Update Chat

So, the month of October has been general insanity, especially with college applications, senior project, midterms, deadlines, and general mayhem.

Shockingly, this has resulted in very little writing time.

I have, however, had the chance to hone my editing skills as my BFF and partner in madness, Ms. Julia Debski, asked me to be the butcher—er, editor—of her debut novel, The Hazel Tree. That book is now published (*quiet flailing*) so I would love for you go check it out. It’s on Kindle for $1.99 and you can also get it in paperback for $9.50, so seriously, go take a look. It’s awesome and full of werewolves and romance and super-creepy Alphas and super-sexy cousins (*cough*ROB*cough*). As soon as the gods bless me with $10, I will be reading and reviewing this beauty, so stay tuned.

In other news, I am doing my best to write while still clinging to the last vestiges of my sanity (which never existed in the first place according to my loved ones). I’m taking my own advice and writing the best bullshit I can, but I’ll be honest—my personality does not deal well with imperfection, so I’m not chucking out as much nonsense as I’d like. Still, progress.

This coming week is also my fall break (THANK YOU JESUS) so I’ll hopefully have a lot more time for writing, reading, stressing over college, and obsessing over CW’s new TV show “Reign”. Seriously, ridiculous historical inaccuracies aside, it is my most delicious guilty pleasure show this season. But, yes, writing is hopefully happening, along with chipping away at my positively gargantuan TBR pile, starting with a book about the Mongol Queens and John Green’s The Fault in Our Starsas well as finishing “‘Tis Pity She’s A Whore” and The Tao of Pooh. I decided to join this year’s Wonderfully Wicked Read-A-Thon mostly because Halloween is fantastic and this is great motivation for me to put more effort into reading.

As part of this update post, I’d like to include a list of things I’m doing/obsessing over that I’d love for you to check out, which I may or may not have already mentioned above, but we’ll ignore that because I like to make lists. It soothes me.

1. The Hazel Tree

2. Emma Approved (a vlog series by Hank Green)

3. Reign, CW’s new supermegafoxyawesomehot TV show

4. Composing a SSAATB choral piece based on Secret Garden’s Sleepsong

5. New theme which I can’t remember the name of but love purely because a chubby, smiling apple is involved.

6. Einstein Bros. Bagels

7. Beautiful fall weather, nice and cool and fantastic. Absolute favorite season ever because sweaters and hot cider and pretty colors and Halloween.

8. Is anyone else emotionally traumatized by that bizarre “Girls Don’t Poop” ad with the ’50s redhead with a British accent posing on a toilet and referring to her poop at least a dozen times in the space of 20 seconds? That poor actress will probably never have another job offer EVER AGAIN.

That concludes this little post. If you are reading/watching/being traumatized by anything I’ve mentioned, please comment so I can join in your joy/pleasure/horror. And don’t forget to check out the fabulous Julia Debski’s new novel The Hazel Tree!

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Stacking the Shelves #1

***Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga’s Reviews. It’s a chance to share any books you’ve bought, borrowed, or received in the past 7 days. All of the books on this list are linked to Goodreads.

Here I go, diving into these awesome memes! I’ve been buying wayyy too many books considering the amount of time I have to actually read them (which adds up to about .5 seconds per day), so I figured I should share them with the masses. Or rather, any poor unfortunate souls who happen upon my wee little blog.

And with that, here we go!

1. How to Read Literature Like A Professor: A Lively and Entertaining Guide to Reading Between the Lines by Thomas C. Foster

This is something I’m reading to help me with my senior project. I’m shadowing an English professor and if all goes well, my final product will be a completed syllabus and outline for a course on banned/controversial books.

2. The Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff

I am so excited to write a review for this book. It’s basically a conversation between the author and Winnie the Pooh about Taoism and it’s so freaking adorable.

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3. The Three Theban Plays by Sophocles

This includes the three Greek tragedies “Antigone”, “Oedipus Rex”, and “Oedipus at Colonus”. I’ve read the first two for my lit class and enjoyed them, although Greek ideals amuse me.

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4. “Brokeback Mountain: Story to Screenplay” by Annie Proulx, Larry McMurtry, and Diana Ossana

I didn’t know how much I needed this until I saw it on the shelf. I’m very intrigued by screenwriting, so maybe this will inspire me to give it the old college try.

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5. The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka

This is for my lit class. I cannot believe I’m actually going to read an entire book about a giant bug. God help me. Although this brings up my favorite joke (which, to my knowledge, I came up with): What is it called when you are attracted to a bug? INSECTuous. (Please laugh. That was funny, admit it.)

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6. The Secret History of the Mongol Queens: How the Daughters of Genghis Khan Rescued His Empire by Jack Weatherford

Women in history=my favorite thing ever. Especially when we’re talking about women who are traditionally overlooked by historians and society in general (aka, basically all women). I’m not sure just how well-researched this book is, but the title is enough for me to want to read it.

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7. Jane’s Fame: How Jane Austen Conquered the World by Claire Harman

I have a bumper sticker on my car that says “I Heart Jane Austen” and I basically worship her. She’s such a clever author and her books are just chick-flick enough to warm the cockles of my heart and just sad enough that I have to wipe away at least one tear per reading. So obviously I’m all over a book that equates to a big giant “Kudos to Jane!” banner.

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8. Book Smart: Your Essential Reading List for Becoming A Literary Genius in 365 Days by Jane Mallison

I feel like I should know the classics. I mean, they’re classics for a reason you know? So I should at least give them a chance and try to understand why the literary has embraced them so fully. And a guide to finding those books never hurt anybody. ;)

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9. “Howl” and Other Poems by Allen Ginsberg

Ginsberg was pretty…interesting. I watched that movie with James Franco and I liked what I saw, and I hate reading poetry on the Internet (it feels like cheating) so I thought I’d go ahead and buy his stuff. Also, the little book is really thin and tiny and cool.

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10. Manhattan Transfer by Dos Passos

I bought this for my lit. class, didn’t read it, and there’s not really a need to read it anymore, so this is going on the Maybe Someday shelf. If anyone reading this post enjoyed this book, please comment below and tell me why you liked it. I’ve heard plenty of negatives about it, but not enough positives.

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11. Book Lust: Recommended Reading for Every Mood, Moment, and Reason by Nancy Pearl

Who doesn’t want a book of lists? As a self-diagnosed list-maniac, I drool over books like this.

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12. “The Merchant of Venice” by William Shakespeare

It was 20 cents! What was I supposed to do, leave it?

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13. “Romeo and Juliet” by William Shakespeare

I feel like your bookshelf isn’t complete without some R&J.

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14. “Henry V” by William Shakespeare

I dunno, it was cheap and I’ve always been mildly interested in it, so why not?

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15. “Hamlet” by William Shakespeare

Well we’re reading this in lit in the spring, so I thought I’d be a total nerd and read it now instead.

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16. Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe

I’m considering putting this on my fake syllabus for my senior project. I’m not that excited about reading it to be honest, but I’m going to try my best.

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17. “‘Tis Pity She’s A Whore” by John Ford

I’m actually really excited about reading this. It’s an early 17th century play about a brother and sister who fall in love (with each other, in case that wasn’t clear), and I’m just coming off a pretty serious “Borgias” kick, so I need something taboo and scandalous to keep me going. (I think incest is a thing now. It seems like it’s all over HBO. Which, if I’m honest, doesn’t bother me at all.)

I hope you’ve enjoyed this list, and if you have any recent additions to your bookshelf, you can comment here or make your own Stacking the Shelves post!