Back again… I hate writing these

Aww did you miss me?

Probably not but I am back anyway!

I took the last two months off because I wanted to journey into self-discovery and needed to expand myself to have better content for my followers.

WRONG

I just totally forgot to write posts for this blog for two months.

School started kicking my bum. I tried so hard to get up and open WordPress every day. But eventually, I said F that and full-heartedly focused on finals.

That is good right? As long as I am doing something productive. The real question is what have I been doing this past few weeks I have been out of school and not posting.

Well, to name a few things…

I went to a Bachelorette Party which was super fun. One of the nights, we dressed as holidays and I was Valentine’s Day!

My Valentine’s get up

I went to a Her Campus Gala. My school’s chapter really did it up and I looked so nice! I was also named Editor for next year’s club.

Me at the Gala

School ended and I went on a 3-day road trip to Montana for my friend’s wedding. I was a bridesmaid and I had a fun time.

Me at the wedding

I go back and had to move all of my belongings into the bigger room in our house. My old roommate moved out. I took her old room since it was bigger than the room I was in.

My remaining roommate and I decided to deep clean the house while we searched for a new roommate. The house is all clean. We even found a new roommate (who hopefully works out well for us)!

Before this though, she and I went around looking at 2 bedroom apartments. All of them had been out of our price range. They did not have the amenities we get at our house for much cheaper.

I then started my new work schedule. I have been moved to working on weekends.

I semi-permanentaly colored my hair to this cool pink.

Pink hair me

I then had to run home for my best friend’s birthday and my great-grandma’s 100th birthday! That is a once-in-a-lifetime party.

While I am not working on M-W, I have started Doordashing for some extra cash. A girl has to pay for her obsessive book-buying habits somehow right?

The PNW also decided to have a three-day heatwave, where I door dashed in the 113-degree weather. My car overheated the next day and I learned how to put coolant in my car. I then sat in my room the whole next day letting my precious car rest after a bad day.

It has finally calmed down and is only at 84 degrees today. I am settled into my new work schedule and am writing this from the patio at my workplace.

Life is really good right now. Since I have been gone, I have finished 5 books (all in the past three weeks). For you senior readers, that does not seem impressive but usually, during these breaks, I don’t read at all.

I made this Tik Tok about one of the books I read.

I have a really good friend in town that I hang out with. I have a boy who treats me very kindly (not a boyfriend though so don’t ask). I have a fantastic roommate who is getting better at cleaning. I have a steady income.

And I am back to blogging.

I have even planned out the next few weeks on this blog. I know I say that every time but I really did it this time. I got a little Google Calendar that I filled. It has every blog post I want to write and when to post it.

I also have all of my posts written out for the next two weeks.

So please don’t go anywhere. My best is still yet to come but it is coming.

I am looking to grow going forward in this blog.

Anyways, happy summer everyone! I am excited about this summer.

As always, thanks for reading,

A Bookie

Bye Bye April

Hey yall,

How are we feeling today?

It is the beginning of a new month. Where I am at, it is very sunny and has me in a cheery mood. Hope you guys are feeling the warm rays and happy times like I am.

I got my second COVID-19 vaccine a few days ago and I am feeling FANTASTIC! I am so excited for this whole COVID debacle to be over.

So I hate for these to be long so lets get into it.

Posts:

Books:

  • Caraval by Stephanie Garber
  • And I Darken by Kiersten White
  • A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
  • Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

Movies/Tv Shows:

  • The Falcon and the Winter Soldier

That is my month in review! Nothing extraordinary happened out in the Life update other than my vaccine. I am half way done with school for the rest of the quarter. Hopefully I will be out soon!

As always, thanks for reading,

A Bookie

The Aesthete Blogger Award: Come see my answers and check out who I nominated!

Aesthe Blogger Award Logo/Graphic

Hey everyone!

AHHH I have been nominated for a book tag and it is an aesthete blogger award. I was nominated for by Steph at The Book Throne, thank you so much for the nomination!

