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Review: The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets to Happy Living – Meik Wiking


The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets to Happy Living – Meik Wiking

The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets to Happy Living

Title: The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets to Happy Living

Author: Meik Wiking

Release Date: September 1, 2016

Publisher: HarperAudio

Format: Audiobook

Page Number:

Source: Libby

Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable, audiobook edition of The Little Book of Hygge, written and read by Meik Wiking. Denmark is often said to be the happiest country in the world. That’s down to one thing: hygge. ‘Hygge has been translated as everything from the art of creating intimacy to cosiness of the soul to taking pleasure from the presence of soothing things. My personal favourite is cocoa by candlelight…’ You know hygge when you feel it. It is when you are cuddled up on a sofa with a loved one, or sharing comfort food with your closest friends. It is those crisp blue mornings when the light through your window is just right. Who better than Meik Wiking to be your guide to all things hygge? Meik is CEO of the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen and has spent years studying the magic of Danish life. In this beautiful, inspiring book he will help you be more hygge: from picking the right lighting and planning a dinner party through to creating an emergency hygge kit and even how to dress. Meik Wiking is the CEO of the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen. He is committed to finding out what makes people happy and has concluded that hygge is the magic ingredient that makes Danes the happiest nation in the world.

3 out of 5 stars


This was a really great audiobook, but would also recommend flipping through the physical book as well! I started listening to this audiobook and then my mom sent me the physical book because I was talking to her about it. It’s a super cute book to be able to look through, and a great hyggelig book to have on your cozy coffee table or in your reading nook.

This book finally gave me a word to describe my favorite feeling of coziness and being happy at home: hygge.

Hygge is formally defined as: “a quality of coziness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being (regarded as a defining characteristic of Danish culture),” but really just means the happy, cozy feeling you get from being comfortable, usually in your own home.

I found this book on the Libby app from my library, and it was the perfect thing to listen to while walking around campus. I related to so much of this short book because I have recently come into the knowledge that I am such a homebody. I went on a 17 day backpacking trip to England right after Christmas, and was so homesick. All I wanted was a day to be back at home with my family playing cards, snuggling with my dogs, having a reading party with my mom, and ending the night snuggled up and cozy in bed.

To me, this is my perfect hyggelig evening. Oh, maybe add in a couple Harry Potter movies and a cup of tea and we’re set.

I LOVE being at home. It’s something I’ve struggled with being away at college. I go to school 5 hours away from home, and even though it doesn’t seem far away now that I’ve traveled halfway across the world, it’s still a journey to get home. I just love my family so much, that I feel safest and most at-home when I’m…. at home.

The author of this book is the CEO of the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen, and his job is literally to try and figure out what makes people happy. Firstly, such a hyggelig job, secondly, what a happy way to spend your life!

There was a lot of information packed into this short audiobook including great examples of hygge, facts about why Danish people are so happy, recipes, and how to have the perfect hyggelig evening with family and friends.

I think a lot of introverts would relate to this book. My personality type is INFJ *kind of obsessed with learning about the personality types* so I make strong, deep connections with people, but also enjoy being by myself. In my humble opinion, I have the perfect personality type for hygge ;) All joking aside, I do believe that some of the feelings experienced with hygge can resonate with an introverted individual as we are comfortable being alone or with a small group.

After writing this, all I want to do is put on some warm socks, a big sweatshirt, and climb back into bed and read my books. Sorry, college, you don’t have any hygge.

Review: Up to This Pointe – Jennifer Longo


Up to This Pointe – Jennifer Longo

Up to This Pointe

Title: Up to This Pointe

Author: Jennifer Longo

Release Date: January 19, 2016

Publisher: Random House

Format: Hardcover

Page Number: 361

Source: Thrift Store

Harper Scott is a dancer. She and her best friend, Kate, have one goal: becoming professional ballerinas. But while Kate is a naturally gifted dancer, Harper has had to fight for every step. And now it’s make-it-or-break-it time: if their auditions go wrong, their dreams are over. Harper won’t let anything—or anyone—get in her way, not even the boy she and Kate are both drawn to.

Harper may not be a natural, but she is a Scott. She’s related to Robert Falcon Scott, the daring explorer who died racing to the South Pole. So when Harper’s life takes an unexpected turn, she finagles (read: lies) her way to the icy dark of McMurdo Station…in Antarctica.

