(Hope you don't mind seeing photos that I actually took three summers ago. XD)
Heyyyy so guess what time of year it is? If you said springtime...you're technically correct. But where I live (aka the Most Humid Place on Earth), summer is basically here. Forever.
Because yes, our summer weather lasts 9 months of the year basically. :P
Most importantly, however, SCHOOL IS OUT! I finished my college classes and have been loving this break from school. For the most part, that is...I still have things I'm doing over the summer which Aren't My Favorite. Buuuut it's much better than being a full-time student, I'll give you that. ;)
This week, I decided to share with you what I've been doing/will be doing lately, in addition to my summer TBR. IT'S GOING TO BE FUUUUN.
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Guys, you know how long it's been since I watched a movie? I haven't seen one since January. That's right--almost FOUR months. o.o Wellll...it looks like I'll be making up for that this summer because I've already seen five movies. #oops
+ Balto. I haven't seen this in about six or seven years. OH MY HEART, it's such a sweet movie. <3
+ The Parent Trap (1961). Another childhood favorite. It's just a fun summer movie. ^_^
+ Star Wars Episodes 4-6. Because duh, Star Wars. It was Star Wars Day a week ago so we ended up having a movie marathon over the weekend.
+ I've written almost 10k so far this month, which is a lot less than I hoped, to be honest. It's been so much harder to write the past week. I DON'T EVEN KNOW WHY. I guess I might have burned myself out the last two weeks of April when I wrote 46k? (That would make sense actually. XD) I'm not sure if I'll be able to finish this novel by the end of the month, but I plan to keep trying.
+ I wrote my first poem in a month or so. You can read it here. ;)
+ STARBUCKS FRAPPUCCINOS. Yesssss! This whole half-price frappuccino event is the best! I can't stand coffee (sorry!), but the coffee-free ones are so good. I especially love the strawberry one. 😍
+ Ice creammmm. I promise I'm not a super unhealthy person, guys. XD But when summer break arrives, how can you not eat ice cream??
+ My summer playlist. I just started it a couple weeks ago so it doesn't have much on it. Hopefully that will change as the summer progresses.
+ Unspoken. *screams* Okay, this might be one of my new favorite music groups. I seriously looooove their album Follow Through. I've listened to the first three songs so. many. times.
+ Owl City. To me, his music just screams summer. Fireflies, Back Home, Strawberry Avalanche..all the fun summer tunes that make me happy. ^_^
+ The Ryn by Serena Chase. Um...I'm kind of bored so far with this one? I'm about 230 pages through the MASSIVE 500+ PAGE TOME and still nothing has happened that makes me want to keep reading. :P Ah well. I'll probably finish it anyway just to see if it gets better.
+ The Butterfly and the Violin by Kristy Cambron. I just started this one last night and ohhhh my. It's already so good! I have the feeling I'll really get punched in the feels, though. *coughs*
+ Fulfilled. Last week, I had one of the best weeks in a LONG time. I got to write, read, express myself artistically, watch movies with my family, and just have a very very very productive, enjoyable week. I'm trying to make the most of this summer, more than I have in the past. That means less time on the internet and more time doing creative things like art and music and writing.
+ Happy. No kidding, right? I might seem happy all the time, but ha, not really. I try to keep a positive outlook, but it's harder to be happy when I'm stressed over schoolwork. ;) So having this time to really recharge and relax has been a huge blessing. God knew exactly when I needed this.
+ Nervous. I have a recital tomorrow (*panics*), and I've been a little overwhelmed with all the uncertainty regarding the future. It's so hard to make decisions about college/work/careers so yeahhhh. I'm just trying to remember that God's in control. What happens is all in His plan.
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Because summer TBRs are always conquered. #notreally XD As you can tell by last year's summer TBR, I'm not the best at reading all the books I plan to. But hey, I can dream, can't I?
Black // Ted Dekker
I have been meaning to read his books for ages, so it's about time I tried them out. I just got this from the library and I'm SO excited to read it!
Counted With the Stars // Connilyn Cossette
Just got this from the library, too, and I'm drooling over the beautiful cover. <3
The One True Love of Alice-Ann // Eva Marie Everson
This looks like such a sweet story. It takes place during WWII, so yep, it's historical fiction. Turns out, some of my favorite books this year have actually been his fic.
Prophet // R.J. Larson
A lot of my friends seemed to love this book, and I already have it on my Kindle. Gotta say, biblical-inspired fantasy isn't my first choice, but I'm willing to try it out.
Emissary // Thomas Locke
Hehe...yep, this was on my TBR last summer. I purchased it for only a dollar or two recently and GOODNESS that cover. *faints from the beauty* I actually haven't been reading a ton of fantasy lately (yes, you read that right), mostly because the few I've read have been Less Than Amazing. :P Hopefully I'll get around to reading this one, though.
The Returning // Rachelle Dekker
Okay, the first two books in this serious? PHENOMENAL. I need the third book right. this. second.
The Magnolia Story // Chip and Joanna Gaines
I rarely read nonfiction, but this book looks so sweet! I've heard lots of good things about it from my buddies on Goodreads. ;)
The Voyage to Magical North // Claire Fayers
A middle-grade novel with pirates, magic, and a hilarious blurb? COUNT ME IN.
Castle in the Air // Diana Wynne Jones
BECAUSE YES THE FIRST BOOK WAS AMAZING. I need more Jones books. <3
A Spy's Devotion // Melanie Dickerson
I've owned this book for a while but just haven't gotten around to reading it. I generally like Melanie Dickerson's books quite a bit when I need a light read. ^_^
The Mysterious Benedict Society // Trenton Lee Stewart
Yes yes and yes. I started this back in November--which was a bad idea because NaNo--and I'm hoping to actually read the glorious thing soon.
The Two Towers // J.R.R. Tolkien
I liked FOTR okay (though it was *hides* a little boring), and I'm going to try the sequel soon-ish. Because I'm trying, really trying to get through this series. I love the movies, love The Hobbit book, but the LotR books? So far, they aren't clicking with me. We shall see.
Sense and Sensibility // Jane Austen
Because Jane Austen. Need I say more? ;)
A Tale of Two Cities // Charles Dickens
Another classic, yay me! ;) I will hopefully read at least a few classics over the summer, including this one.
Not By Sight // Kate Breslin
More historical! It was a good deal at Half Price Books so I picked it up. Plus, a few of my friends have read and enjoyed it.
The Blue Umbrella // Mike Mason
I randomly stumbled across this book the other day, and it looks SO QUIRKY. Hello yes, quirky reads are my faaaaave.
Masters and Slayers // Bryan Davis
This is probably my favorite Davis book, believe it or not. It's been a couple years since I've read it, and I hope to remedy that soon.
Paper Crowns // Mirriam Neal
I LOVE THIS BOOK SO MUCH. It's the perfect summer, winter, fall, or spring read. Yep, read it every season of the year, folks. It's GOOD.
The Penderwicks // Jeanne Birdsall
This is the epitome of summer happiness. I finished the series last month and feel myself needing another dose of Penderwicks during the summer.
The Hobbit // J.R.R. Tolkien
My favorite classic ever. I ADORE THIS BOOK. *melts with happiness*
Chasing Jupiter // Rachel Coker
Gahhhhh, this book. It's one of the best books I've ever read. I plan on rereading it again even though I just read it a few months ago, partly because it's a perfect summer read and partly because it's just so feelsy and perfect. <3
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Of course, chances are, I'll read a lot of completely different books this summer. I don't want to feel confined to this list, that's for sure. *nods*