Behind the Blog

Every year around August, I get this intense need for structure and organization. Last summer, it happened in July and thus, started my bullet journaling adventure. It only lasted for the summer, and was only brought back in time for finals when I desperately needed organization. This year, I started my bullet journal up again at the start of this month after having three weeks off from school.

I’ve come the conclusion that these bursts of productivity are directly related to having three months off from school. Personally, it’s too much time, and it’s part of the reason why I even started blogging. This blogs provides that structure and organization to my week.

Another reason is because I need an outlet to write consistently. Journaling, if I could bring myself to do it everyday, probably wouldn’t be sufficient because it’s personal and also lacks structure. It’s unchallenging for me as a writer. Plus, in my most recent journalism course, I was introduced to blog writing and fell in love with it. Not only has organization and structure been added to my daily routine, but also to my blog posts as well.

Finally, when I started this blog a month ago, I had no idea what I wanted my content to be. Hence, why my blog is titled after my name. I knew I wanted to mention books in some capacity, but I never thought about turning it into a book blog. (Technically, I still haven’t but I’m getting the hang of it.) At the heart of it all, books and organization are kind of my thing.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this getting to know me in this celebration post of the one month anniversary of my blog and because I fell behind in my reading this month. When and why did you start your own blog? How many times did I write organization and/or structure in this post? (Answer: too many).

May Wrap Up

This month was all about studying for final exams and applying to university, so unfortunately, I didn’t have a whole lot of time for books. I did manage to read 2 books towards the latter half of this month, and luckily, enjoyed both of them.

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#1. The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

I received this book in my Owlcrate subscription box last month, and just got around to reading it. It is a teen romance novel, but not overwhelming so, as Molly goes back and forth throughout the novel weighing the importance and value of her relationship with her crush and her twin sister. For me, it was really easy to start this book although some parts in the middle dragged on.

Amalia’s official rating: 3.7/5

Goodreads summary: Seventeen-year-old Molly Peskin-Suso knows all about unrequited love—she’s lived through it twenty-six times. She crushes hard and crushes often, but always in secret. Because no matter how many times her twin sister, Cassie, tells her to woman up, Molly can’t stomach the idea of rejection. So she’s careful. Fat girls always have to be careful.

Then a cute new girl enters Cassie’s orbit, and for the first time ever, Molly’s cynical twin is a lovesick mess. Meanwhile, Molly’s totally not dying of loneliness—except for the part where she is. Luckily, Cassie’s new girlfriend comes with a cute hipster-boy sidekick. Will is funny and flirtatious and just might be perfect crush material. Maybe more than crush material. And if Molly can win him over, she’ll get her first kiss and she’ll get her twin back. 

There’s only one problem: Molly’s coworker Reid. He’s an awkward Tolkien superfan with a season pass to the Ren Faire, and there’s absolutely no way Molly could fall for him. Right?

#2. The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown 

I picked this one up because I read her other work The Light of Paris first, and in reviews of that one, everyone was saying they preferred this work. I won’t bore you with a synopsis again, but in case you missed my last post, this book is about the strained relationships between three sisters who have a really hard time communicating with one another (seriously, the first time one of the sisters emptied their baggage to the other was at least two-thirds of the way in). Regardless, I really enjoyed this novel because I love dysfunction and extremely flawed characters in my books and it was resolved nicely by the end.

Amalia’s official rating: 4/5

What did you read this month? And if you want to keep up with what I’m reading, you can add me on Goodreads.