Extreme, but also somehow fitting—apparently she has always been in the dark, dancing on ice this whole time. And no one warned her. Not her family, not her best friend, not even the boy who has somehow found a way into her heart.

3 out of 5 stars


This book was good, but I wasn’t blown away.

For some reason I decided to not finish the last 50 pages of this book before leaving for my 17 day England travels, so when I came back and finished it, it felt a little disjointed. That was all on me, though, because I just chose not to prioritize it…

Up to This Pointe follows a girl named Harper Scott who wants to be a professional ballet dancer. Her dream has always been to be in a ballet company, but something happens and her dreams are momentarily put on pause. She decides she needs to get some distance from San Francisco and finesses her way into going to Antarctica for researching for 6 months.

She jumps on a plane and heads out to the frozen tundra where she is finally able to be seen as herself and not just “the dancer.” She meets people and makes new friends who help her see she has other interests instead of just dancing.

I related to the whole “oh my gosh my life isn’t what I thought it would be right now and I have no idea what I want to do with my life” more than you will ever know lol. I have been having all these same feelings for a couple months, so I related so much to this! I also don’t know if I want to go into the professional dance world even though I’ve been dancing for almost 15 years of my life. Life is weird, guys.

I didn’t love the relationships or the ways they were portrayed throughout this book. Harper meets this super cute and sweet guy in San Francisco who really likes her, then she just leaves and goes to Antarctica. Fine. No worries, I guess, but then she meets another guy while she’s there. I don’t think she really likes him I just think that she’s “dating” him because it’s convenient and she wants attention. But then other times I think she actually does like him. I don’t know. But the original super sweet awesome cute boy from San Fran is sending her emails and letters and she just doesn’t read them.

?

What the heck. Why wouldn’t you read them and respond? She likes him. A lot. Or so she said before she left, so idk why she wouldn’t look at them. Plot device? I don’t know.

He also just keeps sending them even though she isn’t responding. I admire that his character has resilience, but that is totally not what would have happened. He would have emailed for maybe a month and then got the message that she wasn’t interested. Because that’s what she was portraying to him. Just seems a little fishy to me.

There was also LITERALLY NO WAY she would have gotten the opportunity to go to Antarctica.

  1. She’s not even a science student. She’s not going to college and she graduated school early.
  2. She has no skills that they would have possibly known would be useful to being there.
  3. She applied to go and knew she was going within such a short time.

Not realistic at all. People would be waiting to go and working for years and years to get a spot on the list. There literally no possible way that could have happened… but this is also just a book, so I’ll give it a little grace.

I know there was a lot of negative in this review, but I actually did enjoy a lot of this book. I love books about dance, even though it’s not always done in a way that makes a ton of sense.

The reality of dance is this: it’s a lot of hard work for not a super great reward all the time. You work for hours a day and might not get a part because you’re too tall or won’t fit into a costume. Dance is so subjective and that makes it so difficult. You could have amazing technique, but your body doesn’t fit the type they want. Again, a lot of work for not always a great reward.

I loved the family dynamic because everyone was so close; it reminded me a lot of my own. I’m so close with everyone in my family, so it’s nice to see a strong family unit that doesn’t have any disruptions in it.

Overall I enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone that dances because there are some little tidbits of info that only a dancer would understand :)

Review: Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life… And Maybe the World – William H. McRaven


Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life… And Maybe the World – William H. McRaven

Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life...And Maybe the World

Title: Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life… And Maybe The World

Author: William H. McRaven

Release Date: April 4, 2017

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

Format: Audiobook

Page Number:

Source: Libby

If you want to change the world, start off by making your bed.
On May 17, 2014, Admiral William H. McRaven addressed the graduating class of the University of Texas at Austin on their Commencement day. Taking inspiration from the university’s slogan, “What starts here changes the world,” he shared the ten principles he learned during Navy Seal training that helped him overcome challenges not only in his training and long Naval career, but also throughout his life; and he explained how anyone can use these basic lessons to change themselves-and the world-for the better.

Admiral McRaven’s original speech went viral with over 10 million views. Building on the core tenets laid out in his speech, McRaven now recounts tales from his own life and from those of people he encountered during his military service who dealt with hardship and made tough decisions with determination, compassion, honor, and courage. Told with great humility and optimism, this timeless book provides simple wisdom, practical advice, and words of encouragement that will inspire readers to achieve more, even in life’s darkest moments.

