Summer Reading List 2018

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Hello everyone!

Work has been keeping me fairly busy this summer, but I’ve been actively trying to pick up a book when I have some free time. Because of that, I thought that I’d share some of the books on my summer reading list with you!

So, here are the books that I’m trying to read this summer:

  • A Vindication of the Rights of Women by Mary Wollenstonecraft: This has been sitting on my bookshelf for a while, but I think it will be an important read as one of the earlier works of feminist philosophy.
  • The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton: I’ve started reading this book, which is about high society in New York in the 1870s. My only qualm is it can be hard to follow since it’s an older book, but it’s still interesting so far.
  • Three Challenges to Ethics by James Sterba: I snagged this book from a pile of free books that was hanging around the philosophy department. It looks interesting since it discusses the challenges that environmentalism, feminism, and multicultralism pose to traditional ethics.
  • Vimy: The Battle and Legend by Tim Cook: This book was a birthday present that I got a couple of weeks ago. Since I like learning about anything to do with war history, I’m sure it’ll be a great read.
  • Waiting for First Light by Romeo Dallaire: Dallaire’s writing has always struck me as incredibly powerful, and this book did not disappoint. It’s about his experience with PTSD after coming back from Rwanda, and it’s incredibly eye-opening. Word of warning, it does deal with a lot of heavier topics like suicide, so make sure you’re not putting your own mental health at risk by reading it.

What are you reading this summer? Please drop me a comment so I can justify adding more books to my bookshelf!

-Mel.

Happy Canada Day!

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From the Eastern coast of Canada, I hope all the Canadians following my blog have a great holiday! Take the time to have fun with your close friends and family during this long weekend.

I’ve always felt lucky to live in this country. It’s beautiful from coast to coast, from the oceans to the mountains and prairies. To live in a country that is both rich in natural beauty and contains such diverse people is truly a blessing.

That being said, Canadians have a lot of work ahead of us in the next couple of years. Forming the Canada of the future as a leader on the world stage and as a place where everyone feels accepted will mean putting in the time and effort. We shouldn’t forget our history as well, especially the indigenous peoples that have been here longer than most of us.

I hope you all have a great Canada Day, and celebrate this great place we call home. For the rest of my followers, I hope you have a great Sunday!

-Mel.

 

Thank You!

I just wanted to say a brief thank you to all of you who have been following me throughout the May 30 Day Writing Challenge. This one has been my favourite one yet, and I’m glad to see my posts resonating with you.

I also gained a bunch of new followers this month, and I wanted to give them all a shoutout. Welcome to the blog, and I hope you stick around for a while!

I will be taking a brief break from writing, since I need some time to get together some posts and reorganize my blog a little. I’d love to hear your suggestions for posts you’d like to see in the meantime, so please leave any ideas in the comments!

Thank you all for reading, liking, and commenting this last month, it means a lot to me. I hope your month of May was awesome as well, and that this month holds even more good things for you.

I’ll see you in the next post!

-Mel.

Day 31: Your Summer Goals

I have a lot of goals this summer, many of which I’m already working on as part of my list. So, I decided I’d share some of them:

  • Eating healthier (which means all the fruits and veggies!)
  • Start exercising more
  • Drink more water
  • Read some books for pleasure
  • Explore Antigonish and go to the Highland Games
  • Reorganize my blog
  • Learn some more German
  • Pick my top Masters programs
  • Plan some events for the history society this year
  • Make a trip to the beach
  • Make a trip to Halifax (hopefully?)

What are some of your goals for this summer? Let me know in the comments!

-Mel.

Day 29: Your Pets

As I don’t currently have any pets of my own, I decided today I’d post about all the pets I’ve had in the past today.

The first pet I ever had personally was a hamster named French Fry, inherited with the name and all from a friend. He ended up having kids, and my sister and I got to have one of his kids each. We named them Prince and Banana Split, but unfortunately, they didn’t live very long. All three were great starter pets, and they definitely kept us entertained.

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Our family also got a dog shortly before the hamsters, and her name was Jerzy. She was a Newfoundland and Lab mix, and she passed away a few years ago. She was a very caring and empathetic dog, but also expected to be treated as a queen. She liked the snow, swimming, and dragging people on walks in her younger years. You can read more about her in this post.

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The last dog we had was named Jypsie (among other nicknames), and she passed away suddenly this last Christmas. She was adopted, and my family originally got her as a friend to Jerzy in her old age. Jypsie was a giant suck up, great heat warmer for the couch or your bed, and always was in a good mood. She was very good at escaping and was very catlike as well. You can read more about her here.

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Hopefully there are more pets in my future, but for now I’m content with looking after a beta fish for the summer.

What pet(s) do you have, or want to have? Let me know in the comments!

