Thoughts|| More Happy Than Not.

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More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera
5 out of 5 stars.

“I don’t think I’ll ever be happy until I figure out who I am and it comes down to me not being a hundred percent happy with the life I have.”

Goodreads Description: In the months after his father’s suicide, it’s been tough for 16-year-old Aaron Soto to find happiness again–but he’s still gunning for it. With the support of his girlfriend Genevieve and his overworked mom, he’s slowly remembering what that might feel like. But grief and the smile-shaped scar on his wrist prevent him from forgetting completely.  When Genevieve leaves for a couple of weeks, Aaron spends all his time hanging out with this new guy, Thomas. Aaron’s crew notices, and they’re not exactly thrilled. But Aaron can’t deny the happiness Thomas brings or how Thomas makes him feel safe from himself, despite the tensions their friendship is stirring with his girlfriend and friends. Since Aaron can’t stay away from Thomas or turn off his newfound feelings for him, he considers turning to the Leteo Institute’s revolutionary memory-alteration procedure to straighten himself out, even if it means forgetting who he truly is.  Why does happiness have to be so hard?


Why did it take me almost two years to read this book? I am pretty sure I bought this on (or close to) release day back in 2015 and then I bought a million books after it and it sat on my shelf. I regret not reading this book right away, because it was amazing.

It was perfect and it ripped my heart into a million pieces to the point that I don’t think it’ll ever be okay. I laughed so much. I smiled so much. I cried so much. So many damn feels! So many! I loved it from the first page. It was so hard to put down and I flew through it in two days. I loved the characters and the friendships. It reminded me of all my friends when I was a kid running around the neighborhood play games and just having fun together. I loved Aaron and Thomas’ friendship so much. I was rooting for Aaron and wanted him to have his happy ending.

There was a twist in the book that I did not see coming, but then as I read I started to put the pieces together from the beginning of the story. Ahhh it was just so good, you guys! Aaron wanted happiness so badly and I wanted him to have it. I wanted him to have the world, because boy did he deserve it. I’m not really sure how I feel about the ending, but I don’t want to give anything away so I can’t properly say what I want to say. You should really go read this book if you haven’t though, so we can talk about that ending!

Overall, I loved it. I loved the story, the characters, it was so hard to put down. It was also really quote worthy. I was sticking flags everywhere, lol. I highly recommend reading it if you haven’t read it yet. It’ll make you laugh and it’ll make you cry, but it’s so damn good and worth it all. Curse myself for not reading it sooner! It did leave me more happy than not though even if it did rip my heart into pieces.

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“Memories: some can be sucker punching, others carry you forward; some stay with you forever, others you forget on your own. You can’t really know which ones you’ll survive if you don’t stay on the battlefield, bad times shooting at you like bullets. But if you’re lucky, you’ll have plenty of good times to shield you.”

The bookmark I used while reading this book pretty much sums up my feelings for the book. I don’t know if my heart will be okay after this read!

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It’s been awhile since I’ve done a review on a book I read. I think the last one was in February for Goodbye Days, oops. I need to jump back into the swing of things with my reviews.

I am starting Bang by Barry Lyga today and I will definitely have a review for that one since it was just released this week. I also LOVE Barry Lyga so much. I have a feeling it’s going to be hard to put down and I’ll have it finished by the end of the weekend…maybe even tonight.

In case you missed it;
Random|| Update & Pictures.

I hope you have a great day!

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Random|| Update & Pictures.

Hi! 🙂

I have a big picture post for you guys! It’s been almost a month since I’ve done one. I think the last one was just before my wedding. I want to share more wedding pictures too, but I probably won’t do that this post. I’m waiting to see the pictures that I get from the photographer. Anyway, onto the picture! It’s a mix of random pictures and bookish pictures.