3 out of 5 stars


I gained such a new appreciation for Navy Seals after listening to this audiobook.

This is a short book talking about lessons Admiral William H. McRaven learned during his career as a US Navy Seal. The title originally caught my attention because I, too, make my bed every morning. I love climbing into a nicely made bed, and this was the first lesson talked about during the book.

Part of the training for becoming a Navy Seal is to look professional, and that always included the barracks. Each individual was to make their bed pristinely every single morning. I liked that this is what the book started with because the idea behind it is this: if you make your bed, no matter what, you’ve started your day off with finishing a task. It’s simply that you can have something positive done right at the beginning of your day. Plus having a nicely made bed is so much nicer to sleep in, and makes your bedroom look 100x more organized.

I liked the advice given throughout this book, but I found some of it to be pretty generic. I was intrigued by the stories the author told about his life in the Navy. I knew it was intense, but not as intense as he was describing it. There is literally no way that I could do half of what he had to endure. Anyway, I liked the stories even though the advice was a little average.

There were moments that I was getting chills or getting teared up because of some of the stories. I think I’m just becoming a big softy, but I almost started crying multiple times just because something was so touching.

I’ve come to really love self-improvement books because there is ALWAYS something to be gained from the advice given. I love having positive information in my ears as I walk on campus during the day.

Yay for the first book of the year!

December Wrapup


Read:

  1. Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices #3) – Cassandra Clare *REREAD review*
  2. The Bullet Journal Method: Track the Past, Order the Present, Design the Future – Ryder Carroll *review*
  3. The Simple Guide to a Minimalist Life – Leo Babauta *review*
  4. City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments #6) – Cassandra Clare *REREAD review*
  5. My Lady Jane (The Lady Janies #1) – Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows *review*
  6. Girl, Wash Your Face: Stop Believing the Lies About Who You Are So You Can Become Who You Were Meant To Be – Rachel Hollis *review*
  7. Globejotting: How to Write Extraordinary Travel Journals (And Still Have Time to Enjoy Your Trip!) – Dave Fox

Review: Girl, Wash Your Face – Rachel Hollis


Girl, Wash Your Face – Rachel Hollis

Girl, Wash Your Face: Stop Believing the Lies about Who You Are So You Can Become Who You Were Meant to Be

Title: Girl, Wash Your Face

Author: Rachel Hollis

Release Date: February 6, 2018

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

Format: Hardcover

Page Number: 240

Source: Gifted

Do you ever suspect that everyone else has life figured out and you don’t have a clue? If so, Rachel Hollis has something to tell you: that’s a lie.

As the founder of the lifestyle website TheChicSite.com and CEO of her own media company, Rachel Hollis developed an immense online community by sharing tips for better living while fearlessly revealing the messiness of her own life. Now, in this challenging and inspiring new book, Rachel exposes the twenty lies and misconceptions that too often hold us back from living joyfully and productively, lies we’ve told ourselves so often we don’t even hear them anymore.

With painful honesty and fearless humor, Rachel unpacks and examines the falsehoods that once left her feeling overwhelmed and unworthy, and reveals the specific practical strategies that helped her move past them. In the process, she encourages, entertains, and even kicks a little butt, all to convince you to do whatever it takes to get real and become the joyous, confident woman you were meant to be.

With unflinching faith and rock-hard tenacity, Girl, Wash Your Face shows you how to live with passion and hustle–and how to give yourself grace without giving up.

5 out of 5 stars


This book was filled with so much wisdom and great advice, and I think any female-identifying individual would gain insight from this book. There were so many moments that it felt like Rachel Hollis was speaking directly to me! I loved pretty much everything about this book!

The writing style made this book so memorable to me. Rachel Hollis is so honest with all of her stories and advice, that it makes it so much more believable. Some self-help books make you feel like the author has it together and has this perfect life and is above you because they know something you don’t, but Rachel Hollis writes like she’s a real person. Crazy concept, but that’s what makes it so great! She doesn’t talk down to her readers, and just wants to create something useful for people to read.

There were a few chapters that I couldn’t completely relate to because I’m not married and I don’t have kids, but I there was something I could gain from every page of this book. I’m so excited to have kids in the future, so I know that I will be able to remember some of this book or reread it to help me more once I’m in that stage of my life.

