Friday, December 31, 2010

My resolutions.

As, here anyway, it's 12 hours until 2011, I felt I should post to the internet what my hopes and dreams are for the upcoming year. 2010 wasn't exactly anything special, or really even that good. I mean, I met some really awesome people, but I really didn't do anything fantastic or even a little bit interesting. I want to do something. I want to accomplish something. So here is my list.

  • Lose weight. I've hated the way I look for a long time. I just have to start doing something about it. I mean, no one can love me until I love myself right? I better start taking the steps to be there. I'm tired of complaining but not doing anything about it.
  • Get a real job. I mean, one that has anything to do with the degree I spent four years of my life working for. Don't get my wrong, I love the people I work with at WalMart, I almost like my job, but I've been cashiering my whole working life making shit for money. I want a real job, I need a real job.
  • Move Out!  The apartment with my work friend, isn't going to work unless I have a real job. I can't afford to eat, drive to work, and pay rent on what I make now. I can't have one without the other, and I do not want to be 25 and still living with my parents. I need to get out of here.
  • Write more. I want to have my novel edited by March, but I doubt that's going to happen, so I'm giving myself the deadline of June 1. I want the second draft to be written and happy by the end of 2011. I want to have something to show for my time spent doing nothing on the computer.
    • This includes blogging more. The people that read and respond to this blog and the blogs I read, the people I met this August, I consider you guys amongst  my closest friends, seriously. I just want to hang out with you more.
  • Do something about this Jake Ryan situation, *eye roll* because that hasn't been on my to do list since 2004.
  • Go to Wisconsin to see Deathly Hallows with Casey. Sounds silly, but I really just want to see Harry Potter with someone who loves it as much as I do. I would like it to be the midnight premiere, but I have to work around the schedule of an Improv troupe. You don't understand, Stranger Than Fiction is more important than anything. 
  • During this Epic trip to Wisconsin if I drive: Stop and meet/ hang out with Thursday and Friday of Nerds^5.
  • Do everything I can to meet Tuesday. I mean, she lives the furthest away, and not anywhere along to road that leads to Wisconsin. I will meet her. I will.
  • Complete the 50 book challenge. I should have done it this year. I really should have. 
  • Be happy. Be productive. Be a better person. 
Today is awesome because, if everything goes right, I'll be watching Disney movies with my friends come midnight. If it doesn't, I'll be watching Disney movies by myself at midnight. Either way: DISNEY MOVIES.

Books read: 39 
Currently reading: The Book Thief (gotta finish this by midnight!)

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Book Blog part 3

Part 3 of my book blog. I hope I can get someone to pick up one of these books. ALSO if you have any recommendations for next years challenge, send them my way. I LOVE reading books that other people love. 
A Prayer of Owen Meany – John Irving
I’ve read this book 6 times now. It changed my life once, and I keep reading it to remind me of what Owen Meany means to me, what Owen Meany did for me. When I’m feeling lost or sad I re-read Owen Meany. I literally carry a copy with me everywhere. This book means more to me that I can explain. It’s kind of religious by kind of I mean a lot, and the opening chapter is the most boring chapter you will ever read in your life (it’s a lot of historical information and stuff like that mixed in with the story) but if you can get though that, read this book.

If I Stay – Gayle Forman
After I read this book I stopped reading for a week or so because I didn’t think that anything could be better than this book. It deals with death and what if you could make the choice to stay here living even though you’ve lost everything or die and be with the ones you love. It’s heart breaking, and really keeps  you guessing as to what the narrator will decide until the last page.

Twenty Boy Summer – Sarah Ockler
I knew after reading the back of this book that it wasn’t going to be one of those silly romance teen books like it sounds. It was really heart wrenching at points. One review on the back cover says “It tears you heart out then sews you back up again.” I think it’s missing the “And then rips it out again and stomps on it for a minute before giving you the healing moment. It is a love story, but also a death story and friendship story.

Skinny – Ibi Kaslik
I wasn’t as pleased with this book as I wanted to be. I’ve read several books dealing with eating disorders in the past and this one didn’t really live up the others. I’ve wanted to read it for a while and I really wanted it to be, like, the most amazing book ever. Maybe I just set my sights to high, but I wasn’t really thrilled with this book.

The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, and Mockingjay – Suzanne Collins
The Hunger Games Trilogy is excellent. If you haven’t read it, read it. It’s not about who Katniss loves but about what Katniss does, it’s great to see a young adult fiction series that deals with everything the Hunger Games deals with , wonderfully written. Highly HIGHLY recommend.

