31 March 2015

Monthly Update // March

All month my thoughts have been, Spring! Spring! Spring! Then, a little more than halfway through, when winter finally ended, I was like, SPRING! SPPRRIIIINNGGG!! So, that was a fun roller-coaster ride.

Here's what went down (and what's looking up!) after this month:

The Good, The Bad, The Bookish

In my English class, we've started to read Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain. I'm roughly one-third of the way through the story, and while I don't love most of the characters, I find that I go through phases of "Ugh, this plot is pretty boring" into phases of "Oh my gosh, that's so clever!" (Is this normal with satire?)

Today, my friend told me about a reading project that she was assigned in her own English class. After reading Night by Elie Wiesel as a class, each student is required to select a book (from a prewritten list) that has a theme pertaining to the Holocaust and/or WWII. This list contains historical fiction, biographies and autobiographies, memoirs . . . and also a few specific books that caught my eye, like The Book Thief (read it now if you haven't yet) and The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas (which I haven't read but I truly want to). She's excited for this reading project, and I'm excited for her -- that's what happens when 85% of your friends are book nerds like you are.

Also, I've begun to read a series called Peter and the Starcatchers, by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson. I've had a difficult relationship with these books; a (different) friend gave me them as a birthday gift when we were kids, and I didn't read them for years, but now I'm determined to finish them. I fear that, if I don't read them now, while I'm a teenager, then I will be entirely unmotivated to read them as an adult because it will no longer interest me. (The books are written for children, after all.)

Three cheers for books!

Up Close And Personal

This month I continued my university search (hey, it's hard work!) and completed three research papers -- academics before fun, sometimes, I suppose. I think it's worth it to get high marks, anyway.

My spring break starts tomorrow, too! (Another reason why my brain has been like SPPRRIINNNGG!! for the past two weeks.) Tomorrow I attend school and leave a couple of hours early. I also met with my counselor recently and discussed which elective classes I'm applying to for next year -- psychology, web site design, and Spanish! (I won't receive all of them, but it deserves a hooray regardless! Three more cheers for school!)

What reading did you get done this month? Where are your bookish dreams leading you next? Tell me about it in the comments!

- Kira

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