5 Book Releases In 2018 To Watch For

5 Book Releases In 2018 To Watch For

New books for 2018!

With 2017 wrapping up, one thing I'm looking forward to is the line-up of novels coming out in 2018. There are some I've been waiting for the moment I knew about them, while some I just recently discovered. These are five books that will be on my radar and reading lists for 2018.

1. Puddin' by Julie Murphy

"Puddin'" is a companion novel to Murphy's other book, "Dumplin'". The main characters for these books both struggle with body positivity. In "Puddin'", the main character Millie Michalchuk has gone to fat camp every year since she was a little girl. But this year, she wants to chase her dreams of being a newscaster and hook up with her crush. She meets Callie Reyes, a pretty girl next in line for dance team captain and has a popular boyfriend. As they grow closer, they realize they have more in common then they thought.

2. Tess of the Road by Rachel Hartman

This novel is set in a medieval kingdom called Goredd. There are expectations for women to be proper, while men are protectors, and dragons are whatever they want to be. Tess finds herself to be different but ends up making a mistake that makes her family send her to a nunnery. Still, this isn't what Tess wants, so she treks out into the world on an adventure of self-discovery.

3. Legendary by Stephanie Garber

As the book following "Caraval", "Legendary" follows Scarlett's younger sister, Tella, as she journies to the empire's capital to fulfill her end of a bargain. There isn't much information about this book yet, but it's bound to be just as colorful and immersive as "Caraval". I'm curious where this series is going, so I'm looking forward to "Legendary".

4. Poet Anderson... In Darkness by Tom DeLonge and Suzanne Young

Jonas Anderson works as a doorman and spends his time seeing his girlfriend and his comatose brother, Alan. But that's just in the Waking World. In the Dream World, he is Poet Anderson. He's a Dream Walker, and his responsibility is to protect people from the nightmares, specifically, the Night Stalkers left over from the battle against REM. Jonas must also struggle with his guilt over Alan's situation while protecting the world.

5. Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

This book has been on my anticipated book list ever since I finished the first book in the trilogy, "Illuminae". This book follows the events of the previous two books but leads back to Asha, Kady's cousin who has been living for seven months back on Kerenza. Kady and the rest must return back to Kerenza, but will find that there's a war there that Asha is part of. Asha must struggle with surviving and seeing an old flame, Rhys, on the opposite side. I'm extremely excited for this book, espeically because it's the final book in the series!

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50 Quotes from the Best Vines

If you're picturing the vines in your head, you're doing it right

In 2017 we had to say goodbye to one of the best websites to ever roam the internet: Vine. In case you have been living under a rock since 2013, Vine was -(sad face)- a website and app that took the internet and the app store by storm in Winter 2013. It contained 6-second videos that were mostly comedy- but there were other genres including music, sports, cool tricks and different trends. Vine stars would get together and plan out a vine and film it till they got it right.

It was owned by Twitter and it was shut down because of so many reasons; the viners were leaving and making money from Youtube, there was simply no money in it and Twitter wanted us to suffer.

There's been a ton of threads on Twitter of everyone's favorite vines so I thought I'd jump in and share some of my favorites. So without further ado, here are some quotes of vines that most vine fanatics would know.

1. "AHH...Stahhp. I coulda dropped mah croissant"

2. "Nate how are those chicken strips?" "F%#K YA CHICKEN STRIPS.....F%#K ya chicken strips!"

3. "Road work ahead? Uh Yea, I sure hope it does"

4. "Happy Crimus...." "It's crismun..." "Merry crisis" "Merry chrysler"

5. "...Hi Welcome to Chili's"

6. "HoW dO yOu kNoW wHaT's gOoD fOr mE?" "THAT'S MY OPINIONNN!!!.."

7."Welcome to Bible Study. We're all children of Jesus... Kumbaya my looordd"

8. Hi my name's Trey, I have a basketball game tomorrow. Well I'm a point guard, I got shoe game..."

9. "It's a avocadooo...thanks"

10. "Yo how much money do you have?" "69 cents" "AYE you know what that means?" "I don't have enough money for chicken nuggets"

11. "Hurricane Katrina? More like Hurricane Tortilla."

12. "Hey Tara you want some?" "This b*%th empty. YEET!"

13. "Get to Del Taco. They got a new thing called Freesha-- Free-- Freeshavaca do"

14. "Mothertrucker dude that hurt like a buttcheek on a stick"

15. "Two brooss chillin in a hot tub 5 feet apart cuz they're not gay"

16. "Jared can you read number 23 for the class?" "No I cannot.... What up I'm Jared, I'm 19 and I never f#@%in learned how to read."

17. "Not to be racist or anything but Asian people SSUUGHHH"

18. 18. "I wanna be a cowboy baby... I wanna be a cowboy baby"

19. "Hey, I'm lesbian" "I thought you were American"

20. "I spilled lipstick in your Valentino bag" "you spilled- whaghwhha- lipstick in my Valentino White bag?"

21. "What's better than this? Guys bein dudes"

22. "How'd you get these bumps? ya got eggzma?" "I got what?" "You got eggzma?"

