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reading diary | The Snow Child

I am very much a seasonal reader. There are some books that demand to be read during certain seasons, and I will put off reading certain books so I can read them during the perfect time. Children's classics like Anne of Green Gables are for spring. Settling in the cold winter months with a long high fantasy novel is my favorite. Mysteries and thrillers are for fall, and I only read young adult contemporaries during the summer. While there is some overlap, there's a literary timeline going through my head at all times.

The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey is a book I truly believe should only be read during the winter.

untitled | a life update

2019 will be a good story.
It'll be about taking back joy and pushing out distractions. It'll be less of "I wish I'd done that" and more "I'm so glad I did that." It'll be letting go of fear and pursuing the things I care about relentlessly. It'll be sharing the things I care about in spite of fear.

That's my New Years resolution.

Have I already failed?

Yes.
But I refuse to give up.

I don't like to get too personal on this blog too often. Not because I think you won't care, but mostly because a lot of my life is me processing the same things over and over again. It gets redundant. But sometimes it's good for me to express myself in writing to get things off my mind. I also felt like I needed to give some sort of update for those I know in real life and those who have followed me for a long time since everything has shifted so much.

favorite books of 2018

2018 was one of the best reading years I've had in my whole life.

When the year started I had intended to set my reading goal at 50. It seemed like a nice, attainable number and I was ready to conquer it. However, I had a burst of ambition run through me as I, for some unknown reason, set my goal to 60 without hesitation. I don't know what came over me, but I went with it.

Now here we are. 2018 has come to an end, and I was not only able to achieve my lofty goal of 60 books, but I was able to exceed and finish with a grand total of 71 books.

yellowstone / grand tetons

I've been tethered to the midwest for my whole life. I've longed to break free and travel, but have always felt stuck. The farthest west I had been was Kansas (which is still considered the midwest apparently). The concepts of deserts, mountains, and dry heat were foreign and unbelievable to me.

So when I got the chance to tag along on a trip to Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons, I didn't know what to expect, but I was excited!