Hello! I hope you’re all having a lovely November day now that October has come and gone. Though I’m sad to see it go, I’m even more excited to welcome in the new month– November may be my favorite! The leaves are falling, the air is getting colder and crisper, and it’s time to talk about what I was up to during the month of October.
In October I read a total of 3 books:
- Light in August: A Study in Black and White by Alwyn Berland
- George Eliot by Simon Dentith
- The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur
I think this short list is kind of hilarious when compared to all of the snippets and chapters of books my nose has been stuck in over the past month for my course work. I do so much reading each week in order to research for the essays I have to write, but it’s rare that I actually read an entire book because usually it’s not all relevant to my essay topic. However, I’m really pleased that I was able to squeak in two full books… and one for FUN?!?!?!
The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur is definitely the best book I read in October. I’ve been eagerly awaiting this second poetry collection from Rupi Kaur ever since I finished reading her first one, Milk and Honey. This collection has a similar vibe and the words are as raw, intense, emotional, genuine, and beautiful as ever. I would highly recommend it to anyone and everyone, even if you have never read her previous poetry collection.
Someone once told me that after spending a certain amount of time in a new place, no matter how grand or new or different, it will eventually start to feel like less of a Place and more of simply a place. Now that I’ve lived here for a month and a half I’m starting to look at Oxford from a different perspective. It is the magnificent place of my year abroad, but it’s also just another city in which people live and work and go grocery shopping and commute and do the normal tasks we do every day. It’s actually refreshing to see the city this way because it feels more real and less like I’m walking around in a dream. There’s a shopping mall next to buildings that have been there for centuries and a cyclists that whizz by you on their way to and from work and people walking down the street in black formal gowns on a Tuesday night and somehow it’s all become my new sense of “normal.”
I’ve definitely felt myself settling in more during October. Not only did I join more extracurricular activities (I play football now, joined the Oxford Student Union, and was elected as the Visiting Student Representative for my college) but I also feel more connected to the people here. Sometimes it’s strange to think about the fact that after June I might never see some of these people again, but we’re all trying to just make the most of our time while we are here. Fortunately the matriculated students at my college are incredibly friendly and welcoming, so they definitely make it easier to feel a sense of belonging.
Tutorials have been interesting and great but still very different from the style of education that I’m used to back in the States. The food is delicious but I’m also craving a big homemade pumpkin pie. Everything is absolutely beautiful here and I’m convinced that I will never, ever get used to being surrounded by so much gorgeous architecture and scenery. Long story short: I feel very, very lucky.
As I mentioned in my last monthly wrap-up, finding time to blog in my hectic schedule is a challenge. Every day I thank past Holly for having the foresight to schedule so many posts in advance! Though it might take me a while to respond to them, please know that I greatly appreciate every single comment left on my posts! ❤
Here are some notable posts from my blog this past month:
- A Classic Couple: On the Road and the Road
- Libraries | Holly Goes Abroad
- A Classic Couple: The Picture of Dorian Gray and The Goldfinch
- Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge | Update 1
- Freshers’ Week | Holly Goes Abroad
- A Classic Couple: Jane Eyre and Jellicoe Road
- Awesome Blogger Award
Here are some posts that I loved reading this month:
- Taylor reveals the real life of a blogger and emphasizes how misleading social media can often be
- Ilsa discusses the function of book reviews and how to jazz them up
- Mikaela wonders how many chances readers give authors when they have mixed feelings about their books
- Lindsey voices the common frustrations and insecurities we often have as book bloggers
- Shannon gives advice on what to do when you burn out of your favorite genre
- Dani talks about eating delicious snacks while reading
- Taylor Marie shares some excellent reading recommendations for autumn
How was your month of October? What was the best book you read? Did you do anything really fun or exciting? Let me know in the comments section below!