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4th of July – Disney Style

photography vs vlogging

I have to say that between the two I’m not sure which I enjoy more. If you guys didn’t know I still run my youtube channel HERE which you can check out if you’d like. I have a few vlogs up from Disney but recently most of them have been about BOOKS! And when my entire apartment had off for 4th of July I couldn’t decide whether I wanted to take photos, film, or both.

I ended up having to choose just because it was such a hot day filled with shenanigans that I really didn’t want to have to keep switching my lenses. If you didn’t know I only own my kit lens + a 50mm portrait lens and switching them back and forth is a pain and not something I’d like to subject my camera to all day long.

As per usual, I opted for photos! So if you’d like to check out our vlog from that day, make sure to keep an eye on HILLARY’S channel for that video soon.

Getting patriotic

Kayla in front of Spaceship Earth

Hillary Vlogging

CJ & Kayla Spaceship Earth

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Recent Reads (7.16.16)

It’s been approximately 4 months since my last recent reads and I have to say that I think I’ve done quite a good job at keeping up with my literature though I’m never going to surpass my 140 books from last year at the rate I am going. I am currently at 48 out of the 100, which means I’m only 5 behind so if I just find some more graphic novels (my expertise right now) I think I could finally catch up!


Finished

Their Eyes Were Watching God

Their Eyes Were Watching God – Zora Hurston 

2.5/5

When Janie, at sixteen, is caught kissing shiftless Johnny Taylor, her grandmother swiftly marries her off to an old man with sixty acres. Janie endures two stifling marriages before meeting the man of her dreams, who offers not diamonds, but a packet of flowering seeds …

I hadn’t heard of this book before I saw that Crash Course was coming out with their second Literature Series hosted by John Green and this book was the first on the list. A 2.5 stars from  me, but I do understand how important it is as a novel. The story was quite interesting at the beginning, but I felt like it was repetitive as it followed the years of Janie’s life and her 3 husbands. I appreciated the plot of Janie finally gaining her independence as a woman and learning about her family’s history as slaves was insightful.

The vernacular was what threw me off, and I can’t really criticize the book for that aspect because it was just being true to the characters in the novel. It just made the book harder and slower to get through. It’s interesting to see the contrast between Hurston’s voice as a narrator and the voices she gives to her characters. Below is the literature episode discussing this novel.

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Flickr & Book Haul #2

Good evening friends, I’m stopping by today to let you know that I finally restarted my entire Flickr and filled it to the brim with some of my favorite past photos and keeping it up to date with all my new photos! You can check out my page here:

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It gives you really easy access to share my photos with others, and I refrained from putting a watermark on them because I know how annoying they are. Please PLEASE do not steal my photos, I am putting my trust in everyone by not wartermarking these. The share features allow you to share them while still giving credit to me, please use it. If you are wanting to use these photos as a background or screensaver or anything else please email me at k_justice23@hotmail.com FIRST to ask permission. Otherwise, enjoy!

I also stopped in to post some photos of my book haul from this past week. Technically it counts as July since I ordered them then, or let’s at least say so for my checkbook. From Book Depository I picked up Fangirl Special UK Edition by Rainbow Rowell for $19.95. It was a little pricey, but the book comes with a pink cover, the title printed on the side of the pages when closed, a ribbon bookmark attached, and the dust cover also works as a poster. 

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Summer Reads: July 25th

 Read ALL the books!! I’ve been working a ton at the library this month so I haven’t had as much time to read, but I’ve been making myself find time and finished an entire 9 book series this month. Check out below to see what series I’m talking about!

 

Landline - Rainbow Rowell

Landline – Rainbow Rowell

Landline – Rainbow Rowell

Recommend: The weakest Rowell novel, but yes. 3/5

I wanted so badly to fall in love with this book but it was kind of hard. I got sucked into it about 50 pages and read for quite a bit straight through but it didn’t give me that feeling that Attachments or Fangirl did. However, I DID like it a lot. The thing that I love about Rainbow Rowell’s characters are that they are so uniquely human. They reference a lot of pop culture, the characters are pretty nerdy, and her stories feel real to me.

Georgie is one of those people. She worries about her kids, she thinks her marriage might be falling apart, she’s a little crazy. She’s obsessed with her job, doesn’t understand the love between her and her husband. Overall she’s just really relateable to a lot of people. The dialogue in Georgie’s head was perfect, the “Magic F**king Phone” had me rolling. It’s about as honest as you can get.

I did have a hard time getting a feel for Neal, he was kind of this platonic character, they didn’t feel married but I guess that’s what marriage is like sometimes.

Overall I hate to say it, but I felt it was her weakest novel, but I DID like it. And I was hanging on for dear life waiting to see what couple Rowell was gonna reference from her past books to give us an update on. I was VERY happy with that!!

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