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All American Rejects, “Dirty Little Secret”

While I’m generally not a fan of the All America Rejects, their song “Dirty Little Secret” perfectly describes what I’ve been reading lately. No, it’s not something as terrible as what you’re imagining….it’s worse. To get me through finals week I’ve been indulging in YA Fiction. Terrible, I know. But hear me out:

There’s something magical about reading books that center around childhood and adolescence. They remind me of being in middle school and believing that someday I too would learn how to wield a sword, ride a horse or whatever else these crazy heroines were doing. The books are adventures meant to take the reader away from everyday life and into a world where anything, even the unbelievable, is possible. 

It kills me that there is still such a stigma attached to adults reading YA literature. Perhaps it’s not true anywhere else but here at Kenyon you get ceaselessly heckled at for carrying around a book that’s not “literature.” Why is it worse to read silly books than it is to watch terrible television? I’d much rather read some great books by Libba Bray than watch the Jersey Shore and I’d argue that the former takes far more brain power!

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All of this is to say that, yes I enjoy reading YA literature. Yes, I read all of Cassandra Clare‘s new book Clockwork Prince in less than twenty-four hours. (I also may or may not have bugged the employees at my local post office for two days straight as the book was en route from the Amazon warehouses.)

The book was one of the best (of this genre) I’ve read in a long time, though I may be biased. Clare’s Infernal Devices series has everything that I look for in a fun read: vaguely Victorian setting, fully fleshed out characters, multiple plots, strong females, and not too terrible grammar! If you’re looking for an easy and fun read this Christmas season I highly suggest the first book in the series, Clockwork Angel, but be warned: these books are addictive and the third book in the series is not due out until September 2013!

If you can’t wait that long, try Cassandra Clare’s other series The Mortal Instruments which is set in modern times but is in the same universe as The Infernal Devices. The Mortal Instruments series boasts four novels to Infernal Devices two with another on the way in May 2012!

Sidenote: I just found out that Cassandra Clare is doing a book signing in Nashville tomorrow night and I want to go so badly. I get home from school on Tuesday night. This is tragic. 

Francophilia rediscovered

Despite my recent foray into life across the pond, my love for the French remains undiminished. Call me fickle or inconstant but I was sure my love of France had been eclipsed by England’s beauty…until today.

It all started over the summer when I saw Midnight in Paris. Whatever you may think about Woody Allen, the work is genius. The scenery, the representation of artistic greats and the costuming is beyond amazing.If you haven’t seen the film I highly suggest you rush to a theater before it disappears!

(Also as part of a semi-shameless plug, check out my post on Dormify about decorating your dorm room with Midnight in Paris as the inspiration)

Of course, with this as in all things, I was stubborn. I wanted to believe that my adoration stemmed from a love of Stein, Picasso and the beautiful music rather than from the city of love. Oh how wrong I was!

I’ve begun reading Lunch in Paris by Elizabeth Bard. The book details Ms. Bard’s experiences abroad, from studying in Scotland during her junior year through her time as a graduate student in London and onto meeting her husband and moving to Paris. The romance is like something out of a romantic comedy (emphasis on the comedy). The French seem in turn more relaxed and more uptight than I’d ever seen them.

The insights offered into the French mystique make me want to a) start wearing silk scarves b) bike everywhere c) learn to love French cuisine and d) watch French films. Obviously this is one to read!

Off to watch Amelie,

Alexandra

Awkward and Awesome Thursday

Sorry this week has been so sparse on posts, I’ve been having a lot of computer troubles.
Hopefully by the time you are reading this they will all be resolved and the regularly
scheduled programming will be back here next week!

Awkward:

– Having computer problems…then realizing how much I actually use the internet
(not good)

– Finding out that the water was going to be shut off last night :/

– Not being able to charge my iphone and consequently having to borrow everyone else’s
chargers

– Somehow forgetting to take any outfit pictures this week

Awesome:

– My new coat from London (post coming soon!)

– Reading 3 books in 3 days FOR FUN

– Finally getting around to The Thirteenth Tale. It’s so good.

Love.

A

What I Read: Week 1

Since I spend so much time perusing social media for great articles I thought I would share some with you every week.

Here’s are the five most interesting articles I read this week:

1. Schmidt, Jobs, Zuckerberg and the Future of Adult Supervision : What impact is social media and new technology having on our world?

2. To Dress Well, a Woman Should Shop Like a Man: Why women’s clothing is less comfortable than men’s

3. Watching Our Researchers Like a Hawk : A bird got into the Library of Congress and hilarity ensued.

4. 10 Evernote Tips for School: For an evernote junky like me all these tips were great!

5. Rethinking Advanced Placement: They’re finally overhauling the AP system!

 

 

–A