Life of a Blogger - Dreams

My good friend, Jessi, over at Novel Heartbeat runs this awesome feature as a way for her followers to get to know her better!  Check out the list of upcoming topics here.

Today's topic is dreams.  Since I don't often remember my dreams in the morning, I thought that I'd write about the broader definition of dreams.  Here are some of the big dreams that I have...
  • Buy a house.  We currently live in a two bedroom condo and, while it's enough space for our small family, I would like to have a house to call my own, with no strata rules and no one living above me.
  • Publish a book.  I wrote a YA novel years and years ago, and sent it off to a few publishers.  After receiving some rejection letters, I put the book on the backburner and haven't revisited it in a long, long time.  I would love to see my name on the cover of a book one day!
  • Travel more.  I've been to quite a few places, but I would love to see more of the world, and go back to Serbia/Montenegro, where my husband and I spent our honeymoon.
How about you?  What are some of your dreams?  Leave me a link to your post and I'll stop by!

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Marko Monday [13]

Marko Monday is a monthly-ish feature where I share a book that my son and I have read together, as well as a little update on what he's up to these days.

In all honesty, Marko hasn't been spending as much time with his books over the past few months as he used to but I think it's because we were buying him new books on a fairly regular basis, so he always had something new to read.  Just like his mama, he's a sucker for a shiny new book!  I'm also planning to buy him a bookshelf in the not-too-distant future, since his box of books is overflowing!  I think it'll re-ignite his interest in his books when they're organized and easy to access.  At the moment, he can't even see the books at the bottom of the box.

And here's my little angel -- enjoying some sunshine last weekend, and sporting his absolutely favourite T-shirt ... he adores Mike & Sully!

Thanks for stopping by!

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Life of a Blogger - Achievements

My good friend, Jessi, over at Novel Heartbeat runs this awesome feature as a way for her followers to get to know her better!  Check out the list of upcoming topics here.

Today's topic is achievements.  Although I have a few big life achievements, like getting married, buying a condo, and having a baby, I thought I would share something that I haven't written about on this blog.  After high school graduation, I went directly to university and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Women's Studies and English.  I changed my mind a few times throughout the five and a half years of my degree, and ultimately ended up graduating with my degree just so that I could be finished with school and off to my next adventure, so often I have a tendency to look at my degree and think of it as a waste of time and money.  Then I have to remind myself that, even if I'm not specifically using the knowledge gained during the pursuit of higher education, the achievement of this degree is still a significant thing and something of which I should be proud!

How about you?  What is your biggest achievement?  Leave me a link to your post and I'll stop by!

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WWW - January 21

W...W...W...Wednesdays is hosted by Should Be Reading.  To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions...

What are you currently reading?
I seem to be back to a few books on the go at the same time!  On audio, I am halfway through George R.R. Martin's Storm of Swords and Neil Patrick Harris' Choose Your Own Autobiography.  I started
Katie Cotugno's 99 Days on my e-reader, and am also reading Robin LaFevers' Grave Mercy.  Grave Mercy has been sitting on my shelves for a long, long time and, although it's a bit slow-paced, I am enjoying it so far.

What did you recently finish reading?
I recently finished The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion and LOVED it.  So much so that I picked up The Rosie Effect almost right away, which I will be reading SOON (as per my self-imposed book buying rules!)  I just love the way that the main character, Don, sees the world.  I've been watching a fair amount of BookTube videos lately (it's a black, black hole guys) and saw a few people gushing over the Saga series, by Brian K. Vaughn.  I borrowed Volume 1 on a whim from the library, since it's been a LONG time since I've read a graphic novel, and I enjoyed it!  Parts were a bit confusing since it's fantasy, but I loved that one of the main characters is named Marko.

What do you think you'll read next?
If I'm going to keep my book-buying promise to myself, next up is definitely going to be The Rosie Effect.

What are YOU reading this week?  Please leave me a comment below!

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Series I Want to Finish and Binge This Year

Top Ten Tuesday is, as always, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.  This week's topic is a freebie and, since I'm cohosting a series reading challenge this year, I thought I would share the series that I'm planning to finish and binge read this year -- ten of each!

Ten Series I Hope to Finish in 2015

1. Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer (Winter)
2. Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare (City of Heavenly Fire)
3. Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Prince & Clockwork Princess)
4. Unwind Series by Neal Shusterman (UnWholly & UnSouled)
5. Mara Dyer Trilogy by Michelle Hodkin (Evolution & Retribution)
6. Black Dagger Brotherhood by J.R. Ward (Books 8 to 12)
7. Delirium Trilogy by Lauren Oliver (Requiem)
8. Throne of Glass Series by Sarah J. Maas (Heir of Fire & Book 4)
9. A Song of Ice & Fire (Books 3 to 5)
10. Legend Series by Marie Lu (Prodigy and Champion)

Ten (Err...Nine!) Series I Want to Binge Read in 2015

1. Graceling Trilogy by Kristin Cashore
2. Unraveling Duology by Elizabeth Norris
3. All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness
4. His Fair Assassin Trilogy by Robin LaFevers (I'm currently reading Grave Mercy!)
5. Shadow & Bone Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo
6. Covenant Series by Jennifer L. Armentrout
7. Something Strange & Deadly by Susan Dennard
8. Lumatere Chronicles by Melina Marchetta
9. Starcrossed Trilogy by Josephine Angelini

Note: The series that I want to binge read are ones that I have not yet started reading, although I have at least the first book on my shelves.  If I don't enjoy the first book, I'm not committing myself to finishing the series so, at the very least, I will try these series this year.  Hopefully, I'll love them all!

Also, a random note: THIS IS MY 500TH POST!!!!!

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Friday Favourite - The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

I recently finished reading Graeme Simsion's The Rosie Project and the narrator, Don, reminded me a lot of the narrator in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.  Christopher is an autistic teenage boy, who sets out to solve the mystery of his neighbour's dog's death, just like his hero, Sherlock Holmes.  I absolutely loved seeing the world through Christopher's eyes, and found that I learned a lot about autism and how someone with autism processes certain things.  It was a riveting read and one that has stuck with me long after I read the final pages. If you haven't yet picked this one up, please do!

P.S. The Rosie Project is also an excellent read, as Don is pretty much a grown-up Christopher.  Hilarious and a really fun read!

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Life of a Blogger - Bad Habits

My good friend, Jessi, over at Novel Heartbeat runs this awesome feature as a way for her followers to get to know her better!  Check out the list of upcoming topics here.

Today's topic is bad habits.  I honestly don't think that I have too many bad habits.  I'm a pretty clean person, but I find that I have to clean earlier in the evening.  If we finish dinner, and I don't unload and load the dishwasher right away, then I get lazy and feel that it's perfectly acceptable to leave the dirty dishes until the next day.  I also have a tendency to forget to empty the dryer when it's finished, which necessitates "fluffing" the load the next day so that it's not all wrinkly when I fold the clean clothes!

How about you?  Do you have any bad habits?  Leave me a link to your post and I'll stop by!

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