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AbielleRose

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  1. What's Up in April 2017?

    Well done, Virginia!! Seems like the Spring Cleaning Bug has bitten you, too. I've been on a mission to clean out my apartment of all the little cluttery things I don't need and have been separating them into "sell" and "total crap" piles. I'm hoping I can get a nice chunk for the sell pile and have a charity come pick up the other one next week. The next job is to clean out the car, which I hate with a passion.
  2. Health and Fitness

    Well done, Onion Budgie! I have to go in on Monday for Iron and Magnesium blood tests because my doc thinks I'm low and that's contributing to my leg/foot pain. I gave up red meat about a month ago and just added it back in to my diet. Kind of bummed because my blood pressure this week was FINALLY 120/65 and it seems like cutting out red meat was the big factor in it going down. Next week my doc wants me to start a 2 protein shakes a day followed by a pimped out salad routine. Have any of you guys had success with weightloss shakes? I'm researching brands right now (since I'm in the US I doubt we'd have the same brands) and it seems like Herbalife is a good one.
  3. What Are You Watching Now? - 2017

    Friends. No matter how many times I've seen it, I never get tired of it.
  4. Your Book Activity - April 2017

    I haven't read since Tuesday night (4 hours of HP and the Prisoner of Azkaban) so tonight I really want to just sit down and finish Crown of Wishes. Starting the audio book now while I do some cleaning stuffs.
  5. What are you drinking just now?

    I just made up a bottle of iced tea with sugar free raspberry syrup. Soooo good and refreshingly cool for spring! (I had to turn on the air conditioner because my apt was 25c when I woke up this morning!)
  6. What's Up in April 2017?

    Thanks Athena <3 I hope you have lots of fun, too!
  7. What's Up in April 2017?

    Happy Easter (or Passover if you're Jewish ) weekend, everybody! Hope you have fun today! I'll probably be cleaning and watching movies with my much anticipated homemade nachos and sugar free pudding with whipped cream and Oreos dinner. Oh, so traditional Its my first holiday since my Winny kitty died 3 weeks ago and I am still feeling really sad (I used to be a bit weird with holidays and would spoil him with food and new toys like a mama with a kid, lol) without him so I just want to keep busy and try to have fun.
  8. What Are You Watching Now? - 2017

    I've been on a bit of a Glee kick lately (mainly because I got addicted to Supergirl/The Flash/Arrow and the main guy in The Flash and the main girl in Supergirl were Glee alum.) I wish Glee could have gone on forever! *weeps*
  9. What's the weather like?

    The weather is pretty nice here. 60, sunny and a little breezy, which is perfect. This morning the fog was so dense you could barely see a creeper in front of you!
  10. The Last Film You Saw - 2017

    I'm watching the first Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows film right now.
  11. Michelle's Reading Adventures 2017

    Yay!! So jealous of you
  12. Michelle's Reading Adventures 2017

    Aw, l loved This Savage Song (but as you know, I'm a big mg/ya fan so...) Did you already go to Laini Taylor's signing?
  13. Abielle's 2017 Reading

    I hope you enjoy it when you get it! I love Veronica Roth's writing style, but there was definitely some hesitation after what she did in Allegiant, lol. I wasn't 100% sure if I could trust her again. Roshani Chokshi is an incredible writer. She's the sort who paints pictures with her words (she's Indian and her books are full of Indian culture that I've had to stop reading and Google. Its a bit hard to start and stop like that, but if you can handle it its soooooo worth it!) She's by far my favorite and most anticipated for future works.
  14. Abielle's 2017 Reading

    My TBR pile is so big right now I'm not sure if there even *IS* an end to it. I'm only on book #3 for the year, but the last month or so I haven't been able to focus on anything because of a few personal situations going on. To start with, I'm marking my progress in my Bullet Journal below. My goal right now is to try and get to 25. Hopefully, this is a low enough goal that even I can achieve it before the end of the year! On my Bullet Journal I'll be coloring in each shelf as I hit the corresponding number of books read. I'll leave a blank post below this so I can list my TBR pile (and pre-order pile... there are some really good books coming out this year!)
  15. Abielle's 2017 Reading

    The first novel I finished this year was Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth. I was a bit hesitant to trust Veronica's writing again after she broke my heart with her Divergent series' ending. One thing is for sure, she is extremely talented at creating worlds. Carve the Mark is a science fiction romance set in a solar system unlike any I've read about before. The characters, especially Cyra, are well written and come to life quickly. Cyra's "gift" is a gift of pain. Not only can she inflict it if she touches another, but she feels pain herself all the time. I think part of why I connected so well with her is because I, too, suffer from a chronic nerve pain disorder. The way the author would describe the worst of Cyra's flares was exactly what I could relate to because its how I have spent much of my life over the last few years feeling. I've never read a novel with a character who shared that part of my own experience in life with before. Thankfully, it is just one book in a brand new series. I'm already looking forward to the next one.
  16. Abielle's 2017 Reading

