March went much more quickly than I anticipated. My semester is officially half-way over, I’ve enrolled in summer classes, and by the end of the first week in April I enrolled for my last semester of graduate study!
This Month’s Blogs
During March, I published Considering the Caldecott with my thoughts on 2021’s Caldecott winner and honor books. My post for Hack Library School revisits one of my favorite activities from high school and undergrad – Forensics – with The Importance of Public Speaking.
Books I read this Month
I’ve hit 14 books this month, and a majority of them were for fun since I didn’t have classes for a few days in the middle of March! As always, reviews and ratings of the books I’ve read can be found on my Goodreads page.
I’m skipping out on a favorite book of the month and a more detailed review because while I truly enjoyed some of my reads this month, none of them stood out to me a ton (and this blog post is already later than planned!)
Books for Fun:
- The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
- The Power of Ritual by Casper Ter Kuile
- Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas
- The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson
- Jo: An Adaptation of Little Women (sort of) by Kathleen Gros
- Rural Voices: 15 Authors Challenge Assumptions About Small-Town America edited by Nora Carpenter
- The Answer Is…Reflections On My Life by Alex Trebek
- The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
- Lifting as We Climb: Black Women’s Battle for the Ballot Box by Evette Dionne
Books for Class:
- Marcelo in the Real World by Francisco X. Stork
- Two Girls Staring at the Ceiling by Lucy Frank
- You’re Welcome Universe by Whitney Gardner
- Jumped by Rita Williams Garcia
- A Line in the Dark by Malinda Lo
Favorite Non-Book Things
Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts has had a special exhibit displaying all 35 of their Monet paintings together for the first time! I’m so glad the museum is finally open to the public and that Jake and I were able to snag tickets to the Monet exhibit. The paintings were beautiful and incredible and awe inspiring. If you have a chance to get into an art museum soon, I would completely recommend it.
Spring Weather and Spring Walks
It’s finally starting to warm up in Boston and that means it’s been time for wonderful spring time walks after work! I’ve enjoyed having getting the chance to explore Brookline and to soak up the sun!
In March I’ve had several great opportunities to do some singing thanks to the talents of Jake’s Aunt and Uncle who are hosting driveway choirs (check out this New York Times article about their work!). We got to sing the entirety of Pirates of Penzance in early March and then some lovely Easter songs during the last weekend in March. I’ve missed singing as part of a group and I’m glad to have gotten some opportunities to do that again.
Thankfully, I was able to get my first vaccine shot on March 31st. Library workers become eligible and I was lucky to be able to get an appointment fairly quickly. I’m looking forward to my second dose and also to seeing my friends and family vaccinated soon too!