planner, stickers, and camera haul! oh my! a talkative blog post.

hello there!!! how are you all enjoying 2018? i still can’t believe i was merely just “celebrating” the new year the other day and now we’re technically halfway into the month of january! *screams*

since this is a non-book related post, let me just put it out there: i gretchen gomez, poet, puerto rican, reader, writer, dog mom, ace, annnnnnnnnd all those things am a PLANNER ADDICT. yes, you have read it right. i am a planner addict. i love planners, plan with me videos, planner instagram accounts, washi tape, stationary, pens, stickers, kits, all of it! now, i am not the type of person to have 4 planners for different things, i feel like planning and planners are a very personal choice. you choose and do what works for you even if it doesn’t work for everyone else. i have one planner that fits all of my needs. let’s get started!

the planner:

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imagine getting this box at your doorstep and opening it to find GOODNESS?!

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_4604this is my 3rd spiral erin condren planner. i actually stopped using my 2nd e.c. because i had switched to bullet journaling. however, my life got super busy and i didn’t have time to sit down with my ruler, pens, and washi to do the monthly/weekly spreads. then i found out that erin condren was coming out with a small hardbound horizontal layout planner and i thought that my life was made. nope. never mind. it did nothing for me and i wasn’t happy at all. it helped me with basic task but not for keeping up with everything i wanted. and so i came back to my one love that has never failed me. planning really does balance this overly hectic life of mine! i chose the neutral color (inside) which is black and white with splashes of color vs. the color layout that has too much color. i also chose the black coil. if you know me, you know how dark i am lol.


the inside of planner:

*note: this isn’t all of the inside, it has a lot of extra pages with different things like note pages, 2019 calendar, extra e.c. stickers in the back, etc. this is only the monthly and weekly views.

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this is the beginning of how each month looks before we see the monthly spread. each month has a different color layout with a different quote. i love the color scheme on this one, perfect since it’s my birthday month lol!

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an overview of the monthly spread with the holidays on them and also the moon changes. which i personally love since i am all into that. there’s also a sidebar for jotting down.

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everyone is still trying to figure out why the boxes are dotted instead of lined!

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i am the vertical layout type of gal. i see things from up to down vs left to right. this has always worked for me. i personally recommend getting a layout that works for you in order to make the best out of your planner. e.c. offers vertical, horizontal, and hourly.

i have a referral link that saves you $10 off your first purchase by clicking here. i am not sponsored btw.


sticker time:

okay so i love to decorate my planner with stickers. not only for decorative purposes but for functional purposes. have you watched plan with me’s? omg amazing! i still have more stickers on the way. i will make a separate post for those! i will be linking each shop in captions ❤

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etsy shop: happy planner gal

this is a monthly (february) kit from happy planner gal and it came with a freebie sticker sheet (the small one). this goes over the monthly spread. i’m not fond of valentines day so i thought this was was perfect. dark, glasses, vintage floral, me!

 

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etsy shop: paperpastelco

i ordered the succulent stickers and it came with the thank you freebie! i have 7 succulent children here at home and i want to use these as reminders to water them.

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etsy shop: myfoxydesigns

my foxy designs really outdid herself with my order!!! i only ordered the laptop stickers and she added the iced tea stickers with a freebie, even a thank you note!!! i made another order from her and i cannot wait to get it in the mail!

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etsy shop: pearteastickers

AREN’T THESE THE CUTEST?!?! i didn’t even order the “love ya” ones. i bought the first two. and what i love most is that her “petty” girls come in different skin tones. i got the pomeranian stickers for my fur baby. the petty happy mail stickers are for etsy stickers only.

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etsy shop: sunshine sticker co

these happy mail stickers are to be used for any other packages like books/clothes/make-up/etc. they’re really small so don’t take up too much space on the planner which i love.

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etsy shop: planned and pretty co

lastly, i received this weekly sticker kit which i am going to use for this week (january 15th – 21st) i will be uploading a plan with me for this kit and february sometime this week. i cannot wait to share with you! this also came with a valentine freebie which i decided to not show.


the camera:

i have been contemplating on a camera for a while. i take my own photos for instagram (unless i’m not sharing photos that others took of my book) and now that i am doing different blog post, i thought it was time to invest! this camera came in a bundle with loads of stuff but ultimately i just wanted to share the camera itself!

