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Nail Polish and Books

This week was so busy, I didn't even notice it was gone. I tutored high school kids on Monday, turned in a paper on Tuesday, ran most of a mile and half in PE on Wednesday, studied on Thursday for a test on Friday. Somewhere in all of that, I painted my nails this obnoxiously perfect purple. I've decided nail polish is my new cheap pleasure and this was under $2 at Walgreens and worth a couple day's worth of fun. 
Student Government sponsored a build your own critter, hence the bunny. 

I've also completed my first classic book of the year. Better late than never, yes? Pearl Buck's The Good Earth won the 1932 Pulitzer Prize and became a best seller in 2004 when Oprah picked it as a book club book. It follows a Chinese family from eking out a living on a small farm and fleeing a horrible famine in the city to rising to the heights of decadency. I really enjoyed it and would easily recommend it, particularly for anyone interested in gender studies. 

The Short Stories of Richard Bausch is for my Studies in Fiction class. So far, they've all been amazing stories and I can't wait to meet Richard Bausch. (He's coming to campus March 2. ) Delights and Shadows is for my poetry class, and so far I'm not a fan. I hope it grows on me. My Norton Anthology is for my Brit Lit class and is just huge. 

For my next extra book project, I've narrowed it down to finishing Paper Towns or A Separate Peace,  or rereading Eat, Pray, Love. Suggestions?   


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