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11 things about me…

The lovely Moosenoose tagged me into the 11 things blog series 🙂

The rules are:

  1. Each person must post 11 Things about them on their blog.
  2. Answer the questions the tagger set up for you and come up with 11 new questions for the people you tag to answer.
  3. Choose 11 people who you are going to tag, and tag them in your post.
  4. And finally, make sure you let them know that you tagged them!
  5. P.S. No Tag Backs

Ok so here I am going to do it in a different manner – instead of tagging 11 people, every blogger who reads this and wants to do it can feel free to do so – just let me know so that I can hop on to your blog and learn 11 things about you 🙂 I have been doing a lot of tagging lately so you know it´s starting to feel like poking (Facebook reference, I went there :D) but since it is a wonderful idea in the first place to learn more about people I enjoy the posts/comments, it´d be great if you decide to go for it 🙂

11 things about me

    • I recently developed an addiction to pinterest (there are a loooot of shiny things on there)
    • At my wedding, I danced with my father to this song
  • And with the hubby to that one
  • I used to live in Maryland
  • I got to see Jon Stewart at a show in Columbia and at the taping of the Daily Show
  • I like to read people magazines (People, US Weekly…) – yes I do
  • I don´t really like change but still go through the motions
  • I love to play scrabble
  • A great evening with friends can be spent playing poker 🙂
  • I love Disney movies
  • I am 30 years old

Here are the very original questions Moosenoose came up with:

  1. If you could visit just one place in Europe, where would it be?  Home. So that I could spend time with my family.
  2. Do you have a favourite book? Nope. Really. I love too many books to play favorite or I´d just feel bad to pick just one.
  3. What chore do you absolutely hate doing? Cleaning the bathroom. Not my thing.
  4. If you could choose to stay a certain age forever, what age would it be and why? I like my age right now. 30 is good. But that can only work if everybody can stay the same age. I could not stay young while everybody else grows older. I mean have you seen Highlander, it´s not easy!
  5. Do you have any bad habits and what are they? I have plenty of bad habits. I can be super organized at work and not as much at home (even though that is getting better). Worrying too much. Just to name two.
  6. What is the one thing that you love the most about yourself? I am nice to others and I don´t judge easily at all. Basically I am much easier on others than on me 🙂
  7. How many languages can you speak? Fluently: 3
  8. How did you come up with your blog name? I spend more than 2 hours each day commuting…and I´m a girl 🙂
  9. Do you have any tattoos or piercings (full details please)? Nope the only thing pierced are my ears…
  10. If you had to be a mystical/supernatural being which would you be (e.g. Vampire, Werewolf, Zombie, Wicca, Banshee, Succubus, Ghost etc) and why? Probably a ghost, I don´t feel like biting people, werewolves are a bit too hairy for my taste. I enjoy Zombie movies (and the Walking Dead series) but come on zombies just don´t appear to be super happy people…As a ghost, I´ll make sure others are ok or I´ll look for The Ghost Whisperer 🙂
  11. What is the one item you can’t live without (not a person or pet!) a book

And here are mine if you choose to take on the 11 things mission…It´d be great if you do 😀

  1. What was your favorite cartoon as a child?
  2. Did you have an imaginary friend?
  3. Favorite drink?
  4. If you could tell one thing to your first love what would it be?
  5. If you could have dinner with one character from your favorite novels, where would you go?
  6. Name one thing your parents taught you
  7. Do you have a pet? If yes, what is it? If no, why not?
  8. Where would you love to travel to?
  9. Your favorite memory from high school?
  10. What song makes you want to smile as soon as you hear it?
  11. Why did you start blogging?
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Required reading…

Yeahhhh, it´s Wednesday again…my second post for YA Highway Road Trip Wednesday does not make me a pro yet but I´m getting there one week at a time 🙂 This week’s topic: In high school, teens are made to read the classics – Shakespeare, Hawthorne, Bronte, Dickens – but there are a lot of books out there never taught in schools. So if you had the power to change school curriculums, which books would you be sure high school students were required to read?

My first thought was “Wow! So many books to choose from!” My eyes were shining and my fingers were itching to type away…until my second thought stopped me cold “Wow, so many books to choose from…”, my heart started beating faster, my fingers could not find their way to the keyboard…

This is indeed quite an important task. A reading list is not just about reading, it’s about learning, developing critical and social skills (yes I went as far as saying social skills) and to find out more about oneself.

I started to think about the novels on the curriculum in High School for me …more than 12 years ago and I found myself clearly remembering the one I disliked the most: Confessions of Jean-Jacques Rousseau (a clear hint for the poll on where I am from which you can find here :-))

I hated it, I hated the fact he was trying to find excuses for his mistakes (society was at fault). And then, it hit me. Yes I hated it but I had feelings towards it, I remember passionate discussions in class or with friends over a cup of coffee. It did fulfil its goals but it was more painful than with the ones I had true passion towards. This is what high school students should read: books they either love or hate but which get them talking and coming back for more.

So how about the reading list I would choose?  I wish students everywhere could discover the joys of classics which open up the mind so there would be some of those (including my favourites: Victor Hugo, Albert Camus, Shakespeare, Homer, Arthur Miller).

Now trying to limit myself to just a very few including some not conventional 🙂

Anne Frank Diary (this one is a must I think)

 Hate List – Jennifer Brown, Go AskAlice- Beatrice Sparks, Speak – Laurie Halse Anderson, Gone with the wind – , The Notebook – Nicholas Sparks

High school students should be encouraged to discover other worlds and themselves through literature, not only how the word itself is constructed…

What would be YOUR list?