This week has been simultaneously the best reading week and worst reading week? I have been breezing through books left and right, but at the same time I can feel myself on the edge of a book slump. This is especially unnerving because I’ve decided to up my book goal of 5 books per month to 10 books per month! Of course, they’re not all full length novels though. I added an audio-book and graphic novel (thanks Global Issues in Literature!) to each month ’til the end of the semester. With this new goal I hope to beat my Goodreads goal for this year of 50 books by reading 100 books! Please pray for me because I’m going to need all the help I can get.
Am I the only one that notices trends in my life? For example, does one thing keep popping up in your life and you don’t know why? Poetry has been a reoccurring item in my life, and the only difference this time is that I know why. I’m currently taking 3 literature classes this semester and for 2/3 of them we are explicating poetry. Don’t get me wrong, I was on a poetry kick at the beginning of the semester, but now I’m just tired of it. I read 3 poetry books on my own and while they were all uniquely interesting, I’m exhausted. For my major classes I have to explicate Shakespeare and Wordsworth who are, much to my advantage, wonderful poets. However, in my other literature class I have to write a 6 page (minimum) close analysis on a poem of my choice. Between the gym, horseback-riding, classes, and reading both for fun and school I barely have time to sit down and write this thing! And of course it’s due tomorrow, I’m just that lucky.
Other than these poem crises my week has been surprisingly productive! My dad (and dog!) visited me last weekend to hang out in downtown Fredericksburg and to take home some already-read books and other random dorm items I no longer needed or had space for. It was nice to see both my dad and dog because I never get to spend a lot of time with my dad, and Moose was a bonus, too. Since I was sending more books home with me it only made sense to purchase more books! We visited the local used bookstore and I picked up Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, Jude the Obscure and Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy, and A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin. I also bought a few literary studies but those aren’t interesting enough to add to the list. I also have a shipment of books from Amazon coming in tomorrow, and I’m finally picking up my copy of King’s Cage! It’ll be nice to end a stressful week with lots of bookish goodies.
I apologize for my lateness in posting my review of An Ember In the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir! I am still working through some schoolwork and will have it up by midnight on Sunday.
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