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Ahhh Mid-Winter Break…

Today was my first official day of Mid-Winter Break. Ahhh.

The sucky thing about mid-winter break is that I have way too much time on my hands… so I need some book recommendations. Please please please take a few minutes of your time to recommend some good books! I will love you forever!

I like young adult books, mostly realistic ya books (well, realistic for the characters in the books, obviously not me :() and some dystopia books…. so yeah.

Until next time, Em 🙂



I check my inbox to see if I have any e-mails from the library… AND I DO. Woot woot! Time to read some e-books, cuz I just finished Reached by Ally Condie (I recommend all of her books, omg so amazing) and I need some new reading material.

But then when I go to check out the e-books, IT SAYS IT’S NOT READY TO CHECK OUT. What is this?!

Well, Harry Potter #2 was ready to check out, so I guess that’s a bright side.

But still! I want to read my mermaid story (don’t judge, I like mermaids. It all stemmed from my love of the show H2O. I watched all 3 seasons in less than a month [over summer break] So, obviously I like mermaids.)

Anyways, I’m off to go read the magicallness that is HP. And you know, procrastinate on my homework. Heh heh.

Until next time, Em 🙂

P.S. ~ I did borrow this awesome sweatshirt from my friend (that I will soon be getting – If I ever get the e-mail that they’re ready to pick up)… so that’s good! I’ll wear in my next TAP video, so you all can see it. Yay!

now I have something to do for the rest of winter break

… besides finish my English project. ahem.

Because today, I helped my mom’s friend (who got hurt) package up books to ship off. She’s a book rep, and she receives about 600 pounds of books 3 times a year. And since she’s hurt (she slipped a disk working) she asked me to help her. Woohoo! I lifted 475 pounds of books today. I’d say that’s my workout for the whole week. My back is still sore. But hey, I plan to enjoy my last 3 days, 10 hours, and 58 minutes of break. Yes, I have a timer on my desktop.

I will be spending the rest of my winter break reading the 22 books (plus 5 for my brother, plus a box set of the Graceling series) that I got today. Well, not all of them. I’ve got 6 set aside that I’m hoping to finish soon.

The sad thing is, today was the most fun day I’ve had all winter break. Well, not so sad. Getting 27/30 books in one day (for free) is not sad. Not at all.

Until next time, Em 🙂

Like a boss.

Monday, December 3, 2012

What do you consider yourself a “pro” at?

I don’t know if I’m a pro at any of these things, but I do love doing them, so…

1. Baking! And eating… hehe

2. Reading!

3. Shopping!

So what future jobs could come out of these hobbies, you ask?

1. Having my own bakery! Let’s face it, what’s better than cooking all day? And with all that cooking comes taste testing 😉

2. Being a book rep! My mom’s friend is a book rep, which means she gives me Advance Reader Copy books (books which haven’t come out yet), and she gets to read books for a living. Pretty much.

3. Having my own clothes store – specifically a consignment store. My mom was telling me about her coworker that’s from England, who has never seen a consignment store before. She then proceeded to tell me that we should start a store together in England (her coworker and I, not my mom and I xD)… and then I thought, why not? It’d be super fun, and I would live in England. Plus, her coworker is really cute (and has an accent hehe)

Until next time, Em 🙂

DIY Vintage Book Journal

When I visited George Fox University, I went to a bookstore where they sold lots of cool journals, including some made out of old books. The ones at the bookstore were bound, but since I don’t have a machine for that, I decided to just use thread.

1. Pick a book to use for your project. Libraries often give away old books, which is where I got mine.


2. Now comes the fun part: ripping the pages out of the spine. Rip out a few of the first and last pages, to make the cutting job easier.

3. Cut out the pages, being careful not to cut the spine.

4. Cut out a piece of paper the size of the spine, using the pages as a guide.

5. Draw 5 equally spaces lines going up the height of the paper (or as many bunches of paper you want to use)

6. Draw 6-8 rows of dots going up the lines. These will serve as the holes for binding your book.

7. Using five sheets of paper for each bunch, fold the paper into five bunches (or however many lines you drew on your paper). I used a paper-folder that came with a card-making kit I have, but you can use your fingernails.

8. Using the holes drawn on your strip of paper as a guide, punch holes in all of your bunches of paper and the spine.

9. Sew the bunches of paper into your spine, using embroidery thread and a needle.

10. Glue cardstock over the spine of your book , or use glue dots/squares (found in the scrapbooking aisle of most craft stores). This step is optional.

11. Enjoy!

Until next time, Em 🙂

This tutorial is inspired by the journal made at krystin-bean.blogspot.com

The Weekly Post: 9/9/12

Song of the week: Sorry by Buckcherry… so if I had to say my favorite song? This’d be it. It makes me feel like crying every time I hear it. Also, here’s some other good songs! Anywhere But Here by SafetySuit and  The Story Left Untold by Every Avenue! I was looking at songs that I had bookmarked to listen to later, and these were sitting right there… I’m so happy I decided to listen to them 🙂

Book of the week: Let It Snow by Maureen Johnson, John Green, and Lauren Myracle… so I already featured this book in another post, but can I just say, I re-read the first book in this “collection” and asdfkl I want to read it over and over and over… ugh.

Word of the week: flamdoodle. noun. nonsense

Cool fact: Hugh Grant is exactly one day older than Colin Firth! Way to go, British actors!

Something interesting that happened: I watched Love Actually… yeah so this video? Pretty much my life.

Quote of the week: “A life isn’t measured in hours or minutes. It’s the quality, not the length.” –Elsewhere (go read it)

Until next time, Em 🙂

Photo a day: day 27

Day 27: Favorite books

Oh my word, this is really hard. I read so many books (50ish just this summer), it’s hard to choose my favorites. But since I was keeping a list of the books I read this summer, I picked a few and… yeah. These aren’t in any specific order, besides the order I read them in.

