Wednesday, December 29, 2010

The Prince and the Pauper

Title: The Prince and the Pauper
Author: Mark Twain
Pages: 210
Want it. Like it. Leave it.

(by the way, who doesn't love a good nineteenth century cover!)

I'm usually a lover of the classics, and don't get me wrong this book wasn't bad, but this one did not hook me as much as it should have.
I loved the fairytale element too it and the historical endnotes that Twain threw in at the end. I'm a bit of a historical fiction fanatic and this was a great example of it.

The characters were fantastic, with the way they developed throughout the story into more than just figureheads for the plot.

The introduction by Robert Time said that the book was supposed to really humorous and that Mr. Twain is something of a comedic genius, but I must have missed most of the book because I think I didn't get like 20% of the humor. And that makes me sad.

All in all, it was a good read, but not one that kept me totally hooked.

Friday, December 3, 2010

I need to get back in touch.

Calling all bloggers!

So guess who is completely out of touch with the entire blogging community?

No, not The Story Siren, I'm pretty sure she's good.
Okay and definitely not Pop Culture Junkie. Seriously?

You guys aren't even trying.

It's ME. Obviously.

The one thing I am desperately asking for is a short list of the newer, up-and-coming blogs that i NEED to be aware of. I've been here since 2008 (which isn't the longest time, but long enough in blog years) and my list is severely dated.


Monday, November 1, 2010

The Blog Scene is Dead...

The YA blog scene is desolate.

Yes, while this is rather grim, let's face it, the action is gone. I remember back in 2008 I was SO excited to start blogging and be in the spotlight, but i guess it just never happened.

As far as I can see, no one's active anymore. At least not very many of us are left.

And that makes me so sad.

This is one of the greatest parts of my adolescent life and it's sad to see it drifting away.

Someone please reassure me that it's not completely over...

Saturday, August 14, 2010

The Fountainhead

Title: The Fountainhead
Author: Ayn Rand
Pages: 694
Read it. Skim it. Toss it.

Summary: (I literally could not find a summary of the book that wasn't an entire page long.)

My Two Cents: I don't even know what to think right now.

And let me tell you, that does not happen very often after I read a book. You all know the feeling after you finish a book. You have a clear opinion in your mind of what the message was and whether you agree with it or not.

I have not a damn clue.

The book is mainly a commentary on the human purpose. It is basically stated that if you are doing something for anything other than simply the sake of bringing about an original creation, you are corrupt. I don't think I've ever done something just to create my own idea. Am I corrupt? Am I unworthy?


Howard Roark, the main character, is ultimately portrayed as the greatest good. Yet he's evil in the eyes of everyone but those with the capacity to see otherwise? Peter Keating, the ambitious young architect who leads a life of passionate success, is the biggest failure in the end?

All I have to say for myself, is that I enjoyed this book more than I can express. I wouldn't say that it was a pleasurable read, but the act of processing what I had just read and thinking about the theories and how they connect to the world I live in was the best part. It is now probably one of my favorite books of all time.

I sit here, trying to come up with a way of explaining this to all of you without confusing the hell out of my audience, but there's just no way! I literally cannot express the depth of this novel.

I'll just leave all of you with this, if you want a thought-provoking classic devoid of, yet filled to the brim with emotion, this book is for you. READ IT.
Warning: The Fountainhead is pretty advanced and not for those looking for a light read.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Netflix for Wii: My New Best Friend

Books, books, books...

Seems like I'm not really reading these days? Well then you would be absolutely correct. Don't even understand it but I'm just not as enthused by it as I used to be? Oh sighh....

Right now I'm in the process of reading The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand. And let me tell you, that is one long ass book. Beautifully written and emotionally challenging, but praise zeus is that sucker long.

But do you know what I do love these days? Netflix. Netflix and television.

*heart flutters*

Basically, they have this great deal at Netflix where you receive a disc for your Wii (thankfully I made that purchase a while ago) and the disc + an internet connection brings you access to your entire instant Netflix queue.

ALKASJDFLAKSJDFALSKDFJ. Can you say perfection?

HOLY *expletive*. I worship this *additional expletive*.

Do you understand what this gives me access to? I now have the ability to watch my television shows from Netflix on my television. This, opposed to staring at my Macbook screen for hours, is highly beneficial to my well-being. My eyesight has already gone to the dogs. (Not sure that was the correct phrase to use at that time, but what the hell, let's just roll with it).

And the best part about it is that I can watch every episode of a series back to back if I so wished because if it is available instantly through Netflix, it is available instantly to my television screen.

My new addictions you ask?

un) Buffy the Vampire Slayer. OH. MY. GOD. This shit blows my mind. So crazy good. I think I've made it through four seasons in about two weeks or so. Maybe one week...

deux) Doctor Who. Yes, I am officially on the bandwagon. It's nice to finally be here.

trois) All of my other tv shows that I don't have on Hulu or I have had the chance to see. Examples! 30 Rock, South Park, Bones, Skins, Arrested Development, Lie to Me, and Angel.

Lord it's like a dream that I never have to wake up from.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

I LOVE Television.

So i realized that I watch wayyyy too much tv. But not much of it actually on tv...
My favorites are in bold (:

  1. 30 Rock
  2. American Dad
  3. The Bachelor
  4. Biggest Loser
  5. Bones
  6. Burn Notice
  7. Castle
  8. Chuck
  9. The Cleveland Show
  10. The Colbert Report
  11. Community
  12. The Daily Show
  13. Extreme Makeover: Home Edition
  14. Family Guy
  15. Firefly
  16. Fringe
  17. Glee
  18. Greek
  19. House
  20. Human Target
  21. In Plain Sight
  22. Lost
  23. Make It or Break It
  24. Mercy
  25. Modern Family
  26. The Office
  27. Parenthood
  28. Parks and Recreation
  29. Psych
  30. Saturday Night Live
  31. Scrubs
  32. Secret Life of the American Teenager
  33. The Simpsons
  34. Ugly Betty
  35. V
  36. White Collar
  1. Friends
  2. Full House
  3. LOST
  4. Gilmore Girls
Good lord I have an obsession.

Friday, March 26, 2010

I LOVE Television: Friends

Show: Friends
Famous Names: Jennifer Aniston, David Schwimmer, Matthew Perry, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc
Years Running: 1994-2004

I'm pretty sure everyone knows this iconic show. It's one of the most famous television shows in America and even around the world these days. I'd never watched it when it was on tv, but I've randomly seen reruns late at night. Recently, my mom got five seasons for Christmas. I AM OBSESSED.

I think I watch too much tv. I really do...

The best thing about Friends is that the characters really develop and grow. I'm on Season 2 and it's so hilarious and clever. I love it. I really do...