What I’ve Been Doing During Social Distancing

COVID-19 has really made 2020 the absolute worst. Times are weird and we are all stuck in our homes! Here’s a few things that I have been doing to keep myself occupied!

Before I start the list, I want o say a HUGE thank you to all the medical professionals & other essential workers who are on the frontline. You are all incrediblely brave and we are so grateful for you. ❤️

Puzzles: Since this whole pandemic thing started, all I have been wanting to do is puzzles. I don’t really know why because I am terrible at them. I get so frustrated that I can’t find the right pieces. I am getting better though. So far I have completed three puzzles and I have ordered two more!

Drawing: I have decided to teach myself how to draw! I bought an Apple Pencil & Procreate and I have been watching a TON of tutorials. I‘m literally starting with zero artistic abilities so this will take a while to be *good!* Here’s what I’ve done so far…

Cut my hair: Like so many other people, I got the itch to cut my hair. I mean, I’m not going anywhere for a while so I wanted something a little different. My goal was to get curtain bangs, but ummm they definitely didn’t turn out that way. Let’s just say I am going to be pinning them up until they grow out.

Downloaded TikTok: I always told myself that I was never going to get this app. I knew that if I did, I’d spend way too much time on it. With everything going on in the world though, I really needed something to make me laugh and TikTok definitely does that! Yes, there have been many nights when I watch videos until 3 AM and those are the best nights!

Going for drives: Even when we aren’t in quarantine, one of my favorite things to do is ride around in the car with the windows down & the music up. It’s so relaxing to me and it’s a great way to get out of the house without being around other people!

Eating: Y’all, someone please tell me that I am not the only one who has been stress and boredom eating!!!

Teaching: So I am a nanny by day and my job is still in full swing. The parents jobs are considered essential which means they still need me. Now that schools are closed, I have also become the teacher. Homeschooling has been beyond challenging, but we are doing our best. I am so happy that I decided not to continue pursuing an education degree.

Movies/TV: I have been watching a lot of movies lately and I am loving it! My favorite ones have been Frozen 2 and Girls Night Out! I’m also slowly making my way through the show The Vampire Diaries. I am almost to season 3 and I have soooo many theories as to what could happen!

Reading: And of course, I have been reading like crazy. Back in March I kind of got in a tiny slump. I couldn’t focus on anything. Thankfully I got out of it really quick. I have been working though eARCs and rereading books on audio lately and it has been a blast!

What have you all been doing to pass the time?? Have you started doing any new hobbies? Let me know!

I hope you all are staying safe and healthy!

Did I Reach My 2019 Goals??

Tomorrow I am sharing my 2020 goals with you all, but before I do that, let’s take a look back at my goals from last year! Did I reach them?? I have a feeling I did not. 😂

Read 75 books:
I read 87 books! 📚

More readathons:
I participated in three readathons last year. That’s one more than the previous year so I am counting this as a win!

Read ALL the Shadowhunter Chronicles:
This was a major fail. I read the first Mortal Instruments trilogy and then stopped. I couldn’t get myself to read Clockwork Angel. Oops!

Read every Owlcrate book:
I was setting myself up for failure here. I think I only read four out of the thirteen they sent out.

Do more buddy reads:
I did one buddy read last year. I didn’t do any in 2018 soooo another win! I definitely want to continue this goal into 2020.

Reach 800 bookstagram followers:
I hit 1000! So incredibly thankful.

Get more sleep:
I wanted to stop staying up all night and get 8ish hours of sleep. That didn’t happen at ALL! Basically I am a night owl and there is now way that is changing any time soon.

Did you reach your 2019 goals??

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Meet the Book Blogger

Hi everyone!

I have been blogging since January and I still feel like you all don’t know me that well. I’m hoping this post will help that a little bit! Today I’m going to do a tag that was originally titled “Meet the Booktuber” but I’m bringing over to the blogging world so I changed the name! I first saw this done over on Lacey’s channel!

I’d love to get to know you all so please feel free to answer these questions in the comments or do this tag yourself!

🖤 NAME, AGE & LOCATION
My name is Sadie, I’m 25 (today is actually my birthday!!) and I am from a small town in western Kentucky!

🖤 DO YOU HAVE ANY SIBLINGS? IF SO, WHERE DO YOU FALL IN ORDER?
I do, I have 3! I have an older sister named Shelbi, a younger sister named Sydney and a younger brother named Sawyer. I love them very much!

🖤 WHAT DO YOU DO FOR WORK?
I am a nanny! It’s a glamorous job. 😂

🖤 DO YOU HAVE KIDS?
Definitely not!

🖤 DO YOU HAVE ANY PETS?
Yes and no. My grandma has a dog named Winston and while he’s not technically mine, I love him like he is!

