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Favourite Classic Books + My To-Read List + Happy Canada Day + Euro Final!

Phew…that’s a long title. Any who, the euro final is about to start at any time now, so I’m going to skip a long intro.

I’ve been slowly trying to read as many classic literature books as possible. This, of course, means frequent visits to my closest Chapters or Indigo. I have finally compiled a short list of my favourites.

1.) Gulliver’s Travels – I know a lot of people *dislike* this book very much, but I just love it. Love it.

2.) Animal Farm – I think I included the last line of this book in a previous post of mine featuring my favourite quotes. I adore the last line of this book. Really, though, the whole book is just fantastic.

3.) Lord of the Flies – “Sucks to your ass-mar!” This always has me rolling on the ground.

4.) Of Mice and Men

5.) East of Eden

6.) Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass –  I’m constantly quoting these two books and trying to pass them off as my own.

7.) The Picture of Dorian Gray

8.) The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – To be honest, I love anything and everything Sherlock. The original stories, the old tv show, Robert Downey’s Sherlock movies, and, of course, the BBC Sherlock.

9.) Moby Dick

10.) 1984

My list is relatively short, and I’m still working on it. I still have a lot–a lot–of books I need to read. These include:

Wuthering Heights (while I’m familiar with the story, I’ve never read it).

Sense and Sensibility (same as above).

Tale of Two Cities

Handmaid’s Tale

The Phantom of the Opera

Grapes of Wrath

Fahrenheit 451

The Count of Monte Cristo

Anna Karenina

Jane Eyre

Perfume: Story of a Murderer (Not really a classic, but I am in the midst of reading it).

On a totally separate note:

Happy Canada Day to all my fellow Canadians! ❤

And on another totally separate note:

The Euro final is finally upon us. In fact, as I type this, the match is just about to begin. By default (I’m still bitter over Germany and Portugal) I will be rooting for Italy. Hope this match will be entertaining! Who are you rooting for?

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Things I Hate/Get On My Nerves…

1.) Bugs – And I mean *all* bugs. Ladybugs, dragonflies, beetles. Everything. Spiders are the worst, though. 

2.) The Dentist – Maybe not my dentist himself, but really. I don’t think anyone enjoys being subjected to a stranger stabbing at your gums. 

3.) Grammar Mistakes – Not so much spelling errors (hey, I make them), or punctuation errors (happens to the best of us, me included). More so using the wrong their/there/they’re, your/you’re, were/where, to/two/too. You get the gist (now watch someone point out I did just this). Funny thing, actually, but when I went to Vaughan Mills last week and they made one of these mistakes, using your instead of you’re. My friends convinced me not to mention this to the employees, but it was bugging the hell out of me. 

4.) Chewing with your mouth open – This is self-explanatory. Much like the dentist, I don’t think anybody really enjoys this. 

5.) Immaturity – This isn’t really something I hate, but does anybody really enjoy talking to someone who acts much younger than their actual age? 

That’s all for today. More to come. I’m thinking of doing a post on Prometheus–which I finally saw this weekend–and a book review on a couple of books I’ve recently finished. 

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Girls: Too Demanding?

I was recently browsing through my Tumblr dashboard when I cam across a post titled, “20 Things Guys Should Never Do To Girls”. Usually I’m not sucked into reading these sorts of things, but my curiosity got the better of me and I began reading.

As I was reading I found myself raising my eyebrows at a number of things, and at the end all I could think of was, are all girls this needy when it comes to relationships? I’m constantly seeing girls ask for boyfriends who bring the flowers and chocolates whenever they’re sad, hold them at night, sweep them off their feet, be there when we’re bawling our eyes out blah, blah, blah…the list goes on. I mean, doesn’t it seem just a little over-the-top? It no longer sounds like you want a girlfriend–I mean, it sounds like you’re asking for a damned doormat you can walk over.

Let’s observe some points on the list that made me, well, cringe:

Talk about other girls. Don’t say they’re hot, pretty, or even nice. We don’t want to hear it. – This is taken directly from the post. I mean, really? Now you don’t want your boyfriend to say he thinks a girl is nice? It seems a little overdramatic to me.

Ask why she’s mad about you. Say you were wrong and apologize. Do not say you didn’t do anything wrong. If she’s made, you obviously did something: Again. Over. Dramatic. This makes it seems like the girl is always right, which is not the case at all. Might as well put a muzzle on him and give him a script with exactly what you want him to say.

Tell her she’s overreacting: But what if, gasp, she is overreacting, and, double gasp, he’s right to tell her.