    (still in progress of building) TBR Pile of Doom Already Own A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi (currently reading) The Architect of Song by A.G. Howard A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness Heartless by Marissa Meyer Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscaico The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare Traitor to the Throne by Alwyn Hamilton A Shadow Bright and Burning by Jessica Cluess Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones Beauty and the Beast Novelization by The Disney Writers The Shack by W.M. Paul Young Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heillig Dorthy Must Die by Danielle Paige Mechanica by Betsy Cornwell The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner Zodiac by Romina Russell How To Hang a Witch by Adriana Mathis Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine Truthwitch by Susan Dennard Unrivaled by Alyson Noel Shadowshaper by Daniel Jose Older Passenger by Alexandra Bracken Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder by Joanne Fluke Outlander by Diana Gabaldon The Chaos of the Stars by Kiersten White Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins Special Feminist/Strong Women in History Section Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai *Diary of Anne Frank by Anne Frank This Fight is Our Fight by Elizabeth Warren A Fighting Chance by Elizabeth Warren Michelle Obama: A Life by Peter Slevin Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsberg by Irin Camron Men Explain Things To Me by Rebecca Solnit Fight Like a Girl: 50 Feminists Who Changed the World by Laura Barcella Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher Make 'Em Laugh by Debbie Reynolds We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis Pre-Ordered Alex and Eliza: A Love Story by Melissa de la Cruz A Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh Now I Rise by Kiersten White Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab Warcross by Marie Lu Wishlist William Shakespeare's Star Wars by Ian Doescher The Romanov Sisters: The Lost Lives of the Daughters of Nicholas and Alexandra by Helen Rappaport The 100 by Kass Morgan (looove the TV series) The Dark Days Club by Allison Goodman Starflight by Melissa Landers These Vicious Masks by Tarun Shanker & Kelly Zekas Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches of Martin Luther King Jr. by Martin Luther King Jr. Strength to Love by Martin Luther King Jr. Non-Violent Resistance by M.K. Gandhi Dreams From My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance by Barack Obama Our Revolution: A Future to Believe In by Bernie Sanders Golden Girls Forever: An Unauthorized Look Behind the Lanai by Jim Colucci Talking As Fast As I Can by Lauren Graham Someday, Someday Maybe by Lauren Graham *reread
  17. What are you drinking just now?

    My latest liquid addiction: Strawberry Pineapple Mio
  18. Bullet Journal

    That sounds really nice. I'm very much into the 12 yr old girl version of cutesy so.... SPARKLES ALL THE THINGS! No, really. I have a set of 98 colored pens with sparkly glitter ink that I use and my 5 rolls of washi tape are all glitter, lol. I do also use colored pencils to color in certain bits (like my writing WIP. Its a bookcase and as my word count goes up, I color in more books on the bookcase.) I'm struggling a bit with my day/week/month structure for everyday things. I keep changing up what I want my goals to be and the OCD ninja in me is super annoyed that the entire BJ isn't the same format.
  19. Bullet Journal

    I have, but its one of those things that (well, for me) is shinier and prettier in theory than for what I use my BJ for. The washi tape I got isn't sticky enough (more like Post-It sticky rather than tape sticky) so it kept moving and coming off so I just gave up on it. I DID end up decorating the front of mine with it by wrapping it around then gluing it to the back of the cover to keep it in place, lol.
  20. My TBR pile is HUGE. I must start 2016 off on a good bookworm note and make my list of books and goals. Goal 1: DON'T BUY ANY MORE BOOKS UNTIL I'VE READ 5 ON MY ALREADY OWNED PILE OF DOOM. Goal 2: READ AT LEAST 3-4 BOOKS A MONTH (Roughly 1 a week). I'm just hoping I can stick to those goals for now. If they go well, I'll probably add more.
  21. What's the weather like?

    Its too hot, too humid and now its dark and gloomy because we have thunderstorms rolling in. Today is basically your perfect Saturday no pants reading all day day.
  22. Abielle's Book Blog of Doom 2016 Edition

    Gaia, really? I actually really don't care for paperbacks (just because it makes me sad seeing the wear on the covers or seeing the spines get cracky and broken). Michelle, I have A Darker Shade of Magic but haven't read it yet. its on my list, though (I have it as an audiobook). I'm so jealous you get to meet her and get your books signed! She's such a great writer, I can't wait for more of her books. I know ADSOM has great reviews so I'm excited. There are just too many good books coming out this summer. I honestly can't keep up.
  23. Abielle's Book Blog of Doom 2016 Edition

    Thanks! Yes, and she just announced today that Sony optioned it!!! I'm sure it'll be years before a movie is made, but knowing its possible makes me so happy! And I Darken is great so far. The MC, Lada, has an incredibly strong voice and is very unique next to other YA MCs. Have you read it yet?
  24. Your Book Activity - July 2016

    I haven't yet, but they're on my list! All the things he saw... and he still believed in humanity.
  25. Abielle's Book Blog of Doom 2016 Edition

    I'm so lost with this thread that I don't even feel like going back to add the books I've read above, lol. I'm somewhat keeping up with them on Goodreads, but since my mojo has come back I've just sort of been going and going and going. The last book I finished was This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab and it was absolutely fantastic! I love how she incorporates 3 types of beasts into her novel (you can really see how the dementors from HP inspired parts) and how the monster male MC had more humanity than many humans. I'm really excited for her to write the next book, but sad it'll only be a 2 book series. This world is really interesting and I'd love to hang around in it more than for just 2 books' time. Today I received my copies of Beth Revis's A World Without You and Neil Gaiman's Coraline (the graphic novel version). I'm in the middle of Kiersten White's And I Darken right now so as soon as I finish that today I'm going to dive right into AWWY.
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