Well, not really “triumphant,” since I’ve been putting this off for…about a month. I get into my head that some things take more effort than they actually do, so I’ll put them off and put them off, especially if they aren’t required for school.

And then…I wrote that paragraph and put it off even more.

So I did something different, something I’ve been thinking about for quite a while now: starting a vlogging channel. It’s why I originally came up with the name “Books and Big Ideas” anyway, because I wanted to do something split between booktube and a vlog covering pop culture, educational issues, etc. So I stopped worrying about getting everything to sound perfect and be a chore (my main problem with blogging, which is less of a problem when I’m just speaking) and began! Here’s my intro:


Mini-Hiatus Time

I know my posting has been scattershot lately, but it’s time to admit that there’s just no way I’m going to be able to post in the next two weeks–no will I have enough time to read and write enough to talk about! I’m moving to college next week and then there are a lot of events on campus before classes start, so I’m not expecting to updated for about two weeks. And then hopefully I’ll settle into a nice routine!

I’m very excited to explore education, writing, and literature academically, and I can’t wait to talk about it. Also, my roomate has introduced me to Photoshop and Illustrator, and I think we can collaborate to make a proper banner for this blog!

Currently reading: A View from the Cheap Seats by Neil Gaiman and The Miseducation of Cameron Post by emily m. danforth. I’m really enjoying both.

Currently watching: The Olympics (#TeamUSA), of course. Seriously, I’m a big fan.

Until next time!



I’ve been putting this off for months, waiting for school to end, but it almost has now and I have the courage to move forward with this project, so it’s time to stop overthinking and hit “post.”

My name is Olivia, and I’m 18 years old and headed to college in the fall, where I will be studying English Secondary Education and Creative Writing. I’ve wanted to be an author since I was five, and I’ve been longing to have my own corner of the Internet that I updated regularly for a while now. I blogged here for the longest time, and on and off on Tumblr about TV and books, but Blogger was not the easiest to share across platforms. Furthermore, I felt the need to review in-depth everything I read, which took away from other things I wanted to talk about (the “big ideas,” if you will), and I want to start fresh and tackle things more regularly.

Topics will likely include:

  • My writing journey (also a motivation to write, so that I have something to talk about!)
  • Books! More specifically:
    • Classic and new
    • Recommendations/favorites/personal stories as they relate to books
    • Literary fiction and classics, which I also enjoy
  • Education, both my continuing academic journey and the classrooms I will eventually teach in
  • Observations and discussions going on in the book industry and community
  • TV, because I’ve always got something to say about the show I’m currently obsessed with
  • Other things I’ve just got to say something about!

I’m really excited to get back to blogging–and blogging more than ever before–so thank you for coming along with me!