The books that change you, that stick with you and cling hard to your ribs bury themselves deep inside, manifesting lessons and bringing forth a burst of understanding you wouldn’t otherwise understand. These are the books that are under my skin, for good, forever. These are not just my favorite books. My favorites can include romantic beach reads, weird meditations on public policy, and comic collections, but what is different about these books are the lessons that stick with me, the memories attached, and the way these books affect my perception of the world and my outlook on life.
Dear Reader, I have never done one of these before. But this has been a weird year. The election, as with every election cycle, took hold of my life, and in times of sorrow, it can be genuinely difficult to look at your own accomplishments and celebrate them. But I want to celebrate this year, and all the good bits of it.
This week has been filled with lots of pop culture love and fun things to read, so let’s get into it.
I have fallen in love…with a webseries.
I like to keep tabs of the books I read throughout the year, and many of the books I read are books that I have read in the past. But I wonder if they “count” towards an overall goal for the year?
I only started reading books again in April, and so far this year, I’ve read 27. Since we’ve got about 4 months left of the year, I figured now was a good time to break down what I’ve been reading, why, and what’s next.
Here are some bits from around the internet that I got super excited about this week, and a few thoughts on each. Enjoy!
I had never seen a Broadway show before. I have stuck primarily to high school and community theatre productions, and the occasional semi-professional theatre downtown. But after the Pulse Nightclub shooting on June 12, Equality Florida and the cast of Fun Home came together to bring Fun Home to Orlando, and it was one of the most amazing experiences of my life.