September Wrap Up

It has been a hard month adjusting to being back to school and sticking to my blogging schedule – and on top of all this I have been sick for the past 2 weeks !

However, even with some setbacks I still think I have had a pretty productive month. So, let’s see how well I handled my goals.

I have not yet viewed my goals/achievements until writing this right now so that my reactions to how I handled my monthly goals are sincere and unprepared.

Reading Goals

I DID IT! YES, first goal achieved. It was my easiest goal for sure, but I celebrate all achievements – even the smaller ones.

I wanted to read a few more books since August was strictly dedicated to reading IT.

This month I was able to read:
The Giver – Lois Lowry (review here)
Tuesdays With Morrie – Mitch Albom (review here)
Everything I Never Told You (review coming soon)
A Little Life – Hanya Yanagihara (in progress)
Poets, Artists, Lovers: A Novel – Mira Tudor (in progress)

Definitely conquered more than one book this month!

Blog Goals

YES ANOTHER GOAL ! This is going great so far.

Although I have often had to push dates of my scheduled posts because I have been sick or wrapped up in school, I have still managed to be more active on my blog. Now that I understand the time and effort I need to reach my deadlines for my scheduled posts I can apply that next month and increase my frequency and timing again!

Bookstagram Goals

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3 for 3 so far!! My first goal this month involving my bookstagram was to test out a theme and try to make a pattern when I take my pictures. I have chosen a soft, faded, and orange color filter for my photos which I felt was appropriate for autumn. In addition to that, if you have noticed I also began to try to have some consistency in how I take my pictures. I take my TBR pile held in my hand against a solid color wall, my book reviews are always stood up in front of my bookshelf, bookhauls are spread out on my mat, and the rest of my photos usually have a white background. I am not sure if this is exactly the theme I am always going to stick to, but it works for now.

Oh no.. first goal not achieved.. 

I intended to communicate more with my followers by using instagram stories more frequently. This is my own fault, I have had plenty of opportunities to do this I just have not went out of my way to do it. This will definitely be something I will improve on in October – you have my word!

Journal Goals

Okay I achieved it, but I would only say barely. 

I have definitely dedicated more time to my journals and planners, but most of this is because I am in school and absolutely need to. My more personal journals and planners have still been slightly neglected. I am making progress, however I need to focus more on this in October.

Writing Goals

My weak point for sure.

I neglected writing this month, big time. I have to make time for it if I ever want to make progress with my writing. I will not act like September has been all that horrible for my writing because I have been thinking more about types of writing I can do, and out for a walk the other day I felt inspired and even typed up a little something in my phone!

Overall

This month was successful, I definitely achieved some goals and made progress on others even if I didn’t reach the exact point I wanted to be. Balancing my time is one of my biggest issues and will definitely be my focus for October. Stay tuned for October’s monthly goals!

 

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The Giver (1993) by Lois Lowry

★★★★★ 5/5

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This haunting story centers on Jonas, who lives in a seemingly ideal, if colorless, world of conformity and contentment. Not until he’s given his life assignment as the Receiver of Memory does he begin to understand the dark, complex secrets behind his fragile community. – Goodreads

 

 

 


Fiction/Classic / Can be read easily, hard to put it down

It is hard to believe that I am just reading this book at 21 years old, especially since it was such a hit in some high school classes I always managed to avoid reading it – and wow, do I ever regret it!

The whole setting and idea of the society within this story is amazing enough, it is creative, manageable, and well structured. I loved hearing about the transitions children go through each year, and it was amazing to read this and have the citizens act so naturally with it because for their society it is all they know.

And then that’s when you have your twist. I do not want to spoil this book because it really is amazing and I suggest each and every one of you read it. The story really made me appreciate the good and the bad of what we experience in our lives and you get to explore your own morals and beliefs while you are held in suspense about the character’s choice of action.

"Life here is so orderly, so predictable - so painless. It's what they've
chosen."

Top 3 of Summer 2017

As of today it is officially the first day of Fall which means we sadly have to say goodbye to Summer. I had an amazing summer, and also read some amazin books.

As of today, I have read 40 Books

I still have 3 more months of reading to go, but I wanted to share my top 3 favorite books that I read in the span from june – today. Honestly, this year I have read so many great books. Almost every review I’m throwing out 4 and 5 stars, but I just can’t help it, my reading list this year has been on fire. With careful consideration, here are my top 3 reads of the summer:

3. The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath (review here)

2. Tuesdays with Morrie – Mitch Albom  (review here)

1. IT- Stephen King (review here)

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What were your favorite reads of the summer?

