, they’re right back to fighting for their lives.

Double-crossed and badly weakened, the crew is low on resources, allies, and hope. As powerful forces from around the world descend on Ketterdam to root out the secrets of the dangerous drug known as jurda parem, old rivals and new enemies emerge to challenge Kaz’s cunning and test the team’s fragile loyalties.

A war will be waged on the city’s dark and twisting streets – a battle for revenge and redemption that will decide the fate of the Grisha world.

To be honest, I was a bit conflicted when I finished Crooked Kingdom. Was it better than Six of Crows? I cannot say. They both had different strengths. While SoC had a clear goal with the heist and it’s weaving of the character backstories, CK was more slow and steady, with a few bursts of action spread out in the story. It was tedious at times as it moved from one mission to the next. But the beauty of these books are the characters. The characters are what keep you reading and keep you wanting more after you turn the last page.

So days after finishing this, I’ve realized Crooked Kingdom was better(?) Haha no I haven’t. I’m indecisive like that. All I know is that when I read this book, I feel comfort. Like I’m less alone. Of course, the crew is getting hunted and are on the verge of getting killed many times throughout the story, and I did feel anxious practically the entire time. But going along on this ride with the crows, it brought me so much happiness. It allowed me to escape reality for the hours it took me to read and experience this story, in all its glory. I loved it. Kaz, Inej, Jesper, Wylan, Nina, and Matthias. They are my kings and queens.

THE REST OF THIS POST CONTAINS MAJOR SPOILERS

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Six of Crows – BOOK REVIEW

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo – Genre: YA FANTASY – Pages: 465 –

Summary: Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone. . .

A convict with a thirst for revenge
A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager
A runaway with a privileged past
A spy known as the Wraith
A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums
A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes

Kaz’s crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.


Note: This is me attempting to write a review that isn’t all over the place. Enjoy!

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Introducing “The Novel Existence”

Hi. I’m Kirsten.

A little about me: Other than books, I love superheroes, road trips, Christmas, singing, and feeling happy (although I do live in the depressing state that is Washington so that’s not often). I’ve begun this blog because why not? It’s free and I may or may not like the sound of my (writing) voice—I do converse with myself quite a bit. Actually I thought why not get my little voice out there. So I am.

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