About the award:

“This award is to honor every creative person, irrespective of their number of followers and views. Because, as long as you create, that is all that matters. This award is for those bloggers who put an insane amount of thought in each of their posts and for those who spread creativity like wildfire! Just wow!” -Ashmita

Rules

  • Use the official logo/graphic of the award and display it on your blog.
  • List the rules.
  • Show some love to the one who nominated you!
  • Mention the creator (Ashmita @ the Fictional Journal) and link it back to the original post.
  • Tell me something about this world that you admire.
  • What is your favorite form of creativity?
  • Nominate 7 lovely people and notify them by commenting on their posts; spread some love!
  • Ask your nominees 4 questions.
  • Share something you created. (can be anything!)
  • And lastly, just so you know: I LOVE YOUR CREATIONS!

Tell me something about this world that you admire

I just really admire nature. I love going on drives to go see the way the world curves and how it is shaped. I love seeing and hearing forests or the ocean. Ugh, I love nature.

What is your favourite form of creativity?

I really love writing and creating worlds through writing. If I were to pick something that I cant do, it would be songwriting. I dont write song’s but I think they convey beautiful worlds too.


Steph’s Questions:

  • What is your favourite song at the moment?

I am really listening to the re-released Fearless album (Taylor’s Version) by Taylor Swift. I am loving listening to all my old favorites again. And her Mr. Perfectly Fine is fire!

  • Who would you choose as your book (romantic or platonic) partner?

Not to default to Harry Potter characters, but George Weasley will always be the boyfriend of my dreams.

Second would be Julian from the Caraval series. I have only read the first book so far but I love it.

  • Which country do you wish you could live in?

I wish I could live in Scotland if I have to choose another country. I do really want to live in New York, but if it is a new country, definitely Scotland. I mean I have never seen a picture that has disappointed my eyes. I want to go visit so bad.

  • Which book do you wish you had written?

Harry Potter. That will always be the blueprint for me if I ever write a book. Or any Sarah J. Maas book. She is just amazing.

I do not really have too much that I created one this computer but I will put a picture on here that I took the other day:

My friend with a smiley balloon

My Questions:

  • What shows are you watching right now?
  • What characters are you most like?
  • What are your goals for this month? Any projects you are trying to finish?
  • What is you favorite kind of music?

I nominate:


OMG this was such a fun tag. I am so happy to have been a part of this. Again, THANK YOU STEPH for the nomination. I am so grateful for you, your blog, and your nomination.

As always, thanks for reading,

A Bookie

Life Update: Cause I didn’t know what else to write about…

SO, this week has been pretty boring for me.

It is spring break for my school, but because of the pandemic, I stayed at my apartment.

I am basically doing a Marvel movie marathon.

I am watching them all in release date order, which I have never done before, and it is pretty fun. but, the week has left me with little time to read, hence the small amount of posts.

I got straight As in all of my classes this last quarter. I think this was one of the hardest quarters I have had. The classes were so boring and online school is really testing my patience. Thank god we are almost done with that.

I have been doing a lot of research into when I can get my vaccine. I want it so badly. My co-workers and I are planning on starting hot yoga once we all get the vaccines.

I am excited for next quarter which will start on Tuesday. I just paid for my last textbook and for my tuition. After this, I am going to just peruse my courses that are uploaded on Canvas.

I have 200 pages left to go in the Throne of Glass series. I am super excited about finishing it. I have not had this strong of a connection with a series since I read The Maze Runner or Harry Potter. I am just ready for it to be done but sad to see it go.

I did not have a lot to update you guys on but I needed something to post for this week. So hope you had a good time with this tiny post.

As always, thanks for reading,

A Bookie

I need to see more bloggers my age

So, I am having a difficult time.

Every time I go onto my reader, I see a lot of sappy romance novel reviews and an unnecessary amount of children’s books.

Don’t get me wrong, I do not think that these are bad topics. I think that everyone has their niche. My niche is writing book reviews about books that were published years ago so I get no clout. But, I want to READ reviews and such by people my age and who are interested in the same things.

