Wednesday, November 20, 2013
And I am working on it.
I'm on page 100, of a YA book.
AND I hate it, I want to delete everything, writing totally sucks, I want to crawl into bed and hibernate.
I hope your happy.
Thursday, January 8, 2009
I think it is safe to say that I have a soft spot in my heart for immigrant fiction. Thats why I love this coming of age tale of a second generation American, Francie Nolan, who grows up in Brooklyn in the early 20th century. She reads a book a day- alphabetically. I wish I were so dedicated! And yes, like most fiction involving Irish-American immigrants, the family is poor and the father is an alcoholic. Despite those facts, Francie has a beautiful outlook on life, and I admire her for that. I also like this book a lot because the Irish and Brooklyn accents really do come out in the younger character's dialogs, which is really enjoyable. I would definitely recommend this book, and it is a pretty quick and easy read.
Sunday, January 4, 2009
Saturday, January 3, 2009
Known for his crude humor, satirical stories, and sarcastic characters, this is one of my absolute favorite authors! I saw him on his book tour for Rant, and he is so funny and nice! I just love him.
His list of fiction (* indicates a novel that I personally read)
Fight Club (1996) Yes it is a little embarrassing that I have not read his inarguably most famous book- but I have seen the movie with Brad Pitt and Edward Norton maybe 10 times. I don't have time to read everything people!
*Invisible Monsters (1999) This one is my personal favorite. I can't go into too many details, because like many of Palahniuk's books, it is full of crazy twists- including the book beginning near the end of the story- but thats to be expected in his books. Everyone should check it out- they are making it into a movie in 2010! I must say that makes me pretty excited!
Survivor (1999) Seeing as this book is collecting dust on my bookshelf as we speak, this will most likely be the next Palahniuk that I will read. From what I know about it, it starts at the end of the story- and it's about the last surviving member of a death cult (everyone else has committed suicide).
*Choke (2001) Though a movie was made from this book (...it wasn't very good...) this was not my favorite book. Sometimes I am not a big fan of how his books end. It did keep me laughing and entertained though!
Lullaby (2002) This is a really personal book for Chuck. He wrote this after his father's murder- and while contemplating his stance on capital punishment- and whether or not the murderer should receive the death sentence. The book is about a journalist investigating SIDS deaths. At each home, an African book of poems is found, opened at the same page. The lullaby has the power to kill people, and by memorizing the poem, the narrator becomes an accidental serial killer.
*Diary (2003) This is another one where I didn't love the ending, but I loved the story! It was creative, and it kind of reminded me of LOST. I would recommend it even though I thought the ending was a little weird.
Haunted (2005) Scheduled to be the next of his book to movies- this novel is interestingly written. It is comprised of short stories that tie in to the main plot line. After ever story, there is a chapter by the narrator. The short story "Guts" that I previously blogged about can be found in this book.
*Rant (2007) Oddly enough, this is the first Palahniuk book I read, and it was also the dirtiest! Haha! I loved it though, again it's a hilarious book. It is written in the form of interviews and the characters are all very different and interesting in their own rights.
Snuff (2008) One of his dirtiest novels, this is the story of a woman attempting to break the record for basically the most sexual partners in a porn, in one setting. If I remember correctly, there are 600 men attempting to be a part of this event. One of them is a relative... interesting and full of plot twists.
Pygmy (spring 2009) This book is scheduled to come out in May. It revolves around a foreign exchange student-terrorist that has a goal of blowing up millions of Americans with his science project.
Friday, January 2, 2009
Thursday, January 1, 2009
I wont lie- it makes me really mad when people wont read Harry Potter because they think it's stupid. The series has sold over 400 million copies worldwide, and the brand is worth $15 billion. I think that makes it worth checking out, right?
Here are my favorite Harry Potter books, in the order from favorite to least favorite.
The Half- Blood Prince (6th)- I loved this one because it was dark and sad and I felt like the characters grew up the most in this book. And you don't know if Snape is good or bad, and by the end of the book you are convinced he is bad. Plus everyone starts falling for each other. I just love it.
The Order of the Phoenix (5th)-again, I loved this one because it was so dark. And who doesn't cry when Sirius dies? It's just sad, but I love it.
Prisoner of Azkaban (3rd)- like I said, I love Sirius. So when he escapes from Azkaban, and you don't know if he is good or bad- it's a page turner. And Hermione has the time turner in this book, which I thought was cool.
The Sorcerer's Stone (1st)- I mean it's the first book, it is where I got hooked. I dont have much more to say but that. Also it's short and you could read it in a day or two.
The Chamber of Secrets (2nd)- While this movie is terrible, it's a pretty cool book. I liked how Ginny was controlled by Riddle's diary- and this book is where you start learning more about Voldemort.
Goblet of Fire (4th)- After reading it this first time, and seeing the movie three times, I cannot possibly read this again. I tried and couldn't get through it. I hated to Triwizard Tournament. I thought it was super distracting from the plot.
