Make It Happen Monday 08.25.14

Happy first day of school! I hope it was awesome for everyone! There’s nothing like heading off to class in a new outfit and a bag full of supplies to make you feel like a fresh start is right around the corner. And there’s no better way to kick off a good year than with getting stuff done!

1. Get my assignments done for my online classes
2. Put away all my laundry
3. Keep eating well
4. Clean my closet out
5. Pick up textbooks
6. Find my on campus classroom

See? Already a great start to the week and year! I can’t wait to keep this trend going.

So let me know in the comments: What do you want to get done this week? Have you already gotten some items marked off your list? How was your first day back? Have a great day!

xoxo
Rachel

Favorite Things Friday 08.22.2014

Hey guys! How are y’all doing? Hopefully super awesome! I got a good bit done this week, so let’s check out how I did on my Make It Happen Monday list. 

1. Get rest of textbooks
2. Find out where my on-campus class is located
3. Make the map letters for Sis
4. Get Hogwarts house crests painted
5. Finish HPatSS

I didn’t get a lot done on what I intended, but I did finish HPatCoS, sent 4 care packages, and got my internet fixed! I ended up unable to get to campus to find my class and get books because of a crazy week, but now it’s scheduled for Monday when I’m off. I still have a few map letters to make, but I’m missing one anyways. I should have it today and I’ll finish this weekend! Speaking of weekend, let’s talk about other awesome things. 

1. The Harry Potter Series

I recently started to reread the series and I forgot how much I love it! It feels like I’m rediscovering the books and that is an amazing feeling. Starting PoA today!

2. Melissa Joan Hart

I started watching Melissa and Joey on a whim and it’s really cute! An easy watch, if you don’t mind Joe’s hair changing every episode…

3. New internet!!!

MY INTERNET IS FIXED AND SUPER SPEEDY! Before, only one person could use the internet and even then it was awful. Now? I’m watching netflix while skyping and checking facebook at the same time my mom is doing research. What what?! It’s awesome and I’m still not used to it. 

4. Care Packages

I sent four small packages to my friends, coworkers, and boyfriend. I love sending mail! My next round of packages are going to be more elaborate, so I’m excited to start making them for October/Fall. 

What made your week awesome? Let me know in the comments!

Make It Happen Monday 08.18.2014

Hey guys! Hope you had a very productive weekend! I have JUST gotten home because tomorrow is Teacher Appreciation Day at work and there was a lot to get done before the big day. Luckily, I start working full time at my sister’s bookstore tomorrow (dreams do come true!), so I get to miss out on all the craziness. But that doesn’t mean I don’t want to get stuff done. I have to with school starting in a week!

1. Get rest of textbooks
2. Find out where my on-campus class is located
3. Make the map letters for Sis
4. Get Hogwarts house crests painted
5. Finish HPatSS

This is going to be a hectic week, so that’s really all I have on my mind. Right now, it’s just food and sleep. So tell me: what do you want to get done this week? Have you already marked something off your list? Or are you looking forward to a relaxing week? Let me know in the comments!

Favorite Things Friday 08.15.2014

Hey everyone! It’s been a long, exhausting week over here and I am ready to be done. But some good stuff happened this week! Let’s recap.

1. Firefly
I decided to rewatch this amazing series and I’m so glad I did! It’s so amazing and I think I’m going to start rewatching Doctor Who next. Speaking of visiting old favorites…

2. Harry Potter
I also wanted to reread the books, but wasn’t sure on if I was ready for that time commitment. I started reading and was immediately sucked back in. I can’t wait to keep reading once I have more energy: as I type, I’m laying in bed barely looking at the screen my eyes are so tired. The story just captures me and I didn’t know how much I truly missed it. And speaking of missing…

3. Catching Up With Old Friends
Yesterday I got to skype with one of the awesome bloggers from Of Spectacles and Books, Amanda! We met at college a few years ago and she’s so much fun to talk to, you guys. You have to check out the blog she runs with her sister – it’s part of the reason I decided to start blogging! So read some of her and Addison’s posts; I promise you’ll love the site!

4. Sweet tea
As always, this is something I need after a long day. Today, I got a gallon. Let’s see how long it lasts…

5. New Sleep Schedules
I realized I was way too exhausted during the day and I made a change to fix it. I’ve been telling people good night by 11:30 and shutting off all connections so I’ll sleep earlier and wake up with some time to relax before work. It’s been great! Mornings are much more bearable and I save money by eating cereal at home instead of grabbing a sausage biscuit on a breakfast run for co-workers. Hopefully I can add some exercise to the mix and work off said biscuits!

While my work week isn’t over yet, I’ve gotten a ton of stuff done and I feel a lot better about many things. How has your week gone? Did you get anything from your Make It Happen Monday list done? I didn’t really…but I still have tomorrow! Sound off in the comments and catch me up!

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Don’t Know If I Want To Read

1. Catcher in the Rye
This is one of those books that is constantly alluded to, so I feel like I need to read it. But I just don’t know if I want to? It seems good, but I’m not sure I would have picked it up under other circumstances.

2. Anything by Sarah Dessen
I know, I know. She’s like the queen of YA heterosexual romance. But her covers just make me think I’m picking up the YA equivalent of harlequin romance? I don’t know how to word my feelings. I read This Lullaby and enjoyed it, so I’m not sure what’ keeping me from continuing her books. But maybe one day I’ll get past my ridiculous notion about her novels.

