My Spring 2020 To-Be-Read List

Well, I did it.
I made a TikTok.


I'm only keeping it for a month. That was the deal I made with myself, even set an alarm to remind myself to delete the account and app on May 27th at 5 pm, as the first suggested video that popped up on my screen manifested as an ache in my frontal lobe. I think TikTok could be good- think it is good, for a lot of people- the TikToks my friends send me always make me giggle. But I don't want to waste any more time staring at a screen than I have to and I don't intend to waste your time, either. I think it could be good for The Blergh because I can lighten up the things I really want to talk about. Make them bite-sized. Then come on over and read The Blergh for the meal (not a huge fan of this metaphor).

Besides, I can make cute videos.

Again, I know that not all of TikTok is brainless; it's used to spread music, ideas, connections across barriers. Still, I feel ashamed, a sellout, willing to hawk my last few brain cells in exchange for exposure. Luckily I was already planning on posting this reading list; hopefully the literary content recompenses.

My Spring 2020 To-Be-Read List

Currently reading
Don Quijote by Cervantes- in Spanish! Finally beginning to understand it!
Crime and Punishment by Dostoevsky- Days here alternate between intense heat and gloomy, winterlike downpours. I, similarly, alternate between waking up at 6 after a peaceful, uninterrupted seven hours of sleep and waking up at 2:30 with a racing mind. Such was the case last night, but I was too insomnia-bleary to handle old-style Spanish, so I cracked open Crime and Punishment. My room was stuffy and warm, I was sleepy, it was a windy witching hour outside. The ideal ambiance for a brooding Russian novel.

To be read
The Jungle Book by Kipling
Little Women by Alcott
Nineteen Eighty-Four by Orwell
Animal Farm by Orwell
works by Edgar Allen Poe- any suggestions?
The Silmarillion by Tolkien- I've been craving a continuation of the Lord of the Rings. I've seen the movies and read the books so many times-- I need something new. I'm hoping this will help me out.
Les Miserables by Hugo
The Elements of Style by Funk Jr.
Skinny Dipping by Hiassen- doesn't exactly fit in with the rest of the list, haha
more books in the Goldy the Caterer series by Davidson- nor does this one fit in. But it's fuuun

Some blogs I'm currently reading
SoFineWastheMorning's newsletter- I've said it once and I'll probably say it again and again and again. I am OBSESSED with Lin's blog. I want to write like her. !!
Confessions of a Pioneer Woman- probably one of the most popular foodies out there right now but I love her non-foodie personal blog with her easygoing, grateful writer-voice.
Going Zero Waste- goals.

Any other suggestions?

I subsist off of validation, which I can receive from comments; emails; or notifications on Facebook, Instagram, and now, I guess, TikTok. Validatemevalidatemevalidateme. Hope y'all are staying healthy and safe and not using Styrofoam if you can help it.

World peace and love,

Heather <3


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