Take 2: Restarting the Blog

Well everyone, it’s been a hot sec. This blog really fell by the wayside, and I’m sorry for that (except for the fact that I’m not really because I just got way too busy.) But there’s nothing like a global pandemic, a post-graduation existential crisis, and a lack of a summer job to make you get back to blogging! I have no idea what this will become in the future or even the coming weeks, but I do know that, at least right now, kinda miss writing, so here we are. Let’s just start with a little life update. 

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Reading and Real Life: When a Book Teaches You Just What You Need

I mentioned it when I did my May wrap-up, but one of the main reasons I picked up Lynne Cox’s memoir, Swimming to Antarctica, was because I was preparing to do my first open water swim in the coming weeks. Memoirs about swimming are just generally interesting to me since I am a competitive swimmer myself, but I thought this book would give me a different perspective than I was used to. I read it in early June, a solid week and half before I did my open water race.

I’ve been a pool swimmer for 12 years now, which is over half my life; being a swimmer is about 60% of my personal identity. However, it’s important to note that swimming in a pool and swimming in open water (lake, ocean, bay, etc.) are two completely different ball games. Add in the additional factors of sighting (ie, picking your head out of the water to see where you’re going), water temperature, currents, wildlife, out of water starts, and large groups of swimmers trying to get to the same place, and open water really becomes a madhouse. I’ve only ever done one open water swim before, and it was a far more informal experience, as well as significantly shorter. There were a lot of things to be nervous about. I am lucky enough that one of my teammates’ mom is a veteran open water swimmer and I was able to talk to her beforehand, but I needed a far more impersonal account to really help me get over what I was scared of.

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ASIDES: A Semester in Review

Hello all! Happy Tuesday! I’m coming at you today with something a little different, because today is one of the most bittersweet days of the year for me. As I write this, my walls are bare of posters and photos, and my floor is covered in bags and boxes filled with everything I’ve used for the past 8 months. When this goes up, I’ll have finished my second year of college and headed home for the summer. I am more than excited to be home (read: see my dog), but I really do not want to leave all of my friends here at school. Still, it’s not like I have much of a choice, and besides, 3 months of no classes means plenty of time to read. Anyway, I wanted to give a quick overview of how my semester went. 

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Hello all! Welcome to Post #1! My name is Abigail, but you can just call me Gail. I decided I would start a book blog because I fell in love with bookstagram and thought I would broaden my horizons. I really wanted to have my own space that was focused more on my thoughts and words, rather than just my pictures. This is by no means replacing my bookstagram, but adding another dimension to it.

A little more about me: I’m a 19-year-old English literature, environmental studies, and music student in Ohio. When I’m not drowning in classwork, I’m trying not to drown literally, as I’m also a competitive swimmer. And on top of that, I read too much for fun (which sometimes means not enough for class). I’m trying to do more creative writing, which hasn’t been going too well, but I’m hoping this will encourage me to write more regularly, even if it isn’t fiction. I love young adult novels, especially science-fiction and fantasy. I do delve into contemporary and historical fiction, but that’s not really where my heart is.

You may be asking yourself: what can I expect from this blog? That’s a good question that I won’t attempt to answer in its entirety. I do know I will have three types of posts: Reviews, Musings, and Asides. Reviews will be book reviews, Musings will be my thoughts on various aspects of reading and writing culture, and Asides will be things like personal anecdotes, experiences, and hobbies that don’t directly relate to books. As time goes on, I may add more types of posts or venture outside of those a bit. My plan is to post about every four days, on an alternating schedule with my bookstagram posts, which also run every four days. This may not start off regularly, as I’m in the thick of my semester, but I wanted to get this off the ground now, rather than sitting on it and then never actually starting a blog.

I think that’s it for now. You can click the “Media” link if you want to see my Instagram, Good Reads, or Pinterest and give those a follow. If you have any questions, please feel free to comment or drop me a line in my email or Instagram! Have a wonderful day!

Keep reading,

A. A.




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