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canon eos rebel t6

can you tell from some of the previous photos above that i used the camera already? lol! i wanted something good quality for beginners. this is perfect! look at my baby, baxter:

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and that is all for this blog post! do you plan? what’s your style? or have a sticker obsession like i do? i would love to chat in the comments!


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Fictional Books I Want to Read in 2018

Hey everyone! I wanted to share what books I really want to get to in this New Year! Since I don’t read as much as I used to, I wanted to keep this post small and to the point. Majority of these books have been released already and some I am still waiting for! The list is an no particular order. Without further ado, let’s get started! (all links lead you to the goodreads page)

 

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas a YA Realistic Fiction take on the black lives matter movement and police brutality.

Tash Hearts Tolstoy by Kathryn Ormsbree a YA Contemporary book about a girl who’s an “overnight” internet sensation and when an online flirtation can happen in real life, how will she tell him that she’s a romantic asexual?

Ringer (Replica #2) by Lauren Oliver a continuation of the YA SciFi Dystopian novel Replica. After discovering some uncomfortable truths about the Haven Institute and cloning, we see what happens afterwards in Ringer.

Hunting Prince Dracula (Stalking Jack the Ripper #2) by Kerri Maniscalco the continuation of the YA Historical Fiction Mystery Stalking Jack the Ripper, we follow the main character Audrey in another adventure featuring Vlad the Impaler. 

Obsidio (The Illuminae Files #3) by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff in continuation of the amazing YA SciFi novels Illuminae and Gemina, comes Obsidio with more action and adventure. This is the finale of the teams and oh my heart be still.

Wonder Woman: Warbringer (DC Icons #1) by Leigh Bardugo a YA Fantasy following one of my favorite heroes, Diana, who has risked exile for saving a mortal which changes everything.

Unearthed (Unearthed #1) by Amie Kaufman and Megan Spooner a YA SciFi that has to do with earth getting a message from a long extinct alien race, infiltration, secrets, and survival.

Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orïsha #1) by Tomy Adeyemi a YA Fantasy about magic disappearing in Orïsha under orders of a ruthless king, yet the main character is struggling with controlling her powers and feelings towards the enemy.

Daughter of the Pirate King (Daughter of the Pirate King #1) by Tricia Levenseller  a YA fantasy that has a female pirate, adventure, and hidden map!

Renegades (Renegades #1) by Marissa Meyer a YA Fantasy about secret identities, powers, vengeance, and justice.

The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell a YA Fantasy filled with time-travel and historical fiction, one character has to travel back in time to 1902 to steal an ancient book. However Old New York is filled with gangs, secret societies, and too much magic.

Godsgrave (The Nevernight Chronicle #2) by Jay Kristoff this Adult Fantasy continues the journey of our ruthless assassin main character where she is still looking for revenge.

The Girl in the Tower (Winternight Trilogy #2) by Katherine Arden a Fantasy Historical Fiction, this story continues the adventure of main character Vasya and what lies ahead for her.


and that is all for this post! any of these books you’re looking forward too? or you’ve read already? i would love to know your thoughts in the comments!


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The Cruel Prince Non-Spoiler ARC Review ft. Lilly @ Lair Of Books

26032825Title: The Cruel Prince (#1)
Series: The Folk of the Air
Author: Holly Black
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publisher: Little Brown Books
Format: ARC Paperback
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Pub. Date: January 2, 2018
Synopsis:

Of course I want to be like them. They’re beautiful as blades forged in some divine fire. They will live forever.

And Cardan is even more beautiful than the rest. I hate him more than all the others. I hate him so much that sometimes when I look at him, I can hardly breathe.

Jude was seven years old when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.

To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences.

In doing so, she becomes embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, discovering her own capacity for bloodshed. But as civil war threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.


***thank you to little brown books for providing an arc***

Trigger Warnings: Suicide, Graphic Scenes

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At the age of 7, Jude, her twin sister Taryn, and older sister Vivienne witnessed their parents murdered and were stolen away by Vivienne’s biological father Madoc. All three girls went from living in the human world to Elfhame. 10 years later, Jude and Taryn are trying their hardest to belong in Elfhame, more so Jude where she’s trying to become a Knight. Vivienne could not care less about the place and will forever hold a grudge against her biological father, Madoc. While Jude tries to fit in a world where she is not wanted and obtaining a place in the Court, she has to deal with the cruelest son of the High King, Prince Cardan and his gang of friends. However, as soon as she starts dabbling with the palace and her inner turmoil, secrets start spilling and so does blood. Jude will have to choose her humanity or Faerie.

