Week in Review: In Which February Leapt to March

Week in Review

It’s been a little over a month since I’ve written one of these posts. What?! But in keeping with my 2016 resolutions, I’m not too worried about it. I said I wouldn’t fault myself for not having a schedule and only posting when I want to, and I’ve kept that so far! Yay for me! I never keep new year’s resolutions, so this is a big deal for me.

Anyway, life has been super busy, as usual. But, unlike usual, I’ve been reading more during the week. Normally I only get around to reading starting Friday afternoon and through the weekend. The past two week’s Wednesdays have been the magic day! Two weeks ago I read In Real Life by Jessica Love in one sitting, and this past week I read Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton in almost one sitting. Crazy! And in between, I managed to read Into the Dim by Janet B. Taylor during the weekend. It may not seem like a lot for some, but for a high school senior, that’s a ton. P.S., if you’re looking for reviews of In Real Life and Rebel of the Sands, they’ll be posting soon! March 10th and March 7th, respectively.

IMG_6188I may have mentioned this before, but I’m taking AP Drawing this year, and it’s crunch time. Any of my free time during the day I’ve been spending in the art room. I’m a super slow worker so this is proving to be quite the challenge. To the right is a little sneak peek at what I’m currently working on!

So that’s pretty much been life lately!


I purged my bookshelves! Finally! It’s been needing to happen for quite some time now, as I just keep acquiring books faster than I can put them on my shelves. I decided to get rid of about 25 books (ARCs and finished copies), to free up some space. They’re all books that I’ve either read and not enjoyed, or books that I don’t plan on ever reading. They’ll probably end up being donated or sold to a used book store. Nothing has happened yet though…


    

I’ve accumulated quite a bunch of books courtesy of the lovely publishers, and Andye. I was approved for And I Darken by Kiersten White on NetGalley (Thanks Random House!). I’m so flipping excited for this monster of a book! I’ve read some of Kiersten White’s other books and loved, so this was a must-request. I requested Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton and The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead from Penguin through their First to Read program (Thanks!). As I already mention, I’ve already read Rebel of the Sands, and I’m now currently reading The Glittering Court. I forgot to mention in my last WiR that I got Tell the Wind and Fire by Sarah Rees Brennan from HMH (Thank you!). I was approached by Dorian Tsukioka to review another of her fairytale retelling novellas, Spell Bound. I read and enjoyed her first, and was intrigued by the synopsis of this one, so many thanks to her!
ddlqbH1yIMG_6183As physical copies go, I received Two Summers by Aimee Friedman from Scholastic, unsolicited (Thanks!). It looks like a really fun summer read, and I’m excited to get around to it! Andye sent me All the Feels by Danika Stone and A Week of Mondays by Jessica Brody (Thank you bunches, as always!). Both of these contemporaries look right up my alley, so I’m very excited!


The blogosphere has been filled to the brim with incredible posts and events lately, so I thought I’d share some of my favorites with you. Sorry if you’ve seen these already, they’re a bit on the older side now.

Here at Books & Cleverness I’ve been posting quite a bit too!


Wow, this turned out to be a pretty long post! But it’s so nice to be catching up with everyone again. Look for lots more reviews to come soon!

xo

 

In which I become a Senior…

Back to the Books

Hi everyone! It’s been awhile since I’ve written a post that has been something other than a book review, and while book reviews are GREAT, I wanted to share what’s been happening in my life. In less than two weeks I’ll be going back to school as a senior (!!!), hence I’m taking the time now to write a post before I get waterlogged with work. The summer has been a nice break from the hectic school schedule, but I’m gearing up for college apps, AP classes, and lots of work once more.

This summer I tried to focus my time on blogging, but other than writing reviews, I felt like I was having a hint of the dreaded blogger burnout. I wasn’t coming up with any good ideas to write about, and therefore I just didn’t write posts at all (which helped a lot actually).

While I have been reading tons of YA this summer, I’ve also been doing my summer work for my AP Lit class. You may have noticed if you’re friends with me on Goodreads that I read early on in the summer How to Read Literature Like a Professor by Thomas C. Foster. I really liked it a lot, and enjoyed his entertaining view on the sometimes dry subject of analyzing lit. Then I continued on to reading Genesis (yes, the Bible), which I have to say lacked the same entertaining flair as Foster’s writing did (haha). You could say I procrastinated a little, but I only just started reading my next book East of Eden by John Steinbeck last week, and am a little more than halfway through it. I read The Grapes of Wrath last summer for another class, and am so happy to find that East of Eden is actually very entertaining and thought provoking. I really am just loving reading to see what other evils Cathy does next (I’m not evil, I promise). After I finish venturing to Eden I’ll move on to The Poisonwood Bible. That’s code for: Emily won’t be reading many more (if any more) books for pleasure this summer.

I have a bunch of September ARCs that I’m hoping to get through amongst the craziness that is life, so keep a look out for more reviews in the near future.

Along with school comes time for college applications. I’m applying to only art schools, which means that I’m still working really hard to get my portfolio together to the best that it can be. Wish me luck! I don’t think there’ll ever be a time in my life that will be as busy as it is right now, but I know it will all pay off in the end!

Thanks for staying with me, and talk soon!xo