snowystingray: (three musketeers)
Time for a shameless pimp: go join [livejournal.com profile] andoneforall! If you have any interest in The Three Musketeers, Alexandre Dumas, or smutty fic about any number and combination of young, hot musketeers, you should really check it out. I'm going to do the next chapter summary and hopefully we can get chapter-by-chapter discussions going again for the rest of the book. Discussions, however, would be a lot better if there were more members (*wink wink nudge nudge*). Having read the book isn't even a requirement; we've only done the first chapter so far and there is an online version to read along with if you don't have a copy of your own. It's been pretty quiet (err... silent, actually) for the past few months, but I promise that it can be a lot of fun. So. Join? Please?
snowystingray: (katharine)
I am so sick.

I think this is life's way of saying "neener neener" to my last post. I was so determined to stay in a good mood, too! Today was pretty terrible, owing in large part to my inability to breathe properly. My crappy mood is also a common side effect of having stuff thrown at me during fourth period after the teacher left early. Add in the fact that my sister is going back to school in a few days and taking my car with her (of course I will miss both of them!), and I don't think it's entirely unreasonable for me to be feeling a bit under the weather.

I am trying incredibly hard to enjoy this year, though, so I won't let this get me down. There are still things for me to enjoy, right? I've been rereading The Count of Monte Cristo, which is always a fun book to put things in perspective -- I mean, at least I wasn't unjustly imprisoned for fourteen years, right? All I've got is a cold. Plus, I am rediscovering my love for Franz d'Epinay (eek, coolest character ever! Too bad he apparently falls of the face of the earth by the end of the book). Also, tomorrow is Spencer Tracy day on TCM, which means lots of Katharine Hepburn movies. My mom is going to be helping my sister movie into her new dorm tomorrow, so I should have free time to lay around the house watching TV all day.

If it wasn't for my throbbing headache, I would totally be in my happy place right now.

EDIT: Thanks to Google, I have totally found my happy place! I was doing a random Franz d'Epinay search, and I discovered that there is an anime based on The Count of Monte Cristo called "Gankutsuou." I am extremely amused, and also a tiny bit intrigued. Are any of you familiar with it?
snowystingray: (beauty and the beast)
I am so nervous about school starting tomorrow that I am incapable of posting anything original today. Instead, I'll just steal a bunch of stuff from other people and share it here.

An awesome article ganked from [livejournal.com profile] copperbadge: A new planet named Xena. There... are not even words for this. While I'm sure this announcement has made some people lose their faith in the scientific community as a whole, I'm all for it. My personal favourite quote from the article is, "Dr Brown and his team have christened it Xena, after the warrior princess in the old television series, '... because we always wanted to name something Xena.'"

Most recently nicked from [livejournal.com profile] mystickeeper, that book meme that has been floating around )
snowystingray: (fangirl)
After my huge Harry Potter splurge over the weekend, the real world called me back. I had class again last night, which was predictably boring. We were locked out before class. I always dress warm because it is freezing inside, but since it is extremely hot outside in Florida in the middle of the summer, I had to stand outside and sweat for about twenty minutes.

I did get a chance to start on "The Man in the Iron Mask," though, between testing and then starting on a new chapter. I feel bad that I skipped "Twenty Years After," but it is impossible to find a copy and I figured it shouldn't matter too much. So far I don't think that it really has. I was reminded of one of the random things that I love about his books: the ridiculous chapter titles. My all-time favourite is "How to Rescue a Gardener from Dormice Who Are Eating His Peaches" (how much do I need to reread "The Count of Monte Cristo"?!).

I have given up trying to pay attention in class, because wow! Boring. We have one of those teachers who does a ton of examples of one kind of problem, so usually I'll listen to the first one to make sure I can do it, and then after that I doodle on my paper and think about Harry Potter.

I am convinced that if people could see inside my brain, they would be freaked out and run away screaming. In addition to being preoccupied with Harry Potter, I've also had "The Little Mermaid" playing in my head almost non-stop. Last night when I was driving home I was totally rocking out to "Under the Sea" (this is why I don't mind driving at night: there are fewer people to embarrass myself in front of). The CD was in the package I was so eagerly awaiting from Barnes and Noble (along with "Vanity Fair," the film version of "Captain Blood," and a Making of Star Wars book). If it had come on time I probably wouldn't have been listening to it right before Harry Potter, and I probably would have avoided traumatizing large numbers of people. Oh well. I was going to include some "The Little Mermaid" nostalgia in this post, but it's already getting kind of long and I think I will save it for later.
snowystingray: (sarah)
For me, wrapping up a paper is the hardest part by far. I've been on the computer for two hours now and written a grand total of one sentence. Of course, part of that is because I was perusing my friends page and ogling Jeremy Irons, but a good deal of it can be attributed to the fact that concluding paragraphs are evil. Luckily, we have an extension until the end of the week. If I write one sentence a day between now and then, I should finish it on time. Meanwhile...