I already want to reread this even though I just finished it. I feel like that always shows how great of a book it is! I annotated this book, so I have sections I liked underlined for future reference. I think I will love being able to flip through this book and read my underlined passages when I need some inspiration.

Another thing, this book was so inspiring. It made me want to get up and actually live my life. I’m only 19, so I think it’s an amazing thing that I already feel like this, but I don’t want life to just pass me by. I want to be the one controlling my world, and I think that’s where the main message of the book comes in.

You are responsible for your own happiness.

I think I will come back to this mantra time and time again because IT’S SO TRUE. My mom has always told me that “you choose happiness” and that is exactly what the message of this book was, so I could completely relate to it. I love this because you truly are the one who decides your own life. Yes, there are situations you can’t avoid, but you choose how you react to those situations.

FAVORITE QUOTES:

“You are in control of your own life. You get one and only one chance to live, and life is passing you by. Stop beating yourself up, and dang it, stop lettings others do it too. Sop accepting less than you deserve. Stop buying things you can’t afford to impress people you don’t even really like. Stop eating your feelings instead of working through them. Stop buying your kids’ love with food, or toys, or friendship because it’s easier than parenting. Stop abusing your body and your mind. Stop! Just get off the never-ending track. Your life is supposed to be a journey from one unique place to another; it’s not supposed to be a merry-go-round that brings you back to the same spot over and over again.”

“Stop waiting for someone else to fix your life! Stop assuming that some day it will magically improve on its own. Stop presuming if you only had the right job, the right man, the right house, the right car, the right whatever that your life will become what you’ve always dreamed of. Be honest about who you are and what you need to do to make change.”

“Girl, get ahold of your life. Stop medicating, stop hiding out, stop being afraid, stop giving away pieces of yourself, stop saying you can’t do it. Stop the negative self-talk, stop abusing your body, stop putting it off for tomorrow or Monday or next year. Stop crying about what happened and take control of what happens next.”

Review: My Lady Jane (The Lady Janies #1) – Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows


My Lady Jane (The Lady Janies #1) – Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows

My Lady Jane (The Lady Janies, #1)

Title: My Lady Jane (The Lady Janies #1)

Author: Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows

Release Date: June 7, 2016

Publisher: Harper Teen

Format: Hardcover

Page Number: 512

Source: Half-Price Books

Edward (long live the king) is the King of England. He’s also dying, which is inconvenient, as he’s only sixteen and he’d much rather be planning for his first kiss than considering who will inherit his crown…

Jane (reads too many books) is Edward’s cousin, and far more interested in books than romance. Unfortunately for Jane, Edward has arranged to marry her off to secure the line of succession. And there’s something a little odd about her intended…

Gifford (call him G) is a horse. That is, he’s an Eðian (eth-y-un, for the uninitiated). Every day at dawn he becomes a noble chestnut steed—but then he wakes at dusk with a mouthful of hay. It’s all very undignified.

The plot thickens as Edward, Jane, and G are drawn into a dangerous conspiracy. With the fate of the kingdom at stake, our heroes will have to engage in some conspiring of their own. But can they pull off their plan before it’s off with their heads?

4 out of 5 stars


SO CUTE.

I was hoping I would like this book, but it totally exceeded any expectations that I had before going into it. I wasn’t sure about the comedy aspects of it as I don’t find “typical” comedy actually comedic, but I was pleasantly surprised.

This book is super hard to explain, but the synopsis does it justice. Pretty much, King Edward is dying, and he appoints his best friend and cousin, Lady Jane Grey, to become the next queen of England. He arranges a marriage for her to the son of his advisor person, and on top of all of these political shenanigans, there are people called Eðians who can turn into different animals.

This was totally not what I was expecting, but again, I was pleasantly surprised. I don’t typically gravitate towards historical fiction, but I’m obsessed with pretty much everything England related, so this book appealed to me because of that. I loved the Eðian fantasy element to the story. It kept it super interesting, and I was engaged the entire time. I think it was so surprising, that I just happily went with it.

This is the perfect example of a book that it’s fun to go into without knowing anything about it first. I love doing that with books and am usually good with the outcome.

Another thing. The characters were so cute. Of course I loved Jane; she was obsessed with books and reading, but she was also unbelievably stubborn and opinionated. I loved that there was some girl power from her. I also really loved Gifford, Jane’s husband. He was so sweet and loved her so much, you just couldn’t help falling for him.

