Books I've Read & Places I've Loved: March 2017

"Books I've Read & Places I've Loved" is a series where I talk about, yup, the books I've read and the places I've loved in a particular month (my titling skills are exquisite as we all know ;-)). 

Ahhh, March. The month of spring, rain, and St. Patrick's Day. For me, this was also the month of book reports on Pride & Prejudice, quizzes on the periodic table, and road trips to Portland, Oregon. I hope you all had a fantastic month, and I also hope you're excited for April (I know I am, although the first week is going to be insanely busy with the Les Mis performances). Anyways, without further ado, here are the books I read and the places I loved this month:

BOOKS I'VE READ

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle

Remember how last year I pretty much just read the Harry Potter series? This year seems to be the year I'll be reading this entire quintet. I've had the series since I was around eleven or twelve, but they've sat on my bookshelf ever since. I'd only made it to the end of the second chapter, and I have no idea why I never continued reading. I'm glad I finally finished it, because I can see now that I missed out on a lot. The dialogue is beautiful, the story is captivating, and it got me into the habit of reading before I got to sleep rather than be on my phone until 1:00 a.m. (yes that's late for me...). 

PLACES I'VE LOVED

Crepes & Burgers

I mean, the name itself should tell you how excited I was for this place to open. Ever since I moved, this place has been in the process of being built and then in the process of opening. Every time my mom and I would drive past, we'd try to look in the windows to see how they were coming along. So when it FINALLY opened, we... waited a month and a half before we went. Despite the wait, it was definitely a fun experience. If you were wondering, my mom and I got burgers (vegetarian ones), and my grandparents both got crepes. Next time I have a feeling it will switch. And yes, I said next time because this place was amazing and I can't wait to go back. 

 

Portland, Oregon

Since my mom and I had different spring breaks this year, we only had time for a long weekend trip up north to Portland, Oregon. Despite the short amount of time that we had, we managed to fit a LOT into the few days. We went to Powell's City of Books (more on this later), the Portland Art Museum (where we spent a rather alarming amount of time looking for the Impressionism), and went on a lovely and education coffee tour with one of my mom's friends from college. The picture above was taken while we were walking back to our hotel. Anyone who knows me will know that I LOVE brick buildings (it's become an obsession, really), so I was already happy to see the building. But when I saw that there was a painting on it, I had to take a picture as well. As I wrote on my Instagram post about it: "There's something about this that I love, but I'm not quite sure what it is. I think that's the point of art, though. It's supposed to make you feel something, even if you don't know what that something is."