2016 Resolutions Reflection

2016

As the 2016 year is coming to a close I thought I should reflect on how well I did on my resolutions. I did a 2016 Resolutions tag that you can find here and I reflected halfway through the year which you can find here.

My Bookish Resolutions were to read 135 books and log every book I read on Goodreads

I didn’t quite reach 135 books, I’ve read 113 so far, but I have logged every book I read in 2016 on Goodreads.

My blogging resolutions were to reach 200, and then maybe 300 followers, get better at graphics, write more discussion posts and host a giveaway.

I reached 200, then 300, then 400 and now am close to 500 followers, so check mark for that! I don’t have time to spend on graphics these days so I don’t know how much better I’ve gotten at them. I don’t think I’ve done that many discussion posts this year, but I did host a birthday giveaway in honor of my turning 16 in September.

My career and academic resolutions were to stop procrastinating, study more, not stress too much about school, pass my lifeguard exam, and get a job.

Yikes, I haven’t stopped procrastinating, or stressing, or studying more…I did pass my lifeguard exam and had a summer lifeguarding job, something I plan to do again this summer.

My personal resolutions were to write more, work out, watch Outlander, game of thrones, season 6 of Pretty Little Liars, stop biting my nails, and get a boyfriend jk. 

I still don’t think I write enough. My working out is decent but could be better. I watched season 1 of Outlander and am nearly done with Season 2. I got the Game of Thrones book for the Holidays and am going to read it and watch the tv show in 2017 hopefully. I also finished all the seasons of Pretty Little Liars and am waiting for the second part of the last season. I kind of stopped biting my nails. I also put the boyfriend thing on in 2016 as a joke kind of, but I actually did date two guys in 2016 so check mark haha.


And that is all! I liked having these resolutions to reflect on my year, so I think I’ll do a similar post soon for 2017.

Let me know how well you did on your 2016 resolutions! (Or not well, that’s fine too)

Stay awesome Sassenachs!-Calliope Fraser

TV Shows I Watch!

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I thought I’d make a list of some of the TV shows I watch, past and present!

I don’t really watch that much TV, duh, I’d rather read books, and I’m honestly way too busy for actual television, but I do use the freeform app to watch some shows and then when I have downtime sometimes I just watch whatever is on, usually crime shows.

I don’t have netflix, my mom won’t allow it and thinks it’s a waste of time, so I can’t watch too many of the shows I hear great things about.

In Journalism last year we watched a lot of How to Get Away with Murder which was really good, but I couldn’t continue since obviously I don’t have Netflix, and then also the Office is really good from what I’ve seen at school. (After the AP exams last year there was a bit of downtime in class where we watched the Office).


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But anyway I am currently obsessed with Gilmore Girls and have finally gotten the first season from the library and want to binge on all 7 seasons before the revival at the end of November. Do you think I can watch all of it before then? I hope so.

I love this show so much and Rory is literally me around guys, and we’re the same age in the first season actually. My best friend loves this show too and she’s like welcome to the fandom when I gushed to her about the show haha.


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Despite how bad the Shadowhunters tv show is, I still will keep watching when the second season comes out because MALEC!!!!


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I’m used to LOVE Pretty Little Liars but now it’s getting slightly annoying with the second season and the twists that just keep on coming out of nowhere.


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I also watch Stitchers on the freeform app just cause, and I don’t know if there will be another season but if there is I’ll watch it most likely. It’s definitely not the greatest show in the world but I really ship the two main characters so there’s that.


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Whenever I just randomly watch TV, which is practically never, I usually watch CSI Miami, Law and Order SVU re-runs, Rizzoli and Isles, Bones and the Mentalist.


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Also this summer I watched a bit of Baywatch which I liked cause I’m a lifeguard and then also Keeping Up With the Kardashians which just reminded me again why I hate reality TV.


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I used to be really obsessed with the show H2O: Just Add Water and obviously all things Disney and Nickelodeon like Hannah Montana and Wizards of Waverly Place.


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And then of course, I’m an absolute fangirl when it comes to anything Outlander but unfortunately I don’t have Starz so I have to wait for season 2 to come out on DVD in order to watch it 😦

I absolutely loved the book and this is one of my favorite book to movie/tv adapations ever!!! Claire and Jamie are my OTP.


What tv shows do you watch? Wanna fangirl with me about any of the ones above?!

Stay awesome Sassenachs!-Calliope Fraser

I’m currently doing a giveaway right now for my birthday on Friday, the rafflecopter link here:

RAFFLECOPTER GIVEAWAY

Also if you want to see the blog post that I did itself, you can click here:

I’M TURNING 16!! // AN EMBER IN THE ASHES GIVEAWAY!!

Outlander TV Show Fangirling! // Season 1 Review

Ok, whoops, so I accidentally took a week hiatus without even meaning to. I honestly did mean to post things but then I was so busy with school and extra curriculars that I had no time. And now Spring Track is starting so I’ll have even less of that.

But anyways, I was going to call this a review, but then I realize that it was word vomit and fangirling…so not really a review, but nonetheless, enjoy!


