Photo A Day|| February Part One.

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Hi!

In case you were wondering, it’s not Friday. I actually thought it was Friday and let me tell you…the disappointment finding out that it was actually Thursday was REAL, you guys!

I’ve been taking part in monthly photo a day challenges on my Instagram account (heyyitsashley) and I’ve been having a lot of fun with them (when I don’t fall behind on pictures). I figured I would also cross post them to my blog as well. I think for the purpose of blogging, I will post 3-5 per blog post that I do throughout the month. That way I am not spamming my blog with a million photo a day posts back to back. You can follow me on Instagram (linked above) if you want to see them daily though! Some of these pictures will be taken with my Nikon. There will also be some taken  with my iPhone X.

It’ll be a little different this month and I won’t count the actual days of the month, because I missed a lot of days this month. I totally forgot the challenge even started until six days ago, lol. These are the five pictures that I did manage to do. Lately I have no clue what to caption my pictures anymore, so the majority of them are just emojis, lol. 😛

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Instagram Caption: 🍍💕 || photo a day • pink.
Camera: iPhone.

Random picture of the air freshener in the car. I thought it was cute. I love pineapples and the liquid inside was pink, so it worked. I don’t know why, but I really love this picture.


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Instagram Caption: m a r g a r i t a || photo a day • on the table.
Camera: iPhone.

My sister was in town, so we went to Taco Beach Shack at the beach. I had a margarita, because you can’t really have tacos without margaritas. I mean you can, but it wouldn’t be the same. The sun happened to be setting too, which made for a pretty cool picture. Although trying to eat with the sun in your eyes and not having sunglasses was kind of lame.


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Instagram Caption: 🌴🌳☀️ || photo a day • begins with T.
Camera: Nikon.

Palm tree is in our backyard and the other tree is in the neighbors yard, but it looks pretty neat with them grouped together. Kind of digging the rainbow glare too. It was sunny (you can tell by the sun in the left corner 😛 ). It’s been so damn hot here this week. That’s Florida for you.


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Instagram Caption: w o r d s 🐚 || photo a day • my inspiration.
Camera: Nikon.

I was kind of stuck on this one, because I’m not really sure what inspires me. I feel like I should know, but honestly…I don’t really know. I haven’t really thought about it, I guess. I thought this quote was really good though and words can be inspiring. We have this sign in our yard where my mom created a little beach themed area with shells and sand years ago. The sign actually used to be pink, but rain over the years changed it’s color. Still pretty cool.


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Instagram Caption: 🌸💖 || photo a day • bright.
Camera: Nikon.

I went with a picture of some bright pink flowers for this one. I am OBSESSED with this picture and I love our rusty shed in the background. I think it makes the picture look even cooler, to be honest. Probably one of my favorite pictures I’ve ever taken.

The picture I have for today is really cool and the theme is black and white, so I just put a black and white filter on it, but it works. I’ll save that for my next photo a day post next week though. If you follow my Instagram (linked at the beginning of the post) then you can see it later today. I’m still trying to think of a caption for it, but I am stumped. It’ll probably end up being just an emoji if I can’t think of a caption or if I can’t find the perfect quote/song lyrics to go with it.

Regular bookish update: I have a ton of ARCs that I hope to start reading soon, so that I can put some more book reviews up. I have been slacking on the book reviews. I think I may try to do more reviews for non-ARC/new release books too. I did that in the past, but over the last couple years I haven’t done much of that. Even if it’s just mini reviews for the older books, that would work for me too.

In case you missed it;
WWW Wednesday #46.
3 & 3.5 star reads of 2017.
Random|| Picture Update.

I hope you have a great day!

ashleyblack

 

WWW Wednesday #46.

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WWW Wednesday is a weekly MEME hosted by Taking on a World of Words. Simply answer the following questions. 🙂

The three Ws are:
What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

*Goodreads linked below.


Hey!

I haven’t been reading that much this week. I’ve been trying to catch up on my endless DVR of TV shows I have recorded instead. I’ve also been sucked back into my re-watch of 7th Heaven. Just like books, my TV show list is out of control right now too. I did read a little bit though.

