Sunday, February 8, 2009

The Sunday Salon: Books, Books, and more Books (and a few short stories)

After two not so happy Sunday Salon posts in a row, I am happy to report that I have been reading up a storm! But, I haven't been so good at posting reviews so far this year. Ugh!

New Moon: The copy I got from the library is in horrible shape! I can take the whole book out from the cover. I waited so long, I should get a nice copy. It's difficult to read because I'm trying to hold the cover onto the pages, but it's not working out so well. Other than that, New Moon is okay. I miss Edward. It is annoying how Bella can't get along without having a guy by her side. Feminists would hate Bella. She always wants a guy!

I'm happy that I am able to read a popular series. I've never been able to do that. I never read Harry Potter. I tried several times, but it didn't interest me in the slightest. When I was younger, I wasn't reading The Series of Unfortunate Events like everyone else. But now, I am reading the Twilight series and enjoying it like the rest of them!

Animal, Vegetable Miracle: I finished this yesterday even after deciding that I was going to stop. The book was a neat read, but had an error that made me question the rest of the book. There is so much I could talk about that I should save it for a review....

The Poisonwood Bible is one of my favorite books, also written by Barbara Kingsolver. I have never read anything nonfiction by an author that I read their fiction. It was weird seeing how Barbara Kingsolver lives her life. I think she's a bit looney, but there are good aspects to the claims she makes in Animal, Vegetable, Miracle. I even found myself having the urge to start a garden, but it is February.

Do Hard Things: I waited over two months for this to come in. I am glad I did because that means a lot more people read the book before I did. I think everyone, even if they are not a teenager, should read this. I'm not very far into Do Hard Things, but it is fantastic. This is the way I have thought for a while now and it is so nice to know someone else thinks the same. Although I agree wholeheartedly with the book, it is still challenging. When I post about Do Hard Things, I don't think it will come in the form of a review, but just as my opinion on the subject of what people expect from teenagers. Everyone wonders why teenagers go around doing drugs and drinking and getting into trouble. It is because nobody really expects more than that. Our ociety says that the teenage years are a time to get it all out of your system, and it is not. I know I am in the minority of teenagers that does not live the way society expects, and I am proud to be one of them.

The Bible: I'm not sure if I mentioned this before, but I am trying to read the entire Bible this year. I've tried several times before, but this time I am trying a different format. I got through the entire month of January, which is the farthest I have ever gotten on any reading schedule of the Bible. Right now, I am reading from Matthew, Psalms, and Proverbs. The reading plan I am on also includes portions of Genesis and Exodus this month, but I have read those books so many times in other failed attempts to read the Bible, I'm skipping them this time so I do not associate reading them with failure.

Along with these books, I started reading some short stories. I joined the 100 shots of short challenge, but you can read my post on it! I'm excited to be reading something that I find challenging, and I am enjoying it so far.

Another bit of happy news. My huge project is due tomorrow. I finished it yesterday! I feel so free. I am proud of myself because I went above and beyond what was expected of me. I references many many books in the paper and wrote twelve pages instead of the ten I expect most people are going to do. This is by far the most difficult project I have done, but I am glad I took the hard route instead of the easy one. Let's just hope my teacher agrees!


serendipity_viv said...

Well done on your project. It must feel like a huge wait has been lifted. Glad you are enjoying New Moon - I missed Edward in that one too.

Eva said...

I'm glad you had a good reading week! :) And yay for the end of proects. ;)

Ronnica said...

I do want to read Do Hard Things even though I'm not a teenager. And that's a good goal for the Bible...I try to read it through ever year. So much good stuff there!