November Wrap-Up and December Goals

Hello everyone! Happy December (even though we’re already nearly a week into it), which means we’re one week closer to Christmas (yes, I’m a Christmas b*tch, just like I’m a Halloween b*tch), BUT, more importantly, we’re that much closer to being done with 2020, and while 2021 definitely isn’t going to magically solve all of our problems, I am still ready to be done with this god-forsaken year.

If I’ve been a little quiet recently (I say as if I haven’t been quiet since coming back), it’s because I am currently in the middle of exams and that has been pretty much the center of my life for the past couple of weeks and will continue to be for another 3 days by the time you read this. (I took my very first law school exam earlier today (Thursday) and it was not a fun time, not least because my computer froze in the middle of it 🎉 we love zoom university.) Anyway this is my little fun break because I have some fun reading updates (aka I ACTUALLY read things), and because I wanted to make sure I actually set out some goals for December, since I’ll be done with school this week! So let’s get into it!

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October Wrap-Up and November Goals

So we now have two months left of 2020 and that seems absolutely absurd, but the sooner this godforsaken year is over, the better. I am very upset that Halloween wasn’t a “real” Halloween, but we do what we have to right now and public health is more important than holidays. Anyway, I am currently a ball of stress about school (I have approximately 4 weeks of class left and I feel like I am wildly unprepared for finals, plus I’m currently working on a couple of them), and then there’s the election in two days that I just don’t want to even think about (US folx, PLEASE go vote if you haven’t already, I am literally begging. Vote411 has ballot guides and 866OurVote has amazing resources, including voter protection hotlines if you need help, plus I am more than happy to connect you with any individualized info if you need it! Just send me an email or DM, and I’ll do what I can!)

But for now, let’s talk about books and things.

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What Books Made It Onto My Apartment Shelf?

Hey, hi, hello! It’s been a while (again). Who would’ve thought law school would be such a time suck? (*insert eye roll here*)

As I mentioned way back in July, I moved to a new city to start law school (which ended up being entirely online, but I’m glad I’m here anyways.) A necessary consequence of this is that I have limited shelf space (read: one small shelf that needs to hold other things, like law books), and I left a great many books at my parents’ house. While said house isn’t too far away, I wanted to be sure I was maximizing space and acknowledging that I probably wouldn’t have too much spare time to read (I was right.) So the tough question became: what to bring?

My initial move-in involved only about 5. I was then home the next week and decided I could fit quite a few more, so I brought some more with me which put me at just 12 (although I have since added a couple). Now that it’s been a couple months, I thought I would share what I have with me and why!

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September Wrap-Up and October Goals

I’m sure y’all are sick of hearing it, but HAPPY SPOOKY SEASON!!!

Part of me wishes I wasn’t as obsessed with autumn/Halloween as everyone else, but I objectively think it’s the best season and second-best holiday (I am a big Christmas fan), so I don’t really care that I’m in the same camp as everyone else.

Seasons aside, I am so ready for the fall. I’ve been impatiently waiting for the weather to turn, and it FINALLY has. I’m definitely going to miss the trees turning on my old campus, but I’m hoping the city will have at least some places that get really pretty. October means that I’m also approaching the halfway point of my first semester of law school, which feels really surreal. Somehow I lucked out and don’t have any midterms, but that also lowkey stresses me out because it means I don’t have any ways to indicate that I’m actually learning. I do have a writing assignment due tomorrow (well, today, if you’re reading it the day I post this) that I’m freaking out about (am I writing this in part to procrastinate on that? . . . maybe.) ANYWAY. Let’s get to the wrap-up!

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What Literary Classics Have I Read?

Over the years, I’ve seen so many people talk about the classics they want to read or having goals for reading one classic a month or something along those lines. And recently, that got me thinking about which ones I’ve read already. Considering I just graduated with a degree in English Literature (I just got my diploma in the mail yesterday so it’s ~official~), my list of read classics is longer than I’d ever thought it’d be.

Now, before I start or list my qualifications for a “classic,” I want to give a very English-majory disclaimer: literary classics are a very exclusive academic category that are typically used as a means of gatekeeping literature and defining what is worthy of praise and attention and reputation. The general public typically has no say in what is considered a literary classic, with historically white and male academic circles existing as the sole deciding group in determining a “classic” label. This means that the category, in general, does not reflect the wider population and their experiences. This is not to say that we should just brush off classics; they are (generally) considered classics for a reason, and their place in the literary canon is a result of their impact on the broader literary world. So, yes, we should absolutely read them, but perhaps we should be reading from a place of critique and skepticism, reading them because we want to understand their place in the literary canon, not so we can act superior because we’ve read them.

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June Wrap-Up and July Goals

Hi everyone! June has finally come to its end, even though I certainly feel like summer has just begun. I’m lucky enough that my one of my summer jobs has opened back up, so I’ve been busier the past week than I have been in months, but it’s also so nice to have something to do and a way to make some money. Anyway, June wasn’t a great reading month for me, but again, now that I’m at work more regularly, I actually have more incentive to read because it’s one of the only things that I can do easily in my downtime. But let’s get to this wrap-up!

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2018 by the Numbers + Come at Me, 2019

Why is it that the day/week/month/year is always over way before I’m ready for it to be? Now, don’t get me wrong, 2018 was a bit of a sh*tstorm in so many ways, but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t over in the blink of an eye. There’s some insight about aging and using the time you have and all that jazz. I won’t get into that, as I have no wisdom about it (I’m 20 for chrissake.) 

ANYWAY.  

I couldn’t find a tag or anything similar to do a wrap-up for this year and wasn’t entirely sure what aspects I wanted to focus on anyways, so here’s a piecemeal summary of my 2018 by the numbers (much of it pulled from GoodReads), with a bonus look ahead into 2019. 

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September Wrap-Up and October Goals

Hello all! Once again, we’re at the beginning of another month, and we keep marching through 2018. But October means fall and Halloween and sweater weather, so I’m down for this. I can’t wait for the leaves to start changing and for it to finally get chilly and stay chilly (Ohio weather is bizarre since it was perfect fall weather just last week but now it’s 75 again.) Anyways, let’s get into what September was like for me, and what I hope October will be like!

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