Currently Reading:

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When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

I am finally reading When Dimple Met Rishi! I am about 30% into it right now and I really like it. Hopefully I’ll find some time to read tonight, because it’s pretty cute so far and I’m interested to see what happens.


Recently Finished:

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your name. by Makoto Shinkai
Lord of the Flies by William Golding

I bought your name. back in November and never got around to reading it. I finally read it and it was SO AMAZING. SO MANY FEELS. The hubby and I watched the movie over the weekend and it was just as amazing. He even loved it. I read Lord of the Flies back in high school, but it’s been a really long time since then. I couldn’t remember everything that happened, so I decided to listen to the audiobook. The audiobook is read by the author and he made the story so boring. He doesn’t change his voice for characters or really give any expression at all. So I was BORED. I still really like the story though, but as an audiobook, nope. I also read What to Say Next and The Raven King the previous week.


Reading Next:

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Immortal Reign by Morgan Rhodes

AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! I have been waiting too long for this. As soon as I finish Dimple, I am reading Immortal Reign. I am dying to see how this ends, but I am also kind of dreading it. BECAUSE THIS SERIOUS IS EVERYTHING and because Morgan Rhodes gives no fucks about killing characters. I’m nervous. I’m excited. I can’t wait! I also got these cute little Falling Kingdoms character bookmarks from Happy Hello on Etsy, so I’ve been putting it off until they got delivered to me, lol.

What are you currently reading? Recently finished? Reading next? Have you read any of these books? Let me know and link me to your posts if you have one!

In case you missed it;
3 & 3.5 star reads of 2017.
Random|| Picture Update.

I hope you have a great day!

ashleyblack

3 & 3.5 star reads of 2017.

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Hey!

I thought it would be fun to do a blog post with the books that I rated five stars. I also decided I would do one for all of the other ratings as well. This post post will show the books that I read in 2017 that I rated 3 stars or 3.5 stars. This is the last post in this little “mini series”, because I didn’t have anything lower than 3.5 stars last year.

In 2017 I read 67 books.
I rated 14 of those with 3-3.5 stars.

These are in no particular order. I just sorted my Goodreads 2017 list by “rating” and these are listed from top to bottom. I did try to group same author/series together though.

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Amish Guys Don’t Call by Debby Dodds
Bang by Barry Lyga
Little & Lion by Brandy Colbert
Bad Mommy by Tarryn Fisher

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The Art of Starving by Sam J. Miller
The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee
The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness
TMI by Patty Blount

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History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera
Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler

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The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds
A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

What are some books that you rated three stars in 2017? Have you read any of the books that I read? Did we have any similar ratings? Let me know!

Here are the links to my other two posts if you want to check those out:
4 & 4.5 star reads of 2017.
5 star reads of 2017.

And in case you missed it;
Random|| Picture Update.
Top Ten Tuesday|| Books that have been on my TBR the longest.

I hope you have a great day!

ashleyorange

Random|| Picture Update.

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Hey!

I have a random picture update for you guys. Basically just what’s going on in my life, what I’ve done recently, what I’ve taken pictures of recently, etc., but really just a ton of pictures of my furbabies. Kidding…half kidding… 😛 There’s others too, haha.

The hubby and I stumbled upon a brewery (Hollywood Brewing Co) that was on the beach, so we had to check it out! Amazing beer and food! I got the sliders and they were so good. I also got a mango IPA and a Limon Lager. Loved them both! I don’t remember the first beer the hubby got, but his second one he got the Limon one too. Hands down though, the fries stole the show. SO AMAZING! We sat outside and you can see in the last picture the beach right across from us.

Speaking of the beach and food…we ate at this place another time called Taco Beach Shack and OMG it was amazing. I forgot my ID at home, so I couldn’t drink that day, sadly. BUT the tacos were so damn good. I need to go back ASAP! Maybe I can talk to hubby into going this weekend, because damn I need these tacos again.

