Personal Update: Abortion, Missing Reviews, Goodreads, New Semester

A post in four parts:

Abortion: Yesterday morning I finished Pro by Katha Pollitt, a fabulous work of nonfiction that I reviewed on Goodreads and even made a Facebook status about. I could sing so many praises for Pollitt’s impressive research and incisive writing, but at the center of it all she does a remarkable job of focusing every argument on how the war on abortion acts in truth as the war on women: on women’s rights to equality in every sense. If you feel any ambiguity toward the pro-choice movement, read Pro. Trust me.

Breakfast in Williamsburg with Pro. Feels good to be back.

Breakfast in Williamsburg with Pro. Feels good to be back.

 Missing Reviews: So why did I not post my review of Pro on this WordPress blog? Why have I not posted a book review on this site for awhile? Because I recognize that some people who keep up with this blog also follow me on Goodreads, where I rate and review every book I read. In order to save people from getting notified about the same review twice, I have decided to stick with only posting my reviews on Goodreads, and I will save WordPress for posting reviews of exceptional books or for other book-related posts. On the ten-day cruise I went on this past break I finished nine books, so check out my Goodreads profile to receive updates on what I read.

Also got a haircut on my cruise. Will I ever provide a personal update post without a selfie?

Also got a haircut on my cruise. Will I ever provide a personal update post without a selfie?

Goodreads: Goodreads, Goodreads, Goodreads. This website means so much to me. I could write an entire post about Goodreads, about how it has kept my embarrassing past reviews alive so that I always see how much I have grown as a reader, how it has connected me to so many books I feel privileged to have read, and how it has helped me form friendships with others who read like they breathe. Maybe I will write that post about Goodreads, one day, soon.

One side of the fabulous bookmark a good friend gave me for Christmas. They know my obsession with "Break Free" well.

One side of the fabulous bookmark a good friend gave me for Christmas. They know my obsession with “Break Free” well.

New Semester: Today marks the first day of this new spring semester, and my first class – Physiological Psychology – starts in about an hour. This semester I will continue my research in Psychology, my two jobs, my other extra-curricular activities, and my full course load. I intend to love it all. Even though my schedule already looks more full than ever, I feel excited to delve deeper into Psychology and English and to learn more about and act on my desire to help people.

What happens when I empty the contents of my desk onto the floor of my room. Typical reorganization image.

What happens when I empty the contents of my desk onto the floor of my room. Typical reorganization image.

Where do you find yourself in life this moment? Studying, working, relaxing, all three of those or none? I wanted to get this post published before classes start to explain why my posting rate will drop off into nothingness my current life situation without getting too deep. I hope to hear from all of you soon, and I will respond to comments on previous posts as soon as possible!

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7 responses to “Personal Update: Abortion, Missing Reviews, Goodreads, New Semester

  1. I LOVE Goodreads! I have found so many books on there – it has really encouraged me to branch out of my “only read what’s popular” choices. Looks like I may just have to pick up a copy of Pro to read next!

  2. Wow, you’ve got such a busy but colourful life, Thomas! I’ve just added Pro to my want-to-read shelf, definitely sounds like an eye opener! As for me, I’m less than a week away from (five) exams! Really should get started on the studying, aha. 😛

    -Grace 🙂

  3. Sounds like a busy semester for you but also that you’ll enjoy yourself immensely. Just make sure you make time for your reading!

    Today I will mostly be working, after having most of Tuesday off to meet some friends and take them around the local charity shops book shopping, and some of yesterday off to celebrate my birthday. You’ll be seeing a post on the new books soon (maybe today).

    In the near future, I’m planning on finishing off writing up my Iris Murdoch research project and getting it into book or article form. I have a new book to write and I need to carry on with my work. And continue to carve out space for my own reading, of course …

    Have a good semester! Would you consider popping links to your Goodread reviews onto your blog posts so that those of us not on the site much will still see what you’re reading?

  4. I don’t know how you have time to do anything with a full course load, extra-curriculars and 2 jobs. Geez, I have one pt job and a family and I feel overwhelmed, lol. Course I am reading and trying to remember to post all my reviews on the blog and Goodreads (It really is a great site!). I may be volunteering again soon and I am also trying to take an free online class on the Magna Carta, while fighting a cold/eye infection. So pretty full schedule for me too.

  5. Schoolwork, part-time job, blogging like mad, catching up with friends (being away for 4 weeks is hard), trying to get back into working out. It’s a lot to manage, but all those things are important to me so it’s worth it.

  6. peter

    Well done Thomas. You are a good force for the world. We need people like you.

  7. Kev

    Good to hear from you. I’ve not spent that much time on here either due to other things I’ve been doing. Goodreads as a site is also very important to me. I have discovered so many great books I otherwise wouldn’t have known about, including several from your own reviews. Don’t be a stranger though.

    Oh, and loving the new hair

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