Hello, pals! Can you believe February is gone and Spring is almost upon us? I’m so excited for university to end once and for all so that I can dedicate more time to me, my blog, my projects, and reading. But all in all, February was a pretty good month! I went back to university, blogged a lot, read more than what I was expecting, and had some exciting things happen in my life…
B O O K S
Considering that I went to university and worked during this month, I think that having read seven books in total was pretty darn good! I am actually waaaay ahead of schedule for my Goodreads Challenge (something like 13 or 14 books ahead) and super proud of this!
The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams 💫 I read this play for my North American literature class and found it quite boring. There are obviously a lot of techniques used to make the theater production very innovative and interesting, as well as a lot of themes to unpack here, but in terms of characters and plot, it felt so flat to me. It even made me think if ~serious~ literature can ever be fun (and if fun literature can ever be serious…)
[redacted play by redacted author] 💫 This is yet another play I read for class at university. The playwright came and talked to us about it and it was a load of fun! I choose the redact the details because I don’t really want my personal life and blogging life to get too wrapped up, and as this isn’t a well-known play, that would probably happen. I can tell you that it was about Tennessee William’s life when he was at a psychiatric ward. It was lovely, really!
The Wrong End of the Table by Ayser Salman 💫 Then, I picked up this memoir for two reasons: a) it was coming out soon, and b) I needed something to cheer me up, as I was in an emotional slump. And cheer me up it did! This memoir made me laugh so hard, it might be one of the funniest I have ever read. I loved how it also had its serious moments in which the author discussed her immigrant experience and her life as a woman in the film industry. 10/10 would recommend (and read again).
Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ & you can read my review here!
The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi 💫 I was so excited to read this book, and so I joined a lovely book club hosted by Nandini @ Unputdownable Books called Stars and Sorcery. We’re about to have our monthly discussion but I’m so disappointed to say this book was not good at all for me. The world-building was all over the place, the banter between the characters felt very inappropriate at times and childish, and the plot was confusing. The biggest redeeming quality was definitely the diversity and the characters.
Rating: ⭐️⭐️ & you can read my review here!
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates 💫 I chose to read this nonfiction book for Black History Month and ended up loving it with all my heart. It is without a doubt one of the most precious and touching books I have ever read. I can’t ever do it justice, you should just go read it… If you’re unfamiliar with Between the World and Me, the book is a collection of three long essays Coates wrote his son about his experience as a black man in America. Powerful, heartbreaking, and more relevant than ever.
Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ and my review is coming soon!
Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann 💫 Then, I picked up this great contemporary, new-adult novel. I had been eyeing it for a while, but I was really convinced to read it when several book bloggers tweeted about it (I’m sorry I forgot the names!!!). And let me tell you, this was such a pleasant journey. Alice is a biromantic, asexual young woman who is working a summer job at a library (#goals) and is figuring out her future, as well as what it means to crave love and affection but not sexual intimacy.
Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ and my review is coming soon, too!
My Ántonia by Willa Cather 💫 I had to pick an author to do a presentation over in class at university, and so I chose Willa Cather. I already had this book laying around, as I am going to visit Nebraska over the summer. Aaaaaand, I was very disappointed… Once again, just as The Glass Menagerie did, it made me think of whether serious literature can be interesting and if the same can be said the other way around. Nonetheless, it was interesting seeing the American prairies represented here.
H E R E O N T H E B L O G
February was a very nice month for Bookish Rita! Our biggest accomplishment was definitely the fact that we reached 300 WordPress subscribers!!! Thank you so much to everyone who reads my muses, it means so much to me.
I wish I could hug all the Bookish Rita readers and give them a copy of a book they’re dying to read… It warms up my heart to see people being supportive of my discussion posts, reviews, and tags, and on Twitter. You make my day every day 💕
I also had a lot of fun writing posts this month! University stressed me out so much that I needed a good break, from that and from work. And as always, this space gave me the opportunity to do it. Which is why I love blogging so much and why pouring so much time and effort doesn’t bother me at all!
*cue dramatic music* This month, on Bookish Rita *suspense*
This is a reminder that I would love to see people try out my original tag — Build Your Own Reading Corner! I just really love cozy reading nooks and always love seeing what your dream reading corner is like!
L I F E & OTHER STUFF
All in all, February was a sort of dull month when it comes to life things — which I’m so thankful for! I have so much on my plate right now that I don’t think I could handle ~excitement~ from life…
- I think the book I won for the #24in48 readathon are on their way to me now and I’m so happy about it! I picked Educated and can’t wait to read it.
- A playwright came to my literature class this month to talk to us about his play and his creative process — that was cool!
- I finally turned in all the articles I had to turn in for work!!! I can’t wait to start a new project.
- The online teaching company I am a part of finally went live this month! Y’all, it’s been so many months now, and I’m beyond excited to pick up the marketing.
- I got approved for so many ARCs that I think I will drown under a pile of them! Expect a lot of reviews in the upcoming months!
- Anna @ Reading Peaches and I agreed to read an m/m book set in Ireland — yaaaay for friends to buddy read with!
- I kept going to my driving classes, and now I actually really love them???
- I got all my oral presentations done and out of the way. Now I only had tests and essays to worry about 🎉
- I bought my plane ticket for the US for this summer! My boyfriend is from there and so we are visiting his family for the entire three months. I can’t wait for it to be June so I can go travel again!
- This month marks 6 months of me living on my own (with my boyfriend). It’s been such a nice experience so far and it has taught me so much. Not to mention now I appreciate all my mom did for me even more…