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Because I Like Making Lists & Goals

The first day of summer is June 21. That's practically right around the corner! I can't believe how fast this year has flown by. It seems like just yesterday I was having to remember to write 2013 and not 2012. Back to the point of this post, I figured I would make a list of goals for the summer for two reasons.

One, as the title of this post states, I like making lists and goals.

Two, I'm going back to college in the fall and I need to get some things accomplished before I start school. I'm planning on taking 7 classes (4 online, 3 face-to-face) and I'm not sure how busy it will keep me. The summer is going to be the time for me to get what I want to do this year done, especially with school taking over in August.


So what's on my list of goals?

  • Have the fifth installment of the Bold as Love series ready for edits.
  • Finish the first draft of Kelly Price's story. (This is the Untitled WIP that I pin about on Pinterest.)
  • Read 25 books. 
  • Get a job. (A part time job means I don't have to be on a book buying ban! How bad is it that I need a job to support that addiction? Darn that one-click option!)
That seems like more than enough for now. I'm going to be super busy between those goals and working on the new project with Mary Smith. I'm very excited about it all though. I'll have an update post on September 21, which is the last day of summer, to let you all know how well I did with my goals! 

Fun Facts about North Carolina

All the following statements and more can be found at this website.




  • The University of North Carolina Chapel Hill is the oldest State University in the United States.
  • Cape Hatteras is the largest lighthouse ever to be moved due to erosion problems.
  • The first English colony in America was located on Roanoke Island. Walter Raleigh founded it. The colony mysteriously vanished with no trace except for the word "Croatoan" scrawled on a nearby tree.
  • Krispy Kreme Doughnut was founded in Winston-Salem.
  • The Venus Fly-Trap is native to Hampstead.
  • Babe Ruth hit his first home run in Fayetteville on March 7, 1914.
  • The first English child born in America was born in Roanoke in 1587. Her name was Virginia Dare.
  • Pepsi was invented and first served in New Bern in 1898.
  • James K. Polk, born in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, was the eleventh President of the United States.

My Top Ten (Twenty, Really) Favorite Books

I have 73 books on my favorites shelf on Goodreads. Today, I'm going to narrow it down to my top ten favorites in no particular order. I'm going to separate it into those in a series and those that are stand alones.


  1. Wide Awake by Shelly Crane
  2. The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen
  3. Love Means Zero by Daisy Jordan
  4. Aurora Undefined by Kate Hinderer
  5. Dear John by Nicholas Sparks
  6. Flat-Out Love by Jessica Park
  7. I Know It's Over by C.K. Kelly Martin
  8. I Know Pronounce You Someone Else by Erin McCahan
  9. Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen
  10. Plain Truth by Jodi Picoult

  1. Summer series by Jenny Han
  2. Of Witches and Warlocks series by Lacey Weatherford
  3. That Boy series by Jillian Dodd
  4. Slammed series by Colleen Hoover
  5. Significance series by Shelly Crane
  6. Study series by Maria V. Snyder
  7. Soul Screamers series by Rachel Vincent
  8. The Mortal Instruments series (only books 1-3) by Cassandra Clare
  9. Insight series by Jamie Magee
  10. Wicked series by Nancy Holder and Debbie Viguie