Sunday, September 28

College Life

Hello world, long time no see. If you didn't already know; I have just started college. It's a pretty big step going from secondary school to college but it is an even bigger step going from an all girls school to a very male dominated class in college. Most of you that read this are probably not from Ireland and are unfamiliar with the educational system here, so let me break it down for you.
-First, there is play school for a year at 3 or 4 years.
-Primary School for 8 years
-Secondary School for 6 years (usually)
-College for (generally) 4 years.
So you see, I have spent the last 6 years in a very lovely school full of girls where I've made some very good friends, had the greatest laughs and become quite comfortable in that environment. And now that's all gone. Poof!
I'm not going to tell you what college I'm going to (because I'm paranoid like that) but I will tell you that I am studying Computer Science. And it is VERY DIFFICULT! But - I really like it. The people in this course are GENIUSES though. And they are very nerdy. Video Games seems to be very popular.... and surprisingly art too. Some of my friends ( Yes! I actually made friends!! Can you believe it?!) are particularly good. In fact here's a link to one of their blogs where he posts drawings.
Take a look and comment or whatever. His drawings are just stripped back to their fundamental lines. It is a really cool style of drawing I think. And then looking at Farah's work makes me want to lock all my pencils and journals away so no one can see how bad I am in comparison.

On another note, I really miss my friends from secondary school. We are all a bit spread out and it's hard to meet up often. I am used to seeing them almost everyday. Now when I want to tell them my exciting news, or gush over the most amazing book or even just hug them because I'm not having a great day, they're not there. And it's really hard. I know I should be making lots of new friends and I like to think that I am but it feels to soon to be my "usual" odd self. It's not that I'm not being myself I'm just holding back on saying everything that pops into my head.

Also; awkward silences. They happen a lot to me. I wouldn't consider myself shy but I'm not much of a talker. It's grand if the other person talks a lot or if we're talking in a group but one to one I can sometimes say nothing. Yet in my head I can't shut up at the same time. There could be nothing coming out of my mouth but in my mind I'm jabbering on. You probably think I'm crazy now. Maybe I am.

Anyhoo, how have you been?
Marian  ^_^

Saturday, September 20

The 5th Wave

For a year, I've been having this internal debate on whether to read the 5th Wave or not. There's just been so many different opinions from raves to rants. About a month ago I gave in to my unofficial "rule" about me being the judge of my opinions about books and not letting others affect my own personal opinion. So, here is my review.

 After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one.

Now, it’s the dawn of the 5th wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth’s last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker.

 Beguiling and mysterious, Evan Walker may be Cassie’s only hope for rescuing her brother—or even saving herself. But Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up. 
This is a song I found on youtube that was inspired by the book. It kinda has spoilers but only if you really read into the lyrics. Give it a listen. I think it's actually very good.


 My Thoughts... It took a long while to get into the book. I mean those first 100 pages just dragged on! Not to mention how confused I was. There seemed to be very little context so I couldn't understand who, what, where...! Then when the POV changes and doesn't explain who's POV it is and expects me to be able to figure it out.. it's just - ARGHH!
On a better note I thought the actual plot was good. (Somehow) I had never read a book about an "alien invasion"... - wait, does The Host count as an alien invasion?  The second half of the book had a lot of action and suspense, but nothing that would keep you up at night alas. The first half, I felt, was written in such high suspense with absolutely nothing remotely happening that it got very tiring after a while. Everything about the first half I didn't like. I also didn't like how amidst an alien invasion the main character managed to focus her time thinking about some stupid, arrogant, superficial  boy!! I did like Evan though. And her brother. They were characters that I could tolerate and sort of understand.

I know that I sound like I really didn't like this book but it really wasn't all that bad. I just think it got a bit too overhyped and sometimes too degraded. It belongs somewhere in the middle ground.

★ ★ ★
Marian  ^_^

Monday, September 8

The Ultimate Playlist

Hello, how are you today? I've been listening to a lot of music recently and thought why don't I share with you my favourite songs on my playlist.

The Coronas
Since I first heard of them with their song Heroes and Ghosts I have remained quite a big fan. They're Irish (yeah!) and nearly all their song are extremely good! I even saw them live at Indiependence.


