Sunday, January 20, 2013

I read this year.

Rereads are italicized.
Favourites are green.
Books I enjoyed very much but have not quite made the favourite list are blue.
Books I disliked are red, not that I have a problem with the colour red or anything. It's a pretty decent colour.
Everything else is black.
Non-fiction is starred.

  • *1: The Brain That Changes Itself
  • 2: An Abundance of Katherines
  • 3: The Fault in Our Stars 
  • 4: The Phantom Tollbooth 
  • 5: Divergent (It's fun. I need that.)
  • 6: Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac
  • 7: Castration Celebration
  • 8: The Faceless Fiend
  • 9: Stories from the Vinyl Cafe (Awesome Canadian Lit. It started as a radio show.)
  • 10: Ender's Game
  • 11: Equal Rites
  • 12: The Light Fantastic
  • 13: First Test
  • 14: Neverwhere
  • 15: Paper Towns 
  • *16: A Place for Owls: True Animal Stories
  • 17: Cat's Cradle ("See the cat? See the cradle?")
  • 18: Player Piano
  • 19: Tuesdays With Morrie
  • 20: And Another Thing... (I came in expecting Hitch Hiker's Guide. Did not remotely live up to Hitch Hiker's Guide.)
  • 21: Nation
  • 22: Dr. Horrible
  • 23: Genius Squad (Not as good as previous books in the series)
  • 24: The Wee Free Men
  • 25: A Planet Called Treason
  • 26: Carrie
  • 27: Asterix the Gaul  (I grew up on Asterix. Nice to re-read.)
  • 28: Asterix in Spain
  • 29: The Taming of the Shrew
  • 30: A Faraway Island (A distant family member who died brought me this when he visited from Sweden. It's weird to hold something he personally selected just six months ago. Not a comment on the book, just a thought.)
  • 31: Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (I might have disliked this because school made me analyze it to death.)
  • 32: Lord of the Flies
  • 33: Catching Fire
  • 34: Maus: My Father Bleeds History
  • 35: The Fault in Our Stars (The second time that year.)
  • *36: Growing Up Jung
  • 37: Asterix in Britain
  • *38: What the Dog Saw
  • 39: So You Want to Be a Wizard
  • 40: Insurgent
  • *41: Let's Pretend This Never Happened (made me laugh.)
  • 42: The Magicians (Beautiful writing. "Literary fantasy" at its best.)
  • 43: Furies of Calderon
  • 44: The Andromeda Strain (Crichton is perfect for camping trips.)
  • 45: The Night Circus
  • 46: Me, Who Dove into the Heart of the World: A Novel
  • *47: Quiet: The Power of Introverts
  • 48: Pride and Prejudice
  • 49: 5 Very Good Reasons to Punch a Dolphin in the Mouth
  • *50: Outliers
  • 51: Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (If anybody ever gets around to analyzing it, lemme know. I still am unsure of what happened.)
  • 52: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (A stolen copy from my middle school's library. I will return it eventually.)
  • 53: The Perks of Being a Wallflower (I thought that it was over-hyped.)
  • 54: Coraline
  • 55: It's Kind of a Funny Story
  • *56: The Psychopath Test
  • 57: Hush, Hush (Twilight-inspired YA Lit the mother bought me.)
  • 58: The Long Earth
  • 59: Good Omens (Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman. Oh my gosh.)
  • 60: Mort

<3 Gabi

P.S. Exams are almost over, then I will have time to write stuff and read other people's posts.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

This has far too much rambling.

an explanation:
     In my previous post, I left a kind of cliffhanger in the post-script. I feel sort of bad about that because it wasn't meant to be a cliffhanger; I just wanted to tell you guys but didn't want to elaborate on it. (Did I use that semicolon correctly? I hope I used that semicolon correctly.) Anyway, I did touch mouths with a person and I suppose it was pleasant, or at the very least an interesting experience. I feel fewer feelings about it than it seems like I should, which worries me a little bit. Am I emotionally numb or was it just not a big deal to me? I'm really good at repression, so I guess I will see. He's a really nice and really socially awkward guy and we're staying in touch as friends.


     I know that it's the new year, but in all honesty that doesn't seem like a big deal to me. I have no new year's resolutions to make, because I had a breakdown two weeks ago that necessitated lifestyle change resolutions anyway. The passage of time is always terrifying, so another year gone by is not particularly scary. I did read 60 books this year, which I am rather pleased with.* 

I've made posts with this picture before, but I didn't take photos this trip.

     My family spent the last couple of days of the year up at the cottage, which was beautiful. I can never get over the fact that an entire lake can freeze over. Just a bunch of molecules made up of a bunch of oxygen atoms and twice the number of hydrogens can be so many different things. We decided to make a skating rink this year, and cleared a large patch and started to flood it in thin layers to make it smooth. It felt pleasingly Canadian, and a nice change from my week in the US.

     I went for a drive, my first real lesson. The car slid around in the snow, and I had to keep readjusting my trajectory. I made my way down the road at a leisurely pace, my mother and trusted friend beside me the entire time. It wouldn't be a stretch to make the drive a metaphor for my life right now. I'm still figuring out the best way to make my life a path free of swerves, but in the meantime I can adjust my direction as I go. There's no rush, and I have people to help me every step of the way. As long as I don't run over any little old ladies, it'll all be okay. 

     The customary greeting for Rosh Hashana, the Jewish new year, does not translate to "happy new year." We wish each other shana tovah, to have a "good year." I like this a lot better. If we think too hard about happiness, we begin to lose the happiness which is right under our noses. For me, the best type of satisfaction does not come from searching for satisfaction, it comes from the gratification I get from a job well done, a good deed, or anything I love. Have a good year, everyone. 


*I'll post a list at some point with recommendations in bold. At some point.