Harper Lee Is Publishing a new Book?!?!

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Today Herper Lee announced that she was releasing a sequel to To Kill a Mockingbird called Go Set a Watchman, 55 years after she first released the modern classic. I am so ambivalent about this! I’m of course going to read it but To Kill a Mockingbird is one of my all time favorites and I’m not sure this new book will live up to the same standard. Harper Lee was quoted as saying “I have said what I wanted to say and I will not say it again,” when she was asked about writing another book after TKAM’s success, so I really hope she has a very good reason for going back on that. I really hope this book is as fantastic as TKAM and my biggest fear is that is will taint it depending on what happens now that Scout is an adult.  This book was technically written first but the manuscript was lost until now. The excepted date of release this summer (July? I think I read that somewhere.)

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Hey Guys, I Need Advice

Hi Lovelies, there isn’t anyone in my life that I can talk about this with so I’m sorry, but I’m going to rant it our to you guys and maybe writing it out will be enough for me to work it through, but if you have advice or a suggestion please, feel free.

I hate university. Not the class content, that’s interesting, but I don’t know anyone. There are three girls from my high school that I see rarely. My lectures have more people in them then I had in my graduating class. Never in my life have I had trouble making friends, I’m a chatty person and I like meeting new people but I’ve been here three weeks and it like hitting my head against a wall. No one seems to like me or want to be friends and if I do find someone I can hold a conversation with the next day they are lost in the sea of people. There was a guy I had been texting all summer who is in one of my classes and when we met we arranged to go out for drinks. He cancelled on me 30 minutes before we were supposed to meet up leaving me alone in part of the city I didn’t know, with no vehicle and a dead cell phone. Discouraging isn’t a strong enough word for when someone likes you but as soon as they meet you in person they seem to instantly become disinterested. I know this doesn’t sound great becasue so many people don’t get to go to university, but the thought of sitting for hours between classes by myself makes me cry.

One of my highschool friends convinced me to go to a sorority recruitment meeting (yes, they apparently exist in Canada too, but much less elaborate then in the States, there are about 20 girls in both groups) and I expected stereotypical movie mean girls but they are so friendly and welcoming I instantly fell in love with a bunch of them in both groups and I think I could make some really good friends. But its $750 first year and $400 for each of the following years you are apart of it. That’s a lot of money no matter who you are, but especially for a student. They did break it down as to what everything’s for and if you join any other campus club even though the start up fee is $10, you have to pay for all your activities (ie: ski club: hotel rooms, passes, rentals, busses etc.) and this includes every activities and trips they do, it still is A LOT of money. It doesn’t help that my mom is completely and utterly anti-sorority. It not that I want her to pay or anything, if I do decide to do it I’ll work for it myself, it’s just I really need someone to talk this through with and not instantly say “your buying friends.” I don’t see it like that but sure, fine, I’m buying friends. That how everyone else sees it. At this point paying for the opportunity to spend time with the only people I have met on this damn campus who actually seem friendly doesn’t even sound like a bad thing.  And then throw in actual school work and a part-time job.

I don’t know guys, all I know is I’m somehow sleeping too much and too little at the same time and I almost constantly feel ready to start crying and just feel like I’ve made a huge mistake. As weird as it sounds, I think it would almost be better to have moved across the country and be living away from home is residence, at least then I would have opportunity to meet people in my building.

Liebster Award

Liebster award

Hi Everyone, Jocelyn of  52 Letters in the Alphabet Nominated me for this award a couple weeks ago, Thank you so much and I’m so sorry it took so long! I’m onto round 5 of doing this and I’m pretty well tapped out of people I can nominate!

Jocelyn’s Questions:

1. Can you read in loud places or only when it is quiet? I have 2 brothers and a dog, my house was never quiet when I was younger so I can do either. I like listening to music while I read too,  which I know some people find really annoying.

2. Do you prefer to read stand alone books or series? I really enjoy series because you get to see more of the world and the characters.

3. Who is your favorite author and why? Cassandra Clare! She never leaves me wondering if she’s ever going to write another book! The most frustrating this is when you are reading a series and the author just suddenly drops off the face of the planet in the middle. It’s happened! Carnival of Souls Sequel, Melissa Meyer, I’m waiting!

4. Do you organize your bookshelves in any particular way? By height then alphabetically within height. I know it’s weird! I like my books all being even!

5. What fictional character would you date? William Herondale. #1 fictional boyfriend forever.

6. What is book that has made you angry (for any reason)? The Chrysalids. Can I light this thing on fire? What is that ending?

7. What genre do you never read? Non-fiction.

8. What is the best book you’ve read this year? The Darkest Minds series by Alexandra Bracken is pretty high up there, I don’t know about best.

9. Do you prefer paperbacks, hardcovers, or e-books? Hardcovers! Paperbacks annoy me becasue they fall over and get wrinkled and bend and wear is you ever take them of the shelf.

10. What is one book you wish everyone would read? Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein should be mandatory reading in highschool.

