Hey, everyone! There are a few different things I’d like to talk about today, so I thought I’d combine it all into one life-y update post about reading and writing and art. Enjoy!
This week’s Top Ten Tuesday prompt from The Broke and the Bookish is “ten books on your spring TBR,” soooo… that is VERY IMPORTANT to me and I had to link up with them, OBVIOUSLY. Here are ten books I’m super excited to read in the next few months!
Demon Road was one of my favorite books from last year, so I can’t wait to read the sequel! I trust Derek Landy enough that I’m going to go ahead and order this book without even having read it first. I rarely do that but his writing really is THAT GOOD.
2. The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater
I’M SO SAD THAT THIS IS THE LAST BOOK IN THE SERIES. I have really high expectations for it, too, because I gave the previous three books five-star ratings, which I hardly ever do… I have faith that The Raven King will be just as mind-blowing as the others.
3. The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan
I AM SO READY FOR A NEW RICK RIORDAN SERIES. I mean, I know he just started one, but AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH. I’M READY.
4. Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo
We read an excerpt from this in my Travel Writing class and then I decided to read the whole thing! It’s about the residents of a Mumbai slum that borders a very wealthy sector of the city and their struggles to survive among the two extremes.
5. Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin
There’s an unfortunate lack of YA novels with genderfluid protagonists (or just genderfluid characters at all, really), so I’m super excited to read this new release!
6. Alias, Vol. 4: The Secret Origins of Jessica Jones by Brian Michael Bendis
For some reason I decided that I had to read the comics before watching the show, so… yeah. I requested it from the library aaaages ago but whoever currently has it is taking forever to read it. I’m really excited for this volume because it introduces the Purple Man – TBH, I probably would’ve given up on reading the comics before watching the show if it weren’t for the fact that he’s in this one and plays a major role on the show.
7. Dubliners by James Joyce
I always thought this was a book, not a collection of short stories, until we read two of them in my Intro to the Short Story class! I’ve decided to give it a try in order to better prepare myself for the Irish lit course I’ll end up taking if I’m accepted to study abroad in Dublin this summer.
8. Are You My Mother? by Alison Bechdel
I remembered that Bechdel is speaking at my school in April which reminded me that I meant to read this book since I read her earlier graphic novel/autobiography, Fun Home, last fall and absolutely adored it!
9. All You Desire by Kirsten Miller
I read the first book in this duology, The Eternal Ones, back in 2014 and really enjoyed it… I meant to read the sequel but I never got around to it! Now I really want to know how this series ends, though.
10. Huntress by Malinda Lo
I’ve been procrastinating reading this book for too long now… almost two years?! This is the only full-length Malinda Lo book I haven’t read – after that, I’ll have only a handful of short stories left, at least until the publication of her next novel – so I didn’t want to gobble all her books up at once and then have nothing new to read. But I’m really curious about this book!
Today my mom and I went to the Art Institute of Chicago! It’s my most favorite museum ever, so I was super excited to go and we ended up having a great day. There was an exhibit of Van Gogh’s bedroom paintings, which was AWESOME, and then we just wandered around looking at other stuff, most of which we’d seen before on all our other trips there – we don’t live that far away from the city – but which was still enjoyable.
Basically I walked around saying “same” to all the paintings and drawings and sculptures that reminded me of myself – which is to say, most of them – and it was wonderful. ALSO I BOUGHT SOME POSTCARDS WHICH WILL BE HEADED YOUR WAY SHORTLY.
I started journaling recently and I’m LOVING it so far so I decided to tell you all about what I’ve been working on! I have a ridiculous number of notebooks because I hoard them like dragons hoard gold… seriously, they take up an entire drawer of my desk and then some! I kept taking more and more of them out of my desk and I couldn’t believe how many I have! The picture above shows just the ones I dumped on my bed – that’s not even all of them, because I thought I’d found them all but then I discovered three or four more later. Oops.
So I decided to try keeping an art journal! I’ve never had success with a diary because I always forget to write in it, and I rarely do any lengthy writing (essays, short stories, novels, et cetera) by hand because I prefer the computer for that sort of thing, so my collection of notebooks has grown bigger and bigger over the years because I LOVE STATIONERY but I don’t really use it. Well, I felt bad about not using it, so a few days ago I chose one of my notebooks and have been doing little combinations of art/writing projects in it!
I’ll post a photo of some of my completed pages in a while – I plan to write a whole post about this eventually, but I’m only five pages in. I’ve had a lot of fun painting and doodling in it, and I’ve pasted things inside, and written whatever comes to mind.
(…I began with the Oscar Wilde quote, “I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read in the train” because A) it seemed apt and B) OSCAR WILDE IS THE GREATEST.)
Anyway, I’m really enjoying myself so far, and would love to know if anyone else keeps an art journal! Do you have any fun ideas or favorite art journal tutorials/blogs/Pinterest boards?! I NEED SOME RECOMMENDATIONS.
What’s new with you? Have you read anything awesome lately or been working on something cool? What’s on your spring TBR? OH AND HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT ART JOURNALS? Have you ever kept one before? How did it go?!