Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday: Summer TBR Update

Top Ten Tuesday (7).pngHappy Tuesday!! This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic (hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl) asks us to share the books we hope to read this summer. I already shared a bit of my summer TBR in an earlier post, so today I’m going to update it with what I’ve read thus far and what I’m looking to read over the next few weeks.

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Here are the books I’ve already checked off of my initial summer TBR list:

38746485-2Becoming by Michelle Obama

I listened to the audiobook version narrated by Michelle Obama and LOVED it. It’s the most empowering, striking, well written memoir I’ve read in a while. Review will be posted soon, but for now I’ll just say that I would absolutely recommend this book no matter your political beliefs!

402013Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison

I read this book at a time when I needed a little cheering up and it 100 percent did the job! Angus is hilarious, ridiculous, dramatic, and even a little addicting–I didn’t want to put it down! Stay tuned for a review.

15749186-2To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

I also listened to the audiobook version of this and really enjoyed it. I have fond memories of watching the movie adaptation with friends, which made this even more fun to read. It was really interesting to see differences and similarities between the two forms of this story. Looking forward to reading the rest of the series! eau de parfum (2)

7332-21. The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien

As I’ve said many times at this point, I’ve been meaning to read this book FOR AGES. And I’m finally doing it!! I’m currently about half way through, so I’m feeling confident that I can read the rest soon and finally check this one off my list.

136429292. My Beloved World by Sonia Sotomayor

I started reading and listening to an audiobook version of this memoir towards the end of last semester, but then things got chaotic and crazy with finals and graduation so I never ended up finishing it. I would love to read this inspiring memoir before starting law school!

11753763. This Common Secret by Susan Wicklund

I borrowed this book from a friend at the end of last semester and still haven’t read it… definitely have to get around to finishing it soon! It sounds like such a powerful, relevant, important read (although a bit of a heavy subject, so we’ll see how my emotions fare!).

2144384. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares

I’ve been meaning to read this book for so many summers now that it seems as though I’ve checked it out of the library a million times. Looking forward to finally getting around to it! (And then finally watching the movie adaptation!)

14541165. The Stand by Stephen King

My friend and I recently decided to read this together this summer and I’m so excited! My mom is a huge Stephen King fan and this is one of her favorites. Will probably take quite a bit of time though… my copy is over 1,000 pages long!!

16101126-26. The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen

My friends and I have an inside joke in which we were all assigned Sarah Dessen books, and this one is mine. I was gifted a copy at the end of the semester and I’m really looking forward to rereading it after so long. Seems like a perfect summer book to read on the beach!

411100507. Sweet Dreams by Nadette Rae Rodgers

I’ve been meaning to read this book for SO LONG and I’m finally going to do it! This is the third installment in Nadette Rae Rodgers’ Illusion Trilogy and I’m really excited to see how this series ends. She’s also a great blogger, so go check out her blog here! 

120678. Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett

The hype about this book and the recently released TV series is WILD. I’m about half way through the audiobook at the moment and really loving this charming, witty, bizarre, hilarious story. This book is also my first foray into Terry Pratchett and I already can’t wait to read more of his work!

183002709. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

It’s been a while since I read an old classic, and I’ve been missing them dearly. This one has been on my list for a while, especially after having seen the movie adaptation a few years ago. I finally managed to check this novel out of the library, which is a step in the right direction!

29409747-210. The Lifted Veil by George Eliot

I bought this little novella while I was in Oxford recently (more on that trip to come!) because I’ve been missing the Victorian horror that I read during my tutorials there. I’ve only ever read Middlemarch by George Eliot, so I’m excited to see how she treats the horror genre.

So far I’ve read 3 of the 7 books I initially put on my TBR list–not bad for a month into my summer break, I’d say! What books are you hoping to read this summer? What do you think of the ones on my list? Let me know in the comments section below!

Yours,

HOLLY

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Awards

Versatile Blogger Award | 4

Today I’m here with the Versatile Blogger Award. Thanks so much to Jenna @ Bookmark Your Thoughts for nominating me!! I’ve done this award a few times, and for the most recent one I did an autumn theme. Since I love a good tradition, I thought I would give this one a summer theme.

  1. Thank the person who nominated you.
  2. Leave a link to their blog.
  3. Tell us 7 things about yourself.
  4. Nominate 15 bloggers/bloggers you’ve discovered recently or follow regularly.

