So this week was a fairly busy week and I missed quite a bit of school because of it. I had a field trip, then a music festival. Since I had to practice piano a lot, I didn't exactly read. Also, I borrowed a guitar from school and I now have blisters on my fingers. Oh and one more thing that I forgot to mention last week, I got an award at my school for Reader of the Month! Yay! :D There's really nothing else to say, have an awesome week! (How do you like the button?!)
This post was inspired by having to compete in a music festival. If you don't want to read about my experience today (yesterday, since I'm going to post this tomorrow) then just skip the next paragraph, but it'll make more sense if you do read it. Everything is just my opinion, as is everything else on the blog. If you disagree, you may kindly say so in the comments.
A few weeks ago, my piano teacher registered me into the fall festival into the Competitive Recital Class. Basically, I would be playing two songs and competing against whoever registered into that class, which turned out to be one. I ended up losing but I got some real great feedback from the adjudicator. I'd really like to point out, however, that the things he advised me upon were things that I hadn't known to start with. One piece for instance, was supposed to be played with pedal and my teacher never told me that. Another part of one song was supposed to be played slower to emphasize (here comes the musical term) the sequences that are used. These things I had not known and I'm grateful that I do now.
Now, I'm quite a competitive person and I'll admit that I hate losing, a sore loser. And I hate how that the feeling I get when I lose is how others feel when I win. Personally, I don't want anyone to feel bad because they lost a competition. Sometimes, they've succeeded based on their own standards, but for some people, it's not enough. That's a big reason as to why I hate competing, there's always someone coming out disappointed. **Edit: That person was me, but I'm slowly picking myself up because I know I did the best that I could. Do I wish I had a do-over? Yea, but can I have a do-over? No.
Yes I know, they'll (I'll) get over it sooner or later! But during that moment when I find out that I lost, there's kind of a huge moment of despair. And as for the winner, they have a moment of triumph. For me, that triumph used to be run over by guilt after shoving it into people's face that I beat them. I've learned my lesson now and I will never do it again. Now, that triumph is just short lived, I'm happy then it's just a normal day again. But when I lose, it takes a while to get over it.
What I'm trying to say that nothing is really a competition until you turn it into one. Maybe that's one reason why I don't join sports teams, besides my lack of skills. In my opinion, things you love to do shouldn't be a competition, and most of the time people do turn it into a competition of who is better (unless you're on a sports team or whatever). You should just do it because you love it and just for the fun of it, not to compete over who's better. However, competitions may sometimes be a driving force for people to improve as well, but that person isn't me.
Too late, I am wishing I could have told my piano teacher to register me into a normal, non-competitive, class, as I most likely would have received similar feedback from the adjudicators anyways.
I am not saying that I don't turn things into a competition sometimes. This post is kind of a goal for me as well: don't turn things into a competition. Life isn't about competing, maybe that's how people strive far, but to me I think it's really about just reaching personal goals. Frankly, I SUCK at setting goals, but that's one of my goals. Oh, the irony. And in the situation that you end up winning/losing, it shouldn't be the main thing. You should think about what you can take away from the experience, whether you win or lose, there is always something to learn.
How does this relate to anything on my blog? Bluntly, book blogging should not be a competition. Instead we should all be a team and help each other out, instead of trying to be the "better" one. After all, what is "better"?
This week's list: Top Ten Books/Authors I'm Thankful For
Even though Thanksgivings in Canada has already passed, it's Thanksgivings down in the states. :D I'm going to put series as well, because there are several series that I absolutely LOVE.
- The Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini:
My brother read this years before I did, but I never picked it up because I thought I didn't like fantasy a lot. After I finished the series, I wanted to read it again but I had too many other books to read.
- Lorien Legacies by Pittacus Lore:
I thought this was for boys but I was proved wrong. It was beyond awesome and became one of my favourite series! (My review for the third installment, The Rise of Nine)
- Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling:
This series was the one to really get me reading, therefore I'm thankful for it.
- The Fault in Our Stars by John Green:
Aha, finally, a contemporary! The first book I read by John Green was Paper Towns and I loved it. I still have to read two more, but this one is by far my favourite. (My review)
-The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare:
Another series that pushed me into the crazed reading I do now! I liked it as a trilogy more though...
- Twilight Saga by Stephanie Meyer:
Again, pushed me into reading like crazy!
