Books I’m Reading for School

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As you can assume from my sudden 16 day hiatus, school is once again in full swing. This semester was a little easier to get into than the first, but I can say confidently that the reading list a whole new challenge in itself. This semester, I am in two 2nd year English classes. One of them focuses on literature from Romanticism and the Victorian period. The other English class I am in focuses on young adult literature and is one I am very excited about. This list will just include the novels I need to read, not the short stories or poems.

Anyways, here are the books I have to read this semester!

Matilda by Roald Dahl

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I actually just finished this book for class yesterday, and it was really interesting to read it at this age for the first time. While it did not blow my mind, I had a fun time reading this beloved story of both children and adults. This book is a good reminder that books are not meant for one age group, but for everyone. That is one of the topics we are tackling in my young adult literature class and is really important to address in my opinion. Anyways, I am happy to have finally read this book after liking the movie as a kid!

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by JK Rowling

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Not only was I excited to see this book on my class reading list because I’ve been meaning to give Harry Potter a re-read, but also because I already own the book so it saved me a couple of dollars which is always nice. I thought it was interesting that my professor chose the second book in the series and not the first because I have a friend in the class that has never read any of the books! Harry Potter always takes me a bit of time to get through. Not because it’s boring but the world is a lot to absorb. Since I’ve read it a couple times already, I will hopefully get through it in the two weeks I have to read it.

The Neverending Story by Michael Ende

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Like Matilda, I watched the movie but never even considered reading the book. Honestly, The Neverending Story movie terrified me as a child. It was a mixture of the story itself and the poor visual effects of the 80s, but nonetheless, I watched it once and had no plans of watching it again. Now, here I am, around 10 years later and planning on reading it in the next month or so. I’m curious though. Curious if I will like it or not since I have such strong feelings towards the movie. If I end up liking the book I don’t think I’ll be able to help but re-watch the movie.

Inkheart by Cornelia Funke

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This book was everywhere in the early 2010s when middle grade and YA were at their beginning peak. However, I never picked it up! Maybe it was the size or the overwhelming amount of hype surrounding it, but for whatever reason, this is the first time I’m getting around to it. Or, so I thought…When I first bought the book for class, I decided to try out the first 50 or so pages. While I was reading them, I had the very faint feeling that I had read those pages before. Now, I’m wondering if I maybe read the book and completely forgot. Or, at least, started it and never finished. I did watch the movie, like all of these other books though, so maybe that has something to do with it. Nonetheless, I cannot wait to get into this classic middle grade.

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

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Now, this is probably the book I am most excited to read for class. Ever since I got this book a year ago, I have been meaning to get to it but as always, got distracted by other books. Since it’s on the reading list for class though, I will finalllly get around to it. I am dying to see if this book is worth the monumental amount of hype surrounding it. I am also ready to read this book so I can catch up and read the sequel before the movie comes out (whenever that is)!

Awake and Dreaming by Kit Pearson

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I have never heard of this book or author, probably because she is a local author to the city I live in. The mystery surrounding this book though is keeping me excited for it, and I do not plan on reading any synopses before diving into it. Kit Pearson is also visiting my class while we’re reading it so that just adds to the growing excitement for this novel! I am pretty sure this is a middle grade which is nice because the amount of middle grade in my life is lacking.

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

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Finally, we are moving into the novels I am reading for my Romanticism/Victorian class and first up, is A Christmas Carol and yet another classic I have not read! Thankfully, this book is very, very short because accompanied by the books I am reading for my YA class, the last thing I need is a thick novel written in Victorian English…something I do not read easily.

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson

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Along with Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, this is the only other book on this list that I’ve actually read before! I read this novella during this past summer and I…liked it enough. It wasn’t awful but it wasn’t exactly my cup of tea. Hopefully, re-reading it will go by quicker but I do know this will be a fun story to dive into with my class.

Well, those are all of the books I have to read this semester and it is a lot more appealing than last semester’s list I’ll tell you that. If you want to see what kind of books I had to read semester, check out that blog post right HERE. If you want to check out my last blog post or any of my social media accounts, you can check them out below. Anyways, thanks for reading!

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Reading on Vacation

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Happy Tuesday and Happy New Years Eve!

