I have mixed feelings about February. I'm glad we're really settled into the new year, saddened that the last of three day weekends are occurring (Presidents' Day weekend is a three day weekend for me! But I won't see another free bee weekend like that until Memorial Day), but I'm also super excited that the final winter holidays occur and I can really begin looking forward to spring.
February has been busy and pretty overwhelming. A lot of life choices were presented to me over the course of the month and with my work schedule and classwork overtaking my free time, I've often felt exhausted. Books, certainly, were my escape.
I've mentioned before that I follow a FODMAP-friendly diet to help manage my IBS, which I was diagnosed with almost a year ago but have been suffering from for eight years. It's a long road and I'm inching along with it. Certain foods need to be avoided and others, well, we'll see! I've also discovered an allergy to some medication I was taking and had to go off it. There's been a lot of research and learning of how to handle this new life but I'm feeling positive and made more progress in February. Hooray!
In the DC region we've experienced a number of seasons over the month. One weekend we had nearly 70 degree temperatures, which was spent entirely outdoors as we finally took down our outdoor Christmas lights and took a five mile hike. Then the temperatures dropped and we had -17 degree wind chills on Valentine's Day night, followed by snow squalls.
Valentine's Day was pretty fun this year as it was a part of a three day weekend and landed on a Saturday. It was filled with food treats and naps. Basically, it was awesome.
But once Valentine's Day was over, no matter the wind chill, I was taking out spring table cloths and putting away the winter decorations. While I want snowstorms for snow days, I also want warm spring weather. I can't wait to sit in the sunshine and read!
Aside from wanting warmer days, I want to share book reviews with you!
- Joy in the Morning by Betty Smith
- Dancing with Mr. Darcy by Various Authors
- If I Stay by Gayle Forman
- Longbourn by Jo Baker
- Sarah's Reading Nook from Baltimore!
- City Lights Booksellers in San Francisco California (for Bookish Travel and Wanderlust Wednesday)
Must Reads from the Web:
- JK Rowling's Hand-Written Outline for Harry Potter Book 5 is Amazing and sure to make you feel better about your own layouts of papers and writing.
- Texas boy suspended for bringing "ring of power" to school, because the One Ring obviously exists.
- Road Dahl Wrote This Painful Plea for Vaccinations After His Own Daughter Died of Measles and it's incredibly heartbreaking and unfortunately something to reflect on in the current day with the current spread of measles.
- Harper Lee to publish new novel and when I found out, I literally screeched at my desk. The bad part? I was at work at the time.
- Also, Harper Lee Releases Statement On "To Kill a Mockingbird" Sequel Controversy
- What should I read next? Well this website is here to help you make a decision.
- I have a new layout for my tumblr page!
- Google Doodle celebrates "Little House on the Prairie" with art by Ithaca professor. I love Google Doodles because I'm horrible remembering birthdays, so it's a quick way to find out what famous person is celebrating a birthday.
- Samuel L. Jackson to Star in Tim Burton's "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children". I didn't realize this was on its way to become a movie and I'm quite excited. I also didn't know Tim Burton is doing the movie. Despite recent movie releases from him, I think he's perfect to bring this book to screen!
- Watching Snape's Scenes in Chronological Order Makes Harry Potter More Heartbreaking
- "Hot Dudes Reading" is the Best Thing to Happen to Your Instagram This Week but also for now and forever! The witty tags are hilarious as well.
- Book Fetish buys! Treat yo' self!
- Not into "Fifty Shades of Gray"? Grassroots Campaign Says Donate $50 to Women's Shelters Instead
- 26 Things That Happen When You Date a Bookworm -- my boyfriend can vouch for this.
- The Lost Letters of the Alphabet
- There's a new Dr. Seuss book coming out this summer and you can bet I am excited!
- We had a snow day in DC right in time for this Book Riot post on handling snow days.
- What fictional, fantasy land do you wish you were a part of? See what your answer says about you.