5 Books to Read When You’re Bored (or more long car rides) + DIY Kate Spade- esque Bookmark

Hello, It’s Me. I’ve been wondering if after all these years you’d like to meet…

-Adele

HI! AmCan is coming up, and for those of you who don’t know what that is (most of you), it’s a judo tournament in Buffalo at the end of May. Now, it’s about a week away. The car ride though, is a really long one. About two and a half hours in a car with my little sister. People need something to do. These books are great for occasions like this or simply for reading when you’re bored. Why don’t i stop talking so we can begin with the books!

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1.The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani

In the village of Gavaldon, every year, two kids are whisked away by the School Master to one of two schools. The School for Good or it’s counterpart, the School for Evil. One year two teens, Agatha and Sophie who each have expectations of where they will end up , find their destinies reversed when they get there. Together they will find out that the only way out of a fairytail is through it. The other books are A World Without Princes, The Last Ever After and coming soon The Quest for Glory

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2. The Outsiders by SE Hinton

You might need tissues. Ponyboy can depend on his brothers Sodapop and Darrel. And the rest of the gang: Johnny, Two-Bit, Steve and Dallas. He also knows that he can depend on Socs trying to beat the crap out of greasers like him just for the fun of it. One night, Socs take it too far and suddenly Ponyboy’s world gets torn apart. Chapters 6-10 set the plot line on fire and everything just comes crashing. There was also a movie starring (very young, like 1983-however old they were then young) C.Thomas Howell, Rob Lowe, Patrick Swayze, Ralph Macchio, Emilio Estevez, an unnoticable Tom Cruise and an amazing 18 year old Matt Dillon. The book was written by a 16 year old girl in 1967 and is set in Tulsa, Oklahoma tough it is never said.

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3. Nancy Drew #145: The Missing Horse Mystery by  Carolyn Keene

When attending the Midwest Grand Prix Dressage Championships, Nancy quickly learns that these horses earn big money and turn friendly competition into a cutthroat profession. When one of the star horses is “kidnapped” during a stable fire, Nancy is immediately hired to find the horse, but in the cutthroat world of dressage, nothing is as it seems and everybody is hiding something. Not the world’s best mystery, but great if you need something to do for half an hour.

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4. Rebel McKenzie by Candice Ransom

Rebel could not be less happy. She wants to spend her summer at an ice age dig that her parents forbid her from going to unless she pays for it herself, only problem being that she is broke. When she finds out her neighbor Bambi won five hundred dollars in a beauty pageant, she’s itching to win the Miss Frog Level Volunteer Fire Department Pageant. She’s not your typical teenager, but she can pretend long enough, can’t she?

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5. Spellbinding by Maya Gold

Abby Silva was never normal. That she knew. Being a “chameleon’ at Ipswich High means that everybody, including the boy she likes, ignores her. But for a genealogy project, she discovers that she is  descended from accused witches in Salem. She can move objects with her mind, will candles to light themselves and make potions to exact revenge on anyone who’s ever ticked her off. Oh yeah, she can light people on fire. But what’s with the cute boy, Rem Anders and why can she always hear what he’s thinking?

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The DIY: Kate Spade-esque Bookmark

You will need patterned cardstock, a ruler and a black marker. If you want to go for a minimalist look, you can just use plain cardstock.

The Only Step. Cut a bookmark shape out of your cardstock. Use a ruler to mark out stripes. Color them in. Add a spade or a club or any playing card suit and a random year. I used 1989 because i was listening to New Romantics by Taylor Swift at the time.

Thanks for reading my blog! Remember to follow my blog so that you don’t miss out on future posts and i really do hope you like them! You can check out some of my friends’ bloggs through the links on the homepage. Keep DIYing and being who you are! I’ll post soon!

-Tash

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#LifeHack: Sort of Holographic Hexagon Wall Peices

Hello! Have you guys seen the music video for Alessia Cara’s Stay? It messed me up so much. So, the guy misses the elevator Alessia’s in, and then time just keeps resetting itself until he and Alessia go out, then he dies and everything just resets again. It’s crazy! Anyways, because it’s may and i needed to think (only think, haven’t actually done anything yet!) about spring cleaning. I took down a poster i’ve had for too long, but didn’t have anything to replace it, so i googled “cute Tumblr room decor” and found this. YOu can use holographic paper, i just only had tinfoil on hand.

You will need cardboard, tinfoil (or holographic paper) and *optional* Sharpies to doodle on the hexagons with.

Step One. If you are confident with your freehand skills, sketch out the shape of a hexagon. If not, simply find a template and trace it onto your cardboard. Make as many as you would like and cut them out.

Step Two. Cover each hexagon in tinfoil or holographic paper. If you wish, you can use your Sharpies to put designs on them. I used quotes and obscure references from “Stranger Things”, “The Librarians”, “Harry Potter”  and “The Outsiders”. I also wrote “ok no” and drew stripes on the rest. Tape or sticky tack to your wall to finish.