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Here are some other random pictures from the beach from the last two times that we’ve gone. I love taking pictures at the beach. There’s always neat things. I need to go back again ASAP. I literally live like two miles away. It’s even walking distance.

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A random picture of some of my favorite things. I spotted Cadbury mini eggs at the dollar store last weekend and I was STOKED! These are hands down my favorite Easter candy (and probably my all-time favorite candy ever). I am impatiently waiting for the stores to get the bigger bags though, because I plan to hoard as many as I can because waiting a year to get them again SUUUCKS. Not going to lie, I ate every single bag in one day, but ot be fair, they were mini bags. 😛 I got this cute “crazy cat lady” mug from the hubby’s family for Christmas. I finally used it to drink my orange juice, because I am trying to do everything I can to NOT get the flu. GIVE ME ALL THE VITAMIN C!!!

The hubby’s parents got me a felt letter board as one of my birthday gifts (my birthday is in March) and I was able to have it early. I am OBSESSED with this thing. The pictures I take with this letter board will be endless, haha. I was reading your name. by Makoto Shinkai…..

and you guys…it was amazing. HOLY CRAP! SO MANY FEELS. Hands down one of my favorite books that I read so far this year. I cried quite a few times. I plan to watch the movie this weekend. It was SO FREAKING GOOD!! I am living for it. I also got some new glasses that I am currently living for right now. I haven’t taken them off (well besides going to sleep, duh.). I have four pairs of glasses, but these have been my go to ever since getting them. New favorites. 😀

Books I got in the past week and a half. IMMORTAL REIGN, YOU GUYS!! It is finally hear and I am dying to open it and read it. I’m kind of trying to wait until my Immortal Reign bookmarks get here, because I want to use them with this book LOL. But I don’t know if I can hold out much longer, to be honest. I also came home to a package of ARCs from Fierce Reads. I was SO STOKED! So many books!!! SO MANY! I am really excited about all of them. A couple (Outcast and Between Frost and Fury) are sequels in a series and I think Outcast is even the 4th book. I don’t know if I will be reading those anytime soon or if I will do a books for trade for those two. I am really excited for all of the other ones though! Thank you to Fierce Reads for sending me this amazing package of Spring ARCs.

Another thing I am LIVING for is the new camper bracelet from Pura Vida Bracelets. I had to have it. I currently wear it all the time. I am also reading it right now as I type up this blog post, just saying. 😛 Below are pictures of the front and back. Front is a little camper and the back says “happy camper”. Pura Vida Bracelets currently has so many bracelets I really want. They have these new desert themed ones (a Teepee and some arrows) and this pine cone bracelet. I NEED! I am trying to hold off though. I’ve been spending way too much money lately. I’m supposed to be in saving mode this year. I just love stuff so much, it’s hard. I’m trying though!

I recently found out that Snapchat works on my kitten, Leaf. I’ve tried it with every single one of my furbabies and it doesn’t work on them except for Leaf. I am now obsessed with taking pictures of her with all the new filters. She probably hates it, LOL.

And speaking of furbabies. This is the part where I spam you with a million pictures of my cats and dog, because I love them and they are so cute.

These are a couple pictures of my girl October. It’s hard getting many pictures of her, because she doesn’t always like to come up on the bed or she usually just likes to be in her own little world by herself.

My other girl, little Leaf. She loves cuddling. My other cats don’t really like it and RARELY do, so I am thrilled that I finally have one that loves it. HAHA. We actually almost lost her. I guess the front door wasn’t closed completely and she pushed it opened and ran out. Luckily we caught her just in time before she got through the fence. We have to be very careful with her, because she always likes to sit up against the front door when we get home and she likes to try get out a lot. By the way, I don’t know why I always end up with pictures of her sleeping versus awake, lol. It just happens.

My ColbyJack. Honestly, he was my dream kitten. I’ve always wanted and dreamed of having an orange kitten and I finally got one. He’s a huge drama queen though and likes to eat everything in sight. I still love him more than I’ve ever loved anything. He’s a total mamma’s boy too.