1. I’ve worked at the same nonprofit for four summers now (!!!). It’s called a child advocacy center and they conduct forensic interviews of child abuse victims in our county so the kiddos don’t have to be interviewed my multiple people in different settings. I do a lot of writing for them, applying to grants for funding and creating anything they need for fundraising events. It’s such a great job because it blends together my love of writing and my interest in the legal field. It’s wild to think that this is my fourth summer working there!

2. Up until a few years ago, my family camped at the same site in the same campground over the same week every summer–for twelve consecutive years. We’ve stopped doing it because of busy work schedules and the fact that it takes a lot of work to prepare for and actually execute, but it’s one of my most beloved family traditions. So many wonderful memories came out of those nights curled up in sleeping bags in the tent, sitting around the campfire, and lounging by the lake.

3. Every summer I try to tackle a tome, preferably one that I’ve been meaning to read for a while or that I wouldn’t otherwise have the time to read. I’ve read Hamilton by Ron Chernow, Moby Dick by Herman Melville, Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell, and War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy this way. This summer I’m buddy reading The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien with Mary Drover, which I’m really excited about. It’ll be so great to finally check this one off my list after literal decades of it sitting on my shelf.

4. Summer is my blog scheduling time. As soon as a new semester starts, I find that I barely have time to pick up a book, let alone have the headspace to write blog posts in the midst of writing paper after paper. I’ve gotten into the routine of scheduling a bunch of posts ahead of time so that I don’t have to worry about writing new posts for at least the first few weeks of the fall semester. Blogging nonstop like this also keep me reading and writing regularly, which helps make the transition back to taking classes a lot easier when the new semester begins.

5. I love going picking. Every summer my mom and I pick strawberries and blueberries and then bake with our goodies. We always make a strawberry rhubarb pie, and then experiment a bit with the blueberries–sometimes we’ll bake a classic blueberry pie, and other times we’ll make breads or muffins. We’ve stayed loyal to the same farm for years, returning each summer to pick and then peruse their farm stand for pea pods and raspberries. It’s one of my favorite summer traditions!

6. When I was younger, I was an avid summer reader. I have distinct memories of being 11 or 12 years old and going to my local public library each week. I would check out four or five books at a time and always return with my stack the following week to return them and get more. I remember thinking that I would love to work at that library someday–and then I did! Such a nice little full circle!

7. This summer I’m doing #100daysofsummer on my bookstagram. I love taking bookish photos, especially in the summertime when I can take them outside in the garden or by the edge of the woods surrounding my house. I’ve decided to post a photo every day this summer as a fun little project to get me taking more photos and talking about books more beyond just this blog. I’m really excited about it! Follow my bookstagram here to follow along!

Emma @ Emma Reads || Rebecca @ Bookishly Rebecca || Georgiana @ Readers’ High Tea || Amanda @ Amanda’s Book Review || Dini @ Dini Panda Reads || Mia @ Pen and Parchment

Yours,

HOLLY

Bookish

Summer 2019 TBR List

It’s that exciting time of year again: Time for a summer to-read list! Thanks to my current in-between state of having just graduated undergrad but not yet started law school, I have an entire Glorious Summer of Reading for Fun ahead of me, which I haven’t had in years. The past few summers were filled with prep reading for studying abroad at Oxford and research for my honors thesis, so I haven’t had full reign over what I’ve read in a while. But now we’re back in that sweet spot, and I can’t wait to dive into those books! Here are just a few of the books that I’m hoping to read this summer:

The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien

When I was in middle school I bought a used copy of this book for a dime from the used book room in my library’s basement. Let’s all take a minute to acknowledge that it is a full decade later and I still have yet to read it?!?! I’m making it a mission to finally get around to reading it this summer.

Becoming by Michelle Obama

I love a good empowering memoir, and this seems like a perfect next place to turn! I’m also hoping she talks a bit about her career as an attorney–as someone starting law school soon, I could use all the advice I can get.

Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison

I finally watched the movie adaptation of this book for the first time this past semester, and I think it’s high time that I finally read the book series that goes along with it. Not only was the movie hilarious, but I also love how it’s set in Brighton, England, a place I visited one weekend when I was abroad. It has a little soft spot in my heart!