For the bachelorette party, we decided to go to Key West. Stopped along the way to get pictures. We topped on the seven mile bridge to get a picture of the water. The last picture is the sunset when we were out at the bars. So pretty! We saw this HUGE mermaid along the way and I had to get a picture of that, so we stopped there.

mom, me, older sister, younger sister, amanda, christina, and aunt.

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We camped when we were in Key West instead of staying at a hotel. Our campsite was right on the water. I don’t have the picture on my phone anymore to post here, but a HUGE iguana crawled right out of the water. It was pretty crazy. They just chill out there and in the bathrooms. I seen one try to get into someone else’s tent.

Here’s a random picture of my wedding cake. We had a Doctor Who cake topper, because we both LOVE Doctor Who. I also had macrons at my wedding and they were so good! I am dying to go get some more and they are my new obsession.

Speaking of new obsessions, why didn’t anyone tell me that the bath bombs from Lush are so freaking HUGE! I was like “WTF”. I feel like I’ve been lied to all my life with the ones that I’ve been buying on Etsy or Target. They are TINY compared to the ones you get from Lush. I plan to order more ASAP.

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A week after being married and on our way to the pizza festival, which sucked badly. We didn’t even stay for it and ended up going out to eat somewhere else instead.

So I moved my bookshelves again, hahah. I swear I move them at least once a month. Our bedroom is really odd shaped, so I ended up putting all my bookshelves and my chaise in the area in our bedroom that is never used and I really love this new setup so much! I am in love with my new tapestry too. Such pretty colors. 😀 I am pretty happy with this new setup. Now I just need to get two more black bookcases to replace the brown ones I have, so they all match.

Just some randoms. A little dandelion puff. A sea shell. A pine cone. I found the pine cone at the park where the pizza festival was being held. That was probably the best part of the day, because I hadn’t seen one in years.

I finished The Darkest Minds on Thursday, it was so amazing and everything I hoped it would be and why the heck did I not read it sooner? It crushed my heart. I started PS I Like You on Friday morning and finished it Friday night. I read the entire day and couldn’t put it down. I loved it so freaking much! Ahhh it was so cute. I am currently reading Isla and the Happily Ever After now and it’s great so far.

It’s not a picture post without these three. Dax, ColbyJack, October. These three are pretty amazing. 😀 Oh and here are some other furbabies that I love….

The outside kitty, which I am obsessed with. She always hangs around our house and she’s so cute and sweet. She probably sticks around because I feed her though, let’s be real. 😛 And DIGBY! We watched Andy’s parents’ dog for a week, which was fun. October wasn’t really fond of him much, but it was all good. He’s so cuddly and I wish my furbabies were.

Other random pictures. Hanging out by the pool. The weather was really nice. And taking Dax on a walk before work the other day.

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The new season of Doctor Who started on Saturday and I loved the first episode so much. I think I am really going to love the new companion. She reminds me of a mix of Rose, Martha, and Donna. I was telling Andy that she has all three personalities and it’s perfect! I even got teary eyed a couple times during the first episode, lol. I am really looking forward to this new season, except that it’s Capaldi’s last season. I am not ready for him to go. I love him so much as the Doctor and I don’t think he’s had enough time as the Doctor. He’s my second favorite after Ten. 😦

How was your Easter if you celebrate? What’s your favorite Easter candy? Mine is Cadbury Mini Eggs. If you don’t celebrate Easter, how was your Sunday? What’s your favorite non-holiday Candy? 😀

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That’s all for this post! I hope you have a great day!

ashleypink

WWW Wednesday #34.

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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.


Hello!

Ahhh, it’s been two months since I’ve done a WWW post! I haven’t been reading as much as I usually do this year, but that was of course due to all the wedding stuff. Now that my wedding is over, hopefully that’ll change soon! I’m still pretty busy these days trying to catch up on everything and Kingdom Hearts is taking over my life! 😛 I’ve missed that game so much and so happy to be replaying them again. I believe I’m almost done with the first game and then I’ll start my replay on the next one. Anyway…BOOKS! So here’s what I’ve been reading:

Currently Reading:

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The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

I am finally reading The Darkest Minds…OMG! 😛 I’ve had this on my TBR for years and collecting dust on my shelves for so long. I decided to finally dust it off and open it up. I am currently halfway through and I am really enjoying it. I love Chubs! I am hoping to have this book finished this week.


