27 Hours – Queer babies take over space … but colonialism

27 Hours

Series : The Nightside Saga #1

Publication date : October 3rd, 2017goodreads

Publisher : Entangled Teen

Genre : Young Adult | Science Fiction

Page Count: 404

Synopsis : Rumor Mora fears two things: hellhounds too strong for him to kill, and failure. Jude Welton has two dreams: for humans to stop killing monsters, and for his strange abilities to vanish.
But in no reality should a boy raised to love monsters fall for a boy raised to kill them.
Nyx Llorca keeps two secrets: the moon speaks to her, and she’s in love with Dahlia, her best friend. Braeden Tennant wants two things: to get out from his mother’s shadow, and to unlearn Epsilon’s darkest secret.
They’ll both have to commit treason to find the truth.
During one twenty-seven-hour night, if they can’t stop the war between the colonies and the monsters from becoming a war of extinction, the things they wish for will never come true, and the things they fear will be all that’s left. (From Goodreads)

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How Do I do it all ? Studying, blogging, life, etc…

How do i do it all

Hello guys!

The title sounds like the most self-absorbed thing ever but hear me out, it’s just what literally everyone asks me when they learn what my schedule looks like and… yeah, it’s a pretty wild thing. So, I thought I’d talk about it for a bit especially since I’m on an organisational posts kick and I seem to have worked out a system to balance most aspects of my life. It took me four years haha, but better late than never.

Anyway, I’ll stop rambling and dive straight into it. I’ll tackle every aspect separately and get into the “routine” I’ve figured out for each one of them.

How I do it 1

So. This is the biggest one I struggled with, so buckle up, this section will be lengthy. I used to ditch studying in favor of every other thing in my life. I wouldn’t go to lectures (it’s not mandatory) which in on itself isn’t that bad but I wouldn’t study at hom either and would cram all the studying (pretty much discovering everything) the 3 or 4 weeks before my final exams. Not healthy, I know. I would get stressed, anxious and desperate because 1/ I couldn’t see an end to the studying and 2/ wouldn’t leave the house for the whole period. I would not recommend it. Stress also makes me insomniac so i would be sleep deprived on top of it all.

By this time, everyone and their mother knows I’m a medstudent, a 4th year this year which means quite a few things were added to my schedule compared to the past three years.

  • First of, I have hospital rotations from 8am to 12pm which possible extension to 1 or 2pm (which doesn’t happen very often but still), then classes from 2pm to 6pm. This was the exact schedule I had last year but it was without the extensions, I had a lot less responsibilities at the hospital AND I didn’t go to class.
  • THEN, we actually started learning pathology this year which is learning about all the illnesses and I just can’t afford to cram all that up in a month because 1/ it’s humanly impossible and 2/ it’s the practical stuff I will be using for the rest of my life, so what kind of doctor would I be if I only learnt it for exams?

So what changed now? you ask.

I study everyday

I go to the lectures where professors actually add something to the written material and when I don’t, I study in the school Library til 6:30pm when it closes. Then go over that day’s notes and lectures for a couple hours when I get home (if I’m not too tired, because let’s face it, some days I just drop face down on my bed), that way I’m on top of my classes and I have considerably less to do on the weekend. Then on the weekends I go over the notes from anything I feel like I didn’t absorb well enough. So, basically my studying ends around 9pm on week days . And I take a break from studying on Sunday while I still can because in a month or so that won’t be possible haha.

I have a study group

Well, it’s not exactly a study group, they’re my best friends, my support system AND my study buddies. We’re six people and well… we don’t all study together all the time but there’s always 3 of us at all times. I used to study alone and while I’ll still do that right before exams, studying with other people not only takes the edge off of it because we goof off and talk a little when we start getting tired BUT it also brings new things to perspective. Even when we’re not studying the same subjects at the same time, some bring up questions that others didn’t think of so it gets us thinking and reasoning. There’s also the fact that when going through material for the first time, I am bound to struggle with things so having them around to help and talk things through which does wonders for my studying.

