I will say even though I enjoy reading and I read relatively fast I was a little daunted when I told myself that I would need to read 2 books a week! Well like the overachiever I am not only did I read all the books I set out to read each week (except I haven’t finished one this week) but I also read 3 MORE!
So let me give you some quick thoughts on the books I read so hopefully some of you will grab one and start reading!
Born to Rule: this was a major historical date/event fest, if you do not like nonfiction or history then don’t pick this one up. I will say I learned quite a bit about some of the major Royal players in the WWII era. I also think I need to read up on some more of the five granddaughters of Queen Victoria!
Sorry I’m Not Sorry: I read this in about and hour… while working out on the elliptical… while keeping my eye on the news… but I loved it. If you are offended easily then this isn’t for you but if you can see the ridiculous in this book then it is for you. I will say I was kind of put off when it ended so abruptly but then I found out the author is coming out with a sequel…
American Heiress: LOVED THIS BOOK! If you are pinning for Downton Abbey then this book is for you! I loved how it ended, it wrapped up fantastically and it was incredibly well written. Read it.
Sisterhood Everlasting: Like I said when I told yall I would be reading this I greatly dislike books that make me cry/depressed. Well I think the tears started falling around the second chapter and then DID NOT STOP. It was incredibly sad story that ends remarkably well. Putting this book down I was both happy and sad and my outlook on life was changed. It was one of those books that will stay with you, especially if you read the first three books in the series.
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: this story was incredibly inspiring. I will say I might have glazed over when he was going on and on about electrical currents and how exactly they work (I’m a liberal arts major) but the entirety of the story is so uplifting. It shows us (who don’t give a second thought when flipping that switch on the wall) how such a simple thing as electricity can be so important and how one person can make a difference.
One Thousand White Women: the only one I haven’t finished but so far it is incredibly interesting! This part of history I’m not too familiar with (since it doesn’t involve a Tudor or England or the American Revolution) but I am learning a ton!
Ana’s Story: again this was a very fast read (as in I finished it before my plane ride to Vegas was halfway over) but it was an eye opener. It was a beautiful book and one that I think every middle schooler should have to read. It contains a great amount of information in the back about how you can help children affected with AIDS and who go through abuse. It makes you want to give up your job and work for UNICEF.
Great and Terrible Beauty: I had read this book before but reading it again I found so many things that I hadn’t found before. It is a great fantasy book. Not fantasy as in the way of Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings and Twilight but think more ancient magic fantasy. Very creative and a great read.
Now to the books that weren’t on my list for this month but still got read anyway:
Rebel Angels: this is the second in the Great and Terrible Beauty Trilogy and it is just as great at the first book! Also just like G&TB it is so creative, the entire series is!
Sweet Far Thing: the third book in the G&TB trilogy! A little longer than the first two books but it was a wonderfully written book. I did cry at the end and I wasn’t exactly happy with the ending but not everything can be tied neatly in a bow and given a kiss right? But I would recommend the entire series!
She Walks in Beauty: this is a Historical Fiction romance novel that I bought on sale in the local Christian bookstore, just by that you know the ‘romance’ part is extra lite. This was a great book and I think I was meant to read it at this point in my life. It follows this young girl in NYC during the gilded age as she makes her debut and the pull between what her family wants her to do and what she wants to do/what her heart is feeling. I will probably read this again sometime, it’s a feel good book.
Total Tally: 11/24 (almost halfway and it’s only the first month! My 24 list is going to be checked off!)
There has been a plethora of canvas tote bags all over my Pinterest lately. Personally I don’t see the draw of having a canvas bag that costs more than my monthly budget. I mean think about it you are probably going to stuff it with a bunch of crap and tote it to the beach and it’s going to get sandy, wet and sun screeny. I saw a post on a blog I like (Capitol Hill Style) about how one of the trends she is sick of is a tote bag that cost more than $100. Hallelujah I wanted to giver her a standing ovation. So I decided I was going to make my own new summer tote for under $15.