The Book Thief –Markus Zusak 
              I'm still reading this, but unless Mr. Zusak's head exploded two thirds of the way through this                       book, it will be one of my favorites of all time

Book Blog part 2

Part Two of my "Books I read this year" collection.
 13 Reasons Why – Jay Asher
Being someone who has been where the main character was, obviously I didn’t kill myself like she did, but you know, this book spoke so much to me. I don’t think I stopped crying the whole time I read this book. It was wonderful, skillfully written, excellent, excellent story telling. Jay Asher captured those moments, those hard horrible moments so wonderfully. If you’ve ever been depressed or suicidal, or know someone who has, read this book. Honestly this book is the best one I read all year. I can’t say enough about it. Read it.

 Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac - Gabrielle Zevin
I read this one because my roommate read it and said “You’re a writer, something is wrong with this book. What is it?” I think it was a rushed story, it could have been more developed and the ending was weird. The story, oh the story is wonderful, but there could have been a lot more done with it. I think.

Good in Bed - Jennifer Weiner
I picked this one up because I ran out of books to read, and I picked a good one. It’s not about what you’d think by the title. It’s about an overweight lady and who I believe just turned or is about to turn 30 and she broke up with the guy she thought she was going to marry then finds out she’s pregnant, but there is so much more, that the basics really. It’s deep and emotional. If you’re looking for a grown up book to read, I recommend this one. I don’t read much “regular adult fiction” but if they were all like this book, I would read more of it.

 PS I Love You - Cecelia Ahern
If you’ve seen the movie, but not read the book, you are MISSING OUT. After reading the book, the movie sucked, like, sucked, and I know a lot of people who love that movie. I’m also one of those books are better people anyway, so yeah. The book is so much awesomer though, it more in depth and you cry more, and it’s really great. I like books that make me cry, what I can say. I’m not a big romance reader, but this love story, genius, A+

 Will Grayson, Will Grayson – John Green and David Levithan
John Green, David Levithan, Will Grayson. will grayson. Let’s just say I appreciate the hell out of Tiny Cooper. Nuff said.

 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by JK Rowling
This was the 2nd time I’d read the series all the way through. The first time was right after DH came out. I wanted to re-read them before the last movies. I could talk forever about Harry Potter and how much it’s changed my life. I believe that everyone who reads any place I post this blog post has read it, but if you haven’t there’s something wrong with you. It’s not just a children’s book. It’s the story that defines our generation. I am a proud member of the Harry Potter Generation.

Along for the Ride – Sarah Dessen
Not my favorite Dessen book, but excellent, per usual. I love her books, I think she’s wonderful her characters, everything. This one deals with step families and love mostly. I’ve mentioned before I’m not really into the whole “Romance” genre but her books are just so well written and well developed that the “romance” side of them isn’t the most important. This book is worth reading if you like her work or that non-angsty Young Adult style.

I know a friend in a similar situation to the main character in this book. I want more than anything to save her, this book, oh this book, shows domestic violence at its worst and tells the reader that there is really nothing we, as outsiders, can do but let it run its course. The psychology and imagery in this book; just read it.

Just Listen
Sarah Dessen does something amazing when she writes. She can take subjects like rape and eating disorders and make them the main focus of a book without focusing soley on that one subject. She’s a brilliant writer. I hope to someday write a book a quarter as good as this one.

Keeping the Moon
This is a good fun book, not one of my favorites, but still just the way Sarah Dessen writes is magical. This book deals with outcasts and “weird people” and what friendship really is.

That Summer
I felt there was something missing from this book, like it could have been longer and more too it, like of like it was rushed, but not really. This was Sarah Dessen’s first novel, and it kind of shows in a way. It’s still really good, but there’s something missing for me

Someone Like You
Teen pregnancy, death,  friendship, a really, really well written book. I wish I had more to say, because it was such a lovely book, but honestly, just read it.

Lock and Key
This was the first book I read by Sarah Dessen, it deals with abandonment, family, changing schools, friendship, love, abuse. Sarah Dessen is, just… just… brilliant.

This Lullaby
The science of the break up, the falling for the guy you never wanted to. I think this is the most “romantic” of the Sarah Dessen books, personally, and I really just loved it.

The Truth about Forever
This is my favorite Sarah Dessen Novel. I can’t really put my finger on why, but if you only read on Sarah Dessen book, I recommend this one the most.

Book Blog part 1

This post is broken into 3 parts because it's 7 MS word pages long. I am posting the next one in a few hours. These posts are the "reviews" of the books I've read this year. I'm kind of horrible at reviewing, but I hope it gets you a little incite into the books, hopefully enough to pick them up if you haven't already. 

Extras – Scott Westerfeld
I read the rest of these books at the end of 2009, and I loved them. Honestly, I think this one fell a little bit short of the other ones, but I still liked it. It was nice to see what happened the Tally after the end of Specials, but I kind of wish it was left as a Trilogy.

