Summer 2020 is…here.
Besides the weather and lack of school, I don’t know if I’ve ever had a summer that felt quite so un-summer like. The fact that we never went back to school after my spring break has resulted in the past few months feeling like an odd extension of summer, what with the free time and my sister living at home and me actually going outdoors to bike a lot. But, despite me feeling like it’s not summer, it is!
In honor of the months of vacation ahead of us, today’s post is a bucket list for the summer! This is a collab with both Annie and Lucy, of Zoelogist and Not All Who Sonder respectively. Annie and I did this collab last year too (and I find it pretty awesome that we’re making it a tradition), and this year we’re joined by Lucy, who just started her blog! I definitely think you should read both of their posts, and a special shoutout to Annie for organizing it all.
Due to the current state of the world, my list is pretty much composed of things I can do on my own, at my house! Things are opening up where I live, but social distancing is still encouraged and since I don’t really know what things will look like by the end of the summer, I’m making this list very at-home based. As an extra spin to make the post more entertaining, this list will also include commentary on each item from Annie and Lucy!
Without further ado- the bucket list!
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Us Potterheads are very obsessed with our Hogwarts Houses.
From my first time reading the series, when I thought I was definitely a Gryffindor just like Harry, to a few years ago when I decided I was a Ravenclaw, to taking the Pottermore test and realizing Hufflepuff is where my heart is, I’ve always loved having House pride and hearing what houses other readers were.
Nowadays that the stereotype of the Houses only being good, bad, smart, and kind have (I think? I hope?) been mostly abolished, it’s even more fun to do everything House-oriented. Buy merch! Put it in your bio! Create an aesthetic for your House! Shout it from the rooftops! And, most importantly, give book recommendations based on your House. 😉
Today I’m going to be sharing five book recommendations based on the Hufflepuff House (#puffpride) and I’m so excited to be posting this alongside three other bloggers I love and admire, Charis, Kelly, and Xandra. Kudos to Charis for putting this all together and finding Slytherin, Ravenclaw, Gryffindor, and Hufflepuff (that’s me) bloggers to share recommendations for their House!
I will be linking all the other posts at the end of this post so you can also go read a list of recommendations for each of the other Houses! I really hope you go read them and see all the incredible recommendations each blogger has brought to the table.
Before I get started, I just wanted to give a quick disclaimer that this is not the first time I’ve seen this post done! I think House-based recommendations are a fairly common topic, so if you’ve done this and I use some of the same books as you, that is definitely purely accidental and rest assured I don’t have a good enough memory to copy anyone’s post, like, ever. Some books are just so Hufflepuff-esque that I’m sure they show up on rec lists all the time.
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It’s so easy for me to only think negatively about school.
After all, at first glance, there’s a lot to complain about. Homework, studying, exams, a lack of free time- these are things I often find myself dreading these things and generally wishing they would fall into a black hole. Or a Vanishing Cabinet and end up far, far away. But today I’m focusing on the positive aspects of school!
I think it’s very important to go into things you’re feeling worried or stressed for with a positive outlook. At least in my experience, if I’m dreading something and I consistently think about or talk about the negative aspects of it, then I start to dread it even more. The only way for me to escape this vicious cycle is to be optimistic!
That’s why when Annie reached out to me and Abigail and asked us if we’d be interested in collabing with her to talk about the things we loved about school, I got so excited. Not only would I be able to work with fellow bloggers I admire, but I could spread some school-related positivity to myself and hopefully to others as well.
Each of us are talking on our blogs about things we love about school (we wrote all our lists independently, but there might be some overlap) and the posts came out in a sort of marathon, with both of them posting in the last two days.
Please make sure to go check out Annie’s post and Abigail’s post! They’re both such wonderful bloggers and people, and it was an honor to work with them on this. Also, Abigail made the graphic for us, and it’s amazing! And now, without further ado, let’s get into the things I love about school!
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A lot of my favorite things are in this post.
I love Harry Potter, I love collaborating with my fellow bloggers, and I love Lily from Sprinkles of Dreams! All of these are featured in today’s post, and I have to say, I’m incredibly excited and happy about it.✨
In this collab, Lily and I are giving you all book recommendations based on Harry Potter characters! Because yes, we’re obsessed. Lily is going to be guest posting in this post (I’m just here for the intro) about book recs for Hermione Granger and Luna Lovegood and on Lily’s blog, I gave recs for all the Marauders.
