The Goodreads Challenge |Top 20 Books For 2020!

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If you are a lover of Goodreads, you probably vote for your favorites of the year in December and when January comes along you make up an estimate of how many books you would like to read that year. I don’t participate in the yearly votes but I do try to create the reading challenge at the beginning of the year; now I usually pick a very low number because I have never had a large selection of books that I actually wanted to read during the course of the year. This year, I feel a change taking place within me. I want to read more, I really do. So, that’s why I am taking the plunge and updating my original goal of 5 books to 20!

I have to say before we continue on with this post, I was inspired to write this after spending a couple of days on Twitter checking out other blogs. Anna from The Bursting Bookshelf does the weekly Top Ten Tuesday challenge and she shared the newest prompt of the week which was “Top Ten Books Added To Your Bookshelf” or something like that. I thought this could be an awesome way to share the rest of the books I bought with that Amazon card in December. So, after reading this post, please go take a look at her blog too!

So, as of right now I have only completed one book and I think this looks promising! I haven’t figured out all of the books I’ll be reading this year, but I can give you the top 15 books for now and maybe I will update you later! I tend to check out the free books a lot during the week so it could grow into a bigger list in the next couple of months, but we’ll see what happens!

  1.  After You by JoJo Moyes | click here to read my review now!
  2.  Five Feet Apart by Rachael Lippincott* | the book review will be up on Friday!
  3.  Ride Me Dirty by Vanessa Vale
  4. P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han* | I am back on the Lara Jean/Peter love train!
  5.  Wicked Beat by Olivia Cunning
  6. Wonder by R.J. Palacio*
  7. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  8. Throne Of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
  9. The Husband Hunters by Anne de Courcy
  10. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  11. Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen*
  12. Head Over High Heels by Lila Monroe
  13. Down The Rabbit Hole by Holly Madison
  14. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn*
  15. A Court Of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

As you can see, I have a lot of books that I can read in 2020 already! The books with the [*] at the end mean I want to watch the film after finishing it.

I have already completed After You, the second in the Me Before You series. The next five books listed are almost finished, everybody is over 50% of the way done so I’m hoping to get through before I get to Wonder. I would also like to mention that all but one is on my Kindle. I have the physical copy of the second book in the Jenny Han series stuffed into my bookshelf for when I am ready for it!

I don’t know what made me purchase Jane Eyre, Pride & Prejudice and Little Woman. I feel like it was a mixture of curiosity and wanting to explore the classics a little bit too. There are a couple of other books on this list that were bought by my mom a few years ago, and I’m glad I can read them now! She read both Down The Rabbit Hole and Gone Girl. They were the only ones that I felt were interesting to me! I’m trying to convince her to get Sally Fields memoir so we can buddy read, but so far no good!

If you want to check out on my progress throughout the year or want to see the other books I’ve read in the past, you can add me as a friend on Goodreads! Click the “G” symbol on the sidebar on the right with the rest of my links.

What are you currently reading now? Are you taking part in the Goodreads 2020 challenge? If you are, how many books do you want to read this year?

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Why I Started The “Three Good Things” Challenge

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Since it’s the last day of week and we’re quickly heading into February, I wanted to talk to you all about a challenge I’ve been doing on Instagram for the entire month.

I’ve known about it for at least four years, and been doing it for the past three years off and on. I found the challenge while on Pinterest and I loved the idea of it! The photo said to write out three good things on a piece of paper and put it inside a mason jar to keep until the end of the year so you can see all of the positive things that happened to you. Now if you more of a private person, you could still do it this way, but I like seeing what other people say in their lists, and I don’t know about you but I love seeing others succeed even if it’s a small victory!

Honestly it is pretty easy to do, however if you are having a very dull day, it will get a bit complicated to put something down, but I’ve found out that this is also a good thing too, because it is forcing you to look for the little things, and this is what  people seem to forget the most and I think that’s the point of calling it a challenge. If you’re someone who wants to find other ways to practice self-care, this could be part of your nightly routine!

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If you would like to join in with the challenge, you can follow me on Instagram or my blog’s Facebook page. I haven’t doing good at publishing them there as I would like to, but maybe for February I will get better so even more people can do it too!

Although I do not own the challenge itself, I do have a few rules for you to follow:

The standard amount is threeI would like for everyone to post three things, as the minimum but you have more than that, then I will not stop you for sharing the rest.

