32. Breakfast at Tiffany’s - Even though I’ve met my 30 book goal, I’m still reading because I’m on winter break and I can. My roommate is a huge Audrey Hepburn fan, and I’ve never seen any of her movies (blasphemy, I know). I decided I would read this book, and then watch the movie…the book was okay, but it was quite scattered/I didn’t know what was going on half the time. There are also 3 other short stories in this book (“House of Flowers”, “A Diamond Guitar”, and “A Christmas Memory”). I wasn’t particularly impressed with any of them - I think I just don’t particularly like Capote’s writing style.
31. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. I just finished this a few minutes ago…not sure how I feel about it. I read it pretty quickly, but it wasn’t nearly as awesome as everyone said it was. I don’t think it’s my style of book. I got to the point where I was just like “I want him to find the damn lock and be done with it.” I think I need to think about it a bit more.
30. Flowers for Algernon - I DID IT! I met my revised 30 book goal (originally 25, but then I increased it). Dare I try to make it 35
Anyway, I’ve never read this book. It was never assigned for any class I was in, and I had never heard of it until an episode of Friends (TOW All the Haste) where Chandler references it. Being a huge Friends geek, when I came across this book in the college bookstore I figured why not buy it. I bought it my senior year of college (2008/2009) and it’s been sitting on my shelf since. I found it last week and decided now’s as good of a time as any. I’m so glad I did. I loved it. It’s a great story, and I obviously love the nerdy neuropsychology aspect. It’s also and important social commentary. I highly recommend it.
29. Will Grayson, Will Grayson - I read this at the suggestion of another tumblr-er (I can’t remember specifically). I think it’s been compared to The Perks of Being a Wallflower, which I loved. I don’t know if I’d make that comparison…maybe it’s Wallflower meets High School Musical with lots of swearing. The best part of the book for me was that it takes place in Evanston and Naperville…I grew up 20 minutes from Naperville and have lived in Evanston for 4 years (woo Northwestern). I enjoyed the locality of it all. And there was a shoutout to the HPME program at NU lol. But it was a quick read, and it was an interesting concept. A little cheesy, and I don’t know if I’d suggest it to younger readers because of the language, and I’m not sure if I’d suggest it to people my age because I think it’s a little young for that…maybe like 15 or 16 to 20 year olds? But, I’m glad I read it.
I’m only one book away from my revised 30 book goal. I’ve already met it if you count the book Millennials go to College which I read for a book review for class…but I’m not counting academic books.
28. The Giver by Lois Lowry. I read this in like 4th or 5th grade, but remember nothing. I saw it on Tumblr earlier this month as part of all those “banned books” posts, and so I thought it’d be a fun quick read and nostalgic…and it was. And the Giver totally looks like Dumbledore.
Official Bookclub Selection: A Memoir According to Kathy Griffin. I loved her show D-List, so I couldn’t wait to read the chaos that is this book. It’s a good lighthearted read with some genuine positive messages behind the comedy.
I’m currently reading like 3 books and am on page 50 in all of them, but then added in this one and finished it really quickly (maybe because there are only like 10 words on each page?)
26. Whatever You Think Is Opposite - I got this one because I wanted to read the other book Paul Arden wrote (I saw a picture of it floating around on Tumblr and thought it would be interesting), but the library only had this one. It’s a super quick read, and some of it is interesting, but I definitely don’t agree with everything he writes.
23. Conquering Your Quarterlife Crisis. This was the sequel to the first quarterlife crisis book I read about a month or two ago. This update/sequel was kinda cool, because it used a lot of the same people/stories, just what happened to them 3 or 4 years later. It’s still not totally relevant since it’s from 2004, but it is still worth reading. It was great for me since there were a few stories in there about physical therapy and medical students who changed their minds about their careers.
24. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: FINALLY I’M DONE WITH THE SERIES! The last book was definitely the most mysterious/exciting, which was nice. The epilogue was ridiculous, but I know why she did it. I just need to see the last two movies, and then I never need to do anything HP related again lol.
25. On My Own Two Feet: This was similar to my favorite personal finance book Get a Financial Life, which we had to read in our high school econ class, which I never really did, but I ended up reading around the time I graduated from college. This particular book is targeted specifically at women, which is an interesting perspective, but there are some tips for everyone. Some of it I glossed over (so maybe it doesn’t count as reading the whole book? lol), as it had no relevance to me…aka how to get out of credit card debt, since I’ve never been in credit card debt in my life (knock on wood).
25 book goal done…30 book goal will be done soon-ish I hope. I would love to read 50 but I don’t think that’s realistic…maybe I’ll shoot for 40.
Oh, Harry Potter. This makes me only 3 books away from my original 25 book goal, and only 8 away from the modification to make it 30 books. Dare I try to increase it to 40? or even 50?
20. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Much longer than it needed to be, but at least it was interesting.
21. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. The worst one. It was a struggle to get through.
22. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Much better than book 5. And definitely a good place to leave the reader in suspense as the penultimate book.
I have also watched the movies for all of these (except HP6, which I still need to get from the library). Still disappointed in the movies…I’m just not a fan. I’m about to go get book 7 from the library, and I’ll be happy when I’m done with the series. At this point I just want it to be over. haha.
Remember how I said I knew I was forgetting at least one book? Well I remembered it. There might be more, but this is the only one I know I forgot.
16. Around the World in 80 Days - I work for a theater that was going to perform this show, and I figured it’d be good for me to read it since I never had. However, the full version bored me (I’ve never been a fan of the classics), so I read the youth edition that was half the length and had pictures. I also saw the play several times at work.
