Monthly Wrap-Up

NOVEMBER 2017 | Wrap-Up

Happy December!! We are now in the middle of my two favorite months of the year: chilly November and festive December (though my November was also incredibly festive!). November has been a whirlwind of travel, celebrations, work, and more work. Now that term has officially ended for me (woo hoo!) I’m really looking forward to some rest and relaxation in December. But before that, let’s see what I was up to in November!

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In November I read a total of 3 books:

  1. The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket
  2. Rhetoric: A Very Short Introduction by Richard Toye
  3. The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom

My favorite book of the month was The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket. For some reason I never read this popular series when I was younger so I’ve never understood all of the references people make to them. I definitely regret not reading them sooner– they’re fantastic! So witty! So clever! So dark yet so funny! I’ve been listening to the audio book version narrated by Tim Curry and it’s extremely well done. I can’t wait to continue on with the rest of the series!

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I was so busy in November that it feels as though this month has stretched on forever! At the beginning of the month my friends and I took a trip to Brighton, England, which was really beautiful and lovely. You read more about it in my post here, but we basically spent one day perusing the downtown area and exploring the pier and another day admiring the extraordinary Seven Sisters Cliffs. A weekend in Brighton was definitely not enough time and I would love to go back at some point before my year abroad is over.

Seven Sisters Cliffs

In the middle of the month I celebrated my 21st birthday! Before you ask: I don’t feel older, especially since it isn’t even a big marker of drinking age in the UK. Still, I had a really great time with friends and I’m so thankful to be surrounding by such wonderful people.

Come to think of it, November has been a flood of holidays and celebrations. Not only did I have a birthday this month, but we also celebrated Thanksgiving and Oxmas. Since most students move out of their college accommodations for winter break, the city of Oxford gets into the festive spirit even before Thanksgiving. Streets and shops have been decorated for weeks now, and my college even had Christmas carol services and a formal dinner for us all. I feel like Christmas is right around the corner already even though December has just begun!

A big Christmas tree in our Chapel Hall

Of course, November wasn’t all fun and festivities: I’m finally done with all of my work for the term! An eight-week term might sound like no time at all, but the work is so intense that eventually it feels like you’ve been reading about Victorian literature and Faulkner for ages. I’ll miss the subjects I studied in Michaelmas, but I’m equally excited to launch into new subjects in Hilary. I can’t believe I’m already a third of the way through the year!

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Now that term has officially ended, I should finally have more time to actually blog on a regular basis! I’ve pretty much depleted my store of posts I had scheduled in advance, so it’s back to the blogger drawing board. I’ve got some new ideas I’ve been eager to try and I can’t wait to be able to read and comment on all of your lovely posts again. ❤

Here are some notable posts from my blog this past month:

Here are some posts that I loved reading this month:

How was your month of November? What was the best book you read? Did you do anything really fun or exciting? Let me know in the comments section below!

Yours,

HOLLY

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OCTOBER 2017 | Wrap-Up

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.

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In October I read a total of 3 books:

  1. Light in August: A Study in Black and White by Alwyn Berland
  2. George Eliot by Simon Dentith
  3. 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.

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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.

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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:

Here are some posts that I loved reading this month:

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!

Yours,

HOLLY

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SEPTEMBER 2017 | Wrap-Up

September was a blur. I nearly had to do a double take when I looked at a calendar the other day and realized that it was nearly October. Between preparing for Oxford, moving to Oxford, and living at Oxford, it feels as though this entire month has been one transition right after another. It’s a relief to finally be settled in and feel more comfortable in this amazing place. Here’s what I was up to in September:

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In September I read a total of 5 books:

  1. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  2. Absalom, Absalom! by William Faulkner
  3. As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
  4. Intruder in the Dust by William Faulkner
  5. Stiletto by Daniel O’Malley

As I Lay Dying is my favorite book that I read in September. This was my second time reading it and even though I first read it last summer I was still taken aback by the striking ending. What a brilliantly crafted novel!

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It’s official: I’M AT OXFORD. September was a whirlwind of transitions: not only to a new country and culture, but also to new friends, assignments, and routines. Though living in England has certainly taken some getting used to, I’m happily settled in now and can’t wait for my tutorials to finally begin. I’ve experienced so many new things in the past few weeks that I hardly have time to discuss them all.

A major goal that I’ve recently crossed off of my bucket list is going to LONDON. What a city! It felt like a blend of Boston and New York City, with some areas being more open and calm and other being more crowded and bustling. I was lucky enough to be able to many sites in one day: Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, the London Eye, the Tate Modern art gallery, and Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. Though I had a blast visiting, I think it’s safe to say that I definitely prefer living in Oxford!

