In Defense of My School: Why Limits on Student Speech Matter


Words matter. Brashly shouted, carefully constructed, or artfully manipulated, words evoke emotions, persuade populations, and excite action. Words change the world, sometimes for the better and sometimes for the worse.

Happy New Year! (+ 2018 Recap)


A new chapter begins.

Happy New Year, everyone! For me, 2018 was rough, but I am looking forward to embracing this new year as a stronger individual. I can't quite explain it-- perhaps it's just a passing, first-day excitement-- but I can't help but think that this year will be a great one. Before I look forward, though I took some time to look back at 2018: what I read, what I blogged, and what I experienced.

The 50 Best Books of 2018 (ft. Bloggers, Booktubers, and more!)


The coming new year compels reflection. As we look back on the last year in books, I've invited 50 bookish influencers, including bloggers, booktubers, and even a bookstore, to share the stories that captivated them this year. These are the 50 best books of 2018:


Autumn Extinguished: Fall Recap 2018


“October extinguished itself in a rush of howling winds and driving rain and November arrived, cold as frozen iron, with hard frosts every morning and icy drafts that bit at exposed hands and faces."
- J. K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

 One of my favorite Gatsby quotes attributes rebirth and refreshment to the summer, but for me, especially with the introduction of a new school year, fall promises just as much of a beginning. This fall marks a more definite beginning and end: my final year of high school. In the midst of homework and college applications, projects and extracurricular activities, I have again found a renewed appreciation for my blog and the outlet it has provided me through my high school years. From September to November, here's a recap of my life, bookish and otherwise:

Seven Books I Am Thankful For


Reflection is an essential part of growth. The holiday season always provides me with time to really think, express gratitude, and appreciate the opportunities I've had and the things around me that make life so profound. One such thing is my books: my beloved adventures that have carried me through so many obstacles and journeys.

Today, I want to share seven books that have truly shaped my development. For these stories, I am thankful. 

Your Own Worst Enemy Review


*Thank you to HarperCollins and Fantastic Flying Book Tours for providing me with a free copy of this book for review. This does not affect my opinion of the book.*

"When they go low, we go slightly lower."

Flawed execution of potentially meaningful ideas proved to be Your Own Worst Enemy's downfall. I read this novel in hopes of discovering political commentary in a high school setting through humor and foolishness-- the hallmarks of a good satire-- but the poor humor, constant sexual references, and lack of impact yielded a disappointing story that isolates the intended teen audience.