19 Books I Want to Read in 2019

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Every year I make it a point to pick out some things I want to do, books I want to read, shows I want to watch, etc. Today, I wanted to share the 19 books that  I plan on reading this year!

A few of them are rereads that I’ve been wanting to do for a while, while some are from authors that I enjoyed and want to check more out from.  A lot of them are books that I’ve heard so much about in the book community that I want to finally read!  I’ve been on GoodReads for almost 5 years now, and some books on this list have been on my TBR for just as long – that’s wild.

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2019: The Year of Lipsticks & Other Makeup Goals

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I wanted to share a bit of a different post today, and tell you about my makeup goals for 2019!  Last week I shared my personal goals, and this week I want to share some of the makeup and beauty goals that I have!

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My 2019 Goals & Resolutions

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Today, I wanted to share the goals I’ve set for myself in 2019!  Every year I set a number of goals I want to accomplish, and I love sharing them with all of you!  It helps keep me accountable, which I definitely need sometimes.

You’ll notice that some of my goals are very straight forward, like do X amount of things, while others are habits I want to develop throughout the year & never have a true “completion”.

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My Favorite Reads of 2018

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Today I wanted to share all of my five star reads from 2018! This year, I read almost 50 books, which is more than any other year that I can remember.  This was largely because I graduated college, meaning I had more time to read in general.  Plus, I wanted to make it a point this year since I’ve always loved books!

The list isn’t in the order of my favorites, just by the dates that I read them.

1. Saga volumes 1-3

Alright, I think at this point I’ve made it very clear that I adore this series!  I’ve written a dedicated post reviewing the series, so you can check out my full thoughts here.  It’s an adult graphic novel series about a family trying to survive war, and I can’t wait to own the entire series and keep reading! The art is beautiful, the messages are beautiful, and I had so many emotions while reading, which is why this is on my favorites!

2. 1984

I read this in high school, and decided to give it a reread since I do remember enjoying it.  I’m so happy that I did, because I absolutely loved this book! The novel is about a man trying to live his life in a dystopian world where the government sees everything, even your thoughts. It’s relatable to this day and age, which makes it unsettling to read.  It also makes you think a lot about what’s going on around you.  I truly enjoyed this book and highly recommend it!

3. The Little Prince

I read The Little Prince in middle school and enjoyed it, so when I saw it for free on Prime Reading I figured, why not?  And wow do I adore this story so much!  It’s an incredibly beautiful short novel about a prince who explores space and Earth, and it’s just amazing to see what he goes through.  The artwork throughout adds a lot to the overall feeling, and the messages throughout are very thought provoking.  I hope to add this to my collection soon!

4. Vampire Academy / Frostbite

One of my favorite series ever is Vampire Academy, and I was finally able to buy myself a full box set of it!  I’ve reread the first two books and still adore them just as much as I did before.  While this isn’t technically the first time I’ve read them, I still wanted to include the series since I love it so much!  It’s about two young women, one’s who’s a vampire and one who’s half vampire, as they try to navigate high school and the scary things that keep happening.  This is the most basic description of the first book, and it just gets darker the further into the series you go!

5. Milk & Honey

I know that Milk & Honey isn’t for everyone, especially those who are experienced with poetry, but I truly loved a lot of the poems and could relate to them in some way!  It’s definitely got that “tumblr poetry” vibe, but I enjoy it and would recommend it for anyone interested in dabbling in poetry.

What were some of your favorite books in 2018?

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Last Minute Holiday Gift Ideas | 2018

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If you’re like me, you’re really good at procrastinating on Christmas shopping and then have no idea what to buy for people because you’ve been worrying about everything else.  Today I wanted to share with you some ideas for gifts when you need to find something quick or want to fill a stocking!

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Ofra On Holiday Mini Set | IS IT WORTH IT?

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Today I wanted to share another holiday gift set with you all!  I recently watched Jen Luvs Reviews’ Ofra Holiday Collection Video, and was inspired to pick up their “On Holiday” set because of it.

Ofra On Holiday Set in Packaging - A Midwest Belle

First of all, how cute is the packaging it comes in? I know that doesn’t make a difference on product quality, but it always provides a good first impression and overall is a nice touch.  Ofra has recently rebranded their products, so if the white, square look isn’t familiar, that’s why!

The On Holiday set comes with three products, all mini sized: a Rodeo Drive highlighter, and Americano and Tuscany in their liquid lipstick formula.

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Saga Volumes 1-3 by Brian Vaughn

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I’ve heard about Saga for a while now, and decided that now was as good a time as ever to pick them up. Wow, do I regret waiting this long to read them!

This review is going to be of the first three volumes released.  This means that volumes two and three may contain spoilers pertaining to the book before them.  I will have a general review, but will note when spoilers will begin as I break down each novel. I won’t go into super great detail to keep some things a surprise, but just be aware that reading the summaries of the separate novels may spoil the ends of others!

Warning: These graphic novels contain nudity, sex, violence, and gore.  If you are sensitive to any of these, this may not be the series for you.  Reader discretion is advised!

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