I had A Dream…

So, hi. This blog post is very random, but I wanted to share this slightly humorous dream I had with you guys. I have dreams that feel VERY real on most occasions and I will usually be going about my day the next morning/afternoon/evening and then I’ll remember the dream and for a second feel the emotion from the dream, then finally realize it wasn’t real. It happens multiple times a week (almost every single night, honestly).

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So, last night, I’m sleeping…and I have this dream that Book Outlet is having another 30% off sale. I saw an ad clear as day. So, in the dream, I click on the ad to shop for some books (Bad dream-state Jamie! Bad!) but something (I don’t remember what, but probably homework) interrupts me and I get off of the site.

So, this morning, I open my computer to check my school email and such. I have a tab open for my Gmail so I click on that and then I see an email from Book Outlet and I instantly thought “omg I need to find the email that says 30%.” Then….I realized it was a dream. SOMEONE IS TRYING TO GET ME TO STRAY FROM MY NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS (You can read about them here.)!! I can’t even catch a break in my DREAMS guys!!! Lol.

Do any of you have very memorable dreams?? I’d love to hear about them if you do! Do you ever dream about books or bookish related things?? If you want me to hear about some more of the dreams I have, just let me know! (Even if you don’t ask me to, I might still tell you all about some of my weird/crazy ones!)

-Jamie

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Milestone: 50 Blog Posts Published + A Question

Hello friends!! So I have officially written and posted 50 blog posts on this little blog of mine. It is so crazy to think that I have written that many. It’s been so fun and I cannot wait to hit 100 or more!!

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So I’d like to take this time to ask for some guest bloggers to post on my blog! If you are interested, just shoot me an email at alittlesliceofjamie@gmail.com! It can be anything bookish related, whether it is advice for how to succeed on bookstagram or a book review. When you email me, just let me know what you’d like to write about and just let me know about how long it’d be until I’d have the completed post (I only need one post from you by the way).

Once the post is complete, I’ll want you to email me the post so that I can post it myself. I’d love to work with some of you!! I am looking for roughly 5 people to guest post for me. I can’t wait to talk to some of you!

Also, I have another goal for this year that I have really been working on. Being more conscious of the Earth in my day to day life. I am kind of a pack rat. Why? Because I hate throwing things away. However, I’ve started recycling everything I possibly can. I am going to be on this Earth for many more years, so I really need to start taking care of it every single day! In my dorm room, I have a trash can dedicated to the things that can be recycled. Having this makes me feel so good about myself. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve always recycled, but it has just become a bigger deal to me in the past year. Here’s hoping I can carry this goal throughout the rest of my life! Does anybody have this goal, or a goal similar to this one?

Well, that’s all I have written up for today. I hope to hear from some of you!!

-Jamie

2017 Goals + Resolutions

Hello all!  I hope you are all getting accustomed to writing “2017” instead of “2016” for the date (I know it’ll take me awhile to get used to it). Today, I wanted to share with you all my goals for 2017!! I’d love to know what all of your goals are too, so tell me in the comments!

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I’d like to read 50 books this year. I can honestly say that I don’t even know if I’ll accomplish this, but I am going to try. On January 9th, I’ll be starting classes again, so I will be very busy with homework. I really want to make time for reading, though. Reading relaxes me and I will need to have ways to relax because I get VERY stressed out when I’m taking classes.

As for my blog, I’d like to post about 75 times this year. I am making this very low so I don’t stress myself out. This is a hobby for me, so I am not going post if I don’t have the time. Maybe I’ll end up surprising myself!

I’d like to post about 100 times on Instagram. So I’m going to be living in an apartment that has a TON of windows and I am SO EXCITED!! I have always loved rooms with lots of windows because I love natural light. This will also help with Instagram photos because I will have great natural lighting! Also, I have my own room, so I don’t need to worry about a roommate thinking I’m weird for taking pictures of my books (lol).

I plan to buy less books so that I can start lessening the number of books on my TBR shelves. I will admit it. I have way too many books that I have yet to read. I really want to get through as many as possible before buying more books. I am still going to accept books for review and I’ll still ask for books for my birthday, but I will refrain from buying books with my own money (unless Book Outlet has another great sale).

I want to reread the Harry Potter series. I even drew my boxed set onto my 2017 reading goals sheet! I have been wanting to read them for awhile now, but I never get around to it. It WILL happen this year!

Try new things. I hope to get out of my comfort zone in 2017. I want to learn more and try new things when opportunities come up. I made sure to do this when I first started college, and I’ve met more friends because of it.

