Apparently, today is Charlotte Brontë’s birthday. How in the world did I know this before approximately two seconds ago? This lady is one of my favorite authors!
Anywho, this isn’t just any birthday, though. It’s her 199th birthday…sooo close to being two centuries old! You go, girl!
Because Jane Eyre is my favorite book of all time, I thought I’d insert this bit of CB wisdom into my blog on this important day: Continue reading “A Moment of Literary Nerdiness”
Here’s a story:
I spent last summer interning in Washington D.C. For eight weeks, I lived the quite unglamorous, but adventurous life of an unpaid intern in one of the United State’s most expensive cities. I lived in shitty intern housing (we found not one, but TWO unwelcome fungi growing at the base of our bathroom vanity in the course of my time there); I lived off of a pretty cheap diet that would have left my mother concerned (I finally caved in about the fourth week and paid the little extra money for mixed greens at the grocery store, something I initially viewed as unnecessary on my frugal budget…oh my, salad never tasted so good after those four long weeks of surviving off of Continue reading “Little Things, Content Moments”
It never bored them to hear words, words; they breathed them with the cool night air, never stopping to analyse; the name of the poet, Hafiz, Hali, Iqbal, was sufficient guarantee. India–a hundred Indias–whispered outside beneath the indifferent moon, but for the time India seemed one and their own, and they regarded their departed greatness by hearing its departure lamented, they felt young again because reminded that youth must fly.
A Passage to India
Continue reading “Word Porn, Courtesy of E.M. Forster”
Have you ever pondered the life of a used book? Whose hands it graced before falling into yours? Continue reading “Eighteen Years Later”
“The whole world was this symphony, and there was not enough of her to listen”
Every once in a while, I’ll be reading a book only to come across a quote that I find to be unbelievably beautiful. The quote speaks to me; I deeply identify with it in some way.
I am currently reading The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers. I Continue reading “Word Porn Courtesy of Carson McCullers + Some Commentary on my Own Anxieties”
About a month ago, my grandma called me up and said, “So, I saw on Facebook that you liked something about Laura Ingalls Wilder’s autobiography coming (Yes, yes, I totally did) and was wondering if you wanted it for Christmas?”
Before she could even finish the sentence, I was furiously shaking my head, even though I knew she couldn’t see it over the phone.
“Um, yes! That would be a dream come true!” I answered excitedly.
“Alright, that’s what you’re getting,” she replied.
So, a month and a half before Christmas, I knew what I was getting from Continue reading “Growing Up With a Pioneer Girl”
First she slept; and then she read…
Got out of bed at noon. Started to read. Haven’t done much else today.
I could get used to this winter break life.
If only my anxiety wasn’t getting in the way…
I’m the type of person that dreams of having free time like no other; when it finally happens, with my mind all the sudden free from responsibility, the anxiety I’ve Continue reading “2.5 Weeks of Anxiety? Not on My Watch!”
I originally published this photo in my previous post, Fall Break Reading (My Options are Limited).
However, upon further consideration, I thought I’d take this lil photo and make it the star of its own post, so I removed it from the other post and here it is!
I took this photo a few weeks ago in the McGinnis Room at Briggs Library on campus at UMM. The McGinnis Room is this beautiful little space on the first floor of the library. The room is filled with natural light from the outside-facing windows just across from the doorway, and two long lines of bookshelves (one housing this lovely collection of poetry) straddle opposite ends of the room to the right and left of the doorway. There are Continue reading “Poetry Bookshelves”
A short list of what I could/should be reading right now:
- The Faerie Queene, Edmund Spenser–for Brit Lit I
- The Francis Preston Blair Family in Politics, Vol. I, William E. Smith–I’m using this for history senior seminar research
- Creating Minnesota, Annette Atkins–for Minnesota History
- Watchdogs of Loyalty, Carl H. Chrislock–also for Minnesota History
- Various comp studies essays for my Understanding Writing research project/Understanding Writing reading assignments
An even shorter list of what I actually want to read right now:
- ANYTHING, ABSOLUTELY ANYTHING THAT I DON’T HAVE TO THINK CRITICALLY ABOUT, ANALYZE IN DETAIL, OR QUESTION IN ANY WAY, SHAPE, OR FORM (preferably a nice, light novel of the popular fiction genre)
- So, basically, none of the above
I am currently on fall break right now. I have a nice long weekend ahead of me since I don’t have school on Monday or Tuesday. I’m currently at my grandparents house since I haven’t visited them in over a year and I thought it would be a nice, relaxing way to spend my time off.
Right before leaving school to drive here, I thought about bringing a book to read for fun. I ultimately decided not to because I figured I have so much to read for school that I thought that would keep me satisfied enough in Continue reading “Fall Break Reading (My Options are Limited)”