Welcome to a new feature on my blog, the monthly Reading Roundup! Check in at the end of the month every month for a run through of the things I've read, a more in-depth review of my favorite read of the month than I share on Goodreads, and my other favorite things for the month!… Continue reading January Reading Roundup
Now that I live in Boston for grad school and Greta Gerwig's 2019 adaptation of Little Women was just nominated for Best Picture, it seemed an ideal time to visit Concord and revisit Little Women.
While I was tempted to not look back at the weirdness that was 2019, I decided that in order to fully embrace 2020, I needed to reconcile the good with the bad in order to remind myself that life is full of complexities.
If you follow me on Twitter (@bookishlybright), you'll have noticed that every year in December, the landscape of my twitter page changes just slightly and shifts away from my ridiculous thoughts about life and more towards my ridiculous thoughts about Harry Potter. This year, I decided that I wouldn't be able to tackle my classic whole-series reread, but I've gotten into audiobooks recently as something to do during my commute to campus as I work to transition to grad school life, so it made sense that I would just add Harry Potter into my rotation of audiobooks during the month of December.
My first semester of grad school has been incredible, but it's also been difficult and challenging and I've struggled more than I could have ever imagined going in. I'm trying to be honest about my struggles, and also thankful for the big and little things that are helping me along the way.
While I typically using my weekends to explore Boston, pleasure read, and work on personal creative projects, I broke from that trend the last couple of weekends by spending my time volunteering and attending events in Boston. On October 11th and 12th, I both volunteered at and attended Leaky Con and on October 19th and 20th I volunteered at and attended the Boston Book Festival. Being able to be a part of the behind the scenes at these two events was a really incredible experience and though I didn't expect it, it affirmed my commitment to a sense of community. At both of these events I felt an invaluable sense of community (be it fandom or the literary community or both), and I was glad to interact with these larger communities in various ways.
A new Tillie Walden graphic novel and one that's a road trip narrative: Heck Yes! I review "Are You Listening?" and use inspiration from Walden to share some of my own road trip reading recommendations.