Given that I started school again this month, I haven't really done anything very spectacular. Nevertheless, the show must go on and so here is my monthly list of "stuff I kind of did and maybe liked that's mostly to do with books" a.k.a. my September Nerd List.
Books I’ve Read:
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn was simply, inexplicably phenomenal. Weirdly enough, I was inspired to read this novel after seeing the movie trailer. I delved into the book in with low expectations and the sole intention of finding out how it ended, but came out with my brain wrapped in millions of knots from twisting and turning so much, and the inability to speak fluent English for about half an hour because I was so shocked and flustered. This book made me want to scream out loud and rip each and every hair from my head, but it was without a doubt one of the best novels I’ve read in a long time. Not for the faint of heart, Gone Girl was gruesome and dark, but I highly recommend it to readers looking for something fast-paced and intensely gripping.
Character of the month
Well, this one’s tough… Considering that two out of three of the books I’ve read are about women that turn absolutely, insufferably crazy (literally, they go beyond insanity. There is not actually a word that wholly fits how mentally messed up Carrie and Amy are), it’s a little difficult to choose which one I disliked the least. And ‘On Writing’ was autobiographical, which complicates the situation a little seeing as Stephen King can’t technically be his own character… But what the hell. Stephen King is definitely one of the most entertaining authors I’ve encountered through literature, so he’s my character of the month.
Quote of the month
“High school isn't a very important place. When you're going you think it's a big deal, but when it's over nobody really thinks it was great unless they're beered up.”
I was lucky enough to be able to go to see The Fray this month, and they were absolutely incredible. I fell in love with the band all over again.
A slightly larger fangirl session also occurred when Nickelback released another single (!!!) and I almost died from excitement when my friend played it to me during school. There is no feeling that can compete with the emotions that run through your veins when you listen to a new song by an artist that you’ve been listening to since childhood. I almost imploded right there in the locker room.
It’s not really a “facepalm” moment in the sense that I slammed my hand against my forehead in a self-deprecating manner, but when I got my first matric assignment (due next year September), which we are supposed to start researching now, I did have an urge to slam my head repeatedly against a granite wall, and that’s kind of the same thing.
After Matthew Mole opened for The Fray, I couldn’t help but check out more of his music. He’s got this incredible sound that’s a little reminiscent of Mumford and Sons, with his banjo and slightly folksy lyrics. At the same time, his voice has that calming, beautiful quality that can’t really be explained, a little like Ed Sheeran. Not to mention that he seems like the sweetest, most adorable performer on the face of this earth. Oh, and he’s also proudly South African, and a Christian with what seems like a good set of morals (which won him serious brownie points with my parents). I just had to but his album, ‘The Home We Built’, and now I can’t stop listening to it.
Song of the month
I’ve been blasting ‘Wake Me Up When September Ends’ by Green Day for the past week because – to take the song extremely literally – I’ve been so tired out by school that I pretty much wanted to fall asleep and wake up on October 1st. (Interesting to note that this was also my September song of the month in 2013… It’s just the kind of song you have to play in September.)
Lyric of the month
“This is gospel for the fallen ones, locked away in permanent slumber, assembling their philosophies from pieces of broken memories.” – Panic! At The Disco, This Is Gospel
(I have no idea why, but the image in my mind when I listen to these lyrics is of vampires locked away in their coffins, which is kind of what I feel like when I’m at school. The parallels between the two are startling, especially when you compare the burning sensation of sunlight pouring through a crack in the coffin and onto a vampires skin with sitting in a Physics classroom.)
Hope this helped with some source of boredom in your life!
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