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Monday, January 28, 2013

January 2013 Favorites

Man, I can not believe that it is already time for me to do this post. I really feel like doing these posts may be making the time go faster than it already has been.

I don’t have much in the way of beauty this month- actually pretty much all of my favorites are sort of “Random” favorites this month. But regardless, without further ado, here are my January Favorites.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Lucky Charms Cupcakes [Recipe & Pictures]

The other day, while grocery shopping, I bought some Lucky Charms on a whim. I guess I forgot that I never can eat super sugary cereal in the morning, or something, so it sat in my cabinet for about a week (minus the bit Chloe ate. Seventeen year olds.) until today when we decided we wanted to make cupcakes.
 
After searching for recipes, all I could find was “make a boxed cupcake mix, top with Lucky Charms.” Um, no. I want cereal in my batter. Also, I want to MAKE CUPCAKES, not stir and bake.
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For a complete recipe and some pictures, keep on reading:

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Why My Life is Awesome

I complain a lot. I know I do. But can I just take a quick minute of your time to talk about why my life is awesome? I mean, you guys read about stuff that sucks, so let’s take a bit to slow down and enjoy the little things.
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(if you click to keep reading, there’s another kitty.)

Friday, January 11, 2013

[Review] Divergent AND Insurgent; Veronica Roth


 

Release Date: February 28th 2012, May 1st 2012
Publisher: Harper Teen
Format: eboook

Summary from Goodreads
In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue--Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is--she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

What I thought
I adored these books. In fact, I finished Divergent and immediately began Insurgent, which I read in about three hours. The pacing is very good; no parts of these books felt like they were dragging on, or were too rushed, although it was fast paced at times. I wasn’t exactly surprised by the relationship that arose in the books, but oh my god I was so happy to squeak by without a damn love triangle. (Please let there not be a love triangle in the third one.) 

I was quite a bit surprised by some twists with Tris’ family, although I’m trying to avoid spoilers here. Needless to say, I wasn’t expecting a couple revelations. I’m pretty sure my favorite part about this series, though, was that I truly felt like the different factions could exist? Like, I have a hard time imagining some dystopias actually coming to fruition, but for some reason I buy into this one. I can see the brave, the peaceful, the intelligent, etc., seeking each other out and forming their own groups apart from the others. I’m not sure why that is, but I can almost imagine it. 

Overall, I was a huge fan of both books, and I am eagerly awaiting the final installment. 

Read this if: you are a fan of dystopian novels, if you prefer when there isn’t a love triangle in your dystopia, if you are distrusting of people who claim to have a unifying dominant trait. 

Out of 5: I give both books a solid 4.5/5

This is book 1&2/120 for 2013

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Influenster Palmolive Box

I got another Influnster box! Apparently the Influenster team can’t decide if I’m a college student or a housewife, but I’m not going to complain because I quite like both boxes I’ve received so far.

The pre screening survey was about dish soap and my dishwashing habits, so I was expecting to get some dish soap, but I wasn’t expecting to get a whole box of JUST dish soap. The card in the box says “Choose your favorite scent to keep for yourself, then select one to share with a girlfriend.” WELL. I don’t have any friends who would want dish soap, girl or otherwise, so I guess I’m keeping them all.

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Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Magnolia Plantation & Gardens

I had a friend in from out of town this week which meant I got to play my favorite game: South Carolina Tour Guide. (Spoiler: I’m really effing bad at it!) My friend Jenn (yep.) and I went to Magnolia Plantation & Gardens, which was founded in 1676. 1676.  As I said to Jenn as we were driving in, this place was a place before this country was a place. That’s absolutely mindboggling to me. Like, I get that that’s totally an North American view of the world, because other countries have things that date back so much further, but I really don’t think there’s much here that has survived since the 1600s.

According to the website, “Magnolia Plantation has survived the centuries and witnessed the history of our nation unfold before it from the American Revolution through the Civil War and beyond.” They also note that besides being the oldest tourist site in the Lowcountry, it’s also the oldest public garden in America, which is pretty damn cool.

You can buy food there, and also take a train tour or a boat tour (for $8 each, on top of the $15 admission) but I suggest what Jenn and I did: we brought lunch with us, and ate in the beautiful picnic area, and then just followed the numbered signs around the gardens. We got to see everything at our own speed, and we tend to get a little silly, so we didn’t have to worry about upsetting or offending anyone this way.

Also, petting zoo.

I took a TON of pictures (obv.), so read on to see some of that. Did I mention there was a peacock?


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Saturday, January 5, 2013

Technicolor Moments Giveaway!

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Tuesday, January 1, 2013

2012 End of the Year Book Survey

Happy New Year everyone! So, despite the fact that I'm not in any way a book blogger, I do read a TON. I was sent this survey by my friend Jenn (who would be linked here, if she had something to link to...) and she suggested I do it. It looked like fun, so I did!

