Another month has come and gone! This month had some of the biggest changes I have ever experienced. I moved from Los Angeles, California where I grew up and moved to Boise, Idaho! I am so completely excited about this opportunity. I have a wonderful job set up that I am starting next week, I’m living with my best friend, and I have the rest of my life ahead of me. I want to thank everyone (especially my mom and dad!!) for being so supportive and helping me through this process. I could not have done it without you. Aside from that major life update, here are my favourites from the month of July!
I had two days of driving to make it to Boise. I documented some of the trip on my bookstagram (@high.lady.of.the.book.court) which made it more fun. One thing that kept me sane during the eight hundred mile drive was audiobooks! I wanted to get a jump on my yearly reread of Harry Potter and found all seven books in audiobook format available for free on Spotify. I have Premium (I made the switch years ago and couldn’t go back!) so I was able to listen to the entirety of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone over the span of two days. While I continue unpacking, I might listen to the rest of the books. I’ve always been a fan of audiobooks but I have a newfound appreciation for them!
Earlier this month, I have the strongest urge to hunt down my Kindle that I haven’t used in years. I found it, charged it, and have been loving it ever since. I was using my iPad for a while because it was easier to carry and I was able to use it for work. I love using my Kindle because it’s so easy to transport and I absolutely love that there is very little glare from the sun whenever I’m reading outside. The one thing that I don’t like is that it doesn’t show how many pages I’ve read, only the percentage of the book that has been completed. Since the beginning of the year, I have been tracking how many pages I read every day. This makes it a bit hard, so I always end up checking it on my iPad to see the total page count. But I love my Kindle and think it’s worth it for everyone who enjoys reading!
I wanted to take my bookstagram to the next level and found a way to make it happen: Lightroom presets! I found a bundle of 95 presets on Etsy on sale for $12 and purchased them. I have to tell you, Lightroom has been so easy to use! It’s free on mobile and I was able to import all of the presets (which was a bit time-consuming, that was the only downside). I have been using it on all of my posts ever since getting it and I truly think that it has elevated my bookstagram feed. I recommend it to everyone who is interested in having a consistent feed for their account!
These are all of my favourites for the month of July! I know this post is a bit brief, but moving has been such an ordeal and has taken up so much of my time. I’m studying to get my Idaho driver’s license, unpacking every box that I can, and just trying to make everything look as nice as possible. It’s been a time consuming process and I cannot wait for everything to be in its proper place. I’ll be documenting more on my bookstagram so please head over there if you want to see more! And, as always, thank you so much for reading!