Not Enough Time

To anyone who’ll read this,

I’m sitting here next to my bookcase full of unread books, looking up and down at it while the inevitable looms in the back of my mind. It’s no wonder I have anxiety. There’s not enough time.

Not enough time to play all of the video games all the way through, finish all of the puzzles that surround my room, to finish writing that book that’s in my drafts, or to read all of the books that are piling up. The end is inevitable, but I choose to fill it with mind-numbing hours on my phone and in my laptop doing homework.

Graduation is in December, maybe May 2020, but that’ll be a year (or year and a half) until I can have all the free time I need (barring any part time job of course). Yet, I can’t help but feel like that year is just going to fly by and I would’ve wasted it.

Having ADD is a lot of work, my mind is always in overdrive and I can’t sit still. The only things that’ll turn off my thoughts are puzzles and sleep. Yet, here I am. Typing up a blog on my phone, when I could be journaling or reading. Oh well, at least this is an entry! So, my time wasn’t wasted.

2019 is going to be the year of creativity whether I realize it or not, I just have to keep fighting and focus on the right things. No longer will I wait around for replies or notifications on anything. I need to focus on me, and me alone.

So, I’ll continue to date myself this year. Figure out who I am. The creative person is inside me, I just have to meet her again.

Thanks for reading,

Love, Danielle

Books, Books, Books & MORE Books!

img_0706This is another collection post, my classes don’t start restart for another thirteen days so I’m re-cataloging all of my collections. Fun stuff, right? Well, this will be laid out the same way as my records: by genre, then alphabetically. I was going to sort it by “finished,” “being read,” and “TBR,” but I thought it’d be best to sort it as though it’s literally an online catalog. There are a whopping 300 books in my collection as of January 9, 2019, and it only continues to grow.

The unread list is way longer than the finished list because I have a bad book shopping problem.. I just can’t stop. Also, if you want to read about all of the books I read in 2018, you can do that here: Danielle’s 2018 Reads.

Also, every January, I’ll republish this blog.

KEY: Author – Book Title, Book Title, etc; Book Title* = Kindle edition; (Subscription)


(Auto) Biographies: 9 books

Barker, Travis – Can I Say

Cahalan, Susannah – Brain on Fire img_2855

Gilbert, Elizabeth – Eat Pray Love

Graham, Lauren – Talking As Fast As I Can

Pelzer, Dave – A Child Called It

Rhimes, Shonda – Year of Yes

Sheff, David – Beautiful Boy

Strayed, Cheryl – Wild

Taylor, Corey – America 51


Classics: 15 books

Alcott, Louisa May – Little Women

Alighieri, Dante – The Inferno of Dante

Austen, Jane – Pride and Prejudice

Bradbury, Ray – Fahrenheit 451

Carroll, Lewis – Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Other Classic Works

Fitzgerald, F. Scott – The Great Gatsby

Grimm, The Brothers – Grimm’s Complete Fairy Tales

Hawthorne, Nathaniel – The Scarlet Letter

Hinton, S.E. – The Outsiders

Maugham, William Somerset – Of Human Bondage

Orwell, George – 1984

Salinger, J.D. – The Catcher in the Rye

Steinbeck, John – Of Mice and Men

Tolstoy, Leo – Anna Karenina

Wiesel, Elie – Night


Comics // Manga: 18 books

Archie:

Rosenberg, Matthew – Archie Crossover Collection

Ruiz – Archie’s Pals ‘n’ Gals Double Digest

Superstars, Archie – Archie 1000 Page Comics-Palooza, Archie Giant Comics Medley, World of Archie Comics Double Digest #72

Uslan, Michael – Archie #603-605*

Batman: img_2867

Johns, Geoff – Earth One

Miller, Frank – Batman Year One

Beetle Bailey:

Walker, Mort – I’ll Throw This Book at You, Beetle Bailey

Calvin & Hobbes:

Watterson, Bill – Something Under the Bed is Drooling, Homicidal Psycho Jungle Cat

Death Note:

Ohba, Tsugumi – Death Note Black Edition (1-6)

Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Kinny, Jeff – Rodrick Rules (#2) and The Last Straw (#3)

Miscellanous Comics:

Martin, Ted – Pavlov’s Pad

Walker, Brian – The Comics


Crime // Mystery: 11 books

img_2875Blashfield, Jean F. – Why They Killed

Bosch, Pseudonymous – If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late, The Name of this Book is Secret, This Book is Not Good For You, This Isn’t What It Looks Like, You Have To Stop This

Carr, Caleb – The Alienist

Christie, Agatha – Murder on the Orient Express

Gray, Tyler – The Hit Charade

Murphy, Shirley Rousseau – Cat on the Edge


Fantasy: 28 books

Black, Holly – Zombies vs. Unicorns

Flinn, Alex – Beastly, Bewitching, Cloaked, A Kiss in Time

img_2874Gaiman, Neil – American Gods, Coraline, Unnatural Creatures

Lewis, C.S. – The Chronicles of Narnia (adult)

Maas, Sarah J. – A Court of Thorns and Roses

Maguire, Gregory – Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister, Mirror Mirror, Wicked, Son of a Witch

Martin, George R.R. – A Game of Thrones, A Clash of Kings

Meyers, Stephenie – Twilight

Riggs, Ransom – Hollow City

Rowling, J.K. – Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Chamber of Secrets, Prisoner of Azkaban, Goblet of Fire, Order of the Phoenix, Half-Blood Prince, Deathly Hallows, The Cursed Child, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Shan, Darren – The Vampire’s Assistant and Other Tales from the Cirque du Freak

Tolkien, J.R.R. – The Lord of the Rings Collection

Wesley, Kathryn – Tenth Kingdom


Fiction: 28 books

Anonymous – Diary of an Oxygen Thief

Backman, Fredrik – A Man Called Ove

Beverly-Whittemore, Miranda – June

Coehlo, Paulo – Adultery, The Alchemist img_2862

Coupland, Douglas – Worst. Person. Ever.

Donoghue, Emma – Room

Egan, Jennifer – A Visit from the Goon Squad

Eugenides, Jeffrey – The Virgin Suicides

Foer, Jonathan Safran – Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

Haddon, Mark – the curious incident of the dog in the night-time

Holbert, Bruce – Whiskey (PaheHabit)

Hopson, David – All the Lasting Things*

Kerman, Piper – Orange is the New Black

Kultgen, Chad – The Lie

img_2853Lovering, Carola – Tell Me Lies

Moriarty, Liane – Big Little Lies, Nine Perfect Strangers (BOTM)

Nunez, Sigrid – The Friend (PageHabit)

Roquelaure, A.N. – The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty

Rowling, J.K. – The Casual Vacancy

Sloan, Robin – Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore

Stockett, Kathryn – The Help

Sundquist, Josh – We Should Hang Out Sometime

Sweeney, Cynthia D’Aprix – The Nest

Weisberger, Lauren – The Devil Wears Prada

Yarbrough, Steve – The Realm of Last Chances


Humor: 10 books

img_2877Bombeck, Erma – All I Know About Animal Behavior I Learned in Loehmann’s Dressing Room, When You Look Like Your Passport Photo It’s Time To Go Home

Hanks, Tom – Uncommon Type

Kenemore, Scott – The Zen of Zombie

Mazzetti, Dom – The Swoly Bible

Norman, Matthew – We’re All Damaged

Offerman, Nick – Paddle Your Own Canoe

Ronson, Jon – Lost at Sea

Sedaris, David – Let’s Explore Diabetes With Owls, Me Talk Pretty One Day


Poetry: 6 books

(Most of these are only here because of the way they’re set up.)img_2851

Hopkins, Ellen – Perfect

Kaur, Rupi – Milk and Honey

Marciuliano, Francesco – I Could Pee On This

Sones, Sonya – The Hunchback of Neiman Marcus, Saving Red, What My Girlfriend Doesn’t Know


