Photo A Day|| February Part Two.



I am kind of in a reading slump right now, which totally sucks. I haven’t been in the mood to read anything for the past week or so. I’ve been watching a lot of TV, which is fine. I mentioned how I was so far behind on TV shows as I am books. Hopefully I get out of this slump ASAP, because I have a lot of books I want to read. Like a ton of ARCs that I need to get reviews up for. Since I don’t really have anything to talk about as far as books goes, here is another photo a day post with pictures from the last few days.

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.

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 toward the beginning of the month.


Instagram Caption: “sometimes the place you are used to is not the place you belong.” 🖤 || photo a day • black & white. 

I LOVE this picture. I love taking pictures of fences. I took a few different ones that day, but I really liked how this one came out. I also really love the quote I decided to put as the caption.


Instagram Caption: throwback to flying over arizona back in 2016 when we were on our way to california. i need another vacation, asap! ✈️ || photo a day • travel.

Throwback picture to mine and the hubby’s vacation to California in 2016. This is one of my favorite pictures that I took. I want to go on another vacation, on another plane, so I can take more pictures from the sky! I also really want to go back to San Francisco, because I didn’t get to do all the things that I really wanted to do.


Instagram Caption: hollywood beach 🌊 | photo a day • in the details.

One the side of the outside wall of a restaurant on the beach, there is this really cool mosaic picture. I always like taking pictures of it and it’s so detailed and it went perfectly for the topic this day.


Instagram Caption: 🌊🌴☀️✌🏼 || photo a day • stripes.

This picture was also taken at the beach in the parking garage. I thought it looked cool being able to see the beach from the little window and it ended up going perfect for “stripes”. I have another picture from the parking garage too that isn’t through the slatted window. I’ll have to post that in a picture update post at some point.


Instagram Caption: “my only goal in life right now is to be genuinely happy.” ♡ || photo a day • time.

This one is just a totally random picture. It probably doesn’t really go with “time”, but I used a quote that could go with it as the caption. I am LIVING for the quote I put as the caption. I took it this morning right before it was TIME to go to work though, LOL. So I decided to just post it anyway. I also really love it even though it is completely random and I was just messing around waiting for my sister to finish getting ready.

In case you missed it;
Photo A Day|| February Part One.
WWW Wednesday #46.
3 & 3.5 star reads of 2017.

I hope you have a great day!


WWW Wednesday #46.


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.


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:


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:


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:


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!


3 & 3.5 star reads of 2017.



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.


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


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


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


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!


Random|| Picture Update.



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.


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.


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!


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


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.


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


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!


4 & 4.5 star reads of 2017.



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.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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!



Wrap Up|| January.



First month of the year done! This month actually felt like it went by really slow, to be honest. It was a pretty crazy month for me with so many things going on, but I still managed to read quite a few books! I’ll have a picture post up for the month of January at some point of the random pictures that I took throughout the month, aside from my photo a day pictures that I’ve been posting all month. For now I’m just going to jump right into my January wrap up though. 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.

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

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Long Way Home by Katie McGarry – 4 out of 5 stars.
I love the Thunder Road series so much and I am sad that it’s over. 😦 I finally read Long Way Home and I am so glad that I did. It was so good and a good way to end the series. I did love the first two books a little more though.

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black – 5 out of 5 stars. – Review.
It’s rare that I love a really hyped book, but I really loved The Cruel Prince. There were quite a few twists and it was so much fun to read. Feel free to check out my review for more.

Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum – 5 out of 5 stars.
I really loved Tell Me Three Things. It was a quick read, pretty fun, and cute. I am excited to read Julie Buxbaum’s book What to Say Next.

A Taxonomy of Love by Rachael Allen – 4 out of 5 stars. – Review.
I really enjoyed A Taxonomy of Love. It was pretty interesting and weird, but it was still a good story. It was also interesting to learn a little about Tourette Syndrome. Feel free to check out my review for more.

The Crown’s Fate by Evelyn Skye – 4 out of 5 stars.
The Crown’s Fate was really good! I enjoyed it and read through it pretty quickly. Lots of different things happening and the ending was really great. I gave it one less star than the first book, because while I did really like The Crown’s Fate, it wasn’t as good as the first book.

Textrovert by Lindsey Summers – 3 out of 5 stars.
I flew through Textrovert, but it was a short book (230 pages) and it had text message bubbles that took up page space, lol. BUT it was a really cute book and fun to read. I easily guessed a lot of what was happening, but it was still pretty enjoyable and a quick read. I read half on Sunday (1/29) night and the other half on Monday (1/30). I probably could have read it in an entire day if I didn’t continue my rewatching of all the 7th Heaven episodes on Hulu LOL.

These are the books that I listened to the audio versions throughout the month of January.


The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater – 3 out of 5 stars.
Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater – 3 out of 5 stars.
I like this series, but I don’t love it. I think I’ve rated every single book so far three stars besides the first book. I think I gave that one 4 stars. It holds my attention, but I’m not jumping up and down with excitement for it. Kind of sad, because I know so many people love this series. I am hoping to read The Raven King in February.

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


What to Say Next by Julie Buxbaum

I mentioned this one earlier in my post. I had What to Say Next on hold at my library for awhile and it finally got checked out to me, so I am reading that. I only have about two weeks before it gets turned back into the library, so I better get a move on. I actually had a ton of e-books on hold at the library and my library thought it would be cool to check almost every single book out to me at the exact same time. Last week I literally got six books checked out to me. SIX! I had to return two of the six, because I just can’t with all those books LOL.

What did you read in January? Have you read any of the books that in January? Feel free to link me to your wrap up posts, so I can check them out!

Today is the last day to enter my giveaway! Enter here: Three Year Blogiversary & Giveaway!

In case you missed it;
Book Haul|| January.
5 star reads of 2017.

I hope you have a great day!