1. So Much Closer by Susane Colasanti – so… Susane Colasanti is one of my favorite authors. This book is about a girl who follows her crush when he moves away (stalkerish, I know). Uhh there’s not much more to say, besides GO READ IT. I’m sorry that I’m a terrible book reviewer, this is a fantastic book and my “description” (if you can call it that) doesn’t do it justice.

2. Lonely Hearts Club by Elizabeth Eulberg – this is a hilarious book. It’s about a girl who decides to make a “Lonely Hearts Club” (hence the name), swearing off boys. Once again, my terrible book review doesn’t do it justice. I also love love love Elizabeth Eulberg.

3. Love? Maybe. by Heather Hepler – I’ve read this twice and I feel like I could read it another ten times. It’s that good. I can’t really explain the plot, other than this girl hates Valentine’s Day and she works at a candy shop so that’s kinda awkward. It’s really funny. AND HEATHER HEPLER IS ONE OF THE BEST AUTHORS EVER!

4. The Cupcake Queen by Heather Hepler – so in ninth grade my classmate did a “book report” on this book – and I don’t think I’ve thanked her for showing me this wonderous book of awesomeness. She introduced me to Heather Hepler, and for that I will be forever grateful. This book is about a girl whose mom opens up a bakery in a small town and the girl meets a mean girl and plays pranks on her and stuff… go read it. I could read it over and over and over and I wouldn’t ever get bored. And I’m pretty sure this book made me want to have a cupcake bakery (that and tumblr. for showing me all of it’s wonderful cupcake pictures)

5. Waiting For You by Susane Colasanti – another book my this wonderful author. This book is about a girl who likes a popular guy and when he asks her out, she’s thrilled. But wait, there’s more! An underground DJ is thrown into the mix, and what’d you guess?! Well, I can’t tell you what happens. But I can tell you to go read this book right now.

6. Let it Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle – this book makes me want to drink tea/hot cocoa and snuggle up under a comfortor and never come out. Which I did while reading this book. I started it at the beginning of summer and after reading the first two stories, I set it down and didn’t pick it back up until a few days ago. And now I’m gonna pick it back up and re-read the first story, because it’s freaking spectacular and bubbles and rainbows and unicorns and all things magical. Go get a cup of cocoa and this book and get ready for three great stories (but the first is definitely the best)

7. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins – DO NOT BE SWAYED BY THE TITLE. I WAS AND IT WAS A TERRIBLE MOVE ON MY PART. When I first read the title of this book, I thought, oh cliched teen novel. I guess I’ll read it, maybe it’ll be good? Well it was freaking spectacular and I literally read it for four hours straight on the way home from a road trip. Yes, the Kindle had 8% battery left, but I HAD TO FINISH THIS BOOK. Ohmyword, just wait for the part when they’re on the airplane home, I laughed so hard… 😀 Oh, I forgot to tell you what it’s about? My bad… it’s about a girl who studies in France for a year, and awesome possum things happen. Wink wink. Go read it.

8. 13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson – A book about a girl who, after finding 13 letters from her dead grandma, goes on a trip around Europe… yeah I need to get this from the library again because I just read the 2nd book in the series and I really want to re-read the series. Oh and Maureen Johnson also wrote the first story in Let it Snow (mentioned above), aka the best story in the book, hands down!

9. Anne Eyre by Summer Day – A modern adaption of Jane Eyre… a girl becomes an au pair (sort of) and meets a very good looking guy (he’s too old for her, but hey, age is just a number and jail is just a room, right? ;))… we all know that I love modern day adaptions of awesome romance books, so yeah.

10.  All These Things I’ve Done by Gabrielle Zevin – so I’ve had this book out from the library since the starting of summer and I ALMOST returned it.. but thankfully I didn’t before reading it! This is a book about the future… and it’s all corrupt and what not. I can’t wait till the second book is available for me to check out because asdfjkl it will be veryyy hard to wait.

11. Oh. My. Gods. by Tera Lynn Childs – this is a book about a girl who finds out she’s half-goddess (like Percy Jackson but… better). And it’s by Tera Lynn Childs aka one of the best authors ever. And there’s a sequel (thank God, or should I say Gods?)

12. Forgive my Fins by Tera Lynn Childs – I found this book while browsing through my school library for random books to read. And I have not looked back since. This is a book about a girl who finds out she’s a mermaid (I don’t know what’s so fantastic about mermaids but ever since I watched Aquamarine [I’ve always wanted to pull of a sweater like the mermaid does but… I have yet to try] and H2O: Just Add Water, I have been like obsessed with them. Not really, but still)

13. Epic Fail by Claire LaZebnik – Pride and Prejudice, re-written. ‘Nuff said.

14. Prada and Prejudice by Mandy Hubbard – Pride and Prejudice, re-written (again)… oh and go read You Wish by Mandy Hubbard also… holy fudgesicles that is a fantastic book.

15. Pride and Popularity  by Jenni James – I’m pretty sure you can guess what this book was written about… haha go read the other books by Jenni James, she’s writing a whole “series” based on Jane Austen’s books *swoon*

Now, you might think, three books written to the theme of Pride and Prejudice? H*** to the no, nothing can be as good as the original! But hey, give ’em a chance. They’re fantabulous. And yes, that’s a word.

So, yeah, that’s it. 15 books for you to read. And seriously, go read them. The library is free, after all. You’ve got nothing stopping you.

Oh and since this is a photo a day post, I’ll attach a picture of me enjoying reading!

SIGNED BY ALLIE FREAKING CONDIE (go read her books too!) Sorry for the terrible quality… stupid webcam

Until next time, Em 🙂