Where Did the Spring (and my blog) Go?

I know there hasn’t been much activity here at A Passport to Literature for the past few months.

IMG_5706A big part of this was due to school work, final exams, and beginning the interview portion of my job search. Each one of these factors took up quite a bit of time and made my free moments very rare.

Throughout spring semester, I read 15 different full length books for my courses (in addition to various articles), wrote multiple essays about these readings, and completed 3 different senior thesis projects. So every other book I had a chance to select for myself and read was an amazing breath of fresh air!

Unfortunately, as I was wrapping up this portion of my academic life, the new addition of blogging about my reading life had to be placed on the back burner until things began to settle down again. Though I was still reading, I didn’t have the opportunity to actually blog and write reviews for those books.

However, I have now officially graduated and am looking forward to exploring new books while sharing my adventures with all of you.

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Book suggestions appearing under the Monthly Literary Location will start against on July 1st, but in the mean time be on the lookout for book reviews and a wrap-up from my April and May reading.

March Wrap-Up

This month I wasn’t able to read as many books as I would have liked. However, I was still able to finish 7 books

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  1. The Little Book of Hygge: The Danish Way to Live Well by Meik Wiking
  2. Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse
  3. Good Morning, Midnight by Jean Rhys
  4. What’s Wrong With Fat by Abigail Saguy
  5. A Movable Feast by Ernest Hemingway
  6. Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis
  7. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

 

 

April will most likely be a lower reading month as well due to school projects, but i’m looking forward to seeing what I will be able to complete! What are you looking forward to reading in April?

Unread Shelf Challenge Update

IMG_5154.jpgEvery 2 months I intend to post an Unread Shelf Challenge Update in hopes of motivating myself and others to continue to read books they already own.

January and February were amazing months of reading for me. Between the two, I read 22 books! This might be a new record for me.

14 of those were from my already existing book collection. The other books came from two different places: my libby app because I have rediscovered the joy of audiobooks (which I chat about here) and books that were mandatory reads for this semester of college.

I did purchase one book in the month of February. This was A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle. I have somehow managed to live the first 22 years of my life without reading this beloved story and I knew it was finally time to pick up my own copy (especially with the recent movie release).

Unfortunately for me, and my number count, I realized that my list of unread books on my shelves was inaccurate because I had two bags worth of books stored in another location that I had COMPLETELY FORGOTTEN about. Next time I am able to access those books, I will be sorting them and adding these books into my overall book count total.

 

In Summary:IMG_5224.jpg

Books Purchased (not for coursework): 1

Books Read in total: 22

Books Read Off my Unread Shelf: 14

 

So excited to see where March and April take me on this bookish adventure!

The Joy of An Audiobook

Audiobooks sometimes get a bad rap amongst the book community. Do they count as “actual reading” or something else? Does the time it takes to listen to an audiobook count in the amount of time you spend reading? Can you can those books in your yearly total?

To me, the answer to all of these questions is YES!

IMG_5411.jpgI don’t think audiobooks should replace reading an actual book and become your only form of reading (unless that’s the only way you can, and then it’s totally understandable). However, without audiobooks, I wouldn’t be able to know the plot line of so many beautiful stories.

Currently, I am a senior in college and just months away from earning my degree in literature. Portions of my day are spent walking from place to place on campus or waiting for a class to start. And while I could pull out a book and read in these moments, by having the ability to listen to an audiobook I can reclaim those minutes for reading.

The possibilities are endless: at the gym, in the car, while at work (occasionally), as I cook dinner, while cleaning my apartment. My busy life doesn’t allow typically allow for me to sit and read for a solid hour, or even half an hour, unless I am reading for one of my courses.

 

What are your thoughts on audiobooks?

February Wrap-Up

This month, though short, I was able to finish 12 books! I ended up having more time to read than I had anticipated and adding more audiobooks into my reading life helped me read for an average of an extra 45 minutes-an hour a day while walking to class and work on campus.

The books I finished this month are:

  1. The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
  2. Dear Fahrenheit 451 by Annie Spence (Check out my full review here)IMG_5240.jpg
  3. The Boy Who Dared by Susan Campbell Bartoletti
  4. Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk by David Sedaris
  5. To The Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf
  6. Matched by Ally Condie
  7. Crossed by Ally Condie
  8. Voyage in the Dark by Jean Rhys
  9. Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
  10. The American Essay in the American Century by Ned Stuckey-French
  11. Fat Chance by Julie Hadden
  12. Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

I’m so excited to see where the month of March takes me as I try to read more books on my TBR.