Life Updates, TV Binges, and Winter Break Reading!

Hello hello! It’s been a while, hasn’t it? While I did have posts going up semi-frequently throughout the months of September and October, I hit a bit of a dry spell when I reached November. That was when my pre-planned posts ran out, school got crazy busy, and I fell almost completely off the face of the earth, haha!

BUT, I had an incredible semester, and as always I’m happy to be home on break and relax! So, here’s an attempt at filling you in on my life in the past three months, and a peek at what’s to come!

Life Updates

This was my first semester as a Graphic Design major (freshman year was spent in foundations), and I had a blast! I was finally able to do more work that I really loved, and I think it showed. I got a lot of different exposure to all kinds of design. I can proudly say that I’ve designed two full books, and I going to be working on hand binding one myself during this break!

My parents visited in October for our Parent’s Weekend, and we traveled to Newport, RI for the first time. This was also the first time I’ve been to the ocean and beach in like, 10 or 12 years?! I had the time of my life! It’s such a beautiful New England town.

November brought my Taylor Swift obsession to new heights with the release of reputation! It’s definitely a relevant life update because it’s taken over my life ever since. This album is incredible. I also went home for a week for Thanksgiving break but was swamped with work so I didn’t have a ton of free time. I spent most of it working on one of my finals, an instructional animation about how to make a cup of tea!

December signified the end of the semester and class registration for Wintersession and Spring semester! I also cannot wait for Wintersession – I’m taking a Textiles course on surface design, as well as a Paleography class about ancient lettering! As for non-school-related things, I’m planning a trip to NYC with my friend (it’s going to be my first time in the Big Apple)!!

I’m currently prepping my portfolio and resume to apply for internships for the summer. I’m super nervous about it, but also SO EXCITED to start planning my future. Wish me luck!

In Case You Missed It…Blog Posts

TV Binges

I’ve mentioned this before, but when I do my design work I binge-watch a TON of TV. It’s such a great way to become immersed in stories like with books, but not have to focus as hard. Prepare to be amazed in the amount of TV I’ve consumed over the past three months:

  • Poldark Seasons 1-3 – Guys, this show is SO good! And *swoon* these men are fine!
  • Victoria Season 1 – Another PBS show that didn’t disappoint! I can’t wait for Season 2.
  • Doctor Thorne Miniseries – I watched this one after Poldark because I love the lead actor, but enjoyed this one a lot!
  • The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Season 1 – This show is hilarious! I hadn’t heard much about it prior to watching it, but I LOVED it! A female comedian? Yes, please!
  • Red Oaks Seasons 1-3 – This was such a fun series. It was sweet, a little funny, and the perfect binge.
  • Gilmore Girls Season 1 – FINALLY! I FINALLY WATCHED IT! I cannot wait to continue on with the series because it is just so wonderful!
  • Teen Wolf Season 6B – I can’t believe it’s actually over…Unfortunately, it didn’t live up to the other season for me.
  • Riverdale Season 2 – This show…It’s definitely a guilty pleasure watch for me.
  • Stranger Things Season 1 & about half of Season 2 – GUYS. STRANGER THINGS. STEVE HARRINGTON. JONATHAN BYERS. I LOVE THIS SHOW!

I’ve also watched a bunch of movies, but I have some upcoming posts featuring a few of those! 😉

If you guys have watched any of these I’d LOVE to chat with you about them!

Winter Break Reading

I am SO SO happy to get the chance to read once again. I did sneak in a little bit during the fall and over Thanksgiving break, but this is my time to dive back into the deep end!

I’ve got two review copies that I’ve been chomping at the bit to get around to reading:

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If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen one of my many stories where I rambled in agony over whether or not to request The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert. Well, I did, folks! I’m going to be reading it in the coming weeks and I’M SO EXCITED YOU GUYS DON’T UNDERSTAND! I’m also thrilled that my wish was granted on NetGalley for Furyborn by Claire Legrand! I was so not expecting that, so huge thanks to the publisher!

I’m also planning on finishing Maria Sharapova’s book, Unstoppable, which I started while at school. Frostblood by Elly Blake is also on the list, along with R.I.P. Eliza Hart by Alyssa Sheinmel!

Just before writing this post I actually read The Princess Saves Herself in This One by Amanda Lovelace in one sitting. You can look out for my review shortly, but WOW, what a book. I actually read this as a part of my “Swiftie Book Club” that I kind of started, after joining Taylor Swift’s new app and meeting a lot of lovely people that also love to read. The book has been talked about a lot in reference to Taylor and her music so I thought it would be a fitting pick for our first read! I definitely saw the correlation.

Anyone is welcome to join us! I’ll be posting updates about it on my profile in The Swift Life app (@wearealonewithourchangingminds) and with the hashtag #SwiftieBookClub, my Twitter, and on here!

Coming up on the blog…

As of right now, you can plan on lots of reviews, and some more fun posts heading your way soon! I already mentioned about my review for Amanda Lovelace’s book, but also keep an eye out for my review of The Circle by Dave Eggers (and the movie)!

Like I always say, I’m so thrilled to be back with you guys! I’ll be making the rounds to visit blogs while I’m back and I can’t wait to catch up on what I’ve missed. Thanks for always sticking with me! ❤

14 thoughts on “Life Updates, TV Binges, and Winter Break Reading!

  1. I LOVE Taylor Swift’s new album! I usually don’t listen to a lot of pop music, but oh my goshhh, from the moment the first single was released, I was HOOKED.

    I hope you love both of those books, too! I’ve been dying to read FURYBORN since the moment the deal was announced. The plot sounds amazing & WOW, that cover. THE HAZEL WOOD sounds so good, too, and I swear, every 2018 YA cover I see just keeps getting better.

  2. I’m so happy to hear you are having a lovely time with your studies and that you are enjoying what you do, it’s what matters the most! And cover designing? That sounds SO interesting wow!
    I love Gilmore Girls so much, so happy you are watching it 🙂
    I am also really eager to read The Hazel Wood, I can’t wait to hear your thoughts about this book 🙂 Hope you will have a lovely December xx

  3. Teen Wolf peaked at season 3B for me. IM STILL NOT OVER KIRA BEING WRITTEN OUT LIKE WTF!!! And yesss Stranger Things is so damn good! I’m on ep 5 right now but pretty sure I’ll be done with season 1 by tomorrow 😂

  4. I love the idea of a Taylor Swift book club! I’ve really only started listening to her music since 1989 (I’m not a country fan) and I just downloaded reputation a few weeks ago and am really enjoying it so far and how she experiments with different styles!

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