word of the week

brilliant. (of light or color) fully of light, very bright, shining and radiant; glorious, magnificent. superb, wonderful; exceptionally clever or talented; a diamond of this cut.

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read. reread.

i read donna tartt's first book, the secret history, in high school. i remember staying up all night on a school night reading and read the whole thing. two days later, after i slept a little, i reread it. i've reread it many times. i love that book and many people i love love that book. everyone i worked with at borders loved that book. i remember joking with co-workers that you couldn't get hired without having read it. 

despite my love, i haven't reread it in years. i wonder. were my late teens and early twenties the perfect time for me to read it? would it be the same almost 20 years later? i think i've decided i need to know. i'll be finding my copy and putting in on my nightstand. i'll reread it after i reread her new book, the goldfinch, which i just finished this morning and know i need to reread immediately.

i knew nothing about the book when i started it. i knew it was donna tartt and that people i love loved it. that, was awesome. i went into it blind, had no expectations and loved every single word. i gasped out loud multiple times. the first time all i could think of was this:

i also knew that one friend said she took her time, she wanted to climb inside the book and never come out. another friend said it was intense and that she had to take breaks. a third friend says she'll sleep when she's dead. i tried to show some restraint. i read a hundred pages before bed for a couple of nights. last night, at the halfway point and climbing out of my skin, needing to know what happens, i decided i sleep every night, books like this come every decade. if i'm lucky. i may be a little sleepy today but i'm glad i did it. 

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perspicacious. having or showing an ability to notice and understand things that are difficult or not obvious; of acute mental vision or discernment.

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epiphany. a sudden manifestation of the essence or meaning of something; a comprehension or perception of reality by means of a sudden intuitive realization; a revelatory manifestation of a divine being; january 6.

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be.exist; occur, take place; having the state, quality, identity, nature, role, etc., specified; used with a present participle to form continuous tenses; used with a past participle to form the passive mood; used to indicate something due to happen; used with the past participle of intransitive verbs to form perfect tenses. 

tiny but complicated.

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so that happened

i reread the first sweet valley book today and it broke my brain. i am completely mystified about why i read these for so long. the characters are all really unlikable, even elizabeth, who is supposed to be the really likable one. she's wishy washy and so easily manipulated by her sister. and oh god, jessica. she's so horrible. the book opened with jessica complaining about how fat and ugly she was, in front of her identical twin sister. not ok. there was one almost date rape, one lie about about almost date rape and a instance where they hinted at date rape. so not ok. 

so not ok.

francine pascal, the creator of the series, wrote another book that i adored, Hangin' with CiCi. I remember knowing that SVH was crap but reading it anyway. I remember knowing that Hangin' with CiCi was actually good. now, i'm wondering. 

so, that'll be my next book. in month or two. i need some time to recover.

here's the whole debacle, in case you missed it: http://storify.com/cookoorikoo/rereading-my-youth-sweet-valley-high-1-double-love

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#rereadingmyyouth

a few months ago, i curled up to reread Are you there God? It's me, Margaret? and as i began reading, i wanted to tweet every single thing i read and every feeling i was having about every single thing i read. it had been a long time since i had read it and boy, oh boy, i had feelings.  i didn't remember all the inter-faith stuff; i had forgotten about "sanitary belts" and nancy wheeler was a bitch. seriously.

so, i put the book down and picked it back up when i had the time to live tweet the whole thing and it was a blast. a lot of my regular twitter people told me so and i ended up chatting with a lot of new people. i knew that i wanted to do it again but had trouble finding the time. back in december, i decided to make the time and it made my to do list for 2014. this sunday will be the first book of the year. what's the book, you ask?

wouldn't have guessed that, would you? you guys, i LOVED the sweet valley high books. i read them by the fistful and continued to follow the series throughout high school, totally in secret. a library pile that included john updike, ursula k. leguin and sweet valley high did not make sense to my mother, or anyone else really. i can't explain it, even now. i loved these books.

i recently figured out that i read something like 88 of them. EIGHTY EIGHT. you'd think after reading 88 books, i'd remember them better but no. here's what i recall about sweet valley:

there are blonde twins named elizabeth and jessica,

a hunk named todd

and an arch nemesis whose name is lila fowler.

i, for one, am interested to find out what the hell else went on at sweet valley high and to see if these books were worthy of my love. i'll start sometime around 10 AM (PST) sunday, depending on pancakes. i'm going to try to post a link from storify afterwards with all the tweets from the day collected for your enjoyment.

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wednesday words

bershon. a word describing the irritated look of young people in photographs that they have been forced to take for their relatives.

lollapalooza. something outstanding of its kind; something excellent.

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wednesday words

bird. a warm-blooded egg-laying vertebrate distinguished by the possession of feathers, wings, and a beak and (typically) by being able to fly; an aircraft, spacecraft, satellite, or guided missile; a person of a specified kind or character; the word.
 

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wednesday words

elsewhere. neither here nor there. someplace else.

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