Monday, June 3, 2019

May 2019 Wrap Up

May has been a pretty crazy month for me. I got to go to Disneyland at the beginning, which was amazing. About a week ago (or so), I was in Pittsburgh which was another new place for me. Then June 1st was the anniversary of Sprite's death and the day that I left to visit New Mexico. That's why this post is a little bit late, sorry!

However, I read several great books last month!

Title: The Overdue Life of Amy Byler
Author: Kelly Harms

Thoughts: I believe this was from the Amazon Prime First Reads. While on vacation I was craving some contemporary fiction so I picked this one out of my Kindle library. It is about a woman who has been abandoned by her husband and forced to find a way to be a single mom. But when he comes back years later, she's not sure she wants to share her life. Her friends help encourage her to allow her ex to take care of the kids while she goes to a conference in New York and re-discovers herself on her "Momspringa."

I wasn't sure how much I would like this book, but I found it surprisingly enjoyable. It's always good to remember that there is more to life than just the hard stuff!

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars


Title: Leah on the Offbeat
Author: Becky Albertalli

Thoughts: A young adult contemporary this time by an author I have loved in the past. This is the story of high school student Leah and how she navigates her way through trying to be a friend, drummer, daughter, student, artist, and maybe girlfriend? As high school is drawing to an end, she knows her life will be changing forever, whether she likes it or not.

I really enjoyed her book the Upside of Unrequited and I liked Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda and I liked this one, too. I was so heartbroken for her when she found her prom dress and her mom was less than enthusiastic. But I liked the story and it was a great vacation read.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars


Title: Aru Shah and the Song of Death
Author: Roshani Chokshi
Narrator: Soneela Nankani

Thoughts: Book two of the Pandava Quartet and I enjoyed it just as much as the first one. The adventures of Aru and Mini continue. They meet another Pandava sister, Brynne, and other allies and must recover the bow and arrow for the god of love before they are banned from the Otherworld forever.

I am generally a sucker for mythology and mythological re-tellings. While my knowledge of Hindu mythologies and the Pandava stories are not the strongest, this series has been great so far.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars


Title: There's Something About Sweetie
Author: Sandhya Menon

Thoughts: Another young adult contemporary that I ordered as soon as it came out. This is about Ashish who is still recovering from a bad breakup and allows his parents to arrange some dates with an Indian-American girl of their choosing. And they choose Sweetie who is an accomplished singer, great student, and a track star. And she is fat. She is ok with all of these things, but she is never sure if other people are. Like her mother. Despite everything, Sweetie and Ashish find love.

This was a sweet, feel-good book. I really liked her book From Twinkle, With Love (though I didn't enjoy When Dimple Met Rishi as much). I think Sandhya Menon's books just keep getting better. And this is a wonderful summer romantic read!

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars


Title: I'm Fine and Neither Are You
Author: Camille Pagán

Thoughts: Penelope is left reeling from the death of her best friend, who seemed like she had the perfect life. As Penelope discovers that this is not the case, she decides it's time to fix things in her own hectic life. And she has a list and a husband who is willing to help work on their marriage and help encourage Penelope to be honest about what she needs and how she feels. While the tasks often seem insurmountable to her, she does start managing to make small changes and improvements to her life.

I got this for my Kindle on sale a while back and picked it up in the midst of my book hangover from The Overdue Life of Amy Byler (which was another book hangover pick from Matchmaking for Beginners that I read a few months ago and wanted more of). I'm starting to see weird patterns in my adult contemporary novel picks! But I did enjoy this one and I cried a few times. A lot of it felt like it could be very real and it made me think.

Rating: 3 1/2-4 stars out of 5


Did I give all of my reads this month 4 out of 5 stars (or nearly)? Yes. It was a good month for reading! Even if I didn't finish my Biology MCAT book like I promised myself. Sometimes that's just the way life goes. I didn't feel like studying while I was on my vacations and ultimately I am very happy with the books I got to read this month.

I also have an idea rolling around in my head for this blog. I am passionate about science and I have posted a couple little things in the past that are science related. I was listening to a podcast episode recently (the second half of the vaccine episode of This Podcast Will Kill You, which is an awesome podcast and you should totally listen to it). They talked some about science and how the general public doesn't understand science and how scientists make information inaccessible to people who aren't, well, scientists. It got me thinking that I might want to contribute to the science community. Maybe I can help make some of this knowledge more accessible? I wish I were an expert on all science (ie: global warming), but I'm not. I do know infectious diseases though. I'm not sure if there is much interest out there for this, but it is something I have been thinking about trying. I will try to start putting something together within the next month or two. Please let me know if you have questions or suggestions!

