Recap|| December.

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Hey!

Is 2018 really just a few days away? 2017 has been a pretty good year. I was able to do some pretty cool and fun things this year that I am forever grateful for. I married my best friend this year and we celebrated ten years of being together this year too. I got to travel to some places that I’ve really wanted to go (Washington DC, Virginia, NYC, South of the Border in South Carolina). I still need to do my honeymoon post ASAP. I got to go to BookCon and meet some blogger friends in NYC! I got to hangout with old friends in Lakeland and we discovered our love for that city and possibly a new future for us. I got a new kitten (Leaf) and she’s perfect even when she’s crazy.

I’m actually really looking forward to 2018, because this year the hubby and I have been trying to work toward a better future for us and in 2018 we can hopefully start the process of putting some kind of long term plans into play. Kind of weird thinking about long term though, because I’m a go with the flow kind of person. Day to day. Whatever happens, happens  It is what it is. I’m that kind of person and I’ve no doubt been a lot happier living that way. I think this will be good though. I can still live that way and also have a backup plan. I guess this is adulting? 😛

2018 is going to be a pretty busy year for us, but more on that another time. You’re here for my December recap post of the books I read this month, so let’s get into that! You can find a full list of these books and the other books I read this year over here. All will be linked to Goodreads below and I will also link to individual blog posts for them if I did a review.

DNF Books:
These are the books that I read throughout the month of December, but did not finish them because I just couldn’t get into them.

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Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor 
I checked the audiobook from my library and I got over halfway through it, but I just could not get into it. It was way too boring for me and most of the time I was just confused or really didn’t care what was happening. I wanted so badly to love this book, because I’ve heard so many great things about it. I’m sad that it wasn’t for me.


Physically Read Books:
These are the books that I read by myself (not audiobooks) throughout the month of December.

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TMI by Patty Blount – 3 out of 5 stars.
TMI was pretty good and I read through it pretty quickly. It got a little weird toward the end, but it was enjoyable. I guessed who Ryder West was early on. It wasn’t too memorable for me, but still a decent read.

Want to Go Private? by Sarah Darer Littman – 4 out of 5 stars.
Want to Go Private? is a really important book. It deals with social media and meeting people in person that you’ve talked to online. A lot of kids have social media today, instant messages, texts, etc. and it’s easy to fall prey to these online predators and fall into these dangerous situations. It was a really good book and worth the read, especially for younger kids first getting into the online world.

Being Fishkill by Ruth Lehrer – 5 out of 5 stars – review.
Being Fishkill was one of my favorite books that I read this year. I seen Jeff Zentner talking about how amazing it was, so I had to check it out. He was 100% on point with this opinions. This book was so emotional! I cried quite a few times. I still think about this story and the characters a lot. I highly recommend reading it.

Without Merit by Colleen Hoover- 4 out of 5 stars.
Colleen Hoover has quickly became one of my favorite authors. I always fly through her books and always enjoy them. Same with Without Merit. I will say though that it wasn’t my favorite CoHo book. It was a lot different than the books that she usually writes. I found myself a little bored at times and sometimes it didn’t really feel like a whole lot was going on. I still really liked it and I’m glad I read it.


Audiobooks:
These are the books that I listened to the audio versions throughout the month of December.

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Vanguard by Ann Aguirre – 5 out of 5 stars.
I’ve said this many times, but the Razorland series is one of my favorites. The third book came out in 2013 and I honestly thought that was it. Then I heard about Vanguard and I pretty much freaked out! I was so stoked and I couldn’t wait to read it. I did an audiobook reread of the entire series last month, so I decided to check out Vanguard in audiobook as well. I loved everything about Vanguard. It was everything I hoped it would be and more. I’m still fangirling inside about how amazing this book was and series.


Currently Reading Books:
These are the books that I started to read in the month of December, but didn’t get a chance to finish them yet.

