“Gilded” by Marissa Meyer | Book Review

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“Though 18-year-old Serilda Moller has lived in the town of Märchenfeld her whole life, most of the townsfolk choose to ostracize her. Cursed by the god Wyrdith before her birth, Serilda’s eyes are covered by the golden wheel of fate and fortune, and she possesses the ability to spin fantatsical tales, earning a reputation as an impulsive liar. One night under the Snow Moon, she lies to the wrong person, the Erlking, and changes the trajectory of her small town life. Now she is at his mercy, forced to answer his call every full moon to enter his haunted castle and spin straw into gold. A mysterious boy comes to her aid the first time, but even though he’s slowly falling in love with her, his magic cannot be given away for free. It’s apparent that the Erlking will never be satisfied, and Serilda is quickly running out of currency to continue paying the price of magic. Will she find a way out of her predicament, or will she be forever bound to Erlkönig and Adalheid Castle?”

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The beginning of Gilded was promising, so much so that I was prepared to hand out a five-star rating. I would highly recommend the audiobook, which I listened to all the way through; Rebecca Soler did a fantastic job as the narrator, making me feel like I was being read a fairytale before bed each night. The winter setting is cozy, and the darkness of the story kept me on the edge of my seat. I also appreciate the way foreshadowing was used. In chapter two, Serilda’s students comparing her storytelling to spinning straw into gold, transforming their dull lives in the town of Märchenfeld into something special. A second example is the moss maidens Meadowsweet and Parsely gifting jewelry to Serilda in chapter five; the crest on the ring and picture in the locket end up being significant clues that tie everything together. 

I was enchanted and ready to be taken on a immerisve journey for 500 pages . . . until chapter ten. Despite dark subject matter that toed the line, it’s the romance that lost me. It fell into the insta-love category and took me out of a world that had previously enraptured me. Never once did I feel a spark between Gild and Serilda. I wasn’t invested and found myself reading at a slower pace whenever they shared a chapter. I understand that his century-long loneliness as a poltergeist and her past with bullying gave them a connection as outcasts, but their intimacy progressed too quickly. The ending was wrapped up in their relationship, and I’m not sure there’s any part of it I liked. I sincerely believe a slow-burn romance would’ve suited this dark fairytale; instead an insta-love story weighed down an otherwise promising book.

Despite my disappointment, I’m giving this book 3 stars, and the completionist in me plans on reading the sequel. If you’re looking for a wintery read and like the idea of a Rumpelstiltskin retelling, give “Gilded” a try. Maybe the insta-love won’t bother you as much as it bothered me. Beware, this book is heavily inspired by German folklore and extremely dark. I’m shocked that there are no trigger warnings and did my best to cover everything down below so you’re fully prepared for the amount of blood & violence. 

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Trigger Warnings:

Abandonment – Serilda’s mother left when she was a young child. It’s mentioned throughout the book but addressed directly in chapter 17, starting on page 154.

Abortion – Though an abortion is not performed, it is used as a threat.

Bullying – Serilda’s experience with bullying due to her appearance is mentioned throughout the book.

Blood & Violence – If you can’t stand even a hint of blood, don’t read this book. There is blood and violence in most of the chapters.

Death & Suicide – Death is a major theme throughout the book, including the death of children. Chapter 49 is the most disturbing in my opinion because it deals directly with children’s dead bodies. There is a brief mention of suicide on page 178 and miscarriage and stillbirths on page 325.

Discipline – I know this isn’t always a bad or triggering subject, but on page 10, Madame Sauer grabs a willow branch and threatens to strike Serilda’s hands, bringing back painful memories from her school days. It’s briefly mentioned again on page 170. I wanted to note this because in my opinion, it’s a controversial and borderline abusive method of discipline.

Hunting & Trophies – There are frequent mentions of the Erlking hunting for magical creatures as sport; he mounts some of them on the walls of his castle and keeps others chained in cages.

Kidnapping & Missing Children – The Erlking is known for luring children from their homes & leaving their lifeless bodies at the edge of the Aschen Wood, sometimes keeping their spirits as prisoners in his castle.

Supernatural – If you’re easily creeped out, be aware that there are mentions of demons, appearances by ghosts who bear the wounds that caused their death, & eery creatures such as the Nachtkrapp, a raven with no eyes.

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Content Breakdown:

*Disclaimer: In order to be thorough, there will be spoilers in this section.

Alcohol – There are approximately 10 pages that mention alcohol and drinking, possibly a few more, but nothing too extreme – Pages 3, 103, 112, 134, 269, 280, & 326 

Blood, Violence, & Death – There are approximately 132 pages that mention blood, violence, and/or death, ranging from brief to descriptive & disturbing.

Page 2 – The Erlking shoots an arrow that pierces the wing of the god Wyrdith in beast form; there’s mention of bloodied feathers.

Page 12 – Serilda is daydreaming about the Erlking’s Snow Moon hunt, imagining that “after their demonic ride, there will be feasting on what beasts they’ve captured, and drinking of mulled wine spiced with the blood . . .”

Page 14 – Serilda tells the children “”the only way to kill off a Nachzehrer is by putting a stone into its mouth. That will keep it from gnawing on its own flesh while you cut off the head.”

Pages 17 to 20 – Serilda tells a story about the Erlking bringing lost children to his queen Perchta who longs to be a mother. Once they grow out of babyhood, she tires of them, & he takes them to the forest & kills them. The child in this particular story has his throat cut by a hunting knife.

Page 37 – A female ghost riding with the Snow Moon hunt has blood stains down the front of her tunic, seemingly from the gash in her throat which was the cause of her death.

Page 41 – Brief mention of a hypothetical bargain signed in blood

Page 43 – Serilda is thinking about the rumors that the Erlking murders children, how in the past children’s corpses were found at the edge of the forest, often picked clean by crows.

Page 47 – Brief mention of Serilda’s story about a water nix who bites off fingers

Page 48 – Brief mention of Serilda’s story in which she brandishes a lethal fire iron & stabs her enemies, including one of the Erlking’s hellhounds

Page 55 – The first appearance of the Erlking’s servant Manfred, a ghost with an iron chisel sticking out of his left eye socket & a beard soaked in blood. He appears frequently so his appearance is described more than once.

Page 59 – The carriage Serilda rides in is made of a beast’s ribcage, the lantern out of his jaws & skull.

Page 65 – A young ghost servant of the Erlking is noticed by Serilda. She speculates that the bruises on his neck might be evidence of abuse from when he was alive or his cause of death.

Pages 65 & 66 – One of the Erlking’s hellhounds breaks loose and attempts to attack Serilda so he puts it down with an arrow which strikes through one of its eyes and jaw.

Page 71 – The Erlking’s castle is full of taxidermied creatures; the different heads & bodies are discussed throughout Chapter 9. 

Pages 73 to 74 – There is mention of tapestries depicting the brutality of the Erlking’s hunts.

Pages 76 to 77 – If Serilda cannot spin straw into gold, the Erlking threatens to mount her head and that of her father on his castle walls.

Page 80 – Brief mention of bloodstained walls which is what Serilda thought the Erlking’s dungeons would have

Page 83 – A panicked Serilda wonders how the Erlking will cut off her head, with an axe or a sword?

Pages 103 to 105 – Serilda tells another story in which the Erlking kills a child, this time by stabbing with an arrow.

Pages 118 to 119 – Mention of a tapestry depicting a stag bleeding from multiple arrow wounds

Pages 122 to 123 – Serilda is attacked by a creature with a demon face, something known as a Drude; his claws draw blood.

Page 125 – Mention of bloody footprints & a pool of blood in the throne room where Serilda is walking

Page 134 – Mention of the dried blood on Serilda’s cheek

Pages 140 to 141 – Serilda & Leyna talk about Nachzehrer, creatures that eat people & their own body

Page 161 – Serilda has a beautiful dream about some kind of celebration at a castle which suddenly turns into blood spilling from under the gates and into the lake

Page 165 – Brief mention of a wolf pack taking chickens & goats from a local farm

Pages 177 to 178 – Serilda starts to tell the school children a story about seeing a Nachzehrer, freshly risen from the grave, who had already chewed off his burial shroud and right arm

Page 178 – Brief mention of suicide, Fricz explains that someone who commits suicide could potentially become a Nachzehrer

Page 178 – Brief mention of Serilda remembering the screams & bloody footprints from Adalheid Castle in Chapter 14

Page 194 – The Crow Moon hunt catches up to a red fox who is swiftly killed with a cudgel. Serilda mentions that the hunt will end with a feast of their kills served on silver dishes in a pool of blood.

