April thus far has had mixed results.
My Senior Seminar paper is finally completed. I still have a presentation, but the paper is done. Of course, as I looked up a quote in it this evening for another paper, I found a typo. It was 43 pages–there were probably more typos. Hallelujah, I’m done with that paper.
It was just getting to the completed state that was difficult. And challenging. And stressful. I don’t really know how I’ve managed to live my life this “April Thus Far.” So much of life lately has been nutty, busy, crazy, and just plain ridiculous. Some of that was fun. Some if it was not.
Despite the mixed results thus far, I remain confident that April will finish miles ahead of March. The crazy won’t end–it never will.
In fact, I shouldn’t be writing this post at all. I should be finishing my 10-11 page paper on theology of disability that’s due tommorow or studying for my American Government test that’s tomorrow or reading for the president’s class or cleaning my room or preparing for my summer or any number of things. However, lately, I have been choosing mental and emotional health over certain responsibilities. Like going to visit a best friend I hadn’t really talked to since beginning of February or going to Ultimate practice–when I should have been homeworking. Somehow, though, everything gets done.
Time now to finish a research paper. After writing a 43 page opus, adding five pages to a paper that needs to total 10 is no big deal.
April: please proceed awesomely. I’m depending on you.
One of my favorite nerdy things to do in my life is finding books to read. When I get stressed by school or other things of life, I go to my library website and request books like a crazy person. Which is how I have ended up with 47 items checked out of the library right now. My limit is 50, so I could get 3 more….
My library is an enabler. Its website makes it far too easy to search for and request books. Unfortunately, I don’t have time to read everything I check out and sometimes I know I miss out on good books because I just don’t have time to finish them before they must be returned or I am not in the mood to read that particular book. So, I think a list of books I currently possess via a library card is in order.
I am an eclectic and eccentric reader. Hence, the books on this lists are from various genres and recommended or discovered from various places (thank you Barnes and Noble, Borders, NPR, NY Times, Half-Price Books, etc). If I feel really adventurous, I may write some reviews of these books that I read. That all depends on the quantity of my spare time in the coming months. The fact that I’m about to go on what will essentially be 6 weeks of travel makes that idea of writing my own book reviews unlikely. But who knows, it could happen.
Since these books I am about to list are only on my to-read list, I cannot vouch for their excellence, readability, quality of dialogue, appropriateness, level of heathen activity, or anything else. I selected these books for reading possibilities based on random factors, which include judging a book by its attractive cover, liking the blurb on the back of the book, and being intrigued by the title. I make no promises.
You can’t get there from here: a year on the fringes of a shrinking world / Gayle Forman
When March went mad: the game that transformed basketball / Seth Davis
The oak leaves / Maureen Lang
On Sparrow Hill / Maureen Lang
Waiting for normal / Leslie Connor
Musicophilia : tales of music and the brain / Oliver Sacks
The secret of lost things: a novel / Sheridan Hay
Love and other impossible pursuits / Ayelet Waldman
The moon in the mango tree: a novel / Pamela Binnings Ewen
The boy who dared / Susan Campbell Bartoletti
The piano teacher / Janice Y.K. Lee
The shape of mercy / Susan Meissner
Water Street / Patricia Reilly Giff
The girl who threw butterflies / Mick Cochrane
The Penderwicks / Jeanne Birdsall
The Penderwicks on Gardam Street / Jeanne Birdsall
Kiki Strike: inside the shadow city / Kirsten Miller
Thirteen reasons why / Jay Asher
The other side of the island / Allegra Goodman
Siberia / Ann Halam
Tamar / Mal Peet
Marie, dancing / Carolyn Meyer
The remarkable & very true story of Lucy & Snowcap / H.M. Bouwman
Airman / Eoin Colfer
The last treasure / Janet S. Anderson
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society / Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows
A child’s journey out of autism: one family’s story of living in hope and finding a cure / Leeann Whiffen
A universal history of the destruction of books: from ancient Sumer to modern Iraq / Fernando Báez
Gideon the cutpurse: being the first part of the Gideon trilogy / Linda Buckley-Archer
Anything but typical / Nora Raleigh Baskin
Olive Kitteridge / Elizabeth Strout
Speak / Laurie Halse Anderson
In the company of crazies / Nora Raleigh Baskin
Three cups of tea: one man’s mission to promote peace– one school at a time / Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin
If I stay / Gayle Forman
The returning / Ann Tatlock
Words unspoken / Elizabeth Musser
So what should I read first?
My Spring Break Plans:
- Write my Thesis
- Work on other Papers
- Work at LLH
- Read some books
- Do nothing.
I’m halfway through spring break. How much of these goals have I accomplished? Parts, always parts.
The six weeks left of school will go by far too slowly and far too quickly all at the same time.