11. What book has influenced your life the most? There have been a lotHarry Potter was/is a huge influence on me becasue I grew up with it, The Infernal Devices Series by Cassandra Clare really made me rethink my relationships with people (romantic and otherwise) and how we interact with each other and the effects we have on one another as well as how I react to events. Divergent by Veronica Roth, the first one in particular, very much so contributed to how I view my thoughts and actions. The Help and other historical-fictions like Elizabeth Wein’s works and The Book Thief made me think about my place in society and if I had been around during these time periods where would I have fallen?

That is all, another huge thank-you to Jocelyn!

Summer Wrap-Up!

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Hello darlings! Summer is over and my first official day of university is tomorrow! I’m back from Greece, which was absolutely amazing I saw and did a lot of very, very cool things but it’s nice to be home again.

Books with Book Rants:

  1. The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken ———- 5
  2. The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater ——– 4.75
  3. Cinder by Marissa Meyer———————- 4.5
  4. Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas ———- 4.5
  5. Never Fade by Alexandra Bracken ———— 4.5
  6. Scarlet by Marissa Meyer ———————— 4.5
  7. The One by Keira Cass —————————– 4
  8. Kissing Shakespeare by Pamela Mingle —————- 4
  9. Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead ——————- 4
  10. Legend by Marie Lu ——————————— 3.75
  11. Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins—– 3.5
  12. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews —– 3.5
  13. The Ring and The Crown by Melissa De La Cruz ——- 3
  14. Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge ————— 2.5
  15. Eternity by Elizabeth Miles ————————- 0

Books I read/ re- read, but didn’t talk about:

16. A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray —– 5 (re-read)
17. The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien ———————- 5 (re-read)
18. No Small Thing by Natalie Ghent —————- 5 (re-read)
19. Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr —————— 5 (re-read)
20. Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder ————- 4.75 (re-read)
21. The Juliet Club by Suzanne Harper ———  4.5 (re-read)
22. Ladies in Waiting by Laura L. Sullivan —— 2.5

I think I did okay considering I was away and not really reading for two weeks! I’ll talk to you guys later! Kisses!

Bye!

As some of you may or may not know, I am leaving for Greece! I fly out tomorrow and I return very early on the 1st. I don’t know how much access I will have to internet but I’m guessing that it is a fair assumption that I will not talking to you lovely people any time during my trip. Enjoy the rest of your summer!

Confessions of a Book Blogger

Hi darlings. I started writing a Book Rant on Never Fade and I’m just not feeling it today.  I did something like this last year called 10 Random Facts About Me and today I’m going to give you another completely truthful 10 random facts about yours truly.

1. My perfume is called P.S I love you. It’s a light rose scent with a bit of citrus and it was from Bath and Body Works but it has been discontinued. I have about half a bottle left then I will probably switch to Paris Amour (Essentially the same thing also from Bath and Body Works but it has a vanilla under tone instead of a musk) I have other perfumes, but I don’t wear them much as I find them too strong, especially in summer. Most of them I’ve had for years, does perfume and body mist expire?

2. My bedroom is white with a red accent wall and on one of the white walls I write music, books and movie quotes that I really liked in black sharpie. The most recently added is “I’ll be damned, Cupid’s demanding back his arrow” Begin Again, great movie, I loved it.

3. I must have told you guys this, but I am going to Greece in a few weeks

4. I cannot park in a parking stall that is on my right. I can’t do it. It never works. It doesn’t matter if the lot is totally empty I can never get perfectly in the lines.

5. My number 1 celebrity crush has always and will always be Orlando Bloom. First time I watched Lord of the Rings when I was like in grade…4? I read the books summer before 5 for sure and had a hardcore fictional crush on Legolas.

6. I watch shows on HGTV. That’s the home improvement channel if you don’t know, and it’s a little embarrassing.

7. I will only buy Maybelline mascara.

8. I will not leave the house without doing my eyebrows with an eyebrow pencil. I will go out without foundation or concealer or mascara  or anything else, but my eyebrows need to be done. And this is a recent makeup development. I never used to pay any attention to my eyebrow then just before grad I bought an eyebrow pencil on a whim and it just makes your face so much more expressive and you look more put together no matter what your hair and the rest of your make up is doing. There, beauty thoughts with Lizzie.

9. Lily is my favourite How I Met Your Mother character, not Barney though I do love him too.

None of these are book related! Ok I’ll try and make the last one bookish.

10. I was sorted into Gryffindor by Pottermore.  I was pretty shocked I thought I was going to be a Hufflepuff becasue most people I know are Hufflepuffs but, yeah.

There, out on the internet, more random things about me! Bye guys!

 

I AM OFFICIALLY ACCEPTED INTO UNIVERSITY!

Guys! Guys! Guess what! What the title says! I was officially accepted today!

I don’t know how it works in other places but where I am you get tentative admission first and then when you write your final exams if your average doesn’t meet where it was when you got the tentative admission (within 1-2%, they aren’t that mean) you don’t get it. I don’t even have my exam marks yet. I don’t know what I got. And I don’t ever care! I AM INTO MY NURSING PROGRAM! Dance party! Look at it! It’s a beautiful green check mark!

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I can’t breathe right now! I’m so happy and relieved!