Wow it’s been a long time. My last post was on May 31. I don’t think I’ve ever gone this long without posting on the blog. But a lot of stuff has happened since I last posted, so I thought I’d share some of that with you guys. Some good things happened, but also a lot of sad things. It’s been pretty stressful and busy and I’ve barely read any books since May.
A few weeks ago, I got my first job – I’m working at my local library as a library page! I’m loving it so far… I’m constantly surrounded by books and people who value reading as much as I do. It’s so fun getting to see all the new books/movies and the books people are returning. So that’s definitely been the highlight of this month, a bright spot among all the other stuff that’s happened.
The same week I started work, a family member passed away after fighting cancer. It was, of course, very sad. Then, just a couple days after that, our dog Annie had to be put down very suddenly. I’m sure you’ve all seen the pictures I’ve posted of her (my dad jokes that I made her rather famous on the blog) – she was a miniature apricot poodle. We’ve had her for 7 years, and her death was very sudden and a huge shock. Mini poodles can live up to 15 years, and Annie had just turned 11. She wasn’t a puppy, but she was still very active and lively and we never thought she’d be gone so soon. She was playing with her ball that night, and then the next morning she was rushed to the vet and put down. Her gallbladder had burst and nothing could be done.
Then, just after this, I got all my final projects. I think teachers try to give you as many projects as they can in the final weeks. I had at least 4 big English projects, a Civics final, 2 Science finals, and a Fitness practical exam. Then after those finished, I had to start studying for my Science and English exams.
Also, this isn’t really relevant, but it happened so I want to share — Last week, I cut off 11 inches of my hair and donated it to Locks of Love. I’ve done this before, about 3 years ago, when I cut off 13 inches and donated to Angel Hair for Kids. My hair grows pretty fast, so I’m thinking this is something I might keep doing: growing, cutting, then donating my hair.
So with all of this going on, I wasn’t exactly able to keep up with the blog. I’m kind of glad I took a break from blogging and reading, because I needed a bit of time away from it to just
watch TV and be lazy focus on schoolwork. But now I’m done my exams, and I’m excited to start reading and blogging again.
I’m going to start with doing All the Books like I usually do on Sundays…
All the Books is hosted by Jordyn at Ten Cent Notes. I share the books I got
this week since I’ve been gone, the books I read this week since I’ve been gone, and the book I’m currently reading. I’m excluding library books this time, because it’s been a month since I last did this, so I’ve gotten a lot of library books!
Books I Read
This Is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith – 3/5
Lord of the Flies by William Golding (for school) – 2.5/5
Slated by Teri Terry – 3.5/5
Crushed (PLL #13) by Sara Shepard – 4/5
Books I Got
This is Not a Test by Courtney Summers (won @ Me On Books)
The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau (thank you Thomas Allen & Son)
Confederates Don’t Wear Couture by Stephanie Kate Strohm (thank you Thomas Allen & Son)
The Beginning of Everything (previously titled Severed Heads, Broken Hearts) by Robyn Schneider (thank you HarperCollins Canada)
The Chaos of Stars by Kiersten White (thank you HarperCollins Canada)
White Lines by Jennifer Banash (won @ Ink Skies)
Entangled by Cat Clarke (won @ Ink Skies)
The Gypsy King and A Fools Errand by Maureen Fergus (thank you Razorbill)
Losing it by Cora Carmack (signed! – thank you Cora & HarperCollins Canada)
Slated by Teri Terry (thank you Razorbill)
I feel like I’m definitely missing some stuff… I also got a bunch of swag: a poster, lip gloss, bookmarks, etc. As for currently reading – right now I’m not reading anything, though I did make a library trip yesterday and picked up some good books so hopefully I’ll start one soon.
So, if you’ve lasted this long, thanks for sticking around! I promise I won’t be so absent anymore. I also have a neat contest coming up for you guys 🙂
What did you get/read this week?