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Last month kept me extremely busy at school. I had hundreds of essays to grade, and a lot of pressure to review EVERYTHING with my kids for the state writing exam, which was on March 1. Now that that’s behind us, I’m hoping that my workload will be a little less life-consuming.

I didn’t have a chance to leave the house much in February–I only went to Disney once!–and most days it was too cold to go out anyway (yes, I’m a wimpy Floridian and I can’t handle anything colder than about 60 degrees), so here is what I did instead.

What I’ve Been Reading

Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh: I used to follow Allie’s blog when I was in college and was disappointed when she stopped posting. Even though I was thrilled when her book came out years ago, it took me until this month to finally read it. I finished it in about a day, giggling all the way through at her humorous take on some of the struggles she has faced, and then I immediately made Josh read it.

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Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert: I’ve listened to a few of Elizabeth Gilbert’s “Big Magic” podcasts and was intrigued by her take on creativity. There were so many wonderful ideas in here, and I’d recommend it to anyone who feels like they need a little extra motivation to be artistic. This would be a great book to listen to–I was constantly torn between reading on to the next chapter or putting the book down to go start a craft. I would have loved to listen to this whilst working on a collage or doing some sewing.

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The Expatriates by Janice Y.K. Lee: The theme of motherhood was not for me, but the setting of this book was absolutely intoxicating. It made me miss Hong Kong more than ever, and I had a grand time digging up some of my souvenirs to stage the above photo. I forgot how pretty the currency was!

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The Queen of the Night by Alexander Chee: Even though I am not very interested in stories from the musical world, I enjoyed being fully immersed in the intimate adventures of the opera singer who is hiding her dark past whilst surrounded by political turmoil in 1800s Paris. Book bloggers have been shouting from the rooftops for months about how great this book was, and I can’t say it’s anywhere near being a new favorite book for me; however, it was some solid storytelling, and it was nice to get back to reading historical fiction, which used to be my go-to genre before I started making more of an effort to branch out.

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Up to this Pointe by Jennifer Longo: There are a lot of topics I want to read more about, and two of those topics are Antarctic explorations and ballet. I was soooo thrilled to find fiction that somehow tackled both those topics. In this YA novel, the main character had plans to become a ballerina after high school, having been dancing her whole life. When circumstances change at the last minute, she ditches ballet and her life in San Francisco to work as a research assistant at McMurdo Station in Antarctica. This was a fast read, and it was just what I needed after slogging through Queen of the Night for close to 2 weeks.

What I’ve Been Watching

Nothing new since last month, but I would like to point out what a nice contrast West Wing is to this country’s current political situation! Agent Carter got extremely intense near the end of the season, and I’m hoping this means we’re guaranteed a season 3 next winter.

What I’ve Been Listening To

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon: There was a rare moment at one point this month that I didn’t have dozens of podcasts to catch up on, so I downloaded the audiobook of this YA novel that I’ve been hearing great things about. I don’t often read teen romance books, but I wanted something a little lighter than the non-fiction I usually listen to. The main character is allergic to everything and is permanently sealed inside her house. Despite her limitations, she ends up in a unique relationship with a boy who just moved next door. There’s a lot of interesting character development, and things got psychological near the end. In retrospect, I wish I would have actually read this book because of the format of certain parts, but I do think the narrator did a nice job.

On the Blog

In case you missed anything on my site, here are the posts I published this month:

I know it’s already halfway through March, so I’m hoping I’ll be able to publish some posts more consistently throughout the rest of the month.

Love, Elizabeth