Wonder the Movie//a discussion/my incoherent thoughts

Wowow.

Wowowowowow.

That

Movie

Was

Amazing.

Movie adaptations are usually worse than the book-there’s no denying that.

Wonder was nor exception.

But does that ever stop me from seeing the movie?

HAHAHA no.

The Wonder movie did cut out a good amount of the story. After all, you can’t fit all of a book into one 1.5 hour movie.

But the parts that they did fit into the movie were done wonderfully.

The whole time watching, I think I had tears in my eyes.

This may not sound like a lot to you, but I NEVER cry or tear up about books or movies. I get sad, I get upset, but I don’t ever actually cry. I can’t.

If it’s really moving, I do get tears in my eyes, and that’s what happened here.

(the only other times I remember this happening is when a certain house-elf died in the Deathly Hallows, and while reading Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson)

The kids in the movie were the absolute cutest things-they were all just so so adorable.

In fact, it was so wonderful, that I saw the movie twice in theaters. Within a week of each other.

Yeahhhh, you could say I’m a little obsessed.

Everyone go watch this movie now. Right now. Go. What are you doing here? why are you still reading this? Go. Watch. Wonder.

 

 

Now.

 

Thanks so much for reading my scrambled thoughts! Comment below your thoughts on the Wonder movie.

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November Wrap-Up 2017

Everything about books, music, writing, and life that happened in the past month below.

Books!

My reading slowed down a lot since school started, and I’ve only read about 10 books each month I’ve been in school.

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I started Invictus by Ryan Graudin the last day of November, and I’m almost done with that one!

Favorites? Hunting Prince Dracula and Girl Out Of Water

Least favorite?Renegades and All Rights Reserved

Surprises? Hunting Prince Dracula and the Upside of Unrequited (good surprises) and Renegades and All Rights Reserved (bad surprises)

You can see my ratings for all these books on my Goodreads!

What am I reading next?

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I’ve been on a poetry kick since I read Adultolescence, but I haven’t been able to get my hands on any poetry yet-and I’m so excited to read those first three! I’ve also heard amazing things about the Great Library series and Take Three Girls. And since I’ve been very very very pleasantly surprised by The Martian, I can’t wait for Artemis.(also trying to read Secrets for the Mad by Dodie Clark, but my library still doesn’t have it. *growls in frustration*)

Life!

This month winter track started, which means running miles in freezing cold weather-not my idea of fun. Running in the cold is not my friend. It’s also taking up so much of my time since I only get home around five each school day.

But, the season isn’t going as badly as I thought it would! I’ve been making some great new friends on the team, and I can’t deny that it feels good to be able to say that you run miles in weather some people don’t even want to step outside in.

I also had Thanksgiving at my house, which is always fun. I also went to the city (NYC) and visited Chelsea Market, my absolute favorite place there. I also visited the Whitney Museum of American Art-they had some great exhibits and I really enjoyed the time I spent there.

Also! I have a bookstagram! Go check it out! I really like it! I’m really proud of it! and I started a new theme yesterday! And I like that theme a lot! Go check it out!

around the web

Booksplosion posted collabs!! Ahhhh!!

Book talk with Marie Lu!

I love dodie.

Lmaoooo.

music

I love dodie pt 2

 

THIS SONG CAME NOV 30 AND IT’S SO GOOD. I LISTENED TO IT ON REPEAT FOR OVER AN HOUR.

actual coherent thoughts: The rap parts aren’t my favorite, but Halsey’s parts are amazing. Her voice sounds really really great, an the melody/tune/whatever you call it is also perfect and it got stuck in my head for so long. I also think it’s really sweet that they wrote this song together.<3

 

That’s really it for music this month, I’ve been listening to the same albums as last month besides these.

Writing

Haha don’t make me laugh for the second month in a row. Except this time it’s NaNoWriMo month. #shameonme

 

Thanks so much for reading! What did you read and listen to this month? What are you planning on reading next?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mean Girls

No, this post isn’t about the movie.

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Also, I think I might be the only person in America who doesn’t  like it.

Recently, I’ve been seeing a lot of posts and videos about tropes, and there’s one trope that I almost never see anyone talking about.

The Mean Popular Girls Trope.

