automatic read authors

I saw this topic on numerous Youtube videos, and I thought it was incredibly interesting. I am not one to read every single book by one author, but recently there have been many I tend to pick up more.

  1. Colleen Hoover- She is the first adult fiction author I read and enjoyed a couple of years back. Since the first two books I read, Maybe Someday and Ugly Love, I have fallen in love. I read two more of her books after, and I own a ton more that I have yet to read.
  2. Nina LaCour- I LOVED Everything Leads To You by Nina so I had to check out We Are Okay a few months later. While I didn’t like it as much as the Everything, it was still amazing. I know I will read the rest of her books soon.
  3. Stephanie Garber- She only has one book out (Caraval), but I really really liked it and I can not wait for the second book to come out. I know I will pick it up.
  4. John Green- Everyone knows who he is, and chances are you have read one of his books. I haven’t read all, but I enjoy his writing, and I can’t wait to read his new book.
  5. Tamara Ireland Stone- Again, I have only read one of her books, but Every Last Word spoke to me on such a deep level, and I really want to get my hands on more of Tamara’s books.
  6. Amanda Lovelace- Of course she has to be included in this list. She is a poet who wrote The Princess Saves Herself In This One. I own both her self-published book, and the one published by Andrews McMeel. If you haven’t read Princess, give it a shot before her next book comes out (which I will be reading the day it comes out!).

Thanks for reading! Let me know who some of your favorite authors are in the comments.

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24 hour read-a-thon

12:02 am
i decided to try the 24 hours of reading trend that I first saw done by Zoe! She recently hosted a second read-a-thon but I wasn’t able to do it that day! So here I am doing my own.

It’s currently midnight, meaning the start of the 24 hours. I’m a huge morning person so I don’t stay up late at night. I am struggling to stay up even now. So, I’ll just start with telling you all my TBR for today!

Then I plan on waking up around 7 to begin reading!

So here’s the TBR-
– Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins- I’m currently on page 108
– History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera
I will see you in the morning when I begin reading!

8:28 am
I woke up later than I had hoped to (7:50), so by the time I ate breakfast and got ready for the day, I am just now starting to read.

I am starting with Anna and the French Kiss! I’m going to try to read 100 pages in one sitting. I have some tea in hand, so I should be good.

9:42 am
I read up to page 177 in Anna. I decided to take a little break to watch some youtube videos.

I’m planning on reading more of Anna in an hour or so when I go to barnes and noble. I’ll keep you updated!

11:38 am
i’ve been at barnes and noble for about an hour now but I didn’t do much reading. I had to study for the SAT and do some writing. I only got to page 202 of Anna so far.

When I get home I plan on starting History to change things up a bit.

2:08 pm
I am finally at page 307 of Anna, which means I have less than 100 to go!

Im going to start History now, and take a little food break!

6:49 pm
The last time I updated this, I said I would start History. I did, but only 17 pages.

I couldn’t stop thinking about Anna, so I decided to finish that book instead. Which was amazing, by the way. I ended up giving it a 4/5 stars. I am extremely happy with how it ended because I didn’t love it in the beginning.

I am now going to continue reading History until I need to pick up my sister. Then I will run a bath (and read in there for a bit) before getting ready for bed. I am going to stay up as long as it takes to finish History. It shouldn’t be long though, as the book is under 300 pages.

11:03pm
I only read 61 pages of History and now it’s time for bed! I was going to stay up late until I found out I was working early tomorrow morning.

I wish I had read more but I decided to watch a movie with my mom instead.

As a whole, this read-a-thon was less successful than I had hoped. However, I did read more than I usually do in a day.

I read a total of 325 pages. Not impressive but at least I finished a book. I did end up getting busier as the day went on, so I’m not going to be too hard on myself.

I really enjoyed this experience though, and I think next time I will stay up all 24 hours to get the most reading done.

Anyways, let me know if you enjoyed this post and if you would like to join me next time so I’m not doing this alone (and so that I’ll be more motivated)!

