So, it's spring break time for me and for the first time this year all three of the schools I attend and the babysitting gig I have, have aligned so that I have two glorious weeks off from any obligations. I could stay in bed all day without pants on if I choose to and no one but the elderly disapproving French lady who lives below me would be able to judge my life decisions.
Instead of doing this though I have decided to spend this time in the typical Anna-Fashion (why that's capitalized I'm not sure; but language is fluid right?). That being reading for fun in a lounge chair.
Normally this would feature a desert atmosphere and a pool. As my spring breaks growing up were spent with my Grandparents at their time-share in Indian Wells; which if you've been to Coachella know that this is just twenty minutes outside of Palm Springs and hot as all hell from March-February. Hence the necessity of the pool. There was this one time in high school I remember staying with my brother when he lived in Big Bear and worked as a Groomer for Bear Ski Resort back when it and Snow Summit hadn't been bought out and there was a freak snow storm that we BBQed in.
My spring breaks changed when I got to UCLA as a transfer-in Junior and got, well, real crazy 😜. My first year there I road-tripped with a student theater club I was apart of (The Shakespeare Company at UCLA) to Ashland, Oregon to camp and attend the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. My second and last year at UCLA I made a mixtape and road-tripped with my best friend to San Diego to meet her family, go hiking, and tide-pooling where I got to enact my lifelong dream of being a mermaid in a cavernous water outcropping (there is most definitely as easier way to say this).
This year I'm reconnecting to my childhood spring breaks by lounging at various outdoor locations around Paris; mostly gardens. This started when I woke up on Monday with nothing to do and in desperate need of some REST & RECOVERY after the whirlwind that has been my life as a grad student living abroad. So I first wandered aimlessly until reaching my favorite chocolate shop in Paris : Edward's, where I purchased melted chocolate for 4€ then discovered that there has been all this time an English bookstore right next door(WHSmiths; highly recommended cause it's swaggy af and has a secret English tea room on the second floor). Y'all can guess what happened next; with a book I purchased for 10€ I made my way across the street to the Tuileries Garden and sat down on a marble bench to read.
While reading this book and underlining; a thing I've highly missed as I've been working with primary documents; borrowed copies of books, and kindle editions all year. It struck me to do a posting of a collection of favorite quotes from the books I've read over my spring break because if there is one tradition I've kept without realizing it, it's been to read at least one book for fun over spring break. So let's span the last six years of spring breaks with quotes from the books I've read.
Luckily for me I was a deeply geeky young adult who created a blog dedicated to book reviews and was highly active on Goodreads.