Every year for the past few years (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018) I've made one of these posts, and each year I'm even more surprised by how much can be packed into just twelve months. 2019 was an... interesting year. The highs were amazing, and the lows were... well, not great. I had a blast during … Continue reading Looking Back at 2019
You read a lot of books as an English major in college. Some books are more enjoyable, interesting, and frankly more worthwhile to read than others. As someone who recently graduated with a degree in English lit, I've thought a lot about all those hours spent staring at pages at my desk or in the … Continue reading 5 Books Every Incoming English Major Should Read
I first started blogging when I was in eighth grade. Back then I was fourteen years old and just wanted a space online where I could write book reviews. I had no idea a whole community of book bloggers existed, a little corner of the internet enthralled by discussing literature. I've since gone back and … Continue reading Should I keep blogging?
What's this?! My first monthly wrap-up of 2019?!?! I know it's been a while, but I'm so happy to say that I'm back! May has certainly been a time... In May I read a total of 4 books: The Happiness Advantage by Shawn Achor Food by Gertrude Stein To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han … Continue reading MAY 2019 | Wrap-Up
It's done! I graduated from Wheaton with a BA in English! It's a strange feeling, being done with my English major after so many years of looking forward to and working towards it. I've been incredibly lucky to have had this opportunity to dive into the study of literature, especially for an intensive year at … Continue reading Done with my English major?!?!
In less than a week I graduate with a bachelor's degree in English, and it's a very bittersweet moment for me. Although I am very excited to move onto another chapter of my life, I'm also sad to leave my amazing friends and the lovely Wheaton community behind. However, the end of undergrad also marks … Continue reading Books I Wished I Had Been Assigned to Read as an English Major
Seeing as I graduate from undergrad a week from tomorrow (eek!) I thought I would share 5 books that influenced me as a college senior. These are books that I've read throughout this academic year--assigned or otherwise--that have made me think about myself and world a bit differently. In no particular order: Without a Name by Yvonne … Continue reading 5 Books that Influenced Me as a College Senior
Everyone at my college is required to take a senior seminar in their major in order to graduate, and mine happened to be a class solely dedicated to reading the texts of Philip Roth. My professor decided to focus on Roth in light of the author unfortunately passing away in May of 2018. We were … Continue reading Thoughts on a Semester of Reading Roth
Every year for the past few years (2015, 2016, 2017) I've made one of these posts, and each year I'm even more surprised by how much can be packed into just twelve months. 2018 was a whirlwind year. Sometimes it's hard to believe that the first half of it was spent in magical Oxford, England, … Continue reading Looking Back at 2018
Recently someone asked me in a comment how I avoid burning out as an English major--in other words, how do I keep from getting sick of reading? It might sound implausible that a bookworm could get tired of reading, but it definitely happens. When the line between work and play is blurred, it can suddenly feel … Continue reading Avoiding Book Burnout as an English Major