Girl, Uninspired.

13 Apr

I’m seriously lacking inspiration at the moment, in every aspect of my life.

I’m uninspired by my uni assignments to the point where I really don’t even want to do them. This is a bad thing, because if I don’t do my assignments, I don’t pass, and if I don’t pass, I don’t graduate, and I really, really, want to graduate.

I’m uninspired to go to the gym, which is a big problem, because I’m also uninspired to try and eat healthily at the moment so I just know I’m going to put back on the weight I’ve worked hard to lose.

I’m even uninspired to write; probably because I’ve been doing so little while in this inspiration-less funk I’ve been in, so I have nothing to write about.

But I’m trying to get back on track. And to do this, I’m going to blatantly steal an idea from Renée Schuls-Jacobson, and tell you a bit about my life as a reader and lover of books.

Day Three Hundred and Eighteen: Write my Literary Memoir.

1.First book I remember being read:

Yummy, yummy, Wombat Stew

Wombat Stew, written by Marcia K Vaughan and illustrated by Pamela Lofts.

When I was a kid, a family friend would babysit my sisters and me now and then. His name was Stew, and I thought it was freakin’ hilarious when he read this book to me. Seriously, I would laugh for hours; although anyone who knows me in real life knows it doesn’t take much for me to laugh for hours.

2. First book I remember reading alone:

The Faraway Tree Series, by Enid Blyton.

I absolutely adored this books when I was young (honestly, I still do) and they were the most well loved books you will ever see. I still have all three books in the series, and even though they’re falling apart, I think I’ll keep them forever. One day, I hope I can read them to my kids so they too can fall in love with the Faraway Tree.

3. Favourite Young Adult book:

The Hunger Games Trilogy, by Suzanne Collins.

This amazingly engaging and well-written trilogy, set in a dystopian future, tells the story of Katniss Everdeen, a teenage girl selected to take part in a horrific reality TV show where 24 teenagers from around the country battle each other to the death under the watchful eyes of the entire nation. Maybe it’s ‘cause I love a good dystopic world, or maybe it’s just ‘cause these books are written so damn well, but I recommend everyone read these series, regardless of age.

4. Favourite book of all time:

Damn the Man! Save the Empire!

The Ancient Future: The Dark Age, by Traci Harding.

It took me a while to decide on this, but eventually I had to choose this book. It’s a 700 page fantasy novel by an Australian author that I first read in the seventh grade for a book report assignment.

Both my English teacher and the librarian questioned my ability to read and review this book in the required two weeks, but I proved them wrong; I completed the book and handed the assignment in four days later. And I got full marks for it as well. Take that.

I love the book (and pretty much everything else Traci Harding has ever written as well), but I think I love that it was the first time I stuck it to the man even more.

Damn the Man, Save the Empire!

5. Book I hated and could not finish:

Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë.

I know that this admission will probably end at least one friendship, and as a soon-to-be English teacher, maybe I should feel guilty for this. But honestly, I just couldn’t get into it. The characters were horrible, and had so few redeeming characteristics that I wanted to kill them all and be done with it.

Yes, maybe that’s the point, but I don’t care. I didn’t like it and I couldn’t finish it. Sorry.

6. Book I will always keep:

The Rattle Bag, edited by Seamus Heaney and Ted Hughes.

This anthology of poetry is one of my favourite books in the whole world, and contains some of my favourite poetry ever written. Anyone with a love for poetry, and particularly those who don’t really enjoy poetry should buy, read, love and live this anthology.

It’s beautiful.

7. Last book I read:

Yes, yes, I'm a giant nerd!

Star Wars Republic Commando: True Colours, by Karen Traviss.

The third book in a series focussing on the Clone Wars of the Star Wars universe, and written from the perspective of the clones as human beings, rather than faceless automatons. The series are amazingly well written and cast the whole of the Clone Wars, the clones and the Jedi themselves in a new light.

Yes, it’s probably a prerequisite to enjoy Star Wars before reading these books, but that’s okay, ‘cause I’m a giant nerd anyway!

8. Book I am reading now:

Beyond the Hanging Wall, by Sara Douglass.

One of her few standalone novels, this book tells the story of a young physician and his quest to free the rightful heir to the throne from his imprisonment in The Veins; a vast network of mines were prisoners are kept until they believe there is nothing beyond the ceiling of the mine (the hanging wall, as it’s referred to).

Sara Douglass is one of my favourite authors (another Australian) and I love everything she’s ever written.

This is probably the seventh or eighth time I’ve read this book!

9. Book I plan to read next:

On the Jellicoe Road, by Melina Marchetta.

I never really plan what I’m going to read. I tend to just finish a book, and then trawl through the library or my bookshelves until I find something that takes my fancy.

But since I’m asked, I took a quick glance through my book shelves and decided that a bit of Melina Marchetta never steers me wrong. She’s an English teacher, she’s Australian, and she writes some amazing stories.

On the Jellicoe Road is one of my favourite of her novels; it’s part love story, part historical drama, part thriller, part mystery, and all wonderful.

Yup, I’m definitely reading it next.

So thanks Renée for being the inspirational boost I needed.


Images coutesy of http://www.wombania.com


2 Responses to “Girl, Uninspired.”

  1. Renée A. Schuls-Jacobson April 13, 2011 at 10:07 pm #

    Dear Sammy:

    So nice to meet you. I have to say – given the list you threw out here, it’s not totally surprising that you didn’t like Wuthering Heights. You really seem to prefer fantasy/sci-fi and WH is decidedly not that. It is all anticipation and no pay-off, right? And as an English teacher of twenty years, I finally admitted that Absalom, Abdalom! kicked my ass. I just hated it.

    May you never have to teach Bronte. 🙂

  2. Sammy Turnbull April 13, 2011 at 10:19 pm #

    The list really is skewed toward Sci-Fi/Fantasy, isn’t it? I do read other things, but I guess my favourites will always be out of this world, as it were!
    I don’t know what I’ll do if I ever have to teach it… Just watch the movie like my students, I guess!!!

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