I can't recall any other big news or developments in my life. Except maybe that I got to see the new Aladdin movie and I recommend it!

Happy summer! Hope you read something amazing!

Friday, May 3, 2019

April 2019 Wrap Up

Sorry for the delay in posting this. I have been on vacation and lost track of my days!

I have to admit, April sort of got away from me. In many ways, it was a very rough month. Little family things and work being very demanding on my time and energies. Despite all of this, I did manage to get some books read. I also managed to participate in the Lol-a-thon reading challenge. Though I did not manage to post much about it. And I think I was the only one who participated (I'm not sure even the creator participated, to be honest). But that's ok. It was still fun and a way to get me to read things that I might not read normally.

Title: Foolish Hearts
Author: Emma Mills

Thoughts: This is a contemporary young adult book about a girl named Claudia whose life is going through some pretty big changes (as in many YA contemporary books). But she finds that, in the end, maybe some of those changes are good. She meets new people, makes new friends, and experiences new things by being forced to participate in the school's rendition of A Midsummer Night's Dream. And while her relationships with some of her family and friends also change, that doesn't mean she loses them.
This was a book I received in an Owlcrate box ages ago (it seems). I'm not sure why I waited so long to read it. I found it very charming and enjoyed it.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars


Title: Sal and Gabi Break the Universe
Author: Carlos Hernandez
Narrator: Anthony Rey Perez

Thoughts: A fun little story from Rick Riordan Presents (which all go on my must read, obviously). Admittedly, this one wasn't my favorite of the Rick Riordan Presents books, but I did like the Cuban spin and the magical aspects. Sal has a bad habit of breaking the universe (namely by bringing his dead mother back from alternate universes). He meets Gabi and together they find the ways that this power is bad and the ways it is good. Read to complete a Lol-a-thon challenge: Read a book with a fun cover.

Rating: 3 of 5 stars


Title: Gods Behaving Badly
Author: Marie Phillips
Narrator: Rosalyn Landor

Thoughts: There were parts of this book that I really enjoyed and thought were funny, but there were portions that I distinctly disliked. The premise is that the Greek gods are still around, but exist in a weakened state and live in a horrible house in London. They find that they need the help of a couple of mortals to restore their powers. I enjoyed the different gods and their modern "jobs." I distinctly did not care for the unsavory sex scenes and discussions. And there was a funny part about how you have to learn to feel guilty in order to be a Christian (Eros becomes a devout Christian and lectures Apollo on how guilt feels). Overall fairly funny and silly. Read for the Lol-a-thon challenge: Read a book with a non-human main character (if gods count).

Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars


Title: How to Train Your Dragon
Author: Cressida Cowell
Narrator: David Tennant

Thoughts: A re-read for me, but I do enjoy this book. It's almost nothing like the movie (which I love), but I like the things that are different. Hiccup is supposed to be the next leader of the Hairy Hooligans, after his father, but he can't train his tiny dragon as well as the other boys can. But he has the secret knowledge of the dragon language and finds a way to be a different kind of hero to his tribe. Also read for the Lol-a-thon challenge: Read a book with a non-human main character (in this case, Toothless who is a dragon).

Rating: 4 of 5 stars


Title: The Princess and the Fangirl
Author: Ashley Poston
Narrators: Eileen Stevens, Emily Lawrence, and Caitlin Davies

Thoughts: A re-telling of the Prince and the Pauper tale that takes place in the Geekarella universe. Actress Jess Stone rises to fame in a film re-enactment of a series (Starfield) with a huge nerd fan-base (think Star Trek and the new movie re-creations level). She is both loved and hated by a fandom that she doesn't understand nor care for. She runs into her doppelganger, Imogen, at a Starfield convention and they switch places so that Jess can try to save her career and Imogen can try to save Jess's character, Princess Amara (who Jess does not want saved). They find out how things are on the other side. I rather liked this story, it was sweet and redeeming. I will read any other Geekarella books that Ashley Poston writes! Read for the Lol-a-thon challenge: Read a re-telling.

