About Me

The question of how to describe myself on my About page has been weighing on me ever since I started this blog. Maybe I’m overthinking it, but it’s hard to encapsulate my entire identity in one section of my site.

Should I start by introducing myself as a prospective computer science student with a book obsession? An enthusiastic high-schooler with not enough hours in the day? A totally-not-boring girl who spends too much time on her Kindle?

I’m going to just tell you right now: I’m bad at writing about myself. Read my book reviews instead.

here’s a picture of me looking mysteriously off into the distance, just the vibe I’m going for

10 Random Facts About Me:

  1. I’m 16 and a senior in high school (already…)
  2. My top three favorite foods are pasta, salad, and pasta salad.
  3. I love to code and have developed two (and a half) mobile apps
  4. My favorite subjects are physics and computer science, but I am also of course a huge bookworm
  5. I love traveling and I promise one day I will see the world
  6. My MBTI type is INTP and I know MBTI is not much better than astrology but it’s interesting, okay? Maybe that makes me a hypocrite…. oops….
  7. My favorite Starbucks (and Dunkin’) order is a caramel iced coffee. I’m addicted to coffee.
  8. You’ll never catch me making a grammar mistake (unless my night owl side reared its ugly head recently)
  9. I don’t have a favorite word, but I do compulsively overuse “interesting”
  10. I have three younger siblings and a dog-that-still-acts-like-a-puppy named Finn

Frappes & Fiction is primarily a book blog, but I sometimes foray into lifestyle territory when I feel like posting something different.

As far as fiction goes, my favorite genres are mystery and historical fiction, but sci-fi has steadily been growing on me. I’ll read a nonfiction book about pretty much anything I think is interesting. (That usually includes anything about physics, space exploration, or biotech. History is also fascinating to me)

Sometimes I read YA, often I read general fiction, and I am working my way through the classics.

Some of my favorite fiction books:

Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

1984 by George Orwell

Between Shades of Gray (Ashes in the Snow) and Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

And Then There Were None and The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie

The Martian and Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir

Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

… And some of my favorite nonfiction books:

Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson

Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by John Carreyrou

Bomb: The Race to Build (and Steal) the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin

Lost Moon: The Perilous Voyage of Apollo 13 by Jim Lovell

My rating system:

5 stars: I was completely blown away, I can’t stop thinking about it, I remember it months later & I’ve been demanding people to read it

4 stars: Good. I really enjoyed it, but it’s not quite 5 stars

3 stars: Meh. Either it was really enjoyable but cheap entertainment, or it was just an average book.

2 stars: I didn’t like it, but I don’t think it deserves 1 star

1 star: It was absolutely terrible, and I don’t even like to think about how bad it was. (Or, I was grumpy when I rated it and it really should get 2 stars) 

I also spend a *bit* too much time watching YouTube… some of my favorite channels are:

  • Dr. Becky– my very favorite astrophysics channel and basically what started my obsession…
  • OverSimplified– best and most hilarious history channel ever
  • Kurzgesagt– watch if you like black holes and crazy theories about the universe
  • Vlogging Through History– reaction channel that will teach you so much
  • John Fish – super inspiring and I love his videos about the CS projects he works on
  • AlternateHistoryHub– creative and very interesting alternate history scenario explanations
  • Ruby Granger– bookworm with a work ethic that will put you to shame (and make you go study)

I want to start my own channel one day; maybe next summer when I have an opening in my schedule!