Remember how I gave up watching television?
Well, for starters, I don’t know how I managed to watch so much before now. The first week was tough. I could have easily caught up with one or two episodes of Gossip Girl or Glee… but then I had missed a week and it felt too daunting to catch up.
And now, here I am. Behind in all my favorite shows… and couldn’t be happier!
Besides school, crew, and College Prepster stuff… what have I been doing to fill the few spare minutes of my days?
Here is a list of the books I’ve read so far this semester… To be completely fair, I am a huge nerd. All of the books were great, but the ones in bold are ones I LOVED.
by Lisa Moriarty
by Ned Vizzini
by Stephen Chbosky
by David Allen
by Amy Chua
by Laurie Schiller
The Hunger Games (#1)
Catching Fire (#2)
by Suzanne Collins
Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother was amazing. I had read an article about it and was instantly intrigued. I think it received a lot of criticism, but I honestly loved every sentence. When I was in middle school, I was on the math league team (told you I was a nerd) and there was this girl named Wendy from another school. Wendy carpooled with us to all the tournaments. Every weekend, Wendy would be distraught and nervous about the tests. On edge doesn’t even begin to describe her during the trip. If she missed TWO questions (on really long, really difficult) tests, her mom would FLIP. Wendy would be hysterical on the way home. Wendy’s mom was a “Chinese mother.”
One extremely insightful line (I am paraphrasing…) was how she answered the question she receives so often, “Aren’t you doing this to your daughters for yourself?” Yes, she pushes her daughters to their breaking points on a daily (hourly?) basis… but she also sacrifices her own life to be their mother. She sits through all the piano and violin lessons. She does everything right next to her daughters. But, what about the mom who lets her children play video games and watch TV all day… She would argue that that mom does it for herself. And I would agree.
I had NO idea what I was getting myself into when I downloaded The Hunger Games. In short, the series is too good. Unbelievable in fact. I whipped through the books way too quickly. I NEVER WANTED THE STORIES TO END. I don’t want to give too much away, because part of the fun is not knowing what to expect. But expect greatness, and buy the book. Just sayin.
I gave up television with the intention of simply giving something up. In return, I found a new passion for reading. And, frankly, more time to enjoy it.
Love when stuff like that works out. You know???
PS Has anyone read any of these books?
PPS Does anyone have any recommendations for new ones???