Hey everyone! It’s been a while since I’ve last posted, but I’ve been really busy and low-key stressed (hurh hurh not a big surprise). I’ve still had an amazing January so far and I hope… More
It’s been a while since I’ve posted book-related content but since books are a primary focus of this blog, I thought I’d treat you to a nice wrap-up.
I’m definitely not up for doing a whole-year wrap-up but since there are lots of posts popping up about favorite and least favorite books, I thought I’d hop on the bandwagon!
All of these are in no particular order unless specifically mentioned. And just to be clear, these weren’t necessarily published in 2019 (some of them were, though). These are just books that I loved this year. Also, I’ll be won’t be posting my least favorite books separately but there’ll be a small section for them too!
MY TOP SEVEN BOOKS OF 2019
Red, White, & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
This was an absolute delight to read! Now, at the end of the year, I’m seeing this book in a lot of people’s wrap-ups: there are definitely more of these on disappointing book lists than I thought there would be! But, of course, a book can’t please everyone! Also, it gets extra points for being diverse (gay rep).
Premise in a sentence: The prince of England and the son of the US president fall into an epic and fluffy love affair right before the US elections.
I’M SO EXCITED. As I type this post, I was just talking to my dear friend Elwho’s BIRTHDAY IS COMING UP! For privacy reasons, I’m not saying exactly which day her birthday is on, but it’s closeby to today! And since Christmas is right by, I decided to combine it.
First of all, what??
Is this a post dedicated to a person?!?!
YES, IT IS. El is my bestie blogging friend (sometimes we are absolutely stupid but I also love her and the love is a little bit more, y’know) so it’s kind of inevitable that I’m posting for her birthday. Since it would be really weird if I just randomly rambled on and on, I’m going to actually write a letter to her, online! I wish I could ship her a present, but 😂 that won’t really work out haha.
So, yes, I’ve had a LOT of blog tours lately. But I promise this one is worth it!
A few days ago, Hedy @ Happily Hedy reached out to me and asked if I would be part of the blog tour for something called the Happy Tribe Planathon. Naturally, I was curious. I mean, what does this mean?? A plana-what?
Well, my dear friend, I’m sure you have these questions too. Let me tell you what this amazing program is, though!
The Happy Tribe Planathon is a FREE online event running the last 5 days of December (December 27-31), targeted to planning for 2020! It’s essentially an online planning party, featuring keynotes from expert coaches, printable planners and freebies, giveaways, and more to get you all set and confident for the new year. It sounds absolutely amazing and NECESSARY, and the fact that coaches will be giving pointers should indicate that you need to SELL YOUR SOUL ASAP. (yes, that means sign up.)
I’m so pumped for this because I’m a very unorganized person and that’s a fact. My room is constantly messy and I throw clothes, stuffies, and other things across it all the time. I waste time on the internet and generally procrastinate a lot (this is the biggest problem ngl) so not only do I NOT set that many goals, but I don’t even ACHIEVE them.
But somehow? I succeed. Sort of. Not to brag (mwahaha), but I do a LOT of things (school, blogging, singing, violin, dance, speech, debate, table tennis, tennis, extra math classes because I have Asian parents, etc.) and spend a lot of time on them in general. Most of it involves me getting yelled at for not practicing, which I would LOVE TO CHANGE.
This Planathon seems like the Holy Grail to solve all my troubles. It’ll take work, but I’m willing to do it and make 2020 the best I can. Which is why I urge everyone to sign up ASAP!! Even if you aren’t as messy and unorganized as me, I’m sure everyone will find something to benefit from in this.
This is why I hope you sign up for the Planathon! I’m most excited about the planning (okay, that’s cheating, fine.) Or, more specifically, planning my goals and ways to achieve them.
… But that means I need to HAVE goals. WAIT OMG IT’S ALMOST 2020, hold up sawyer, I need to go and scream into a pillow-
I hope you enjoyed this post!
I also hope lots of you sign up for this so we can scream about it together :D. Also, I’ll most likely be doing a follow-up post soon after the Planathon is over, so you’ll get to see how it went and maybe get a few tips even if you didn’t join (if so, SHAME ON YOU FOR MISSING AN OPPORTUNITY).
