Yup.

I’ve had several passing ideas for what to update this blog with recently but most of them either get forgotten or by the time I get around to updating, I feel so drained from whatever else I’ve done in the day, that I don’t have any desire to write anything.

The latter is currently in effect, although I’m forcing myself to get through it as I’m typing this.

Work has been very time consuming and relatively boring. Same shit, different day, basically. I’ve managed to read large chunks of young adult novels while there. And by that I mean I’ve read all of the currently published books by Rainbow Rowell and am hungrily awaiting Landline to come out. Someone should get Rainbow Rowell an award for “excellence in building sexual tension that is quickly resolved in a few short pages at the end of the book”. She’s a pro at this.

I started reading Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy (leather-bound physical) as well as The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider (Kindle). So far I’ve indulged more in the latter than the former, but that’s partly to do with the ease of lugging my tablet as opposed to a 5 pound hardback, but largely in part to do with it’s so much easier to read a fast-paced, modern vernacular young adult novel instead of a classic.

BUT ANYWAY.

Today was one of my rare days off and I spent the majority of it doing things that needed to be done, although all of them were spontaneous. I washed and changed my bed linens and drapes, dropped by about 20 large, overflowing bags of stuff at Salvation Army (mostly old fat clothes), picked up bread, and even stopped by the annual Glass Show which was actually a big disappointing. Apparently antique glassware is expensive. Personally I’d rather pay $55 for a set of crystal classes as opposed to one antique champagne glass, but that’s just me.

And now I gotta get my butt to bed so I can take as many hours and minutes of sleep as I can before I have to be rudely awaken at the ungodly hour of 4:45 am so I can be at job 2 at 6 AM tomorrow morning. I’m really not sure what I hate more: waking up before dawn or working until midnight. The upside of working the morning is I then have the rest of the day to myself to nap and exercise and do whatever and not feel anticipation for having to go to work later, which is largely the downside of working until midnight instead. Ya feel me?

I’m already looking forward to TOMORROW’S nightly bedtime when I won’t have to get up for anything except my body telling me I gotta pee.

Additionally, I had planned on participating in National Poetry Month (April) by writing a poem a day like I have for the past 2 years, but I definitely not written one single poem and I’m kinda sad about it. But I don’t feel any prevalent emotional baggage or recurring emotions that require the sweet release of poetry to do them justice. It makes me a bit sad actually.

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Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell: Book Hangover

I just finished reading Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell.

It was a REALLY GOOD BOOK and I HIGHLY RECOMMEND YOU ALL READ IT if you’re into quirky YA novels. I am. I love YA novels. I will probably always love YA novels. And as a new reader of Rainbow Rowell, I quite enjoy her writing style.

Although I was basically live-blogging my frustration throughout the book to Betsy while I was reading it. It’s about a girl named Cath (who’s full name is Cather and has a twin named Wren, get it? Cather-wren? Catherine.) who’s a total awkward as fuck introvert, obsessed with an, IMO, HORRIBLE fictional series that basically sounds like a super shitty mix between Twilight and Harry Potter, called the Simon Snow series, and she writes fanfiction about it. Like is totally immersed and absorbed into the world of Simon Snow and the SS fanfic world. It’s basically her coping strategy with life.

Anyway, I’m not gonna spoil this book for all of you who might actually want to read it, but one of the main characters if Levi and I’ve never shipped anyone harder than I ship Cath/Levi. Like so hard, I actually opened up fanfiction.net after finishing the book tonight and read some Cath/Levi fanfic because I was like, I NEED MORE CATH/LEVI IN MY LIFE RIGHT NOW. #bookhangover

I’m shipping them so hard, I even SIGNED UP (pretty sure I’m actually already a member, but it’s been so long) on fanfiction.net so that I may eventually write/upload my own Cath/Levi. Yeah. This is serious people.

The ending to this book wasn’t satisfying enough for me, and I think Rainbow Rowell left it kinda open on purpose, so people would write fanfics, which is hilariously ironic, and I kinda like it. BUT I HAVE MANY QUESTIONS.

