My Journey to Discovering Myself: The DNA is In!

I actually can’t believe it took me so long to write up and create this post. Honestly, I just wasn’t sure how to present the information. This was one of the most exciting things for me to do. I’m very close to my mom and her side but not in contact with my dad’s side at all. My last post I kind of talked about what I was expecting in my results you can check out my predictions here.
The first thing I noticed when I got my results was that none of my DNA was a big section. All of my results are less than 20% which was really interesting. My mom did her DNA at the same time as me and her results had larger % than me but I honestly wasn’t surprised by that since I’m Biracial and she is not.
On to the results! The results were broken up into higher probability and lower probability. There was also a range scale on each meaning the percent could differ? I honestly was confused about that.
Europe West
18%

Nigeria

15%

Ireland/Scotland/Wales

12%

Benin/Togo

9%

Iberian Peninsula

8%

Cameroon/Congo

7%

Mali

6%

Great Britain

6%

Low Confidence Regions

Europe South
4%
Scandinavia
3%
Ivory Coast/Ghana
3%
Senegal
3%
Africa Southeastern Bantu
2%
Europe East
1%
Africa South-Central Hunter-Gatherers
1%
Finland/Northwest Russia
<1%
European Jewish
<1%
Ok woah, look at that! It looks like my DNA is centered around Europe and Africa which wasn’t too shocking since my mom is white and my father is black. however, I was surprised not to see Native American but I posted in my intro that Ancestry has a bad rap on “finding” native heritage. One of the things that really surprised me with my results was the Europian Jewish. I was always told about Jewish heritage it also didn’t show up at all on my mom’s DNA. My mom’s DNA was more centered around the UK her largest percent was 35% Great Britain so I was kind of surprised I don’t have a large

percentage. I’m hoping to do a project with this information in the future. However, I haven’t figured out what I want to do as of yet. I was thinking of doing a reading challenge where I read books about or from those areas with some contents like facts or trying a recipe from the area. Which  I would then document on my blog of course.


What about you have you ever taken a DNA? Planning to?

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Smutathon TBR

Hello, I heard about this awesome readathon and it seems perfect for the reading mood that I am in right now. This readathon is hosted by 2 of my favorite Booktubers Lainey and Riley. I really liked the prompts as well there are a total of 7 challenges geared around 7 popular romance tropes. Which I am so game for I can’t wait for this to start.

The 7 challenges are Enemies to Lovers, Friends to Lovers, Second Chance, Fake Dating, Arranged Marriage, Stranded Together, and Love Triangle. Of the 7 challenges, I feel pretty comfortable for challenges 1,2,4, and 5 but I don’t typically read books from the other so I’m interested in finding books that fall into those tropes. I am going to post a few options for each challenge instead of picking one even though the readathon is just around the corner. I am bound to change my mind if I set a concrete TBR so I’m not going to. Also, I am going by friends recs so they should fit the categories but it’s possible that they are marked incorrectly.

1)Enemies to Lovers

  

2)Friends to Lovers

  

3)Second Chance

  

4)Fake Dating

   

5)Arranged Marriage

  

6)Stranded Together

  

7)Love Triangle

  

Quite a few of these books seem to fit different categories and I am dying to start reading some of these books like right now. Can the 9th be now, please!


Are you participating in #Smutathon? What are you reading

Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag

Half the year has already passed and I’m sure you guys are tired of this tag by now but I am kind of interested in seeing my answers for this tag. I decided before the questions to share some of my stats as well.

goal   As for the Goodreads challenge I am not doing great. I’m 6 books behind. 😦 I’m kind of in this weird mood where I am having a hard time picking a book up. Once I start a book I don’t want to put it down once I start but the initial pick up is rough right nowCapture

I decided to also include my rating chart so far for the year. I’m actually not that surprised by the way it looks. I feel like I’ve been reading a lot of “average” books this year i.e. the huge 3-star section. Also, I thought I would mention that for me 2 stars isn’t horrible it’s just not for me or not that “memorable”. The only rating that is “bad” would be 1 star which luckily I haven’t had a lot of so far this year.