Psychology: 6 books

img_2865Haycock, Dean A. – Murderous Minds

Kaysen, Susanna – Girl, Interrupted

Kenrick, Douglas T. – Sex, Murder, and the Meaning of Life

Pitts, Victoria – In the Flesh

Shroder, Tom – Acid Test*

Thomas, M.E. – Confessions of a Sociopath


Reference: 13 books

Brooks, Max – The Zombie Survival Guide

Chaffey, Daniel – Dirty German

Davis, Ali – How to Love Me

img_2872Ducommun, Debbie – Rats

Frankfurt, Harry G. – On Bullshit

Gray, Henry – Anatomy: Descriptive and Surgical

Horne, Charles F. – The Book of Arda Viraf*

Kellett, Jenny – Miley Cyrus*

Osborne, Rick – Luke 2:52 Bible: The Ultimate Manual

Pasterak, Annette – Skin Picking*

Smith, Hutson – The World’s Religions

Zondervan – NIV, Beautiful Word Bible, Hardcover, Multi-Color Floral Cloth

Romance: 31 books

Carpenter, Kim – The Vow

Cross, Maya – The Alpha Group Complete Collection

Day, Sylvia – After Burn*, After Shock*, Bared to You, Captivated by You, Entwined by You, One with You, Reflected in You

Gruen, Sara – Water for Elephants

Guillory, Jasmine – The Wedding Date (PageHabit)

Hannah, James – The A to Z of You and Me

img_2856Haslett, Adam – Imagine Me Gone

Honeyman, Gail – Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine

Hughes, Anita – Rome in Love (Willow Lane)

James, E.L. – Fifty Shades series, Grey

Lauren, Christina – Beautiful Bastard

McGee, C. Sean – The Time Traveler’s Wife

Morris, Heather – The Tattooist of Auschwitz

Moyes, JoJo – Me Before You

Quick, Matthew – The Silver Linings Playbook

Shaffer, Mary Ann – The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

Sparks, Nicholas – Dear John, The Notebook

Wild, Meredith – Hard Limit*, Hardline*, Hardpressed*, Hardwired*


Schoolbooks (UC Denver): 7 books

(I’ve bought more than just these, these are just the one’s I kept after the class was over.)

img_2878Goodall, Jane – In the Shadow of Man

Lieberman, Daniel – The Story of the Human Body

Machado, Carmen – Her Body and Other Parties

Mill, John Stuart – On Liberty

Pinker, Steven – The Language Instinct

Weiner, Jonathan – The Beak of the Finch

Younge, Gary – Who Are We — And Should It Matter in the 21st Century?


Science Fiction: 9 books

img_2854Abnett, Dan – Doctor Who: Silent Stars Go By & Touched By An Angel

Benson, Reynolds – Metal Gear Solid

Bradbury, Ray – The Martian Chronicles

Crichton, Michael – Jurassic Park

Doescher, Ian – William Shakespeare’s Star Wars

Levitin, Sonia – The Cure

Lucas, George – Star Wars Prequel Trilogy, Star Wars Trilogy

Varley, John – The Barbie Murders


Self-Help: 8 books

Barron, Dr. James – Please! Don’t Marry A Caterpillar

Bethke, Jefferson – Jesus > Religion

Cain, Susan – Quiet

Cutrone, Kelly – Normal Gets You Nowhere

Fulghum, Robert – Robert Fulghum’s All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten, Uh-Oh

Kleon, Austin – Steal like An Artist

Wiest, Brianna – The Truth About Everything


Thrillers // Horrors: 52 books

img_2869Adams, Taylor – No Exit (BOTM)

Anson, Jay – The Amityville Horror

Bell, Darcey – A Simple Favor

Burns, Catherine – The Visitors

Fiegel, Michael – Blackbird (PageHabit)

Finn, A.J. – the woman in the window

Flynn, Gillian – Gone Girl, Sharp Objects

Frances, Michelle – The Girlfriend

img_2859Hawkins, Paula – The Girl on the Train, Into the Water

Hendricks, Greer – The Wife Between Us

Hill, Joe – Horns

Hunt, Margot – For Better and Worse (BOTM)

