Hi there! Checking in for the month because honestly, I can’t remember the last time I did this. I know for sure I missed June, but hey, we can’t all be perfect.

I’ve been super busy since leaving school in May, and pretty much hit the ground running. Work has consumed a lot of my life. I don’t mind it, but I don’t love it either. I work at a mini golf course, and while it’s entertaining sometimes, the customers can be a pain. I’ve mastered my customer service voice, and my introvert soul gets a little anxious when it gets too busy. Right now we’re at the peak of our season, soon to be finishing up after the first weekend of August when a big festival in my town wraps up. It’s exhausting really, and I don’t get much of a social life because of opposite schedules with friends.

I have made time for my friends though! We try to visit each other when we can, and I do have a few here in town that it’s nice to see more often now that we’re home.

It’s truly a privilege to have made so many new friends my first year of school. I’m so glad I get to see them often in the summer too! Shoutout to all of my friends I’ve missed because our work schedules are literally the opposite or you live too far for my broke a** to drive and visit. I still love you!!!

Reading is something that has truly kept me sane these past couple of months. Diving into a good book never fails to calm my anxious brain. Sometimes it feels like I’m going a million miles a minute and it’s hard to take a step back, but this is one trick that has always worked for me. I read 21 books since I got home in May, so that’s 7 books per month about. But that doesn’t count the books I read in the first weeks of May and what I’ll read in the last weeks of July. Needless to say, I’ve been quite busy, but unfortunately not very active here. I’m hoping with the coming school year I can get my blogging act together and write regularly. Until anything like that happens, it’ll be sporadic posting :/

ANYWAY

Here are a few of my current obsessions:

Books:

  •  The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang was excellent and I stayed up until 2 AM because I made the mistake of starting it late. I happened to have to work at 9:30 the next day but who cares. Y’all need to get your hands on a copy of it stat.
  • A Thousand Beginnings and Endings by Ellen Oh & Elsie Chapman is an anthology of Asian myths and legends. I  started this a few nights ago and I love it so much! This is something I wish I had when I was younger. There isn’t enough space for Asian stories in America.

Music:

  • BTS — you may or may not have heard of this kickass KPop group. Guys, I can’t stop listening to them. Love Yourself: Tear is a gift to humans everywhere and I can’t wait for Love Yourself: Answer this August!!!!!!!

TV:

  • KDramas — following my obsession with BTS my friend and I watched Hwarang because one of the members is in it. Cue my continued watching of other dramas. I love the stories and how intricate they become. There are, of course, some downfalls to the stories, but I’m obsessed either way. I’m always looking for recs if you have them!

 

See y’all next month! Happy reading,

Sophie 🙂

 

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My Bookish Life pt. ? vol. 3: July 2018

Every time I type that title, I’m surprised when I get to vol. 3. I can’t believe I’ve been blogging for a little longer than that. (I started spring of my sophomore year of high school.) I feel like I’ve grown so much in that time both as a writer and as a person.

ANYWAY! I went home for the weekend!! I’m glad to be here after a really long week with my team. It’s been very stressful as we gear up for the last half of school. Every weekend of April I’ll have a race with the team and I have to stay a week after exams for a race. It’s going to be crazier than it is now, so I’m here resting up before.

As of late, I haven’t had a phone due to mine taking a dunk in the water over break. I won’t be able to access Instagram as easily or post as frequently until I get a new one. Thanks for sticking around! My friend and I have a lot of taking pics for the account and hopefully I’ll be back soon!!

I haven’t had much luck with reading this week. Getting back so late on Sunday meant I hit the ground running on Monday and I haven’t had a day’s rest since. I’m exhausted. I’m looking for something to dig into soon, and hopefully I’ll have some fun, exciting things I can share with you all coming up!

My latest obsession is BTS. I love love love listening to their music, watching the music videos, and watching different YouTube videos of anything relating to them. I don’t understand a lick of what they’re singing except the English, but it’s beautiful music and they’re a group that I’m dying to hear more from this coming year. Have you listened to them before? Let me know in the comments.

I hope you’ve had a good week! What are you reading this weekend? Comment below!

Happy reading,

Sophie 🙂

My Bookish Life pt. 2, vol. 3

Hey guys! Happy March!! Can you believe it’s already the third month of the year?! It’s crazy to think that this much time has passed. I feel like the year has just begun and I haven’t gotten anything done. Yet, it seems like I’ve lived three more years, not just three months.

