I don’t often post about homeschooling. I infrequently talk only briefly about books I’ve read. I scarcely ever write about Game of Thrones. And I almost never write blog posts concerning three completely different subjects.
But I’m going to do all of the above today, because there are multiple things I’d like to discuss and none of them are lengthy enough to justify writing individual posts. So without further ado, here they are.
I read Joseph Conrad’s classic work, Heart of Darkness, a few days ago and it. Was. Amazing. I could’ve done without the occasional half-page-long sentences and the “omg Africans are savages!” attitude, but I enjoyed the philosophical aspect of the book. The parts about foolishness and futility and false expectations? Yeah, they were brilliant.
Not bad for a book that I read purely because it was short – I’m trying to read one hundred books this year (this was my thirty-ninth) so length doesn’t matter. The copy I borrowed from the library was only one hundred and ten pages. Of course, the shortness also means that I don’t have as much to say about it, hence why I’m not writing a full review as usual.
Anyway, I highly recommend Heart of Darkness, especially if you like, well, dark books. It’s dark, but not very violent, and I haven’t encountered that kind of book before.
As I wrote above, it’s not often that I post about homeschooling, and it’s even more rare for me to fangirl about it. But I have a fantastic assignment this week, so I will. My brother and I studied short stories earlier this semester, but we’ve since moved on to poetry and I am having so much fun with it.
This week, our topic is “music as poetry,” which involves analyzing the meaning of songs and identifying their poetic devices. I’m only required to do this for one song of my mom’s choosing and one of my own, but I’ve already decided to do more because it’s fun.
So far I’ve analyzed “Stop This Train” by John Mayer (meh, but my only other choice was some Eagles song and I despise the Eagles) and Coldplay’s “Atlas” from Catching Fire. I think I’ll also do Ed Sheeran’s “I See Fire” from The Desolation of Smaug and either “The Rains of Castamere” from A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin or something from U2. And maybe some other stuff.
Aside from the John Mayer and U2 songs, this combines some of my favorite things: music, poetry, geeking out about literary devices, and – because they’re all fandom-related songs – thinking about stories.
I have been waiting and waiting for the fourth season of Game of Thrones to air because IT’S FINALLY PURPLE WEDDING TIME. Well, the episode – “The Lion and the Rose” was perfect, at least the half that I saw. (I skipped the parts with Bran because he’s as dull as the cereal he’s named after.)
It was a lot more violent than I expected. I don’t know why I thought it wouldn’t be, I mean, this is Game of Thrones. But [spoilery name redacted]’s death was much more graphic than what I imagined from the book, and now I actually kind of miss him because he was such a fascinating villain.
And I don’t know why I bothered to redact the spoilery stuff, because it’s probably pretty obvious who I’m talking about.
Anyway. What else? Oh, yes. House Tyrell appreciation time. Margarey looked gorgeous, but then she always does. And I’m pretty sure I know who poisoned Mr. Spoiler-Redacted, which makes me love their family even more.
And LORAS. He’s such a dork. My favorite scene was this one, starting around 4:15. I mean, really. Dude. Stop checking out / flirting with other guys at your sister’s wedding. I tried to explain the story to a friend the other day by comparing the families to Hogwarts houses and I said that House Tyrell is probably Hufflepuff – well, Loras is the most Hufflepuffian of them all.
And last but not least, you should check out Matt’s review of the episode.
So. What’s been going on in your life? Do you agree with my thoughts about Heart of Darkness? Do you like poetry? And would you let George R.R. Martin plan your wedding?