Friday, July 1, 2016


YES - I know I've been super absent - I've been busy doing such productive and unproductive things as:
  • Summer School: I decided to take two classes this summer: Microbiology and Spanish 4. Spanish 4 is the easiest thing in the world (at my school), which is good, because Microbio is wayyy harder than I thought because it is wayyy more online than I thought it would be. And I recently discovered that I don't really need it for my current degree or for medical school. So that's fun.
  • Instagram: I gave myself a personal challenge this month (before I started that cursed Micro class) that I would post one bookstagram a day. AND I AM PROUD TO SAY THAT I SUCCEEDED! It's been super fun, and you should go check out my pictures! Though I think that I'm going to take a break and post once every two or three days because Microbio is taking over my life.
  • Graduations: No, not mine, but basically everyone else's, it feels like. It's graduation season, which means a party every weekend wooo. My sister's was this past Sunday, and that was epic, but took up the entire weekend because planning and shopping and cleaning up.
  • Bookshelves: If you follow me on twitter, you will know that I have been measuring my room for new bookshelves, thanks to my mother wonderfully pointing out that if I got rid of a certain useless shelf and desk, I would have room for SO MANY BOOKSHELVES. Yes, I have the best mother ever. So we are going to IKEA shortly to purchase said bookshelves. I CANNOT CONTAIN MYSELF. Prepare yourselves, because so many #shelfies are coming!
Yeah, I'd say that's basically been it. It's been fun (and not so fun, MICRO), but I've also got stuff planned for July, namely, a mega blog post about all my travels from the past semester BUT WITH THE HELP OF BOOKS. (Yes, I know that I've been home for over a month, but shhhh it's a super long post so be quiet.) I'm excited, so you should be excited too!

ALSO CAMP NANO. Where are my other friendly Campers? I'm doing a rewrite of #SlavicNovel - hopefully Micro doesn't take over again aaaaah - and I want to hear all about your projects!

ALSO - today, July 1st, is the day my baby sister turns 18! So go check out her blog and wish her a happy happy birthday :)

This month has been my best haul month ever. Seriously. Look at this beauteous pile:

 Let's break it down, shall we?


Black Dove White Raven by Elizabeth Wein - am I ready to have my heart smashed into pieces? I think so.
Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff -I FINALLY HAVE IT. I can't wait to read this amazing-looking work of art! (Also, IT'S SIGNED OMG)


Pigeon English by Stephen Kelman - this book looked interesting and feels like a study of dialects and multiculturalism disguised as a fiction novel. I'm intrigued.
Printer's Coffin by M.J. Carter - a fabulous cover and a shadowy mystery... what can go wrong? It's apparently the second in a series but works as a standalone.
Murder Underground by Mavis Doriel Hay - A British Library Crime Classic. I always love these classy mysteries.


The Three Golden Keys by Peter Sis - Peter Sis is an amazingly intricate artist who creates books that feel like they contain magic in the pages. I want to live in his sketches, please. This book is from my childhood - I remember getting it from the library - and a week ago, my mother and I bought it on impulse from Amazon. BEST DECISION EVER.


Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel - I won the lovely Lisa's twitter giveaway! THANK YOU <3 <3


The Raven Boys and Blue Lily Lily Blue and The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater - (yes yes of course I have The Dream Thieves on hold, did you think I had forgotten? NEVER.) I'm rereading them so that I can better prepare myself for what is the potential explosive feels-tornado that is The Raven King. HOLD ME
(photos link to their instagram versions)


How was your June? Did you do anything exciting? What did you read? Are you doing Camp NaNo? Tell me everything!


  1. I just finished reading The Raven King a few days ago and... YOU WILL DIE PROBABLY.

    I have to admit that out of the rest of the books The Raven Boys was my favorite and I felt like the other two weren't quite as magical but The Raven King. It was beautiful.

    Also I've been loving your bookstagram pics! They're getting better and better :))

    1. Because of how late I'm responding to this comment I can say I READ TRK AND DIED OMG

  2. THE RAVEN KING was so good! I hope you enjoy it!

    ALSO TOTALLY ENVIOUS THAT YOU'RE GETTING IKEA SHELVES. I cannot wait to move into my own place so I can finally have the bookshelve I've always wanted and NEEDED. I have two bookshelves now and they are positively groaning under the weight of so many books.

  3. New bookshelves!!! That is super exciting, I'm so happy for you. And hey, good luck with Micro. It's been *cough* years since my undergrad, but I still cringe at the thought of that class. At least with only 1 other easy summer class to deal with you can concentrate as much as you need to on just that one difficult class!

  4. Microbiology sounds interesting but hard, kind of like another subject I could name. *cough* AP Calc *cough* (and aaaa AP results are coming out soon!!)
    I just finished the dream thieves and SO GOOD!!!! (also creepy but hey). What lovely bookstagram photos!
    Virtually Read

  5. I READ THE RAVEN KING THIS MONTH, AND IT WAS PERFECTION. Getting new book shelves is one of my 'Top Ten Most Exciting Things A Bookworm Can Experience.'
    Your bookstagram pics are beautiful!

  6. My June consisted of absolutely no blogging...
    Which means my bloguversary went by (almost) completely unacknowledged :(

    But I'm back now, and many things are being planned :)


  7. HAPPY JULY! I am very excited for you re the shelves. That is the best! I read Great Expectations in June, which was fun. I hope Micro is going OK <3

  8. I love your haul! I have such a horrible time, trying to keep up with my Instagram. Those pictures are lovely.


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