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Reading survey!


On the eternally interesting blog “Charlie and Me”, there is an equally interesting reading survey.

Do you snack while you read?  If so, favorite reading snack? Yes, and I like a scone or some other nibbly, carb-y, mildly sweet thing. Or chocolate.

What is your favorite drink while reading? Coffee, or chai tea.

Do you tend to mark your books as you read, or does the thought of writing in books horrify you?don’t usually mark in my books, but it doesn’t horrify me.

Fiction, not-fiction, or both? Fiction, because I love to forget myself and fall into another world.

How do you keep your place while reading a book? I usually leave it sprawled open if it’s a paperback, or (horror!) fold over the end of the page, or stick a piece of paper in it as a bookmark.

Are you the type of person to throw a book across the room or onto the floor if the author irritates you? No, not really, oddly enough, considering my strong reactions to terrible writing.

Are you the type of person who tends to read to the end of the chapter, or can you stop anywhere?I usually just stop anywhere.

If you come across an unfamiliar word, do you look it up right away? Rarely; I’m pretty good at getting things from context. If I really can’t figure it out, then I might look it up.

What are you currently reading? Should I admit this? Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s/Philosopher’s Stone. I’ve never read it before.

What is the last book you bought? 1984by George Orwell. Don’t read it. It’s dirty and depressing. I guess it’s great literature and all, but hideously despairing.

Do you have a favorite time/place to read? Afternoon, lying floppily on my bunk-bed. I have the lower one, by the way.

Do you prefer series books or stand alones? I don’t really have a preference, but I do like series books because I can immerse myself in their world for longer. However, that makes the wrench when I exit it even worse.

Is there a specific book you find yourself recommending over and over? Not lately. Not because I’ve been reading a lot of terrible books, but because there’s not a lot of people to recommend books to, because they’ve either read them before or wouldn’t like them.

How do you organize your books? Right now they’re loosely organized by period and theme. But I need to reorganize them, because my shelf is a wretched mess.
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Seven Quick Takes

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I just got back from an excellent movie. You can read my thoughts about it here.

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I made some healthy and extremely delicious oatmeal cookies today. That stuck to the pan. Like glue. Is there anything more irritating?

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This semester is almost over, and I am SO READY. SO READY. Happily, all my classes but Latin end in less than two weeks, and my hardest final (Greek) is over. (I’m pretty sure I got my second D on a test ever, but whatever.) I’m so burnt out it’s not even funny, and I’m ready for summer to be here. I plan on spending much of my leisure time watching my favorite movies and knitting.

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I recently started wearing lipstick regularly. It’s so different from the lip shimmers/glosses I’m used to–I have to be so careful, or else use a tissue to wipe off smears. I’m sure I’ll get better at applying it eventually, but right now it’s slightly annoying. I do like the way it looks. When my mouth is a brighter color, it makes my skin look smoother and paler in contrast, especially when I have some sunburn or red blotches on my face.

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This is pretty hilarious. It could also be pretty useful, at least the ones like “I wish your acquaintance” and “Introduce me to your friend”. Not to be prudish or anything, but I think the world could get along just fine without a code for asking someone to kiss you. 😉

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I am seriously tempted to dye my hair with henna. I’ve heard that real, pure, body-art quality henna is pretty good for your hair and looks relatively natural on brunettes–more a translucent overlay of red than chemical dyes. It’s very expensive, though, so…

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I am obsessed with oatmeal. Oatmeal is the best food ever. It’s so easy and healthy and you can eat it so many ways… I like it with 1.5 teaspoons of brown sugar, some cinnamon, and milk, but it’s also good with chocolate chips and coconut oil instead of the milk. A teaspoon or two of cocoa powder is also nice. I tried making it with coffee replacing some of the water, but it didn’t taste very good–you could hardly taste it, it just made it bitterer.
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From Up on Poppy Hill

