Emily, Where Have You Been?!: A Life Update

I sincerely hope at least one of you read that in the inflection of Mrs. Weasley at the beginning of The Chamber of Secrets movie.

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So, where have I been?….right here, in the same place as usual. N0thing really extraordinary has happened, I haven’t been working or on a vacation or anything to keep me from blogging or  making videos. I just…haven’t. I’ve been in a bit of a slump, recently. Not a reading slump; I’ve actually gotten pretty ahead on my reading challenge. I just haven’t felt like doing anything, really. I’ve read a bit but I haven’t felt the motivation to do anything truly productive. So this morning I got some coffee, bought a few new notebooks for planning (and buying notebooks just makes me feel productive, even if I don’t end up writing in them) (but I payed a lot for these Moleskine notebooks and will be actually writing in them), and decided to get back into blogging!

But really, what have I been doing in my many week absence? First of all, I finally got my driver’s license. Yes, I am 19 years old and I just got my license. But I tricked the system that you all fell for; since I’m an adult, I don’t have to go to hours of classes and just had to take the final test so HA! Ahem. Excuse me. Anyway. I’ve been enjoying the freedom of being able to go to Starbucks every morning (I’m addicted to their new cold brew with vanilla sweet cream–I’m literally drinking it right now) and I’ve gone to Target far too many times and spent far too much money each time–really, I need a chaperone when I go to Target. If no one is watching me, I will buy the whole store. I’m going to start looking for nice places I can drive to and write; I really think that will help with my productivity. If I’m home all day, I’m going to lay on the floor all day. That’s just how it works, I guess.

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I’ve also become addicted to a new tv show, which I haven’t done in a super long time. In case you didn’t know, my favorite show is Parks and Rec and usually I just watch seasons 2-6 on repeat. Once I finish 6, I start 2 and watched through to 6 and it’s just a giant circle of bureaucrat comedy. I finally weened myself off of the Parks path and started Brooklyn Nine Nine. I’ve always vaguely wanted to watch Brooklyn Nine Nine because I’ve always vaguely liked Andy Samberg, but once I went and saw Popstar I wanted to see anything and everything Andy Samberg has done in his lifetime. Because first of all, Popstar is genuinely hilarious and I cried laughing at least three times; it’s genius. Soon after that religious experience, I bought Hulu just for Brooklyn Nine Nine and it was so worth it. The whole cast dynamic is amazing and it’s so well written. It’s definitely in the same realm as 20 Rock and Parks and The Office. I love Samberg’s character, Jake Peralta, so much that my name on Twitter is literally “emily peralta !!” right now. It’s a problem. I only have about 15 available episodes left and I’m already in mourning.

Oh, I’ve also started using my tumblr more if you’re interested. It’s called Emily Loves Things because I love a lot of things and post about those things that I love. It’s really called that because someone stole the “blueeyedbiblio.tumblr.com” url which kind of sucks, but oh well. I like Emily Loves Things. Just a warning, though, it’s more Captain America stuff.

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What else, what else….oh yeah, reading. That’s mainly why you guys are here anyway, right? The past couple days I’ve been rereading the Saga series, which is a comic book series that is so so incredible. It’s written by Brian K. Vaughn, the mastermind himself, and it’s about a war in space between a planet and it’s moon. The race on the planet and the race on the moon have been fighting for years, but the physical battles have been outsourced to locations throughout the galaxy, so the entire universe is involved. A woman from the planet, Landfall, falls in love with a man from the moon, Wreath, and they have a baby. Higher officials on certain planets find out about the couple and the baby and want them all dead. Oh, and the whole thing is narrated by the baby, Hazel. Technically, her narration is from her in the future, but still genius. And that’s where the story begins. And it’s fantastic. Honestly one of the best stories I have ever read. There are currently 5 volumes out and volume 6 comes out really soon (which is why I’m doing the reread), and even with it being so long the story continues to be incredibly engaging and still developing in really interesting ways. I’ll talk more about it when I finish my reread and read volume 6 and keep telling you why you 100% need to read Saga.

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I’m also currently reading an ARC of The Comet Seekers by Helen Sedgwick, which is literary fiction with a little magical realism thrown in. It jumps around in time, following two families and their relationship with each other and their relationships with comets. I’m really enjoying it and taking my time reading while annotating, but also kind of taking a break because as much as I’m enjoying it, it’s really slow. I am more of in the mood for something fast paced, which is why I’m having so much fun rereading Saga because it’s a action packed sci-fi that I can read a volume of in a day. I was thinking about starting This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab later today. I love everything Schwab has written, especially her Darker Shade of Magic series, and I’ve been eyeing This Savage Song for so long it’s a wonder I haven’t started it yet. Everything I’ve heard about it has been fantastic and it hasn’t even been released yet (but will be on July 5th). It’s about a futuristic, militaristic America with monsters disguised as humans and it sounds like the perfect fast paced something to satisfy my tiny slump.

So, that’s really what I’ve been up to. A little reading, a lot of tv watching and driving just because I can. What have you been up to these last few weeks? Read some really great books? Any (funny) tv shows you think I should watch? Let me know in the comments!

xx, emily


  1. Julia says

    Congrats on passing your driving test! I’ve almost finished reading A Darker Shade of Magic for the first time and I’m loving it 🙂

    • Annika says

      I´ve also just finished reading A Darker Shade of Magic andI LOVED it!! Hopefully I can find A Gathering of Shadows soon.

  2. says

    I know how you feel! I haven’t been able to post anything myself on my blog. All I’ve done these past couple of days is read and watch I Love Lucy!😂

  3. Danielle says

    I didn’t get my license until I was 18 and I am so glad that I waited. I knew that I was not ready to drive when I was 16 and there really was no point for me to get them then anyway. And the no driving school part is a huge plus. As for shows, Pretty Little Liars came back on and I am super excited about that! But I haven’t been watching any new shows. And this month I’ve been reading Dreams of Gods & Monsters. I’ve been taking my time with it and it is so good!

  4. says

    I didn’t get my license until I was 21 (I had a permit since I was 16) and at the time it felt like a big deal, or that I had to defend myself for not having it by 21, but now (I’m nearly 30) I’m like “eh.” It just doesn’t matter anymore because I’m driving all over Washington, DC and battling the worst traffic in the country. Congratulations on getting your license, though! The freedom to be able to get up and go somewhere without needing anyone else in the car is one feeling that is totally a big deal–it’s so liberating! 🙂

  5. says

    Brooklyn Nine Nine is one of my favorite shows! There are some great Instagram accounts dedicated to the show that I think you would enjoy (once you’re caught up so there aren’t any spoilers, obviously) @jakexamy, @peraltiago, @dailybrooklyn99, @_br99klyn_, etc. I’m so excited for the next season! Your summer reading looks fun, just try to stay out of the book section at Target–you won’t have any money left, trust me. 🙂

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