Tuesday, July 1, 2008

I lied.

Yes, I lied. I said I would write multiple times a week, and then I didn't write for months. My bad.
I've decided to take a new approach, and just write when I want to. Though I will still be writing about books.
Right now I am reading The Lord of the Rings books, and I am only about 50 pages into The Fellowship of the Ring. So far I like it a lot, and I like that I can hear the characters' voices in my head thanks to the movies. Before I started it, I reread The Hobbit. It was a little harder for me to get into this time, but after I made myself accept that Bilbo is just an extraordinarily lucky little man, it got easier. My boyfriend is excited that I am reading the LOTR books so that I can tell him all the differences between the books and the movies. I don't know why he doesn't just read them himself, but it may be because he'd rather being playing LOTROnline. Who knows?
I am also rereading The Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger, mostly for the Vlogbrothers/nerd fighters blurbing book club. I liked the book the first time I read it, but I think I was 15 and that most of the meaning of the book escaped my grasp.
And since I can't just read two books at a time, I also just started The Chronicles of Narnia. I like it so far, though my mom said she couldn't get past the first book (The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe) because of the religious undertones. And I know they're there, but since I lack quite a lot of religious knowledge I think I will be able to try and ignore it, or else learn from it. We'll see.
I am probably reading other books too.
I just read a whole slew of YA fiction, including the Uglies series by Scott Westerfield and some books a friend recommended. I didn't much care for the books she suggested, which is unusual since I love YA fiction more than any other genre. The Uglies series was alright, I didn't like the writing style but I liked the story. I also read The Bermudez Triangle by Maureen Johnson and I definitely liked that. A Little Friendly Advice by Siobhan Vivian was good too, although I kept wanting the main character to just stick up for herself already!
After (or during) the LOTR and Narnia series I will be moving on to Maureen Johnson's Girl at Sea, E. Lockhart's The Boyfriend List, and Rachel Cohn and David Levithan's Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist.
It will be a busy summer of reading for me. Besides those books (which I just bought yesterday) I already have a list of 50 or so books that I own and haven't read yet. My plan is to read them all before 2009, but I don't know how that will work out.
I'll keep you posted. (Or will I?).
In other news, I've easily become roped in by the first episode of The Secret Life of American Teenagers on ABC Family. It's sort of like Degrassi, only less Canadian (not that Canadian is necessarily bad).
Also, can I just say that it would be amazing if the vlogbrothers could go on tour and come to the Boston/Massachusetts area? Hopefully their "Tour de nerd fighting" will make it here!
Also, I graduated! Hooray Me!!!

Monday, February 25, 2008

Almost done with RWS

Okay, so I'm a little more than halfway through "Running with Scissors," and it's taking me longer to read this book than it has ever taken me to read any other book. Possibly because of a strong positive correlation between my age and level of laziness. But even though it's slow-goings, it's a good book - though I can't tell if it's truly a good, well-written book, or just that the stories from Burroughs' adolescence are so ridiculous that it makes the book good. I do recommend reading it, just not to the faint of heart...
Once I finish this book, The Last Unicorn is next, which I started to read last year, and then lost, and then found it again, so I pretty much am going to start over because I don't remember much of what happened. I'm reading it because it was a book my mother really enjoyed when she was my age, and maybe if I read it, we'll have more than our last name in common.
On a lighter note, I'm actually going to be doing something over Spring Break instead of going to my parents' house and being lazy for 9 days. My boyfriend and I are going away for 4 nights, just out to Western MA to have a few days to ourselves and have some fun. Hopefully this vacation is more pleasant than our jaunt to Vegas, which resulted in hospitalization due to food poisoning (sorry!). But I am so excited for this mini-trip because it's to one of my favorite towns with my favorite person!
Random question for the day:
Are you a Nerd Fighter?

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Books and Blogs

I've decided I need to write more, as well as read more. So I'm turning those two things into a project/challenge for myself. I've already made a list of the books currently in my bedroom waiting to be read and as I slowly trod through them, I'll be writing about them here. Hopefully this will happen more than once a week, but I can't promise anything.
First up is Augusten Burroughs' "Running with Scissors." I'm only a few chapters in, but so far I like it. I think I'll have more to say when I've read a bit further into it. Once I'm finished will it be worth it to rent the movie?
Throughout the course of this project, anyone reading this might notice that I can't keep a straight line of thought. So if you get confused.. it's not you, it's me. And I'll always try to end each day with a little something to think about.. For instance, who was the first person to hire Kathy Bates, and why?