-Mel.

 

Day 27: A Lesson You’ve Learned

I think one of the biggest lessons I’ve learned this last year is actively going out of my comfort zone. I’ve always been a more introverted and cautious person, and this year I’ve really been trying to push myself to do new things and meet new people.

Ironically, pushing my boundaries started with two spur of the moment decisions. When I applied to the campus newspaper, I did it on a whim since I was having fun writing this blog. Similarly, I joined the executive of the history society since I was asked randomly by a friend and one of my old professors if I wanted the job. Both decisions pushed me out of my comfort zone with having to recruit people for the society and writing new stories on topics I wasn’t as familiar with. But I wouldn’t change a thing, since I made some great friends and learned a lot about myself along the way.

With school as well, I pushed myself out of my comfort zone with a few of the classes I took this year. It made me realize that I don’t find sociology interesting, and that I never want to become a lawyer. At the same time, I realized that I’m most interested in my classes when I’m able to study security or conflict issues, which has made me consider studying those topics more.

Overall, continuously pushing my limits has been a good lesson to learn this year. I’m sure I’ll continue doing a little bit more outside my comfort zone this next year, and I can’t wait to see what good things come out of that.

What lesson have you learned recently? Drop me a comment!

-Mel.

Day 25: What You Did Today

I didn’t get up to anything too exciting today, as it is a workday for me. But that’s what it’s like in the life of a research assistant.

I slept in a little this morning since I didn’t have any meetings, and then I ate breakfast and went through my emails and notifications. After that, I started to get some work done. I’m currently reading a book on Canadian fisheries policy and taking notes on certain things that are useful for the project I’m working on.

I worked most of the day, with a break for coffee and lunch of course. I decided to work on my blog later in the afternoon, mostly doing some editing and behind the scenes work. I also tend to write some 30 Day Challenge posts in advance, since I can’t always write a post the day it goes up. Luckily, I got to edit my blog in my reading nook, which is one of my favourite places to work.

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Last but not least, I’m just about to cook dinner, which involves roasting a bunch of veggies and making some meatballs. After that, I plan to relax the rest of the night, which might mean reading a bit or putting on a movie.

What are some of the things you did today? Let me know in the comments!

-Mel.

Day 19: What You’re Currently Worrying About

I think that being an adult means you always have a couple of worries in the back of your mind. I’m sure at any point I’m worrying about work, school, the future, etc as background noise.

What I’m currently worrying about is mostly school related. I have to choose my courses fairly soon for my 4th year, which means spending a few hours sighing exasperatedly over the course timetable. It’s really hard to juggle two majors with two sets of requirements when they like to schedule things at similar times.

The other school related worry I have right now is to do with pursuing a Masters degree. I’ve been doing research about grad schools and programs recently, which is always stressful. At this point, I’m fairly certain university websites are supposed to be confusing and send you down several rabbit holes until you find the information you actually need.

However, even if I’m worrying about school, I know it will all turn out for the best in the end. After all, I’ve got a few years of university under my belt, and a great support system that will help me with whatever I need.

Are you worried about anything at the moment? Drop me a comment, and I might be able to give you some advice!

-Mel.

Day 18: What You Wore Today

I didn’t wear anything too fancy today, since I have a lot of errands to run and work to do.

Today I decided to go with a plain black t-shirt and Old Navy Jeans that have been cuffed at the bottom. I also threw on some black flats when I headed out to complete the outfit.

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I did my makeup as well today, with a brown and light pink eyeshadow look and some coral lipstick.

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Last but not least, I’m using this beautiful bag from Bentley to carry around everything I need today.

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What’s your go to spring outfit, or what did you wear today? Let me know in the comments!

-Mel.

 

 

Day 14: Ten Random Facts About Yourself

Without any further ado, here are ten fairly random facts about myself:

  1. My best friend and I have known each other since we met in kindergarten.
  2. My favourite colours are turquoise, purple, and emerald/forest greens.
  3. I dislike having naturally long nails, but I like having fake nails.
  4. I can play piano, and played clarinet for two years in junior high.
  5. I’m allergic to cats, but I’ll still pet them anyways because they’re cute. Especially black cats.
  6. I love camping and hiking, and I wish I had time to do more of both.
  7. My favourite chore is doing the dishes, since it’s really relaxing.
  8. I like watching gaming videos on YouTube, including Achievement Hunter and Markiplier.
  9. My sense of humour is very British, think Monty Python or Fawlty Towers. I’m also a big fan of puns.
  10. My favourite styles of clothing are classic and 50s, but I need to work on translating those over to my closet.

Can you guys relate to anything on my list? Leave me a comment down below if you do, or if you want to share a random fact about yourself.

-Mel.