So yeah, I’ve been friends with these people since 1st year but we only started working together this year and it’s doing amazing things for our productivity and motivation. 10/10 would recommend.

How I do it 2

I’m sure you’re wondering where the hell I find time to blog when my studying ends at 9pm and I still need to get food in me, do a few other thing before going to sleep to wake up at 6:30. The answer is weekends. Weekends save my blog’s life weekly. I schedule 3 posts, one on Friday, one on Saturday, and one (and sometimes two) on Sunday. And since I was ahead of schedule before school started, I’m basically scheduling posts for 3 weeks ahead, which 1/ takes the pressure off because I know that eventhough I don’t write the three I strive for, I am set for the next week and 2/ One post a day is attainable especially since I only study 5 or 6 hours on Saturday and none -for now- on Sunday.

I also try to answer comments on weekends and get on bloghopping whenever I have down time either before class or when there isn’t much to do in my departement at the hospital. But it’s usually one or two posts at a time. I do a bigger blog-hopping session on Sunday when I feel like it.

How I do it 3Well, not gonna lie, this is where I’m failing a bit. I mainly read at night because there is just no time during the day. I used to read 2 hours during school nights but since I increased my studying time exponentially, I barely have time to read for an hour before I need to sleep.

What I commit to is 2 chapters a day which is pretty doable but I sometimes can’t. When I’m too exhausted, I just don’t do it, because at the end of the day, reading is a hobby. I do feel guilty about it sometimes but I’m mostly doing better than I thought on that front because it’s just not a priority when put up against studying (which I finally realized lol).  I’m reading half what I used to read but at least I have a clear conscience and don’t exhaust myself.

How I do it 4

This will mostly be bullet points because there are way too many parts of this to get into it all in details and parts of it are more personal than others.

  1. I spend quality time with my loved ones. I try to go for an hour a night with my mom (and breakfasts), I visit my grandma and extended family a couple times a month since they all live in a city an hour away AND I spend lunch time with my friends (besides the studying time in the afternoon) 
  2. Let’s not forget my online friends with whom I try to catch up a few times a week because they mean as much to me as IRL ones.
  3. I know when to take a break. I try not to push my limits because that would get me uselessly exhausted way before exam prep period even begins and that’s no good, so if I am really tired, I don’t study when I get home and either go to sleep extra early or do something that doesn’t require as many brain cells.
  4. I don’t hesitate to cut off things that would add unnecessary stress or would exhaust me further. I sadly gave up on workig out because I’m already running around a hospital 4 hours a day and it’s either I work out or study after class, I can’t do both.
  5. Keep some sort of journal to help you not only with organization but also with recording your thoughts and pouring out stress. I talked about how I set up my bullet journal a couple weeks ago if you want to check that out as well.

It’s all about balance, doing enough without doing too much. This may sound like a lot to some and too little to others but *I think* it works for me. It’s been a little over a month and so far so good. So, I hope this answers the question haha and that it might spark some kind of schedule idea for some of you who are still struggling to keep up with it all (relatable af) and if it doesn’t, I hope you find something that works for you soon and that you don’t have to give up on anything that’s meaningful to you in the process ❤


That’s it until next time.

Do you have a Schedule worked out for your school life?

What are some tips you have to stay on top of things?

Hope you enjoyed, write to you soon.

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Dear Martin – The type of story the world needs more of.

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Publication date : October 17th, 2017goodreads

Publisher : Crown Books for Young Readers

Genre : Young Adult | Contemporary

Page Count: 224

Synopsis : Justyce McAllister is top of his class, captain of the debate team, and set for the Ivy League next year—but none of that matters to the police officer who just put him in handcuffs. He is eventually released without charges (or an apology), but the incident has Justyce spooked. Despite leaving his rough neighborhood, he can’t seem to escape the scorn of his former peers or the attitude of his prep school classmates. The only exception: Sarah Jane, Justyce’s gorgeous—and white—debate partner he wishes he didn’t have a thing for. Continue reading

Award #17: This is apparently the only award I ever get tagged in anymore?

