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College is really hindering my reading progress…

I’m currently 8 books behind on my Goodreads goal.

I haven’t read that much for fun because I have to read SO MUCH FOR SCHOOL. That English Publishing major life.

I sometimes don’t feel like reading for fun *tragic* because of all the reading for class. Vicious cycle.


Frankenstein – Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

Frankenstein

I’m currently reading Frankenstein for my Foundations of the English Major class. We’ve been having to speed through it because my professor spent too long on Middle English texts. Love the organization skills in college.

I’m actually enjoying this book! I’m currently 65% of the way through this, but have to be done by Wednesday and write a 4 page paper about it by Friday. A lot of work to do still but it’s an interesting story. I’m kind of confused because the creature that Frankenstein creates can speak well. He was never taught but can hold conversations and can read. That seems a little far fetched to me. I mean any more far fetched than creating life? Maybe not, but I think he should be explained a little bit more.

 

Ivy Introspective (The Chronicles of Alice and Ivy #2) – Kellyn Roth

Ivy Introspective  (The Chronicles of Alice and Ivy #2)

I got sent this book by the author and it is the second book in The Chronicles of Alice and Ivy series. I think I gave the first book three stars, review here. I wasn’t the biggest fan of the first book but decided to give the second book a try.

I feel like I’ve read this already! It’s so weird. I don’t know if I started this and just forgot I did, but I feel like I’ve read some of the sentences before. Not just, ‘wow this seems familiar’ but more like ‘I’ve literally read this before did I finish it or did I just stop I’m so confused why do I know what’s happening?’ I’m 20% of the way through this book but it’s gone quickly so far. I just haven’t had any time to read it…. oops.

 

Shakespeare’s Sonnets – William Shakespeare

Shakespeare's Sonnets

I read some of the sonnets from this book a few weeks ago for my Foundations of the English Major class and really liked sorting through the wording and annotating. Obviously am in the right major lol. I started reading the super boring introduction and they’re not real page numbers so I can’t technically track it, but I’ve probably read 20 pages of this. I really like the few sonnets I read, so am excited to continue on with this. I have NO idea when I’ll actually pick it up, but it’s on my currently reading shelf sooo.


Side note:

I’m so excited for summer. I love school and being at school, but I can’t wait until I’m done with these classes for the semester. I’m in some pretty rough classes and taking dance on top of all my classes is very taxing.

*English Publishing and Dance double major*

I am so excited to wear swimsuits everyday. I am pumped for my Chaco tan lines. Gonna be a receptionist at a local hair salon. Going to eat snow cones as often as possible. Taking two online classes over the summer, but we’re just going to pretend it’s not really a thing. It’s fine.

Hope everyone is doing well and thank you so much for reading my posts :) I hope you’re not as far behind on your Goodreads goal as I am lol.

Review: Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking – Susan Cain


Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking – Susan Cain

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking

Title: Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking

Author: Susan Cain

Release Date: January 24, 2012

Publisher: Crown

Format: eBook

Page Number: 370

Source: Public Library

The book that started the Quiet Revolution

At least one-third of the people we know are introverts. They are the ones who prefer listening to speaking; who innovate and create but dislike self-promotion; who favor working on their own over working in teams. It is to introverts—Rosa Parks, Chopin, Dr. Seuss, Steve Wozniak—that we owe many of the great contributions to society. 

In Quiet, Susan Cain argues that we dramatically undervalue introverts and shows how much we lose in doing so. She charts the rise of the Extrovert Ideal throughout the twentieth century and explores how deeply it has come to permeate our culture. She also introduces us to successful introverts—from a witty, high-octane public speaker who recharges in solitude after his talks, to a record-breaking salesman who quietly taps into the power of questions. Passionately argued, superbly researched, and filled with indelible stories of real people, Quiet has the power to permanently change how we see introverts and, equally important, how they see themselves.

3 out of 5 stars


This book was recommended to me by my ballet teacher during a conference talking about how I was doing in class. She told me that she thought that she and I were very similar in many ways, and this book was interesting to her because she is an introvert herself. I am introverted and love reading *obviously* so when I got this recommendation I immediately went and checked it out off of Overdrive from my library.

I really liked a lot of this book, but there was too much science for me. I LOVED the parts about the social aspects of being introverted and why people are the way they are, but the way the science topics were discussed was very dry and boring to me! I understand that this is a nonfiction book and there is supposed to be a lot of factual information, but it was just SO SLOW.

I wish this was mostly social aspects instead of scientific ones. I appreciated that it was there, but with all my readings for class this was just a little too dense for me during some parts.

There’s zero correlation between being the best talker and having the best ideas.

This was one of my favorite quotes from this book. Love it. Love that it feels true!

I learned throughout reading this and do recommend it. I think this is great for people who are introverted, but it doesn’t really teach you that much if you already know that you’re introverted. I think this would be an important book for an extroverted boyfriend, husband, or partner to read in order to understand their significant other better.

I think sometimes extroverts don’t understand that introverts DO need time to recharge after spending a ton of time with people. That we do want to stay in on Friday nights and just have a cozy reading night!

Spend your free time the way you like, not the way you think you’re supposed to.

Again, I agree with this quote, too!