Thank you to Hedy, as well, for coming up with this amazing idea, organizing it, and reaching out to me!
Are you a messy or organized person? What are your goals for 2020? How do you plan on achieving them? <<< for this, I’m telling you, join the Planathon!!
Have a wonderful day!
I’m really excited to have a guest post today from our very own Ash Ronnel, a dear blogging friend of mine who is also part of The Diamond Village, our fantasy-themed, character-based blog that four of our other friends and us share!
So… this post was last opened in my drafts around… three months ago?? YES, I’M SORRY FOR PREVENTING YOU FROM READING THIS AMAZINGNESS. LIFE TOOK OVER. But here I am now, and please please please check out Ash’s blog and follow!! She’s brilliant and super fun to chat with 😉
Coincidentally, I’m in a reading slump right now 😭 and I will be 200% using these tips! I already did step 1, which, for me, was not reading for, like, three months O.o haha. But I miss books! And reading! So I’m going to start on some books at home this month!
I’m ALSO in a bit of a blogging slump right now, sadly, tell me any tips you have! 🙂
I haven’t been very active here on OiaM recently because of life-stuff, HOLIDAYS, and… our very own TDV! So this is actually my other tour stop on The Diamond Village Blog Tour. This is the last post of the tour, so I heartily thank everyone who participated in the tour and everyone who engaged and commented and liked their posts! But most of all, I’d like to thank my fellow bloggers: El, Mukta, Ju, Ash, and Emma! You’ve survived my constant heckling for aesthetics, Ash, and the random demands you had to withstand (Ju- whoops!), gazillions of calls (El… you would get it 😭) the countless designs I asked for (apologies, Mukta!) and some very nasty WP malfunctions (Emma XD). BUT YOU STUCK THROUGH. I THANK YOU VERY VERY MUCH.
Anyways, this is getting too long because today, my tour stop will be actually RE-BLOGGING the TDV’s first post! So read on to meet some of our first villagers! >>>
Hello, friend, and welcome to The Diamond Village!
We’re thrilled and honored to have you here with us today on our launch. This is our first official post on this blog and we hope that you stick around with us for a long while!
First of all, I’m Aditi, the blogger who is writing this post! You can find out more about me and the other wonderful bloggers on our about page. To summarize, I’m the crazy girl who decided to found this blog (I’ve not regretted it at all!) and the person you’ll be seeing monthly whenever we have an important development in the Village storyline.
You’ve probably come here from one of our blogs or from the blog tour (We thank everyone who participated/ is participating in the blog tour from the bottom of our hearts- it means so much to us!) and on your way to…
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As you might have noticed, this post will be part of the blog tour introducing The Diamond Village, a new collaboration blog that I ‘created’ (more like ‘thought about it one fine day and decided it MUST become something’) with the help of five other amazing bloggers- El (bestie, luv you ❤ (and your accent)), Ash (I GUESSED IT RIGHT HAHA *y’all muggles won’t know what we’re talking about*), Emma (After was a complete mess! I’m glad we could suffer through it together hehe), Ju (omg who is this wonderous photographer?? a pigeon? a robin? a DODO?), and, of course, the one and only Mukta (kween of design, utter KWEEN- you are literally a goddess with art).
As you might have noticed from my ramblings, these bloggers are PRECIOUS and the funniest and coolest and most sincere group I could have worked with *cries happy tears*.
But enough about that- you’re all wondering, what the heck is The Diamond Village? Well, fear not, my friends- I have a simple description taken directly from our home page:
The Diamond Village is a fantasy-themed blog with a storyline and interactive, adorable characters who strive to put a smile on your face whenever we can! Our storyline shows how our characters progress through their lives in the bright Village, the challenges they face, but, most importantly, how they overcome them with kindness and intelligence.
Before you check out our latest posts, here’s what you should know: our Village Leader, Mara, posts our storyline-related content once a month so don’t be too worried about not understanding what’s going on. She’ll re-cap what happened previously so you’re not too confused. The rest of the content will be from our other Villagers and about all your favorite topics- books, nature, arts & crafts, news, representation- and with our same cozy and inclusive atmosphere.
So join us on this whirlwind ride of fun and kindness, magic and mayhem, will you? Go check out our posts and don’t forget to follow the blog so you won’t miss any!