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Hello guys !

I’m doing an award today and it’s… the same award as the past couple times haha. I’M SORRY OKAY ? But like, the questions vary so it’s something different every time even when the title is the same. It’s not that big of a deal, right? Right? This time around my wonderful sib Mariam @ Mariam’s Yummy Books is the one who tagged me, so thanks bub for the tag ❤

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#DiverseBookBloggersDiscuss: Seeking a Home – A Call for Adoption Narratives in Fiction

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Salutations dear readers!

Before I get started on my topic, thank you again to the lovely Fadwa for hosting me, I wanted to talk a little about myself. Just to give you some background information that I don’t even know if I’ve shared on my own blog. Talk about exclusive. I was adopted from China when I was young, like five months young, and grew up in the United States until I eventually came to Germany to do my Masters. So that being said, I want to talk today about a hole I still find in diverse YA/all fiction: adopted main characters. Continue reading

The Hollow Girl – Dark and Powerful Twist on the revenge story

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Publication date : October 10th, 2017goodreads

Publisher : Delacorte Press

Genre : Young Adult | Horror

Page Count: 272

Synopsis : Five boys attacked her.
Now they must repay her with their blood and flesh.
Bethan is the apprentice to a green healer named Drina in a clan of Welsh Romanies. Her life is happy and ordered and modest, as required by Roma custom, except for one thing: Silas, the son of the chieftain, has been secretly harassing her.
One night, Silas and his friends brutally assault Bethan and a half-Roma friend, Martyn. As empty and hopeless as she feels from the attack, she asks Drina to bring Martyn back from death’s door. “There is always a price for this kind of magic,” Drina warns. The way to save him is gruesome. Bethan must collect grisly pieces to fuel the spell: an ear, some hair, an eye, a nose, and fingers.
She gives the boys who assaulted her a chance to come forward and apologize. And when they don’t, she knows exactly where to collect her ingredients to save Martyn. (From Goodreads)

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My Bullet Journal Set-up

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A little while ago *cough* around the end of last year *cough* I had briefly talked about journaling and how I was just starting out and was experimenting a lot and a few people asked me to make a post about it, but as I was just beginning, I didn’t feel like I knew enough to talk about it but now I do. That’s why I’m finally writing this post, and also because I started a new journal last month so this is the perfect opportunity. Continue reading

Not Your Sidekick – Cute and Silly on the outside, powerful on the inside

Not Your Sidekick

Series : The Sidekicks Squad #1

Publication date : September 8th, 2016goodreads

Publisher : Duet Books

Genre : Young Adult | Science Fiction

Page Count: 283

Synopsis : Welcome to Andover… where superpowers are common, but internships are complicated. Just ask high school nobody, Jessica Tran. Despite her heroic lineage, Jess is resigned to a life without superpowers and is merely looking to beef-up her college applications when she stumbles upon the perfect (paid!) internship—only it turns out to be for the town’s most heinous supervillain. On the upside, she gets to work with her longtime secret crush, Abby, who Jess thinks may have a secret of her own. Then there’s the budding attraction to her fellow intern, the mysterious “M,” who never seems to be in the same place as Abby. But what starts as a fun way to spite her superhero parents takes a sudden and dangerous turn when she uncovers a plot larger than heroes and villains altogether. (From Goodreads)

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WORD WONDERS’ TBR EXPANSION : Books with Latinx Main Characters

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Hello guys !

Another month, another post full of awesome and awesome looking recommendations. In case you didn’t know, it’s Hispanic Heritage month and since I already do these monthly posts and was eventually going to get to Latinx rep, I thought this would be the perfect time to do a list of books with Latinx Main Characters. Most of them are #ownvoices, and I’d suggest supporting Latinx authors as best as you can this month, okay? ❤

I will try to include content warnings for as many of them. The ones that I couldn’t find content warnings for will have a (*) in front of their titles.

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