A Glance Back: April

Sunday, May 10, 2015
Two things that happened this month:
1. This was the month of research paper writing. In my whole collegiate career, I have never written as many papers in the span of a month as I had in April. I wrote six 8-14page papers this month. And now I'm EXHAUSTED!
2. But I will say that all of my papers were hella good! I got A's on all of them and there were two in particular that caught my professor's gaze. I wrote a paper over Fat Feminism as it pertains to The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson and Dumplin' by Julie Murphy. Then I wrote another one about rape-like situations seen through a feminist lens using The Winner's Curse by Marie Rutkoski, Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch, and Defy by Sara B. Larson. My prof told me that I should submit one to the Pop Culture Conference in Seattle come April next year, and she also said that both of those papers are some of the best academic writing she has ever read from a student. The compliments sent me over the moon with joy!

Top Books I Read this Month:
These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
Dumplin' by Julie Murphy
The Invasion of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

New Obsessions:
Fat Feminism. Most research papers I write revolve around Marxism or some form of Feminist theory, but before starting my YA class, I didn't realize that there was a theory called Fat Studies. While doing research for a paper I needed to write, I discovered this exceedingly interesting theory and it has completely changed my life. I love it in every way, and I think it's something that readers should be aware of. (Click the link, if you want to know more about the theory).

Month in a Photo:
So I have two roommates who are Indian, and one of them is getting married in September, and I told her I would love to wear a saree to her wedding. I think I'm a little obsessed with sarees now. Look at how pretty it is! Also, because this was the month of research papers, I had to add an obligatory picture of books.

3 things I'm looking forward to next month:
1. I have 2 weeks off starting today. 2 weeks full of reading whatever I want, doing some editing, and chilling out with my family. This semester has been exhausting, so to have this large break and not have to worry about working or anything, it's so nice!
2. Writing! It's been so long since I've worked on my own novels. I decided that this summer would be the time that I really begin working hard on my thesis. So I'm in the brainstorming process of some really good stuff, guys! Like I'm SUPER excited about it!
3. BEA! I actually haven't talked much about BEA because I've been so busy with school that I haven't even had enough time to plan at all. Yeah, I know... I am so behind on the planning, but luckily I have some great girls that I'm going with who will help me plan.

Books I Read this Month:

The Selection by Kiera Cass
The Elite by Kiera Cass
Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
Hidden Huntress by Danielle L. Jensen
The Mistake by Elle Kennedy
The Shattered Court by M. J. Scott
Invasion of the Tearling by Erika Johansen
Dumplin' by Julie Murphy
Forbidden by Kimberly Griffiths Little
These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
This Shattered World by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
Exquisite Captive by Heather Demetrios

My Favorite Quotes:
I hate seeing fat girls on TV or in movies, because the only way the world seems to be okay with putting a fat person on camera is if they're miserable with themselves or if they're the jolly best friend.
-Dumplin' by Julie Murphy
I don't like to think of my hips as a nuisance, but more of an asset. I mean, if this were, like, 1642, my wide birthing hips would be worth many cows or something.
-Dumplin' by Julie Murphy
But who names a starship the Icarus? What kind of man possess that much hubris, that he dares it to fall?
-These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
Weight appears to function in the same way that white often serves as a default race; that is, when the race of a character is not specifically delineated, white is assumed.
-"Pleasure, Pain, and the Power of Being Thin: Female Sexuality in Young Adult Literature" by Beth Younger
Books I Reviewed this Month:

The Winner's Crime by Marie Rutkoski
Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge
Confess by Colleen Hoover
Say What You Will by Cammie McGovern
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
Under the Egg by Laura Marx Fitzgerald
Slated by Teri Terry
The Witch Hunter by Virginia Boecker
Can't Look Away by Donna Cooner

What Happened on the Blog this Month:


  1. Nice job on your papers! I remember being a journalism and English major in college... that last end of the semester always kept me busy writing. I am glad you survived! :)

    I can't wait to read Dumplin and The Invasion of the Tearling.

    1. Thank you! Yeah, the end is always the hardest, but grad school is so much harder. I have never written so many papers in a one-month span before in my entire collegiate career. Dumplin' and Invasion were sooooo good!!!! I can't wait for you to read it!

  2. Woah, congrats on those intensely awesome marks! And YAY for so much encouragement from your professor. *parties quietly for you* SARIS ARE COOL. I once wore a traditional Thai outfit for an International church thingie and omg, it's very addictive to wear awesome international clothing. Ahhh SO glad you loved These Broken Stars! BEST. BOOK. EVER.

    1. THANK YOU! I was proud of my accomplishments concerning class. All that hard work paid off. Aren't they the most beautiful dresses?! It's so much fun to wear international clothes. And I totally loved These Broken Stars! The audiobook is amazing and I just fell in love with the story and with Tarver! Oh my heart!!! Tarver! :)


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