Thursday Thoughts: I suck at posting these on Thursdays

Hello from Amsterdam! Would have said that in Dutch but honestly who knows Dutch. So I’m here in Amsterdam and my first thoughts are about The Fault in Our Stars. Not so much about the Red Light District (sorry to let down all the normal people in the world). I’m walking around and seeing things that I’ve already seen. At least I feel like I’ve seen them. The canals lined with creaking red houseboats and the bridges with colorful basket bikes locked against them. The canal houses shoved together and the trees poking up between bricks. And the Anne Frank House.

Drumroll. This is why I wanted to go to Amsterdam, people. You shouldn’t be surprised. Girl’s gotta relive her favorite book if given the opportunity. So I went to the Anne Frank House and the whole time I was thinking about Hazel Grace hauling around her oxygen tank and Augustus Waters and his metal leg. And I don’t know how they did it because the staircases really are that small and that steep so it felt like I was climbing up a ladder. But I know that somewhere, they did it and knowing that made the experience that much more real. I felt like I was doing justice to Anne, and to Hazel and Gus. Which is kind of lame and like only a few select lame people will understand what I mean, but that’s what I felt like.

I wanted to take pictures of the whole thing, but photography wasn’t allowed. NEVERTHELESS, I broke that rule for one very special, very important photo. I feel like Anne wouldn’t mind.
















You know what I’m talking about. The scene at the top of the Anne Frank House. That’s what I’m talking about.

Call me a lame-o. I’ve accepted it.

P.S. I wrote “DFTBA” in the guestbook. Calling it a win.


Freebie Opportunity! ACT FAST PEOPLE

GREETINGS FROM PARIS! I’m in Paris, which is wholly unrelated to this post, but it’s neat so  I wanted to tell you.

The real purpose is to tell you that for a limited time only, you can download a super awesome YA book for free from Amazon! From today, April 8th until Wednesday April 10th, you can download AfterLife by S. P. Cloward, which is a young adult zombie/vampire novel that I’m pretty sure readers of this site would like. Also, a review of it will be forthcoming. Until then, you should read it for yourself and post your own review of it.

Download it here.

Thursday Thoughts: Literature as Culture

This is weird. I’m currently in my fourth month of being abroad and I’m just now having this sort of epiphany. In the past, I’ve thought about culture as a place’s identity, comprised of beliefs, trends, traditions, music, etc. But I’ve never thought of literature as a way to define a place’s culture, which is pretty stupid of me. Like, that’s pretty obvious. I was in a book shop for like the 20th time today and I sort of just noticed that the thing to read in England are cheesy Phillippa Gregory-esque historical fiction romance novels. They are everywhere. Like I turn any direction and I can see one. That’s what it’s like though.

But now I’m thinking, if I really want to get a real taste of Englishness, I have to read one. At least to give it a try? And they’re probably not cheesy at all, since they’re popular. I’m just judging by the cover (which is blah whatever).

Sidenote: Fully aware that British people read other things also, and that many do not read such fiction. ok.