17 Books I LOVED In 2017

Hi everyone!

This post is a really exciting one! I’ve been actually wanting to share my ‘2017 Favorites’  on my blog for ages, and I’ve finally decided to  do it! This was originally going to be a miscellaneous Favorites post but as soon as I realized how many book favorites I had, I just knew that I had to dedicate a whole blog post to it, otherwise I just wouldn’t be doing these amazing books justice.

As I’ve probably mentioned countless times on this blog, I absolutely LOVE to read. Books are very important to me. That is what makes this post so exciting! I read quite a bit last year,and from all of those books, I picked my TOP 17 to share with you all! (this was quite a hard task haha..) Unfortunately I wasn’t able to take the pictures of some of the books that I wanted to mention in this post, but they were so amazing so I wanted to add them in anyway!

The Legend series- Marie Lu

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These books were my first introduction to the AMAZING author Marie Lu! I was super excited when I got my hands on the first book, and I was literally in awe of her writing the whole time. The plot is really gripping and intense but also really unique! I absolutely LOVED it! I simply CANNOT wait to read more of her books now!

The Book Thief- Markus Zusak

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This book was one I had heard a LOT about and I must say, it definitely did not disappoint! When I first began reading I wasn’t really sure what to expect, but after the first couple of pages, I was dragged into the story and I just couldn’t stop reading until Death had finished his story. Markus Zusak is a GENIUS.

Lock And Key- Sarah Dessen

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Sarah Dessen was on my list of “Must Read Authors in 2017′ and although I had already heard so much about her, I was still stunned by her writing and just the whole book in general. The characters were so.. real and honest. You could literally feel what they were going through. In fact during some points of the story, I felt as if I was the character. Definitely one of the best contemporary novels I’ve read.

Flawed and Perfect-Cecilia Ahern

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I’ve already mentioned this book loads of times last year, (sorry ’bout that!) but I simply couldn’t resist adding it in! The plot and the characters and just the whole book in general was just AMAZING! It definitely deserves more recognition.

Girl Out of Water- Nat Luurtsema

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This book had me cracking up the whole time I was reading it. In fact I’m about 70 percent sure that my sister thought I was going nuts haha.. I just couldn’t help it! This book is hilarious! It’s warm, funny and lighthearted, and the characters just immediately become like your friends! I loved every minute of it!

Magnus Chase and the Hammer of Thor- Rick Riordan

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I just HAD to include a RR book! It was quite a struggle trying to pick which book I liked more-The Dark Prophecy or this one. I loved both books equally though! Although,I must say- the real reason I chose this one is because of the characters and their amazing friendship! I LOVED reading it!

Geek Girl Series-Holly Smale

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I had originally only read the fifth book of this series and I LOVED it so much that I simply HAD to read the rest of the books! After I started, I just couldn’t stop! I really really enjoyed reading it! It is just a really warm, fun and lovable series. Even all of the characters are fabulous. Oh and Harriet Manners is now my new fictional best friend.(Sorry Nat!)

The Maze Runner series- James Dashner

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I don’t know what I can type out to do these books justice? THEY WERE AMAZING! AS usual, when I first started reading these books I had NO idea what to expect but I loved it! Imagine going on adrenaline filled adventure camp, then multiply that feeling into a 100 and then you will have a small idea of what reading this book felt like. If you haven’t read it already, then you simply MUST read it as soon as you possibly can!

The Potion Diaries-Amy Alward

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This book is one of those fun, fluffy sort of books that are PERFECT to finish reading in one sitting! It had adventure, potions and amazing characters and it was a really enjoyable read! I loved the plot and just the whole story behind the book and the characters. I read this while I was on holiday and I think that the timing couldn’t have been more perfect. ♥

A few other AMAZING books that I wasn’t able to take pictures of, but I still loved so much that I couldn’t bear to not include them are-

  • A Monster Calls- Patrick Ness (I had never ever cried SO much for a book.It was simply beautiful.)
  • The Kite Runner-Khaled Hosseini  (You can read my full review on it here)
  • A Library of Lemons-Jo Cotterill. (I LOVED IT!)

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What do you think of these books?? Have you read any of them and if so, did you love them just as much as I did? Do you have any other AMAZING book recommendations that I missed out on? let me know in the comments down below! (oh, and what do you think of the pictures??)

Thank you so much for reading!

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Aesthetically Pleasing Bookish Character Mood Boards! | The Aesthetic Tag

Hi everyone!

I hope that you are all having an awesome Sunday! I know that I’ve already posted less than a week ago, but my lovely friend Rosie tagged me to do this (thank you so much Rosie!) and I just couldn’t resist posting it today!

So this is how the tag works!

  • Thank the person that tagged you and leave a link to their blog.
  • Add the following picture to your post.

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  • Leave a link to the original post (you can check it out here! )
  • Create aesthetics for the three characters that the person who tagged you gives
  • Make sure to use your own aesthetics
  • Tag at least three bloggers providing links to their blogs
  • List your own set of characters for the people you tagged
  • Have fun!

I have never actually done aesthetics before this so please excuse them if they are bad haha..I had a lot of fun while putting them together though! It was really exciting to look for pictures that speak about the characters and their stories!

-DRACO MALFOY

-POCAHONTAS

-THE WHITE RABBIT (From Alice In Wonderland)

I hope that you liked them!

Here are the people who I tag to  do this wonderful (and very aesthetically pleasing!) tag! 😍

Ilsa

May

Tabi

Jasmine

Dhiyanah

Samantha

And anyone else who wants to do this tag!

