It’s Not Hansel and Gretel by Josh Funk

It's Not Hansel and Gretel

It’s Not Hansel and Gretel by Josh Funk
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I loved this book. The illustrations are great and it attempts to bend gender roles a bit. Who says that the girl always has to do the household chores?

I love that the characters take over the story, leaving the narrator confused and frustrated. It all works out in the end, but not in the way that we think it will.

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Spring Break 2022

This week is Spring Break. I have been informed by an instructor to use the time for rest, and not for catch-up. I don’t know how to do that, I think.

I did rest a lot yesterday, but I also wrote and submitted a paper that was mentally weighing me down.

I have bookclub the next two weeks, and I am leading both. I have finished neither book.

I am organizing a dinner and a lunch with friends. We are adding a movie to the lunch event. I’m dealing with head counts and the movie theater hasn’t released show times yet.

I have a midterm to work on this week, due the week we return to classes. I haven’t finished the book, although I have a good idea about how it will go.

I am listening to lectures from an instructor who has been tardy about posting them. They aren’t difficult, but he does go way off on a tangent with his thoughts.

I am mentally working on a final project for a class. I am mostly done with it in my head. I need to get it written out. I also have a creative writing due in a few weeks and I’m thinking about that.

I am mentally packing for an upcoming weekend vacation. I am hoping I don’t forget anything or overpack.

Last but very much not least, I have to finish up the reviews of the books I finished in the last couple of weeks and I need to post them here. Most of the work is done, but I just need to follow through with it.

I haven’t taken time off work during this time off school, but it shouldn’t make a difference. I can handle it. Graduation’s light is at the end of the tunnel. I have applied and paid for it already. I just have to do the work.

Book Club Picks

Book club picks

The above linked article has a list of books for book clubs. I hadn’t heard of any of these books, so I’m curious about what others think about them. None of my book clubs would be likely to pick any of these, but I always like recommendations.

WIN ME SOMETHING BY KYLE LUCIA WU

BLUE-SKINNED GODS BY SJ SINDU

RADIANT FUGITIVES BY NAWAAZ AHMED

TWELVE TRIBES: PROMISE AND PERIL IN THE NEW ISRAEL BY ETHAN MICHAELI

THE FAMILY CHAO: A NOVEL BY LAN SAMANTHA CHANG (FEBRUARY 1, 2022)

THE ACTUAL STAR BY MONICA BYRNE

WHEN GHOSTS COME HOME BY WILEY CASH

THE 9.9 PERCENT: THE NEW ARISTOCRACY THAT IS ENTRENCHING INEQUALITY AND WARPING OUR CULTURE BY MATTHEW STEWART

OLGA DIES DREAMING BY XOCHITL GONZALEZ (JANUARY 4, 2022)

Not Getting Much Finished

I have several projects due in the next few days, but the weekends are pretty much my only time to get things done. I get to the point that my plate is so full, I can’t concentrate on anything for long periods of time. I end up multitasking and breaking projects down. Things are slowly getting done, but nothing is getting finished.

I have 2 paragraphs of a 5 page paper done. It’s due tomorrow at midnight.

I have 2 pages of a 125 page book read. Pages 1-60 are due tomorrow at 3:30. 61-97 are due on Wednesday and the rest of the book is supposed to be completed by the following Monday.

I have one hour left of a play to watch while I read along. I have an hour completed. It’s due on Tuesday at 2, but I have to write about it by midnight tonight.

I have 1 question of a 20 question quiz done. Due tomorrow at 10am.

I have 4 pages of an 8 page short story read. I need to fill out the spreadsheet about plot, characters, setting, etc. It’s due on Tuesday.

I have a book to read for a final project. I have 50 pages left to read, then I need to research reviews on the book. I also have a reflection paper to write that was due on Friday.

I have a research proposal to write by Wednesday, for a final project that’s due on the 21st.

I have a two page paper to write that’s due on the 11th. I haven’t even thought about it yet.

I have a power point presentation to write, make slides on and record by the 7th. I have about half of my research done on this one.

I have reading to do for one last class. Due on Tuesday. More reading for it due on Thursday.

I have several book club books to read, but they are mostly done by audiobook in the car, so I am not too worried about them. I have laundry to do, dishes to do, cleanup to do. I am behind on my Goodreads reviews, but that’s not urgent. Blogging is getting done as I find things to write about. The odds and ends are getting done as I take breathers.

I have just about started a little of everything. I just cant get it completed. I’m meeting deadlines, for the most part, and I am prioritizing the stuff that needs to be completed first. It’s just a tad overwhelming when nothing is getting finished. It will be, just not immediately.

Dr. Faustus by Christopher Marlowe

Dr. Faustus

Dr. Faustus by Christopher Marlowe
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This was required reading for school. I hadn’t heard of the play before reading it, and I wasn’t sure what to expect. I wasn’t expecting it to be so gloomy, though. With the topic, I don’t know why I was expecting it to be more cheery.

It’s worth reading to know the story, but maybe reading a synopsis could do the same thing.

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Passing by Nella Larsen

Passing

Passing by Nella Larsen
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I wasn’t expecting to like this story as much as I did. It was required reading for school, and it made me think.

The story is told from one character’s point of view. Was she a reliable narrator? Is this the story the way it really happened, or just the way it happened in her mind? Did the story really end that way? Where are the answers?

Definitely worth reading!

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The Duchess of Malfi by John Webster

The Duchess of Malfi

The Duchess of Malfi by John Webster
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I picked this up as required reading for school. I enjoyed it more than I thought I would. I am glad that I had a video of the play to go with it, since I wasn’t familiar with the story.

It is a story that’s worth reading, though. I was surprised to find that it was based on a true story, because of the unusual things that happen during the story.

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