Recently Finished Book: ¨Crewel¨ by Gennifer Albin

Wow! It’s been so long since I posted. Only a month, but still. So much has happened. School started on August 12th (I think) and I’ve been loaded down with homework ever since!

It’s Labor Day weekend which is basically the only reason I’m blogging. Also, it’s procrastination. I have tons of homework. Tons to do. Tons to prepare for. And I want to write a bit tonight and maybe watch a movie. It’s not a school night, so I’ll try to do all of it.

But anyways.

I recently finished the book Crewel by Gennifer Albin. I actually could not put this book down.

When in school, and if I have a bit of free time after class, I would usually try to finish homework for the next day or study or something, but this time I picked up this book!

Here’s the synopsis.

I don’t want to give anything away since the books builds and builds until BAM. You’re like what the heck just happened and the next thing you know you’re off to get the sequel from your local library.

I think the author does a brilliant job at creating her characters. They’re so well developed.

Definitely give this a read if you’d like and let me know your thoughts.

Any books you think I should check out?

My School Essentials

What’s that I smell? School?! FINALLY!

I am so excited for school to start in about a week, you guys. Agh! Yay!

I decided to write about my school essentials today because I always love watching these videos or reading about someone’s essentials. I hope you enjoy mine!

1. A book!

I always, always have a pleasure read with me during school. I don’t get to read much during school, but there’s a comfort in bringing a book around with me. A book is basically my best friend.

2. Ladies, those essentials. 

This one is super important. I make sure to always have either a tampon or a pad on hand just in case I need one, or more importantly, someone else who’s run out! Girls gotta be there for each other, you know?

3. Flashcards

A MUST. Seriously. Like I said in my post about studying a foreign language, these are my life savers. I use them for Latin vocabulary and also, science. I’m sure I’ll be using a ton more this year though, so I’m ready. One thing I like to do with flashcards is, cut them in half, so they last longer. I also like to use colorful pens so it’s not so black and white all round.

4. Hand sanitizer

Definitely a must. My school has over 1500 students in it, so you best believe your girl will be sanitizing her hands after every period. There always seem to be something going around every week, and that mixed with missing classes = NO FUN. Makeup work will be awful this year.

5. Coffee

How more obvious can this one be? Coffee is my love. My life. I love coffee.

(Due to redundancy, I’m not going to include school supplies in this)

6. Agenda! (Does this count as school supplies? No? Good.)

I just bought a Lily Pulitzer Agenda and I’m so excited to start using it. I got the large one for $28 dollars (Don’t give me that look! It goes from August 2015-December 2016. That’s basically two dollars a month. A good investment.)

But for real, agendas/planners are overall a necessity. Go get one. Target has super cute ones for around/under 10 dollars.

I think that’s all I have for you. Surprised I don’t have gum on here? Here’s an article explaining better than I ever could. Interesting read.

What are your school essentials? I’m interested to know! Let me know in the comments!

Happy Back-to-School Season, everyone!

Recently Finished Books: ¨The Awakening¨ by Kate Chopin

Hello blog! Long time, no see. Sorry about that, I’ve actually been quite busy this last week…

When school starts here in two weeks, posts will be scarce. Like scarce. Like not at all.

Anyways, this one is a book review!

I had to read this book for school and at first it was hard to get into. But I absolutely loved it.

It has feminist undertones, which I love, of course, and this book is a great read. I don’t want to give away too much, but if you’ve never read this book, do it.

Do it.

If length is deterring you, no fear! It’s only 155 pages! So read!

That’s it for today…Until next time.

Baking w/ Me: Pumpkin Muffins

Do not give that look. It is not too early for pumpkin muffins.

Okay, maybe it is.

But I’ve been missing fall so much. I needed something to get me through these next couple months of summer. Sigh.

Seriously guys, this recipe is amazing.

The only problem I had with it is that I had to bake them way longer than the suggested time. I probably baked them around 40 minutes. Definitely keep checking on yours through the baking process though.

I got the recipe from here.

Some pumpkin muffins don’t puff up enough, but these did. Amazing. Truly.

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The recipe called for a can of pumpkin puree…which is fine by me! Just remember pumpkin puree takes awhile to bake.

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The finished product. Beautiful, huh?
The finished product. Beautiful, huh?

Yes, yes. I know. I’ve been baking way too much this week. This is my third muffin recipe this week. Don’t look at me.

I just can’t help it. I don’t know what’s up.

Maybe it’s the fact I’ve been running…

No matter! Hope you enjoyed this recipe  🙂

Recently Finished Books: ¨Conversion¨ by Katherine Howe

Hello, hello! I’m coming at you with another book review.

So, I’ve been trying to expand what I read. I checked out a book by Jane Austen and another by Charles Dickens and while they are both highly respected authors, I ended up not touching the books.

But reading is such a non-academical pastime for me. I want to read the books that are funny, witty, relatable (although I’m sure Jane Austen can be relatable…I’ll find out.), but at the same time, introspective. So, I think that’s why I’m having a harder time reading Jane Austen or Charles Dickens. Because while they do entice me, they don’t entice me like YA does.

Saying this, I have another book review in about a week written in the 1800s and I’m currently loving that book.

Moving on…

Here’s the synopsis for the book I’m reviewing today.

When I started reading this book, I found it interesting that Katherine Howe split her books into the year 2012 and then the year 1706/1692.

While reading about the Salem Witch Trials and the prospect of them faking, I found myself despising the girls because they had wrongly accused women for being witches.