I am following people who do post that but it is usually drowned out by the stuff I listed above. But, I do not want to unfollow these people who post sappy romance novels or children’s books because I know how hard it is to get followers and a lot of them have good content. I just don’t read them. They are more than likely (and I am sorry if I offend anyone) quite a few years older than me and do not read YA novels as much as I do. All these people I follow, which I follow a lot, post loads about books I don’t want to read or are not in my genre interest. But, I followed because I liked them at a time or they liked a post of mine and I checked out their stuff and I liked it.

Now, there are loads of people I followed like Taking on a World of Worlds and Bookiedote that I never see. So I have two dilemmas.

One, do I unfollow the other accounts that I do not want to see?

If it does not look like it is talking about something I want to read, I usually skip them. I don’t even click on them. I want to be more engaging but I am scrolling through the reader seeing all these things about things I, frankly, do not care about (sorry everyone this is about. it isn’t you, it is me). When I am doing this, I do not want to read anymore. Like the other day, I read a stacking the shelves and the person added like ten children’s books to their shelf. Good for them but I do not want to see it. I don’t want to unfollow because I don’t want to hurt people’s follower count but I don’t want to see it. What do I do? Is it rude to unfollow even when I don’t look at their stuff anyways?

Second, WHERE ARE THE PEOPLE MY AGE?

I think it is because I usually am just reading through my reader, but I am having such a hard time finding people my age on here. Like, without telling you guys my exact age so creeps don’t get weird, I am between 18-25. I want people who are like me. I want fellow Maas and Rowling fanatics in my reader. And I know to go through tags and stuff. So I got that going for me. But, if there are any people in that age range reading this, whose blog do you follow? Can anyone just shout some people out in the comments? I am just so bored with WordPress.

Anyways, I hope this did not offend anyone. Everyone’s hustle is great. I am just a picky person. I am by no means a good blogger. I am about to post a review for Tower of Dawn which came out YEARS ago. So, it is okay to post whatever.

As always, thanks for reading,

A Bookie

*image cred: https://ww2.kqed.org/app/uploads/sites/43/2019/12/many-old-books-stacked-in-texture-picture-id1074590734-800×450.jpg

Welp…

So this week was a total bust.

I had nothing to post this entire week. This post isn’t even going to be something for people to read more just me following my goal of posting once a week.

I have been having a hard time this month with my reading. I have only finished one book this month. I am currently reading three books and I just can’t seem to finish them. I also had no inspiration to write this week. So, I just needed to write something and so I am making this short post.

I could not think of anything to post this week. My normal posts of WWW and Top Ten Tuesday were a bust cause I didn’t know what to put for the topic for TTT. WWW would be the same for the past few weeks in a row. I think this weekend (hopefully but probably not) I want to just sit down and bust out a few posts to have on the back burner just in case I need them later.

I will say that I just finished Uglies by Scott Westerfeld. It was a really good book. I may or may not write a review about this. It is kind of old and was something popular when I was in middle school so I don’t think it is relevant enough to post about it anymore. But, who knows. If I cant come up with anything for next week I might.

Anyways, that is just how my week has been going. It’s been a pretty lazy month so I am trying to get back into the groove.

As always, thanks for reading,

A Bookie

A SERIOUS Life Update: A Year of Adventure

Since I last posted (not counting yesterday), a whole lot of things have happened. Like a whole lot. I have experienced some of the craziest things in my life since January 3rd 2019. I have had so many crazy experiences but I am going to sum them all up quickly for you guys.

If you are a loyal follower, you know that I have had a hard time being on this blog and I dissappear for a while. But now I am back and have a bit more time on my plate then the last time I talked to you all. So let’s try this blog thing again, by talking about my life since we last talked.

Accepted Admission to college

I finally accepted admission to my dream school. I also attended an orientation day and bought a WHOLE lot of swag from the store. I got everything I needed ready and began saving my money for school.

WENT TO PROM

I went to prom with my yearbook friends. They were the some of the bestest friends I had in high school. I went with a guy friend from my work. I had one of the best nights of my life and I loved every moment of that night.

Graduated!

