Quarterly Rewind, Winter 2018 | Book Binges, Music Journalism, & “The Shape Of Water”

Hello, everyone! Today is the first day of spring! And that means it’s time for another quarterly rewind. This post covers the time from December twentieth through March nineteenth. 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 Winter

Taken in December at the Robie House in Chicago, IL

Favorite Quote From A Book I Read This Winter

“The artist is a collector. Not a hoarder, mind you, there’s a difference: Hoarders collect indiscriminately, artists collect selectively. They only collect things that they really love.”

– Steal Like An Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative by Austin Kleon

Between this book and its sequel, Show Your Work!: 10 Ways to Share Your Creativity and Get Discovered, I feel like I’m in good hands. I have a lot of questions (and worries, tbh) about my future and these books helped reassure me.

This Winter In One Word

Beginning.

Most Popular Review This Winter

Overjoyed to see that you guys loved my post about The Shape of Water just as much as I loved the movie itself, lol!

Top Two Books I Read This Winter

  1. Everyone’s A Aliebn When Ur A Aliebn Too by Jomny Sun is an adorable and heartfelt little book about friendship and exploration and wonder. It reminded me of The Little Prince, another book I love very very much.
  2. I waited aaages for a copy of Ta-Nehisi Coates’ We Were Eight Years In Power: An American Tragedy to be available at the library and boy was it worth the wait! I’m in awe of his writing ability. I want to that that well someday…

Two Things I’m Looking Forward To This Spring

  1. Tarana Burke, the founder of #MeToo, will speak at my school later this month. I’m really looking forward to and am continually amazed by how on the ball the UI public lecture committee is! Kareem Abdul-Jabbar will be here sometime this spring, too, so I may attend his talk as well.
  2. Lots of planning to do! I’ve been looking for jobs, internships, and housing for the summer, as well as jobs for next school year. And I need to figure out which classes to take in the fall!

Three New Obsessions This Winter

  1. I started journaling again. So much of my creativity happens in a public or at least semipublic sphere such as a classroom or this blog, so it’s really nice to explore my thoughts more privately. You know?
  2. I downloaded the app Shine, which sends positive + motivational texts and articles every weekday. I don’t check it all the time, but it’s been a super helpful thing to have whether I’m feeling good or bad.
  3. Tbh, I’ve fallen in love with reading again. FINALLY… after, what, three years of depression-induced apathy? It’s been so wonderful to spend so much time lost between the pages of a book.

Most Popular Five Blog Posts Overall This Winter

  1. I’ve never had a quarterly rewind be one of my all-time most popular posts, but I guess there’s a first time for everything! Check out Quarterly Rewind, Fall 2017 | Sweaters, Sia, & Raspberry Tea.
  2. In The Perfect Imperfections Tag, I discussed what makes me, well, ME – without hiding or downplaying any insecurities.
  3. I Will Begin Again laid out my resolutions for the year: Read more books, start journaling, and spend more time outdoors.
  4. Writing 2017 In Review helped me realize last year had its ups as well as its downs.
  5. I always enjoy showing my days to you, so I’m happy people loved A Day In The Life Of A College Junior!

Five Posts I Loved On Other Blogs This Winter

  1. Why Don’t Dystopias Talk About Climate Change? by Shar @ Virtually Read raised a really important question.
  2. Cures For Hype by The Orang-Utan Librarian offered some solutions to your perhaps overly-high expectations regarding long-awaited books.
  3. Topaz Winters @ Six Impossible Things always writes such lovely posts… they can only be described as healing. Just A Few More Things That Are Good (Part VI), if I’m being honest. was no exception.
  4. Jess @ Bookends and Endings wrote a just plain FUN post about Books And Bath Bombs.
  5. I absolutely ADORE following the adventures of Holly @ Nut Free Nerd as she studies abroad in Oxford. Recently she posted about what her Student Accommodations are like! It’s always so cool to learn how others’ academic pursuits are different from my own.