Book meme, stolen from [livejournal.com profile] manveri:

1) Total number of books in your house:
Gosh, I don't even want to guess at this. A couple hundred to be sure, but that is what happens when you live in a family of packrats. Fifty of those are probably copies of the Bible; we have an entire shelf dedicated to religious books alone. We still have a ton of kids books, too, simply because my parents have a hard time getting rid of stuff.

2) The last book you bought was:
The latest book I got was "Brideshead Revisited," but I had ordered it online a few weeks ago. The latest book I bought was, um... Okay, it's a tie between "Men at Arms" and "Commodore Hornblower," because I bought both of them the last time I went to the bookstore.

3) What was the last book you read before reading this?
I just finished rereading "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" the night before last.

4) Write down 5 books you often read or that mean a lot to you.

1. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë. I first read this book when I went to France in fifth grade, and it was the one bit of English that I was able to read for two weeks. I absolutely fell in love with it the first time I read it, and since then I have read it at least once a year. This was probably my first transition from children's books to adult literature, so it has become something of a standard by which I measure pretty much everything else I read.

2. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas. This is the first Dumas I ever read, and it is probably still my favourite. I read it over the summer a few years ago and spent the better part of a week locked up in my room working on it. I don't even know how to describe that experience, but I could already tell that it was something that would have a huge influence on my life. The way Dumas relates his characters in most of his stories makes it pretty clear who the good guys are and who the bad guys are. In this book, though, there is a lot of ambiguity and I like that because, especially at the end, the reader is able to feel sympathetic for pretty much everybody. Obviously the Count has a powerful presence, and yet without the minor characters the story wouldn't be half of what it is.

3. Lieutenant Hornblower by C. S. Forester. I did read "Mr. Midshipman Hornblower" first, but this is far and away the absolute best book out of the series (from what I have read so far, anyway; I still have three books left). I hadn't seen "Mutiny" or "Retribution" before reading the book, so I wasn't spoiled for any of the events in it. I have never been a big fan of reading books with a lot of action or suspense, but this book proved to be an exception. It also introduced the character of Mr. Bush, who I absolutely love to pieces. Forester really shows of the range of his skills in this book as well, making the final game of whist just as exciting as any of the battles that occur earlier on. This won the award for my favourite book of last year.

4. There's a Boy in the Girls' Bathroom by Louis Sachar. I think most people have something, be it a book, movie, TV show, whatever, that they enjoy immensely as a child, forget about for many years, and then go back an revisit, only to be moved in a completely different manner. I just did that this past week while watching "Labyrinth," and a couple of years ago while rereading this book. I read it first when I was in about second grade, and then I didn't read it again until maybe two years ago when I found it while cleaning out my room. I decided to read it again and was surprised to find myself crying through pretty much the whole thing. This is one of the very few books that has made me reevaluate myself and the way I treat other people. It's easy to justify being mean to people who are always negative to others, but especially since reading this I always try not to judge people too harshly.

5. Okay. I'm cheating. I knew when I first started this that I had to include Harry Potter, but I couldn't think of which one to put. I was going to save it for last in hopes of picking one along the way, but I couldn't, so I'm just going to consider them as a collective. I've gotten so attached to these stories over the past five years that I can't seem to remember what life was like before. I don't know if I should even bother explaining it here; I'm sure you all know the impact it has had in my life, considering the fact that I probably wouldn't even be involved in LiveJournal or the internet in general if it hadn't been for Harry Potter. Of course I love the books by themselves, but they mean more to me than just the story and the characters. It introduced me to more than just the world of magic; it was the first time I ever got involved in the fandom. I am one hundred percent sure that my life would be vastly different if I didn't have Harry Potter.

5) Who are you going to pass the stick to (to three people) and why?
[livejournal.com profile] rainbowjehan, [livejournal.com profile] katwm80, and [livejournal.com profile] queeniefox, simply because I am curious to know what their answers would be.
snowystingray: (happily ever after)
No school tomorrow. Whee.

