Read the Future

Read the Future

I am an English and History major in school, so it will come as no surprise that I love reading. I’m constantly immersed in a book, and some of my favorite authors include Jane Austen, J.K. Rowling and Fredrik Backman. Just for reference, my favorite books are: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman, The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, and A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving. While I love all of these books and could definitely re-read them on a loop forever, I think it would be good to read some other books. Who knows, maybe the next book I read will be added to my list of favorites. Below I am writing my upcoming reading list, so that if any of you are interested you can check out these titles as well- click on the affiliate link to find these books on Amazon (the affiliate link means I get a part of the commission if you end up buying the book. If you don’t want to use my link, no worries I just want you to enjoy the books for yourself!).

I try to read at least one pleasure book a month, and while that may not seem like a lot to some people, I have a full school load with lots of reading and writing so there is a limited time frame for me to read. But I love reading, and the moments of the day that I can sit on my bed with a cup of tea and pull out my book is my way of relaxing from the stressors of life. So, here is my reading list that hopefully I will complete sometime soon. I hope one of these titles grabs your attention too! (If not, try one of my favorites because they’re all beautiful books!!)

Those are the ten books on my list for now, but I’m sure I’ll find more to add the next time I pop into a bookstore. If you’re interested in even more titles, here are some books that I’ve recently finished that I think would be worth checking out: The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom, Emma: A Modern Retelling by Alexander McCall Smith, The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, A Discover of Witches by Deborah Harkness.

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If you have any favorite books, I’d love to hear what they are! Leave your suggestions in the comments.

Ciao for now!

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Venice Day 2: Sun, Spritzes, and Strolling through Streets

Venice Day 2: Sun, Spritzes, and Strolling through Streets

June 5, 2017 Monday

Today was my first day of class, so  I had to be up early. I woke up around 7:45 am, got ready for the day, then headed down to breakfast with my roommates. The restaurant place where we ate is pretty much right below us in our building, so it wasn’t a far trek to find food. I had the continental breakfast which consisted of eggs, bread, meat, and fruit along with a cappuccino. All in all not a bad way to start the day. We then all headed over to the classroom which has a stunning view of the water and the breeze gave it the perfect temperature. The class is from 9:00- 12:00 with a 15 minute break around 10:45. Because today was the first day, we had some introductions and an overview of the class for the first part. We then discussed our readings (selections from Judith Martin’s No Vulgar Hotel, selections from John Berendt’s City of Falling Angels, and Joseph Brodsky’s Watermark).

After class, a group of us girls took the 12:40 vaporetto from San Servolo to the stop at San Marco’s and decided to get lost in Venice. Some people needed to buy SIM cards for their phones, so we followed a map to the recommended place. After that, we found a crowded restaurant to eat lunch at. The eight of us took us most of the counter, and each ordered a slice of a different kind of pizza. I chose the pizza with meat on it, which turned out to be a great choice. We then just traversed along the calles looking at the various stores and just taking in everything Venice has to offer. It was hot out and we were all thirsty, so we continually stopped so people could buy some water.

Around 5 o’clock, we split into two groups of four since some of us wanted to drink spritzes and talk while the others wanted to go back to rest. The four of us who remained enjoyed our spritzes then continued to wander, eventually ending up in some kind of courtyard art exhibit. Later on, around 6:00, we decided to head back, but when we tried to get off the boat we realized too late that we had missed our stop. We figured since we had to wait another hour anyways, we might as well walk around some more. So, we found this quiet residential area/ park to walk through which was beautiful and quiet and serene. By the time we returned to the busy areas, it was time to catch our boat. But when we got to the boat stop, we realized too late we were at the wrong one and had already missed the boat. So, again we traveled around the streets to distract ourselves while we waited yet another 45 for the boat. This time, by 7:50, we made it to the boat and finally got back to San Servolo. We had dinner outside and sat and talked until 9:30, then I went back to my room to shower and do some homework before turning in for the night.

Ciao for now!