Go to parties and hang out with other girls: Again, this seems a little (okay not really, more like very) demanding. You might as well put him on a leash.

I don’t know, to be honest, what to really think of this. It just seems like these girls (not ALL, I am by no means generalizing that all girls are like this) want their boyfriends to worship the ground they walk on. I’ve been with my boyfriend for two years now, and we break almost all these rules. We’re sarcastic with each other, taking digs, challenging each other, and we’re both comfortable enough to trust that we’ll be faithful. I wouldn’t trade our relationship for one where I’m constantly receiving presents from him, where all we do is act lovey dovey without any fun, so on and so forth.

This post probably offended a bunch of girls, but oh, well…

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A funny quote from the mother….

I distinctly remember one of my mother’s funniest, non-sensical, illogical quotes back from when I was twelve. I was at Wonderland with five of my closest friends and we’d just come off from The Fly. (Yes, I like that ride). The five of us had stumbled off feeling a little nauseous (we had just eaten before). And me, being my whiny self, complained about being dizzy. 

My mom then proceeded to say, “You know, Noelle, it’s not good for you to ride so many rollercoasters because when you do your brain disconnects from your skull and bounces around which causes you to lose brain cells and become dumber.” I swear, I am NOT making this quote up. 

My mom has since denied ever saying this despite me AND my friends insisting she did. Oh, well, I can understand why…

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Oh, Summer…

Exams are finally over (at least for me), and that only means one thing: hot summer days, and long summer nights.

I love the summer, it’s no doubt my favourite season, and there are a couple of reasons why. 

1.) No school – this one is obvious, but I just thought I *had* to mention it. 

2.) The beach – After a cold, Canadian winter, I cannot wait for my first beach trip. 

3.) Canada’s Wonderland – Also known as my second home.

4.) Cottage is officially open – This inevitably leads to the beach, etc. 

5.) Uninterrupted reading and writing hours – Essential to my creative (or lack of) process. 

6.) Euro 2012 – Now I won’t have to refer to the UEFA site every two seconds to check the score. 

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Books that inspire me to write…

In order to preserve time (as it’s one in the morning where I am), I’ll just be listing them.

10.) Lord of the flies by William Golding

9.) Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

8.) Animal Farm by George Orwell

7.) The Postmistress by Sarah Blake – I only like the writing in this book, more so than the story, plot, characters, etc.

6.) The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova

5.) The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett – Childhood classic that transcends time

4.) A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

3.) Most of Sarah Dessen’s books – I know, I know, a far cry from everything else listed here. But these books are fun, summer reads. Especially for teenage girls, which, I am. 

2.) Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll

1.) The Book Thief by Markus Zusak – Just about the most touching, raw, emotional books I’ve ever read. In my life.

 

Well what do you know, that came out to exactly ten. I’m sure as I’m typing this now, five more inspiring books are coming to mind. But for now, these are the books that inspire me to write, without fail, whenever I read them.

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Feeling the pressure…

I’ve been told all my life to follow my dreams, to reach for the stars, to be what I want. I’ve heard this from my friends, my teachers, my parents, even society claims to preach this. But of course, most things have a deeper meaning, ulterior motives lurking beneath the surface.

Apparently it was acceptable for me to want to become a vet when I was five, and it my desire to become a crayon when I was to was perfect-just-perfect. So why is it that now that I’m grown up and I’ve finally found something I’m serious about that suddenly all these doubts resurface. 

According to my parents, “Do anything you want!” really means, “Do anything you want as long as it brings in good income and you don’t have to depend on us after graduating. Such acceptable things include: becoming a lawyer, account, a mixture of both, a doctor, marrying somebody rich. Oh, and by the way, just to let you know, English and History do not fall into these categories.” I’m not sure when I first realized this hidden meaning, but it’s feels as if I’m just now really letting it sink in. 

I’m sure my parents have good reason and I know that they just want the best of me and having a good income job is obviously important, but I’ll be damned if I choose to marry someone because of their money and nothing else.

Truthfully, I have no idea what I want to do ten years from now, five years from now, or even a hour from now. All I want is to know that someone will support my decisions and choices because they make me happy, someone that will encourage me through it. 

It’s always hard when your parents don’t agree with what you want. You want to make them happy so bad, but what happened to all those, Be Whatever You Want’s, and Follow Your Dreams? Do they now apply now that I’m older? I want to make my parents happy, I really, really do. But is it so selfish of me to put my happiness first?

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