The Yearly Classic

Did you have to read “classics” in high school? The Odyssey, Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet, Great Gatsby? And did you hate them. For me being forced to read a book always made it less enjoyable. I hated not being able to read it at my own pace, or feeling like I had to memorize every sentence because it could be a test question. Worst of all was reading the Odyssey in 9th grade. I hated it because my teacher would go on and on about how every single word was symbolism for SOMETHING. We would read in class and make it 3 pages and I’d have 16 pages of notes about all the symbolism, and family trees of who was related to whom and it was just terrible. (I will say there were always a few school required reading books that ended up being enjoyable such as To Kill a Mockingbird, The Book Thief, Unbroken, and Let the Great World Spin).

Then senior year of high school, I picked up the Odyssey and just read it like I would any other book. And I liked it. I thought it was a really great story and I enjoyed the Greek Gods and trials our hero Odysseus. And in the end there was no paper, test or project about it. (you can read my review here)

So now, I’ve taken to completing what I call “My Yearly Classic”. Since reading The Odyssey in 2013 I haven’t actually kept up with my classics and missed 2014. However I’d already read quite a few for school including

  • The Odyssey
  • The Scarlet Letter
  • Romeo and Juliet
  • Macbeth
  • Frankenstein
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray
  • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Last summer, summer 2015 I picked up my second classic that didn’t have to be read for a school assignment. My little sister had to read Wuthering Heights for school so I decided to read it too, and let me just say I was not impressed.

To each his own with book preference but I hate how when something is called a “classic” it seems to automatically mean you’re supposed to love it. Wuthering Heights did not do it for me. The whole twisted love story was not fun to read and the language was hard to get through and in the end I was pleased there was something of a happy ending but in truth I was just glad it was over.

But his post isn’t a review of Wuthering Heights. Instead here I intent to announce my Classic for 2016 will be *drum roll please*… Continue reading

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Countdown Until I’m Home: 10 days

So in an exciting development I get to go home for the weekend for the first time since I’ve been in college. Since I don’t have a car and I’m at school down in Delaware, its never convenient for me to just pop home for the weekend. But since I have a friend here who needs to go look at law schools in Boston I was able to trade free lodgings for a ride up home. So since I am so unbelievably excited, since I haven’t been home since December 28, 2015 I will be posting some of my favorite things about home until I finally get there!!!

Massachusetts here I come!

Count: 10 days

10. New England Clam Chowder: I am so excited to go home and get my favorite food. I LOVE clam chowder and I became a vegetarian 8 years ago but stipulated I would eat fish JUST so I could eat clam chowder.massachusetts-explain-3.jpg

 

This Week’s Playlist

  1. Gale’s Song by the Lumineers
  2. Cherry Wine by Hozier
  3. Out of the Woods by Taylor Swift
  4. Hide Away by Daya
  5. Stay Alive by Jose Gonzalez
  6. Slow it Down by the Lumineers

These are all songs from my go to playlist, which is really all I listen to unless I’m looking for a specific song. Any new songs are also put here so I can listen to them repeatedly which is why a lot of these are always the same as the week before. Some more mellow songs this week thought. I love Gale’s Song from the Catching Fire soundtrack. It’s somewhat haunting but I love it.

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Book Review: Plague (Gone #4) by Michael Grant

So if you haven’t read any books in the Gone Series yet then just turn back now because this a review of the 4th book so just turn back now.

You’ve already missed: Gone, Hunger and Lies 

Spoilers Ahead!

So I don’t know what’s happening. I LOVED Gone, the first book in the series. Then Hunger was good, not as great but still good. Lies was ok and now Plague is eh. I don’t know what’s happening but I’m finding I like the story less and less with each book as it goes on.

So here we are in Plague. Drake is still locked in the basement, the kids are running out of water, Little Pete is sick, a bunch of other kids are coughing up Lungs and there are these weird bugs growing inside kids because they get bit by a snake. And that’s all fine. It’s the story line with the darkness that has me pulling away from the story. Continue reading

Book Review: The 100 by Kass Morgan

So, about a week ago I started watching The 100 on the CW and I am in love. It’s so exciting and fun and I already wrote a post about how I’m obsessed with it so go see that for more because I’ll just be repeating myself. But the show does not have nearly enough Bellarke in it who is by far one of the most aggressive ships I’ve ever had. However, I was told the books have plenty and that they are really nothing like the show, so to satisfy my need for Bellarke, I decided to turn to the books. I started the first book last night and finished it this morning. It was a fairly quick read and I have to say I was actually somewhat disappointed. It’s not often that you find a movie/tv show better than the book it’s based of off but this is one of those cases.

Spoilers Ahead!