St. Paul’s Cathedral… almost too big to fit in one photo!

It’s absolutely incredible being able to live and study in a city that is as rich in history as Oxford. It still feels surreal when I walk into the Radcliffe Camera to casually study while everyone takes photos of it from behind the gate. I don’t think I’ll ever get used to that extraordinary feeling!

I’ve been really fortunate to have made some great friends here already and I can’t wait for all the other students to get here so I can meet even more people. It’s strange to think that the term hasn’t even officially started even though I’ve already done so much!

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Unfortunately, I haven’t had much time to blog since moving to Oxford. Though I’ve scheduled plenty of posts in advance for the next few months, less free time means less time to spend reading other posts, commenting on other blogs, and being active in the blogging community in general. Hopefully I’ll be able to work it into my schedule once I settle into a more regular routine.

Here are some notable posts from my blog this past month:

Here are some posts that I loved reading this month (there are so many!!):

How was your month of September? What was the best book you read? Did you do anything really fun or exciting? Let me know in the comments section below!

Yours,

HOLLY

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AUGUST 2017 | Wrap-Up

August has always been one of my favorite months of the year. I love the feeling of transition that it brings, mostly because for the majority of my life it has meant starting an exciting new year of school. This year my academics are starting a little later (I’m coming, Oxford!) but August nevertheless brought a lot of change for me. Here’s what I was up to last month:

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In August I read a total of 10 books:

  1. The Turn of the Screw by Henry James
  2. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
  3. Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen
  4. Dracula by Bram Stoker
  5. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
  6. Where Angels Fear to Tread by E.M. Forster
  7. The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
  8. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
  9. Light in August by William Faulkner
  10. The Portable Faulkner by William Faulkner, edited by Malcolm Cowley

As per usual, it’s difficult to choose a favorite book of the month because I was fortunate to have read many great ones. This month it’s a tie between Flipped and The Sound and the Fury because I love them both for different reasons.

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August mainly consisted of working, reading, and saying goodbye far too often. Many of my friends have left for their study abroad adventures or simply moved back to campus for the semester, which means that I’ve had to say goodbye to them before I leave for Oxford in a few weeks (eek!). Among the many farewells was one to my brother, a freshman at Wheaton this year. It’s so strange to be home while everyone is back at my favorite campus!

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Here are some notable posts from my blog this past month:

Here are some posts that I loved reading this month (there are so many!!):

How was your month of August? What was the best book you read? Did you do anything really fun or exciting? Let me know in the comments section below!

Yours,

HOLLY

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JULY 2017 | Wrap-Up

July was a blur of hot days, air-conditioned office spaces, lakeside reading, and time spent with friends and family… not a bad way to spend the bulk of summer! Here’s what I was up to this past month:

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In July I read a total of 9 books:

  1. Hard Times by Charles Dickens
  2. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell
  3. Middlemarch by George Eliot
  4. The Road by Cormac McCarthy
  5. George’s Marvelous Medicine by Roald Dahl
  6. Echo by Nadette Rae Rodgers
  7. Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbit
  8. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
  9. Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë

I honestly can’t believe I read so many books this past month, especially since many of them are LONG (I’m looking at you, Middlemarch). Picking a favorite is difficult, but I think the best book I read in July has to be Tuck Everlasting. This short little read was absolutely adorable, charming, and insightful. I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it! I never read it when I was younger but I wish I had– I feel like it’s something I would have loved.

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It happened, people: I finally visited Willa Cather’s grave!! This is something I’ve been wanting to do ever since I learned a few months ago that it’s located a little over an hour away from where I live. Willa Cather is one of my favorite authors, so standing at the foot of her grave was absolutely surreal. I went on a rather dreary day, but that didn’t stop me from enjoying every second of it. You can read more about my adventures in this graveyard here. 

My family and I were also able to spend a few days by the lake in July, which means I had plenty of reading time by the water. And who can pass up the opportunity to take some bookish photos in such a beautiful place? (Not me!)

The majority of July was spent trying to plow through my required reading for Oxford, finishing up paperwork for studying abroad, spending time with friends I haven’t seen in a while, and working. It’s strange to think that we’re already more than half way through summer… September will be here before we know it! Also, I started watching the TV series Fargo… is anyone else obsessed with this series?!?!?!

