2015 Reading List

As per usual, one of my resolutions for 2015 is to read more. This time though, I’ve made a concrete goal of reading two books a month. This is pretty typical (if not low) for me, but often my reading is motivated by syllabi and essay assignments. Now that my English education is over, I don’t want to lose my reading stamina. Here are some of the books on my list.

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1. Not That Kind of Girl. I’m actually reading this one right now. It’s so Lena Dunham, but I’m a fan.

2. Love in the Time of Cholera. I read some short stories by Garbiel García Márquez this semester and fell in love with his prose. I’m anxious to read one of his novels.

3. The Virgin Suicides. I love the movie (so dreamy and Sofia Coppola-esque) and happened upon the book at a book fair.

4. The Handmaid’s Tale. I attended a lecture by Margaret Atwood a few months ago and found myself sorely regretting not having read any of her work.

5. Yes, Please. A book by Amy Poehler? Yes, please! Linnea suggested I listen to the audio book (it would be my first one!), because it would be so amazing to listen to in Amy’s voice. I have to agree.

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6. Fox 8. Ok, this isn’t a full-length book, but people have told me to read it so many times that it has to go on here.

7. The Bean Trees. I picked this up on my last trip to Powell’s in Portland.

8. Other Voices, Other Rooms. This one has been sitting on my shelf for quite a while. I’ve read a few of Capote’s novels (In Cold Blood, Summer Crossing), but this is his first, published novel and apparently quite a good one.

9. The People of Paper. This one was recommended to me, and I’m always a fan of stellar debut novels.

10. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao. Again, I’ve been meaning to read Junot Diaz’s work for so long; it’s time I finally get around to it.

Well, this will at least get me through the first part of the year. What will you be reading in 2015?

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Thoughts of Autumn

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Well, I missed it by a day, but as of yesterday, it’s officially autumn. Yay! Welcome to my favorite season. It’s the season of my birthday, the start of the holiday season, and the most beautiful weather in Arizona. I get to start drinking hot beverages and wearing scarves. So in honor of this “second spring,” I made a list of a few things I’m looking forward to.

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What I’ll be eating: Orange squashes and root vegetables, specifically these sweet potato rolls (which were a hit last Thanksgiving), browned butter butternut squash pasta, and my go-to pumpkin-goat cheese-caramelized onion quesadillas.

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What I’ll be making: Giant knitted candy corns and other festive things. It’s also time for me to break out my knitted pumpkin for the front porch.

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What I’ll be wearing: My peacoat. So excited.

What I’ll be reading: Unfortunately, mostly stuff for school. That’s not very fair – my academic reading is quite interesting and somewhat festive. For example, my reading list for my magical realism class is a list of classic horror/fantasy short stories from writers like Poe, Kafka, Lovecraft, and Wells. It’s getting me really hyped up about Halloween, guys.

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What I’ll be watching: Fantastic Mr. Fox. In the past few years, I always watch this movie on or around Thanksgiving. It’s my favorite Wes Anderson film based on a book by one of my favorite children’s authors taking place during my favorite season. What’s not to love?

A Well-Spent Sunday

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I’m hoping this is true, because the thought of waking up early for work tomorrow is daunting right now. I have had a pretty restful Sunday though. In fact, my whole weekend has been quite good. Friday after work, some of my fellow interns and I took in a baseball game at Chase Field. We won (and by we, I mean Arizona’s team, because come on, I don’t have much of a vested interest here) and were treated to a fireworks display. And then, like a real 20-something, I joined them for drinks. Yesterday, we celebrated Father’s Day since my dad just got back from Israel. The celebrations included a rousing game of Cards Against Humanity, dinner at The Breadfruit, and blueberry pie.

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But hopefully today will get me though the whole week. This morning over breakfast, Domenico and I devised a list of everything we want to do together this summer. I realize that the summer is almost halfway over, but I really don’t want to squander the second half. Some of the highlights from our list include getting waffles from Waffle Love, seeing a movie at the Pollack Theater and FilmBar, watching all the Star Wars movies (for the first time for me), visiting a really cool costume exhibit at the Phoenix Art Museum, taking a weekend trip to Tucson, and going on a night hike. We then took a little walk down to the neighborhood Goodwill. I hadn’t been thrifting in a while and I came across some good finds. My purchases: a vintage, knitted green sweater; a lacy maxi dress, and a straw cloche hat. I think this means I’m going to have to start wearing maxi dresses and hats.

Next, we went to The Street for some boba. I ordered a chai but my choice for next time will be the coconut taro milk smoothie. We wandered through the Asian market next door while we sipped our tea, and I picked up a few things to make veggie sushi this week. I spent the rest of the day doing grown-up Sunday chores like cleaning the house and doing the laundry before settling in with a few movies and and magazines. Bonus: I’m almost done knitting this seahorse, the third installment in my knitted sea creature series. More on that later.

Here’s to a content week!