3. Also anything by Jodi Picoult
I feel like she is hailed also, but I just can’t get into the hype or excitement about her books.

4. Lola and the Boy Next Door
People are going to kill me for this one. I loved loved loved Anna, but when I read the preview for Lola, I hated her immediately. I don’t have to like a character to read the book, but from the sample she sounded like the kind of presumptuous uppity people with terrible taste that think they’re just misunderstood that DRIVE ME CRAZY. She sounds like she’s stuck in her 12.9 year old phase and I just couldn’t get past it. But I really want to read Isla and APPRECIATE it for all that it is, so I guess I have to get over it and read Lola. Ugh.

5. The Stephanie Plum Series
I feel like I’m already so behind and my interest level is too low to care. I hear great things about these books but I just don’t care about them.

6. The Harry Potter Series
I’ve already read this series over and over and over. It’s the only thing where I can legitimately say “I’ve forgotten more than you’ll ever know” without lying/bragging. I just really really love the world in these books. It’s so easy for me to get lost in research of the HP universe. But the second I decide to reread the books, it seems like all my TBRs are SO much more appealing than they were before I made the choice. Maybe it’s because I hate putting down and picking up a series before I finish it. It’s a big commitment to read those seven books without anything else. But I’ve put SS on my Make It Happen Monday, so hopefully I stick to it.

7. A Casual Vacancy
Same problem as with Catcher. I don’t know if I would have picked it up if not for the author/hype. I haven’t heard great things, but HP is a LOT to live up to, ya know?

8. Wonder
Honestly, I just love this cover. But I don’t know if I would actually love the plot. It’s been on my wishlist forever with no sign of getting bought soon.

9. Insurgent/Allegiant 
I started reading Insurgent months ago, but it just didn’t capture me the way Divergent did. I will finish the series at some point, but idk. I want to know what in Allegiant made everyone so upset, but that’s really my only motivation.

10. The A Song of Fire and Ice series
Another big commitment. The biggest. Like…bigger than marriage, almost. Those books are freakin huge.

 

Of which books are you unsure? Do we have any in common? Have you read any of these and want to share your thoughts (NO SPOILERS PLEASE!!)? Let me know in the comments!

Make It Happen Monday 8.11.2014

This is a late post, but I just got home. I’ve already had a busy day, and let’s try to make the rest of the week this productive!

1. Go to WC campus and get textbooks
2. Find out where my one on campus class is located
3. Read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Summer Reread!)
4. Get new books labeled and shelved in TBR shelf.
5. Pack the boyfriend’s care package
6. Pack the wolfpack’s care package
7. Write thank you notes to the people helping me get our little truck fixed
8. Read two more chapters in my planning book
9. Get everything ready for the start of a new school year!

Are you excited for back to school? If you’re done with school, are you missing the season or excited about what you’re working on now? Are there any new projects or books on your to-do list? Let me know in the comments!

Have a great week everyone!

xoxo
Rachel

Book Review: Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

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Info: Contemporary YA, paperback, 323 pages, 3 days.

Synopsis: “Hi, I’m the guy who reads your e-mail, and also, I love you . . . ”

Beth Fremont and Jennifer Scribner-Snyder know that somebody is monitoring their work e-mail. (Everybody in the newsroom knows. It’s company policy.) But they can’t quite bring themselves to take it seriously. They go on sending each other endless and endlessly hilarious e-mails, discussing every aspect of their personal lives.

Meanwhile, Lincoln O’Neill can’t believe this is his job now- reading other people’s e-mail. When he applied to be “internet security officer,” he pictured himself building firewalls and crushing hackers- not writing up a report every time a sports reporter forwards a dirty joke.

When Lincoln comes across Beth’s and Jennifer’s messages, he knows he should turn them in. But he can’t help being entertained-and captivated-by their stories.

By the time Lincoln realizes he’s falling for Beth, it’s way too late to introduce himself.

What would he say . . . ?

Why I Chose This Book: Rainbow Rowell is such a good author, y’all. Fangirl is amazing, and Eleanor & Park is heartcrushing is the best possible way. I’ve had this book for a while and had started to read it already, but got distracted by new books. I decided to finally go back to it and that was the right choice.

What I Liked: The characters in this book are so loveable!! I loved each and every one – from the main characters to the ragtag group of D&D players and family members. Of course there are the odd ducks, the ones you’re supposed to dislike once in a while or in the grand scheme of things. But I could not get enough of these people. I cried when the book was over because I felt like I had been kicked out of a family for no reason. I loved getting to know them and since Rowell doesn’t do series, I knew I wouldn’t get anymore of them. Painful feeling, yo.

What I Didn’t Like: I felt like it took a little while for me to really get sucked in? Idk. I loved the book from the get-go, but I guess I expected the characters to get together way earlier than they did, so I was wondering what was taking so long. Also, my copy had pretty small print so it felt longer. But the pacing was perfect. Just know that this isn’t a quick meet-cute; there’s a ton of stuff that needs to happen before the characters are ready for each other.

Rating and Recommendation: 5 stars. Read this if you like books about romance, coming-of-age in your late 20’s, finding yourself, friendship, relationship dynamics, and workplace friendships/romance.

Final Thoughts: This was a super fun read. If you like reading YA or contemporary love at all, read Rowell’s books!!