Phobias: Book Version

Last week, Joanna Goddard wrote about phobias on A Cup of Jo and while I have all the usual phobias that most people have-- no internet connection (or phone signal!), bugs, fear of heights, and fears that some don't have--birds, I have plenty of fears that relate to books. Though to be fair, my fears relating to books aren't half as bad as my fear of birds, lack of internet connection, they're still there. 

Budget Diaries from a College Student: Spending $100 on Textbooks + more

A couple months ago, someone emailed me out of the blue asking me if I could answer a couple of questions about being a college student and a reader. Sure, I thought, why not? I didn't think that much about it until posts started popping up in my college's incoming freshman group. These freshmen are freaking out about everything and I know that they're not alone. 

And because we're all curious and thrifty people, here are some resources that will help your wallet and give you some spare money to afford those books you've been eyeing. Isn't that the logic? Save money on textbooks to buy that book you've been eyeing since it made itself into an Edelweiss catalog or onto Goodreads.

Money in Yo Pocket

Read on to learn how I spend less than $100 on textbooks per semester... 

Creative Spaces// Alexa of Alexa Loves Books

Putting together another edition of Creative Spaces, I thought to myself, I really do need to clean my room and figure out what my decor for next semester is. I'm overdue for a cleaning and incredibly behind on sorting out my design inspiration for my dorm room. I'm reading A Beautiful Mess, DesignLoveFest and SFGirlbyBay as well as some other home design blogs so that's got to count right? I just have to save and sort some design inspiration pics that's all. Or at least that's what I'm telling myself. If you have any design tips, do let me know because I just realized I'm returning back to school in a little more in a month. Yikes. 

I went out with a friend recently and we went into a couple of furniture stores, where we discussed our design styles. I was like, "Minimalistic!" and at the same time, she was like, "You'd have some quirky fabrics and things". Who's right? I don't know but when I do, I'll let you know. Right now, it's largely an amalgamation of functional things, random bowls from Crate and Barrel, and school-mandated furniture. 

Anyway, onto this week's feature! I've been following Alexa's blog for what seems like forever and despite seeing her in the flesh at this year's BEA, I've never actually met her. Next time, I keep telling myself! Next time when I gather up whatever courage I have and actually go up to her and say hi. I got this. Someone please teach me how to not be shy, okay?

A little about her...

Hi! I'm Alexa, a 24 (almost 25) year old who currently lives, works & plays in New York City. If there's anything that I'm incredibly passionate about in my life, apart from my loved ones, it's books! I've always been an avid bookworm, as well as an aspiring author. My passion led me to start my blog, Alexa Loves Books, and has only continued to grow over the years. Apart from reading, I love travel, food + movies!

DIY// Travel Journal

Since this week is travel week on the blog, I thought I should do a quick and easy DIY for a travel-themed notebook. It doesn't need a lot of supplies either and most of the supplies are ones that are already in your house. I hope you like it! 

Travel Journal DIY

Travel Journal DIY Supplies

Supplies You'll Need

  • Glue/Glue Stick
  • Scissors/Paper cutter
  • Journal (not the ones with a wire spire)
  • Thread (any color)- Not pictured
  • Needle
  • Map/Map Printout- I used a map that I had laying around that was from a state tourism office. The next time you go to a visitor center, be sure to take an extra for this project! If you're using a printout, I suggest printing it on relatively thick (doesn't have to be cardstock thick though) paper.

Review// Just One Day by Gayle Forman

I started off this week with a travel post so I thought it'll be fun to make it a "travel" themed week! I've been meaning to read Gayle Forman's Just One Day for an incredibly long time now (I think it's been two years and counting) and I finally managed to read it. 

Just One Day by Gayle Forman

Like a lot of people my age, I have serious wanderlust, especially for Europe. London? Check. Paris? Check? Amsterdam? Check. Whenever I see scenes like the one below, I really want to hop on a plane and go. 

European City Sky

In lieu of actually traveling, I read Just One Day instead. The book is set in London, however only briefly, Paris and Amsterdam (as well as Boston) and it is filled with places to go and visit. I hate to say this but I rarely feel like I'm "traveling" when I read but with Just One Day  I really did. 

A Guide to Maine (Acadia National Park)

I hope you had a great long weekend! I road tripped with my family up to Maine, which is incredibly beautiful, despite Hurricane Arthur's attempts to dampen our efforts (literally and maybe pun intended). 

I haven't road tripped in a while so I forgot that there are really only four things I can do:
  • Eat
  • Sleep
  • Look out the window
  • Drive

Most people would read but I can't. I did a lot of eating, way more than normal, because I was so bored. Sadly, it was nothing like Morgan Matson's Roger and Amy's Epic Detour

Asian American Authors + Resources Part Two

I am so incredibly happy and thankful to see all of the positive feedback as well as the sharing of my last post where I rounded up 23 POC authors (a good chunk were of Asian descent) on social media. A couple people I suggested that I should make a follow up post and I agreed, though I blanched a little at the amount of work that it was going to take me. The last post took up a whole chunk of last week, the weekend and Monday, since I was busy doing write-ups and making 24 graphics to accompany the post. Despite the potential amount of work that I was possibly undertaking again, I wanted to do another, though, shorter post to follow up.

I've included both books that I've read as well as reader suggestions. I've also included a couple of online resources as well.