On to the questions!

BEST BOOK YOU’VE READ SO FAR THIS YEAR.

   

It was so hard to pick just one favorite book so far. I have a few other amazing books but I picked 3 of them!

  1. Let’s Talk About Love- My most recent read and I loved this the Biromantic Asexual rep was amazing! I related to the main character so much in this one. Also, a great friendship and the romance was really a slow burn that was so adorable!
  2. Wolfsong– This was the biggest surprise for me of the year. The blurb on Hoopla is horrible but someone rec’d it to me so I gave it a go. It was 100 shades of amazing. It features an M/M romance and it was brutally heartbreaking and I was obsessed!
  3. Autoboyography– This one is also an M/M romance however it is YA, unlike Wolfsong.  I really liked reading this one one of my favorite parts of this stories narrative is the focus on religion which is uncommon in YA I’ve noticed.

BEST SEQUEL YOU’VE READ SO FAR THIS YEAR.

This was a hard question because  I haven’t continued a lot of series so far this year. So I picked Hiyokoi vol.2 I gave it the same rating as the first book 4 stars. I’m liking this series so far but the 3rd volume the last I read was a letdown. Hopefully, the rest of the series will be better.

NEW RELEASE YOU HAVEN’T READ YET BUT WANT TO.

  

These 3 are some of the ones I am most excited to read from this year. As well as like another 50 books or so but what else is new.

 MOST ANTICIPATED RELEASE FOR THE SECOND HALF OF THE YEAR.

    

I don’t pay attention to books coming out in the future but I do keep up with some of my favorite authors. A few of them are coming out with books later this year and let me tell you I am so excited!!!!

 BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT.

Carrie by Stephen King was not good. I didn’t really care about anything that happened and that’s not how periods work. I’ve never seen either of the movies so I wasn’t spoiled but I have a feeling that I would like them more than I liked the book. However, since this is Mt. King’s first book I’m sure I’ll like some of his other works. I’ll for sure be trying some more of his books in the future.

 BIGGEST SURPRISE.

Salt was unbelievably shocking to me. I am not a poetry reader but this book was SO AMAZING! I don’t typically get poetry but this one hit me in the feels and just wow.

FAVOURITE NEW AUTHOR (DEBUT OR NEW TO YOU).

Hands down Katie O’Neill I read both of her published books last month and I was obsessed! She quickly became one of my favorite authors. Also, she has a 3rd book coming out later this year that I can’t wait to get my hands on.

 NEWEST FICTIONAL CRUSH.

This question is so hard for me. I don’t crush on fictional characters. I typically root for their relationships if they are portrayed in one but other than that I don’t really feel anything like that.

NEWEST FAVOURITE CHARACTER.

Easy, I think I will go with Alice from Let’s Talk About Love I related so much to her it was unreal. She is for sure going to stay as one of my favs for a long time.

BOOK THAT MADE YOU CRY.

I honestly can’t remember a single book making me cry so far this year. THere were a few that made me a little misty-eyed including Wolfsong which I mentioned above.

BOOK THAT MADE YOU HAPPY

 

I decided to pick 2 books I hadn’t mentioned yet. I 100% recommend both!

  1. Always Human– is free webcomic it was so cute it also had great rep in it. Including asexual, polyamorous, trans, and lesbian. I read it all in one sitting and I remember smiling through it!
  2. Indigo– was the first book I read from Beverly Jenkins, it will not be the last. This is the first time I have ever read a historical romance featuring black main characters as the main characters as free successful people and I loved every second of this book! * I haven’t read tons of historical romances but the ones I have rarely mentioned pocs at all!

FAVOURITE BOOK TO MOVIE ADAPTATION YOU SAW THIS YEAR.

I don’t really like movies so I haven’t seen any this year. I do however have plans to watch Love, Simon and The Hate U Give some time in the near future I don’t think I’ve been this excited for movies in a really long time!

FAVOURITE REVIEW YOU’VE WRITTEN THIS YEAR

I haven’t written a lot of reviews so far this year which is really sad but something I am trying to do better in the second half of the year so I picked one at random from the backlist!