I can’t wait to see what you all come up with! I’m sure it’s going to be AMAZING! ❤️

-ANNABETH CHASE from The Percy Jackson series

THOMAS from The Maze Runner series

BELLE from Beauty and The Beast

I hope that you all have as much fun as I did while doing this! 😊❤️

What do you think of my aesthetic (hopefully anyway!) mood boards?? Are you following the AMAZING Rosie yet? If not then don’t forget to check out her blog! You are going to love it! Also, what sort of aesthetics are you interested in? Who are some of your favorite book characters? Let me know in the comments down below!

Looking Back at 2017 + Saying Hello To 2018 | Goals, Ideas And Dreams

 

Hi everyone!

I hope that you have all been having a great week so far! Or should I say great year..? I honestly cannot believe it’s 2018 already!! It feels so unreal. I’ve also got to get used to writing ‘2018’ on everything now haha..

I really wanted to post this during the last week of December, but for some reason the WordPress app keeps freezing and crashing and whenever I attempted to read any body else’s post or type up my post and tried to save it, everything just kept getting deleted which was quite odd..? (I am going to email WordPress about it and hopefully the issue will get resolved soon!)

Anyway! It’s 2018 everyone!! That means it’s a new year which also means new goals and a whole new year of opportunities! 😊

2017 was an amazing year. Definitely a year that would be impossible to forget. I learnt so much and experienced so many things that I literally could have only dreamed of experiencing!

But before I get onto that, I just want to look back at my 2017 goals and see if I successfully accomplished them last year. I actually did a blog post on this last year as well,and it was really fun! You can check it out here.

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  • Reach 500 followers ❌ (We didn’t hit 500 yet, but it was really close!)
  • Guest post on other people’s blogs✔️ (I only gust posted once, but it was still really fun!)
  • Design another person’s blog ❌
  • Redesign my own blog ✔️ (You can check out my Blog Makeover Series, here, here and here)
  • Start a Bullet Journal ✔️ (I started one but I still haven’t gotten around to using it regularly yet)
  • Collaborate with more people✔️✔️ 🙂
  • Blog regularly every week ❌ 😭 (Unfortunately I couldn’t accomplish this but I’m definitely trying!)
  • Complete one year of blogging! ✔️

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  • Do well in School ✔️ (this one was kind of vague but I definitely worked really hard last year and I think it paid off quite a bit 😊)
  • Read over 50 books ✔️✔️ (I read over 140 books last year which was AMAZING!)
  • Smile at least 5 people in one day✔️✔️ 😁
  • Experiment with different styles✔️✔️ (I experimented a LOT during the holidays and I tried to dress up as a fun character every day. I had a blast!)
  • Visit a place I haven’t ever been to before ✔️ (I explored a couple of other local places too, but you can check out my Singapore travel diary here)
  • Make Unicorn poop! ❌ (Hopefully I can try it out this year)
  • Get better at photography ✔️ (I hope I did at least haha..)
  • Learn to Code ✔️ (I did learn a few of the basics but I still have a LOT more to do, I can’t wait to learn it all though!)

Goals wise-I think I did pretty well? I mean I didn’t accomplish everything but I still had a lot of fun, and I’m just going to use the goals that I haven’t accomplished as motivation to do better this year! 😊❤️

I made a couple of goals for this year and I hope that when I look back onto this post (next year! 😍) I can say that I’ve accomplished my goals!

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  • Reach 700 followers? (I’m dreaming big! 😊)
  • Start up ‘Positive Vibes Only’
  • Collaborate with TONs more people
  • Try to blog regularly (I’m definitely going to try my hardest to accomplish this one!)
  • Start up a new series
  • Experiment with new kinds of blog posts! (Blog about something that I haven’t blogged about before!)

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  • Learn a new language! (I’ve started to learn Italian and I’m really enjoying it so far!)
  • Get better at coding
  • Read 200 books! 📚
  • Try out different at least 3 different kinds of food.
  • Successfully make slime? 😂
  • Take up a new sport!
  • Experiment with new things and challenges!
  • Do well in school (And work harder! 😊)
  • Bake more! (I haven’t been baking very much lately, and I really miss it)
  • Write, Write and Write some more!

Like I mentioned in my post last year, I want to keep my goals fun and achievable (well hopefully anyway!) so that I can enjoy doing them! 😉

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Last year was lovely and I enjoyed every single minute of it! Nothing in life is perfect but sometimes you just have to stop looking for perfection and just LIVE in the moment.

A little motto I had on holiday was- Have No Regrets! And that included not doing anything silly but just making the most out of every opportunity that I got. And I did it.

Usually I’m quite a cautious person, but last year I’ve learnt that if you don’t grab your opportunities when they come, you might never get them back.

It’s like time. Once it’s gone, it cannot be replaced or bought back. So from now on, I’m hopefully going to make the most out of every moment! Because it’s something to truly treasure and it’s precious. So I don’t want to take advantage of it but simply value it.😊

Blogging wise, I had a blast! I really really enjoyed being able to blog last year and although I did take quite a number of hiatuses, I’m still pleased with how the year went because I was able to genuinely enjoy the whole blogging process, and not stress myself out too much. And although it did get a bit overwhelming sometimes, it was all a part of the learning process!

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The stats for this year have been quite unbelievable! In fact, IM ABSOLUTELY THRILLED! Thank you all so much for all of your support! (The reason I’m not mentioning the actual numbers is because I have already mentioned it in my blogerversary posts. Also, numbers can’t always do justice to the amount of love and support you all gave me!)

Although, I did take quite a few hiatuses, I did blog quite a bit and I really want to share my absolute favourite ones!

I know there are quite a lot of ’em but I just couldn’t resist!

I’ve got a TON of things planned for this year as well, (Including the posts that I wasn’t able to post last year) so I’m really really excited!!

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and Sam!

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Thank you all so much again for everything!!

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