Friday Finds #71.

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FRIDAY FINDS showcases the books you ‘found’ and added to your To Be Read (TBR) list… whether you found them online, or in a bookstore, or in the library — wherever! (they aren’t necessarily books you purchased).


Hi!

It’s been SO LONG since I’ve done a Friday Finds post, so I figured it was about time that I did another one. I am pretty sure the last one was about four months ago, oops! Since that last post I have added a TON of books to my Goodreads TBR. I’ll share ten of those books in this post. Narrowing it down to ten books isn’t going to be easy though!

There won’t be book descriptions this time, but I will link them all to Goodreads, so you can check them out! You can see more of my TBR over on my Goodreads account over here and feel free to add me as a friend!

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Busted by Gina Ciocca
Olivia Twist by Lorie Langdon
Fat Girl on a Plane by Kelly deVos
The Children of Hypnos by Francesca Zappia
Notes from My Captivity by Kathy Parks

By the way, Olivia Twist is an Oliver Twist retelling and I am freaking STOKED! Also, I will read anything that Francesca Zappia writes, but I do still need to read Elisa and her Monsters, oops. 😛

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9 Days and 9 Nights by Katie Cotugno
The Loneliest Whale by Lily Markova
A Messy, Beautiful Life by Sara Jade Alan
Reign of the Fallen by Sarah Glenn Marsh
Dating Disasters of Emma Nash by Chloe Seager

I am addicted to Katie Cotugno books and 9 Days and 9 Nights is a sequel to 99 Days and I can’t wait to read it. I will seriously read anything Cotugno writes. I am obsessed with the book covers for all of these books, especially Reign of the Fallen.

Have you added any new books to your TBR? Feel free to link me to your posts if you have one or leave a comment letting me know what new books you added to your TBR. 🙂

In case you missed it;
Travel|| Disney World.
Recap|| November.

I hope you have a great day and weekend!

ashleychristmas

 

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Travel|| Disney World.

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Hi!

I got unexpectedly super busy over the last almost two weeks, so of course I’ve been MIA from the blogosphere. What’s new though? I think I’m just generally a lot busier during the holidays, to be honest. I’ll talk about those things another time, because right now I am bringing you my Disney World post.

My cousin picked me up on Thursday night, because we were getting up super early the next day for Disney. I live two hours away from her and completely the opposite direction of Disney, so it made sense to get picked up the night before.

My cousin, her son, and I went to Disney on December 1st. Perfect way to start off the last month of the year, to be honest! The most magical place on Earth, right? They have this special Christmas celebration going on called Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party and that is what we went to. It was at night, so I wasn’t able to get a ton of pictures. I was also enjoying myself, so taking a lot of pictures was least on my mind. I did somehow manage to get a MILLION pictures of Cinderella’s castle though. IT WAS SO PRETTY!

 

First stop, Disney Springs during the day before going to the actual Disney park. Disney Springs is basically just a bunch of restaurants and shops. It was still pretty neat and that was fun. We ate at T-Rex Cafe, which was really cool. It’s kind of like Rain Forest Cafe, only dinosaur themed. Not entirely sure where my T-Rex cafe pictures went, but they are MIA from my phone right now, SORRY! Here’s a cool picture of Mickey Mouse though! The right is a picture of myself and my cousin at the T-Rex cafe. It’s blue, because our seats were in the ice cave.

 

We had to do a shadow Minnie ears picture. It was a MUST. Also a picture of my Minnie ears with one of their Christmas trees too. I was pretty obsessed with my Minnie ears to be honest. 😛 We basically just walked around Disney Springs all day, ate, shopped, and then went back to the hotel until time for Magic Kingdom.

Okay, what you are about to see is a TON of pictures of Cinderella’s castle. You are warned! 😛

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IT’S SO PRETTY, RIGHT? Well just wait until it gets dark outside, because HOLY CRAP! I’ve never seen anything more beautiful. You ready?

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AHHHHHH! IT’S AMAZING.

I am still so freaking obsessed with that castle every time I look at the pictures, seriously. BUT WAIT! It gets even better…because we need to throw in some fireworks!

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The castle changed multiple times throughout the night. I didn’t get a picture of every single change, but above with the fireworks was one of the changes.

