Woah, Dere Wendesday (19)


This Wednesday I am still reading all the books I’ve been reading for the past month! Go me. Really, though, I have to finish A Discovery of Witches soon. I am almost done with Watership Down and for book club we are reading to page 175 in King Dork. My reading has been absolutely horrible lately! Not okay. I’ve been obsessing over the Erin Condren planners. Even more so than I was last week. I’ve decided that I just need to finish A Discovery of Witches because it’s actually not a bad book. I’m almost done with it and it’s finally catching my attention. I really just need to sit down and finish it, but I HAVE NO TIME. I seriously haven’t just been able to sit and read in the longest time! Short post today, but my latest posts have been very long :)

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National Day of Writing


National Day of Writing is a day where you try and have as many people writing as possible. Any writing is writing. It can be sending a letter to someone, making a blog post, writing down a story, or putting an entry in your journal. Everyone can write. My addition to the National Day of Writing is this blog post. I want everyone reading this to write a letter, write down a note in a coffee shop on a napkin, or just write things down. Take this challenge and grow from it. Make it part of your daily life. Everyone loves getting a handwritten letter in the mail, send one! Write a note to that girl you think is pretty and tell her that. Write on your hands. Write on a poster. Let this National Day of Writing spark something amazing. Moral of the story, (if you didn’t pick up on it already) just write!

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Pointe Taken Newsletter (4)


Happy Sunday! This week went extremely fast for me and I had almost no homework which was amazing. Something awesome happened to me this week, well last night. I ordered an Erin Condren planner for 2015! Yes I am getting worked up and super pumped about a planner. I literally carry my planner everywhere with me. I write homework assignments in it during school, my dance classes, schedules in general, and when I need to post on my blog. I have had Walmart planners for about 3 years and they’ve worked alright, but I decided I could splurge on something like this because I would use it all the time. One amazing thing about the Erin Condren 2015 planners is that the cover is interchangeable so you don’t have to just choose one, you can get many. I also am in love with the layout of the planner. There is a full two page spread of the full month with places to write monthly goals on the side, but the best part is the weekly page view. Each day of the week is separated into morning, day, and night. I don’t usually do much in the mornings and don’t have appointments or work or anything because I’m at school, so I will probably use the morning section as a blogging and reading goals section. In the day section I will write all my school assignments, and in the night section all the things I have to do after school. I am seriously so excited!

*if you’d like to order one of these beautiful planners, use my referral code for $10 off!*

This was one of the pictures I saw that inspired me to get one of these planners. I think this is so cute and obviously so easy to customize. I am not the artsiest person on the planet, but I do know how to put color schemes together. I’m thinking I’ll color coordinate the theme of each week to the month’s color. Almost all of the decorating done to these pages are created with washi tape.

I am also obsessing over the song Trumpets by Jason Derulo. Have been listening to it on repeat for hours on end.

As for my reading this week, it was a little slow. I will finish A Discovery of Witches tonight, I read about 60 pages of King Dork for my book club, and I’m almost done with Watership Down for my novel class.

Sorry for the long post today! Thanks for staying with me even though I haven’t posted all that much!

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#FridayReads (13)


It’s Friday! This week has actually gone surprisingly fast and I have no idea why. I hurt my knee during ballet on Tuesday and have been wearing a brace since then. I should be fine before Monday of next week, though. I have Nutcracker auditions next Friday AND I AM SO EXCITED! There are pointe parts this year and I am hoping to snag one of those spots. I love Nutcracker. I really love everything about it. I have been in Nutcracker twice, the first time I was Clara and the second time I was a soldier and a lamb. The lamb was on pointe but it was literally a 30 second song, and the soldier was extremely fun because we got to battle the mice and save Clara. If you haven’t seen a Nutcracker performance I highly recommend going and seeing one. They will most likely be somewhat close to you because it’s the Nutcracker. Anyway, I am still reading A Discovery of Witches. Woo. I have totally been saying I’d finish this book for about 2 months. Solid, Aubrey. I will finish it this weekend. I have to. I really need to start review books that were sent to me a while back that I haven’t gotten to yet! It’s not that the book is bad, I mean there are definitely some cheesy parts because it’s about a vampire falling in love with a witch, but it’s just not my favorite. I am also reading Watership Down. I’ve talked about this book before, but all that it really is is a bunch of talking rabbits who want to pick up some girls to mate with. That makes it sound like I don’t like the book, but I do. It’s surprisingly good, but there are so many rabbit language words that are hard to keep straight. There are also so many names. My gosh. So many weird names with weird spellings that I definitely just skip over while reading because I don’t know how to pronounce them. I just started a book club (!!!) and the first book we chose to read is King Dork. What? A book about dorks? How does that apply to you? Lol totally no dorks around here. *awkwardly looks from side to side* But seriously, this book is hilarious. It is about a kid who likes to read and finds his dad’s old copy of Catcher and the Rye and just tells about his school that is very stereotypical. I love this book as of right now. Moral of the story, read King Dork and Watership Down. *thumbs up emoji*

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Woah, Dere Wednesday (18)


