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

July, I love you. This month was overflowing with wonderful things, from the road trip I took with my mom to meetings I had to plan the next school year. I went to Seattle for work and wrote and read so many new things. I'm so thankful for this month, and I hope August follows in it's footsteps. 

BOOKS I'VE READ

Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera

This month I bit the bullet and bought an audio book. Okay, technically I had a credit so this book cost me zero dollars and zero cents, but still. In the past, I've been known as a huge advocate for paper books, and I still am. For me, nothing beats the feeling of holding a book in your hands and physically turning the pages, but after last month I wanted to make sure I read something. I figured by listening to a book I'd be able to read it while doing other things like finishing the process of redoing my room, and I was right. 

But onto the actual book! There is a book club podcast that I listen to sometimes, and this was their book for the month. This is also the first time I read the book, and I'm really glad I did. Not only did it make listening to the podcast far more interesting, but the book itself was simply incredible. 

This book challenged my way of thinking in regards to feminism, race, etc. It's interesting when you think you know all you need, and then read something that makes you go "oh, hmm, I've definitely done that and thought I was doing the right thing." I love this book. I love that it made me think, and I love that it challenged my views on things. 

 

The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros

This is yet another book I never read my Freshmen year so decided I should read it now. I loved the way it written so much; like essays compiled together to tell a continuing story. The story itself was wonderful as well. It made me think, broke my heart, and lifted my spirits all at once. This book had underlying tones of race and feminism as well, so this month was spent in a constant state of questioning my past views and ways of thinking. 

PLACES I'VE LOVED

Mendocino, CA

I wrote about my day trip here with my mom earlier in the month, but I wanted to say again just how much I love it. This place is so beautiful and it was so good to hear ocean waves and seagulls again after over a year of being away. Even if the ice-cream place was closed, I'm glad we went. 

The Oregon Shakespeare Festival, OR

Our first official stop on the road trip led me and my mom to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival where we saw The Merry Wives of Windsor, which can apparently become a musical if you want. I really loved being there, and it reminded me of the Globe Theatre in the best way possible. 

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Bellingham, Washington

Yes, that is me hugging a tree. I loved being in Washington so much, but before I went Seattle I got to stay even farther North for a couple days. I know, I know, I've talked about the road trip so much this month, but I loved it so much. This hike was especially beautiful, and I would definitely go back. 

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Seattle, Washington

Ah, possibly my favorite part of the entire month. I got to work in a city, walk everywhere, see Fun Home after hearing so many good things, visit the University of Washington, and so much more. I miss being there, but I know that I'll be back. 

Folsom Lake, CA

July turned out to be the month of hiking (also sunburns, but that's a different story). As someone who used to hike all the time, it was nice to get back into it at least a little bit. Folsom Lake was something that I had heard a lot about over the last year or so, and getting to experience it for myself was really cool. The hike was absolutely lovely, and I'd be very happy to go back.  

Well, happy almost August everybody! I start school this month, and to be honest I'm still in that stage where I keep having dreams about missing the first day, forgetting my computer on the first day, etc, but I'm still very excited about what is to come! Have a good month, everybody!