corknut: (stock] treck)
Bold the ones you've read COMPLETELY, italicize the ones you've read part of. Watching the movie doesn't count. Abridged versions don't count either.

snip )

I pretty much never start books and don't finish them, so the italicized ones just mean that I'm in the middle of reading them (albeit very slowly in some cases, since I read a lot of books at once).
corknut: (celeb- SUP)
First of all, I'm starting this post by saying I wish LJ Juggler would work I'm 99% sure I forgot my camera cord, so while I'm taking lots of pictures I won't actually be able to upload them until I get home. But anyway, I arrived today, and even though I've been doing a lot of resting I'm still surprised that I'm not more tired than I am. Because my four-and-a-half-hour flight left Boston at 9:30PM and arrived in Keflavík at 6:20AM (ten minutes early, whoooo), I obviously didn't get much sleep. The bus ride to Reykjavík took about forty minutes, but I wasn't able to actually check into my room at Reykjavík City Hostel until 2PM. Luckily, they let me store my suitcase and hang around using whatever hostel facilities that I wanted, so I sat and read/used the free wireless for a while, then opted to walk a ways towards the center of the city to find breakfast instead of just eating it there. (I had yoghurt and a chocolate croissant at a convenience store, which was ~*obviously*~ super healthy.)

I didn't really do too much walking because I was (... and still am, sob) fairly fatigued; the city center is about a half hour on foot from the hostel, and I only walked about fifteen minutes each way. On the way back from breakfast I sat and read on some rocks near the ocean, which was pretty cool (and actually not too cold because I was wearing a sweatshirt and sat on my coat). After going back and sitting in the hostel lounge for a couple more hours I bought a bus pass and rode around the city for a while. I was intending to go to the BSÍ (the main bus terminal) to turn in my tour voucher for tickets, but I accidentally missed my stop and stayed on for a bit longer before switching buses and doubling back. This was actually pretty cool, because I got to see more of the city and eavesdrop on gossiping Icelandic teenagers coming back from school (does it count as eavesdropping if you can only understand a little bit of what they're saying?). After that I could finally check into my room, where I met my current roommates: a college student/National Guardsman from Pennsylvania named Lacey, and an older German woman whose name I can't remember at the moment. They were both pretty cool and I talked to Lacey for quite a while before doing more mundane stuff like showering and getting online and reading (by the way, I started and finished the book Pigeon English by Stephen Kelman; it was amazing and I highly recommend it).

After deciding to skip both lunch and dinner because I was too tired to go walking to buy some (sorry, Mom), I waited outside the hostel for about half an hour, waiting for the pickup to my northern lights tour... only to find out from some boys that it had actually been cancelled due to the overcast weather. Oops. Probably should have checked with the hostel desk to see if it was still going before heading outside. The good news is that I was not only able to reschedule it (for tomorrow night), but I was also able to reschedule the glacier climb tour (for October 31st), which I had thought had been cancelled for good instead of just for tomorrow. This is probably a good thing, because it means I won't be staying up until after midnight tonight only to get up at butt o'clock the next day.

Anyway, that's... basically all I did. I realize that that was probably pretty boring to read if you actually got through it all. Hopefully days where I actually do stuff will be more exciting! Until then, go read Pigeon English.


Oct. 24th, 2011 02:15 pm
corknut: (stock- shine on through)
One of the books I'm reading right now is A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier, by Ismael Beah. Discounting the fictionalization claims-- I honestly haven't looked into them much, so I don't really have an opinion on how accurate or inaccurate Beah's account is-- it really makes me sad to see some of the things that reviewers (particularly at are saying about him, and child soldiers in general.

"Beah should be despised, not "addressing the U.N." True, he may have "forgiven himself" in some feel-good workshop, but I for one haven't forgiven him. Look, if they gave him a Kalashnikov when he was 7 or 8 and bullied him into shooting up the town, that'd be one thing. But 15? That's old enough to know the difference between right and wrong in any culture. Murderer."

Even excluding the fact that he was thirteen when he was forcibly recruited, not fifteen, I just think it's really impossible to make a judgement like that when you've never been in the situation yourself. Imagine that you grew up in a war-torn country, and were given a gun, and essentially told that your choices are to kill or be killed. On top of that, your head is filled with horrible imagery of what the people you'll be fighting have done (or supposedly have done, depending on the situation), and you're told that that sort of thing happened to your parents and families, and that you need to avenge their deaths. Can you really and truly say that your response to that situation would be "No, killing is wrong; do whatever you want with me but I refuse to fight for you"? I can't, and I'm a serious, serious pacifist who is against the death penalty in any circumstance and can't imagine being able to kill somebody.
corknut: (a little princess- just breathe)
1. Pick 10 18 of your favorite books or series.
2. Post the first sentence of each book.
3. Let everyone try to guess the titles and authors of your books.

