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Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Hi, everyone!

I thought every once in a while I should ask about you all. This blog is obviously very me, and I think in its rebirth I want to reflect that more. So, every once in a while I'll these posts for discussion, where I reflect on my reading, things that have been going on in my life, that kind of thing, and ask you to do the same.

For the first post, I haven't really thought about what to say, since this is a very new idea of mine. With school over, my life is relatively uneventful these days. I've definitely been reading. Currently, it's A Court of Thorns and Roses, and tis is probably blasphemy, but I can't seem to get into it. I wish that could, because everyone seems to adore it, but it's just not doing it for me, much as I like Tamlin.

That's all for today, I think. Just a short little post, to say hi.


Postscript: This post is also a secret giveaway (meaning I won't tell you what you can win, it's a surprise!). Just comment telling me what's going on in your life with your email to enter. You can also gain a bonus +3 entries by tweeting! It's honor system in regards to telling me you tweeted, but please don't abuse it.


  1. I haven't had as much time to read these days, since I started working at Wal*Mart around a month ago. But, I have been reading some graphic novels.

  2. My life is quite quiet now. I have no plans for the summer, but hope to do a cruise with my dad in the fall if there's a good deal.

    I tweet shared your post.

  3. bleh... work has been nuts. I've been doing about 60 hour work weeks for the past 3 months. No time or energy to do anything fun :( It's almost over, so I'm hoping to recharge! thanks for sharing!

  4. hum i haven't had a lot of time to read lately because my mom had a minor stoke so i had to step in for everything and thus free time disappeared. She is improving now so i'm slowly starting again but i can't read a lot in 20min ( when i'm cut)
    i have discovered the others series by anne bishop ( i received book 1 for my birthday) and now i'm dying to get the next book soon but no book shopping in teh program soon so it will be later

    oh yes! i did send 3 happy mail packages ( it's a program a little like the RAK if you remember) but not focused only on books so we send a little something ( or big one) to people we know or we don't just to make them happy. i had no time to craft ( evident if no time to read even less to craft) but i do plan to start as soon as i can to create new special gift for christmas

    no twitter so i can't tweet but i send an email to some friends to tell them about this post^^

    have a nice week and thank you!


  5. Anna!!! You are bringing your blog back :3

    I dunno what to say though... have been bored and done nothing these past few days orz

    I tweeted :3

    Good to have you back xD



  6. Ps.: Will you write about anime here too? *____*

  7. I haven't been doing much working and reading. I have a new niece that was born on April 15th.

    sstrode at scrtc dot com

  8. I just finished Bout of Books 13. I read 4 books in one week. Which is more then what I've been reading lately.

  9. I have a new job for about a month wich i don't like. My weekdays are busy. I'm working out after work. In the evening i'm binge-watching the Gilmore Girls.I bought a lot of beutiful and intresting book this year


  10. I'm going to school and reading. Nothing interesting really :)

    1. email: alinutza4u2004[at]yahoo[dot]co[dot]uk

  11. School is ending now so I've been taking many tests but since testing is almost over I've had lots of time to read and that's been wonderful :D
    My email is hippiegirl12@ and I tweeted as well (

    PS: I was soo excited to see your posts back in my inbox :D Welcome back!

  12. I'm done with my sophomore year of college and I'm back to work as a lifeguard.
    Thank you!

  13. 2015 hasn't been a good year first I lost my mom back in Feb, and last week I lost my only aunt too. I hope there are no more surprises at least this year.


    jmesparza821 at gmail dot com

  14. Life has just been humming along. No dramas for which I am grateful.


  15. I have my exams for the next 10 days so will be busy with that. Then I have my cousin's wedding for which I am super excited!

    justjanhvi at gmail dot com

  16. The theme for summer reading at the library where I work is SUPER HEROES! So for the passed few months I have been creating library themed superheroes and drawing them to decorate custom made bookmarks, decorations, stand ups for photo purposes, and all kinds of other stuff!

    I'm super excited because this is the first year I will be doing two programs myself! One for children and one for teens!

    The library is also hosting a comic-con and I'm going to be doing two panels there, face painting, and caricature drawings to name a few things! It's going to be spectacular!

    1. Forgot to add my email!

  17. Life is.... INCREDIBLY busy right now. 3 jobs, a hurt hubby and 3 crazy dogs and a crazy little stray kitty that I have been working with for 2 weeks, trying to save her. So, busy. But, I am a happy girl, too! Thanks so much for the surprise giveaway! And again, glad that you are back!


  18. I've been in a reading funk for the better part of this year. I started re-reading the Covenant series by JLA and that seems to be helping a little. I'm hoping I'll be able to read summer or beach themed books the closer we get to Summer. Personal life, there are things that could be better, but I'm happy! Thanks for the giveaway, I tweeted!


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  20. I've actually heard a lot of people say they couldn't get into A court of Thorns and Roses. Too slow a pace and then the romance is a quick flip into lusty. I haven't tried to read it yet myself, but I'm interested to try it out.

    I am reading The Wrath and the Dawn right now and about halfway through it. I'm also just entered in the voice pitch writing contest :) and been working on a YA space opera on Wattpad with my CP/co-author

  21. I feel sorry that you don´t like A Court of Thorns and Roses. I read a lot of positive reviews on this book, but also many not so positive. I can´t wait to read this book, because it sounds interesting to me and I really liked The Throne of glass. But nowadays, I read only "easy reads", romantic books, on which I needn´t concentrate so much because I have a hard time now in school with exams and don´t have energy on complicated books. :) I´m looking forward your new posts :)

  22. Tweeted: :)

  23. I am finally getting the hang of my first real "big girl" job. So I have been super busy but I really like (most) of it.

    Michelle.bookbriefs AT gmail DOT com

  24. I'm recovering from an eye surgery, so I still haven't had the chance to read anything yet. Though I'm currently listening to my first ever audio book :)


    blackcapballistics at gmail dot com

  25. Tweeted again :)

  26. Getting ready for summer! I need to prepare for our vacation and my summer reading list too. Starting a new workout plan and healthier eating too! saltsnmore at yahoo dot com Thanks!

  27. Welcome back Annabelle! I'm having exams this week and then starting work next Monday. I'll be busy all summer but I'm glad do be doing something. Thank you for the giveaway!
    milkristia at hotmail dot com


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