Winter Reading Update 2017

Hii readers! Happy winter! Or summer, depending on your location. While you’re getting cozy with a cup of hot tea + a good read, I’m outside—taking book photos, freezing cold, my fingers and toes numb, everything is just numb. My struggles aside, my fingers are now normal temperature and want to share with you the typical seasonal update on my reading + a little update on my regular life, since you guys seem to like that stuff. . .

I’ve been kept plenty busy with my school work and speech + debate season, for sure. From midterms in mid-January to being sick for nearly two weeks, to a speech + debate tournament every Saturday, I’m busier than I’ve ever been. I had homework in 4 different subjects every night last week, so I didn’t read much. And being sick didn’t help my grades, either, so let’s just say I’m slacking in more subjects than just one.

This quarter I really hope to bring up my grade in APUSH and geometry, the two classes where I struggle to pass what we call “borderline” grades. Hint: in my school, a 90% is an A, but even then I still manage to land myself with plenty of B’s. There’s also the impending AP U.S. History test in May. . .But let’s not think about that right now.

I’m drop-out ready at this point

But in lighter news, I attended a day of Italian Club at my school. It was similar to a “sip and paint” where people get together to paint and drink wine. BUT SINCE I’M IN HIGH SCHOOL it was ice cream and painting instead. The ice cream was fantastic, trust me one flavor was coffee chip YEEP  and I actually tried with my painting. It was a blue / black galaxy that I made in 45 minutes.

In fact, it’s not horrible and I intend to add other colors + fix it up, then paint some bookish quote on it. My friend suggested it be “To the stars who listen and the dreams that are answered” so now I’m hyped for this.

On the subject of speech + debate, I was so sick of waking up at 6 am each Saturday morning, chugging hot tea, and being full of anxious jitters to give the same ol’ speech for the thousandth time this season. I’m finally ready to pack my blazer + skirt away until next fall, since the state-qualifying tournaments have come to a close and I’m finally over with the speech season. Now, my weekend belongs to me, not my anxiety of not placing in my category.

That’s enough personal stuff. In other news, I bought my twin best friends a Hamilton CD since they turned 16 + will be getting a car soon, so they can jam out to their favorite Founding Father via car stereo all because of my hella awesome birthday gift to them. *wink*

Work it, Lin

Lately I’ve been placing distance between myself and Hamilton, actually. But that segway though. It’s not him, it’s me. I began listening to Hamilton last June, became obsessed in July, and lived the rest of the year guzzling down tunes about the greatest city in the world and what do you want, burr’s?, so it’s about time that I start to lose interest don’t worry I still play a song ever few days, but it’s nothing like when I streamed the entire soundtrack every day.

What I’m really into these days is In the Heights, which is Lin-Manuel Miranda’s first musical, first premiered in 2008. It’s a culturally diverse masterpiece and I’ve grown so close with the equally jazzy / hip-hop songs. (In fact I’m listening to it now *wink*) to the point where I swear I’m learning Spanish. If you look to your right you can hear me belting paciencia y fe in the background. So if you ever need a good musical and a lesson in basic Spanish, just take a listen to In the Heights. Totally worth it.

Don’t forget that Christopher Jackson was there too (#throwback)

What’s next?? Oh yeah, I did something that is so much unlike me: I watched tv. More specifically, streamed Netflix. Strangely enough, I added “watch more Netflix shows + movies” to my 2017 resolutions. You see, a normal person would just casually watch stuff anyway, but I much prefer books to tv shows + movies but apparently that’s worth teasing by my friends and now I’m watching The Office every day.

I must say, Parks & Recreation is much funnier but I admit I’ve definitely grown close to the characters, even if it feels like every episode is super cringe-worthy. In the future I would like to watch Gilmore Girls, Stranger Things (waiting on s2), Arrow, Flash, and whatever else is thrown my way, but first I’m tackling The Office. And be honest, this show invented memes.


I realized this is completely the opposite of a “reading” update, but to be fair I wouldn’t title it, Reading/TV show/Save me from School Update 2017, either. Onto our regularly scheduled programming: a true reading update.

I set my Goodreads challenge at 80 books to start off 2017. In 2016, I scraped by with 75 books: my initial goal of 125 books. YES, IT WAS AMBITIOUS BUT I THOUGHT I COULD DO IT. *Homework laughs in the corner* DAMN YOU SCHOOL. So I learned my lesson and set my goal at 80, if I reach it: yay, if I go over: yay. I’m focusing on content-wise books anyway I say pretentiously as I gobble down a 200 page contemporary novel. . .