Edward wasn’t my favorite, but that could just be because I was half-expecting him to try and end up marrying Jane, and I was REALLY not here for that. I think he was an okay character, and it was obvious he wasn’t the main character in this story even though every third chapter was written from his perspective.

I think I loved this book so much because I was in the exact right mood for it. I have been doing my reread of the Shadowhunters books, and of course I love them, but it was nice to have something new and different. I needed a cute book with lots of *sometimes unnecessary* drama.

The only reason I didn’t give this 5 stars was because there were some aspects that fell short to me. I think some of the decisions that were made were just so stupid. For example, you would give up a dagger instead of having to go fight a bear. You would talk to your significant other before just assuming something is 100% true. Some of the decisions just didn’t make that much sense to me, but what can you do sometimes?

I also LOVED the narrator sections. I don’t typically enjoy when the narrator actually interrupts the story, but it added such a fun layer of humor. I didn’t laugh out loud, but that’s also just not my style; I still found it funny, though.

This book was set in London, so it just made me THAT MUCH MORE EXCITED FOR MY ENGLAND TRIP WHICH IS LITERALLY HAPPENING IN 10 DAYS. Sorry for the screaming, but I’m so excited wow.

I would recommend this book to pretty much anyone who enjoys YA books. It was easy to read and kept me hooked. I also loved the way the story played out. Super cute. Super fun. Highly recommend :)

Review: The Simple Guide to a Minimalist Life – Leo Babauta


The Simple Guide to a Minimalist Life – Leo Babauta

The Simple Guide to a Minimalist Life

Title: The Simple Guide to a Minimalist Life

Author: Leo Babauta

Release Date: October 26, 2009

Publisher: Createspace

Format: Audiobook

Page Number: 105

Source: Scribd

3 out of 5 stars


I liked the concept written about in this book, but I feel like nothing was talked about deep enough to have a lasting impact.

I love learning about other people’s recipes for minimalism; it’s refreshing and nice, but I didn’t really relate to this book that much, honestly. I think there were some amazing points, but again, not enough depth.

Formatting, I think this book was effective. I listened to it on audiobook, but each new section started with a quote from someone talking about living more simply. I think this was a nice touch, and gave some more context to the book as a whole. I didn’t enjoy how short the chapter were, though. I wish that it had been longer and had gone into more detail.

I think some of the stuff Leo talked about was a little too hardcore for this being a “simple guide” to minimalism. He was saying that in some aspects of your life, what you’re currently doing is wrong and you should do it his way. At least that’s how I interpreted it.

I think the best part of this book were the sections on finances. I am 19 and am just starting my “adult life.” My parents are amazing and are providing my education for me, but I’m at the PERFECT point in life to start thinking about how I’m spending the money I’m earning.

Too many people spend money they haven’t earned, to buy things they don’t want, to impress people they don’t like.

This was my favorite quote from the whole book, because it’s so true. My parents have always instilled in me to not leave beyond my means, and thats what this whole finance section was about. It’s so refreshing to read something in the EXACT way I’ve always thought about money. I don’t have a credit card, and don’t plan on getting one because my debit card will suffice. I don’t see it ending well for me to be given the opportunity to spend money I don’t have. I love this quote because it’s unbelievably true.

So many people have things that they don’t own. Be it financed cars, a super huge mortgage, thousands in student loan debt. A lot of people don’t own their things, and that’s something that honestly blows my mind. My parents have always been the ones to buy their cars by writing a check; they haven’t financed anything. They paid off their mortgage in a short amount of time. I’m so lucky to have grown up in an environment where actually owning your things has been a priority.

Overall, I enjoyed this book because I think there was plenty of information that was helpful and valid, but I wish it would have gone deeper into the ideas behind minimalism more.

Review: The Bullet Journal Method: Track the Past, Order the Present, Design the Future – Ryder Carroll


The Bullet Journal Method: Track the Past, Order the Present, Design the Future – Ryder Carroll

The Bullet Journal Method: Track the Past, Order the Present, Design the Future

Title: The Bullet Journal Method: Track the Past, Order the Present, Design the Future

Author: Ryder Carroll

Release Date: October 23, 2018

Publisher: Portfolio

Format: Audiobook

Page Number: 336

Source: Scribd

For years Ryder Carroll tried countless organizing systems, online and off, but none of them fit the way his mind worked. Out of sheer necessity, he developed a method called the Bullet Journal that helped him become consistently focused and effective. When he started sharing his system with friends who faced similar challenges, it went viral. Just a few years later, to his astonishment, Bullet Journaling is a global movement.