Since I am currently on vacation, I thought it would be funny to write up a post about my experiences (and struggles) with reading. Right now, I am in Hawaii with nine of my family members and because there are so many of us, we are constantly in close proximity. I’ve managed to get a fair amount of reading done, but there have been some obstacles along the way that make me realize bringing three books and buying one along the way while I am here might have been overestimating my reading skills just a little bit.

Problem #1: Suddenly Everything is Fascinating to Look At

The spot outside I have been reading in is facing and surrounded by palm trees and bushes sprouting colourful flowers. I will sit back in my chair with a hot cup of coffee, ready to tackle the next 30-40 pages of whatever I am reading, only for a bird with a red tuft on his head and white feathers to fly past me. Suddenly, I am staring at the bird and like five minutes has passed by. Five minutes where I did not read a single page. It isn’t just the birds that do this to me. Sometimes I will stare out at the ocean and just watch the waves for a couple minutes. Or other times, a breeze will go through and my eyes are suddenly trained on the moving leaves. Not only was it easy for me to get distracted BEFORE, but now there is a huge new array of things to get distracted by.

Problem #2: Interruptions

I cannot express how many times I will be sitting outside, finally getting into the groove of reading…and then that all crashes and burns in front of my face because my brother just came out to tell me that there is a cockroach in the backyard. To be honest, this is the problem I deal with the least, but there are a lot of us squished in this house and therefore, the reader’s most dreaded problem of being interrupted mid-read is inevitable.

Problem #3: Energy Spikes at 9am

Hawaii is two hours behind where I live so I have been waking up on the early side. At least, what is considered the early side for a university student who has spent the past four months waking up at 7:30am every day to go to school. However, now I have been waking up around 7am Hawaii time and then reading by 7:30 or 8am. Every single day though, we have started going to the beach or to town or out or food by 9am and suddenly, I am not back at the house until 4pm. It has become a race to get as much read as I can before I am shoved out of the house to explore Hawaii (which I am not complaining about). Back home, I would not even think of going out and being active before 12pm if I had the option, but now even the people who would hold us up back home are waking up at 8am.

Problem #4: Energy Depletes at 4pm

I have never been a napper, but after swimming in Hawaii’s monstrous waves or hiking up Diamond Head in the heat, I am ready to drop by the time 4pm rolls around. So, if I don’t get any reading done in the morning, there is no way any books will be opened again. Every single day I have been ready to nap around 4:30pm and I have succeeded too. I will wake up, it will be getting dark or already dark when that does happen.

Problem #5: Even on Vacation, THERE ARE SO MANY BOOKS TO READ

On my trip, I brought Scythe by Neal Shusterman, 1984 by George Orwell and Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid. However, a few days ago, I also picked up The Last Magician from a book shop here because it was super cheap. If you have seen The Last Magician, even in paperback, you know that it is not a small book either. Anyways, it is safe to say I have my choices.

Anyways, that is all for this blog post and I hope you enjoyed! Don’t forget to check out my last blog post as well as my social media accounts linked down below. Keep an eye out for my next post which will most likely be my favourite books of the year! Thanks for reading 🙂

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Movies That Earned Their Hype!

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I felt compelled to write this after watching an incredibly hyped up movie on the plane ride to Hawaii and was happy that it met my pretty high expectations. This happens a lot, with books too, and often I never find that I like it as much as I could after everyone gushes about it. However, there are some exceptions to that and here are four of them!

Avengers: Endgame

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I doubt anyone is surprised to see this on this list since I think it was one of the biggest movies of the year, if not the biggest. This was one long movie, but that is the key reason why it lived up to the monumental amount of hype surrounding it. It was the conclusion to this epic battle against Thanos and people were expecting everything to be tied up by the end of the movie. Overall, I really do think the director did a good job of doing this. The three-plus hours of the movie allowed for the large cast of characters to have their own plotlines that eventually got (somewhat) wrapped up in a (somewhat and mostly) satisfying bow. There was a lot of exposition at the start that I am not going to lie, is pretty hard for me to get through whenever I rewatch, but I believe this conclusion lived up to everyone’s hype. It also got me incredibly excited for the new Guardians of the Galaxy film as if I wasn’t ecstatic already.