Katzenbach, John – The Analyst, The Dead Student, What Comes Next

Kepnes, Caroline – Hidden Bodies, Providence, You

King, Own – Sleeping Beauties

Knoll, Jessica – Luckiest Girl Alive

Larsson, Stieg – The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

img_2850Levin, Ira – Rosemary’s Baby, Son of Rosemary

Malerman, Josh – Bird Box*, Unbury Carol (PageHabit)

Miranda, Megan – All the Missing Girls (Willow Lane)

Molloy, Aimee – The Perfect Mother (PageHabit)

Moody, David – One of Us Will Be Dead by Morning (PageHabit)

Patterson, James – The President is Missing

Pinborough, Sarah – Behind Her Eyesimg_2852

Rice, Anne – Interview With The Vampire

Richmond, Michelle – The Marriage Pact

Robins, Jane – White Bodies

Rollins, Danielle – Breaking, Burning

Searcy, Amanda – The Truth Beneath the Lies

Slaughter, Karen – Pieces of Her

Tartt, Donna – The Goldfinch

Tremblay, Paul – The Cabin at the End of the World (PageHabit)

img_2860Vega, Danielle – The Merciless I-IV, Survive the Night

Ware, Ruth – In A Dark, Dark, Wood

Watson, S.J. – Before I Go To Sleep

Windo, Nick Clark – The Feed (PageHabit)

Winslow, Emily – Look for Her (PageHabit)

Wong, David – John Dies at the End


Transgressive Fiction: 25 books

(Consisting mostly of Chuck Palahniuk, I actually dedicated an entire blog to this genre during my time at CUDenver last year. If you’re interested, see it here: Chuckleheads101)

Ellis, Bret Easton – American Psycho

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Palahniuk, Chuck – Adjustment Day, Bait, Beautiful You, Choke, Damned, Diary, Doomed, Fight Club (signed), Fight Club 2, Fugitives and Refugees, Haunted, Invisible Monsters, Invisible Monsters Remix, Lullaby, Make Something Up, Phoenix*, Pygmy, Rant, Snuff, Stranger Than Fiction, Survivor, Tell-All

Welsh, Irvine – Trainspotting


Young Adult: 24 books

(I made this category about any characters/plots that were set in high school. I know some of my romances, thrillers, etc. could be YA, but these are mostly just fiction/fantasy YA… I think.) 

Albertalli, Becky – Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

Almond, Markus – Marching Band and the Expanding Universe

Benjamin, Chloe – The Immortalists (PageHabit)

Brashares, Ann – My Name is Memory

img_2864Cabot, Meg – The Princess Diaries vol. I-IV (adult)

Chbosky, Stephen – The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Cormier, Robert – The Chocolate War

Forman, Gayle – If I Stay, Where She Went

Friesen, Jonathan – Both of Me

Green, John – The Fault in Our Stars, Looking for Alaska, Paper Towns

Hinton, S.E. – That Was Then, This Is Now

Jonell, Lynne – Emmy and the Incredibly Shrinking Rat

Levithan, David – Every Day

Milne, A.A. – A Tale from Winnie-the-Pooh and a Smackerel of Verse

Sewell, Anna – Black Beauty

Stewart, Trenton Lee – The Mysterious Benedict Society

Strayhorn, Willa – The Way We Bared Our Souls

Vizzini, Ned – It’s Kind of a Funny Story, Teen Angst? Naaah…

Yoon, Nicola – Everything, Everything

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Podcast: Fiction

From the time I learned how to read, I’ve always read fiction. I could get lost in Wonderland or Hogwarts, just by opening up a book. The simple stumble into a couple hundred pages could result in many hours, or even days, spent entwined in the content between the cover pages. Yet, one of the best parts is the smell. Oh, the smell of a book. If you’re an avid book reader who’s in love with printed literature, describing the smell is almost impossible. It’s easy to get lost in it. Just picking up a book and sniffing the pages, old or new, it’s enticing. A digitally printed book doesn’t even compare to a hard copy, especially since a hard copy could be placed on a shelf. Personally, I love having my books on display.

