Hiya bookish people!
So, yet again, I took a short hiatus.
Why? School, and life, has recently become a lot. And I have asked myself quite a few times “why did this happen once lockdown was over?” and honestly, I have no freaking clue. But here I am, which is the main thing and I am here to talk about three things. Term 4, exams, and a new blogging schedule!
I miss you guys so much! I haven’t talked to any of you in way too long, and am asking you to answer these three things in the comments below.
- How are you? Honestly?
- What is something that has happened recently that you want to share about?
- Are you looking forward to Halloween?
Please please answer, I am missing y’all so much!
I don’t know about the rest of the world but here in NZ, the school year is split into four terms which are anywhere between nine-to-eleven weeks long ( eg. theoretically they are all ten weeks, but one might be nine weeks and one may be eleven while the other two are ten ). And, with it being the end of the school year, that means exams. But apart from exams, it means finishing assessments, realising Christmas ( and Halloween ) is way closer than I ever thought, and realising that I may be leaving school early?
I got a comment from my English teacher ( I am taking Level 3 English a year early ) said that I should consider leaving school a year early to consider going to work or university as my work is currently at that level, which is a major compliment! The scary part? My parents agreed with her.
This means that with less than ten weeks of my school year to go, I may be deciding to not go back for Year 13 as English is my main subject and since I am sitting it a year early I can’t sit it next year. Although the school may sponsor me for some university papers? I have a meeting with my careers councilor tomorrow to consider it.
Term four also means saying goodbye to some year-above-me friends, ending another year at the cafeteria, and trying really hard to find a Christmas holiday job, since I am currently saving for a car. Scary.
*insert terrified screaming here*
Okay. I have to admit, I have it a bit easier this year than other students. In my school, we take five subjects and there is an exam offered for nearly every subject available. In these exams, we can sit a maximum of three papers.
This year, I am taking two exams. Why not the other three? Well, technically I have passed my year with the credits I need at a really high level, so I want to maintain those grades instead of bringing down my average with exams I am less likely to perform to a high level. All of my teachers in these subjects have agreed, so that leaves me with four papers.
Statistics : one paper – Yep, one paper. That’s pretty good, but I have my preliminary/mock exams first so I am worried to see how I may do as the topic of probability is not my strong suit but that is the focus of the exam. If I don’t do well without confidence from my teacher that study will improve my grade, I won’t sit the final exam as every assessment internally for Statistics has been an Excellence grade.
English : three papers – Yeah. Three papers in three hours. One is for familiar visual text ( Moonlight ), one is for familiar written text ( undecided but I am thinking a dystopian novel ) and unfamiliar text ( a poem or short story they will provide me in the exam ). I am gonna sit all of these in the preliminary and see how I go. If I go well, I may be able to do all of them in the real exam but I will see on the day and take them one at a time.
And as one of those students who could read and so were considered ‘academically gifted’ I never really learnt how to study. I am stressed.
Unfortunately, I will be having to cut down on my content for the foreseeable future. I have a few reasons for this.
- Increased school and life meaning I have less time
- End of the year and trying to catch up with friends before the end of year holidays
- Helping my mum move house
- And lastly, trying to avoid End of Year blogger burnout
- ( and I am not reading much recently so that doesn’t help )
This means I will still post twice a week.
Mondays are still discussions.
Wednesday reviews have been cancelled until I have time to write reviews.
Fridays are still tags ( some of which I have planned to make with some other awesome bloggers! )
And at the end of each month, I will still do a letter to a character and a wrap-up and an upcoming releases list.
( don’t forget to answer my questions! )
Screamcatcher: The Shimmering Eye
Eighteen-year-old Jory Pike, a half-blood Chippewa, is depending upon her Native ancestry to help her investigate one of the strangest hauntings she’s ever encountered. A 500-plus acre ranch in rural Montana is under psychic and physical attack. The ranch’s owner, the elderly Ambrose Tucker, is determined to hold steadfast and courageously to his beloved property. Answering an ad in Jory’s outfit, The Badlands Paranormal Society, Ambrose hopes to rid his property of evil spirits once and for all.
Jory and her crew of three other teenagers, each of whom bring to the table their own line of skills and expertise, have brought every known piece of hardware and technical equipment to Granite Springs Ranch. Although the assignment seems ordinary at first, and the answer to the haunting seems eminent, everything spirals out of control and leaves the team terrified. The problem is, they have no idea that they’re being outclassed and sabotaged by a malevolent spirit, who seems to know their every move.
If Jory and the Badlands Paranormal Society don’t solve the problem in quick fashion, they stand to lose the $50,000 extermination fee, but worst of all, they will allow a dangerous and unmerciful entity to unleash a hoard of vicious mythological creatures that will run rampant over the ranch and surrounding properties. Jory has no idea how she and her teammate’s mettle will be tested, bringing them near the edge of insanity, physical endurance and death.