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 🙂

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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

General Update: My Bookish Life no. 7 vol. 2

Hi, guys! I don’t know what’s with people today but I cannot handle them. Work has brought in a special brand of stupidity and I can’t figure out why. I had someone ask me if we donate our pens. Yes, donate our pens. Time out here, if you just want our pens, take them. Don’t ask, and I probably won’t miss it. Second of all, why would we donate pens. What good do pens do for donation unless it’s specifically for schools? I totally get it if you want our nice pens, I do enjoy a good pen myself, but unless it seems like we’re selling them or donating them don’t ask about it.

Even though this week was only a four day week I felt exhausted by the end of it. I had my orchestra concert Wednesday night, and it went well, but it was extremely long. I also woke up with a cold on Wednesday and have had it through today. I can’t wait to be done with it. Thursday I had a senior class meeting where we took a class photo and got our caps and gowns. Except they messed up the gowns so we didn’t actually get them. Thankfully I have mine already because my sister graduated last year so I get the hand-me-downs. Last night I played at senior night for basketball. It made me nostalgic for time that hasn’t happened yet (I must credit this paraphrased line to We Are Okay by Nina LaCour, which I started at the games last night). On the other hand, it might have been the book that was inspiring that mood in me. I went out with some friends after the game and it was fun to see them all again.

Last night my friend stayed the night and this morning we watched Gilmore Girls because she hasn’t seen it yet. Anyway, I worked today and then went home because I’m tired and sick. 

This week’s pretty low key so that’s good. I can’t believe it’s already March! 

Happy reading,

Sophie 🙂

 P. S. This was written yesterday and posted today. 

Hello, welcome to the weekend! I’m so happy it’s Saturday. Unfortunately that means it’s my last full day of committee. I’m coming to you from the Windy City at the Model UN conference which is held by University of Chicago. This is my last overnight conference, and it’s a bit bittersweet.

This week I only went to school for three days and then we left for Chicago early Thursday morning. One of my favorite parts of the trip is riding the train. I’ve only ridden the train a few times but there is something about it that I love. It’s kind of like flying but you get to get up and walk around the whole time. Opening ceremonies was Thursday night so we got to spend the rest of the day wandering Chicago. Of course I went to a bookstore (57th Street Books – my favorite one located in Hyde Park). Friday was the first full day of committees, but they didn’t start until 1. Our school’s delegation is representing the Republic of Korea and we got to meet the Deputy Consulate of Korea Friday morning. It was super cool to meet a real diplomat. I have written two pieces already and am going for an award. I’m ready for this guys, I really want it.

Today I’m hoping to get more articles out again. It’s gonna be a long day full of more committee. I have to find more things to write about but since it’s the third day we’re really getting into the thick of debate. I can’t believe I’ll be going home tomorrow. These things always feel both long and short. It’s weird, but I like it.

This week I’ve gotta get back on track with my classes. I missed two school days but really all I missed in class was statistics. I wish I didn’t miss so much school but it’s totally worth it. I have a test on Monday already but I think I’m prepared. I’ll probably panic a bit more Sunday. We’ll get there when we get there. Otherwise it’s just a normal week for me.

Happy reading,

Sophie 🙂

 

General Update: My Bookish Life no. 4 vol. 2

Hello there! Greetings from my Model UN conference. I’m over on the other side of the state (Michigan) right here *points to part of hand* I’m sure this is very helpful to you all, especially when you’re not from my homestate or not at all familiar with it.

This week was a super crazy week. I thought I was going to be busier than I actually was, so I wrote my philosophy paper ahead of time. It turns out that the music things I was supposed to do got cancelled. I was selected for my district’s honors band, but because the school was closed it was cancelled and rescheduled… to the first day of exams. I have to take my second hour exam that Friday now. Thankfully that worked out well because it’s the only one I have to worry about.

It’s my first real visit to University of Michigan (which is where the conference is), and I’ve been super excited. It’s one of the colleges I applied to so maybe it’ll be my home for the next four years. Who knows?

Next week I’m finishing up the last full week of my first semester. This is going to be the last time I have to take exams in high school. Our school has an exam waiver for the second semester and I intend to make good on that. It’s going to be epic next semester. I work a lot, but that’s alright because guess what, college is expensive!

How was your week guys?

Happy reading,

Sophie 🙂

General Update: My Bookish Life (no. 1 vol. 2)