A blog by Maddie Brady

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Some Great Local Organizations to Donate to Right Now

Some Great Local Organizations to Donate to Right Now

With everything going on over the last couple of weeks – Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, the earthquake in Mexico City, another hurricane in Puerto Rico – I wanted to share a few organizations bringing some much needed good to the world. One of my goals […]

Book Review: Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes

Book Review: Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes

Like many of the books I read, my mom gave me the Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes on a trip home earlier this year. I had seen a few of Rhimes’ shows – I followed Scandal pretty closely in college until it got too […]

Book Review: Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

Book Review: Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

Just a heads up: this post has major spoilers in it and talks about domestic violence, so read no further if this isn’t for you. This book took me by surprise. I bought it on a whim after a big glass of wine at the […]

Book Review: Modern Lovers by Emma Straub

Book Review: Modern Lovers by Emma Straub

Genre: Fiction Summary: Beach read about rich hipsters in Brooklyn. Not a lot happens. But like in a good way? Pair with: A sun hat and a cold corona. I’ve been seeing Emma Straub everywhere! Her book, The Vacationers, was the book of the summer […]

5 Podcasts I’m Loving Right Now

5 Podcasts I’m Loving Right Now

I’m a big podcast fan – I’m always listening to them at lunch or in the car – and with a lot of driving back and forth between Madison and Chicago I’ve been going through a lot of them. I love both storytelling and conversation […]

9 Tips for Writing Your Thesis

9 Tips for Writing Your Thesis

Over the summer, I wrote my master’s dissertation and, oh boy, was it tough. Writing a 16,000 word paper is one thing, but to do it basically on your own was certainly another. I’ve always struggled with setting my own deadlines and sticking to them, so […]

Dublin’s Gay Pride Parade

This past Saturday we celebrated Pride here in Dublin and, let me say, I have never seen the city quite like this. Some have described it as “Paddy’s Day without the tourists” and I don’t think that’s too far off – it felt like the […]

6 Covers That Might Surprise You

There’s something undeniable about a great cover of a song. For me, it’s amazing how an artist can reshape something completely out of their genre and transform it with their own unique sound. Here are a collection of covers that are pretty down-tempo and all have […]

5 Books on My Summer Reading List

5 Books on My Summer Reading List

Every summer I am so ambitious when it comes to reading. I have visions of spending hours on the porch sipping lemonade and zipping through all the books that I’ve been meaning to read all year. But then of course life happens and my pile of unread […]