Page 194 – Back at the castle after the Crow Moon hunt, the hellhounds are lured back to their cages by bloody meat.

Page 195 – The Erlking grabs Serilda by the hair & threatens her with a blade against her throat.

Page 198 – The Erlking strikes his blacksmith, throwing him into a wall.

Page 198 – After his latest prank, the Erlking gives orders for the castle poltergeist to be strung up with rope in the dining hall.

Page 199 – The Erlking theartens Serilda, saying “Either this straw will be gold come morning or it will be red with your blood.”

Page 209 – Serilda continues her story from chapter 12, mentioning once again the prince who is badly wounded and bleeding while watching the Erlking continously stab his little sister with an arrow.

Page 210 – In that same story, the great huntress Perchta is bleeding from an arrow wound inflicted by the prince.

Page 228 – The Erlking remarks that he won’t be gutting Serilda since all the straw in the dungeon has been spun into gold.

Page 231 – Two brief mentions of blood

Page 232 – Serilda mentions that if the Erlking finds out about her lies, he will kill her and mount her head on one of the castle walls.

Page 237 – A man appears in front of Adalheid Castle, seemingly wounded with blood spilling out of his mouth

Page 238 – Serilda runs into a goblin in the castle who begins to bleed from his neck; on that same page, Serilda mentions the stench of blood in the air.

Page 240 – Another mention of the smell of blood in Adalheid Castle

Pages 241 to 242 – Serilda runs into a woman who isn’t wounded at first, but suddenly a red line appears across her throat.

Page 261 – Serilda wants to know more about Adalheid Castle & “what had happened to leave its walls haunted by so many brutally murdered spirits.”

Page 261 – Brief mention of the Erlking killing mortals & stealing children

Page 266 – Serilda considers how she might kill the Erlking; she certainly can’t walk right up to him & stab him with his own hunting knife.

Page 268 – For the Spring Equinox celebration, the citizens of Adalheid decorate their doors with garlands made of animal bones.

Page 269 – A man with a cart full of live animals passes Serilda; the animals are left caged or tied to posts to await their fate during the Erlking’s Spring Equinox hunt. A cart of rabbits is added on page 272.

Pages 272 to 273 – Lorraine tells Serilda that trying to have a conversation with the Erlking during the Feast of Death will be “ . . . asking for him to skin you alive! To pluck out your eyeballs and feed them to the hounds. To tear your fingers off one by one and . . .”

Page 273 – Brief mention of the innocent children who disappeared because of the Erlking

Page 275 – Leyna tells Serilda that the live animals will be let loose for the hunt to chase down & kill; the meat is then thrown upon the likeness of the god Velos where the hellhounds feast upon it.

Page 279 – Serilda recognizes two ghosts riding with the hunt, describing them as “covered in their own blood”

Page 280 – Music is being played at the feast by “gore-splattered musicians”

Pages 280 to 281 – The live animals are let loose, running as fast they can from the pursuing hellhounds & hunters who are cheered on by a crowd of ghosts

Page 286 – Serilda sees a tapestry in Adalheid Castle that depicss a skeleton dressed as royalty and a small body ripped in two, identified as a female child from the pink dress & ringlet curls

Pages 287 to 288 – When a drude attacks Serilda, it gives her horrible visions: the Märchenfeld school on fire with children trapped inside, her father’s body being scavenged by birds, three of her young students being poked & prodded by goblins while locked in a cage, two other students being ripped to shreds by hellhounds, Leyna and her mother being attacked by Nachtkrapp, & Gild pinned like a moth to a spinning wheel.

Pages 288 to 289 – Gild fights with two Drudes, & there’s mention of blood & entrails.

Page 289 – Gild is bleeding from a wound on his scalp.

Page 290 – Gild explains to Serilda that Drudes can torture you for hours until your heart stops, when you can’t handle any more terror & give up.

Pages 292 to 293 – Gild drags his hand through his hair which smears his fingers with blood from his head wound. Serilda cleans the wound as best she can.

Page 304 – Another mention of the Erlking’s Spring Equinox hunt throwing the captured animals’ carcasses onto the effigy of Velos for the hellhounds to feast upon

Page 306 – Serilda catches a glimpse of the hellhounds fighting over the meat hanging from the likeness of Velos.

Pages 314 to 315 – Serilda cleans her shoulder wound caused by Drude talons, gouges caked in dried blood.

Page 325 – Mention of children dying from disease as well as mothers suffering a miscarriage or giving birth to a stillborn baby

Page 334 – Brief mention of blood

Page 364 – Serilda passes by two ghost gardeners, the man with shears sticking out of his neck & the woman with a crooked head, possibly from a broken neck.

Pages 365 to 366 – The Erlking shows Serilda his collection of caged beasts, looking miserable in their confinement; some even have untended wounds.

Pages 367 to 370 – The Erlking’s fellow hunters drag their latest catch into the gardens, a chained Tatzelwurm who is promptly put into a cage.

Page 405 – Brief mention of blood

Page 409 – Mention of the great huntress Perchta liking to toy with her prey, both animal or human, no torment enough to satisfy her bloodlust

Pages 414 to 417 – Serilda’s father returns as a Nachzehrer, a zombie covered in blood with visible bones. When he can’t get ahold of Serilda, he starts to eat his own finger. Madame Sauer suddenly appears and decapitates him with a shovel.

Page 417 – It is explained that Nachzehrer come back to life to eat their family members.

Page 420 – Brief mention of blood

Page 423 – Serilda asks a Nachtkrapp if he’s found any plump mice this morning, & then tells him to stay away from the hearts of the local children. 

Page 425 – A Nachtkrapp scratches Serilda’s hand & draws blood.

Chapter 49, Pages 433 to 442 – This might be the most disturbing chapter in the whole book. Five of Serilda’s favorite young students go missing after the Awakening Moon hunt. After a town-wide search, their bodies are found at the edge of the Aschen Wood. Sadly they are not peaceful & untouched; they all have holes where their heart should be, bones sticking out & covered in drying blood. 

Chapter 50, Pages 443 to 454 – Serilda continues her search because the fifth child’s body was not found. She ends up in Adalheid Castle, telling a gruesome story about a massacre from the past that killed all its inhabitants. That story triggers a pool of blood that opens a door into The Veil where the Erlking resides after dawn. Right before entering, Serilda sees a horrifying sight, a little girl’s body hanging from the throne room chandelier. 

Chapter 51, Pages 455 to 461 – There is mention of blood at the very beginning of the chapter, & the four children’s ghosts are by the Erlking’s side when Serilda finds him. 

Page 463 – Mention of ghosts with “battered bodies & bleeding wounds”

Pages 466 to 467 – The Erlking hung Gild outside the castle with chains, non-fatal but meant as a punishment.

Chapter 53, Pages 472 to 477 – The whole chapter revolves around the Erlking wanting to abort Serilda’s unborn child.

Page 475 – At the prospect of Serilda’s magic not returning, even if the fetus in her belly is removed, the Erlking says it would be better to slit her throat and be done with both of them.

Pages 477 to 478 – The Erlking shoots his barber in the heart, black blood spilling down his convulsing body.

Pages 482 to 483 – The Erlking stabs Serilda in the wrist with a gold arrow to curse her, putting her under his control; there is mention of blood from the wound.

Page 487 – Serilda once again notes the appearances of the ghosts around her at Adalheid Castle, each of them bearing the wound or wounds that killed them.

Page 490 – Gerdrut is revealed to also be a ghost with a hole where her heart used to be.

Gods & Magic

There are heavy magical themes, mentions of curses, potions, & witches. There are seven (mostly) fictional gods who are mentioned frequently: Eostrig-god of spring & fertility, Freydon, Hulda-god of labor, Solvilde-god of sky & sea, Tyrr-god of war & hunting, Velos-god of death & wisdom, and Wyrdith-god of fate, fortune, lies, & stories.