SPOILER ALERT – DO NOT READ FURTHER IF YOU HAVEN’T READ THE BOOK –

Like, DID CATH AND LEVI HAVE SEX OR DID THEY NOT? Because there’s a few scenes where depending on how you decide to read the passages, it could mean they DID, or it could mean Cath was still a frigid virgin, afraid of anything more than just clothes on making out. Which is what I personally inferred from the text, although again, I was a little confused and though MAYBE, just maybe, Cath was like, alright. Since I love Levi, I’ll have sex with him. I’m a little upset it was explicitly stated whether they did or not. I WANNA KNOW.

Actually that’s about all I really wanted to know. Because that’s what was really left untied. Cath and Wren’s dad becomes irrelevant after Wren’s hospital stay, but I was okay with that because most scenes with their dad were pretty ZZZZZZ. As were all excerpts of Simon Snow and Simon Snow fanfic. I literally flipped through about 70% of that shit without reading it. I couldn’t handle how incredibly horrible the story was. Like, MERWOLVES? Really? A castle surrounded by a moat? Characters named Agatha? No. No no no no no. SNOOZEFEST. Glad they’re not real books. Although there was a very short real fanfic and I almost just vommed seeing it. SMH.

 

Lists.

Things I was supposed to do this weekend, but didn’t, in order of how excited I was about them:

1. Go to Ikea.
2. Go to Great Lakes Crossing.
3. Watch An Idiot Abroad 3.
4. Go to the gym.
5. Visit the gamers at Global Game Jam. (sorryyyy!)
6. Take pictures of bathing suits and then proceed to take said bathing suits apart. (I did the former part.)
7. Write a 2-3 page paper on Magic Johnson’s rise in the business world.
8. Start my business plan.
9. Start either of the two horrible projects for Ethics.

Things I ended up doing this weekend in order of how happy they made me:

1. Went shopping at Somerset, bought yoga pants from Victoria’s Secret (and got my free undie!) AND GOT A PAIR OF FREE EARBUDS, WUT.
2. Organized the kitchen pantry.
3. Made myself pretty and took new pictures. #narcissism
4. Downloaded Marina and the Diamonds’ album Electra Heart Deluxe Edition and wondered why the hell I didn’t do that sooner.
5. Exercised at home.
6. Ordered house slippers off Groupon.
7. Bought the book Matched by Ally Condie after reading the first two chapters in store and deciding I couldn’t leave it there.
8. Bought special shampoo and conditioner that makes my hair super soft and silky.
9. Tried on a lot of clothes and ended up NOT buying them. #savings #selfcontrol
10. Sold a significant amount of merch at work.

Reading Tiiiiiime

Day 9: Something you’re reading

Well, I haven’t picked it up in a few days, but I’m currently trying to get through J.K. Rowling’s newest book, The Casual Vacancy.

I usually read before bed, but lately I haven’t had the time to do it because I go to bed so late that I’m ready to just pass out, and not lull myself to sleep with books, you know? Hopefully I’ll have more time soon.

Bella, You Dumb Bitch.

I am totally shameless. 

Let me preface this by saying that in high school, I was completely and totally against anything and everything Twilight. My freshman year of college (I think…might’ve been sophomore, whatever) I decided that I needed to read the books, having seen the first two movies and *gasp* LIKING THEM.

And now I’m here, senior year of college, excitedly awaiting the arrival of the final installment of the saga, and watching New Moon for the second night in a row on FX. I still want to smack Edward for leaving though, and Bella for being a dumb bitch. And still thinking Jacob needs a fucking haircut already. Like, fasterrr, please.

Anyway, earlier I went out to my car to get the coat and blazer I bought after work, and as I was walking to and fro, there was a sound of like….drones, almost. And it made me think of like, some post-apocalyptic-1984-regime-star-wars-era scenario and I started coming up with a plot for a book.

Here’s the thing though. I always come up with these book ideas and sometimes I start to write them. But I never finish them…and suddenly I’ve remembered that starting on November 1st, it is totally NaNoWriMo! (That’s National Novel Writing Month, for you noobs out there, in which you spend 30 days trying to write a 50,000 word novel.) Maybe I should participate in it for real this year. Last year I thought about it. I did a 30 day pre-NaNoWriMo challenge on this blog that turned out to be my 365 project. And here I am, on the cusp of finishing it up.

I’m still undecided about whether I want to do it again, for another year – the whole 365 blogging thing, that is. What do you guys think?

