A Few of My Favorite Things: Volume I


By the end of each month, I have picked up a list of sorts that holds all of my favorites of the month. To recap what I was loving in each month I decided to compile them into a post, A Few of My Favorite Things. Welcome to volume I, in this series I will share the films, shows, books, and music that I have been loving.
March was a wonderful month filled with the excitement for spring and new ideas! I have been getting back into blogging in a way that feels authentic and worthwhile to me and with that I have been working on mixing up my content-creating process! 
Here are my media favorites of March

The Books I am Looking Forward to this Spring

As we begin spring break, we begin to plan the parties we will attend, the movies we will go to see, the flowers we will pick, the perfect sandals we will find, the goals we will reach, and of course, the books that we will read. This year, there has been a surplus in snazzy new books to read. A lover of YA fiction, I have been trying my hand at a few adult fictional novels and I have found so many favorites out of the few that I have read! My Goodreads is continually growing and my library card is bending under the weight of my on-hold books, but my heart is soaring with images of pretty book covers and titles. 
As spring is now in bloom, I thought that I would catalog a list of all the books that I am looking forward to reading! These are predominantly adult titles and all are new, or popular, fictions!


Is Love a Paradox?


Time, space, and love are all concepts that humanity has pondered since its beginning, but is love really a paradox, or moreover is it really so mysterious? What is love vs. infatuation? Can love be explained and is there always a science to love? In this open essay, I explore the technicalities behind love and how society has infected loves' reality.

I have always had a fascination with love. Of course partly because what is not to love about the whimsy of an Audrey Hepburn movie or a thick stack of romance novels? But I am also intrigued by the entire concept. Love is known as an uncanny phenomenon, movies are made about it and it is a concept that has been wondered about. Is there such a thing as a soulmate? Can love at first sight ever occur? What is the difference between love and infatuation? These are the questions that we ask ourselves and others, but is there ever a definite answer? In a series of posts I will research the science and sociology behind love and other known paradoxes.

Before we delve into the many questions on love, I decided to look into the first question that comes to mind when love is brought up?

What is love? 

Elly's Monthly | January


January is past and since it is the end of the first month of the year, it is time for a new and revived edition of Elly's Monthly. My recapping of the month!

January was a month filled with improv and musicals on repeat. It was a wonderful and busy month and I cannot wait to see what the rest of 2019 has in store.

Book Review: The Crowns of Croswald

  

I had the wonderful chance to have been sent a copy of The Crowns of Croswald by D.E. Night, in exchange for a review! This book is a middle-grade fantasy and I was enchanted by the story! The second book in this series comes out at the end of January, 2019. You can preorder here!

synopsis
                         
In Croswald, the only thing more powerful than dark magic is one secret...
For sixteen years Ivy Lovely has been hidden behind an enchanted boundary that separates the mundane from the magical. When Ivy crosses the border, her powers awaken. Curiosity leads her crashing through a series of adventures at the Halls of Ivy, a school where students learn to master their magical blood and the power of Croswald's mysterious gems. When Ivy's magic - and her life - is threatened by the Dark Queen, she scrambles to unearth her history and save Croswald before the truth is swept away forever.
                         

★★★★☆

Book Review: Field Notes on Love

  

Field Notes on Love is an adorable YA by Jennifer E. Smith that comes out
 March, 5, 2019!

synopsis
                                  
"So if your name is Margaret Campbell, I've got one spare ticket for a train journey from New York to San Francisco..."
It's the perfect idea for a romantic week together: traveling across America by train.
But then Hugo's girlfriend dumps him. Her parting gift: the tickets for their long-planned last-hurrah-before-uni trip. Only, it's been booked under her name. Nontransferable, no exceptions.
Mae is still reeling at being rejected from USC's film school. When she stumbles across Hugo's ad for a replacement Margaret Campbell (her full name!), she's certain it's just the adventure she needs to shake off her disappointment and jump-start her next film.
A cross-country train ride with a complete stranger might not seem like the best idea. But to Mae and Hugo, both eager to escape their regular lives, it makes perfect sense. What starts as a convenient arrangement soon turns into something more. When life outside the train catches up to them, can they find a way to keep their feelings for each other from getting derailed?
                                       

★★★★☆