Grammar & Spelling

Page 140 – “It was a far cry tastier that the buttered rye bread . . .” instead of “It was a far cry tastier than the buttered rye bread . . .”

Language

By the old gods (as an exclamation) – Page 41

Damned – Page 312

Gods alive (as an exclamation) – Page 140

Sensual/Sexual Moments

Page 227 – A brief kiss

Page 312 – Extended kiss

Pages 358 to 361 – A kiss that turns into touching which leads to something more but fades to black. The only additional information is that he helped her get dressed before they fell asleep side by side.

Page 363 – She briefly daydreams about her night with him, imagining his body, his hands, & his mouth.

Pages 376 to 377 – She considers the opinion of society concerning unwed couples sleeping together & ponders whether or not she feels shame for sleeping with him; she concludes that she does not.

Page 469 – She realizes she’s with child after missing her period.

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My last post was a bit of a downer so tonight I’m focusing on sources of joy from my Thursday. Even though I’m exhausted & don’t feel good, I was productive with my work tasks. I got some reading & note-taking done for the book review I’m currently working on. Pssst, I’ll let you in on what I’m reading: “Gilded” by Marissa Meyer. ❄️ I placed an order for an exciting, TikTok-approved YouTube video. I watched Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman which is one of my comfort shows; obviously I love it for the strong female lead & beautiful Colorado mountain views. 😉 My parents treated my brother & I to Sonic ice cream, which I can never say no to; if anyone’s curious, I got an M&Ms blast. 🍦 I listened to some throwback Disney songs while doing a Lucy Wyndham-Read arm workout; I’m on day 3 of the 7-day challenge, & I finally managed the whole thing without stopping for a break. FEEL THE BURN! 🔥 Last but certainly not least,I purchased the brand new Neopets Faerie AOP T-Shirt from Cakeworthy. I wear their all-over-print shirts every single day so you can imagine how extensive my collection is. When I saw a teaser for their Neopets collection, I IMMEDIATELY marked my calendar. If you need me, I’ll be looking out the window, impatiently waiting for my package. 🧚‍♂️

When life gives you lemon after lemon after lemon, it’s nice to set aside time to make lemonade. It’s easy to get overwhelmed by the bad & forgot about all the good that’s right there. Writing all this down was very therapeutic so I thank you for indulging me. 💕 I’ll try & do these casual updates more often, especially after good days like today. I hope you had a great Thursday too. Good Night! 🌙

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Goodbye 2021 | Hello 2022

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I don’t even know where to begin so I’ll start by saying ‘m deeply sorry for disappearing. My blogs mean the world to me, but 2021 kicked my butt. PERIOD. Drama went down at my retail job, & when I could no longer handle the stress mentally & physically, I put in my two weeks. The cherry on top of being unemployed was not getting a job I really wanted three months after applying. I made the decision to enjoy the last two months of the year & do something I never do: enjoy family time during the holidays! In typical Lauren form, I didn’t keep my promise. Well, technically my family did make some great memories in November & December. However, my workaholic tendencies reared their ugly head, & I worked myself into the ground. I’m so exhausted & need a vacation from my two-month vacation, as ridiculous as that sounds. Going into the new year, I have one potential job on my radar. I’m terrified & want to throw up every time I think about going through the application process again, but my sad bank account is pushing me forward. I have no choice! I have to get a job NOW. I’m feeling a fresh wave of nausea talking about this so let’s move on & take a look at what productivity I did manage during 2021:

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Let’s take a look at the numbers: I ended 2021 with 488 art blog followers (down from 497), 475 lifestyle blog followers (exactly the same), & 322 subscribers + 154.3K views (up from 293 & 140,868).

I could let those numbers discourage me, but there were things in 2021 that were beyond my control. It wasn’t possible for me to be more active unless I wanted to make myself sick so, in the wise words of Elsa, I’m choosing to Let It Go. I’m currently looking for a work-from-home job which would give me more freedom to be creative on the side. If all goes well, you’ll hear from me again very soon. 💕

HAPPY NEW YEAR! 🥂

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Ha Bracha | A Blessing Over 2021

It’s a gross understatement to say 2020 was a rough year so I won’t say it. Instead I’ll look forward to the new year with cautious optimism & lots of prayer. Speaking of prayer, I recently heard Joshua Aaron’s Hebrew cover of the song The Blessing, & it is a spiritual experience. It’s the perfect prayer to lead us into the coming year so I recommend you find a quiet spot, close your eyes, & let the song wash over you. Wishing you & yours a healthy 2021! 💙 

“And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying: “Speak to Aaron and his sons, saying, ‘This is the way you shall bless the children of Israel. Say to them: “The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace.” ’ “So they shall put My name on the children of Israel, and I will bless them.”  – Numbers 6:22-27

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Yevarechecha Adonai, VeYishmerecha • The LORD bless you and keep you • יְבָרֶכְךָ יהוה, וְיִשְׁמְרֶךָ⁠

Ya’er Adonai Panav Eleycha ViChuneka • Make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you • יָאֵר יהוה פָּנָיו אֵלֶיךָ, וִיחֻנֶּךָּ⁠

Yisa Adonai Panav Eleycha, VeYasem Lecha Shalom • The LORD turn His face toward you and give you peace • יִשָּׂא יהוה פָּנָיו אֵלֶיךָ, וְיָשֵׂם לְךָ שָׁלוֹם

Yehi chasdo aleicha le’alfei dorot • May His favor be upon you to a thousand generations • יהי חסדו עליך לאלפי דורות

Mishpachtecha viladecha • Your family and your children • משפחתך וילדיך

Dorotecha achareicha • Your generations after you • דורותיך אחריך

Rucho telech lefaneicha • May His presence go before you • רוחו תלך לפניך

Letsidecha achareicha • Beside you and behind you • לצידך, אחריך

Misvivecha belibecha • All around you and within you • מסביבך, בליבך

Hu itcha • He is with you • הוא איתך

Baboker uvaerev • In the morning in the evening • בבוקר ובערב

Betzetecha uvoecha • In your going and your coming • בצאתך ובואך

B’sivlotecha beoshrecha • In your weeping and rejoicing • בסבלותיך ואושרך

Hu itcha • He is for you • הוא איתך

Hu itanu im kulanu • He is for us, He is with us • הוא איתנו עם כולנו

Hu itcha • He is for you • הוא איתך

Shalom • Peace • שָׁלוֹם

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Goodbye 2020 | Hello 2021

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Goodbye 2019, Hello 2020 ( Lifestyle Blog )

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• Saying Goodbye to Waitress on my Art Blog:

What Baking Can Do

She Used To Be Mine

Everything Changes

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• Best Dressed | Golden Globe Awards 2020 ( Art Blog )

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The world lost Kobe Bryant & his daughter Gianna along with Alyssa, John, & Keri Altobelli, Ara Zobayan, Christina Mauser, & Payton & Sarah Chester. Kobe was my favorite athlete & one of my biggest inspirations; I still don’t have the words to describe the deep sorrow I feel or how much I miss him. 💔

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Best Dressed | 92nd Academy Awards 2020 ( Art Blog )

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Mamba + Mambacita ( Art Blog )

Riposi in Pace ( Lifestyle Blog )

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Just Want to Say Hello (acknowledging the virus on my Lifestyle Blog & checking in with everyone)

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Activities for Social Distancing ( Lifestyle Blog )

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The Bookie Trials Royal Weekender | Team Mage ( Lifestyle Blog )

📚 Books Read: 1

“The ABC Murders” by Agatha Christie ( ✔️ Clairvoyance – Read a 5-Star Prediction ✔️ Tome Champion – Finish One Book ✔️ Magi Might – Read a Book With Purple on the Cover )

📖 Pages Read: 247

🥇 Badges Earned: 7 out of 8

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O.W.L.s Readathon 2020 + Stay at Home Reading Rush ( Lifestyle Blog )

📚 Books Read: 12

“The Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins ( ✔️ Care of Magical Creatures exam )

“The Dark Knight Returns” by Frank Miller ( ✔️ Arithmancy exam )