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This past week I also had the amazing opportunity to participate in the Booktube-A-Thon. As you can tell from my initial TBR post, I really wasn’t expecting to get through much reading in a single week. However, in twist that I never saw coming I was actually able to complete almost all of the challenges and read even more than what I had put on my TBR!! I’m so happy with the progress I made and I actually miss the Booktube-A-Thon already. There’s just such fantastic positive bookish energy during those intense seven days of reading! ❤

Here are some notable posts from my blog this past month:

Here are some posts that I loved reading this month (there are so many!!):

How was your month of July? What was the best book you read? Did you do anything really fun or exciting? Let me know in the comments section below!

Yours,

HOLLY

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JUNE 2017 | Wrap-Up

Hello, hello!! Summer is now well underway and it’s time to say farewell to June. So much has happened these past few weeks that it seems like June was YEARS long. As per usual, here is what I was up to last month:

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In June I read a total of 9 books:

  1. The Road to Little Dribbling by Bill Bryson
  2. Matilda by Roald Dahl
  3. Emma by Jane Austen
  4. To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf
  5. Go Down, Moses by William Faulkner
  6. Richard III by William Shakespeare
  7. Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl
  8. Timeline by Michael Crichton
  9. Big Woods by William Faulkner

It’s so hard to pick just one favorite from this list! Matilda was the most fun book to read, Timeline was the most suspenseful, and Go Down, Moses was the most thought-provoking. It was unbelievably nice to spend as much time reading as I did in June after months of only having time to read what was assigned for my courses. Recently I received one of my summer reading lists in preparation for Oxford, and it’s safe to say that my reading will have to be much more focused for the rest of the summer!

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June was a blur of working, reading, hanging with friends, and trying get my plans all squared away for studying abroad this upcoming academic year. A few weeks ago I published this post announcing that I’ll be studying at Oxford University in England for the entire next academic year and I was overwhelmed by all of the lovely comments I received. You’re all so sweet and I appreciate your well wishes, advice, and congratulations so much!! ❤ This month I finally booked my flight for September and it’s so nice to finally have a date set for when I’ll be leaving… the whole thing seems so much more real now!

Earlier this month my brother graduated high school, which made me feel SO OLD. (How has it already been two whole years since I graduated? How am I already HALF WAY through college?) Thankfully the weather cooperated and we had beautiful sunny weather for both the ceremony and our party afterwards. It was such a great day!

June was also a great month for TV and movies. I finally finished watching Twin Peaks, which I absolutely loved (though the last episode was AWFUL). Recently I started watching Freaks and Geeks and I’m already so invested. Not only is it hilarious, but the characters are also so easy to relate with. I was definitely a geek in high school, though thankfully I was never bullied to the degree that Sam, Neal, and Bill are in the show. There’s only one season of the show (*sobs*) so I should be able to finish it pretty soon. The best movies I watched in June were The Last Five Years, La La Land, and Wonder Woman (if you haven’t seen it yet, you definitely should!).

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Here are some notable posts from my blog this past month:

Here are some posts that I loved reading this month (there are so many!!):

How was your month of June? What was the best book you read? Did you do anything really fun or exciting? Let me know in the comments section below!

Yours,

HOLLY

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MAY 2017 | Wrap-Up

What a whirlwind May has been! From final exams and moving back home at the end of the semester to starting work again, it feels as though things have been in a constant state of change. Now that May is over and done I feel like everything is finally settling down into a regular routine again, which is such a relief.

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In May I read a total of 8 books:

  1. The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Volume 4 by Ryan North & Erica Henderson
  2. The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  3. Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather
  4. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather
  5. Sartoris by William Faulkner
  6. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
  7. Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare
  8. One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories by B.J. Novak

Whoa… May is the best reading month I’ve had in a long time. (The end of the semester works wonders for extra free time!) Because I read so many fantastic books actually going to pick two favorite books of the month: The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather and Sartoris by William Faulkner. I love them both for different reasons, but they both gave me a similar feeling of OH MY GOODNESS I MUST TALK ABOUT THIS BOOK RIGHT NOW. (Sorry, mom, for rambling about the brilliance of Cather and Faulkner for far too long.)

It feels so great to be back reading and reviewing again!

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May was a huge transition month for me. Not only did I move off of my college campus to go back home for the summer, but I also started working and realized that I’m now halfway through college. (Eeek!) It feels strange to know that I have nearly four months of summer break ahead of me before school starts again in September. Such a long expanse of time seems like it will stretch on forever right now, but I have a feeling that it will fly by in no time.

