Tuesday, August 28, 2012

The Best of My Summer Reading List, and Why You Should Read Them Too


A person who collects or has a great love of books.
I love reading. Always have. Ever since I first learned to read, I've pretty much constantly had a reading list a mile long. That's a big part of the reason I want to become an English teacher, so I can help other kids realize that reading can be fun. I recently got my boyfriend (who has read a total of like 4 books in his life) addicted to The Hunger Games trilogy, and if I can make him like reading, I'm pretty sure I can convert anyone to a reader. This summer I read just under two dozen, but I thought I'd share some of my favorites with my lovely followers.

Best Book that was Turned into a MovieThe Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey EugenidesI loved the way this was written, I loved the story (albeit morbid), and I loved the characters. It was so creative and so different than anything I've read that it really stuck with me and I found myself constantly thinking about it or wanting to talk about it. After I finished the book, I watched the movie, starring Kirsten Dunst and Josh Hartnett. As far as movie adaptations go, it was great. I wasn't expecting much going into it, but it really portrayed the book well. That being said, I'd still definitely read it before you watch it: the book is always better than the movie.
"In the end, the tortures tearing the Lisbon girls pointed to a simple reasoned refusal to accept the world as it was handed down to them, so full of flaws."
The Book You Should Read NowThe Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew QuickI'm not gonna lie, I ordered this book because of Jennifer Lawrence. This book is being turned into a movie starring her and Bradley Cooper, and being a huge Jenny Lawrence fan, I watched the trailer when it first came out and thought it looked really great. As far as the book goes, it took me a few pages to get used to Quick's style, but when I did I really loved the story. Mental illness is a difficult topic that Quick manages to handle gracefully. Now I'm anxiously awaiting the film's premiere!
“Life is not a PG feel-good movie. Real life often ends badly. Literature tries to document this reality, while showing us it is still possible for us to endure nobly.”
The Book That Made Me Wish Mindy Kaling Was My Best FriendIs Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy KalingYou might know her as Kelly from The Office, but this book proves she's so much more than that. I would go as far as to say this was the best book I've read all summer. Sure, it's not an instant literary classic, but it was so honest. It made me LITERALLY laugh out loud. I read the majority of it sitting on my boyfriend's couch and stopping after every story to tell him something funny Mindy said, like I know her personally. And that's honestly the main outcome of this book: you will feel like Mindy Kaling is your new BFF. I highly recommend following her on Twitter as well: she's just as charming in 140 characters or less as she is in this collection of essays.
I’m the kind of person who would rather get my hopes really high and watch them get dashed to pieces than wisely keep my expectations at bay and hope they are exceeded. This quality has made me a needy and theatrical friend, but has given me a spectacularly dramatic emotional life.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Back to School: The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly

Friday I officially started my junior year of college, which makes me feel incredibly old. I should expect nothing less of college, but I already have a ton of homework to do (that I should probably be doing right now). That's the bad. I love learning and class discussions, but it definitely takes all the motivation I have to bring myself to read the article on Native American communication I have to read for my American Lit class.
But the good has to be seeing all of my friends again. I love living a floor or two away from everyone again! We've only been back a few days and we've already hung out and had a beach day. I missed them all a lot. 
Welcome back to college, kids
The ugly? Dorm food. Not gonna lie, my dorm does have exceptional food compared to most, but after five days its already starting to get old. So much of the same stuff! And trying to stay healthy when there's a burger bar every night is no easy feat, but I'm doing my best! It doesn't hurt having a gym in the building.

And the really great news is that I might be getting the chance to write for Her Campus! Which would be a dream come true, because as any writer knows, having the opportunity to have anything you write be read by a big audience is beyond amazing. So keep your fingers crossed for me!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

The 4 Things You Need to Know to be my BFF

First off, sorry for my serious hiatus from blogging. The past few weeks were a whirlwind of quality boyfriend time and east coast vacation-ing (I'll post pictures when he sends them to me!) but now I'm back with a back-to-school post, but not of the fashion variety.

It's getting to be that time again: a new semester of college! And while I'm not a freshman, it's always fun to make new friends (remember in kindergarten when you were always on the look out for new bffs? let's go back to that). So today, I'm blogging about the top four things you should know about me if you were going to become my new best friend for fucking ever.

  • I have a light switch attention span   By that I mean, I am either entirely obsessed with something or utterly uninterested. I lack a middle ground. While this is sometimes frustrating, it's also fun, because it means when I like something I LOVE it. Which means lots of fun geeking out over things like the season finale of Gossip Girl or the fact that Josh Hutcherson is blonde again.
    I have a thing for Peeta
  • My music taste is incredibly un-hip
    Any trendy music I actually know the name of or words to is all thanks to the boyfriend. When I'm by myself and controlling the music (like right now), it's a constant stream of country music, Backstreet Boys, and the occasional musical (I've seen RENT live three times). Sure, being able to talk about music like La Dispute or Bon Iver or whatever the kids are listening to these days probably gives you street cred, but I would much rather sing Carrie Underwood at the top of my lungs. I've seen BSB in concert twice in the past two years, and I just know letting out my inner six year old was probably more fun than Lollapalooza. Just personal preference.
    This may or may not be a homemade shirt I made for the NKOTBSB concert
  •  I always have my nose in a bookI have a full blown addiction to buying books. I'm an English major, so obviously I love to read, and I like to always have plenty of good books to read on hand for when I finish one. My goodreads account is updated religiously and I carry a paperback in my purse at all times in case of slow work days or long lines. I just finished reading The Silver Linings Playbook.
    Picked these up at the Printer's Row Lit Fest
  • Most importantly: I am super weird.You know those girls (ahem, Zooey Deschanel) that claim to be "weird" but are really just quirky and adorable? Yeah, that's not me. If you couldn't tell already, I pride myself on my dry sense of humor. I tell off color jokes, often prefer sitting home and watching Buffy reruns to going out, and watch YouTube interviews of the cast of The Hunger Games in my spare time. My best friends from high school are all also super weird girls, so it works. I seem incredibly normal upon first meeting me, but don't be fooled, kids. Get me warmed up and I will be tweeting at you in all caps and talking your ear off about how I cried when Dobby died (but that's not weird, right? Everyone did that).
    Instead of a sexy Halloween costume, I like to be Zenon.
    So hopefully in spite of (or because of?!) my weird qualities, I pick up a few new BFF's this school year. Here's to another semester!