It’s a Monday…and I’m Reading!

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Well it’s Monday and I’m supposed to tell you guys what I am reading. It took me a while to decide what to read next. I haven’t read many of the classics so I finally decided on The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar WildeSo far I have read 64 pages of it and I am excited to continue.

I have decided that I am a fan of Oscar Wilde’s style of writing. It’s flowery, but not so much that it’s annoying. The characters are rich and full of personality and life. Lord Henry, Basil Hallward, Dorian Gray, and Sibyl. My favorite character is Lord Henry because he is just so flamboyant with his beliefs. He seems to have a backward look at everything compared to the popular opinion.

 

“Never marry at all, Dorian. Men marry because they are tired; women, because they are curious: both are disappointed.” – Lord Henry

 

When he meets Dorian, who was already friends with Basil, he becomes weirdly interested in Dorian’s personality. The way he talks almost sounds like he could be a psychiatrist. Dorian is outstandingly handsome and is a muse for Basil who is an artist who painted a stunning portrait of Dorian. Lord Henry then tells Dorian the horrors of losing one’s youth and good looks and it shakes Dorian to his core and forever changes him as a person.

 

“We degenerate into hideous puppets, haunted by the memory of the passions of which we ere too much afraid, and the exquisite temptations that we had not the courage to yield to. Youth! Youth! There is absolutely nothing in the world but youth!” – Lord Henry

 

Okay so that’s all I got for this Monday! Now I’m just sitting back, watching the movie Paper Towns which is based on the book by John Green (one of my favorite authors). The book is DEFINITELY better but they do what they can.

 

 

If you are looking for a new author to try out, you should definitely try John Green. I have read all of his books minus one that he co-wrote with another author that I greatly dislike. His books are just wonderful, the way he writes sounds so poetic but it’s also an easy read. Here’s John Green’s website if you want to learn more, there’s a list of books on there as well as other cool info about him.

Till next time! Keep on reading!

 

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Book Review: Z – A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald

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“If only people could travel as easily as words. Wouldn’t that be something? If only we could be so easily revised.” – Zelda Fitzgerald

Today I’ll be reviewing the book Z – A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald written by Therese Anne Fowler. This is a fictional novel that is strongly based on the true events of the lives of Zelda Fitzgerald and her famous husband F. Scott Fitzgerald. The story is about Zelda’s life and has very strong feminist themes because she lived during the 20’s when women were starting to try to branch out and be their own people.

The story starts out with Zelda at age 17 going on 18 and she is a rebellious young lady living in Montgomery, Alabama in 1918. Right before her 18th birthday she meets a dashing young officer, Scott Fitzgerald who sweeps her off of her feet. They write to each other as he is shipped off to fight in the first world war but peace was made before he fought. They get married and from there on out it’s a roller-coaster ride of love, loss, betrayal, and dreams.

“Won’t we be quite the pair?—you with your bad heart, me with my bad head. Together, though, we might have something worthwhile.” – Zelda Fitzgerald

I really enjoyed this book! One of my top 5 authors is F. Scott Fitzgerald but I didn’t know a lot about his life of that of his wife, Zelda. I liked that this book gave me major insight into what made him a great writer and why Zelda was so popular also. The author did a great job of translating their story into an enjoyable novel instead of a non-fiction book. She made the characters so vibrant it really felt like I was watching this all happen in my head. I learned that Scott was definitely not all he is cracked up to be. He was a HUGE jerk sometimes and also a raging alcoholic (most classic authors were) who at many different times almost destroyed his family. Zelda was very headstrong from a young age and marriage didn’t change that. She was definitely not the perfect wife and she too almost messed everything up and also had a problem with alcoholism. She also did some writing and has a novel published that I didn’t know about, writing helped her cope with her situation. I also learned more about Ernst Hemingway because he and Scott were best friends. Let’s just say he caused some big problems in Scott and Zelda’s marriage.

There wasn’t a lot that I disliked about this book other than the fact that it opened my eyes to the kind of person that Scott Fitzgerald was, that he wasn’t just some legendary writer. He had many struggles throughout his life and Zelda, I believe, had even more. They both caused each other insufferable pain but I do believe what they had was true love.

