Since Borders is going bankrupt soon,* and I have a full year of Borders plus membership left, I have been splurging on books lately. I have found that reading is a good warm-up for writing. I like to establish a routine that gets me ready to write, because opening up the word document and starting right away is hard. So usually, I will read a chapter or two of a novel before I start writing. And voila! Forty-five minutes of wasted time on Facebook and various blogs have been eliminated. (Usually; this is no guarantee because I have zero self-control.) I HAVE to do this. I have no time to be screwing around. I'm snatching writing time in between classes and work and LSAT practice and homework and being social, so it's not like I have those nice four hour blocks of time I did freshman year.
These are the books I am currently working on/are in line to be read.
[THE AMBER SPYGLASS] If you have been paying attention, I've had this book on my nightstand for a while, but that is because this book is SO GOOD I am actually having pre-withdrawal symptoms. I'm avoiding finishing it for that reason. This is super pathetic, I'm aware. Anyway, I'm rationing chapters so that I can drag it out for as long as possible. I know this will only last until page 300 or so, and then I will be so consumed with curiosity that I'll probably end up barreling through it in an hour. This is what happens most of the time. I will try to keep my thoughts to myself and not bombard people with texts as I go through it. When I get excited about books, I stream-of-consciousness anyone in my contact list who has even vaguely heard of the book I'm reading. Trust me. Everyone hated me when THE LAST OLYMPIAN came out, because I stopped after every two chapters to text things like, "why is percy so awesome, omgomgomg" like a hormonal, pre-pubescent girl to my friends.
The cover. It has spoilers. I disapprove of this edition, but it looks pretty.
[ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS] I don't like chick lit, most of the time. But I have on good authority that this book is awesome from many, many different sources, so I am really excited to give it a try. Seriously, everyone loves this book. This is the book that is supposed to keep my heart from breaking into a million pieces when I finish THE AMBER SPYGLASS. The author of ANNA, Stephanie Perkins (whose writing blog I stalked for about two hours last week, nbd nbd), has blue hair. Like, good blue hair. I'm-cool blue hair, not I'm-trying-hard-to-be-hipster blue hair. She loves, "swashbuckling adventures, mocha lattes, fairy tales, loud music, neighborhood walks, jasmine tea, and afternoon naps. And kissing." Wow, no way, I love all of those things too! We can be friends, Stephanie Perkins. After I finish reading your book, so that my blog-creeping is no longer considered stalking, but fangirling. That's more socially acceptable.
I can't see the face of the guy (Etienne St. Clair), but I bet he's hot.
What a sexy shoulder/exposed wrist.
[TWENTY BOY SUMMER] I am on a chick lit roll! I never planned on buying or reading this book, but -- no exaggeration -- I've come across this book at least five times in the last three months. It shows up in my Amazon recommendations (why?!), and I see it in different places every time I go to Borders. I am forced to conclude that either God wants me to read this book or Sarah Ockler has an incredibly stealthy/pushy
ninja marketing team. Fate has foisted this book into my lap, and thus, I shall read it. Plus check out that cover!
THAT'S HOW. My friends and I made these for New Years.
Melted blue jolly ranchers, ftw.
Let's be honest. If a boy made a heart out of melted blue jolly ranchers for me, I would be his for life. Don't judge my low standards. Also, I like books about boys and death, which is what this book is about, apparently. No, it is not about killing twenty boys in one summer, although that would be kind of a cool premise too.
Books you are reading? More suggestions welcome!
*If Borders goes bankrupt, I will be homeless. Fact. Taking donations now.