Rating: 4 of 5 stars


Title: Gin Tama, Volume 1
Author: Hideaki Sorachi

Thoughts: I needed a comic book or manga for the reading challenge. I was searching for one that was supposed to be funny that I hadn't read before and this series came across my radar. It takes place in a distant future where the samurais have been pushed aside by civilizations from other planets. However, a few samurais remain, trying to scrape a living and change the world in their own small ways. It was generally a pretty silly manga. I enjoyed it alright, but don't plan to read more of the series. Read for the Lol-a-thon challenge: Read a graphic novel/manga.

Rating: 2.5-3 stars out of 5

Title: The Unofficial Guide to Disneyland 2019
Authors: Seth Kubersky and Bob Schlinger
Thoughts: I'm not sure I really need to review this book, but I read it so it counts toward my yearly reading goal! It's probably pretty obvious that I read this in preparation for my Disneyland vacation. And I did find some of the information very useful. I appreciated the maps, some of the food information, and definitely the ride information. I think I avoided some of the longer lines and less exciting rides by reading this book. I read one of their books before a Disney World trip, too, and thought it was a good reference. I didn't really use any of their trip plans because I had five days in the park and more than enough time to spend waiting in lines without rushing around, but there was still plenty of good stuff in here.

Rating: 3.5-4 stars out of 5



Title: A Question of Holmes
Author: Brittany Cavallaro
Narrators: Julia Whelan and Graham Halstead

Thoughts: In the latest (and last?) installment of the Charlotte Holmes series, she and Jamie take on a case from the Oxford summer theater program. In the end, their story has its own wrap up. As far as the cases in this series went, the case itself was fairly tame in comparison to the other books, but it felt fitting to the end of Charlotte and Jamie's story. I enjoyed these books as fun, modern Sherlock Holmes re-tellings.

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars


Title: The Barkshire Lady's Garland
Author: Unknown

Thoughts: So I found a strange post about this poem from the booklr community on Tumblr and it sounded really funny. The post aptly called it "Wife or Knife" as it is an old poem about a wealthy woman who falls in love with a poor lawyer and puts on a mask to challenge him to a dual if he will not marry her. He agrees to the marriage at his friend's prodding, but she will not remove her mask and continues to mess with him for a bit before giving in a revealing herself and her story. It was very entertaining and a very quick read. I highly recommend it! Read for the Lol-a-thon challenge: Read a book written in an atypical format (sort of a short epic poem, which I almost never read).

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars


Unfortunately, I did not manage to finish an MCAT review book this month either. I focused too much energy on the reading challenge and work, but I am almost finished with the Biology review.

Fortunately, I am spending the last few days of this month (and the beginning of May) in Disneyland with my boyfriend! I have been in desperate need of a vacation and this one has been amazing so far!

Thanks for bearing with me. Anyone else read anything fun in April?

Monday, April 1, 2019

March 2019 Wrap Up

The beginning of March feels like so long ago and like it was just yesterday. Let's start with book reviews!

Title: Frontier Magic Trilogy (Thirteenth Child, Across the Great Barrier, and The Far West)
Author: Patricia Wrede
Narrator: Amanda Ronconni

Thoughts: I was feeling stressed and overwhelmed so I decided to re-listen to this trilogy. This series is an old favorite and I love the narration. These books make me very happy and feel like old friends.

Set in an alternative early America, they follow the journey of a girl named Eff, who is an unlucky thirteenth child (so they say). Her twin brother, however, is the seventh son of a seventh son and blessed with luck and strong magic. Due to her fear of her magic and of being an unlucky thirteenth, the development of her own magical abilities is unique, but she eventually finds her strengths.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars, 4 out of 5 stars, and 5 out of 5 stars, respectively.

Title: Ruin and Rising
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Narrator: Lauren Fortgang

Thoughts: Another re-read in preparation of King of Scars. I had forgotten several things about this book, so returning to it was very beneficial. I still love Nikolai. I did manage to find more sympathy and a better liking for Mal this time around. The first time through, I sort of hated him by the end. I like the way the story wraps up and feel like most characters had good endings.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars


Title: The Tea Dragon Society
Author: Katie O'Neill

Thoughts: This is a graphic novel I received in an Owlcrate box. It was the first thing I read after my book bail. I don't read graphic novels very often, but this looked cute and it definitely was! It was a nice little story and I plan to read the next one when it comes out. The main idea is that there are different kinds of dragons for different kinds of tea and they develop relationships with their caretakers and said caretakers form a society and good friendships and relationships. It is on the simple side, but a nice, quick read that left me feeling good!

