July TBR & Plan With Me 

There’s only two days left of June and I can’t believe how fast this month flew by! I’ve read some good and not-so-good books this month (more on that Friday), but for now, this is what I plan to read in July*.

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1. A Court of Thrones and Roses by Sarah J. Maas 

Average rating: 4.29

This has to be the most talked about series right now and it’s just been sitting on my shelf for the past two weeks. Hopefully it lives up to the hype.

2. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline 

Average rating: 4.31

I’ve started this book twice and the only reason why I haven’t finished it yet is because I dislike reading on an eReader. I just bought a paperback so maybe I’ll have more luck with that.

3. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz 

Average rating: 4.34

Another book I’ve heard good reviews about, and that’s all I really have to say.

4. The Thousandth Floor by Katherine McGee

Average rating: 3.67

Someone recommended this book to me when I was at Barnes & Noble last and it seems pretty interesting. Also, the second book in this series is coming out soon.

5. Geekerella by Ashley Poston 

Average rating: 4.13

I bought this one without looking at any sort of reviews, but I don’t want this to be another book that stays unread on my shelf forever.

*subject to change

The first four pages of the month are mainly the basics in a style I like to call “Mostly Minimal.”  (I like alliteration, okay.) Most of the creativity comes along with the dailies.

What’s on your July reading list- is there anything you’re anticipating or are you just trying to shorten your tbr list? And do you have anything exciting planned for the summer?

Stream of Consciousness

In addition to all things books, another favorite of mine is organization (or the illusion of organization). Whether it’s making to-do lists or re-organizing my shelves, I am all about it. Lately, I’ve been bullet journaling again.

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I started my first journal last summer, and then stopped until exam time in December when I needed some structure on how to study. Generally, I use mine to keep track of assignments and habits, creating a day’s to do list and my expenses. However, I have found that it’s also important to include something that makes you want to come back to your journal. One thing that’s proving to be a success this time around is stream of consciousness pages and even though I’m only two days into it, I’m enjoying far more than I expected. (That might be because my mind is constantly buzzing with thoughts).

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It was when I started writing this post that I realized I’ve been spelling “consciousness” wrong. 

Today, I’ve compiled a list to help you get started.

#1. Designate time in your day to write 

You don’t want to feel rushed as your writing, so set at least fifteen minutes when you wake up, after work or whenever works best for you.

#2. Limit your distractions 

Put your phone away, turn the TV off and get away from any external noise.

#3. Start anywhere 

Don’t worry about not having anything to write. It doesn’t have to be the most philosophical thing you’ve ever written, it can literally be “um..ah..it’s Wednesday blah blah blah…”

#4. Forget about grammar and punctuation 

No internet troll is going to come up as your writing and be like “um, actually it’s you’re* writing. You ARE writing, you’re means you are.” Forget them. Also, sentences don’t need periods or structure how great you don’t even need to capitalize i if you don’t want to

Do you bullet journal or are interested in bullet journaling? If not, how do you stay organized?