See you soon,

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notes from my journal

i stared up at the white, wispy clouds. the sky was a beautiful shade of ocean blue. you sat beside me and took in all my features. all my imperfections. i turned to look back at your emerald eyes and smiled. we were surrounded by the world, yet you still told me i was the most beautiful sight. i never felt as full and happy as i did in that moment. you handed my all your thoughts wrapped in a neat bow while i let out my deepest secrets in an explosion. we were total opposites. but when you said those 3 words, i knew that opposites really do attract.

i fall in love with the idea i create of people, rather than who they truly are. i have too much faith in people and in love. i am definitely a romantic. i try so hard to make relationships work, expecting people to change. i get my hopes up and end up disappointed every. single. time. it also makes it so much harder to get over someone. i only want to believe they are good-hearted, rather than face reality. but i would always choose to be full of hope than completely hopeless. because maybe true love really does exist.

you don’t have to have it all figured out. in fact, you shouldn’t. life is messy. life is unpredictable. things don’t ever go according to plan. just embrace every moment with a positive mind and see where the world takes you. the universe always has a plan.

you finally told me everything i always wanted to hear, but i realized it didn’t matter. i’m not the same person as a year ago. i know who i am and what i want. it just isn’t you anymore. and i’m sorry to myself that it took so long to realize my worth. but i’m okay now. i finally got the closure i needed so desperately and i can move on with my life. it truly is freeing to feel this way. i can finally be happy and be myself again.

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july

This month has been filled with so many new experiences for me. I spent a week at a beach house in North Carolina, which was super relaxing. It also gave me a chance to reflect on the past month. Here are some of my favorite things.

Watching

  1. Gilmore Girls- I decided to finish rewatching this show because I wasn’t in the mood to start something new yet. My love for it was just as strong as the first time, and I am glad I watched it again.
  2. The Silence of the Lambs- This movie is insane. I can’t believe I haven’t watched it earlier. I highly recommend checking it out!
  3. Jaws- Another movie I can’t believe I haven’t watched earlier. It made me slightly terrified of the ocean for a few weeks, but I have recovered.

Reading

  1. Zines- I have been reading so many zines this past month. Zines are mini magazines that are DIY’d and can be on any topic you choose! I have both been making them, as well as buying them! My current favorite shop is Quietly Written on Etsy. My favorite zine is the Write It Down one! It was a great read.
  2. Shatter Me series- I read the first book “Shatter Me” last summer I believe. I kept promising myself that I would finish the series but I didn’t get around to it until now. I just finished the 3rd book and I am so happy I decided to continue it. The second book was my favorite of the three, and I can not wait for the next 3 books to come out.

Listening

  1. Lorde’s Album (Melodrama)- This whole album is absolutely incredible. Lorde’s music is always amazing, and this album is no different. I began listening to it a lot more this month.
  2. H.E.R. (Every Kind of Way)- I was introduced to H.E.R. by my friends and I fell in love. My favorite song at the moment is Every Kind of Way!
  3. Madison Beer (Dead)- This song is SO good. I haven’t listened to Madison Beer much before this song, but I will probably be checking out more now!

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Other

  1. Acrylic Paint- Painting has always been a part of my life in the form of watercolors, but I decided to explore other mediums. My obsession has been acrylic paints this month. I have so much more control with the artwork I create.
  2. Minimalism- I am definitely not considered a minimalist. I am the biggest hoarder ever. I have been reading a lot on the topic, however. I have made an effort to get rid of the unnecessary clutter in my life this month. So far, it’s working!

 

That’s all that I have for my favorites! I hope you check some of them out 🙂 What have your favorites been?

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“loves me not, loves me” // book review

*I received this book for review, but all opinions are my own*

Loves Me Not, Loves Me by Brittany Julian is a poetry collection split into 2 parts. The first part, “Heartache’s Interlude” focuses on heartbreak and the pain caused by it. It also details the healing and forgiveness you must do for yourself.

The second half is about love. A main focus in this book is that you can’t have love without heartbreak, and vice versa. You need to go through some hardships to be able to feel love completely.

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I really, really enjoyed this book. The poetry is amazing and relatable. Even if you have never gone through heartbreak or experienced true love, you can feel the words the author is writing nonetheless.

I haven’t read any poetry books in a couple of months, but this one reminded me why I love them so much.

Here is one of my favorites:
please don’t convince yourself
that you are too complex
to be loved
you are not a problem
waiting to be solved
there is no algorithm
for us humans
who fall in love
no way to calculate
if the love will be worth the loss
in the months to come
or if all the frogs i’ve kissed
have led me to meet
one f****** prince

If you want to purchase the book yourself, check it out here!

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my traveler’s notebook! (new journal)

*Before I begin, I just want to say I am on vacation, so the next couple of posts (including this one) are scheduled. I will reply to comments when I get back, in case you were wondering!*

There’s this new thing that I recently re-discovered called a traveler’s notebook and if you haven’t heard of it before, let me explain. Basically, it’s a book-cover that comes with elastic strings inside that you can use to add different inserts. You can put multiple journals, folders, pockets, paper, etc. inside of it and keep it together in one book.

