to be read// January 2019

why hello there!

Welcome back to my itsy-bitsy corner of the web. And if you are new here, WELCOME! I recommend that you check out my about page and leave a comment in the guestbook 😀

January is here! THAT MEANS MORE TIME TO READ BOOKS! YAYY!

For my Goodreads challenge this year, I plan to read 150 books. This is the first time I am going to try to be more consistent with Goodreads (because it is kind of confusing for me xD)

So I have to read around 12 to 13 books per month, which I already kind of do!

So I decided to make a to-be-read post for all the books I am excited about reading!

(This post does have a few affiliate links and I get a small commission If you buy from the link or click them. There is no additional cost to you! :D)

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The first book (series) I am looking forward to rereading is the mysterious Benedict society. It was such a great series and I really want to read it again

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Next, I really want to read The Bronte Plot.

It looks really interesting! I kinda already started reading it. BRONTE+ BOOK LOVERS + bookish romance = my bibliophile dream.

Honestly, I am going to read all of Katherine Reay’s books. I already am in love with her writing style and her stories and characters are crafted so well.

The next book I cannot wait to read is All for One.

So First of all, This book is about the one and only Alexander Hamilton and Eliza. Second of all Melissa’s writing style is just amazing. I CANNOT WAIT TO READ IT!

 

So yeah, That sums up this months TBR! Thanks for reading!

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farewell 2018// year recap, fave reads, blog growth + new stuff!

I am shocked by how fast 2018 went by.

It was a crazy year, filled with good and bad, Some things I wish didn’t happen and some things that I am shocked I got the opportunity to do.

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happy new year!

I am really excited for 2019! I have some goals that I hope I can accomplish!

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Cool Accomplishments:

Taking two college classes (and getting all As)

being in a documentary

reaching 200+ follows on elysian artiste

becoming a teenager (YEEET)

getting a domain for elysian artiste

reading over 100+ books

going rock climbing (ON A REAL BIG ROCK)

learning clarinet in only 3 months

starting a bookstagram

seeing the liberty bell

probably more stuff I forgot haha

Favorite Reads

I was planning on making a more detailed post on my fave reads so here’s just a little list.

Jane Eyre

The Giver

girls resist

To kill a mockingbird

more than I might have forgotten

Bloggy Recap

In 2018 I received:

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My most popular posts and pages were:

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Blog Goals for 2019

Ideally, I would want to get in a better posting schedule! I will start a new video series and all sorts of cool stuff!

Reach 300 followers

Monetize my site

Start my blog design business

Sell downloads

Make more freebies

 

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That’s all for today! Looking forward to an awesome new year!

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10 Ways to Spread the Love This Holiday Season

Welcome back to my itsy-bitsy corner od the web! I am shocked by how fast the year went by and I can’t believe that next week is Christmas! YAYYYYYY!!

Christmas sometimes gets busy, and while everyone is bustling getting gifts, they forget the true meaning of Christmas. Jesus and Love!

Sometimes people are so busy getting gifts for their loved ones, they are mean to others, even their loved ones!

So here’s a little post with a few ways showing you how you can spread love in this season!

1. Hot Choco

Everyone loves hot chocolate, so why not give some of the warm drink to a cold person! Buy some disposable coffee cups with lids, a multi-cup carrier, and make some hot chocolate. Deliver it to folks working outside or to anyone else who needs to feel the warmth of the season.

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2. Yummy Gratitude

Bake a pie or something yummy and drop it off at your local firehouse or police station on Christmas Day. Those guys and gals working our streets don’t get the holidays off!

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3. You’ve got a friend in me

Invite a lonely neighbor or friend over for dinner. Not all of us are fortunate enough to spend Christmas with family—but no one should spend it alone. Consider inviting them over 😀 ( and if you’re a kid, ask your parent’s first xD)

4. Operation Christmas Child

Operation Christmas Child is an amazing experience! We’ve been doing it every Christmas. To learn more go here!