Stay Motivated. I do see myself as a pretty motivated individual, but I do go through periods where I don’t feel like doing ANYTHING. This feeling will last for a week or two and I always just feel like crap about myself, but can’t seem to get myself to do anything. Hopefully, I can stay motivated all through 2017. I really want this to apply throughout this coming semester of school. I always fizzle out by the end of the semester, but I don’t want that to happen anymore.

Get up to 200 followers on my blog. I realize that this is probably a very high goal, but I do think it is possible. I started my blog in May and have almost 60 followers. I really think I could get to 200! Regardless, I get excited when anybody starts following my blog. It is hard to believe that people enjoy reading my ramblings!

Get up to 300 followers on my bookstagram. Gaining followers on bookstagram has been really hard for me, but I keep trying. I’m still trying to figure out exactly what I want my theme to be and everything. I am really loving my current theme, but I am moving again soon so I’ll have to change it AGAIN. Ugh. Maybe 2017 will help me figure out what the heck I am doing on bookstagram!

Meet and make bookish friends. I don’t know how people become friends in this community. I’ll hear people say how they are best friends with someone they met through their blog or bookstagram and I sit here like, “how?!?!?” I don’t know guys…I just don’t know. Lol. It is a good time here regardless, though, because you are all SO NICE. THANK YOU FOR YOUR KINDNESS!!

Do some more guest posts and have others guest post on my blog. I really want some people to guest post on my blog this year, and I’d love to do some guests posts myself. I have done one guest post and it was for Everything and Nothin’. You can read it here, and while your at it, take a look around on the blog!

 

So what are some of your goals for 2017?? How many books do you want to read?

-Jamie

The Best Gift for A Harry Potter Lover

So I received an AWESOME Christmas gift from my boyfriend this year. He made me a Pensieve (the thing that holds the memories in Harry Potter) and he put some little capsules with some of our memories in it!! Let’s start up with some pictures so you guys see what I mean.

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So we have Hedwig, Snape’s Wand, the bowl, and the little capsules with the memories.
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Extra little capsules with paper to fit inside.
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He painted the bowl himself!!!

So I don’t know about you guys, but I was so touched when Joshua gave this to me. It is just so cute and I have featured on my bookshelf so that everyone sees it when they walk in.

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I’m just so excited about it. My very own Pensieve definitely receives the best gift ever award. Josh also ordered little magnets that are supposed to fit on the tops of the capsules and on the tip of the wand, so we can catch the memories. They are currently on back order, but I cannot wait until we add them!

So that’s all for today, folks! What do you all think? Is this not the coolest gift ever or nah??

-Jamie

December Monthly Wrap-Up 2016

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!!!! Well, hello there 2017! Nice of you to sneak up on us so quickly. Lol!

Today, I have a very disappointing wrap up for you all. December was a rough one, so don’t be too hard on me! The holidays kept me pretty busy!

So I don’t think I really set a tbr last month….hmmmm….whoops! Well, it doesn’t matter too much because I actually read zero books this month. Yup, you read that right. Zero. Zippo. Nada. Nein. Yes, I am disappointed in myself. I didn’t start a book for weeks, but I am currently reading Saffire and I am really enjoying it

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Blog posts I wrote…

5 Series That I Highly Recommend

My Bookish Christmas Wish List

How I Remove Stickers From Books

Book Haul #3

I didn’t write many posts this month since I wasn’t reading much. Hopefully I can get better at writing more consistently! I really do enjoy sitting down and writing posts for this blog of mine. It is so fun sharing my bookish thoughts with you guys!

What I want to read next month…

Saffire

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Unfathomable Chance (ebook)

City of Lost Souls

It is very likely that I will not finish all three of these because I will be going back to college on January 9th (help me), but reading calms me and I really hope to make time for it. I am going to be pretty busy, but will have my own room! Hopefully, this makes me more productive since I will have less people bothering me!

Current Obsessions…

Swagbucks

This is a site I use to make money online. I get gift cards and then can buy more books!! Who doesn’t love the sound of that?? I have a post on this site that you can check out here. I have been using it a lot lately and have reestablished my love for the site!

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Koda

My dog is just adorable. Enough said.

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Boomerang

I made my first Boomerang yesterday and it was so fun!! I find joy in the smallest things, I know.

Arrow

This show is SO GOOD!!! Joshua told me to watch it and I am not disappointed. It has a small amount of romance and a whole lotta ass-kicking. Arrow is sure to keep anyone’s attention!