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars



Title: The Steel Prince
Author: V.E. Schwab

Thoughts: Oddly enough, another graphic novel! But written by Victoria Schwab, who I love. This is a prequel to the Darker Shade of Magic trilogy which follows Maxim before he becomes king. I enjoyed it, though I thought some of the artwork was hard to follow. I did just fine reading the dialogue, though. I want to read more (partially because I want to know more about how he meets his wife and about her history and magic).

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars




Here is my book bail. I had been trying to read this book for nearly two months and was barely halfway through. I just wasn't interested and I didn't enjoy the writing much. Admittedly, it is below my reading level. I may have enjoyed it more if I'd read it at a younger age. As it was, it was really bogging down my reading progress because I felt so bad abandoning it and felt I couldn't start anything else until I finished this one. When I finally decided to stop and move on, I made much better progress and started feeling like reading was fun and not a chore. I almost never bail on a book, but it is a relief to feel like I can.


Least favorite book read this month: I am counting the Wind Singer, even though I didn't finish it.
Favorite book read this month: is it cheating to count the Frontier Magic trilogy?

I did not manage to complete a MCAT study guide. I stopped for a couple of weeks when I got sick at the end of last month and then for another week while I was still recovering. I am still working on it though and getting ready to (hopefully) take a class this summer.

I'm also still reading a Disneyland guide book in preparation for my trip next month! I'm very excited!

I don't have much other news this month. I've been applying for jobs down in New Mexico to prepare for moving this fall. I haven't heard back yet, but there are a few I've applied to that sound pretty great!

And lastly, next month I decided to try participating in a small reading challenge I found on Tumblr. It's all about finding fun and funny books in the month of April. Here is a link to the LOL-a-thon Challenge. I hope to post snippets and quotes on my Instagram and Tumblr, too. If anyone would like to get involved, please do! It should be fun!

Monday, March 4, 2019

February 2019 Wrap Up

The shortest month of the year is over, here's what I've got.

First, sorry for the delay, I lost my little Jeki rat this month and then proceeded to get pretty sick for the last week of the month. My reading has definitely fallen off with me trying to get through the MCAT books, but here is what I did get through:

Books finished this month:
Title: Shadow and Bone
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Narrated by: Lauren Fortgang

Thoughts: This is a re-read for me. I wanted to read the Grisha trilogy again before diving into her new book, King of Scars. The universe that the author created is amazing and sometimes terrifying. I love the magic and different types of Grisha. I also enjoy the bit of foreshadowing that she does with the volcra in her dream. That part always sticks with me.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Title: MCAT General Chemistry Review
Author: Kaplan Test Prep

Thoughts: I'm not going to really give reviews on these books, but I am reading them cover to cover, so I am counting them toward my reading goals (at least the first time I read through them). But this was a good review of general chemistry and I found it helpful.

Rating: I'm not sure how to rate these, but 4 out of 5 stars



Title: Siege and Storm
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Narrated by: Lauren Fortgang

Thoughts: Another re-read to prepare for reading King of Scars and the continuation of Shadow and Bone. I do like this book because Nikolai is introduced and I do love him. This book is where I start to dislike Mal an awful lot. I'm on to re-reading the third one now and then I can move onto King of Scars!

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Title: MCAT Behavioral Sciences Review
Author: Kaplan Test Prep

Thoughts: Another MCAT book and this one covers topics I am less familiar with. It contains mostly psychology and sociology as well as the biological aspects of the brain and how it works. I will definitely need to go back to this book and read it again.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars



Favorite book read this month: Shadow and Bone
Least favorite book read this month: None really. If forced, I might pick the MCAT Behavioral Sciences Review. I think I'm allowed to count those.

Other things that happened this month:
Google + has been taken down. I'm not sure yet how that will be affecting my blog, as it is a Google owned company. I may need to find a new host for my domain name, but for now I will be staying here until I figure everything out. I mostly need to make sure that people can still comment without the Google+ comments. It looks like it will be reverting back to blogger comments, but I'm not positive. I will keep you posted and look into alternatives.

