Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Book Review: The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

I did it, you guys. I finally read The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt. I've had it on my shelf for about a year now, and I even brought it with me to college, only to pack it up again in May, unopened. But now I have done it--I finished this 771-page beast.

And...I'm having several feelings, some of which are good and some of which are bad. But I'm getting ahead of myself. Let's start with a quick synopsis.

So Theo Decker is 13 years old, and he and his mom are in an art gallery when there's an explosion and his mom is killed. Theo survives. As he leaves the rubble of the gallery, he grabs and takes a painting of a goldfinch that his mom had mentioned loving. His dad had left his mom before the accident at the art gallery, so Theo's basically on his own...with a stolen painting.

Okay, after the jump, we're going to be in spoiler-y territory, so be warned.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Life Update: I Survived My First Year of College!

I recently got home from my first year of college (still feels really weird to say that). And I enjoyed it. I had some trouble adjusting to things (roommates, homesickness, anxiety, etc.), but for the most part, it was a great experience. And I know I made the right choice for me. I found a college with an amazing community (I especially love the English and Women's Studies departments, which is handy, since I'm majoring and minoring in those, respectively). I made friends, I got jobs, and I managed my courseload well.

The one thing I didn't do too much of this year? Reading. I mean, I am an English major, so I did a lot of reading, don't get me wrong, but it wasn't reading just to read.