“We glared at each other then, with the kind of hatred that comes from being deliberately wounded in one’s softest, most vulnerable places by a person who used to love you passionately.” – Zelda Fitzgerald

This book was just invigorating, I didn’t want to put it down. Therese Anne Fowler did a wonderful job tying in all of the different novels and works that Scott wrote. After reading this, and having also read The Great Gatsby, I can see so much of Scott in Gatsby and so much of Zelda in Daisy. While the stories are both different, the characters personalities tend to coincide. It also brought to my attention the plague that women suffered during this time. Everything you did was for your husband in some way. You could not dare to venture out on your own and figure out what was right for you, no, that was not the womanly duty. Zelda fought against this her entire life. She loved ballet and Scott whined about it every time she tried to go anywhere with it. The same thing happened with her writing, the only thing she really got to sell in her name was her paintings and those were not valued at much. Overall, this book will capture you from the beginning and make you think really hard about everything you thought you knew about the Fitzgerald’s. I highly recommend that you find this book at your nearest library or buy it here and enjoy every sentence!

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10 Random Facts About Me!

Ten facts about me? Wow…where do I even begin?

1. Becoming a student is the most stressful thing that has ever happened to me. Maybe that sounds ridiculous to people older and more experienced than me, but it’s true! In high school I thought I knew exactly what I was going to do and I thought I was meant for greatness right out of the gate. BOY was I WRONG! My major has jumped from animal science to English. It’s weird I know but it makes sense to me.

2. I’ve been in the same relationship for 6 going on 7 years. When I tell people this I get startled reactions like I have done something impossible. Yes, I have been in the same relationship since 9th grade. No, I don’t wish I had dated other people. We are happy, why look for something else when you have something wonderful right in front of you?

3. A TV character that I really relate to would be Jessica Day from the show New Girl. Bubbly, random, and crazy. A movie character I relate with would be Belle from Beauty and the Beast. Wishing I could leave the small town I live in and explore the world and loving my books. The character from a book that I relate to would be Nick Carraway from The Great Gatsby. Just wanting everyone to get along and chill out with the craziness.

Here is a video of Jessica Day reacting to a compliment that accurately represents me in every way: 

 

4. I have a few pet peeves. One of the more severe ones would be staring. I cannot stand when someone is blatantly staring at you, no shame, taking in every thing you do without saying a word. Staring, getting caught, and looking away timidly is one thing but when you are just locked on and don’t even say anything to the person, that is just plain rude.

5. Although I changed my mind about my major, I still adore animals and am determined to insert myself into any situation involving them. I volunteer at a retirement farm for horses and it is one of the most rewarding things I have ever done. It is definitely my therapy and stress relief once a week!

6. I am weirdly obsessive about collecting antique books. I don’t really know what it is, even if it is a book that I would never read, if it is super old and beautiful, you better believe it is being bought. I have stacks upon stacks of old books that will take eons for me to actually read, but it is so satisfying to admire my collection no matter how pointless.

7. Something I find really irritating about myself would be how awkward I am around strangers. It may start off well, but somewhere during the conversation I will second guess myself and start stressing about what they are thinking about me and how I am presenting myself. It’s something I have to work on daily and I know it will get better as I discover myself.

8. As I have stated before, I love animals. So it won’t be surprising to you when I say that the fact that animal abuse even exists sickens me to my core. I know most people feel this way but it feels almost personal when I see an article telling me that another defenseless animal has fallen to the hand of mankind. One day I’d like to be an active advocate for animal rights.

9. I love poetry. I first gained interest in it when I was in 9th grade and I’ve been captivated since. My personal poet is definitely Walt Whitman, and I say this because I feel that we share the same amazement at the variety of human life and the beauty of the world around us. I am currently reading Leaves of Grass and it is wonderful so far. Here is an excerpt from the lengthy poem: 

10. Sometimes I think that I was born in the wrong era. I adore everything 50’s and I wish my entire wardrobe consisted of circle skirts, crinoline, and collared dresses. I would wear that stuff every day if people wouldn’t think I was insane… then again, should I care what people think?

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