Annie’s August Update

Hello y’all!  Today I’m sharing a little about my month and announcing some pretty fun news regarding Annie Likes Words and myself, so let’s get started.

When I wrote this post, I’d been living in my flat for one week of my freshman year at college!  I attend a small liberal arts college in North Carolina and am studying English with a double concentration in creative writing and teacher licensure.  My plan is to graduate in four years with an education in creative writing and the required licensure to teach high school English.  I think that this plan perfectly combines my love of English, my love of education, and my love of sharing my love.

With this change has come an opportunity for me to reassess on all accounts.  A month or so ago, I wrote about my blog burnout (click here to read) and shared with y’all that I would adopt a more relaxed schedule in efforts to make blogging fun.  This kind of has to do with that.

I am not taking a hiatus.  I’m still going to be hanging around, writing posts when I have a spare moment, taking requests for review and following up on those requests.  As much as I would love to dedicate my entire day to writing and reading to my little heart’s content, I have to put school first… so I can get a degree and then read and write to my little heart’s content.

While my schedule is going to be much more inconsistent, I will do my best to notify you on my Instagram and Twitter when posts are about to go live so you can enjoy them as much as I do.  Long story short, head to my socials to get the scoop on when I’m planning a post.

Another facet of this refocusing is this: I’m going to start writing more about my life, particularly my college experience as I adjust to dorm life.  I’ve learned so much in one week, so I can’t begin to imagine the things I’ll learn and the ways I’ll grow between now and May.  I want to share this journey with you and maybe give someone younger than me the wisdom I wished I had.

My tagline is “A Girl and Her Books.”  I’ve spent a lot of space talking about the books, so now I’m going to start talking about the girl a little more.  The books aren’t going away, but the girl is starting to share their spotlight.

To kick off this shift in focus, Annie’s Guide to Dorm Shopping is going live within the next week!  I’ll post the exact date and time on my Instagram and Twitter soon, so follow me on both and you’ll never miss another post!

With that said, let’s get back to the books.  Here is a brief summary of my month in literature.


Books I Read:

The Daughters Break the Rules by Joanna Philbin
Amazon // ThriftBooks // Goodreads // Review Coming Soon!

Captain Guinevere by Clara Bennet
Amazon // ThriftBooks // Goodreads // My Review

My British Bear by Dawn Dagger
Goodreads // My Review

Make Your Home Among Strangers by Jennine Capó Crucet
Amazon // ThriftBooks // Goodreads // Review Coming Soon!


What I’m Reading Now:

On Writing by Stephen King
Amazon // ThriftBooks // Goodreads

The Hawkweed Prophecy by Irena Brignull
Amazon // ThriftBooks // Goodreads

The Circle by Dave Eggers
Amazon // ThriftBooks // Goodreads


Books I’m Reading Next:

Sublime Karma by Peyton Garver
Amazon // ThriftBooks // Goodreads

11/22/63 by Stephen King
Amazon // ThriftBooks // Goodreads

The Hawkweed Legacy by Irena Brignull
Amazon // ThriftBooks // Goodreads

Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin
Amazon // ThriftBooks // Goodreads


In conclusion, here is a list of posts from the past month.

8/2: Annie Has Blog Burnout and Wants to Talk About It
8/3: Annie’s July Update
8/5: What Annie Read: Eleanor & Park Book Review
8/7: 11 Things You Should Never Say to a Writer
8/7: Annie Has 500 Followers and is Freaking Out About It!
8/9: Annie’s July Favorites
8/10: Annie Gives Book Recommendations Based on Hogwarts House
8/12: Annie’s Approach to Writer’s Block
8/14: What Annie Read: All Fall Down Book Review
8/16: The Five Books Annie is Taking to College
8/18: What Annie Read: Captain Guinevere Book Review
8/21: Annie’s Favorite Book Covers
8/22: What Annie Read: My British Bear Book Review
8/23: Annie is Giving Away Books!
8/25: What Annie Read: A Study in Charlotte Book Review


How was your month in reading?  What books are you reading next?

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18 thoughts on “Annie’s August Update

    1. Way to go on getting your blog up and running!! It’s certainly harrowing to start, but sending you lots of positive vibes and a subscription 🙂 I’ve loved reading On Writing so far! King has such a distinctive voice.

      1. Thank you so much for the follow! Ahhh! And yes. King has a way of kicking you square in your ass and daring you to be upset about it haha. I’m reading The Bear and the Nightingale right now and I’m happy for such a short read. I tend to choose gargantuan novels and burn myself out a little bit. Thanks for the encouragement!