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Long Way Home by Katie McGarry

Finally reading Long Way Home. I’ve been trying to read this for months, to be honest. I kept putting it off month after month. I am finally reading it and of course really enjoying it. I love the Thunder Road series so much.

I think for January I’m going to try to read a bunch of the ARCs I have and need to catch up on. I also want to try to read more books that are on my list of unfinished series (book series that I started but never finished/caught up on – there’s 20+ series). I’ll have a blog post coming soon of some reading/book goals for 2018 and it mentions more on this. After work today I am off to Lakeland for New Year’s weekend. It really sucks the hubby can’t come along since he has to work 😦 but hopefully it’ll still be fun.

In case you missed it;
Random|| Christmas & Other Things.
Book Haul|| December.
Travel|| Lakeland.

I hope you have a great day, weekend, and New Year’s!

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Random|| Christmas & Other Things.

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Hey!

Today I am going to do a one of my random picture updates and it is going to pretty image heavy, because it’s been awhile since I’ve done one of these. It’ll most likely be my last one of these posts before the end of the year. There is almost 50 pictures in this post, so be prepared. 😛 I think I’ll start with Christmas pictures since Christmas just happened.

 

There was a couple of days where it got pretty cold in Florida, which I was stoked about, because I was able to wear my Christmas sweaters and drink hot chocolate all the time to warm me up. I’ve had my Real Friends Christmas sweater (left) for a few years, but I’ve only worn it a handful of times LOL.

 

In the middle of December we went to this little event (Fantasy of Lights) where you drive through and see all these different Christmas lights and decorations. That was pretty neat and there were a ton of different cool lights. It was hard to take pictures in the car though, especially when you had a line of cars behind you LOL. I go ta few though.

 

My three kitties (there will be more cat pictures 😛 ). Left: Leaf. Middle: October. Right: ColbyJack. Here are a few Christmas ones with them near or under the Christmas tree. Sometimes they were good to it and other times they attacked the tree, climbed the tree, and broke branches. UGHH.

 

OH HEY!!! It’s Santa Dax. He’s pretty stoked about the Santa hat this year. Last year he wasn’t thrilled that I put it on him. He’s too cute, I can hardly stand it. Haha.

 

Christmas lights. I was bored, so I took some Christmas light pictures. No way was Dax and October taking part in this though, lol. ColbyJack was whatever about it, but you can tell he hated it. Leaf was fascinated by the lights. I had to stop though, because she was trying to eat them.

 

Hot chocolate and Christmas cookies. On Christmas Eve Eve ( 😛 ) we made it a family night. We decorated cookies, drank hot chocolate, and played board games and trivia games. It was pretty fun. We also let my niece and nephew open one of their gifts. On Christmas Eve we had our Christmas dinner and played more board games. It was pretty fun. I’ve been battling a cold for like almost two weeks now though, so that kind of sucked. I still tried to have fun though. Sorry to any of my family members that end up sick because of me though!

 

We may have all went a little overboard with presents this year; there is presents for nine people under here though, lol. I got a ton of cool gifts from my family and the hubby’s family too. The hubby got me the other two Home Alone Funkos, which I was stoked about and a wireless charging pad for my iPhone X. He also got me the candy cane TOMS, which are awesome. They are glittery and sparkly.

 

Pictures do not do them justice AT ALL. They shine and sparkle in the light, which I am obsessed with haha. Probably my new favorite pair of TOMS. I have so many pairs. I think I only wear TOMS, sandals, and occasionally I’ll wear Converse.

 

 

The Santa Claus headband. I lived with this thing on my head the entire Christmas weekend, LOL. My sister got a snowman one and then we got our mom, her kids, and Andy Santa hats. They didn’t wear theirs, but I did until Christmas ended LOL.

 

YOU GUYS!! It was Leaf’s first Christmas. She totally took claim of all the prezzies, so her brothers and sister couldn’t have any. LOL! In the bottom right picture you can see where she took claim to the stocking and let ColbyJack have the dog toys HAHA. Eventually she backed off for a couple minutes and the others got to check out what Santa brought them.

