Real-Life Reading

Real-Life Reading

I talk a lot about books around here. Most of it’s fiction, because if we’re being honest, stories are sometimes way more interesting than reality. At least, it often seems this way. When I was younger, I thought nonfiction meant the kind of books you use for research projects – big chunky things like textbooks. I never really thought of nonfiction as something people enjoyed reading for fun.

Fortunately, I got over that misconception as I got older, and even though nonfiction still isn’t my genre of choice, I read a lot more of it. I even have a couple of favorite nonfiction books, which I’m sharing today!

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Sophomore Year Soundtrack

If you’ve been following my blog for any length of time, you might know that music is a big part of my life, despite the fact that I’m probably tone-deaf and can’t play any instruments. I love listening to music pretty much anytime, and it’s one of the things that encourages me on a regular basis.

Around this time last year, I wrote a blog post about my Freshman Year Soundtrack, where I just had a list of songs that inspired me, motivated me, or I just listened to them a lot over the course of the school year. I thought I’d do something similar again at the close of my second year of college, since my music tastes are always changing and new songs are always being released.

If you’d like, you can listen to the full soundtrack on YouTube here. Otherwise, keep reading to see my list and why I picked them!

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Week In Review – February 9

Happy Friday, everyone!

This week has been pretty interesting – I caught a cold on Sunday morning, and so I’ve been dealing with that all this week. Coupled with the start of the semester, it’s been a little crazy, but thankfully I’m feeling much better now. I also had a snow day on Wednesday, so I got to get some much-needed rest and relaxation.

On Monday, I shared a post about the Things I Learned From Being Cyberschooled. My high school experience was unique in a number of ways, but it definitely taught me a lot of useful skills, so if that interests you, be sure to give that post a read!

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Week In Review – September 29

Welcome to Friday everyone!

I don’t know about you, but this week was kinda stressful for me. Fortunately, I still had a great week, I got to do some fun things, and there’s still some more great stuff on the horizon.

This week, I wrote about what blogging is really like and tried to share some encouragement with my fellow bloggers who might be feeling a little discouraged about their projects. I know it’s not always easy, but I’m rooting for you!

As for the rest of the week…

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Week In Review – September 22

Welcome to Friday everyone!

I’m so sorry I missed last week’s WIR – I was bogged down with a lot of reading homework, and I was also at Uprise Fest last weekend, so that didn’t leave a lot of time for writing WIRs. Hopefully that won’t become a regular thing, but either way, I appreciate your patience and understanding with me!

Last week, I wrote a blog post for World Suicide Prevention Day, which is a very important day for me, and then this past Monday, I shared a post with Worldbuilding Lessons from The Legend of Zelda. Zelda is one of my biggest inspirations when it comes to fantasy, so this was really a fun post to write.

Anyway, as for the rest of my week…

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Week In Review – May 26

Welcome to Friday, everyone! Can you believe May is already almost over? it seems crazy to me.

This week, I shared 7 Lessons I Learned from a Local Author Fair after I went to one this past Saturday. I had a great time and learned a lot, so if you’re interested in learning a few writing lessons, stop on over there!

I’ve also decided to start doing something like “This Day in Musings History,” Where I’ll share a blog post I wrote roughly a year ago. About a year ago today, I shared my Arizona Adventures with all of you! It’s amazing to me how that was a whole year ago – it feels like just yesterday!

As for the rest of the week…

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Freshman Year Soundtrack

First year of college? DONE. Now I only have three more to go…

Anyway, this past year I listened to a lot of music. I mean, I don’t have over 500 songs on my phone for nothing! Plus, I think music can often provide motivation, encouragement, and support all through life, and it expresses things that sometimes can’t be described in just words.

This week, I wanted to share a handful of songs that I’m calling my Freshman Year Soundtrack. Although I listened to much more than this list, these are the songs that I think most describe my year and are also some of the songs that most encouraged me all through the school year. You can listen to the whole playlist on Spotify, but if you want to hear my explanations of the songs, keep reading!

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Week In Review – March 31

Welcome to Friday!

I hope you all had a great week! Mine was pretty good: as I mentioned last Friday, I went to go see Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them with some friends, and I really enjoyed it! I actually didn’t end up going to the board game night like I planned, though – a friend of mine invited me to her house for dinner, so I did that instead, which was just as fun.

Oh, and I’m feeling better too! (Knock on wood.) After taking all kinds of cold medicine and whatnot, I think I’m finally back to my regular self. I still have a bit of a cough, but I’m feeling much better than I was.

And I finished the introverts/extroverts series this week with Introverts for Extroverts! Thanks again to everyone who helped me, it means a lot!

Curious about what I’ve been doing the rest of the week? Read on!

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A Beginner’s Guide to Christian Rock

Or, “Another Excuse for Me to Talk About My Favorite Bands.”

Want to start listening to Christian rock, but don’t know where to start? Well, I’m here to help.

But let’s get one thing straight first – I’m not the biggest fan of the term “Christian rock,” or whatever genre you feel like shoving in there. First off “Christian” isn’t a genre, no matter what your local Christian bookstore tries to tell you, and second, bands can’t actually be Christian. To quote Blimey Cow for the second time in the past week: “Bands don’t have souls! DC Talk didn’t go to Heaven when it died!”

However, musicians can be Christian, and lyrics can have themes related to Christianity. Musicians and bands use their platform to share the Good News, which I think is wonderful! That’s really what I mean when I use the term “Christian rock” – a rock band that’s using their music and their platform to spread the Gospel.

Now that that’s out of the way, I’ll explain this list: I know from experience that discovering Christian rock is both incredibly exciting and very overwhelming, so I decided to come up with a reference for those new to this “genre.” I’ve included the bands I think are pretty accessible to everyone up to metalcore and heavier artists. There’s a place for everyone, so read on!

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September in Pictures (Uprise 2016)

I mentioned last week that I was headed off to Uprise Fest for the weekend, and I had such a great time! This week, I thought I’d share a bit about my experience and some of the pictures I took as well.

(And don’t forget, you can see more of my Uprise Fest pictures on my Canon Fire Photos Facebook page!)

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