I fell in love with the idea when I started watching some Youtube videos on it. I highly suggest looking up traveler’s notebook on youtube to understand what I’m talking about (because it is so hard to describe in text versus video).

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I thought I would share how I set mine up and what I keep inside! To start, I bought a canvas cover notebook from Michaels by Jane Davenport. There are a couple of styles to choose from but I got the plain white one to decorate myself. I painted it with acrylics, and the black is with Sharpie. The paint job is obviously very mediocre, but I am happy with it.

You can get a traveler’s notebook from a variety of places, but I chose this one because it was cheaper than the original Traveler’s brand. Since I wasn’t sure if I would like using this setup, I didn’t want to invest a ton of money into it yet.

 

I also bought some of the Jane Davenport inserts to go with it. I got the watercolor paper because I paint a lot, and I thought I could use this for art as well as writing. I had to pick up the pockets that Jane Davenport has, too, because I want to take this along with me when I travel. With the pockets I can put some stickers and pictures inside that I want to use. I am headed to North Carolina as you read this, for a week by the ocean. This will be perfect to take all my supplies with me.

Let’s take a look at the layout now!

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The first thing I started with was one of the folder inserts I mentioned earlier, and inside I put some stickers that I got from PearTeaStickers on Etsy. They were kind enough to send me some and they are absolutely gorgeous! You can see below all the supplies I got from them. Definitely make sure to check them out because I know I will be buying more from them in the future. Plus the quality is really nice.

 

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They also sent me some journal inserts, and you can see the first one here. It is the Hip Girls one, so each page has a different image of a girl and the drawings are so stunning. I will use this one for my writing.

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Then I put the watercolor paper inside so that I can paint while on my trip. I am so excited to use this to draw the scenery around me where I am staying.

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In these next two pictures, you can see the back of the first folder and the front of the second one. In the back I put a couple of envelopes with little cards I received and a picture I found about creativity.

On the front pocket of the yellow folder, I included some magazine clippings I found because I use those a lot when I am journaling.

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Here you can see the second notebook I got from PearTeaStickers, which is so beautiful, once again. I also have a small pocket that I got from AsianVintageTn shop, also on Etsy, as well as the grid paper notebook. They are both a little small for this Traveler’s Notebook, but it works just fine! I am going to use the grid paper as a to-do list and bullet journal! Plus, they were kind enough to send some the Midori 5th anniversary stickers which are absolutely adorable! I am so excited to use the products.

Huge thank you to both shops for supplying them! Please make sure to check them out, it would mean so much 🙂

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I am so happy with the way my traveler’s notebook looks, and I can not wait to begin using it this week. Let me know what you think of it 🙂

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a writing update.

As you may remember, I just wrote a post explaining my excitement for Camp NaNoWriMo. And I was beyond excited. But it’s time to be honest with myself.

I’ve been in a huge writing slump (writer’s block, i guess) and I haven’t picked up a pen in weeks, besides the occasional line or two. I thought that joining camp would give me a reason to write, and that I would feel even more motivated. Boy was I wrong. Forcing myself to write just generates horribly written lines that I end up deleting either way.

So we are now 1/2 way through the month, and I ended up re-writing the first 2 pages of my novel instead of writing more. I am just not into it right now. I really hope I can get out of this strange mood soon because it is not like me to not want to write. I feel strange and everything feels out of place. I haven’t even wanted to blog.

I am leaving for vacation at a beach house in North Carolina in exactly one week. I hope that time near the ocean will inspire me once again, and maybe I will get some writing done. If not, I am not stressing anymore. I want to focus on myself and listen to what my mind is telling me.

I will hopefully continue working on my novel in the near future because I do like what I have so far. If I have more writing updates, I will definitely post them.

Anyways, good luck to everyone who is on track to finish their goals for camp!

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Read Dog Book Subscription Unboxing!

This post is SUPER exciting because it is actually in collaboration with Read Dog! They are a monthly book subscription box where you get to fill out a form describing what type of books you read! They send you a book they think you will like based on the response.