23. "WHAT ARE THOSEEEEE?" "THEY are my crocs!"

24. "Can I get a waffle? Can I please get a waffle?"

25. "HAPPY BIRTHDAY RAVEN!" "I can't sweem"

26. "Say Coloradoo" "I'M A GIRAFFE!!"

27. "How much did you pay for that taco?" Aight yo you know this boys got his free tacoo"

28. *Birds chirping* "Tweekle Tweekle"

29. "Girl, you're thicker than a bowl of oatmeal"

30. "I brought you Frankincense" "Thank you" "I brought you Myrrh" "Thank you" "Mur-dur" "huh...Judas..no"

31. "Sleep? I don't know about sleep...it's summertime" "You ain't go to bed?" "Oh she caught me"

32. "All I wanna tell you is school's not important... Be whatever you wanna be. If you wanna be a dog...RUFF. You know?"33. "Oh I like ya accent where you from?" "I'm Liberian" "Oh, my bad *whispering* I like your accent..."

34. "Next Please" "Hello" "Sir, this is a mug shot" "A mug shot? I don't even drink coffee"

35. "Hey did you happen to go to class last week?" "I have never missed a class"

36. "Go ahead and introduce yourselves" "My name is Michael with a B and I've been afraid of insects my entire-" "Stop, stop, stop. Where?" "Hmm?" "Where's the B?" "There's a bee?"

37. "There's only one thing worse than a rapist...Boom" "A child" "No"

38. "Later mom. What's up me and my boys are going to see Uncle Kracker...GIVE ME MY HAT BACK JORDAN! DO YOU WANNA SEE UNCLE KRACKER OR NO?

39. "Dad look, it's the good kush." This is the dollar store, how good can it be?"

40. "Zach stop...Zach stop...You're gonna get in trouble. Zach"

41. "CHRIS! Is that a weed? "No this is a crayon-" I'm calling the police" *puts 911 into microwave* "911 what's your emergency"

42. "WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? "

43. *Blowing vape on table* * cameraman blows it away* "ADAM"

44. "Would you like the spider in your hand?" "Yea" "Say please" "Please" *puts spider in hand* *screams*

45. "Oh hi, thanks for checking in I'm still a piece of garrbaagge"

46. *girl blows vape* "...WoW"

47. *running* "...Daddy?" "Do I look like-?"

48. *Pours water onto girl's face" "Hello?"

49. "Wait oh yes wait a minute Mr. Postman" "HaaaAHH"

50. "...And they were roommates" "Mah God they were roommates"

I could literally go on forever because I just reference vines on a daily basis. Rest in peace Vine

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I've Decided I'm Officially Changing My Name To Donna And I'm Looking For My Dynamos

Here we go again.


I had the pleasure of attending an early viewing of the long-awaited sequel "Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again," and let me just tell you, it was an emotional rollercoaster. I'm going to try not to give too much away, but I do want to caution you, there may be some spoilers in here (they will absolutely be kept to a minimum).

First off, I want to say that I was expecting to be fairly disappointed. I didn't think it was going to be a bad film, but I did worry that it would never live up to the original "Mamma Mia!" I also couldn't help noticing how entertaining the ads for the film were. In my experience, when a trailer is really amazing, the film doesn't usually have much to add.

This was not the case with the "Mamma Mia!" sequel. In fact, I was absolutely shocked within the first 5 minutes of the film, and the surprises didn't stop there. I don't really want to give much away, so I'll just say that my jaw hung open for at least half of the movie.

Aside from the laughing and the crying at every twist in the plot; the set, costumes, cinematography, and music also gave me all kinds of feelings. The island is more beautiful than ever and I definitely want to steal the entire wardrobe closet from the film.

All of that is great, but what really made "Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again" an amazing film? It wasn't the talented cast, the set, or the music, but rather the emotions the film made me feel and the lessons it taught me about myself.

In the film, we get to see a whole new side of Donna. We get to watch young Donna as she travels Europe and begins to figure out what she wants her life to be like. There is something so carefree about Young Donna. She sees the world differently.

Young Donna is fearless.

She travels Europe as a young woman, and she is totally alone. She doesn't let fear get in the way of her adventure. She knows exactly where she wants to go and she'll do just about anything to make it happen. It is through that determination that she is able to meet new people, build relationships, experience different cultures, have fun everywhere, and see beauty and potential where others can't.

Donna's friends may not have the same fearlessness that makes Donna so special, but they are some of the best friends a girl could ask for. They are there for each other when they need to be. They're willing to travel Europe to see each other. They aren't afraid to be silly, they don't worry about drawing attention, and most importantly they have fun.

I want to be more like Donna. She went after everything she ever wanted with few plans at all, and everything seemed to work out for her (yes, I do know that it's a movie). It's time to focus on where I want to go and not worry so much about how to get there. Along the way I'm sure there will be beauty hidden in unexpected places, I just have to pay attention enough to notice more of it.

I'm changing my name to Donna.

Ok, so maybe I'm not really changing my name to Donna, but that doesn't mean I can't live with a Donna mindset. If you want to spend more time going with the flow and having fun then I want you to be one of my dynamos. We too can be the greatest band who ever lived.

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