“Batman Beyond: Hush Beyond” by Adam Beechen ( ✔️ Potions exam )

“Every Crooked Path” by Steven James ( ✔️ Charms exam )

“The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” by Robert Louis Stevenson ( ✔️ Transfiguration exam )

“Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” by J.K. Rowling ( ✔️ History of Magic exam ✔️ Read a Book in the Same Room the Whole Time ✔️ Read a Book Set Somewhere You Wish You Could Go ✔️ Read a Book That Will Make You Smile )

“Catching Fire” by Suzanne Collins ( ✔️ Astronomy exam )

“The Night Country” by Melissa Albert ( ✔️ Ancient Runes exam ✔️ Read a Book With a House on the Cover )

“Every Deadly Kiss” by Steven James ( ✔️ Muggle Studies exam )

“At Bertram’s Hotel” by Agatha Christie ( ✔️ Defense Against the Dark Arts exam )

“The Cornish Coast Murder” by John Bude ( ✔️ Divination exam )

“Mockingjay” by Suzanne Collins ( ✔️ Herbology exam )

📖 Pages Read: 3,836

Reading Prompts Completed: 4 out of 4

Ordinary Wizarding Levels Completed: 12 out of 12

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Reading Rush 2020 ( Lifestyle Blog )

📚 Books Read: 7

“To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” by Jenny Han ( ✔️ Read a Book in a Genre You Want to Read More of badge )

“P.S. I Still Love You” by Jenny Han ( ✔️ Read the First Book You Touch badge )

“Always & Forever, Lara Jean” by Jenny Han ( ✔️ Read a Book With a Cover That Matches the Color of Your Birthstone badge )

“Stuart Little” by E.B. White ( ✔️ Read a Book That Inspired a Movie You’ve Already Seen badge )

“Aquaman, Volume 1: The Trench” by Geoff Johns ( ✔️Read a Book Completely Outside Your House badge )

“The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society” by Annie Barrows & Mary Ann Shaffer ( ✔️ Read a Book That Takes Place on a Different Continent Than Where You Live badge )

“The Murder of Roger Ackroyd” by Agatha Christie( ✔️Read a Book That Starts With The Word “The” badge )

“Capturing the Devil” by Kerri Maniscalco ( Started in October 2019, doesn’t count as a complete book )

📖 Pages Read: 1,911

🥇 Badges Earned: 13

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➡️   R e a d i n g   R u s h   D a y   7   C o m i n g   S o o n !   ⬅️ 

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• I restarted my college photography project on social media, posting a photo(s) every Wayback Wednesday, Throwback Thursday, & Flashback Friday:

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Dawsey + Juliet ( Lifestyle Blog )

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Support the Irish Arts ( Art Blog )

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Starbucks Kiwi Starfruit Refresher | Drink Review ( Lifestyle Blog )

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Birds of Prey ( Lifestyle Blog )

Girl Power! ( Art Blog )

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Ballad of Mulan ( Lifestyle Blog )

Loyal, Brave, True ( Art Blog )

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Long Live the King, an art tribute to Chadwick Boseman

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Alta Mar is Over ( Lifestyle Blog )

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Shanah Tovah | Happy New Year ( Art Blog )

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• Disney Remake + Sequel Reviews on my Lifestyle Blog:

Reviewing 14 Disney Movies

Alice in Wonderland 2010

Maleficent 2014

Cinderella 2015

The Jungle Book 2016

Alice Through the Looking Glass 2016

Pete’s Dragon 2016

Beauty and the Beast 2017

Christopher Robin 2018

Dumbo 2019

Aladdin 2019

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil 2019

Lady and the Tramp

The Lion King 2019

Mulan 2020

14 Live Action Disney Remakes + Sequels Ranked

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Disney Magic Remade ( Art Blog )

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• A Day at Dunder Mifflin Elementary | Unboxing + Flip Through

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ezeg7p6aIOU&t=4s

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• Old Salt Raincoat – Kiel James Patrick | Unboxing + First Impressions

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OFWdmmOfPZI&t=5s

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• My 1st Squishable Haul | Mini Pumpkin Spice Latte + Storm Cloud

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9T7aNUVjy34&t=3s

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• “Uprooted” + “Spinning Silver” by Naomi Novik | Illumicrate Unboxing

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• Poirot, Sherlock, & . . . | Once Upon a Crime Collection | North Ave Candles Unboxing

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• Friends 50 States Challenge | Thanksgiving 2020

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• Mini Squishable Dreidel Unboxing | Happy Hanukkah!

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• MinaLima Harry Potter & the Philosopher’s Stone Illustrated + Signed Edition | Flip-Through + Review

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• Artmas 2020:

A Christmas Carol

Bunnybee Baking + The Cookie Gallery

Holiday on Ice

Hannah Detterbeck

Little Nero’s Gingerbread

The Show Must Go On

Christmas Advertisements 2020

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I Had the Holiday Blues ( Lifestyle Blog )

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• Instagram Top Nine:

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🕯   A moment of silence for all the people who lost their life because of COVID-19. May their memory be a blessing!   🕯 

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Farewell to Alex Trebek (Jeopardy! host), Carl Reiner (actor, author, comedian, director, & screenwriter), Chadwick Boseman (actor), Conchata Ferrell (actress), David Lander (actor, baseball scout, comedian, & musician), David Prowse (OG Darth Vader), Dawn Wells (actress), Diana Rigg (actress), Eddie Van Halen (musician & songwriter), Fred Willard (actor, comedian, & writer), Gianna Bryant (#2 Mambacita), Grant Imahara (MythBusters), Helen Reddy (actress, author, singer, & songwriter), Jeremy Bulloch (OG Boba Fett), Jerry Stiller (actor, author, & comedian), Joe Ruby (Scooby Doo Co-Creator), Kelly Preston (actress & model), Kenny Rogers (actor, entrepreneur, musician, record producer, singer, & songwriter), Ken Spears (Scooby Doo Co-Creator), Kobe Bryant (#8 & #24 Black Mamba), Lynn Cohen (actress), Mary Pat Gleason (actress & writer), Max von Sydow (actor), Naya Rivera (actress, model, & singer), Nick Cordero (actor), Olivia de Havilland (actress), Orson Bean (actor, comedian, producer, & writer), Regis Philbin (actor, singer, & TV host/presenter), Richard Herd (actor), Sean Connery (actor), Tom Lister Jr. (actor & wrestler), & Wilford Brimley (actor & singer).

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Let’s take a look at the numbers: I ended 2020 with 497 art blog followers (up from 486), 475 lifestyle blog followers (up from 472), & 293 subscribers + 140,868 views (up from 274 & 121,601). I must admit those numbers are extremely disappointing & feel like a slap in the face after a year of work. Even though I wasn’t very active creatively, I put my all into every single blog post & video I produced. I’m letting my self stew in misery for a bit, but then I’m going to suck it up, hold my head high, & do better in 2021.Onwards & upwards! ➡️ ⬆️

📖 This Bible verse feels very appropriate after the year we just endured so I’m leaving you with Ecclesiastes 3:1-8:

“To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven: A time to be born and a time to die; A time to plant and a time to pluck what is planted; A time to kill and a time to heal; A time to break down and a time to build up; A time to weep and a time to laugh; A time to mourn and a time to dance; A time to cast away stones and a time to gather stones; A time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing; A time to gain and a time to lose; A time to keep and a time to throw away; A time to tear and a time to sew; A time to keep silence and a time to speak; A time to love and a time to hate; A time of war and a time of peace.”

