Quarterly Rewind, Summer 2017 | Study Abroad, “Jenny,” & Reconnecting With Old Friends

Hello, everyone! Today is the last day of summer! And that means it’s time for another quarterly rewind. This post covers the time from June twentieth through September twenty-first. And as always, the idea of a quarterly rewind is not mine – the credit for that goes to Jamie @ The Perpetual Page-Turner. Enjoy!

P.S. You can find earlier quarterly rewinds here, if you’re interested.

Image From This Summer

Taken in late June at the Rathgar Bookshop, Rathmines, Dublin

Favorite Quote From A Book I Read This Summer

“A distant warm look entered Major Danby’s eyes. ‘It must be nice to live like a vegetable,’ he conceded wistfully.

‘It’s lousy,’ answered Yossarian.
‘No, it must be very pleasant to be free from all this doubt and pressure,’ insisted Major Danby. ‘I think I’d like to live like a vegetable and make no important decisions.’
‘What kind of vegetable, Danby?’
‘A cucumber or a carrot.’
‘What kind of a cucumber? A good one or a bad one?’
‘Oh, a good one, of course.’
‘They’d cut you off in your prime and slice you up for a salad.’
Major Danby’s face fell. ‘A poor one, then.’
‘They’d let you rot and use you for fertilizer to help the good ones grow.’

‘I guess I don’t want to live like a vegetable, then,’ said Major Danby with a smile of sad resignation.”

– Catch-22 by Joseph Heller

My Writing & War class is currently halfway through this book! I listened to the audiobook because I’ve been trying to get a jump on my reading list for this course. Its length and circular narrative make it quite the challenging read, but it’s absolutely brilliant and so very very worth it in the end. Hilarious and heartbreaking all at once.

This Summer In One Word


Most Popular Review This Summer

I reviewed my friend Abigail Pearson‘s poetry collection A Mad Woman’s Voice… my very first blog tour! (Whaaat?! No, I can’t believe it either.) Would definitely recommend. Reading all those poems for National Poetry Month this spring really is the gift that keeps on giving because I’ve been SO INTERESTED in exploring that genre lately.

Top Two Books I Read This Summer

  1. We read The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie in Mystery/Detective Fiction and I absolutely loved it! It’s the only one of her mysteries I’ve ever been able to solve and I’m soooo proud of myself lol. Also, I loved the metanarrative about how much control the storyteller is able to exert over the audience by selectively revealing or concealing information. Very cleverly done. I’m always down to have my mind blown with some Deep Thoughts™ about writing.
  2. From mental illness and awkward social interactions to body positivity and #adulting, It’s All Absolutely Fine by Ruby Elliot was so very very relatable aaaa! I’m in love with her art style and constantly tag my friends in her posts, so I appreciated having an entire volume of her work iN MY GRUBBY LITTLE HANDS.

Two Things I’m Looking Forward To This Fall

  1. In October, G. Willow Wilson, the author of Ms. Marvel will be at my school to give a free lecture on how she created the character and what it’s like to write superhero comics for the millennial generation. I adore her comics – about a Pakistani-American Muslim teenager who moonlights as a superhero – and can’t wait to hear what she has to say!
  2. Along with a past professor and two classmates, I’ll be presenting at the Midwest Modern Language Association Conference in Cincinnati this November! Our panel is on the pedagogy of pop culture in the classroom, with a special look at the Wonder Woman course I took a few years ago! Ahhhh so nervous but so excited for this opportunity. It’s been in the works for a long time, so I’m happy that the date is finally almost here.

Three New Obsessions This Summer

  1. Can you call a rekindled friendship an obsession? One of my friends and I were both so busy with school and life that we hadn’t had a real conversation in months until I interviewed him for a journalism project at the end of last semester and we began to catch up on everything happening to each other. Since then we’ve talked about mental health, our plans for the future, and everything under the sun – not to mention tagged one another in about a gazillion cat pictures. Definitely one of the highlights of my summer!
  2. I’ve been doing a shit ton of coloring in both my Wonder Woman coloring book and this coloring book for adults while listening to audiobooks of the novels I’ve been assigned in my lit classes. Relaxing yet productive at the same time!
  3. I bought a new succulent and I’m in love! Her name is Miranda and she has the prettiest pale pink pot you’ve ever seen.

Most Popular Five Blog Posts Overall This Summer

  1. I couldn’t be happier that I’ve Made It This Far was the most popular, since a lot of time and effort and thought went into writing it. It’s a reflection on where I am and where I’ve been both in terms of physical location and mental health.
  2. I talked about how I officially added a third major in I’m A Gender, Women’s, & Sexuality Studies Major Now!
  3. IRELAND BAFFLES ME, YOU GUYS. I love and miss it so much, but… yeah. So of course I had to write about it: 6 Things That Surprised Me About Ireland.
  4. Haven’t posted many long, thinky pieces about media + diversity lately because I’ve been so busy, but I did have the chance to sit down and write Atomic Blonde Just The Latest Example Of The Bury Your Gays Trope. I’m quite proud of this post! And disappointed in the movie lmaooooo.
  5. How’s My Year Going So Far? was a reflection on 2017 thus far. It’s hard to believe that I wrote it more than two months ago and it’s already almost October!