BEST IN BOOKS 2012

1. Best Book You Read In 2012? (You can break it down by genre if you want)
Everyday by David Levithan. I read a LOT of amazing books this year, but this was one of the few that was truly unique.

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
Uglies: Shay’s Story by Scott Westerfeld. I adore Westerfeld, I love the Uglies trilogy so much, and I had such high hopes for this addition to the story, but it just didn’t live up to my expectations. Not that it wasn’t GOOD, just that it didn’t live up to the rest of the story.

3. Most surprising (in a good way!) book of 2012?
I didn’t expect to like Team Human by Justine Larbalestier and Sarah Rees Brennan, because I’m not a fan of the vampire thing. I only read it because I liked the authors, and surprisingly ended up loving it.

4. Book you recommended to people most in 2012?
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. “Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book.”

5. Best series you discovered in 2012?
I read Monument 14 by Emmy Laybourne this year, and CAN NOT WAIT for the second one to come out in 2013.

6. Favorite new authors you discovered in 2012?
Does Chris Colfer count?

7. Best book that was out of your comfort zone or was a new genre for you?
Probably The Casual Vacency by JK Rowling is the most “out of comfort zone” book I read, and liked it quite a bit. I usually don’t read books that are so dry/not plot driven, but I enjoyed it way more than I expected to.

8. Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2012?
The Book Thief by Markus Zuszak.

9. Book You Read In 2012 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year:
Actually, The Book Thief, by Markus Zuszak. Also, I’ll probably reread Delirium/Pandemonium (Lauren Oliver) and Anna/Lola (Stephanie Perkins) before the third books in each series come out.

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2012?
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11. Most memorable character in 2012?
Hazel Grace Lancaster.

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2012?
I honestly can’t choose between The Fault in Our Stars, Everyday and The Book Thief.

13. Book that had the greatest impact on you in 2012?
[See: previous answer.]

14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2012 to finally read?
I actually JUST read both Fahrenheit 451 and 1984 this year, and liked them both a lot.

15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2012?
“This is what love does: It makes you want to rewrite the world. It makes you want to choose the characters, build the scenery, guide the plot. The person you love sits across from you, and you want to do everything in your power to make it possible, endlessly possible. And when it’s just the two of you, alone in a room, you can pretend that this is how it is, this is how it will be.”
David Levithan, Every Day

“I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, then all at once.”
John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

“The thing with your heart's desire is that your heart doesn't even know what it desires until it turns up.”
 
Daniel Handler, Why We Broke Up

“Love, the deadliest of all deadly things.
It kills you.
Alex.
When you have it.
Alex.
And when you don't.
Alex.”
Lauren Oliver, Pandemonium

16. Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2012?
Shortest book was The Sequel by John Green
Longest book, I’m not positive but I’m pretty sure was The Casual Vacancy.

17. Book That Had A Scene In It That Had You Reeling And Dying To Talk To Somebody About It? (a WTF moment, an epic revelation, a steamy kiss, etc. etc.) Be careful of spoilers!
I wanted to talk about Pandemonium constantly after finishing it.

18. Favorite Relationship From A Book You Read In 2012 (be it romantic, friendship, etc).
HAZEL GRACE & AGUSTUS WATERS OH MY GOD.

19. Favorite Book You Read in 2012 From An Author You Read Previously
A lot of my favorite authors released books this year, so quite a few, but in an attempt to not keep renaming books, let’s say Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler (aka, Lemony Snicket).

20. Best Book You Read That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else:
I read 52 Reasons to Hate My Father after seeing Angel read it, and I really liked it.

BOOK BLOGGING/READING LIFE IN 2012

(Note: I’m not a book blogger, nor do I follow many book blogs, so some of these answers are a little different than intended.)

1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2012?
I quite like elizziebooks on youtube.

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2012?
I think the ONLY review I wrote this year was for Everyday.

3. Best discussion you had on your blog?
n/a

4. Most thought-provoking review or discussion you read on somebody else’s blog?
n/a

5. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?
YALL Fest was wonderful and an amazing experience. I had the opportunity to meet & hang out with Stephanie & Jarrod Perkins, and also met David Levithan, which was a dream come true.

6. Best moment of book blogging in 2012?
Again, n/a.

7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?
Not book related, but for sure my Tarte Makeup review.

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?
9. Best bookish discovery (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?
A Very Little Bookstore in Summerville, the bookstore I wish I owned.

10. Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?
I set a goal of 100 books, and exceeded it, reading 112 unique titles.

LOOKING AHEAD…

1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2012 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2013?
Before I Die by Jenny Downham.

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2013?
Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins, and the sequel to Monument 14.

3. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging In 2013?
I intend to read 120 books this year, and I may actually make an attempt to review some of them :)

So yeah, that's the 2012 Book Survey! If you do this survey, go ahead and link me to it in the comments so I can check it out :)