Recently Finished:

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Crystal Storm by Morgan Rhodes

This series means the world to me and I can’t wait to get my hands on the next book. Crystal Storm was everything I hoped it would be and MORE! The cliffhanger at the end was pretty insane. I love the Falling Kingdoms series so much. It’s definitely at the top of my favorites list.


Reading Next:

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P.S. I Like You by Kasie West
Fireworks by Katie Cotugno
Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins

I am having a hard time choosing between these three, but I feel in the mood to read some YA contemporaries. Maybe I’ll read them all back to back. I don’t think I have read anything by Kasie West, but I have a few of her other books. P.S. I Like You sounds really good. Last year I read two of Cotugno’s books and became addicted to them, haha. I was stoked when I won an ARC giveaway on Goodreads for Fireworks! I really enjyoed the first two Anna and the French Kiss books, so I’m looking forward to Isla and the Happily Every After. Comment below which of these three do you think I should read first? 🙂

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!

In case you missed it;
Friday Finds #61.
Recap|| March.
Book Haul|| March.

I hope you have a great day!

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Friday Finds #61.

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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 almost a month since I’ve done a Friday Finds post, so I thought it was a good time to finally do one. I haven’t really been adding new books to my Goodreads TBR in awhile, which is why there has been a lack of these posts on my blog lately. Today I have four books to share with you guys and since it’s not many, I decided to include the Goodreads description in the post as well as my thoughts/first impressions of the books. Onto the books! You can see more of my TBR over on my Goodreads account over here and feel free to add me as a friend!

theseafarerskiss The Seafarer’s Kiss by Julie Ember

The book cover, OMG! It’s so pretty and I am obsessed with it. It sounds like such a great book too. I add a lot of books to my Goodreads TBR, but I don’t always buy them. I decided to preorder this one, because it sounds so so good and the cover is amazing.

Goodreads Description: Having long-wondered what lives beyond the ice shelf, nineteen-year-old mermaid Ersel learns of the life she wants when she rescues and befriends Ragna, a shield-maiden stranded on the mermen’s glacier. But when Ersel’s childhood friend and suitor catches them together, he gives Ersel a choice: say goodbye to Ragna or face justice at the hands of the glacier’s brutal king. Determined to forge a different fate, Ersel seeks help from Loki. But such deals are never as one expects, and the outcome sees her exiled from the only home and protection she’s known. To save herself from perishing in the barren, underwater wasteland and be reunited with the human she’s come to love, Ersel must try to outsmart the God of Lies.


houseoffuriesHouse of Furies by Madeleine Roux

I’ve read the first two books in the Asylum series and I really liked them and hope to read the others this year. Madeleine has this new book coming out and it sounds awesome! It’ll also have pictures and illustrations like Asylum too! I am super stoked about it. I don’t read a lot of horror, but I do generally love them when I do.

Goodreads Description: After escaping a harsh school where punishment was the lesson of the day, seventeen-year-old Louisa Ditton is thrilled to find employment as a maid at a boarding house. But soon after her arrival at Coldthistle House, Louisa begins to realize that the house’s mysterious owner, Mr. Morningside, is providing much more than lodging for his guests. Far from a place of rest, the house is a place of judgment, and Mr. Morningside and his unusual staff are meant to execute their own justice on those who are past being saved. Louisa begins to fear for a young man named Lee who is not like the other guests. He is charismatic and kind, and Louisa knows that it may be up to her to save him from an untimely judgment. But in this house of distortions and lies, how can Louisa be sure whom to trust?


theressomeoneinyourhouseThere’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins

Honestly, I’m just curious how Stephanie Perkins is going to go from cute lovey contemporaries to this horror type book. I read the first two Anna and the French Kiss books and enjoyed them, so I really want to see how she does in this genre. It also sounds pretty good and I am digging the book cover. I seen an article online that they actually created this cover by building those little stairs and using lights to get the words to to reflect on the wall that they built around the stairs. Pretty awesome!

