I Have a Suggestion

Coming to you live from inside a Starbucks, where it feels like 40 degrees despite my comfy cardigan (well, my doubleshot on ice doesn't help matters). Nevertheless, I wanted to share what I'm up to these days.

Currently watching: 
I haven't been seeing as many movies as I'd like, even though I have a MoviePass. But, the ones I have seen are pretty great.

  • Last night, I started watching (for the second time) Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1, which is also one of the books that I'm currently reading. I've seen all the movies, but this is my first time going through the books, so I thought I'd refresh my memory with the movie. (I'm sorry, Rowling, but I'm a little late to the HP game.) It was pretty humbling to watch up to the part where I read, which was about 3o minutes in, aka approximately 150 pages. 
  • Yesterday afternoon, my mom and I saw RBG, which is about Ruth Bader Ginsberg. Wow - let me just say that this movie is very empowering, and: what a woman!

Currently reading: 
Like I said, I'm currently reading Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, but I'm also reading 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher and Daring Greatly by Brené Brown, all at the same time. Usually when I read multiple books at once, I don't make much headway in any of them; but for some reason, I'm killing it with all three. 

  • I'm reading HP because it's summer and I wanted a fun book to read by the pool. And, everyone knows that Rowling's an amazing writer. 
  • I'm using 13 Reasons Why as a primary source in my senior paper that I'll be writing next semester, so I obviously need to read it first. Essentially, I'm writing about the evolution of young adult literary works, and I'm arguing that YA books have gotten much, much darker in recent years. However, I'm also going to argue that the YA genre has always contained dark themes (i.e. The Outsiders, which was written in '67), but the genre has definitely gotten darker over the years. 
  • I'm also reading Brown's book, because I told myself that I wanted to read more non-fiction this summer. Brown is a research professor and a social worker who has dedicated her research to examine shame and the power of vulnerability. I would highly recommend this book.

Currently listening to:
I have posted many 'a time about my love for Troye Sivan's music. So, I will yet again say that I have been listening to his Blue Neighborhood album as well as his new tracks, "Bloom" and "My My My!" Please oh please go on tour, Troye.

I'm also enjoying some random tracks I've found on Spotify, like:

  • "Hunger" by Florence + The Machine
  • "Cool" by Soccer Mommy (interesting name)
  • "Only One" by Carlie Hanson (are you indeed related to the ever-so talented Hanson brothers?)
  • Dua Lipa

I hope that these serve as helpful suggestions of how to occupy your summer days. 

Reagan Fleming