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Book List Update #9: 41-45

Even though I’ve completed my goal for the year, I’m continuing my busy reading for the year. Here are the latest updates.

Bridget Jones's Diary

41. Bridget Jones’s Diary, Helen Fielding

I’ve been a fan of the film adaptation of this novel since it came out 10 years ago, so I was very excited to read the book. Though I may be biased, I believe the film fixed the book’s problems. Most of the characters are more likeable in the movie, particularly Bridget’s mother, and even Bridget herself. Also, the movie does a much better job of developing Daniel and Mark as characters, allowing the audience a better understanding of Bridget and her often confusing decisions. If you’re new to this story, I would definitely recommend the movie over the book, but I’m the type of person who likes to be thorough. Either way, the story is great.

Repotting Harry Potter

42. Repotting Harry Potter, James W. Thomas

As you may know, I’m in the process of writing my undergraduate Honors thesis project on the literary merits of the Potter series, and this is one of the many sources I’ve collected on the subject. I read a shorter article by James W. Thomas previously that I enjoyed, and this book is essentially an expansion of that article, giving book-by-book breakdowns of the Potter series and analyzing it chapters at a time. I think Thomas’s writing gets a bit repetitive at times, but he makes great points and offers insights into all kinds of minor details us Potter fanatics love. On a related note, Thomas also referred to Ernest Hemingway and William Faulkner many times throughout this book, references which are quite pleasing to me being a major fan of those authors as well. I intend to refer to Thomas’s writing in my own project, so this was definitely a worthwhile read.

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43. A Streetcar Named Desire, Tennessee Williams

Reading classics is always fun, especially when they’re as good as A Streetcar Named Desire. I’m really anxious to watch the movie, because I’m a firm believer in seeing plays as they’re meant to be seen. This is a great American story comparable to The Glass Menagerie or Death of a Salesman. If you’re interested in theatre, this is a must read.

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44. ‘salem’s Lot, Stephen King

This has certainly been my slowest reading venture of the year, but sometimes school must take precedence over fun. However, I’m happy I didn’t finish this until mid-October, because it certainly fits in well with the Halloween season. This is great for fans of Stephen King, Dracula, or anything of the horror genre. It’s a long book, but apart from a few slower parts, it’s an entertaining read.

Allegiant

 

45. Allegiant, Veronica Roth

Over the summer I became a quick fan of the Divergent series, so the release of the final installment last week was a highly anticipated event for me. I had my suspicions about the book’s ending early on, and as much as I wish I hadn’t been correct, I was. Without giving away any spoilers: it’s a very bittersweet ending. Overall, though, it’s a satisfying conclusion to this trilogy, though the story is a bit slower and less riveting than in the two previous novels. Either way, I’m very excited for the first movie installment to be released in March, and I certainly expect to revisit this series from time to time in the future.

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My recent life in photos.

Since starting my senior year of college (!!!), I haven’t been as diligent in updating on here, so I thought it might be best to give a quick photo update that can catch everything up. FYI, not all of those are my photos.

532171_493987600700437_1563504247_nThis picture is going to be my blanket representation for school. Oh, school. It’s been a busy start to the year, hence my lack of posts. However, it’s also been fun, with highlights including: moving into my own lovely apartment, a great start to football season, a job I’m very thankful for, reaching the final interview process for Teach for America, and making progress on my thesis project. Hooray!

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I’m currently reading ‘salem’s Lot, but I’ve been making very slow progress. However, I have two books I’m looking forward to this month, so my plan is to crack down and finish this soon. Expect further updates soon.

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I go to a lot of concerts, so think was my eighth Taylor Swift show and my third time seeing Ed Sheeran (yeah, lots of concerts). Another great show, though I was sick (and so was Taylor), so that was kind of a bummer. This picture also makes me really happy because of Ed’s Grumpy Cat hat and Game of Thrones shirt which basically mean we’re soul mates.

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Another concert! This was actually two days after the Taylor show, so I had a busy weekend. This was my first real fun. concert (I saw them perform at the Grammy nominations concert last December) and it was a great show. The weather was perfect, the venue was perfect, the show was perfect. If there only had been fewer smokers, it was have been an absolutely perfect evening.

Scandal

At this very moment, I’m watching episode 11 of season 2 of Scandal, one of TV’s most talked-about shows. I must say, I don’t exactly understand why so many people think this show is so great, but I’m interested enough to keep watching the show. There are lots of things that drive me insane while watching (if someone refers to the president as “the leader of the free world” one more time I’ll probably kill something), but the show has progressively improved, so I’m sticking with it. If nothing else, it’s a mindless guilty pleasure, and I can definitely use one of those as I recover from the conclusion of Breaking Bad.

Enough Said

This was the last movie I saw in theaters, and one that I imagine will get overlooked or be unavailable to lots of audiences, but if you have the chance to see it, you absolutely should. Julia Louis-Dreyfus is one of my favorites, and she proved her acting abilities in this  rare big screen performance. James Gandolfini’s performance is equally fabulous and quite touching in light of his recent, untimely death. The story here is light, but holds many touching moments, and I felt personally connected to the relationship between Julia’s character and her daughter (mostly just when they’re getting along, though). I imagine Enough Said is a long shot for any Oscar nominations, but I have high hopes that it will receive some much-deserved recognition at the Golden Globes.

So, as mundane as this all may seem, these are the recent happenings in my life. I realize I put a lot of emphasis on pop culture items, but, you know, that’s basically what my life revolves around, so those are the important things to me. Now back to the reality of school work. Hooray.