It was an honor to work with Lily on this collaboration! If you don’t know Lily, I highly recommend that you go visit her beautiful blog and get to know her. She has the sweetest, most welcoming, encouraging personality! We’ve bonded over so many things in the fairly short time we’ve known each other through the blogosphere, and I think everyone who knows her can also speak to her angelic, kind nature.
She’s a wonderfully bright light in the community, and I’m so happy to be able to collab with her. My hope is that I can introduce some people to her and her blog because they are both truly phenomenal!
Without further ado, I’m going to hand this over to Lily, and I’ll see you all at the end of this post. 😉
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If you know me, then you know I love making lists.
I’m constantly making lists, whether they’re in my head, on paper, or in my phone, and I make lists about pretty much everything. Sometimes the Type A in me really comes out. Despite lists being a part of my daily life, today’s post is something special, because it’s my summer bucket list!
This post is a collab with an amazing blogging friend of mine, Annie. Her blog is called Zoelogist, and if you haven’t already visited it, I highly recommend that you go read all of her posts right now. 😉 (Or at least read some of my favorites! Even though they’re all my favorites.) Annie is a wonderful human being and I’m lucky that we discovered each other’s blogs and we get to have long comment conversations together.
All of that to say- we’re doing a collab today! Basically, both of us are posting our own summer bucket lists today, and then to jazz things up, we also made comments on the other person’s list. So you’ll be hearing Annie’s thoughts as well as mine in this post!
Without further ado, because I’m too excited to keep carrying on in this introduction, cue the post.
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Authors are…well, they’re pretty amazing.
Without authors, we wouldn’t have books. We wouldn’t have characters to call our children, we wouldn’t have things to take pretty pictures of, and we wouldn’t be here at all, screaming about books with each other.
I know, it would be pretty horrible.
Today I’m so, so excited to be collaborating with the lovely Abby from When Words Fly in order to talk to you all about authors- specifically, risks we respect from authors. I’ll be sharing six on this post, and Abby will be talking about the other six on her post, so please go read hers and get to know her amazing self and blog while you’re at it. 😉
Now, without more rambling from me (there’ll be enough of that in this post), let’s get started!
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A major struggle of mine is balancing blogging and life.
I’m a student, dancer, family member, and friend. That already means I’m incredibly busy, and to add blogging on top of that? How do I find time to read. As I’ve continued blogging over the years, I’ve learned a few things about how to balance blogging and life. 😉
This post is a collaborations with Emily– it’s actually part of her blog tour (which I will be talking about more at the end of this post) so be sure to stick around and learn more about her blog later on.
And now, let’s get into the post!
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Classics are amazing.
But you know what’s even better than a classic? A review and buddy read of a classic with a fellow blogger. 😉 So if you couldn’t tell, I’m so excited for today’s post- a discussion of my thoughts about Emma, by Jane Austen.
I know classics aren’t for everyone, but I love them dearly. One of my all time favorites was Pride & Prejudice, and I made it one of my goals to read more books by Jane Austen soon- and I’m working towards that goal by reading Emma! Even if you’re not the biggest classic lover, maybe my review will be convince you to read it.
Let’s get into the post!
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As bookworms, we all face many struggles.
It’s not all hardcover books and ships sailing and five star reviews, that’s for sure. All bookworms have their fair share of struggles, and today Rose and I are going to be bringing ten of those to light. 😉
This post is a collab with the lovely Rose from A Purpose of Winged Dogs! She posts about books, writing, and more and is always up for a Taylor Swift reference. We’re definitely kindred spirits. Definitely check out her amazing blog and read her half of the post here! I’ll be talking about five of the struggles here, and she’s talking about the other five over on her blog.
I’m so happy to be collabing with Rose, and really excited to talk about some bookworm struggles with you all. Without further ado, let’s get started!
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Blogging is the best.
I think that’s something we can all agree on, since we’re all here reading blogs or writing them ourselves. 😉 Today I’ll be collabing with Anna from Anna Pastelle to bring you 10 ways to enjoy blogging and make it even better than it already is!
Anna and I have been wanting to do a collab for a while, so I’m really excited it’s finally here. Definitely make sure to check her lovely blog and to read her part of the post. I’ll be sharing 5 ways here, and she’s sharing the other 5 over on her blog.
Without further ado, let’s get started!
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