A Day in the Life - July 10, 2015

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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 prom) 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! Squeesome, the magnificent designer of my blog and graphics, made me a gorgeous button for this which I la la love.

The Books:

amillionmilesoe I've read a lot of great books recently. Road trips have given me a lot of reading time and my BEA 2015 books have definitely contributed to some incredible reads.

A Million Miles Away by Lara Avery | GoodreadsI'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson | GoodreadsRites of Passage by Joy N. Hensley | GoodreadsThe Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater | GoodreadsThe Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern | GoodreadsI've been on a bit of a contemporary, beach-readish kick lately which you can definitely tell from my recent reads. My audiobooks, though, have definitely gravitated towards richly imagined stories. I'm so picky about narrators that I've been absolutely shocked at how much I've enjoyed them.

The Posts:

I reviewed a bubbly, fanfiction-inspired book that I thought was absolutely adorable. As part of my imprint series, I broke down and explained divisions at Penguin, Simon & Schuster, and Scholastic. I wrote about why I'm absolutely sick of seeing morally-perfect narrators (and what I'd like to see instead.) I reviewed the book that INSPIRED that post. Finally, I discussed how I find time to read and how I find news sources to read.

The Life:

11295688_801992716562583_6093976937462689757_nSo. I've been in and out this summer a lot. After NYC back in May (holla at BookExpo America - also, I can't believe I just said that on my blog), I was in town for a bit then ducked out again for lacrosse camp and college visits. I spent my beginning of the summer mainly exploring local beaches, which was pretty wonderful and going to concerts (!!!) Knowing my concert luck - it's spectacularly horrible - that felt like a pretty big accomplishment.11403457_814302325331622_3352765406190761877_nMy mom, twin sis, one of my best friends Brooke, and I headed up to University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill then University of Virginia (where I stayed for lacrosse for a few days - WAHOOWA) then back down through Athens, Georgia to see UGA.College is a big big part of my year. I just got finished putting application deadlines in my planner for next year. We're seniors! We have one year left! It's simultaneously exhilarating and terrifying because now these vague ideas of places we'd like to go are concrete. Where do we want to apply? Where do we want to go? Will we get in? Logically, I know I'll be happy wherever I go if I put in the effort but it's still so BIG. Seeing some schools we liked definitely put that into perspective.11146188_814302445331610_3796984286793622006_nWe got to see my sister, who's currently living in Atlanta, which was absolutely lovely! And her wonderful dog Hubert, who they got off Craigslist. Just look at him. He's absolutely precious.Anyways, I came home from UVA with a whole ton of bruises. Being a lacrosse goalie is HARD on your legs. Like, I won't post any pictures of my bruises on here to avoid any disgust, but I came home with 21 bruises from 4 days of lacrosse.I spent my last few days in Tampa reconnecting with some friends who I hadn't seen in a while. With senior year coming up, it's a major goal of mine to simply love all the people I've grown to care about over the past four years and make sure they know I'm there for them. Junior year's hard because you're so busy that it's difficult to focus on other people; senior year, hopefully, will be my friends and I spending time together and caring for each other.Now, I'm in Canada. So I'll DEFINITELY have to write another of these when I'm back - and at the end of the summer. In the meantime, if you're interested in any personal photos, I'm usually pretty good about posting on my Vsco, but keep the rest of my media strictly bookish.Hope y'all are doing well!

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