Five Posts I Loved On Other Blogs This Summer

  1. Holly @ Nut Free Nerd wrote Top Ten Tuesday: Kinds of Summer Readers. I’m the busy bee!
  2. Peyton @ The Niche made me laugh out loud with their post American Girl Dolls Ranked In Order of Gayness. Sooo relevant to my childhood interests. I always knew there was a reason I liked Felicity, Samantha, and Kit. (It even spawned a follow-up post, My Favorite Deleted Comments By Straight People From The Article Ranking American Girl Dolls In Order of Gayness.)
  3. Michelle @ Tea and Titles gave us the lovely, helpful list 20+ Book Blog Post Ideas for when we get stuck!
  4. Adalyn @ Glittering Reads talked about When Books in a Series Become Too Similar And Repetitive. I agree completely!
  5. Finally, MadameAce @ Lady Geek Girl and Friends posted Minor Character Appreciation: A Song of Ice and Fire‘s Shae. Yes yes yesss! A character I will always defend to hell and back. I don’t have a “team” that I’m rooting for, per se, but if I have a stance of any sort it’s that Shae > Tyrion forever.

Five Things That Happened This Summer

  1. I cleaned my room from top to bottom, which took the better part of three days and left me absolutely worn out. But it looks so good now! Plus, I was able to sell a bunch of books I no longer wanted and donate some clothes I don’t wear anymore to an upcoming community thrift sale whose proceeds will go to an LGBTQ+ org in my college town.
  2. I didn’t quite finish my summer 2017 bucket list, but I came close! Besides, it helped to keep me happy + productive + motivated to keep doing things this summer whenever I started to feel listless or down.
  3. I got a new phone! Finally upgraded from an iPhone 4s to a 5s… which I realize is still a few generations behind, but it’s sooo much better than my previous one! Lmao when I brought in my 4s to have the screen fixed, the guy at the repair shop took one look at it and recommended that I upgrade instead of wasting $80 of my money on something so old since, what with its age and all the cracks, it was only worth $5 anymore. Got a super cute constellation-themed case that I’m sooooo happy with.
  4. I got new glasses eyyyyy. I had the pair before these for about three years, since it was nice to pick out something different.
  5. I wrote and scheduled SO many posts for the upcoming semester. Very proud of this! I adore blogging, but also want to make sure that the rest of this year is as stress-free as possible. By prescheduling all those posts, I’m saving myself so much time while still remaining active on this site, which is very important to me!

Six Songs That I Listened To Far Too Often This Summer

1. “Good As Hell” – Lizzo

My online friend Norah told me about this song and ahhhh I love it so much! The music video is adorable: Yay for celebrating black women and their natural hair! It’s such a positive and wholesome song… the ideal 2017 mood tbh.

2. “Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door” – RAIGN

Kristen, one of the friends I made during my study abroad program, showed me this song! I’m not a huge fan of the original because I dislike Bob Dylan’s voice… plus, it’s just nice to hear a woman cover this song for once!

3. “Jenny” – Studio Killers

Kristen also introduced me to this song! I’m in love with the music video. WHAT A BOP.

4. “To Be Human” (Wonder Woman) – Sia

The more I listen to this song – its tone, its lyrics – the more firmly I believe it was the perfect choice for the end credits of this movie. It encapsulates Diana’s character so well!

5. “The Heart Wants What The Heart Wants” (In A Heartbeat) – Arturo Cardelús

The score of this animated short film is definitely the briefest album saved on my Spotify account! There are only two songs – this one, and another named after the short. “In A Heartbeat” is soooo cute and even though I must have watched it about fifteen times by now, I still cry at the ending every. Single. Time.

6. “Supermarine” (Dunkirk) – Hans Zimmer

I wanted to see this movie because James D’Arcy (from the MCU!) is in it and one of my favorite director/composer teams (Christopher Nolan and Hans Zimmer) worked on it. I convinced my parents to come with because my dad loves WWII films… and they actually enjoyed it, which is saying something because we hardly ever agree when it comes to movies! I love the intensity of this piece. I was so tense throughout the entire movie!


What did you enjoy most on my blog this summer? And what have you done during these past few months?

About nevillegirl

Elizabeth. University of Iowa class of 2019. Triple majoring in English & Creative Writing, Journalism, and Gender, Women's, & Sexuality Studies. Twenty-one-year-old daydreamer, introvert, voracious reader, aspiring writer, and lesbian. Passionate about feminism, mental health, comic books, and cats.
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2 Responses to Quarterly Rewind, Summer 2017 | Study Abroad, “Jenny,” & Reconnecting With Old Friends

  1. Claire says:

    I still think it’s the coolest thing ever that you added a third major. Your succulent sounds adorable; I’ve been meaning to get one for my windowsill! 🙂 And I absolutely love that cover by Raign as well – I first heard it in the season finale of The 100. (Although I was really disappointed with how a certain character’s death was handled, which I think you’ve talked about here before.)

    That cat is the cutest thing. Does that bookstore have a resident cat? ^_^

  2. orphu44 says:

    I’ve never read Catch-22 but Yossarian’s points against being a literal vegetable don’t seem super compelling, honestly.

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