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This will come as a surprise to many of you but this is my first Holly Black book. I have passed her books many many times as a teenager when I spent my time at the library. I am so happy that I finally picked up her book because her writing is phenomenal. She dances with a lot of themes but handles them with grace and eloquence. She knows how to write a rich detailed dark world without feeling like it’s too much. Someone should name her the Queen of Faerie because she definitely knows how to write a world. Holly Black also knows how to write the most complex characters ever. I didn’t know who I was rooting for at one point lol.

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Holly Black presents a lot of characters to us in the most complex way. We meet the main character Jude which her story is told from her point of view. Jude the fighter and the one who tries hard to fit in, she doesn’t take crap from anyone especially the son of the High King. She knows exactly what she wants and she will not give up until she has it. She will push and shove and go to deep lengths to obtain her wants. We also meet her twin sister, Taryn, who is the opposite of Jude. Where Jude is rough, Taryn is soft. Where Jude is loud, Taryn is quiet. Where Jude is being a rebel, Taryn is being compliant. Although twins, they differ in many many ways. This is a non-spoiler review, you will have to read the book to know where I’m going with this hehe.

Holly Black gives us an older sister, Vivienne. Vivienne is technically the twins half-sister, they have the same mother and different fathers which is why Vivi is fae. However, to all three they are sisters  no matter what. I love Vivienne’s “don’t mess with me” rebel attitude. She definitely has an older sister syndrome, the protector of them all, the fighter and the rebel. I hope I see more of her in the next book to come.

Cardan, one of the High Kings son, a true douchebag. I always cringed with what he was going to do next but I loved him. There was something about him that kept me intrigued. Cardan has many aspects of him that we learn throughout the book. There was also Locke, lover of stories. He loved stories so much that he would create them, it didn’t matter to him who he was hurting or intertwining with. There are many other important characters that we meet, however I would be here all day. (please read the book)

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Overall, I loved this book and I cannot wait for the continuing books in this series. Holly Black knows how to write!!!! She gave me plot twist, surprises, darkness, and an amazing expanded world. Although we meet many characters, she definitely flushes them all out while still keeping the complexity. This isn’t the happy dandy book which I actually tend to love more when it comes to Fantasy. Holly Black really has me wondering what she will come up with in the next books.


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cba6d7d1c59b92e5641f2b146efc70f1My twin Lilly @ Lair Of Books also read The Cruel Prince and you can check out her Spoiler-Free Review here! We asked each other the same 5 questions. And while chit chatting about the book through our FaceTime dates, I found that we felt the same and loved The Cruel Prince. Just like me, this was her first time reading a Holly Black book. In asking what was her experience like reading Holly Black for the first time, Lilly responded that she had a great experience. She enjoyed the dark writing, the lush world building and complex characters. Trust me bookish peeps, you should’ve heard her talking about this book, she was really ecstatic! I then asked her who was her favorite character and she responded with Jude! I mean it’s not that hard to love Jude, she’s pretty awesome. We then started talking about fae books and comparing it to other fae books we’ve read, we asked one another what made the world of Elfhame stand out. Lilly responded that the characters in The Cruel Prince were flushed out and there were also many descriptions in the story such as lush food, the laws, the do’s and don’ts of humans in Elfhame, and there was also political intrigue. In Cruel Prince, we meet Vivi who is the main character’s fae sister and opposes the idea of living in Elfhame. We asked one another if given the choice, would you live in the human world as a fae or would you live as a human in the fae world? Here is where Lilly and I started a fit of giggles! Twin said that she would live as a human in the fae world so she can figure out how to become a fae. She would network her way in similar to Jude and get to know the undergrounds of Elfhame. Lilly, you smart. Lastly we asked one another a vey important question. Do we plan on reading any of Holly’s other books? And the answer to that is OF COURSE!! Lilly definitely wants to read The Darkest Part of the Forest as her next Holly Black book.


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that is all for today book nerds! have you read the cruel prince or plan on to? what are your thoughts? i would love to chat in the comments!


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Secrets of the High Priestess by Nicole Tone Poetry Review

37509575Title: Secrets of the High Priestess
Author: Nicole Tone
Publisher: Magnolia Press
Format: e-book
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Pub. Date: Jan. 2nd, 2018

Synopsis:

Secrets of the High Priestess explores trauma, recovery, and the role of women in a world that’s begun to change physically, with melting ice caps and changing sea levels, and socially, as we accept new definitions of truth and gender roles.