Book Some Time Each Day to Read

Book Some Time Each Day to Read

I. Love. Books. I love reading them, I love looking at them, and I love opening them for the first time. Books. They are a beautiful thing. Many people nowadays seem to think that they just don’t have the time to read, or they say that they “don’t read.” What they really mean is that they don’t make the time to open a book and maybe peruse a few pages each day. Because it seems like so many people can find time in their busy schedules to watch the latest episode of The Big Bang Theory or Quantico, but they just don’t have the time to read a book. This is an unfortunate state of being.

What I love most about books is that there is something for everyone. Whether you love romance or action or mystery or biography etc., there is a genre and there is a book for you. The moment I open a book my mind is instantly more engaged than it was a second before. I have something to focus on and something to enlighten me to a whole new world. Books make you smarter because they open your imagination and expand your knowledge of the world (even if it’s fictional). I learn new words each time I open a book because there are just too many for me to ever learn. That’s the great thing: each new book is a new experience waiting to happen.

When I was younger, I had an obsession with biographies. You know, the kinds that are made for kids that come in a small paperback. From these, I learned so much about some of the greatest people this country has had and about some of the world’s most fascinating humans. To name a few of the people I read about: Helen Keller (she was an especial favorite of mine), Abraham Lincoln, Harriet Tubman, John F. Kennedy, Charles Lindbergh, etc. I especially liked the fictional journals of historical princesses like Eleanor of Aquitaine, Marie Antoinette, and Cleopatra. Even as a child, I had a voracious appetite for words and stories.

This childhood hobby has now progressed into a passion for books. I am an English major in college because of all the books I’ve read and the impact they have had on me. Reading has shaped my life. Whether it is fictional novels or historical books, I’ll read anything I can get my hands on. At the moment, I’m reading The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling and enjoying it very much. Next up, I think I’m going to read The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton. While there are occasions where I do not enjoy the book I’ve picked up, these only highlight my delight when I find ones that I truly love.

At this point in my life, I find myself reading novels that are beautifully written because I feel like I can appreciate the writing now more than when I was younger. I also like to read books that are just fun and entertaining because I do feel the stress of college life. Between class and homework and papers, I barely have time to read, so when I do I want it to take me away. That is the beauty of reading: it can transport you to a whole new world, a whole new time. Books are so magical. Take the time to read and take the time to love it because you won’t regret one minute of it.

I’ll leave you with some of my favorite books in case this post has inspired you to pick one up!

  • A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  • Chinese Cinderella (autobiography) by Adeline Yen Mah
  • A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving
  • The Story of My Life by Helen Keller
  • Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  • The Lottery by Shirley Jackson
    • (this is more of a short story but it’s amazing so I had to include it)

Ciao for now!

First (real) Blog Post… Ever

First (real) Blog Post… Ever

Let me start off by saying that I’ve had a blog before. I was eleven, my brother was nine and our dad decided that he would make one for us. Now, I don’t remember much of the blog other than a strange picture of  my brother and me posing in front of our Christmas tree and a post about my middle school fundraising attempts. Luckily, my dad eventually got bored and the blog disappeared as much as something on the internet can disappear.

I’ve been thinking about starting my own blog for a number of years now, but I never quite gave myself the time to create one. I am a big procrastinator, so I would just convince myself that I didn’t have time (while I sat on the couch watching TV). Today, I finally decided to just do it. I love to write and have no problem spewing my opinions to people. And, I’m an English major so a blog just seemed like the perfect craft for me. Hopefully it turns out well and I don’t bore anyone to death. My main goal on here is to have a free space just to tell the world what I think. I consider myself rather intelligent (I hope that doesn’t come across as braggadocious), but I also like to ponder the weirder aspects of the world such as where the idea of the moon being made of cheese came from. I’ll tell you right now, if you’re not a fan of random, then this is not the place for you. I’m big on letting it all out there because it helps me express myself and I don’t like to keep a lot inside. As some people say, I’m an open book.

This is probably a pretty boring first post, but I think it’s important (for me at least) to get out my main purpose for writing a blog. I promise you, I will get a lot weirder as you get to know me. I will also probably post photos of the beautiful places I see. Overall, I will pretty much post about everything from fashion and beauty to literature and politics. So, as my grandfather likes to say…

Ciao for now!