 

 

October (top left) and Dax (bottom right) were pretty done with the presents though. They seen what they got and ran off. I think ColbyJack (bottom left) and Leaf (top right) were the only ones that stuck around and played with some of them.

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Last Christmas picture. My younger sister got me a Dobby bookend, which is totally freaking cool! I can’t wait to rearrange my Harry Potter bookshelf, so I can include it on there! He’s so cute.

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You should probably already know by now that I live for sunsets and taking pictures of them. I was able to catch some pretty cool ones in the month of December. The purple and pink one was amazing though. I took that on my way home from work right in front of Hard Rock. It’s not easy getting pictures of sunsets in this city, so many cars and buildings. And now all the furbaby pictures…

 

MY HEART IS MELTING. I love when they cuddle together. It’s one of my favorite things and Leaf definitely likes to cuddle. ColbyJack only really likes Dax (he tolerates October and Leaf). She’s growing so fast though! She was a little bigger than my hand when we got her and now she’s almost the size of October! She’s only like 6-7 months old. She can be a monster, but she’s also really cute and sweet…

 

SEE? She loves sleeping by us or on us. When we first got her, we always slept by her because we didn’t want her to be alone because she was so tiny and because we were bottle feeding her. So we would wake up in the middle of the night to feed her if she was crying, so I think maybe that’s why she’s so close to use. A lot closer than our other kitties. Also ColbyJack does lay with me sometimes, especially when I’m sick…

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And some other random pictures of my furbabies. These are the last ones, haha. Furbaby overload, but I love them so much and I can’t help it. 😛

 

They finally made a Sora Funko, so I got him in December. I was so stoked to get him and that he has a little keyblade. I need to get my hands on all the other Kingdom Hearts Funkos, ASAP! I’ve been having fun replaying all the games again and I can’t wait until the release of the new game at the end of 2018.

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Last but not least, I move things around and here is a picture of my bookshelves. They are a complete mess now though. This was before they became a wreck. I need to clean up and put a ton of things away and make them look nice again.

That’s all for this post. I have a ton of things to do today before my weekend trip to Lakeland (again, told you I love it there). This time I’m going with my sisters, mom, and aunt. It sucks that the hubby can’t come with. 😦 But hopefully it’ll still be a lot of fun. I’ll have my wrap up posted hopefully tomorrow.

In case you missed it;
Book Haul|| December.
Travel|| Lakeland.
Thoughts|| Being Fishkill.

I hope you have a great day!

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Book Haul|| December.

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Hey!

I hope you guys had a great Christmas or weekend if you don’t celebrate! I’m sharing my December book haul with you guys today. A few days early, but I don’t plan to buy anymore books this month. I got some really awesome deals in December, so I’m super stoked. I’m just going to use the Goodreads pictures of the book covers in this post, because I haven’t had the chance to take pictures of my books myself and I don’t really have time right now, to be honest. I’ve been busy and I’ve also been sick for an entire week straight (and still sick, ughh). Anyway, onto my book haul!

Physical books I purchased myself:

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The Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan
The Ship of the Dead by Rick Riordan
The Heroes of Olympus Boxed Set by Rick Riordan (not pictured)
Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

Amazon was having a crazy sale a couple weeks ago and I was able to get a paperback boxed set of the Heroes of Olympus series for $10 dollars! I checked the price a couple days later and it was $30, so I completely lucked out by spotting that! I even got book 3 in the Magnus Chase series for around $4 and the second book in that series for $8! And they had the hardcover for Stalking Jack the Ripper for $3 and some change. YESSSSS! I was able to get $70+ (all the prices went back up) for a little over $20! I couldn’t help myself, it was a “Merry Christmas to myself” situation. 😀 I’m stoked! I loved the Heroes of Olympus, by the way! I own the e-books and really wanted physical copies.

