February 26, 2014

What I'm Reading 2014

RE: re-read
* : read for school

Just an FYI- my reading goal for this year is 45 books, plays, epic poems, etc. I've also included a few graphic novels just because I think they still "count" as reading. 

Another little note: I have a project for class that requires me to read 45 children's books by the end of the semester. I've included the chapter books, since some of them are pretty lengthy, but I left out the picture books. I didn't think it would be fair to include picture books in my reading challenge :)

1. A Clash of Kings (GoT #2) by George R. R. Martin

2. A Storm of Swords (GoT #3) by George R. R. Martin

3. Melanie, Bird with a Broken Wing: A Mother's Story* by Beth Harry

4. A Feast for Crows (GoT #4) by George R. R. Martin

5. The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien 

6. The Prose Edda by Snorri Sturluson

7. Titus Andronicus* by William Shakespeare 

8. King Herny IV part 1* by William Shakespeare

9. King Henry IV part 2* by William Shakespeare

10. A Midsummer Night's Dream* by William Shakespeare 

11. King Lear* by William Shakespeare

12. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

13. A Dance with Dragons (GoT #5) by George R. R. Martin

14. Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane

15. House at the End of the Street by Lily Blake

16. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

17. Edge of Tomorrow (aka All You Need is Kill) by Hiroshi Sakurazaka 

18. The Giver by Lois Lowry

19. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (RE) by JK Rowling 

20. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (RE) by JK Rowling

21. Mockingjay (RE) by Suzanne Collins

22. Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry

23. Ella Enchanted* by Gail Carson Levine

24. Charlotte's Web (RE)* by E. B. White 

25. The Whipping Boy (RE)* by Sid Fleischman 

26. The Tale of Despereaux* by Kate DiCamillo

27. Bridge to Terabithia* by Katherine Paterson

28. Gray by Pete Wentz

29. Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut 

30. The Invention of Hugo Cabret* by Brian Selznick

31. Holes (RE)* by Louis Sachar

32. Doll Bones* by Holly Black

33. "Chrono Crusade Vol. 1" (RE) by Daisuke Moriyama

34. "Chrono Crusade Vol. 2" (RE) by Daisuke Moriyama

35. "Chrono Crusade Vol. 3" (RE) by Daisuke Moriyama

36. Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George

37. Esperanza Rising* by Pam Muñoz Ryan

38. Sarah, Plain and Tall* by Patricia MacLachlan

39. The Summer of the Swans* by Betsy Byars

40. The Friendship* by Mildred D. Taylor 

41. Shoeshine Girl* by Clyde Robert Bulla

42. Death Punch'd: Surviving Five Finger Death Punch's Metal Mayhem by Jeremy Spencer 

43. "Chrono Crusade Vol. 4" (RE) by Daisuke Moriyama

44. "Chrono Crusade Vol. 5" (RE) by Daisuke Moriyama

45. "Chrono Crusade Vol. 6" (RE) by Daisuke Moriyama

46. "Chrono Crusade Vol. 7" (RE) by Daisuke Moriyama 

47. "Chrono Crusade Vol. 8" (RE) by Daisuke Moriyama 

48. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle

49. Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard

50. Flawless by Sara Shepard

51. Perfect by Sara Shepard

52. Unbelievable by Sara Shepard

Life Update, GoodReads Challenge, and Books I'm Reading

Hey guys!

I have a a few updates for you all today :) I know I haven't blogged in awhile (I'm really sorry...)- school has been really hectic lately, and I haven't had a ton of free time. I feel like this semester has been nonstop since it started. Oh well, at least Spring Break is right around the corner!

Anyways, let's get to the point of this post. I just recently found a job!! I'm currently a pet sitter/ dog walker with That Crazy Dog Lady! This job is absolutely perfect for me- the hours are super flexible, I get to hang out with dogs, and I get some (much needed) exercise/ fresh air. Plus, having some extra spending money is always nice :) My boss also asked me to start a company blog, which I am so excited about! I'll make a separate blog post with the URL and info about that blog as soon as it's up and running.  

Ok, switching gears again. If you've been following my blog for a little while, you'll know that I'm a huge bookworm. Last year, I kept a list of all the books I read throughout the year, and I thought I'd start a list for 2014. 

I have a GoodReads account so that I can keep track of all my book-related stuff (look up Keri Tichenor if you want to friend me on GR!). They just added a yearly challenge to the website- basically, you pick the number of books you want to read within the year, and GoodReads keeps track of your progress. I've set my goal at 35; hopefully I'll reach my goal!! 

If you are interested in what I'm reading, check out my very next post :)

Thanks for reading!! Hope to talk to all of you soon!

Keri <3

February 3, 2014

Kiss Brand Challenge Package

Hey guys!

I completed the Kiss Brand Challenge (on Influenster.com) awhile back. My prize package came on the mail a few weeks ago, so I figured it's past time that I did a little post about it. 

Here's what was inside the envelope. I received a set of Impress Press-On Nails, a pair of false eyelashes, and a tube of lash adhesive. A letter from Influenster explaining the products was also included. 

Let's start with the lashes. These are the Kiss #03 lashes, and as you can see from the picture, they look pretty natural. They're not too long or overly voluminous- perfect for me! I've never really worn falsies, so I think this will be a good pair for me to play around with. These are supposed to be really simple to put on since they're on a little string. I'll let you know in a future post what I think about these lashes once I wear them a few times :)

I'm glad Kiss provided lash glue!! I haven't heard much about this particular glue, but it's supposed to be precise and easy to use. I like that this glue dries clear. 

And finally, I received a set of Impress Press-On Nails. I absolutely love this neon pink color!! The nails have a matte finish (love it!), and are shorter than most press on nails I've used in the past. I like the length. There are a ton of different sizes to choose from, so I found a good match for each of my nails. 

Here's a picture of the finished manicure:

I took this with the flash on, so these look a lot brighter than they do in real life. Either way, I love how these look. They still look a little fake to me, but they don't look horrible. I would definitely repurchase these :) 

I wish I would have left these on until they fell off themselves, but I wasn't able to wear them for more than a few days. I play the piano, so fake nails are not my friend (most of the time). I should have saved these for a special occasion but I was really excited and wanted to put them on as soon as I opened my package. Oh well, maybe next time. 

That's it for now! Thanks for reading, and as always, I hope to talk to you again soon!

Keri <3