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– Lauren Michele ❤

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Goodbye 2019 | Hello 2020

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Goodbye 2018 | Hello 2019

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Aquaman Art

Aquaman Movie Review

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2018 Reading Wrap-Up

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Best Dressed | Golden Globe Awards 2019

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• Booktube Games Winter 2019 Readathon | Team Hogwarts 🏰 

📚 Books Read: 12

“The King” by Steven James

“Opening Moves” by Steven James

“Strange the Dreamer” by Laini Taylor ( ✔️ Group Book Challenge )

“Checkmate” by Steven James

“The Hazel Wood” by Melissa Albert

“Muse of Nightmares” by Laini Taylor

“Peach Cobbler Murder” by Joanne Fluke ( ✔️ 24-Hour Readathon Challenge ) 

“The Secret of Red Gate Farm” by Carolyn Keene ( ✔️ 24-Hour Readathon Challenge ) 

✔️ Scavenger Hunt Challenge | Found the castle emoji in Peyton Reads’ vlog

“All the Light We Cannot See” by Anthony Doerr

“Cascade” by Lisa Tawn Bergren

📖 Pages Read: 4,948 ( 5,784 + bonus pages earned from challenges)

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• I had a Lady Gaga moment in church. 😂 

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Game of Thrones Art

Game of Thrones Rewatch

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• O.W.L.S 2019 Readathon | Ravenclaw 💙🦅💙 

1 Magical Readathon

30 Days

1 Ravenclaw Librarian-in-Training, 1st Year

7 Audiobooks

5 Physical Books ( 2 hardcover, 3 softcover)

3 E-Books

1 Graphic Novel / E-Book

3,776 Pages

12 Ordinary Wizarding Levels

“The Warrior Maiden” by Melanie Dickerson | Ancient Runes exam

“Frankenstein” by Mary Shelley | History of Magic exam

“Charlotte’s Web” by E.B. White | Transfiguration exam

“The Raven Boys” by Maggie Stiefvater | Defense Against the Dark Arts exam

“Wires and Nerve” by Marissa Meyer | Divination exam

“Uprooted” by Naomi Novik | Herbology exam

“Club Dread” by Carolyn Keene & Franklin W. Dixon | Muggle Studies exam

“Cherry Cheesecake Murder” by Joanne Fluke | Potions exam

“The Heather Hills of Stonewycke” by Judith Pella & Michael R. Phillips | Arithmancy exam

“Big Little Lies” by Liane Moriarty | Charms exam

“Lion in the Valley” by Elizabeth Peters | Care of Magical Creatures exam

“Star Wars: A New Hope” | Astronomy exam

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Super Bowl LIII Commercials

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Best Dressed | 91st Academy Awards ( VERY late! )

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Wishing Riverdance a happy 25th birthday!

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Chewbacca Art

Rest in Peace Chewie

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Best Dressed | Met Gala 2019

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Happy Mother’s Day! Blog Post

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Best Dressed | Festival de Cannes 2019

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• Biblio Games Summer 2019 Readathon | Team Antihero 🦸‍♀️ 

1 Sky High Readathon

30 Days

1 Team Antihero

1 Audiobook

4 E-Books

7 Graphic Novels

7 Physical Books (5 hardcover, 2 softcover)

2 Audiobooks + Hardcover

1 E-Book + Hardcover

5 Challenges

250 Bonus Pages

7,212 Pages (7,462 + bonus pages)

22 Books

“Angel’s Den” by Jamie Carie

“Pagan Spring by G.M. Malliet 

“The Sittaford Mystery” by Agatha Christie | Lunch challenge – Book w/ a satisfying ending

“Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” by J.K. Rowling 

“Little Women” by Louisa May Alcott

“Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” by J.K. Rowling

“Thr3e” by Ted Dekker | Alter Ego challenge – Book picked by a member of another team, Adrian from @FullTimeReads

Source: https://twitter.com/FullTimeReads/status/1125101401607159808

“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” by J.K.Rowling 

“Key Lime Pie Murder” by Joanne Fluke

“And a Puzzle to Die on” by Parnell Hall

“Meddling Kids” by Edgar Cantero

“Poseidon: Earth Shaker” by George O’Connor | Gym challenge – Book format I don’t usually read, graphic novel

“Hera: The Goddess and Her Glory” by George O’Connor | Gym challenge – Book format I don’t usually read, graphic novel

“Hades: Lord of the Dead” by George O’Connor | Gym challenge – Book format I don’t usually read, graphic novel

“Athena: Grey-Eyed Goddess” by George O’Connor | Gym challenge – Book format I don’t usually read, graphic novel

“Ares: Bringer of War” by George O’Connor | Gym challenge – Book format I don’t usually read, graphic novel

“Aphrodite: Goddess of Love” by George O’Connor | Gym challenge – Book format I don’t usually read, graphic novel

“Zeus: Kings of the Gods” by George O’Connor | Gym challenge – Book format I don’t usually read, graphic novel

“Gold Medal Murder” by Carolyn Keene & Franklin W. Dixon 

“Demon Summer” by G.M. Malliet

“Talking as Fast as I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls, and Everything in Between” by Lauren Graham | Witty Banter 101 challenge – Book w/ comedy

“Love, Life, and the List” by Kasie West | Moral Ambiguity challenge – Trashy Young Adult book 

*Note: I don’t like to label things as “trashy” because I consider that insensitive to both author & reader. I did a google search for “trashy YA” after both Twilight & Vampire Academy fell through, & this book popped up. I went with it because it was available to me on Scribd.

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• The Book Junkie Trials Summer 2019 Readathon | Team Mage 🧙‍♀️

Team Mage Ability: 3-day head start, June 28th

Team Mage Weakness: Read a book outside your comfort zone, Manga

“In the Shadow of Gotham” by Stefanie Pintoff | Orc Grove ( Team Mage Challenge )

“Queen of the Waves” by Janice Thompson | Ol’ Pirate Road ( Team Mage Challenge )

“Carrot Cake Murder” by Joanne Fluke | Empty Barrel Inn ( Optional Challenge )

“To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee | The Weeping Falls ( Optional Challenge )

“High Moon” by Jennifer Harlow | The Giant Squid ( Optional Challenge )

“The New York Trilogy” by Paul Auster | Glimmer ( Team Mage Challenge )

“Dragon Ball (3-in-1 Edition) Vol. 1” by Akira Toriyama | Draconic Isle ( Team Mage Challenge, Manga for Team Mage Weakness )

“The Complete Tales of Winnie-the-Pooh” by A.A. Milne | Crimson Peaks ( Optional Challenge )

“4:50 From Paddington” by Agatha Christie | The Great Library ( Optional Challenge )

“The Chalk Man” by C.J. Tudor | Hallow Isle ( Optional Challenge )

“The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter” by Theodora Goss | Apothecary Towers ( Optional Challenge )

“Her Royal Spyness” by Rhys Bowen | Queendom Stone ( Optional Challenge )

“The Deeds of the Disturber” by Elizabeth Peters | The Forgotten Forests ( Optional Challenge )

“Stardust” by Neil Gaiman | The Bookie Grail ( Team Mage Challenge )

“The Secret Adversary” by Agatha Christie | The Elven Guard ( Optional Challenge )

“On the Fence” by Kasie West | Dwarf Mount ( Optional Challenge )

“Caraval” by Stephanie Garber | The Drowning Deep ( Optional Challenge )

1 Book Junkie Trials

31 Days

1 Queendom ruled by Queen Rachael – @RachaelMarie_BT

1 Map

1 Team Mage

1 Marquess of Magi: Becca – @theumbramortis

1 Mage Ability

1 Mage Weakness

5 Team Challenges

12 Additional Map Quests

6 Micro Challenges

1 Audiobook

1 E-Book

1 Manga

10 Physical Books (5 hardcover, 5 softcover)

1 Audiobook + E-Book

2 Audiobooks + Softcover Books

1 E-Book + Hardcover Book

17 Books

5,678 Pages

–   J u l y   1 1 t h   t o   1 2 t h   –

• I started taking a look back at my art school journey on Instagram, posting a different photo(s) every Throwback Thursday & Flashback Friday.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BzylEdgAgQ1/ – No longer available because I restarted the project

https://www.instagram.com/p/Bz1By2QAJ0t/ – No longer available because I restarted the project 

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• Reading Rush 2019 ( formerly known as Booktubeathon )

Author’s First Book: “The Chalk Man” by C.J. Tudor & “The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter” by Theodora Goss

Book From 2018 TBR: “The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter” by Theodora Goss

Book + TV or Movie Adaption: “4:50 From Paddington” by Agatha Christie

Book With a Purple Cover: “4:50 From Paddington” by Agatha Christie & “Her Royal Spyness” by Rhys Bowen

