A Day in the Life - February 1, 2015
Hey y’all!It’s Grace here to tell y’all about what I’ve been up to in the past few weeks. It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these, but for those of y’all who haven’t seen it before, A Day in the Life is a feature post I do occasionally to tell y’all about what’s going on with me, my reading, and news in the publishing world! Without further ado, here goes:
I've been on a fantasy kick recently, and I've read a few good ARCs. Additionally, book club's been keeping me going! With a few books that I've been dying to read, I've picked up some excellent books recently and I've loved them. I have a mini-reviews post coming y'all's way on Friday so hopefully I get to tackle a few of them!
- A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith | Goodreads
- All Fall Down by Ally Carter | My Review | Goodreads
- Seraphina by Rachel Hartman | Goodreads
- No Mud, No Lotus by Thich Nhat Hanh | Goodreads
- Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick | Goodreads
- An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir | Goodreads
I’ll be reviewing An Ember in the Ashes and Seraphina on the blog soon! Hush, Hush is a reread, and Seraphina is one that I FINALLY got the chance to finish after sporadic reading sessions in the past few months. I loved All Fall Down (and I'm an Ally Ambassador) so you can check out my gushing here.
My main reason for this feature is (usually) being too swamped to blog consistently, but I've had some solid posts that I'm really excited about over the past few months. Last week, I broke down trends in YA over the past few years and made my predictions for this year. I reviewed All Fall Down and lived vicariously through the kids on Embassy Row. I picked out my FAVORITE books of 2014 (and there are a ton!) while trying out my whole new incorporating-photos-into-posts thing. In that vein, I mapped out my goals for Words Like Silver in 2015, picked out my favorite non-book things in a lifestyle post, and participated in End of the Year Book Survey. Aside from that, I've been posting a ton on my Twitter and Instagram, so follow those for my current reads and projects!
Junior year is INSANITY. Lacrosse started last week (I'm a goalie, so I'm already covered in bruises) and the team is shaping up really well. Between lacrosse and third-quarter school, most of my time is filled up! Aside from that, I'm loving all the opportunities I've had in the past month or so.First off, I picked up a few Scholastic Art & Writing awards! I was so so so unbearably nervous for the results to come out, but several of my works won awards, and will go onto national judging.My essay I Was Here (probably my favorite thing I've ever written) got a gold, which means that it goes on to the national pool. Same with my poetry compilation, These Vivid Bones, which included several assorted poems (Glutton, Abandon, The Symphony, and one other which I can't remember!) My essay Colder Weather got a Silver Key, which means it doesn't go on to the national judging but it still has regional recognition. They've been edited since I posted them so these aren't the final versions that I submitted, but feel free to stalk my writing blog at the links.I taught a grammar class at my school last week. I'm coming in once a month to teach the tenth graders about classic writing mistakes, MLA format, in-text citations, SAT tricks, and more! My first classes went really well so I'm hoping that my English crash courses continue to go successfully!Aside from writing and lacrosse, Tampa's been pretty exciting recently. We had Gasparilla over the weekend - which is basically a huge holiday where we celebrate a pirate invasion that happened a hundred years ago - and my dad's a pirate so we had a blast. (Although I don't post personal pictures on my newly-bookish Instagram any more, I have a Vsco - which doesn't have likes.) In any case, here's a picture of me with my twin from Gasparilla - I'm on the left!I'm lining up college visits for the spring, prepping for another SAT, and I still can't get over how awesome my job is. (For the record, the Oxford Exchange was recently voted one of the Top Ten Most Instagrammed Restaurants in America. Pretty cool, right?)
Grind post coming your way soon! Until then, here are a few articles from the bookish/publishing world that you may want to check out.
- Egmont USA is closing! The parent publisher wants to focus on more successful markets.
- NPR debated the merits of Amazon for the reader.
- Oyster added Harry Potter.
- Book Riot claimed falling book value isn't because of the reader.
- CityShelf ups the platform for indie bookstores in their fight against the giants.
- Like Spotify, but for books.
- We Need Diverse Books is getting an anthology!