I’ve got “Can’t Nobody” (Kelly Rowland) stuck in my head right now. I was listening to the radio not long ago, finishing this awesome book, and that came on. First time I’ve heard it on the radio; must be her new single. I would’ve suggested… I don’t know, maybe “Past 12”?

The book was The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin. I remember someone reviewing it back in the eighth grade (we were doing Newbery books; I picked Dicey’s Song, which was also good), and it sounded interesting, so when I saw it in Borders a few weeks ago, I decided to give it a go. Having finished it, I have one comment: Wow. Just… woah. Seriously. I don’t usually read mysteries, but the premise of this one was too good to pass up. Millionaire Samuel W. Westing dies, offering sixteen people the chance to win $200 million if they can determine who among them killed him. The players, however, are not all who they seem. One is a doctor, one a judge, another a dressmaker, another a secretary. But one is also a bookie, another a bomber, and another a burglar. Some are adults, others children. All are swept in the Westing game, with clues and unforseen events that keep you guessing and laughing to the very end. I can see why this won such a prestigious award, though I would not classify it as a children’s book.

The Westing Game is number 78 on my list. I started keeping it during the fall of sophomore year, when I finished To Kill a Mockingbird. At first, I wrote down the book title before I started reading (so I couldn’t forget to record it), but then I quit reading one book and it screwed up my numbering. Technically, there are only 76 books, though, because I added Draco Dormiens and Draco Sinister, which are novel-length fanfiction. Either way, I have managed to not re-read any of the books on my list. And it’s a lovely incentive to read more quickly. My record for 2001 is two days (The House on Mango Street, Sandra Cisneros), but unless I made a mistake, I read Charmed Life (Diana Wynne Jones) in one day last year. Hmm.

I am proud of my narrative. I will continue to be proud of it until/if she decides to dissect them again. It was not fun last time — informative, but not at all fun.

Am working on summer work/internship plans. Am frustrated. This warrants a grr. Grr. On the sort-of-yay side, two hour delay tomorrow. Are we ever going back to school?

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