Let’s Catch Up (#22)

Hey y’all. I don’t know about you, but I’m feeling 22.

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We’ve made it through 22 sessions of these catch ups and I’m so happy to have you here with me. Since you’re already here, might as well grap a fall themed drink, a cozy blanket, and take a seat so we can catch up!

This week has been another busy one and I can tell by your face that you are in no way surprised. Buckle up, it’s midterm season.

Life Update

My classes have been okay. I didn’t forget about any assignments this time but it definitely wasn’t easy keeping up with them. I got my grade back on my Shakespeare essay and I got an A! It’s the essay I was stressing about most so I’m really happen about that.

I have to write a creative nonfiction personal essay for my Creative Writing class. For someone who literally writes about herself all the time, I’m struggling. The stuff we’ve read so far makes me feel like I need to be super deep about it, but I’m pretty sure I’m just overthinking the whole thing. I need to sit down and start writing.

The walks have been going pretty well. My grandma and I only walked twice this week instead of three times but we’ve made the most of our time together. She’s the kind of person that’s okay with talking but is also super comfortable with silence so when we go to the park we sit at a table under a gazebo and just chill. It’s so relaxing and honestly my favorite part of the week.

I visited my younger cousins yesterday and that gave me such a major serotonin boost. They’re such great girls and they each have such distinct personalities. It’s always a fun time when I get to see them. And of course, I came bearing books.

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Blogging Update

It was a pretty good blogging week. I actually posted things and that’s what matters. I haven’t really blog hopped (again) and I’m honestly not mad at myself anymore about it. It’s been really hard to focus on with school because I’m always reading super long articles and whatnot so when I’m not focusing on school, I literally just watch cartoons. And what do we call that? Self-care!

I was tagged by Jasmine @ Curly Haired Bibliophile for her original book tag based on Long Way Down and I need y’all to go check out how pretty her banners are. You can tell she took her time on it.

Bookstagram has still been fun. I posted a book based outfits reel that I’m really proud of, so check that out if you haven’t seen it before. And now let’s cue up a shameless plug for my bookstagram:

What Did I Miss?

This is the part where I talk about what I posted this week and you check out what you may have missed. Four new posts went up on my blog this week and I’m honestly happy with each and every one of them.

Author Interview: Andrea Davis Pinkney and Brian Pinkney ~ Rae's Reads and Reviews

My exclusive interview with the author/illustrator duo of Loretta Little Looks Back is finally up! I really love their answers so be sure to check that out if you haven’t yet. This interview was done as part of the book tour for it.

Top 5 Tuesday ~ Rae's Reads and Reviews

This week’s Top 5 Tuesday was so cute! It was basically just black and/or orange books and I ended up having a lot more to choose from than I thought.

If Long Way Down was a Movie: Dream Cast ~ Rae's Reads and Reviews

I’m so happy Long Way Down has gotten a graphic novel adaptation. It goes so perfectly with the story and I made a dream cast for it.

The Long Way Down Book Tag ~ Rae's Reads and Reviews

It was a double post kind of Friday for this book tour so I also posted an original book tag for Long Way Down.

Okay, it’s past 1 AM right now so I’m gonna shut down my laptop and go to sleep. I’m sending you lots of love and good vibes today!

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How was our week?

What has been the most calming thing for you this week?

How do you self-care?

Let me know in the comments below, let’s chat!


Author: Rachelle Saint Louis

Rachelle Saint Louis is a Haitian-American writer, born and raised in South Florida. She received a 2018 Silver Medal in the Scholastic Art and Writing Competition for her poem “Red Blood Cell.” She is currently a Psychology and English double major at Florida Atlantic University. Her poetry has been published in Rigorous Magazine. Rachelle has been writing poetry since the 7th grade and you can often find her performing Spoken Word at local open mics.

5 thoughts on “Let’s Catch Up (#22)”

    1. They do look really similar but the two books are unrelated. The characters are kind of similar in personality and socioeconomic status but the plots are super different. That Was Then, This is Now is a super short book but it’s also absolutely amazing and has made me cry a whole lot. I’ve read it twice but I do plan on rereading it again at some point. I also loved The Outsiders in high school and I went to the thrift store today and ended up finding a copy! 😁


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