November Wrap-Up: Too Much Homework, Leather Jackets, and I finally started Six of Crows! [ALSO My Semi-Hiatus Continues]

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Hey guys, just popping on here real quick with my November wrap-up before I return to my hiatus. I will officially be back and active on my blog come December 14th, when my semester ends and all my final projects are turned. I literally have all 3 of my big projects due within 12 hours of each other (but so far I am somewhat managing to live in denial of the stress, so that’s good).

Let’s see, November was…a stressful blur and I’m not sure I really remember much of what I did, or if I care to, honestly. I think it was me really just holding out for the end of the semester (which is sooo close, ahhhhh).

ALSO I just finished a rough draft of my 10 page paper for my Jane Austen class and I feel so accomplished, omg.

Good gracious, why are intros so hard to write? I never know what to say. Okay, let’s just move on because I need to go to sleep after I post this. 😴


BOOKS I READ:

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1. Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding

Rating: 2 stars

Yeah, not a fan. I get that it was written in the 90s and that feminism was different then, but there was just so much self-loathing in this book and I hated reading about it. Not to mention that Bridget is a ditzy character and arghhhh, she drove me insane.

2. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

Rating: 4.5 stars

Definitely had a slow start (and the book totally could have been shorter), but omg the writing was amazing. I also loved how instead of being written in chapters, the book was written in vignettes (which was so much more engaging). I don’t know if I can concisely summarize this book, so definitely look it up if you haven’t heard of it before!

(also this book ended up being helpful for a project that I had to do for my Cultural Heritage class which was sooo nice).

3. Emma by Jane Austen

Rating: 3.25 stars

As always, I loved Austen’s writing, but as for the rest of the book? Not a big fan. The protagonist is annoying, not a lot happens plot-wise (I swear like a third of the book takes place in Emma’s thoughts & imaginations), the romance is too creepy, and the ending was too easy/passive (Emma did nothing to bring about these resolutions).

4. Austenland by Shannon Hale

Rating: 3 stars

Basically a loose Pride & Prejudice retelling featuring an Austen fanatic and an Austen-inspired resort. A quick, cute & fun read but there wasn’t a lot of substance to it. This novel was literally under 200 pages. I loved reading all the shout-outs to other Austen books though!


DECEMBER TBR:

Okay, this is more like my TBR for the rest of the semester (so until December 14th). I plan to do a separate post about my Winter Break TBR (for the Top Ten Tuesday on December 18th). Also, I’m already technically reading Six of Crows (I’m just over 1/3 of the way through), but I still wanted to include it in my TBR. Marbles is a graphic memoir that I have to read for Cultural Heritage class (and then get write a 6-8 page final paper on, yay me!!😭)


RANDOM LIFE UPDATES:

  • My roommate and I watched the first season of She-Ra and the Princesses of Power on Netflix and fricking adored it!
  • I got to see my pets while home during Thanksgiving break! Came home to find that my third cat, not featured below, has taken over my room and lies in my bed on a daily basis, the darn rascal. 😝
    • Aahhhh, I can’t wait to see them when I return home!
  • My fiction writing class had lunch with Emily St. John Mandel, the author of Station Eleven, who gave us such helpful writing advice!
  • My friend and I completed our goal of finding leather jackets! We noticed when we attended the YA Fandom Frenzy last year that the majority of authors seemed to wear black leather jackets, so we decided that in order to accomplish our dreams of someday becoming authors, we needed to acquire leather jackets. 😁

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  • I HAVE TWO WEEKS LEFT IN MY FALL SEMESTER! Praise the freaking lord.

What books did you read in November? Do anything fun? If you’re in school currently, how are you doing now that the semester is coming to a close?

SEMI-HIATUS ANNOUNCEMENT/ WWW Wednesday: November 21st, 2018

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As you guys may have noticed, I have not posted for the last 2 weeks. The only reason I’m managing to post now is because I’m on Thanksgiving break (lol and it’s still 15 minutes until Thursday here, whoops). As this semester has been coming to a close, I’ve found myself stressed and swamped over all that I have to do for my classes and I have not been able to find the time, energy, nor motivation to post. Thus, I am announcing a semi-hiatus until my semester ends in the middle of December. I will be around to respond to the comments of this post and I also plan post a November Wrap-Up at the end of this month, but besides that, I will be absent and focusing on college. Thank you guys so much for understanding; I can’t wait to be fully reunited with guys come winter break! 🙂 ❤


Now for a brief update on my reading:

(For those of you who don’t know: WWW Wednesday is a weekly book meme hosted by Taking on a World of Words where you answer 3 ‘what’ questions about your reading.)


