Gearing up for 3L

Gearing up for 3L

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I start my 3L year of law school tomorrow. As I type that, it feels so weird because I feel like I just started school. Still, at the same time, I also feel like I’ve been in law school for much longer than 2 years. Law school has been a myriad of emotions and experiences, and while I remember many things fondly, I’m excited to enter the final stretch. Continue reading “Gearing up for 3L”

The Summer Wives by Beatriz Williams

The Summer Wives by Beatriz Williams

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My second choice for Book of the Month for July was The Summer Wives by Beatriz Williams. This is also the third book of four for my August to-be-read. I’d heard really great things about this read, and after loving The Lost Vintage, I wanted to read more historical fiction. This book takes place in three different years: 1930, 1951, and 1969. All great years! It also takes place on a small island off the east coast and it felt like the perfect summer read. Continue reading “The Summer Wives by Beatriz Williams”

Glossier Products I’m Loving

Glossier Products I’m Loving

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A goal for myself this year is to try to embrace simplicity. I try to streamline the time I spend on things that aren’t really filling me up and spend more time doing the things that do fill me up. One thing I’m trying to also embrace is my natural self. This means I’m trying to wear less makeup and go for a more “natural” look most days. One method through which I’m implementing this change is by buying more Glossier makeup because the brand’s motto is “skin first, makeup second.” Since moving to Virginia two years ago, my skin has undergone some changes for the worse. My skin is so much drier than it’s ever been and I’m hoping that wearing less makeup most days will help keep my skin moisturized. Continue reading “Glossier Products I’m Loving”

The Late Bloomer’s Club by Louise Miller

The Late Bloomer’s Club by Louise Miller

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I recently got a notification from Goodreads that I met my year-long reading goal, which was to read 12 books. So far this summer, I’ve read nine books. That’s more than I’ve ever read during summer and more than I’ve read for fun in a long time. When I realized Louise Miller had a new book coming out so soon after her first book, I was so excited. I read The City Baker’s Guide to Country Living last December and fell in love with it. I loved Guthrie, Vermont, the cast of characters, and the writing. It felt cozy and warm and happy. Continue reading “The Late Bloomer’s Club by Louise Miller”

Ghosted by Rosie Walsh

Ghosted by Rosie Walsh

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I recently finished my first August book, which was Ghosted by Rosie Walsh. I’d heard really great things about this book, and loved the episode of “No Thanks We’re Booked” where Katie and Mollie interviewed Walsh. I recently joined Book of the Month club, and I’m so excited. I wanted to join for roughly a year and I never thought I’d be able to read enough to justify the subscription, but after reading so much this summer, I want to make reading for fun a bigger part of my daily life. If that means waking up a bit earlier, so be it. I decided to sign up when there was a special where you got a bonus credit, so I got two books for the price of the subscription. I also love that you can skip months (which is partially why I ended up going with this subscription). Anyway, Ghosted was my pick and The Summer Wives was my bonus book. Continue reading “Ghosted by Rosie Walsh”

August TBR

August TBR

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I am so excited to announce my August TBR. Honestly, reading so much this summer has reminded me how much I revel in a good story, how excited I get when I read the last paragraph of a book I loved, and how fulfilling reading stories can be. As an English major, reading became sort of rote. I did the reading, took the notes, participated in the discussion, and moved on. But after two years of law school, reading just to read and enjoy a good story feels so right. Continue reading “August TBR”

Reflecting on 23 and Hopes for 24

Reflecting on 23 and Hopes for 24

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I’m saying goodbye to my 23rd year and hello to 24! I feel like my 23rd year was my fastest year yet. I blinked and it was over. With law school, job searches, working in D.C., and traveling home to California, it was over so quickly. So, what can I say about 23? It was an odd one, honestly. BUT, I had some incredible experiences. I had my D.C. summer, which really was my first truly independent experience. I came to love my body more and focus more on myself. I struggled with law school, but I solidified friendships and banished some negativity from my life. I think going into 24 I feel more like an adult and while I struggled a lot over the last two years, I’m finally gaining some clarity and trying to put my best foot forward. Continue reading “Reflecting on 23 and Hopes for 24”

Euphoria by Lily King

Euphoria by Lily King

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For the first time all summer, I’m actually ahead on my to-be-read! I just finished up Euphoria and I’m glad I read it. It’s a good book with insightful passages and honestly, a book I probably wouldn’t normally read. I like to challenge myself with narratives outside my norm. I think having no TV helps me push through a book I’m hesitant about. I knew I was having reservations about this story when I started it, so I pushed through the first fifty pages pretty quickly. I’m glad I did because it ended up being a worthwhile read. Continue reading “Euphoria by Lily King”

My Experience with Soul Cycle (aka a love letter)

My Experience with Soul Cycle (aka a love letter)

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I’m sad this post is going live simply because it means my time of going to Soul Cycle (regularly) is coming to an end. I haven’t been someone who enjoys working out. It’s a struggle to get to the gym and while, once I”m there, I enjoy it, I’m not the gym rat some people are. But when I got to D.C. this summer I decided to give Soul Cycle a try. I’d seen people raving about it all over social media for a long time, and I was curious to see what all the hype was about. Just to be clear: a few years ago the idea of group fitness would have given me way too much anxiety and I never would have gone. But, over the last few years, I’ve gotten more confident and working out in a gym regularly has made me get over the gym anxiety. Continue reading “My Experience with Soul Cycle (aka a love letter)”

A Podcast: No Thanks We’re Booked

A Podcast: No Thanks We’re Booked

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Today I wanted to share a podcast I’m currently listening to with all of you. I recently shared Bad on Paper (name changed from Young Adulting after a trademark infringement claim), which I’m still loving. I love a good book-ish podcast, and I recently discovered No Thanks We’re Booked, a podcast from YouTubers Mollie (@molliereads) and Katie (@lifebetweenwords). This podcast is ultra book-focused, and I’m thoroughly enjoying it! I really enjoy both Mollie and Katie’s YouTube channels and their podcast is even better. They’re great friends, who met through YouTube, and they discuss everything book-ish for an hour. Whether it’s reading ruts, internet friends, favorite books, mid-year favorites, mood reading, etc. they got it covered. They are funny, insightful, and caring and it feels like you’re suddenly part of a book club with really great people. If you’re looking for a new podcast and are a book lover like me, this one is for you!

Truly,
Callie Leigh