Day 15

Day 14: 10 favorite fictional characters

1. Augustus Waters – The Fault In Our Stars by John Green. CAN I HAVE MY OWN AUGUSTUS WATERS PLEASE!?
2. Hannah Baker – Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
3. Susan “Stargirl” Carraway – Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
4. Pattyn – Burned by Ellen Hopkins. Seriously, everything about this book is amazing and the main character is definitely an integral part of that.
5. Professor Minerva McGonagall – Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
6. Quorra – Tron Legacy
7. Galadriel – Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
8. The Youngest Princess – Sarea In Bucate (Romanian folk tale); After telling her father she loves him like the salt in her food, she is banished from the kingdom, and the adventure unfolds.
9. Roger Sterling – Mad Men. I would bang this man to the moon and back. Just sayin’.
10. Captain Jack Sparrow – Pirates of the Caribbean. I mean, who can resist that swagger?

Thank god for this challenge. It’s saving me time and giving me the opportunity to do homework and Vivography stuff. Phew.

More Books!

Day 10: 10 favorite novels.

Well, seeing as yesterday I mentioned that I don’t really have more than one favorite book series and I named off novels, I was planning on changing today’s to something different. But I think I might just stick to it and name some more great novels I’ve read in the past. Here goes!

1. Inside the Mind of Gideon Rayburn by Sarah Miller. This book is slightly confusing at first, as it literally takes place inside the mind of Gideon Rayburn (what a fantastic name!) through the viewpoint of a mysterious girl that we don’t find out the identity of until the very end of the story. But I remember reading it and thinking “I KNEW IT” when I found out.

2. The Perks of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. I mean, obviously. If you haven’t read this book, you need to. That’s all I have to say.

3. Snakes and Earrings by Hitomi Kanehara. I judge books by their cover, as I mentioned yesterday. I also peruse the bargain priced section at Barnes & Noble and I often times find great books (like this one and Inside the Mind of Gideon Rayburn!) there. This is a tale of a Japanese girl full of weird raunchy shit, tattoos, and snaked tongues. I really liked it, and it’s a short read.

4. Looking for Alaska by John Green. This is his phenomenal debut book. That’s all I’ll say. You all need to read it if you haven’t, and reread if you have.

5. Feed by M.T. Anderson. HOW COULD I HAVE FORGOTTEN THIS ONE YESTERDAY!? This is one of my absolute favorite novels ever. It takes place in the future and it’s about a generation of humans with a “feed” (device) installed into their brains that automatically delivers everything the internet does today right to their brains and eyes, like some futuristic holographic type thing. More specifically, it’s about a girl who had her feed implanted later in life and it causes her problems. It’s an amazing story.

6. 1984 by George Orwell. Hello, classic. I was reluctant to read it after I bought, but I forced myself and ended up really liking it. Just like I didn’t want to read Animal Farm in high school, but I ended up loving it.

7. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood. Following the negative utopia reel, I read this book during one of my high school summers as part of my reading list and I really liked it. It’s the same idea as 1984 – oppressive society segmented into harsh classes, dumbed down language (though it is expertly written, trust me) etc. It’s kind of an underrated modern classic, in my opinion. This book is also a movie, but I have yet to see it. I really want to!

8. Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes. I don’t know what prompted me to buy this book, but I did and it was a great choice. It starts off kind of slow mostly due to the language. It’s about a mentally retarded patient who starts taking experiment drugs and ends up being a super genius far surpassing expectations. It was a really good book.

9. Witch Child by Celia Rees. In middle school, I was really into books that took place in the “olden days”. This particular one took me a while to read only because I was so busy with classwork, but it was a pretty phenomenal read. It takes place in 1659 and it’s about this girl whose grandma is hanged in public as a witch and she then faces the same speculations. One thing I always remember when I think of this book was a part where she talks about sewing I think money into her clothes or bed sheets or something like that.

10. Queen’s Own Fool by Jane Yolen and Robert Harris. As I’ve mentioned, I adore period novels, mostly set in the Renaissance and involving the British monarchy. This one involves Elizabeth I’s cousin, Mary, Queen of Scots. It’s a fictional novel depicting the life of her court fool, Nicola. I remember being so inspired by this book that I started writing basically a fanfiction.