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Hey everyone, I am Cathryn. I am going into my 5th year of pharmacy at Butler University. I am also working toward a minor in Science, Technology & Society! In my spare time, I enjoy hanging out with friends and writing. I've been working on NaNoWriMo and am hoping to be published at some point in the near future as well. Most of the time you can catch me studying in the library or browsing the Internet. Oh, and did I mention that I got married last summer?

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Posts Tagged “books”

The list of Things I have no time for

I have a lot of time to think about things while I drive to and from campus. And when I have too much time to think, I get ideas.

So I have two ideas for novels, and no time at all to write them. This is probably the complaint of a lot of writers, and I don’t want to be one of those writers who just laments never having time, and never making the time. I won’t leave the ideas for dead. NOPE.

Then I guess more importantly, I have to come up with a project for my last year of school–the dreaded P4 project. I actually have a lot to work with here, even though all of my pharmacy student career I’ve been dreading this thing. I like reading and interpreting research, but actually designing and conducting it makes me fall asleep. BUT. I definitely want to work with veterans and mental health and, well, drugs. So we’ll see what comes up as this year progresses–I have to decide … well, soon.

Then there’s books. I want to read books for fun like a normal human being. I still haven’t finished this book and I’m borrowing this book and literally two years ago I started this book and never finished it. Not to mention I kind of want to reread Harry Potter from start to finish.

Instead this is my weekend after clusters because reading books and writing novels far exceeds my brain capacity. Plus I probably have work to do, I just haven’t had the heart to look yet.

More thoughts on The Hunger Games, just because.

I just have lots of things to say right now!

I had to try and articulate just what’s so important about these books and why everyone’s all crazy about them. I think a lot of people sort of write off fandoms like this because they think it’s vapid, or I don’t know, never as good as Harry Potter. Especially with the advent of Twilight, any young adult series that gets any attention is probably regarded as “just another stupid romance book.”

In the case of the Hunger Games, I’ve found that most people start pointing fingers that it’s “the same as that one movie/book/anime.” And that’s fine. If you haven’t read the book and all you know is its synopsis, then yeah, you’ll probably think it’s a straight hack. Well, guess what? Lots of things are reminiscent of previous works. Did you know The Lion King is Hamlet? Do you hate it now?

Anyway, I think The Hunger Games isn’t just some pointless love story. The main character is female and 16/17, so if you’re a 25 year old guy, I don’t really expect you to read the book and find it awe-inspiring (but if you do, yay!). But Katniss is really important as a strong character, especially in the light of a certain someone named Bella.

Katniss does not care what other people think about her. Personally, I care very much about what other people think about me. So I spend too much time on my hair, I buy a lot of makeup, I always want the newest and cutest clothes. Katniss, however, knows what’s important–her family and friends, and self-preservation (because, y’know, she’s under the constant threat of getting killed/starving to death!).

Katniss also has rather low self-esteem for being such an important part in the trilogy. I would say she’s humble, but there are times when she gets down on herself. Watching that struggle is just so interesting to me. I feel like I can relate to that.

And lastly, while the romance plot is central to the trilogy, it isn’t … stupid. Is that descriptive enough? Okay–Katniss isn’t defined by the romances. She is controlled and swayed by them (for self-preservation reasons, I can’t go too far into them without giving anything away), but this is always portrayed as highly negative, confusing, and undesirable. In the beginning, Katniss actually doesn’t want to ever get married or have children (breaking down the gender roles! ish. Don’t call me out on this. gawsh). Any time she’s forced to do something traditionally female (wear dresses, try to be nice and funny and “desirable”), she fails miserably. Because she doesn’t want to be that way, and neither do we if we don’t want to.

This got reallllyyyy long. I’ll leave you with my favorite creepy song from the soundtrack and something pretty from Tumblr.

SB2012? More like THE HUNGER GAMES 2012.

For once, it wasn’t entirely necessary to travel for spring break to find good weather. It was in the 70s and sunny all week here in Indy!

That said, I spent most of my break inside. Reading. Reading THE HUNGER GAMES. I got through the first two books in a matter of 4 days. Third book has been slower because I actually had to leave the house for the latter half of break.

But yes, I have Hunger Games fever. Every time I hit up a store, I’ve had to buy every magazine with Jennifer Lawrence’s face on it. (This includes Seventeen magazine which was sort of a mistake.) Also, I’m Team Peeta.

I mean, he paints AND bakes AND is a hopeless romantic? Y’all can have rugged Gale. Team Peeta forever.

(I also have a tiny crush on Woody Harrelson, but that is an aside.)

Anyway, the movie premieres THIS FRIDAY and I’m super pumped. It’s nice to have another fandom to look forward to now that Harry Potter’s done. On top of that: a young adult series with a strong female main character? GASP. So much better than that lovesick sissy in Twilight. (There, I said it.)

May the odds be ever in your favor!

Spring break countdooown!

It’s almost midnight, so I’m not counting Tuesday as a day anymore. 3 more days until spring break!!

Our clusters are scheduled Wednesday-Friday, which isn’t great at the moment, but it’s so, so much better than having them after spring break. Nothing boggles fun plans more than having a bunch of tests to study for!

I have a presentation in my STS class too. We’re going to look at the benefits of stay at home dads and the socially constructed obstacles to their success. Gender roles are a go!

Things are busy, but I think it’s manageable. I’m just really tired because I’ve been, sadly, lacking sleep. :( But that’s what break is for–recovery! I’m not going anywhere except maybe a quick trip to Cincinnati. It’ll be nice to relaaax. I need to finish The Hunger Games, anyway!

Books! Books! Books!

Winter break means BOOKS.

As I stated in my last post, I have James Joyce’s Ulysses. We’ll see how that goes. I haven’t read literature since Charles Dickens in my Europe class sophomore year. Sooo. Been a while. But I’m a literary pro thanks to AP English in high school.

Next on my list is Tim O’Brien’s In the Lake on the Woods. If you didn’t already know, I’m a huge sucker for war-related fiction, and O’Brien’s The Things They Carried is one of my favorite books (well, short story compilation, really) of all time. I’ve started this new book and I absolutely love it so far–it’s about a politician whose wife disappears in the woods. The authorities think he killed her. DUN DUN DUN.

Thennn I asked for my brother to get me the True Grit book for Christmas. I haven’t started reading it yet, but I want to. I also want to watch the original film and the new one. So many things on my agenda.

Hopefully even when I get back to school, I can find some time to read. I guess if not, there’s always summer! (What student DOESN’T say that when it comes to reading?)

Can't decide if this original cover is creepy or goofy.