Week 43: Results & Week 44: Goals

Look at me! I’m posting on time! I’m so proud of myself. So let’s just get down to business, okay? This week I finished Nervous Conditions by Tsitsi Dangarembga and read half of Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger. I didn’t really enjoy reading Nervous Conditions, mainly because I was forced to read it for a course. The story was pretty interesting, though. It takes place in Africa and is about the evils of colonization. Main themes include women’s roles in society/family, cultural differences, and freedom/entrapment. If I hadn’t just read A Border Passage by Leila Ahmed–which dealt with very similar issues in Egypt–I feel like I would have enjoyed this book more. I gave it three stars on Goodreads.

As for Catcher, I am absolutely in LOVE. Holden Caulfield is such a snarky asshole, and he is absolutely perfect. Like I said earlier, I’m about halfway through the book so I can’t give you an accurate description of the book or my review yet. I’ll just say this: based on what I’ve read so far, I’d recommend this book strongly to everyone.

This week is Halloween! I’m going to be dressing up as a crazy cat lady–and by “dressing up” I simply mean physically express my true self. Mostly I’m doing this to get $2 burritos at Chipotle. Mmm Chipotle. In celebration of my favorite holiday, I’m going to read Dracula by Bram Stoker! Can you believe I’ve never read this book before?

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And look at this beautiful copy! “With an Essential Guide to the Undead” by Vintage Books.

I just found out that my Monday and Tuesday classes are cancelled due to a hurricane hitting my area, so hopefully I’ll be able to spend it reading and writing. Also, Nanowrimo 2012 starts this Thursday! I have to prepare! I’m so nervous. Hopefully I’ll be able to bang something out. Anyone else attempting Nano? Add me as a writing buddy: black_bird.

 

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