The Bullet Journal Method is about much more than organizing your notes and to-do lists. It’s about what Carroll calls “intentional living:” weeding out distractions and focusing your time and energy in pursuit of what’s truly meaningful, in both your work and your personal life. It’s about spending more time with what you care about, by working on fewer things. His new book shows you how to…

• Track the past: Using nothing more than a pen and paper, create a clear and comprehensive record of your thoughts.

• Order the present: Find daily calm by tackling your to-do list in a more mindful, systematic, and productive way.

• Design the future: Transform your vague curiosities into meaningful goals, and then break those goals into manageable action steps that lead to big change.

Carroll wrote this book for frustrated list-makers, overwhelmed multitaskers, and creatives who need some structure. Whether you’ve used a Bullet Journal for years or have never seen one before, The Bullet Journal Method will help you go from passenger to pilot of your own life. 

4 out of 5 stars


I love bullet journaling and planning and have been consistent with a bullet journal for a few years now. It really, truly has changed my life. I know that sounds a little out there, but it’s so beneficial to have your thoughts written down on paper. When I saw this audiobook on Scribd, I immediately started listening to it because I wanted to know how the lovely system of the bullet journal came into fruition.

If you don’t know, the bullet journal is a system created by Ryder Carroll that replaces a rigid planner system. You add only what you need, and don’t even pause to think about the wasted space in your current planner.

Ryder Carroll’s story behind coming up with the idea made me appreciate it’s flexibility so much more. He is a smart, motivated, and determined individual, but didn’t thrive in a school setting. I feel like I relate to this because I believe myself to be motivated and determined, but have to work extremely hard in school to get the grades I expect of myself. So, learning how he came up with this to help himself through his life was interesting to hear about.

Planning is one of the ways I’ve learned to cope with my anxiety. I despise the unknown and can’t sleep at night *literally* if I don’t know what I’m doing the next day. (In my everyday life. Traveling is a whole different story.) I fill out my daily page for my bullet journal every single morning while I’m drinking my coffee or tea just so then I know what I need to accomplish or work on in the day. This has been so beneficial to me and my mental health!

I love looking at the super fancy, beautifully decorated bullet journals, but that is totally not achievable for me. I LOVE being artistic and expressing myself through art, but I don’t want to spend 2 hours creating something that I probably won’t look at too much in the future. My bullet journal method is simple and straightforward. I have my index, future log, monthly logs, and daily logs. I do the bare minimum, but it still totally works for me. It’s a magical system because it’s so customizable.

The first section of this book was about the actual bullet journal itself. Opening a new journal, creating your index and key. The whole shebang. But the second part of the book is what really stood out to me. It was the idea and methodology behind putting the journal into practice for you.

I loved that they way things were explained was in a way to give you ideas, but not put you down for not wanting to use some of them. For example: I remember when I was in elementary and middle school, I never really remembered when my mom would get home from work that day. My brother and I rode the bus home from school, but because my mom was working in a salon, she created her own schedule. She could be home at 4:00 one day, and not back until 9:30 the next. Just thinking back, it would have been so beneficial to have a family “catch-all” system where we could write down where we would be at a given time. Something similar to this is mentioned in this book.

I strongly believe that bullet journaling can benefit many people and can help in a variety of ways. If you haven’t tried bullet journaling, pick up this book and see if it could work for you!

REREAD Review: Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices #3) – Cassandra Clare


Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices #3) – Cassandra Clare

Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices, #3)

Title: Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices #3)

Author: Cassandra Clare

Release Date: September 5, 2013

Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry

Format: Paperback

Page Number: 567

Source: Barnes and Noble

Danger and betrayal, love and loss, secrets and enchantment are woven together in the breathtaking finale to the #1 New York Times bestselling Infernal Devices Trilogy, prequel to the internationally bestselling Mortal Instruments series.

THE INFERNAL DEVICES WILL NEVER STOP COMING

A net of shadows begins to tighten around the Shadowhunters of the London Institute. Mortmain plans to use his Infernal Devices, an army of pitiless automatons, to destroy the Shadowhunters. He needs only one last item to complete his plan: he needs Tessa Gray.

