the goldfinch by donna tartt
the goldfinch by donna tartt
Yaaaaaaaa’ll I feel like aaaaaaasssss
- read four chapters for love medicine
- two chapters for linguistics
- studies for arthropology midterm
- started thesis for English essay
- got stuck on the phone for 3 hours trying to figure out my computer problems
‘American Dirt’ is something I read for the book club at work; I’ve occasionally mentioned before that I don’t read a lot of contemporary fiction but as it stands, I have two main thoughts. The first is that this is a well-written, page turning thriller. The second is that I can really see why people are angry and upset about this book. To explain – there’s a way of writing about a place that invites you in, shows the shared humanity of people living there, and connects you to it. There’s also a way of writing about a place that emphasizes the strange and the exotic, that heightens every difference, and constantly reminds you that this is other people… and American Dirt takes the latter option at every turn. To pick just one example, the words and phrases in Spanish sprinkled through the text, in narration and in dialogue, are chosen not because the ideas are unwieldy to translate or particularly emblematic of Mexican culture – they appear simply to remind you that the characters are speaking a language other than English, that things are 'different’ here. Even without the marketing and publicity making this out to be the new 'great American novel about immigration,’ this would be alienating and confounding to people with an attachment to Mexico and its issues; with that, the book appears almost damaging to the causes it purports to champion. The murder of journalists is a serious real-world issue, and yet its appearance here at the center of such heightened drama (a strange love triangle, a slaughtered family, a desperate escape) make it seem more a thing of fiction than of serious concern. In a similar way, every other atrocity along the course of the narrative becomes painted as yet another frightening, thrilling moment for the reader, instead of an everyday tragedy that actual humans experience. It’s not a bad book, but its very success as a thriller clashes with and undermines any attempt to read it in reaction to real life.
There’s no good way to rate this for a general audience; you’ll probably consider it either five stars or one, depending on how you go into it. If you want a story about a woman and her son escaping a terrible tragedy, and narrowly avoiding all the dangers keeping them from safety, you’ll probably really like it. If you read it with any sort of consideration for how its fiction reflects on reality, you’re probably going to find a lot to dislike in here. Beyond that, it’s up to you.
Does anyone have tips for studying for the SAT by yourself? I’m so bad at keeping a schedule but I have the princeton review book. On another note I’m on a serious piano kick!
CamilWritten by: Donna Tartt
Book length: 629 pages
Reading time: 1 week
Blurb: Under the influence of their charismatic classics professor, a group of clever, eccentric misfits at an elite New England college discover a way of thinking and living is a world away from the humdrum existence of their contemporaries. But when they go beyond the boundaries of normal morality their lives are changed profoundly and forever.
I wasn’t sure what to expect when I started TSH, as it is SUCH a renowned book within the dark academia community. I really wanted to like it. And I did. Once I’d finished it, and actually processed what had happened, I needed to have a bit of a cry because over the almost 700 pages of this book, I’d become quite attached to all the characters, in particular Camilla and Francis. One complaint I see quite a lot about TSH is that the characters are unlikeable and pretentious, and I think that is the point. The book isn’t supposed to glamourise the lifestyle they lead (although I’d argue that in certain parts it does dip its toes into that), its supposed to show that being this pretentious and snobby actually gets you into a fair deal of shit! And I like that!
I think the reason I only gave it 8 is because when viewed through a modern day lens, its quite problematic in certain places. I’m not going to specify what, as I had them spoiled for me and I think it soured my read to a certain extent because I was waiting for these taboo topics to come up, but if you go into it knowing its a bit problematic and accepting its faults, it’s not a bad read at all. I wish Camilla had been a bit more developed as a character, as I thought her dynamic within the group of boys was SO interesting, and from what we did see of her, I related to her quite a lot, and think she could be a really, really interesting character.
I think TSH is a very unique book- definitely a classic, and a very very good read. I can understand why the DA community holds it in such high regards. Is it perfect? Absolutely not. Do I now understand all the memes about it? Hell yeah, and they’re hilarious.
— La Casa de los Espíritus, Isabel Allende
My life consists on reading The Secret History on repeat and watching fan-made trailers about a movie that will never happen.
DC Fantasy AU [ArrowClan Edition]
Roy Harper - (Were-)Coyote
When We Collided
I’ll cha cha slide into your life and ask you to be my wife
If you guys have instagram you should follow my bookstagram @ Readwithmiki
February, 2020. Digital
Lots of coins/pentacles going into today 🤔 Wishing everyone a good Wednesday ❤️
When We Collided
Got my first ever deck of Tarot cards 🔮🌙 I’ve given three readings so far and wanting to give more.
I’ve never had a lesson in reading tarot cards so this is purely what I’ve learnt from books and my own intuition🌿
Espercore Needs To Be A Thing!!
Ok but I’m surprised their isn’t a thing called espercore, an aesthetic that revolves around psychic powers and espers (mainly a term to describe people with psychic abilities/extrasensory perception (ESP), this term is also often seen in anime).
Some stuff I think of when it comes to espercore:
1. Being interested in psychic abilities, mainly practicing or researching psychic abilities (such as psychokinesis, telepathy, pyrokinesis, psychometry, mediumship, clairvoyance, and various other psychic abilities.)
2. Watching anime or reading manga involving psychic abilities. Some examples of psychic powered anime/manga are Mob Psycho 100, Zettai Karen Children, The Unlimited Hyoubu Kyousuke, A Certain Magical Index and it’s other series, and The Disastrous Life of Saiki K.
3. Wearing black gakurans (pretty much Japanese male school uniforms). Mainly added this due to Hyoubu (from ZKC) and Shigeo/Mob (from MP100) wearing gakurans.
4. Psychic readings
5. Zener/ESP cards
6. Being interested in parapsychology, the study of the psychic phenomena and other paranormal things.
So yeah. Im surprised I haven’t seen a core related to psychics/ESP/etc. My interest in espers, psychic powers, etc. have heightened thanks to anime (especially ZKC/The Unlimited Hyoubu Kyousuke) and I would absolutely love to see a community dedicated to all sorts of psychic stuff. Feel free to add more things related to espercore that should be included that I’ve missed.
Something Blue - moodboard 2
You are loved, you are loved
More than you know
I hereby pledge all of my days
To prove it so
Summary: Now that Ziva is safe and can return to her family…Tony doesn’t waste any time. She’ll need to have something blue to go along with a white wedding gown.
read it on AO3.
//For each man kills the thing he loves//
-The ballad of Reading Gaol, Oscar Wilde