🖤 CAN YOU DRIVE?
Funny you ask…no I can’t! Because my vision sucks so bad I am not allowed to drive. I asked my doctor, he said absolutely not. 😂

🖤 WHAT WAS YOUR FAVORITE SUBJECT IN SCHOOL?
My favorite subject was for sure History. When I was in high school though I took a course where I taught preschool & that was by far the best class I have ever taken.

🖤 WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE COLOR?
Pink 💕

🖤 WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE SMELL?
Coffee! I don’t drink it, but I LOVE the smell of it.

🖤 WHAT ARE YOUR TOP THREE FAVORITE BOOKS?
This was actually pretty easy to answer…Six of Crows, Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda and Caraval!

Get to know me more: 25 Facts About Me & 20 Bookish Facts About Me

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Childhood Cancer Awareness Month || My Story

Hi everyone!

Today’s post isn’t bookish at al, but it is about something very dear to me. This is the most personal I will probably ever get on my blog. Please take the time to read what I have to say. Thank you so much! 💛

I was born in 1994, a healthy 9 lbs 6 oz baby…or so my parents thought. At 7 months old, the path to my ENTIRE future changed. My mom was told by the local health department that I wasn’t visually tracking items as I should be. She followed up with my Pediatrician, but nothing was found. For the next two weeks, my mom noticed the vision problems for herself. She took me back to the Pediatrician, who then noticed I had no red reflect in my eyes. The next day, we were at an eye doctors office to check things out. The doctors took me back to do an exam while my parents not so patiently waited in the room with my sister & grandma. When they brought me back…my life, their lives & our entire family’s life changed. CANCER, Retinoblastoma, tumors in both my eyes. Mom says she sat in that chair holding me, thinking about having to bury me. Imagine, a mother having to go through that…

On that day my parents were given the option to take me to a Louisville hospital or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. With no hesitation they chose St. Jude! Mom & Dad were told to head straight to Memphis, Tennessee and not to stop for anything but gas. Within hours my family had met my team of doctors who would eventually save my life.

A few days after arriving at St. Jude I was receiving radiation shot directly into both my eyes. Everyday for 31 days, I was put to sleep so this could happen. Mom says I was a trooper! Once that treatment was over, I was in remission for 2 years! Constant trips to Memphis, constant exams under anesthesia, but for those two years life was “normal.”

Then came the news no one wanted to hear…the cancer was back, but only in my right eye this time. So, back to Memphis we went, where I would receive surgery to sew a radioactive plaque to my eyes. For four days after the surgery I had to stay in a lead room. My mom was pregnant at that time so unfortunately I couldn’t be around her…so grandma & grandpa to the rescue! Needless to say, I was spoiled for those days! That treatment worked for 1 year.

Once again, the cancer was back. At this point, I was old enough to kind of know what was going on. This time we tried chemotherapy, 2 milder kinds. I spent countless hours in the med room. I was hooked up to a machine through a Hickman Line that had been surgically inserted in my chest. That treatment worked for another year, and you guessed it…cancer came back.

This time, removal of my right eye & 2 strong kinds of chemo was the only option left for me. So at 4 years old, I went into surgery with two eyes and came out with one. The six months of chemo made me super sick and I lost my hair. There were times that I wasn’t allowed to have visitors or even move from the bed. 

Finally, months later we were told…NO MORE CANCER was detected! I was 5 by then & starting Kindergarten with no eye, no hair & still looking frail, but I WAS ALIVE! 

All in all, during my years of treatment for childhood cancer, I had 42 surgeries/procedures of various kinds that required me to be put to sleep. I had set backs. I had sepsis for 3 weeks. I had prosthetic eyes made. The list could go on, but all of which would include things NO child should experience! My life may have been completely different had I not had cancer, but if my battle helped researchers find a way to stop another child from going through such invasive treatment, then I am okay with that! 

I am forever grateful that there is a place like St. Jude. They are & will always be my home away from home. In all my time as a patient, my parents NEVER received a medical bill. St. Jude believes that a family should only have to focus on the care of a child, not how much it will cost. It’s a truly magical place.

I’m sharing my story with you because September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. The goal of this campaign is to raise funds & awareness for pediatric cancer. As you can tell, this month means SO much to me. I am encouraging you to donate to the cause! Your money will go toward the research to finding a cure. No child or family should have to go through something as awful as cancer! 

“Let’s end childhood cancer. Together.”

❤️ Donate to St. Jude here.

❤️ If you would like to donate to a different organization, please message me & I’ll help you out!

❤️ If you are unable to donate, that is perfectly fine! You can share this post to spread awareness!

2018 Reads

Here is a list of every book I read in 2018 & the rating I gave it. 

The ones in bold were my favorites of the year!