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

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This was the movie I watched on the plane that I was curious to see how much I enjoyed compared to everyone else. I am a huge Tarantino fan, Inglorious Basterds being one of my top 5 favourite films, so I really wanted to like his new film. However, everyone I talked to about it went on and on about how amazing it was, and I’m not going to lie, I was a little skeptical. Luckily, after sitting down to watch the full two hour and forty-something minute film, I can say that it did live up to the hype! At least for me. The gritty and dark atmosphere of the 70s in Hollywood really drew me in, bringing to life this story about an actor navigating a Hollywood now unrecognizable to him with the help of his friend/stunt double. From the cinematic aspects of it, the film as beautifully shot and cut. None of the scenes felt too out of place for me, and I really enjoyed the ending of the film even if at first, I was a little disappointed. Overall, this movie survived the hype and came out strong. Who is surprised honestly?

Zombieland: Double Tap

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This might be a controversial one, but I personally really enjoyed the sequel to Zombieland and thought it definitely lived up to the hype it was receiving. Was it created just to make money since the first one did so well? Yes. Does that mean I liked it any less? Not really. I found it hilarious and entertaining, and here is an unpopular opinion, but I might like it more than the first. While it received a lot of meh opinions, it did get a lot of hype being like Frozen 2 in the sense that it has been yeeeears since the first one was released. However, I really do think it lived up to the hype.

Frozen 2

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A little bit of a flip of genre from the one above, but I have been raving about this movie to anyone who will listen ever since I saw it a couple weeks ago. I watched the first movie when it first came out way back in 2013 and liked it enough. I am a pretty big Disney fan, so the chances of disliking Frozen 2 despite my meh feelings about the first one were slim. However, Frozen 2 blew up my low expectations and left me in awe. Honestly, I would be lying if I said I did not have plans to watch it again while I am in Hawaii. It is clearly made for a more mature audience since everyone who watched the first one when it came out was young, but it is still obviously for kids too. The songs also were more mature and are now constantly stuck in my head. Obviously, there was a lot of hype for this movie since it was six years in the making, but yes, I believe it lived up to all the hype.

Those are four new releases that come out this year that I thought lived up to the hype. Let me know which movies you watched that you enjoyed just as much as everyone else because I’d love to know! Don’t forget to check out my last blog post as well as my social media which is all linked down below. Thanks for reading 🙂

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NaNoWriMo – No Writing Novemeber

Hellooo, long time no see…again.

To say the least, it is only November 12 yet I have already failed NaNoWriMo. I haven’t written one single word of one of my NaNoWriMo projects and honestly, cannot see any getting written before the month is over. I did not anticipate the fast-paced month as much as I should have. It is only halfway through November and I have only just had time to pause and write a blog post. I cannot even remember the past 12 days because they have been a blur of assignments, appointments and stress!

On top of the sudden rapid finish of the semester, since I have less than a month of the semester left, I started weekly chiropractor appointments for my back. Nothing specifically happened to trigger me going to the chiropractor other than my mom works at one and after years spent hunched over the computer, even at age 18, my back is starting to feel it. This has also been a contributing factor to me completely neglecting my writing because after writing my English assignments on my laptop, my shoulders and back muscles cry at the thought of spending an extra hour at it.

I am not being too hard on myself though. I wrote a poem for my English department’s poetry contest and it was a nice way to dip my toes back into creative writing. I haven’t stopped planning and brainstorming story ideas either, which has been a key creative outlet I turn to when I am too busy (or distracted) to actually write. I know that once the semester finishes and since I don’t have that many exams, I will be able to use my newfound time during the break to work on my writing. However, I am going on a huge family vacation for about 10 days towards the end of December. Hopefully, I will still manage to be productive during that time.

But yes, basically NaNoWriMo has been a flop. This is the first time in three or so years where I haven’t at least wrote something in November, it feels a little weird. That’s how life goes sometimes though, and we all have to remember that it’s okay.

Anyways, thanks for reading this ramble and staying with me during this silent time on my blog! I appreciate you all and hopefully, I will be coming up with a new blog post soon. Don’t forget to check out my last blog post as well as my social media, which are all linked down below. Thanks for reading 🙂

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Am I Participating in NaNoWriMo?