5. Gift an experience you can enjoy with a loved one.

Another alternative to waiting in long lines at department stores and risking your present being tossed in the trash is gifting an experience that you and your loved one can enjoy. Like taking your beloved daughter to see Hamilton with the original Broadway cast with a backstage pass so she can hug all her smol beans and say hi to all the Hamilton people and start crying while hugging them and showing them fanart she made. *wink* mom. *wink* dad.

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6. Smile More

Simply just smiling at a person can make their day. Sadly in this world now, people aren’t used to smiles. Because whenever I smile at random people they think I’m weird. But, if more people smile it will become normal again! So smile and ya never know, maybe you’ll build an amazing friendship!

7. homemade from the heart

Homemade gifts may not be as fancy as flashy storebought gifts. But homemade presents are made from the heart and are cherished forever.

8. Kindness Counts

You would think it’s easy to be kind during the holiday season. But sometimes even the best of us become scrooges. We take a lot of things for granted. Like food, or even having the money to buy gifts. So remember to think about the others going through hard times. Be kind. Do one kind thing for a person instead of trying to change the whole world.

9. Forgive

There’s no better time to show forgiveness toward someone who has wronged you than today. Christmas should be a reminder about all that Jesus has done for us and how we can exemplify Him through our actions.

10. Love

Loving others may sound clique and the word love may be overused. But truly love others this season. Spread joy and merriness (is that even a word?) and smile.

lets jingle (1)What can you do to spread the love this holiday season?

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Its Beginning to look a lot like Christmas (repost)

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It is Christmas time! A time of Joy, Love, and Peace and most of all, the birth of Jesus Christ! It is a time of rejoicing, repentance and waiting for Jesus to make his second coming to earth.

I took some photographs of our Christmas Tree and I wanted to share them with you all!

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Isaiah 9:2 (ESV) “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them has light shone.”

 

 

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For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

– Isaiah 9:6

 

 

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Luke 2:11  “The Savior-yes, the Messiah, the Lord–has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David!”

 

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Romans 15:13   “I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.”

 

 

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Isn’t this owl just adorable?

 

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. 1 John 5:11  “And this is what God has testified: He has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.”

 

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I hope you enjoyed the photographs!

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What is your favorite thing about Christmas? Which photograph was your favorite? Do you like snow?

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the queen of katwe- book review

9780349141770Living in the slum of Katwe in Kampala, Uganda is a constant struggle for 11-year-old Phiona and her family. Her world changes one day when she meets Robert Katende, a missionary who teaches children how to play chess. Phiona becomes fascinated with the game and soon becomes a top player under Katende’s guidance. Her success in local competitions and tournaments opens the door to a bright future and a golden chance to escape from a life of poverty.

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The Queen of Katwe by Tim Crothers

genre: Non-Fiction, Biography

rating: ⭐⭐⭐

It’s all about what she knows and not who she is or where she comes from.”

The queen of Katwe is a compelling and powerful book. Not only is it an inspiring story but it also is a tremendous eye-opener. Instead of being raised to accomplish dreams young girls are raised to be mothers, at young ages. Even though I didn’t necessarily love the authors writing style, I still was inspired.

things I didn’t like

I didn’t love the writing style. The author jumped around a lot and it was hard to keep straight who he was talking about. The title is a little deceiving as there are so many other people the book is actually about.

I also feel the tagline, & synopsis is misleading as this story is more than Phiona’s story to discuss the children and chess program of Katwe. Clearly, anyone’s story takes a village. No one gets somewhere without help, mentors, family, etc. But a good percentage of the book was spent dealing with the backstories of these folks, which again, for the most part, didn’t add value to the telling of Phiona’s story.

The writing is a bit too dry, but it can’t really mask a fabulous story of redemption and hope where none were supposed to exist.

I had also seen the movie a few years ago and the movie is quite different from the book.

things I did like

I loved the book cover! It is beautifully designed!

Phiona – an amazing, talented young girl who lives in a slum in Kampala, Uganda and through hard work, perseverance and an incredible spirit, ends up playing against players from all over the world at the Chess Olympiad in Russia. She is a true inspiration and her story needed to be told.

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I really wanted to love this book. I couldn’t love it, but maybe you will! Check it out here!

Thanks so much for reading this post!

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Have you ever played chess? What are your thoughts on this book?

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