Last year and the year before I used to write installments every week on how I was personally doing, and I’m going to start again. I can’t promise that it’ll be every week because, surprise, being a college student is super duper busy all the time! I’m going to try to keep up though because this was one of my favorite parts of the blog.

So what have I been up to lately? A lot. This past week we went on spring break, and I travelled with the crew team to South Carolina for training. It has been a long hard week of rowing every single day, 2-3 times at least. I’ve been really tired all the time, and I feel like I can’t get a moment to myself without feeling guilty for not socializing with my teammates. This introvert is having too much people time without enough time to recharge her batteries!

That being said, I have really enjoyed a lot of my break. This hard work is getting us ready for a competitive race season, and we’re shaping up to be really good on the water this spring. I’m really looking forward to travelling to Philly in May for the DadVail regatta. My parents are going to come see us, and I’m excited to see them there.

Here are some pics that I’ve taken from the week:

The picture on the left is me and a few of my teammates in the dining hall here at Clemson and the one on the right is taken off the starboard side of our boat from Thursday’s practice. It was a beautiful day for rowing in the morning but we had to do dryland training in the afternoon because of the rough winds.

I finished three books so far on break, but I have a 16+ hour bus ride back to Michigan, so there’s plenty of time to get even more complete. I can’t wait to share reviews on the amazing books I read, and I hope you like them too!

With classes starting back up on Monday, I have a lot to get done so I’m signing off for now. Until next time!

Happy reading,

Sophie 🙂

 

My Bookish Life pt. 1, vol. 3

Kick-off to 2018: My Goals & What I’m Up To

Hi all! I know this is a bit late and that I’ve already posted a bit since the year has started, but I really haven’t gotten into blogging the way I used to.

I came into 2018 wanting to do a lot more with this blog than I have in the past couple of years. It had become a bit of a chore because I felt like I didn’t have a lot of content to write about and with the number of posts that I wanted to do versus the time that I had to write them was few and far between.

That being said, I don’t think it’s ever too late to try to make something work or reinvent something you used to love. Since coming to college, I have tried so many different and new things that I have truly loved and things that I realized don’t have a place with me anymore. It’s truly a time of great change that a lot of people talk about, and it’s slowly being written about in today’s literature.

This post started out as a resolutions post, so why not continue with that theme? Here are some personal resolutions I have set for myself:

  • Read 100 books — I read 104 last year, exceeding my goal of 80, so I thought I’d set the bar high again. Maybe I’m a little ambitious?
  • Drink more water — seriously, I don’t do this enough and I find that sometimes I think I’m hungry but I drink some water and it turns out I was just really thirsty
  • Achieve at least a 3.5 GPA — I push myself hard academically, so this is nothing that isn’t new to me. I’m really hoping to keep up the good mojo I have from last semester!
  • Blog at least 3 times per week — Needless to say, I’ve already failed at this one, but I’m trying to work out a better schedule for myself to write more and sacrifice a little bit of my reading time
  • Complete another year of bullet journaling — Last year I got into the trend of bullet journaling! I made it through the whole year and it’s been a very useful tool for me. It’s also one of my creative outlets that I’ve found to be really relaxing.

Do you set resolutions? I know a lot of people do and a lot of people don’t. It’s something that I don’t always do, but turning over a new leaf and trying to cultivate some better habits for myself is always something I look to achieve.

With that I’m ready to wrap up this post! Thanks for joining me on this rambling post of mine.

Happy reading,

Sophie 🙂

Well, it has been quite the year, hasn’t it? Hi there! If you’re new to the blog, welcome, and if you’ve been with us here for a while then thanks for sticking around.

A lot of major changes happened not only in my life, but in the lives of many this year. With the new administration being ushered in during January to the recent wave of women raising their voices together, it was a time of social change and upheaval. This is the time in which we make a difference. I am so excited (and nervous!) to be part of this.

A few things that changed for me…

Well one of them is that I graduated from high school! It was exhilarating and quite the whirlwind. I can’t believe it happened. Senior year was something for sure. It was a whole year full of lasts — last band camp, last band concert, last Model UN conference… I can’t believe all of that happened within the span of nine months. I mean, WHAT?! Mind = blown

Something else new? College! Here are some snapshots

I’m so lucky to have met all of these wonderful people this year, pictured and not. I can’t thank them enough for bringing such happiness to my life. Thank you to those who have stuck by me all of these years. They have been there for me in truly some of the worst times, and I can’t wait for many more years of friendship.

