• Liv's Bookshelf,  What I Read this Month

    August 2020 Reads

    Somehow I managed to read 5 books this month even though I was in the worst reading slump! My August reads were very diverse, and I’m proud that I went out of my comfort zone again this month. Everything Inside Everything Inside is a collection of short stories that was picked for Reese’s Book Club this month. I wrote a separate post for this book, so you can check it out here! The Vanishing Half Go find this book and read it right NOW!! It was that good. The Vanishing Half was one of those reads that I couldn’t put down. The story was compelling, tragic, and so very emotional.…

  • My Playlists

    Throwback Spotify Playlist

    I was in the mood for some classic favorites so this throwback Spotify playlist was on repeat for most of August! I tried to pick songs from a variety of genres and eras, so hopefully, there’s something here for everyone! Stay tuned for next month’s “folklore” themed playlist!! What’s your favorite throwback song? Let me know in the comments! Interested in more playlists and music recommendations? Click here to browse my monthly playlist series!

  • Book Reviews,  Liv's Bookshelf

    Everything Inside Book Review

    Reese’s Book Club pick for August is a collection of short stories, which is definitely out of my comfort zone. I don’t love short stories because I get caught up in the plot and characters just when the author ends it. It makes me want more and it’s hard to jump from one short story to the next. So without further ado, here’s my Everything Inside book review! Title: Everything Inside Author: Edwidge Danticat My Rating: Rich with hard-won wisdom and humanity, set in locales from Miami and Port-au-Prince to a small unnamed country in the Caribbean and beyond, Everything Inside is at once wide in scope and intimate, as it explores…

  • Introversion

    Introverts are inferior and other myths

    Growing up, I felt different than most of my friends. I was quiet, loved playing by myself, and preferred animals to human interaction. I didn’t speak up during class or volunteer to speak during presentations and debates. I enjoyed being in the background, watching and listening rather than being the center of attention. I have been told to smile more, be more outspoken, take some initiative, and get out of your comfort zone. But I found it strange that my quietness was looked at as a “fault” that needed to be fixed. Now that I know about what it means to be an introvert, I have realized that my quiet…

  • Q&A

    Get to Know Me: Travel Q&A

    I’ve been in a bit of a slump when it comes to blog post topics, so I’m sorry if this post seems random. I was recently going through old photos of vacations and summer trips, and I thought it might make for a fun travel-themed get to know me post! I know we’ve all been at home this summer, but maybe this travel Q&A will get you out of the summer blues we’re all experiencing! How many US states have you been to? (actually stayed in, not just traveled through) I’ve stayed in 21 states (not including Ohio, where I live.): Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, Arkansas, Kansas, Indiana, Kentucky,…