Now that I’m back home I’ve been taking advantage of my newfound free time to read and blog as much as possible. I’ve also had more time to take #bookstagram photos with my new camera, which is really exciting.

On a different note, lately I’ve been watching the original Twin Peaks TV show and I’m obsessed. I only have around ten episodes left until I finish the series, which I’m hoping to do in the next week or so. You have no idea how hard I’ve tried to avoid spoilers online– I hate having endings ruined accidentally!

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Here are some notable posts from my blog this past month:

Here are some posts that I loved reading this month:

How was your month of May? What was the best book you read? Did you do anything really fun or exciting? Let me know in the comments section below!

Yours,

HOLLY

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APRIL 2017 | Wrap-Up

April is one of those months where you never really know quite what to expect. This is especially true in New England, when the weather can be freezing and rainy one day and gloriously sunny the next. Though we definitely had our share of ups and downs weather-wise this month, life has been steadily looking up! Here’s what I was up to in April:

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In April I read a total of 4 books.

  1. The Cambridge Companion to Frederick Douglass edited by Maurice S. Lee
  2. On the Other Side by Carrie Hope Fletcher
  3. Newsies: Stories of the Unlikely Broadway Hit edited by Ken Cerniglia
  4. The Bridge of San Luis Rey by Thornton Wilder

I read some great books in April (courtesy of one of my dear friends who loans me fantastic books), which makes choosing a favorite one difficult. However, the one that I’ve been thinking about the most recently is Thornton Wilder’s The Bridge of San Luis Rey. Interestingly enough, I bought a copy of this book when I visited the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City last month without even realizing that Wilder, the mind behind Our Town, is the author. (Clearly, this was an impulse purchase if I’ve ever made one.) Its rather short length is certainly not indicative of the depth and resonance it possesses, making it a sort of TARDIS in a sense. (Doctor Who, anyone?) At any rate, if you have not yet read this book or Our Town by Thornton Wilder, I highly recommend them!

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In many ways, the month of April on a college campus feels like a whirlwind of contradictions. Apart from the aforementioned unpredictable weather, there are also lulls and spikes in coursework, feelings of excitement and exhaustion, and the desire to be in far more places doing far more things than humanly possible. It’s hard to balance doing coursework and focusing on wrapping things up for the semester in the midst of Easter and Spring Weekend festivities, yet that’s the sort of balancing act that April requires. Overall, April was certainly a month to remember!

I briefly want to mention the fact that I watched the original Star Wars for the first time this month, because I feel like that’s a pretty landmark event, at least for me. Up until this point I’ve been wading through life lost in a sea of Star Wars references I only vaguely understood, but now everything makes SO MUCH SENSE. And Yoda is so cute and funny! And I can relate to C-3PO so much! And Princess Leia is such a fantastic female heroine!! And THE MUSIC!!

Finals week is now fast approaching, which means I am currently up to my ears in papers, papers, a few exams, and more papers. Though I desperately want the work to be done and over with, the prospect of leaving all of my friends behind when I move back home for the summer has painted everything with a bittersweet hue recently. I have two weeks left on this campus before embarking on the four-month stretch of summer (I know, we have a long summer break!). I’m really excited for the fun adventures that I’m hoping to have this summer, but in an ideal world those adventures would take place with my Wheaton friends alongside me. Needless to say, I’ve been feeling pretty conflicted lately!

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Here are some notable posts from my blog this past month:

Here are some posts that I loved reading this month:

How was your month of April? What was the best book you read? Have you ever had a month where you read nothing? Did you do anything really fun or exciting? Let me know in the comments section below!

Yours,

HOLLY

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MARCH 2017 | Wrap-Up

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Ah, March: the green month of transition from winter to spring in which we all experience a sort of underlying current of excited anticipation… no? Just me? March has always seemed like one of those “in-between” months to me, standing alongside May and November as the chaotic calm before the storm of the months to come (if chaos can even be considered placid?). Regardless of how you feel about March, it’s time to once again say goodbye with another monthly wrap-up.

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In March I read a total of 5 books:

  1. How to Ruin Everything by George Watsky
  2. As You Wish by Cary Elwes
  3. The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Beats Up the Marvel Universe by Ryan North & Erica Henderson
  4. Bayou Folk and A Night in Acadie by Kate Chopin
  5. A Room with a View by E.M. Forster

I read some fantastic books this month, but heads above them all was How to Ruin Everything by George Watsky. This collection of personal essays was incredibly engaging, hilarious, and thought-provoking. One of the reasons I loved it so much is that it made me think about some of the quirky, unexpected experiences in my own life. Sometimes it can be easy to forget that there isn’t just one right path that everyone follows– for some, life can involve smuggling narwhal tusks across the border and getting in trouble for aggressively rapping at a teacher (true story– read the book!). Whether or not you’re a fan of Watsky’s music (which you should be), I highly recommend reading How to Ruin Everything. 