On the ‘gram…

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I’ve been really active on Instagram lately!! I started a new theme and I’m loving it.

How successful was your December? Did you follow your TBR or go way off track (like me…hee hee)?

-Jamie

 

 

Book Haul #3

 

Hello all!! I told myself I wouldn’t buy any books for a few months because of Christmas…..but then Book Outlet had a sale. Whoops. BUT!! I got a GREAT deal. 7 brand new hardbacks for $31 (this includes shipping)!!! I just couldn’t pass that up.

What I got from Book Outlet:

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I have been eyeing most of these for quite some time, so when I saw them on sale, I jumped at that opportunity!! Afterworlds came in slightly damaged 😦 but the inside is just so pretty with the black and white pages!! Have any of you read any of these??

What I received for Christmas:

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I didn’t receive many books for Christmas, which I was absolutely okay with! I have so many that I need to read yet! I’ve read all three of these Agatha Christie books, but I wanted to own them, so I put them on my Christmas list. And then I received that awesome bookmark that is so accurate for when I’m reading. THEN THE FUNKOS!! Those brought my collection up to 5! YESSSSS!! So excited! They are seriously so cute. Just look at them on my shelf!

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That concludes my book haul!! Do you guys see anything you want or received? Everyone have a safe and fun New Years!!! Talk to you in 2017 (omg I can’t believe 2016 is over…)!!

-Jamie

How I Remove Stickers from Books

 

Hey guys! I hope you all had a fantastic Christmas! Today, I wanted to write a quick post on how I remove stickers from my books with NO residue left on the book. Stickers on books really bug me, but having residue left after removing the sticker is worse. So, here’s what you will need: Books that have stickers and a hair dryer!

What I do is extremely simple. I put the hair dryer on high and hold it pretty close to the book. With the hair dryer about an inch away from the book, I outline the sticker and hit the center as well. I let it blow on the sticker for about a minute to a minute and a half.

Once you do this, start trying to pull the sticker off. If it is coming off with ease and no sticky residue, you are good to keep pulling it off. If some residue is still visible, blow more air. Sometimes it helps to blow on the spot where the sticker is coming from the book as you pull.

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And, ta da! You have a sticker-less and residue-free book on your hands!!!

Most of you probably already know this because it is a pretty sensible method, but maybe I helped at least one of you??

So, tell me. Do stickers on books bother you?? How do you remove them?

-Jamie

November Monthly Wrap-Up 2016

 

Hello Everybody!! I feel like I haven’t posted in so long, but it has only been a week. The holidays were so busy and I didn’t think about my blog much. I ate some good food and spent time with my family and friends, so it was a nice long weekend! Let’s jump into the wrap-up!

 

What I wanted to read…

Shadow of the Storm

Pretty Bird

Saffire

Unfathomable Chance (if I have time)

I actually followed this! I didn’t stray!!

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What I did read…

Shadow of the Storm; 5 Stars

Pretty Bird; 4 Stars

I felt like I read more than this….whoops. I could’ve finished another book, but I haven’t read in over a week. Sometimes, I feel like I have way too many hobbies and interests! I’d appreciate tips for finding more time to read!!

 

Blog posts I wrote…

Review: The Flip

Book Review: Counted With the Stars

THANK YOU FOR 50 FOLLOWERS!!! + A Random Reading Update

Book Review: Shadow of the Storm

Book Review: Pretty Bird

I really fail at this blogging thing. Lol! I really wonder how people have time to write one post a day. Sometimes, I struggle to write just two! How would you guys feel about some non-book posts? I have some ideas…

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Current Obsessions…

90210

This is one of my favorite tv shows (the newer version, that is). I have been rewatching it as I do other projects and it is still so, so good! I just cannot get enough! I feel like Silver is my favorite girl character, and Navid is my favorite male character; however, Liam is the most attractive. Seriously, guys…check this show out!! Then come tell me thank you for introducing you to such an amazing show (all of the seasons are on Netflix!!!!).

Christmas!!!

AHHHHH!! I am SO EXCITED for Christmas!! I hope we have snow this year on Christmas Eve. We just set up our Christmas tree and Christmas decorations and I’m obsessed. So beautiful! There is just something so comforting about Christmas. I also changed my scent in my wax warmer to something pretty Christmas-y and it has been wonderful (you would know this already if you follow me on Instagram *nudge*).

Grow Castle

This game/app is so addicting. It is so easy and fun. Joshua introduced it to me and I’ve been trying to reach a higher level than him (which won’t probably happen). I’ll put some pictures to show you what it is. Basically, you have a castle and you have to protect it. Very basic!

