This is another rant about college. With classes starting in 10 days, and financial aid crap being confusing and still needing to buy books, I can’t help but ask myself why I’m going through all of this stress. Really, the smartest thing I could have done, I didn’t do.
- Do the Spring Advantage DCP (January-August, I believe)
- Apply to extend my program (You can totally do that. I don’t know about doing it with SA, but I am going to try anyway)
- OR, in the place of the above bullet, find a group of friends who have the same general goals as myself who would like to find regular Cast Member jobs and move to Orlando permanently at the end of our program.
- From there, if I would like to continue going to school, I can take a class or two part-time and slowly work at it. IF I want to do that.
- Fall in love with a man who plays the Aladdin that I met in EPCOT last Christmas, marry him, and live happily ever after.
I’m staring at an insane stack of books on my desk. It’s a stack of things I purchased all in the same week at the beginning of August.
Thinking back on my manic episode of binge book buying, I bought so many in such a short amount of time because I was going through a depression or bi-polar moment or whatever the hell I have sometimes. Where I used to emotionally eat, I changed it to emotionally reading. Because it allowed me to escape (cliche) and forget (also cliche) and tune out whatever things I was hating about myself. Hey, I’ll take it over gaining 20 pounds around my middle. I just gained 50 pounds on my bookshelf. More constructive. Not only that, but it also satisfies that “self harm” feeling (I don’t physically self-harm. Eating does that enough). I emotionally harm myself, and at least books can stab my heart and crush it and leave me in the corner crying because of another character’s situation.
Again, I’ll take it over the other way to do it.
I purchased 23 books in less than a week. (There are less than that in the stack, Piper is reading one, and two of these, Once, and The Paradise Trilogy, have 3 books in each.) Spending about $130 in total, it only comes out to less than $6 per book! That definitely helps justify buying a few hardback or new books when I bought SO many used ones to even it out. I’m going to make an official August book haul on my youtube channel in a few days once I’m 100% well again.
While being sick, I also watched something like 15 movies in the last three days.
- Robin Hood
- Step Brothers
- Toy Story 2
- Swan Princess
- X-Men: Last Stand
- Romeo and Juliet
- The Black Cauldron
- Back to the Future Part 2
- Sunset Boulevard
- Raiders of the Lost Ark
- Princess Bride
- The Matrix
- Home Alone
- Nightmare Before Christmas
I’ve been sick since Monday.
Because of this, a lot of movies have been watched.
I will do a bullet-point list when I’m well.
It’s quite extensive.
Also, I bought 24 books the first week of August.
This, too, is quite extensive.
Really, I’m just killing time until I can take my meds and go to sleep.
I’m supposed to take them at 3:00 am….
It’s only 2:08
I’ll probably wait till 2:30 or 2:45. Give my Tylenol time to kick in, then take my prescription.
My bedside table (aka my bookshelf) looks like my grandma’s with all the pill bottles.
I’m done now.
Because I’ve been posting incessantly about my bookshelf, I’ve had several people ask for recommendations of things to read. Well, MOST of what I’ve read (I think) is GREAT, but I thought I would at least narrow it down to a few CHOICE selections from my personal library to share with you. 🙂
Most of the books I’ve read in the past are found in the children’s section of any library or Barnes and Noble. I’m almost 20 and am just NOW getting into actual YA books. So I’ll try and fit in some older reads, but don’t overlook the children’s books just because they’re an easier read. They’re on this list because I love them and read them over and over.
Here we go. The first list is younger reads.
- Voices After Midnight by Richard Peck (Actually, ANYTHING by Richard Peck. Especially A Year Down Yonder and A Long Way From Chicago)
- A Dog’s Life by Ann M. Martin–if you love dogs, be prepared for TEARS. Such an AMAZING book. A very easy read, but not easy on the emotions (don’t worry, it has a happy ending)
- Half Magic by Edward Eager
- The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin–This is a Newbery winner. Though it is a children’s read, it’s a great mystery that I’ve read probably 6 times, and STILL read new things.
- The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster–this is one of my ALL-TIME favorite books. Ever.
- The Trumpet of the Swan by E.B. White
- Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson–the movie was an INSANE disappointment. HATED the movie because the book TORE ME APART.
- Though I hate admitting it, I have NOT read all of The Chronicles of Narnia. I believe I stopped in the middle of Dawn Treader. But I have them all on audio book, and listen to them all the time. Eventually I will finish them. BUT, my ALL-TIME favorite is The Magician’s Nephew.
- As a kid, the books I remember reading most were the Nancy Drew books. I have read almost all of them, and have to at least recommend one, my number one favorite, The Clue in the Crumbling Wall.
- The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky–Tears. So many tears. I love Patrick.
- I Am Not Myself These Days by Josh Kilmer-Purcell–I bought this book not having ANY idea what it was about. And loved it.
- The Lords of Discipline by Pat Conroy–read this in my Honors class last year, and really enjoyed it. It was different than most books I’ve read subject-wise, but it was really good.
- The Secret History by Donna Tartt–Yes. Read it.
- The Abram’s Daughters series by Beverly Lewis–by far my favorite Beverly Lewis books. From my Amish obsession phase.
- The Fault in Our Stars and Looking For Alaska by John Green–definitely one of my new favorite authors. I must say, I didn’t like Looking for Alaska QUITE as much as Fault in Our Stars, but it was still great. I’m going to read Paper Towns next, I’ll let you know what I think.
- The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath–although I only gave this book 2 stars on Goodreads, I would still recommend it. Yes, it was depressing, but at the same time I was glad I read it. Wasn’t my favorite, but I didn’t regret it.
- Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame Smith–YOU GUYS. I loved the movie so much, but the book was just….Crazy.
- Immanuel’s Veins by Ted Dekker–I’m pretty sure it took me until the last chapter or so to actually realize this book was about vampires…Because I’m kind of an idiot. XD
- BoneMan’s Daughters by Ted Dekker–HOLY.
- Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
- The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne–the movie broke my heart, but so did the book. A very easy read, because it’s written from a child’s perspective, but such an innocent take on a heavy plot.
- Obsessed by Ted Dekker–if you like Holocaust books
- Life and Death in Shanghai by Nien Cheng–my history teacher told me to read this one last semester. It’s the memoirs of this woman, and it’s such a GREAT story of survival
- The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon–this is a novel about two cousins in the 40’s who create comic books. Nuff said.
- Do I even have to put the Hush, Hush series on here? I’ve been freaking out about it all over Instagram. I’m almost ashamed that I even like it so much because it’s SO MUCH LIKE TWILIGHT and I HATE Twilight. But whatever. It’s major fluff reading.
On July 31st, I looked at the stack of books I had bought a few months back, and decided that they needed to be read. ASAP.
What does this mean?
This means I gave myself until 8:00 AM, August 26th, when I walk into my first POLYSCI class of the semester, I have to finish them all.
The stack had 11 books.
It’s the 4th, and I’ve already read three of them, plus another that was not originally in the list.
I also bought 10 books today and on the 2nd.
I might have a problem. A mental problem.
On the 31st, I discovered a YouTube Community called “BookTube” where people make book hauls, review books, and wrap-ups of what they’ve read in the month. WHERE HAVE THESE PEOPLE BEEN ALL OF MY LIFE?!?! I don’t have many people to geek out about books with, and in all my nearly 20 years of book reading, I have not known this existed. I am BEYOND excited to become a part of this group of people.