Non-Human Main Character: “Dragon Ball (3-in-1 Edition) Vol. 1” by Akira Toriyama, “The Complete Tales of Winnie-the-Pooh” by A.A. Milne, & “The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter” by Theodora Goss

Read in the Same Spot: “Dragon Ball (3-in-1 Edition) Vol. 1” by Akira Toriyama & “The Chalk Man” by C.J. Tudor

5+ Words in the Title: “The Complete Tales of Winnie-the-Pooh” by A.A. Milne & “The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter” by Theodora Goss

Read Seven Books: “The Deeds of the Disturber” by Elizabeth Peters

1 Reading Rush

7 Days

1 Audiobook

1 Manga

4 Physical Books (3 hardcover, 1 softcover)

1 Audiobook + Softcover Book

8 Challenges

14 Badges

7 Books

2,442 Pages

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• Wink Frozen Desserts 12 Flavors Taste Test & Review

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jEyAZB4PaIQ&t=2s

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Bijou Karman | NYFW 2019

Caroline So | NYFW 2019

Dena Cooper | NYFW 2019

Gigi Thanawongrat | NYFW 2019

Jessica Juliet | NYFW 2019

Meagan Morrison, Travel Write Draw | NYFW 2019

Meredith Wing, Moomooi | NYFW 2019

Best Dressed | NYFW 2019 ( Late! )

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A Difficult Life Update

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My 26th Birthday + Mystery Incorporated Art

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Disney+ Dream Job Entry ( Blog Post )

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LnVOuvhIM88&t=4s

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Quarter Life Crisis

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–   N o v e m b e r   1 2 t h   t o   D e c e m b e r   1 1 t h   –

*Note: Even though I didn’t win the Disney Plus Dream Job contest, I decided to continue with my 30-day marathon. You can expect a variety of throwback shows & beloved movies as well as my thoughts on the brand new app.

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🍿 Disney+ Marathon Day 1 | November 12

🎨 Aladdin, Bonkers!, Hercules, & Rescue Rangers Art

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🍿 Disney+ Marathon Day 2 | November 13

🎨 Doug, DuckTales, Emperor’s New Groove/School, & Goof Troop Art

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🍿 Disney+ Marathon Day 3 | November 14

🎨 Brother Bear, Hannah Montana, Jonas, & The Hunchback of Notre Dame Art

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🍿 Disney+ Marathon Day 4 | November 15

🎨 Lizzie McGuire Art

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🍿 Disney+ Marathon Day 5 | November 16

🎨 Go Figure & Ice Princess Art

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ImA8sKOoTs&t=285s

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🍿 Disney+ Marathon Day 6 | November 17

🎨 Cow Belles, Phil of the Future, & Pixel Perfect Art

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🍿 Disney+ Marathon Day 7 | November 18

🎨 Now You See It, That’s So Raven, & The Princess and the Frog Art

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🍿 Disney+ Marathon Day 8 | November 19

🎨 The Lion King Art

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🍿 Disney+ Marathon Day 9 | November 20

🎨 Stuck in the Suburbs, The Suite Life of Zack and Cody, & Wendy Wu Art

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🍿 Disney+ Marathon Day 10 | November 21

🎨 Mulan, Pocahontas, & The Little Mermaid Art

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8VLTjqNJaVg&t=636s

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🍿 Disney+ Marathon Day 11 | November 22

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🍿 Disney+ Marathon Day 12 | November 23

🎨 Moana Art

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🍿 Disney+ Marathon Day 13 | November 24

🎨 Wreck-It Ralph Art

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🍿 Disney+ Marathon Day 14 | November 25

🎨 Home on the Range Art

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🍿 Disney+ Marathon Day 15 | November 26

🎨 Get a Clue, That Darn Cat, & The Parent Trap Art

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z1-kL3ddOHc&t=589s

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🍿 Disney+ Marathon Day 16 | November 27

🎨 Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen Art

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🍿 Disney+ Marathon Day 17 | November 28

🎨 Jump In Art

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🍿 Disney+ Marathon Day 18 | November 29

🎨 Monsters University

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🍿 Disney+ Marathon Day 19 | November 30

🎨 Meet the Robinsons, Treasure Planet, & Wall-E Art

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🍿 Disney+ Marathon Day 20 | December 1

🎨 Atlantis: The Lost Empire Art

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qyWTouUzS4s&t=9s

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🍿 Disney+ Marathon Day 21 | December 2

🎨 A Goofy Movie Art

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🍿 Disney+ Marathon Day 22 | December 3

🎨 The Cheetah Girls Art

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🍿 Disney+ Marathon Day 23 | December 4

🎨 101 Dalmations Art

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🍿 Disney+ Marathon Day 24 | December 5

🎨 The Cheetah Girls 2 Art

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🍿 Disney+ Marathon Day 25 | December 6

🎨 DuckTales the Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp Art

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🍿 Disney+ Marathon Day 26 | December 7

🎨 Bambi Art

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🍿 Disney+ Marathon Day 27 | December 8

🎨 Newsies Art

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🍿 Disney+ Marathon Day 28 | December 9

🍿 Disney+ Marathon Day 29 | December 10

🍿 Disney+ Marathon Day 30 | December 11

🎨 High School Musical Art

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jH_G0k9u6sU&t=279s

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–   D e c e m b e r   1 s t   t o   2 5 t h   –

*Note: I worked most of December & got sick so some of my holiday content was SUUUPER late.

After my Disney Plus failure, I decided to get back on the horse & try again. I entered the CenturyLink Hallmark Movie Dream Job contest, and . . . I lost again. 😂 I made lemonade out of lemons & did a “25 Days of Hallmark” marathon. Each day I picked one old Christmas movie & one new one from a Kurt Adler advent calendar, amounting to 50 movies total. Enjoy!

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–   D e c e m b e r   2 n d   t o   9 t h   –

• The Bookie Trials Winter Quest Readathon

Objective: Read as few books as possible to fulfill 11 challenges.

Book Read: “The Winter People” by Jennifer McMahon

Challenges:

✔️ Daemonic Residue: One or More Animals/Magical Beasts

✔️ Desolate Ruins: A Book You Already Own or Freely Available to You

✔️ Eastern Escape: Marginalized Author

✔️ Glacial Pass: White on the Cover or Snow/Winter themes

✔️ Graves End: A Book That Contains Death or Death Themes

Orc Eaves: LGBTQIAP+ Character

✔️ Rural Haven: A Book From Your Favorite Genre or An Author You’ve previously Given 5 Stars to – Mystery & Thriller

✔️ Serpentine Allegiance: Recommendation From a Blogger or Booktuber – Katie, ChapterStackss

✔️ The Beacon of Hope: Drink a Warm Drink and/or Light a Candle 

✔️ The Dark Shard: Morally Gray Character or Villainous Main Character

✔️ The Queen’s Armada: Buddy Read

–   D e c e m b e r   1 8 t h   t o   2 5 t h   –

• Artmas 2019: 

🎨  Somewhere Only We Know  🎄

🎨  CSI: North Pole  🎄

🎨  Promise Phan  🎄

🎨  Haleigh DeRocher, Sweet Sequels  🎄

🎨  Yolanda Gampp, How to Cake It  🎄

🎨  Away in a Manger 🎄

📺  Christmas Advertisements 2019  🎄

🎨  Simchu Simchu Immanuel  🎄

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Farewell to Carl Ruiz (chef), Carol Channing (actress & singer), Caroll Spinney (Big Bird & Oscar the Grouch puppeteer), Lee Mendelson (Peanuts producer), Luke Perry (actor), Gabe Khouth (actor), Georgia Engel ( actress), Peggy Lipton (actress), Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca), Rene Auberjonois (actor), Rip Torn (actor), Robert Forster (actor), Russi Taylor (voice of Minnie Mouse), Ron Leibman (actor), Stanley Donen (choreographer & director), Tim Conway (actor & comedian), & Tyler Skaggs (Los Angeles Angels pitcher).