This is the first non-fiction book I’ve read in quite some time, so maybe it’s just me not getting into it quickly, or the fact that I couldn’t read for long periods of time because of schoolwork… All in all I think this was an interesting read!

February Wrapup + March TBR


Read:

  1. River Rising (Carson Chronicles #1) – John A. Heldt *review*
  2. The Night Things (Courtney Crumrin #1) – Ted Naifeh *review*
  3. The Coven of Mystics (Courtney Crumrin #2) – Ted Naifeh *review*
  4. The Twilight Kingdom (Courtney Crumrin #3) – Ted Naifeh *review*
  5. Monstrous Holiday (Courtney Crumrin #4) – Ted Naifeh *review*
  6. The Jew of Malta – Christopher Marlowe

TBR:

  1. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking – Susan Cain
  2. City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments #1) – Cassandra Clare
  3. Ivy Introspective (The Chronicles of Alice and Ivy #2) – Kellyn Roth

Review: The Tales of Beedle the Bard – J. K. Rowling


The Tales of Beedle the Bard – J. K. Rowling

The Tales of Beedle the Bard

Title: The Tales of Beedle the Bard

Author: J. K. Rowling

Release Date: December 4, 2008

Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books

Format: Hardcover

Page Number: 111

Source: Library

The Tales of Beedle the Bard, a Wizarding classic, first came to Muggle readers’ attention in the book known as Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Now, thanks to Hermione Granger’s new translation from the ancient runes, we present this stunning edition with an introduction, notes, and illustrations by J. K. Rowling, and extensive commentary by Albus Dumbledore.

Never before have Muggles been privy to these richly imaginative tales: “The Wizard and the Hopping Pot,” “The Fountain of Fair Fortune,” “The Warlock’s Hairy Heart,” “Babbitty Rabbitty and Her Cackling Stump,” and of course, “The Tale of the Three Brothers.” But not only are they the equal of fairy tales we now know and love, reading them gives new insight into the world of Harry Potter.

5 out of 5 stars


This was just the book I needed right now. I hadn’t finished a book in quite awhile, and felt like I was reading every-so-slowly, but this picked it right back up!

I love Harry Potter (Gryffindor power) and am co-hosting Randomathon Round 2 on my YouTube channel. One of the challenges was to read a Harry Potter book, so that’s why I picked this up from my library.

I’m so glad I read this because it was so fast paced and it was perfect for a readathon!

This book included five Wizarding World fairy tales that are told to wizard children while they’re growing up. These stories are just as well known as Cinderella and Little Red Riding Hood. I honestly really enjoyed every single story, but I think my favorite was “The Tale of the Three Brothers.” Even though I knew this story through watching the Harry Potter movies it was nice to read it in a book :)

Also, this cover is really cool. You should definitely study the cover a little bit after reading this, because you can tie each of the stories to one of the illustrations!

I think this was a great addition to the Harry Potter world, and if you get the chance you should totally pick it up! It was short and a very fast read :)

July Wrapup + August TBR


Read:

  1. The Bone Season (The Bone Season #1) – Samantha Shannon *review*
  2. The Pale Dreamer (The Bone Season #0.5) – Samantha Shannon *review*
  3. Kitty Hawk and the Mystery of the Masterpieces (Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Series #5) – Iain Reading *review*
  4. Legend (Legend #1) – Marie Lu *review*
  5. Steel Scars (Red Queen #0.2) – Victoria Aveyard *review*
  6. Tricks (Tricks #1) – Ellen Hopkins *review*

TBR:

  1. Mistress by Mistake – Kim Lawrence
  2. The Mime Order (The Bone Season #2) – Samantha Shannon
  3. The Queen of the Tearling (The Queen of the Tearling #1) – Erika Johansen
  4. Love, Lies and Spies – Cindy Anstey
  5. Assassin’s Apprentice (Farseer Trilogy #1) – Robin Hobb

Booktube Made Me Do It (7)


Day 7 was to show where you’ve read. I have a reason why I didn’t follow through with posting every day of BookTubeAThon. My brother has been playing a lot of games on Xbox which has been using a lot of internet, so my mom and dad told him he needed to shut off the internet. What. Completely not fair, but it is what it is. So I can’t use internet until the 1st of August. I know, I know. That’s a long time, but I will make up for it during August :) So all my posts will be later. I will be doing my BookTubeAThon Wrapup post, my monthly wrapup and TBR, all my reviews, and the Rainbow Readathon TBR. Join me in the Rainbow Readathon and link your posts about it in the comments on any of my posts :) It’s an Instagram challenge so search #rainbowreadathon for the details on that. Oh, and you can tag me in any of your posts on Instagram about it if you’d like. My Instagram name is aubreybrowning. Anywho, the places I read were in my comfy bed, my living room couch, my car, and my living room floor. I don’t have any pictures, but that’s where I read :) Bear with me and my lack of wifi. I’ll be continuing with posts the first day of August.

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Booktube Made Me Do It (2)


The second challenge for the BookTubeAThon video/blog challenges was to find 3 items from 3 covers. I decided to choose Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants and a pair of blue jeans, Cinder and a high heel, and Paper Towns and thumbtacks. I know I was supposed to post this yesterday but I was a bad blogger and I hung out with friends who ended up staying the night. Oops, well it happened. :)
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