99 English Major Problems and Words are All of Them

  1. Not being able to take all the classes you would like
  2. Not reading everything you should for classes
  3. Choosing what to read and what not to read
  4. Too many readingsRelated image
  5. Not having time to read your own books’
  6. Geeking out about books you’re going to read for school
  7. Writing essays
  8. But, secretly enjoying essays at the same time
  9. Being asked “Do you want to be a teacher?” when you actually don’tImage result for no gif
  10. Not having a concrete plan after graduation
  11. Deciding whether or not to apply for grad school
  12. Having to explain why you chose English as your major
  13. People not understanding the importance of literature
  14. People questioning your major
  15. People saying your major is “not hard”Image result for annoyed gifImage result for rolling eyes gif
  16. Those annoying mandatory linguistics class
  17. Those annoying mandatory Renaissance class
  18. Realizing that neither of those courses are that bad
  19. Being nervous about talking in class
  20. Talking in class and forgetting the point you were going to make
  21. Hoping that the professor doesn’t call on your when you haven’t done the reading
  22. Having to pretend that you did do the reading
  23. Random in class quizzes
  24. Failing the in class quizzes
  25. That random student who always makes a really good insightful comment
  26. That random student that talks too much but doesn’t say anything meaningful
  27. That random student who never reads anything and does really wellImage result for give me patience gif
  28. That random student who brings intersectional feminism into every topic
  29. When the discussion veers off to a completely different subject
  30. Staying quiet in class because you didn’t read
  31. When someone uses a word incorrectly
  32. When someone uses who and whom incorrectly
  33. When someone doesn’t know the difference between to, too, and two
  34. When someone doesn’t know the difference between there, their, and they’re
  35. When someone doesn’t know the difference between your and you’reImage result for you and you're gif
  36. When a friend thinks you have time to edit their essay or be their spellcheck
  37. You know, because they don’t see you writing 4 different essays or reading 4 different books at the same time
  38. Having to meet a word limit
  39. Not being able to go over a word limit
  40. Your best friends are Dictionary and Thesaurus
  41. Being swamped with so much you don’t want to read
  42. Forgetting why you chose to be an English majorImage result for what is life gif
  43. Completing your Goodreads goal of 100 books one month early
  44. People not understanding my love for good puns
  45. People not understanding my sense of humor
  46. Being excited about buying textbooks for class
  47. Then being broke, but at least now you have 10 new books
  48. When all the creative writing courses are on a different campus
  49. When a course you want is on a different campus
  50. When you can’t decide on classes or you schedule
  51. Coffee, coffee, coffee, and more coffeeImage result for coffee gifRelated image
  52. Hanging out at bookstore / café before class
  53. Discovering a used bookstore
  54. Used bookstores with great deals
  55. Writing on your school books
  56. Writing on books when you normally don’t
  57. Writing on books to help you out later when you’re writing essays
  58. When professors give you a very specific prompt
  59. When professors let you choose any topic
  60. When professors let you choose the book for your essay
  61. When professors don’t let you choose the book for your essay
  62. Having to write an essay on a book you didn’t like
  63. Rewriting your essay at least twice before turning it in
  64. Thinking you’re a genius as you write, and then realizing you’re notImage result for typing gifImage result for what did i do gif
  65. Not leaving the house with at least one book… just in case
  66. Having a mini pile of books on your bedside table
  67. Overanalyzing everything. The dress isn’t just purple because she spilled grape juice over it, there has to be more to it.Related image
  68. Water isn’t just water
  69. Wings isn’t just about flying
  70. Fire isn’t just fire
  71. Aliens aren’t just aliens
  72. Neither are any other supernatural creature
  73. Color is also very important
  74. Seeing and understanding patterns in storytelling
  75. Everything is a sex or phallic symbol
  76. More overanalyzingImage result for overanalyzing gif
  77. Coming up with joke / references no one else understands
  78. Reading for pleasure becomes a rarity
  79. Reading for pleasure after you’re done reading for school and falling asleep
  80. Unable to read even a chapter for pleasure
  81. Your most recent google search might include “Synonym for”
  82. Your most recent google search might include “definition of ”
  83. Your most recent google search might include “good books to read”Image result for googling gif
  84. Understanding the importance of the comma
  85. Knowing what are adjectives, verbs, adverbs, prepositions, determiners, and nounsImage result for english major gif
  86. Finding connections and meaning in everything you read
  87. People thinking you’ve read all the classics
  88. Meanwhile, Jane Eyre is still just sitting there
  89. Being told you’re not going to make any money
  90. Being perpetually tiredImage result for finals week gif
  91. Wondering when the semester is going to end
  92. Midterms are the worst
  93. No wait, finals are definitely the worstImage result for finals week gifRelated image
  94. English classes are very talkative
  95. Happy about seeing a graphic novel on the reading list
  96. Movies and TV shows are also literature
  97. Rereading a book you read from an old class again for a new class
  98. Refusing to go on a semester without your favorite professor
  99. Realizing there’s nothing else you’d rather major inImage result for yeah gif

I’m pretty sure I can come up with a lot more, but for now let’s stop here. Let me know what you guys think in the comments below. If you’re an English major (or any major / school) what are some of your problems?

