life by committee

guess it’s just another night alone

part two in the frat!ABO series for @kevystel (part one here)

The summer between Junior and Senior years Victor Nikiforov becomes completely unavoidable.

Victor is on principle, Yuuri suspects, an unavoidable person.  Last year he became the first Junior to run and be elected student body president.  He’s the lacrosse team’s star midfielder, leading the team in three undefeated seasons since Freshman year.  He’s president for Alpha Chi, one of three pre-eminent alpha-exclusive fraternities on campus.  His best friend is Christophe Giacometti, which means he’s always present at crew parties, usually hovering in the corner of Yuuri’s eye.  He’s the kind of unavoidable where he’s always catching his sleeve on Yuuri’s as they reach for the same cup.  Their elbows smell like the same chalk, their fingers smell like the same brand of tobacco.  It’s a sign of spending three years on the same campus together and developing habits, Yuuri is absolutely sure.  

But then Victor becomes a different type of unavoidable.

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I made this studyblr a few weeks ago, and have yet to properly introduce myself, so here goes!

 - my name is lauren

 - this is a sideblog, i follow with @cchasingthesun 

- i’m a sixteen year old junior in high school

 - i have an 8 class schedule, and i’m taking apush, ap lit, honors chem, honors spanish 3, pre-calc, gym, elections (which is, you guessed it, about the 2016 election, but these days its about current us politics), and an independent study for writing 

- i want to go to school for either political science or social work 

- i’m on my schools life of a student, justice committee, diversity club, and youth & government

- i work at an elementary after school program four days a week

- i dance three days a week

 - i’m going to poland over april break and am attempting to learn some basic polish 

- my work ethic and study habits both leave something to be desired and thats why i made this blog, on a journey to improve both of those things

 some of my favorite studyblrs include: @memoirs-of-a-high-school-student @gaystudies, @apricot-studies, @intellectus, @studylustre and @stvdy-ing

It’s Valentine’s Day, and I live for the cheese of it all, so here’s a small fic I wrote!

It’s not really a secret that Castiel hates Valentine’s Day. It’s a ridiculous holiday created by consumerism to make money off of lovesick idiots. So that’s why, when his best friend Hannah asks him to go to a speed dating event on campus on the holiday, he adamantly refuses.

“Hannah, you can’t be serious.”

“As the plague,” she deadpans. “Please? I don’t want to go alone and you’re the only single friend I have who I’d be comfortable going with me.”

Castiel sighs and pinches the bridge of his nose. “You can’t just go to a bar and mingle like a normal person, can you?”

“Nope! C’mon, it’ll at least be an interesting time.” He can’t really argue that point. Even if it sucks, it’ll be more interesting than his original plans, which included beer, Netflix, and hanging out with his cat.

“Fine. I’ll go.”

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Hibari does put his arms into his gakuran sleeves once in a while

Something I found out while re-reading KHR! from the beginning:

And that he drives a motorcycle.
And that he praised Tsuna for ‘shooting’ Moretti: “Good job. You got the heart in one shot.”

Gods above.

They should have shown that in the anime in my opinion, but target audience concerns won’t allow it, I guess.

Every movement…every genuine encounter, every episode of revolt, every strike, every occupation, is a breach opened up in the false self-evidence of that life, attesting that a shared life is possible, desirable, potentially rich and joyful. It sometimes seems that everything is conspiring to prevent us from believing this, to obliterate every trace of other forms of life–of those that died out and those about to be eradicated. The desperate ones at the helm of the ship are most afraid of having passengers less nihilistic than they are. And indeed, the entire organization of this world, that is, of our strict dependence on it, is a daily denial of every other possible form of life.
—  The Invisible Committee, To Our Friends, “Omnia Sunt Communia”
Spend your free time the way you like, not the way you think you’re supposed to. Stay home on New Year’s Eve if that’s what makes you happy. Skip the committee meeting. Cross the street to avoid making aimless chitchat with random acquaintances. Read. Cook. Run. Write a story. Make a deal with yourself that you’ll attend a set number of social events in exchange for not feeling guilty when you beg off.
—  Susan Cain, Quiet

