Sunday, June 10, 2012

louisa may alcott: what I'm reading

  Tarissa from the lovely book-filled blog In the Bookcase came up with the Louisa May Alcott reading challenge for this summer- and right away I knew I had to join in.

  Alcott's books were some of the first books that got me into reading. My sister had a lot of them on her bookshelf, and one day I timidly decided to give one a try. And subsequently, I then devoured the rest of them. And even though my ten or eleven-year-old self adored them, I haven't read them again since. Which is definitely sad.

 So - that's why, when I saw the blog post about the challenge, I realized I had to read some books by this wonderful author again.

 The hard part was picking which ones. But after much thought, I decided on these three:

I. An Old-Fashioned Girl - This, alongside Little Women, was a favorite when I was younger. I'm excited to read it again because I hardly remember anything about it.

II. Jack and Jill - A lesser-known one that I never got a chance to read, but sounds like a really sweet book.

III. Under the Lilacs - This is another one I've always wanted to read. Since they're not at   my library, I might make an exception to my only-read-real-books rule and read this and Jack and Jill as ebooks. (!)

  I'm a little bit crazy excited to read these books this summer.

  You should check out this reading challenge, whether you're a fan of LMA or you have no idea who I'm talking about. I'm having fun already and I haven't even started reading.

2012 Summer reading challenge hosted at

That is a good book it seems to me, which is opened with expectation and closed with profit.” 
-Louisa May Alcott

Thursday, June 7, 2012

well, i'm back

 |lax airport, goodye to L.A, alfred, sunset at dublin airport|

 I'm going to be honest with you. The plane ride/airport experience was a total nightmare. I've come to believe that long airplane trips, especially overnight ones, are pretty much one of the worst things in the world. There were two good things about it, though - I got to watch Jane Eyre and Sherlock Holmes on the plane, and I got to hear British accents everywhere during the layover in London...

 And plane rides are always worth it in the end.

 |Every time I see this picture I'm reminded of how scared I was for my camera to be so close to the water|

 We've been home for almost four weeks, which is hard to believe. It's been busy - the first week or two we unpacked and got everything in order, and then Caleb and I got back into school-work. It may take a while to really get used to living here again. California, I have to admit, after all my worries beforehand, was awesome. I met some of the loveliest people in the whole world, had some of the funnest (totally a word!) days, and I know I'll miss a lot of things. It's a strange mix of being overjoyed to be home, and missing my big sister and friends back in America.

  I may have to do school through the summer, but I'm still looking forward to it - I've made my summer reading-list, I've got some projects pinned on my pinterest that I'd hoping to work on, I'm planning on doing a photo-a-day thing for July, and I'm definitely going to try to blog more now that things have settled down a bit.

  Well, goodbye for now, have a lovely Thursday!
  P.S - if you can guess which movie/book I am quoting in the title, you earn awesome-points :)

listening to: my father's father by the civil wars                                                          
reading: inkheart by cornelia funke                                                                             
obsessing over: les miserables...the radio theatre, the musical, and this new trailer