The Deathly Hallows (7th)- Might as well be called The Extended Camping Trip. I thought it was boring until the final battle, I thought Ron was a little bitch, and I do not understand how they could possibly be making two movies out of this book. Hmph.
The Tales of Beedle the Bard-If you are planning on picking this up to learn more about Harry Potter, you are in for a disappointment. I read this in about 25 minutes, and it's just 5 fairy tales with commentary by Dumbledore. It sounds cooler than it is. But, the proceeds from the book go to the Children's High Level Group, a charity that JK Rowling started in 2005. The group benefits children living in institutions- whether they are orphaned or disabled. So in summary: good cause, not the greatest book. But if you are an HP fan, it would be great to add to the collection!
Wednesday, December 31, 2008
The Host by Stephenie Meyer
As a reader of the Twilight series by Meyer, I was intrigued to read her attempt at an adult sci-fi novel. I was not disappointed! While it is not a work of literary genius or even stunning with it's originality, it was a good, fun story. I wont lie, I even cried once. The idea of aliens taking over human bodies isn't original. I mean if you read the Animorph series as a kid, you already know the premise of this book. But in The Host the aliens are here to help rather than hurt. It is a story of survival, with a sci-fi, romantic twist. I would recommend it to any girl that has the time (it's a little on the lengthy side).
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
This past semester I had to take a class that consisted of ALL Conrad, All the time. While I would not recommend it, I think this experience has given me a pretty valid opinion, so here goes. Also, for those of you that know that the enjoyability of a class is directly related to the personality of the teacher that instructs it, I would like to note that I LOVED this teacher. She was nice and understanding and I would have hated Conrad more had I not taken this class with her.
Here is the list of books I read for this semester:
Heart of Darkness (1899)
Lord Jim (1900)
The Mirror of the Sea (1904-1906)
The Secret Agent (1907)
Il Conde (1908)
The Secret Sharer (1909)
In my humble opinion, Conrad is one of the most boring, redundant, and dry authors I have ever come across. All of the books previously mentioned, with the exception of The Secret Agent take place at sea, on an island, ship, port, ect. There are generally some sort of tortured heroes, self-sacrificing women, and big storms. DO NOT read Mirror of the Sea. This is a collection of essays about sailing, the topics include: the importance of wind, the relationships between captains and crewmen, and the role an anchor plays on a ship. It put me to sleep every time I picked it up. If I had to recommend some Conrad, I would say that Victory was decent, and The Secret Agent was not unbearable. Hitchcock made a film about the later (Sabotage 1936). And lastly, for the record, Heart of Darkness is incredibly overrated.
Monday, November 24, 2008
Hot Russian adultery at it's best
"I write this sitting in the kitchen sink"
The narrator is a seventeen year old girl, living with her family in a castle, who wants to become a writer.
-Apparently this is really artsy fartsy, and critics say it reshapped American Literature. whatever, we will see.
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
Well. I purchased the book at 12:01 am on Friday and finished it at 4 pm on Sunday. Despite that, I was a little disappointed. The first book was a delicious guilty pleasure. The next two were enjoyable for sure. This one seemed a little cheap. I felt the same way about the last Harry Potter, but at least JK Rowling had some B list character's dying. I mean Hedwig, Mad Eye, one of the twins... all that was sad. Mrs. Weasley called Ms. Lestrang a bitch. Big fight scene. Everything was memorable. LITERALLY nothing too exciting happened in Breaking Dawn. Bella became a vampire like we all knew she would, she had sex with Edward, AND manages to get a baby out of it, which no one knew was possible. Even Jacob imprinted and Bella wont have to worry about not being able to be his friend anymore. A little cheesy if you ask me. Nothing was left out of order, and everyone got their happy ending. There was a huge battle that wasn't even fought, and the only character that died was one that I don't even remember from the previous three. All in all... I still read it in three days. I still enjoyed reading it... but I'm going to have to give it a B-. It just left a bad taste in my mouth as a wrap up to a series.
final remark: worth the read, but don't have super high hopes.
Thursday, June 5, 2008
Biblical References in regards to Jacob
-Jacob is a great-great-grandfather of Aaron (elder brother of Moses)
-Jacob married Rachel, who was apparently barren, but later amazingly gave birth to Joseph and Benjamin .She died whilst giving birth to Benjamin
-Another name for Tribulation is "The Time of Jacob's Trouble" Jeremiah 30:5-7
The tribe of Benjamin's women and children were all killed, and the remaining members of the tribe could not longer proliferate. The historical solution they came up with was to kill the men from another sub-tribe and take their women and children. Women are unable to carry to term on the Island, and the Others have been taking women and children from Oceanic Flight 815.
