I’m Back!! ft. Life updates, my vacation, and my button! (and lots of gelato)!!

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HI THERE!!! I’M BACK!!!!!!!!

I haven’t posted in TWO MONTHS?! I’ve been on vacation for the past two months, and I had a great time!! However, now I’m back on WordPress and back to schooooool.

Today, I’m going to update you all on my vacation and life!!

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I can’t say EVERYWHERE I went for privacy reasons, but one of the places I went to was Italy!! If you would like a photo dump, comment below!!

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The Duomo!

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The architecture was absolutely gorgeous!! We also ate gelato everyday, making the gelato lover in me VERY happy!

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This was a gelato sandwich!! Gelato in between two cookies with chocolate sauce? YES PLEASE!

Over all, I had a great time and hope I can go again sometime soon!

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I read a TON! I decided to share some books I read.

(All covers link to goodreads pages!)

Some of my favorite summer reads:

cruel primce.jpgThe Cruel Prince

Holly Black

★★★★1/2

UM THIS BOOK?!?!

Holly Black is one of my favorite authors, and there’s been TONS of hype, so I went into it with INSANELY high expectations, and it did NOT disappoint!! I loved the characters, and the plot, and the relationships. My only complaint is that the beginning was a bit slow, but that’s it!

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Love and Luck

Jenna Evans Welch

★★★★1/2

Love and Gelato was my one of my favorite books last year, so I was so excited when I learned this book was coming out!! It was really fun, but some parts were a tad bit predictable. However, I loved the characters! Addie was such a fun and spunky character, and Rowan is SUCH A SWEET BOY.
There wasn’t any gelato though??? Gelato is an essential of life.

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The Cruel Prince

Neal Shusterman

★★★★★

This book deserves a round of applause.

*claps*

This book DEFINITELY has some of the best world building I’ve ever read! The idea of the scythes and gleanings both fascinated and terrified me. I loved the characters!! Rowan and Citra had great personalities and a very interesting relationship. I definitely recommend this book!

Anticipated releases:

golden tower  aever  aaflash

(I think WordPress’s one goal is to try to ruin my life by messing up the format of the covers 🤦)

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First things first… I have a button!!!

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Mukta designed this a while ago when she created the GORGEOUS design for my blog* but I kept forgetting to share it. I would love to swap buttons with all of you- please comment below if you want to too!

*I will always be eternally grateful for online design companies- it took me half an hour to just make the featured image 😂😂

Another thing… *slow piano music starts playing in the background* Lately, I’ve been debating a very important topic. I simply feel out of place and have been thinking deeply *music stops* okay, I will cut to the chase! **

I’ve been thinking of changing things up on my blog. To do this, I’m creating a blogging schedule! FINALLY.

On Sundays, I’ll be posting my usual posts- random and weird posts, challenges, discussions, and lifestyle-ish posts. On Wednesdays, I’ll be posting bookish and writing posts. I mostly read these style of posts, and I want to try out literary blogging!!

**… what?? is?? this?? paragraph?????

Also, I have a Pinterest!! Click here follow along!

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That’s it!! I’m so excited to be back on the blogosphere!!

What did you do this summer? Do you love Gelato? Are you excited for school? What program do you use to make your featured image? (I need help. LOTS.)

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Thanks to Corey Agopian on Unsplash for the featured image photo!!

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27 thoughts on “I’m Back!! ft. Life updates, my vacation, and my button! (and lots of gelato)!!

  1. Italy looks amazing and the photos are stunning! Scythe and Love and Gelato are on my TBR and I’m also anticipating Flashback! I can’t wait to see bookish and writing posts from you. Welcome back to blogging! 🎉🌸
    ~Mya

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    1. Thank you so much!! Your comment made my day!! 😁
      Also, you should definitely get to Scythe and Love and Gelato soon- not only are they some of my favorite books of the year, they’re some of my all time favs!
      I’m so happy you’re excited for bookish and writing posts!! ❤

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      1. Awe you’re welcome!! And yes I can’t wait to read them. I’m realizing there’s a character in Scythe and Love and Luck named Rowan, which is one of the main character’s name in my WIP… hmmm. 🤔 *is angry bc my characters name is stolen*
        Np! Writing and bookish posts are some of my favorites to read.
        I need to post soon bc I haven’t posted in weeks. 😧 I’ll get to that tomorrow. 😉😂

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  2. Aaaah I’m so glad you’re back!!! 😍 Well that probably sounds weird because I just discovered your blog while you were on hiatus but I love your blog so ❤❤❤ Yes please do a photodump!! That gelato sandwich girl 😍 I actually just added Love and Luck on my TBR list because of this post, I’m so excited to read it! ❤ Lovely post, Sapphire! (btw i love your name) 💖 xoxo

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    1. Aww, you’re so sweet!! ❤ Also, it does NOT sound weird at all- I’m happy to have gained friends while on hiatus! 😂 I’m so happy you’re reading Love and Luck- I really want to visit Ireland now. 😂 🍀
      I’m so happy you want a photo dump!! I’m already thinking of what pictures to post XD
      Thanks again!

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  3. Glad you are back, Sapphire! I found your blog in your hiatus. How exciting you went to Italy… it’s my dream! Love your writing and your energy. Also, I LOVE gelato. Yummy yummy! Looks like you had some of the best

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    1. Thank you so much, Mackenzie!! I’m so happy I managed to make blogging friends during my hiatus. 😁 Italy was amazing- I really hope you have the chance to go! Also, your compliment about my writing was so sweet! It made me so happy. 😊 The gelato was great- definitely a highlight!! 😂

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  4. I’m glad you enjoyed your vacation!! I love your pics from Italy, and I’d definitely be interested in a photo dump. 😉 And ahhh I’m so happy to hear that you loved Scythe, it’s one of my favorite books!! Ikr, the world building was amazing. 😍

    I went to a month-long summer program this summer, for video game design! And it was pretty fun, I miss it already. 😭 I started school three weeks ago, on August 9th…my school started so early. 😩 (I’m already super stressed, lol. 🙃)

    Also, I usually use Canva or Photoshop for the featured image of my blog posts! 🙂

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    1. Thank you so much, Dezzy! I’m so happy your interested in a photo dump! Scythe was great- I had really high expectations, and it TOTALLY exceeded them!
      Also, video game design sounds like the coolest thing EVER! I would love to try something like that, but computers and I don’t go along well (which is ironic, since both of my parents work in the computer science field. 😂)
      Oof, August 9th? That IS early!! I start next week and I’m stressed just thinking about school. 😥
      Also, thank you for the featured image tip! I’m trying a bunch of new and different programs, so I’ll definitely Canva and Photoshop!!
      Thanks again for your comment!! 😁❤

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  5. ITALY! Oh your pictures look amazing! I went to Italy a couple times and always loved my time there, though I haven’t eaten that delicious kind of gelato sandwich so I obviously need to go back right this second because ahhhhhhh this looks SO GOOD.
    To answer your question, I mostly use Canva for graphics since I can’t afford Photoshop and it’s pretty easy to use 😀

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    1. Thanks for your comment, Marie! 😁 Italy was great, and yes, you HAVE to go back for that gelato sandwich (after some googling, I learned that its called a matonella!)
      Ooh, I’ll try Canva! It’s nice to have a free program to use, since I also can’t afford Photoshop. 😊
      Thanks for your lovely comment! ❤😁

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