New Year, New Resolutions

Related image2017 has been a good start to the new year, thus far. One of my new year’s resolutions is NO SODA and I’m happily here to report that I haven’t had soda in 10 days! Although, I miss the sugary carbonated goodness, I’ve found that I don’t need soda. However, I do intend to give myself a little bit of a break from my rule on holidays! So…umm when’s the next holiday? Oh, right. Easter O.o

Another one of my resolutions is to bike ride the Red Rock loop. It is 13.1 miles of excruciating uphills and dangerously steep downhill portions. The beautiful desert landscape is my backdrop as I’ll probably be cursing why I ever wanted to do this tough trek in the first place … 😛

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It looks flat but don’t let it fool you!

Physical fitness is on my mind for 2017. Why? Well, during the last few months of 2016 I did some pretty incredible things like completed a triathlon! I also ran two 10k, and 3 5k races 🙂 Running made me feel capable like I could do anything that I truly set my mind to. It also made me feel incredibly strong and boundless. In 2017, I want to do more races. The next triathlon is in April so I have plenty of time to train and get a better time!

Excuse my face.

Excuse my face.

I only set two resolutions this year: NO Soda and fitness. I did this because there are goals in my life that I have to do like apply to my education program, be healthy, travel, get good grades, read lots, and write often. I need to do these in order to have a good peace of mind. Being healthy and traveling coincides with fitness as Kevin and I often travel out of town for our races. Reading is a given and writing will get me to my dream of being an author.

Lastly, I was given an incredible chance to work with Entangled Publishing as an intern in December. It is amazing reading manuscripts that are filled with creative new ideas that the market has not seen! I hope to continue working with them in 2017 🙂

2016 was filled with amazing feats and accomplishments; I hope to push these feats a little bit further in 2017 with hard work, dedication, and perseverance.

What are some of your 2017 resolutions?

Emma

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Goodbye October, Hello November 2016 Edition

Hello lovely people of the interwebs! It’s been awhile – like two months too long! A lot of wonderful things have happened between August and now. It’s been challenging, but in the same regard, positively rewarding. The semester is nearly over and I’m managing A’s in all of my classes; a feat I am really proud of  🙂

As far as reading and writing, I’ve done a lot of the former. I’m only five books away from completing my Goodreads challenge! I’ve been writing poems here and there, mostly about love and wonder – that moment where everything changes and the world looks new.

Before I get a little ahead of myself, below are my favorite things for the past couple of months.

Favorite Book

I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson. In a coming of age story, Noah and Jude navigate the treacherous waters of life. The story is told in two alternating timelines. Noah’s chapters are of the past, while Jude’s is of the present. I love the beautiful lyrical writing style that Nelson uses to capture what it means to grow. I was instantly captivated by Noah and Jude, and while I read I forgot about my surroundings. To me, that is what makes a book positively mesmerizing and unforgettable. I laughed. I cried. I had my heart broken and put back together. This book is everything I expected and more. I highly recommend I’ll Give You the Sun to be at the top of your TBR pile.

Favorite Music

I may be a little late onto the band wagon, but I’ve fallen in love with the 1975. One of my favorite songs from their self-titled album is Heart Out.

Favorite Show

Reign

Season 3 on Netflix was just updated recently and I quickly immersed myself back into Mary’s world. A lot of people have conflicting feelings about this season because well…death. It comes back around with a vengeance.

The overwhelming emotion that plagues Mary is heartbreaking. The inevitable death that hangs over Francis comes true, but with twists that are sure to leave the viewers satisfied. Mary surrounds herself with a frenemy as her rival across the sea, Elizabeth, seeks ways to destroy her.

What I liked most about this season was the growth of Mary. There is one specific scene towards the end where she commands power and strength.

I honestly can’t wait to see what the next season brings! There are rumors about it being the last season and if it is…well, if you didn’t know – Mary dies at the hands of her cousin, Elizabeth. To see how the network unfolds the last few years of Mary’s life will be interesting.

If you’ve seen the latest season of Reign, what do you think of the season and of what is ahead?

Favorite App

PvZ Heroes

This is a new app in the Plants vs Zombie world using playing cards to attack the opponent. Users can play both the Plant or Zombie and whichever one you play is the hero of the story.

I think this is a unique way to view the “there’s always two sides of the story” concept. The more you play, the more you uncover new playing cards and heroes. There’s also comic strips before each match! There is an incredible amount of detail in this game and if you like PvZ then you’ll definitely like this spin-off game!

