Books I've Read & Places I've Loved: January 2019

Welcome to the end of January! This month has been the busiest of my Freshman year so far, and I couldn’t be happier about it. I didn’t read much (the only book I read for fun was read before I came back to Washington), or write very much, and I spent all my time in only a couple of places, but I really loved this month.


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The Deal of a Lifetime by Fredrik Backman
Ever since I started college, Fredrik Backman has become one of my favorite authors. Both A Man Called Ove and this one have become some of my favorite books, as well. This is a small novella that took me a day to read. It’s a Christmas story with a twist, and it ends in a way you wouldn’t expect from reading the first page. It’s gripping, thought-provoking, and captivating, and I have a feeling I will return to it for many Christmases to come.

I recommend this book for: Anyone who wants to start reading more and wants a small book to start them on their way.

If this doesn’t appeal to you, try: A longer one of Fredrik Backman’s novels. I still think everyone should read something he’s written, and A Man Called Ove is a great place to start!


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The Little Theatre of Walla Walla

Much of my time this month was spent at a nearby theatre, working with their production of Calendar Girls. Working as a dresser meant having to master the art of the quick change very fast, and that was definitely one of the most challenging parts of the month for me. I spent many hours in the theatre, especially towards the end where the game of “How many twizzlers can Claira eat during tech week?” was played. Working with this theatre has been a really good experience for me so far, and I’m so glad I still have two weekends of shows left.

January was a really good month for me. It started off a little iffy with a lot of changes (and we all know how much I loath change), but by the end it had become a wonderful month. I’m hoping the last 31 days were an indication of what the rest of 2019 will be like, and if it is, I can only imagine the good things this year has in store. I hope January was a good month for all of you, as well. If it wasn’t, here’s to 28 days of a wonderful February.