Sunday, January 1, 2017

The 2016 Recap

The year 2016 is finally over and I have to say it has been a crazy wild ride. It has definitely been a year of ups and downs. I've gone through two semesters of graduate school almost three if you count summer school. I have to say despite even the best highlights my year has been hectic and depressing, and I'm really glad it's over.
Highlights from 2016:
Nightmare of Chicago Street with my hubmachine and his best friend. 

Two out of three of my best friends met this year and we saw Fantastic Beasts.

Earlier this year I went to visit my other best friend in her home town of Kansas.

My husband got a haircut! His hair used to be as long as mine, 

This is me and my grandpa(Papa). He had heart problems throughout the year so that was hard this year. I made sure he and I got a lot of pictures together.

 My hubmachine was presenting in Chicago and we met up with my bestie to see Civil War!!

I went to BookCon this year since it was in Chicago and met Brandee from Bookworm Brandee 

I tried out roller derby this year. It was a painful and amazing experience. 

 I got a matching tattoo with my friend Jeevita. We got origami elephants with each others initials in them. 

So my friend Jeevita is from Singapore and came to Illinois to attend the graduate program for school psychology where I am. After two semesters she decided the program wasn't for her and moved to Boston for a different (better) program. Before she left my husband and I took her to visit Chicago to see all the sites. The Bean, Navy Pierre, Chicago pizza was had. It was great. I'm the one next to the short Indian girl and the tall white guy holding my phone. 

 My puppy Speedy turned one this year.

 Tigris Eden dedicated some awesomness to me and my review ended up in the front of her book! There were tears.

 My last balloon rally at school.

I got a scholarship this year for being an awesome school psych student. No lie I was super surprised since most of my professors loathe me.

My birthday came and went and my grandparents sent me a light-up hippo!!! 

Lunch with my cousin! She joined the air-force.

Favorite Movies from 2016:

Favorites from 2016:

Highlights from my blog:

Reading Recap:
I read over # books & around # pages
I read (#) books that have been on my TBR pile this year. Honestly I think I did pretty awesome in the books I got to reading this year.

Reading Challenges:
I started this meme to finally get some books off my reading shelf. So at the beginning of the year I made a list of all the books I had listed for this meme.

My reading goal for this year was to read 20 of the books from this pile. I completed this goal near the end of August which made me super happy. Highlighted are all the books I've finished from my tbr pile this year. I've read 70 books towards this goal.

One down side of this year was that I was inconsistent with posting this year. I'm hoping to post more consistently next year.

