This is one of my favorite Agatha Christie mysteries to date. There’s a great cast of characters that really keep the mystery up in the air until the very last minute.
On the Blog:
A lot happened this year!
I began The Agatha Christie Project
. I made a whole page about it and the whole aim is to consume as much Agatha Christie as humanly possible.
I began a blog redesign that will likely not be finished until the middle of next year. Still, I got many of the drop-down menus finished and I just have some new graphics to create and a few new pages to write some code for.
I finally started being more active on Instagram
(for a while anyway). I’m going to be more active on there more regularly as I’ve been really getting into editing pictures and the works. Follow me @blueeyebooks!
I began my Recommendations series with my first post in May: A Beginner’s Guide to ‘New’ YA Fantasy
. I’m going to be continuing this series with different genres and age groups because I read from such a diverse set of genres.
I continued on with my Guide series, posting about The Basics of HTML
. I’m planning on really dedicating myself to that series next year.
A bit of a side note, I was also informed that I was selected to be advertised as one of the top 100 YA blogs (although there are so many blogs not listed that are so much more amazing).
This year was an eventful year to say the least. As I said above, I was doing great during spring semester staying on top of both my uni and blogging obligations but during fall semester, that really fell by the wayside. My largest goal for next year? Make sure I have enough time at the end of the week to do blogging and especially actually do my part as a co-host of 50/50 Friday (if you haven’t figured it out, Carrie
is an absolute gem and just in general a productivity queen).
I got a job at my university’s writing center so basically I’ll get paid for helping people with their writing which is so lovely! I also got a job working in the honors office at my uni which will be a great experience as well. All to fund a trip to the coast to get some hands on experience capturing and tagging sharks and rays during the summer!
I took my first truly creative writing class and I’m so proud of some of the pieces I’ve written. A snippet of poetry for you:
You try to push me and I nearly fall, down and
down and I brace for impact but it never
comes. There’s only that feeling you wish
would fly away from the smoke of your fire.
My heels are suspended over
an abyss that no one has ever felt
the bottom of and I catch my breath, staring
into your gravity.
I know what this is.
I know what you are.
I finished crocheting my first ever blanket which is a huge accomplishment for me considering I’ve only ever had the patience for scarves.
Last winter break I donated 12″ of hair to a charity that makes wigs for children with hair loss. I like to grow out my hair and donate it every two and a half years or so.
As for TV shows this year, I’ve become obsessed with Bones (I needed a break from Criminal Minds and this is so good), The Great British Baking Show (although the new episodes aren’t nearly as good as the ones with Mel and Sue and Mary Berry), Grey’s Anatomy (new season on Netflix, yes!), The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (SO good), Criminal Minds (how could I resist another rewatch?), Gossip Girl (so awful but so addicting), Sherlock (glorious, just glorious), Forensic Files (these are so, so biased but good still), Black Mirror (these are all incredibly insightful and amazing), The Handmaid’s Tale (there are no words), and Pretty Little Liars (again, I’m rewatch trash).
Notable movies I’ve seen in the past year include Dr. Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch, need I say more?), Baby Driver (the plot may have been a bit iffy but the soundtrack and Ansel Elgort are fabulous), Moana (total rewatch material), Arrival (really interesting and complex), Coco (literally made me cry so much), Justice League (eh it was okay, more notably it was a good intro into DC for me), Game Night (kind of stupid in a way but hilarious), Black Panther (GORGEOUS), Mamma Mia 2 (that soundtrack tho), A Quiet Place (legit so freaky), Fight Club (I hadn’t seen this before and I don’t know how that’s possible because it twists your mind so much), To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (made my heart melt), Love, Simon (the perfect example of a cinnamon roll wrapped around an important message), Avengers: Infinity War (OMG), Thor: Ragnarok (finally getting around to this and I have to say the different style is interesting but good), Baywatch (funny for the most part), Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (I really need to rewatch HP to connect all these together), Ready Player One (I really need to read this book), Dumplin’ (so great), Tag (loved it all).
Whew! I’m going to wrap it up here because this is getting a little long. I’m going to make another post soon about my R&R/ARC status (I’ve seen others do the State of the ARC and it seems like a great organizational and accountability tool that I need in my life). So until then!