 

It “snowed” at Disney on Main Street. AKA bubbles, but still really cool! And a fun experience. You can also see another castle change in the first picture. The right is their main Christmas tree and decorations and the “SNOW”.

 

We also met Mickey Mouse and Jack Skellington. Mickey was so cute and nice and Jack Skellington was so cool.

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Here are the Seven Dwarfs from the parade at the end of the night. They’re cute. I didn’t take a whole lot of pictures of the parade. I would have ended up with so many pictures and wouldn’t have been able to enjoy it as much. So I just wanted to enjoy the parade and kept my picture snapping to a minimum. It was also not that easy to get pictures when all the characters danced around so much, lol.

 

Last, but not least, all of the Mickey shaped FOOOOOD! I also had a Mickey shaped ice cream sandwich (not pictured) too, lol. They were also giving out cookies and hot chocolate for FREE all night and it was amazing.

 

We got back to her house on Saturday toward the end of the day, so I was able to get some cool sunset pictures. I was pretty exhausted after Disney, so we didn’t really do much besides relax. The next day we had to go to a birthday party for one of her son’s little’s friends. Her son is only three.

 

Picture of the sunset on the way back to her house on Sunday and then also a picture of the moon from Sunday night as well. 😀 I’m obsessed with taking pictures of sunsets and the moon.

That’s pretty much how my weekend went and it was so much fun! It was the perfect way to start off December. Side note: I plan to go back to Disney World ASAP during the day/non-event time, because while I did love the Christmas event, it would have been nice to experience a regular day at Disney and ride a ton of rides, take a ton of pictures, and meet more characters. I still had a lot of fun though.

I still have a couple other posts I need to work on, like my trip to Lakeland, which was almost a month ago. I also need to add all the pictures to my honeymoon post as well, which that happened back in May, OOPS! I want to try to get them done before the end of the year, especially my honeymoon post. I also want to do one more random picture post before the month ends of just random pictures I’ve taken throughout the last couple months.

That’s all for now though! I hope you enjoyed this post and in case you missed it…
Recap|| November.
Book Haul|| November.

I hope you have a great day!

ashleychristmas

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Recap|| November.

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Hey!

Seriously, what happened to November? The month flew by, but it was a really great month for me. I got to visit my childhood best friend in Lakeland for a weekend. It was Thanksgiving! I even got pretty much all of my Christmas shopping done, which is so nice. I was debating on putting a Christmas tree up this year, because of my new kitten and of course my other cats. October destroyed ours last year. The cute mini tree I put up earlier this month (left picture) was a goner the second I put it up thanks to little Leaf. It’s now missing all the ornaments and ends up on the floor at least three times a day.

 

My sister got a new Christmas tree this year, so she gave me her old tree (right picture) and I decided to give it a chance. We didn’t even attempt to put any ornaments on it, because all three cats were in the tree the second it went up and the red garland is no longer intact on the bottom LOL. But I needed a tree, because I really wanted to wrap my Christmas presents and I had no where to put them if I wrapped them. So although every single day they climb in the tree and mess with the presents, I’m glad I put it up. You can see in the background little Leaf is messing with my other Christmas decor under the stockings.

ANYWAY I rambled on way too much! I also read some great books this month and I did an audiobook reread of a favorite series of mine. Here is what I read in the month of November. You can find a full list of these books and the other books I read this year over here. All will be linked to Goodreads below and I will also link to individual blog posts for them if I did a review.

Physically Read Books:
These are the books that I read by myself (not audiobooks) throughout the month of November.

 

Catacomb by Madeleine Roux – 5 OUT OF 5 STARS.
I freaking LOVE the Asylum series and Catacomb was pretty amazing. Awesome creep factor and pictures included. Perfect end to the series. LUCKILY, I still have all the novellas and prequel to read, so I am still SO stoked about this series.

The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan – 5 OUT OF 5 STARS.
FINALLY read The Sword of Summer. I am a HUGE Rick Riordan fan, but I haven’t gotten around to reading his new books, sadly. I’m glad I finally read this one though, because it was of course amazing. Riordan never disappoints. Magnus was hilarious. I can’t wait to get my hands on the other books in the series. I also need to start reading the Trials of Apollo series ASAP too.

The End of Oz by Danielle Paige – 5 OUT OF 5 STARS.
I also finally got around to reading The End of Oz. The ending of the Dorothy Must Die series. I am so sad that it has come to an end, but this book was the perfect ending. I loved everything about it and I flew through it pretty quickly. Such a fun series.

Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds – 3 OUT OF 5 STARS.
Everyone has been raving about this book and how amazing it is, but I sadly didn’t think so. I mean, it was good and interesting and I love that it was told in verse. It’s also told over 60 seconds. The events in the book happen within a 60 second time period and that was cool. But I really just didn’t understand why everyone loved it so much. I don’t know. I would still recommend reading it.


Audiobooks:
These are the books that I listened to the audio versions throughout the month of November.

 

Enclave by Ann Aguirre – 5 OUT OF 5 STARS. – REREAD
Outpost by Ann Aguirre – 5 OUT OF 5 STARS. – REREAD
Horde by Ann Aguirre –  5 OUT OF 5 STARS. – REREAD

I listened to the audiobooks for EnclaveOutpost, and Horde. It was a reread for me though, because the new book Vanguard was just released this year and I really needed a refresher of this series. I first read them in 2012/2013. It’s hands down one of my favorite series EVER. This series is everything! I was so stoked to get back into it again and relive some of my favorite characters. I can’t wait to read Vanguard, which I am hoping will be this month or next month.


Currently Reading Books:
These are the books that I started to read in the month of November, but didn’t get a chance to finish them yet.

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Being Fishkill by Ruth Lehrer
TMI by Patty Blount

I started reading these books, but never got around to actually finishing them or even getting that far into them. I am probably about 20 pages into each book. Toward the last week or so of this month I haven’t been reading, because Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp was released and I can’t get off it. I love Animal Crossing so much, so I am stoked there is a new game and it’s for your phone! I’ll be spending every ounce of free time I have getting all the Christmas decor and clothes this month. YESSSS! Feel fee to add me as a friend if you play!

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Tomorrow I am going to Disney World and I am stoked to spend the first day of December at Disney. I’m going with my cousin and her son. We’re going to the Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, so it’s at night. It’s their Christmas event, so that should be fun! They’re giving out free hot chocolate and cookies all night, so you know…I’m pretty stoked about that. I am ALL ABOUT hot chocolate and cookies. PRETTY FREAKING EXCITED TO WEAR MY MINNIE EARS ALL DAY, just sayin. 😛

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I have a few travel posts in the works, if I can find the time to actually do them. It’s a lot of pictures to share, so I may have to buy storage for WordPress, because I’m almost out of picture storage. BLEHH. Coming soon; FINALLY my honeymoon post, weekend in Lakeland, and Disney.

In case you missed it;
Book Haul|| November.

I hope you have a great day!

ashleychristmas

 

Book Haul|| November.

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Hey!

I have a pretty small book haul for this month. I’ve been trying to be good about not buying books as I mentioned numerous times, haha. I actually unhauled a little over 50 books this month instead of buying! 😀 My older sister took 10 of the 50 and I am sending another 10 to one of my friend’s. I did get a few though, so here is my November book haul.

Physical Books:

your name. by Makoto Shinkai
Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds
Renegades (arc) by Marissa Meyer

I traded my ARC of Daughter of the Siren Queen with Lilly from Lair of Books and she sent me Renegades. I am really looking forward to reading it. I seen a lot of good things about Long Way Down, so I picked up a copy. I read it this month and honestly….it wasn’t that great. SORRY. I know people LOVED it, but I just didn’t. 😦 I wanted to so bad. I gave it three stars. It’ll be in my recap post in a few days. SUPER stoked to read your name. and it’s a pretty short book, so I think it’ll be a quick read and sounds really good.


E-Books

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Remember Yesterday by Pintip Dunn
The Autopsying of Michael Edward Morgan by Barry Lyga
Atheists Who Kneel and Pray by Tarryn Fisher

I didn’t get many e-books this month either. There weren’t a whole lot of good sales or the ones on sale I already have. These were the three that I ended up getting. Had to get Barry Lyga’s November short story. I’ve been getting them every month all year. I need to catch up on reading them though! I’ve been REALLY wanting to read Forget Tomorrow for the longest time. I was able to get that one on sale awhile back and I seen the sequel Remember Yesterday was on sale this month, so I decided to get it. I’ve read a couple Tarryn Fisher books and they were pretty good. Atheists Who Kneel and Pray was on sale for $0.99, so I got it.