Thank you so much for reading my blog and following my posts. I am  quickly gaining popularity (i think), but i just do it because i enjoy it. It’s not a job or anything. Just letting you know. Remember to follow my blog so that you don’t miss out on my posts and leave a like if you like my #LifeHack collection! See ya’ll soon! Stay Gold!

-Tash

PS. Only Outsiders fans will understand that reference at the end. So probably only me. Oh well!

Christmas Haul-Part 2- Books


I am so late doing this. It’s freaking May!! Anyways, don’t think of this as a Christmas Haul, but as a “books you should read”… Let’s begin!

HELLO!!! Spring is here, weather is nice, snow has stopped (although it still rains), and judo tournaments are a-coming! Today i will attempt to get two thirds through my Christmas Haul, so let’s actually begin this time!

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1.Gilded by Christina Farley

Jae Hwa Lee is a Korean-American girl with a black belt and steel-tipped arrows. When her father uproots them and moves to Seoul, the needs to deal with fitting in and tough Korean grandfathers. Oh, and yeah, a Korean demi-god has been stealing souls of the oldest daughters in her family for generations. She’s next. The other books are Silvern and Brazen.

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2. WARP #2: The Hangman’s Revolution by Eoin Colfer

After a mission in the Victorian-era, Chevie Savano has returned to London. It is drastically different from the London she left. It has been taken over by a group who runs the city through intimidation and terror. Her memories slowly return, but just as she gets a refresher on WARP, the inventor of the time machine is killed by Secret Service cops. Working once again with Riley, they will need to stop Colonel Clayton Box, whose escalating power may destroy Europe. The other books are The Reluctant Assassin and The Forever Man.

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3. WARP #1: The Reluctant Assassin by Eoin Colfer

The FBI and WARP (Witness Anonymous Relocation Program) started it all. Hiding witnesses in the past to protect the future. Riley, a Victorian orphan gets thrown into the 21st century, hunted by Albert Garrick, the crazy master and Chevie Savano, the FBI’s youngest and most impulsive agent at just 17. As Garrick hunts them, Chevie and Riley need to stop him from returning to the Victorian-era with knowledge that can change everything we know.

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4. Wizarding World Movie Magic

This is so self explanatory. With original sketches from Fantastic Beasts and Harry Potter, this must have companion is perfect for the Harry Potter fan in your life. Or you. It is totally amazing and deserves way more reads than the average person may give it. READ IT!! Please?

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5. Kane Chronicles #2: Throne of Fire by Rick Riordan

Well, the gods are loose. What’s new with Rick Riordan? Carter and Sadie are in big trouble with no parents and crazy powers. And Sadie’s crush on Anubis. They don’t have too much time to master their skills before apocalypse. They need to revive Ra to have any chance at all. I wonder how that will play out? The other books are The Red Pyramid and The Serpent’s Shadow.

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6.Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan

Another Rick Riordan book. Thor’s hammer is gone again. This is becoming a disturbing habit. It’s not lost though. It’s in enemy hands. Magnus,  Sammy and the others better get it back from Loki quickly, or Ragnarok will be here before they know it. The other two books are The Sword of Summer and coming soon, The Ship of Death.

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7. Beyonders #1: A World Without Heroes by Brandon Mull

Strange music from the mouth of a hippo. The kid hearing this has problems. The hippo swallows him when he falls in (of course!) and takes him to Lyrian. In the past, he’d be welcomed. Nope. Not since Maldor took power. After he meets RAchel and a rag-tag group of rebels, they learn to piece together a word of power that can take down MAldor and restore balance to this world without heroes. The other books are Seeds of REbellion and Chasing the Prophecy.

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8. The Peculiar by Stefan Bachmann

Lying low means staying alive. Bartholomew and Hettie  live in faerie slums and are peculiar. Neither faerie or human want anything to do with them. Well, that’s not fully true. They want to hang them, but that’s about it. Read this if steampunk is your thing. According to Goodreads, part murder mystery, part gothic fantasy, part steampunk adventure, The Peculiar is Stefan Bachmann’s riveting, inventive, and unforgettable debut novel. Don’t know, haven’t read it yet.

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9.  iFunny by James Patterson

Jamie Grimm has a mission. He is determined to become to greatest stand-up comedian this side of the world has ever seen. Lot’s of non-funny events come to play though. He’s living with his Aunt in a new town and  a bully (his cousin Stevie) who isn’t letting Jamie’s wheelcahir go unnoticed. During the Planet’s Funniest Kid Comic contest comes, Jamie is determined to get first.

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10. Indigo gift card

I don’t think this counts. It’s just here because.

Thanks for reading my blog! Be sure to follow my blog and like my post so i know you guys like it! If it looks different, don’t panic, i refaced it. See you guys soon, hopefully then this haul will finally be over!

-Tash