I started my original blog, Contextualizing the Classics in the fall of 2017 when I was a junior at Kansas State University as a project for a major authors course on Louise Erdrich and Sherman Alexie. The original posts on this blog paired classic literature with a more contemporary title and offered resources to help young people build connections between the works and diversify the reading experience that they might be getting in a classroom.
However, in the last three years, this blog had grown and change from its original purpose. Now, I share the occasional book review, updates of my life as a graduate student, monthly breakdowns of what I’m reading, and so much more.
Because my blog has changed so much, and I anticipate it changing even more as I finish my graduate program and move into my professional career (hopefully as a youth services librarian), it felt like it was high time for a blog redesign and a name change.
So welcome to bookishlybright.com!
I’ve been using @bookishlybright on social media as a moniker since I joined twitter as a wee sophomore in high school. I feel now just as I did then: This handle captures my passion for good books, my relentless enthusiasm, and my general fun-loving personality (though I don’t think I could have put it quite so eloquently at 15).
Things aren’t going to change too much around here, except that I’m planning on posting more frequently and on a wider variety of topics than I might have felt compelled to under the Contextualizing the Classics label. All of my previous posts can still be found archived on this site, and I’ll still be sharing my posts on social media for the easiest access.
I look forward to this next chapter in my blogging journey, and I can’t wait to see what else is in store as I continue to write about what I love!
So please, take a look around, and if there’s something that you think I should write about, drop me a line!