I’ve gotten a few asks for book recs for Spring. Below is my official list!
(i’ve either read them, or am dying to read them)

Yes Please  by Amy Poehler
Bossypants by Tina Fey
Lean In  by Sheryl Sandberg
I Remember Nothing by Nora Ephron
Wild by Cheryl Strayed
Life by Keith Richards
Is Everyone Hanging out Without Me by Mindy Kaling

The Cherry On Top by Arielle Hudson
The Bridgerton Series  by Julia Quinn
When Beauty Tames the Beast by Eloisa James
The Travis Family Series by Lisa Kleypas
The Wallflower Series by Lisa kleypas  
Easy by Tammara Webber
Foreplay by Sophie Jordan
About Last Night by Ruthie Knox

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
Anna and The French Kiss (trilogy) by Stephanie Perkins
The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider
The Selection by Kiera Cass
Life by Committee by Corey Ann Haydu
Tempest by Julie Cross
The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong
My Soul to Take by Rachel Vincent
Made For You by Melissa Marr
Golden by Jessi Kirby

Middle Grade (never too late)
The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance
Burn For Me by Ilona Andrews
Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews
Moon Called by Patricia Briggs
Half-way to the Grave by Jeanine Frost
Dark Lover by J.R. Ward
Dark Fever by Karen Marie Moning
Dark Descendent by Jenna Black
Stray by Rachel Vincent

Gay and Lesbian Romance and M/M Romance 
(m/m is traditionally gay romance written by straight women)

Hot Head by Damon Suede
Tigers and Devils by Sean Kennedy
Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan
Heaven by Jet Mykles
The Englor Affair by J.L. Langley
Waiting in the Wings by Melissa Brayden
The Gravity between us by Kristen Zimmer

LIT and Women’s Lit
Where’d You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple
Tell The Wolves I’m Home by Carol Burnt
The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer
All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doer
Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
Bridget Jones’ Diary by Helen Fielding
Mr. Penumbra’s 24- Hour Book Store  by Robin Sloan
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Pride & Prejudice or Persuasion by Jane Austen
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

Happy Reading! 


The signs at school

Anon Request - This is high school. If you want college let me know.

Aquarius: Pretends not to pay attention but is. Usually the one talking with their friends. Actually knows the answers though. Really likes art class or computer class. Their work is best alone. Bullies people to assert there authority and not show emotions.

Pisces: Daydreams unless they are interested in the topic. Will be your partner if you don’t have one. Most likely in drama club or interested in the arts. Friends with the loners.

Aries: The one in class who even though they don’t know the answer tries anyway. Always lifting spirits. They are great leaders and work well for group projects.

Taurus: Works hard. Knows that school leads to getting a job and making a living. Does everything one way even though there are easier ways to do it. Calls out the bullies. Actually likes the food in the school cafeteria.

Gemini: Picks fights with people they don’t like. Usually isn’t interested in school because they don’t know what they want to do. They want to know everything without learning. They probably if they want can be good at all subjects.

Cancer: Sometimes asleep(happened to me though), awkward, shy, loners. 0 friends. Gotta be bullied. Why you bully us and call us names. Just gets by in their classes. Usually have motivation for one thing they like and that’s their calling. The kids who are very slow at taking notes.

Leo: The ones with mirrors in their lockers. Always asks to go to the bathroom in the middle of class. Actually really smart though. Like ends up being the top of the class. Likes to be at the top of the class enjoys the title. Class president, Student Council President, etc…

Virgo: Smart. Literally loves school and loves learning new things. Will correct the teacher if necessary. Hates the athletic and arts part of the school. Why do their books always end up on the ground? Why cant they go to the library in study hall? Study hall is really noisy.