Charlotte Branwell, head of the London Institute, is desperate to find Mortmain before he strikes. But when Mortmain abducts Tessa, the boys who lay equal claim to her heart, Jem and Will, will do anything to save her. For though Tessa and Jem are now engaged, Will is as much in love with her as ever.

As those who love Tessa rally to rescue her from Mortmain’s clutches, Tessa realizes that the only person who can save her is herself. But can a single girl, even one who can command the power of angels, face down an entire army?

Danger and betrayal, secrets and enchantment, and the tangled threads of love and loss intertwine as the Shadowhunters are pushed to the very brink of destruction in the breathtaking conclusion to the Infernal Devices trilogy.

5 out of 5 stars


I feel so redundant, but I love this series so much.

This is the best love triangle that I’ve ever read and it’s so beautifully tragic. These are some of my favorite characters, and all I need is a William Herondale in my life. He’s my favorite character, and if I could marry him, I promise I would.

I sat down and read half of this last night. I read almost 300 pages pretty much without moving. It was amazing, and just what I needed.

love seeing all the connections with the different Shadowhunter families. Cassandra Clare is actually a genius, and I have no idea how someone could possibly be able to weave all of these different storylines together coherently. Everything makes sense throughout all the series, and it just makes me want to read the rest of the books right now.

Some spoilers are about to happen, so if you haven’t read this book, stop reading this post….

My favorite scene was with Will and Tessa after he comes to save her in Wales. He’s overcome with happiness at seeing her, and then goes through the stupid forcefield thing that Mortmain put up. Then they finally let their feelings for each other out and then after all of the passion and love, Magnus appears. It makes me laugh every single time.

I can’t wait to read the rest of the Cassandra Clare books and then read The Queen of Air and Darkness!

Series:

Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices #1)

Clockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices #2)

Review: Van Life: Inspiration for Your Home on the Road – Foster Huntington


Van Life: Inspiration for Your Home on the Road – Foster Huntington

Van Life: Inspiration for Your Home on the Road

Title: Van Life: Inspiration for Your Home on the Road

Author: Foster Huntington

Release Date: October 10, 2017

Publisher: Black Dog & Leventhal

Format: Hardcover

Page Number: 256

Source: Barnes and Noble

Showcasing hundreds of gorgeous and inspirational photographs of vehicles in idyllic settings with unique, quirky interiors from around the world, Van Life who anyone daydreams about living off-the-grid while on the ultimate road trip.

More and more people-from millennials to baby boomers-are taking a break from conventional life for the freedom, tranquility, and adventure of being on the road and living in a converted vintage truck, camper, or van.
One of these van-dwellers, Foster Huntington, created the #vanlife hashtag as he chronicled his adventures living in a van while driving it across the country. He tapped into a community of like-minded individuals looking to explore nature at their own pace and live a debt-free lifestyle.
Van Life showcases the best crowd-sourced photographs from Foster’s tumblr account, van-life.net, many of which have never been posted. Organized into sections like Volkswagen vans, American vans, converted vans, school buses, and more, the hundreds of photos include shots of the unique vehicles, the beautiful locations they’ve been parked including stunning beaches, dramatic mountains and picturesque forests, fully designed interiors with kitchens and sleeping quarters, and more.
Also included are interviews with solo travelers, couples, and families who are living this new American dream.

5 out of 5 stars


This book was beautiful and I think it served it’s purpose well. There wasn’t a ton of information throughout the book actually talking about van life, but there were a lot of beautiful photos that really inspired me to want to take the leap towards van life.

If you saw my last review (Zero Waste) I mentioned there that I have been getting more and more interested in the idea of minimalism and zero waste. Included in that short list is also van conversions. This has been a more recent obsession, but I love the idea of using this vehicle as a home for traveling.

I’m so fortunate to be living in the middle of the US, so it’s fairly easy to go any direction, so I think van life would be a wonderful option for me. I love traveling, and I think this would be an interesting way to travel, even if it’s just for a few weeks or months at a time.

Overall, I do wish this book had more information about what van life is actually like, but there are also other resources out there specifically for that. I’ve been watching tons of van conversion videos on YouTube, and just recently watched the documentary “Expedition Happiness.” *highly recommend, by the way. beautiful movie*

I’m just inspired even more to travel, but alas. I’m stuck in one city because of college for the time being. Soon, though. Maybe this summer will consist of at least one road trip.