Goodreads Description: One-by-one, the students of Osborne High are dying in a series of gruesome murders, each with increasing and grotesque flair. As the terror grows closer and the hunt intensifies for the killer, the dark secrets among them must finally be confronted. International bestselling author Stephanie Perkins returns with a fresh take on the classic teen slasher story that’s fun, quick-witted, and completely impossible to put down.


theunlikelies The Unlikelies by Carrie Firestone

I am pretty sure I am obsessed with book covers that have ice cream on them. That’s exactly why I was drawn to this book at first, to be honest. I also tend to buy all the books with ice cream on the covers. It sounds like a fun read though. I’m sure this will eventually end up in my possession. I hope it comes with a free lime popsicle, because that one on the cover looks amazing.

Goodreads Description: Rising high school senior Sadie is bracing herself for a long, lonely, and boring summer. But things take an unexpected turn when she steps in to help rescue a baby in distress and a video of her good deed goes viral. Suddenly internet-famous, Sadie’s summer changes for the better when she’s introduced to other “hometown heroes.” These five very different teens form an unlikely alliance to secretly right local wrongs, but when they try to help a heroin-using friend, they get in over their heads and discover that there might be truth in the saying “no good deed goes unpunished.” Can Sadie and her new friends make it through the summer with their friendships–and anonymity–intact?

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;
Book Haul|| March.
Recap|| March.

I hope you have a great day and weekend!

ashleyblue

Book Haul|| March.

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Hello!

Finally posting my March book haul! I ended up with quite the haul this month. I did have a birthday though, so a lot of them were birthday gifts. I am going to jump straight into my March book haul. I took last minute pictures, so the quality/lighting isn’t the greatest for my pictures this time around. Onto my haul!

Birthday Presents:

Red Rising by Pierce Brown
PS. I Like You by Kasie West
Kids of Appetite by David Arnold
Every Hidden Thing by Kenneth Oppel
A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir
The Maze Runner by James Dashner
The Scorch Trials by James Dashner
The Death Cure by James Dashner
The Kill Order by James Dashner

I mentioned I had a birthday in March (the 3rd) and my friends sent me some books! I am super stoked with all of the books that they gifted me. They are books that I have been dying to read. I read the Maze Runner series already (and loved it, minus the ending), but I didn’t own it so my friend Shelbie sent me her copies since she didn’t want them anymore. Super stoked to have them!

Amazon:

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Renegade Red by Lauren Bird Horowitz x3
*Paperback, Hardcover, and E-Book*
Wayfarer by Alexandra Bracken

Lots of new releases this month that I had to get my hands on! I also got an amazing deal on Wayferer. I don’t typically like to buy sequels if I didn’t read the first book, but it was on sale on Amazon for $6. I couldn’t pass it up. I read and loved Renegade Red; I got the Warrior cover for both the paperback and the hardcover. Now onto my search for the other covers.

The Song Rising by Samantha Shannon
Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner

I loved Goodbye Days so much and Jeff Zentner sent me a signed bookmark and signed bookplate for preordering Goodbye Days. I thought I missed the opportunity, but I DMed him on Twitter and he said he would send me them! I also got a signed special edition of The Song Rising. I LIVE FOR THIS SERIES AND WARDEN.

Barnes & Noble:

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The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
The End of Oz by Danielle Paige
Dorothy Must Die: Stories Vol. 3 by Danielle Paige

I’ve been dying to read The Hate U Give since I heard about it and finally got a copy. I can’t wait to pick this one up soon. You all know I love the Dorothy Must Die series, so I had to get the new one. I decided to go with getting it from Barnes and Noble, because their edition has an exclusive epilogue in it. I didn’t buy any of the new ebook novellas for the series, because I knew I would also be buying Stories Volume 3 at some point that has them all in it like I have with all the others. Super stoked to read the novellas and The End of Oz.

