• Book Reviews,  Books

    What I’ve Been Reading

    Hi! I’ve been MIA. I apologize. I’ve been a bit of a trainwreck lately. I am a living testament that people really should take their meds… Also, I did this thing called applying to college, and that in and of itself was borderline traumatic, but I’m here and alive (mostly).  Anyways, as always I’ve been reading. I’ll start with what I’m currently reading.  Currently Reading The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck What a classic? Look at me, being all cultured at what not? Who even is she? I find 20th century literature so much more approachable than literature from earlier time periods. I’ve been enjoying this book a ton,…

  • Lifestyle,  mental health,  wellness

    My Mantras

    Times are hard. It’s true. One thing that’s helped me make it through this crazy tumultuous time is reminding myself that I’m a good human, and that I have the ability to be a good human to everyone around me. I’m trying to meditate, go to church, do things that make me happy like crocheting, reading, and blogging. I’ve also been creating these little mantras for myself.

  • fashion,  Lifestyle,  Shopping Guides

    My Goal of a Personal Uniform

    Uniforms, I had one when I was in elementary school. Then, I didn’t love it, but I respected its utility. It was nice to not have to make an additional decision when you woke up in the morning. It was simple: On Mondays and Thursdays, I wore a red polo with khakis, on Wednesdays I wore a white button down shirt with a jumper, and on Tuesdays and Fridays, I wore my gym shorts and a khaki skirt. It was simple and easy. Then middle school came and nothing was easy, especially the intricate calculus required for getting dressed for school each morning.  By the time 8th grade rolled around,…

  • Lifestyle

    My Favorite College Youtubers!

    As a high school senior, I am deeply into the throughs of college youtubers. I just love watching “Day In My Life” videos. It just feels so nice to immerse yourself into someone else’s life. //ONE// Gracie O’Connor I don’t even remember when I started watching Gracie’s video. She’s just such a bundle of joy. I really enjoy her bubbly personality. I aspire to have Gracie’s positive outlook on life. Gracie goes to University of Alabama. //TWO// Lottie Smalley I have been watching Lottie’s videos since 2014. I love her videos so much!! She definitely posts inconsistently, but I just love her so much! I’ve literally just grown up watching…

  • Uncategorized

    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…

  • Lifestyle,  wellness

    Why I Love My Peloton

    shoes | look delta cleats | shorts (TTS) | water bottle | shirt (similar) So, I meant to write this post about a month ago. Then, I got stitches on my knee and couldn’t do any “strenuous exercise” for two weeks. Then, I was so intimidated by the bike and the thought of my hard workout distressed me. And I was totally afraid of busting my stitches wide open. I mean, that’s the stuff of nightmares, at least it is for me.  Today I rode in a little over a month. It felt really good. I can feel my body getting stronger. I’m feeling good.  Peloton has given me an…

  • Book Reviews,  Books

    Book Review: The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter

    The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers Rating: ★★☆☆☆ Can some please explain to me why everyone and their mom loves this book? I just don’t get it. Like, really, I just don’t get it.  This book felt unspecial and frankly boring. Honestly, I’m glad I read it, so I can say that I read it. But overall, I’m underwhelmed and unimpressed.  Some back story: When I was younger, I used to go to a camp called Great Books Summer Program. It’s truly one of the best experiences of my life thus far, and it’s where I met some of my closest and best friends. Hello, Eve and…

  • Lifestyle,  Shopping Guides

    Shopping Ban Update No.2

    First, some updates about Marie Speaks. Posting 3 times per week isn’t super feasible for me right now, so for the time being I’m only going to post once per week on Wednesdays! Thank you so much for reading, and I appreciate your time! I’m about a month into my “shopping ban”. Honestly, I’m really over buying stuff in general. Like I’m tired of shopping. I have bought  a couple of essentials so far.  Bras In my original list of approved purchases bras were one of them. Recently, I’ve worn out a couple of my bras, so it was necessary to replace them. I got two of this style.  Whitelines…

  • Academia,  study tips

    10 Secrets of Highly Effective High School Students

    Successful people have habits. Successful high school students have habits. While they may not be secrets, not everyone knows or understands these important habits. My goal is to share the wealth. Here are some of the most helpful strategies I have learned over my *illustrious* high school career.  1. Writing it Down When in doubt, write it down. Your teacher said something you didn’t understand – write it down. You thought of an interesting idea for an essay – write it down. You don’t understand how to do a certain problem – write it down. Keeping a log of questions and/or ideas will help you when you have a chance…