No one ever seems to talk about it, and it drives me insane because this is definitely up there on my least favorite tropes list.

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This trope is absolutely insane, ridiculous, and completely untrue. I can’t even think about it without wanting to rip my hair out Here’s why:

I have been going to public school my whole life. And, inevitably, starting in middle school, a hierarchy arose. There are the popular kids, the less popular kids, the kids in the middle, the weird groups, and the total outcasts, to sum it up quickly.

The reason I don’t agree with the mean girls trope isn’t because I’m in the popular group. I’m not.

The popular group of girls is this-a big friend group that all has the same interests, and has been friends for years. Doesn’t sound that different from anyone else, right?

That’s because it isn’t. The only reason they’re considered “popular” is because they have the biggest group, and their personalities are more outgoing and more “take-charge” personalities (does that even make sense?? Please let me know) that dominate other people’s more quiet and reserved personalities.

Of course there are mean people in that group. But that’s not because they’re popular. There are people who aren’t popular and can be just as mean and rude.

How nice you are doesn’t rely on your place in the hierarchy.

Though I’m not in the popular group myself, I do have friends in that group, and they’re all some of the nicest people I know.

I have friends lower in the school hierarchy, and they’re also some of the nicest people I know.

So, basically, this trope pisses me off because it’s simply just not true. Popular does not equal mean. Their is not one whole group that’s just straight up mean. That’s not how it works. You don’t get a whole group who spends their time bullying people, spreading rumors, and making snide remarks behind everyone’s backs.

Just so you remember:

Popular does not equal mean.

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Thanks so much for reading! What do you think about this? What’s your least favorite trope? Let me know in the comments below!

NOPE. book tag

Hey everyone! Today I’m doing the NOPE. book tag, that I found on The Book Nut.

 

1)Nope ending-an ending that made you go NOPE in either denial, rage, or simply because the ending sucked.

The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows almost destroyed me

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2) Nope protagonist- a main character you dislike and drives you crazy.

Sasha Stone in This Darkness Mine made me want to rip my hair out. Just. She is such a terrible person, and also just insane.

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3)Nope series-a series that went downhill after the first book.

The Poison Study trilogy-the first book was amazing, but the books slowly got longer and less interesting, and I gave up halfway through the last one.

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4)Nope popular pairing-a ship you don’t agree with(haha my NOTP)

Celaena and Dorian from the Throne of Glass series. I don’t like the series itself, but the books that I did read, I was definitely rooting for Celaena and Chaol to end up together.

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5)Nope plot twist-a twist you didn’t like.

Every. Single. Death. In this book. Just-stop, Jo, stop.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter, #7)

6)Nope character decision-a decision that you didn’t agree with.

Whenever Percy went off and did stupid things in The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue. *facepalm*

The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue (Guide, #1)

7)Nope genre-a genre you will never read.

Never say never. *shrug*

8)Nope book format-book formatting you hate

I don’t really hate any book formatting, I enjoy basically all formatting.

9)Nope trope-a trope you hate

Ummmmm…. love triangles, “I’m not like other girls”, the mean popular girls(I can guarantee that this is NOT true, I’ve gone to public school my whole life and this trope pisses me off), the girl who automatically becomes popular when she becomes hot, when mental illness is cured by people, and so many more. This list could go on for ages.

10)Nope recommendation-a popular book you refuse to read

Passenger by Alexandra Bracken. I didn’t really enjoy her Darkest Minds series, and I’ve seen several bad reviews for this one.

Passenger (Passenger, #1)

11)Nope cliche/pet peeve-a writing cliche or pet peeve

None are coming to mind at the moment?

12)Nope love interest-a love interest that’s not worthy of being one

Cho Chang from Harry Potter.

13)Nope book-a book that shouldn’t exist

Flawed by Cecelia Ahern.

Flawed (Flawed, #1)

14)Nope villain-a terrifying villain

Queen Levana from the Lunar Chronicles.

Fairest (The Lunar Chronicles, #3.5)

15)Nope death-a character’s death that still haunts you

See number 5, above.

16)Nope author-an author you didn’t enjoy, and decided to quit.

I’m sorry guys but…John Green. (Please don’t kill me)

Thanks so much for reading! Do you agree with any of these? Tell me in the comments below!

