Friday, December 30, 2016

Recent Reads | December

Between the end of a semester and the holiday season, it's never hard to find free time to read in December. This year in particular I found myself with copious amounts of spare time as all of my finals were stacked into 27 hours and my thesis deadline was a day later, and beyond that I had no time obligations. This December I finished 12 books, including this year's Man Booker Prize winner, several short story and poetry collections, some thrillers, and some good old fashioned romances.

Monday, December 26, 2016

2016 | Favourite Books

Thursday, December 22, 2016

2016 | Favourite Albums

2016 may have been a fairly terrible year overall, but the music world certainly didn't reflect it. From the fierce surprise return of Beyoncé to the poppy arrival of Shura and everyone else in between, 2016 was a year of musical goodness. Nearly every release on this list is a much anticipated debut from a band whose entry EP I adored, so it's safe to say I deeply love each of these artists.

Monday, December 19, 2016

A Journey of Creativity

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

2016 | Favourite TV Shows

It's that time of year again - a chance to reflect on some of the year's best entertainment and relive some of the more exciting picks. Television shows this year were particularly good; Netflix originals continue to impress and the slate of new shows were incredible. Below I've listed my top five favourite shows of 2016.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Life Lately | November

Monday, November 28, 2016

Recent Reads | November

This past month I've had precious little free time, but five consecutive days off for Thanksgiving gave me plenty of time to dig into some library loans. Over the month I made it through nine novels, most of which were fluffy and meaningless in content but provided some welcome escapism.

Friday, October 28, 2016

Recent Reads | October

Short books make all the difference when you want to get through as many as possible, and this October I made it through 9, most of which right at the 300 page mark. I tried to maintain a solid mix of genres and fiction/nonfiction and discovered a number of good reads.

Monday, October 24, 2016

A Lifelong Love of Monet

Monday, October 17, 2016

22 (Over S∞∞n)

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Autumn / Winter Reads | Part II

Friday, September 30, 2016

Life Lately | September

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Recent Reads | September

I've found, particularly this semester, that reading makes for a perfect break from university work, and so I've continued my habit of always keeping a book in my bag and pulling it out to read every so often. I made it through seven books this month, most of them quite short, but nonetheless engaging for the moments of relief they brought. 

Monday, September 26, 2016

Grace Potter | The Magical Midnight Road Show

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

2016 | Music Midtown

Monday, September 5, 2016

New Bern, NC

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Life Lately | August

Monday, August 29, 2016

Recent Reads | August

Two weeks left completely free between switching jobs meant there was plenty of time to start the ever-growing stack of books on my shelves clamoring to be read. I was able to get through eight books this month, just in time to get some much anticipated reads in before the semester picks up again and I have to put reading on the side.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

The Last First Day of Class

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Topsail Island

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Recent Reads | July

After a few lackluster months of reading, I fell right back into my love of it after reading some incredible books this month. With a few weeks of vacation between the end of my job and the start of the new semester, I hope to squeeze in a few more books to meet my reading challenge for the year.

Friday, July 29, 2016

Life Lately | July

Monday, July 25, 2016

A Little Life | Hanya Yanagihara

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Recent Reads | June

Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond
It doesn't often happen that a nonfiction book sticks with me weeks after reading it, but Evicted is such a hard, provoking look at America's inner city poverty that it's impossible to think of anything else. Desmond looks into the lives of eight families based in Milwaukee, traces their history in the city, and outlines the problems these families face as they attempt to make a life out of their circumstances. Evicted provides a look into a life of extreme poverty while detailing how many people ended up in these situations, and suggests a few ideas as to how the US could do better by its poorest.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Life Lately | June

Thursday, June 23, 2016

The 1975 | Tour

Monday, June 13, 2016

Ellie Goulding | Delirium World Tour

Monday, May 30, 2016

Life Lately | May

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Recent Reads | May

The end of the school semester/year would, in theory, mean more time to read, and yet I've found the opposite to be true. Constant assignment deadlines are gone, but with the ending of the semester also came the end of a consistent routine, and as I currently work only part-time my schedule changes on a weekly basis, making it harder to plan time for things. I read a number of short works this month but I'll only mention my two favourites from May.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Beyonce | Formation World Tour

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Recent Reads | April

As it can be guessed by my lack of posts this month, April was a crazy mess. Between being a full-time student, working 25 hours a week, and attempting to maintain some semblance of a social life, reading and blogging got pushed to the bottom of my priority list. I only read four books this month and all of them were fairly short. Despite the limited number, they were still good ones and worth mentioning.

The Crucible by Arthur Miller
The Crucible was required reading in high school, but I pulled it out again this month as I desperately want to see it on Broadway this season. Miller's 1953 play about the Salem Witch Trials (with thinly veiled references to McCarthyism) is an engrossing, emotional one, and I definitely enjoyed it more the second time around. Because it is a play it's quite short in page length, and is easy to get through quickly.

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Life Lately | March

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Recent Reads | March

Last month I logged all of the books I read - a hefty nine novels in total. This month I managed fewer titles as I was constantly overwhelmed with work and previous commitments and (tbh) new seasons of television shows. I still managed 6 books but they were far shorter in length and complexity than February's selections.

The Queen of the Night by Alexander Chee
At 550 pages, The Queen of the Night could stand to be edited down quite a lot, as the book took far too much time to tell the story it attempted. Despite its size, I enjoyed Chee's latest - it's an ambitious, sweeping tale of a girl who makes her way from America to 1880s France and becomes first a circus performer, then an escort, and finally an opera singer. The romances seemed forced and there were moments when it seemed that Chee couldn't write women, but nevertheless, it was an entertaining read that occupied me for several weeks.

Friday, March 25, 2016

Norwegian Sky Cruise: Bahamas | Day 4

Friday, March 18, 2016

Norwegian Sky Cruise: Bahamas | Day 3

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Norwegian Sky Cruise: Bahamas | Days 1 & 2

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Recent Reads | February

It's been a looooong time since I've compiled a monthly round-up of all the books I read, and I felt another was due. 

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Between the World and Me is a difficult book to review as it's so deeply personal and so far from what I know that I feel as though my opinion is irrelevant - it's a book to learn from, to gain a new perspective from, but it's not authored for me. Coates wrote Between the World and Me as a letter to his teenage son to describe his experiences growing up as a black person in Baltimore and how his upbringing influenced his outlook on life. It's emotionally charged, angry and difficult to read at times, yet so necessary to comprehending the disparity between the way white people and black people move through life in America.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Los Angeles

Friday, January 8, 2016

Study Abroad | One Year Later

Saturday, January 2, 2016

2015 Rewind + 2016 Looking Ahead

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