I love autumn. I think it’s the most wonderful time of year, where cozy and spooky intertwine and people seem intrinsically happier than in the summer months. I love a lot about this season, like the scary movies, the decorations, and the pumpkin spice, but I really love reading outside in the nicer weather or curled up inside with a cup of something warm, books that give off an immediate fall feeling. Some of these books I’ve read before, maybe a few times in fact, but others are ones I’m planning on reading this fall season. I really love sharing this and talking about books in this sense, especially regarding the season that is so close to my heart.
I think it’s quite essential to read Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte at this time. The eerie unknown of who’s in Mr. Rochester’s attic, and Mr. Rochester himself quite frankly, is perfect for the fall. Jane Eyre is one of my favorite books of all time, so it is a lot of fun to go back and read it, especially with the thought of Halloween on the mind. The Bronte sisters’ novels are really great for this time of year, as Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte is another classic that is terrifying and perfect for Halloween. Our main character is a ghost, essentially, and I just think that’s absolutely the coolest thing. Heathcliff himself is also a scary gothic figure I would not want to run into in a dark alley, much like Mr. Rochester.
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(there will definitely be some spoilers in this piece, so here is a warning in case you haven’t watched the third season yet!)
It has been a serious minute since I’ve written on this blog. I haven’t had the motivation entirely to write a lot but recently felt the need to write to work through feelings and everything. But I’m back and I think August is going to be my month to be a good blogger and a better person too.
Stranger Things 3 came out last month and I’ve been thinking about it basically every day since its release. I know this blog is a little more focused on books and things like that, but television writing is super important too and Stranger Things is one of my favorites and I’ve already spent all my friends and family’s patience with my constant discussion of it, so I’m going to bother everyone here now.
I really want to write about Nancy Wheeler, Mike’s older sister on the show, in particular actually. Nancy is super interesting to me, and this season she really proved to the entire audience why she deserves a place of importance on the show.
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So I’m graduating college in less than a month. And yes, I am fully freaking out. Like, I don’t know what I’m doing afterward or what’s happening in the month between and I don’t want to leave my friends or my college town even, which I never thought I would say. It’s very scary and it feels like nothing is going right or making any sense, which I absolutely hate. I know things are going to work out, but right now things are really, seriously scary.
This leads me to why I’m writing this blog post. I’m really obsessed with self-care and the whole idea that focusing on yourself will help to ease some of the stress and pain. I don’t know how much it actually works, and maybe this will seem too much like my sad valentine’s day blog post, but I’m going to write about things that make me feel better when I’m especially stressed out. Like I’m pretty sure these next two weeks are going to be the worst of my life, so I will definitely be engaging in some self-care rituals. But!! I’m going to try and be hopeful about life and use my little self-care routines to really feel that calmness and happiness I’m looking for. And I’ll share it with the blog too.
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Well, we’ll see about this.
This is again, quite a late post to be talking about goals for 2019 since we are three months into it already. Yikes. And I don’t know how much of this is actually going to happen for me. But now there can then be an update on the blog at the end of this year to really determine how well I did on my goals.
These are just a few of the books I have been dying to read and for some reason, 2019, as I’ve decided, is going to be the year I read them. Here’s the list of them and hopefully by December I will have some great updates on this. Also, check out my Goodreads account to watch my progress on this, or lack thereof: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/44567691-morgan
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Probably should have posted this back in January, but oh well. Look it’s another book blog post! Back to the roots. Also, these aren’t like books published from 2018, but ones I read in 2018. They are definitely from a number of different time periods. I should though read a bunch of books published in a particular year and then write about it. I’ll look into it.
Anyways, I had a fairly successful reading year last year, which is great because for a while now, I’ve felt like I was fading as a reader, which truly was one of the saddest things I think I could ever deal with. Because I love reading. It’s magical. It’s beautiful. And it makes me so so happy.
I read a lot for my classes as an English major obviously, but being assigned readings does not mean I didn’t enjoy them. I took a YA fiction class last semester and loved it, like seriously loved it and I read a bunch of YA that I had been meaning to read and just never had the time to.
