So someone casually offered me a job last Sunday that sounds awesome, even though it’s just a summer job, but at the time, I wasn’t sure if I’d be free during the weeks she listed. Found out today I would be free and I’ve just emailed her letting her know. I really, really hope that job is still available. It would just be so cool.
Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling & Remnants by K.A. Applegate
2. What are you reading right now?
The Amnesiac by Sam Taylor & The Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien
3. What books do you have on request at the library?
No books currently, but I have Doctor Who series 3&4 on request.
4. Bad book habit?
Reading too many books at the same time and slowing myself down.
5. What do you currently have checked out at the library?
The Amnesiac by Sam Taylor
6. Do you have an e-reader?
Nope, for now I’m a “real” book reader!
7. Do you prefer to read one book at a time, or several at once?
I usually prefer to read one at a time but that doesn’t seem to happen often, I just somehow end up reading multiple books at the same time.
8. Have your reading habits changed since starting a blog?
I don’t have a book blog, but following book blogs & signing up on sites like Goodreads have really encouraged me to read more & stick to books that I start.
9. Least favorite book you read this year (so far?)
So far I haven’t read many books but the Doctor Who: Wooden Heart book was pretty awful.
10. Favorite book you’ve read this year?
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.
11. How often do you read out of your comfort zone?
Not very often, but I’m not very fond of using the words “comfort zone” - it’s more that I read according to what I feel like reading, I don’t read for the sake of reading.
12. What is your reading comfort zone?
Mystery, YA, historical fiction, drama, horror
13. Can you read on the bus?
Nope, I get a migraine instantly.
14. Favorite place to read?
My bed or the couch.
15. What is your policy on book lending?
I’ll recommend books for sure but unless I really trust the person to give the book back, I don’t like giving my books to people, I don’t like throwing away $15+ if they don’t give the book back which has happened to me before.
16. Do you ever dog-ear books?
I used to but recently I started to use bookmarks instead.
17. Do you ever write in the margins of your books?
18. Not even with text books?
19. What is your favorite language to read in?
English, it’s the only language I can fluently read.
20. What makes you love a book?
Writing style, characters, plot and dialogue. I love certain writers because of the unique touch they give to their writing style such as Carol Goodman who has a really poetic style. The characters should be consistent with their personalities/backgrounds - I hate it when I can just see the writer pushing their characters around the story like pieces on a chess set instead of feeling the story progressing naturally along with the characters’ actions.
21. What will inspire you to recommend a book?
If I really, really love it. That’s pretty much it, if I love it, I’ll recommend it.
22. Favorite genre?
Honestly, I think I’m more attached to certain authors within genres than the genres themselves. Carol Goodman’s mystery novels are amazing, John Green’s YA fiction is great, Philippa Gregory is a great historical fiction guilty pleasure, etc.
23. Genre you rarely read (but wish you did?)
Fantasy. I want to love fantasy books so much, and when I’m in the right mood, I do love them, but for some reason it takes me a lot to get into a book or series. Harry Potter is the only fantasy series I can read in any mood and enjoy, but currently I’m reading Lord of the Rings and it’s taking me awhile to get through it because I keep falling out of the mood, and I’ve really wanted to get into Game of Thrones but I’m taking ages to start reading that.
24. Favorite biography?
I don’t think I’ve ever read a biography that stuck with me as memorable.
25. Have you ever read a self-help book?
Yes, but they were assigned reading in psychology and communication classes. I wouldn’t go out of my way to read them.
26. Favorite cookbook?
I don’t really use cookbooks, I Google recipes most of the time.
27. Most inspirational book you’ve read this year (fiction or non-fiction)?
Since it’s only February, instead I’ll just say within the past year was How to Be an American Housewife - there was just something about it that really struck me as very sad yet uplifting at the same time. I definitely felt moved while I read it.
28. Favorite reading snack?
Nothing, really. I might make some tea or coffee but otherwise I think I’d find snacking/eating too distracting, I’d rather just focus on the book.
29. Name a case in which hype ruined your reading experience.
Twilight was a weird experience for me, my friend recommended the series before it was popular and I sort of forgot about it and never got around to reading it, then as the hype grew, I was interested and decided to see the movie knowing only that the series was about vampires. I thought the movie would be an action movie - it seems laughable now when I think about it - so I was pretty excited, and then I got Degrassi with vampires. I’d already asked for the books for Christmas and my parents & uncle had already bought the books so I decided to read them. I now wonder if I’d have enjoyed the books a bit more if I read them before I saw the movies, before the backlash had already started, and without the weird idea I had going in thinking it would be an action film.
30. How often do you agree with critics about a book?
I don’t read critics, but I do like reading reviews on Goodreads after I’ve read a book. It’s hard to say I often agree with them because the great thing about a site like that is all the variety in opinions, I usually read both negative and positive reviews to see why people did and didn’t like the book.