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That’s all for my March book haul. I got quite a lot of books this month, but a little over half were gifted to me at least, lol. It didn’t set me back too much. I’ve been so good this year with not going crazy. I will say that there is about 15 books on Book Outlet right now that I have been dying to buy, but luckily I have stayed away. I can’t make any promises later in the year though once I catch up from all the wedding and honeymoon stuff. 😛

Have you read any of the books that I got in March? Feel free to link me to your haul posts, so I can check them out!

What are you guys currently reading right now? I started two books; The Song Rising and The Darkest Minds. I’ve kind of hit a reading slump though and I’ve been replaying all the Kingdom Hearts games before the release of the new game in December, so I haven’t been reading much. I don’t completely remember the story line since it’s been so long since I’ve played the games, so I decided to buy a PS2 and all of the games for it and my Nintendo DS so I can replay them. Super stoked! I think I already put in about 20 hours of game play since getting it Friday, lol.

In case you missed it;
Recap|| March.

I hope you have a great day!

ashleybluegray

Recap|| March.

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Hello!

March was one busy month for me. So many last minute wedding things and my actual wedding! Speaking of wedding….I’m married now, you guys! 😀

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Almost ten years later, 😛 ! The wedding was on Saturday (March 25th). There were a lot of mishaps that happened (rain being a big one), but it was good and I’m happy that we’re finally married! Onto the next chapter…like getting a new furbaby. hahah. Just kidding. Hands are full with our three furbabies. Honeymoon in June though. DC, NYC…BOOKCON! Super stoked!

Anyway, onto my recap of the books I read in March. I didn’t have a whole lot of time to read this month, so I was trying to read books that were short since I knew I would be really busy. I ended up reading three novellas/short stories and three novels. Not too bad and it put me 5 books ahead with my Goodreads challenge, which is nice. It’ll help when I get into those dreaded reading slumps. I’m sure it’s bound to happen at some point this year.

Here is what I read in the month of March. 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 February.

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The Pale Dreamer by Samantha Shannon – 4 out of 5 stars.
On the Merits of Unnaturalness by Samantha Shannon – 4 out of 5 stars.
The Ideas of March by Barry Lyga – 4 out of 5 stars.

These three were the short stores/novellas. The first two The Pale Dreamer and On the Merits is part of the Bone Season series, which I loved. I think (I don’t know for sure, my mind always changes) I will finally read The Song Rising next. The Ideas of March is a short story written by Barry Lyga (author of the Jasper Dent (I Hunt Killers) series. Each month in 2017 he’s releasing a new story (that can only be bought within that month and then they are gone) and all the proceeds go to the American Civil Liberties Union. ACLU defends the First Amendment. I think that’s pretty awesome and generous of him. I really enjoyed this story and I am looking forward to see what the rest of the short stories for the year are!

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Bad Mommy by Tarryn Fisher – 3.5 out of 5 stars.
This was a pretty weird book, but it was enjoyable and at times hard to put down. Not exactly what I expected though. In my head I was expecting something else, so it wasn’t what I expected and hoped it would be; but I still liked it.

F*ck Love by Tarryn Fisher – 5 out of 5 stars.
I hate this book so much, that I absolutely love it. It made me so angry!!!! I could not stop reading it though and I love Kit and Helena. Also, I am DYING to go to Port Townsend now and I am making it a point to go to Le Tub ASAP! #fucktarrynfisherformakingmefeelallthethings

Crystal Storm by Morgan Rhodes – 5 out of 5 stars.
Morgan Rhodes kills me EVERY. SINGLE. TIME. The ending….OMG! I can’t deal. I can’t. I don’t know how I’m going to survive until December. My heart. It’s not okay. This series means the world to me and I can’t wait to get my hands on the next book. The cliffhanger was the worst and I don’t think I’ll be able to sleep at night until I find out what happens next.