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The 100: S2E8 Spacewalker

So I just watched Season 2 Episode 8 of the 100 and I have all sorts of feels and if you don’t want to be spoiled just stop reading now.

So as you may or may not know, I am a huge Bellarke shipper, so this whole Finn and Clarke thing, this “Flarke” needs to stop.

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So that’s how I feel about that.

But anyways, this season we already had what was probably the top Bellarke moment that I know anyone who knows what’s up watched a million times. You know…this one?

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So ya…that happens, and then shortly after Clakre gets to witness Finn murder a bunch of unarmed villagers and of course I cheered internally because she’s disgusted with him to it seemed like we were finally over this whole Flarke thing. But then Lexa has to go an decide that in order for a truce to happen, Finn has to die. And I mean can you blame her? He shot about 20 unarmed elders and children and now Clarke wants everyone to just get along?

So now poor Clarke and Bellamy are left to defend poor Finn. I liked the scene where Clarke gets bopped over the head because we get to see ultra concerned I-love-you-but-won’t-admit-it, Bellamy which is always nice. But then Finn goes and gives himself up which I though was noble. And now they’re going to torture Finn for everyone to see and Clarke ends up mercy killing him.

That was the kicker. Clarke killed Finn. Now I know I complain about him and am not his biggest fan, but I mean to have her kill the poor guy? I did not see that coming. So here I am all emotionally distraught over the fact that Clarke just killed her first love, and his ex girlfriend, Raven is beside herself now and pretty much hates Clarke (justified? probably). And I’m not sure if I’m allowed to be happy that Finn is finally out of the way for Bellarke or if I am at least some what sad that Finn is gone for good.

Thoughts?

ps: found this on pinterset and I also love Teen Wolf so I thought this was perfect, and it made me laugh.

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My New Obsession: The 100

Exactly 1 week ago my friend convinced me to watch the first episode of one her favorite shows, The 100. As of now, a week later, I am halfway through the second season. Yes it is that good. The show is loosely based of the books by Kass Morgan, but when I loosely, I mean loosely. But it is amazing. The characters are awesome, the story line is fascinating and every episode is packed with excitement.

Our main character is Clarke Griffin, and she is one of “the hundred”. She is a juvenile delinquent on the space station, the Arc, where the last of human kind lives after a nuclear war. However that space station is running out of air, so the government decides to send the hundred to earth to see if it is safe for humans to survive there. Clarke is smart, a sort of doctor in training, and her mother is on the council so is considered one of the “elite” and privilege, which earns her the nickname “princess”. But she is smart enough to realize how things need to be organized in order to keep people safe and get things done.

Another of our main characters is Bellamy Blake. He is not technically one of the hundred but instead snuck aboard the ship that carried them down to watch out for his sister Octavia. He is stubborn and acts like he does not have a care in the world. At first this causes him and Clarke to butt heads but he begins to come around and the two are able to work together to lead the hundred in an attempt to keep everyone safe.

SPOILERS AHEAD!

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This Weeks Playlist

Songs of the weeks:

1. Out of the Woods by Taylor Swift had been on repeat in my brain and on my phone. I feel like I listen to it every other song.

2. Roses (feat. Rozes) by The Chainsmokers has also been stuck in my head a lot. I tend to listen to it in tandem with out of the woods.

3. Hide Away by Daya is a new song. I heard it at Zumba the other night and thought it was very catchy.

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First Week Back on Campus

So classes have been up and running for an entire week. And I feel like I’ve been back here for 2 months. Honestly this has been one of the longest weeks of my life, but I don’t necessarily mean that in a bad way. Even though my first class on Monday morning was at 9am, I was met by so many smiling faces of my New Zealand study abroad friends. It’s only been 4 days since we last saw each other but after 5 weeks together it felt like a lifetime.

I was only too pleased to move to my next class and spot another NZ friend in the crowd. In every class but 1 there is a New Zealand friend (often many) for me to continue my time with. But for some reason the week has dragged. I don’t know if it had something to do with the snow all day Tuesday, and the anticipation of a snow day Wednesday. Then the disappointment Wednesday when we had to get up for class. Continue reading

Book Review: The 5th Wave by Rick Yancy

Non-Spoilery:

You need to read this book. It is amazing. It’s about an alien invasion, which I did not think I would like. This story follows Cassie around after the mothership appears above the earth and the entire world is decimated in a series (waves) of attacks. We pick up after the fourth wave and the book is about the unfolding of the 5th wave for human annihilation.

This book is witty with great humor even though it’s a very dark subject. Cassie is a great character to read. She is so sarcastic. We follow a few other narrators that we jump back and forth to.

The entire book is full of twists and turns, and the book keeps you guessing until the very end of the story on who is the good guys or the bad guys and is very exciting. Go read it. It’s great.

SPOILERS AHEAD:

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