So I have finally watched Outlander season 1! What sucks is that I won’t be able to watch season 2 because I don’t have Starz 😦

But yes, anyways, I absolutely love this show to pieces! The casting is amazing, the dialogue and costumes superb. Just yessss!

There is just one minor things that I was annoyed about. With the last two episodes, I felt that the Wentworth Prison flashbacks could have been less, and the last episode should have focused more on the recovery and Claire trying to save Jamie in the convent or monastery or wherever they were.

But that’s just from a person who read the books’ perspective. Hmm, maybe also because I’m 15 and watching that was squeamish for me…

But anyway, can we just awkwardly bring up how much breasts are shown in this! Jenny and Claire like every 5 seconds! But you know, that’s just me again.

I don’t remember the Watch being so integral in the book, but I did like how that was how Jamie was captured in the end.

Um, and that Mill Pond scene was both hilarious, and worrisome for Jamie.

Ooh! Jenny! I thought she had the perfect bite and was great and matching Jamie when they fought.

I also didn’t realize that Dougal fancied Claire so much…unless that’s something that show went more in depth with…

And also Loagashire being Mrs. Fitzs’ niece, that was different.

Ugh! Can we just talk about how her name is pronounced Leerie!? What? Whatever. I really wanted to punch “Leerie” in the face.

Also, there wasn’t as much Ned in the book, but I liked how they included him a lot more in the show. Watching him in action as a lawyer was also interested.

Omg! The Duke’s voice was hilarious for some reason.


And now it’s time for the drool over these pictures, drumroll please!

 

 

Like yasssss. Cat and Sam have the best chemistry ever..cough cough, Kat and Dom, ahem.


So yeah, that pretty much wraps up my feelings on the subject. I’d rate this show a 5 out of 5 stars, and a million stars out of a million on a faithful adaption. 

Have you seen this show? Have you read the books? Let’s chat in the comments!

Stay awesome Sassenachs!-Calliope Fraser

P.S. Guys, I’m dying over here. Only 2 more followers till 200! Wooh!

Real Neat Blog Award

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hi! So McKenzie @ Bookish things and tea has nominated me for the Real Neat Blog Award!

The Rules:

  • Thank and link the blogger who nominated you.
  •  Answer the seven questions the nomination has provided.
  •  Nominate 7 other bloggers.
  •  Create seven questions for your nominees

McKenzie’s Questions:

1. What’s your go to happy book?

I used to love re-reading Anna and the French Kiss whenever I needed a cheer me up. The the other two books Lola and the boy next door and Isla and the happily ever are awesome as well, but Anna remains my favorite out of the three.

2. What would be your ultimate Christmas gift this year?

This wouldn’t be too much to ask for right? No but really, this question shows how long ago I got tagged…November. So the Outlander books are the present I wish I had gotten, and still hope to get myself this year when I finally get a job this summer doing something. But that’s a lot of money still…

 

 

 

3. Favorite candle scent?

 

This is the only scented candle I currently have. It smells so good and Christmas-y and even now that Christmas is over, I still burn it to remind me of Christmas and mistletoe. I think I got it at Kohl’s while Christmas shopping for my best friends.

 

4. Do you prefer paperbacks or hard covers? Why?

I feel like they both have their own special qualities. Hardcovers are nice because the covers don’t flip up like paperbacks do when you read the book for a while. But whenever I read a hardcover in school, I take off the dust jacket because it would probably rip in my backpack or something. But I do hate how the corners of paperbacks always curl up over time if in your backpack.

So…after much deliberation…hard covers it is.

5. If you could take a year off from everything without any repercussions, what would you do during that year?

Oh man, that sounds amazing! I would read and blog and do whatever I want. I’d take a vacation with my best friends and we’d take a much needed break from school. I’d be really lazy basically and enjoy myself because school takes the life out of you really.

6. Best book-to-movie adaptation you saw in 2015?

 

Ooh, definitely Mockingjay part 2.

I really enjoyed it, and I think it was really one of  the only book to movies I watched besides The Silver Linings Play Book…but I could be wrong considering it’s now 2016 and I’ve forgotten everything 2015.

 

 

7. What about your favorite book of 2015 so far?

Well now, I would kindly direct you to my Favorite Books of 2015 post, which you can click here to see, I discuss my most favorite books of the year in that post.


Now for my questions!

1. What was the first book you read in 2016?

2. What is the prettiest book that you own?

3. What’s a book that you’ve been meaning to read for a while now but just never seem to get to?

4. What’s your current favorite TV show?

5. What’s your most anticipated February release?

6. What is the last book you reviewed?

7. What is the last book that you bought?


I Tag:

Analee @ Book Snacks

Ayunda @ Tea and Paperbacks

Ali @ Arctic Books

Lish @ Print Quest

Stefanie @ Yourdaughtersbookshelf

Alicia @ Cyborg Knights

Emily @ Emily Talks About Books


And that is all!

P.S. I’m very curious, I was going to post this this as one of my 7 questions but then I realized that not everyone has read the Mortal Instruments and Harry Potter: Who would win in a duel, Dumbledore or Magnus Bane?

Stay awesome Sassenachs!-Calliope Fraser