I will try to have my lists up before 8pmI am still trying to work out a good time to publish my lists. They’ve been going up between 5pm-7pm, because I like to be offline before eight o’clock so I can get ready to eat supper or watch a basketball game.

You do not have to create a dramatic listI’ve been using the app Pic Collage to make my lists every night, mostly because it’s fun but you do not have to do it too, unless you want to then you can di it! Don’t let me stop you!

Try to be originalSo if you have things happening to you daily, I’d like for you to chose something else (if you can) to list that day.

Be respectful to others that comment belowI don’t want anyone judging another person’s list. This is suppose to be a fun, positive thing, not a way to tease someone!

Ignore my mistakesIt’s come to my attention the last few days that I am not watching out for when I misspell a word(s) and I tend to get made fun of later that night. I will make more mistakes, but you’ll just have to get used to it.

One thing I would like to mention is that, you’re still going to have bad days here and there. This challenge will not cure you from ever having an awful day, and I’m mostly saying this for myself to remember for later because there have been a couple of times were I didn’t know what I was going to share with everyone, because it wasn’t a particular good day, but I feel like if I’m honest with you, you’ll feel like you can be truthful with me too.

What do you think of the “three good things” challenge? Have you done it before or are you a newbie? For those who are doing it with me, do you think it is helping you look to the positive things in your day?

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January Playlist

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I know I always say “January is a dull month for music” and for the last five years, it’s been very true in that sense. I’ve always thought it should have the opposite effect since it is the beginning of a new year, people need some fresh tunes to boost themselves to get going on their resolutions. It’s still a slow month for newer music but I did have better luck listening to the older stuff than anything else.

For January, I created two very different playlists. I made my standard monthly playlist usually a day or two before the previous month ends. The other is my “sexy” playlist, which proved to be a smart idea, considering the amount of songs included! In a challenge I started at the beginning of the year, and the day I came up with this idea, I quickly realized how many Drake and The Weeknd songs were in it, not to mention how many that were featured on the Fifty Shades films too!

As I was busy working on that, I started thinking of songs that I hadn’t heard in a while, and it happened while I was busy trying to go to sleep at night. It was awful! Anyways, I thought I’d give you my Top 10 songs from both of those playlists for you today!

Say You Love Me by Jessie Ware
Vengeance On My Mind by G-Eazy
Bom Bidi Bom by Nick Jonas featuring Nicki Minaj
The Hills by The Weeknd
One Time by Marian Hill
Zipper by Jason Derulo
Candy Shop by 50 Cent featuring Olivia
One Track Mind by 30 Seconds To Mars featuring A$AP Rocky
Suffer by Charlie Puth
Billie Jean by The Civil Wars

Finisher by Vo Williams
Can You Hear Me by UNSECRET featuring Young Summer
Damn by Livvia
Rainbow by Kacey Musgraves
Not Alone by Linkin Park
Obedear by Purity Ring
Up All Night by Rachel Crow
This Is Me by Kaela Settle
Shoulda Let You Go by Keyshia Cole featuring Amina
Yummy by Justin Bieber

There is another playlist that I have been loving lately, especially when I am reading my books. I always tend to want something light whenever I am sitting up against the wall of my bed and something that is kind of interesting, I don’t want to learn the words because that’s when I tend to lose where I’m at in my book and it just becomes a big mess. The playlist is called “Lush + Atmospheric” on Spotify. I also love to listen to another one “Creamy” too, but the first is usually my go-to, especially in those early morning reads!

If you would like to check out the rest in the playlists I’ve listed above, click here for the January playlist and/or Sexy now! Hope you have enjoyed this post!

What have you been listening to lately?

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The Best Movies Of 2019!

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For our last post of the week, I will be discussing my favorite movies of 2019!

Since I didn’t do my “Movies I Want To See” series last year, I wasn’t really keeping up with the newer movies but I was okay with it. What I did instead was I basically made a vow to make time in my day (or night) to watch something in my DVR folder or on Netflix. This was probably the smartest thing I did, because I ended up checking out a lot of films in the meantime. I even tried to make this post a little easier because I used Pinterest to keep track of everything I watched throughout the year.