Kevin and I had our two year anniversary, which was nice and we both acknowledged it and sent cards to each other. It's so nice to know that it's as important to him as it is for me. We are starting to plan our Disneyland trip (well, he has to attend conferences for parts of the day while we are there, so I am planning for the times he can join me in Disney). Of course I started reading The Unofficial Guide to Disneyland 2019. For research.

I was also sent to Sacramento for some work training and that all happened at the last minute. Besides that, it was a nice trip and cool to see another, larger lab. It was a good experience and I am all trained to use our new machine and to train my coworkers!

I guess February was busier than I thought. Hopefully I can get more reading done in March! Thanks for reading!

Friday, February 1, 2019

January 2019 Wrap Up

We have reached the end of January 2019!

Here are the books I finished and brief reviews:
Title: Nancy Drew and The Secret of the Old Clock
Author: Carolyn Keene

Thoughts: I never read these growing up and I obtained this copy for free so I decided to give it a shot. I think the audience needs to be much younger than I am. It had it's old-time-y charm, but wasn't the best thing I've ever read.

Rating: 2 of 5 stars


Title: One Day in December
Author: Josie Silver
Narrated by: Eleanor Tomlinson and Charlie Anson

Thoughts: Several people I follow started this book in December, so I did, too. I expected to love it and definitely didn't. I liked the friendship between the main character, Laurie and her roommate and best friend, Sarah, but I couldn't stand the lead male. Also, why were almost all of his sections about/during/following sex? Seems to be the only thing that was important to him and I had zero tolerance for it. He needed more depth and more redemption, in my opinion.

Rating: 2 of 5 stars, and those only because I loved Laurie and Sarah (and Oscar).


Title: Everything, Everything
Author: Nicola Yoon
Narrated by: Bahni Turpin and Robbie Daymond

Thoughts: Never saw the movie, but I knew the overall gist of the story. I wasn't sure I would like it, but I most definitely did. I like how Maddy came into her own and decided to take charge of her life.

     Rating: 4 of 5 stars


Title: Journal of the Plague Year
Author: Daniel Defoe
Narrated by: Andrew Cullum

Thoughts: I LOVE the plague. Yersinia pestis is my favorite microbe. This book was cool because it was written shortly after the plague in London in the 1600s. It was cool to see differing perspectives and what they knew and didn't know compared to what we know now.

     Rating: 4 of 5 stars


Title: Love Out of Order
Author: Ellie Spark

Thoughts: It is a sweet story about two women finding love. It was not super detailed and occasionally repetitive. I also found a couple of small errors. It was sweet, but not really well written which made it hard to be absorbed in the story. I don't plan to seek out more of her books.

Rating: 2 of 5 stars



Title: Matchmaking for Beginners
Author: Maddie Dawson

Thoughts: I thought this book was very charming and interesting. An eccentric lady leaves her house to Marnie and she has to meet the others who live there and nearby and decide what she wants for her life. I liked the "magical" aspect of the story and even though several of the characters weren't entirely likeable, I enjoyed it!
               
                                   Rating: 4 of 5 stars


Title: The One and Only Ivan
Author: Katherine Applegate
Narrated by: Adam Grupper

Thoughts: Beautiful and heartbreaking. I almost cried several times. It was touching and sometimes redeeming and other times hopeless. Definitely worth a read.

Rating: 4 of 5 stars



Title: Dragon Pearl
Author: Yoon Ha Lee
Narrated by: Kim Mai Guest

Thoughts: Sci fi is not my go-to genre, but it's part of Rick Riordan Presents, so I had to read it (the others have been great, too, in case you are wondering). I know very little about Korean mythology, but I loved the magical creatures and the ghosts. It wasn't very heavy on the typical sci fi stuff and the other worlds were interesting. Would recommend and looking forward to more!

    Rating: 4 of 5 stars

Title: Home: A Memoir of My Early Years
Author: Julie Andrews
Narrated by: Julie Andrews

Thoughts: I knew very little about Julie Andrews' life prior to Mary Poppins. I love her so much in Mary Poppins and Sound of Music. It was very interesting to see her family and the events that shaped her life. I enjoyed listening to her read it and there were plenty of emotional and amazing parts. If you like memoirs, I recommend it!