Favorite Drink

With the weather getting cooler, and the days growing shorter, a pumpkin spice frappuchino is what I like. I also can’t survive without water lately 😉

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I hope your November is cozy, warm, and filled with happiness!

Stay groovy,

Emma

 

Simply Sunday #26

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Simply Sunday is a reading meme hosted by Books For a Delicate Eternity. It’s where you share your favorite quote; be it from a book movie, novella, song, ect.

My favorite quote this week is by Vaclav Havel:

Just as the constant increase of entropy is the basic law of the universe, so it is the basic law of life to struggle against entropy.

Why I Chose It

This quote was featured in an episode of Criminal Minds and it really hit a resonating cord. Entropy is chaos and randomness and these words are so true to the endless tangle of trials and tribulations. When we are met with a road bump, it is our duty to fight and push through. Havel reminds me of what it means to be human – that there are days where chaos is the epitome of life and that is okay.

 

Favorite Reads on Wattpad: July 2016

Wattpad Reads

I’ve recently gone back on Wattpad after a three year hiatus. I’ve been slowly getting back into the swing of things like reading and writing. More reading than writing 😛 These are some of my favorite Wattpad Reads so far. I’ve literally devoured each story within a day or two each.

Poise And Rationality (A Modernization Of Pride and Prejudice)Poise & Rationality by WhyFireFliesFlash. This is a modernization of Pride & Prejudice. The author interprets The Bennets, Darcy, and Bingley in a new light, where there is diversity within the classic we all know and love. The world is set in the one we know now and that’s one of the reasons why I’ve enjoyed it so much. For example, Jane is a nurse and Bingley is a doctor and Lizzie is in college studying English Literature! It’s also written fairly well! Currently, I’ve caught up to all the chapters that are available. I am patiently waiting to continue this lovely piece. I am most excited to see how the author interprets the moment Darcy reveals his love for Lizzie.

Valkyrie Rising (Completed)Valkyrie Rising by Witchoria. A mix between Uglies by Scott Westerfield and Divergent by Veronica Roth, this story is set in a post apocalyptic world where beauty is highly valued. Our female protagonist, Nadia turns her back on the Viry – the beautiful people in society – and joins the warrior section known as the Kuzabn. Although it is reminiscent of the dystopian stories we love, Valkyrie Rising is unique and original to the genre. I love the character development, characters, plot, and romance. The world building is also FANTASTIC, though, I know personally that the author plans on developing it IF there is a sequel. There is just so much that Nadia does not know. There are also shocking revelations as the story progresses. This story is completed so there is no waiting for uploads! I’m hoping that Witchoria writes a sequel as the ending is a major cliffhanger. I just simply NEED more.

Tell Me You Love MeTell Me You Love Me by Witchoria. I needed more from this lovely author and decided I wanted a sappy romance. Well, it wasn’t what I expected. It wasn’t sappy at all! It was however, the kind of love I needed in my life. This story follows Greer and her struggle to become a mom to her niece. Her sister recently passed away and left Emma to Greer. Her life is a mess. Who is a girl to turn to? Enter Jackson Bellefonte. He is everything that Greer needs but can’t have. He doesn’t fit the profile of bad boy – that and the fact that he’s a minister! Or so she thinks 😉

It’s a story of miscommunication, relationships, and finding out that love can happen twice in a person’s love. Greer tries to fight the feelings that she has for Jackson, while he tries to fight to stay in her life.

I loved this story to pieces. It was the right amount of fluff with the perfect touch of angst and happily ever after. If you love NA, this is a story to read! There is mature content within some chapters but that is to be expected with the genre. I won’t forget little Emma and her cuteness and I definitely will never forget Greer and Jackson ❤ Supporting characters are also A+ like Greer’s best friend, Nova, Jackson’s crazy ex, Halley, and Greer’s neighbor, Mr. Mooney 😀

P.S. This story is almost complete. There is only one chapter to go!

P.S.S. Zuz (Witchoria) also created the lovely banner in this post. She is amazingly talented!

I highly recommend these 3 stories and honestly, they deserve WAY more reads. So go and READ ON! 🙂

Emma

Goodbye July, Hello August 2016 Edition

July came and went in a blur. Does anyone else feel like that? I feel like I didn’t get anything accomplished this summer and fall term is starting at the end of August for me. I did, however, begin posting more frequently in July! I enjoyed that a lot and missed the blogosphere tremendously! To all my old and new friends, a warm hello to you! ❤

So, without further ado, here are my favorites for July:

Favorite Book(s)

I read a total of 5 books this month and the following 3 received 5 cupcakes from me 🙂

Anna and the French Kiss (Anna and the French Kiss, #1)Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. THIS book was the cutest bundle of fangirling I’ve done this summer. I know I’m totally late to this amazingly cute contemporary, but it’s true what they say. Anna’s quirky adventure in Paris will have you smiling like a person in love. I love LOVE. Sometimes, I enjoy an overly cheesy and cute read and Anna and the French Kiss was utterly perfection. I imagined myself being Anna and wishing to live Parisian life. This story is filled with adventure, love, and friendship. A must read for a contemporary enthusiast.

