Fall, Work, and Books!

Although the weather is holding on tight to the temperatures of summer, it is technically fall. I love fall. I like sweaters, hot drinks, and prefer wearing boots over sneakers any day. The thought of cool breezes and colorful leaves has sustained me these last few weeks while I’ve been job hunting. Fellow 2016 graduates, how has the process been for you? I’ve been applying to a mix of local part-time work and industry jobs a few states away.  I don’t have anything lined up yet, but I’m working on it!

Since college ended, I’ve been trying to pick up my reading. While in school, I often found myself too burnt out on texts for classes to do any recreational reading on the side. But this time of year used to be great for me and reading. While in grade and high school, I had a commute by school bus, so I often spent the time reading as I traveled. And around the time of Halloween, I would gravitate towards fantasy tales, whether they were scary stories(not often,) or stories with magical settings. To that end, I thought it would be fun to highlight some of my favorite books for the early fall season, to give you and I some inspiration for reading.

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Aunt Shirley

My Aunt Shirley passed away in June. My mom, sister, and I keep our memories of her fresh by talking about her with each other and with other members of the family. We tell stories, and we laugh at things we think she would find annoying, joking that if we keep talking about her like this, she’ll kick us out of bed while we sleep. We used to say these things with her, in reference to my deceased grandfather, and now we say them about her. It feels strange that she’s not here to laugh with us or scoff at us. But I’m sure she would be glad we’re keeping the humor light.

I keep thinking about lots of things about her, things she would say to me, and things she’s given to me over the years that I’m glad I still have.  I have pictures of her, cards written in her hand, and PJs she gave me last winter that I didn’t get a chance to wear yet. But some of my favorite things from her are books that she gave me.

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