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Tropes, Trends, and Thoughts on YA

I love Young Adult literature. It’s what got me into reading and what has kept me up at night, and I will forever be indebted for making me into a reader. Without YA I might have never turned to the online book communities like WordPress, Instagram, and YouTube. BUT, (you had to know a but was coming) in a previous post, I talked about how I’m growing out of YA but, I realized two things. 1) I never talked about the parts that YA has upset me and 2) I would have to dedicate a whole blog post to it. And now, here it is. Continue reading

Top 5 Wednesday: Nostalgic Fictional Boyfriends or Girlfriends

PROMPT
— Characters you swooned over when you were younger. This was a topic from our suggestion board 🙂

Yes, half of these are cartoons, but remember I was just a kid. Yes, there are more than 5, but I had too many crushes as a kid. Yes, some of these aren’t actual characters, but I needed to include them. Yes, I’m still not quite over any of these crushes. And this is in no particular order. Continue reading

Am I Growing Out of YA?

The YA genre is what reignited my love for reading when I was in middle school. Realizing that I could suddenly read about people my age was an amazing discovery for me at that age. I had grown out of kids books like Junie B. Jones and Charlotte’s Web and entered the world of teenagers with their complicated lives of first loves,  friendship drama, and high school. I fell in love with the genre because I found some part of me in them whether it was those pesky butterflies in my stomach or feeling like an outcast, I didn’t feel completely alone.

As a 22 year old, things have changed, I have changed, my interests have changed. When I go to a bookstore, or when I browse for new reads, YA isn’t a huge part of my browsing history anymore. This is weird for me because for the vast majority of my life I’ve read YA books, and now I see myself paying attention to books outside that genre. Not only that, but I’m annoyed by some of these books!

I’ve tried branching out to the New Adult genre because it caters to people in their early 20s, i.e. me, but I can’t stand it either save Colleen Hoover and Sarah J. Maas. Most of my annoyance with this genre comes from how all the books are the same and full of sex. Honestly, I think NA was created by YA authors who wanted to writer steamier romance scenes. It’s not what I’m looking for or what I was hoping for.

I know it’s not a bad thing, but I’m not sure where this leaves me. Because I was so invested in the YA genre, I knew what to look for, what authors to read, what books to read, and so on. But, now I’m in some sort of reading limbo. I don’t know where to start, what books to read, what authors to look out for, or even what book to movie adaptations to keep an eye out for.

So what does this mean? I’m not sure at all. I do know, this has been bugging me lately, and I needed to let it out in some way.

Please let me know what are your thoughts? What books should I read next to help me through this limbo? Have you experienced the same thing?

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October 2017 Update

For October I tried my best to read books and watch shows in the horror or fantasy genre for Halloween. I did the best that I could between school readings, essays, and work. My list makes it look like I read a lot but considering how half of it came from school, and another portion audiobooks, I didn’t really read much. Most of my personal reading came from short stories from the Grimm Brothers Fairy Tales.

So, no, I didn’t do much personal reading and strangely (or not) my favorite reads from October came school assigned books. One was Nat Turner, a biographical graphic novel about Nat Turner and his slave rebellion in 1831. It has been the easiest and fastest read so far this semester because it’s just pictures without much text. I’m amazed from the way Baker was able to tell his story through his art.

My second favorite book was Wicked Weeds: A Zombie Novel by Pedro Cabiya. The book is amazing because it’s not like your typical zombie novel. The zombies in this story are not flesh eating scary beings, they appear mostly normal. The best thing about this book? It’s really a story about immigration and mental illness. So if you ever see this book, please go ahead and read it!

Books Read

  • “It’s a Good Life” by Jerome Bixby (4/5)
  • Sweet Posession by Maya Banks (2/5)
  • The Lover’s Dictionary by David Levithan (4/5)
  • The One by Keira Cass (2/5)
  • Me Before You by Jojo Moyes (4.5/5)
  • Nat Turner by Kyle Baker (5/5)
  • Wicked Weeds: A Zombie Novel by Pedro Cabiya (4/5)
  • Malcolm X: A Graphic Novel by Andrew Helfer (3/5)
  • Losing It by Cora Carmack (2.5/5)
  • Latin@ Rising
    • “Sin Embargo” by Sabrina Vourvoulias (4/5)
    • “Accursed Lineage” by Daina Chaviano (4/5)
    • “Coconauts in Space” by ADAL (3/5)
    • “Cowboy Medium” by Ana Castillo (2/5)

What did you read in October? Any new favorites or recommendations? Let me know in the comments below.

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