31. How do you feel about giving bad/negative reviews?
If I feel like the book deserves it, I’ll give it a bad review but I always explain why I didn’t like it and what I thought was bad about it.
32. If you could read in a foreign language, which language would you choose?
Japanese or Korean. I can read most/all Hiragana & Katakana if I’ve reviewed them a bit, but I’d love to learn more Kanji, and Hangul is just so interesting looking.
33. Most intimidating book you’ve ever read?
Ovid’s Metamorphosis, I felt like such a badass toting that around in 8th grade.
34. Most intimidating book you’re too nervous to begin?
Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke - I’ve heard great things and someone gave me the book as a gift years ago, but I’ve never gotten around to reading it, it’s just so big and heavy so I can’t even carry it around for awhile till I’ve gotten into it.
35. Favorite Poet?
36. How many books do you usually have checked out of the library at any given time?
1-5. I used to check out way more and could easily read a book or two per day, but somehow I slowed down over the years.
37. How often have you returned book to the library unread?
Pretty often, I use the library to experiment with new authors and books I’ve never heard of and just think the cover’s pretty or the back sounded interesting. Since it doesn’t cost anything, I don’t feel guilty giving it a try.
38. Favorite fictional character?
Fred Weasley from Harry Potter, Mo’Steel from Remnants, & Jane from The Lake of Dead Languages - the two guys are both light-hearted, funny characters that I always liked when I first read the series they were both in, and Jane is just a really interesting character. Funnily enough, all three of those characters I was reading about around the same age (13-15; maybe a bit younger with Fred but I don’t think I took a lot of notice of him till Prisoner of Azkaban so I guess it would’ve still been around 13-ish).
39. Favorite fictional villain?
Sauron and Voldemort.
40. Books you’re most likely to bring on vacation?
Harry Potter since I’m basically guaranteed to always enjoy reading those books, and anything I’m currently reading.
41. The longest you’ve gone without reading.
Probably a few weeks/months, I’ve no idea any exact times.
42. Name a book that you could/would not finish.
Abarat: Days of Magic, Nights of War - something just kept/keeps pulling me out of the mood for it. I need to reread Abarat by now since it’s been years at this point but I don’t know what it is about that book I can’t seem to get through.
43. What distracts you easily when you’re reading?
Sleep since I often read right before going to bed, or if by some miracle I decide to read during the day, I’ll often get a sudden urge to watch a specific show or check some website for something. Usually I try to ignore those urges because I don’t need to spend anymore time on the internet than I already do.
44. Favorite film adaptation of a novel?
Lord of the Rings.
45. Most disappointing film adaptation?
Harry Potter films 3-5, Blood and Chocolate, Ringu/The Ring
46. The most money I’ve ever spent in the bookstore at one time?
Oh, I’ve no idea. Probably not more than $100, but probably more than $60.
47. How often do you skim a book before reading it?
I never skim, but sometimes I’ll read the first page or two to get a feeling of the writer’s style. Not always, it depends on how much the summary on the back grabs me & the genre - I’m more suspicious of certain genres than others (sci-fi, I’m looking at you).
48. What would cause you to stop reading a book half-way through?
A boring plot, losing interest in the story, inconsistent characters/writing.
49. Do you like to keep your books organized?
Yes, my books are in somewhat alphabetical order. My bookshelves’ shelves are a bit too close together for some of my books so I’ve had to stack the taller ones on their sides at each end of each shelf, so the order is a bit off, but there’s a general A-Z by author trend in my bookshelves.
50. Do you prefer to keep books or give them away once you’ve read them?
I keep almost all of them. Sometimes I’ll buy $0.50-75 books from the thrift store that I’ve read as a kid/young teenager just to reread it once or twice for nostalgia’s sake and after I’ve collected a certain amount, I donate them back to the thrift store, but I haven’t given away a “new” book I’ve bought in the last 5 years.
51. Are there any books you’ve been avoiding?
52. Name a book that made you angry.
The Sweet Valley Confidential book had me ranting at my friend who was visiting while I was reading that book. It was just so bad.
53. A book you didn’t expect to like but did?
Honestly I was a bit doubtful that The Maze Runner books would be any good after I’d read The Hunger Games and heard that series was a good one as well, but I really enjoyed them.
54. A book that you expected to like but didn’t? I honestly can’t really think of anything. I’m sure there’s been some, but overall I’m fairly good at judging whether I’ll really like a book or not. Even Sweet Valley Confidential wasn’t a book I expected to be good, I just got it because I thought it’d be funny to “catch up” with the characters I’d been reading about since I was old enough to read.
