In which I freak out about books because BOOKS
Mistborn and The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson. I had just not finished Mistborn on the first read because even though I heard it was good I got stuck in the first 150 pages because I wasn’t really excited by the characters and the world was interesting but not super immersive for me right then. I picked it up this year because my friend was encouraging me to read Brandon Sanderson and I Fell Head Over Heels especially for Elend “THAT IS MY WIFE” Venture. Also Vin. She’s literally a cat embodied in a human being and is physically incapable of sitting down she “perches” everywhere. And there’s canonical snuggling. This is a very bad summary of the book. The plot (if you’re actually here for plots and not just here to watch me meme and flail) goes thus: The world has been conquered for a thousand years by the Final Empire, the result of the evil overlord conquering the world. The skaa or common people are treated as absolutely worthless and are killed by their masters, the nobility, pretty much at will. No one has been able to successfully rebel against the Final Empire. But a ragtag band of criminals don’t care about your ideas about what will and won’t fly and Kelsier, Vin, Dox, Ham, Breeze, Spook, Sazed and Clubs are going to ruin the Lord Ruler’s day if it kills them and it probably will. That’s the first book. It’s got it all, espionage, super powers, dramatic fight scenes, damaged kids learning to trust again, and true love which actually has nothing to do with saving the day.
The second book continues where the first left off and there’s hugs and canonical snuggling and can you tell I’m sold?
The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson. (Are you noticing a pattern? You’re so clever.) Joel wants to draw with chalk but the other kids and adults won’t let him because he can’t make the chalk come alive and attack people but when murders happen he gets involved anyway. Melody proves that no matter how long you have struggled with school good teaching can always help you succeed, and Joel learns to be less of a jerk and to accept his situation. Melody and Joel do teamwork, their professor proves to be awesome, and they just generally get to be sass-balls and do espionage. Sanderson likes espionage. Joel gets to do the “money what’s that thing” and Melody gets to go “you are such a weird boy.” It’s a good time and I can’t believe that the next book isn’t out because it’s been nine years since the first one was published.
I’m working on War breaker. More on that later. It’s just taking a while.
We Free the Stars by Hafsah Faizal where Nasir finally gets over himself and Zafira has to deal with a murder book wanting to murder book it’s way through an entire country and Altair gets to be reminded that he and Nasir are brothers and though Nasir will not share a single corn chip with his brother he absolutely will wreck anyone who tries to touch Altair and Kifah gets to remind everyone she’s ace and that’s ok and stuff goes down and Zafira, Nasir, Altair and Kifah wreck stuff and people and it’s just really good. I enjoyed the sequel way more than the first book? It was really lush and well developed and the characters being besties was everything and Altair being clever was everything and it was just amazing AND we got Zafira’s lil baby sister in on the action and her little sister is just like “oooooooooooooooooh you have a boyfriend” and Zafira’s just like “NO” and her little sister is like “YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!! ^-^” so yes it was thoroughly delightful.
And then I read some G.A. Henty because the title involved Glendower and I was like GLENDOWER and then it wasn’t really what I was looking for but still ok but G.A. Henty invented formulaic writing I swear. But it’s ok? But you don’t have to rescue a girl and have a personal assistant and a bosom enemy in every story ok Henty?
Movies and TV:
White Collar with the dad and small kid.
Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood which has gotten me to revisit enjoying anime because almost no fan service, great story lines and amazing music. It is somewhat gory. It’s really pretty. The characters are amazingly fleshed out and Royai is canon rejoice all ye who enter here.
I discovered The Cottage Fairy which is the dearest Youtube channel and these are videos you should put on if you can’t sleep because she makes tea and frolics about outside and she’s a early childhood teacher and she literally owns a cottage and she’s adorable go watch her stuff. She also does beautiful adorable art. She inspired me to take up watercolors again.
I wanted to share some funny out of context stuff I’ve said over the past month as well because I really think that portrays the kind of person I am more than anything else. So.
One friend group. One person I text about the books I read. Ready. Set. Go.
“Idc if I am the main character or not I am well content to be the side encouraging character or the mentor figure or the chaos raccoon that sprints past carrying 15 oranges and being chased by an orangutan and is never spoken of again XD”
“kay kay but I raise you the aesthetic of dying flashing a peace sign at the mc and yelling “AVENGE ME” like bro you’re not even shaken you were expecting to be part of what motivates someone to murder the alien species trying to exterminate the human race”
“I was looking for a violent descriptor but those make me UNCOMFORTABLE so yeah I’d kick a turkey”
“Elend is honestly just like ‘you’re reading books and taking notes this is So Attractive'”
“How can she be so insufferable it must take so much energy”
“Kelsier looking at dying and surviving and being a mistborn and goes ‘you could make a religion out of this’ while Vin slaps him like ‘no'”
“Vin is like ‘religion? And you? That’s disgusting never speak to me again”
“Lightsong’s mild mannered disgust with people trying to seduce him is hilarious
and by people I mean Blushweaver and by disgust I mean DisGust”
“‘It’s my gentlemanly duty to tell you you’re gorgeous’ HONEY WHEN DID YOU GET SO SMOOTH
When did he have the time??”
“I’m reading the well of ascension and Vin is literally a cat like
Oh a rug
Would be so tragic if someone just
Went to sleep on it”
“Ah yes, thought Vivenna as she entered a city, these people are heretics and all of them should probably have their minds bleached for their own good”
“Melody going ‘Your immortal soul is in jeopardy’ ‘I have the sources to prove it’ Move aside ladies she has staked her claim to him”
I’m learning about how to incorporate reading and writing into teaching at the levels I’m supposed to be teaching and it’s really cool and really fun and I’m really enjoying it. I’m also taking my class on special education and I have my midterm next week…. ehheheh. I’m learning about the history of math and it’s so dramatic. Literally you could make a sitcom with endless drama about these dudes AND these occasional ladies. I’m also doing a math art class which is fairly fun but so easy that I don’t need to work that hard? And the teacher of this class knows that. And then I’m taking American history.
I’ve been working some and I’m working a lot this week and I have spring break coming up and SNOW IS MELTING it was under 0 for weeks there and finally we’ve hit the 40s and 50s and that naturally means I need to start making shorts. So I’m making shorts. My little sister had her birthday and Lent started. That’s about it for now! Until next time!