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

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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

 

Photo A Day|| November 1-6.

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Hi!

First I want to mention that I made a blog post yesterday talking about some changes coming to my blog. I’ll link it at the end of this post in case you missed it. This post today is part of those changes.

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. This is part of the content that I was doing over on Still Pixels and I am moving it to here for now.

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! Today is day seven of the challenge, but I’ve only done the first six pictures so far. I haven’t done today yet. I’ll post the first six days in this post. After that it’ll be 3-4 per post.

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.

Sorry for big pictures. Resizing them kind of messed up the pixels, so I left them as they are. I don’t know if WordPress is having an issue right now or what. 

Days 1-6 of November.

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Day 1: Blue
Instagram Caption: 🌴💙 || photo a day • blue.
Camera: Nikon.

View from the hammock in my backyard. We have a ton of different trees outside and also power lines, lol. I thought it looked cool together though.


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Day 2: Red
Instagram Caption: s t r a n g e r • t h i n g s ♡ || photo a day • red.
Camera: iPhone.

The hubby and I went to a concert last week, but first we went to go get food at the brewery (Brewhouse Gallery) next door and they had a Stranger Things light setup, which was amazing!


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Day 3: Green
Instagram Caption: finding solutions, not making excuses. ♫ || photo a day • green.
Camera: Nikon.

Forever palm trees all over Florida. More palm trees in my front yard. I swear, they are everywhere. That’s okay though, because they’re pretty to look at and take pictures of.


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Day 4: Yellow
Instagram Caption: 🌼💛 || photo a day • yellow.
Camera: iPhone.

We have this pretty ugly bush/plant type thing in front of our house, but it grows really pretty yellow flowers. I know, weird right. Ugly, but also pretty at the same time. I take a lot of pictures of the flowers on it.


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Day 5: Pink
Instagram Caption: 🌵💕🌵💕🌵💕🌵 || photo a day • pink.
Camera: iPhone.

We also have this pretty cool cactus in front of our house and I take pictures of that a lot too. I really like this picture I got with the little flower growing on it. It was perfect for my photo a day for day five. Hint of pink.


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Day 6: Aqua
Instagram Caption: when you lose yourself, you’ll find what you’re looking for. ♫ || photo a day • aqua.
Camera: iPhone.

We have a pool that I don’t ever really use. I’m not a fan of swimming, to be honest. Sometimes I’ll sit with my feet in the water though, so that’s nice. Other times I just like taking pictures of it. My socks are kind of aqua color too!

In case you missed it;
Blog Changes.

I hope you have a great day!

ashleyblack

 

Blog Changes.

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Hey!

I’ve been thinking a lot about blogging, the blogosphere, and especially my blog and I decided to make some changes and I really hope you stick around for them! Continue reading this post to learn more about it.

I had originally created a blog called “still pixels” for my photography and I have an Instagram account to go along with it as well. I like everything I did over there for the two weeks I was doing it, but I think juggling two blogs is difficult; especially when I neglect this one A LOT over the last year. With a new year coming I want to make some changes to the content on this blog.

With that being said, I am going to slowly make this blog be about all the things I like and not only books. It’ll also be where I talk about random things happening in my life. A little journal (ish) in a way. Also, kind of like how I was doing with my random picture posts that I’ve done over the last couple years, but there will be more of it; not just once in awhile.

I’m going to migrate some of the things that I posted on Still Pixels over to this blog as well, because I liked the content that I made and posted there; like the headers that I made from the pictures that I took. I’m not going to delete Still Pixels, because in the future I may want to try again with that blog. I’ll be leaving it active, but not updating it (for now). I’m leaving my Instagram account for Still Pixels (stillpixels_) active too, but not updating that right now either. I put that account to private for now.

I will still be updating about books here, but books may not necessarily be my main focus. I don’t plan to rename this blog or anything, because “Socially Awkward Bookworm” still portrays who I am as a person. I am still (and forever) socially awkward and I am still (and forever) a bookworm. There’s more to me than just books though, so I want to talk about and share those things too. I love blogging, but sometimes not always about books and I have no idea where else to put the things in my head.

