Monthly Archives: November 2012

“You want meaning? Well, the meanings are out there. We’re just so damn good at reading them wrong.” – David Levithan


I want to have this as my Christmas tree.



“I was attempting to write the story of my life. It wasn’t so much about plot. It was much more about character.”

30 Days of Books

Day 23 – favourite romance novel

Definitely one by Nora Roberts. Or Lori Foster. Or Janet Evanovich. I think, probably Jewels of the Sun by Nora Roberts. I’ve read it a billion times and it’s still amazing.

“Luckily, I always travel with a book, just in case I have to wait on line for Santa, or some such inconvenience.” – David Levithan

I mostly find a song that I really like and then listen to it on repeat for six months. And then I find another song that I really like and add it to my playlist of 25 songs that I listen to over and over again. This annoys my mother because I make her listen to the same songs when we go on roadtrips. But I figured I’d just lay it all out and state my favourites.

Top Ten Favourite Songs:

1. Charlie’s (Is Coming Down) – Deep Dark Woods

2. She Was The World To Me – Daniel Romano

3. Love Love Love – Mountain Goats

4. Who By Fire – Leonard Cohen

5. The Girl – City and Colour

6. Feet to the Sky – Lulu and the Lampshades

7. Hey Man (Now You’re Really Living) – Eels

8. Permafrost – Laurena Segura

9. Samson – Regina Spektor

10. Call Your Girlfriend – Lennon and Maisy (cover)

I would just like to say that I had this list all typed out nicely, with notes under each song, stating why I love each song. And then I accidentally hit delete and I don’t really have any desire to re-type that list, especially because my ‘E’ key is missing, which makes it difficult to type. That’s all.

reading recommendation – dash and lily’s book of dares- david levithan and rachel cohn




“Because you’re my friend, wingnut.” – John Green

30 Days of Books

Day 22 – Favourite Series

I love series. I like it when characters have their own book and then are mentioned in other books. A person could argue that all of Diana Palmer’s books are in a series because they all feature th same characters. Nora Roberts write trilogy’s like no other. I like The Baby Sitter’s Club. I like the Mates, Dates series. I like all of Lori Foster’s books. I love Stephanie Plum. I like a lot of books.

“I don’t want to fall. All I want to do is stand on solid ground.” – David Levithan

30 Days of Books

Day 21 – a guilty pleasure book

Uh. Every romance novel I’ve ever read.

“Dear Jane, Just so you know: e. e. cummings cheated on both of his wives. With prostitutes. Yours, Will Grayson” – John Green

I consider myself to be somewhat of an introvert. And by somewhat, I mean I prefer the company of books to the company of other people most of the time. People think this is weird. More than once, people that I work with have asked me what I’m doing a Friday night and when I say staying in and reading or watching a movie and knitting, they seem shocked. It seems that everyone thinks that everyone loves to go out and be in social situations. I don’t. Now, I’m not saying I hate all people or I spend all of my time alone. I don’t. But when I do go out I prefer that it’s with a group of a few instead a group of many. I don’t hate all people, I just don’t like being around people for an extended period of time.

Why I Prefer to be Alone: Volume I

– I don’t have to talk to anyone

– I can read in peace

– TV shows usually go along awesomely

– I can’t offend anyone if no one is around

– Same goes for putting my huge feet in my mouth

– Nobody’s going to disappoint me with their words or actions

– It’s quiet

– I can think

– I pick the music

Why People Aren’t Always Bad: Volume I

– A person can’t listen to their own voice forever

– Jokes and laughter

– Books are fictional, life is not

– I don’t like to do every activity alone

reading recommendation: the last little blue envelope – maureen johnson

“This is why we call people exes, I guess – because the paths that cross in the middle end up separating at the end. It’s too easy to see an X as a cross-out. It’s not, because there’s no way to cross out something like that. The X is a diagram of two paths.” – Will Grayson, Will Grayson

30 Days of Books

Day 20 – A book you would recommend to a close-minded person

All books. Just read. Read anything. Read everything. Also, I read basically the same genre’s all the time (romance, humour and YA), so it’s getting hard to answer all these questions. But, I do believe that reading greatly expands your mind.

“You like someone who can’t like you back because unrequited love can be survived in a way that once-requited love cannot. ” – John Green

I bought my tickets to attend LeakyCon. I’m very excited. It’s not until June so I have plenty of time to look forward to it. I’m going with my best friend. It will be the first time we’ll go on a road trip without our families. She’s going for the Harry Potter parts and I’m going for YA Literature parts. It’s going to be great. I can’t think of a better way to participate in life.

There’s a quote from Perks: “Do you always think this much, Charlie?”
“Is that bad?” I just wanted someone to tell me the truth.
“Not necessarily. It’s just that sometimes people use thought to not participate in life.”
“Is that bad?”

And while I’m not saying that my life is like Charlie’s or anything but I often forget to participate. I use all my books as a way to not interact with real people. Not that I consider this a bad thing. It’s just important to see other people once in a while. So I’m really excited to go to LeakyCon and be surrounded by people who love the same thing I love and have the same anxieties I have.

I’m also really excited to go shopping in Portland, as I have never been to the states.


* LeakyCon is an annual Harry Potter fan convention. It also focuses on Young Adult Literature and has authors like John Green, Maureen Johnson and David Levithan attend.


reading recommendation: the disreputable history of frankie landau-banks – e. lockhart

“She smiled with all the delight of a kid on Christmas morning and said, “Y’all smoke to enjoy it. I smoke to die.” – John Green

My best friend, Mel, was back this week on reading break from her uni and we went back to visit our old teachers. It was such a good day and it really made me realize just how much I miss them. I miss having conversations that are meaningful and intelligent (not to insult the people I talk to now..). I miss the looks of understanding. I miss worrying about things that were pointless. Whenever I say, “I wish I could just go back”, everyone tells me it will never be the same. While I’m sure this is true for a lot of people, it’s not for me. It was exactly the same. It’s like we never left.

Why I Miss High School: Volume II

– Seeing all the teachers everyday

– Seeing all the girls I peer tutored everyday

– Having intelligent conversations

– Learning about things that are useful and interesting

– Doing interesting homework

– Having something routine to do everyday

– Drinking tea with my math teacher

– Conversations that are filled with sarcasm

– Being able to use a sewing machine that is not broken

– Having at least an hour and a half a day dedicated to crafts/sewing/knitting

– Being forced to watch amazing movies that I never knew existed, then dissect them so I love/understand them even more

– Cheese buns

Why I Don’t Miss High School: Volume II

– I don’t have to see people I don’t like every single day

– I can work more -> make more money

– I can do things during the day

– Sundays don’t suck anymore

– I’m free to be as weird as I want without worrying about people judging me


That’s all.




reading recommendation: misery loves company – kim gruenenfelder


“Do this: hate him for me after I die. I beg you. Dying request.” – David Foster Wallace

30 Days of Books

Day 19 – a book that changed your mind about a particular subject (non-fiction).

I’m looking at my bookshelf as I write this. Aside from my collection of autobiographies/biographies, I don’t really have any non-fiction, especially non-fiction relating to only one subject. I think that fiction is just as important as non-fiction.

“This is a work of fiction. Still, given an infinite number of possible worlds, it must be true on one of them. And if a story set in an infinite number of possible universes is true in one of them, then it must be true in all of them. So maybe it’s not as fictional as we think.” – Neil Gaiman


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