I think I am going to watch "The Princess Diaries 2" tomorrow. It's amazing how many PD fans there really are. Nobody is really vocal about it until somebody else mentions it, and then they're all, "Oh, you like it, too? That's great!" So I am going with both of my sisters, and maybe two or three girls from school.

I started reading "The Crucible" yesterday. It is okay. I've also been working on "The Black Tulip," which starts out with "AHH MY EYES!!" and then progresses to "Hm, this could be interesting..." and then to "This is the most suspenseful story about vegetation that I've ever read! What happens next?!" I have about fifty pages left so I'll either finish it tonight or tomorrow morning. After that the only book that I bought this summer and still haven't read will be "Scaramouche," so chances are I will start on that next. However, today in English our teacher started talking about "The Scarlet Letter," so I don't know if we're supposed to start on that now or if we're going to read it after we finished "The Crucible." Oh well, either way I will be starting on "Scaramouche."

And did I mention that I love hurricane days?

Hoo and ray.
snowystingray: (window)
Ah, I am through with driver's ed for this week. Thank goodness. One more day of driving tiny cars with bad brakes with people pointing and laughing at the giant "STUDENT DRIVER" stickers on the doors and I might be forced to take desperate measures.

The one good thing about this class is that all the sitting around and doing nothing gives me lots of reading opportunities. I finished "The Three Musketeers" at lunch (for once, all of the people I wanted to die were the ones who kicked the bucket!) and started on "East of Eden". I don't know what all I am doing this weekend, but chances are I should have time to finish it (or at least get through a good deal of it). There are two more books on my "recommended" reading list that I will try to get to, but I don't know if it's going to happen...
snowystingray: (river)
As I haven't updated in a while, a little review of what I have been doing the past few days shall follow...

Thursday my mom and I went to Epcot to meet [livejournal.com profile] katwm80 and her mom. My first impression: IT IS SO HOT. The most I have "experienced the great outdoors" this summer is working out in the rec room with the air conditioner off and the windows open, so actually walking outside for a few hours was more or less torture. Also, my ice cream started melting out of the bottom of my cone and dripping on my shoes. Add to that some beer that somebody spilled on my feet later (yes, people drink beer at Disney), and my shoes were having quite a day... After Epcot we went to watch PoA again, and I liked it quite a bit more this time. I still don't really like the Leaky Cauldron or the Three Broomsticks, but I think I am warming up to the Knight Bus.

Yesterday we went to the Florida Mall, and despite the fact that I am in desperate need of new clothes, I didn't buy any. I ran into [livejournal.com profile] srcastikangel's mom and brother, but obviously not The Erin herself. I ended up buying three books ("Pyramids," "Guards! Guards!" and "Barrel Fever") and a CD ("Beauty and the Beast" soundtrack). Last night Nickie and I went to the movie theatre to watch "The Stepford Wives". By the time we got there, we had to go all the way down to Albertson's to park, and we had to sit in the very very front row of the theatre because everywhere else was full. I don't really know why there were so many people there, because usually the movie theatre isn't a place a lot of people go to hang out. Also, they were opening the movie in one of the front theatres instead of the bigger ones in the back, so extra people plus a smaller theatre equals no good seats. I can see where the bad reviews for the movie come from, but I actually liked it. I adored Roger, and I especially loved when they were going through his trash ("He loved this..." "Viggo!"). As I'm sure most people have said, the end was a little "meh", but the rest of it was quite well done and definitely entertaining.

This afternoon I went with my mom and my sister to watch "Ella Enchanted". I did like parts of it, but overall I thought it was just okay. It was more of a rehash of movies that I love into a movie that I wasn't all too crazy about.

Besides going to the movies, what have I done this week...? Oh, I started on "The Three Musketeers", which I am enjoying, if for no other reason, because it has a chapter entitled "The Plot Thickens" ::dumaslove:: I've also been doing more driving (gag) and I am starting driver's ed on Tuesday (double gag). Thankfully, it is only a nine day course.
snowystingray: (the prisoner of azkaban)
I have been suffering from a complete and utter lack of (enjoyable) things to do with my life. I do, however, still have some birthday money left over, so somebody needs to help me decide how to spend it to best amuse myself. I have pretty much decided that I want some new books, but I don't really know what to buy.