1. "David tramped along the road to the Casson house, trying not to think too far ahead."

2. "Imagine a man standing on a rocky shoreline looking out to sea, pondering the question, the same question we whisper when we look up at night into a star-crazed sky-- swirls of light millions of years old-- everything moving away, or toward, or around: What's out there?"

3. "When he was nearly thirteen, my brother Jem got his arm badly broken at the elbow."

4. "i don't remember the sun."

5. "Everyone is always living her story."

6. "Keep in mind that you are making memories."

7. "First the colors."

8. "My grandfather lived all his life on a small farm in the high country near the village of Mont Brulant."

9. "It was the class that created itself."

10. "I am Homer, the blind brother."

Yyyyyyeah only one of these is even remotely obvious.
corknut: (stock- heart)
Mr. Zottoli: "It's fun to say 'Vagina Monologues'!"

This is literally all I've been doing for the past two weeks:

- reading
- watching TV/movies
- using the computer

I've been out of the house twice to go get blood drawn at the doctor's, but that's it. 8| I AM. SO BORED. Hopefully I'll be going back to school next week, but if the mono test comes back positive they'll want me to stay out longer. As it is, the doctor recommended that I only go for half days for at least ten days after I start going back. I hope my teachers don't flip out.

ANYWAY. In other news, I've been marathoning Dexter online and am currently in the middle of 4x07. I LOVE IT, and I have some theories about something but I don't want to get into it here because I don't feel like spoiler-cutting, so ask in the comments if you really care to know.

AND LASTLY, AS PROMISED, my list of excellent kids' books for [ profile] lovesnotwisely (the ones that are starred are especially amazing):

I read kidlit too much but I don't care )
corknut: (stock- dots)
Mrs. McGlinchey: "I can pronounce it 'sell-see-us' instead of 'sell-shuss'-- I just don't want to!"

Every Day and All the Time by Sis Deans is one of my favorite books ever. I'm SO glad I bought it to re-read; I like it even more than Barbara Park's Mick Harte Was Here (which deals with the same sort of issue, and has been a favorite of mine since I was nine or so). It'd definitely going on my list of books that I need revisit at least every couple of years or so. In a way, it's a good thing that a lot of the books on that list are short and easy reads-- I like being able to marathon my way through four Bruce Coville books in one day, or spend a weekend reading Hilary McKay's books about the Cassons (... or just read Indigo's Star and Permanent Rose over and over and over again; that works, too).


... I can read adult literature when I want to, I swear.
corknut: (stock- patriotic)
A random OOC-note conversation with Yue led me to start digging for more dissections of Martha Stout's A Sociopath Next Door. I know I've seen some critical analysis by actual professionals that is absolutely AMAZING, but tonight I'm kind of tired, so I really didn't look much farther than (SO REPUTABLE, I KNOW). But I did find one review that pretty much sums up ALL of my feelings on the subject:

Cut because no one cares, Iddy. )


OH MY GOD I LOVE THIS what am I even doing )

And idk this one's also interesting; SERIOUSLY, IGNORE ME )

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... This weekend has been a little crazy. The battery on one of our cars died (yes, the same car that was badly damaged when Mom tried to back out of the garage with the trunk hatch still open-- we're not really sure whether or not the two problems are related). We took it in to have it fixed and found out that about $1,000 of the repairs wouldn't be covered by insurance. Sucks. BUT they gave us a rental car to use while ours was being repaired, and told us that if we liked it we could trade them at no extra cost. So we, quite unexpectedly, have a new car. It's a sky blue VW Beetle with a convertible top. It's EPIC.
We also bought a trampoline-- Jenny's wanted one for a while, and after going over to Sonja's house and using hers she decided that she needed one OMG NOW. So we had been pricing them all week, and we actually found a pretty good-quality one that wasn't very expensive. I'm more excited about the trampoline than the car, because apparently I have the maturity of a ten-year-old (but eh, I already knew that).
AND to top that all off, I got the last Pendragon book (because yes, I am still reading that series). Bobby looks middle-aged on the cover, y/y?

My summer class starts tomorrow, and I haven't been able to get any of the textbooks or materials yet. So we're going to Durham Book Exchange and/or Campus Bookstore tomorrow, and I'll do all the reading/preparatory work in the hours before class starts. FUN.