 

 

 

 

Mini Reviews//the disappointment edition

All the books below have left me in such a big puddle of disappointment that I couldn’t even write a full length review for you. Here are some mini reviews on my recent disappointing reads.

 

Simon VS the Homosapiens Agenda

Image result for simon vs the homosapien agendaSixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised.

With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated. Now, change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met. 

[synopsis taken from Goodreads]

I don’t know, maybe you’ve heard of this book before? It kinda sorta has a movie coming out soon (aka March 2018), and everybody kinda sorta raved about it when they read it, so needless to say, the hype for this book is kinda sorta huge.

I picked up this book way after everyone else, so the hype was insane once I finally read it.

And…

It fell completely flat for me.

I didn’t connect to the characters, or find them very interesting. There were also way too many side characters for me to keep track of, and I kept confusing their names and personalities and in the end, just sort of gave up.

The plot wasn’t particularly interesting either? Like there’s nothign specific that I can point at and say “That. I don’t like that.” But there wasn’t anything in the plot pulling me in, other than the anonymous e-mail sender, which honestly wasn’t even that intriguing to me.

Some good points! LGBTQ+ rep! Jewish rep! Good parents and siblings! And Simon himself was a pretty well-developed character.

It wasn’t the worst book, but it far from lived up to the hype.

 

(3 stars) 

 

All Rights Reserved

All Rights Reserved (Word$, #1)

In a world where every word and gesture is copyrighted, patented or trademarked, one girl elects to remain silent rather than pay to speak, and her defiant and unexpected silence threatens to unravel the very fabric of society.

Speth Jime is anxious to deliver her Last Day speech and celebrate her transition into adulthood. The moment she turns fifteen, Speth must pay for every word she speaks (“Sorry” is a flat ten dollars and a legal admission of guilt), for every nod ($0.99/sec), for every scream ($0.99/sec) and even every gesture of affection. She’s been raised to know the consequences of falling into debt, and can’t begin to imagine the pain of having her eyes shocked for speaking words that she’s unable to afford.

But when Speth’s friend Beecher commits suicide rather than work off his family’s crippling debt, she can’t express her shock and dismay without breaking her Last Day contract and sending her family into Collection. Backed into a corner, Speth finds a loophole: rather than read her speech – rather than say anything at all – she closes her mouth and vows never to speak again. Speth’s unexpected defiance of tradition sparks a media frenzy, inspiring others to follow in her footsteps, and threatens to destroy her, her family and the entire city around them.

[synopsis taken from Goodreads]

You don’t understand how excited I was to read this book. The premise sounds amazing-everything you do is copyrighted? Like, damn, that sounds like it would make an amazing story(even though dystopian is kind of over). And a bunch of BookTubers had gotten this book for review, so I was seeing it all over the place. I had to read it.

And it was such a big flop.

The plot was boring. Even following the “leader” of the resistance, we barely got any action. The action we did get was filled with “legal matters.” (see below) The side characters were either undeveloped, annoying, or not seen enough. In addition to that, the world was filled so many intricate laws that the author felt the need to explain, and there was so much legalese in the book that I just skipped over.

The world just felt extremely bland and legal. Idk, that’s the word to describe it.

It was so stiflingly legal. So many laws, legalese, and contracts that it made it very hard to sit through and read.

 

(2.75 stars)

 

Renegades

Renegades (Renegades, #1)

Secret Identities. Extraordinary Powers. She wants vengeance. He wants justice.

The Renegades are a syndicate of prodigies—humans with extraordinary abilities—who emerged from the ruins of a crumbled society and established peace and order where chaos reigned. As champions of justice, they remain a symbol of hope and courage to everyone…except the villains they once overthrew.

Nova has a reason to hate the Renegades, and she is on a mission for vengeance. As she gets closer to her target, she meets Adrian, a Renegade boy who believes in justice—and in Nova. But Nova’s allegiance is to a villain who has the power to end them both.

[synopsis taken from Goodreads]

Now, this may have been the most disappointing read of all. I absolutely adore Marissa Meyer. The Lunar Chronicles are one of my favorite series, and Heartless blew my mind. But.

This book.