Which also, I would like to be a true defender of YA lit because I think it’s just as important as any other kind of literature—I really, really, really hate to see when people bash on it, because that fiction really made me who I am today. It’s so important to know how they affect teenagers who are reading them because they need someone on their side. I literally am going to write a whole thing in defense of YA. Maybe next month that will be a post. I’d also like to write YA someday honestly, I just want to be that writer that’s there for teenagers like myself. I think that’s pretty special.
So I think I’ll do a top 5 of my favorite books I read last year (in no particular order because there is no way I would be able to decide on that) and a little blurb about them and why I loved them and stuff. Also, I will link my Goodreads account at the end of the post so you can follow along as I read through my list! (also, send me recommendations, I love getting book recs!!):
This is a bit of a random post, but I really had an urge to write this piece. And I said I would post twice in a month, so here we are!! I’m excited to share this and I think that’s how I have to go about writing on the blog in the new year, you know, writing pieces that I’m excited about and what I feel inspired to write about. At some point, I’ll probably write a post about struggling with writing and my wishes for my future and all that, but I wanted to write a little fun piece about my favorite tv shows and how feminism and the supernatural play significant roles in the lives of these heroines and those who watch them.
As soon as I see a show with a strong female lead and a touch of the supernatural involved, I’m immediately invested. Buffy the Vampire Slayer has been a big part of my college life, and then there’s the new show The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina that’s quickly becoming important to me too, as I have been busy with my Netflixing because also, yes, I am still stuck in some sort of sadness. And Netflix binging helps. I think. Anyway, at first, I found Sabrina far more within the horror genre than the kind of silly scares of Buffy, and it is more scary I think, just because Buffy was so 90s and Sabrina is made in a time where graphics and everything can be that much more advanced and terrifying. But at the same time, there are elements that really remind me of Buffy within the show. Both are incredible in their own particular ways.
I’m really happy to be starting this new year. I think turning the page to a completely blank one (not the best metaphor in my opinion, but I’ll go with it) feels so refreshing and it’s good to get out of this old year and into the new one. It almost feels like slipping into a bed with freshly cleaned sheets. This is going to be a big year. A stressful year. But hopefully a year that will make me a better person and a happier one as well.
I want to be happy in 2019. That’s probably the main goal of this year. Oh, and to graduate. I guess that’s a good one too.
I mean, it’s definitely very important. Don’t worry, I’m going to graduate, I promise.
I’ve always loved notebooks. I have way too many started, yet never finished, notebooks in my closet, hidden away, awaiting me to find them and laugh, and cringe, at the stupidity of my problems and the strangeness of my ideas.
I buy notebooks from Amazon when I feel like “I really need that,” or “it’s been a rough week, a notebook would be a nice reward,” and I realize this is a major hoarding issue. I am working on it, but for now, with all my experience in notebooking, I thought I would share some of my favorite ways to use your notebooks. I have been trying to get more into writing down what I need to do and what I’m thinking and other things like that.
No, I’m not British. No, the Royal Wedding doesn’t really affect me in any way whatsoever. No, I really shouldn’t care that much about it.
But!! Come on!! I care too much about it.
You almost have to pay attention to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, now the Duchess of Sussex. They are truly a couple to care about. I know it might be ridiculous and it’s so excessive, but I just really love it.
I woke up early, like 6:45 a.m. because that’s around when the wedding started in America. I was tired and crying as soon as I turned the t.v. on. Just like seeing her car drive by as she was about to get married made me super emotional. Writing about it now, is making me teary. I decided to do a little live-tweeting for all the thousands of people interested in my life (lol jk i have like 65 followers on twitter).
And not just the fact that it was a royal wedding, and I’ve been in love with Prince Harry for years now. I mean years. But it was just so historic. Like here’s a non-royal, biracial, divorced, American woman marrying into this ridiculous, traditional royal family. It is so incredible and makes me really happy to be living in this time and to have witnessed something so magical.