The contents of my box are…
1. 2 notecards explaining the theme of the box and some of the contents.
2. I also got a little read dog sticker which will be super cute to put in my journal!
3. There were 2 charms included- a puzzle piece and a blue stone. They look really cute and I will probably put them on a necklace chain.
4. A bookmark came with it as well, with the definition of sonder, which is actually the theme.
5. There was also a white grape tea (and directions with how to use it) which I am so so happy about. I absolutely love tea, and this one sounds so good.
6. There is also a little painting included which is beautiful.
7. The last thing besides the book is some puzzle pieces. If you read the card it comes with, it says that sonder is the realization that everyone around us has their own story. The puzzle pieces remind us that we are part of a whole, not the entire story.

 

As for the book, I received Everything You Want Me To Be by Mindy Mejia.

Here is the Goodreads synopsis:
Hattie Hoffman has spent her whole life playing many parts: the good student, the good daughter, the good girlfriend. But Hattie wants something more, something bigger, and ultimately something that turns out to be exceedingly dangerous. When she’s found brutally stabbed to death, the tragedy rips right through the fabric of her small-town community.

It soon comes to light that Hattie was engaged in a highly compromising and potentially explosive secret online relationship. The question is: Did anyone else know? And to what lengths might they have gone to end it? Hattie’s boyfriend seems distraught over her death, but had he fallen so deeply in love with her that she had become an obsession? Or did Hattie’s impulsive, daredevil nature simply put her in the wrong place at the wrong time, leading her to a violent death at the hands of a stranger?
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If you want to purchase your own Read Dog box, click here! Thank you so much to Read Dog for sponsoring this post. I can not wait to read the book 🙂

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Camp NaNoWriMo!

I never thought I would actually be saying this, but I’m writing a book! I decided (very last minute) to join Camp NaNoWriMo this year and try to actually start writing. I’ve always wanted to sit down and write a novel, but I never got around to it.

What is Camp NaNoWriMo? If you’ve heard of NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), then this is a less strict version of that. Basically, it is a site where you sign up and set a goal of number of words you want to write in July. My goal is only 10k words because I’ve never written an actual novel, and I want to start small. This way I won’t be too hard on myself if I can’t write too often. Plus I am going on vacation on the last week of July, so I don’t think I will be writing much then.

You also get to pick a cabin (or get assigned one) with a group of other campers! Your cabin mates are there to help keep you inspired and motivated. The concept is really adorable, and I am excited to begin!

My novel is still in its beginning stages. I started with one concept on July 1st, and I wrote about 400 words until I decided I wanted to change it completely. So yesterday I wrote an entirely new outline with a plot I like a lot better. I am now at about 500 words, and I plan on writing 1000 today.

I don’t have a synopsis written yet, but that is my next goal.

Here is a small snippet:
At night, she often looked up at the bright, night sky. The twinkle of the scattered stars put her in a trance. Her name was Summer Rhodes, but she never resembled the warmth and sunshine of that season. No, she was more of an Autumn. Her hair was like fire, and it flowed all the way down to her hips. Her eyes were a Caribbean green. She was beautiful. It was the middle of the night, and, as she often did, Summer climbed through the window of her small, 2 bedroom apartment to gaze out at the darkness. The wind was cold against her body, and her arms shivered at the touch of it. Fresh air was what she needed. It slowed her breathing and calmed her heart. Nothing could steady her overflowing thoughts better. 

Let me know what you think down below!
I will post updates every now and then, if I have something to talk about!

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Life Update

I’m sitting in bed at 7:52pm, without a single worry right now. It is June 19th, meaning my last day of junior year. These past 10 months were my most stressful and lonely year of my school life. This summer will be a much needed break for my mental health.

So this is where I’m at right now.

I had grades lower than I ever thought I could, and I had a couple of breakdowns. It felt like I was slowly sinking lower and lower into a never ending pit. I was sad a lot of the time. I didn’t want to go out with my friends, so I just sat at home. I didn’t feel like doing anything.

I am finally getting over that. It is a slow process, but I am happier again. Currently, there is a beautiful rainbow outside my window, and I am listening to my favorite songs. This is what a perfect night looks like to me.

I have been drinking more water (75 ounces a day!) and my skin has cleared up a lot. I am also feeling better about my body and building towards my goal by working out daily.

I haven’t been reading as much as I want to be for the past two months. I guess I am in a bit of a slump. But I’ve been doing so much writing. My writing style has changed, and so has my perspective. I have improved drastically compared to my writing from just a couple of months ago.

I have also learned to be more patient, more humble, and more loving. I try to keep my mouth shut rather than arguing in some situations. Some people are just not worth the energy.

I guess that while this school year was tough, I know that I survived, and I only have another 180 days to go. I can do this.

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