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Let’s take a look at some numbers from the past year: I ended 2019 with 486 art blog followers ( up from 431 ), 472 lifestyle blog followers ( up from 420 ), & 274 subscribers + 121,601 views ( up from 244 & 88,153 ). To be honest, those numbers are disheartening. I didn’t see significant growth in 2019, & that is a knife to my heart. That being said, I accept partial blame. Even though some rough patches were out of my control, others fall on me. I felt unmotivated for most of the year which led to getting behind on work & producing content months after production. It was a quarter life crisis that really got to me, & I’m determined to be much better this year. This is a new decade, a new chapter in my life, a chance to refocus & reap more fruit from my labor. 2020s, I’m about to kick butt & take names. Watch out! 💥

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– Lauren Michele ❤

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Goodbye 2018 | Hello 2019

It is time to say goodbye to the past year and look ahead to a brand new chapter. Out with the old & in with the new! I know this has not been a great year of consistency on my blog, and for that I am deeply sorry. I can only promise to try my very best to do better in 2019 and move on. Walk with me down memory lane & see what my year looked like:

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• G o o d b y e   2 0 1 7

2017 Reading Wrap-Up  +  2018 Reading Plans ( B l o g   P o s t )

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3vKpIwxNQxM&t=2s

–   J a n u a r y   2 1 s t   t o   2 7 t h   –

• I filmed my life for one week.

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4M0_thzwVkA

–   J a n u a r y   2 6   –

• My blogs FINALLY  got their own domains!

Art Blog ➡️ laurenmicheleartblog.com

Lifestyle Blog ➡️ laurenmichelelifestyle.com ( New Name, Same Blog )

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• I received my Elretron Penna wireless bluetooth typewriter.

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PX1-bktxdf8

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• The evil empire was defeated in Super Bowl LII

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• I joined the trend & created a Disney & Pixar Bracket

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• I saw Crowder in concert.

Source: https://www.instagram.com/p/BhNIiKflus3/

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• The 3rd anniversary of Jonathan Crombie’s death. Gil, you are gone but never forgotten!

–   A p r i l   2 7   –

Avengers: Infinity War was released in the USA. 💥

A R T

(Funny) Avengers Cast Videos

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• I attended my first LA Galaxy game at StubHub Center.

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z2mpPAKuP9A

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• I unboxed my first bookish box.

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fvcG3W6hXdY

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• I tried not to sing on Snapchat & FAILED.

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DtymrHlQUa0

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• I made some changes to my room.

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• I saw Third Day in concert during their farewell tour.

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WM93yOHc0W0

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• I got glasses! 🤓

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PaGqkyp9Ie4

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• I revealed my (growing) Disney pin collection to the world.

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y06BlkrU5lU

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• I made my favorite Youtube video to date. 😂

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9wg-gQ2hXxA

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• I participated in the 7in7 Readathon for the first time.

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wo45XqUaUFo

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• I participated in BookTubeAThon for the second time.

Source https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nyEZ9gzZb8c

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Christopher Robin was released in the USA ➡️ A R T

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• I said goodbye to Bug’s Land via photos from 2002 & 2009

Source: https://www.instagram.com/p/BnU71Hnl02K/

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• I received my first pair of Mickey ears in a Disney-themed bookish box.

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bz5blv56tsc

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• I went to Universal Studios Hollywood for the first time.

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UGwwFXA_AjE

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• I participated in Spookathon for the first time.

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iUz0HJjwdUg

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• I turned 25 ➡️ Reflecting on 25 Years of Life

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• I saw As I Lay Dying in concert for the first time ever. SO GOOD!! 🔥

–   N o v e m b e r   2 3   –

• A project I’ve been working on for 2 years finally came together. 🎉

Blog ➡️ Bookish Gift Guide

Video ➡️ Bookish Gift Guide

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• I participated in TisTheSeasonAThon, a brand new holiday readathon.

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BthNgFtCHOM

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• I made a Hanukkah gingerbread house for the first time.

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=15XUa-uv-gM&t=14s

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• I finished We Wish You a Murderous Christmas by Vicki Delany, completing my 2018 Goodreads goal of 55 books. 🎉

• I attempted to make buñuelos for Hanukkah.

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5nQ-WGA7uzQ&t=8s

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• I learned some basic Hebrew for Hanukkah.

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kCffRhVhle4&t=9s

• I unboxed a pair of gorgeous Hanukkah Mickey ears from FastPass Creations

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Apm0EXwuyno&t=10s.

–   D e c e m b e r   2 1   –

• I showed off my family’s holiday movie collection.

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Farewell to Anita Shreve (author of “Stella Bain”), Aretha Franklin (singer), Barbara Bush (former First Lady), Billy Graham (evangelist), Burt Reynolds (actor), Charles Lazarus (founder of Toys “R” Us), Dorcas Reilly (creator of green bean casserole), George H.W. Bush (41st president of the United States), Jerry Maren (Wizard of Oz), John Mahoney (Frasier), John McCain (politician & Vietnam War veteran), Kate Spade (designer), Ken Berry (actor), Ed King (co-writer of “Sweet Home Alabama”), Luis Valbuena (baseball player, former Los Angeles Angel), Mike Taylor (Walk Off the Earth), Nanette Fabray (actress), Penny Marshall (Laverne & Shirley), Scott Wilson (Walking Dead), Sigi Schmid (former LA Galaxy coach), Stan Lee (comic book editor, publisher, & writer, co-created Dr. Strange & Spider-Man with Steve Ditko), Stephen Hillenburg (creator of Spongebob Squarepants), Steve Ditko (comic book artist & writer, co-created Dr. Strange & Spider-Man with Stan Lee), & Verne Troyer (Austin Powers movies, Jingle All the Way, & Men in Black).

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Let’s take a look at some numbers as inspiration for the coming year: I ended 2018 with 431 art blog followers (up from 357), 420 lifestyle blog followers (up from 346), & 244 Youtube subscribers / 88,153 views (up from 188 & 72,815). I look forward to growing my internet family in 2019. Onward & upward! ➡️ ⬆️

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Goodbye 2017 | Hello 2018

Some of you may be sorrowfully singing “Where are you Blooogmaaas??” Apologies for my sudden exit from the festivities. I had to work every day leading up to Christmas, and most of my time at home was spent relaxing and sleeping (in between uploading pre-filmed Youtube videos & reading to reach my 2017 goal). I hope you enjoyed what I was able to post in December. If it makes you feel a little more warm & fuzzy on the inside, I will be doing a Christmas do-over in January to make up for my low spirit during the actual holiday season. Basically I’ll be catching up on all the cheesy movies I didn’t watch. Moving on to the subject at hand. The new year has arrived so it’s time to take a look back at the past twelve months:

– J a n u a r y –

Goodbye 2016! 🎉

Netflix created a Lemony Snicket masterpiece ( A R T )

• I read my first Harry Potter book 📖

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Mary Tyler Moore passed away

– F e b r u a r y –

• My art blog hit 3️⃣ 0️⃣ 0️⃣ followers

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• I traveled to Texas to be a bridesmaid 

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– M a r c h –

Beauty and the Beast premiered ( A R T )

– A p r i l –

• I purchased a custom iPhone case from Yaz Raja Designs

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– M a y –

The end of an era on Once Upon a Time

– J u n e –

DC delivered the superhero the world didn’t deserve but needed

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Peter Sallis passed away

Adam West passed away

• All my bookish dreams came true thanks to this gorgeous blanket from Sweet Sequels

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• I became a Potterhead just in time for the 20th anniversary of the first book

– Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone –

– The Golden Trio Artwork –

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– J u l y –

Anne With an E charmed its way into my heart

– A u g u s t –

• For the first time ever, I participated in BookTube-A-Thon

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–   B  l o g   P o s t   W r a p   U p   –

I joined Ko-Fi 

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I got a new camera 📷

I found out I have Mottephobia 🐝 🐛 🕷️

– S e p t e m b e r –

• I don’t remember the exact date, but at some point in late 2017 my most watched video on Youtube reached 2️⃣ 0️⃣ 0️⃣ 0️⃣ 0️⃣ views

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– O c t o b e r –

My clumsiness reached new heights

I gave Gilmore Girls another chance ( A R T )

• Family trip to San Diego

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– N o v e m b e r –

• I turned 24 🎂

The Orient Express hit the big screen

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• My childhood dreams of seeing the Justice League on the big screen came true! ( A R T )

• I tried dry brushing

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• I went on an autumn safari

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– D e c e m b e r –

I finally made White Christmas Pie

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It was a Star Wars Christmas once again

• I accomplished my goal of reading 50 books in 2017 with 12 minutes to spare. 📚 

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Farewell to Adam West (Batman), Christopher ‘Big Black’ Boykin (Rob & Big, Rob Dyrdek’s Fantasy Factory), David Cassidy (Ruby & the Rockits), Della Reese (Thats So RavenTouched by an Angel), Don Rickles (Toy Story franchise), Heather North (Scooby Doo franchise), Jerry Lewis (Martin and Lewis), Jim Nabors (The Andy Griffith Show, The Carol Burnett Show), June Foray (DuckTales, Looney Tunes, Mulan, Rocky & Bullwinkle), Mary Tyler Moore (The Dick Van Dyke Show)Peter Sallis (Wallace & Gromit), Rose Marie (The Dick Van Dyke Show), and Sir Roger Moore (James Bond franchise).