1. Angelfire (Angelfire #1) by Courtney Allison Moulton
2. Stolen Nights (Vampire Queen #2) by Rebecca Maizel
3. Forgive My Fins (Fins #1) by Tera Lynn Childs
4. Finale (Hush, Hush #4) by Becca Fitzpatrick
5. The Girl of Fire and Thorns (Fire & Thorns #1) by Rae Carson
6. Endlessly (Paranormalcy #3) by Kiersten White
7. Apollyon (Covenant #4) by Jennifer L. Armentrout
8. Rift (Nightshade Prequel #1) by Andrea Cremer
9. Blood Red Road (Dust Land #1) by Moira Young
10. Teardrop (Teardrop #1) by Lauren Kate
11. End of Days (The Fallen #3) by Thomas E. Sniegoski
12. Frigid (Frigid #1) by J.Lynn
13. The Torn Wing (The Faerie Ring #2) by Kiki Hamilton
14. Tomorrow Land by Mari Mancusi
15. Serpent's Kiss (The Beauchamp Family #2) by Melissa de la Cruz
16. Black Hole Sun (Hell's Cross #1) by David Macinnis Gill
17. The Edge of Never (The Edge of Never #1) by J.A. Redmerski
18. What a Boy Wants (What a Boy Wants #1) by Nyrae Dawn
19. Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass #2) by Sarah J. Maas
20. Die for Me (Revenants #1) by Amy Plum
21. Bitter Sweet Love (Dark Elements #0.5) by Jennifer L. Armentrout
22. The Forever of Ella and Micha (The Secrets #2) by Jessica Sorenson
23. Splintered (Splintered #1) by A.G. Howard
24. Renegade (The Elysium Chronicles #1) by J.A. Souders
25. Frozen (Heart of Dread #1) by Melissa de la Cruz
26. Eden (The Eden Trilogy #1) by Keary Taylor
27. Divergent (Divergent #1) by Veronica Roth
28. Horde (Razorland #3) by Ann Aguirre
29. The Fiery Heart by Richelle Mead
30. Born of Illusion by Teri Brown
31. The Summer I Became a Nerd by Leah Rae Miller
32. Crewel by Gennifer Albin
33. Transcendence by O.J. Omololu
34. The Edge of Always (The Edge of Never #2) by J.A. Redmerski
35. The Registry by Shannon Stoker
36. The Peculiars by Maureen Boyle McGuerry
37. The Burning Sky (The Elemental Trilogy #1) by Sherry Thomas
38. Origin by Jessica Khoury
39. So Close to You (So Close to You #1) by Rachel Carter
40. Invisibility by Andrea Cremer and David Leviathan
41. Existence (Existence Trilogy #1) by Abbi Glines
42. The Selection by Kiera Cass
43. Nameless by Lili St. Crow
44. Henry Frank by Peter Adam Solomon
45. Reboot by Amy Tintera
46. I Am Malala By Malala Yousafzai
47. Pure by Julianna Baggot
48. Innocent Darkness (The Aether Chronicles #1) by Suzanne Lazear
49. Defy by Sarah B. Larson
50. The Professional (The Game Maker #1) by Kresley Cole
51. Clipped Wings by Helena Hunting
52. Real by Katy Evans
53. Solving for Ex by Leigh Ann Kopans
54. Devoured by Emily Snow
55. Tragic by J.A. Huss
56. Happenstance by Jamie McGuire
57. Infinity Unleashed (Valkyries: Soaring Raven's #2) by Sedona Venez
58. His Reverie (Reverie #1) by Monica Murphy
59. Scan (Scan #1) by Sarah Fine & Walter Jury
60. The Millionaire Affair (Love in the Balance #3) by Jessica Lemmon
61. The Maze Runner (The Maze Runner #1) by James Dashner
62. Ruined by Jus Accardo
63. Unearthly (Unearthly #1) by Cynthia Hand
64. Rusty Nailed (Cocktail #2) by Alice Clayton
65. The Sweetest Dark (The Sweetest Dark #1) by Shana Abe
66. Scorched (Scorched #1) by Mari Mancusi
67. Playing Pretend by Juliana Haygert
68. Tethered (A Birthright Novel #1) by Brandi Leigh Hall
69. The Warrior Heir (The Heir Chronicles #1) by Cinda Williams Chima
70. Sweet (True Believers #2) by Erin McCarthy
71. Goodbye, Rebel Blue by Shelley Coriell
72. Transfigured by Ava Zavora
73. The Jewel (The Lone City #1) by Amy Ewing
74. Born Wicked (The Cahill Witch Chronicles #1) by Jessica Spotswood
75. Virgin (Virgin #1) by Radhika Sanghanu
76. Tempest  (Tempest #1) by Julie Cross
77. Beautiful Bastard (Beautiful Bastard #1) by Christina Lauren
78. Talon (Talon #1) by Julie Kagawa
79. Devada (Angels and Demons #1) by Tich Brewster
80. You Slay Me (Aisling Grey #1) by Katie MacAlister
81. Perfect Ruin (Internment Chronicles #1) by Lauren DeStefano
82. Everblue (Mer Tales #1) by Brenda Pandos
83. Matched by Ally Condie
84. Trial by Fire (Worldwalker #1) by Josephine Angelini
85. Salt and Stone (Fire and Flood #2) by Victoria Scott
86. Cinderella’s Dress (Cinderella’s Dress #1) by Shonna Slayon
87. The Falconer (The Falconer #1) by Elizabeth May
88. The 5TH Wave (The 5th Wave #1) by Rick Yancey
89. Defiance (Defiance #1) by C.J. Redwine
90. Zoey Rogue (Incubatti #1) by Lizzy Ford
91. Playing Dirty (Monkey Business #1) by C.L. Parker
92. Shattered Souls (Souls #1) by Mary Lindsey
93. Pushed (Sense of Thieves #2) by Corrine Jackson
94. Nevermore (Nevermore #1) by Kelly Creagh
95. Touch (Denzen #1) by Jus Accardo
96. Unspoken (Lynburn legacy #1) by Sarah Rees Brennan
97. Scorched by Mari Mancusi
98. Altered (Altered #1) by Jennifer Rush
99. Doomed by Tracy Deebs
100. The Lonesome Young by Lucy Connors
101. Stay with Me (Wait for Me #3) by J. Lynn
102. Bloodspell (The Cruentus Curse #1) by Amalie Howard
103. Mind Games (Mind Games #1) by Kiersten White
104. Reap (Scarred Souls #2) by Tillie Cole
105. Until Friday Night (The Field Party #1) by Abbi Glines
106. Eternal Eden (Eden Trilogy #1) by Nicole Williams
107. I’ll Be There (The Montgomery Brothers #6) by Samantha Chase
108. Dear Professor by Blaire Drake
109. Screwdriver (Cocktail #3) by Alice Clayton
110. Nothing Between Us (Loving on the Edge #7) by Roni Loren
111. Against the Wall by Jill Sorenson
112. A Whole New World by Liz Braswell
113. Prince of Wolves (The Grey Wolves #1) by Quinn Loftis
114. A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses #2) by Sarah J. Maas
115. The Problem with Forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout
116. Alice in Zombieland (White Rabbit Chronicles #1) by Gena Snowalter
117. Unforgiven (Fallen #5) by Lauren Kate
118. Tempest Rising (Tempest #1) by Tracy Deebs
119. Last Years Mistake by Gina Ciocca 
120. Quarterback Draw (Play by Play #9) by Jaci Burton

This year I had a goal to binge read through authors and books. The idea was to group a bunch of books together and binge read them like a Netflix show. This year my goals were to finish JLA's books, a random list, and to finish all my open series.

I've read 11 books towards this reading challenge!

Well this reading challenge has been more difficult than I thought it would be. Sadly I only completed 5 books towards this reading challenge this year.

My goal was to get to 80%. I started this year with 60% and am now at 70%

I've read 50 books towards my Netgalley goal this year! Hoping next year brings

Books I'm Most Excited for in 2017:

I will be finishing the schooling aspect of my program and looking for internships.

I will also be moving!!! Any hints on best way to move 500+ books???

My goal for the year is to be a little happier and try and not peoples opinoins of me get me down. This has been a rough year for me regarding well people saying I look like a monkey because I'm half-black, my teachers not getting upset that someone in my cohort said that right in class and my professors not liking me in general. I'm going to try and let that go for this year, but we shall see.

My hope is to be a little more organized on my blog from January to May (when I'm in school) so that there aren't days when my post isn't looking correct or days when there's nothing.

HAPPY NEW YEARS EVERYONE! I hope everyone has a great rest of their day and start to their new year!
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