What did you read this month? Have you read any of the books that I read? What new books did you get this month? Feel free to link me to your wrap up posts!

I hope to jump back into blogging in soon now that the wedding is over and planning won’t be taking up most of my time. I can now put focus into some other things that I’ve been wanting to do. 😀 I’ll have my March book haul posted later this week or on Monday. I still need to take pictures of the books that I got this month. I’ve been too busy to do anything else.

I hope you have a great day!

ashleybluegray

Random|| Update & Pictures.

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Hello!

I haven’t updated in almost a week, but I have been SO SO busy. This weekend I was able to finish up all the wedding DIYs that I had to do, which included making the boutonnieres for the guys, doing little touch ups to the bouquets, and decorating the arch. My older sister helped with a lot of it and I probably wouldn’t have been able to do it without her! I also spent a lot of time shopping all weekend trying to gather all the last minute things that I need. You guys….I get married in like FIVE DAYS! AHHH! There have been so many hiccups with planning this wedding and things not working out for me. I really hope it turns out good. Here are a few pictures of some of the things my sister and I made!

Boutonnieres.

The one with the book page heart is for the groomsmen and the one with the book page flower is for Andy (the groom). I didn’t include pictures of the bouquets, but they are similar. The bridesmaids have little book page hearts in theirs and I have a book page flower in mine to match Andy’s.

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This is the arch that my sister and I decorated. We still need to put one more strand of the purple flowers in the back and also trip the fabric at the bottom, but that’s pretty much what it’ll look like when it’s finished. It took us so long to do it. I think we were outside for like four hours yesterday. I really hope it survives the drive to the venue.

The weekend before last I went to a St. Patrick’s Day parade with my my mom, cousin, and her son. It was SOOO hot outside, but pretty fun. Left is a picture of my mom and I. Right is a picture of my cousin’s son and I drinking frozen lemonade, which were amazing.

A couple pictures from actual St. Patrick’s Day. Andy, me, and my sister. And the little had I wore. It was a really fun night. I went out with my mom and then around 10ish Andy and my older sister came out.

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I read two Tarryn Fisher books last week. I finished Bad Mommy, which was pretty good but different than what I expected it to be. I gave it 3.5 stars. I absolutely hated (actually LOVED) F*ck Love. It made me so angry, but I could not stop reading it.

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I think I will finally read The Song Rising next. I wanted to give it my full attention and I also wasn’t ready for it. I’ve been so busy, so I knew I wouldn’t be reading much. I think I will be starting it next week and I am so stoked. I got some cool Bone Season bookmarks in the mail (I’ll post in my haul post next week) and can’t wait to use them with this book! I am obsessed with this series and Warden.

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Here is a current picture of my reading area in my living room! I’ll eventually have a room for all my books and my new chaise, but I have to wait a few months for that to happen. I also need to clean out the other room, because it’s pretty backed with boxes and wedding stuff. It’s good for now though. Once the wedding is over and we catch up on things, I will be getting new bookcases…so that’ll be when I move everything into the other room. For now it’s like a storage room and it’s baaaad! I plan to go on a MAJOR decluttering spree of the house once things get back to normal again.

Random flowers. I am obsessed with the cacti and the color of them. And I am living for the pink roses. I want to go back and buy them all.

Random picture of the lighthouse we bought for the backyard and a ferris wheel when I went to the carnival with my niece, nephew, and older sister.

That’s pretty much it for this post. I wanted to give you guys an update since I haven’t in awhile and I am still here. We have family coming in all week, starting tonight. It’s going to be a crazy busy week for me. Should be fun though! 😀 I’ll have my book haul (it’s a pretty big haul) and wrap up posts next week.

In case you missed it;
Happy Release Day, RENEGADE RED!
Friday Finds #60.

I hope you have a great day!

ashleypink