Wanderventures | January

Wanderventures | January

One of my biggest resolutions for 2016 was to explore. I am a stone’s throw from DC, but I have yet to take advantage of the beautiful sights, museums, galleries, etc. I have been too content with staying at home and being comfortable with my little corner of the world. This year I’ve decided to change that with Wanderventures (a combination of Wanderlust and Adventures) and finally take that step outside my front door.  Wanderventures will be a blog post series (preferably every month, but you know how I am with schedules) and it will be a culmination of all of the cool and amazing things I see and do during the month.

Now let’s look back at January’s Wanderventures.

On January 1st, I started the year with a trip to Five Guys with the family.fiveguys

The next day, on January 2nd, My sister and I went to the Renwick Gallery and The National Geographic Museum for the Indiana Jones Exhibit.

Anything I say about the Renwick won’t do it justice, so here’s some more information about the Wonder Exhibit from their website: http://renwick.americanart.si.edu/wonder/gallery

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The Indiana Jones Exhibit

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Even though I’ve never seen the movies, I thought the exhibit was awesome and enjoyed how they connected the fictional artifacts from the movie with real archaeological digs and science.

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Outside the National Geographic Museum with my sis.

On the 5th, I made my very first spider press print .

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What’s a spider press, you might ask? Find out here: http://postalmuseum.si.edu/collections/object-spotlight/spider-press.html

January 9th, I went on a vault tour of the National Postal Museum and saw John Lennon’s stamp album!

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The vault wasn’t nearly as enormous as this, but was still just as epic. That had a lot to do with the fact that John Lennon’s Stamp album was there. I fangirled so hard!!!

I got a new coat on the 13th and a new camera and the 25th.

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I participated in the #24in48 readathon on January 16th to the 17th and read/finished 3 books.

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January 28th, I went to Ebenezer’s coffeehouse for the best Hot Cocoa and Blueberry Muffin I’ve ever had.

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I saw Kung Fu Panda 3 on January 29th.

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The movie was Ah-mazing!!! I’d see it again a thousand more times if I could.

January 31st, to end off the month, I watched Grease Live on TV.

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I was impressed by everyone’s performance and thoroughly enjoyed myself. I also thought it was amazing that Vanessa Hudgens pushed through despite the news of her father’s passing. Such strength! You go, girl!!!

And in case you wanted to know, my favorite video I filmed was Would You Rather BookTube Edition and my favorite book was The Circle Maker by Mark Batterson.

January was enormously fun, and wanderventurous (yes, I just made that word up). I can’t wait for the many more adventures I’ll have this year and I’m glad to be taking you all with me.

❤ Maya

January Wrap-up | February TBR

January Wrap-up | February TBR

I read 6 books in January! High-five to me!

January Wrap-up

Seven Vital Steps to Receiving the Holy Spirit by Kenneth E. Hagin
The Circle Maker by Mark Batterson
The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams
Undercover by Danielle Steel
The Paradox of Vertical Flight By Emil Ostrovski
Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige

In January, I participated in my first readathon, the #24in48 readathon. I only read for 6 hours, but seeing as how it was first readathon of the year, I’m still pretty proud of myself.

I also completed two of Book Riot’s Read Harder Challenges.
The Glass Menagerie (Read a Play)
The Circle Maker (Read a Book about Religion)
I’m surprised that I even completed one challenge, so I’m optimistic that I’ll be able to complete many more.

February TBR

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr (btw his last name is pronounced Door)(*RHC)
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathon Safran Foer (*RHC)
The Good Goodbye by Carla Buckley
Empire of Night by Kelley Armstrong (second book in the Sea of Shadows Series)

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❤ Maya

Note: Books marked (*RHC) are books I’m reading for the Read Harder Challenge.