                                             Rating: 4 of 5 stars

Favorite book read this month: Tough one! Matchmaking for Beginners or Dragon Pearl
Least favorite book read this month: One Day in December

What else can I report? I started looking a bit more into medical school and the requirements. I ordered MCAT study materials and applied to a community college to take the three classes that I am missing: Organic Chemistry II, and two semesters of Anatomy and Physiology. I also need to find a way to review OChem I because that class was very rough for me and I'm not feeling very prepared for OChem II (but I would really prefer to not re-take OChem I).

Otherwise, my three little rats got sick, but seem to be recovering, though Jeki is on a second antibiotic. They are super cute, so here is a picture:
Zosi on the left, Jeki on the right, and sleepy Pye laying on top of/between them

That's about it for January! I hope everyone had a good, productive month and we can continue into February!

Anyone else have favorite reads from January?

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

YA Happy Hour

I just realized that I never posted this! This happened nearly a year and a half ago, but I'm going to go ahead and share it now. Here is the post originally written in November 2017.
                                                           

I recently attended a YA book signing/happy hour event hosted by the Tattered Cover. I went because Maggie Stiefvater was in town for her All the Crooked Saints Tour and I decided that I wanted to meet her.

I have a fair amount of reverence for Maggie Stiefvater and always felt a little intimidated by her because she's so talented. For a while, I was OK not ever meeting her. Plus I order most of her books through Fountain bookstore, so they arrive already signed, doodled in, and usually with her bookplate. As such, I didn't have many options for her autograph. But I do own her tarot card deck (which I love because they are beautiful and based on the Raven Cycle). I decided I would ask her to sign her favorite one.

When I got to meet Maggie Stiefvater, she wasn't scary at all. She was so nice and conversational. I told her that I tended to order her books already signed from the Fountain Bookstore, which she liked because she said that her fans help keep the shop afloat.

I asked if she had a favorite of her tarot cards she'd be willing to sign and she told me that her favorite was the Moon. Essentially, her explanation was that she likes the Moon because you can tell that you are approaching something in the dark, but you don't know if it's dangerous or not until you get close, but either way makes for an adventure. We talked a bit about her books and she said that the lady who inspired Persephone was also there, so I had to go meet her of course.


I also met Jeff Zetner, who I was also a bit intimidated to approach, but he was also very nice. I received his book, The Serpent King, in an Owlcrate and did not expect to like it as much as I did, so I asked him to sign my copy instead of his new book (which I did buy there). He did and he also signed his letter that he included with the Owlcrate book because I keep the author letters in the books. And he told me to watch out for the Serpent King reference in his new book.

Otherwise, I met plenty of other authors whose books I haven't read (yet). They were all nice and it was a very fun night!

Sorry for the Radio Silence...

Hello!

No, I haven't forgotten that I have a blog that needs work to keep running. My life got kind of silly and crazy for a while there. Most of it isn't super important, but I had several things that I needed to work on. Plus my old computer died and I didn't have the means to replace it for a while. It is really difficult to update this blog from my phone, so I had to wait a bit.

But I apparently was experiencing pretty bad anxiety. I didn't realize how much it was crippling me until I started seeing a doctor and got on some medication that works. It's an amazing relief to me that I feel able to handle life now.

Plus, I spent most of the time since my last update caring for Sprite, my heart rat. She was special needs and required lots of extra care, vet appointments, medications, and so forth closer to the end of her life. She lived a good long time, but I was heartbroken when it came time to put her down. She was very special to me and took up an awful lot of my time and energy (and an awful lot of space in my heart).

I also began a new relationship nearly two years ago and that has changed a bunch of things for me, definitely for the positive. In short, he treats me better than I ever thought I deserved to be treated and he makes me feel like a priority and never like a chore. It's been amazing and I have needed time to adjust to it and explore what a healthier relationship is supposed to be like.

And I have a lovely new computer! So it's time to get back on track.

New Years Resolutions:
  • Read at least 75 books
  • Figure out what I'm doing with my life (mainly if I want to go to medical school or not and start that process if so)
  • Get my blog running again

I would like this blog to get back to where it used to be. I am going to do some book reviews at the end of each month like I used to. Hopefully I will have it in me to do some more crafts and projects that I can share (but I haven't been doing much of that these days).

So that is my spiel. I will post this followed shortly by a post I wrote a year and a half ago and never shared (sorry)!

Happy New Year everyone! May this year be better for everyone!