Speaking of...GIVEAWAYS⠀[Closed] .⠀ Just finished House of Salt and Sorrows yesterday. I somehow ended up with two copies of this book and instead of returning the extra copy I’m giving it away to one lucky winner to get you over #humpday. ⠀ .⠀ A retelling of the 12 Dancing Princesses and as with every retelling there is a twist. The Thaumes family is cursed and sisters keep dying. Once there were 12 and now there are 8. But Annaleigh doesn’t think these deaths were accidental and as she keeps digging deeper into their deaths she puts herself at the top of the chopping block. In the meantime the remaining sisters have been sneaking out every night to dance at balls and are wearing their shoes out, which is where the retelling of the 12 Dancing Princess comes out. But where are they really going every night? Told for a YA audience this book is good. I wish it were a bit edgier or scarier but considering the audience is suppose to be younger I think Craig did a good job of blending together a new story with a retelling. Also major props for not having the love triangle be the center of the book. Teenage love triangles give me so much anxiety and while it’s present in the book, it’s not overdone. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️. To see my full thoughts head over to my blog. Link in bio! ⠀ .⠀ To enter: ⠀ 1️⃣Like this post⠀ 2️⃣Follow me and be my friend ⠀ 3️⃣Tag 2 friends in a comment who love a good retelling (can be done unlimited times)⠀ 4️⃣ Extra entries for sharing in your story & for showing some of my other posts some love. ⠀ .⠀ Open internationally. Giveaway closes 8/24. Winner will be announced this weekend!⠀ .⠀ #bookgiveaway#speakingofgiveaways#speakingof#speakingofbooks#speakingofblog#bookreview#booklover#bookreviewer#bookblogger#yabookstagram#bookretelling#storytelling#houseofsaltandsorrows#delecortepress#erinacraig
Speaking of...Pub Day! ⠀ .⠀ Happy Pub Day to The Whisper Man. I read this one last week and I know there are a lot of mixed feelings going around about the book but I really enjoyed it. The story itself wasn’t as ‘creepy’ as I was expecting it to be and IMO this falls more into the mystery genre. Which I’m okay with. I did love the imaginary and the story lines. And the additional of so many different POVs really added extra substance to the story. Did I figure out the murderer before the end of book, yes. Do I still give this 4.5 ⭐️, also yes. Have you read this? What did you think? To see my full review head to my blog, link in bio! .⠀ Also this candle is speaking to my soul today. I’m dying for a nap this afternoon! ⠀ .⠀ .⠀ #speakingof#speakingofbooks#speakingofblog#thewhisperman#publicationday#newbooks#bookofthemonth#botm#booklover#thrillerbooks#bookstagram#notjustaprettybook
Speaking of...challenges. ⠀ .⠀ It’s Monday again, we have too many of them, don’t ya think. Anyway, with it being the third week of August I’m working really hard to keep on track with my reading this month. So this is what I’m challenging myself to this week. ⠀ 📖 finish Beyond The Point⠀ 📖 finish House of Salt & Sorrow⠀ 📖 finish Shopaholic Takes Manhattan⠀ 📖 finish The Future of Another Timeline⠀ .⠀ I have some many unfinished books at the moment. I normally never read more than 1 book at a time but I’m just so dang excited about all the books sitting on my TBR. What books are you excited for this week?? Do you normally only read one book or multiples at the same time?? ⠀ .⠀ .⠀ #speakingof#speakingofbooks#speakingofblog#books#tbr#weeklyreading#readinggoals#beyondthepoint#newreleases#allthebooks#bookish#bookreviewer#bookstagram
Speaking of...bookstagrammers ⠀ .⠀ I’m trying to read books today but no book post today because how cute are Jordan from @readwithwine & Alicia from @the.omdome.books?? I had so much fun drinking wine, chatting about books, and just hanging out with these two on Thursday! I stayed out way to late on a school night but YOLO right 😂. Is that something kids still say?? Idk I work from home so I don’t see a lot of human kind these days. ⠀ .⠀ Anyways surprisingly Jordan lives close to me so I’m going to force her to hang out more with me, including trying @orangetheoryliveoak. & Alicia was just visiting SA for a conference but I’m going to force her to take me out around DC next time I’m in town, because my main office is based out of DC! Yay for internet friends becoming real friends! #winning⠀ .⠀ .⠀ #speakingof#speakingofbooks#speakingofblog#bookstagrammers#bookmeetup#booklovers#internetfriends#bookstagrammmetup#sanantonio#highstreet#thepearl
