Summer TBR 2017

I’ve been buying and receiving so many books recently! Since I have now graduated and it’s officially summer, I’m really excited to be able to read more (hopefully). However, I just landed a summer job working 60 hours every week so who knows if I’ll really have that much time to get through my list! If you follow me on Goodreads, these books might look and sound familiar to you but this is the official list of books I hope to get through this summer. My goal for this year is 25 books total and right now I’m at 8. I was quite a few short of my goal last year but I’m on track to make it now! I don’t know if I’ll have any time to read while I’m in grad school so I’m hoping to get a lot of reading done these next few months so I can make it to 25! Here’s what I have on my summer TBR list…

Since We Fell by Dennis Lehane

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’m currently reading this one! I received it as my Book of the Month in my BOTM box. If you’re curious what that is it’s a monthly book subscription box. They send you a new book every month but YOU get to pick the one you want to read! And they have tons of books on their site for only $9.99 each. Sooo cheap for hardcovers! I have a link you can sign up through to get your first month for $1 and I’ll get a free book #holla [find on Goodreads]

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Y’all already know I’m obsessed with TJR. Since I read One True Loves last summer I’ve been a huge fan! This is her latest release that I’m lucky enough to have received an ARC of. Its pub date is June 13th so you don’t have too much longer to wait! This one is next up on my list, I can’t wait to read it. [find on Goodreads]

Into the Water by Paula Hawkins

This is the same author of The Girl on the Train! I’m excited to see what her second book has in store. [find on Goodreads]

Six Stories by Matt Wesolowski

This book is constructed like a series of podcasts and if you love Serial or any other true crime shows/podcasts, it has been said that you’ll love it! I’m super super excited to read this one it seems like it’ll be something totally new and different! [find on Goodreads]

The Child by Fiona Barton

Another mystery/thriller of course! Received this as an ARC as well that I’m excited to dive into. [find on Goodreads]

I Found You by Lisa Jewell

A psychological suspense novel and another ARC that I need to read this summer! [find on Goodreads]

And that’s all I’ve got for ya at the moment! I’m only listing 6 books here because hopefully I’ll have more to add each month through the BOTM box. What are you planning to read this summer? Follow along with what I’m reading on Goodreads!

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Temple University Campus

I guess I’m making these update posts more of a thing now! I’ve had so much to update you on the past few months because I’ve been taking lots of blogging breaks (sorry y’all) but I also like just filling you in on the random stuff that’s happening in Kayla World. Here’s what’s new:

  • I finished college! Still waiting for my final grades to be posted but I officially finished my first (and last) final today which means I’m FREE. It’s kind of bittersweet because I’m definitely going to miss Temple but I’m not going to miss my Behavior Analysis class lol.
  • I graduate on Thursday/Friday! Thursday is the University-Wide commencement and Friday is the College of Public Health’s ceremony. Really excited for this weekend and to say a formal goodbye to Temple. I’m also thinking of vlogging during graduation. Is that crazy?
  • Now that it’s officially summer I’m reading more! I already finished one book this past week (that puts me at 8/25 books for the year!) and I’ve started another already. I just started receiving Book of the Month boxes and if you like getting hardcover books for cheap I suggest you sign up. If you use my link you’ll get your first month for $1 and I’ll get a free book! It’s a win/win situation. I’m not getting paid for this I just want to help you get cheap books! AND we can be book buddies.

Book of the Month Club

  • Ryan and I have been trying to eat low carb lately and BOY has it been a struggle. I honestly never realized how obsessed I was with carbs/food in general until my choices became restricted. It has been getting easier but I’ve cheated a few times already… oops
  • I went shopping with my mom last week and got this amazing dress from J. Crew for graduation! It was only $40 at the J. Crew Factory store and it’s UD colors!
  • I’m not gonna have a lot of free time this summer (I’m going to get a full time job hopefully… need that $$$ for grad school) but I will be working on making the Blogging College Facebook group the best it can be! I’ve been considering making changes/passing the torch to an undergraduate student and possibly starting a new group but I’m just not sure what I want to do yet exactly.
  • Ryan and I went to my last formal last week! He had a blast dancing and enjoying the open bar lol (if you have me on snapchat you probably saw a plethora of great videos) I finally got to wear this dress from Francesca’s that I ordered last year but never got to wear because it was delivered too late!