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The Chalk Man by C.J. Tudor

I signed up for Book of the Month Club earlier this year and had one credit left. Each month I never wanted the books they were offering, so I kept skipping for like 4-5 months straight. Finally I decided to just pick a book and I mostly decided because they said there would be an extra surprise in the December box. So I chose to just get The Chalk Man, because they said fans of Stranger Things would like it. DO YOU KNOW WHAT THAT EXTRA SURPRISE WAS? STICKERS and a chance to possibly win a giveaway party at work….I’m the only employee at my job… STICKERS THOUGH!? I was disappointed. I could have continued to skip and eventually got something I REALLY wanted. I cancelled my membership after that, because honestly I didn’t really like the books they were offering and I kept skipping month after month hoping for something I’d actually want and never being a good selection for me. I still haven’t even read any of the other books I got from past boxes.


Books I was sent or gifted:

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The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel
Selp-Helf by Miranda Sings

I was sent a physical ARC of The Cruel Prince and a paperback copy of The Roanoke Girls for review from the publishers and I’m pretty stoked about reading them both. I am kind of obsessed with Miranda Sings. I first started to watch her show (Haters Back Off) on Netflix and then started to follow her on YouTube after that. I don’t know why, but I think she’s hilarious. I didn’t know she started off on YouTube until I looked her up after watching Haters Back Off on Netflix, lol. Anyway, I was gifted her book Selp-Helf by my older sister for Christmas.


E-Books:

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Never Never by Colleen Hoover/Tarryn Fisher
Want To Go Private? by Sarah Darer Littman
Meet Me Tonight by Barry Lyga
A Scanner Darkly by Philip K Dick
Otherworld by Jason Segel, Kirsten Miller

I own the e-book of Never Never part 1, but Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher released a new e-book that contains all the parts together, so I decided to get that since I didn’t have the other parts. They are going to also release in paperback soon, so I will most likely be purchasing it again in paperback form; because I need to own all of Colleen Hoover’s books. There will be a new cover for Never Never, but I didn’t see it up on Goodreads. I seen that Otherworld was on sale and I heard good things about it, so I got that one as well. Meet Me Tonight is Barry Lyga’s last short story of the year. A Scanner Darkly just sounded good and it was on sale. Want To Go Private? sounded interesting, it’s really important, and I really liked it.

What books did you get this month? Have you read any of the ones that I got?

I’ll have my December wrap up in the next couple days. Still working on that blog post, but hopefully I’ll have it up soon.

In case you missed it;
Travel|| Lakeland.
Thoughts|| Being Fishkill.

I hope you have a great day!

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Travel|| Lakeland.

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The hubby and I went to Lakeland to visit my childhood best friend and her boyfriend in November. Last year we visited them and were able to go to Harry Potter world at Universal Studios/Islands of Adventure. This time we chose the cheaper route and just hung out with them and did things around their town, which was still SO MUCH FUN! We are obsessed with Lakeland! It’s about 3-3.5 hour drive from us, so it was kind of like a mini road trip, which is always fun.

We have to drive through this little town called Lake Wales before getting to Lakeland. There is this place called “Spook Hill” in Lake Wales, so we decided to check it out.

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So we attempted to try this, but we didn’t do it right so it ended up being really lame LOL! I think one of us was supposed to get out of the car to be able to see this happening, but we both stayed in the car, so we obviously didn’t notice HAHAH! We’ll do it again next time we go up there.

A couple of other pictures from Lake Wales on the way to Spook Hill. That view is so pretty.

 

When we first got to my friend’s house, we just sat around and talked. Pretty much just caught up and then talked about when we were kids. Poor Andy (hubby) had to listen to all of our old stories and everything, lol. She did my nails and then wanted to do my hair. So we did that until her boyfriend came home. Once he came home we went out to eat at this Mexican restaurant called Abuelo’s, which was so good! We also drank a little bit.

On Saturday during the afternoon my friend (Yanery), Andy, and I went on these little bicycle/walking trails and that was pretty fun.