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

This is another book whose movie adaptation I recently watched and loved. Although this story is adorable, I’ve heard that the movie differs quite a bit from the book in terms of tone, characterization, and small details of the family and her relationship. I’m really intrigued to see what the differences are and how it affects my thoughts on the story overall.

This Common Secret by Susan Wickland

A friend lent me this book around the midway point of the semester and then things got really hectic and busy… and I still haven’t finished it (whoops!). This book is also high on my list due to the intense, terrifying abortion controversies going on the United States recently… definitely a relevant book for this summer!

My Beloved World by Sonia Sotomayor

It’s a secret dream of mine to be a judge someday, so what better book to read than the memoir of a Supreme Court justice? I’m about a third of the way through the audiobook version now and it’s already inspiring, powering, and incredibly moving. I can’t wait to read the rest!

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares

My friends and I at Wheaton always used to joke that we were like the girls in this book–connected by our random objects that we all shared. But seeing as I have yet to see the movie or read the book, I didn’t get that reference very much. It’s definitely time to fix that!

What books are you hoping to read this summer? Any thoughts on the ones I’ve listed here? Let me know in the comments section below!

Yours,

HOLLY

Monthly Wrap-Up

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 total of 3 books:

  1. Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  2. Tell Me How It Ends: An Essay in Forty Questions by Valeria Luiselli
  3. Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel

Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions definitely wins the Favorite Book of the Month award from me in August. This text is incredibly empowering and thought-provoking and I would highly recommend it!

I wasn’t able to read much this month, but I’m still happy with what I did manage to read considering all that I was busy with otherwise. Hopefully I can squeak in some extra reading besides what’s required of me during this semester.

+ MOVIE: I actually didn’t watch any movies in the month of August. *gasp!* I was so busy trying to wrap everything up at home before moving back to campus for the start of the semester that my movie list went unwatched. However, I did listen to several great podcasts, including one of my new favorites: S-Town. Would highly recommend!

+ MUSIC: Lately I’ve been listening to Brockhampton, which has been an interesting time. The playlist I listened to on my commute during my last week of summer was a mix of rap and Disney songs, which pretty much sums up what a transition point in the year I’m in.

+ FOOD: Definitely burritos from the local place near my home in New Hampshire. I always make sure to go there a few times each summer before I have to leave for school.

+ PLACE: Ah, isn’t this the ultimate question this month? Moving back to Wheaton after an entire year away has been a strange and lovely experience, and I’m happy to say that the suite I now share with my friends has quickly become a favorite place this month.

What a month! August encompassed the last couple weeks of my summer as well as my move back to Wheaton after an entire year of being away. It’s been strange and overwhelming to be back in such a familiar place where I don’t know most of the students anymore, since most of the people I was close to outside of my class year have graduated. So many aspects of Wheaton are the same, yet many are so different that it makes me feel like a freshman again in some instances. At first I was taken aback, but fortunately I adjusted fairly quickly with the help of friends. The mountains of work have already begun to pile up, so there hasn’t been much time to wallow.

Mary Lyon Hall at Wheaton College, MA.

Also, can we just take a second to talk about how I’m a senior. I still can’t believe that this is my last year at Wheaton. Where has the time gone? It feels even shorter since I studied abroad, as though there should somehow be an extra year to make up for the one I didn’t experience here. However, part of me does feel ready to complete this year and take on a new path. I have a feeling that this year will be filled with the unexpected!

 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 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

Monthly Wrap-Up

JULY 2018 | Wrap-Up

What’s this? A blog post? For the first time in weeks?! July was a ridiculously busy, hectic month for me, meaning that I was too occupied with other things to have any free time to blog. While I won’t be back to my full blogging self yet (still so much to get done!) I thought it would be nice to do a little wrap-up post in the meantime.

In July I read a total of 4 books:

  1. Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys
  2. The Problem that Has No Name by Betty Friedan
  3. Create Dangerously by Albert Camus
  4. Goodbye, Columbus by Philip Roth

As you can see, not much reading progress was made last month; however, I did really enjoy most of what I read (with the exception of Roth…). I think my favorite book of the month was The Problem that Has No Name, mostly because I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it since I finished it. These essays by Friedan are incredibly thought-provoking and empowering–I highly recommend checking them out!

