Book One

1/24 Book Reflection
Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
A thrilling beginning to the trilogy, “Uglies” provides background to a world while remaining entertaining. This YA novel falls in my bubble-gum category of reading. In this post-apocalyptic world beauty is most important. There is no money and no war in this world. Everything looks perfect. Everything except those between the ages of 12-16. They are the Uglies, all waiting impatiently for their 16th birthday, the day they become a Pretty. There is something terrifying under all this pretty. “Uglies” begins the store of one 16-year-old girl as she learns the true price of beauty and peace.

I really enjoyed this book, I read it quickly and I’m sure I’ll read the next two quickly as well. I love my YA novels and even though the lesson in this is a little hammered-in, I still really like it. It allows for young readers to examine themselves and maybe help them to find their natural beauty, in their hearts and minds.

I’m off to a good start for my reading goal this year. I also have a gaming goal, but I don’t have a number on it. It’s just an overall goal of playing what I have before getting something new. I want to complete and move on though games I own.

I officially started my GoFundMe for my move to Japan in March. This too, is off to a good start. I’m at $290/$6500. Once I get to $1200 I’ll be able to buy my plane ticket!!!! This is super exciting. I’ve switched my budget to be cash-based to help me get used to using cash for everything like they do in Japan and to put hard limits on all of my spending. It’s really worked for January, so now I just need to keep it up. I cut my grocery bill almost in half by switching to cash only and I didn’t really sacrifice anything except junk. One of my goals is to write more. I’ve been keeping up with my journal and I’m tracking my mood and activities with the help of a sort of diary app. I made a new friend in my Reddit Secret Santa and she is so cool. I’m having fun writing emails to her, new friendships are so… warm. I hope that we continue to write to each other.

I have a lot of hope for this year.

My Library:
Currently Reading: Pretties – Scott Westerfeld, The Rice Mother – Rani Manicka
Currently Playing: Story of Seasons Trio of Towns – 3DS, Battle Chef Brigade – Switch


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