What books did you get this month? Have you read any of the ones that I got?

I have a few drafted posts to finish, so hopefully I’ll find some time to do those. It’s the holiday season, so it’s getting busier at work. I want to update about my trip to see my childhood best friend, because that was a lot of fun and I have a ton of pictures to share from the mini trip to Lakeland. I am also going to DISNEY WORLD Friday, so I am sure I’ll have a post about that as well. I need to finish my photo a day posts too, but I’ve been skipping a lot of days….oops. 😛 I also have some random pictures to share too. I just need to find some time to finish all of these posts, ughhh. No time right now, sadly. My recap post will hopefully be up by Thursday, if not then Monday.

LOOK WHAT I GOT! If you didn’t know, I LOVE the Home Alone movies (Lost in New York is my favorite though), so I HAD to get the Kevin Funko Pop. Hopefully I can get my hands on the others ASAP! Kevin was priority. 😛 “I’m eating junk and watching rubbish, you’d better come out and stop me.” 🎄 “KEVIN!!!!” 🎅🏼🖤

In case you missed it;
Photo A Day|| November 11-15.
Blog Changes.

I hope you have a great day!

ashleychristmas

Photo A Day|| November 11-15.

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Hi!

I’ve been doing a photo a day challenge over on my Instagram account (heyyitsashley) this month (November) and I’ve been having a lot of fun with it. I figured I would also cross post them to my blog as well. I think for the purpose of blogging, I will post 3-4 per blog post that I do throughout the month. That way I am not spamming my blog with a million photo a day posts back to back. You can follow me on Instagram (linked above) if you want to see them daily though! Days 1-6 linked down below.

Some of these pictures were taken with my Nikon. I also just got an iPhone X and it takes AMAZING pictures, so some of these were taken with my iPhone as well. By the way, I tend to take a lot of nature type pictures. I’m kind of obsessed with taking pictures of flowers.

Days 11-15 of November.

*I skipped day 14, oops. topic would have been “silver”.*

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Day 11: Grey
Instagram Caption: book mail. 😀 sooooo stoked to read long way down. i’ve heard so many good things about it. || photo a day • grey.
Camera: iPhone

Fun fact: it looks grey, but it’s kind of holographic so it shines blue. 😛 I seen a lot of good things about Long Way Down, so I had to buy a copy ASAP! I am going to Lakeland for the weekend to visit my childhood best friend and it’s a three hour car ride, so I think I will bring this book along with me and my Kindle since the next three books I want to read are on there.


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Day 12: Brown
Instagram Caption: “you don’t like how you’re feeling, but you never rearrange what’s unappealing.” 🖤 || photo a day • brown.
Camera: iPhone

This was the first picture I took with my new iPhone X when I was testing out the camera, but never posted it until the topic for this day. We have a chain link fence, but the fence on the other side of our fence is brown. Perfect picture for this “brown”.


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Day 13: Gold
Instagram Caption: i am so close to being finished with the sword of summer. it’s been so fun to read. i definitely plan to buy the other books in the series asap! || photo a day • gold.
Camera: iPhone

I was actually kind of stumped for “gold”, but then I realized toward the end of the day that my glasses had gold on them! Win for me and I really love this picture. I finished The Sword of Summer since this picture. It was everything I hoped it would be. I can’t wait to read the other books in the series.


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Day 15: Neon
Instagram Caption: put the mini christmas tree up! 🎄🎅🏼 i’m not sure if we’ll have a regular sized tree this year. last year october🐱 destroyed it, so we had to toss it. leaf🐱 is already constantly bopping the ornaments off this mini tree and knocking it off the table. 🙄😒 || yesterday’s photo a day • neon.
Camera: iPhone

I was originally going to skip this topic, but did it today (day late, whatever 😛 ). I put up my mini Christmas tree and I forgot that the ornaments were kind of neon colored, so I decided to late post it on Instagram today. And what my caption says, Leaf is already destroying it. I am pretty sure I am going to go home after work and find it on the floor and all the ornaments missing.

In case you missed it;
WWW Wednesday #44.
Photo A Day|| November 7-10.
Photo A Day|| November 1-6.

I hope you have a great day!

ashleyblack

WWW Wednesday #44.

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WWW Wednesday is a weekly MEME hosted by Taking on a World of Words. Simply answer the following questions. 🙂

The three Ws are:
What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

*Goodreads linked below.