Ah, the display. IKEA really has some fantastic bookcases even though they’re cheap. Alphabetically organized and divided between read and unread, the books give off a floor-to-ceiling library effect. Now, let’s not forget about the people responsible for my aesthetically pleasing case.

There are currently 266 books, or rather 178 authors that are alphabetically aligned on my shelves, but let’s get down to the authors I have the most books from. Off the top of my head, there’s JK Rowling (who we all know and love), Danielle Rollins (a, as she puts it, candy-coated horror novelist), and Chuck Palahniuk (who you might know as the man behind Fight Club).

These three authors have the most books on my shelves, and here’s why:

For one, all three authors write in some form of fiction. Whether it’s considered fantasy, horror, or transgressional, fiction is always my go-to.

Joanne Rowling, or JK Rowling, is the writer behind the entire Harry Potter franchise. Naturally, I have more books of hers than I do anyone else’s (besides Chuck’s) and I’ve been reading and rereading her books since 2006.

The Harry Potter series has had such a big impact in my life. Right from the start, my mom read me 60 pages a night so I could get through them before the big AR tests we had. Now, for those of you who don’t know what AR tests are, they’re Advanced Reading tests we used to have to take in elementary school. We got points for each one depending on our grade and I was number 2 in all of the fourth-grade class of Martin Walker Elementary, all thanks to JK Rowling and her magical books. Immediately, I got hooked on Severus Snape (RIP Alan Rickman), Mad-Eye Moody (may he rest in peace, as well), and all of the mythical creatures throughout the books. While the series may be finished, Rowling still continues to produce widely-loved novels even to this day. I’ll always appreciate the boy who lived under the stairs, and I’ll always appreciate the woman behind it.

Danielle Rollins is a different story. She’s a fireball with her words. One minute I’d connect with a character and the next I’ll start feeling queasy due to some gory scene she slipped in. Her books are like roller coasters and if you go under her pseudonym, “Vega,” they just get gorier. Now, I’m not talking Saw-gory, because she is technically candy-coating some of the scenes and the books are for young adults. Yet, somehow, someway, I can’t read them all the way through without taking a few breaks. Rollins, or Vega, has published a total of six books, and I barreled through them in a matter of weeks. Now, let’s get into my all-time favorite author, Chuck Palahniuk.

From this point forward, for the sake of not mispronouncing his last name, I’m going to refer to him as Chuck. Chuck is a trangressional fiction novelist who refers to his fans as Chuckleheads. All of his books plotlines were written so that the main character broke out of societal norms. For instance, in Fight Club, the main character got tired of working a nine-to-five job, so he started doing illegal activities after hours. Which, coincidentally, I can’t talk about due to the number one rule: “Don’t talk about fight club.”

Chuck has published a total of 21 books and I have 17. Alphabetically, by book title, there’s Beautiful You, Choke, Damned, Diary, Doomed, two copies of Fight Club, Fight Club 2, Haunted, Invisible Monsters, Invisible Monsters Remix, Lullaby, Make Something Up, Phoenix, Pygmy, Rant, Snuff, Survivor, and Tell-All.

Surprisingly, there’s actually a story behind one of the copies of Fight Club. On Black Friday, my fiancé and I woke up at 7am to go and get a signed copy of it. Now, we didn’t meet Chuck because he wasn’t there, but we now own a signed first-edition copy of Fight Club and we’re planning on putting it in a shadow box. It’s become one of our prized possessions and we don’t let anyone touch it, which sounds obsessive, I know, but the Chucklehead in me can’t resist.

Anyway, I think that’ll be enough for this podcast. I hope each and every one of you go out there and find a good book, get lost in the pages, and have the same experience I do when I find a new favorite. Make sure to keep up with me to find out more about the vast world of literature, multimedia topics and the study of writing.

Reflection

My composition process changed by switching to a more audio approach because I had to think about how I’d say it while I typed it. I included commas where I’d usually take a breath.  On Microsoft Word, I typed up the blog so I could read it easier. That way, I could double-space the text and increase the readability. Overall, this was an interesting and fun experience and I’m glad I finally did a podcast.