Random Update of Random

Hey, y’all! Happy Easter! I hope you are still partying, because I totally am. Alleluia!

I was lucky enough to get to go home for Easter weekend, and that’s always, always super fun. I spent my time in the RGV eating, talking, going to Mass, talking, sleeping, talking, flying kites, and did I mention talking? Seriously, though, my family is an Catholic extrovert’s dream.

How I spent my Easter vacation.

I finished both The Namesake and Between Heaven and Mirth. Real quick about those two books: I didn’t realize that I’d already seen the original talk on which Between Heaven and Mirth is based, and while I enjoyed it in book form, I feel like I would’ve enjoyed it more if I hadn’t seen the talk first. Such is life. I still highly recommend it, though! The Namesake was good, too! I now want to READ ALL THE JHUMPA LAHIRI BOOKS.

In case you live under a rock, just letting you know that this happened yesterday:

So epic. Unfortunately, I didn’t get to watch it because of work, but I saw plenty of pictures and a couple of news clips. Also, my aunt and uncle were there (I KNOWWWWW), so I’m looking forward to their descriptions! I was talking to a friend about Pope St. John XXIII, and we both agreed that 1) we know almost nothing about him and 2) we definitely need to get to know him better! So if you have any favorite quotes or pictures or whatever, send them my way!

I promise to try to blog more! I’ve had lots of thoughts knocking around in my head, and I definitely need to be more disciplined about setting them down somewhere instead of letting them evaporate in my head. Easter resolution!

I think I’ve pretty much caught you all up on my life now. Have a lovely day!

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The Book Pile March 30-April 6

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I only had time to read two books last week because the toilets in my apartment building backed up not once, but TWICE. Add a bunch of crazy shifts into the mix, and at the end of each day this was me:

Thankfully, I was able to stay at a friend’s house for a couple of days. But still. You never notice how much you love indoor plumbing until it stops working.

Finished
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On Such A Full Sea-Chang-Rae Lee : Sigh. I so wanted to love or at least like this book. Remember how excited I was to read it last week? It was a simpler time.
Okay, the good things first. There was some gorgeous writing in there, especially this, which was my favorite sentence in the whole book: “Isn’t this what we also fear and crave simultaneously, that some internal force which defies understanding might remake us into the people we dream we are?” I took that to prayer, big time. Also, I enjoyed reading about the city of B-Mor; how they lived, what they did for fun, etc. But I generally enjoy things like that. So I’ll give him that.

But. But but but. Okay. First of all, the protagonist had such a weak personality, and you’d better believe it grated on my nerves. I felt like she just let the story happen to her instead of being part of the story, if that makes any sense. Second: the first person plural narration style was kind of cool at first, but by the middle of the book I was longing for some good dialogue. Third, the story just kind of went SPLAT all over the place about halfway through. I kept thinking, okay, it’ll pick up now…or now….how about now? And so on. Finally, without giving anything away, I was super disappointed with the ending. The things that I felt should have been resolved weren’t resolved!!! Or, at least in my opinion they weren’t. I made many noises of disgust and stewed over it for a couple of days. Why you gotta do me like that, Chang-Rae?

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A Prayer Journal-Flannery O’Connor : This book was much, much shorter than I expected; almost half of it was just a photocopy of the original journal. Okay…why? I mean, it was nice to see her actual handwriting, but one page would have been enough, yes? Anyway. Despite the fact that it was so short, I enjoyed it. Her longing to long for God jumps out of every page. My favorite part: “I don’t want to fear to be out, I want to love to be in…Help me to feel that I will give up every earthly thing for this. I do not mean becoming a nun.” Word, Flannery. Again, I just wish it had been longer!

Up Next
The Second Coming-Walker Percy: Haven’t even cracked it open. See first paragraph. But he’s next!

Between Heaven and Mirth-Fr. James Martin, SJ : This book was briefly on my radar when it came out, but I’d forgotten about it until I saw my friend watching a talk Fr. Martin gave that was absolutely hilarious! I definitely agree with Fr. Martin: holiness=happiness! I’m interested to see how he expands on this topic.

The Namesake-Jhumpa Lahiri: I’ve been eyeing this book for years, but it kept getting pushed to the back of my mind. Now I’m finally getting around to it, and I’m excited but also a little nervous about being excited, mostly because of the whole Chang-Rae Lee incident last week. [totally over it (not)]

What are you reading this week?more importantly, who wants to wench talk about On Such A Full Sea with me? Did you love it? Or did you also hate it?