The Oxford Exchange got some lovely YA titles in - they gravitate towards literary reads and so I managed to recommend some polished magical realism. My thirst for magical realism led me to reread a few favorites - including psychological thrillers, taut paranormals, and evocative contemporaries. I'm so happy to finally be out of my reading slump. I definitely need to update my Read in 2015 page soon though!The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin | GoodreadsCode Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein | GoodreadsKalahari by Jessica Khoury | GoodreadsJellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta | Goodreads
I posted a bit about some books I've gotten recently - although I'm already behind on my In My Mailbox posts! I reviewed the gorgeous gorgeous book that got me out of my reading slump (thank goodness!) I reviewed a book that entirely took me by surprise - but struck me as a hybrid between two favorites. I spotlighted an upcoming read that looks hilarious and honest. Finally, I talked about my most shameful reading habit.
It's been an eventful few weeks - with the tail end of the lacrosse season looming, the end of a grading period, my school's prom, and preparations for next year already getting set into gear. First off, I officially got tapped as my school's 2015-2016 National English Honor Society president! I was really stoked for that one - I get to organize the annual book drive, and I'm really excited to see what I'll do with that leadership position, especially with something I'm so passionate about. I'm officially doing April NaNo, which will either go very well or terribly.So school, writing, and work have been going really well. The fun part? Prom. Our school had prom really early this year, so I had to ask the Boy and organize that all myself which was both nerve-wracking and exciting. I took a smoothie and a box of samoas to his crew practice and held up a sign - with backup signs like "You've regatta go to prom with me" and all these terrible, terrible rowing puns. He said yes, so it must have worked.I spent the morning of prom shimmying up trees to hang lights, cooking a "make good choices" cake (a tradition started by one of my older sister's friends when she was in high school), and setting up my backyard for a prom dinner. It turned out absolutely beautiful, and I was surrounded by people I adored, and I found out that I've been mispronouncing "eloquent" for my entire life when I attempted to make a little toast with sparkling cider. (The atmosphere demanded it, y'all.)I made prom court - I have no idea how, since I'm shy and vaguely dorky - so I went to the actual dance and it was a blast. I wore my Converse because I didn't particularly want to be tall and I definitely wanted to be able to dance. Boy and I swing-danced the entire night (completely faking our way through the steps, of course, but we got really into it and were unconsciously dance-battling another couple) and it felt like a high school cliche in the most wonderful way. I had a fantastic date and I was overwhelmingly happy.I'm going with the Boy to his prom in two weeks so y'all might see a few more pictures but I should stop before I go through all of them (again).On a more sobering note, please pray for a kid at my school, Thomas! He went missing last week and we've all been praying for a safe return. Use the hashtag #FindThomasReffue on social media to spread awareness, put him on prayer lists, whatever you can do would be appreciated!