Confession: sometimes, I get lazy 🙈 Especially once Ty and I moved in together, and we became a DINK household, it was surprisingly easy to let little things go- like using @ibottaapp 😬 Now that Ty is working for himself, and I’m taking our finances a bit more seriously, we are back to using the app. I never look at it until after I go to the store so that I’m only using the rebate on things I ACTUALLY purchased, but even doing this we have earned $17.50 in two weeks! 😱😳 WHY did I ever stop?!? I have earned back over $130 since I first down loaded it, and I’m hoping that number just keeps going up. Also, I haven’t been paid or anything to say this- I just like free money and think other people might! If you’re interested you should totally check out the app- and if you do decide to use it, you can use my referral code (pxnlfwy) or you can go rouge and do it solo! There are ways to earn money as a team though, so see if you can drag a family member or friend with you! . . . . . . #speakingof#budget#frugal#budgeting#budgets#frugallife#frugallifestyle#ibottadeals#ibotta#rebates#makemoney#cash#debtfreeby30#debtfreejourney#debtfreecommunity#dfc#grocery#grocerybudget#foodbill#grocerybill
Speaking of...#drawyourbookstack ⠀ .⠀ It’s the last day for @steepedinwords & @dclazygirl drawing challenge and I made it 😂. I use to think I was a decent drawer but then again markers are super hard to blend and I was always more of an acrylic and fabric (fashion design major here) kind of girl. But no fear Viv, I got my August stack all drawn up. This is what I want to get through in August & given that I’m only done with 4 of these I think I’m in trouble. In my defense I’ve already finished the biggest one! ⠀ .⠀ So far this month I’ve read:⠀ 📖 The Wanderers ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ 💫 ⠀ 📖 Confessions of a Shopaholic ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️⠀ 📖 Wilder Girls ⭐️⭐️⭐️💫⠀ 📖 The Whisper Man 😱 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⠀ Next up is Beyond the Point! ⠀ .⠀ Scroll through to see a close up & what this stack actually looked like. ⠀ .⠀ Have a great Friday y’all! ⠀ .⠀ .⠀ #drawingbooks#books#speakingof#speakingofbooks#speakingofblog#augusttbr#toomanybooks#alwaysreading#bookstagram#bookish#booklover#itired#shopaholicbuddies#beyondthebuddyread#thewanderersbuddyread#wildergirls
•sit like a lady they said• When I was lil size of a peanut, I was that kid who never ever wore skirts, played soccer with boys, loudest kid in class, first runner to the caf in lunch time, shoot paper plane at my friend during class, kicked boys 🍑 when they teased one of my girls, snuck chocolate bars to share with EVERYONE during class without teacher noticing it, danced away with my squad without music when teacher writes stuff on the board, and played tag in the hallways...lol Sit like a lady they said, but you know me 😎 • • • Passing through childhood and young-adulthood, I grew up learning from people’s mistakes and kept the lessons as my own. Learned that life has different faces and made lots of mistakes and plenty of “dang-it”s. However, God’s been good and gracious to me and here I am, I am one happy, grateful human being 🌱 Different people from different experiences taught me differentiating between narcissistic view of self Versus genuine respect on what I can be, that self love is never meant to be covering up one’s flaws with pride but humbly cherishing the One who created me, and instead of idealizing my self on what I think I should be but face what I am now so I can be who I should be with made efforts. I am one of many beautiful imperfect souls who make lots and lots of mistakes but never gave up to stay the same. Nevertheless, improvement is meant to be made without pride in self but with joy in one’s growth and difference that makes in not only mine but in others as well.