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Morning meanderings is a daily meme brought to you by Sheila at One Person’s Journey Through a World of Books.  It’s a forum for me to discuss books and other things while I sip my daily allotment of caffeine.

Today’s Morning Meandering I find myself with a venti iced chai instead of the usual nonfat vanilla latte.  It is just way too hot and I opted for something milder to get my Saturday morning started.  This lovely Saturday morning I am on duty meaning in cases of emergency – I get a call.  So far, it has been a very relaxing, uneventful morning.  I woke up and the boyfriend went out to get breakfast – bagels and Starbucks.  Then we sat down and caught up on some TV.  Namely, House.  Anyone else addicted to that show?  If you don’t already tune in, I suggest you start because this season is bound to be AMAZING!

In other news, I cannot stop adding blogs to my google reader.  Everyday as I attempt to catch up with all the blogs that I already follow, I inevitably come across new ones.  It’s a bit daunting, I won’t lie, but it is also exciting.  I’m excited at the prospect of expanding my role in the blogging community as I meet new people and find news ways to connect through books.  In the upcoming weeks, I hope I’ll be able to do a feature on some of the blogs that I’ve just discovered.  I want to spend a little more time with them before then though so stay tuned!

I’m hoping to do some heavy reading today, but they boyfriend also wants to possibly go out tonight when I’m off duty.  We’ll see who prevails.  Right now I’m rooting for books just because I haven’t had an opportunity in quite a while to really sit down with a book and read!

Happy Saturday everyone.  Thanks for tuning in.


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Good morning everyone.  Although to some, it might be afternoon alIMG_0062ready.  This is going to be a new feature that I hope to incorporate into my blog.  As you all know, it’s very difficult for me to keep up with reading and reviewing during the school year so there might be days where I throw one of these out to discuss bookish things that have either come up in my life or that I have noticed on other people’s blogs.  This feature is in large part provided by One Person’s Journey Through a World of Books.  She pioneered the idea and I just fell in love with it.

This morning, my nonfat vanilla latte and I are tired.  I stayed up way too late last night!  After work (I get off of work at 2AM) I felt restless and decided to settle down with an episode of the new show NCIS: Los Angelese.  I’m a big fan of the original NCIS and decided to give this show a shot.  Loved it!

As far as books go, I’m falling way far behind.  I’ve barely scratched the surface of Bitch: In Praise of Difficult Wome and I have two Library books eagerly awaiting my attention: Lost in Austen by Shannon Hale and Mistress of the Art of Death by Ariana Franklin.  Both are fulfilling pieces of challenges that I hope to finish sometime in the future!  I also have a copy of Dan Brown’s latest book The Lost Symbol.  It will be my first Dan Brown read and I’m excited because I’ve heard that it’s in part about the Masons and I love mason speculative history.  I guess my American History teacher instilled a lasting love for all things American history, even made up stuff.  Needless to say, I will hopefully be in bed reading for most of the weekend.  And not just for fun.  My Shakespeare class has a ton of reading.  Not only do I have to have to read Much Ado About Nothing in its entirety by Tuesday but I also have 100 or so pages of background reading also due.  Don’t get me wrong, it’s interesting stuff, but it’s just a lot!  On top of that I have some political science cases to read for my comparative politics class, some theory stuff for my minority politics class, and some poetry for my romantic lit class.  Wow, the year is starting off so quickly!  I guess I forget how fast quarters go by.

Still, I am in love with all my classes.  They are going to be tough, but I know I’m going to learn a lot.  I hate to admit it but I’m extremely ignorant when it comes to other countries and their political systems so I’m hoping to learn a lot from comparative politics.  And I’m super excited to take my first college Shakespeare class.  After all, he was arguably the most influential English writer ever.  He changed English language so much and his plays are fun to read.  Romantic literature isn’t super exciting for me because this isn’t my first dabble into it, but I’m sure that I’ll learn a lot from the class.  My teacher is this adorable old Jesuit priest and he has some amazing insights.  And minority politics?  Hello, discussion about this kind of stuff is why I declared a political science minor!  So classes will be awesome and you will undoubtedly hear more about them in my morning meanderings as I take some time to sit down with my latte and discuss my morning thoughts, whatever they might be!

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As you all know, I’m reading Julie and Julia right now.  It’s a fitting book for me because it’s about a girl who starts a blog (sounds familiar, right).  I’m finding some of her excitement about getting readers to be very similar to mine.  I mean, I started the thing thinking that it would be a fun way to encourage me to make more time for reading – it has turned into a gateway for me to find friends, interesting discussion topics, and an immense selection of new reads (just to name a few).

Still, blogging feels strange to me.  I’m never really sure how much I should share.  I’m usually a very open person, but I can’t help but wonder, will people find me interesting?  Do my insights mean anything to anyone other than me?  Where do all the thought I type in here even go?  The world wide web is such an obscure thing when you really think about it (not that I really spend all that much time thinking about it, but every now and then the subject comes up.)  It’s this space where I send these long, typed strings of thought, but it’s not really tangible.  I can’t touch it like I can touch a notebook that I use for a journal.  It’s almost like it lives in some strange imaginary space that anyone can access from the comforts of well, anywhere (as long as they have a computer with internet access).  It’s exhilarating that it’s so easy to connect, but also slightly terrifying.

In Julie and Julia, Julie Powell write about “proto-blogger” Samuel Pepys who kept obsessive chronicles of his life – volume and volumes of minute details.  She summarizes her musings about him in the following exerpt:

There’s a dangerous, confessional thrill to opening up your eminently fascinating life and brain to the world at large, and the Internet makes it all so much faster and more brealthess and exciting.  But I wonder – would we still have Sam’s jack-off stories, the records of his marital spats, if he’d been a blogger rather than a diarist?  It’s one thing to chronicle your sexual and social missteps to satisfy your private masochistic urges, but sharing them with the world at large?  Surely there are some limits, aren’t there?

I would say I agree to some self-censoring on here.  I don’t want anyone to know all the private details of my life, which is why I keep a private journal as well as this blog.  Also, having a theme (book reviewing) helps me stay on track so that it’s not all about me – I don’t find myself that interesting so why would anyone else?  But there is still that lingering question – is sharing like this at all really a good thing?  It’s so easy to connect to people over a computer that I find making real connections with people in real life to be slightly terrifying.  I’ve always been socially awkward but knowing and meeting people online seems to take some of that awkward edge off.  There’s already a discussion going on and I’m just joining in so all that awkward in between time is eliminated.  Does anyone else ever feel this way?  Are these just all part of some sort of undiagnosed blog-beginner syndrome?  Am I just losing my mind from my brain-less robot job?

Any thoughts from you, dear readers, out there somwhere in the expanses of the world wide web?  Is this something you ever think about?

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