And of course, my boy Dax. He just had his eighth birthday yesterday (recycled last year’s birthday picture because I packed away the birthday hat). I love this guy so much. He’s the oldest of them all. He’s also ColbyJack’s best friend. It’s cute that when Dax is scared or hiding, Colby will go find him and check on him.

Dax went crazy licking Leaf one day and it was seriously THE BEST thing. I got some any funny pictures of it, but she didn’t mind it. She loves Dax. Everyone loves Dax and Dax loves everyone.

I love that they all four get along with each other so well and love each other. They don’t usually fight and when they do, 9 out of 10 times it’s play fighting.

Last but not least, here are some random flower pictures. I haven’t posted them to Instagram yet, so you’re seeing them first! They’ll eventually make their way on there. A few other pictures in this post haven’t been on Instagram yet either, but those will also eventually make it there too. I love the little red ones (I forgot what my mom said they were called), but we forgot to water them and now they are about to die. 😦 I thought the little purple flower was pretty cool. It was just this random purple flower in a sea of green leaves, lol.

That is all for this post. I hope you enjoyed seeing all of my pictures. I always think it’s fun sharing them. I love taking pictures for fun, so it’s nice posting them here too and to get random little updates about what is going on in my life. You’ll definitely be seeing more of that this year on my blog since I am changing things up a little bit and not only focusing on books.

In case you missed it;
Top Ten Tuesday|| Books that have been on my TBR the longest.
4 & 4.5 star reads of 2017.

I hope you have a great day!

ashleyblack

Top Ten Tuesday|| Books that have been on my TBR the longest.

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Artsy Reader Girl.

Books That Have Been On My TBR the Longest and I Still Haven’t Read.


Hi!

I am going to go with only the books that I own that I’ve had for a really long time now and still haven’t read. Let me tell you, it’s A LOT more than ten. I’m going to just get right into it. These are books that I’ve probably had since 2015 and haven’t read them yet.

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All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
Half Bad by Sally Green
A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray
The Young Elites by Marie Lu

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Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley
Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson (and all MM books)
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro
Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman

I really want to try to make these books a priority this year and finally read them. There’s also PLENTY MORE not on this list that I want to try to make a priority this year. I really need to get to reading these older books I bought and that I’ve had for so long.

What are some books that you had on your TBR that you still haven’t read? Feel free to link me to your posts, so I can check them out.

In case you missed it;
4 & 4.5 star reads of 2017.
Photo A Day|| January 22-31 & GIVEAWAY WINNER!
Wrap Up|| January.

 

I hope you have a great day!

ashleyblack

4 & 4.5 star reads of 2017.

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Hey!

I thought it would be fun to do a blog post with the books that I rated five stars. You can check that out over here. I also decided I would do one for all of the other ratings as well. This post post will show the books that I read in 2017 that I rated 4 stars or 4.5 stars.

In 2017 I read 67 books.
I rated 26 of those with 4-4.5 stars.

These are in no particular order. I just sorted my Goodreads 2017 list by “rating” and these are listed from top to bottom. I did try to group same author/series together though.

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The Best Kind of Magic by Crystal Cestari
Want to Go Private? by Sarah Darer Littman
Without Merit by Colleen Hoover
The Unlikelies by Carrie Firestone

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Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins
Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins
The Complete Short Stories by Ernest Hemingway
This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp

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My Best Friend’s Exorcism by Grady Hendrix
The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli
The Hearts We Sold by Emily Lloyd-Jones
Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner

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Saga, Vol 1 by Brian K. Vaughan
The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye
Mirror Me by Tara St. Pierre
They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera

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Loving the University by Barry Lyga
The Ghosts at 95 by Barry Lyga
The Ideas of March by Barry Lyga
Four Minutes by Barry Lyga

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A Work in Progress by Connor Franta
Note to Self by Connor Franta
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

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The Pale Dreamer by Samantha Shannon
On the Merits of Unnaturalness by Samantha Shannon
The Song Rising by Samantha Shannon

What are some books that you rated four stars in 2017? Have you read any of the books that I read? Let me know!