Vicious (Vicious, #1)Vicious by V.E. Schwab. I won’t talk about this book too much as I did write a full review of this book, but WOW. I was not expecting the level of intrigue, mystery, and suspense. Not only did Schwab exceed my expectations, but she also created a fascinating world where the nature of good and evil are blurred at the seams.

The Coldest Girl in ColdtownThe Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black. I also wrote a review of this book last month. Everything Holly Black is dark, unique, and utterly captivating. Black plays with vampire lore and creates a world where vampirism is widely known and accepted. Humans either fear vampires or want to become one, believing that eternal life is an endless party. If you love vampire books then this is definitely one to check out! It’s suspenseful, mysterious, and has a bit of romance between to unlikely characters.

Favorite Music

I absolutely adore Faded by Alan Walker. The singer’s voice is chilling and just utterly breathtaking. It’s so simple, yet, says so so much.

Favorite Show

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D

I’ve been slowly catching up on season 3 on Netflix and OMG WOW. Season 2 ended with Gemma being sucked into the Monolith. The ending from that season had me like:

Now, season 3 has me doing pretty much the same thing and a little bit of this:

I just…ugh. So. Much. Stuff. Happens. I need discussion! If you’ve seen season 3 please let me know your thoughts down in the comments below. I need to let out all these feels.

Favorite App

Is there any surprise I’d choose this one? I mean, I did talk about Pokemon last month 😉 This app has taken the world by storm it’s no surprise that it is the #1 trending app in the world. I just love how interactive it’s become. It makes you go outside and EXERCISE and SOCIALIZE. Any game that does that is an A+ in my book.

I unfortunately have not caught any awesome pokemon. I pretty much catch Pidgey and Rattata on a daily basis. I did however evolve those two pokemon, so I got that going for me 😀

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I’d love to hear your favorites for July! I hope everyone had a lovely month and here is to August being just as great! ❤

Emma

 

Simply Sunday #25

simply sundaySimply Sunday is a reading meme hosted by Books For a Delicate Eternity. It’s where you share your favorite quote; be it from a book movie, novella, song, ect.

My favorite quote this week is by Oscar Wilde from The Picture of Dorian Gray:

There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written, or badly written. That is all.

Why I Chose It

These are Oscar Wilde’s personal thoughts about literature. The quote is taken from The Preface. It is here that he discloses his inner most thoughts about life, books, art, ect. This particular quote deeply resonates with me because at the end of the day, everything that I read is either good or bad. It doesn’t matter what the book is about as long as the author’s writing appeals to the reader. To me, that is a magical gift – when the author is able to utterly captivate their audience simply with their craft.

What was your favorite quote this week? I’d love to hear about it down in the comments below 🙂

With love always,

Emma

 

Simply Sunday #24

simply sundaySimply Sunday is a reading meme hosted by Books For a Delicate Eternity. It’s where you share your favorite quote; be it from a book movie, novella, song, ect.

My favorite quote this week is by John Keats:

Why I Chose It

I find beauty in art – in music, books, animals. I find beauty in people – in my family, my friends, my boyfriend. The people and things that I surround myself in bring me immense joy. It will forever be this way and I absolutely love how Keats simply captured it in his poetry. Joy does not need complexity. It’s simple. It. Just. Is.

Why is your favorite quote this week?

With love always,

Emma

Goodbye June, Hello July 2016 Edition

 

Hi hiiii hiiiii! How is everyone’s summer going? So far my summer has been a little (a lot) unproductive. I can’t seem to stop binging Netflix shows and devouring my never ending TBR pile. But that’s what summers are for, right? Some much needed R & R is due after the hectic spring semester.

We’ve passed our half way mark of 2016. How are your goals going? Still shooting for those new year’s resolutions? I know that I’ve lost my way a little and I hope to talk about that in a future post or even before this post is up. If I do post it, I’ll be sure to link it here.

I haven’t been posting monthly favorites as I felt that they got a little redundant. I’m not sure if it was something enjoyable to read. If so, please let me know and I’ll continue doing monthly favorites opposed to the bi-monthly favorites I’ve transitioned to.

