Bookish Things: August Wrap-Up

In case you don’t follow me on instagram and haven’t been watching my stories, I’ve been getting back into reading lately. I’m not sure what sparked it, exactly, but usually when I find a hobby or interest, I get super into it (to an obsessive degree?) for some time. However, I’ve always been a bookworm from when I was little and first starting to read, so I think this one will be here to stay.

There’s something about reading in the summer that makes it more enjoyable. During college, I’d read SO many books during semester breaks when I didn’t have any required reading for my classes. I finally got back into reading to that extent this summer. I read 5 books in July, and 6 books this August – including two of my favorite books of the entire year.

I borrow a lot of books from the library and read e-books, so I can’t do a super instagrammer picture of the pile of books I read this month. But I can still do a quick wrap-up of August!

  1. Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
  2. The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen
  3. Our Kind of Cruelty by Araminta Hall
  4. Rich People Problems by Kevin Kwan
  5. Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
  6. The Air You Breathe by Frances de Pontes Peebles

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Book Review: Then She Was Gone

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Then She Was Gone – Lisa Jewell

3/5 stars

I kinda hated this book? But I did read it all in one day, so something about it must have been thrilling enough to keep me reading it.

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Book Review: Our Kind of Cruelty

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Our Kind of Cruelty – Araminta Hall

3.5/5 stars

The epitome of an unreliable narrator, Mike’s story wasn’t really connecting with me at first. I struggled to get through the first 50ish pages, but it’s essential to get into the same mindset as him.

Not really a spoiler, as it’s mentioned in the first couple pages, but Part 2 and 3 amped up the action. The courtroom scene especially felt like something out of a Law and Order: SVU episode, except, you know, as told by the defendant/stalker instead of Olivia Benson.

I love the way the writing manipulated the truth, leaving me wondering what was truly “real” and what happened only in Mike’s mind. I’d read the e-mails and voicemails from V and think, ‘there’s not possible way he can misinterpret this,’ and yet…

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in review: January 2018

So January overall did not set an ideal tone for 2018. I was working overtime (which I almost NEVER do) in order to pay off my credit card debt and build my savings back up. I was sick with what was probably the flu. I didn’t want to spend any money (see: trying to save money by working a shit-ton of overtime), so I hardly ever went out.

But I still had, overall, a good month. I started working on a great unit, where I actually got to take care of sick patients and work with an amazing staff. I went to the San Antonio Cocktail Conference for the first time with my best friend Janee, where we got drunk off whiskey and gin. Oh, and Janee came to live with me for a month which was also a lot of fun.

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New Year’s Resolutions 2018

New Year’s Eve is honestly one of my favorite holidays. There’s just something about starting fresh and having a clean slate — plus staying up all night, which I do all the time anyway. My resolutions in the past have always been sort of concrete, like, get all As in school, run a half marathon, do a better strength work out. Last year, my goals were to post one photo a day on Instagram (which I accomplished!), and write a blog post at least once a week (which I didn’t really do after March or so).

My main two resolutions for this year are:

 

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Year in Review: 2017

My only “big” New Year’s Resolution for last year was to post a pic every day on Instagram, and write a blog post once a week. I stopped blogging consistently back in March, but surprisingly, I was able to keep up with Instagram. I hoped feeling the need to post a picture every day would help motivate me to go out and experience and do more things, and it did! It helped that I took two bucket list trips this year, which provided me with a TON of new photos to post.

I did a story on Instagram (follow me here!) with some of my 2017 highlights, and I decided to post it here! Enjoy!
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That One Time I Got a Spontaneous Free Tattoo

Yep, you heard read that right.

I have four (now five!) tattoos, and most of them have some sort of meaning behind them, even if it is subtle. My feet have scenes of my Texas homeland, and of the Puerto Rican beach from my first solo trip.

But this is my first spontaneous tattoo that’s just for shits-and-giggles (essentially).

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