Reading is the Season: Book List

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One thing I can say I have loved about graduate school is being able to expand my reading list! So I have everything I want to read over break as a subtle reminder for myself. Some of these are suggestions others have been on my mind for awhile. I thought to share if you need any book recommendations.

** Mom or my peeps reading this list, these would be GREAT xmas gifts!

The Road by: Cormac Mccarthy

The Interestings by: Med Wolitzer

Why We Broke Up by: Daniel Handler

Fight Club by: Chuck Palahnuik

Wild: From Lost to Found by: Cheryl Strand

A Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by: Junot Diaz

Where She Went by: Gayle Foreman

We were Liars by: E. Lockhart

To all of the boys I’ve loved before by: Jenny Hall

I’ll give you the sun by: Jandy Nelson

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Love Letters to the Dead by: Ava Dellaria

Lies we tell ourselves by: Megan Tally

The Geography of You and Me by: Jennifer Smith

The Virgin Suicides by: Jeffrey Eugenides

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In our Wildest Moments

Hello December!

It’s officially 4 days till I’m back in Texas and all events leading up to it here in Chicago have been amazing!

I can’t believe I’m already down to my last week of graduate school! First semester out of here. I can say I’ve honestly learned more about myself in the past few months than I have in a long time. Expanding myself creatively has really opened up new windows for me. So I’m just going to do a little compilation list of all things I have learned this semester…Okay go!

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1. Public Transportation is not a luxury here in Chicago, it’s a necessity. This has made me that much more thankful for having a license and a vehicle to drive in Texas. Between schedules, delays and the scariness in late night traveling public transportation can be a bit daunting

2 I have a new appreciation for pizza, since Chicago created the ooey goodness that is deep dish. However; I don’t want to see one sniff of it anymore lol

3. Good friends are a dime a dozen and I’m thankful to still maintain constant contact with my friends in Texas. You think we have all the time in the world to communicate, but that’s not the case. Social media has really helped keeping us updated on what is going on between states

4. Letters, Cards, and Packages are the best thing ever. Checking the mail is like a highlight of the week, and I in turn like to give my friends the same courtesy. I have terrible penmanship, but it’s the love I send that counts!

5. Coffee and Tea have grown way more in my life here than when I was in Texas. It has almost become a daily routine for me to consume one or both of these drinks. I love it though.

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6.Netflix and Hulu are the death of studying. I’m a good student, but lord knows I cannot get anything done in this dorm room. Netflix barely existed when I was an undergrad so pulling myself away from Episode bingeing ( Sons of Anarchy) most recently is needed.

7. My Co-Hort is amazing. I was just hoping we’d all get along when we first met, but we are like a little family now. I can’t wait to continue my journey these next few years with them. It’s not easy throwing 11 people together and hoping we all respect and understand each other enough to really create a good atmosphere for our writing. But we have.

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8.I need to find ways to practice my Spanish more! I took it for granted in Texas, but I still haven’t “cracked the nut” on the Spanish population here in Chicago..where are you?!?!

9. Stand for something or fall for anything. Being in a new place with different political and social ideals than where I grew up has challenged me at times. While I’m still not firm on some things that I learn about I have enjoyed hearing different ideals and thoughts alternate from where I grew up.

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10. Owning your work. I got intimidated when I first started grad school because I wasn’t “literature” based in my writing. I write Young Adult, that is what interests me, that’s what my writing caters to. While some people don’t respect it as a genre I had to stop apologizing and defending it and just allow my writing to speak for itself. In the midst of that I’ve created well-rounded- good chapters for my book that I’m happy with. I just have to come to terms that people don’t have to respect the genre to respect my writing.

11. There is cold, and then there is Chicago cold. My parents were really awesome about getting my winter gear all lined up before we were hit with some crazy cold fronts this past November. I still have not seen the snow they speak of. Which sucks.

12.Being has really been a blessing and dream come true. I came here to learn about myself, my writing, and being a great writer. I never have a day go by where I’m not thankful for the support I have here and in Texas. Being out of my element and without my friends and family has taught me many things about myself. I look forward to what the rest of my time here will bring me,

13. People always said it was “brave” to move out-of-state to somewhere I’d never been or visited without family or friends. I don’t like to think I was being brave, but taking the forward steps to living the life I want and be the person I want to be. I stopped growing in San Antonio in many ways, I was getting into old habits and living apart of this circle that wasn’t pushing me forward towards anything.

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