14 Books in 2014…At Least That’s The Plan!

So this year I made a resolution of sorts to “read more.”  When I made this goal I hadn’t finished a fiction book in quite some time and I really missed loosing myself in a good story.

My tentative goal was to read a book a month this year. And while I have been reading some over the last few months I’ve finally decided to get my act together and plan out the books I want to read and come up with a realistic schedule for reaching this goal.  AND I thought posting my reading goals here could help me out in the accountability department ;)

In sitting down to plan this year’s reading list I thought since its 2014, instead of reading a book each month I should shoot for 14 books in 2014…just to make things interesting.  I also decided to help get caught up, that I would read at least two books in the months of June, July and August…and as of right now I’m a little a head of schedule….yay me!

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Below are the 14 books I’ve chosen to read (or have already read) in 2014.  I’ve included some thoughts about why I originally wanted to read the book and I will update you with my general feelings about each book after reading them–no spoilers of course ;)

 


 

Insurgent by Veronica RothInsurgent – Book 2 in the Divergent Series (it was okay)

 

by Veronica Roth

I read the first book in this series last November. Divergent was actually one of the books that got me excited about reading again.  So it only seemed natural that I would read the next two installments.  I was truly excited to see how this dystopian YA novel series played out.

UPDATE:  Though this book was a bit of a placeholder in the series (as most second books are) I thought this book provided us with some fascinating information about secondary characters like Marcus Eaton, Jeanine Matthews and Caleb Prior.

 


 

Allegiant by Veronica RothAllegiant - Book 3 in the Divergent Series (liked it)

by Veronica Roth

After reading Divergent I had pretty much committed to finishing the series, there really wouldn’t be any reason that would keep me from finishing the final book–plus the twist at the end of the second book was certainly enough to keep me interested.

UPDATE: I know many people were disappointed with this book and the way the series ended, but I didn’t feel disappointed at all. In all I liked the way the book played out and felt a sense of closure turning its final pages.  

 


 

The Fault In Our Stars by John GreenThe Fault In Our Stars (really liked it)

by John Green

I will admit this book was chosen largely because EVERYONE WAS READING IT and I felt almost obligated.  I actually had no idea what this book was about when I picked it up, but I’m actually glad for this because I felt like I was able to lose myself in this love story even more fully as a result.

UPDATE: I really fell in love with this book.  The story of Hazel and Augustus was beautiful and real and sad. I thought the author did a great job of conveying the voice and emotion of his protagonist and I also really love “the book-within-a-book” element that he created.  This is one of those books whose words really stick with you, with lines like “Some infinities are bigger than other infinities” and “The world is not a wish granting factory.”  

 


 

The Kite Runner by Khaled HosseiniThe Kite Runner (loved it)

by Khaled Hosseini

I chose this book because I wanted to expose myself to a new culture and to identify with that culture on deeper level.  I knew a little about the plot of the story before I picked the book up and I knew that it would be a difficult book to read.

UPDATE: I was really moved by this book. While I’ll admit at times Amir’s  story did make me feel very sad and and a little hopeless about the world we live in, it was also an amazing tale of redemption and a great reminder of the small but beautiful things that we find a midst the darkness.  The author is a beautiful storyteller and I enjoyed listening to this book read by him as the description of Afghan customs and  pronunciation of Afghan words in his voice made the experience that much more authentic.

 


 

The Maze Runner by James DashnerThe Maze Runner (currently reading…)

by James Dashner

What can I say?! I’m a sucker for the young adult, dystopian society genre, so I couldn’t pass this up–especially since I definitely want to read it before seeing the movie this September.

 

 

 

 


 

I Though It Was Just Me (but it isn't ) by Brene Brown  I Thought It Was Just Me (but it isn’t)…

by Brene Brown

While I’ve found Brene Brown’s recent TED talks very inspiring, that’s not what initially inspired me to pick up this book.  I bought this book before I’d even heard of Brene Brown simply because I strongly identified with the title/subtitle: “I Thought It Was Just Me (but it isn’t): Making the Journey from ‘What Will People Think?’ to ‘I Am Enough’ “.  Little by little I’ve been making room in my life to be a better me and I know this book will have some great insights to help me on my way.

 


 

life-of-pi-book-coverLife of Pi

by Yann Martel

This book I chose not only because of its popularity, but also in hopes of it being one of those books where you can lose yourself in the world that the author creates.  I have held off watching the movie in hopes that this will motivate me to read the book, but from what I have seen from trailers an amazing story and an exoctic world awaits me!

 

 


 

Wild by Cheryl StrayedWild

by Cheryl Strayed

I love reading stories about personal reflection and redemption, they give me hope and inspire me to reflect on my own life in new ways and to strive to be a better person.  Though I don’t think I’ll be tackling The Pacific Crest any time soon, I do look forward to reading about how being lost in the wilderness helped this woman find herself.