Libra: Tries to do everything all at once. Is really smart but actually is really lazy. Thinks they can balance school work and social life. Probably on the prom committee, in the band, in student council, language club, a athletic club. Has tons of friends who are all in the same class together. Usually they quit if something is really hard for them. Usually packs their lunches and shows it off.

Scorpio: Hates school and the idiots inside them. Why do they all wanna talk to me? Hates their teachers. Always gets like a point off on a test for no apparent reason. They are actually really smart. Teachers just don’t like them. Ends up doing all the work in the group project. No credit given.

Sagittarius: Rather be in gym class. Hates boring classes. Loves to debate on topics and voice their opinion on maters. Likes classes where they can be hands on with that they are learning. Starts fights because they voiced their opinions. Will out the cheaters.

Capricorn: Actually likes math and science classes. They are dedicated to doing well because they don’t want to fail. They sometimes will be so focused on trying to get work done that no one sees them. They love to learn and analyze situations. Always talking about their future career or GPA.

I became a doula by default. I had Seven naturally, at home, and a couple of years later I was traveling through Europe, and one of my best friends, Afya, who is the wife of from dead prez, went into labor. I just wanted to be there with her, so I rerouted my flights and came to Brooklyn. She had already been in labor for about 10 hours, and the whole labor ended up lasting 52 hours. No anesthesia, just pure willpower and whatever else the midwife who was there had to offer. My main focus at that moment was to bring her some kind of peace and strength and will to push forward, because I know how hard that is. I ended up staying with her for 42 hours and I wasn’t sleepy. I naturally knew what to do, and it was then that I figured out that this was something I can do that makes me feel so fulfilled.

After all, we don’t know where these babies are coming from—their souls, or their spirits of mind, or if they’re born wholly as soon as they get here—but whatever it is, I just want the environment to be one of tranquility for the mom and dad and everyone involved. A home birth is about being able to create exactly what you want, because it’s such a violent moment inside of the body that you want everything else to be as beautiful as it can be. So I started studying to be a doula and got my certification in 2011 and now I’m in training to become a midwife. I’m almost there and before I know it I’ll be able to open my own practice, if that’s what I desire.

My work as a doula also extends all the way to the end of life. I sit at the bedsides of people who are passing on in hospices or nursing homes, for the people and families who want that kind of thing. When people are going on to the next plateau of whatever this thing is called life, I also want them to breathe easily, even if it’s the last one they take here with us. I guess I’m the welcoming committee and ushering committee.


A masterpost of YA books (and a few crossover MG titles) to be released in May 2014.  Check out this month’s new releases below.  Feel free to use this as a guide to this month’s releases, but please do not repost it in its entirety elsewhere.  If you found this masterpost helpful, a like, reblog, or link back to Paperback’d would be much appreciated! If you know of a YA book to be released this month that isn’t on the list, drop me a message and I’ll update it!

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Hello, everyone!

Since July is almost over, us together with stashingbooks have decided to come up with another bookish challenge for August! We present to you,A Song, A Book Challenge.

Alright, we’ve decided to shake things up a little bit for this month’s challenge. We’ve combined two of the best things into this challenge; books and music.

The rules are pretty simple. Each day for the month of August, you’d have to match up the song listed above to a book you think fits. The way you’d want to format your posts is entirely up to you. However, we also provide you with an alternative. If you decided not to use the song listed for the day’s challenge, you are allowed to use the books listed and match it to a song you think fits for the said books.

For example:

Aug 1st, pick a book you think fits the song, Best Thing I’ve Never Had by Beyonce


pick a song you think fits the book, Life by Committee by Corey Ann Haydu

For your convenience, we’ve also created a playlist for all the songs listed above on Youtube. You can find the playlist here.

Pretty straight forward, yeah? However, if do you have any questions regarding this month’s challenge, you can always drop us a message here or here.

Be sure to tag all your posts with #asongabook or #partnersinstashingbooks

For anyone who are planning on doing this challenge on Twitter, be sure to mention @prtnrsinbooks and @stashingbooks.

Have fun!