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Good old spring break– could you hear the relieved sighs of thousands of college students in mid-March? I spent my spring break reading, blogging, and reading sonnets for my Renaissance Poetry class (SO. MANY. SONNETS.). It was great to spend some time at home with family and friends, especially after enduring midterms the week before. Transitioning back to campus was a little difficult, but we’re all finally back in the swing of things now.

The highlight of this month was definitely when I went to New York City with some of my friends. We spent the day roaming around the Metropolitan Museum of Art (the Met), which I had never been to before this trip.

I’m not going to lied, I was fairly overwhelmed by the sheer amount of art that is in this museum, as well as the size of the museum itself. We spent hours meticulously combing through each exhibit, but even then I felt as though there was so much I was missing because there simply wasn’t enough time to look at everything. I loved seeing the painting of George Washington crossing the Delaware (which is also HUGE) as well as one of the paintings they have by Claude Monet (probably my favorite painter). We also had a great time posing next to a bunch of the statues on display, as you can probably tell from the picture to the left.

I love going to museums and definitely wish that I had the opportunity to visit them more frequently. Fortunately, I’ve been lucky enough this semester to be able to visit two museums, which is more than I typically get around to visiting in a single year. If you ever get the chance to visit the Met, I highly recommend going– it’s amazing!

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Here are some notable posts from my blog this past month:

Here are some posts that I loved reading this month (there were SO MANY!!):

How was your month of March? What was the best book you read? Did you do anything really fun or exciting? Let me know in the comments section below!

Yours,

HOLLY

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FEBRUARY 2017 | Wrap-Up

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WOW, what a month February was!! It feels as though I’ve hardly had time to process the whirlwind of events that have happened recently, so I’m just going to jump right into this wrap up and see what happens.

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In February I read a total of ZERO books.

That’s right: I read nothing in February.

Well, that’s not technically true. I read SO MANY articles and short stories and poems (sonnet overload for my Renaissance Poetry class), but no novels to speak of for the entirety of February. This is the first month in ages that this has happened (years, even?) but I’ve come to accept the fact that it simply can’t be helped. I’m been incredibly busy this semester and free reading time just doesn’t fit into my chaotic schedule. But my spring break starts in two weeks, and you can bet that I’ll be sitting down with a good book (or two or three) when I finally have some free time on my hands!

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My second semester of sophomore year started off with an event I’ve been looking forward to for months: the annual tap show! I’m part of my college’s tap dancing group, and each February we have our annual show. Our opening night had the biggest audience of Tap Out Loud history, and it was amazing to feel the support and appreciation of all of my peers. It was also surreal to see the dance I choreographed to “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go” by Wham! actually performed on stage. Definitely a night to remember!

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(P.S. That’s me in the pink in the front)

Another great weekend was when some of my friends and I went to the Museum of Fine Art in Boston, MA. I love going to museums but I don’t get to do it nearly as often as I would like. It was so nice to get off campus for a bit and spend a relaxing day admiring some beautiful art. My favorite part of the museum is definitely the Monet room. ❤

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In front of my favorite paintings by Monet.

The fun continued when I went to see the movie version of the musical Newsies. HOLY COW, THIS MUSICAL IS AMAZING. The choreography is so impressive, especially since I had no idea that this was such a physical, energetic, dance-heavy musical. Jeremy Jordan was fantastic and I’ve basically had the soundtrack playing on repeat since that day. If you’ve never listened to Newsies, I highly recommend checking it out!

Then came the magical day when my friends and I went to NerdCon 2017 in Boston. I recently wrote an entire Top Ten Tuesday post about the amazing time I had there, which you can check out by clicking here. I met so many talented, kind, inspiring people who I’ve looked up to for years, as well as some that I’m looking forward to looking up to in the future. It was absolutely surreal to be surrounded by thousands of Nerdfighters (and JOHN AND HANK!!) and I’m so grateful that I had the opportunity to attend such a wonderful event.

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Here are some notable posts from my blog this past month:

Here are some posts that I loved reading this month:

How was your month of February? What was the best book you read? Have you ever had a month where you read nothing? Did you do anything really fun or exciting? Let me know in the comments section below!

Yours,

HOLLY