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This is what the main screen looks like. You can upgrade all of your items here.
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So you can release troops and other forms of attack (like fire storms or lightning) by clicking the people on your castle. 

On the ‘Gram

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Thank you for reading!! I greatly appreciate each and every one of you. 🙂 Have a great rest of the evening/day/afternoon, and I’ll talk to you soon!! Tell me what you all have been reading!

-Jamie

THANK YOU FOR 50 FOLLOWERS!!! + A Random Reading Update

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I never thought I’d get to this point in my blogging career! 50 followers?! Thank you. Thank you. THANK YOU. I am so appreciative to all of you who have followed me and joined me on my blogging journey! Thank you for all your comments and likes! I love to see that people are reading my reviews and other book related ramblings!!

I hit 50 followers sometime in the last few weesk and knew I needed to write a post to show my appreciation! To all who are below 50 followers, it will come!! I never thought I’d get to this milestone. I’m thrilled!

Now, for a reading update. I have finished two books in the last week, which is huge for me. Both reviews will be posted within the next week! I’ve felt very accomplished this month with reading.

I have not purchased anymore books since my last book haul, so go me! I’m trying to not spend very much money for a little while because Christmas is coming. Books are definitely on my Christmas list though! What books do you have on your Christmas list???

So…I have this idea for a book I want to write. It’s been in my head for quite some time and more and more ideas for it keep coming. Josh gave me the idea when we were talking on the phone months ago. He named my blog, and he keeps randomly giving me these other ideas that are impressive and won’t leave my head. Is it too late to start NaNoWriMo?? I really wish I could do it…and I WILL one day!!!

Have any of you read some good books lately?? Have you been writing? Who is participating in NaNoWriMo? Thanks for reading! And thanks again for getting me to over 50 followers!

-Jamie ❤

October Monthly Wrap-Up

Hayyyyyy!

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Lol…Okay, but for real. Hello! Today, I’ll be sharing my October monthly wrap-up! I took two weeks off from blogging, so this post will probably be pretty short (and include some extra fun stuff from this past month woo hoo!!).

 

What I wanted to read…

City of Fallen Angels (I am already 70 pages in, so I WILL read it this month!!!)

Saffire

The Flip

Pretty Bird

Why do I make goals? I never even stick to them. Does anyone else have this problem? Goals are fun to make, though!!

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What I did read…

City of Fallen Angels; 5 stars

The Flip; 4 stars

Counted With the Stars; 5 stars

I am proud that I got through three books this month! I’m feeling the book stress right now. I’ve been sent a lot of books recently and I’m pushing to get them finished in the amount of time that I agreed to. It is also exciting, tho!! I feel so honored to be sent books as such a new blogger! In case you missed it, I talked about Blogging for Books in a past post. I get some of my books for review from that site! Also, I received The Flip from Tomoson, a site that has numerous items that can be reviewed.

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Blog posts I wrote…

September Monthly Wrap-Up

Book Review: City of Fallen Angels

Book Haul #2

See, I told you I had a bad month. I really needed to take some time off, but I’m back for a little while! I have been writing posts in advance to keep up with it all. When I start school in January, don’t be surprised if I post less.

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Current Obsessions…

Harry Potter

I feel like I always start to get into Harry Potter around this time of year. I really want to reread all of the books, but I just have so many new books that I always put first! I struggle with rereading books because I remember what all happened so I don’t feel as interested when I read it a second time.

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Young & Hungry

THIS TV SHOW GUYS!!! IT IS SO GOOD!!! SO FUNNY!!! Young and Hungry has my humor through and through. I’m already on season four on Netflix and I wish there were more! I’m going to be so sad when I finish it. I have never liked comedies before, but they watch The Office in the breakroom during lunch where I work, so I started watching my own comedy. I’ll take recommendations for more comedy tv shows!! What are your favorites?

MY DOG

I miss this little guy so so sooooo much when I’m not at home. I don’t bring him with me because his friend/sibling (the family dog) is at home. There are also stairs where I am living and Koda can’t take stairs. He is just such a handsome boy and I can’t get enough of his cute little face!!

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Koda is the one on the left!!

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On the ‘gram

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Twitter

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Next month’s reading goals…

Shadow of the Storm

Pretty Bird

Saffire

Unfathomable Chance (if I have time)

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Well, this post ended up being pretty long! I thought I’d start adding some new categories to these posts for your enjoyment! What did you guys all read this month? What do you plan to read next month? Any current obsessions?

-Jamie