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I thought it was time to give a little update on where I’m at with my writing and if I am going to be participating in NaNoWriMo this year since it’s only been recently that I’ve gotten back into blogging. I’ve been going back and forth about it a lot because it’s only been recently since I managed to get a grasp on managing my time and passions. However, I decided that I do really want to try NaNoWriMo this year and just see how it goes. Honestly, even last year when I had more time to write I struggled with it, so I am a little skeptical about me getting anywhere near 50,000 words this November. Might as well try though because me attempting NaNoWriMo this year is all about trying to get back into the routine of writing.

But yes! I am participating, or at least attempting to participate, in NaNoWriMo 2019. I am not 100% sure which story I am going to be focusing on, but I’ve been slowly planning out both so either I’ll decide right before Novemeber, or I will switch between them during the month. One is a fun, “trying-to-get-back-into-writing” story while the other is the Aztec mythology one I’ve been working on for over two years. I am really excited to get back into writing, and hopefully this will push me to write a little bit every day even amongst the rest of life going on because that is something I haven’t done in a while! I miss writing constantly and having it be a prominent aspect of my life. It is the same with reading. I read a lot for my degree but it isn’t the same as reading for my own enjoyment. Once again, once I get a better grasp on managing my time, I will be able to easily fit both into my schedule which I cannot wait for.

Oh! Another writing-related update is that I have decided to become a double major (this could change, but as of now, I am pretty set on the idea) in English AND writing. I did not want to just major in writing, but I really enjoy the idea of having to make time for my own writing. Even if it is an assignment, once you get past the first year level of writing courses which I have, you get a lot more freedom with your stories that you hand in and share with your critique groups. You are also supposed to pick to genres to specialize in at first, so I’ve decided to choose fiction and creative non-fiction. Let’s see if I actually follow through with this, but I hope I do because it would bring creative writing back into my life for the rest of my school years which is really important to me. I never realized how much I needed writing until I stopped for an entire month.

Anyways, that was a little, rambly update for you all on my writing and thoughts about NaNoWriMo this year! Stay tuned because the next blog post should be a random short story I wrote which I think will be a lot of fun to share as it is the first short story I’ve written since I’ve slowly gotten back into writing.

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5 Writing Prompts for Fall!

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Happy Friday!

Fall is in the air! The days are shorter, nights are darker, and the air is cooler – all meaning my favourite time of the year is fast-approaching. In honour of that, I decided it would be fun to share 10 fall writing prompts to get your creativity flowing this fall. I have done a lot of reading and book related posts these past few weeks, so it is time for a writing-related post anyways!

Here are five writing prompts from me to you 🙂

  1. You turn the corner onto your empty and quiet street only to find it covered in the thick shadows of the night. The streetlights remain unlit and shadows seem to dance in the small pockets of moonlight. You grip your backpack straps and begin walking down the sidewalk but the sound of dry leaves crunching under feet echoes from somewhere down the dark street. You pause and squint through the darkness. The sound continues, suddenly appearing right behind you and you whirl around to find…
  2. Orange flames crackle and hiss from the red brick fireplace as you snuggle deep into the couch  with a cup of hot tea steaming in your hands. Just as you raise the cup to your lips, banging erupts at the door. Each knock is hard and followed by another. You freeze, slowly setting the cup down and rising to your feet. You knew this day would come, but you didn’t know it would be so soon.
  3. Where you’re from, Halloween is the day where monsters and creatures alike can infiltrate the mortal world without consequence. Although this year is different. This year they plan on taking over and elect you as their leader. What they don’t know is, is that you’re half-human and you’re family lives in the mortal world.
  4. The trail is littered with the colours of fall and the sky is hazy with grey clouds. You shiver but he offers you his sweater. You shrug it on and smile, but he suddenly looks pale. “You okay?” You ask and he nods, lips forming soundless words. “I love you,” he says suddenly and you freeze. He watches you expectantly for an answer, eyes hopeful, but you can’t say it back. You still haven’t told him the whole truth.
  5. The bus comes in five minutes but you’re only tugging on your shoes. You yank on your jacket and fish around in the pockets for your bus pass, but your fingers find a slip of paper instead. Its delicately folded and inside, a message is written in pretty cursive. The words make your heart drop: You have 3 days.