Walking On Cars
They are my most recent obsession. I heard of them from a friend about a year ago, but alas I did not bother to look them up. And then I saw that they were on the Indie line up and though hmm maybe I should check them out. And then Bam! I was in love. They are also Irish (I seriously think Irish band are just superior to other countries). From Dingle ^_^




Hermitage Green
Erm... these are also Irish (sorry!). But they are just amazing. I also saw these at a gig. Just listen to the guitar!


Come on Eileen
It's a classic. There's nothing else to it.



Awolnation Sail




Also on my playlist are:
American Authors - Best Day of my Life
Kodaline - Brand New Day
Arctic Monkeys - Snap Out of it
The Killers - Mr. Brightside
The Beatles - Twist and Shout
Have you heard of any  of these songs? Tell me your favourites?
Marian  ^_^

Thursday, September 4

Will Grayson, Will Grayson

This was one of the many books I brought with me to Spain this Summer. I sat outside at the pool one morning and opened the first page. That evening I closed the last. No doubt, it is a very easy read (-->there's no Swedish politics or hundreds of names you need to remember). I was very excited to finally read Will Grayson, Will Grayson as John Green is one of my favourite authors. It was also an interesting twist to read a story written by two people. David Levithan's writing compared to John Green's had a lot of differences and also similarities.

One cold night, in a most unlikely corner of Chicago, two teens—both named Will Grayson—are about to cross paths. As their worlds collide and intertwine, the Will Graysons find their lives going in new and unexpected directions, building toward romantic turns-of-heart and the epic production of history’s most fabulous high school musical.


What I thought... Okay. This book was not what I expected. At first I was just reading along, enjoying new people, new places and then bam! I was addicted. I fell in love with the two Will Graysons. They were both so interesting and different and yet through it all very connected. Switching PoV from chapter to chapter gave two perspectives of the same situation. I was intrigued how differently they viewed their friends. I mean, it wasn't hard to get mixed up. I also wonder why David's Will was written in lowercase...? Anyway the story, the characters and even the setting are all very vivid.

On the Characters... David's Will Grayson, I found, was rather annoying. He had this whole self pity and moping thing going on that really bugged me. I know he had good reason to be and I understood why but I just didn't like it. Though by the end of the book I had grown a lot fonder of him. His journey from the start to the end is really spectacular. And that moment at the end with all the Will Graysons is just.... so inspiring and motivating. The other Will Grayson seemed far more ordinary and typical in comparison. Yet, I could relate to him a lot more. An then there is Tiny. Ah yes; Tiny. I really loved him but hated him at the same time. I think he was the most real of all.

On another note... This was actually first book I have ever read where being gay plays a central role. Will Grayson Will Grayson is a book I must applaud for being very 21st century and dealing with real world things like depression, relationships, homosexuality, betrayal, trust and underage drinking.


{Quotes} 

“When things break, it's not the actual breaking that prevents them from getting back together again. It's because a little piece gets lost - the two remaining ends couldn't fit together even if they wanted to. The whole shape has changed.” 

“this is why we call people exes, I guess - because the paths that cross in the middle end up separating at the end. it's too easy to see an X as a cross-out. it's not, because there's no way to cross out something like that. the X is a diagram of two paths.” 

★★★

 Happy Reading.
Marian  ^_^

Tuesday, September 2

August Wrap Up

August was a really busy month for me. I though it absolutely flew. One minute I'm sleeping until noon and the next thing I'm hitting that alarm at dawn. At the start of the month I spent 3 nights in a tent at Indiependence festival. That was BRILLIANT! It took a while to get over that weekend and catch up on sleep. My Leaving Cert results came out soon after.
                                                             Afraid
...But all was well in the end! ^_^
Then I had to accept a place in College which means -- I AM NOW A COLLEGE STUDENT! That fact both terrifies me and delights me. It is a scary world out there, especially when you know no one.
And we all know how bad I am at talking to people.

I also attended my Debs which is like a Prom in America, I guess. Despite how ridiculous it was, it was a bit of fun. Food was awful though.

Anyhoo, these are the posts I did in August:
1. July Posts of the month.
2. Indiependence 2014
3. Millenium Trilogy Review
4. Chequerboard Cookies
5. Meet the Family
6. Journaling

F talked about Christianity and belief


New blogs that I found last month includes the very lovely Holly's, Charli's and and Rachel's.

Goodnight Bloggers (I'm worn out from College Orientation).
Marian  ^_^