My Space

Does anyone else feel like September is flying by? It is Monday again, and there is only one more Monday left in September.

To motivate me to clean and organize my room I decided to use this Monday’s segment to show you guys my room which is basically my working corner with my desk and my reading corner with my bookshelf and my amazing rug.

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My reading corner is pretty simple, I definitely need a new bookshelf because I used to keep my rock/mineral collection on here and now it is just on the top with a couple of my plants. My bookshelf is pretty full, but I have not read many of these and plan on donating most – so I will be good for a while.

My working corner is basically just my desk and supplies, I have my salt lamp which is truthfully beautiful and calming. I spend most my time doing work here, but I also use it to journal and my bulletin board I use to post memories of the year which I empty into a box in the new year!

My room really describes me, you will find books, rocks, maps, art supplies and decorations that will tell you a bit about me. I love being in here!


What does your “space” look like?

Back To School !

The weeks seem to fly, I feel like I just made a Monday post – oh well, here we are again!

Processed with VSCO with a4 presetThis past summer I actually completed my degree in Earth Sciences and had planned to take this semester off as a new graduate and look for work – obviously that never happened.

I am back to school part-time working towards a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) diploma – and maybe to complete a major in Geography as well.

I panicked the day before the semester started and registered for whatever courses I found that were applicable and available – so here I am.


This is going to impact my reading time, and may interfere with my blogging. However, I still have plenty of time to read and since my last hiatus I have been doing better than ever for scheduling and interacting with my blog. I adore TheBayReads and will always make time for it – don’t worry.

(If you catch me slacking, call me out!)


I just wanted to take this blog post to say that you have plenty of time to figure your life out. You don’t need to jump into post secondary education straight from highschool, and you are not obligated to go to university if something else attracts you.

I am only 21 (turning 22), and I have been having difficultly being happy and sane lately because I feel pressured to start my career in Geology. Finding a job as a new graduate is not easy and I wasn’t even sure exactly what I wanted to do. Going back to school and starting this GIS program has been a step in the right direction for me. I feel like I’m on the right path because I am working towards something I actually enjoy and I have accepted that there is nothing wrong with staying in school.


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Astrophysics for People in a Hurry (2017) by Neil DeGrasse Tyson

★★★★★ 5/5

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What is the nature of space and time? How do we fit within the universe? How does the universe fit within us? There’s no better guide through these mind-expanding questions than acclaimed astrophysicist and best-selling author Neil deGrasse Tyson.
But today, few of us have time to contemplate the cosmos. So Tyson brings the universe down to Earth succinctly and clearly, with sparkling wit, in tasty chapters consumable anytime and anywhere in your busy day. While you wait for your morning coffee to brew, for the bus, the train, or a plane to arrive, Astrophysics for People in a Hurry will reveal just what you need to be fluent and ready for the next cosmic headlines: from the Big Bang to black holes, from quarks to quantum mechanics, and from the search for planets to the search for life in the universe. -Goodreads




Non-Fiction/Science – A heavy read, takes time and should be reread if truly interested in learning about astrophysics

I have done university courses in Astrophysics and this book is an excellent background. The first read through would definitely teach the reader about the history of our universe as it explores the birth of the universe, how stars and planets formed, dark matter and energy, the periodic table of elements, scientific laws, and many other topics. If you’re really passionate in learning from this book a slow read through with some notes or reading through it multiple times will ensure you have a good understanding of the main science involved with astrophysics.

It is hard to review such a technical book, it is definitely heavy science and this should be considered before reading. Neil DeGrasse Tyson also adds his sarcastic humor which will make you laugh while you learn about the universe.

"We are stardust brought to life, then empowered by the universe to figure 
itself out - and we have only just begun."
"The power and beauty of physical laws is that they apply everywhere. 
Whether or not you choose to believe in them."
"Yes, Einstein was a badass."
"With the power of vision, you miss nothing."
"We do not simply live in the universe. The universe lives within us."

Go-To Bookmark

It’s Monday again! 

Today I decided to tie in my me,myself & monday post with a discussion post coming this weekend which will talk about what kind of bookmarks I use or even things I use for bookmarks!

There is one bookmark that I always use and have been using now since early January:

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I received this during a guest presentation in one of my Geophysics classes. It is double sided and contains the geologic timescale. It is really conveinent because in my study of geology this timescale *should* be known like the back of your hand. This way I can quickly check it or even looking at it enough will help me remember some of it! I’m a nerd, don’t worry I know.

The side pictured is the primary side of the chart, therefore in order for me to know what page I am on this side faces that page.