I think that’s another reason why I’ve been pretty MIA in the blogosphere over the last year and a half. I don’t always want to blog about books, but this blog has always been centered around books and I felt like maybe it would have been wrong in some way to post other things besides book related things and the casual picture update. So I’ve slowly stepped away, I guess you can say. I don’t want to do that though, because I love having a place to put my thoughts and my pictures (other than Instagram).

BUT! With a new year approaching rather quickly, I decided I am going to embrace it and post whatever I want to post about; whether that be books, music, tv shows, traveling, photography, or anything else happening in my life. This will be a space for all of that and more. In life if things aren’t working out for you anymore, you change it, or leave it behind. I don’t want to do anything in life that isn’t going to make me happy.

“I’m so focused on my own energy right now and people misinterpret that. I’m not being distant. I’m just gravitating to the vibes that suit me.”

I want to live a life where I am happy with all of my choices and what I am doing and I want my blog to reflect that too. I want to live my life as stress free as humanly possible and if that means having to let some things or people go, then so be it. Life is too short to be anything other than happy and who you want to be. Life is too short to not have the things you want and do the things that you want to do. I’m all about good vibes and that’s the way I want to live my life always.

“I’m learning to be more calm and patient these days. Just can’t afford to let anything or anyone steal my happiness.”

“The more in harmony you are with the flow of your own existence, the more magical life becomes.”

There will still be TONS of talk about books too; no one will ever be able to take away my love for books and the need to talk about them. You’ll just get to see more into my life as well and that could be pretty fun. 🙂

Twitter: whoa_itsashley
Instagram: heyyitsashley
Bookstagram: foreverbookish_

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Recap|| October.

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HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

So sad it’s the last day of October! It’s Halloween though, so that’s always fun. I had this BIG Halloween TBR that I didn’t get to as much as I wanted. I read a few books from the list, but not many at all. I haven’t been reading as much as usual these days, which is a little bit of why I haven’t been around here as much. I did complete my Goodreads reading challenge this month, so that’s cool!

Now onto my recap of what I read in October. 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.

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

I actually managed to finish reading The Art of Starving in September, but I had already posted my recap post before I finished it, because I didn’t think I would have it finished before October started. I am including it in this post as well.

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The Art of Starving by Sam J. Miller – 3 out of 5 stars.
The Art of Starving was an okay book, but not completely memorable. I’m actually having a hard time even writing something about it because I don’t remember too much about it. The first half of the book was great, but then by the second half I was bored with it most of the time.

They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera – 4 out of 5 stars.
I enjoyed They Both Die at the End so much. Adam Silvera always knows how to leave me a crying mess at the end though, haha. I loved Mateo and Rufus so much. I thought it was so cool that there are Instagram accounts that go along with the story. It was cool being able to see pictures of what Mateo and Rufus did.

My Best Friend’s Exorcism by Grady Hendrix – 4 out of 5 stars.
My Best Friend’s Exorcism was really good and pretty creepy at times. I had a lot of fun reading it and I loved the way that it ended. It was definitely perfect for this month. I’m glad I finally got around to reading it.

The Outside by Laura Bickle – 5 out of 5 stars.
Okay, so I read the first book in this duology (The Hallowed Ones) in 2015 I believe. I absolutely loved that book so much and I don’t know why it took me so long to finally read The Outside. I am so glad that I finally read it, because it was just as great as the first book. This duology is definitely on my list of favorite books. I don’t know if you’ve read Enclave by Ann Aguirre, but at times it reminded me a little bit of that series (WHICH I LOVE SO MUCH), so I was hooked.

The Hollow Girl by Hillary Monahan – 5 out of 5 stars. – Review.
The Hollow Girl is hands down one of my favorite books that I read this year. I loved the story and the characters. It was creepy, it was really dark, and it is also a really important book. Feel free to check out my review for me.

