Sunday, January 25, 2015

Book Haul!

For Christmas this year, pretty much everyone in my family got me a gift card to Barnes and Noble, and I was pretty much in heaven. Needless to say, I went to Barnes and Noble the day after Christmas to buy some books, so I thought I would share with you guys all of the books I got!

 Once I got the gift cards, I immediately went onto my Goodreads account, and checked my "to-read" book list so I could decide which books I should get. These are all of the books I've been wanting to read for a little while, and also a few that I saw in the store that looked really good!

This book is about a world in which children who got a sickness develop strange powers years later, and are viewed as evil by society. The main character, Adelina, is a girl from a rich family, but looked down upon by society because she survived the fever and had silver hair afterwards. The children who survive the fever have a marking of some sort, but not all of them develop powers. Adelina believes that she doesn't have any powers but is proved wrong one day, and is taken in by a group called the Young Elites. This group is made up of young adults who have developed very large powers from the fever, and who fight back against the crown, which wants all of these survivors dead. I am actually almost done with this book, and I have loved it so far!

This book is the sequel to Defy, and ohmygosh is it good! I really love this series, and this book is definitely as good as the first. Ignite again follows Alexa and Damian, and this time there is a threat against their kingdom from people they thought were their allies. Betrayal, love, and suspense are again big themes in this book, and I ended up finishing it in two days! I don't know what it is about Sara B. Larson's writing, but it is just so good! I really recommend that everyone read this series because you will love it!

I have heard so much about this book, so I'm really excited to get started with reading it. The main premise behind this book is rich kids going to an island, and getting caught up in lies and accidents. I hope that this book lives up to all of the hype surrounding it, because it sounds like an interesting read!

This book is set in the future, and follows two main characters who get stuck on a foreign planet when their spaceship crashes. They seem to be the only survivors of the crash, and they don't encounter anyone on the planet. The two, Lilac and Tarver, come from opposite backgrounds; Lilac's family is extremely wealthy, while Tarver comes from nothing. However, these two have to work together since they are alone in order to find help on the planet.
I haven't started this book yet, but I'm really excited to because I've heard great things!

This book is the sequel to If I Stay, so I don't really want to give too much away, as some people haven't read the book and probably want to since the movie came out last year. It simply follows the characters from the first book, and meets up with them a couple of years later after the accident in the first book. I'm suuuuper excited to read this book, because I absolutely adored the first one.

I feel as though this book really needs no introduction, since most people have probably a) heard of it, or b) read it already. It's written by Blogger and Vlogger Zoe Sugg (Zoella), and is about a girl who is struggling with anxiety after being in a car crash. Her family decides to go to New York for the holidays, and there she meets a boy who changes her outlook on a lot of things.
I'm also really interested in reading this book because there has been a lot of good and bad press surrounding it. I'll be doing a post on what I think about the whole thing - book and rumors - after I have read it.

I can't wait to finish all of these books! I'm back at school now so it's a little hard trying to find time to read for fun, but I am trying!

What books have you guys been reading?

Thank you so much for reading, and have a great day! :)

Thursday, January 15, 2015

I Sent Out My DNA?!

You might be thinking "What the heck do you mean Kendra?!" but I promise, this isn't a part of some strange cult. I have always been interested in genetics, ancestors, and things like family history, so I asked for the DNA Kit from for Christmas. I actually heard about the DNA kit from the show America's Next Top Model (a guilty pleasure of mine), and have been wanting it ever since!

The whole process is really easy; you get the package in the mail, spit in the little tube they give you, activate your test online, and then send the tube back to them in the prepaid box given to you!

 This was actually the day I got my hair done - the last couple of pictures before I colored my hair!

 Wow read those instructions Kendra.

 Starting to spit hahaha.

This may be the best picture of me ever.

You get the results in 6-8 weeks, and they basically just tell you what you are, ethnicity wise! I know I have Scottish, Irish, and Native American in me predominately, but it'll be so interesting to find out just how much I have, and what else I am, if that makes sense haha. I will definitely be sharing the results once I get them!

Thank you so much for reading, and have a wonderful day! :)

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Saturday, January 10, 2015

New Year, New....Hair?

Change is something that I definitely struggle with. It makes me super nervous because I don't know what to expect and I don't know if I'll end up liking the change or not; however, I have been wanting to change up my hair for a while now, and I didn't want to dramatically cut it all off. I also was really worried about coloring it because I colored my hair when I was younger and eventually started to hate it. 
This past August, you guys may remember, I got red in the ends of my hair when I wanted a subtle balyage, but that just ended up washing out after a couple of weeks. Since I wanted the change to be more noticeable than last time, I decided to go for something that would show up more! I also want this year to be a great one, so I decided to start it off with a pretty big change (to me anyway)! I thought, what the heck, I'm only young once, right? And, if I ended up not liking the color, I could just get it colored back to my natural color. So without further ado, here is my new hair!

 Ok, so it isn't as fire engine red as it looks in this picture. The lighting made it look crazy red, but it's actually more of a dark auburn with lighter copper highlights!

 This is what it looks like when it's not directly under the light.

 You can kind of see the copper highlights here!

I really love how it turned out! It's honestly not too drastic of a change, and I think it looks nice against my paler skin, and it brings out my green eyes way more!

These photos were taken when I was home, and I'm back at college now, so I'll probably have a post soon of how it looks now that I've washed it a couple of times. I'm so glad I decided to color it, though! It's the perfect time for a change, and having the different tones in my hair kind of forces me to actually style my hair everyday in order to actually see them, instead of just leaving my hair to dry at night.

Have you guys made any changes so far this year?

Thank you so much for reading, and I hope you have a wonderful day! :)

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

2015 Will be the Year...

1.....That I go out of my comfort zone and try new things, and talk to new people.
2.....To celebrate myself, and learn to love the person I am. It might take the whole year, but this year I'll learn to love myself.
3.....That I will go on great adventures and STUDY ABROAD.
4.....To expand my blog/work on it more/post more/generally make it better.
5.....To consistently post YouTube videos and work on my channel.
6.....That I will study everyday.
7.....That I workout at least five or six days a week.
8.....That I will eat healthily, and continue vegetarianism.
9.....That I will go out and be with nature more.
10.....That I will read as often as I can.
11.....That I will write at least a little bit everyday (or most days as school permits).
12.....Of random acts of kindness.
13.....Of mistakes that I learn from.
14.....To break out of my shell, and try to be more outgoing.
15.....That I start living my life to the fullest!

I hope you all have a wonderful 2015, and I wish you the best of luck! :)