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Watching the year fly by

Well, it's that time of year again... When we say a fond farewell to the year, and a howdy-doo to the new one.

Like every year, 2013 has had it's ups and it's downs. Though, for me it seems almost as if it has sped by far to fast for me to really enjoy it.

This was the year I read (almost) fifty books (okay, I have to finish two today, but it shall get done!), which is super exciting, because that's more than half of what I read last year. I preformed in Pride and Prejudice, and learned that I really quite enjoy English Country Dancing... and I mean really enjoy it. I've laughed, I've cried. My heart has been broken, and mended. I've grown in my writing, and reading, and internet  stuff. This was the year I took the plunge and started a website/professional blog.

2013 has been a year of change.

And I'm positive that 2014 shall be no exception.

I don't usually make new years resolutions. I can't ever think of anything worthy enough, or fantastic enough, so I just let the year go by without any real plas. But in these last couple months I have come across so many things that I desperately want to do in the new year, that I have decided to make a list.

#1: I want to be a more active blogger.

If you haven't noticed, I haven't been posting as much as I've been wanting to. I knew that you all didn't want another post of: "my inspiration is dead, so I'm writing this wonder of a post to compensate for it. Love me." Yeah. So I need to get back in the swing of things. I'm going to mean, and force myself to post. I'm sure things will get back to normal after a couple of weeks.

#2: I want to read.

Well, yes, no matter what I'm going to read, but I want to go about it a bit differently this year. I don't want to be stressed out to make my reading goal this year, I just want to read and see how far I'll get. I also want to re-read my favorites again, and I want to read classics, lots of classics. And... just read!

#3: I want to write.

Writing is like reading, I would do it whether it's on this list or not. But my single goal for writing is simply this: finish the first draft of my book. I have worked so hard on this book, that not finishing it seems out of the question. But I also want to start something new. I've been working on my current WIP since April (or before April... I can't remember. It's been a long time!), so I want to get it done! Of course, other goals like doing NaNoWriMo again would be nice, but right now I'm working on this manuscript.

 Reading, Writing, and Blogging. That's 2014 for me.

What are your goals for the new year?

And, of course, have a Happy New Year. :)

That Christmas Feeling || Another Christmas-y Playlist

I have this unofficial rule when Thanksgiving comes around... I don't think about Christmas until we return home from my Aunt's house (the place where we always seem to spend Thanksgiving). There's just something simply magical about waiting for Christmas. Just having all of your Chirstmas-y excitement ready to explode after Thanksgiving.

I must say, I'm not a huge fan of Black Friday shopping. Huge violent crowds? No thank you. It's just that Christmas feeling that you get after you've been waiting for forever!

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I'm the type of person who would wish someone a Merry Christmas in the middle of summer if people wouldn't put me in an insane asylum for it. So I kind of really love Christmas. Okay?

If you remember from last year, I had a Christmas-y Playlist for You, and so this year, since I am so obsessed with Christmas music (and just... Christmas), I thought we'd do it all again. With different tunes, of course. :)

We've set up the Christmas tree, the stockings are hung up on their usual place on the wall, and the piney decorations are scattered throughout the house.

I have gone shopping a couple times, and have sort of realized that it's hard to avoid the huge, violent, scary crowds, even when it isn't Black Friday, if you go shopping at the mall in the middle of a nice Saturday afternoon (it's simply impossible).

We got a dusting of snow, which, for some reason, only seemed to make me very happy. Why is it that everyone dislikes snow? I mean really, I know it must be a nightmare to drive in (not that I would know, since I've never driven a thing in my life, let alone in any snow), but still, it's pretty, and it's not like you have to have it all the time.

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Every one of my siblings have been begging for early presents to be put under the tree (needless to say, our parents have given in yet)

So we wait, for "Santa" to make an appearance on Christmas Eve as we all anxiously sleep.

... but the most magical part of Christmas is most of the times the most forgotten.

Merry Christmas. :)

Back to the Present

Let's hear a big 'welcome back from Thanksgiving Break, Hannah!'