Five Things That Happened This Winter

  1. Remember those New Year’s resolutions I mentioned earlier? Yeah, I’ve been working hard to make 2018 a great year!
  2. I signed up for the Goodreads reading challenge once again. Currently 38 books into my goal of 100 for the year !!!
  3. Through my Music Journalism course, I discovered that I seem to have a knack for writing music reviews (and great fun while doing so!). Who knew? Wasn’t really something I’d ever tried before. (While I’m at it, I should mention that my music tastes have greatly expanded!)
  4. I saw Black Panther. Yep, this deserves a spot all its own on this list: It’s just that good. Plus, I’d been looking forward to it for the past few years and was so so so happy that it lived up to all the hype I’d cultivated!
  5. I joined CHAARG, a women’s exercise group on campus. To be honest I have mixed feelings thus far but I’m determined to stick it out for the rest of the semester and see if I like it any better as time goes on!

Six Songs That I Listened To Far Too Often This Winter

1. “All The Stars” (from Black Panther) – Kendrick Lamar & SZA

This was SUCH a good choice for the end credits music… it struck exactly the right mood. Puts a big huge silly happy grin on my face!

2. “Undercover” – MILCK

I discovered MILCK thanks to an assignment for my Music Journalism class and now I can’t stop listening! While “Undercover” is definitely my favorite, I recommend her entire new EP, This Is Not The End.

This song fills the holes in my soul, tbh.

Check out my Her Campus article about why her songs are feminist anthems for our time!

3. “Elisa’s Theme” (from The Shape of Water) – Alexandre Desplat

What a beautiful, strange movie. Months after watching, I’m still processing it all. Definitely one I’ll have to rewatch.

And would you look at that, it won Best Original Score. SHOUT-OUT TO MY BOY ALEXANDRE FOR COMING THROUGH AS USUAL.

4. “Hallelujah” – K.D. Lang

Another Music Journalism project involved listening to dozens upon dozens of covers of “Hallelujah” and then debating which were the best/worst! I love the emotion in Lang’s voice here; I think having a woman sing it brings something entirely new and beautiful to the song.

5. “…Baby One More Time” – Britney Spears

LISTEN. I HAVE NO SHAME AND BESIDES THIS IS AN ABSOLUTE BOP IN EVERY WAY. You are cordially invited to the next impromptu dance party my roommate and I throw.

6.  בסיבוב השני – Nasreen Qadri

I haven’t the faintest idea what the title is or what the words she sings mean, but the music video is adorable and super gay so???? It’s an automatic like from me???? My Music Journalism prof introduced this absolute BOP of a song to us.

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What did you enjoy most on my blog this winter? 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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5 Responses to Quarterly Rewind, Winter 2018 | Book Binges, Music Journalism, & “The Shape Of Water”

  1. Shanti says:

    I loved your movie reviews, they were excellent! thanks for sharing that music: as this post talks about (https://daylightdifferentials.wordpress.com/2018/01/15/indie-music-and-how-i-became-cool/) my music tastes have been expanding recently (one of my recent discoveries is the AMAZINGNESS of Eri Ife, like this https://soundcloud.com/eri-ife/w-l-prod-sir-bastien, and I’m definitely gonna write a album review of his EP). And starting university has been a big thing for me this summer. I’ve also earnt some money through casual work, attended an excellent summer camp, and met up with blogging friends irl.

  2. Thank you for mentioning my post! Wow, I can’t believe you’ve read 38 books so far this year – that’s so good 🙂

  3. Holly says:

    Thanks so much for mentioning my post!! I really need to see Shape of Water soon… so glad you enjoyed it! ❤

  4. shar says:

    This was so fun to read! I’m glad you liked my post ❤ ❤ I definitely plan on doing a day in the life post when I settle more into the uni student routine 🙂

  5. Absolutely love that quote! Thank you so much for sharing my post! I like the music you shared! Great post!

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