There is so much to say. So much that I want to say and possible get advice. That will be for another post as well as this isn’t what you came here for. I’d like to say thank you to all of you who are still out there. I love you. Truly.

As always, here are my monthly favorites for May/June. I hope you enjoy and maybe find something new to try!

Favorite Book (s) 

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. The film adaptation for this book premiered in the beginning of June and I absolutely had to read the book before I went and saw the movie with a friend. I unfortunately have not completed the book as I write. I still need about 60 pages to go until the heart-wrenching begins. I did go and see the movie and cried my eyes out. It was charming and poignant with vivid characters both in black and white and on screen. Where I left off in the book is right before Lou and Will go on their vacation *cue heartbreak* For those who read the book and saw the film, what did you think? Did it live up to all your expectations?

Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare. My reaction in a gif: 

So much happens. SO MUCH. I cannot emphasis enough on the pivotal and shocking scenes that happen in this book. THIS book was just…it was exactly what I needed from Clare. I absolutely love the world she’s created and I’m pretty sure I’ll be reading her books until I’m an old lady and can’t read anymore due to poor vision. By then, I’m sure there will be some cool reading gadget 😉

I really adored the amount of diversity in this book. Clare shines a light on disabilities and how they are seen in the Shadowhunter world, has POC characters who aren’t just supporting characters for the main characters; they actually have stories and an incredible amount of character development. Lastly, we find out a piece of the Shadowhunter world – we find out why Parabati cannot have romantic relationships. Dun dun dunnnnn.

I’ll definitely be writing a few review of my thoughts for LM. If you love Cassandra Clare’s books and writing, this is a series that you don’t want to miss out on.

The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater. The last book in this magical world was bittersweet. Here are my instant thoughts upon finishing the series:

Magical. Extraordinary. Breathtaking. The Raven King was a beautifully crafted end to a captivating series. I cried as the inevitable truth of death and of hope, no matter how small, came to be. It is bittersweet to say goodbye to the wonderfully vivid characters Stiefvater has intricately woven to fit so perfectly in a world where magic exists. I will carry a little piece of Henrietta and of Cabeswater forever and I will never forget Blue and her Raven Boys.

This series isn’t for everyone but when it is – it is so good. Filled with unforgettable characters and a beautifully imaginative world, The Raven Cycle is a definite-must try series to read.

Favorite Music

Jon Bellion is once again my favorite artist for the month. His debut album the “Human Condition” came out June 10th and it is absolutely phenomenal! I can’t get enough of it. One of my favorite songs is “Maybe IDK.” Also, he’s a fantastic artist. I mean, look at that cover art ❤

Favorite Shows

So I kind of went Netflix/Starz crazy and binged watched a lot of shows. These were my favorite for May/June:

Scream

Outlander 

 

Orange Is the New Black 

Young & Hungry

Favorite Video Game 

Pokemon X/Y

I haven’t played a Pokemon game in well, FOREVER. I grabbed this edition of Pokemon after days of searching for great games to play on the Nintendo 3DS. Pokemon X/Y was one of the TOP 10 games to play so I grabbed the X version. I loved the new 3D version. It’s amazing and really interactive! I also love the new region that is introduced to us as well as the variety of Pokemon. If you love the older versions, don’t fret! Pokemon from the various generations are still found within the game.

I literally played the game for days and would not stop until I completed it. I lived and breathed Pokemon X for 25 hrs.

My addiction was bad. I also caught the legendary Pokemon! To this day, I cannot for the life of me catch Mewtwo.

Have you played any Pokemon games recently? If so, which game is your favorite?

Favorite Accessory

Faux Pearl Earrings

I don’t leave the house without a pair of faux pearl earrings I bought at Old Navy. They were under $10! When I forget to wear them I feel naked and instantly regret leaving them on my dresser. I love how pearl earrings are a classic staple in my life. I can wear them with absolutely anything 🙂

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That’s all I have for you wonderful people today! What were your monthly favorites? I’d love to hear about it in the comments down below!

Lots of love,

Emma

Simply Sunday #23

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Simply Sunday is a reading meme hosted by Books For a Delicate Eternity. It’s where you share your favorite quote; be it from a book movie, novella, song, ect.

My favorite post this week is from Pinterest:

20 Inspirational Love Quotes for Him:

Why I Chose It

Lately, the lovebird asked me why I loved him. It was a simple question that had a multitude of answers. I could have told him that I loved him for his kindness and good heart. I could have told him that I loved his smile and the way he made me laugh. I could have told him a lot of things, but I didn’t. Instead, I told him that I just do. It isn’t one single or specific aspect of him that I love, but all of him. The good, the bad. Everything.

