Have you read the Six of Crows duology by Leigh Bardugo yet? You really really should.

I’m going to be honest with you, I don’t feel like I fit the typical description of most bookworms on the internet. I’m not an overly voracious reader who consumes hundreds of books every year. Instead, I like to read books in small doses over long spans of time, meaning I’m lucky to hit the double digits of books read by the time the year is up.

I’m just someone who is always in the midst of reading something, even though I’m not often reading. (Does that make any sense?)

Anyways, the point I’m trying to get to is that because I don’t read many books each year, I get really excited when a book (or series) I devote my time to ends up blowing me away. I become relieved that the book (or series) I’ve chosen to read wasn’t a waste of time, since I’ll read so few in a year, and feel compelled to shout about it to others so that other on-again off-again readers like myself get a chance to read good books too.

Today’s post is dedicated to one such series I want to shout about: the Six of Crows duology by Leigh Bardugo.

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Success! A month-long challenge of Disney doodles completed.

Do you remember that time I wrote a post about my attempt to take part in an Instagram and how I came to the conclusion that it’s not considered failing when you decide an Instagram challenge is no longer for you?  No?!? Ugh, what a fake fan. 😉

Well, last summer I attempted to take part in #doodletimewithkaroline. Keyword: attempted. I lasted one week. And then, to make me feel better about myself, I devoted a blog post to my attempt and told everyone that even though I didn’t complete the challenge by participating in all thirty prompts, I didn’t actually fail because I learned stuff about the community and my artwork and whatnot. And learning stuff makes me the best so in your face, right?

I still stand by the point of that post: you have the power to define what success is to you. But let’s be 100% real, when I joined that challenge, my goal wasn’t to learn. I wanted to complete it. I wanted my artwork to show up on that hashtag everyday. I wanted to be one of those kick-ass people who joined a month-long challenge and survived.

So with the start of the new year, I tried again. And guess what?

I DID IT!!!!!!!!!!

As a result, I have to write another post about Instagram challenges. Because, you know, what’s a victory if you can’t celebrate it? I want everyone to know that not only can I succeed by bending the rules and looking at things my way, but that I can also succeed by doing it the right way.

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Let’s talk about cute machines | Introducing my favorite robots in fiction

What are cute machines?

Okay, I think between the illustration and title of this post you can figure out what cute machines are, but as I used the website TV Tropes as inspiration when searching for what type of characters I’d like to feature, I feel it’s only appropriate I use their description. According to TV Tropes, this is what can be expected when it comes to cute machines:

Sometimes, a robotic character, despite its composition of hard circuits and cold metal, completely melts your heart. Often just as lovable as their flesh and blood counterparts, these little guys/gals steal the show and the audience’s affection.

That’s right, cute machines are… cute machines.

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