MK’s Book Reviews: Stephen King’s It

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Okay.

I am not a horror fan, not a violence fan, and definitely not a clown fan.

Why did I read this book?

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Friday Things

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Another week, another summer, comes to a close. I feel like the older I get, the more time speeds up. I can’t believe it’s been fourteen years since I was a freshman in college, huddled around my roommate’s TV with a bunch of people I’d just met, watching those towers fall. Here’s to hoping that humanity is slowly but surely moving towards a place where we can stop thinking of any group of people as “the enemy” and just acknowledge one another for what we all are: beautifully flawed human beings.

On that note:

1. I basically assumed everyone was already following HONY, but then I met someone the other day who’d never heard of this wonderful site. If you haven’t already, go through and read these people’s stories; and better yet, read the comments on Facebook. It’s the only comment section on the internet that doesn’t make you want to throw away your computer and go live alone in the woods.

2. American behaviors that can be considered rude in other countries.

3.  Comics that describe what it’s like to live in New York. Though I’ve recently abandoned NYC for the larger spaces and cheaper rents of Jersey City, I will never forget the nearly 8 years I called this city home. And since I work here, it still kind of is.

Reading: SO CLOSE to finishing this, and it’s gotten supremely bizarre in its later chapters. At the same time, I also started reading this, and it’s fascinating so far.

Watching: The same thing as last week. Currently in the Pylea episodes, which I love 🙂

Listening tothis, of course.

Image taken by my iPhone 3 9/11/2011

Wanderlusty Wednesday: Camp Hoover

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I am super-bummed to have missed my annual camping trip with my cousins in North Jersey this year because of moving weekend. But here is a photo of our favorite campsite at our favorite camping ground. The best thing about this place is that it looks exactly the same today as it did twenty years ago. I love the tall trees, I love the Civil War-era tents, I love the battered old canoes, I love the midget-height showers with their giant spiders. I love that nothing changes. Til next year, Camp Hoover!

MK’s Book Reviews: All The Light We Cannot See

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You’ve likely heard of this book, as it was everywhere this summer. It also won a highly coveted prize.

Is it worth the hype?

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Friday Things

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It’s Friday! It’s Labor Day Weekend! After the month I’ve had, I fully intend to do little more than sit on the beach and read the entire weekend.

Here are three things that made my week:

1. I knew very little about Patti Smith until I read her memoir. It absolutely blew me away. Besides introducing me to her and her work, as well as that of Mapplethorpe, it reignited my interest in non-fiction. Everything she says is so honest and so real, not the least of which is this.

2. Been thinking a lot about this platform lately; if you’re a fellow blogger, this article is extremely helpful.

3. This Tumblr had me laughing SO HARD.

Reading: I’m not done with this yet. I can’t remember the last time it’s taken me over a month to finish a book. But I can’t read it at night, or this happens (side note: how talented is my friend?) With the stress of the move, I needed an unstressful nighttime book, so I embarked on a reread of this, which I just love so, so much.

Watching: One of my favorite things to do is perform household chores while rewatching a favorite TV series (and drinking some nice vino). So I’ve been unpacking in the new apartment while doing an Angel rewatch. It’s so much fun, and I’m actually glad I’m not done yet.

Listening to: Nothing new. I could use some suggestions if you have any!

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Am I Making It Too Hard For Myself?

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It’s Thursday, which means we’re due for a Learning From The Masters post, but I’m taking a break from that this week. This week I want to talk about something that’s been on my mind a lot lately–something I hope you can help me with…

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Wanderlusty Wednesday: Brooklyn Heights

4438208885_1bc6a245e2_bIn honor of the fact that I just left Brooklyn, I thought I’d post about some of my favorite things to do and see in my former beloved borough…

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