 

 

 


*thank you to the author for reaching out to me*

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Poetess, Nicole Tone, reached out to me and asked me for an honest review or to blurb her book. I decided to do both because this book needs to be read. Before going into my review, here is what I wrote as the blurb:

Nicole Tone’s poetry will have icicle’s ripping through reader’s hearts with every single word. Secrets of the High Priestess is a raw collection of cold truths that will leave you wading for more in a sea of self-reflection. Be on the lookout for this poetess, she will not disappoint.

Tone’s poetry really marked me. This poetry collection isn’t the pretty kind. There are poems about eating disorders, gender roles, love poems. Nicole writes about the girl she wants to be and yet shares who she was, these are her secrets. The unfiltered secrets that leave you at grasp. She takes us deep into her thoughts. Secrets of the High Priestess has both short poetry and long poetry.

i really look forward to reading more poems from this poetess. here are some of my favorite poems from this collection:


a crack in the ground split open

the earth yawning wider

swallowing up every

magic white rabbit

every mad queen

until there’s nothing but a cliff

on the edge of a void

that today we call beautiful

but tomorrow

will be sold to the

highest bidder

— wonderland is a lie


we train wild animals

break them

bend them to our will

and call them our partners.

how can we be equals with

creatures we demand submission from?

how can i find freedom

on the back of a broken thing?


i celebrate the anniversaries of the times

i lost pieces of myself,

the way other people celebrate birthdays.

on this day,

i gave you pieces of my heart.

on this day,

i gave you the shattered pieces of my soul.

i celebrate the days i lost the things

i can never get back

if only to remind myself

how

far

i’ve

come.


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and that is all for today’s review! happy release day to nicole tone! a kindly reminder to cross review on goodreads and amazon, it help’s us indie authors get noticed. this poetry collection will also be sold worldwide ❤


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new year, new changes on chicnerdreads

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hey everyone! happy new year! i hope you all had a wonderful holiday and i hope that if you’re like me, you can breathe easy now that the holidays are over lol. i know that 2017 was a total blog fail for me and i’ve been hard on myself, especially since i don’t read as much as i used to. i have a whole blog post about what’s been going on here. i’ve been trying to maintain the same themes on my blog meanwhile having internal turmoil when i want to write about other things. at last!!!!!!!! i told myself to just do it and now you will see new things (i mean if you stay of course lol). i even changed my blogger header to this:

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my blog will consist of the usual:

  • book reviews
  • tags
  • poetry
  • bookish memes
  • book hauls

but now it will include these new type of post:

  • poet interviews
  • make-up hauls
  • make-up related post (routines, skincare, etc)
  • fashion haul
  • fashion related post (seasonal inspo, etc)
  • plan with me post
  • planner sticker hauls
  • conspiracy theory thursday
  • discussion type of post

and maybe some other things. who knows. i am super excited for all the new things coming this new year on chicnerdreads. i am learning to accept things as they are and to be kinder to myself. thanks for sticking around. i really appreciate it ❤

how was your new year?


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i would’ve never thought i would suck at blogging, yet here i am

well hello there, hi, long time no see. wow this feels so weird. i’m sitting in front of my screen with a blog post open and typing away. i miss those days, of losing myself in a blog post. i don’t even know where i’m going with this post but like i just need to write this out.

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you know i’ve been asked by 2 important people in my life if i’ve given up blogging for good and the answer is no i haven’t. so now you’re probably wondering, well then why haven’t you been blogging if you didn’t give up? if someone would’ve said to me that my life was going to change this much when i published a book, then maybe i would’ve expected this. the less blogging, little to no reading, being busy with writing, and life period with many exclamation points of adulting. i would’ve warned all of you if i knew this.

i refuse to shut down my blog. i have been stressing a little too much over my blog, my presence here, stressing over coming back, being accepted, and keeping things with how they used to be. instead, i’ve been thinking of changing things up here on chicnerdreads and starting fresh for the new year. with all these changes in less than a year, i have changed too. i’m still playing with some ideas for the blog and trying to balance my very hectic time-limited schedule. cause if you don’t know, i’m currently working on other projects, i have family here from PR that came immediately after Hurricane Maria, and now the holidays are here.

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all in all, i wanted to say hey hi, i miss you all and think about you often.

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