Good Morning, Internet, as Lizzie from the Lizzie Bennet Diaries would say.
The morning is almost over, so let me urge you to jump out of bed, get off your butt and get on with your day! It’s almost eleven o’clock where I am and nearly half the day is already gone!
Do you ever have slices of life that feel like they have so much going on that nothing is going on? That seems silly, and backwards, but that’s how my life is right now. I guess it’s working to get to a definitive decision, or working through tens of twenties of little questions in order to get to the big question. But you don’t want to hear about that – you want to hear about something funny or interesting or at least spicy. Something that will make a smile tickle your ribs or cause a jolt of I DO/THINK/SAY/FEEL THAT TOO!
But I have no such anecdote for you. I refuse to give you a recap of my life’s current events; you should be concerned with your own. I will not bore you with complaints about life because actually…for once I have none today. And I won’t tell you how loud my stomach is growling at the moment because you might think yourself at the zoo by the lion enclosure.
Do me a favor and go watch We Bought A Zoo when you have an hour or two. Totally worth it.
Should I talk about books? About music? Food? Crafts? Art? Tea? Literature? Libraries? Writing? All of the above? None of the above? Movies? How I wish people would speak slower and more distinct? How the number 55 on the clock makes no sense? You can’t get anything done properly when crammed into the last five minutes of the hour. the first five minutes of an hour, sure, but not those 55-59. It’s just…ugh.
I have decided: music and books. Because today is a day to ramble through your house putting things back on shelves and letting your feet pretend they know how to dance the Nutcracker. This time of year, it is always the Nutcracker.
So you will be getting a bit of current events because I am going on Thanksgiving break soon; the last Thanksgiving break of my undergraduate career, and I am looking forward to going out with a couple friends but not too many since I’ll be home temporarily permanently soon, reading, doing hard core homework so I can enjoy my last two weeks at school guilt-free, baking scones, filling out grad school applications, and taking the GRE.
This last…we cannot speak of it yet. It brings on a severe need for comfortable things like tea and scones and blankets and books and hugs and orange things and sharp pencils and socks and…yes.
Anyway. Books! This is what I hope to be reading over Thanksgiving break since I am NOT going Black Friday shopping. I’ll stay up all night to read instead, how’s that?
Neither Wolf Nor Dog by Kent Nerburn. This is a book that one of my professors lent to me on pain of death if it be not returned. So it’s priority on my list so that I actually make it to graduation alive.
Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott. An old favorite that I am now proud to say I own! I can stop checking it out of the library over and over and over again, giving no one else a chance to read it because, well, I always have it.
Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman. Just for kicks, but also because I read Paper Towns by John Green recently and now I want to ingest Whitman. Also, I am writing a novel (shh!) around the time period he was writing and I’m trying to get a solid feel on the voices of the time period.
Captivating by John and Stasi Elderidge. This is a book I have wanted to read for a very long time and a friend kindly lent it to me. I’m almost a fourth of the way through already and it’s a slow sweet book that you need a quiet space to examine your own heart in order to fully read the book.
Cyndere’s Midnight by Jeff Overstreet. This novel is part of the Aurelia’s Thread series and is full of beautiful language and characters. It is a fantasy novel and I lovedlovedloved Aurelia’s Colors (the first book in the series) and have read Raven’s Ladder but could not for the life of me find this one anywhere. The same wonderful friend that lent me Captivating also lent me Cyndere’s Midnight. I squeeed loudly when she said sure you can borrow it.
American Life: 1865-1878 by some guy called Nevins. This I will be reading snatches of because it is also for my novel in-progress. I started NaNoWriMo – we will see if I finish it…
Also, a book you can get on your Kindle, by Natalie Backhaus called When Two Worlds Meet. She’s a new author, and I happen to know her! Actually, it gets even better: she’s my roommate! So go check out her middle-grade novel about a boy who has an adventure in historical Williamsburg. I was privileged to read the first draft and now I finally get to read the final copy!
Here’s one that’s coming out in February that I CANNOT WAIT TO GET A COPY OF: A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd, and you can link to her blog here, and preorder her book here. She’s awesome and I’ve never met her, but she’s high on my list of wonderful peoples to meet someday.
All the Natalies I know are very cool people (though I don’t personally know Natalie Lloyd)! Here’s another who likes photography, you can check her work out here. Explore her little website and all the pretty.
So that’s seven books in one week. A book a day. Do you think I can make that? Ambitious, but I’m going to try. That’s all for today, but tell me what you’re reading down in the comments! (Cass) (But also Anyone who reads this :))