Looking Back at 2018

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, …

Avoiding Book Burnout as an English Major

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 …

Feminist Fridays: Masturbation Madness?

As I mentioned in my review of Roth's Goodbye, Columbus collection, I'm currently taking senior seminar that solely focuses on Philip Roth. A few weeks ago I was assigned to read his 1969 novel Portnoy's Complaint, and I have some thoughts.  Portnoy's Complaint is essentially one man's long tirade about sex to his therapist. He starts by recounting his early …

SEPTEMBER 2018 | Wrap-Up

September has come and gone faster than I thought possible, especially considering how much has happened in the past month. It's hard to believe that we're already five weeks into the semester! Here's what I've been up to: In September I read a total of 8 books: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo …

GOODBYE, COLUMBUS AND FIVE SHORT STORIES by Philip Roth | Review

I'm currently in the middle of senior seminar all about Philip Roth. That's right: I'll be reading a dozen books by Philip Roth over the course of the next semester. In an effort to gather my thoughts on these similar yet disparate texts, I'll be reviewing them throughout the upcoming months. How far will I …

AUGUST 2018 | Wrap-Up

What a month August was! I'm sure I'm not the only one who feels like August is a month of transition. Perhaps this feeling has been instilled in me from decades of back-to-school prep, but it nevertheless rings true every year. Here's what I've been up to this past month: In August I read a …

Top Ten Tuesday: Books to Buy Your Rising College Senior

Happy Tuesday!! This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic (hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl) celebrates the back-to-school season with a school-related freebie. As per usual around this time of year, I’d like to share some fictional book titles that I sincerely wish existed (if you’re looking for the subject of your next writing project, then …

How I Came to Study English in College (and why I stayed that way)

A few months ago someone commented on one of my blog posts asking if I could write about how I came to study English literature in college. Since my second to last semester of college begins in just two days, I thought now would be a good time to finally answer this question. Growing up, …

So you’ve just come back from studying abroad… now what? | Holly Goes Abroad

If you’ve been following this blog for the past year or so, then you’re probably well aware that I spent the last academic year studying abroad at the University of Oxford in England. Why? Because I talk about it incessantly. Why? Because I had an amazing time. As you can imagine (and as this post …

Our Day at Efteling | Holly Goes Abroad

Our little journey through the Big Big Trip my friend and I took during our spring breaks continues with this week's exciting installment: Efteling in the Netherlands! Prior to my friend telling my about Efteling, I didn't even know it existed. Efteling is an amusement park in Kaatscheuvel in the Netherlands that first opened in …