Saturday, June 30, 2012

Random Ramble: Summer (Rachel)

Summer is finally here, which makes me SO HAPPY! I am feeling ALL THE HAPPINESS. This means that I have survived one year of high school! (Only three more to go...which is TOO MANY...) And so I have time to read and write and sleep and blog and watch Youtube videos all day.


Anyway. So for the past few months, I've basically been under the impression that 2012 just started and it's still January. Weirdly enough, that is not the case! The year is half over...I think? Maybe? (Note: My math grade on my report card could have been a little better...) HALF OVER! That is CRAZY!

So far, 2012 has been a really great year, book-wise. I've been reading so many AMAZING books. According to Goodreads, I've read 57 books, and I don't believe I've rated any of them below three stars. It just seems like everything I've been reading lately is absolutely wonderful. YAY FOR GOOD BOOKS!

I was originally going to talk about my favorite books this year, maybe do a top ten, but then I looked at Goodreads and realized that there was absolutely no way I could narrow them down.

So I will just say this: The Fault in Our Stars is the best book I've read in 2012.

I love this cover so much! It's simple, but completely perfect. Also, the obnoxiously-bright blue makes it really easy to spot this book from the other end of the bookstore. :)
I think it's my favorite book ever. I've read it a whole bunch of times (maybe like, 6 or 7?) and listened to it on my Ipod too many times to count. (Side note: I totally bought the superspecial DFTBA Records limited edition audiobook thing that was narrated by John Green. It's the best thing ever.)

I am totally and completely in love with this book. I actually own three copies of it because of reasons. I highlighted all of my favorite quotes in one of the copies, which basically means I highlighted the entire book.

If I had to pick my second favorite book I've read this would be something like a twenty-way-tie. Because seriously, I've had the best half of a year EVER in books. So I'm not even going to try to make a list or anything.

Anyway, what else is somewhat interesting in my life? OH. So there's this thing that Megan (who is in Belize right now on vacation and making me feel so jealous!) and I have decided to do this summer. We're calling it Julowrimo. Basically, we're having our own version of NaNoWriMo, except in July. (NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month. The goal is to write a 50,000 word novel in the month of November). We participated in NaNoWriMo for the first time this past year, and it was crazy and fun and weird and terrible and insane and miserable. It really motivated us to write, so we figure that hopefully Julowrimo (a thing we totally made up) will do the same.

So...yeah, we'll see how that goes...

So far, my summer has been wonderful. I'm looking forward to reading a lot of new books, in addition to rereading some of my favorites. I'll definitely be rereading a ton of Sarah Dessen books, because she is my favorite author EVER and I love her books and a lot of them take place during summer so they're perfect. (Also...I met Sarah Dessen last year and it was one of the best days of my entire life. She has been my writing hero for several years and she's the reason I want to be a writer. It was so surreal to actually be meeting her. I was totally FREAKING OUT.)

I know this post is kind of pointless, but I just wanted to put some of my brain vomit on the internet for everyone to see. If you actually read all of this, thank you very much. You're my new best friend (sorry Megan). 



  1. Hey--I know how you feel (teachers love summer too. Not that I don't love my job and my students. But I also love sleeping in and sitting around with my cat on me.) I like the idea of Julowrimo--I'm going to try to mix writing with keeping up with my Goodreads challenge with an email book club I'm doing with my students. Enjoy your summer!

    1. Thanks! I hope you enjoy your summer, too. :)