 

The trails were kind of nerve-wracking at times, because there were some pretty steep hills to climb up and down. I don’t know how bicyclists do it, I would be scared as hell about it; especially because you are surrounded by water. In that water are alligators! In the wild…so no fences or cages to stop them from getting you if you mess with them!

 

SEEEE?! They are just out in the open. I was seriously scared I was going to slip and fall into the water or on top of one hahah. I also didn’t wear the right kind of shoes at all. I had my converse on. Had I known the trails were going to be like they were, I probably would have brought different shoes. We obviously survived though!

Here are a few more pictures from hiking on the trails!

 

 

After that we went home, showered, changed clothes and then went to Rocket Fizz. If you haven’t heard of it, Rocket Fizz is a store that sells a bunch of candy and different flavored sodas. We always like going there. Andy likes to get the soda and I like to get the salt water taffy. After Rocket Fizz we went to the Brass Tap for pizza and beer. Also a picture of a really BIG and awesome Christmas tree outside the shopping plaza that Rocket Fizz and Brass Tap were. I’m obsessed with Christmas trees.

 

After we ate and drank a few beers there, we decided to go to Beer Hub to try some more beers and then went back to the house. I’m a beer person and we like to eat, beer and food was a must for this trip. LOL.

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Sunday was our last day, so in the morning we went to this little place called the Poor Porker for breakfast and then we headed home shortly after that. The Poor Porker was such a cool/cute little place. It’s a food truck that sells beignets. They call them “fluffy pillows of heaven” and they totally were.

 

There were a ton of succulents and cacti EVERYWHERE and there were so many different cool seating areas surrounding the food truck. It was such a neat place! I was taking pictures every thing! Here are a ton of pictures of The Poor Porker.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Suck a cool place, right? I’m pretty obsessed with it! They told us that they are going to start having live music there on Friday nights, so I can’t wait to get back to Lakeland and check it out one day. I bet the atmosphere at night will be just as cool as during the day. They sell beer and snacks at night in another indoor area, which is cool. Remember how I said I was obsessed with Christmas trees? Well of course I spot a HUGE Christmas tree across the street when we were leaving the Poor Porker. Can you guess where I ended up?

 

 

And that was our mini weekend vacation to Lakeland to visit my childhood best friend! It was so much fun hanging out, catching up, and seeing more of Lakeland. The last time we were busy in Orlando going to theme parks, so we didn’t get to see a whole lot. So this was really nice. We are both in LOVE with Lakeland and who knows what the future holds for that. 😛

I have a random picture post coming up soon. It’ll just be pictures I’ve taken over the last couple of months.

In case you missed it;
Thoughts|| Being Fishkill.
Friday Finds #71.
Travel|| Disney World.

I hope you have a great day! And if I’m not on here again before Christmas,

MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY HOLIDAYS!! 😀

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Thoughts|| Being Fishkill.

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Being Fishkill by Ruth Lehrer
5 out of 5 stars.

Goodreads Description: Born in the backseat of a moving car, Carmel Fishkill was unceremoniously pushed into a world that refuses to offer her security, stability, love. At age thirteen, she begins to fight back. Carmel Fishkill becomes Fishkill Carmel, who deflects her tormenters with a strong left hook and conceals her secrets from teachers and social workers. But Fishkill’s fierce defenses falter when she meets eccentric optimist Duck-Duck Farina, and soon they, along with Duck-Duck’s mother, Molly, form a tentative family, even as Fishkill struggles to understand her place in it. This fragile new beginning is threatened by the reappearance of Fishkill’s unstable mother — and by unfathomable tragedy. Poet Ruth Lehrer’s young adult debut is a stunning, revelatory look at what defines and sustains “family.” And, just as it does for Fishkill, meeting Duck-Duck Farina and her mother will leave readers forever changed.


I received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Release date was November 14th.

I seen Jeff Zentner (The Serpent King) talking about Being Fishkill and how amazing it was, so I had to check it out! I love his books, so anything he recommends, I’m down to read. I was super excited when I was approved for it on Netgalley and I am glad that I was finally able to read it, because it was so amazing.