What are you currently reading?
(again, a lot)

  • Olive Kitteridge– Reading this for my fiction writing class!
  • Station Eleven– Was suppose to read this for November 13th when the author visited my college. As you can see, I did not succeed. Only got 1/3 of the way through…
  • Rule– Still at 34%…(since September 7th, yikes!)
  • Celtic Tales– Haven’t picked this one up in awhile either.
  • Ruin and Rising– Ditto here. 😅

What have you recently finished?

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As always, I loved Austen’s writing, but as for the rest of the book? Not a big a fan. Emma is annoying, not a lot happens plot-wise (I swear like a third of the book takes place inside Emma’s thoughts & imaginations), the romance is kinda creepy, and the ending was too easy/passive (Emma did nothing to bring about these resolutions).

This marks the 4th Jane Austen book I’ve read (I’ve previously read P&P, S&S, and Northanger Abbey). I am still looking forward to reading Mansfield Park and Persuasion someday though!


What do you think you’ll read next?

  • Austenland– Going to read this for my Jane Austen class! I love Shannon Hale, so I really hope this book doesn’t disappoint me.
  • Six of Crows– I’m finally hoping on this bandwagon!! I mean, I kinda have to since my book club is reading it and we’re meeting on Monday to discuss the first half, so yeah…but still! I meant to finish my reread of the Grishaverse trilogy, but as you can see by my “currently reading” list, that didn’t happen. Oh well 😆

What books are you currently reading? Any books you’re looking forward to reading? What’s your favorite Jane Austen novel?

If you’re in school, are you hanging in there? (If you’re managing to blog while also balancing school, can you give me tips?)

If you made a WWW Wednesday post this week, feel free to link it up in the comments below, I would love to read them!

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’m Most Excited to Read for My Fall Classes!

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Wow, how perfectly timed is this TTT? Today is my first day of classes for the fall! Luckily, my one & only class on Tuesday is at 1:30pm, so I can stay up late to post this right at midnight!

This week’s TTT topic is a School-themed freebie, so I decided that I’m going to share my top 10 books that I’m most excited to read for college this semester. For those of you who don’t know, I’m an English major (with a creative writing emphasis), and I’m essentially taking all English classes right now, which means a lot of reading! I legit had to buy 19 books for this semester!

Being assigned to read for homework is the only thing I’m excited about for this semester. I have (probably unrealistic) visions of myself reading a book with a nice mug of coffee or tea in hand. I’m dreading the numerous essays I know I’ll have to write though (I much prefer creative writing over essay writing).


For those of you who don’t know:

“Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.”

(This quote comes directly from the blog, That Artsy Reader Girl)


I’m taking 4 classes this fall, so I’m going to list each class, and then tell you books within that class that I’m excited for.

Jane Austen & Popular Culture

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1. Emma by Jane Austen

Honestly, I don’t really know that this is about, but I still excited!

2. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

Ditto here. I’ve probably seen the movie adaptation (my friends in high school and I had a lot of Jane Austen movie nights), but I can’t recall what the plot is suppose to be about.

3. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

I’ve actually already read Pride & Prejudice, but I’m still excited to read it again (its been 2.5 years) and discuss it! (Also can we please admire this beautiful copy of Pride & Prejudice that my friends got me for my birthday a couple of years ago?)

4. Northanger Abbey ( + Lady Susan, The Watsons, Sanditon) by Jane Austen

Essentially, I’m just excited to read all of Jane Austen’s work!

5. Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding

Not sure I’m actually going to enjoy this (I thought the movie was rather ridiculous), but I’m still intrigued? I don’t know, I just think reading a chick lit book will be a nice break from all my other assigned reading.

Advanced Creative Writing: Fiction

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6. Hybrid Creatures: Stories by Matthew Baker

Stories told in multiple forms of communication, such as HTML and mathematics? Sign me the frick up!

Cultural Heritage: Disability in Modern Societies

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7. El Deafo by Cece Bell

I heard such great things about this book! And the fact that my prof is having us read a middle grade graphic novel memoir, how cool is that?

8. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly by Jean- Dominique Bauby

In actuality, I’m hesitantly excited for this book, mostly because I just know it’s going to make me cry. The author, suffering from locked-in syndrome, dictated this memoir solely through the blinking of his left eye, and I am in awe of this fact.

9. Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, and Me by Ellen Forney

A second graphic novel, how great is this?

10. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon

A mystery book featuring a protagonist with autism whose a mathematical genius? And it’s technically YA? I’m rather intrigued, though a little sad that the plot revolves the death of a dog. 😢

Modern English Grammar

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So my 4th class is ‘Modern English Grammar’, but obviously, I’m not really excited to read either of these books. 😂


If you’re in school, what classes are you taking this semester? Any books you’re excited to read for school? If you’re out of school, what was your favorite school read?

If you participated in TTT this week, feel free to link up your posts below, I would love to read them!