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  1. Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier: 4 stars
  2. Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco: 4 stars
  3. On the Fence by Kasie West: 3 stars
  4. Love, Life and the List by Kasie West: 4 stars
  5. Renegades by Marissa Meyer: 4 stars
  6. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness: 3 stars
  7. Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli: 2 stars
  8. This Adventure Ends by Emma Mills: 4 stars
  9. Scythe by Neal Shusterman: 4 stars
  10. Love Blind by Christa Desir & Jolene Perry: 2 stars
  11. The Cruel Prince by Holly Black: 4 stars
  12. A List of Cages by Robin Roe: 5 stars
  13. The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West: 3 stars
  14. Secrets of the Book by Erin Fry: 4 stars
  15. The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert: 4 stars
  16. Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy: 5 stars
  17. Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde: 4 stars
  18. My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand. Brodi Ashton and Jodi Meadows: 5 stars
  19. Not If I See You First by Eric Lindstrom: 3 stars
  20. Caraval by Stephanie Garber: 5 stars
  21. Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco: 3 stars
  22. How to Love by Katie Cotugno: 2 stars
  23. Vicious by V.E. Schwab: 4 stars
  24. Ramona Blue by Julie Murphy: 5 stars
  25. They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera: 3 stars
  26. Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli: 5 stars (reread)
  27. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi: 4 stars
  28. Destroy Me by Tahereh Mafi: 5 stars
  29. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak: 2 stars
  30. Queens of Fennbirn by Kendare Blake: 5 stars
  31. History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera: 4 stars
  32. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater: 4 stars
  33. I Hate Everyone But You by Gaby Dunn & Allison Raskin: 2 stars
  34. To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo: 5 stars
  35. All the Rage by Courtney Summers: 5 stars
  36. Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli: 3 stars
  37. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah: 5 stars
  38. Cinder by Marissa Meyer: 4 stars
  39. Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi: 4 stars
  40. The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee: 2 stars
  41. Someone Like You by Sarah Dessen: 4 stars
  42. Fracture Me by Tahereh Mafi: 4 stars
  43. Puddin’ by Julie Murphy: 5 stars
  44. Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young: 4 stars
  45. Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller: 4 stars
  46. Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi: 4 stars
  47. Legendary by Stephanie Garber: 5 stars
  48. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo: 3 stars 
  49. Landline by Rainbow Rowell: 3 stars
  50. Listen to Your Heart by Kasie West: 4 stars
  51. The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang: 5 stars
  52. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir: 5 stars
  53. First & Then by Emma Mills: 4 stars
  54. In 27 Days by Alison Gervais: 4 stars
  55. Restore Me by Tahereh Mafi: 4 stars
  56. Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo: 4 stars
  57. Autoboyography by Christina Lauren: 4 stars
  58. Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds: 5 stars
  59. Long May She Reign by Rhiannon Thomas: 3 stars
  60. My Plain Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton and Jodi Meadows: 5 stars
  61. Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo: 4 stars
  62. The Raging Ones by Krista and Becca Ritchie: 5 stars
  63. Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson: 3 stars
  64. To Be Honest by Maggie Ann  Martin: 4 stars
  65. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer: 3 stars (reread)
  66. Sadie by Courtney Summers: 5 stars
  67. Beauty Queens by Libba Bray: 3 stars
  68. Girl Made of Stars by Ashley Herring Blake: 5 stars
  69. Two Dark Reigns by Kendare Blake: 4 stars
  70. El Deafo by Cece Bell: 4 stars
  71. The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater: 3 stars
  72. The Selection by Kiera Cass: 4 stars  
  73. Lucky in Love by Kasie West: 4 stars
  74. Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson: 4 stars
  75. The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo: 5 stars
  76. Heartless by Marissa Meyer: 3 stars
  77. The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw: 5 stars
  78. Spell on Wheels: 4 stars
  79. Her Halloween Treat by Tiffany Reisz: 3 stars
  80. City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab: 4 stars
  81. The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee: 4 stars
  82. The Elite by Kiera Cass: 4 stars
  83. What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli & Adam Silvera: 4 stars
  84. Pride by Ibi Ziboi: 3 stars
  85. Toil and Trouble edited by Jessica Spotswood & Tess Sharpe: 3 stars
  86. Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa: 5 stars
  87. Her Naughty Holiday by Tiffany Reisz: 4 stars
  88. The One by Kiera Cass: 5 stars
  89. Happily Ever After by Kiera Cass: 4 stars
  90. Archenemies by Marissa Meyer: 4 stars
  91. The Crown by Kiera Cass: 4 stars
  92. The Heir by Kiera Cass: 3 stars
  93. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo: 5 stars (reread)
  94. Far From the Tree by Robin Benway: 5  stars
  95. One Hot December by Tiffany Reisz; 3 stars
  96. The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand: 4 stars
  97. Snow in Love: 3 stars
  98. My True Love Gave to Me edited by Stephanie Perkins: 3 stars
  99. P.S. I Like You by Kasie West: 3 stars
  100. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare: 4 stars
  101. Dashing Through the Snow by Debbie Macomber: 2 stars
  102. Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan: 4 stars
  103. Becoming by Michelle Obama: 5 stars
  104. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens: 3 stars (reread)
  105. Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo: 5 stars (reread)

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I still can’t believe I read 105 books last year. Craziness! 