Phi Sigma Pi Formal

  • This past weekend was all for my brother! I don’t talk about him much on here but he’s a senior and is wrapping up his senior year and baseball season right now. He’s going to the University of Virginia in the fall to play baseball and I’m super proud of him! I’ve enjoyed watching him play close to home and taking prom pics for him and his friends.
  • Like last year, I’m going to write a post about my blogging goals for this summer. I have a few big posts planned, including my annual planner post (get excited!) but I’m hoping to chat with y’all more often and in a more casual way like this. The big, thought out posts are nice but it is all becoming so redundant. I love blogging because I love documenting what’s going on with me and my life and helping all of you with college/finding the right planner/finding good books to read, etc. I’m sick of writing posts just because I feel like I have to! Blogging is becoming less and less of a creative break for me and more of a cause of stress. I’m hoping this summer I’ll fall back in love with it and I’ll be able to blog more freely and openly throughout grad school!

 

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Most of you know that I’ve been going through the process of applying to grad school. It was daunting and terrifying and at many points I was discouraged. I felt like I had done enough throughout my undergraduate career, I was involved in ALL of the things, I worked hard, and above all else I loved my future career. I stumbled upon speech pathology (you can read about how that happened) but I’ve loved it ever since and I felt like that was exactly the career for me.

Throughout March and April I began to hear back from schools. Most of it was negative. I went into this knowing there was a chance I would not be going to grad school in the fall. Applying to graduate school for speech-language pathology is extremely competitive. It was hard seeing my friends get accepted because although I felt SO happy for them and so proud of them, I was also extremely discouraged in myself. I applied to 9 schools and at the beginning of April I had been rejected at 3 and waitlisted at 3. My optimism was fading. I became silent on the blog because I felt like I was failing. I had all of these plans to teach new SLPs how to get into grad school and how to be successful but I couldn’t even get in myself.

On April 11th at 11:05 AM I received an email telling me I had been accepted into the University of Delaware. I was in the TECH center working on some things before my 12:00 class and my jaw immediately dropped. I stood up, looking around for someone to tell for 5 seconds before I realized I knew no one around me and I’d need to call someone. I first called my mom who didn’t answer, then my dad who didn’t answer, then my mom again to no avail. Finally, my dad picked up and he assumed there was something wrong. I never call him while he’s at work. I managed to get out “Dad… I got into Delaware”. My mind was racing, my hands were shaking, and but mostly I kept thinking “I’m going to be an SLP… this is really happening!”

I wanted to write this post to not only let you all know this exciting news, but to also be a source of encouragement and hope to anyone who feels like they’re not good enough or they’re not going to reach their goals. It’s hard to have faith in the tough times when it seems like nothing is going your way. If you know you’re meant to do something, never lose hope and always believe in yourself.

Soooo, with that being said, I wanted to let you know that I’m going to be blogging about this journey (of course) and to anyone who wants to follow along with my grad school journey more closely (future SLPs I’m talking to you!) you can follow my new Instagram: @speechwithkayla where I’ll be posting more SLP specific pictures of my grad school life. Don’t worry, I’ll still be active on my blog Instagram!

Finally, I want to thank you all for being there with me throughout this journey and for commenting words of encouragement and well wishes. I’m so thankful to be surrounded by such amazing people within this blog community.

Grad school… here I come!

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bando agenda

I know, I know, I’m literally the worst. I can’t believe I’ve gone so long without posting but then again, I can. My life has been in a very weird limbo lately and I just haven’t been able to prioritize blogging. I’ve been doing a lot of self-care, a lot of reading, and a lot of Netflix watching. I’ve been going to the gym with Ryan, enjoying my birthday, and soaking in the nicer weather we’ve been having lately.

