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Tuesday, 4 September 2012

What's another word for thesaurus?

(random blog name I know but it made me giggle as it's the type of ironic questions I stupidly ask'

 Tomorrow is my first day back to college since summer and I thought I was excited to start back again.
I mean don't get me wrong I am kind of excited to be doing more productive things towards my future and it will be quite nice to get back into a defined routine rather than being all over the place with plans.
However in a way, this year of college is really going to require a whole lot of work, commitment and probably stress.
 I regret not doing as much as I should of last year and now that I look back I can see how much easier I could have made it for myself this year if I had just taken year 12 that bit more serious.
I wasn't awful last year as I did really up my game towards the beginning of exams and managed to bag myself an A in my History overall for AS which I was so pumped about!!
However I know I can do so much better overall in my AS's as I managed to get decent enough grades without as much effort as I know I can put in.
I think I am going to have to take this on as encouragement for this year and know that if I put in the amount of effort I did at the end of my studies in year 12, into my studies this year from the beginning that I might be capable of getting those 3 A's that I so want to get!!!
So I am going to take on what I have learnt this year and work my butt off for those grades, whilst trying not to get too distracted by all the fun stuff going on like my 18th in exactly a month today, WOOOHOOO!

So here goes...Wish me luck!



Megan x

Sunday, 2 September 2012

Birdsong.

 Recently for my English Literature course we are required to read two books in a similar genre in which we will compare for our coursework.
I have always wanted to read Atonement by Ian McEwan as I love the film and I have a particular soft spot for romance novels that are nestled in the time frame of the 1930's during WW2. I was advised that a good novel to coincide with Atonement was Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks. Now I had never really heard of this novel but was told that it was similar in involving WW2 and encased in it was a love story.
Upon buying the book it looked pretty big and when I started reading the first few chapters I found it pretty slow, boring and I had no idea where it was going. After getting into the book I have to say it is one of the best books I have ever read!!
The heartbreak of a forbidden love affair with the two main characters Isabelle and Stephen is gripping to the point of frustration yet what I admired and adored about the book so much was the ability of the Author Sebastian Faulks to really document the tragedy of the war alongside the tragedy of a love affair.
The way in which the novel is used to describe the events on the front line through the character Stephen were incredibly vivid and truthfully traumatizing. This book really hit a chord with me and I found myself crying with realization of the struggles of the men that gave their lives to the war.

Now I don't want to spoil the ending of this book to anyone that may be reading this and wants to read the book but the ending to Birdsong was astounding! It was touching to the soul and pinpointed the vulnerability and love that mankind is capable of.
I am so glad I have had the chance to read this novel and I haven't been so excited to start a piece of college work in my life, sad as it may sound!

'He threw up the conkers into the air in his great happiness. In the tree above him they disturbed a roosting crow, which erupted from the branches with an explosive bang of its wings, then rose up above him towards the sky, its harsh, ambiguous call coming back in long, grating waves towards the earth, to be heard by those still living'

Megan x