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

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Catacomb by Madeleine Roux
The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan

I am really enjoying them both so far, so I am excited to finish them in November. I’m not sure of all the books I will be reading in November, but hopefully finishing these. Possibly read Without Merit and I have an eARC from Netgalley (Being Fishkill by Ruth Lehrer). I still need to finish Invictus too. It’s taking me forever to read it, but it’s mostly because I haven’t been in the mood for that type of book. I may pick it up again in November and attempt to finish it.

I also plan to listen to the audiobooks of the Razorland series, because I really want to read the fourth book that just came out. I love that series so freaking much (mentioned Enclave above). The third book (Horde) came out in 2013, so it’s been a LONG time since I’ve be in that world and I need a reread. Luckily my library has all of the audiobooks available right now.

What did you read in October? Have you read any of the books that in October? Feel free to link me to your wrap up posts, so I can check them out!

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Do you have any plans for Halloween? I never got around to watching Hocus Pocus or Halloweentown yet, so I think tonight I plan to watch those movies since I watch them every October. I can’t miss this year! I went to my cousin’s Halloween party on Saturday, which was fun. Here are mine and my mom’s costumes, lol. I wore my costume (minus the mask) today for work.

In case you missed it;
Book Haul|| October.
Thoughts|| The Hollow Girl.
Random|| HUGE picture post (50+).

I hope you have a great day and Halloween if you celebrate!

ashleyhalloween

Book Haul|| October.

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Hello!

Ahhh, what happened to October? I have my October book haul to share with you guys today. I’ve been pretty good this year about not buying a ton of books this year. This month I did buy a few more than I usually have been. Sorry for not taking pictures of the books, but I’ll share the cover from Goodreads though.

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Escape from Asylum by Madeleine Roux
Without Merit by Colleen Hoover
Turtles All the Way Down by John Green
The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand

Lots of release day books that I got this month. I will buy (and read) ANYTHING Colleen Hoover writes, so I had to get Without Merit. I am super stoked to read it and may try to read it in November. I have a love/hate for John Green books, but I seen Amazon had signed copies of Turtles All the Way Down, so I decided to get it. I got The Afterlife of Holly Chase because I needed more “Christmasy” books to read in December and I heard that this one is supposed to be a retelling of A Christmas Carol, so I’m stoked! And Escape from Asylum goes along with the two books I got below.


Book Outlet

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Catacomb by Madeleine Roux
The Asylum Novellas by Madeleine Roux

I somehow managed to get through this year so far by only making two Book Outlet purchases. They currently have SO MANY books that I want to by, but I haven’t caved in! I did for these two though, because I wanted to have them for my Halloween TBR. Sadly, I didn’t get around to reading them though. I’m currently reading Catacomb now, but I most likely won’t have it finished before the end of tomorrow. I really enjoy the Asylum series though, so I am looking forward to reading them all. Book Outlet didn’t have Escape from Asylum, which is why I got it from Amazon.


Goodwill

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TMI by Patty Blount
What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen

Went on a random trip to Goodwill with my mom and she got me these two books. TMI sounded pretty good. I haven’t read any books by Sarah Dessen, but I have a couple of them and everyone seems to love her books. I am looking forward to checking them out and seeing why everyone loves her books so much. Goodwill had What Happened to Goodbye, so I picked it up.


E-Books

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Unnatural Deeds by Cyn Balog
The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan
When I Die by Barry Lyga

I am SUPER behind on reading Barry Lyga’s short stories and I need to catch up. When I Die is his story for October. I mentioned it before, but he’s releasing a new story every single month and it’s only available during that month. All money goes to helping the American Civil Liberties Union. ACLU defends the First Amendment. I already have a physical copy of The Sword of Summer, but the e-book was was on sale, so I got a copy of that version too. I am actually currently reading it along with Catacomb. I’ve had Unnatural Deeds on my TBR, so I was excited to see it on sale.

That’s all for my October book haul. What books did you get this month? Feel free to link me to your book haul posts, so I can check them out!

In case you missed it;
Thoughts|| The Hollow Girl.
Random|| HUGE picture post (50+).

I hope you have a great day!

ashleyhalloween