I graduated from my high school and began my life as an adult. Graduation was surreal. I honestly cant believe that I actually graduated. High school was crazy to me. I stayed in the same school district my entire life so I graduated with people I have known since I was 5. It was crazy seeing these people walk across the stage. It was crazy for me to say that I graduated and that I walked that stage. I made it through high school. I have never been more proud of myself.

Grad Party

I had an epic grad party. My mom put together this amazing party at our house. A whole lot of family came and all of my friends came and that was crazy. I had the best time and it was one of the best day sof my life. I will never forget everyone who came and supported me. I loved it so much.

Said goodbye to my teams

I said goodbye to my high school equestrian team and I attended my last county and state fair for 4-H. I spent most of my life in these programs and I was really sad to see it go. I will always appreciate those experiences I had because they taught me so much.

Went to New York

I went on a week vacation to New York with my Grandma. We went everywhere in Manhattan. I have fallen even more in love with the city that I ever was. I went to all these cute little and big book stores. I also went to see Wicked, The Lion King, and Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (which only reaffirmed my love for this book depsite everyone else’s hate on it). All of these shows I cried at. They were the best shows I have ever seen. I appreicate my Grandmother so much for letting me experience this amazing place.

Went to college

And for the last event, I went to college!!! I went with one of my best friends. He and I are fighting through college together. It is alreayd a wild ride and I have not even finihsed one quarter yet. I love this place so much and I am excited to explore my major. I have alreayd declared my major which is Digitial Journalism.

Thank you for reading about my crazy life. There were so many other thi gs that happened to me this year that I just dont have the room to include in this.

Anyways thank you for your patience and being so supportive. Love yall.

New Year, New Blog

Hey there fellow bloggers!

It has been a LONG time since I have done an update blog.

But I just want to help ring in the new year with you all. I had a bland year on this blog in 2018. I had taken this time to study, work, and be social. I hardly read a thing. I have books that I am still reading from 2017 on my nightstand. All in all it just wasn’t the best year for me literature wise.

I believe I pulled through in the end by reading quite a few books but only because they were required from school. But I did finish a book that was not an assignment. I read to All the Boy’s I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han and let me just say, it was amazing. I think it was one of the only books I actually read this year.

But now for the serious stuff. I am going to be on this blog more. I know I said that last year after the break I took a year ago, then flung myself into another huge long break, but this time I am here. I am all in. I am ready. I am going to become the Rory Gilmore of reading and read everything in sight. I have also decided that I need this blog to not be a chore. I want to make the blog more appealing and it cannot be appealing if I am writing things I do not want to write. So, I am not going to write a review on every book I read anymore. While this is a book blog and normally people review the books they read, I am sure the review about Sense and Sensibility or To Kill a Mockingbird is not needed. I am sure more entertaining novels such as new releases and book tags while be better hits. And while I started this blog not to become popular, I do not want it to be boring to myself. I remember how motivated I was to write reviews about the hottest release and to participate in the weekly book memes. But I began to focus to much on the book reviews for books that weren’t needed like my A Seperate Peace review that I got rather bored. They were just books for school that I am sure almost EVERYONE has read because they had to. So what was the point?

But, I wrote them and I hated them. I hated forcing myself to write terrible posts and to try and discuss a book I hardly remembered. I remembered the feeling I had when I finished Crown of Midnight by Sarah J Maas at 11 o’clock at night and rushed to my computer to write out all of my feelings about the book. I wanted to feel that rush again but I couldn’t find it when I was struggling to finish the other posts first. So now I am here to say that is over. I am going to start a new system where instead of making a review, I will simply add the name of the book into my Review ToC and add a star count to the end. That will be all and that will make me happy.

I also changed the theme of my page but of course that is subject to change all the time. I love messing around with new themes and new colors all the time, but this time I really like this one. I think I will keep it for awhile just until I get sick of it.

Anyways, let us talk about something not blog related, my life. Quick overview of my life so far. I am nearing the end of my last year of high school. Senior year has been extremely fun and rewarding. I am awaiting news from my dream university and I will update you guys on that when it comes. I also have been obsessing about the college, looking up dorms, fee schedules, etc. I also have a new puppy in the house. She is very cute but not quite potty trained so that is kind of gross. But, that is my families duties.

