I have been social-distancing for the last month and have only left my house once excluding neighborhood walks with my family. MANY of my days have consisted of binge-watching random shows on Netflix or favorite childhood films on Disney+. If you have any movie or show recommendations, please share them in the comments. However, I have had a few semi-productive days, so I thought I might as well share what I’ve been up to!
About once a week, when the sun is out and I feel motivated, I take batches of pictures for Instagram. Feel free to follow my bookish account @sldreads for more frequent content!
Since I have been stuck at home, I have really gotten back into hand-writing mail for people. I bought a set of 100 Disney Princess Collectible Postcards and have been sending those along with some lovely animal stationary I was given for Valentine’s Day. This isn’t sponsored, but I linked the postcard set below if you want to start sending mail to friends and family. Unfortunately, I could not find a link to the animal stationary.
Although my school district is closed for the rest of the year and teachers can no longer grade, I am still studying for AP exams in May! Calculus is one of my weaker subjects, so I’ve been trying to get in as many practice problems as possible.
If it’s not raining, I’ll take my adorable golden doodle Teddy outside for a stroll. He has definitely made quarantine easier!
Again, nothing in this post is sponsored (I don’t even know if anyone reads my blog haha), but my little sister and I have been playing Disney Villainous A TON while in quarantine. In fact, I may have spent my Christmas money on all of the expansion packs (oops).
Disney Villainous is a strategy-based game where you work to help your villain achieve their goals while thwarting your opponents (other villains). There are 15 villains total (6 in the original game plus 3 in each expansion pack). My personal favorites to play with are Mother Gothel and Jafar although Maleficent is also super fun!
In between walks with my dog and rounds of Villainous, I have been doing LOTS of reading. I know a lot of people have had trouble concentrating on books with everything going on, but it has actually really helped me to cope with stress over the last few weeks.
I am currently rereading Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery. It was one of my childhood favorites, and I am enjoying it just as much now as I did then. It is such a lovely comfort read, and I plan on starting Anne With An E on Netflix as soon as I finish the book!
To wind down at night, I either rewatch a favorite Disney movie or read some sort of YA or fantasy book. Since the start of quarantine, I have rewatched lots of Disney films including:
One of my favorite before-bed reads was Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo. I know I am super late to the game but I am so glad I finally read this book. It was wonderful, and I cannot wait to get my hands on the other books in the trilogy.
I hope you all are healthy and well during this pandemic. In the comments, please tell me about any good TV shows or movies you have discovered. I am always looking for something new to watch!
Quick life update
Before I dive into #ClassicsCommunity content, I just wanted to provide you all with a brief update on how things are going in my life. I have been out of school for about a month due to COVID-19. My academic year has come to a close with the exception of dual-enrollment classes that I take through a community college. I will take a few AP exams in May, but other than that I am officially done with high school which is absolutely insane. I have chosen a college to attend (hopefully next fall) and plan on studying English and Psychology. I am, however, incredibly indecisive, so my field of study is subject to change.
I know everyone has been dealing with the stress of this ordeal differently. I am really lucky that my parents are still able to work and that I have plenty of food and essentials. Reading has played a major role in helping me cope with stress, so I’ve been plowing through a good number of books. I actually have been rereading many old favorites as a way to relax including the Percy Jackson and Shadowhunters series.
I hope you all are well during these unprecedented times. You have probably heard this a lot lately, but hang in there. This won’t last forever.
It’s been a while since I’ve posted on here due to the utter insanity that was my junior year of high school. Between the SAT and AP exams, I had absolutely no time to write posts or take pictures. Luckily, my academic year is wrapping up, so I decided to take a few minutes to provide this community with information and tips regarding a topic of importance to me: our planet.
I am not an environmentalist or scientist, so if you want to learn about how human activity harms the earth, I recommend doing a quick Google search. Lately, I have seen countless posts regarding global warming and climate change, and I just wanted to reach out to you all to let you know that we as book nerds can do things in our lives to help combat the consequences of climate change. If you have any additional ideas about how members of the bookish community can help protect our planet, please share them in the comments!
I decided to read Six of Crows after hearing countless bloggers and readers obsess about it. To be honest, the premise did not initially appeal to me that much, but after reading it I can safely say Six of Crows is one of the best books I have read in 2018! I am so glad that I decided to give it a try. Hopefully, my review convinces you to read this amazing book!
For some reason, last night I was in the mood for a mystery, so I browsed through my library's ebook collection and came across this book. I decided to give it a try and I am so glad I did! You'll hear a more in-depth explanation below, but let me just say that this book is well worth your time!
My school year finally came to an end, so I thought I should recap what I have read in English class this year! I was in a sophomore English class with a focus on world history (sophomores take world history from 1500-today), so these books cover a bunch of fascinating perspectives. Have you read any of these in school or for leisure? Let me know in the comments!
The Librarian of Auschwitz by Antonio Iturbe tells the story of Dita Kraus, a young girl imprisoned in Auschwitz during the Holocaust. She bravely takes on the role of Librarian for the family camp’s school, transporting books between teachers and concealing them from the SS. The book explores her emotional journey and how she remains strong during such a dark and trying time. The Librarian of Auschwitz is based upon the real-life experiences of Dita Kraus and other characters in the novel.
To be entirely honest, I had never heard of 102 Minutes by Jim Dwyer and Kevin Flynn before it was assigned to my 10th grade english class. When I saw the cover, I immediately understood what the book was about, and I prepared myself for an emotional, heartbreaking, and informative journey.
102 Minutes is a thoroughly researched account of what happened in the Twin Towers on 9/11. The authors examine the decisions made while the towers were constructed, the involvement of firefighters and police, and the confusion and chaos of that devastating day.
The book was a difficult read. Luckily for me, it was broken up as my teacher assigned only 1-2 chapters per night. The authors describe horrific, terrible things I never could have imagined. I was not alive for 9/11, so my inferences about the event were distant and lacking detail.
In case you didn’t notice, I kind of took a massive hiatus from mid-October until now. I have missed the book community so much, but there have been so many exciting things happening in my life. I am thrilled to be back after such a long break!
I thought I would get started by letting you all know about an awesome GIVEAWAY going on right now! Over at Elle Blair’s blog, you have the chance to win an ARC of Whale in a Fishbowl by Troy Howell! This beautiful picture book is available for purchase on May 22, but you have the chance to get your hands on it early! I have had the honor of meeting Troy, and I am so excited to have the chance to promote this fantastic book! If you are interested in learning more about his work, check out his website!
Isn’t this cover stunning? I’m obsessed!
What a great week for reading! Today I am linking up with Kimberly @TheCaffeinatedBookReviewer for another round of the Sunday Post! I skipped last week because I only had one new post and my reading was slow, but I am back and better than ever!
Hello, My name is Sydney and I enjoy reading books and watching Disney movies. My reading tastes vary, but I often find myself drawn to classic literature and fantasy. I live in the US and will start studying English literature at university next fall. On this blog, I will discuss my love for books and other fun tidbits. Enjoy!