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Wednesday, February 6, 2008
"It was curious to think that the sky was the same for everybody, in Eurasia or Eastasia as well as here. And the people under the sky were also very much the same—everywhere, all over the world, hundreds or thousands of millions of people just like this, people ignorant of one another's existence, held apart by walls of hatred and lies, and yet almost exactly the same—people who had never learned to think but were storing up in their hearts and bellies and muscles the power that would one day overturn the world."
Our revels now are ended. These our actors,
As I foretold you, were all spirits, and
Are melted into air, into thin air:
And, like the baseless fabric of this vision,
The cloud-capped towers, the gorgeous palaces,
The solemn temples, the great globe itself,
Yea, all which it inherit, shall dissolve,
And, like this insubstantial pageant faded,
Leave not a rack behind. We are such stuff
As dreams are made on; and our little life
Is rounded with a sleep.
I keep picturing these little kids playing some game in this big field or rye and all. Thousands of little kids, and nobody's around - nobody big, I mean, except me. And I'm standing on the edge of some crazy cliff. What I have to do, I have to catch everybody if they start to go over the cliff - I mean if they're running and they don't look where they're going I have to come out from somewhere and catch them. That's all I'd do all day. I'd just be the catcher in the rye and all. I know it's crazy, but that's the only thing I'd really like to be. I know it's crazy.
I would go to my bedroom window and stare at my reflection in the glass and the trees behind it and just listen to the song for hours. I decided then that when I met someone I thought was as beautiful as the song, I should give it to that person. And I didn’t mean beautiful on the outside. I meant beautiful in all ways. So, I guess we are who we are for a lot of reasons. And maybe we'll never know most of them. But even if we don't have the power to choose where we come from, we can still choose where we go from there. We can still do things. And we can try to feel okay about them. And in this moment, I swear we were infinite.
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
ok a few interests are:
these are all adults. ugh. i hate shopping for my family. i think they hate everything i get them.
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
From American Apparel
From American Apparel
In mauve/army $28
Thats all for now! haha
Thursday, August 16, 2007
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Tuesday, August 14, 2007
Sunday, August 12, 2007
Wednesday, August 8, 2007
Saturday, August 4, 2007
taken from perez hilton.
A lamb was born in New Zealand this past week that was so severely deformed that it was set to be put to sleep for it own good, a local newspaper reported.
The poor little creature came out with SEVEN legs - an extra set of front legs and three back legs.
The seven-legged lamb lamb was also hermaphrodite, and was missing a part of its bowel so was unable to pass feces.
It was this latter problem, rather than the fact it had seven legs, that meant the poor little lamb had to be euthanized.
“It’s quite a happy bright wee lamb, he’s just slowly going downhill really,” said a veterinarian that treated the animal. “To keep it alive is probably inhumane really.”
Sweet dreams little guy!
upon my arival, i either learn to swim or drown.
As i struggle for air, i see only water, and i reach for anything as a cry for help.
I feel my body growing weak, slipping away
It occurs to me, that my cries are worthless
Acknowleding death,I feel my body growing weak, slipping away,
and i begin to sing praises to the one
as I sink to my salty grave, I drown
Let it be a sweet sweet sound
Wednesday, August 1, 2007
Anna Karenina does not appear until over half way through Part One.
So far, Dolly is married to this man that has an affair with their children's governess. She finds it hard to forgive him, but when her husband brings his sister, Anna, to the house, the women talk about life and love, ect. and the couple eventually makes up. Dolly's younger sister, Kitty, is about at the age where Russian women get married, and since she is so pretty she's getting a lot of attention from several men. She loves a man named Vronsky, and he sees her as a close friend but not as a wife. A man named Levin, who is Dolly's husband's childhood friend, is in love with Kitty and proposes to her, but she turns him down in hopes that Vronsky will propose to her.
Anna and Kitty meet, and Kitty is fascinated by her, and becomes close with her very quickly. Near the end of Anna's stay, there is a ball, to which the whole town goes. Vronsky and Anna hit it off, and Kitty realizes that Vronsky is already in love with Anna, and Anna has feelings for him as well (though she is trying to supress them, since she has a husband and child at home).
Ashamed of how she hurt Kitty, Anna leaves the next day to go home to her estate. Vronsky follows her onto the train to the city he lives in (Petersburg, I think..) hoping that he will run into her and have the chance to be with her.
More later. I havent been reading as diligently as i would like.
Sunday, July 29, 2007
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
Monday, July 23, 2007
Sunday, July 8, 2007
courtney hamm and Idecided to explore it
outside there was a creepy shed
and the side pourch had a broken pourch swing and an old christmas tree
the first level had this coat hanging by itself right by the door
the light fixture on the ceiling was fallen down
and there were holes throughout the ceiling
there was still food on the counter, and dishes in the cabinents and in the sink
there was junk lying everywhere
and creepy babydolls
plus a dilapidated fireplace
and a game of life thrown about in the corner
upstairs the windows were broken, and the roof was rotting
there was grafitti everywhere
and the furniture was flipped on its side
gross and creepy huh