“For last year's words belong to last year's language
The end of the year always makes me feel a bit queasy. I know, "time is a construct" yada yada yada, but it feels all too real when I'm setting up my 2019 calendars, opening Christmas gifts and reflecting on the year that has gone by. And 2018 has been absolutely crazy to me.
At the beginning of the year, I would have never imagined that I would be where I am today. Which, in my opinion, is a good thing. I used to think that my best life would be one where everything went perfectly according to my plans. But these past two years I have failed and lost more times than I have in my entire life - and you know what? Those failures were probably some of the best things to ever happen to me.
To you, it may be a bit early to be talking about Christmas. To me, I already caught myself humming Christmas tunes since October. So the way I see it, you either get with the programme or come back to this blog post later. Either way, this girl has already started thinking about gift recs - and you guessed it - they're all books! 📖📖📖
I think there's nothing more versatile and life-changing than a good book. It may not land every single time, but when it does, it can change a person forever. This year, I've put together some books that made a splash in 2018 and some timeless titles; all simple enough for younger crowds to understand but filled with enough wisdom for older crowds to appreciate. Hope you enjoy! ❤️️
Page Count: 359
Year of Publication: 2012
Aristotle is an angry teen with a brother in prison. Dante is a know-it-all who has an unusual way of looking at the world. When the two meet at the swimming pool, they seem to have nothing in common. But as the loners start spending time together, they discover that they share a special friendship — the kind that changes lives and lasts a lifetime. And it is through this friendship that Ari and Dante will learn the most important truths about themselves and the kind of people they want to be.
The following review contains no spoilers!
Two months ago, I went on somewhat of an LGBTQ+ reading binge. That's right - your girl has finally started reading about ✨the gays✨. Not gonna lie, some of these books have driven me to tears ('Simon VS the Homo Sapiens Agenda'), while others are unbelievably feel-good ('Will Grayson, Will Grayson'), but so far, the one that has nagged on my mind the most is 'Aristotle & Dante Discover The Secrets of the Universe' (henceforth shortened to ADDSU). This book seems to be a fan favourite, but honestly, I can't bring myself to like it very much.
In 7 days, I turn 22 years old. It seems anti-climatic now after I’ve been masquerading as 22 since the beginning of the year. But that's the curse of being born at the end of the year; you really only have a couple of months to celebrate before you’re automatically upgraded to the next age. Though that also means I get to be a Scorpio, so there could be worse things. 😏
That aside, I love this time of the year. It makes me feel like 2018 is heaving a long sigh and stretching itself out for some much needed rest. Post-internship me wholly agrees, and I wanted to take this chance to recount some of the lessons I learned this year! (This blog/vlog prompt may be a bit cliche at this point, but it's my first time doing it - give your girl a break.)
by Rainbow Rowell
For Cath, being a fan is her life - and she's really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving.
But now that they’re going to college, Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. Can she do this? Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life?
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
by Bryan Lee O'Malley
Scott Pilgrim's life is totally sweet. He's 23 years old, he's in a rockband, he's "between jobs" and he's dating a cute high school girl. Nothing could possibly go wrong, unless a seriously mind-blowing, dangerously fashionable, rollerblading delivery girl named Ramona Flowers starts cruising through his dreams and sailing by him at parties.
Will Scott's awesome life get turned upside-down? Will he have to face Ramona's seven evil ex-boyfriends in battle? The short answer is yes. The long answer is Scott Pilgrim, Volume 1: Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little Life.
We all in this world need something to cling to for a center of calm.— Sylvia Plath (@itssylviaplath) December 19, 2017