Dear MY OXFORD YEAR by Julia Whelan: SO MUCH NOSTALGIA

Dear My Oxford Year by Julia Whelan: I apologize in advance for how nostalgic this letter will inevitably be. When I saw a secondhand copy of you on sale at a bookstore one day I knew I would have to buy you. The blurb on your back cover promised the story of a twenty-something woman, …

Looking Back at 2019

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 …

Top Ten Tuesday: Sip, Munch, Read

Happy Tuesday!! This week's Top Ten Tuesday topic (hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl) asks us to share our favorite things to eat and drink while reading. I generally like drinking tea or coffee and eating sweets when I read--but I think I'll let my bookstagram speak for itself... As you can see, we love a …

5 Reasons Why I Love Blackwell’s | Holly Goes Abroad

What would a Holly Goes Abroad series be without a post about Blackwell’s? Blackwell’s is my favorite bookshop in Oxford, and definitely one of my favorite bookshops ever. My friend and I made a point to make an extra-long visit to Blackwell’s during this trip because we both love it so much. Today I thought …

Wild horses? Diving off a bridge? Oh my! | Holly Goes Abroad

On my last full day in Oxford, my friends and I packed our bags with snacks and swimsuits and trekked all the way to Port Meadow. I had heard fun stories about afternoons at Port Meadow, but I had never been before this trip. Located on a little dirt path that cuts between rolling fields …

Advice for Studying Abroad | Holly Goes Abroad

Earlier in the summer I was asked to share some tips for studying abroad as part of this Holly Goes Abroad series. Since it’s nearly time for the new semester to start, I thought this would be a good time to give some advice. Of course, I am in no way a study abroad expert, …

Top Ten Tuesday: Settings I’d Like to See More Of

Happy Tuesday!! This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic (hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl) asks us to share ten settings that we which were more represented in books. I really like this topic because I feel like settings are often overlooked and not given the thought and important recognition that they deserve. Settings can set …

Returning to Oxford | Holly Goes Abroad

I'm so excited to bring back the Holly Goes Abroad feature! If you've stuck around this blog for a while then you might know that I spent my junior year of college studying abroad at Mansfield College in the University of Oxford in England. Recently I was lucky enough to return to Oxford for a …

JUNE 2019 | Wrap-Up

  Happy June! What I consider to be the first month of summer has now come to an end, meaning that there's an even warmer, sunnier part of the summer right around the corner. Here's what I was up to this month: In June I read a total of 9 books: Watership Down by Richard Adams …

Versatile Blogger Award {Oxford themed!] | 5

Look familiar? I’m back with another Versatile Blogger Award! Thanks so much to Dani for nominating me! Last time I gave this award a summer theme, but this time the theme is extra special: Oxford! As you read this, I will be flying across the pond to Oxford, England to visit some friends at Mansfield …