A Day in the Life - October 18, 2014

a day in the life

Hey y’all!It’s Grace here, two weeks later, 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:

The Books:

I've been reading a healthy mix of young adult and non-young-adult. While it's been hard recently to carve out time to read, I've been happy with the reads I picked up! I read a few classics for book club/work/school, and I treated myself to a Barnes & Noble trip after last week. Additionally, with the Halloween season looming and a fervent desire to make Florida somehow feel like fall, I've been drawn to rereading a few spookier, wintery reads.

  • Frankenstein by Mary Shelley | Goodreads
  • Between the Spark and the Burn by April Genevieve Tucholke | Goodreads
  • #GirlBoss by Sophia Amoruso | Goodreads
  • The Opposite of Loneliness by Marina Keegan | Goodreads
  • Need by Carrie Jones | Goodreads

I'll be reviewing Between the Spark and the Burn, The Opposite of Loneliness, and #GirlBoss on here soon, but I've loved all of these reads! My reading pile has been such a nice balance of intelligent essays and absorbing paranormals, which is a definite nod to my preferred reading style.

The Posts:

My main reason for doing this feature now is due to my lack of posting over the past few weeks, but I've been excited about a few recent posts. Last month and this month, I wrote about being a blogger and how it's changed me as a person. I wrote a review of Isla and the Happily Ever Afterwhich I keep mislabeling Isla and the Boy Next Door, and my conflicted feelings. The end of September played host to Banned Books Week, in which I wrote about censorship and why it sucks in my annual post on the subject. Aside from another post about my thoughts on English education (shoutout to Mr. Thomas), the main aspects of my blog last month were honed in on my book clubs. I now host two teen-based book clubs for each of the local indie bookstores in my area, and you can read recaps of our kickoffs here and here.

The Life:

Like I said before school started, junior year is crazy. Between lacrosse, book clubs, work, blogging, school, and all that other stuff, I've barely had time to write on here! In July, I worked on scheduled posts through the end of September and they just stopped once I reached the end of the quarter, hence my absence. Now that our first grading period is over, I have a long weekend which I will be passionately devoting to writing for Words Like Silver. My goal's to schedule blog posts until Fall Break (which falls - ha! - at the end of November) and catch up on some much-needed blog loving.I've had some fun things going on in my "regular" life! My older sister's now working in Atlanta and got a puppy named Hubert, who is precious. I started work a little over a month ago and I absolutely love my job. The Oxford Exchange is absolutely awesome, and you should definitely visit the bookstore! I learned some gorgeous songs on piano and I'm working on picking guitar back up because I miss it. (I used to play three instruments.)I went to visit my brother who goes to the University of Virginia. I went to Homecoming, which is pretty much fun just because I got to dress up. I got my dress less than a week before the dance though, so it wasn't very put-together!I've written so much recently because YoungArts, a national arts competition for teenagers, ended last night. I submitted portfolios in both the essay and poetry portion but decided to hold off on my short stories until they were a little more polished. I've never really been a part of the arts circuit until this year when I decided to enter the big contests; hopefully it'll lead to some exciting things! Scholastic Art & Writing ends in January, so I'll pick those up soon enough.Between portfolio craziness and the SAT (which I took Saturday), my normal blogging time has had some major cutbacks. I got bronchitis (again) and another sinus infection that I'm shaking off, but I'm trying to get some more sleep this year so I'm not sick all the time! Junior year is busy but it's definitely worth it. I love what I do, I love this blog, and I love all y'all who deal with my crazy ambition and book-love.

The News:

I'm doing a Grind post soon so I won't repeat myself with some industry/blogging/book news but between Amazon announcing pop-up stores in California (a move that has indie bookstores and publishers talking), the state of Perseus Books Group after Hachette decided not to buy the imprint, and some buzz-worthy book deals, we'll have a lot to talk about! 

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