Just Keep Swimming

Hi, guys! If you haven’t already noticed by the title, I decided to post something a little different than what I normally do. I’ve been doing a lot of writing in the past few months, and I figured it was a good idea to post some of it to get, so you’ll probably see a lot of posts in the near future that deal with a similar concept as the following writing snippet. Anyway, I hope you enjoy!


It was a windy afternoon on the ocean; much chillier than I expected it to be. The wind whipped at my hair as I secured it into a tight ponytail. Sea spray splashed up on me, making a shiver go down my spine. I looked out at the ocean with a grin. The sea drew me to itself like a magnet, beckoning to me with its white-tipped fingertips. It was the day I had been looking forward to for months, and one I had no intention of forgetting anytime soon: the Boat To Beach Swim of 2015.

I reached down to grab my cap and goggles from the plastic bag I had brought on the boat, a huge grin still plastered on my face. It was a grin that I doubted would be going away anytime soon, even during the race itself. I was known for having such a huge love of ocean swimming that you could see me smiling every breath during the end of each race. The thought just made my smile widen even more.

As I reached up to cap myself with my new, barely-used silicone swim cap, I felt a harsh snap against my hands and forehead. An overwhelming sense of dread filled the pit of my stomach. This couldn’t possibly be happening. Not before an event I had been looking forward to for so long, not without an extra caps or friends and family to comfort me.

Another snap. Somehow, by some stroke of horrible luck, my goggles had broken as well. I felt my eyes fill with tears.

No, Paige, I told myself. Pull yourself together. Right now, right here. You can’t ruin an event you’ve been looking forward to for so long just because of a stupid cap and goggle mishap. You’ve had your goggles fall off plenty of times before in the pool, and what do you do? You just keep swimming. That’s it. Just keep swimming.

And so, with the help from that particular quote from Finding Nemo, I forced myself to jump into the ocean a mile out from shore wearing nothing but a swimsuit and a once-tight ponytail that now had stray locks sticking out every which way. I closed my eyes, feeling the harsh cold as the water enveloped me.

I opened my eyes and looked all around me. Looked at the stray tendrils of seagrass twined around my ankle. Just keep swimming. Looked around at the other swimmers, egg beating furiously to try and stay warm. Just keep swimming. Looked at the way the sun shone through the water, piercing the deep green tint of the ocean with a bright white light. Just keep swimming.

Underwater, I smiled.

Happy 4th of July!

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Hi guys! I know I haven’t been to active on the blogosphere lately, but I just wanted to give you all a quick shoutout to wish you a great 4th of July. Even if you don’t celebrate this holiday, I hope you have a great day! 🙂

My question to all of you: what are you currently reading, and what do you think of it so far? Let me know in the comments! I just finished reading This Is Where the World Ends by Amy Zhang, which I have mixed feelings about. Expect a whole bunch of mini reviews coming up on the blog in the near future!

Want To Hear Something That Will Really Inspire You & Make You Think? Watch This Awesome Video.

Hi guys! I don’t have time to write a full post today but I just wanted to share a video I saw the other day that really made me think. It doesn’t have anything to do with books, but it’s super inspiring and it made me really happy. 🙂

Anyway, I hope you guys enjoyed it as much as I did! Happy Earth Day and I hope you’re all having a lovely Friday! ❤

I Like Books. (Really, The Originality of This Title Astounds Me.)

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I like books

about ordinary people doing extraordinary things

or

extraordinary people doing ordinary things.

I like books

that keep you up until 4 in the morning

to see how

the story will end.

I like books

that really make me feel,

whether it’s laughing,

or crying,

or maybe even both at the same time.

I like books

that have one of those light and fluffy romances,

where you’re falling in love with the characters

as they’re falling in love with each other.

I like books

that have dark, unreliable, or troubled characters

because they’re so much

more believable.

I like books

that have you scrambling for your quote notebook

because you just want to remember

every last detail.

I like books

where you think, Wait, really? I thought I was the only one who thought that!

And you feel so much less alone

in the world.

I like books

that show you what it means

to be a friend, a family, a lover

and you fall in love with the world of reading all over again.


This post was pretty random, but I really couldn’t think of anything else to write. Anyway, I hope you liked it!

So, let’s talk. What are some of your favorite things in a good book? As always, I’d love to hear your thoughts below! 🙂

 

Life-y Update | Swimming, School, and a Short Hiatus

Hi guys! I know….it’s been a loooong time. I’ve been feeling really guilty lately about not getting very many posts up, so I decided to try to squeeze in a post today to explain myself.