The Hours (2002)

I think this was the most important film I watched at the beginning of the year. It was a story about three women in their different time periods, but it circled around their lives at the time they are reading Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf. So, you have Nicole Kidman starring as Virginia Woolf. The time is 1923, and she is in the process of writing the book but you learn that she has had series of breakdowns and attempted suicide in the past. The next character is Laura, played by Julianne Moore and the year is 1965. She is a mother, who is very unhappy. And finally, there’s Meryl Steep, who is Clarissa and we are back in the present which is 2001. She is a bisexual woman, who tries to keep an eye on her former partner Richard and meets his mother after his death by suicide.

It was a heartbreaking movie that I both loved and hated, because at the time I watched it, I was very depressed and since I have had contemplated suicide in the past, it hit me deeply. After I finished it, I literally got out my notebook and wrote in it about how I was feeling and mostly I was full of anger on my situation in life. I cried and cried, but I let myself cry it out and I’m glad I did that because once I was done, I suddenly felt better about everything. I was no longer sad about my life. If anything, it helped me move on. I don’t know if I kept that entry or not, I think I got rid of it around October.

Descendants 3 (2019)

I was really surprised that not only did I watched this movie, but I loved it! A part of me was conflicted at first because I was watching it to honor Cameron Boyce and the other part I was curious to see what the song was during the promos! After the first song and dance routine was over, I instantly got comfortable on my bed and watched the whole thing in one sitting!

If you have not checked out the films, it is about the descendants of our beloved Disney characters, but there’s a catch as the good characters live in Auradon. They have their magical powers and basically live in a place of luxury, whereas the villains all live on a island that takes away their magical powers and isolates them away. At the time of this film, the original descendants of Maleficent, The Evil Queen from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Jabar, and Cruella Di Vill go back to the island and chose four kids to come to be educated and live with their mentors on Auradon.

I am a sucker when it comes to musicals. Disney musicals use to really get me when I was younger, but I kind of thought I was too old to enjoy them again. It was shocking how quick that thought flew away after I heard “Queen Of Mean” sung by Sleeping Beauty’s daughter Prince Aubrey (Sarah Jeffrey). I’m not going to even hide the fact that after I heard for the first time, I rewind the whole song over so I could learn the lyrics on my closed captions! I learned it within a day or so; the same thing happened with “Night Falls” too!

Chaplin (1992)

This one was probably the best I had seen in a long time! I am familiar with the story of actor Charlie Chaplin, but I was not expecting to enjoy seeing Robert Downey Jr. playing him. I was so worried that I would be picturing Tony Stark the whole time, but thankfully I didn’t. He completely took over the man and his iconic role as the “Tramp” to the point where you thought you were seeing the real Mr. Chaplin on your television screen!

The film is all about Charlie Chaplin’s life, starting while he is exiled in Switzerland after being accused of being a communist. He is met with his biographer to discuss what he wants to put in his book. So, we are taken through some things from his young life with his older half brother Sidney and their mother, who had psychotic breakdowns to what led him to create his own production studio and finally the point he meets his wife and love of his life: Oona O’Neil.

It was such a good film! I wasn’t able to watch it in one sitting like I wanted, but it never really left me, I was haunted by the previous scenes so I kept telling myself to go back and once it was over, I was really bummed but wanted to recommend it to anyone who would listen honestly!

For Sama (2019)

I don’t know what drew me to watch this documentary but I did, and I’m happy that happened because it was hauntingly beautiful!

PBS was airing this on “Frontline” one night and I just felt complied to check it out. It made my heart ache for everyone in Syria. It made me think of a friend I had that lived/lives there, and the reason why I said “lived” is because it’s been around four years since I have heard from her. She use to tweet about her father dying and she was having to move with her family, and it just didn’t seem real until I watched this and I began to think of her again and wonder where she was or did she make it out alive?

This film was recorded in a range of two or three years. The title “For Sama” is in dedication to the filmmaker’s daughter Sama, who was born at the height of the civil war in Syria. Sama’s mother is Waad Al-Kaeb, she married a doctor that treated people who were hurt prior and during the bombings in Aleppo. The whole film is in Arabic but English subtitles are provided at the bottom of the screen. You could hear and feel every emotion like pride for their home, worry that they wouldn’t make it, horror to seeing everyday people, children included with various injuries from the aftermath of the bombings and the love in the tone of her voice. It does get pretty graphic but it was real. When you hear about bombings on the news on TV, I feel like for most people (myself included) can switch off their minds to how a bomb that dropped to the ground, on top of homes, that the innocent escaped in time. You will see children die and be born within five minutes of each other.

