So over the past month I’ve been reading a lot more than usual, primarily due to a writing class where I have to read a few novels a week to discuss the writing, genre etc. Anyways, I am so grateful because this led me to probably one of the best books I have ever read! It’s not an amazing literary masterpiece, but the idea and the story itself is just sheer brilliance. Suzanna Collins is the author of “The Hunger Games”, a book that I can’t even begin to describe. I literally finished it in one sitting because I just could not put it down. It’s a story that definitely fits into the apocalypse theme that is popular these days and the characters, setting, plot and just the whole concept is….wow! Its definitely a good read for all ages, and if I had to compare it to something…..maybe Da Vinci Code meets Avatar? But even that just at the very least because this book stands on its own.
Suddenly my expectations of myself as a writer have catapulted to another level of excellence that hopefully one day I can achieve! I could go on forever praising the book, but I really think you should check it out for yourself and please let me know what you thought as well!
Well this has been a busy week of reading! I have gotten through three novels in just a matter of days! One of those was Jay Asher’s “Thirteen Reasons Why”. Definitely a much edgier book, but nonetheless intriguing in its subject matter and the dual narrative in which the book is written. The book is essentially a long suicide note….and that’s all I will say. The main reason I chose to write about this book here is just to share my reaction to reading this type of book. I mean suicide is such a difficult topic to even think about, let alone write a whole book about! But Asher has really taken something difficult and not necessarily written a masterpiece, but wrote a book that needed to be written. When things are hard to talk about, we can write them. Asher has taken a risk, and maybe even upset many readers but he got one very important message across: suicide happens, and no matter what anyone thinks, that person had a reason why. After reading this book, there was a sense of frustration, not only for me but also for some of my peers, that there should be maybe a more valid reason for suicide. But I think that’s the message Asher was trying to get across….what may not matter or make sense to some of us, may be the defining moment for that one person to whom it does matter.
Aside from the disturbing subject matter, I would definitely reccomend this book to some of my serious readers out there
New term, new classes, new reading material!! Believe me, at times I have trouble understanding where this excitement stems from as well! Well, just this past week has been quiet an eye-opener for me. I have been introduced to the world of publishing! Its pretty fascinating to discover what goes into one little book that occupies that 1-inch space on my bookshelf. The most saddening part of the whole experience was realizing that the importance of the quality of the reading material is not really that important. If the world’s reading level goes down, and people shift their attention from vampires to puppets, a 6th grader who writes a marketable story about puppets might have a better chance of selling their book than a graduate student that has been working on their brilliant manuscript for several years! For just a minute my dreams of publishing a best-seller came crashing down…..but who knows….maybe the world will never care for puppets! 😀
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Hello my loyal readers!
I apologize for my absence for the last few days as it is that time of the year where American college students across the country are shouting….”WOOOHOOO SPRING BREAK!!!”. I am not exactly expressing my excitement in the same manner, but I am doing a little happy dance at the realization that for the next week I do not have class or 500+ pages of reading to get through. In fact in is finally time to settle down for some leisurely reading
Right now I am reading “The Joy Luck Club”. I watched the movie many years ago and was eager to see how amazing the book must be, because usually movies tend to completely kill the magic of most novels(in my experience at least). So considering the amazing-ness of this movie, I figured the book must be pretty darn good.
I just finished reading “The House on Mango Street” a few weeks ago. A very simple short read. I wouldn’t call it a timeless classic or anything, but it pulled a few heart strings. Its a story written from the perspective of a young Hispanic girl living in Chicago, and the experiences of the woman around her. The book consists of several super short chapters, that seem very abstract and random but once you pick up on the rhythm of the book, its actually a pretty cool strategy of writing. Give it a read!
Die paper die!!!!
If it wasn’t for Jane Eyre, corsets, and crazy fashion – I would vow never to look at another piece of Victorian literature again, let alone take a whole class! However, these periodicals are fascinating! Paper in progress – must…..pull….through!
Well the tedious exam is over, and onto the wonderful world of Victorian periodicals! I must say, of all the things I have ever read, 18th century literature takes me the longest to get through any of the texts I have encountered. Those Victorians really enjoyed making reading a frustrating task. Or I wonder if it has to do with maintaining the claim of Aristocratic intellectual superiority…. Well I have spent countless hours over the past few months sifting through The Wellesley Index, a database of Victorian periodicals, and have narrowed my research down to understanding the marriage potential of an educated woman vs. a non-educated woman. I am applying the term ‘educated woman’ to a woman that has studied beyond her domestic sphere, and the standard ‘girl’s education’. The fascinating thing I have discovered however, is the power of the press. Publications during the late 1800s actively associate an educated woman with a negligent wife and mother. But my main concern is, how much did women contribute to this view? Was it really all men pushing this idea, or did the majority of women also withhold the capability of their own sex and surrender to the domestic spheres of Victorian society?
So, I was anticipating a massive launch of brilliantly astounding thoughts into this blog (yes I know the world has been waiting) I realized that no one has time to write the world’s most brilliant blog, let alone read it. Truth be told I have surrendered myself and my soul to the world of academia. You always assume that you’ll be different and it’s all so cliche, but you soon realize that there is a cliche for a reason….because that is the only way to succeed in graduate school! I have become obsessed with sleep, coffee, and bibliographies. I understand the obsession of sleep and coffee are oxymorons of sorts, but they don’t necessarily compliment the other…..they just create a beautiful harmonious melody that makes my brain function the way I need it to. I must now divulge into the history of linguistics thanks to a brilliant professor who enjoys giving tedious exams in graduate classes. But first, must find coffee…..
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