I have big plans and big changes coming this year. It will be exciting!

I am excited for this New Year. It comes with many new adventures and lots of hard work. I am ready for everything that is going to come my way.

Happy New Year everyone!

An Apology and a Welcome Back

Hi fellow bloggers,

So it has been a while.

Like a long while.

And I apologize for that. I have been busy with school. I didn’t have time. But now I am going to try and actually do it this time.

I left because I had too much to do. I was running my blog by trying to lost every weekday and it worked out for a while but then I started to be unable to get ideas. The posts were exactly the same as other posts. I just was doing too much in this. So I’m back with less but better posts.

I have been working for the past month to get ready to do this blog again. I have been writing reviews for the books I read during my break. So you are gonna get those as my next couple of posts. But they aren’t great cause I’m still trying to get back in the game and I read them a couple of months ago so my reaction isn’t as great. But nonetheless I have finished them and they are coming.

I also now have started a book club with my friend Maggie. It’s just me and her but then I will have a deadline to actually be reading a book. I am excited to read with her. I think I’m gonna post at the beginning of the month what book we are going to read so you guys can read along. And then I will publish my review and maybe even a separate blog lost just for the book club discussion. I don’t know yet but I will figure it out.

I also want to do some tags and get more into this community so I want some people to follow and some tags to do so comment down below people and tags that I should follow and attempt.

Anyways, thank you to those who stayed. Hi new followers. And I apologize for my sudden disappearance. And welcome back to my blog. It is going to be bigger and better than ever.

Tell me down below how you all have been. I have been doing really well. I have one more year of school left. I just got a job. I don’t know anything else major in my life to update you guys about.

Welcome back bookies!

-A Bookie

NEW ROOM!

Hello my fellow bloggers,

So recently I did a big thing which I am so happy about. I mean if you can’t tell by the title:

I redid my entire room!

I painted and moved things around.

Okay, okay, I dont know where to start this but I will show you my before pictures so here you go:

For my prep work I:

  • moved everything out of my room except for the big things
  • spackled the tiny holes in my wall
  • cleaned the walls
  • taped up the trim and my doors and my window
  • got all the paint supplies into my room

And then after prep I:

  • painted the walls blue
  • painted around the edges of my room
  • waited for it to dry for a day
  • painted one of my walls white in two coats
  • taped up that wall
  • painted it blue
  • and wah lah

 

After:

I am so proud of how my room looks. I did it all by myself. I need to do touch ups on my accent wall because of course it bled through but it is expected with a textured wall. I don’t have the best pictures but you know what it is what you all are gonna have to deal with.

I am so happy with my room. For months, I have been wanting a change in my room. My room was always pink which, yes, it is a good color but, I just wanted something more mature and more me. Blue is my favorite color and this color blue is the most perfect blue in the world. The more I look at it and the more I stare at it the more it becomes my favorite color. Anyways I wanted a room more me.

I love minimalism but I also love having a bunch of stuff on my wall. I have a lot of things I need to put onto my walls like my horse ribbons and just some other things I love to have on my walls. I wanted my room to look more mature. I wanted it o look like me but also to still be pleasing to the eye. One thing about my old room was that I felt self conscious about it because it was such a child room. It was way to colorful and nothing matched. I wanted it to start feeling like those Pintrest rooms. I wanted my room to inspire me. I wanted to be able to keep my room clean so I got rid of a lot of things. So I wanted a new room.

And I achieved that. I feel like the blue is really soothing and not distracting. I changed up my room layout. My desk is in a new spot away from the window. When it was in front of my window I got so distracted because of the curtains. They always got stuck in weird positions and it always bugged me so I stopped working and tried to fix it. Obviously, that got me distracted so I wouldn’t work very well. Anyways I changed up all this stuff to make a better room for me.

I am so happy. This room just makes me very happy. I had a great time doing this even though it was a lot of work.

Anyways thank you for reading!