 

 

 


 

5LoveLanguagesThe 5 Love Languages of Children

by Gary Chapman

I read Chapman’s original book on the five languages of love some years back and it really changed the way I looked at some of my closest releationships.  After giving birth to two beautiful boys, I have bought a number of books on parenting–most of which I have not yet found the time to read.  So I’m starting with this one and looking forward to applying what I learn to the relationships I have with both of my boys–who are so very different but deserve the very best love that I can give them.

 

 


 

The Hundred-Foot Journey by Richard C. MoraisThe Hundred Foot Journey

by Richard C. Morais

I really can’t wait to read this book.  I was inspired to read it after seeing the movie trailer.  And as much as I would love to see the movie, I couldn’t help but think while watching the trailer what a wonderful life journey this would be to read about.  It combines two things I’m very interested in: world cultures and international cuisine and its message of acceptance and being able to learn from one another as different as we might be is one I strongly believe in.

 

 


 

Specials - Book 3 in The Uglies Series by Scott WesterfieldSpecials – Book 3 in The Uglies Series

by Scott Westerfield

Another young adult dystopian series that I started reading and then put down almost five years ago.  But I figured it was time to finish this series up and get some closure.  So this last winter I re-read the second book in the series and now I’m ready to find out what’s in store for Tally, Zane, Shay, The Crims and Dr. Cable.

 

 


 

Daring Greatly by Brene BrownDaring Greatly

by Brene Brown

Everyone’s talking about this book and while I elected to read some of Brene Brown’s earlier work before tackling this one, I’m still really excited to read this.  It’s refreshing to hear someone talking about vulnerability and insecurity openly and in a way that can really help people to grow and transform their lives.

 

 

 


 

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Steig LarssonThe Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

by Steig Larsson

I started this book a few years back before the movie came out.  I have since seen the movie (the American version) and it was a bit dark for me. I had trouble identifying with the main character because the movie’s portrayal of her seemed cold and shallow and I couldn’t help but feel that I would understand Lisbeth better if I had actually finished the book. I also heard an acquaintance talk recently about her feelings on this book and the fact that it was empowering to her and it was really her passion for the book that inspired me to pick it back up again.

 


 

Gone Girl by Gillian FlynnGone Girl

by Gillian Flynn

This is another book that I had no idea what it was about when I bought it, just another title that I had seen several friends reading on Good Reads, so I thought I’d add ‘er to the old list. I’m not much of a suspense/thriller fan, but then again its been decades since I’ve sampled from this genre so I figured this was a good book to start with–who knows maybe I’ll love it and be inspired to read more from this genre.

 

 


 

I’d love to hear about what you’re reading right now or any recommendations you might have–leave a comment below!

And happy reading!

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Crystal Wilkerson’s NEW Template Collection!!!

Hi everyone! I’m excited to share a few pages that I made using Crystal Wilkerson’s New Template Collection with you today.

12 x12 Template Collection by Crystal Wilkerson Designs

 

Now most of you know that I am an 8.5 x 11 scrapper, but this year I’ve vowed to complete a summer album and I’ve opted to use this fun little 4×4″ Instagram Album by W R Memory Keepers:

4 x 4" Instagram Album (Coral) by We R Memory Keepers

 

Below you’ll see my title page and a few of the other pages I’ve finished up using Crystal’s Templates and plan to resize, then slip in among my Instagram photos and memorabilia from this summer.

Summer 2014 Title Page by Amy Kingsford

Summer 2014 Title Page by Amy Kingsford | Supplies: Crystal Wilkerson Designs: 12 x 12 Template Collection; Creashens: Summerific Papers and Elements, Summered Kit

 

This page combines some of my favorite photos of my boys from summer’s past and will act as a divider page for behind which photos of my boys from this summer and stories about some of their summer faves and milestones will be housed.

Summer 2014 - Boys of Summer by Amy Kingsford

Summer 2014 – Boys of Summer by Amy Kingsford | Supplies: Crystal Wilkerson Designs: 12 x 12 Template Collection; Creashens: Summerific Papers, Frames and Elements, Summered Kit; Anita Designs: Summerliscious Elements; Karal Dudley: Berenstein Papers; SugarPlum Paperie: Endless Summer Alpha; Laura Passage: Boardwalk Papers; P&Co: Bright Side Collab

 

And here is my summer reading list for this year.  I’ve already finished The Fault in Our Stars and The Kite Runner and I’ll be picking up The Maze Runner next.

2014 Summer Reads by Amy Kingsford

2014 Summer Reads by Amy Kingsford | Supplies: Crystal Wilkerson Designs: 12 x 12 Template Collection; Karla Dudley: Berenstein Collection; SugarPlum Paperie: Endless Summer Alpha.

 

With a great mix of designs and built-in stitching and styles–these templates are sure to help make completing my summer album a breeze. I loved the ease of working with these templates and if you’ve got a big event or album that you’re looking to get finished up, I would totally recommend taking a look at this collection!