This has been a hard year with a lot of growing pains. I am in disbelief of the turn of world events. It is something that I couldn’t fathom happening in 2016, but I have hope that it will bring better change. It has certainly brought louder voices and more awareness to the injustices of today’s society. I can’t help but appreciate all that has been done thus far.

Book-wise…

I read almost 105 books this year! My goal was to read 80, but I finished that in late October, and one does not simply stop reading. I don’t know what I would do if I didn’t have books to get me through some things. I unfortunately fell really behind on my reviews here, but I am hoping to change that in the new year!

And in 2018…?

I am really looking forward to the change in the calendar year. It will bring the end of my freshman year of college and the start of my sophomore year. I hope to meet so many more new people, and I hope to keep a lot of my old friends.

My reading goal will be set at 100 this time, and I really hope to reach it (again). I want to blog more, and I want to make more time for writing. I feel that it’s something I want to improve upon and sharpen. Who knows, maybe I’ll start writing my own book at some point.

With that, I bid you farewell 2017. Thank you, dear readers, for your continued support. ❤

Happy reading,

Sophie 🙂

 

2017 Wrap Up: Graduation, College, and Books (Of Course!)

Monthly Update: My Bookish Life College Edition

Hello all! I hope this month has treated you well! I’ve made it through the first month of college, and so far things are going really well. My roommate is awesome, and we have become fast friends. There are a lot of girls on my floor that I’ve become friends with too, and I’m settling in well. (Shout out to you lovely ladies if you happen to be reading this post, and my good friend Anna who I know reads these on occasion.)

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Classes have gone well, and I’m staying on top of homework thus far. I’m anxious for when things really start to dig in. My favorite class is my writing class. We get to pick our own general topics for the papers as long as they meet the prompt. For my second paper, I’m going to be doing extensive research on the different language used to women and how it affects culture as a whole. This will further go into a larger project I’m doing on the side for an Honors portion.

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This is us on our first night on the water! We rowed in a barge to get used to it.

I joined the men’s crew team! I’m a coxswain a.k.a. the person sitting in the stern (or bow if it’s a four) yelling at the rowers and motivating them. It’s going really well, and I’m making a lot of friends. This is something completely new to me, and I’m so excited to be part of such an awesome team. Our first regatta is in two weeks and I’m nervous to see how things shape up at practice. We practice every day but Sunday, and it’s quite the schedule to keep up. I don’t mind missing a lot of clubs for it because they’re a great group of people and I’ve learned a lot over the past month with them.

I’ve gone home once for family pictures, and it was nice to see everyone. I missed my cat! Leaving my parents for a second time was a lot harder and weirder than I realized it would be. The first time is always the toughest, but I had my friend Anna to help me through the first transition. No one ever talks about when you go home the first time and come back! It’s strange and still hurts in an unexpected way, but don’t worry!! I came back from it (thanks to a phone call to my sister), and now I know what to expect.

That’s all I have for now folks. I hope you have a spooky October!

Happy reading,

Sophie 🙂

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Monthly Update: An August to Remember (haha sure)

Hello there! I’m here to just talk a little about myself and give everyone a bit of an update as to new changes in the blog and what I’m hoping to do these coming months. And to talk a little bit about my summer and all of that good stuff.

As you have noticed my posting frequency declined a lot for a while there. I had tried several times to come back, but unfortunately it was just too much to blog and work and get school work done. However, now that it’s summer, I’ve had a little bit more time to sit and review all of the books I’ve read (err, 61 in the year thus far as of the writing of this post), but I’m still plodding forward to catch up to what I’m currently reading. I’ve found that I’m a lot faster when I listen to audiobooks as well as read physical copies.

As of today, I begin classes at Michigan State, which I’m extremely excited about! I am coming in as a second semester freshman due to the amount of credits I am awarded through Advance Placement tests. It’s something I’ve been looking forward to for a long time, and I can’t believe I’m here!