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Arghhh I just can’t.

Going into it, I was already a little skeptical, just because I usually don’t enjoy superhero movies and books. They always feel bland, and they just don’t appeal to me. But, since this was a MARISSA MEYER book, who is an auto-buy author for me, I decided to give it a shot.

Why not?

This is why not:

This book is over 500 pages. Should be exciting, right?

No.

This book contained about four fight scenes, two of which were either fake or boring.

Most of the time was spent world building, introducing an insane amount of side characters that I couldn’t keep straight, since they all had two names as well(secret identities and all that), making stupid plans that went nowhere, and just monologues of the characters pondering life.

Arghhhh.

Why?

I didn’t even especially like the side characters. The main character, Nova, wasn’t especially interesting either. She was pretty badass, and had interesting powers/skills, but other than that, there was nothing intriguing about her.

The other main character, Adrian, wasn’t that great either. Yes, both of them had secret identities, but that didn’t spice anything up, since the identities were already revealed to the reader at the ery beginning of the book.

So, the world didn’t interest me, the plot didn’t interest me, the characters didn’t interest me. Is there anything else left?

No.

Except it’s one redeeming factor-the ending. The ending is an absolute plot twist/cliffhanger/absolute insanity. Like whattttttt.

So, now, I don’t know if I should read the next book just to see why this book ended the way it did, or just leave it be, since I obviously didn’t enjoy this one.

I AM FRUsTRATION

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(2.5 stars)

 

Thanks so much for reading! Have you had any disappointing reads lately? What did you think of Renegades? Let me know in the comments below!

 

 

 

 

Let’s Discuss-Adultolescence

YouTuber books have a reputation for being…not exactly the best.

They’re often ridiculed, and for good reason.

Many of them are dumb, pointless, and written purely for money rather than passion or ideas.

Now, I don’t know whether this one was written for money or passion or whatever it was, but either way I absolutely loved it.

This book is Adultolescence by Gabbie Hanna, know online as The Gabbie Show.

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This book contained both purposely funny and comical poems, really deep, serious poems, and poems that read like simple children’s poems but actually meant way more.

That’s why it’s called Adultolescence-a mix between serious adult problems and funny, sometimes childish poems.

Many people didn’t understand this, and thought the poems were stupid, and dumb, and written purely to take up pages. It’s a modern, contemporary piece, and I don’t think that got through to everyone. Now, not every poem was a masterpiece. There were some poems that I read and thought-ummm okay? Why?

I think that’s ok though. The way I see it, the poems were meant to be a mix of silly, funny poems and serious ones. They were a stream of Gabbie’s thoughts, however stupid. The whole time I was reading this book I was obsessed with the poems, the silly drawings, the deeper meanings in her simple words.

There were multiple times when I was reading when I had to put the book down and just think “Damn.”

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So-now the discussion.

advice

My favorite little series of poems scattered through the book were all titled things like “Advice 14” or “Advice 9.” They basically read like tweets with funny, quirky little pieces of advice.

I enjoyed them so much, and I don’t even know how to explain why. They were so simple, but I loved them so much.

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cute, quirky, but true piece of advice written like a tweet, along with the texing lanuage
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this is probably part of the reason people thought the book was dumb
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but I thought it was an interesting, unique thing to put in poems
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something that’s “cute” and “quirky”
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but also speaks to internet culture today
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and i just like the casual, funny vibe she has with these poems
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they made me lol i liked that
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and they’re an interesting way to put real advice into poems
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so yeahhhhh
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they were great
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i like them
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every time i saw one on the page i got excited
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i adore the hell out of these poems
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the end also p.s. sorry the pictures are so bad i didn’t wanna spend a lot of time making them look good cuz i’m a bad blogger oops

long poems

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i liked the way she talked about this-you don’t have to do this, i can do this perfectly by myself, but i wouldn’t mind it
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just an a+ message
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i love this take on dreams, i think it’s beautiful (and funny at the end i never realized how funny she is until i read this book)
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just an interesting take that i liked
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i already saw that her short poems were really good
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but i was hesitant about reading her long poems
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cuz those are completely different things (also 50% why i like this poem is because it’s about running)
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but i really like them
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and i found them really insightful and well written (also again this is such a great take on modern/internet culture and please comment below)