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The numbers aren’t why I do what I do, but it’s inspiring to see how far I’ve come. I ended 2017 with 357 art blog followers, 346 lifestyle blog followers, & 188 Youtube subscribers (72,815 views). I hope to add many more to my internet family in the coming year. Onward & upward! ➡️ ⬆️

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2016 Wrap-Up | 2017 Reading Challenge

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I did it!  With 45 minutes to spare on New Year’s Eve, I completed both of my reading challenges for 2016.  Here is what I read for the Modern Mrs. Darcy Reading Challenge:

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📚 Published This Year •

Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco 

📚 Finish in a Day •

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum 

📚 Meaning to Read •

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn 

📚 Recommended by Bookseller or Librarian •

The Series of Unfortunate Events series by Lemony Snicket 

📚 Should Have Read in School •

Ben Hur: A Tale of the Christ by Lew Wallace 

📚 Chosen by Spouse, Partner, Sibling, Child, or BFF •

Harvest of Rubies by Tessa Afshar 

📚 Published Before You Were Born •

The Hobbit & The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

 

📚 Banned at Some Point •

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll 

📚 Previously Abandoned •

Elixir trilogy by Hilary Duff 

📚 Own But Never Read •

An Expert in Murder by Nicola Upson 

📚 Intimidates You •

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen 

📚 Already Read at Least Once •

Sisters of the Quilt trilogy by Cindy Woodsmall 

• Total: 12 categories & 31 books

• Here are links to my blog updates & my Goodreads 2016 Reading Challenge:

2016 Reading Challenge

– 2016 Reading Challenge Update #1

– 2016 Reading Challenge Update #2

Life Update | November 2016

– My 2016 GoodReads Reading Challenge

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I told myself I wouldn’t do it, but here I am.  I’ve decided to once again do the Modern Mrs. Darcy reading challenge.  Keep reading to find out my tentative list for the twelve categories.

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📚 A Book You Chose For the Cover – The Messenger of Athens by Anne Zouroudi

I found this gem in my local library’s teeny tiny used bookstore.  The bright yellow bird against a blue background hooked me, and the murder mystery synopsis reeled me in.  I’m trying my best not to build expectations, but I really hope this book is as good as I want it to be.

📚 A Book With a Reputation for Being Un-Put-Down-AbleSix of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

I’ve heard nothing but rave reviews about this book.  Some people have said it’s one of their favorite books/duologies ever written.  Of course I’m going to start with the first book, but I am optimistic that I will be purchasing book two very soon.

📚 A Book Set Somewhere You’ve Never Been But Would Like to Visit – The Curse of the Pharaohs by Elizabeth Peters

Fun fact: I am dying to visit Egypt!!  Egyptology is one of my favorite subjects to learn about.

📚 A Book You’ve Already ReadThe Rook by Steven James

The Patrick Bowers Files series is AMAZING.  To be fair, I’ve only read the first two books, but how could it possibly go downhill from there??  I would actually like to read a few of the books in this series in 2017, but I’m setting the bar low so I don’t get too stressed.  I want these reading challenges to remain fun!

📚 A Juicy Memoir –  In Such Good Company: Eleven Years of Laughter, Mayhem, and Fun in the Sandbox by Carol Burnett

DUH!  Who wouldn’t want to read behind-the-scenes stories about The Carol Burnett Show?!

📚 A Book About Books or Reading – Bookplate Special by Lorna Barrett

This book is part of one of my favorite cozy mystery series.  It has been on my shelf for a few years, and it’s about time I got around to reading it.  Fun Fact: The main character’s cat is named Miss Marple.  How cute is that?!

📚 A Book in a Genre You Usually Avoid – The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan

I rarely read and enjoy contemporary books outside of the mystery genre, but I’m willing to give this book a chance since it revolves around books.

📚 A Book You Don’t Want to Admit You’re Dying to ReadHarry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

I’m not embarrassed about this book.  It’s just weird to admit that I’ve never read such a beloved series.  My aunt was kind enough to give me the first book for my birthday so I will definitely be reading it this year.

📚 A Book in the Backlist of a New Favorite Author – Pearl in the Sand by Tessa Afshar

I received all of the books Tessa Afshar has published thus far as Christmas and Hanukkah gifts.  I don’t want to set myself up for failure, but I wouldn’t be surprised if I finish all of them before January 1, 2018.

📚 A Book Recommended by Someone With Great TasteAs Sure as the Dawn by Francine Rivers

My friend Gabby recommended the Mark of the Lion series years ago, and I finally got around to reading books one and two in 2015.  The experience was so unbelievably mind blowing that I had to take a break.  There is no longer a good excuse so I need to pick up book three NOW.

📚 A Book You Were Excited to Borrow or Buy But Haven’t Read YetThe Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

I am on pins and needles waiting to read this book.  I’m going to watch the movie with my brother first since that’s what I did with Gone Girl.  I realize that sounds like reader sacrilege, but I’m not your average bibliophile.  Watching the movie first or liking it better doesn’t bother me. ;)

📚 A Book About a Subject or Topic You Already LoveWicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire

I haven’t actually seen the musical yet, but I am obsessed with the story and soundtrack.  I liked The Wizard of Oz growing up but fell out of love with it for a period of time.  Listening to the Wicked soundtrack every day has made me fall back in love with Oz, and I am ready to read the story that started it all.  I am on page 32 and loving it so far. 💚

• Goodreads 2017 Reading Challenge 

• Goodreads Website 

• Modern Mrs. Darcy 2017 Reading Challenge 

• Modern Mrs. Darcy Blog

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– Lauren Michele <3

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#GoGoldOrGoHome

Skalij, Wally. Gold medal winner Gabby Douglas competes on the beam in the women's individual all-around event. 2012. Photograph.

Skalij, Wally. Gold medal winner Gabby Douglas competes on the beam in the women’s individual all-around event. 2012. Photograph.

I watched The Gabby Douglas Story on Lifetime earlier this week and was really inspired.  Gabby had to push through one obstacle after another to fulfill her goal of competing in the Olympics.  According to the movie, being away from her mom and siblings on top of intense training created emotional stress that, for a period of time, drained her passion.  Her family and her coach talked to her, but she was the one who had to make the final decision.  She decided to keep going and went on to become the first United States gymnast to win an Olympic gold medal in both the all-around individual and the all-around team events.  She was also the first African-American female gymnast to win an Olympic gold medal in the all-around individual event.

Though our stories are different, I am reminded of my current situation living away from my dad and brother and attending college.  I feel like photography is no longer my passion, but I am determined to finish what I started to the best of my abilities.  Even if I do not want to become a world-famous photographer, I do want to feel satisfied that I pushed myself outside of my comfort zone and succeeded.  I miss having my family together in one place, but I want to make them proud and show them that the past two years of struggle have not been in vain.  Because of them, I cannot justify being selfish, though I do admit that I do slip-up here and there.

Check your local TV listings for The Gabby Douglas Story or watch it here: http://www.mylifetime.com/movies/the-gabby-douglas-story/video/the-gabby-douglas-story

“Hard days are the best because that’s where champions are made…”  – Gabby Douglas

Go for the gold readers!

– Lauren Michele  :)

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