As of right now, I’ve managed to read 13 books in January and February. Those books are:

  • This is What Happy Looks Like
  • Happy Again
  • Caraval (reread)
  • Fangirl (reread)
  • This Adventure Ends
  • United
  • Wayfarer
  • The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett
  • Something in Between
  • When Dimple Met Rishi
  • By Your Side
  • Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel
  • Of Fire and Stars

And luckily I’ve managed to like them all pretty well. . .Some have been better than others, though.

I’ve noticed something odd about my reading habit lately. I’d love to explain it, maybe some of you can relate, too. Since school is constantly on my case, I don’t really find interest in reading a book over a course of time. (Translation: a week.) I’ve tended to lean toward reading a book in a day or two (usually over the weekend) and then not reading all week to focus on classes. Then repeat several times. On my list of 12 books I’ve read so far, ALL BUT ONE HAVE I READ WITHIN 24 HOURS. I’m not even bragging at this point, I’m just asking whyyyy??

Enough of my reading crisis for now. Let’s move on.

What better way to kick off 2017 even if we’re nearly three months in. . . than to commemorate it with anticipated reads! Below is an extensive list of my anticipated reads for the next couple months of the year. If you have any suggestions or books worth looking out for, comment below! I’m all-inclusive ❤


A Crown of Wishes, The Inexplicable Logic of My Life, You’re Welcome, Universe, The Ship Beyond Time, Strange the Dreamer


Always and Forever, Lara Jean, The Upside of Unrequited, Literally, Alex & Eliza


A Court of Wings & Ruin, Flame in the Mist, Lord of Shadows, Release, The Love Interest, One of Us is Lying


The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue, Our Dark Duet


Lucky in Love

Since YA book releases after July 2017 get few and far between, I’m just going to end it there. If you can name any fantastic new YA releases, comment below!

Bullet Journal

YAY. I’ve been waiting to talk about my Bullet Journal!! My old journal that I’ve used since August 2016 is finally ready to retire! I’m almost out of pages and my new journal is already well prepared to make the transition as my first second journal (you with me on that?)

My first journal was a small Piccadilly journal from Barnes & Noble, and my newest is an emerald A5 Leuchtturm1917 that it STUNNING. I will post photos of it below just so you can take a closer look at my daily planner + lifestyle.

Ugh, isn’t it just beautiful??? Sorry, I sound like those obnoxious mothers of newborn babies, don’t I? Well, I’m just very eager to start a new journal that looks like the perfect ones on Pinterest ❤ In addition to a new Leuchtturm1917, Faber Castell pens, Tombow brush pens, Stabilo fineliners, mini washi tapes, I also bought a whole bunch of stickers from Redbubble to coat my journal in a beautiful matter.

This means that my bookish blog / Instagram will officially blend with a Bullet Journal blog and I’m very excited to share my pages with you all! If you guys ever want to see another Bujo blog post, feel free to contact me anytime or request it in a comment! I read them all.

In hindsight, I’m rather grateful that a Leuchtturm wasn’t my first journal. The first pages of my journal are heinous and I’m so glad I didn’t have to inflict horrible lettering on a delicate, beautiful Leuchtturm as so. I’ve been able to improve immensely since July which is probably tenfold my calligraphy skills from February 2016.

Also, most of all I’m so so happy I am done planning my second journal. I spent ages bouncing back and forth between Leuchtturm journals on Amazon, types of pens, and whether washi tape was even worth the price. Now that my journal is prepped and ready to begin in March, I can finally take a break.

However, my Tombow pens haven’t arrived yet, even though the Amazon tracking claims they have been delivered already. Maybe I should worry. . . 


That’s all I have for now! Thank you for listening to my endless rambling about my life + reading, I really appreciate the support you all give me!! See you next post ❤




6 thoughts on “Winter Reading Update 2017

  1. I started a bullet journal this year and have fallen in love with it! I don’t have a Leuchtturm, but I think my next one might be one of those. At the moment I have a moleskine though and I really love it 🙂 I’m not surprised you spent ages on Amazon looking at journals/pens/washi tape etc, I love looking through all the supplies I could have ahaha 😆

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  2. I’m glad you’re doing well, Jill! School is sooooo busy, I haven’t been reading much either. I have so much work for AP Research and Ap English Lit…but spring break is almost upon us. I, like you, started listening to Hamilton in June, and have been listening less lately. I really want to read Always and Forever Lara Jean! And your bullet journal is super pretty.


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