Currently // Pre-Summer Updates

Saturday, May 28, 2016





Ha. Y'all thought I was dead, didn't you? SURPRISE. I'm not. I know I've been so utterly absent the past couple of months; school was just jam-packed with thirty-million things to do, and I just got so overwhelmed with it all. So, I sincerely apologize, and I am hoping to work out a plan this summer that won't let me get so behind with blogging next school year (suggestions, anyone ??) 

Since I've been gone so long, I will let all of you lovely people know what I've been up to (besides crying over chemistry) !!


// READING //

When I'm not studying I'm reading. (I mean DUH what else did you expect??) Due to the enormous amount of stress as well, I've been quite tear-prone, so as you can imagine I get the feels on the daily. "Oh, she's crying again," has been a popular phrase lately.  You can check out my goodreads for more in-depth info about what I'm reading, but I'll give ya a quick run-down of my read and currently-reading:

The Lunar Chronicles
AHHH. Way back when, I read Cinder, the first book in the series, and thought it was just plain weird. But then, after the Lunar Chronicles got popular, I decided to give it another try and LOVED IT. This series is unique and ingenius, and each character is so well-written.

The Raven Cycle
Maggie Stiefvater is a literary genius. Her writing is so, so beautiful and unique, and her storylines honestly blow my mind. Each character, whether they're likable or not, is so well-written. Literally from the opening line, you are immediately intrigued.The story is well-developed and by the end of all four books, there really aren't any loose ends (which a lot of authors fail to accomplish). Go give this series a shot because it's the best thing I've read in a long time as far as writing goes.

Passenger
Okay. Passenger had a freakin' GORGEOUS cover and the writing was... not so gorgeous. (WHY WOULD YOU LIE TO ME LIKE THAT ?? WHYYYY ???) The storyline itself was unlike anything I've ever read, which is good. But part of the book's plot (well, all of it) entails time travel, and the way the characters are written don't really line up with what time they're from. Nicholas, one of the main characters, seems all old-fashioned at first, but his personality morphs into a twenty-first-century man's, and that's just not okay. Also (spoiler alert), I feel like Nicholas and Etta were thrown into a ring and forced to fall in love. There was no natural chemistry between them whatsoever. I don't regret reading Passenger, and I probably will read the next book when it comes out, but it's not the best book I've ever read.

Me Before You
My heart. It has fallen out of my chest and has burst into a million tiny pieces on the floor. This book is so good. Granted, the characters annoy you sometimes (that's okay -- it means they're well-written), the way Will and Lou impacted each other and changed each other's lives is so well done. The title Me Before You is so appropriate; it applies to both Will and Lou because they both changed each other so much. Lou is a settler before she meets Will. She has lived in the same town her whole life and has a sorry boyfriend who she really just tolerates. Will teachers her how to live. Will, before Lou, is irritable and hopeless, and after he meets Lou, he finds a reason to smile again. WARNING: This book will probs tear your heart out like it did mine, but READ IT. You won't regret it!!!


// WRITING //

Of course I couldn't have survived these past few months without writing. I've been trying to write an outline for a story I'm writing with the working title In Between. It's kind of based on the Ben Rector song "I Like You." It's just about a girl finding life in her in-betweens, and I don't know the details of it yet, but if you're looking for a teaser or two, you can check out my pinterest board.

I've also recently purchased a new journal and it's so gorgeous; I'm loving filling it with words. I've found that writing my thoughts and worries is sort of a way of giving my burdens to the Lord. When I write them down, the burden is off my shoulders. I've never been so truly thankful for the gift of words.


// LISTENING //

Sweet Tennessee (Spotify Playlist) : All these songs remind me of Tennessee, my favorite state, and honestly I get some many feels when I listen to it.

NEEDTOBREATHE: No one ever told my how awesome Needtobreathe is. I mean, obviously, I had heard of them, but when I really started listening to a lot of their music, I just fell in love. Like, seriously, if I was in a band, it would be a band that played the same kind of stuff as them.

Ben Rector: I mean, when do I not listen to Ben Rector ???


// MEDITATING //

Lately, I've really been thinking on what it means to grow up. Responsibility and all that. And really, I've realized that I shouldn't be in a hurry. These years will already go by way too fast as is, and if I wish them away then I really may regret not living to the fullest. For these past two months, my old real motivation to do well in school was the reality that I'd be in Tennessee (Lord willing) for college in two years. And I've realized how vain and pessimistic that motivation is. My job is to live in the now and glorify God in the process. He has blessed me with a family who cares and all I wanted was to get away from them. He has been teaching me not to take my first eighteen years for granted. Like Will tells Lou in Me Before You, I need to "just live well. Just live."



What have y'all been up to lately? Have you read any good books lately? How do you cope with a stressful school year? I would love to know, so just comment below!!











6 comments:

  1. Yes, I had missed you! :) I relate to your thoughts on growing up and hurrying through life too - I've been thinking along the same lines, and (hopefully) learning to make the most of today, rather than daydreaming about the future.

    I may have to check out Me Before You now, after your recommendation! Have you read The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society? That's been one of my recent favourites.

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  2. Ahh yes, you should definitely check out Me Before You, and I'll check out that The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society — it sounds interesting!! Thank you so much for your sweet comment, Jessica!

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    1. THE GUERNSEY LITERARY AND POTATO PEEL PIE SOCIETY IS RIDICULOUSLY LOVELY AND A PERFECT SUMMER READ

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    2. YAYAY okay I'll check it out ahhhh so excitedddddd

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  3. "JUST LIVE." >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> STOPPPPPPPPPP ♥

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    1. OMG FEELS FOR DAYZZZZZ 😭😭😭😭😭

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