Chinese New Year Tag

Happy lunar new year, friends! 🏮

While my family doesn’t have traditions for December 31 and January 1st — or really any other holidays, to be honest — this one has always meant good food and related puns/idioms, calls to our extended family, and (at least while I was young) red envelopes. So I have lots of fond memories; it’s certainly one of my favorite holidays. 

I was tagged by Kelly Brigid @ Another Book in the Wall (last year, but by definition New Year’s comes around every year, so I don’t feel too bad about hoarding this one).

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Joining the Pondathon

Am I already signed up for a bunch of reading challenges and readathons? Yes, of course.

Is that going to stop me from joining another one? No, of course.

CW @ The Quiet Pond has and still is clearly putting so much time and energy and care into designing and hosting this readathon, and it really shows! There are so many fun aspects — from the narrative to customizable characters to side quests to the Discord server — and I am so excited to get started.

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[Review] In Other Lands by Sarah Rees Brennan

The Borderlands aren’t like anywhere else. Don’t try to smuggle a phone or any other piece of technology over the wall that marks the Border — unless you enjoy a fireworks display in your backpack. (Ballpoint pens are okay.) There are elves, harpies, and — best of all as far as Elliot is concerned — mermaids.

Elliot? Who’s Elliot? Elliot is thirteen years old. He’s smart and just a tiny bit obnoxious. Sometimes more than a tiny bit. When his class goes on a field trip and he can see a wall that no one else can see, he is given the chance to go to school in the Borderlands.

It turns out that on the other side of the wall, classes involve a lot more weaponry and fitness training and fewer mermaids than he expected. On the other hand, there’s Serene-Heart-in-the-Chaos-of-Battle, an elven warrior who is more beautiful than anyone Elliot has ever seen, and then there’s her human friend Luke: sunny, blond, and annoyingly likeable. There are lots of interesting books. There’s even the chance Elliot might be able to change the world.

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A Letter for 2025 Me

I think I first wrote one of these letters at some point in high school: my English teacher let us each pick out a postcard to write some thoughts down, then collected them to be returned at the end of the school year. (Irrelevant to this post, but I liked my postcard so much that I actually used it for the cover of my first bullet journal!)

Since then, I’ve regularly used FutureMe.org to schedule emails for my future self. It’s fascinating to see how my goals and priorities have changed, and it’s a nice reminder that life goes on in ways I couldn’t have imagined.

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Creating Morning & Night Routines

For as long as I can remember, I’ve preferred to have pre-scheduled days, weeks, and months. Not that I don’t like the occasional surprise, but this minimizes decision fatigue, plus I feel like it helps me better notice and appreciate the little things in life. (Like, stopping to smell the roses … though not literally, since I have a pollen allergy.)

I also started habit tracking not long after I started bullet journaling, which led to the realization that it’s so much easier to maintain habits if I build them into my routines. Not an original discovery, I know, but experiencing is believing.

To be honest, a large part of why I’m writing this post is for accountability: making sure that I sat down to create and commit to routines. So that’s enough procrastination, time to actually figure these out.

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WWW Wednesday #4

It’s been months since I’ve done one of these posts, so I thought I’d take advantage of my relatively-decreased reading pace to catch y’all up on the books currently passing through my life.

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WWW Wednesday is a meme hosted by Sam @ Taking on A World of Words. The three Ws are:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

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21 Milestone Reads

🎵 This is my birthday song; it isn’t very long. 🎵

At some point I will probably stop being okay with sharing my exact age on the Internet, so I may regret this post (and last year’s). But today I am 21 years old and I do not care. That’s a problem for future me. 

Birthdays are still days of wonder to me: a reminder to look back on the experiences that have influenced me, and to look forward to the experiences that await. I’ve certainly drawn a lot from the books I’ve read, for better or worse and since this is in large part a book blog, I figured, what better way to celebrate?

This post was inspired by Ibukun @ A Bookworm and a Half; I’m sure plenty of other bloggers have done similar lists, but Ibukun’s was the first that I read. 

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January Preview

You’ll never be bored when you try something new.
There’s really no limit to what you can do!

– Dr. Seuss

Normally I’d have a pretty good idea of where the next few weeks will take me; up until quite recently I had a fairly concrete five-year plan and some idea of what I wanted to do afterwards. But now I find myself bereft of that roadmap, which is simultaneously terrifying and exciting. 

While there are some long-term projects I’m continuing or starting, this month — and the rest of the year really — is mainly a big question mark. 

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