This past summer was a whirlwind. At the very beginning of June I was in New York for BookCon. (It’s like ComicCon for books, pretty much a book lover’s dream.) While there I had the amazing opportunity to interview several fabulous authors including Sarah Dessen, Stephanie Perkins, Erin Chack, Melissa de la Cruz, and Renee Ahdieh. My interview with Marie Lu was even featured in Justine Magazine‘s August/September issue! You can find all of my writing (excluding the interviews with Marie Lu and Caden from @athousandbookstoread) here on Justine‘s website. However, most of my summer was eaten up by working two jobs and adding a third one in there with Justine. Needless to say I didn’t get much sleep and I worked every single day of the summer minus my mini vacation to New York. (News flash — college is hella expensive!! 😛 )

This past month I’ve read (and re-read) several books. Some notable ones that you’re going to want to watch out for are Invictus by Ryan Graudin, Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao, and Devils & Thieves by Jennifer Rush. Invictus is due to be out on September 26, and the last two are due out in October (10th and 3rd respectively) All of these were fabulous, and I couldn’t put them down. A few books that I recently re-read were Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell and Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi. Fangirl was an obvious go to for me this time of the year especially with the parallels in our situations! I don’t think there are enough books about being a college freshman, but I hope there are more coming!

Since I’m starting to get into college life, I can’t promise that I will post regularly. It’s a lot to balance, and I want to make new friends and get into college life! That being said, I will do my best to keep you in the loop with all the kinds of changes headed your way. I will probably take a break around the first part of December due to finals, but that feels like years away from today. Thank you all for your loyalty to the blog, or your new-found following! I’m so glad you’re all here with me on this journey!

Happy reading,

Sophie 🙂

Hi guys! I feel like I owe you an apology for being so on and off with blogging here (I realize I don’t, but I feel obligated to do so), so here is my sorry! I have been extremely busy with life things and it’s hard to find the time to sit and write. I have been working on school and other things like Justine Magazine (more on that later).

So, I’m trying really hard to get back into the swing of blogging. I’ll be back again once I get things worked out and school starts to wind down (only 30 days left!!!!). This means I’ll be writing when I can and maybe not always on time, so please bear with me while I get through everything!

Since I last blogged here, I published a few more articles on Justine‘s website. The first is part of a series of articles I’ll have out about How to Bookstagram and I start with an interview with Nani (@booksthetics). The other one is a list of summery books to help you stay warm in these wintery days! I’ve read every one of the books listed and I enjoyed them all! The Loose Ends List was definitely one of my favorites on there, but all of them are ones you definitely want to check out.

I’ve gone to a few book signings in the past week! They were incredible and well worth the three hour drive to Chicago. I had the opportunity to meet Laini Taylor (Strange the Dreamer) and Laura Ruby (Bone Gap) on Monday, and I met Cecilia Vinesse (Seven Days of You) and Jilly Gagnon (#famous) on the 30th. I also go to talk with them individually for Justine and hopefully those pieces will be out soon!

I was accepted to New York University, and until financial aid comes through am not committed to a college. Things are falling together and I’m excited to see where this takes me! It has been a tough year for me, and I’m almost to the end. I honestly can’t believe how fast time has flown.

Until next time!

Happy reading,

Sophie 🙂

General Update: Hi, there…

Hi, there! I haven’t blogged here in a few weeks, but I’ve been pretty busy! And tired. I was sick (like physically ill) and tired a lot, so I didn’t have the energy to blog. I have missed you all here! I’m glad to be back. Tomorrow I’ll have my review of The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon up, and I’m excited for you to read it 🙂

This week I started it off going to Chicago for a field trip. We went to go see a live performance of Romeo and Juliet. I loathe the play. I’ve read it a few times, and I just did not like it. Seeing the performance changed my entire perspective. I fell in love, and I am more forgiving of the characters and the story. I had a lot of fun hanging out with the AP kids too. Some of my friends were on the trip and we just got to hang out on Navy Pier before and after the play for a little bit. The rest of the week was pretty low key. My friends left on Thursday for New York city for a Model UN trip and I miss them.

Next week it’s just going to be pretty regular. One week closer to the end of the month which means one week closer to hearing back from 5 colleges. I’m anxious to hear back so I’ve been a bit stressed out. I’m doing my best to not think about it, so I’m throwing myself into reading.

Right now I’m currently reading #famous by Jilly Gagnon. This is a debut novel, and it’s cute, but I don’t quite like it as much as I thought I would. I’m also reading Men Explain Things to Me by Rebecca Solnit for my fem lit class. I finished Difficult Women by Roxane Gay on Monday and absolutely loved it.

Happy reading,

Sophie 🙂

General Update: My Bookish Life no.8 vol. 2