reganreads: (McGonagall)
I realised that I always tend to describe myself as a typical Gemini but never explain why I think that way, so I decided I'd write a little bit about astrology and me.

First a little about Gemini in general.
A Gemini is born between May 22-June 21, the astrological symbol is The Twins, their ruling planet is Mercury and their element is air.
The main personality traits of a Gemini include being jovial, good communicators, inquisitive and flexible, but they can also be selfish, restless, have a confused personality and find it hard to be on time.

Quite of a few of those traits belong to me.
I'm quite an upbeat person. I'm one of those annoying people who tend to be always happy and smiling and don't let things get to them quite badly.
I'm definitely inquisitive. I love to understand the world around me. There's SO much to learn!
Flexible? I've done gymnastics since childhood so I think it's safe to say I'm flexible
I suppose I can be a little selfish. I was an only child for so long. I love my baby brother to pieces but kinda hate having to share Jade Rachel. And don't like sticky toddler hands on my things. Hey, I'm a teenager! LOL

The element of air is all about the power of the mind, the force of intellect, inspiration, imagination. It is ideas, knowledge, dreams and wishes.
Which, as I said, i'm an inquisitive kind of girl. I love knowledge and learning and like to think I'm quite smart. Humble too ;)

A ruling planet of Mercury means you find it easy to make new connections, and others love your ability to pull ideas and people together.
I'm certainly not afraid of people and will talk to anyone, make friends quite easily. I seem to naturally take the lead in group projects and love working with people. Yes, I know it's possible I could look at any star sign and find things that reflect me but I happen to believe in astrology. Not horoscopes that are in the paper, those are broad and fit everyone. But I do think that aspects of a persons personality can be explained by the positions of the sun, moon, and other planetary objects at the time of their birth. Historically, astrology was a science, it was in the realm of scholars. It was accepted in political and academic contexts, and was connected with other studies, such as astronomy, alchemy, meteorology, and medicine. I don't know about the fortune telling and predicting the future aspect of astrology but I do think astronomical phenomenon can affect a persons behaviour. Just look at how the pull of the moon (lunatic) and the seasons can affect peoples moods (SAD).
reganreads: (Comfort)
I think one of the reasons I love Urban Fantasy is that there’s so many characters I can relate to, characters I can aspire to be like, really cool really strong women characters. Yes, they’re like witches or vampires or werewolves or werecats or preternaturals but they’re still, to me, really good role-models.

They’re strong, kickass independent women who know what they want and have the passion and drive to work towards it. They’re educated and thoughtful, they give a shit about more than just makeup and clothes and hair and trying to find a boyfriend. They don’t need anyone else to look after them or fight their battles for them. And I find that really inspiring.

My favourite character would probably be Hermione Grange. She’s clever and logical, she can be bossy but she’s loyal and you can count on her to have your back and/or save your life. She’s a voice of reason and really protective of her friends. She’s proud of who she is and I love the fact she embodies the spirit of knowledge is power.
reganreads: (AllStar)
So many of my classmates think I’m a bit weird, because I’m always reading, because I love to read. They think it’s a waste of time. They also think I’m a total nerd because I get good grades and because I love to learn. I wonder if they’ll still think the same think in just over a year when they’ve failed their GCSEs and I’m starting my A-Levels?

I just love reading. I love curling up on my window seat, in the sun, with music playing and a good book. Usually Harry the cat sprawled out next to me

My mum loved to read, and so does Jade Rachel, and they gave their love of reading to me. They always read to me when I was little and I was reading by the time I was 4 or so. It was love at first read, or something like that.
I love all the places a book can transport you to, all the different worlds you can explore, all the different lives you can live. You can be anyone – a heroine, a damsel in distress, a warrior, an elf, a witch, a vampire, a werewolf. You can be in the past, the present, the future, London, Paris, New York, outer space, under water.
It’s an escape – I had a horrible few years when my mum died and I was really unhappy. Reading gave me something to do and I started reading the books that she loved and it made me feel close to her.

What’s the old saying? Anyone who says they have only one life to live must not know how to read a book
reganreads: (Comfort)
My name, Regan, is quite unique but without being really out-there like some of the names - especially ones that celebrities seem to give their kids these days. Kim Kardashian, I'm looking at you! It's nice to be the only person I know with my name. Like, there's two Chloe's and three James' in my class so you've got to be really specific which one you're meaning (Chloe H, or blond James or football James), but when people say Regan, everyone knows they mean me.

It's even got quite a cool story behind why my mum and Jade Rachel called me Regan. Originally, I was going to be called Aimee (or Connor, if I was a boy) which means beloved. But my mum had been reading King Lear just before she went into labour and fell in love with the name. I'm glad I'm not named for Goneril, Regan's older sister - and wouldn't have minded Cordelia, the younger one either.

Regan, in King Lear, is not a very nice character though. She's the middle child of Lear, married to the Duke Of Cornwall. She and her sister Goneril are both in love with Edmund, both eager for power and even convince their father to hand over his land using false flattery. Then both of the girls reject him when he wants to live with them and Regan drives him out into the storm. Goneril then poisons Regan when she finds out Regan's in love with Edmund. I think my favourite quote about Regan is by Stanley Cavell "[S]he has no ideas of her own, her special vileness is always to increase the measure of pain that others are prepared to inflict; her mind itself is a lynch mob." 1

I don't just happen to randomly know all these facts - I read the play and did some research after finding out why I was called Regan. I'm a bit of a geek like that. And you know what else I found out? Shakespeare's kinda cool. I love how poetically he wrote and he told some really good stories - stories that are still relevant today which in a way sucks that humans haven't changed much in the last few hundred years, but at the same time shows that people will always be people.

I took a break from writing essays for school and feel like I've just written an essay on my blog instead!

1 Cavell, Stanley. The Avoidance of Love. Must We Mean What We Say?. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge. 1976
reganreads: (Rose)
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme at The Broke and The Bookish and this week they’re asking for the Top Ten Books of 2013

This is where I'm really glad I'm listing all the book I read and that I have a goodreads account! But I also found it hard because I've read lots of series this year, rather than individual novels and it's hard to pick one or two out of a series!.

The Golden Compass by Phillip Pullman
The Subtle Knife by Phillip Pullman
American Gods by Neil Gaiman
Angels & Demons by Dan Brown
The DaVinci Code by Dan Brown
The Templar Legacy by Steve Berry
The Venetian Betrayal by Steve Berry
The Alexander Cipher by Will Adams
Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris
Guilty Pleasures by Laurell K Hamilton

If I had to narrow it down more, I could pick three as being the best so far: American Gods, Angels & Demons and The Templar Legacy because they all made me want to learn more about their subject matters. I'm not saying I have gone out there and learned about religions and the Illuminati or The Knights Templar, just that I'm interested in learning more. Maybe over the summer holiday, depending on how much summer reading/assignments I get!

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