55. Favorite guilt-free, pleasure reading?
All the books I read? The only books I really ever feel “guilty” about reading is the Twilight series and Philippa Gregory books, mostly because I’m aware of what’s not good about them but I’m enjoying them anyway. Twilight at this point has started to read like a parody of itself to me, and Philippa Gregory is just so much fiction and so little historical that I feel bad reading it instead of reading about the facts surrounding that time and those people, but I enjoy the scandal regardless.
Don’t you love those times when you suddenly just feel like you should work out…like, right this second? I just had one of those spontaneous drag-out-the-yoga-mat-and-do-some-squats-and-sit-ups-and-break-a-sweat moments. And I feel pretty awesome. I need to start doing more sit-ups though, I timed myself today to see how many sit-ups I could do in a minute and it was disappointingly low.
I’ve been looking up the amount of sit-ups and push-ups required for the Navy just out of curiosity and I’m going to aim to do the “best” amount (ie: not the lowest requirement, the kind that would get you the highest points). That includes running too, but honestly for now I want to focus on sit-ups and push-ups so I can lose a bit of weight before I start running. I really have a love-hate relationship with running - I feel really self-conscious when I do it, but I feel really awesome after I’ve done it. Hopefully if I feel like I’m in better shape and have dropped a couple pounds I’ll feel less self-conscious running a couple of miles around my neighborhood.
Just ordered this bag. I’m a bit nervous because the dimensions they listed means it’s smaller than my previous messenger bag (R.I.P) which I thought had been the perfect size, but I’m hoping that it’ll be one of those bags that seems bigger than it is.
is that they kind of render a thing like Tumblr pointless when you originally started using it as a sort of personal blog/outlet. But I like handwritten journals because they are completely and totally private. There’s no romanticizing your situation because no one is going to read it but you, and if you’re me, you know that I laugh at myself in past journals because I was too busy trying to sound smart and “writer-y” than actually, you know, write what I was actually feeling.
I’ve been keeping a handwritten journal for one month now. Its not daily, it’s “whenever I feel like it” because I write better that way. I tried doing a daily journal for a total of two days and it resulted in lists of things I had to do. Boring. If I feel like drawing, I draw. If I feel like writing something totally fictional, sure. A list? Why not? A simple description of what the day was like if I feel like it. I don’t know why I sometimes tried to give myself “rules” with something as simple as a journal. It’s silly and needlessly restrictive.
Tomorrow I register for classes. English 104 (Research), PE 100 (a random requirement that basically just covers things like eating well, stress management, fitness, etc.), Philosophy 215, and Yoga because I needed one more credit to be counted as a full-time student which I want so my tuition is covered by my financial aid stuff. It’s nice to be really excited for classes again. I’m not going to say that I hated my nursing classes - I didn’t. I surprisingly really found myself enjoying biology and chemistry and a lot of the other “science” classes I was required to take, they’re definitely interesting subjects. They just weren’t classes that I felt were as thought-provoking as a class like Philosophy. Although my chemistry prof grinning and saying, “We’re all made of stars!” and then explaining why that isn’t a ridiculously untrue statement remains my favorite lecture to date. But he was just an awesome prof overall so it’s not surprising.
After I register the debacle of switching from one degree plan to another begins and I start going through all the crazy paperwork and different offices I need to visit in order to make sure my tuition is paid and everyone who needs to know I switched degree plans knows. I’m really hoping it all goes smoothly because ever since the guy at the office mentioned in passing, “If you don’t fill out this paperwork, they can ask for the money spent on the nursing transfer credits back,” I’ve just been having 30 million mini heart attacks.
So. Nursing? I recently decided it’s not for me. Which at first was a panic-y kind of feeling, like, “Okay, then, now what?” I decided to go back to my original plan which was to get an Associate in Arts University transfer degree. Back when I decided to go for nursing, I’d decided that the transfer degree was too wishy-washy and nursing was much more definitive. Which may be partially true, but at the end of the day, I like my wishy-washy degree that lets me study the things I love: history, art, English, literature, etc. as well as things I didn’t know I would enjoy like biology and chemistry and, God forbid, math!
So with all of that in mind, I met up with my counselor at my school today to find out if that whole year of nursing pre-reqs were a waste of time & money - turns out, nope! I completed a ton of the classes required for the transfer degree and I only need to take 3 more classes (ie: spring quarter) and I can get a diploma! Hell. Yes.
What’ll I do after that? So far, I’m undecided. The Navy is one option I’ve been seriously considering (that my parents are really pushing me towards but I’m still on the fence), or just going to a university and seeing how far in debt I end up.
Regardless of what I choose, I’m just glad all this waiting is over. “Waiting” to get into the nursing program has already taken months of my life that I’m not going to get back. It’s good to have at least the next few months decided and hopefully during the next few months, I’ll have a more solid idea of where I’m going to go next.
Also, I went on a bike ride for the first time in about a year - fuck hills. Seriously. Why is Washington so damn hilly? I need to work on my poor, weak leg muscles, that bike ride was pathetic.