I instantly fell in love with Fishkill she was only thirteen years old, but she felt so much older to me. She had to grow up pretty fast with the life that she had to live her first thirteen years of life. It wasn’t easy for her and when she met Duck-Duck and Molly, things seemed a lot brighter for her. I was rooting for Fishkill and so badly wanted her to have the life that she deserved. Fishkill and Duck-Duck had this amazing friendship and you could feel all the love between them and Duck-Duck’s mom Molly.

I can’t even count on one hand how many times I cried while reading this book, there are SO MANY FEELS! 320 pages of feels, you guys! Good and bad. Fishkill’s story is really sad. The book as a whole is really sad, but there are still happy moments too. It was so well written and I flew through it pretty quickly. It was hard to put down. It was beautiful and it was sad all at the same time. It was everything you could hope for in a good book. It was so easy to connect with the characters, fall in love with them, and go on this emotional roller coaster with them.

Overall, I really loved Being Fishkill. It’s hands down one of my new favorite books now. Although it was so sad, I still enjoyed it so much. The ending was a shocker to me and so unexpected. I honestly couldn’t believe it. I keep thinking about the book and I keep wanting to cry every time I do. I think this will be a book that sticks with you for a very long time. I know it will for me. I highly recommend reading it. It’s out in the world now, so you should definitely go pick it up!

In case you missed it;
Friday Finds #71.
Travel|| Disney World.

I hope you have a great day!

ashleychristmas

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Bookstagram: foreverbookish_

Friday Finds #71.

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FRIDAY FINDS showcases the books you ‘found’ and added to your To Be Read (TBR) list… whether you found them online, or in a bookstore, or in the library — wherever! (they aren’t necessarily books you purchased).


Hi!

It’s been SO LONG since I’ve done a Friday Finds post, so I figured it was about time that I did another one. I am pretty sure the last one was about four months ago, oops! Since that last post I have added a TON of books to my Goodreads TBR. I’ll share ten of those books in this post. Narrowing it down to ten books isn’t going to be easy though!

There won’t be book descriptions this time, but I will link them all to Goodreads, so you can check them out! You can see more of my TBR over on my Goodreads account over here and feel free to add me as a friend!

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Busted by Gina Ciocca
Olivia Twist by Lorie Langdon
Fat Girl on a Plane by Kelly deVos
The Children of Hypnos by Francesca Zappia
Notes from My Captivity by Kathy Parks

By the way, Olivia Twist is an Oliver Twist retelling and I am freaking STOKED! Also, I will read anything that Francesca Zappia writes, but I do still need to read Elisa and her Monsters, oops. 😛

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9 Days and 9 Nights by Katie Cotugno
The Loneliest Whale by Lily Markova
A Messy, Beautiful Life by Sara Jade Alan
Reign of the Fallen by Sarah Glenn Marsh
Dating Disasters of Emma Nash by Chloe Seager

I am addicted to Katie Cotugno books and 9 Days and 9 Nights is a sequel to 99 Days and I can’t wait to read it. I will seriously read anything Cotugno writes. I am obsessed with the book covers for all of these books, especially Reign of the Fallen.

Have you added any new books to your TBR? Feel free to link me to your posts if you have one or leave a comment letting me know what new books you added to your TBR. 🙂

In case you missed it;
Travel|| Disney World.
Recap|| November.

I hope you have a great day and weekend!

ashleychristmas

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Instagram: heyyitsashley
Bookstagram: foreverbookish_

 

Travel|| Disney World.

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Hi!

I got unexpectedly super busy over the last almost two weeks, so of course I’ve been MIA from the blogosphere. What’s new though? I think I’m just generally a lot busier during the holidays, to be honest. I’ll talk about those things another time, because right now I am bringing you my Disney World post.

My cousin picked me up on Thursday night, because we were getting up super early the next day for Disney. I live two hours away from her and completely the opposite direction of Disney, so it made sense to get picked up the night before.