Stay tuned for the discussion this weekend – what is your go-to bookmark?

September TBR

August was dedicated to reading IT by Stephen King even though I managed to get a couple more quick reads in before the month was over. For September, I am going to push my limits and try to conquer a few “shorter” reads and to at least get started with A Little Life. A few of these on my September TBR are a part of my 2017 must-reads I posted about earlier: you can read about that here

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Fahrenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury
This is a book I have been wanting to read since highschool, I had the option to read this or The Hobbit for an English course and I chose The Hobbit. About 4 years later I am finally getting around to this read.

The Giver – Lois Lowry
I have seen this read all over my social media feeds and one of my friends is reading it now. I hope it is worth all the hype!

Everything I Never Told You – Celeste Ng
I snagged this book at a book fair for 2 dollars! I had no idea what this book was about or if it would be worth the read, but after buying it I started to see it pop up on my social media feeds which made me excited to read it!

Tuesdays with Morrie – Mitch Albom
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I have been wanting to read this book forever, but I wanted to wait until I had enough free time to really take my time and enjoy it. The concept is similar to the book The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch which I really enjoyed. Being 21 and just finishing university I really appreciate hearing about life experiences and advice from others. I will probably start this month with this read!

A Little Life – Hanya Yanagihara
This book has been everywhere! I have only seen praise and excitement for this read. It is a bit longer of a book so I am not expecting to have it finished by the end of the month, but I am hoping to be well into it by then.

The Ocean at the End of the Lane – Neil Gaiman (not pictured ebook)*
I have already started this one, but I only really use my ereader when I am doing cardio at the gym so ebooks take me a little longer to finish. I am already really enjoying this read I love the suspense and creative characters so far. 


Have you read any of these?

IT (1987) by Stephen King

UPDATE I have finally finished reading IT about a week before the movie premieres and I cannot contain my excitement.


★★★★★ 5/5

IMG_2834To the children, the town was their whole world. To the adults, knowing better, Derry, Maine was just their home town: familiar, well-ordered for the most part. A good place to live. It was the children who saw – and felt – what made Derry so horribly different. In the storm drains, in the sewers, IT lurked, taking on the shape of every nightmare, each one’s deepest dread. Sometimes IT reached up, seizing, tearing, killing . . .
The adults, knowing better, knew nothing.Time passed and the children grew up, moved away. The horror of IT was deep-buried, wrapped in forgetfulness. Until they were called back, once more to confront IT as IT stirred and coiled in the sullen depths of their memories, reaching up again to make their past nightmares a terrible present reality.
  – Goodreads


Horror/Thriller/Fantasy – a lengthy read, but worth every word.

There is no denying this is the best book I have ever read. I am usually picky about long books, but this book required every detail and was executed perfectly. I never wanted it to end.

The main characters being the seven kids; Bill, Ben, Beverly, Eddie, Mike, Richie, and Stan. My favorites were definitely Bill and Eddie, my least favorite being Richie (Beep, Beep).

Stephen King’s writing style is just as enjoyable as the story itself, I loved how gracefully he transitioned from the present setting to the memories. The aspect of the adults remembering everything slowly instead of all at once and presenting this as memories added to the suspense and the foreshadowing.

What makes Stephen King so amazing is that he has all these creative ideas and a wild imagination and he can really create a visual image that is equally as amazing as it is terrifying.

Of course, I can’t say too much because I want to keep my reviews spoiler free, but EVERYONE has to read this masterpiece. I am going to watch the old film before the movie release on September 8th!

"I'm doing the Mashed Potatoes all over it and I got a broken arm!"
"In nightmares we can think the worst. That's what they're for, I guess."
"There was blood ... blood everywhere ... and her father didn't see it."

 

Ten Reads to Tackle

I have just under 20 books to read in order to meet my 2017 reading goal of 50 books. It is almost September so I decided that hey maybe I should start considering a few books that I want to tackle.

Making a TBR list when I have over a 100 unread books on the bookshelf (overload) is a difficult task. Therefore I went through my books and picked out a few that I was excited to read. I didn’t want to make a static TBR for the next 4 months just in case I get an urge to read another book or I get my hands on another one I am excited for so I decided to choose 10 must-reads for my 2017 reading goal:

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The Giver – Lois Lowry

Fahrenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury

The Shining – Stephen King

Life of Pi – Yann Martel

Tuesdays with Morrie – Mitch Albom

The Time Traveller’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger

The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown

A Little Life – Hanya Yanagihara

The Hate U Give – Angie Thomas

Vengeance Road – Erin Bowman


Do you have any must-reads before the year is over? Let me know!