Thursday, September 3, 2009

Lessons learned

Even though I haven't been working during the week, I find no time for blogging. I'm trying to soak up the last of summer vacation, in between cross country practices and a lot of volunteer activities, and trying to maintain a social life. But luckily I've also found time for some reading. This summer, it was my goal to read a lot of the classics. And I have - I finished The Bell Jar, Sense and Sensibility, and The Old Man and the Sea - all of which I loved, especially the last one. But I tried a few others, like The Scarlet Letter and The Lord of the Rings, which I could not get into and, to be honest, hated. It really annoys me when people force themselves to read classics, just for the sake of being able to say they read them. I guess that's kind of what I was doing though, even though I can tell when a book isn't for me, and I won't torture myself by trying to get through it. I did a lot of other reading too, though, especially historical fiction which is my favorite. The last book I finished was Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, which was the only HP book I haven't read more than once. It was nice to read something I already know I love! Next, I think I might try a book my aunt recommended to me - Girls Like Us, it's a biography about Carole King, Joni Mitchell and Carly Simon.

Sorry about the reading rant, I'm sort of a bookworm :) I felt like looking for some pretty photos today, here are some places where I'd love to read a good book.

photos from we heart it


  1. Gorgeous pics. I'd like to get lost with a good book in all those places, too :) I hear you on the people forcing themselves to read classics just to say they did. One should read a book because it appeals to them, not because it will boost their image. I've tried several times to read Anna Karenina, but just can't get into it. It's also difficult for me to read Charles Dickens. I left both A Tale of Two Cities and Great Expectations before reaching the end. I might try to give Great Expectations another go someday, though.

  2. i feel the same way about everything you said in this post! right down to the pictures...

  3. My classics for the summer were Jane Eyre and catcher in the rye, generally I stick to more contemporary novels. I've never been able to read Lord of the Rings, I just hate the writing style.

  4. It's funny that you say you like Old Man and the Sea because a few of my friends had to read it for classes over the summer and they all hated it, lol.
    I love the last picture!