Currently Reading and Updates 5/9/2016

Currently Reading

Happy Monday! I thought this seemed like a good day of the week for a currently reading and other updates post. Right now, I’m sort of reading two books, one audio and one print, though not too avidly as this is my last full week of school and I have a lot of exams. The end is near. I can taste it.

The Books

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood: atwood

This is my print read. I’ve just started it, because I want to make sure I don’t read it while I’m tired and ruin the experience, which has happened and embarrassing amount of times when I read classics and literary fiction on top of a lot of studying. I know the general premise of the book because it’s so famous, but I don’t want to gloss-over the beginning and miss something important! . It also comes highly recommended from a friend. So far, I love the writing style and I’m curious to see more details of this world. I’m excited that Hulu is making an adaptation soon…but I also don’t have Hulu. (Time to get a free trial when it premieres, I guess.)

The Girl Who Soared Over Fairyland and Cut the Moon in Two by Catherynne M. Valente

fairyland 3I’ve fallen in love with this middle grade fantasy series right now, which is a little unusual because I haven’t really read many series–middle grade, YA, or otherwise–since middle school. I read the first on my Kindle because I bought it on a deal, and then I was at the library and couldn’t help but pick up the second, and now I’m listening to the third (and the rest of the series, probably) on audiobook. Audiobook is one of my favorite mediums for middle grade, and Valente even reads it herself, which enhances that lovely feeling of something reading a magical story to you. This series is inventive, cute, and clever–I love all the worldly adult insights that are thrown in!

The Rest

Mostly getting through exams and excited to graduate. There’s certainly things I’m going to miss, but at this point, I need to move on and be more independent. Plus, I’m really excited about the classes I’m going to take!

TV-wise, I’ve been zooming through Gilmore Girls, which I love very much. I’ve just started Season 4, and now Rory’s older than me. I have so many thoughts, but haven’t been writing much down because I’m addicted and don’t want watching to feel like work. I love it’s balance between humor and drama that feels natural and not manipulative, as well as all the bookishness! But my favorite thing is that everyone is so lovable and yet they’re flawed, make mistakes, and navigate rather complicated relationships with each other. I really wish I had seen that it when I first started high school.

the thing that reads a lot
(Me, basically.)

 

 

 

 

Welcome!

I’ve been putting this off for months, waiting for school to end, but it almost has now and I have the courage to move forward with this project, so it’s time to stop overthinking and hit “post.”

My name is Olivia, and I’m 18 years old and headed to college in the fall, where I will be studying English Secondary Education and Creative Writing. I’ve wanted to be an author since I was five, and I’ve been longing to have my own corner of the Internet that I updated regularly for a while now. I blogged here for the longest time, and on and off on Tumblr about TV and books, but Blogger was not the easiest to share across platforms. Furthermore, I felt the need to review in-depth everything I read, which took away from other things I wanted to talk about (the “big ideas,” if you will), and I want to start fresh and tackle things more regularly.

Topics will likely include:

  • My writing journey (also a motivation to write, so that I have something to talk about!)
  • Books! More specifically:
    • Classic and new
    • Recommendations/favorites/personal stories as they relate to books
    • Literary fiction and classics, which I also enjoy
  • Education, both my continuing academic journey and the classrooms I will eventually teach in
  • Observations and discussions going on in the book industry and community
  • TV, because I’ve always got something to say about the show I’m currently obsessed with
  • Other things I’ve just got to say something about!

I’m really excited to get back to blogging–and blogging more than ever before–so thank you for coming along with me!

Olivia