A Day in the Life - November 7, 2015
Hey y'all!I went on an unplanned hiatus last week. I had a lot of personal stuff going on - bronchitis for the third time this school year, college applications, portfolio submissions. Today's a sick day for me. I've just been lying catatonically on my couch, drinking lots of tea. Despite it all, I'm back today to tell y'all about what exactly I've been doing (and reading).It’s been a while (since the summer) 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!I'll probably do one again in a month or so because I've been so in-and-out! As I mention in the sidebar to your right, the blog won't be consistent again until college searching calms down a bit. I find out from my early school in December and then a few more in January and April!
During October, I always try to read some eerie reads because I adore Halloween atmospheres. I read some fantastic horror, some books for my Lit class, and, of course, some old favorites. I'm trying to reread all the "staple" YA that I've lost touch with due to new releases.Twilight by Stephenie Meyer | GoodreadsCity of Bones by Cassandra Clare | GoodreadsA Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway | GoodreadsBlood and Salt by Kim Liggett | GoodreadsThings We Know by Heart by Jessi Kirby | GoodreadsFrankenstein by Mary Shelley | GoodreadsTruly, Madly, Famously by Rebecca Serle | GoodreadsSimon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli | Goodreads
I was really excited to pull together a post about spooky reads, but it wasn't on my blog - it was on my Twitter. I created a last-minute Halloween graphic for readers struggling to get a quick creepy-crawly fix. (Speaking of, I'm definitely writing a post soon on my recent obsession with making graphics!)I wrote a post about music and my newfound love for podcasts. I also interviewed the brilliant, well-spoken Ann Jacobus about her dark debut, which I reviewed earlier this fall. I gushed over Rebecca Serle's latest and gave away five sets of the series thanks to Hachette. I've been doing a lot of book spotlights and blog tours, which has been really fun to try! Speaking of, I have two going up next week!
The rest of senior year has been a riot - between senior weekend, Homecoming, and plenty of other events. There are so many senior traditions I either completely forgot about or completely underestimated. For example, as seniors, we're officially allowed to paint up for football games. No underclassmen are. So it's always so thrilling when Friday rolls around and we grab our acrylic paint and our black sports bras and head to the game, where we cheer on our team (which is absolutely amazing, by the way. They always do really well.)Our grade is full of overachievers, which I love because it means we pull off our senior traditions really well too. I'm president of National English Honor Society this year, which keeps me busy, and in Writing Center, a seniors-only tutoring service. My schedule is all APs, which is difficult, but I'm such good friends with all my teachers at this point that I probably strut through the school feeling much more entitled to it than I should. But I love doing a lot with the school, honestly.What's weird about this year is that I've gotten so much closer with people I never would have expected. I've branched out a lot more - gone to new places, tried new things. I've explored a lot. It's been much more liberating than I expected senior year to be. Isn't this when you go back to a tight-knit group of friends? I thought that's what I've always heard. I'm grateful that everybody is so willing to get to know each other still though.I'm involved in Student Advisory Committee, a club that brings diverse and distinct personalities from around the school together once a quarter for Unity Day. I love Unity Day because we talk about leadership and stereotypes and get to know each other really well. It never fails to shock me how big my school is and how many people I still have to get to know.Homecoming was just as senior-year as I expected. It was fun and entertaining and also a bit crazy as peoples' stories unfolded.Last week though, I was able to head to Washington and Lee University as well as University of Virginia for Halloweekend! My brother's at UVA so that was really fun. We met up with some camp gals, who I adore! It's been both exciting and terrifying to think that I get to pick where I'm going to learn and where I'm going to live next year. I know everybody is going through the same journey with college but that doesn't change how often I think about it. I'm very all-over-the-place. I love a lot of things for entirely different reasons, and so all my schools are entirely different from each other too.As I said, I've mainly been sick and doing a lot of college visits.I've spent the past few weeks battling recurring bronchitis - I have really weak lungs and bad asthma, so it goes straight to my chest whenever I get a cold. This week was a bit rougher than most on the health front, so I was out for the count.And y'all know that if you are interested in my personal photos, you can head on over to my Vsco where I incorporate a little more than just books.Over the next few weeks, I'll be doing much more of the same. Next weekend, I'm headed to Princeton University for the Princeton-Yale football game! Words cannot describe how thrilled I'll be to be there. Then I have teen book club (details on my Instagram) and Thanksgiving and come December, hopefully I'll know where I'm going and be able to get back to normal on the blog! If any of y'all have suggestions for places to eat in New Jersey or bookstores I have to see or any of that, I'd love to hear them!