Detroit (2017)

It was so surprising that it took me two years to finally watch this film. I remember the day I was going through the new movie trailers on YouTube and then coming across this one. I am a lover of real life situations being played out on film. I would rather spend the rest of my days watching them because then I would never forget about our history as human beings. Not everyone has the best intentions for others, much less themselves and I think it is the perfect way to describe the situation of this movie.

Detroit is a story of a time where there was a lot of violence towards the African-Americans and the police department of the 1960’s; there is injustice among the community and everything has hit a breaking point. You are introduced to a group of people who are staying at a hotel and somebody starts shooting at the police as a joke, and since tensions are already high and everybody feels threatened, things get very out of control and the consequences were awful. They could have been better, hell, even prevented as nobody should have been killed in a way these people were and then you realize that even though the times have changed, history has a way of repeating itself over and over again.

I am finally done with this post, but if you’d like to see what else I watched in 2019, you should go check out my Pinterest board. I hope you have enjoyed this post and have a great weekend!

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The Best Songs Of 2019!

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This week is my chance to catch up on previous posts that I wanted to do back in December, but I didn’t have room in the week to post and schedule them. I was a bit hesitant to publish them now, but considering I’m still seeing people on BookTube sharing what they read and their favorites for 2019, I knew I was still good to get this one and Friday’s post live for you!

For both my birthday and Christmas, I was gifted with a tablet and new laptop, thanks to my nana and with that, I managed to gain access to Spotify again! I was way too giddy when I downloaded both apps onto the devices. I have spent about two years of using it off and on because I just didn’t have any more space on my laptop to open it. It didn’t matter how much I deleted files or photos, it was never enough to play music for longer than a day. As much as it sucked, I learned to go in another route with the usage of YouTube, although this required you to have a list of songs to look up beforehand, so I ended up listening to the same stuff everyday.

Now what’s funny is that when I finally had time to get my “Best Songs of ’19” together, I wondered if the amount of songs would be lower than the last time I did this. Back in 2015, I compiled a playlist on Spotify of my favorite songs and that was a time were I could visit the app whenever I wanted, so the total number of songs on there is: 83. I thought it was more than that honestly! For this playlist though, it was the polar opposite; it has 119 songs on it! I have to admit, it does help to create a monthly playlist to help keep up with new music, and I tried my best to have one at the end of the month!

So, I thought about this and have decided I am going to list my Top 25 songs of 2019 for you today!

When I Die by ALMA
Gloria Regali by Tommee Profit x Fleurie
Loyal To Me by Nina Nesbitt
Give You Up by Dido
You Should See Me In A Crown by Billie Eilish
Kill This Love by BLACKPINK
Gimme by BANKS
Queen Of Mean by Sarah Jeffrey
Malibu Night by LANY
Out Of Love by Alessia Cara
Mamacita by Jason Derulo featuring Farruko
Let Me Down Slowly by Alec Benjamin
Strip by Little Mix featuring Sharaya J
Lost In Japan by Shawn Mendes
Graveyard by Halsey
You Need To Calm Down by Taylor Swift
Wish Wish by DJ Khaled featuring Cardi B & 21 Savage
China by Anuel AA with Daddy Yankee, Ozuna, Karol G & J Balvin
Mother’s Daughter by Miley Cyrus
Sucker by Jonas Brothers
Lose You To Love Me by Selena Gomez
Me Necesita by PRETTYMUCH x CNCO
Into The Unknown by Idina Menzel & AURORA
Mind Over Matter by Anthony Ramos
Promises by Calvin Harris featuring Sam Smith

Man, that is a long list of songs!

And something that I wasn’t expecting was the fact that I was easier than I thought it would be. As I kept typing different ones, I was half accepting the fact that I would go over the amount, but I only had to delete one!

I picked all of these songs for different reasons: they were played a million times, came at me in a happy or sad time, they could have brought out my sexy side, etc. I went through a lot of emotions last year and took lots of breaks in between blog posts too so I had time on my feet to enjoy some great music!

If you would like to see what else I was loving, you can click here to be directed to my (even longer!) Spotify playlist. Hope you have enjoyed this post and I’ll see you here on Friday!

What were your top songs of 2019?

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