+ MUSIC: This past month I discovered the band Little Chief and have been listening to them nonstop on my commute to and from work. Their music is so relaxing and I love the variety of instruments they utilize. Unfortunately, I don’t think the band is actually together anymore–I’m always late to the party!

+ FOOD: Definitely the blueberry pie my mom baked with the blueberries we picked at a local farm. Picking berries is one of my favorite things to do every summer, especially when the weather is as lovely as it has been recently.

+ PLACE: Last weekend I was lucky enough to spend the day at White Lake State Park, the campground where my family has been going since I was really young. Returning to this lake always feels like returning to some sort of home.

WOW, July was a BUSY month! I spent most of my time working at the nonprofit I work for, and when I wasn’t there I was living and breathing LSAT prep. It’s such a relief to finally be done with this exam! There’s only so many logic games and practice exams you can take before you start to wonder if they’ll ever end…

Once my exam was over, I finally had time to tackle all of the things I’ve been meaning to do all summer: research for my honors thesis, write a draft of my nearly-completed WIP (which I’m BEYOND excited about), choreograph a tap dance for my group’s next show, get ahead on some reading for this upcoming semester… the list goes on and on! Fortunately, I also squeezed in fun days and chats with friends that I haven’t seen in far too long. I’ve missed everyone so much since I was abroad!

Speaking of being abroad… I’ve also spent the last month continuing to transition to being back home from Oxford. I feel much better now than I did at the beginning of the summer, especially since my Wheaton move-in date is approaching so quickly. Who knew that studying abroad would involve so much recovery time?!

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

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

Monthly Wrap-Up

JUNE 2018 | Wrap-Up

What a wild month of June it was! So much has happened recently that I don’t even know where to begin. (I know I say something like this every month, but this time I really mean it!). Here’s what I’ve been up to:

In June I read a total of 5 books:

  1. The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy
  2. Grimm Tales: For Young and Old by Philip Pullman
  3. The Lost World by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  4. Why I Am Not Going to Buy A Computer by Wendell Berry
  5. Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders

Between finishing up my time at Oxford, adjusting back to living in America, and starting work, I’ve hardly had the time to read. However, the books I did end up reading were fantastic, making it difficult to choose just one favorite. While I loved having my mind blown away by learning that The Lost World was the inspiration for Jurassic Park (which I discuss in my recent Classic Couple post) my favorite novel from June would probably have to be Lincoln in the Bardo. A full review will be posted shortly, so for now I’ll just say that this book is both bizarre and brilliant. I love the unique format as well as the fascinating blend between historical fact and fiction. Would absolutely recommend it!

+ MOVIE: My mom and I have been looking forward to seeing the new Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom for months, and we finally went to the theater to watch it on opening weekend. I know there have been some mixed reviews of it, but I really enjoyed it! There were some great plot twists at the end that made me gasp and one character in particularly that had us laughing out loud throughout the entire film. If you’re a fan of the Jurassic Park franchise in general, then I would highly recommend checking this out!

+ MUSIC: My music choice this month is very general, but very exciting: I finally purchased Spotify Premium! I used to always burn music to CDs to listened to while community an hour back and forth to work every day; however, now I can just connect my phone to my car and play whatever I want. My friends have been telling me to do it for ages, and I definitely should have listened to them earlier–it makes life so much easer (and my car rides so much better!).

+ FOOD: Since moving back home from Oxford I’ve loved being able to eat my mom’s cooking again. It feels great to be able to eat things I know for sure are safe for me to eat with my nut allergy (including my favorite burrito place, which is inexpressibly better than the burritos I ate in Oxford).

+ PLACE: I’m sure you could probably guess what I’m going to list as my favorite place this month: OXFORD. As I discussed in a recent Holly Goes Abroad post, leaving Oxford was incredibly hard and I miss it terribly. I’m so grateful for my amazing year there and cannot wait to hopefully venture back someday ❤

I spent the first half of June running around Oxford trying to squeak in all the last-minute things I wanted to do while simultaneously finishing up essays and tutorials. In a recent Holly Goes Abroad post I discussed all the fun adventures that summer term has to offer, like punting down the river and playing croquet on the Mansfield College quad. Of course, it wasn’t all fun in games–there came a time when I had to say goodbye to it all, friends and places and experiences and memories included. Before I knew it I was hopping on a seven-hour flight and heading back to New Hampshire to start my last summer as an undergrad (eek!!).