There are (8) separate template packs which come with (4) templates in each.  That’s 32 different configurations, plus you also have the choice between templates with preset layer styles or no layer styles within each design–making them super versatile! 

Crystal Wilkerson Layout a Day Examples

For more inspiration, click here to see how Crystal used these templates in her Layout -A-Day Challenge last month.

And feel free to use coupon code CWTEMP50 to save 50% on these templates thru Sunday, June 22nd! Thanks for stopping by…

 

And have a great weekend!

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Write. Click. Scrapbook. | June Reveal

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It’s that time again!!!  Time to head on over and get your first look at the June Gallery over at Write. Click. Scrapbook where the team is sharing pages inspired by their favorite Write. Click. Scrapbook sketches, color palettes and blog posts from the last year.

Here’s a look at my page, which features one of my favorite sketches, from November of 2013.

Hello Lovely by Amy Kingsford

To read more about my approach to this page, head over and check out the Write. Click. Scrapbook. June Gallery!

Happy Scrapping! 

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Get It Scrapped | Creative Team Celebration

Over the past three years I’ve had the opportunity to work with the amazing ladies on the Get It Scrapped Creative Team.  I’ve been blown away by their creativity and talent and learned so much from all of the wonderful tips they share. So I couldn’t be more excited to celebrate the announcement of their 2014-2015 creative team with them this weekend!

Meet the 2014-2015 Team

This year’s team includes several returning members and some new faces as well. And I’m excited to work alongside each of them. 2014-15 Get It Scrapped CT

Sue Althouse | Andrea | Carrie Arick | Heather Awsumb

Terry Billman | Susanne Brauer | Marie-Pierre Capistran | Summer Christiansen

Ronnie Crowley | Sian Fair | MarciaFortunato | Jett Hampton

Gretchen Henninger | Michelle Hernandez | Vicki Hibbins | Michelle Houghton

Devra Hunt |  Jennifer Kellogg | Kiki Kougioumtzi | Karen Poirier-Brode

 Amanda Robinson | Doris Sander | Rosann Santos-Elliott | Katie Scott

Stefanie Semple | Celeste Smith | Christy Strickler | Audrey Tan

Kristy T | Deborah Wagner

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Come celebrate with us…

Join us in the forums  for a  few rounds of CT trivia to help you get to know these ladies a little better. And, thanks to current team member Amanda Robinson of Amanda Robinson Studio and team alumni Jana Morton of Pixels2Passion, there will be some pretty awesome prizes for a few lucky winners.

 

Are you on Instagram?

Then follow Get It Scrapped (@getitscrapbooked) and join us for our first ever photo challenge! We’re providing you with 25 prompts based on favorite Get It Scrapped articles from the past year. Use the prompts to inspire fun photos or even your next scrapbook page, then share it with us on Instagram using the prompt’s hashtag, as well as #getitscrapped. All photos uploaded before July 1, 2014 will be entered for a chance to win a lovely handmade camera strap cover from team alumni Leah Farquharson of Bluebird Chic, LLC! Get It Scrapped Photo Challenge | Amy Kingsford

 >>>Click here to print the list of photo prompts + contest rules <<< 

 

And this weekend only…

If you haven’t given Get It Scrapped’s FREE Membership a try, now would be the perfect time!  Everyone who is signed up for their free membership by June 2nd, will also get the upcoming class Scrapbook Your Story free. Sign Up for Get It Scrapped's FREE Membership Today!

Register today and look for “Scrapbook Your Story” added to your Get It Scrapped membership on Wednesday, June 3rd at 9am ET. It will be in the last column of the Your Materials page of the Get It Scrapped membership.

 

Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!

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Write. Click. Scrapbook. | June Sneak Peek

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Hi All!  Here’s a quick peek at the page I’ve made for the June Write. Click. Scrapbook. gallery.  The full gallery reveal will be up on the Write. Click. Scrapbook. blog on June 1st–I hope you’ll come check it out!

Write.Click.Srapbook. Sneak Peek | June 2014

Have a great weekend!

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Everyday April Mini Album

I was so excited by how this cute little album turned out.

To make this album I paired some of my favorite photos from the month of April with cut files and printables by Amanda Robinson Studio, wood veneer journal cards and a few other new goodies by Jenni Bowlin Studio and some leftover embellishments from my past Studio Calico kits.

Everyday April Mini Album by Amy Kingsford

I’ve been so inspired by all of the 3×4″ mini albums I’ve been seeing, so I finally decided to make one of  my own!

Not only have I’ve discovered another great way to use all of the journal cards (digital and paper) that I’ve been hoarding, but I’ve also begun to develop a little faith in myself that one day I will be able to make Project Life (or at the very least a monthly version of it) work for me.

Everyday April Mini Album by Amy Kingsford

Thanks for stopping by!

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