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So, we've figured out that one of my conditions comes with an allergy to sulfates? Especially those in shampoos, apparently, because I have these bad breakouts along my hairline. Wonderful, yet another thing to look out for.

I've gotten a third of the way through The Hobbit, so I've gotten up to Beorn. This is not my first time reading it, but I'm having trouble finishing this time. I don't know why. I'm enjoying it while reading, but I don't have the push to pick it up and continue the next day. I hope it's just because I don't want to get to the end, not because I'm going into a slump or anything...
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So, went out and got The Awakened Mage (Innocence Lost outside the US/UK) last Friday, finished it on Tuesday. On Tuesday, I think I read about 410 pages. Yeesh. All in all, it amounts to 1350 or so in about 8 days. Take that, college drag! I thought I'd have so much trouble getting back into reading, since college has kinda killed it for me in the last couple years, but nope! It was a great book, though the reviews I read were right: she does spend a lot of time on the build up, and then the climax to ending goes by in about 50 pages. The characters broke my heart and only somewhat patched it up, but I understand why she did it. I would recommened these two to people needing something to pass the time; it's not the best thing fantasy has ever given mankind, but the characters and the world are thoroughly enjoyable, engrossing, and original. Even the parts you can see as universal Karen Miller makes her own. Nothing about it is very bland, though the fight scenes could do with some work. I hope someone picks this up, cuz I would love to have someone to talk about it with!

Next up, I've decided, is Sea of Poppies by Amitav Ghosh. This one is historical fiction set in India and the Indian Ocean around the 1830s; a rag-tag group of people come together aboard a ship and come to think of themselves as ship-brothers. Apparently it's the first of a trio, but the rest haven't been released yet. I actually started reading it in a bookstore in Germany, got it that Christmas, and read up to page 100 or so before abandoning it. At this point I've decided just to start over. I'm excited :). I have a list of books I want to look into now (most of them fantasy, I think) and a list of ones I have that I need to read.

To look into:
The Bartimaeus Trilogy
The Dark is Rising
Coldfire Trilogy

To read:
Sea of Poppies
American Gods
Prozac Nation
The Kite Runner
A Thousand Splendid Suns
Slaughterhouse Five
A Long Way Down

...Yeah, there are a lot more I need to get to before I buy anything else. Wish me luck!

Also, got tickets for when Real Madrid comes to play Philadelphia Union on July 23!!! I'm sooooo excited!!! This month is internationals month, especially this week and next week, so that's keeping me busy outside reading and interning with Habitat.

Also recently (two Saturdays ago?) went over to see two of my best friends and watched Doctor Who and Community and slept over. It was awesome. We haven't had a bond session in forever, so we were talking so much we probably didn't get some throw-away line that's going to come back and be what the entire season story line hinges on. I'll be going back to watch it again soon.

Had to go to the doctor's to get a B12 shot today. When my bloodwork was done a couple weeks ago, it showed I was really low in that and it was probably the reason I was so exhausted and why my fibro pains were more annoying than usual. It hurt :( but hopefully that'll help for a week or two. Now the option is either getting that every month or whatever, or taking a big vitamin everyday. Joy, the options I have.

Ummm, I think that's it!
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Just finished reading my first book for pleasure in a looooong while. I think the last one was The Book Thief (absolutely amazing book, by the way, and I can't express how highly I recommend it. Ironically, I read it right after getting back from Germany *headdesk*), and I bought that winter of 2009. Yeesh. School took over my life for a while, and then my horrible job, and then an even more brutal year, what with classes, my OCD spiking, getting a new med added, all that fun stuff. But this summer it looks like I'll just be interning, so it's a bit more relaxed.

Anyway, the new book is Innocent Mage by Karen Miller. I finished it after three or four days and I really liked it. In fact, I finished it today and went straight out to buy the sequel Awakened Mage (apparently outside the US/UK it's known as Innocence Lost). Already I'm 70 or so pages in, only going to sleep now because my eyes are crossing. Apparently my B12 is very low, meaning I got yelled at over email by one of my doctors /o\. Sadness. Innocent Mage focuses on the characters of Asher and Gar, along with a host of supporting and periphery characters. Two races of people, one magical and one not, try to coexist peacefully within a kingdom after the magical race fled a bloody tyranny and conquered the land. Now, the non-magical race is subservient, but there is a host of people who wait for one of theirs to come and fulfill a prophecy that heralds the Final Days. Asher, a fisherman, meets Gar, prince of the kingdom, and the two form an unlikely friendship that crosses race and culture to rival that of brothers. With the Final Days coming, it will be all that they can count on.

That above is my own summary, because I know some of my followers are interested in fantasy. It's pretty well written, though I can't judge much from the sequel since I've just started. I know that I've come to love most of the characters and have a deep attachment now to Gar and Asher. I also like the woman slated for the love interest roll, even when her flaws make me grit my teeth and hurt my jaw. None of the characters are written as perfect, she exposes flaws and virtues in all of them and creates a very rich cast with a very rich historical backdrop. Personally, I'm very excited to get through this book :). After, I think I'll start on either American Gods by Neil Gaiman or The Plot Against America by Phillip Roth.

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