A Day in the Life - November 25, 2016

a day in the lifeHey y'all!It's been a little while. I've been at home, sick out of my mind with bronchitis (again!) For those of you who haven't been around much on the blog, I'm almost chronically sick because I have absurdly awful lungs - this marks my twelfth case of bronchitis in about a year and a half. Luckily, I'm on the tail end of my recovery so I can start to gear back towards books and school and all that jazz.Admittedly, now that we're close to finals, a lot of the books I've been reading have been prep for papers, or research for my religion class. Still though, here's what I've been reading lately.

The Books

screen-shot-2016-11-25-at-12-12-24-pmFamous in Love by Rebecca Serle | GoodreadsBefore I Fall by Lauren Oliver | GoodreadsPerfect Ten by L. Philips | GoodreadsYou in Five Acts by Una LaMarche | GoodreadsThis Savage Song by Victoria Schwab | GoodreadsPolitics of Piety by Saba Mahmood | GoodreadsKing Lear by William Shakespeare | GoodreadsYou're Welcome, Universe by Whitney Gardner | Goodreads(This isn't including the seven books on baptism I combed through for a research paper - I felt like that would have gotten repetitive.)In a high-pressure month like November, I drifted towards some rereads for emotional comfort. Famous in Love and Before I Fall were high up on the list for me because of upcoming screen adaptations. Famous in Love comes to Freeform in April with Bella Thorne (I truthfully think the show will be that fantastic kind of awful you love to pick apart - a guilty pleasure perhaps?) and Before I Fall just released the most striking trailer. In addition to that, I also read anything Brent Taylor chucks my way because he has the magic touch, hence Perfect Ten and You're Welcome, Universe. Throw in Politics of Piety for my religion class and King Lear for Shakespeare (plus This Savage Song and You in Five Acts for my own enjoyment) and you've got my month in reading.

The Posts

Like I said, it's been really difficult for me to blog lately. I've mostly just been keeping y'all up to date via my Instagram. It's embarrassing, because the last post I successfully published was my November TBR (which had about five books on it.) There was the We Are Still Tornadoes blog tour - which had an excerpt in it! I wrote one of my favorite posts, The Grind, in which I summarized the latest news in YA publishing. A Waiting on Wednesday. A Tune In. A bit of the usual, here on Words Like Silver.

The Life

img_2957Since I last updated y'all, a lot has happened. I've settled into my schedule, I got elected to W&L's equivalent of student council, I've gotten to know a lot of people around campus. I'm still learning a lot about how W&L works, but I'm loving it.I love having my schedule pretty heavily focused on humanities. It's definitely where I'm comfortable - although my classes have been pushing me so far out of my comfort zone. Like, my religion class is more specifically on the role of gender, the body, and sexuality within Western religions. It's challenging, but it's a thought-provoking subject.Here's my tentative schedule:Monday: Latin, Shakespeare, Computer Science, Executive Committee.Tuesday: ReligionWednesday: Latin, Shakespeare, Computer ScienceThursday: Computer Science lab, ReligionFriday: Latin, Shakespeare, Computer ScienceProcessed with VSCO with c1 presetNext semester, I'm taking two English classes (one of which is the 299 course that you take when you're pretty much guaranteed to be an English major), a modern philosophy course, and Latin. As of now - one semester into freshman year - I'm still certain that I'd eventually love to be a professor, even though I'm aware of how difficult it'll be to get there. In the meantime, I'm still looking at a lot of different areas of publishing: marketing, publicity, subsidiary rights. It's making me realize that even though I've always said I know the general area of work I'd like to be involved in, I really have no idea about specifics. There are a lot of subsets of publishing and academia I could look into.Processed with VSCO with b5 presetSpeaking of, I've started looking at internships for the summer - which is something I'd always looked forward to when I started interacting with publishers. I'm not looking to end up in NYC right away, so I'm looking at some smaller publishing houses, book groups, and academic presses. I'm not sure yet. (And there's still the chance that I could go back and work at my camp for the full summer - a lot of people say the summer after freshman year isn't incredibly relevant to your career. I'm still undecided on how I feel about that.)Even college has surprised me, involvement-wise. I never would have pinned myself as getting so into student government, but I adore being involved with the Executive Committee. It pushes me, I'm learning so much about the school, and I love getting to tangibly shape the ways students can interact with the university. Processed with VSCO with c1 presetW&L is difficult, academically, but people are really great about hunkering down to study and understanding when you have to blow them off for work. It makes it a lot easier. On top of that, there's still a ton to do when you have a break. Everyone's always going on sunrise hikes or having movie nights or something.A lot of people say that W&L is a lot like the school you would see in the movies - cinematic, in the best possible way, and I definitely agree. We've had the bonfires and formals and all, straight out of fiction.There have been some great times this semester. It's been a lot to get used to, but I'm loving it. Plus, my twin sister finally came up and visited me - scared me half to death because I had no idea that she was coming - which made me feel a lot better about being away.

What have y'all been up to?

 

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