Hey everyone! It’s been a little while since I’ve posted one of these recaps, so I figured I’d update you all on what I’ve been doing this summer: life, reading, etc. Hope you all are doing well!
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It’s definitely been a strange summer for me, as I’m sure it has been for all of you as well. I’m trying not to complain too much, because I know I’m so so lucky to be safe and healthy right now, but it’s definitely been hard to feel positive. Some good things have happened though!
Here’s what I’ve been doing:
- I took two AP exams (chemistry and English lit) in May, which was very not fun, but it did feel really good to be done with them after I finished.
- We’re not in lockdown anymore where I live, and of course my family’s still being really careful and staying home much more than we normally would over the summer, but I have been able to have some in-person interactions—I’ve started babysitting again, we’ve visited our grandparents a few, and I’ve been able to hang out outdoors with 1-2 friends at a time (it’s definitely been a weird adjustment not being able to hug/touch any of them).
- I’ve been trying to focus as much energy as possible on antiracism. I’ve been to a bunch of BLM protests, and I’m so glad my family is healthy enough that we’ve had the opportunity to go to them. Regardless of whether you’re able to participate in person, there’s still so much more work to be done, and I’ll leave a bunch of resources here:
Click for BLM resources
Credit to May for putting this list together!
videos to stream (ad revenue will be donated)
George Floyd gofundme
Gianna Floyd (his daughter) gofundme
Breonna Taylor gofundme
Ahmaud Arbery gofundme
Elijah McClain gofundme
bail funds, research local ones near you too
small Black businesses that were destroyed
indie Black-owned bookstores
tips on overall protest safety
google doc masterlist of BLM resources
- Recently (as in, a few days ago), I also started volunteering with an organization called Poll Hero that’s recruiting young people to work the polls this November since the pandemic has caused a poll worker shortage. (If you or someone you know wants to sign up to be a poll worker, click here! And even if you can’t, we’d really appreciate if you could spread the word on your social media (here’s our Instagram and Twitter), since having enough poll workers is so crucial for preventing voter suppression and having a fair election.
- The college process 😅 Things have been very weird but I’m doing my best. Although of course real college visits aren’t happening, my parents and I have walked around a few nearby campuses just to get a feel of what things are like there (though it’s a little different without any actual people, lol), and I’ve attended what feels like a million virtual information sessions.
In related news, I made a blank template version of the spreadsheet I’ve been using to organize my college research in case anyone else is in the same boat as me! Idk if anyone will even open it, but I figured I’d share it because it feels like some that has the potential to be useful—click here to view the spreadsheet and make your own copy.
- I did a week-long Zoom art class in July, which was really fun!
- I’ve also been taking this really cool, totally free and open-to-anyone African-American History course that Yale has on their website—here’s the link in case any of you are interested.
- My school has released its reopening plan for the fall, and I am…not particularly happy about it. We’re doing a hybrid model with half in-person and half online instruction, and as much as I dislike Zoom school, the safety precautions currently in place have some significant flaws, in my opinion, which of course makes me nervous. My school’s giving us the option to stay home full-time, so my family and I may decide to do that.
Favorite Books I’ve Read Recently:
Book covers are from Goodreads and link to the books’ respective Goodreads pages.
I’m pretty proud of myself for how consistently I’ve been blogging recently. I’ve also been working on some improvements for my blog design and navigation, so be on the lookout for a little blog refresh type thing.
In that vein, I have a small bit of news/self-promo, which is that I’ve begun using affiliate links! If you’re looking to support a blogger, this is a great way to do it, since you can order things you might have bought anyway, but when you use my links, I get a small commission. It would really mean a lot to me 🙂
I have affiliate links for Bookshop.org (which also supports indie bookstores!), Amazon, and Paper House (a really cute stationery company)—I’ll leave some links here:
- My storefront on Bookshop.org
- Paper House — use the code BlossomsBujos for 12% off
- And there are Amazon links in some of my recent blog posts, including my Mid-Year Book Freak Out tag post (as well as in the reading update section of this post).
Okay, now back to the regularly scheduled programming!
Some Blog Posts From This Summer (So Far):
📖 Book Reviews
- In the Role of Brie Hutchens… by Nicole Melleby | A Sweet, Emotional Middle Grade (Blog Tour Review)
- Mayhem by Estelle Laure | Dark Magic + the ’80s (Blog Tour Review)
- The Black Kids by Christina Hammonds Reed | Relevant, Essential Historical Fiction (Blog Tour Review)
📚 Other Bookish Posts
- 45 Diverse Books Releasing in Summer 2020
- The Percy Jackson & Heroes of Olympus Character Book Tag
- My Nominations for the 2020 Book Blogger Awards
- Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag 2020 | Thank God 2020 is Halfway Over
✒️ Bullet Journal
- Vintage-Themed June ’20 Plan with Me + Poooliprinter Review
- Plan with Me | Bullet Journal Setup for July 2020
- Plan with Me | Bullet Journal Setup for August 2020
- Galen Leather Notebook Cover Review
Favorite Posts from the Blogosphere:
Just a few of my favorite posts I’ve read recently.
- May @ Forever and Everly talked about why book bloggers are awesome and how to support us.
- Marie @ Drizzle and Hurricane Books discussed the importance of trigger warnings in books.
- Cait @ Paper Fury talked about how to support diverse books all the time!
- Ilsa @ A Whisper of Ink created a folklore book tag!! I’m so excited to write my post. (I am in love with the album, btw.)
- Vicky @ Vicky Again made a SUPER helpful tutorial on how to make blogs more accessible. Definitely recommend for fellow bloggers!
- Sophie @ Moon Child Don’t Cry wrote a great post for Disability Pride Month.
Thank you so much for reading! I hope you have a wonderful rest of your summer (or winter, depending on which hemisphere you’re in).