Personally, I don’t know much about the Salem Witch Trials, but I think I will check out some books and find some online articles about it. I’m intrigued.

I also liked how I could relate to the main character, Colleen, so well. As the book continued, you found out why she had been missing what she was missing–she had been solely focused on academics.

I also liked how the book focused on how teenagers are put under so much stress and pressure in high school, not just by parents and teachers, but by themselves too.

What I also liked about this book was Howe didn’t focus too much on her prospective love interest. Meaning that she didn’t focus the book around if they would end up liking each other or not. She focused it on the connections between 1692 and 2012 and Colleen’s life.

You can also tell that the author did an immense amount of research for this book. It really showed and brought the whole book together.

I don’t buy books unless I’m totally in love with them and this is one I’m definitely going to get for my bookshelf.

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I hope you all enjoyed this post!

P.S. I made these two muffins on Sunday/Monday.

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The blueberry muffins are so healthy and they look it too, but they are so good. I also put streusel on top and it made it that much better!

Here’s the recipe.

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Then, for the coffee cake muffins, I used the same recipe from this post. I omitted the streusel though because it has a ton of sugar. I was craving these, but still wanted to eat healthy-ish so that’s what I did!

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I watched this Ted Talk on Tuesday morning. It’s all about human trafficking and it kept me engaged the whole time. Definitely give it a watch.

7/16/15: Also, have you seen the recent photos of Pluto? I’M ASTONISHED. It’s so, so amazing.

I bought these two books today!

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I’m so excited to start reading them after I finish some others!

In the Now: July 2015

YOU GUYS.

This past week has literally been the busiest all summer for me. And I loved it.

Here’s a gist of it.

July 4th: CELEBRATION!

July 5th: Saw Pitch Perfect 2 with my friend-y 🙂

July 6th: I honestly don’t remember.

July 7th: I went to lunch w/ my best friend and sister at Panera.

July 8th: I went to a friend’s house for a bit.

July 9th: Dentist Appointment

July 10th: I babysat for 6 hours.

July 11th: I went to the mall w/ the same friend I had lunch with.

I also finally started my summer reading and plan on finishing it by Saturday. Along with that, I did my third APUSH assignment out of the four that is required so I’m happy about that.

And guess what?! I started running again! It felt so good. I got out of bed around 7:30 and really didn’t want to go running since I hadn’t fallen asleep until late 12 the previous night. I turned off those unwanted feelings, remembered I had eaten 3 pieces of pizza last night and ran.

I’m actually really proud of myself since I hadn’t done that in awhile. I’m going to try to keep doing it regularly now.

Also, one month until school starts! The days are ticking down until registration as well and I’m so pumped. For school and for fall.

A few nights ago, while I was falling asleep, I realized just how exhausted I’d be once school starts. Last year, in comparison to my upcoming year, was easy peezy and the last few months I would come home on Fridays and collapse on my bed.

Just imagine how it’ll be next year when I have all honors/AP/extracurriculars. Whew. I’m ready for coffee and motivation.

Speaking of school, I also want to do more posts like the one I did with foreign languages. Any requests? I’ll be doing a school supplies post, how to stay organized post (+ how I use my agenda) post when school is nearer.

And one more thing: I will no longer be doing this full post updates. Instead, I will just put them at the end of each blog post. Oh, by the way, I pre-write each blog post (except for updates), so if I say I finished a book today, I probably finished it a few days ago. But the updates will be written the day of/day before a post.

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friends 🙂

My Thoughts: Ted Talk #1

Hello all!

This post is a bit different from what I usually post, but nonetheless, something I am very interested in.

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I’m currently watching this Ted Talk (if you don’t know what that is, what are you doing!! GO GO GO!) and I thought I’d share my thoughts a bit while watching.

First: I think it’s absolutely outrageous that at Former President Jimmy Carter’s church they abolished women from being anything above a man, such as a pastor, teaching young boys in Sunday school, etc.

I’m a Christian, as you might’ve found out from a previous blog post, but seriously. I’m literally pained for the women who go to that church.

¨I am not a feminist just for my future, but for the generations to come.¨ 

He reached his next point which was the cutting of female genitals. I think that one statement says enough, doesn’t it?

He also pointed out that in Egypt more than 91% of women had had this happen to them and in another country, 98%.

Jimmy Carter then proceeded to point out the sex trade in Atlanta, Georgia, which happens to be just a few states away from me. Being honest, I haven’t done much research on sex trade, but I definitely will now.

It was interesting. He said for every male arrested for illegal sex trade, 25 women are arrested as well. Like I said above, I will do more research. Maybe update y’all in a later post with my findings.

He said 1/4 women will be sexually assaulted by the time they graduate college and I looked it up and it said here that 1/4 will be sexually assaulted before the age of 18. That scares me, that makes me so afraid to go out and walk around men in regular shorts and a sleeveless shirt.

¨…Results of violence and the misinterpretation of the Holy Scripture are the basic causes of the abuse of women and girls.¨

¨There’s one more basic cause that I need not mention, that in general, men don’t give a d*mn.¨

¨The average man that says I’m against the abuse of women and girls quietly accept the privileged positions that we occupy.¨

Overall, I liked the message he gave and the points he made. He definitely brought some things which I haven’t done my research on, but will soon.

I’m interested in what you have to say! Watch the video. Comment and let me know what you thought.

P.S. Next post will be up Thursday & I might post an update on Tuesday just for the heck of it. I think you’ll like my Thursday post 🙂