Happy end of January! This month gave me hope for a fantastic 2018 with a couple trips, some good books, and a plethora of memories to last a lifetime. I hope January was good for all of you, or at least included good things for the upcoming months. But without further ado, here are the books I read and the places I loved this January:
BOOKS I'VE READ
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
So, I've actually read this a few times before, but this was the first time I listened to it. I've loved this story for as long as I can remember, and I spent this month listening to it while cleaning, doing laundry, and walking around my neighborhood. If you don't want to read or listen to it, then I would recommend the BBC mini series version of the story, which definitely does it justice. Even so, I still think there's nothing better than reading the book itself.
Turtles All the Way Down by John Green
This book came out right before my birthday, and my brother, sweet person that he is, bought me one of the signed copies for my birthday. I started it in November, but put it down for a couple other things before picking it back up again this month. I forgot how much I love John Green's books. His writing isn't something that you underline, but rather something that you ingest. This story has many different levels- mental health, friendship, tuatara, and, of course, turtles (though not in the way you'd expect). It somehow explained my own mental health while talking about something completely different from what I actually experience. After Paper Towns (which will always have a special place in my heart), this may have become my favorite book by John Green.
When talking about this book, John Green talked about how he put himself into this (fictional) character that deals with thought spirals and what goes along with them. If you want to hear him talk about this a little more, plus what living with OCD is like for him, you can click this link.
PLACES I'VE LOVED
Old Town Sacramento, CA
I know I mention this place a lot, but this month it was extra special because I got my senior pictures taken. My friend Natalie took them, and I've been using them all over this website over the course of January. I love Old Town Sacramento so much, and I'm very happy that it was the scenery behind many moments this year.
San Fransisco, CA
Because of MLK Day, I had a long weekend after going back to school after winter break. This was definitely appreciated since it gave me a chance to sleep in again, but it also gave me a chance to go on a mini road trip with my mom, which we haven't done since July. We went to Pier 39, where I took the picture of the seagull and we got to see sea lions, walked The Golden Gate Bridge, and went to the aquarium where we got to see river otters. It was a wonderful way to spend part of the long weekend.
This month was filled with so many good things, from the beginning of musical rehearsals for Pirates of Penzance, to a day to trip to San Francisco. This month certainly wasn't perfect, but all in all I thought it was okay. I'm hoping that February is better, but there were still many good things that occurred in this past month.