Haven’t done this meme since May… oops. Anyway, I am currently reading King Dork. Like really currently reading as in it’s sitting right next to me. This book is hilarious! Oh my gosh. I wasn’t expecting it to be this funny, very pleasantly surprised. I’m reading this book for book club. I decided I wanted to start a book club that read young adult books, so I talked to the owner of my local bookstore and she said that she would be happy to do it. We had our first meeting on Monday and it is so much fun! It’s just me and some of my closest nerd friends talking about books for a solid hour. It’s perfect. We decided that we wanted to meet every Monday, so that’s a thing now and it makes me really happy. I’m also currently reading A Discovery of Witches. Still. Ergh. For Novel I’m reading Watership Down which is surprisingly good. Talking rabbits are kinda cool I suppose :)

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Pointe Taken Newsletter (3)


This week has been so busy. Shocking since I’m totally not a busy girl. *ha ha, jk* I had a butt-load of homework every day, cheer after school on Tuesday and Thursday, had to cheer at a football game on Friday night, dance on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, band every morning at 7:30, then finally a band competition on Saturday. We got home from the competition at about 1:15 in the morning. I was so exhausted and I had fun at the competition except for a couple things that make my life not-so-great. Colorguard got a 1 rating at the state competition, so that went well. I don’t feel so great today because of a bad headache, but I slept until noon. Never in my life have I slept that late and I really enjoyed sleeping in. My nana and aunt came over today and my mom and I talked to them and my aunt asked me if I’d be a bridesmaid at her wedding. I haven’t ever been part of a wedding, so I’m excited for that :)

My reading this week has been really slow, but I will be posting more after football season is over. I will have much more free time to read and blog. I finished Lord of the Flies – William Golding for my English II class and am still reading Watership Down. I am also still reading A Discovery of Witches. It seriously has never ever taken me this long to read a single book. Business has gotten the better of me. I will read as much as I can tonight and then start The Book of Charlie sent to me by Jerome Mark Antil for reviewing purposes.

I plan to do an international giveaway when I hit 200 followers! I will be giving away 2 separate prizes of 2 books each. I am so excited because I think it will be a really fun way to connect with everyone!

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Review: Lord of the Flies – William Golding


Lord of the Flies – William Golding

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Title: Lord of the Flies

Author: William Golding

Release Date: October 1, 1999

Publisher: Penguin Books

Format: Paperback

Page Number: 182

Source: School book

William Golding’s compelling story about a group of very ordinary small boys marooned on a coral island has become a modern classic. At first, it seems as though it’s all going to be great fun; but the fun before long becomes furious & life on the island turns into a nightmare of panic & death. As ordinary standards of behavior collapse, the whole world the boys know collapses with them—the world of cricket & homework & adventure stories—& another world is revealed beneath, primitive & terrible. Lord of the Flies remains as provocative today as when it was 1st published in 1954, igniting passionate debate with its startling, brutal portrait of human nature. Though critically acclaimed, it was largely ignored upon its initial publication. Yet soon it became a cult favorite among both students ^ literary critics who compared it to J.D. Salinger’sThe Catcher in the Rye in its influence on modern thought & literature. Labeled a parable, an allegory, a myth, a morality tale, a parody, a political treatise, even a vision of the apocalypse, Lord of the Flies has established itself as a classic.

1 out of 5 stars

Plot:

A group of young boys crash-lands on an uninhabited island. The pilot of the plane dies so there are no adults. Everyone scatters after the plane crashes, but two people meet right away at the beginning, Ralph and Piggy. The two boys, although very different, stick together. They migrate their way to a warm spring where they swim around until they find a white conch shell. Piggy has the idea  that Ralph should blow into the conch so it makes a loud noise, thus bringing all the boys on the island to their soon-to-be meeting place. They take a vote once they’re all gathered there electing their leader. The two eldest boys, Ralph and Jack, are competing for the title of leader. Ralph ends up getting the most votes, so he then delegates jobs. The most important thing to Ralph is to keep a fire going at the top of the mountain. The purpose of it is to give off as much black smoke as they can to try and be seen by ships or planes. Something goes majorly wrong with the fire, though. What could it be? What happens to the boys? I had absolutely no desire to read this book, and after reading it I realized why. I didn’t like this book at all. It was really slow and there was so much unnecessary drama. I didn’t understand the chapters about the “beasties.” They were so pointless because they were just made up anyway. Ugh. I read this for my English II class and it is actually quite creepy. My thoughts on this book are mostly negative, and I really believe that this was just supposed to be a creepy survival story that got deemed as a classic and was over-analyzed by everyone. I really hated this book but I had to finish it. Really was about to SparkNote the whole thing because of how boring it was.

Characters:

Ugh. Alright, the characters kind of sucked in this book and were extremely boring. The main character was Ralph. The only thing he cared about was fire. Jack was another main character who only cared about hunting. The rest were kind of background characters who didn’t really add or take anything away from the story.

Who Would I Be?:

Hmm. If I had to choose I guess I’d pick Simon. Simon was the nerdy outsider who didn’t pick a side at the beginning. He didn’t really have a role other than being cute. He was a cute character, though. He was my favorite, but I still didn’t like him that much. I don’t know, when the characters are boring and the setting is fine I can get through the book, but when the setting and characters are bad I just want to throw the book across the room.

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