Sloppy Firsts Second Helpings Charmed Thirds Fourth Comings Perfect Fifths - Megan McCafferty
This SERIES! The Jessica Darling Series by Megan McCafferty is BRILLIANT! I loved it. I actually drove in a blizzard to Bangor Maine to by the third book I needed to know what happened. I heard of these books through Hayley G Hoover of Youtube/fiveawesomegirls fame. From where I’m sitting, we have fairly similar tastes in books and movies and whatnot, so I figured I’d give it a whirl. They’re more adult than most books I read, but the same themes run through them, romance, friendship, school, college, losing friends, all that fun stuff. I HIGHLY recommend these books.

So Yesterday- Scott Westerfeld
This one was different for me. I really enjoy Scott Westerfeld’s writing, this book was one of my favorites by him. It’s a bit of a mystery, and kind of a short book, so a very quick read. It’s one of those books that makes you think about life a little differently after you read it. I like that in a book

Liar- Justine Larbalestier
I had high expectations for this book and it feel a little short of them. It’s a good book don’t get me wrong, I just wasn’t into the story. It’s about a murder, and a wolf, and a liar. It gets confusing sometimes, and I think if I was more my taste in books than the book itself that kind of turned me off to it.

 Night in Twister River – John Irving
I LOVE John Irving novels, I LOVE THEM. This one is no exception. I think it takes a special kind of reader to like John Irving books, so if you’re read and like Hotel New Hampshire or The World According to Garp then there is a better chance that you’ll like this one than if you don’t. It’s not really for a first time Irving reader I don’t think, because of what the story is actually about when you sit down and think about it afterward. It’s thicker, not just page wise but intensity wise, it took me over two weeks to read it, which considering how quickly I normally read is a turtles pace. It’s deep, but really, really good. I love John Irving. I could write page after page about how much I love John Irving, and this book reminded me of why I love his writing so much. 

 Scarlett Fever- Maureen Johnson
Maureen Johnson is another one of those authors that I don’t think can ever write anything I don’t like. This is the second in the Suite Scarlett series, and personally I liked it better than the first one, more Spencer, I think is the reason of that (I named my cat after Spencer Martin. I love Spencer Martin.). You need to read the first one for this to make sense, but seriously, go rent or buy or borrow all of Maureen’s books right now, and read them. SERIOUSLY.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

The 50 book challenge!

If you read this blog, you may have noticed that at the end of each post I keep a tally number of books I've read this year (in making this blog post I discovered the number was wrong, but that's not important). The point of that counting, was to complete the 50 BOOK CHALLENGE! this year, obviously, I feel 11 books sort, but I did read some amazing books this year.

I have written a blog, which is currently 7 MS word pages long talking about these books. So I'm going to post it over the next few days.

This is the list of books that I read this year: (bold means re-read)

  1. 1.      Extras – Scott Westerfeld
    2.      Sloppy Firsts- Megan McCafferty
    3.      Second Helpings
    4.       Charmed Thirds
    5.      Fourth Comings
    6.       Perfect Fifths
    7.      So Yesterday- Scott Westerfeld
    8.      Liar- Justine Larbalestier
    9.      Night in Twister River – John Irving. 
    10.   Scarlett Fever- Maureen Johnson
    11.   13 Reasons Why – Jay Asher
    12.  Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac - Gabrielle Zevin
    13.  Good in Bed - Jennifer Weiner
    14.   PS I Love You - Cecelia Ahern
    15.  Will Grayson, Will Grayson – John Green and David Levithan
    16.  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone- JK Rowling
    17.  Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
    18.   Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
    19.  Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
    20.  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
    21.  Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince
    22.  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
    23.  Along for the Ride – Sarah Dessen
    24.  Dreamland
    25.  Just Listen
    26.  Keeping the Moon
    27.  That Summer
    28.  Someone Like You
    29.  Lock and Key
    30.  This Lullaby
    31.  The Truth about Forever
    32.  A Prayer of Owen Meany – John Irving
    33.  If I Stay – Gayle Forman
    34.  Twenty Boy Summer – Sarah Ockler
    35.  Skinny – Ibi Kaslik
    36.  The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins
    37.  Catching Fire
    38.  Mockingjay
    39.  The Book Thief –Markus Zusak

    Today is awesome because it's my best friend's birthday. 

Thursday, December 9, 2010

On a whim

Tonight, two of my work friends and I decided to get an apartment together.

I feel that this will probably be one of the best decisions I've made in a while. I'm so excited about it. I need to come up with nicknames for them, especially if we'll be living together, but yeah. I'm beyond excited about the possibly of living with these two girls, you have no idea.

We haven't known each other long enough for us to be three best friends living together, but we know each other well enough to know that we're slowing going to drive each other insane, but we know we'll be able to handle it. We all work similar ridiculous hours, at the same store, and we're all fairly similar, so we believe it will be wonderful and happy fun time.

I really hope it is. I really hope we actually do this. That we actually can get a moderately priced apartment and live there in harmony and happiness for a couple years or whatever.

I will totz keep you all updated, but I just wanted to finger spasm my excitement. We're going out for drinks to talk about where we want to live and prices and stuff. :D :D