... I also had a dream last night that I was riding past the Durham shopping plaza on a moped (... seriously), and I saw Madame coming out of the DuMP and I was all, "OH YAY SHE'S NOT IN THE HOSPITAL ANYMORE 8D". But then I woke up and remembered that awwww, I still really have no idea how she's doing. Seriously, though-- that school has lost so many good teachers lately, for one reason or another. And Phetteplace and Herlihy are apparently retiring after this year. Phetteplace. Future generations will have no idea what it's like to have an escaped mental patient as a science teacher, and this makes me sad.
corknut: (Default)
A Song of Ice and Fire is AMAZING. Other than that, I don't really have anything of note to say.

... Also, my favorite character is Cersei Lannister (...a nd absolutely no one is surprised). Why do I always like the characters that are pretty much doomed to die?
corknut: (Default)
... I'm starting to think that the frequency of my updates is directly proportional to the amount of homework I have.

THE NEW PENDRAGON BOOK CAME OUT ON THURSDAY AND I DIDN'T FIND OUT UNTIL TODAY. D: Rin is TOTALLY going to beat me in our reading race for this one; she's probably already finished it. Unfortunately, I'm definitely going to be very tempted to blow off more homework to read it tomorrow. Argh. I should also skim through the first eight books, though, just to familiarize myself with the story again... the last one came out about a year ago (I remember reading it while shopping for a skirt for the NFHS induction ceremony... heh), so I've kind of forgotten a lot of the details of the more recent books. Meh.
Seriously, though, this year seems to be a good year for new books in the series that I read- Artemis Fowl is coming in, like, August, and I think the last Inkheart book will be out in the fall. 2008 = best year ever, whoo. There's also the matter of the new X-Files movie, but I'm not exactly sure I consider that a *good* thing.
While at Barnes & Noble I also took a quick look at the ending of that shitty Avatar book- I don't really want to spoil myself for *details*, but I really didn't want to wait till July (I think it's July) to find out who (if anyone) dies and crap. So yeah, I cleared that up. And I won't say anything specific, but I'm really, really happy. Like, ridiculously happy. WHOO.
Oh, and some of the pictures were ownage. Anyone know if they're screenshots?
corknut: (Default)

... Just like you can't spell 'manslaughter' without 'laughter'. Or 'therapist' without 'the rapist'. But anyway...

I have:
One Peace Studies project due tomorrow. 
One American Literature paper due Monday. 
Another American Literature project due the 31st (this one has to be 8-10 pages long, too).
One U.S. History project due Wednesday. 
And one Astronomy project due Friday. 
Welcome to high school. 

And that's not even counting the Astronomy test I had today, the History test we're having tomorrow, and the French test we're having Monday. But those don't really count, considering I'm not planning on studying for any of them. I haven't studied for a test since fifth grade, and I'm doing okay so far. 
So. We're writing an analytical paper on The Scarlet Letter. Mrs. Sullivan stressed that we're not to use any external sources (though I really don't know how we're going to achieve this, considering half the class is reading the SparkNotes version)- yet we have to include a bibliography. The hell? What's the point, if we're only using one source- the friggin' book itself? Does she seriously think that we're dumb enough to put any external sources we illegally used in the Works Cited? Is this required bibliography just a lame attempt to weed out the 'sinners' (Oooh, Scarlet Letter joke) in the class? Probably not, but that would be pretty funny. 
Anyway, now that we're essentially through with the book, I will never have to hear about Hester A. (Oooh, another Scarlet Letter joke) Prynne, whiny Arthur Dimmesdale, and not-so-demonic seven-year-olds ever again. At least, not until we're assigned the book again in a year or two. High school English classes seriously need to broaden their idea of American Literature- I've read To Kill a Mockingbird three times in the past four years. Luckily, I love that book to death. I couldn't say the same for The Scarlet Letter, though.
Not that I hated the book or anything. It was okay- but I've had enough symbolism shoved down my throat to last me a long, long while. And it's full of lines like this: 

"As the two wayfarers came within the precincts of the town, the children of the Puritans looked up from their play... and spoke gravely one to another: 
'Behold, verily, there is the woman of the scarlet letter, and, of a truth, morover, there is the likeness of the scarlet letter running along by her side! Come, therefore, and let us fling mud at them!'" (page 98)

I mean, come on. I bet even tight-ass Puritan kids didn't talk like that. Hell, tight-ass Puritan adults probably didn't. And my mom calls me wordy...

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