Just yesterday I realized how unbelievably behind I am in nearly every single class. I just don’t know where all of the time went. It seems like one day I was attending class and all caught up and now I have four papers to write for English by next week, a whole demonstration that I need to write, practice, and perform by tomorrow, and I have lots of studying to do for both math and science. Thank god I have roughly 22 days left of this semester before winter break. So as of about 11 a.m. today I am grounding myself from facebook, goodreads, wordpress, and of course reading, until I can get all caught up with my homework. The next few days are going to be complete torture. The issue with me though is that just grounding me from hobbies such as reading and being on the computer just won’t cut it. I will find absolutely anything to distract myself from doing my homework. For instance, last night I was feverishly working on my math trying to get it all done by today. All of a sudden, I got this huge urge to paint my nails. I mean what the heck was going through my head. It just suddenly became very important to paint my darn nails. Ten minutes and two lovely coats of purple later, I found myself skimming through one of my book purchases. Well that skimming turned into me dying to read it. Before I knew what was happening, I had read 30% of the book. Keep in mind that by this time it is now 1 a.m. So I forced myself to put the book down and finish my homework. Once that pesky little task was out of the way, I allowed myself to settle back into bed and finish reading my book. Finally, at 4 this morning I finished the book and went back to sleep. To say I am exhausted this morning would be an understatement.
Yesterday we had another book club meeting. It’s always so nice meeting with everyone. We couldn’t talk much about our assigned book, Nevermore by Kelly Creagh, because only two of the seven of us finished the book. Aside from that little setback, it was still nice to meet and catch up with everyone. Since we meet at borders for our meetings, I can be sure of two things: 1) I will for sure take a trip to the cafe to buy some very delicious but overpriced coffee concoction and 2) I will most definitely buy one too many books. My purchases yesterday were:
1) Return to Paradise by Simone Elkeles; aka the book that I stayed up to read until four in the morning. This book was a great conclusion to the first book, Leaving Paradise. Leaving Paradise is about a boy named Caleb and a girl named Maggie. Caleb is released after his year spent in juvie. He was charged with driving drunk and then hitting Maggie with a car and leaving her for dead. Maggie is stunned to see that Caleb is out of juvie for his reckless crime and, gasp!, he moves back to Paradise, their hometown. It doesn’t help that 1) Maggie used to be desperately in love with him and 2) He is her next door neighbor and 3) He is the twin brother of her former best friend. The story takes these two on a roller coaster ride of emotions as they each find out they have feelings for one another. Do they have what it takes to leave that horrible night in the past? Return to Paradise is the perfect fairytale ending to one twisted love story. Maggie and Caleb are forced to join a Re-START program together after spending nearly a year apart. The program is supposed to help people with issues of reckless driving, to come to terms with the past. But of course for Maggie and Caleb it’s a different story. The two are forced to evaluate what actually happened with that night, and figure out if they have what it takes to trust each other again. If you are looking for a really good, quick read, then Leaving Paradise and Return to Paradise are the perfect books for you!
2) Ruined by Simone Elkeles. (Are you sensing a pattern here, because I am)? It is actually three stories in one; How to Ruin a Summer Vacation, How to Ruin My Teenage Life, and How to Ruin Your Boyfriend’s Reputation. It’s a long book, nearly 780 pages, but I sure am excited to read it!
3) Last but not least Wake by Lisa McMann. We chose to read the Wake, Fade, and Gone books for our next book club meeting. I have been waiting to read this series for some time now. We are hoping that we can get Lisa McMann to answer some of our questions over twitter, similar to when Maragaret Stohl answered Caster Chronicle questions for us. It would be absolutely awesome if she agreed to it!
Ok I suppose it is time to officially ground myself from the computer; See you on the other side!