The Paradox of Vertical Flight by Emil Ostrovski | Book Review

The Paradox of Vertical Flight by Emil Ostrovski | Book Review

My thoughts on The Paradox of Vertical Flight by Emil Ostrovski. If you like Road Trip, Coming of Age stories with a touch of Philosophy then this is the book for you.

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❤ Maya

Would You Rather? | BookTube Edition Part 1 & 2

Would You Rather? | BookTube Edition Part 1 & 2

I decided to put all of the Would You Rather BookTube questions in one video giving you all a whole lot of Would you Ratherness. View this video on YouTube and open the description box to be able to jump to the outline and see my answer to a specific question.

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❤ Maya

Favorite First Lines

Favorite First Lines

Since it’s January and the first month of the year, I figured this was the best segue into talking about my favorite first lines in books. I hope you enjoy!

Be sure to share your favorite first line in the comment section below. And don’t forget to subscribe to my channel. I make new videos every Wednesday.

❤ Maya

The Books

The Mediator by Meg Cabot
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
The Liar Society by Lisa and Laura Roecker
Watchers: Last Stop by Peter Lerangis
Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
Peter and the Shadow Thieves by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson
their eyes were watching god by Zora Neale Hurston
One Day at a Time by Danielle Steel
Love Story by Erich Segal
Far Far Away by Tom McNeal
The Pink Slip by Rita Ciresi

 

New Year’s Bookolutions 2016

New Year’s Bookolutions 2016

Since I did a video of the things I’d like to do differently in 2016, I thought it would only make sense to also do another one, but book-related.

Here are my New Year’s Bookolutions for 2016.

This year, I want to participate in more read-a-thons. I enjoyed them so much last year. I did the BookTube-a-thon in August and also started YouTube. In October, I did Dewey’s 24 hour read-a-thon. I didn’t really get into read-a-thons until the latter end of the year, so I want to make it an all year thing this year. To stay up to date on the read-a-thons I’m doing, check my twitter @luv2rite1922. I’m always most active during read-a-thons on Twitter.

If you’re also interested in read-a-thons, check out Little Book Owl’s video below. It’s not every read-a-thon, but it gives you a lot to choose from and definitely helped me out as I was figuring out which read-a-thons to do.

I’d like to read outside of my comfort zone and to do that, I’ll be participating in Book Riot’s Read Harder Challenge. This challenge promotes reading genres you wouldn’t normally read and expanding your reading scopes.

The challenge categories and my tentative tbr are below.

And finally, the New Year’s Bookolutions TAG questions created by Ameriie at Books Beauty Ameriie.

  1.  A series I plan to begin is… the Throne of Glass Series by Sarah G. Maas. It’s been around the internet forever and the covers look amazing so I figured it was about time I checked it out.
  2. A series I plan to finish is… There are actually two. The Sea of Shadows series by Kelley Armstrong and The Six of Crows series by Leigh Bardugo. Both series blew my mind in 2015 and I can’t wait to finish them in 2016. Another series that I’ll be continuing into 2016 and I have no idea when it’ll be ending is the Illuminae series by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. That book was phenomenal and I can’t wait to see what they do with the story next.
  3. A book I’ve put off reading year after year but will finally read is…Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathon Safran Foer
  4. A book/series I plan to reread is… I’d love to re-read the Girl of Fire and Thorns series by Rae Carson, but with all the books I want to read this year, I’m not sure if I’ll have anytime to re-read which is fine with me. Too many good books to read is a good problem to have.
  5. A genre of which I’d like to read more is… See Book Riot’s Read Harder Challenge TBR above. There are a lot of books from genres I wouldn’t normal read, but this year, I’m going to stretch my horizons and read harder (see what I did there?)
  6.  The # of books I want to read this year is… 50. I read more and more books each year, so 50 is definitely doable.
  7. One of my non-bookish resolutions is… Live a balanced life. Not focusing on just reading or just writing, but staying balanced and devoting time to everything that’s important.

What are your Bookolutions for 2016? Let me know in the comment section. 

See you next time!

❤ Maya