Hi everyone! It’s been a bit since I last posted, and obviously, a LOT has happened. I actually have been wanting to write an update post like this for a while, and now seemed like the perfect time to talk a little about what’s been happening lately.
I’m gonna try not to spend too much of this post talking about COVID-19, since 1) I’m not in any way an expert, and 2) I know that hearing about coronavirus non-stop has been really anxiety-inducing for a lot of people.
BUT I do want to say this: I hope you all are okay. The outbreak has affected everyone, some more than others, and it’s so sad to know that so many lives have been taken or upended. I am really, really lucky in that my family and I are healthy and doing well (considering the circumstances), and my heart goes out to anyone who is experiencing otherwise.
Moving forward, this post will mostly be me just writing about what’s been going on with me personally, so I’ll start with a lil life update…
Things that have happened to me so far in 2020:
- January was kinda stressful, ngl, since my dad hurt his back (he’s fine now, but it was just not great) and my younger brothers were having a rough time at their school, but we got through it.
- I spent a weirdly large amount of time looking at old scrapbooks in February, like from when I was really little and also ones that my mom made as a kid/young adult. It was totally strange and interesting to see photos of my mom from before I knew her, and I was inspired to start making a scrapbook myself.
- The softball season started, which was obviously cut short because of coronavirus, but it was really fun while it lasted.
- I downloaded TikTok…
- My school closed after the second week of March, and we had a week of “distance learning,” then spring break, and now it’s our second week of online school.
- So, online school: it definitely takes some getting used to, and I’m not enjoying it much, but I am so lucky that my school is able to do this. Our schedule is set up with one or two Zoom/Google Meet classes per day, with optional office hours and teachers posting assignments for us to work through on our own.
- Personally, social distancing hasn’t been too bad so far. I miss my friends a lot, and obviously I wish things were back to the way they were before, but I’m an introvert who tends to enjoy being alone, and I rarely get bored, so I’ve been lucky and things have been a lot better for me emotionally than I think they have for a lot of others who are self-isolating.
- Conan Gray’s new album, Kid Krow, released and I love it!
- I had my birthday in March!
- I redid my bedroom a little bit.
- I also had spring break, which was odd since I couldn’t really go outside, except for the occasional walk. I spent a lot of time watching movies, “window shopping” online, and attempting to learn TikTok dances from my younger sister.
You’d think that I would’ve read a ton since I’m stuck at home, but honestly, I haven’t finished many books recently. Of course, I plan on doing a lot of reading soon, but I’m okay with the fact that I’ve spent a lot of time chilling an just ~being.~ I’ve seen a lot of people talking about pushing back against the idea that people need to take advantage of every minute and be super productive during this time at home, and I totally agree that this can actually be a good opportunity to slow things down a bit.
Anyway, here are a few highlights from my reading life since I last updated you in November:
Book covers are from Goodreads and link to the books’ respective Goodreads pages.
I haven’t been keeping particularly good track of book-related news recently, but here are a few tidbits I’m excited about:
- HarperCollins Children has a new imprint focused on Native authors and stories! (source)
- P.S. I Still Love You‘s movie adaptation was released. It was not as good as the book or the first movie, in my opinion, but I did greatly enjoy watching it.
- HBO is adapting The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue! (source)
- Angie Thomas announced a new book and it sounds so good!! (source)
- There are a few really nice free trial programs going on because so many people are staying at home—a few that I know of are Scribd (You can get 30 days free without giving any credit card info with this link.) and Kindle Unlimited. (I think the latter is just for people signed up for the Goodreads challenge.) I signed up for Scribd and will probably check out Kindle Unlimited as well.
I feel like I say this in almost all of my recaps (*cries*), but I am still slowly working towards posting consistently. I do have a lot of ideas for upcoming posts though, which I’ll talk about later!
Posts I’ve Published Recently:
📖 Book Reviews
- Foul is Fair by Hannah Capin | Modern Macbeth (Blog Tour Review & Excerpt)
- The Journal Writer’s Companion by Alyss Thomas (Book Review)
- How to Be Remy Cameron by Julian Winters | Identity, Family, & the Essay of Doom (ARC Review)
📚 Other Bookish Posts
- 2019 Reading Stats | Basically, Me Being the Pie Chart Nerd I Am
- #StartOnYourShelfathon and #Pondathon Sign-up | ft. Me Trying to Read All My Unread Books in 2020
- Personal Book Awards 2019
✒️ Bullet Journal
- Plan with Me | Bullet Journal Setup for March 2020
- Plan with Me | Bullet Journal Setup for February 2020
- MEGA Plan with Me | Bullet Journal Setup for December 2019 + A New Journal for 2020
Favorite Posts from the Blogosphere:
I haven’t shared a roundup of favorite posts in a while, so here’s a list of just a few exceptional posts that I’ve read in the past five months or so.
- Madeline @ Twirling Pages shared her thoughts on the Shadow & Bone cast announcement.
- May @ Forever and Everly wrote an amazing discussion about realistic portrayals of teens in YA.
- Olivia @ Purely Olivia wrote a great post about things that happen in books but don’t actually happen in real life, and she also posted about blogging without spending any money!
- CW @ The Quiet Pond recommended historical fiction about invisible moments in history, as well as diverse heist stories.
- Aimal @ Bookshelves and Paperbacks recommended five books by Desi authors.
Tips & Tutorials
- Tiffany @ Read By Tiffany shared which college purchases are actually necessary (which I’ve bookmarked for later, since I’ll probably need to reference it in the semi-near future).
- Alexandra @ Twirling Pages recommended some podcasts.
- Cait @ Paper Fury shared some inspirations behind her latest novel, as well as a(n incredibly adorable) bonus short story.
- Vicky @ Vicky Who Reads drew an amazing comic strip based off of Kelly Coon’s Gravemaidens. She also started a new blog: Vicky, Again, and I’m so hype to see the new direction she’s going in.
- Some book clubs and challenges were announced for 2020, including Subtle Asian Book Club and #StartOnYourShelfathon.
- Priscilla @ Twirling Pages shared a week in her life at college.
- Franziska @ Books and Peonies brought us on a gorgeous apartment tour.
- Tiffany @ Read By Tiffany shared 101 Thoughts While Watching P.S. I Still Love You.
- My absolute favorite Youtuber, Ashley @ Best Dressed, made a super helpful video with tips for working/studying at home!
I am feeling really inspired to write blog posts! Here are a few ideas that I’ve been thinking about:
- A new bullet journal plan with me (I have a really fun setup for April that I’m excited to share! This will probably go up in a few days.)
- Ideas for things to do during social distancing (I feel like a bunch of people have done this but I might be able to add some new thoughts?)
- A review of Cracked Up to Be by Courtney Summers, which I just finished (and really liked)
- An updated room tour
- Movies and tv shows I’ve watched recently (like a mini review type thing)
- A quarantine diary, like a journal entry or a day in my life or something, but in a blog post (This kind of excites me since it’s a little different from what I normally post!)
- Recs for comforting/low-stress books
- Tips for distance learning, including how I’ve been structuring myself with my bullet journal(s) (This would probably come a little later, after I’ve had a bit more time to get a handle on the whole online school thing.)
- Tips for researching colleges (I’ve been doing a lot of web-digging, virtual touring, and creating a massive spreadsheet of info since I’m a junior and looking at colleges right now.)
- Favorite bullet journal spreads I made in 2019
Please let me know which of these you’d most like to see from me, or if you have any other ideas! You can drop me a comment on this post or fill out this poll:
Thank you for reading! I hope you’re doing alright. Stay safe, wash your hands, support each other. Sending lots of love.