2020 RECAP | LOOKING BACK AT THE YEAR

When this is posted, there will be 3 days until 2021, which is crazy. This year has been different than anything any of us have ever experienced, but there have also been many good memories that we’ve made. Today I just wanted to recap the year :))

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january update

hey, friends! today is going to be a super informal chatty post just talking about january!

honestly january was not the greatest month – ww3, kobe, the koronavirus… but hopefully the rest of 2020 will be better 🙂

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Recently: Youtube Edition

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A little bit ago, I did a post about things I was listening to and reading. Today, I decided to do a post about things I’m watching! I don’t watch a lot of YouTube, but I have some things that I watch.

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Studio C//JK Studios

Did you think I wouldn’t include this? No such luck. While these channels aren’t the same, they are created by the same people and contain similar content. Both of these channels post short (3-8 minute) skits that are hilarious and family friendly! 😍

Ranger Ruby

My friend has her own channel all about National Parks, and I love it! I’ve learned so much about National Parks from her channel 😉 Ruby is a great friend and I would love it if you checked out her channel! I want to get her to 500 subs because she deserves it!

Audiosmiths’ Radio Theater

The Audiosmiths’ Radio Theater is great! They do radio dramas that are really fun, and while I haven’t listened to all of them, the ones I have I love! 😜 Definitely check them out!

Books for Christian Girls

I absolutely LOVE the books for christian girls sight, so when Lindsey launched a YouTube I knew I would love it too! Her videos are all about books, and my favorite is her room tour (guys that room is my dream!! It’s literally the best!!). One recent video was about blogging, and so of course I enjoyed it too. The main emoji I would use for BCFG is… 😍😍😍 xD

 

Sorry for the short post (oops!). What are your favorite YouTube channels? Do you watch BCFG?

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BOOK REVIEW: Andora’s Folly by Abigayle Claire

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NOTE: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Stellae Books in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own and a positive review was not required.

I have really high hopes for this book… guys the author wrote Martin Hospitality (aka probably my favorite book in the universe!!) Josiah is the cutest and Gemma 😍 Plus FARRIS. Please. Before this turns into me fangirling over Martin Hospitality (wait it already has), let’s get started with the review.

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A n d o r a ‘ s   F o l l y

by Abigayle Claire

The synopsis of the book is from Goodreads.

A Pandora’s Box retelling

Andora is a beautiful young woman with insatiable curiosity. Raised in splendor, she is spoiled by her privileged life. When a love letter is slid under her door, her life takes a drastically unromantic turn. Nothing makes sense—her arranged marriage, the gifts her parents bestow on her wedding day, or her new husband’s temperament.

As Andora begins to unravel the mysteries around her, she ignites a chain of events that have the power to sabotage her entire village forever. Only her new-found wisdom as a desperate peasant’s wife can save her from her folly.

I’ve really never read/heard a lot about Pandora’s Box (only a tiny bit) but I was still really excited to read the book! Plus the author had set my hopes very high 😂 (I love Martin Hospitality okay?)

As I read the book, I began to enjoy it more and more. Andora annoyed me so much at the beginning, but when she got married, I actually began to like her 🙂 By the time the novella was over, I was SO sad. I mean please can we have a sequel? SO GOOD.

C O N T E N T

Knowing Abigayle Claire, I excepted little to no content issues, and I was right. SPOILER At the end, there are a couple kisses between Theus and Andora (who are married), but they’re not detailed. SPOILER Quite honestly, I can’t think of anything questionable in this book aside from a few very non-detailed kisses. There was violence SPOILER And in the end, death SPOILER, but it was not detailed in a gory way.

R E C O M M E N D A T I O N

I would recommend this book to girls and guys over age 11. While I think the story would appeal more to girls, I can see guys enjoying it as well. It took me 30-45 minutes to read the whole novella (while taking some notes for the review), but I do read pretty fast so this may take around 1 hour. Still, it’s definitely worth it! I don’t think anyone 10 or under would enjoy the story very much, but some kids might!

F I N A L   T H O U G H T S

I loved this book. ❤

I already knew that Abigayle Claire was a great author from reading Martin Hospitality (!!!!), but Andora’s Folly confirmed that! I can’t wait for Abigayle’s next book, and like I said I’m hoping for a sequel to Andora’s Folly! It will probably never happen but a girl can wish right??

Anyway. Go buy this book! (you will not be unhappy with it!) Let me know what you think 🙂 It ends really quickly but you will enjoy it!

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May Recap + June Goals

Hi guys! Today is my recap of this month + my goals for June.

May Recap

This month’s goal recap:

  1. Use my bullet journal every day, with the exception of 1 day per week. ✖ I sure did not do this one… but I did get do this for the last half of the month. Hopefully I will be able to do this in June!
  2. Review my new planner. ✔ I definitely did this! If you haven’t checked out that post, go do that!
  3. Write 5 posts for this month. ✔ I posted 5 times this month… yay!
  4. Plan ahead 2 posts for June. ✖ Sadly, I did not do this one.  😦
  5. Clean out my desk and computer files from school things. ✔I did this one!
  6. Send out emails every Monday and Friday this month. ✔ I did this!

This month’s posts:

April Recap + May Goals

Bullet Journal Essentials (Video post)

Calico Critters Photoshoot

Blog Update (yet another video post)

Recent Photagraphy

My Plum Paper planner review

Yay, I posted 6 times this month! That’s past my goal! I also posted 2 other posts, but they are contest/giveaway reposts.

This month’s stats:

Note: I’m scheduling this ahead of time, so these might not be acurate… 😖

Total followers: 71 9 new followers in a month? I can’t believe it!!! WOW

Top three countries:

America wins with 257 views (not as many as last time)

Malaysia comes to a close second with 19 views, and

India gets 3rd place with 14 views. Again, Malaysia and India! That still amazes me!

Views: 313

Visitors: 105 1 less visitor that last time, lol. These numbers are staying pretty steady.

Likes: 94 Again, staying steady/

Comments: 47 Last time, I got 108. I’m not complaining at all, I promise, it’s just weird how the numbers are so different!

Those are this month’s stats. I think that this month was okay with the stats, but it’s been better.

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May Goals:

  1. Use my bullet journal every day, with the exception of 1 day per week. Re-doing this one!
  2. Write 3 posts for this month.
  3. Take photos on my  blogging break.

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Okay, about that blogging break…

Since it is summer, I think I’m going to take a little break from blogging this summer. I love it, but I don’t want to be pressured to post, if that makes since. I will be a little unpredictable this summer, lol, but I will try to keep getting things up for y’all.

I’m going to take an official break from June 4-22, which is about 2 1/2 weeks. I will try to get a post up at the end of the month telling you guys what I did during the summer (photos included!) and then I should be back on my regular blogging schedule for July on. If that’s too ambitious later on, I will let y’all know that my break will be extended!

 

Thanks so much for making my blogging experience awesome! I can’t wait to come back after the summer!

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