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All right, it has been a long while since I've done one of these posts. Conveniently enough, I remembered that it's Wednesday, and I'm actually reading something! Despite this not being the first Wednesday of the year, this is my first reading post for 2017.

What are you currently reading?

I picked up Surprised by Joy by C. S. Lewis again, but I haven’t made much progress on that as of late. Sometimes, I feel like I’ve already read quotes of the best bits, but it’s interesting to see into his childhood through this autobiography since we seem to share similar taste in literature. This author is probably the main reason that I’m studying literature in the first place, and now that I’m better acquainted with classic literature, it’s fun to pick out the references and know what he’s talking about.

What did you recently finish reading?

Today, I just finished The Casual Vacancy by J. K. Rowling. I feel pretty bad for not getting around to this sooner, but obviously, it’s very different from Harry Potter. It took me awhile to get into it, but I ended up not wanting to put it down and really enjoying it by the end. I’m not really the kind of person to cry over books these days, but if I were, this book would have been one of them. I felt that the ending was sad but satisfying with a glimmer of hope for the future. I don’t feel like the characters were as memorable as those from Rowling’s other books, though. I rated the first Cormoran Strike book lower than this one on GoodReads (and I feel like I should reevaluate that rating), but the characters from that series stick out much better in my mind even though I read that book a few years ago. In this book, I kept forgetting who people were, and it was hard to like anyone at first because all of the characters are so flawed. It was definitely not a good versus evil kind of story with clear-cut heroes and villains like in Harry Potter, but it dealt with some of the same issues of class and prejudice that Rowling included in Harry Potter. Even though the subject matter was very different, it was easy to keep in mind that this was a book by J. K. Rowling. Plus, it’s always refreshing to die back into her prose and see how it has been changed by this genre.

What do you think you'll read next?

I have a couple things in mind, but I haven’t made a decision yet. I was considering Captive Prince or the second Cormoran Strike book. It all depends on my mood.
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Happy birthday to you, J. K. Rowling! ^_^ Obviously, you will never read this birthday message, but I wanted to acknowledge this special day for you and Harry. I've shared many journeys with tou, and I hope to share many more.

Am I a JKR fan for life? *shrugs* Probably. I always said that I couldn't say so for sure until she finished the Harry Potter series and published other works. Well, that has happened, and I'm already behind on reading! Less than a year after the publication of her first non-Potter book, JKR isrevealed as the author of a new mystery novel published under a psuedonym. And I haven't even read The Casual Vacancy... although The Cuckoo's Calling is well underway. ;3 Regardless, I think I will continue to read Rowling's work even if her new adult books don't live up to my expectations. I will always want to find that Potter magic again, but I love JKR for more than her writing. I mean, there's an amazing Harvard commencement speech that I'm too lazy to link to! Maybe it's just that I'm not well-read enough yet to be too nit-picky, but her writing was there during a very crucial part of my life. It refuses to be left in my past and forgotten! At any rate, I will be ready to explore any new world she shares with us.

As for The Cuckoo's Calling itself... it's been a slow process to get through. It's not that I dislike the book at all, but other things have been on my mind as of late. Plus, it *isn't* a Potter book. Therefore, I don't feel the mad frenzy to devour the book as soon as possible.

That being said, I have enjoyed it. There have definitely been moments when I felt that old excitement again. I finished part two last week, and I intend to finish the whole novel before school starts. Like with the Harry Potter books, I have my own ideas about what's really going on in this mystery. I think Lula's reconnection with her biological family is important, and it may have led to her death. I think that American rapper may have been related to her. Most of all, the husband of the couple in the bottom flat seems particularly suspicious. We'll see! Hopefully, JKR can stump me again.. although I *did* work out some of the details in Harry Potter. ^^;

Well, on to Muggle concerns...

Currenlty, I am recovering from a busy weekend. On Friday, I went to see a play at the Shakespeare festival in Griffith Park... except it wasn't Shakespeare! Nor was it Elizabethan. It was She Stoops to Conquer by Oliver Goldsmith. I had never heard of it before, but the recurring tweets about it finally got to me. Overall, it was a fun little romp. Made me think warmly of The Important of Being Earnest. It was an eveing well-spent. After this perforamce and Macbeth, I am eager to see more work by these people.

The rest of my weekend was dominated by a trip to visit extended family. Not my cup of tea. All I can say is that I hope that I didn't come off as too much of a jerk, but I wish I didn't have to go. I'm glad that the world is so much bigger than family gatherings!

As a result of all of this, I have fallen behind on Night Vale. *sighs* I've been trying to pace myself and enjoy a little at a time, but I want to get caught up at the same time. I listened to episodes 13 and 14 tonight last night. I hope to get caught before school starts.
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well, damn... it's after 2 a.m., and I'm full of energy. Perfect timing, huh? Anyway, I thought I'd make my first post in the meantime. This isn't a real introductory post though. It's just what's going through my mind right now...

I have to get up tomorrow too enroll in my fall classes. *blinks* I should be up at 10 this morning. That is, if my registration date gets updated… Otherwise, I may have to go down there. I want to take that critical thinking requirement class, a Shakespeare class, a music appreciation class, and an introductory psychology class. Hope that all works out.

I've also been really getting into Welcome to Night Vale. I'm on episode 10 so far. And I've read two FICs! ♥ In fact, that's why I just signed up for AO3. I hope my invite comes soon... It looks a lot friendlier than Fanfiction.Net.

I've also been reading J. K. Rowling's new book. In fact, I need to finish it. More on that later.

I will post a proper introduction soon. Now, sleep!

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