Okay, I wasn't exactly planning on having a thanksgiving break, but that's just how it goes sometimes, and hey, it's nice to have the holidays around when you are slacking on blogging (and writing in general. :P)

Anyway, I have been finding it somewhat hard to get back into the swing of things here in the bloggy world. As I was getting this blog ready for human eyes to see, I thought it would be easy to get back into posting. Inspiration would simply be flowing from my ears, and all would be well. But, let me tell you, once you've spent a month or so away from the blogosphere, it's hard to begin again.

...and when your computer breaks down after your first couple posts, and you are forced to post and do all of your internetly things on your siblings laptop (and they aren't to happy about it).

But I think I'm fine now. I'm back. Christmas is coming 'round, bringing christmas-y inspiration (and not to mention christmas-y blog posts) with it every year.

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(Here's a picture of some peaches that I took over the summer. I lost all my other pictures when my laptop broke down, and I'm too lazy to find a photo that would better fit this post. Enjoy :)... oh, and please excused the over edittedness)

Isn't so weird how time can pass by so fast, without us hardly even realizing it?

This probably sounds ultra cliche, but it feels like it was just yesterday, and Christmas is figuratively here. again.

I have found myself worrying about my future... again.

It's just kind of scary, sometimes, to see how fast life goes by, and not knowing your part in the world.

I wish that I could just plan my future to a T and have it be perfect.... but I know I can't do that. No one can perfectly plan their lives. How boring would that be?

No. We must all live life as it goes, in the right order (unless you're The Doctor:) it's just hard for me sometimes to except that.

I want to know what God has planned for me. He can see the whole picture in front of Him, and I do trust Him in knowing whats best... but I just want to know what I'm going to do with my life.

So, my new challenge: live in the present, not in the future, or past.

Life is a mystery. But it's a beautiful mystery.

Code Name Verity

Alrighty, looks like I've got a lot of catching up to do with reviews... oh well.
First Line: I am a coward.

About: I have two weeks. You’ll shoot me at the end no matter what I do.

That’s what you do to enemy agents. It’s what we do to enemy agents. But I look at all the dark and twisted roads ahead and cooperation is the easy way out. Possibly the only way out for a girl caught red-handed doing dirty work like mine — and I will do anything, anything, to avoid SS-Hauptsturmf├╝hrer von Linden interrogating me again.

He has said that I can have as much paper as I need. All I have to do is cough up everything I can remember about the British War Effort. And I’m going to. But the story of how I came to be here starts with my friend Maddie. She is the pilot who flew me into France — an Allied Invasion of Two.

We are a sensational team. (Goodreads)

Author: Elizabeth Wein

Pages: 447

Publisher: Egmont Press

Review: I don't know what is up with me at the moment. It seems that recently I have been reading a lot of WWII books, but, you know what? I'm not even sorry. WWII books are kind of amazing, I'm learning.

I wasn't quite sure what to think of Code Name Verity when I first bought it a couple months ago. I just picked it up, and didn't find anything else that interested me, so I bought it.

This book sort of brought me out of a reading slump.

The first couple chapters were a bit confusing, and it took me awhile to be able to get totally immersed in the story, but once I did I was hooked.

Let me just say I loved Verity and Kittyhawk's (I'm just going to call them by their code names for this review) voices. They were both so amazing, and made me laugh quite often as I was reading. The way that the author decided to write this book was genius, as it's told in a memoir-like style between the two girls.

Their friendship was absolutely beautiful, and the ending was tragically poetic.

This is the kind of book that you just have to experience. Reading this review probably won't help you to determine whether you should read it or not, you'll have to decide that for yourself.

All I can say is that this book was incredible, while there may be a couple bad words, (I don't entirely remember) a kiss, and a bit of inappropriate behavior from some strange guys.

Other Fun Stuff: 
“It's like being in love, discovering your best friend.” 
― Elizabeth Wein, Code Name Verity

“KISS ME, HARDY! Kiss me, QUICK!” 

― Elizabeth Wein, Code Name Verity

“But I have told the truth. Isn't that ironic? They sent me because I am so good at telling lies. But I have told the truth.” 

― Elizabeth Wein, Code Name Verity

Romance: Like I said, there was one kiss, but besides that not much

Violence: It's based in WWII what do you think?

Recommended age: 12-13+