When we meet people and fall in love we see them as flawlessly perfect. As the time goes by, their flaws begin to unravel and oftentimes, it isn’t a bad thing. Sometimes, the flaws are what we love even more than the perfection because that individual we love is one of a kind. And to me, that is the most beautiful thing in this world.

Do you have a favorite quote this week? Let me know down in the comments below!

P.S. I cannot believe it’s been a year since I’ve posted a Simply Sunday :O

Have courage and be kind.

Emma

Goodbye June, Hello July (2015)

Hello lovelies! It’s a beautiful day in Las Vegas with temperatures at 93°F. That is wonderful for July! AND it’s the Fourth of July, which makes it even better! I’m hoping for Kevin to take me to Mt. Charleston. I’d love to spend a day out in nature. The temperature at Mt. Charleston is 70°F; a HUGE  difference!

Anyways, you all know the drill 😉 I’ve got a few NEW favorites and some repeats.

Favorite Book

Hothouse Flower by Krista & Becca Richie. This is the fifth installment in the Addicted series. This follows Daisy Calloway and Ryke Meadows, two secondary characters in the shadow of Lily Calloway and Loren Hale. But in this installment, we get to see their story, their growth, and their love – and what pulls them together. I absolutely adore the progression and the character development of these two. They are also characters that I care so much about. They are like my babies…they need protection from the cruel eyes of the world.

My thoughts after reading the novel:

I didn’t know what I was expecting…whatever it may have been I am now filled with an irrevocable sweetness and unrelenting strength. Ryke and Daisy have been through so much together and their love for one another never strays. I love how they show undying faith for one another and grow to be better versions of themselves. For so long they have denied themselves happiness and to see that they finally embrace that happiness…well, it was anything short of magic.

Favorite Music

My favorite tune this month is courtesy of Nicky Jam & Enrique Iglesias’s new hit El Perdon.

Favorite Show

Orange is the new Black

On June 12, Orange is the new Black streamed season 3 on Netlix. Guess who binged watched? I actually watched the entire season in two days while I was vacationing in California. It was pretty darn AH-MAZING and left me with a load of unanswered questions. But hey, that is OITNB for ya.

What I really liked about this season was the character development of Pennsatucky. Her story resonates deeply with many women (and possibly men) on the standards of sex. If you’re up to date with the show, you’ll know how Pennsatucky was depicted as a highly religious woman who is violent when things don’t go her way. Later, she separates herself from that stigma by actions that occur within the prison. This allows her to also make friends with the unlikeliest of people.

There is also the matter between Alex, Piper, and Stella. There’s a whole lot of drama there. Oh! And Piper’s character turns…well, not so good.

I don’t want to reveal too much as there are spoilers. If you haven’t gotten a chance to watch this, I highly recommend it.

P.S. These are just some of favorite highlights from this season.

Favorite Movie

Jurassic World

Okay, so I have only seen one Jurassic Park movie and that was the first one. *runs away* But I was really excited for the commencement of this franchise. The trailer looked fantastic and the main protagonist was played by Chris Pratt.

Going into the theater, I didn’t have any expectations. I went and saw it while I stayed in California with my aunt, uncle, and little cousin. I was completely blown away by the adventure, suspense, and amazing CGI effects.

The premise of Jurassic World is quite different than that of Jurassic Park. Jurassic World is a success, the dinosaurs are tamed, the people are safe. Well, that is, until the CEO’s want a bigger and scarier dinosaur. From this point on, it pretty much went downhill for everyone (except, for the guy who saved his margaritas!).

I liked the story. I liked the acting. I liked the characters. It was a great movie to watch and enjoy and to see this world brought back to life.

Since I saw this movie, I binged watched the rest of the series and loved it! I wonder if they’ll make another Jurassic World – let’s just hope they have learned their lessons on bigger and scarier attractions!

Favorite Accessory

While in California, I purchased a LifeProof case for my iPhone 5s and I am completely in love with it! I am accident prone and am always dropping things. As a matter of fact, the first day I got my iPhone, it fell in the toilet :O Yes, I am surprised it has lasted this long with no major defects *knocks on wood* I like how the case protects my phone from glass breakage and water damage. It’s also compact. It doesn’t make my phone any more bulkier than necessary.

Unfortunately, I bought it at the retail price of $98 at AT&T. Well, it was kind of a half off because of the deal we were making with our contract. On Amazon it is currently $44.60. Not bad at all if you want an awesome phone case!

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What were some of your June favorites? Let me know in the comments below! ❤

Emma