Hi!

It’s been quite awhile since I’ve done one of these WWW posts. I think my last post of this kind of back toward the end of August, oops. 😛 I have been doing a lot better as far as reading goes. I find myself wanting to read more than I have been lately, which is good. I am going to just jump right into the books that I’ve been reading and listening to the last week or so.

Currently Reading:

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The End of Oz by Danielle Paige

I am finally reading The End of Oz! I am about 30% into it right now and am really enjoying it. This series has been so much fun to read. I think this is the last book in the series though and I’ll be sad to see it end!


Recently Finished:

Enclave, Outpost, Horde by Ann Aguirre
The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan

I listened to the audiobooks for Enclave, Outpost, and Horde. It was a reread for me though, because the new book Vanguard was just released this year and I really needed a refresher of this series. I first read them in 2012/2013. It’s hands down one of my favorite series EVER. This series is everything! I was so stoked to get back into it again and relive some of my favorite characters. I can’t wait to read Vanguard, which I am hoping will be this month or next month. 😀 I also finished The Sword of Summer, which was so freaking good! Rick Riordan never disappoints with his book. His characters are always the best, so funny, and so much fun to read. I can’t wait to get my hands on the next books in the series.


Reading Next:

The Whole Thing Together by Ann Brashares
Being Fishkill by Ruth Lehrer
Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds

I am not entirely sure what I am going to read next, but it will most likely be one of these three. The Whole Thing Together is due back to the library in a week, so I may attempt that one. I still need to read my ARC of Being Fishkill, so I want to get to that soon and I’ve heard so many good things about Long Way Down and I am STOKED to have it and can’t wait to read it. Hopefully I can get around to reading all of these before the month ends.

What are you currently reading? Recently finished? Reading next? Have you read any of these books? Let me know and link me to your posts if you have one!

I have another photo a day post coming soon. I skipped a couple days  of pictures (oops), so I’ve been waiting until I got three or four more since I skipped. Maybe tomorrow or Friday I’ll have that post.

In case you missed it;
Photo A Day|| November 7-10.
Photo A Day|| November 1-6.
Blog Changes.

I hope you have a great day.

ashleybluegray

Photo A Day|| November 7-10.

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Hi!

I’ve been doing a photo a day challenge over on my Instagram account (heyyitsashley) this month (November) and I’ve been having a lot of fun with it. I figured I would also cross post them to my blog as well. I think for the purpose of blogging, I will post 3-4 per blog post that I do throughout the month. That way I am not spamming my blog with a million photo a day posts back to back. You can follow me on Instagram (linked above) if you want to see them daily though! Days 1-6 linked down below.

Some of these pictures were taken with my Nikon. I also just got an iPhone X and it takes AMAZING pictures, so some of these were taken with my iPhone as well. By the way, I tend to take a lot of nature type pictures. I’m kind of obsessed with taking pictures of flowers.

Days 7-10 of November.

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Day 7: Orange
Instagram Caption: 📖🧡 || photo a day • orange.
Camera: Nikon

I actually took this picture months ago, but never posted it anywhere so I decided to use it for my photo a day picture for this day. I’m pretty obsessed with with. It’s like the perfect bookish heart and my orange/yellow tapestry is pretty amazing.


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Day 8: White
Instagram Caption: i’m kind of obsessed with the iphone x camera. 🐚 || photo a day • white.
Camera: iPhone

As my Instagram caption says, I am pretty obsessed with the iPhone X camera. It takes such great pictures. I was testing it out with my niece and had her hold out this shell and the shot came out pretty great!

 


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Day 9: Black
Instagram Caption: 📸🖤 || photo a day • black.
Camera: iPhone

Another picture I had for awhile and ended up never posting it. I had no idea what to take a picture of for the theme “black”, so I decided to finally post this picture.


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Day 10: Purple
Instagram Caption: 💜💜 || photo a day • purple.
Camera: iPhone

I don’t really come into contact or view of many purple things (so sad, it’s one of my favorite colors), but I had this purple flower laying around my house so I decided it would be perfect for my picture for today. Hands down one of my favorite pictures I’ve taken.

In case you missed it;
Photo A Day|| November 1-6.
Blog Changes.

I hope you have a great day!

ashleyblack