I’ll take literally ANY excuse to play with sparklers!!

My summer thus far has mostly consisted of working at the same nonprofit I’ve been at for the past few summers and studying for the LSAT (the law school entrance exam) that I’ll be taking in July. While I miss exploring new places and hanging out with my friends dearly, it’s also been nice to catch up on some reading, writing, and spending time with my family. I’ve picked up my WIP again and I’m really, really excited about it–I can’t wait to eventually show you all when it’s done! I’m a little over halfway done with a rough draft at the moment, so fingers crossed that I can finish it before the end of the summer.

My mom and I pick strawberries every summer. It wouldn’t be June without it!

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

And for all my fellow Americans out there: Happy Fourth of July!

Yours,

HOLLY

Awards

Sunshine Blogger Award | 7

What better way to celebrate summertime than with the Sunshine Blogger Award? Usually I would post a book review on Thursdays, but I’m quite behind on scheduling posts in advance due to the chaos of moving back to the States. I was lucky enough to be nominated by the fab Andrea @ Andrea’s Nirvana— definitely check out her lovely blog!

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.
  • Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you.
  • Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
  • List the rules and display the sunshine blogger award logo in your post/or on your blog.

1. What’s your latest 5 star read and one thing you liked about it?

I haven’t rated books for a long time (see this post I wrote a while back explaining why) but one of the best books I read recently was The Lost World by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. I had no idea that THIS WAS THE INSPIRATION FOR JURASSIC PARK?!?!

2. How do you organize your bookshelves?

Right now they’re a MESS because I haven’t had a chance to properly organize them since returning from my year abroad; however, ideally I like to organize them by genre.

3. Print, e-book or audiobook? Why?

Definitely print! I love the feeling of holding a book in my hands and the fact that it allows me to be separated from technology. I do enjoy listening to audio books while walking around, cooking, cleaning, etc., though. E-books are usually my last resort.

4. What is your favorite bookish post to write?

I really enjoy writing Classic Couple posts because they’re so fun and always spark really great discussions. They also allow me to combine my two favorite loves: classic literature and contemporary connections.

5. Dream reading nook?

What a fun question! Definitely one outside in the woods, preferably in the middle of summer when it’s warm enough to sit outside for ages. Perhaps a tree house?

6. How much does it take you to read, say, 100 pages?

Depending on the font size/how much I like the book/how focused I am, usually an hour and a half or less. (Maybe? That’s a really rough guess!)

7. Do you prefer series or standalones at the moment?

Standalones! When I was younger I used to always prefer series, but now I really appreciate a book that is satisfying on its own without the need to drag the plot on for books and books and books.

8. How do you deal with reading slumps?

Usually the same way I deal with blogging slumps: I take a break and then come back to it whenever I’ve started to genuinely miss doing it. The more I force myself to read when I’m not in the mood, the worse the slump gets!

9. How many books are you currently reading?

I’m currently in the middle of three or four books, if you count audio books that I’ve left unfinished. Who knows when I’ll actually get around to reading all of them?

10. Does it come easy for you to unhaul books?

NO. I adore most of the books I own and therefore getting rid of them is always a lengthy process of me repeatedly trying to convince myself that getting rid of books just makes space for EVEN MORE (a win-win, right?!).

11. Fave Booktubers?

My favorite booktuber is definitely Ariel Bissett. I’ve loved her videos for so long! ❤

 

I’m going to ask these lovely bloggers the same questions that Andrea asked me because they were a blast to answer.

Thanks again to Andrea for nominating me! ❤ What are your answers to these questions? What do you think of mine? Let me know in the comments section below!

Yours,

HOLLY

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday: Summer 2018 TBR

Happy Tuesday!! More importantly: HAPPY SUMMER! I’m officially back from Oxford for the next eight weeks, which means it’s time to share the books I’m most looking forward to reading this summer. This is a conglomeration of books that friends have recommended to me, that remind me of Oxford, and that I’ve been meaning to read for ages. Hopefully I’ll be able to get through all of them, but no promises!

What are you looking forward to reading this summer? What are your thoughts on the books I’ve mentioned here? Let me know in the comments section below!

