Monday, January 25, 2016

12 Books Releasing in 2016

This is a great time to make your reading list for the year. Here are 12 anticipated young adult books that are coming out in 2016! I'm really excited to read some of these! Let me know which one your looking forward to or if there's a book that isn't on the list. I tried to pick a lot of different types of books, so hopefully, you will see one you like. You may even want to step outside your comfort zone and read something that you normally wouldn't. Let's get right into it.

Cruel Crown by Victoria Aveyard - January 5th, 2016
This is two novella that go along that are prequels to the Red Queen series and it's already out! Can't wait to read it! Let me know what you think if you've already read it.

Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard - Febuary 9th, 2016
This is the sequel to Red Queen and I think I am most excited about this book.

Morning Star by Pierce Brown - February 9th, 2016 
This is the 3rd book in the Red Rising series, which is a dystopian novel. 

The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine - Febuary 16th, 2016
This is a dark fantasy inspired by the story of Snow White. 

The Mirror King (The Orphan Queen Series) by Jodi Meadows - April 5th, 2016
The Mirror King is the second book in The Orphan Queen series.

The Crown (The Selection Series) by Kiera Cass - May 3rd, 2016
This is the 5th book in the super popular selection series, which I have yet to read (though it's on my list). 

The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi - May 3rd, 2016
This is the first full length novel the author has written and story is inspired by Indian mythology, which you don't see too often.

The Last Star (The Fifth Wave Series) by Rick Yancey - May 24th, 2016
This is the fifth and final book in the Fifth Wave series. The movie for the first book is also coming out this January.  

Summer Days & Summer Nights: Twelve Love Stories by various YA authors - June 14th, 2016
This book is written by twelve different, best-selling, young adult authors. Two that I recognized were Veronica Roth & Cassandra Clare. I think this book is going to be really popular this year. 

Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan - October 4th, 2016
This is the second book in Rick Riordan's Norse mythology series. I'm excited about this one because I thought the first one was pretty good.

Frost Like Night by Sara Raasch - 2016
This is the third book in the Snow Like Ashes series. There's no release date, but it will come out sometime this year.

Young Elites (Book #3) by Marie Lu - 2016
This book will also be released sometime this year, no date or title

While making this list, I found out about some new series that I can't wait to read! I hope you found some new books too! Also, I was looking for non-fiction/autobiographies to put in the list but couldn't find good ones being released this year. If you have any suggestions please, comment them below. 
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- Serena  

Saturday, January 2, 2016

How to Set Goals You Can Achieve

Hi everyone! I hope you had a great holiday. Can you believe that it's already 2016?! 2015 just flew by. In honor of New Year's resolutions, I decided to write a post on how to set goals and ways to help you achieve them. We all set goals in the beginning of the year and usually start out strong, but sometime during the year, they fall by the wayside. Setting your goals right and staying on track can help you achieve them.

Step 1: Have a Goal in Mind
Maybe your goal is to get in shape, start a business, get better grades, eat healthy, travel, etc. Once you have your goal in mind, don't let anyone tell you that you can't do it. If it's something that you really want and are willing to work hard for, it's achievable. Don't get discouraged if things get tough, don't work out right away or you don't have much support. Just keep at it! You can do anything that you put your mind to as long as you're willing to work for it.

Step 2: Make it a S.M.A.R.T Goal
What's a S.M.A.R.T. goal? It's a specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and trackable goal.  Here's a little more detail.

Specific - Make your goal specific. For example, instead of saying—I want to eat healthier this year, try I want to eat a salad for lunch  five days a week.
Measurable -Track your progress as you work towards your goal. Set bench marks and reward yourself when you meet them. You could even reward yourself when you reach half-way.
Achievable - Evaluate your goal. Is it realistic? Is it something you can achieve or something that your willing to work hard enough to achieve? If it's a long term goal, break it down into short-term goals or stepping stones that will make achieving your goal less over-whelming.
Relevant - What does this goal mean to you? You're more likely to achieve it if you feel strongly about it.
Time Bound - Give yourself a deadline that you want to achieve your goal by and write it down.

Step Three: Plan of Action!
Write it down! Put your goal somewhere that you will see it everyday. Write it in color, put washi tape on it, add glitter, do whatever makes you like to look at your goal and motivates you. On another piece of paper, make a checklist of all the little steps or bench marks it'll take to reach your goal. Don't forget to reward yourself when you check them off. 

Step Four: Make it Official 
Tell someone about it.  Telling a few friends about your goal will make you feel more responsible to complete it. Even just saying it out loud makes it feel more official. In fact, comment below on your New Year's resolution!

Keep at it and don't give up. I hope you all have a great New Year! As always, follow me on Bloglovin, Google+, and Pinterest
- Serena