The Books I Have Bought Recently:
-The Knight of Maison-Rouge; I really enjoyed this one most of the way through and, although I think the end was fitting, I am still undecided as to whether I like it or not. Overall, it was the sort of thing that would appeal to me, though ::love to Lorin::
-Princess in the Spotlight; I just started on this one today, and although I have to hide what I am reading from everybody I do like it so far. Three cheers for people who watch BtVS.
-Princess in Love; haven't started on this one yet
-The Light Fantastic; the only other Discworld book I have read is "The Colour of Magic." Although I don't remember everything that happened in it (bad me, I read it for the first time only like six months ago or something), I do remember that I liked it.

Books I Have Been Considering Buying:
-The Three Musketeers; I do really want a copy of this, but it is so hard to find a nice one. They all have some pervy looking fop on there that would frighten me half to death if he were staring up at me from my shelf... ::shudders::
-Gone With The Wind; Same deal as above. I want a copy, but the ones that they have are the overdramatized corny romance novel looking covers that middle aged women read on the subway. So. Yeah.
-At Swim, Two Boys; I've had a ton of recommendations for this book, but I still haven't read it yet. I have been meaning to... This is probably one that I will end up buying...

Anyway, if any of you guys have any suggestions for books to read, I would greatly appreciate them. Unless of course you suggest "The da Vinci Code," in which case I will have to cry.

EDIT: Bugger. I have to go to the dentist tomorrow ::hates life::
snowystingray: (palantir gaze)
Well, yay! My CDs finally came in. I had asked for both Cibo Matto's "Viva! La Woman" and Rufus Wainwright's "Poses" for my birthday, but they were on back order and didn't get here until today. Ashley also gave me the "Daredevil" soundtrack as a late birthday present, so I have lots of nice new music to listen to. Before this, I think the last new CD I got was the RotK soundtrack (which I bought about a week after it came out).

I finished "The Princess Diaries" this morning, and I did enjoy it quite a bit. Oddly enough, we started watching the movie in class today. I hadn't realized exactly how much stuff the changed from the book, but. Wow. I think I like Grandmere better in the book. I definitely like Michael better in the book, because he watches Xena and Buffy. My hero.

After I finished that I started on "The Knight of Maison-Rouge," which I like even more. Now I feel dumb for waiting so long to pick up a copy. Lorin is my new best friend.

I still want a copy of "pandemoniuminamerica." I asked my dad about it when the rest of the CDs came in today, and he was all confused even though that was the first one that I asked for and the number one thing on my list and the only think that I really really really wanted for my birthday. Whatever. I don't know if he is still going to get it for me or not... I would pay for it if I had a credit card, but, well, we all know about that. I want some LotR guy-ness, dang it! I was watching reruns of the Oscar red carpet on E! yesterday. They are the absolute cutest. Sean talking to Mackenzie made me go "Aw!" for about ten minutes straight. Also, that chin tickle thing that Dom did to Billy... Slightly odd... But still cute.
snowystingray: (greeting)
Well, yesterday I ended up getting a new shirt and a pair of jeans, as well as a copy of "Great Expectations" and "The Colour of Magic". I really wanted to get that new Alexandre Dumas book, but they only had it in hard cover and my sister and I are very poor so I had to leave it ::sniffle:: However, I haven't started on either of the books that I got because I have been rereading "Little Women" lately. The first time I read it was when I was about nine or ten and it was one of my favourite books for the longest time, but the end always used to really bug me. The more I read it the more it got on my nerves, until eventually I couldn't bring myself to read the whole thing because I knew how horribly the end was going to clash with my expectations. So I haven't read it in about two or three years, but I decided to read it again and to see if I still have the same opinions about it as I used to. It's already made me cry about three times and I've hardly gotten 150 pages into it. How silly of me.
snowystingray: (hobbit love)
I finished reading "The Count of Monte Cristo" last night. Again. And it made me cry. Again. And I started reading "Wuthering Heights" this morning. Again. And it's going to make me cry. Again. I have no idea why I have this hypersensitivity where fiction is concerned, but everything makes me cry. I can read a book and be so completely compassionate and feel ever bit of pain that the characters do and just want to cry to the very depths of my soul for their misfortunes. However, when it comes to matters concerning people I actually know, it really takes a lot to upset me. Hm. This is a ponder-worthy phenomenon... ::scuttles off to ponder::

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