Review: The Capsule Wardrobe

MOST BEAUTIFUL BOOK YOU’VE BOUGHT SO FAR THIS YEAR (OR RECEIVED).

Uhm, I haven’t bought a single book this year! I know what kind of reader am I? Anyways I decided just to pick some pretty covers from my TBR that I plan to read relatively soon.

  

These 3 covers are some of my favorite covers out right now I am so tempted to buy them for the covers alone.

WHAT BOOKS DO YOU NEED TO READ BY THE END OF THE YEAR?

All of the books mentioned above!

 

 

 

Weekly Wrap-up June 25th to 1st of July

Hello, welcome back to another weekly wrap up!

This post is late again, of course, I can’t seem to ever post this on time but oh well. I’m still behind in my Goodreads challenge like always. As of now, I am 5 books behind. Life hasn’t been super interesting in the last week. Other than rearranging the pharmacy little by little. We had a rather steady week. I’m in a rather odd reading mood. I want to read and enjoy books but I also am worried about burnout since the NEWT readathon is in August and I’m being overly ambitious in my reading then with 36 books for all of the challenges. I’ve also been reading more lately on sites like Wattpad and Inkitt so I haven’t really been finishing things because very few of the stories I’ve been reading aren’t finished so that doesn’t help my “needing to finish something mindset”. However this week I did manage to read a total of 4 books.

   

The last book was a book on Inkitt called Slumber by Maddazahatter. I left a link in the title if you’d like to check it out.

Out of the 4 books I was completely obsessed with Let’s Talk About Love it was amazing and I am obsessed! I really want to own my own copy ASAP! The rep in here was really great I was so happy and I really want to write a review/gush as soon as I possibly can.


That’s all for me this week! How was your last week?

Tome Topple TBR

With 20 minutes until Tome Topple starts here I decided to join in! I joined in a round of Tome topple I think a year ago and I really enjoyed it. Tome Topple is really low key compared to other readathons since its a fortnight and the goal is to read large books instead of trying to read a whole bunch of books. I kind of wanted to take it easy until the NEWT readathon so I think this will be really perfect for me.

So this time around I decided just to look at what I had as options. I’m a big mood reader so I don’t 100% know what I want to read so I just want to have tons of options. Some of the books I have to pick from include….

      

I don’t have any idea what I will manage to read from this list but I’m leaning towards The Poppy Wars since a lot of other people will be reading that as well for the readathon. I do have some lighter books on this list like the last 2 books and Gentlemen’s Guide. All of these books have been on my TBR for a really long time so I am so excited to get to any of them that I can.


Are you participating in Tome Topple? What are you reading?

Thank You for 100 Followers!

Hey, guys, I am so excited to write this really quick post.

I woke up to great news! I hit 100 WordPress followers!

I love you guys so much this was a benchmark that I didn’t think I would make it this far at all. When I decided to make this blog I had no idea that I would stick with it as long as I have. Next month it will be a year for this blog and I honestly can’t believe it. I’m so flabbergasted by your guys’ support and I am so excited to continue this blog.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for continuously supporting me.

Arya

Weekly Reading Wrap-up June 17-24

Another week has flown by. I worked almost every day in the last week so I didn’t have a lot of free time. I worked a lot more than I was planning for as well since we had a couple of call-ins and I worked a lot of their hours as well as my own and I was really tired. My car is also in the shop for the last week or so. The air went out and luckily I have a great coverage plan on my car and only have to pay the deductible of $100 dollars versus the $2,200 they quoted me.

As for reading, I have been having trouble finishing books. I am in the middle of quite a few books right now. I’m having a hard time finding large chunks of time to sit down and read. I did manage to read a few short works this week, however.

I finally read the first volume in the Namesake web comic and 2 comics that have been on my TBR for a while now. Also finished The Canterville Ghost on Seriel Reader this week,

Currently Reading!

 
Bothers of these I am enjoying Serial Reader. I also a quote a fee books check out from the library that I’m picking from as well.

My library haul post will be posted soon most likely in the coming week.


That’s all for this week. How was your week?