Life update: Fall grades, spring semester, and summer jobs

Hi everyone! So it’s been a while since my last life update and my life has been pretty crazy to say the least.

Last Friday, we got back our fall grades and I am fairly happy with mine. They’re not super amazing, but given my circumstances (basically: my grandfather’s funeral was literally 2 days before my finals and I was a total mess because of it and law school grades are pretty much all based on your final exam), I think I did pretty well. It’s relief finally having them after waiting for so long.

I am entering week 3 of spring semester and so far it has been good. This is mainly because the undergrads don’t start school yet so campus is so quiet and parking is super easy to find. I’m also loving the fact that my writing class is now in the afternoons on Tuesdays (instead of in the mornings like last semester), which means that I get to sleep in!

Lastly, I’m currently applying to summer jobs. It is customary for law students to work during the summer to gain practical law experience. When I first started law school, I originally wanted to find a summer job in down here in SoCal, but lately, given my turbulent finals experience, I want to go back to the Bay Area for work. So far I have applied to 7 jobs, all of which are companies, not law firms. I really like the idea of working in-house so I am hoping to get an internship at a company.

So that has been my life in a nutshell. How have you been?

xoxo,

P.S. If anyone wants to help out a broke law student and buy me a coffee, I would appreciate it!

Review: Unopened

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Rating: ★★★★

I received this book for free from JKS Communications in exchange for an honest review. 

This was interesting poetry collection. It’s different than the type of poetry I usually read (I usually read more of the Instagram poet type), but I still enjoyed it. I liked that, unlike a lot of Instagram poems, some the poems were longer (more than a page long). I like it when poems are a bit longer because it allows you to go more in-depth. There was a good mix of both short and longer poems. 

I liked how the book was divided into three sections. All the poems fit well into the section they were in and I could tell the themes (family, nature, music, etc.) of each section without it being overly obvious. It was subtle which is sometimes very hard to do.

Additionally, I loved the story behind the cover. It added a really nice personal touch. 

My one critique is that the book should have been longer. I would have loved to seen at least 20 more poems to really make it more impactful and feel more complete. I felt like I got a small taste of his poetry, but I wanted more. 

Overall, this was an enjoyable and unique poetry collection. 

Review: We Hope for Better Things

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Rating: ★★★★

I received this book for free from the publisher (Revell Reads) in exchange for an honest review. 

This was an insightful historical novel about three generations of women from Detroit. It takes place during the civil war, the Detroit riots, and present day. 

Out of the three stories, I found Mary’s (the civil war one) to be the most compelling and interesting. The present day storyline was probably the weakest just because there wasn’t anything super exciting going on and it was more focused on discovering what happened in the past. 

I liked how the three stories intersected and connected. The events were woven together nicely and I liked how the secrets slowly unraveled. I also liked that it took place in Detroit and talked about the riots because that isn’t a topic that is often discussed. 

I also appreciated that the author included a note at the end of the book discussing that any shortcomings or pitfalls are her own fault and acknowledging the fact that she is a white woman writing about people of color. I love that level of awareness and am always happy to see authors admit that. 

The thing that prevented me from giving it 5 stars, was that it took me a while to connect with the story and characters. It wasn’t until I was near the end that I felt that emotional connection with them. 

Overall, I enjoyed this look into the past and found this to be a wonderful debut book. 

Review: Snowed in with the Cowboy (Gold Valley #3.5)

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Rating: ★★★

This story was included at the end of A Tall, Dark Cowboy Christmas (which I received for free from Harlequin as part of their Bookstagram Christmas mailing). 

Since this was a novella, it was pretty short and that was my main issue with it. The whole romance happened at lightning speed so it felt rushed. This would have been better as an actual novel so that the feelings and emotions could develop more fully.

I was also not the biggest fan of the step-sibling trope. It felt a little weird, given the fact that I didn’t know much about the characters (I never read any of the previous novellas). As I mentioned, the romance happened fast so that made the step-sibling trope even weirder. I do have to say, Chloe and Tanner do make a nice couple minus the step sibling thing. 

But for what it was, it wasn’t that bad. It’s a quick holiday romance that’s short and sweet with a little bit of holiday spice. 

Review: A Tall, Dark Cowboy Christmas (Gold Valley #4)

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Rating: ★★★★

I received this book for free from the publisher (Harlequin) as part of their Bookstagram Christmas mailing.

This was my first time reading Maisey Yates and I throughly enjoyed it. I obviously haven’t read any of the other books in this series, but that did not hinder my reading experience. I was able to read this as a standalone with no problems. 

I loved Grant. He was a tall, dark cowboy with a tragic past. So swoon worthy. 

Plot-wise, the storyline was pretty good. It was well paced and the romance happened at just the right speed. However, Grant being a virgin was a bit unbelievable and kind of threw me for a loop. 

I loved the wintery Christmas spirit that the book had. I could just picture Gold Valley all decorated for Christmas. Also, McKenna’s search for a family and Grant overcoming his grief fit in perfectly with the holiday theme. 

The one thing that I didn’t like was that there was too much inner dialogue that didn’t really do much of anything. It got repetitive after a while. It felt excessive and could have been cut down significantly. 

Overall, I enjoyed this Christmas themed cowboy romance!

Note: This book also contains the novella, Snowed in with the Cowboy, which I will be reviewing separately. 

Bookish must have: Disney’s Belle book mug

Yesterday I was perusing the Internet and found a new mug that Disney released. It’s called Belle Books Mug and OMG it is beautiful! It’s a mug that looks like a stack of books.

Amazing, isn’t it? Here’s the link to it if you want to check it out and maybe buy it. I know I’ll probably end up buying it at some point. It would look perfect on my shelf next to my Chip mug.

I made a “virtual” TBR jar

Initially, to start off 2019, I was going to make an actual TBR jar. If you don’t know what that is, it’s a jar where you put down all the names of your unread books and randomly pick one to read. I realized this would take a lot of time to make. From cutting up the paper to writing the names down, I just don’t have the time to do that since I start school on Monday. So instead I made a “virtual” one, which is a spreadsheet. It was so quick and I love that I know the exact number of unread books on my shelves (it currently stands at 87). To select a book, I’m just going to use a random number generator. It’s not as pretty as a jar would be, but it sure is practical.

A glimpse at my virtual jar

I’m so excited to have created this. I may even edit it later on to add more information like the date I received a book. I think it will be fun to see how this goes this year. Since I read multiple books at a time, my plan is to have one of my currently readings come from this jar.

Have you ever made a TBR jar? How did it go? Let me know in the comments!

xoxo,