The expensive ones:
Mine: (pattern from here) I busted mine out by the pool in Vegas last weekend! Oh and it works great as a second carry on bag when you buy too much and can’t fit it all in your suitcase
Maybe I will make another one now… can you ever have too many bags? NOPE.
I had so much fun this past (long) weekend in Vegas! I came home with some money still in my pocket (yay!) crossed off a few things from my 24 list (namely winning blackjack hands and to start writing a book!) and I got to see my mom for the first time since March!
I have been getting some emails about Rush and how to best prepare for it etc… So I am going to do a couple posts about What exactly Rush is, how to prepare for it and how to act during Rush! I have gathered together a couple friends who are going to help me with this. All are either sorority alumni (like me), current members or Recruitment Chairs. Some of you might not know but Recruitment Chairs and current members are not allowed to have contact with PNMs (potential new members) so all these tips will remain anonymous. I will only put the state from where they rushed to give you some sort of idea as to who/where they are coming from.
*disclaimer: this is NOT personal experiences of mine. Everything written does not apply to my alma mater or my sorority*
So let’s start this off!
1) What is Rush?
Also called Formal Recruitment, Rush is a series of social events that allow potential new members (PNMs) to meet with current sorority members. The goal of these events is for the PNMs to see which chapter they believe they would fit best in and for the current members to determine if the PNMs would fit with their chapter. At the end of Rush, which depending on the school can usually last from 4-7 days (some last multiple weeks), the sororities offer bids to PNMs who they believe are the best fit for their chapters.
2) What are Letters of Recommendation?
Letters of Rec serve as a formal introduction of the PNM to the chapter. The letters help the chapters become better acquainted with the PNMs before the formal recruitment process begins. They must be written by an ALUMNA member of the sorority you send the letter to. These letters are sent directly to the chapter house not through the Greek Life office of your university. While Letters of Rec are usually “not required” they actually usually actually are. If a PNM does not have a Letter if Rec it is an easy way for sororities to cut you right off the bat. That said, it is usually easy to get a Letter of Rec. Most chapters have an alumna club in your city. It is easy to contact them and set up a meeting with an alumna. Also, this is a great way to begin networking. You probably know more sorority alums than you think. Ask teachers, friends’ mothers, your mother’s friend & work colleagues. You want Letters of Rec for each sorority at your University. It doesn’t matter if you think you might not want to accept a bid from that house you still want to get a Letter of Rec for them.
3) What is a Legacy?
A legacy is a PNM who has a relative who has pledged a sorority. If your mother/grandmother/sister/aunt/cousin has pledged Chi Omega you are a legacy in Chi Omega but not for Gamma Phi. Legacies are one of those things where if you do not know what it is you are probably not one, but there are some people who do not know if they are or not.
4) How do I apply for Rush?
You need to visit your Universitiy’s Greek Life website. There will be something on their to give you guidance on how to apply, pay your fees, and where to send your packet.
5) Do I really need pictures for Rush?
YES! Do NOT NOT NOT use facebook photos (or anything of the like). You want the sororities to have beautiful photos (multiple, around 3-5) of you sent directly to their house (along with those Letters of Rec…) so they can see you when they are reading your resume and answers! If you apply online the chapters usually only get a black and white photo of you that can be of less than stellar quality.
Use this table to get your stuff together. Fill it in so you can keep yourself organized! The color and philanthropy you might need to search online but trust me they come in handy!
If you have not started finding Rec Letter writers or taken your pictures yet start NOW. You do NOT want to be one of the last people getting everything in. Your goal should be to have everything in (through greek life and to the chapter houses) by Augsut 1st!
The next rush post will be on how to make a good first UNSEEN impression! Think Rush resumes, pictures, Letters etc. Anything and everything that might be sent to the chapters before you arrive on their doorstep.
States contributing to this post: Alabama, North Carolina, Illinois, Texas and Florida
Let me know if you have any questions!