Basically, I’ve just been really busy lately. With everything. It’s one of those months where all your teachers seem to get together and coordinate all the projects so they’re all due in the same week, you know? I know I’m only in junior high so I still have a LOT of homework to look forward to, but….I don’t know. I’m just a bit overwhelmed.

In other news! I had a swim meet last weekend, which went really well. The last few meets haven’t gone so well for me so I was really nervous for this one, but I ended up doing great and having a lot of fun. I did the 200 back and the 200 fly, and I ended up getting 8th in the 200 fly. I also dropped a bit of time between those two events, so I was pretty pleased.

Anyway. I figured I should talk a little about my recent reads, because, you know….this is a book blog. I finished reading The Shock Of The Fall by Nathan Filer last week, which was AMAZING. Definitely confusing in some parts, but the confusion was well worth it. I also read It’s Kind Of A Funny Story by Ned Vizzini last week, which was pretty good. The writing style was beautiful and the characters were relatable and fleshed out, but the novel didn’t quite have the lasting affect on me that I was hoping for.

I’m currently reading Maybe In Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid, and I’m loving it! I’ve been trying to branch out and get more into Adult Fiction, and the Adult novels I’ve read recently have been great so far. If you have any recommendations for a teen pretty new to Adult Fiction, I’d love to hear them!

As I’ve said previously in this post, I’ve been having a lot going on recently. And this probably isn’t going to end anytime soon, so I’ve been thinking about going on a blogging hiatus until the end of next week, which is when my biggest school project is due. Hopefully I will be a lot less busy by then, but we’ll see. I really miss having the time to read and blog.

Anyway, what have you been reading recently? Do you have any adult fiction/NA recommendations for me, preferably contemporary? What have you guys been up to lately?

On A Personal Note…

Hi all! I know, I haven’t been posting very much recently, but school has been hectic lately. I will try to get back to my normal schedule soon, and hopefully I’ll get some reviews and tags up in the next few days!

Oh, and the other reason I haven’t been posting very much? I’VE BEEN READING. *gasp* I know, shocking. BUT THIS ISN’T JUST ANY BOOK, FOR YOUR INFORMATION. It’s Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater, and it is amazing! I finally gave in to the hype monster, and I’m so glad I did. It’s been so long since I’ve read a book that I literally CANNOT. PUT. DOWN. Even now, I’m struggling not to put this computer down and continue reading it. (But, you guys know I wouldn’t do that. I LOVE YOU ALL TOO MUCH.) Anyway, Shiver has everything I ever wanted in a book: great world-buliding, genius writing style, and ROOOOMANCE. Review to come!

Here are some posts I have planned that will (almost) positively happen kinda-sorta-soon:

  • Now Quoting: Farhenheit 451 (because I don’t talk about this book NEARLY enough. And it’s a classic, so I’m proud of myself for reading it.)
  • Review: Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater (IF I CAN POSSIBLY GET MY THOUGHTS TOGETHER.)
  • Weekly Recap
  • Top 10 Tuesday
  • A LOT of Tags & Awards (hopefully…?)
  • A Whole Lot Of Mini Reviews!

I hope you guys are having a fabulous week! Have you read any books lately that I should know about? What did you think about Shiver? Let me know below! 🙂

Another Update

I’m so sorry I haven’t been posting very much recently, but I’ve been really busy lately!

Since I didn’t post my Weekly Recap last Saturday like I normally do, I will use this post to summarize what has been going on in my life lately.

Last Monday, I had an eye appointment. For a while my eyes have been really blurry and I haven’t been able to see the board at school, so I finally decided to get them checked. Turns out I need glasses! I’m not sure what I think about this because I don’t know if I’ll look that good in them, but I do look forward to being able to see in school without constantly straining my eyes.

On Thursday, I met Patrick Ness! If you haven’t read my event recap for this, you can check it out here. It was so fun!

Yesterday I had a duel swim meet, which means that it’s just my team against one other team. We ended up losing by a little bit, but I think we did well considering that the team we were going up against is one of the fastest teams in the country. I did pretty well in all my events, and I dropped a lot of time because I haven’t done most of the events in a year.

Earlier today I finished reading Anna Dressed In Blood by Kendare Blake, and it was seriously amazing. If you want the perfect Halloween read, look no further. It’s creepy, fast-paced, romantic, and basically everything you ever wanted in a good book. Review to come!

I’m not currently reading anything, but I’m planning to start A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness soon. I’ve heard such good things about it, so I’m super excited!

I probably won’t be posting as much this week because I’ve had a lot going on with school and swim lately, but I’ll get a review and hopefully a few tags/awards up by the end of this week. 🙂

Happy reading!