The BIG Picture: 2015!

I can't believe 2015 is coming to a close! As a blogger and as a person, 2015 has been such an incredible year filled with amazing people and fantastic memories. You guys have been such a big part of my year and I just wanted to recap everything that has happened this year. 

CLASSICS: The Old Man and the Sea...Review?

Title: The Old Man and the Sea
Author: Ernest Hemingway
Genre: Classics

The Old Man and the Sea is one of Hemingway’s most enduring works. Told in language of great simplicity and power, it is the story of an old Cuban fisherman, down on his luck, and his supreme ordeal—a relentless, agonizing battle with a giant marlin far out in the Gulf Stream. Here Hemingway recasts, in strikingly contemporary style, the classic theme of courage in the face of defeat, of personal triumph won from loss. Written in 1952, this hugely successful novella confirmed his power and presence in the literary world and played a large part in his winning the 1954 Nobel Prize for Literature.

12 Bloggers of Christmas Pt. 3

Christmas is over , and with it this lil' event is coming to a close! I just wanted to thank everyone who joined in and helped out to make this come to life. It's not very big, but it will be a great springboard for any other things I participate in or create in the future. I love you all! Today we are showcasing 5 amazing bloggers! 


Hey guys! It's December 25th, and although not all of us may celebrate Christmas religiously or at all, I've always loved the idea of having one day to celebrate love and joy throughout the world.

CLASSICS: Jane Eyre Review

Title: Jane Eyre
Author: Charlotte Brontë
Genre: Classics

*SIDE NOTE: I hope you're enjoying the new winter themes going all up in here...shoutout to those coders who make all the html stuff ready for us newbies to use :)*

Orphaned into the household of her Aunt Reed at Gateshead, subject to the cruel regime at Lowood charity school, Jane Eyre nonetheless emerges unbroken in spirit and integrity. She takes up the post of governess at Thornfield, falls in love with Mr. Rochester, and discovers the impediment to their lawful marriage in a story that transcends melodrama to portray a woman's passionate search for a wider and richer life than Victorian society traditionally allowed.

With a heroine full of yearning, the dangerous secrets she encounters, and the choices she finally makes, Charlotte Bronte's innovative and enduring romantic novel continues to engage and provoke readers.

12 Bloggers of Christmas Pt. 2

Hey guys! Whew, final exams have just ended and it is officially WINTER BREAK!!! That calls for winter-y festivities all over the blog including the FALLING SNOW (I am so happy about it) and the second post of the 12 bloggers of Christmas! Today I am showcasing another fantastic group, and I hope you're excited! 

12 Bloggers of Christmas Pt. 1

Welcome everyone! Today is an incredibly special one, because Read and Dream is hosting its very first bloggish event! The title of the event may be a little misleading because due to popularity it's actually 13 bloggers! In the holiday spirit of joy and happiness, I am showcasing 4 bloggers to you every Sunday for the next 3 weeks and their responses to a few questions. Please check them out as they are all amazing AMAZING bloggers :) 

Blogger Positivity Campaign RECAP!

Blogger Positivity Campaign RECAP!
Hey guys! Sadly, this amazing campaign must come to an end
but the good thing is the positivity won't go away! To sum up the past few weeks, we are all doing a post in the 5 4 3 2 1 format...Here we go!

12 Bloggers of Christmas

12 Bloggers of Christmas
Hey guys! I am here today with a fun little event I'm thinking of hosting here on Read and Dream this holiday season. Welcome to....12 bloggers of Christmas! 

Girls like Us Review

Title: Girls like Us
Author: Gail Giles
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Genre: Realistic Fiction, Contemporary

Blurb: (from goodreads) With gentle humor and unflinching realism, Gail Giles tells the gritty, ultimately hopeful story of two special ed teenagers entering the adult world. 

Quincy and Biddy are both graduates of their high school’s special ed program, but they couldn’t be more different: suspicious Quincy faces the world with her fists up, while gentle Biddy is frightened to step outside her front door. When they’re thrown together as roommates in their first "real world" apartment, it initially seems to be an uneasy fit. But as Biddy’s past resurfaces and Quincy faces a harrowing experience that no one should have to go through alone, the two of them realize that they might have more in common than they thought — and more important, that they might be able to help each other move forward.

5 Bloggers That I Absolutely Love

Hey guys! I'm back today with another Blogger Positivity Campaign post hosted by the amazing Jillian @Jillian's Books! I have been super busy lately with the end of the semester coming up, but this is keeping me motivated! Today, we have...

5 bloggers I Absolutely Love 

This was so hard! I love all my bloggers and bloggerly friends, so narrowing down to 5? A real challenge. I also have links to other AMAZING people's blogs in my first introduction post, so please go check their blogs out as well. We are a community, after all! 

Look how cute her profile picture is...Anyway I've recently been fortunate to discover Lara after she began to comment on my blog! She is so kind and sincere in her comments and her blog is SO CUTE. I am officially in love. Also...she loves Celaena Sardothien. We are now besties. 

I've been reading Skye's blog for a while now, and I've always loved it. Her reviews and bookish posts are great, but most importantly I love her sincere discussion posts that really evoke thought. We need more of those around here! 

Another new blogger I have recently discovered by participating in this campaign (this is why I love this!) Our interest in theatre was something new I haven't seen with other book bloggers, and her blog posts and reviews are so unique and simple. 

Her new blog design is adorable, and her blog posts are always so visually pleasing and interesting. And she manages to keep up with her blogging and school at the same time...whhhattt?! That I can respect. Go check her blog out!

I love her personal blog, and her collaboration blog she does with a bunch of other bloggers called Lit Up Review! She loves contemporary and historical fiction (just happens to be my two favorite genres as well) and is also a TEENAGER. Ahhhh she rocks. 

So those are my 5 bloggers for today! Leave a comment below so I can make sure to check out your blog and fall in love! See ya later, chicas!