The Libby App: My New Best Friend

I love reading. I love books! I love spending money on books! My parents don’t love my spending copious amounts of money on books. Cha Ching! Normally, the answer would be to go to the library, but my family’s busy schedule didn’t permit bi-monthly trips to the library. So I mostly just racked up fines for books I finished but never returned.

This is where the Libby app comes into play. Libby is Overdrive’s little sibling. On Libby, you can listen to audiobooks, read e-books, and check out other digital content (think, books, magazines, and audiobooks).

Libby is great! I use the app itself mostly for listening to audiobooks. As I mentioned in my review of The Year of Less by Cait Flanders, I enjoy listening to memoirs while washing the dishes. The Libby app is great for this. I can change the listening speed by the tenth if I don’t want to stick to the standard 1x, 1.25x, 1.5x, 1.75x, and 2x. I tend to listen at 1.75 speed.

If you’re like me and like to listen to your books on multiple devices: phone, iPad, computer, the app with sync your progress to all of your devices!

The second way I like to use Libby is to browse my library’s collection of ebooks. I can put holds on books then check them out when it’s my turn. Here’s the best feature about Libby: you can delay the delivery of a book you have checked out. I do this a ton! If I’m still in the middle of a book when it’s up to be rented, I can just ask to have the book delivered later – in 1-180 days later to be specific! Also, your books are returned automatically for you, so you never have to worry about fines.

Honestly, Libby is the app I didn’t know I needed. I know this sounds cliche, but my life is so much richer with the Libby app in it. The Libby app facilitates my scholarly endeavors by making it easy and cheap to read and listen to books. You cannot tell me that is the best. thing. ever.

I can’t recommend this app highly enough. It’s just SO GOOD.

Install the Libby immediately! End of discussion. 

Also, in case you were wondering, I’m currently listening to Commonwealth by Ann Patchet and reading The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers. Funnily enough, it was Commonwealth’s cover art that first attracted me to the book when I saw it years ago. I think it’s so pretty.

What are you reading or listening to?

Sincerely,

Marie

Currently Coveting No. 4

Having just announced my shopping ban, I felt a bit hypocritical writing this book and online window shopping. Ultimately, I came to this conclusion: this blog is my creative outlet and one of my creative hobbies is creating fun and pretty and outfits. Honestly, most of these outfits are so different from my usual uniform of jean shorts and a T-shirt – I like living vicariously through these Currently Coveting posts.

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Today, we have a navy gingham midi wrap dress from the Gap, strappy white sandals from Target, tassel earrings from The Tiny Tassel, a necklace from KJP, and an adorable hair scarf from H&M.

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Gingham Wrap Midi Dress

I hate midi dresses. I love wrap dresses. I’m not sure if I’d love or hate this dress. I do think this is would be the perfect introduction into midi dresses, as I tend to stick with mini dresses.

Strappy Sandals

I think I saw Kate from Lonestar Southern wear these. Honestly, I don’t really remember, but these sandals are adorable nonetheless! I could actually see myself wearing these with a nice little sundress in the summer.

Michele Watch

I was introduced to this brand by Dorothy from Prep in Your Step. I wouldn’t buy this $2,300 watch for myself, but it sure it pretty! Also, I’m not a big fan of metal watches – I definitely prefer leather watches.

Kate Spade Enamel Bracelet

I love a good enamel bracelet! So clean, so classic, so chic! You can’t go wrong.

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Me wearing enamel bracelets when I met Ayanna Pressley !!

Hair Scarf

I love hair scarves! Love. Love. Love. I think a cute scarf in your hair totally elevates your look. 50% of the time, you can find me with a scarf in my hair. Pro tip: you can use hair scarfs to tie up your hair (like a hair tie) when you run out of hair ties. 

Pearl Necklace

This necklace is actually really similar to a necklace my mom gave me that I wear almost every day. I love how simple and classic it is – I can literally wear it with anything. And I have!