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September 2019 Wrap Up

Hello!

That’s right, I am not dead. Well, literally I am not, but for emotionally and physically, I am. School has been a wild ride and I am only rearing in on week three which is crazy. To be honest, it isn’t my degree that’s been kicking my butt but just trying to manage my time between being social, school, working, and saving some time for myself has. It is not easy and I knew it wasn’t going to be, but it has been a lot harder of a ride than I thought.

Anyways, this is my attempt at immersing myself back into my hobbies because there has been no blogging, no reading for fun, and no writing for fun since I started school. Now that October is here though, I feel like it is a good time to try and start up my passions. However, today, I will be discussing everything I read this September which wasn’t a whole lot compared to what I used to read, but it sure felt like it.

I hope you enjoy!

The Tempest by Shakespeare

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This was the first assigned reading for one of my English classes, and I was really excited when I saw I would have to read this particular play by Shakespeare because I read it back in grade 10. In my head, I was like “oh this will be sooo easy. I’ve already read this!”. Boy, was I wrong. I remember nothing regarding this play except the character names. Literally nothing. Re-reading it has felt more like I am reading it the first time and I definitely did not enjoy it as much as I thought I would. Since I am an English major in an English class, I am expected to pick apart every single line in this play to find a deeper meaning. This is a fun task, but only if you’re reading stuff you enjoy. 3/5 stars

Araby by James Joyce

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I know this is a short story, but I’ve been analyzing it in class for an entire two and a half weeks, so I think it deserves a spot on this reading list. At first, this story was really boring to me and made absolutely no sense but as I read it a second, then a third, then a fourth, and THEN A FIFTH, I began to really admire Joyce’s writing style and the story overall. This was my first intro into Joyce, and I really enjoyed it so hopefully, I will have to read some more of his stories and eventually novels. 4/5 stars

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

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Even though I only just began reading this, I thought I would include since technically, I am supposed to have it finished for the end of this week. I was thinking of picking this classic up over the summer since I knew it would be on my reading list, but I decided to just chill out and wait to read it when it was assigned. I am very glad I did this because when I read these books, all my thoughts and ideas about it have to be fresh in my mind otherwise it is a lot harder for me to immerse myself in the story. So far, I am enjoying this book and the atmosphere since it has been grey and rainy lately. Not finished

The Valley by Joan MacLeod

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This is another play that regards mental illness. It includes a small cast of characters, two who are clearly suffering from variations of mental illness and two who believe they understand, but do not. I think this play did a good and realistic representation of what mental illness is like, however, when I read a story, I expect some form of closure and that is what this play completely lacked. At least, in my opinion. It was a quick and easy read though that did not make me want to claw my eyes out though, which is always a plus in my books. 2.5/5 stars

Those are all the books I read this past month and it is nothing compared to what I used to read, but each one requires me to actually stop and notice things about them I wouldn’t have noticed if I just read them all for pleasure. It is tiring, but overall, I am really enjoying my degree and so far, regret nothing.

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The Coffee Book Tag

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Happy Thursday!

Since the school season is in full swing, I thought it would be appropriate to do the coffee book tag as coffee is the one and the only thing that is getting me through my life currently.  I am a HUGE coffee addict and have been since I was 14. I use the excuse that I started working early and long hours when I was 12, so I needed it to survive, but now I have no other excuse except I am just addicted. But I’ve come to terms with that by now.

Anyways, let’s jump into this awesome book tag!

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1. Black: Name a Series That’s Tough to Get Into But Has Hardcore Fans

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Personally, I love my coffee black so this is probably my favourite question. I would have to say a series that is tough to get into but has hardcore fans is The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare. If you did not read them when you were younger and YA was still in its earlier stages, I feel like it is really hard to fall for Clare’s first series. The writing isn’t as good and it is very basic YA, to be honest. However, the people who do like it (like myself) don’t usually just like it but are hardcore fans. This is one of my favourite series but if I read it for the first time now, I doubt I would like it as much.

2. Peppermint Mocha: Name a Book That Gets More Popular During the Winter or a Festive Time of Year

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Harry Potter is always popular, but as soon as winter creeps closer, it is suddenly on everyone’s TBRs. I know personally, I tend to watch the movies during the winter season so I can attest that this is true. Harry Potter does get more popular during the wintertime and I am not complaining. It has that cozy atmosphere that people crave to read during the cooler months.