In case you missed it;
Wrap Up|| January.
Book Haul|| January.
Photo A Day|| January 22-31 & GIVEAWAY WINNER!

I hope you have a great day!

ashleyblack

 

Photo A Day|| January 22-31 & GIVEAWAY WINNER!

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Hi!

I’ve been taking part in monthly photo a day challenges on my Instagram account (heyyitsashley) and I’ve been having a lot of fun with them (when I don’t fall behind on pictures). I figured I would also cross post them to my blog as well. I think for the purpose of blogging, I will post 3-4 per blog post that I do throughout the month. That way I am not spamming my blog with a million photo a day posts back to back. You can follow me on Instagram (linked above) if you want to see them daily though! Some of these pictures will be taken with my Nikon. There will also be some taken  with my iPhone X.

I skipped quite a few days. I couldn’t figure out what I wanted to take pictures of, didn’t have older backup pictures, or I just completely forgot about them. Here are the rest of the pictures for the challenge though. This post will also contain more pictures than the usual four. I want to get all of them up since it’s now February.

Days 22-31 of January

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Day 22: Scenic.
Instagram Caption: thalassophile 🌊
Camera: Nikon.

Thalassophile: A lover of the sea, someone who loves the sea/ocean. I am kind of obsessed with this ocean shot. I got a couple more really awesome ones too, but I’ll share them another day.


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Day 25: My morning view.
Instagram Caption: ♡♡♡♡
Camera: iPhone.

Random view outside of my house. I was walking my dog Dax before work and decided to snap a picture of the sky, because it looked really pretty that day.


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Day 26: Thank you for…
Instagram Caption: i have been waiting YEARS for this day. words cannot even express how happy i was when the dangerous summer said they were back! i am so stoked for their new album that’s finally here! 🖤🎵
Camera: Nikon.

What my caption says! THE DANGEROUS SUMMER HAS A NEW ALBUM OUT NOW!! Their last album was in 2013, because they broke up. When I heard they were getting back together, I was beyond so stoked! THEN their album was finally released and it was EVERYTHING I ever hoped it would be and more. I’ve listened to it at least 20+ times on repeat and I listened to it at least once all the way through every day since it came out. IT’S SO DAMN GOOD! AND ALL THE FEELS, HOLY CRAP!! GO LISTEN TO THIS ALBUM or at least listen to Color and Luna; those two are my absolute favorite. But I swear, every single song is on point and amazing. You will feel things.


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Day 28: Text.
Instagram Caption: i am pretty stoked to read this. 📖🖤
Camera: iPhone.

I seen this book floating around a little bit and honestly, it’s perfect for me. I am really stoked to read it. Hopefully I get around to it really soon. Currently have a ton of books on my immediate TBR though, because my library decided it would be cool to check out all my e-book holds to me at one time. I would recheck them out later, but a lot of them were holds that I’ve been waiting on for a long time.


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Day 29: Magic.
Instagram Caption: throwback to disney. ♡
Camera: iPhone.

DISNEY WORLD. I NEED TO GO BACK! I used an older picture for this day, because I honestly had no idea what to take a picture of for “magic” and HELLOOOO….DISNEY IS FULL OF MAGIC!


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Day 30: Secret.
Instagram Caption: adventure. 🌲
Camera: Nikon.

This is also an older picture I don’t think I ever posted anywhere. The hubby and I went to this really cool nature trail park last year. I want to go back, because I don’t think we were able to walk all the trails. There were several different ones.

Starting a new monthly challenge today for February! Hopefully I can actually complete an entire month without skipping. 😛


Now for the person that won my giveaway! I actually decided to pick TWO winners.

Kristi from Confessions of a YA Reader
&
Kelly from Another Book in the Wall

Email me at sociallyawkwardbookworm@outlook.com

I will have more giveaways in the near future, so don’t worry if you didn’t win this time! It was fun to do this giveaway and I am stoked to do another  one soon. 😀

In case you missed it;
Wrap Up|| January.
Book Haul|| January.
5 star reads of 2017.
Photo A Day|| January 17-21.

I hope you have a great day!

ashleyblack