Tonight, while I know I have about one hundred different things to do, I am avoid all of those to read, relax and eat my weight in my homemade double chocolate cake.
Do you blame me?
I’ll hate myself tomorrow for wasting this time but for now I am left with Shakespeare in my hands and a quote by a man whose ideals have greatly influenced my education as a journalist and continue to do so.
“What hath night to do with sleep?” -John Milton
I lie awake, on a not-so-late night and think about this quote endlessly.
I think he meant the night was meant for dreaming, self-discovery: by that I mean think about every life mistake you’ve ever made and rest, not just sleep.
For we can sleep but never really rest.
I would keep going but to be honest I think I’m in need of some of that rest myself.
-Thanks for reading,
This could be perhaps the strangest blog post you will read by me, I’m not making any promises but as a reader, I think I should say something very important.
I love words.
My favorite words come from both great writers who have been recognized with a Pulitzer prize and those who I think deserved one but then I remember if you awarded everyone, it would hardly be a reward, would it?
I’ve been reading a book I picked up in the clearance section of Half-Price Books, in short, it cost me all of one dollar.
The first thing that came to my mind… What?
I quickly learned it was about a man struggling to make something of his future while an ailing family back home causes concern for a different kind of future.
However, this book did include a small insignificant quote that I must share.
“Alone in a swirl of sentences…”
If I had a thought about this sentence it would be this: I don’t think the author was trying to be prolific or impressive, he was just describing every reading experience I have ever had.
I love the simplicity of it.
We are alone in the world, left to figure it all out for ourselves. That sentence described the whole damn book.
Please ponder, wonder and explore those sentences, no matter how insignificant.
-Your girl, lover of lit
Recently I started reading “Me Before You” a popular YA novel that is soon to be a movie.
I’m a sucker for a good romance book and this one especially.
I won’t give it all away but I could maybe sum up what I think might happen in the book.
So far a lovely young woman who seems to be full of life, Louisa Clark, takes a job as a caretaker to the once very adventurous, Will Traynor who is now wheelchair bound.
So this is what I think will happen:
They will fall in love, he starts to feel like he may be able to move again or atleast part of his body and them he unexpectedly dies.
If you didn’t know, I’m also a sucker for realistic endings. I’ll continue to read and let you all know what I find in my venture.
Until next time ladies and gents,
-Casey, lover of lit.
Today I wanted you to have a gander at some quotes that have made me cry at sometime or another in my life.
I’ll tell you all about why they mean something and why they may mean something to you.
“Life is to be lived, not controlled; and humanity is won by continuing to play in face of certain defeat.” -The Invisible Man
This book made me realize for the first time in my life that no matter how much my family tried or continues to try, my actions ultimately affect me. I hope this quote gives comfort to someone. I hope it acts as a way to encourage you. Much like the man in that book, we can’t give up because then we lose our humanity.
I’m not trying to be philosophical here, obviously the writers of these books know better than me about how to put these feeling into words.
“Terror made me cruel.” -Wuthering Heights
When my mother died I was almost a senior in high school, I enrolled for advanced placement english class and this book was on our summer reading list. I would think you could now understand why this quote is so beloved by me.
“You forget what you want to remember, and you remember what you want to forget.” -The Road
I read this book as a freshman in college, I was having a difficult time adjusting to the changes of college. I had to remind myself numerous times that I was and still am lucky to have the opportunity to learn from educated people. Anyone in the world would be lucky to know. I had to remind myself that I needed to be excited about learning before anything was every bound to stick in my head.
Just because I wanted it doesn’t mean I needed it. I had to remind myself that needing and wanting should always go hand in hand. If we collide these two, and I honestly believe this, we reach our ultimate goal. Or at least I am finding I am meeting mine.
-Thanks for reading
“Knowledge is my companion, it is with me wherever I go. My heart is its container, not the bookshelf.”
I am choosing not to review what I am reading right now because if the truth be told, I lack a sense of wanting for literature and surely that won’t encourage anyone to read, and that is after all my intention.
WHO AM I
Stress, I am a body of water, stress and sass. Mostly uninspired.
I started my college career in 2013 with a thirst for knowledge and books. OH the books; I wanted the books to teach me. As I still do.
But life is punching me in the face. Every day.
Maybe this isn’t what everyone was looking to read today… Maybe this isn’t what anyone wanted to read at all. Bear with me.
I thought college was suppose to inspire me to learn not drain the life out of me and if life is meant to live than why does it sometimes feel like dying?
I need a reason to keep going but I’m not giving up, in fact I will keep reading until I find it.
This weeks read is “Lord of the Flies” by William Golding
Probably one of my all time favorite quotes ever:
“In marrying your nephew, I should not consider myself as quitting that sphere. He is a gentleman; I am a gentleman’s daughter; so far we are equal.”-Elizabeth Bennet, Pride and Prejudice, slapping Lady Catherine in the face with wit, as well deserved.
The ultimate comeback for a woman who was considered, at the time, insignificant to the man who wanted to be with her, or for the record, the man she wanted to be with too.
I love heroines but more importantly than that, I love women who are in charge of their lives. Austen knew what she was doing and hats off to her for being such a killer in the realm of writing and understanding the world for what it was, long before most people did. A world suppressing the God-given rights of people, yes just people. That is all we are. What better way to prove this than with your mind?
Austen, I do love your enthusiasm to rid the world of what troubled it with your writing, I hope to do just that one day.
Literature comes and goes but let me be a bit more specific.
According to Merriam-Webster’s dictionary, literature is defined “written works (such as poems, plays, and novels) that are considered to be very good and to have lasting importance.”
Music plays a part in this definition. What are music notes without some meaning behind them?
Some music can tell stories in two minutes what it takes authors a lifetime to describe. I have been overwhelmed by some songs that remind me of old memories, happier occurrences and some of the worst battles I’ve faced in my 21 short years on this sometimes wonderful and wretched planet.
Some artists have the ability to promote stronger relations to a song that those I compare to some of my favorite novels and pieces of poetry.
The world of scholars or dictionary writers can define literature however they like. For me, its anything that makes me fall in love with an arrangement of words.
Billy Joel did this for me.
“Sing us a song, you’re the piano man
Well, we’re all in the mood for a melody
And you’ve got us feelin’ alright”
You have me feeling all right.