Making new friends is a pain in the ass. It’s full of stress and anxiety as you try and figure out what makes that person tick, what they like, what angers them and how they feel about you. It’s not smooth and easy these days, especially with all this social media placing unwritten rules on us…
So so soooooo this… Everything in this post is SO TRUE. Still struggling with it 2 years after emigrating, but it’s gotten a lot better. You eventually learn to read Kiwis better. Also, it seems like they like it when you “make the first move” friendship-wise. Invite them out or over, they’ll probably say yes. :)
I’ve posted the New Zealand National Anthem before, but I finally found this, my favourite version. This is the version that the Ministry of Education provides to the primary schools for the kids to learn from. I especially love the haka in the middle of this one… When the kids perform it at school assemblies, I tear up (though anthems usually move me and make me cry).
A few years ago I signed up for Visual Bookshelf on Facebook to keep track of the books I was reading to meet my New Year’s resolution. It worked pretty well at first. I liked writing little reviews, and letting my friends see what I was reading. Then it became Living Social, and now it totally…
I had the same problem, I found this site though which is pretty good, http://www.goodreads.com/ It’s pretty good for keeping track of what you have/haven’t/are reading =]
A few years ago I signed up for Visual Bookshelf on Facebook to keep track of the books I was reading to meet my New Year’s resolution. It worked pretty well at first. I liked writing little reviews, and letting my friends see what I was reading. Then it became Living Social, and now it totally sucks. Plus they’re one of those apps that require you to relinquish all privacy to use. So I deleted my account. And now I’ve decided I’ll use my tumblr to track my reading, because really? What else am I doing here?
So… onto my reading for 2011.
#1 - Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
If you read my post about my reading for 2010, you saw that I finished with The Hunger Games. In December I went back to Boston for my first visit since I moved down under, and my best friend had this series, having been recommended them by her students (she’s a 9th grade English teacher). I read the first to finish out the year, and usually I like to space out books in a series, but since I was borrowing them, I needed to finish the trilogy before I left in January.
Catching Fire, the second book, was fairly enjoyable, but I thought it repeated a bit too much of the first book. Also, it felt like a bridge. It seemed like it’s main purpose was to set up for the final book, and my opinion of Catching Fire was going to depend a lot on whether or not Mockingjay delivered the goods. Which brings us to…
#2 - Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
Ugh. I guess I had high hopes for this book. It disappointed me.