5 MUST DO Tahoe Summer Experiences

Lake Tahoe is one of my favorite places. I have been going up there since I was 2. My grandparents have a house and I would always go spend up to 3 weeks with them in the summer, doing swim lessons, being on the lake, and winning library reading contests. 

Did you know Lake Tahoe is the second deepest lake in the U.S? It has a ton of cool history and was even frequented by Frank Sinatra. 

The lake goes across the California and Nevada border so it’s easy to spend the day going back and forth between states depending on what adventures you are having.

There are apparently a ton of cool trails for hiking but as I am not at all a hiker, I have compiled a list of fun things to do that do NOT involve hiking.

Nevada Side

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Florida Fun- to do’s for the whole family

Florida is always talked about as the spring break destination for college students. While I never did go on a Florida Spring Break trip, my college roomie and I thought it would be the perfect graduation getaway. 

After not getting to graduate together we had to have our graduation getaway, especially because without college we won’t see each other as much since we live on opposite sides of the country. 🙁

The first thing we need to discuss is the beach. Whenever I thought of Florida I always imagined super bright sun and white sandy beaches. For it being my first time in Florida it did not disappoint. 

White. Sandy. Beach.

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The Practical Summer Things List

The Month of July is THE summer month. It is the month where everything you wanted to do over the summer is planned to get done. The days are super long and basically every day is sunny and hot. The month where every day can be spent in the water. I like July. 

This summer I am trying to add even small fun new things into my days. Even if that is something as small as running to grab an ice cream just cuz or planning an extra game night. 

Let’s live for all the little moments this summer!

The Things To Do:

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6 Spring Outfits-Casual Days or Date Nights

6 Spring Outfits

for casual days or date nights

Spring is heeeeere! I love spring because it means summer is just around the corner. Days are getting longer and warmer and it is the prettiest time of the year. (You can find a post about my favorite spring flowers here)

With things around me finally becoming more open I thought it would be fun to put together some spring outfit inspo.

Taking 3 different pieces and styling each for both a casual look and a dressy statement look.

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Book Challenge Update

For 2021 I am rekindling my love of new books and actually reading more new books than rereads this year. You can read more about my goal in my past post here.

The Book Challenge. 

Total to read: 50. 

Read so far: 19

Books to go: 31

Now four months into this year I am doing surprisingly well at this goal. With having to read 4 books a month to keep it up I am ahead of schedule!

I have read 19 books so far… though six of them were rereads oops… 

Meaning I am going to have to read 4 extra books already to get to 50 new books, but I am on track if I shoot for only 40 new ones. Although I will say I would have read less of the old books if the online library database would actually have some of the books I am looking for. Either they don’t have them at all OR one ebook has a hold list of up to 6 months (true story). I am on hold for a book with a 6 month wait on it and am slightly obsessed with refreshing the webpage everyday to see if somehow it is available for me to download. 

Because I want to do a comprehensive book list at the end of the year, for these challenge check-ins I am only going to tell you one stand out book for each month. 

January 

The Fellowship of the Ring by JRR Tolkein 

I have only heard good things about this series from everyone I know who has read it but so far I don’t feel invested in the way I anticipated. The writing is beautiful and the world building is excellent but the story laaaaaags. Basically 200 pages in they are still in the Shire and I just thought ‘HOW,’ and while I get the need to describe the setting sometimes it felt that maybe I didn’t need to read a couple pages dedicated to just the trees. 

I have decided I will read book 2 but I have to know… do they ever do anything else but WALK???

February

The Book of Lost Names by Kristin Harmel

It is a book with two time periods 2005 and WWII era set primarily in France. The main premise is, main character Eva, a polish Jew living in Paris with her family who upon trying to escape to Switzerland finds herself involved with foraging papers and wants to find a way to preserve the true identities of the children who she is giving new ones to. If I explained that well at all. 

The plot of the book was really interesting and I am glad that I decided to pick it up but I think there were things in the execution that could have been better as well as the main character could be annoying. 

Also there were some of the 2005 time events that felt like it stopped the progression of the story although some of the information was overall relevant.

Overall I would recommend reading it if you like historical fiction.  

March

Renegades by Marissa Meyer

“Secret Identities. Extraordinary Powers. She wants vengeance. He wants justice.”

My friend recommended that I read it but I wasn’t prepared to practically read it in one sitting. 

“The Renegades are a syndicate of prodigies — humans with extraordinary abilities — who emerged from the ruins of a crumbled society and established peace and order where chaos reigned. As champions of justice, they remain a symbol of hope and courage to everyone… except the villains they once overthrew.”

I loved the superhero vs the antihero plot of the book. Anything with superheroes is just too good. The ending of this first book was a great cliffhanger and really makes you want to get your hands on book 2.

The main character Nova is very hot-headed and a lot of what she does just made me want to punch her but also I was invested in everything that revolved around the storyline. I do wish we got more about the rest of the side characters, instead of just Nova and some from the other main Adrian, because they were interesting.

I have finished the series since reading it and can state while not as amazing as the Lunar Chronicles this series was still an engaging read. 

April

Love, Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli 

This is the sequel to Stargirl, which has now been made a movie on Disney + starring Grace Vanderwaal, which is a book I LOVED when I read it all the years ago. It tells the story from Stargirl after she has moved away from Arizona written in a slightly diary style format. 

It is a quick read and enjoyable but nothing close to how great book one was. The character of Stargirl felt a lot more magical and vibrant in the original book and there seemed to be a lot of whining from her that seemed out of character in book 2.

It was the stand out of April specifically because I honestly didn’t know there was a second book (although it came out in 2007 oops).

I’m excited to see what other interesting books I end up reading by the end of the year. I’m hoping I find a book that will be another for my top book list.

Do you have any recommendations of other things I can read next?

What are you reading right now?

(Please send book recommendations so I can have enough books for the year.)

Currently reading: Augustine’s Confessions by Augustine of Hippo and What Once Was True by Jean Grainger 

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