May 27, 2012

Seven books in a week...

...and almost as many blog posts! Whew! I feel like I've gotten so much done lately. Although, I suppose it would be a little more impressive if I'd actually done some housework somewhere in there, but hey! It's a start :) I've finished the Hunger Games trilogy, and I think the first one is definitely the best. They went a little downhill for me, especially 95% of the way through Mockingjay, but it resolves beautifully. The writing is far more skillful than Twilight, the first person perspective is quite well done. There's much less contradiction, and the character actually grows like a real person. There were still a couple of things that I felt were unresolved by the end, but it didn't detract from the whole, just minor plot points that I would have liked to see pursued. I'm not sure what to expect of the movies, really. I'll have to come back to that later.

As much as I've been talking about books lately, I don't really want this blog to become a book review site. That being said, I'll try to focus on other things too, but I'll probably still give an overview of my opinion for whatever I'm reading. I'm not sure what to read next, though. I need to finish The Republic, but I think I want to put off that and things like War and Peace until school is officially out. Just a few more weeks! If you don't know, I'm in my last quarter at Highline Community College, getting my Library Technician certificate. I love my teachers, but I have been tired of school for a couple years now, and I'm really tired of most of my fellow students; Comic Sans will always be a painful memory for me. I'm eager to start applying what I've learned, helping people in libraries, etc.

Love this pic!
I've even taken a step towards that goal: yesterday I emailed one of the ladies at Kitsap Community Resources, inquiring about the AmeriCorps program. If I volunteer for a year, I get monthly "compensation" as wells as a small chunk at the end that can go towards school loans. Plus the obvious resume boost and the fact that I could do what I really love: help people without getting paid! I hate getting paid for stuff, I never feel like I earned it. It's something I've struggled with for a long time, and part of the reason that I can't just get any old job. I have to love my work for me to be okay with getting paid for it. Sigh... I can't wait to get my first library job :D

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