3. Hot Chocolate: What Is Your Favourite Children’s Book?

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It has been a long while since I read these books, but I remember having such fond memories of them and just devouring one after the other in the series. And that series is the Junie B. Jones series by Barbara Park. I borrowed the books from my cousin when I was younger, but ended up “borrowing” them for at least a few months. They are fun and adorable, and I suddenly have the urge to give them a re-read now!

4. Double Shot of Espresso: Name a Book That Kept You On the Edge of Your Seat From Start to Finish

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The Cruel Prince by Holly Black was yet another hyped up YA book that I was skeptical at how much I would actually enjoy it, but in the end, I really liked it and flew through it. It is on the shorter side, and I found myself flipping each page in anticipation for more. I lived for the conflict and the characters and had a blast reading it.

5. Starbucks: Name a Book You See Everywhere

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This is a book I just finished reading that is incredibly hyped up and easily found on every BookTube channel. While I thought it was a good book, it didn’t blow my mind like it did for many other people. That book is Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. It was a solid 4 star read, but nowhere near a favourite for me. I can’t escape it though. It’s everywhere!

6. That Hipster Coffee Shop: Give a Book By An Indie Author a Shoutout

Sadly, I haven’t gotten around to many indie author books so I think that is something I will have to work on in the future! Let me know below if you know any good indie authors I should check out.

7. Oops! I Accidentally Got Decaf: Name a Book You Were Expecting More From

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Once again, I am going to have to say Six of Crows. Due to its immense amount of hype, I went in expecting an almost flawless book that I just couldn’t help but adore. I did like it, but it was nowhere near the 5-star read I was hoping for.

8. The Perfect Blend: Name a Book Or Series That Was Both Bitter and Sweet, But Ultimately Satisfying 

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Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia is a YA contemporary standalone about a girl who is trying to survive her last year of school and continue anonymously running her webcomic, Monstrous Sea, which happens to be the biggest webcomic online. Juggling all this, it is inevitable for Eliza to go through ups and downs. Especially considering her shyness and anxiety, but with the help of friends, especially Wallace, she learns how to attempt to balance it all. Sometimes Eliza annoyed me, but ultimately, I loved the book and it wrapped up in a way that was satisfying to me.

 

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College Reading Recommendations!

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Happy Monday!

Tomorrow is my orientation day before I start my first year of university full swing, and because of that, I thought it would be ideal to share some of my favourite college-related books.

I think it is a lot of fun to read about people in college because it is such a messy stage of life. You are emerging into young adulthood and trying to juggle school, relationships, possibly a job, and then coping with the idea that “real life” is getting terrifyingly near.

Anyways, here are four recommendations for you to check out and I hope you enjoy!

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

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I am getting the obvious one out of the way, but really, Fangirl is a great college read! It is fun, easy, and fast-paced – the perfect recipe for when you’re feeling stressed with life and school. Fangirl follows Cath who is starting her first year of college with her twin sister, Wren. While Wren wants to go out partying and diving into the social life of the college, Cath would rather retreat into her room with her Simon Snow fanfic. Eventually, her roommate, Raegan and her friend, Levi, befriend Cath and slowly, Cath steps further out of her comfort zone even while dealing with social anxiety. I think social anxiety is something a lot of people deal with, myself included, and it’s always nice to see that represented. Especially in a school setting.

American Panda by Gloria Chao

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While I’ve never finished this book, it is another great college-related book. It follows a Taiwanese main character who not only has to juggle starting her first year of college but the constant approval of her parents regarding a major that she isn’t passionate about. I don’t know why I’ve never been able to finish this book, other than because I haven’t been in the mood for contemporaries lately, but I am determined to give it another chance in the near future. I’ve gotten pretty far into it, and it would be a shame not to figure out how it ends!

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

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This book doesn’t technically have main characters in college, but they are at a college taking a summer program before starting their first year of college…so it counts. When Dimple Met Rishi follows the two POVs of Dimple and Rishi who are both participating in a summer program for aspiring web developers. At first, Dimple is surprised at her parents’ enthusiasm for attending this expensive program when they dream of her just finding the “Ideal Indian Husband”, but soon after arriving there, she discovers that them letting her go has everything to do with that dream she so desperately is trying to avoid.

Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson

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This is another book that doesn’t have college-aged characters, but it takes place at a unique type of boarding school called Ellingham Academy that accepts only the most gifted of students. Stevie is one of those students, accepted in for her passion for mysteries, specifically, the Ellingham mystery. However, when her passion for crime TV shows and books becomes a little too realistic, her skills that got her into Ellingham are truly put to the test. Honestly, I love this book. Stevie is a great main character and the plot keeps you at the edge of your seat for the entire book. I wasn’t expecting to adore this YA mystery so much, but I completely fell for it as many others have. Again, it is another fast-paced book that makes it the ideal book to slip in between homework sessions.

 

Those are my four back-to-school, college-related reading recommendations and I hope you found enjoyed! Don’t forget to check out my last blog post as well as my social media accounts which are all linked down below. Thanks for reading 🙂

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What An English Degree Means to Me

Happy Saturday!

Since I am only a couple days away from starting my very first day of university and English degree, I thought it would be a nice idea to give you a little more insight on why exactly I chose to do an English degree.

I mean, when I tell people I am doing an English degree, I am hit with one of these many responses:

  1. What are you going to do with that?
  2. What CAN you do with that?
  3. Are you going to be a teacher?
  4. Hmm, and you’re spending how much?

There is a huge stigma around English degrees and that they are worthless. However, most university degrees nowadays are worthless unless you have the experience to back it up because pretty much anyone can get a degree. So, really, my English degree isn’t much of a gamble as opposed to every other degree you can get.

Yes, an English degree is a little more…uncertain because there aren’t just one or two jobs it leads you to. You have to get creative. You have to think outside the box. If you do that, there is an endless amount of opportunities with an English degree as opposed to going into med school or engineering or chemistry. When you pursue a degree in medicine, there is basically one type of job awaiting you at the end. A doctor. You can choose what type of doctor, but nonetheless, you find yourself in a hospital or maybe even a pharmacy.

To be honest, I am not entirely sure what job I want once I finish my degree, but that’s because there are so many options. Maybe I will do something related to publishing. Maybe I will write for magazines. Maybe I will become a social media coordinator. There are so many options that appeal to me, that it’s going to take me a while to figure out. That doesn’t mean I am any less qualified for the “real world” than someone going into engineering. It doesn’t mean I have a higher chance of being jobless as opposed to someone getting a business degree.

Success in this day and age of technology and advanced living is reached with ambition. If you are ambitious and constantly working towards your career, whether that means doing internships in the summers between school or making it a side hustle until you finish school, success will eventually reach you. The fancy degree at the end of it is a nice addition to it though. It tells your future employers that someone deemed you qualified enough to be a viable addition to the workforce. However, it is the experience you have that will catch their eye the most.

If you have already worked at a veterinary clinic as a receptionist or assistant to the vet. If you have interned at a publishing house and brought coffee to the workers while observing over their shoulders. If you play a gig a week at the local coffee shop down the street, then your experience will be noticed more by an employer than a thin slip of paper that says you spent four, sleepless years handing in assignments and taking exams with three cups of coffee are pumping in your veins.

My point is, that to me, my English degree will help me kick down that door at the end of these four years to a world of opportunity (as cheesy at that sounds). With all my writing experience, this degree will just add that yes, she can actually write decently in English and more than person says so.

Don’t let anyone tell you how much your degree is worth because what do they know? What does an engineering student know about the literary world,? Nothing! What does a business student know about creative writing and the huge world it opens up into? Absolutely nothing! You and the other people wandering in this literary world do understand though. With some creativity and experience, your degree will help to elevate you into success. It isn’t worthless, it’s just unpredictable. But that’s okay.

And that is what my English degree means to me.

That is all for my little spout on what my English degree means to me, and I hope you enjoyed! Let me know what you are currently majoring in if you are in university/college, or what you majored in when you did go because I am very curious. Don’t forget to check out my last blog post as well as my social media accounts which are all linked down below. Also, if you want to support me, buy me a coffee with the link below! Thanks for reading 🙂

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