17. The Twenty-Something Manifesto - Another one of the quarter-life crisis books I picked up. I definitely thought this one was better than the other one, mainly because it was more recent (late 2000s instead of being written in 2001), and it was written by one person and supplemented with little stories by others, instead of a compilation of interviews. Pretty similar in concept though to the one I read last week, and I think pretty much all books in this genre are. While predictable/common sense, some of it is helpful.
18. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - I decided to continue on in my Harry Potter voyage…this was a decent book. I just didn’t like how predictable the ending was. I think the ending battle scenes are always so cheesy.
19. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - It took some effort to get through this one…if I actually had a job/something to do, I doubt I would have gotten through it. I read it in just about 2 days though, as a result of powering through. It finally got interesting around page 300, and the ending was much better than the first two. I did predict most of it though :P If nothing else, my dog was named Sirius when I was younger (well before the time of Harry Potter), so I saw that coming.
I will give book 4 a shot, but it’s 734 pages…I don’t think I have the patience for it.
Crap! It’s been so long since I’ve updated this I don’t remember what I’ve read! Here’s what I remember for sure:
12. The Bell Jar - brilliant book, changed my life. Definitely on my list of favorites now.
13. Quarterlife Crisis - this is the first of several books I’ve picked up from the library on this topic, as it fits my current situation quite well. I was also thinking of writing a book on the topic and wanted to see what else was out there. This one was from 2001, so it’s not as relevant as some of the others.
14. Sweet Valley Confidential - a quick read, nothing too spectacular, but I grew up reading all the Sweet Valley books and watching the show, so I had to finish it out. It kinda sounds like it’s a chick lit book that’s written by a woman in her 50’s or 60’s, which it is.
15. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone - I had never read or seen anything Harry Potter, so now that the final movie came out I figured I’d see what all the hoopla is about. I had been deadset against them because I figured they would be stupid, and it’s not nearly as bad as I thought it would. I’m willing to give the next one a go. It’s a good story, I will admit.
I feel like there are more, but I can’t remember! This is going to drive me crazy. I wish the library kept online records of past books I’ve checked out so I could go through and see. I was taking the train to school and back for an hour each way, and I did a lot of reading…I just can’t remember what else I read!
Anyway, more than halfway through the 25 book goal, and halfway through the revised 30 book goal. I can totally do this.
The Perks of Being A Wallflower - excellent. I wish I would have read this sooner in my life.
A Wrinkle in Time - I read this in 5th grade and couldn’t remember anything other than I really liked it. This time around it was even better. Sometimes it’s nice to go back and read books meant for younger people. It’s refreshing.
Without You - another fantastic book. Finished this one in just about 24 hours.
Hothouse Kids: The Dilemma of the Gifted Child - it got a little long, but it was really really interesting.
So these were books 8, 9, 10, and 11 toward my goal. Already that’s more books in 4 months than I read in all of 2009 and 2010 combined…probably 2008 too. lol. Just under halfway there!
2/9/11. I picked up this book from the library last night after seeing the author on Oprah (he was there as part of her show about their week-long vegan challenge, even though he isn’t vegan). I finished it this morning (it’s a super quick read). It’s definitely a worthwhile read for anyone who doesn’t normally think about what they eat. I was relieved to see it wasn’t all propaganda, etc. It’s just genuinely good advice. Check it out. A lot of it is common sense, but needed to be said.
7 down, 18 to go! At this rate, maybe I’ll increase it to a 30 book goal?
2/6/2011. Last night I finished my latest book, Dan Brown’s The Lost Symbol. It was 500+ pages of suspense. Loved it. I love all of his books, though. I actually finished it in less than a week too, which is impressive (at least for me given my schedule). 6 books down, 19 to go!
Since January has come and gone, and so the year is about 1/12 of the way done (that was fast!) I decided to do a general little update to check my progress…what I’ve done well and what I want to improve this month (my original resolutions list is located here)
The Good: I’ve gone out more than I did in any given month last year (goal: become more social/work through anxiety); I haven’t worn sweats to the grocery store or to any classes (except when we’re supposed to); I’ve been good about keeping my nails in good condition; I’ve also done a lot of organizing, especially with my planner.
Needs to Improve: organizing the rest of my life (i.e. my bedroom)
The Good: read 5 non-academic books (goal is 25/year); made 2 new recipes; read the paper and did a puzzle on most weekdays
Needs to Improve: read the paper/do puzzles on days when I’m not in class; learn something about an unrelated industry
The Good: I saw Wicked (so I need to see 2 more Broadway shows before the end of the year); I saw 4 movies (goal: 1 new movie/month);
Needs to Improve: Everything else in that category haha
The Good: I did all 31 days of project 365 for the month;
Needs to Improve: Everything else…perhaps I’ll focus on finishing my knitting
The Good: took a yoga class last week and this week, and did it on my own today; made a list of all the classes at my gym I’m interested in taking and put them in my planner
Needs to Improve: actually take those classes; run (I haven’t run since beginning of December). I need to get on that.
The Good: I’ve been drink tea almost every day; I haven’t had much pop (maybe one/week); I’ve been cooking more for myself/less prepackaged food; no vomiting :)
Needs to Improve: drink more tea; stopping mindless snacking; flossing teeth every day (or every other day lol)
The Good: I helped out at open house; I’ve helped with more pre-PT things; I’ve tried to really focus on classes; had a good initial meeting about my research project
Needs to Improve: continue to be more open minded; do well on tests (haven’t had any yet)
DANCE/MUSICAL THEATER CAREER GROWTH
The Good: took a ballet class; took a musical theater dance masterclass; met with my former high school musical director to talk about voice lessons/life/performing
Needs to Improve: haven’t done any improv/choreographing (aside from random dance parties while cooking); take more classes