Sunday, September 30, 2012

The Hobbit ~ J.R.R Tolkien

Hello, blogging people.  Here I am, up to my ears in grad school and struggling to remember books I read/listened to weeks ago and have yet to review.  Such is life.  Anywho, I listened to The Hobbit on audiobook, thus completing the second book in my Classics Club list, so woot!  But I found it horribly boring, so not so woot.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Bring Up the Bodies ~ Hillary Mantel

I finished this audiobook a few weeks ago, but graduate school is rather incompatible with blogging, hence my absence from the interwebs of late.  My apologies.

So Bring Up the Bodies is sometimes called a sequel to Wolf Hall, another novel of Mantel's which I have not read.  However, since my library did not have Wolf Hall on audiobook and both are historical fiction, I deemed this point to be pointless.  Both deal with the history of the Tudors, which I think I've read enough about to be able to jump in at any point really, and if some lost reader out there has not, there is always Wikipedia.  Or just winging it because really, that's probably fine.  Remember how all you ever learned about the Tudors in school was how Henry VIII beheaded Anne Boleyn and married a bunch of other ladies?  There, you're all caught up.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Top Ten Tuesday Thinkers

Yesterday's Top Ten Tuesday (hosted by The Broke and the Bookish) is all about books that make me think, which is perfect, because I like to think.  It's one of my favorite activities, next to reading and ranting about vegetarianism, which I realize now that I haven't done on the blog in a while.  I'll have to remedy that.  ANYWAY.  So, books that make me think.  It was kind of hard to come up with a list, because so many books make me think and often in different ways.  For example, in Deathly Hallows, Harry's ending speech to Voldemort made me think a lot as I tried to figure out what the heck he was talking about.  The Sound and the Fury (which I will finish one of these days) made me think in that I had to struggle to have some idea of what was going on (I usually failed at this, and at the book in general).  So yeah, I thought, but it wasn't fun or particularly interesting.  More like brain calisthenics.  Somehow, I don't think that this is what we're going for.  So here are my top ten books that made think in a good, productive, potentially useful way, while still enjoying the process of actually reading a book.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Mansfield Park ~ Jane Austen

This is the first book I've read for the Classics Club, putting my 1/50 of my way to completion.  Woot!  Check out my Challenges page to see my progress and the full list of titles I plan to read in the next five years.

I had an English professor in undergrad, who compared English and French marriage literature, saying that in English lit, a woman's life ends when she gets married while for a French woman, that's when life really begins.  With that in mind, I feel that Jane Austen really must have hated married women.  Can you think of a married female character of hers who isn't just ridiculous, obnoxious, or absent?  In case you aren't sure, Mansfield Park will set you straight, having as it does such useless, annoying, and mockable married women (while married men tend to be just fine).  Which makes me wonder if that's why she ended her novels with her heroines' marriages, so that we don't have to see what a sharp decline they inevitably make afterwards.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Top Ten: Fall TBR List

It's been a while since I've done a Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, but this week's topic has been on my mind, what with school starting this week.  With four classes and a 24 hour/week field placement, reading means strategizing.  I have no expectation of actually managing to read 10 books over the next 4 months, so I didn't bother struggling to reach that goal.  Without further ado, the top ten books of my fall TBR list.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Camp NaNoWriMo Wrap-Up and Musings

Bwahaha.  Such a hopeful blog title with such a sad purpose: to tell you all that I failed, and failed horribly at Camp NaNoWriMo 2012.  I came in at a whopping 4969 words, falling 45031 short of the goal of 50,000.  Not even 10%.  Pathetic.

But while I wasn't writing very much, I was thinking about writing, about why I want to write and what always makes writing so hard for me.  The why is really the tougher part - I've wanted to write since I was very young.  While other kids were saying that they wanted to be a teacher (I sometimes said that) or a firefighter or a doctor or a waitress (I sometimes said that too), I was usually saying that I wanted to be "an author."  From when I was little I knew I wanted to write out of my love for reading.  I remember sitting down in the third grade and penning, not a story, but a list of titles of the stories I would write.  I remember that one such title was "Pans of Blood."  My literary tastes have clearly changed since then.