Tassel Earrings

Generally, I am *against* tassels  in all their forms, but these are acceptable (and cute). These earrings are from Tiny Tassel. This is a Black owned company based out of Charleston, SC! We love to support Black owned businesses!

Sincerely,

Marie

Making Content to Consume Lists

A few days ago, I came across a massive post on Carly the Prepster’s Facebook Group. It was a list of small bloggers and micro-influencers. I clicked on every link with the intent to follow, read, or just check out all of the blogs listed.

I didn’t get to it that day, so when I opened my computer the next day – I HAD 30 TABS OPEN. Now, I’m the kind of person who gets super stressed out when I have too many tabs open. It’s just visually overwhelming and urgh! I’m just not a fan.

Then I had an idea! Eureka! (I’m like basically Pythagoras now!)

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Shout out to my friend Joaquin for sharing this meme with me!

 

Anyways, I made a content to consume list in Notion, my new replacement for Notes.

I started by making a new page within my one of my notebook in Notion aptly titled “Notebook”.

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Next, I created two separate pages within the content to consume page: instagrams and blogs. In hindsight, I probably should’ve just made two separate sections for instagrams and blogs on the same page. But if it’s not overly complicated, then did Marie really make it? I think not.

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Last, I just used bullet points to make my lists. I like to hyperlink the text. To do this, select the text you want to link, while the text is selected press command + K and voila! A box should appear and you can paste in the link and press enter.

 

Later, I combined the two lists onto one page to simply matters. Overall, like this layout much more.

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Happy list making! (But for real, how can list making not be happy?!?)

Sincerely,

Marie

Book Review: Such a Fun Age

Warning: minor spoilers ahead

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Although, I read most of Such a Fun Age in bed, outside makes a far better picture. 😉

Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid

Rating: ★★★★☆

I have a lot of thoughts about this book – perhaps more than I can make sense of. Then again, having too many thoughts to make sense of is my perpetual state of being anyway, so what else is new?

One

I think this book is honestly, just indicative of how white people act sometimes. As an African American growing up in a wealthy, white, and liberal suburb, Alix’s actions don’t surprise me at all.

Two

I thought this book did a great job as a smart and sharp social commentary while still being fun and enjoyable. I find that books that aim to be social commentary can be isotonic and lofty and overall not super fun to read; I didn’t feel that way about Such a Fun Age. 

Three

I love how Reid uses Kelley and Alix as foils for one another. As far as I’m concerned, it was literary mastery. Also, the weird love triangle was nothing short of delightful! I love a good rom-com or trashy romance beach read, so the love triangle was just pure fun!

Four

Reid does a great job of making you sympathize with the “antagonists”. I totally saw myself in Alix; Alix’s ambition and constant professional FOMO was super relatable. I also was totally with Emira’s friend, Zara, in wanting Emira to “get her life together” and start working a “real job” with possibilities for advancement.

Five

As for Alix, Reid does a great job of intertwining the socioeconomic and racial motives for Alix feeling superior to Emira. It was particularly poignant to see how often Alix referred to Emira as “hers” – her sitter, her friend, her nanny, her family.

Six

The antagonist. This book is a character vs. society external conflict. In the case of this novel, it quite literally Emira against the world. Alix, Kelley, Tamra, and the grocery security guards are part of the racist, elitist society that is causing harm to Emira.

Seven

Tamra – she’s such an interesting character. Tamra’s wealth makes her feel superior to poor Emira. Essentially, Tamra feels comfortable taking away Emira’s agency because Tamra must know best as she is more financially successful than Emira. This, in particular, was as fantastic and sharp criticism of capitalist and socioeconomic caste system the United States is. This type of paternalistic view towards the less fortunate is exactly what empowers people like Donald Trump to say that those on food stamps should have better and healthier food selected for them, as opposed to letting people but their own food to suit their own needs.

Eight

The more I think about this book, the more I like it. It’s been masterfully written.

If you’re been thinking about reading Such a Fun Age, read it! You won’t regret it!

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Sincerely,

Marie