My cousin, her son, and I went to Disney on December 1st. Perfect way to start off the last month of the year, to be honest! The most magical place on Earth, right? They have this special Christmas celebration going on called Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party and that is what we went to. It was at night, so I wasn’t able to get a ton of pictures. I was also enjoying myself, so taking a lot of pictures was least on my mind. I did somehow manage to get a MILLION pictures of Cinderella’s castle though. IT WAS SO PRETTY!

 

First stop, Disney Springs during the day before going to the actual Disney park. Disney Springs is basically just a bunch of restaurants and shops. It was still pretty neat and that was fun. We ate at T-Rex Cafe, which was really cool. It’s kind of like Rain Forest Cafe, only dinosaur themed. Not entirely sure where my T-Rex cafe pictures went, but they are MIA from my phone right now, SORRY! Here’s a cool picture of Mickey Mouse though! The right is a picture of myself and my cousin at the T-Rex cafe. It’s blue, because our seats were in the ice cave.

 

We had to do a shadow Minnie ears picture. It was a MUST. Also a picture of my Minnie ears with one of their Christmas trees too. I was pretty obsessed with my Minnie ears to be honest. 😛 We basically just walked around Disney Springs all day, ate, shopped, and then went back to the hotel until time for Magic Kingdom.

Okay, what you are about to see is a TON of pictures of Cinderella’s castle. You are warned! 😛

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IT’S SO PRETTY, RIGHT? Well just wait until it gets dark outside, because HOLY CRAP! I’ve never seen anything more beautiful. You ready?

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AHHHHHH! IT’S AMAZING.

I am still so freaking obsessed with that castle every time I look at the pictures, seriously. BUT WAIT! It gets even better…because we need to throw in some fireworks!

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The castle changed multiple times throughout the night. I didn’t get a picture of every single change, but above with the fireworks was one of the changes.

 

It “snowed” at Disney on Main Street. AKA bubbles, but still really cool! And a fun experience. You can also see another castle change in the first picture. The right is their main Christmas tree and decorations and the “SNOW”.

 

We also met Mickey Mouse and Jack Skellington. Mickey was so cute and nice and Jack Skellington was so cool.

ALICE!

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Here are the Seven Dwarfs from the parade at the end of the night. They’re cute. I didn’t take a whole lot of pictures of the parade. I would have ended up with so many pictures and wouldn’t have been able to enjoy it as much. So I just wanted to enjoy the parade and kept my picture snapping to a minimum. It was also not that easy to get pictures when all the characters danced around so much, lol.

 

Last, but not least, all of the Mickey shaped FOOOOOD! I also had a Mickey shaped ice cream sandwich (not pictured) too, lol. They were also giving out cookies and hot chocolate for FREE all night and it was amazing.

 

We got back to her house on Saturday toward the end of the day, so I was able to get some cool sunset pictures. I was pretty exhausted after Disney, so we didn’t really do much besides relax. The next day we had to go to a birthday party for one of her son’s little’s friends. Her son is only three.

 

Picture of the sunset on the way back to her house on Sunday and then also a picture of the moon from Sunday night as well. 😀 I’m obsessed with taking pictures of sunsets and the moon.

That’s pretty much how my weekend went and it was so much fun! It was the perfect way to start off December. Side note: I plan to go back to Disney World ASAP during the day/non-event time, because while I did love the Christmas event, it would have been nice to experience a regular day at Disney and ride a ton of rides, take a ton of pictures, and meet more characters. I still had a lot of fun though.

I still have a couple other posts I need to work on, like my trip to Lakeland, which was almost a month ago. I also need to add all the pictures to my honeymoon post as well, which that happened back in May, OOPS! I want to try to get them done before the end of the year, especially my honeymoon post. I also want to do one more random picture post before the month ends of just random pictures I’ve taken throughout the last couple months.

That’s all for now though! I hope you enjoyed this post and in case you missed it…
Recap|| November.
Book Haul|| November.

I hope you have a great day!

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