Yours,

HOLLY

Study Abroad

Summer in Oxford | Holly Goes Abroad

As you may have guessed from my lack of posts the past few days, Oxford has kept me plenty busy as the end of Trinity term fast approaches. With less than a week left in this wonderful city, my friends and I have been trying to squeak in as much last-minute Oxford things as possible while still trying to maintain the semblance that we’re constantly reading articles and writing essays. Today I’d like to share just a few of the fun adventures Oxford offers in the summer months:

Punting

When you tell someone that you have a few hours of spare time in Oxford, one of the first things they always suggest is going punting. Punting involves using a pole to guide a small boat down a river and can be much trickier than talented punters make it appear. Not only is the Magdalen Boathouse quite close to where I live, but Mansfield College also rents out a punt that its students can book with more availability and for a cheaper price. There’s nothing better than taking a punt out in the late afternoon with some friends, eating snacks, listening to music, and enjoying the usual Oxford punting drink: Pimm’s.

Climbing

As you can probably tell from my past post about Carfax Tower, I adore climbing towers in Oxford. This is the perfect time of year to climb them because you can see some amazing views if you go on a clear day and you won’t be freezing at the top like you would in Michaelmas or Hilary terms. Recently I climbed the University Church of St. Mary the Virgin for the first time and the view of the Radcliffe Camera was absolutely breathtaking. There’s something about being elevated among Oxford’s many spires that gives you a different perspective on the city. It’s easy to get bogged down in writing essays and preparing for tutorials, but moments like these remind you what being in Oxford is really all about.

Playing Croquet

This past term I’ve discovered quite an affection for what I once thought was a boring, old-fashioned game. Playing croquet is the only time we’re allowed to step on the grass of the Mansfield center quad, so we’ve been taking full advantage of that privilege recently by taking out the croquet set whenever we have a spare sunny moment. I was pleasantly surprised to find that I’m not that bad at croquet, as well as that it’s much more interesting and strategy-based than I initially expected. Playing in the midst of Mansfield’s beautiful campus is also so surreal–there’s very little that makes me feel so stereotypically Oxford-esque.

These are just a few of the fun activities that have been distracting me from writing essays over the past term. It’s amazing how Oxford really comes alive in Trinity, particularly for those of us lucky enough to not have exams. I can’t even begin to describe how much I’ll miss these quaint summer moments!

Click here to check out other posts in my Holly Goes Abroad series!

Have you ever been to Oxford in the summer months? Do you like playing croquet or going punting? Let me know in the comments section below!

Yours,

HOLLY

Tags

Summer Book Tag

Summer is pretty much over, but that won’t stop me from wrapping up the season with the Summer Book Tag. Thanks so much to Mischenko @ Read, Rant, Rock & Roll for tagging me!!

What book cover makes you think of summer?

One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez. I read this novel last summer and it is one of the most lyrical, seamless, beautifully written books I have ever read.

What book has brightened your day?

The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo was one of my favorite books when I was younger. I remember reading it over and over again because a) mice used to be by favorite animals and b) this story is captivating, charming, and creative.

Find a book cover with yellow on it.

Just look at that cute little yellow chick! I read Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen a few weeks ago and loved it. I can’t even explain to you how heart-warming, poignant, hilarious, and brilliant this book is. I definitely wish I had read it sooner!

What action book had you running for the ice cream man?

The Princess Bride by William Goldman is equal parts hilarious, romantic, and action-packed. No matter what you’re in the mood to read, chances are that this book will fulfill it!

(Sunburn) What book has left you with a bad and/or painful ending?

I won’t spoil the ending in case you haven’t yet read The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, but it’s pretty devastating.

(Sunset) what book gave you the happiest feelings when it ended? 
I desperately hoped for at least a moderately happy ending for Jane (given her circumstances) and Charlotte Brontë didn’t disappoint!

What book cover reminds you of a sunset?

Look at that literal sunset on the cover. This old edition of The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton made this question easy!

What is one book or series you hope to read this summer?

I actually didn’t read any full series this summer… it was a summer of standalones, I guess!

Since summer has pretty much come to an end, I’m not going to tag anyone specifically… unless you would like to do it, then by all means GO FOR IT!

Is summer your favorite season or do you prefer autumn/winter (like me!)? What’s your favorite thing about summer? Let me know in the comments section below!

Yours,

HOLLY