There are a lot of reasons for the silence but I don’t think I’ll ever stop blogging completely. You can always find me on Twitter or Snapchat or even follow along on my Instagram stories. I’m working on getting new YouTube videos up because there’s a lot I feel like I need to talk to y’all about. However, right now I’m just going to stick to the good stuff and share some fun things I’ve been up to lately!

  • I read some books! I finished The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty, I finished the audiobook for Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari, and I also read What Shamu Taught Me About Life, Love, and Marriage by Amy Sutherland. I want to post reviews of them soon so be on the lookout!
  • Ryan and I have been hooked on Shameless and I just started watching 13 Reasons Why last night. I’ve also been watching New Girl almost every week with Ryan when it comes on the Fox app
  • I’m slowly creeping my way towards graduation which is awesome but terrifying because I…
  • …still don’t have a post-grad plan… yikes
  • My birthday was on Sunday and it was a great weekend filled with family, my best friend Kelsey, and food. Can’t forget the great food.
  • I visited Nashville again for the second time this year for spring break! It was a blast and I’m glad my roommate Jess came along for the ride with us
  • I have an interview with a grad school on Thursday this week so I’d really appreciate some good vibes/prayers.
  • I’ve been journaling a lot more lately and I think it’s because I’ve finally found a no-frills method that has really been working! I used to keep a journal/diary all the time growing up but when I picked it back up again a few months ago I was finding it hard because I wanted to write down everything in detail like I was telling a story. Now, I’ve been focusing more on the key points from the day and tracking my overall mood. I’ve been thinking about sharing a blog post of my method so if that’s something you’re interested in seeing let me know!

I think that’s about it for now. Tell me what has been going on in your life!

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temple flag

Something you might not know about me is that I’m a singer and musician. I taught myself guitar back in middle school and I’ve been playing it ever since. I love jamming out to my favorite songs regardless if I’m playing them on guitar or belting along with the radio while. I felt like there was a lull in good music a few months ago but now there are new, amazing songs being released left and right! I figured I’d take some time to share my favorites with all of you and give you a chance to talk about your favorite artists as well. You can check out some of my past music posts here!

I’m constantly updating my “Current Jams” playlist on Spotify so if you enjoy these music posts and want a more up-to-date way to keep track of what music I’m loving, you can check out my playlist by clicking this link or listening to the embedded playlist below!

Okay, a lot of the songs I’m going to be sharing here are also on the playlist mentioned above, but that’s perfect because you can listen to them individually and then put my playlist on shuffle!

Green Light – Lorde


OKAY. I’ve been dying for new Lorde music for a longgggg time now and I’m happy to report that her newest single does NOT disappoint! Ryan and I saw her in concert two years ago and she was awesome. Hopefully we’ll get to see her again soon!

God, Your Mama, and Me – Florida Georgia Line


I literally listen to every genre of music so don’t be surprised if you come across a country song in any of my playlists! I love this one by FGL because it also features one of my fav boy bands of all time, The Backstreet Boys! Seriously. Check out the music video if you don’t believe me.

It Ain’t Me (with Selena Gomez) – Kygo


This song is a real bop. I can’t stop listening to it! I know this one is going to be overplayed in like 5 minutes but I still am loving it!

Stay (with Alessia Cara) – Zedd


I am obsessed with Alessia Cara’s voice so I fell in love with this song FAST. It’s great.

On + Off – Maggie Rogers


Super pissed I didn’t get tickets to her show when they first came out because they’re selling for almost DOUBLE what they were originally. I watched a video of her and Pharell a few months ago on Facebook and since then she has skyrocketed. She’s super down to earth and her music is really unique and I love it. Check her out if you haven’t already!

Divide – Ed Sheeran


I had to wait to post this until I could listen to his new album! I was happy with the songs, they were all super Ed! Galway Girl is probably my favorite, but make sure you listen to them all to see which one is your favorite. Then let me know in the comments!

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