 The latest American release from Studio Ghibli, From Up on Poppy Hill is easily the best movie I have seen in months, with the possible exception of Random Harvest. It is everything a Studio Ghibli movie ought to be. Exquisite visuals, a sweet and lovely plot, winsome characterizations, characteristic attention to homely details, an enchanting remembrance of times gone by.
There are two strands to the plot. The first involves a relationship between a sixteen-year-old (according to Wikipedia) girl named Umi and a slightly older boy named Shun. The second is the attempt of a group of charming schoolboys (including Shun) to save a delightful decrepit clubhouse known as the Latin Quarter, which is crammed with nooks, doors, and dust. It may be the best thing in the film.
Out of all the Ghibli films I have seen, it is easily most similar to Whisper of the Heart. For those who enjoyed that movie, it will undoubtedly be ninety minutes of bliss. As Whisper may be my favorite film of all time, it was intense happiness to me. I would like to see it again now that I know the plot, which, incidentally, is considerably more melodramatic than Whisper.
Here is a list of locations where you can see it. Note that not all locations are listed in the main page; many are on the sidebar. It was not released by Disney, so its release is much more limited than The Secret World of Arrietty. Here is a good, brief review. Please do see this movie in theaters and take some friends and family. If we want to see a wider release of Studio Ghibli films in America, we must support it with our wallets. There are still a number of Ghibli movies which have never been released in America, to my knowledge.
Content advisory: Some rather squicky plot material, which involves major spoilers. I have written it as ambiguously as possible below. My 11-year-old sister saw it, so I think it’s okay for that age range, especially since it was handled very innocently.
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Two main characters who love each other find out that they may be brother and sister.
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Belated Seven Quick Takes — Vol. 10

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Lately I’ve been reading the Bone books. I highly recommend them, as they are beautiful graphic novels with great characters and mythology, as well as cute talking baby animals and humor. I’m about to finish the fifth book of nine. There is almost no objectionable content–two pretty innocent bathing scenes in the first book (she remains clothed, though you see some leg), and a few misuses of the Lord’s name in the first part of the same book. (One main character also wears some low-cut gowns and things.)
 

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 I’m officially going to University of Dallas this fall to study classical philology, and I’m THRILLED. Some readers might remember that my first choice was originally Christendom College, but I changed my mind.

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Why? Well, I started studying Greek in earnest this year at co-op, and I realized then how much I wanted to study classics, and UD has an excellent classics program–better than Christendom’s. In addition, my parents prefer that I not go as far away as Virginia, since I’m the first to leave the nest. I’ll still be living on campus at UD, but it’s not nearly as distant as Christendom. UD also gave me very good scholarship money, and although Christendom also offered me a generous scholarship, there is also the travel money to be considered, and I didn’t want to go there enough anymore to try for the two full-tuition scholarships.

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I also think that UD will prepare me better for grad school in classics and the job market. It will look more impressive on grad school applications, and the somewhat less sheltered aspect will probably be good in some ways, though it’s not for everyone. It’s an orthodox college, to be sure, but there are non-Catholics there as well (both students and teachers, though theology teachers do take the oath of fidelity), it’s much bigger (over three times the size), and you don’t have to dress up for class (okay, that’s a pretty silly aspect, but it will be nice to wear jeans to class at least sometimes). I do wish there was a modesty dress code, but I will certainly be taking advantage of the lack of a special dress code for class.

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I want to take a moment here to thank someone who I have never met and who does not know I exist. This person’s name is Tom Shippey. When I was eleven years old or so, I read his book The Road to Middle-Earth and discovered the science of philology. My life has not been the same since. He awakened the love of language in me as language, the hunger after the origins of words and the delight in their shape and in their relations to other words. Would I have ever seen the loveliness in syntactic subtleties without him?

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I keep listening to this song over and over again. I love it, and it fits the plot of the movie Random Harvest very well, I think. You should check out this movie. It is a tearjerker and an awesome chick flick. Besides, how can you not love Ronald Colman and Greer Garson?

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This should have been the first take, but pray for Jennifer at ConversionDiary.com and her baby boy!
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