 

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the end 🙂

just some good ones that i don’t really have a title for

Below are some poems that don’t tie together in any particular way, but they’re all around the same length, and I liked all of them, so enjoy the discussion in the caption

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i just thought this one was funny and interesting and #relatable
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i love the language and the rhythm in this one and there’s a metaphor in there somewhere, i just don’t know how to put it into words
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love the metaphor for perspective and also reminds me of a great meme that makes me lol-the real mvps are the jewish kids who never told the other kids that santa isn’t real
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your disability is your superpower, remember that *strong arm emoji*
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lolololol
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the whole poem is just genius, especially the last line
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a very millenial metaphor, a very good metaphor, an i very much like this poem metaphor
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omg her poems are so good i just <333333
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quite possibly my favorite poem in the whole book. i freaking love it. this is the first poem i read and had to stop after

short and sweet

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ik ik that was a good joke.

i should be a comedian.

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a cute tweet/poem that could’ve been in advice, and i love it
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another poem that could’ve been in advice. i also love it
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hahahahahah same tho
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this isn’t the most poemy poem but it’s funny. lol. i like it. i’m probably the only one who did.

So yeah. Those were my thoughs on Adultolescence. I hope you could understand them, they seem kind of crazy and scattered to me.

I really just wanted to throw my feelings about this book around because it was pretty freaking amazing, and now I can’t wait to get my hands on some Rupi Kaur.

Thanks for reading! Have you read this book? What did you think about it? Comment below!

 

 

October Wrap-Up 2017

 

So, I don’t know exactly how to do this, I’ve never done a wrap up before. So, let’s just jump in and see how it goes.

Books!

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I read 11 books this month, so it wasn’t too bad, considering I was extremely busy.

Favorites? Adultolescence, Made You Up, and One Dark Throne

Least favorite? The Graveyard Book, I had to read that one for school

Surprises? I didn’t have any good surprises this month, but I did have a bad surprise. Simon vs the Homosapiens Agenda was so so so disappointing. There were a few things that rubbed me the wrong way, and after all the hype it was just a huge let down. (Review on this might be coming soon!)

What am I reading next?

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I’m so excited for all of these, but hesitant about The Upside of Unrequited after mt experience with Simon vs the Homosapiens Agenda. I am beyond excited for Renegades, and I also can’t wait for Dodie’s book after my great experience with the last YouTuber book I read, Adultolescence. Crossing my fingers that I’ll be able to get to all of these, because my library doesn’t always have all the books I want!

Life!

This month was absolutely insane. I had a ton of cross country meets, since I’m on the school team. I also had my homecoming dance, which for non-Americans is a high school dance and football game, and that was really fun.

One of my best friends also just had her Bat Mitzvah, and all my friends from camp got back together for the weekend and it was the best time I’ve had in a while. Homework has also recently been getting to me, but I’ve been plowing through!

Also, I went to a Halsey concert and that was soooo fun! This is the second concert I’ve ever been to, and they’re always such an amazing experience.

Other Fun Stuff

I’m just gonna try some things out, let me know if you find this interesting!

Videos(BookTube and other):

Christine at polandbananasBOOKS talks about how to make anyone a reader:

Ariel Bissett announced her new podcast!

 

 

Sasha Alsberg talked Ryan Graudin about her new book, Invictus!

Katesbookdate on destroying books:

Superwoman and how parents annoy you!(I found this hilarious)

Music-

I am so so so excited about this portion, because this month has been an amazing music month for me.

My absolute most listened album/songs this month was Chapter Three:Yellow by Bea Miller. These. Songs. Are. Just. Amazing.

Second, I have been adoring Halsey and her new album for months now, but since I went to her concert, here’s some extra appreciation.

Third, I’ve recently gotten into Lorde’s Melodrama. I don’t love all of the songs, but overall it’s amazing.

 

Last music for this month is Dodie’s album. I’ve been listening to it for a couple months, but it’s still amazing.

Writing

Lol don’t make me laugh.

 

That’s it for today! Thanks so much for reading! Tell me if you liked it, and if I should add or take out anything from this type of post. Tell me below what you read and listened to this month, and what you’re planning on reading next!