- Croak Series by Gina Damico:
I recently found another favourite series, and although it's not complete yet, I'm sure it will be awesome! (My review of Croak and Scorch, both were ARCs)
- Night Road by Kristin Hannah:
This seriously made me cry more than ever! I was completely bawling my eyes out. It also got me wanting to read more YA contemporaries as well, and I think it was this one that sort of pulled me away from all that paranormal romance crap. Don't worry, I still love Twilight guys! (My review)
- The Summer Trilogy by Jenny Han:
This was a trilogy that had me crying the whole time, and I absolutely loved it!
- Graceling Realms by Kristin Cashore:
Man, I love the whole concept of these books. Although I didn't read fire, but Graceling and Bitterblue were amazing! (My review of Bitterblue)
Yup, that's pretty much it! I have final unit exam tomorrow, and I have to do some homework for piano theory. Anyways, I'm wondering if I should start a new format for these Sunday Updates. Maybe a day by day kind of thing, where I talk about my life just to make this blog a bit more personal. Just a though, let me know what you think!
By the way, after reading Scorch and putting my review up, I tagged the other (like I usually do) in my tweet and asked what the name of the third book was. It's ROGUE. Here's her post about it!
Sunday: I had a piano recital that morning, so after I finished that, my dad and I went to Costco. Like usual, I approached the book section and saw the box set and just kind of stood there contemplating whether or not to buy it. My friends said it's really good, and it was half the price it usually is if you buy it at Chapters or whatever. In the end, I ended up buying it. NO, I do not know when I will read it, but hopefully soon! After that, I had piano and theory lessons from 2 til 6. Ate. Showered. Did the rest of my homework.
Monday: Okay, admittedly, this day was uneventful. You know those days where you just don't feel like reading? Yea, today was one of them.
Tuesday: Presidential Election!! I had to watch and see the results, so I was up until 10:30 waiting for Romney to concede, and then ended up sleeping because it was getting late and I had school the next day.
Wednesday: Today was the day Mother Nature decided to dump snow on us. 30 centimetres of it. Around 15 inches I guess? It was crazy. My brother's bus didn't come so my dad had to drive him to the bus station and they got stuck in traffic. While waiting for my dad to come home I shovelled a path for the car and a part of the sidewalk, leaving the walkway to our door covered in snow. I was at school for the second bell, but they didn't care about the late people, so they let us go. (: When I came home, sadly, there was at least 30 cm of snow piled on our driveway. Starting at 5PM, my brother and I began clearing the driveway and sidewalk. The worst part of it was that the snow was heavy and wet!! It took us 2 hours, and seeing that our neighbours -ones that we never talk to- were also shovelling snow, we went on to help them. At the end of the day, I was sore and my body hurt, but I felt good about helping people!
Thursday: After that snowstorm, the roads were still horrible. My ride got stuck in traffic and I was stuck in my school until 5. By the way, my ride is my friend's mom, so they ended up staying over for dinner. They left around 9 and I still had to shower, needless to say, I did not have time for reading and I was tired as well! At least I had no homework.
Friday: We had our Remembrance Day assembly at school today, so I ended up skipping 3 classes because I was in jazz band and had to play the anthem for the assemblies. Even without going to 3 classes, I got a pile of homework. And there were 2 other assignments from the classes I missed but I never got to ask because all the teachers that could leave early did so they wouldn't get stuck in traffic. And then there were the angry tweets, I AM TERRIBLY SORRY (especially to Jenni who saw words that she didn't like). I apologize for my use of profanities.
Saturday: Oh yea, my brother is at my cousin's house and they live on the opposite side of the city which sucks because we never get to see them. My dad for some odd reason hates letting me go over, so I'm stuck at home. I'm actually typing this up today, so maybe I will read today. But I have to catch up with a few TV shows! Haha.
So that's a rundown of my week, happy reading! Oh! I finally updated my photography page!! It IS also Remembrance Day in Canada, a day to remember all those soldiers who fought for our country and some who didn't survive. Lest We Forget.
I seriously don't know when this post is going to go up because Daylight Savings ends today, and I have no idea how blogger is going to work, but nonetheless, here's the regular Sunday Update I thought I wouldn't get up in time.
I met up with the Edmonton bloggers yesterday! It was awesome to see a few new faces there this time, and I'm surprised we didn't get kicked out sooner. We were talking so loudly the whole time, pretty much just ranting about books! Haha, I can't wait for the next time to meet up again. By the way, thank you Ambur for lending me these beautiful books, and thank you SO MUCH to Cassie for driving all around town to pick me up!
Look forward to a John Green review this week! He never disappoints, and I absolutely love his writing. Tiger Lily will probably be next...