Summer 2012 Recap

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Summer break is nearly over and soon I'll be returning to school. As a summary of the summary, here are the things I learned:

1. Time Management

It's key. Really. Life functions on good time mangement. It was a hective summer, balancing summer work for school, personal summer work (I won't delve into the details. Maybe later?), the blog (nearly 5 posts a week) and other things.

Good thing Blogger and other programs have time management tools or else I don't know what I'd do.

2. There's a little truth to High School Musical 2

Never thought I'd say that but... It's true. Granted, my summer didn't involve dancing and singing 20-something-year-olds pretending to be 17-year old high school seniors, but that bittersweet feeling of leaving is there. The last summer. The number of summer breaks dwindle down and soon I'll have none.

3. Art is so tiring sometimes. 

I love art, I really do, but sometimes it tires me out. The constant need for innovation. I'm really hard on myself when it comes to art and sometimes I just want to scream and tear the whole thing apart.

4. Rice tastes really good.
Rice is so helpful cutting down the greasy feeling after eating fried foods. I'm not kidding on that one. Brown rice is very boring though.

Oh yeah, I'm feeling a weird combination of anticipation and annoyance towards the new school year. Yeah.

Since this is a book review blog too, here are my Top 5 Summer Lists.

Top 5 YA books I Liked and Reviewed This Summer: 

1. Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone. (Beautiful writing.)

Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone

2. Seraphina

Seraphina by Rachel Hartman
3. My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece

My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece

3. Daughter of Smoke and Bone (I actually read this last year, but reviewed it over the summer.)

Daughter of Smoke and Bone

5. Saving June 

Saving June by Hannah Harrington

Top 5 Adult Books I liked and Reviewed This Summer

1. Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami

2. A Hundred Flowers by Gail Tsukiyama 
A Hundred Flowers by Gail Tsukiyama

3. The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka 

Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka

4. Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro (Read this two years ago, but reviewed it this summer.)

Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

5. The Kissing List by Stephanie Reents (Despite its title, it's not a chick-lit novel. I reviewed it in May, which is close enough to the summer... Interestingly enough, my review of it was chosen as Paperblog's Editor's Pick and the publisher ended up tweeting about it...)

The Kissing List by Stephanie Reents

That's it. Summer's drawing to a close and I find myself completely backlogged by life. 


  1. Joie @ Joie de LireSeptember 6, 2012 at 6:14 PM

    Oh yes, when I got back to school recently I learned that managing my blog and staying on top of homework takes major time management skills...... sigh. I REALLY should work on not being such a procrastinator xp
    Great summer book choices, though! I LOVED Saving June. Are you going to read Hannah Harrington's second novel, Speechless?

  2. Yes! I've apparently (time flies) been blogging for 4 years but I still haven't mastered time management yet!

    Hopefully, I can, if I can get my hands on a copy of it! :D


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