I am so sorry it has taken this long to reveal the full list. I read 42 books last year, and my Goodreads goal was 40. Yay me! Here they are in order that I read them:
Red Queen by Victoria Avegard
Empire of Storms by SarahJ Maas
Legendary by Stephanie Garber
A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J Maas
Catwoman by Sarah J Maas
A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson
The Fork, The Witch, and The Worm by Christopher Paolini
Tower of Dawn by Sarah J Maas
Girl Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis
Phasma by Delilah S Dawson
The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J Maas
Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim
Rebel Born by Amy A Bartol
Before the Broken Star by Emily R King
Eldest by Christopher Paolini
Brisingr by Christopher Paolini
Inheritance by Christopher Paolini
The Wrath of Darth Maul by Ryder Windham
Into the Hourglass by Emily R King
Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
Fledgling by Nicole Conway
Avian by Nicole Conway
Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Prachett
No Plot? No Problem! by Chris Baty
Wicked by Gregory Maguire and Douglas Smith
Doctor Sleep by Stephen King
Hiddensee by Gregory Maguire
Finale by Stephanie Garber
Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
The Thorn Princess by Bekah Harris
Dear Evan Hansen by Val Emmich, Steven Levenson, Benj Pasek, and Justin Paul
Loki by Mackenzi Lee and Stephanie Hans
Heir of Iron Hearts by Bekah Harris
Game of Shadows by Bekah Harris
Reign of Darkness by Bekah Harris
Starsight by Brandon Sanderson
On Writing by Stephen King
The Force Awakens by Alan Dean Foster
The Testaments by Margaret Atwood
Everafter Song by Emily R. King
I would say that Song of Achilles and Spin the Dawn remain my top recommendations. Both had amazing storytelling, and I am still thinking about them almost a year later.
On Writing and No Plot? No Problem! were books I chose to help me with my author related goals. If you want to learn more about becoming a writer, especially if you plan on doing National Novel Writing Month, you should put these on your must read list. I have a couple more that I plan on reading this year as well. Do note that On Writing is about 50% autobiography of Stephen King. It’s a really interesting read.
Bekah Harris was a Kindle Unlimited find. I devoured her series on there. It’s a fun, quick young adult story dealing with fairies. I am mad at her for doing something to one of my favorite characters that I believe was not necessary, but that’s spoilers so… yeah. If you want something good and quick for a beach trip or school holiday, check her out.
Feel free to ask me about any of the books on my list. I promise to give honest reviews. I cannot wait to tell you all about what i am reading in 2020. My goal is 50 books, and I am currently at 17. I’ll do a post when I hit 25.
Good bye 2019! This past year was definitely my renaissance (which happened to be my word of the year. I chose well). So much happened!
Got my CPA license
Got the job offer from Disney
Left public accounting
Moved to Orlando
Bought a house
Went on an Alaskan cruise
Surpassed my reading goal
Basically made playing in theme parks my new hobby
Started going to OrangeTheory Fitness
Survived our first travelling Christmas with very few casualties (only 5 presents left in Orlando. I had a 10 minute freak out about it but what are you going to do when you are 8 hours away?)
I can’t wait to see what 2020 brings. I am not going to go into all of my current goals and projects in this post as this is just a “Oh crap, I haven’t updated in months” thing, but I promise to post my 2019 reading list the hope for the future soon.
I will get better about posting on a schedule, I promise!
National Novel Writing Month is here! 20 days. 50,000 words. Roughly 1,667 words a day. Time to ration the discount Halloween candy to get through the challenge.
My project this year is Golden Soul. I am also using the software Schrivener for the first time. So far I really like it. Go start your project by going to NaNoWriMo.org and announcing your novel! Then add me as a buddy: DestinyDalma.
Well, I have writing to get to. Good luck to all the novelists out there!
One of my main characters’ name means empty light and I think that is the coolest.
While filling out a character sheet on Scrivener:
Right now the story is going to be set in Victorian era with a steampunk feel, but I may make it set in the future just so my MC has to have a music off in Hell with Elton John (I love Elton. It’s just a thing in my story that all musicians and script writers are in hell. ESPECIALLY the anyone who creates a musical. My devil is super into theatre.)
Just over a week before NaNoWriMo starts! If you are also taking the challenge, add me as a buddy: Destinydalma.
I hope everyone had a safe celebration last night. We have officially said goodbye to 2018! Today is the first blank page of 2019, and the book can be anything you want it to be. I’ve been spending the past few weeks thinking about what I want to accomplish the coming year, and I want you guys to help me stay accountable.
Lose 20 Pounds
I want to be in much better shape by the end of this year.
I still have my personal trainer once a week, but I need to be better at going to the gym at least three other days in addition.
I have a snacking problem that I need to work on. It’s bad, especially on lazy days or crazy work days.
Work on Crafting
Now that I have free time again, I want to learn new things.
Quilting is my number one new craft this year. I already have plans with my aunt for her to teach me this summer.
Making my own Mickey Ears. This one should be easier than quilting, but it looks just as fun.
Sewing my own cosplays. This is probably a forever work in progress as I learn how to use my sewing machine.
Better money management
We want to buy a house this year. That means a lot of planning for down payments and cost of movers and new furniture. It’s a huge decision and I can’t wait.
Two pretty big vacations this year in addition to moving. After tax season we are going to Disney World for a couple of days, and labor day weekend we are going on an Alaskan cruise. We have saved quite a bit for these, but they are both big spending trips.
I am weak when it comes to books, leggings, and Amazon. My goal for this year is to cut down on the extra spending on non-needed things so we can afford all of our big purchases this year.
What are your main girls for this year? Maybe we can help each other out!
Hello lovelies. I know, I went quiet after passing the CPA exam. It’s been a hectic few weeks. My office moved locations (lots of packing and unpacking and trying to figure out computer cables) plus all the fun that Christmas and December birthdays bring. I baked at least 200 cookies over 2 weekends. I was tired.
But I gave myself this week off to chill before tax season starts next week. I have cleaned, read, shopped, and played video games with no regrets. I’m still tired, but mentally I feel good.
Anyway, I wanted to share my word of the year for 2019. In 2018 it was perseverance and I had a page in my planner dedicated to it:
And it worked!! I passed the exam and I felt motivated all year. Finding quotes was more difficult than I thought it would be, but I’m proud of the page.
This year the word is “renaissance.” The dictionary definition that does not involve the European era is a renewal of life, vigor, interest, etc; rebirth; revival. With the exam out of the way, I’m starting a new chapter of my life. We plan on buying a house this year and I hope to see a revival of old and new hobbies- I really want to learn quilting. 2019 is going to be a year of new beginnings.
Let’s just hope finding quotes is not impossible this time around.