Winter has dragged on for much too long in the Bay Area. It’s rainy and dreary and has been for what feels like forever, and I am so ready for some warm weather and sunshine. It often feels as though my favorite season is always the one coming up, but I really do like spring and summer best. I like the warm weather, I like not needing to carry a jacket everywhere, I do not like it when it rains, I love the beach, I love blossoms, and so on. This particular spring, there are so many things to look forward to; everything from new books, life events, movies, TV shows, makeup/fashion trends, etc. So, as I wait for Spring 2019 to officially arrive, I thought I would talk all things I am looking forward to.
Daisy Jones and the Six, by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Ok, so I confess, I have already read this one. And it has already been released. BUT. I AM SO EXCITED THIS BOOK IS OFFICIALLY OUT IN THE WORLD. I read it this past fall, and absolutely fell in love. This book is gorgeous. Written as an oral history à la VH1 Behind the Music, it is super visual and had me wishing they were a real band, because I desperately wanted to listen to the music. I cannot wait for Reese Witherspoon’s production company to release this as a TV show because it is going to be great. Basically, I loved this book, and am so excited for other people to read it, too. (it’s out now!)
Normal People, by Sally Rooney
So. I’ve read this one, too. But this book broke into my top 5 books of all time list, and I honestly am so ready for it to be released in the US. It was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize last year, and I can completely see why. Rooney’s prose are sparse, and yet somehow she writes characters who I immediately felt were completely real. I understood both Marianne and Connell and deeply felt for each of them, and, much like Daisy Jones and the Six, I’m just really excited for it to be released, so I can share it with everyone. (it publishes April 16th!)
Gingerbread, by Helen Oyeyemi
This one came out this week, and I am so excited to read it! It’s a retelling of Hansel and Gretel, and I am just so excited to see a familiar story be retold in a surprising twist. I have never read anything by Oyeyemi, but I really want to fix that.
Women Talking, by Miriam Toews
Miriam Toews’s All My Puny Sorrows was an all-time favorite when I read it, and when I heard the premise of this one, I got way too excited. It sounds very Handmaid’s Tale (but based on a true story), and sounds like an incredibly important and compelling read. (it publishes April 2nd!)
Queenie, by Candace Carty-Williams
I’ve seen such rave reviews for this one, and it has been sitting on by TBR shelf for far too long. It sounds like a great coming of age story for twenty-somethings, and is set in the UK, which is an obvious bonus. (it publishes March 19th!)
TV SHOWS and MOVIES
It comes back March 15th, and guys. I am so ready. Those boys know how to make me weep and I love them all so much. I can’t wait to see more of them.
The OA, season 2.
This show was incredibly bizarre and had me completely captivated, so I am very excited to see what else is to come. If you haven’t watched the first season, I’d definitely recommend it. The initial premise is that a blind woman goes missing, and mysteriously turns back up with her sight intact. The show takes a lot of twists and turns though, and goes in incredibly unexpected directions.
THE CASE AGAINST ADNAN SYED.
(March 10th) I am obsessed with Serial and way way way too excited to learn more about this case. I can’t wait.
US (Jordan Peele’s new movie)
Jordan Peele is at it again, with another psychological thriller. (March 22)
FIVE FEET APART
This has been a book I’ve been anticipating reading as well, and the movie looks like it should be great. I mean, I love Cole Sprouse, and honestly, who doesn’t? (March 22)
Glossier Play Line
(and just Glossier in general, because the brand thrives in warmer climates. That dewy look that we all love definitely works best in spring and summer).
I have not had my hair cut in about 2 years now, and that not only is horrific but is starting to take a toll on my mood. So, I’ve got a haircut (and dying!) session scheduled, and I am ready for some shorter locks. It is a great way to practice self care, to get ready for spring, and to just generally feel lighter as the season gets warmer.
2019 is turning out already to be a really big year for me, as far as life events are concerned. Coming up this spring are 3 pretty sizable things that I cannot WAIT for.
1. I finally graduate with my Bachelor’s degree! It has been a long process, and taken me more years than I actually want to admit to myself, but ultimately I am finally about to graduate from UC Berkeley with honors. I am so excited and honestly cannot believe I have finally made it here, and I am so, so, excited to see what lies ahead.
2. My boyfriend and I are going to Italy! After I graduate (yay!) my boyfriend and I decided to take a quick two week vacation to Rome in order to celebrate the end of the school year, the end of my degree, and just spent some quality time together. Together we have been to Montreal and to France (twice!), but this is our first trip going to a country where neither of us speak the language, and where we know no one. In France we stayed with family, and I speak French so there was no trouble communicating with anyone. Italy is a whole different thing, and I am so, so excited to visit this new and beautiful place.
3. I’m going to the Columbia Publishing Course! It has become increasingly clear to me this past year that I am passionate about books and reading and want to work in an industry that celebrates that. I’ve been applying to every single thing I can find related to publishing in order to get my start, and I was told early that I have been admitted to the Columbia Publishing Course! It sounds like an absolutely amazing experience, and I am so excited to spend the summer in New York City, learning about publishing and hopefully figuring out exactly where I think I will fit in best.