Monday, July 29, 2019

July Recap

One month of popsicles and sweating my eyes out later, and I'm still alive. Here's what I did:

Books Read:

Mothership, by Isla Neal and Martin Leicht

Looking for Alaska, by John Green

. . . That's it. I've been terrible at getting reading done this summer.

TV Show Addictions:

Stranger Things Season Three!!

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I wasn't a huge fan of the plot in this season, but I still loved getting to go back to Hawkins and see my fav characters again, and some new ones too. I loved Erica in this season--she was so snarky! But that ending? Left me in TEARS.

Miscellaneous Things:

-Went mini-golfing with some friends

-Almost hit some random dude with a golf ball

-Made ice-cream

-Went swimming in a creek

-Went to a free writing class

-Became obsessed with NCIS

-Started a new writing project (which I'm almost done with)

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On the blog: 

Versatile Blogger Tag

Five Feet Apart Review

How was your July? Anyone dreading August as much as I am?

Monday, July 22, 2019

The Versatile Blogger Award

The Rules

1. Thank the blogger who tagged you

Thanks Nicole! (If you guys haven't checked out her blog yet--you totally need to!)

2. Link back to the person who tagged you

Just click Nicole's name, and you'll be at her blog. :)

3. Share seven facts about yourself 

4. Nominate 15 bloggers

Alright, let's do this!! (This was surprisingly difficult for me, lol. I had to enlist my brother and mom for help. "Hey guys, what are seven cool things about me?" 😂)

1. I love sushi!

I know that a lot of people think that sushi's gross, but I've been eating it for as long as I can remember. 

2. I have a pet bearded dragon

Some of you might already know this, because I think it's on my "about" page. His same is Scooter, and I've had him for seven years now. And he is adorable. 😍

3. I hate blood, but love crime shows

^^Me, running from the slightest gore

That's pretty contradictory, considering that crime scenes usually involve blood. Especially shows like NCIS, which I'm currently binging. I've been learning to ignore it, lol. 

4. My favorite color is blue 

5. Coincidentally, my first pet was a betta fish brilliantly named Bluey 

(Lucky for my characters, I have since gotten better at naming things.)

6. I hate math with a passion 

7. I've been to five continents

The only two I have left are Australia and Antarctica, and while I plan on crossing Australia off my bucket list, I don't ever plan on going to Antarctica, haha. Way too cold for me!

And now for tagging 15 bloggers . . . 


I know that I'm supposed to tag 15 of you

But if you could save me the anxiety of "what if someone already got tagged or what if someone doesn't want to do the tag etc, etc" and just consider yourself tagged (if you want to be) I will be forever in your debt. 

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Monday, July 8, 2019

Five Feet Apart Review

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Stella Grant likes to be in control—even though her totally out of control lungs have sent her in and out of the hospital most of her life. At this point, what Stella needs to control most is keeping herself away from anyone or anything that might pass along an infection and jeopardize the possibility of a lung transplant. Six feet apart. No exceptions. 

The only thing Will Newman wants to be in control of is getting out of this hospital. He couldn’t care less about his treatments, or a fancy new clinical drug trial. Soon, he’ll turn eighteen and then he’ll be able to unplug all these machines and actually go see the world, not just its hospitals. 

Will’s exactly what Stella needs to stay away from. If he so much as breathes on Stella she could lose her spot on the transplant list. Either one of them could die. The only way to stay alive is to stay apart. But suddenly six feet doesn’t feel like safety. It feels like punishment. 

What if they could steal back just a little bit of the space their broken lungs have stolen from them? Would five feet apart really be so dangerous if it stops their hearts from breaking too?

Five Feet Apart was good. It was unique. It evoked lots of emotion. (ie, leaving me in tears at 11 o'clock at night)

But, I think that, with the movie coming out and everything, this book got too hyped up for me. I mean, come on: it was Cole freaking Sprouse.

I hadn't watched the movie before, because I wanted to fall in love and imagine the characters on the page before I saw them on a screen. I think this was a wise decision, because this book was just jam-packed with internal conflict.

This allowed for more character development, and grounds for a relationship when the characters opened up to each other.

Which brings me to one of the only problems that I had with Five Feet Apart--how quickly the characters opened up with each other. If I'm grasping the timeline correctly, the characters only knew each other for a few weeks maybe three? CHECK THIS. And after a week or two, they just started telling each other things like: "Yeah, so-and-so was really close to me but then they died and now I have all of this emotional baggage."

This made for fast pacing, which I DID appreciate, don't get me wrong, I just felt like it was a little unrealistic.

But that's enough negativity.

One of my favorite parts of the book was the characters--especially Poe. Poe is a side-character, and doesn't have nearly enough page-time as Will or Stella do. But I absolutely loved his personality and his snark.

There were a good amount of subplots in the book--which I most definitely can appreciate. I liked how each of the subplots affected the characters, and propelled the plot along--just as a good subplot should do.

I think that, above all, the book and the movie were fantastic ways to bring awareness to cystic fibrosis.

You can read a free excerpt of Five Feet Apart here.

And if you want to watch the trailer, I have that right here:

So, have you seen the movie (or read the book) yet?

Monday, July 1, 2019

June Recap// Loving summer!!

Happy July first!! We made it through June, and summer is officially in full swing. I could not be more excited!!

Books read:

Five Feet Apart, by Rachael Lippincott

We'll Always Have Summer, by Jenny Han

Geekerella, by Ashley Poston

Things Fall Apart, by Chinua Achebe

New TV show addictions:


(Yes, this is seriously the first time I'm watching Friends)


-Young and Hungry 

On the blog:

Introduction to a new blogger, Lily Cat

How to Survive BookCon: 5 Essential Steps

100 Days of Sunlight Review

Miscellaneous Things:

-Went cherry-picking


-Finished my summer homework waaaaay early

-Got eight inches of my hair chopped off


-Made macaroons

-Went to a day of sports camp (whaaaaaa??)

-Ditched every other day of sports camp (that's more like it)

-Lost a turtle in the house

-Found said turtle

-Began editing my novel (!!!!)

And . . .

New additions to the pet fam!!!!

Meet: Mo, Dusty, and Gerald!

From left to right: Gerald (m), Dusty (m), Mo (f)

(Yes, we named a goat Gerald.)

(Sorry Gerald.)

Gerald is a Nigerian Dwarf goat, and Mo and Dusty are both pygmy fainting goats, which means that if Mo or Dusty get scared, they just fall over. Pretty much exactly like this:

Gotta love them, lol.

Anyway, how was your June? Did you do anything exciting?

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