How many books did you read in 2018? What were some of your favorites?

25 Facts About Me

Hello everyone!

I’m going to take a small break from talking about books. Since I’m new to this whole blogging thing, I want you all to get to know me a little better. So I thought I’d share some random & non bookish facts about me!

Here we go…

  1. I am 24. My birthday is October 18th.
  2. I live in the western part of Kentucky, USA.
  3. I am left handed.
  4. I am a HUGE fan of the show Supernatural.
  5. Speaking of SPN, I’ve met Jared Padalecki & Jensen Ackles. Highlight of my life!
  6. I have two sisters & one brother. All of our names start with an S.
  7. My favorite food is tacos.
  8. I have 6 tattoos. I got my first one when I was 14 years old.
  9. My least favorite season is summer. I hate it with a passion.
  10. My personality type is INFJ.
  11. I can read Braille.
  12. Taylor Swift is my favorite singer. She is a queen.
  13. I always have a hair tie on my wrist.
  14. I love to ride around in the car with the windows down and the music up.
  15. My first concert was for NSYNC.
  16. The Holiday is one of my favorite movies.
  17. I’m a really quiet person.
  18. I’m not a morning person at all.
  19. I was in choir all throughout middle and high school.
  20. My middle name is McCall.
  21. When I was younger I wanted to be a teacher.
  22. I still have no idea what career I want.
  23. I wear a lot of black and gray.
  24. Since I’m such a tv nerd, my dream is to go to Vancouver, Canada.
  25. I will stay up all night watching Instagram videos. They are the best.

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I really had to think hard for some of those. If you want to see a 25 bookish facts post…let me know!

Until next time…
-Sadie


2019 Goals

We are almost a week into January, so I figured it was time to set some goals for 2019. Most of these are bookish, but I also wanted to share some everyday life goals as well! 

Read 75 books: Last year I read a total of 105 books, so this one should be easy peasy lemon squeezy.

More readathons:Due to many things, I didn’t get to participate in as many readathons as I wanted to in 2018. So this year I am going to try to do at least four of them. There are a few I am eyeing right now, but if you know of any fun ones….let me know!

The Shadowhunter Chronicles: This is the year that I am going to read the Shadowhunter books. I want to read them all, including the ones coming out this year. Cassandra Clare is going to take over my life and I am 100% okay with that.

Try reading every 2019 Owlcrate book: I absolutely love Owlcrate! Their boxes are fantastic. It’s totally manageable to read all 12 book picks, right??

Do some buddy reads:I have never done a buddy read before. So I’m hoping this year that will change!

Reach 800 Bookstagram followers: Having toms of followers isn’t everything, but it is nice to see that people are enjoying your content. 

Get more sleep: I’m a huge night owl. Like as I am typing this, it is 2:47 am. I feel like I’m much more productive during the night. I can run on 3-4 hours of sleep & be fine. One day, my bad habit will catch up to me. So I want to start getting that recommended 7-8 hours of sleep right now. I’ll miss you, 2:47.

Write more: I recently discovered that I enjoy writing. I want to put more of a focus on it. That could mean just here on the blog or maybe journaling. I’m still not sure, but I want to get more comfortable with it.

Random Acts of Kindness:This year I want to spread some love & put smiles on faces. A little kindness can go a long way.

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I’d love to hear your goals for 2019!

Until next time…

Sadie

New Adventures

Hello & welcome! 

I am so excited to start this blogging adventure. It’s something that I have been wanting to do for a while, but I always find some excuse as to why I can’t. It’s the beginning of a new year though, so why not challenge myself!

Let me back up a little. My name is Sadie, I’m 24 and I live in the middle of nowhere Kentucky, USA. When I’m not being a nanny to some cute kiddos, I’m usually reading. I always have my nose stuck in a book. There’s nothing quite like getting lost between the pages! 

With this space I plan to talk all things bookish. Book reviews, discussions, hauls, tags, etc. You’ll see books from many genres, but mostly YA fantasy & contemporary.

For the time being, I’m only posting once a week. When I get the hang of this then I hope to bump that number up!

I hope you choose to stick around & join in on the fun!

Until next time…