27,000 Words Later: Modern Literature

27,000 Words Later: Modern Literature

Modern is relative, stories are not.

Twenty-seven thousand words later, or more like - 27,845 words later, my Goodreads challenge for the year of 2017 had been met on December 30, 2017. In total, I completed the task of reading fifty books and have come walking away from it with a library closer to the one that looks like it was from The Beauty and the Beast. So overall, it was a great year in terms of reading. Among the fifty books I've read were a few classics, adult literature, science-fiction, and the acclaimed young-adult novels that are oh-so-very popular to today's demography of teens, children, and actual young adults.

However, looking back on it, 27,000 words later and I am still a bit unsure of the world. My shortest book was a collection of poems by r.h. Sin, titled whiskey, words, & a shovel volume II. Although, while being the most terse of the books I've read - it was also the most straightforward and one of the most poignant books I've read all year. It prioritized self-love as the stepping stone to finding true love, while also running concurrent with today's theme of feminism and female self-worth; women deserve the men that see them as wholes and not as puzzle pieces that need to be completed by males, respectively.

My longest book was Gone with the Wind, by Margaret Mitchell. With over 1,000 words, it delivered the opposite kind of protagonist: a selfish, beautiful, and complete woman. It taught me that in comparison to today's female protagonists in the popular young-adult novels, you truly do not need a man to make do with life. To survive, you do not need powers, or the support of a lover - just headstrong willpower that borderlines ignorance and foolhardiness. Her protagonist, Scarlett O'Hara, for all her quirks and vices, and lack of virtues - proved that a strong will and hardworking will pay off. You do not need a man swooning you to your knees to know that otherwise.

Which is so ironic, because the most popular book I've read last year was A Court of Mist and Fury, by Sarah J. Maas. A wonderful, five-star book, which is the sequel to an equally unsavory two-star one. The second book worked hard to rectify the dependency and futility that the female protagonist had. Which I believe is what is happening to many authors and people alike today. They make the mistake that they need someone else to become someone better, or to be whole again, when what they truly need is some soul-searching and self-loving in order to grow. The most popular book I've read, is a representation of society.

While the book that elicited the most out of me, Mosquitoland, by David Arnold, was the most raw book out there. It was not labeled the worst or the best in the year, rather it remained suspended in the middle. Not too good, not too bad; a bit too raw, too real, its audience unprepared. Overall, the book was very metamorphic - it was designed to be a hit-or-miss, but if you became one of the readers who captured an inkling of what was occurring, then it was a hit. Because the main character was so broken to begin with, it took time to understand her. So much time that you would not not see yourself becoming her, and by the end of it - this book, this wallflower that I've read last year, has become one of the best out there. It touches upon depression, drugs, and mental illnesses in a way that has not been touched upon before. Because it makes you become the person suffering them. And that is what I think the world needs more of now, a little less sympathy, and a little bit more attempts to try be be more empathetic with others.

That is what those 27,000 words have taught me.

Cover Image Credit: Albert Einstaed

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1. "Ooooooo, he needs some milk."

2. "Hi, welcome to Chili's."

3. "It is Wednesday, my dudes."

4. "Country boy, I love you ahhhwweelhwh..."

5. "Escalera oooooooaaaa!"

6. "F**k ya chicken strips!"

7. "Barbecue sauce on my titties."

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9. "That was legitness."

10. "Ms. Keisha, MS. KEISHA! Oh my f**king God, she f**king dead."

11. "Fre-sha-vocado."

12. "Staaaahp! I coulda dropped my croissant!"

13. "That's my OPINION."

14. "You're not my dad, ugly ass f**king noodle head."

15. "What the f**k, Richard."

16. "This bitch empty, YEET!"

17. "Road work ahead? Yeah, I sure hope it does."

18. "What up, I'm Jared I'm 19, and I never f**king learned how to read."

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27. "Watch your profanity."

28. "I love you bitch, I ain't never gonna stop loving you, biiiiiitch."

29. "What are thoooooose?"

30. "I smell like beef."

31. "You better stop."

32. "What the F**K IS UP KYLE?"

33. "Come get y'all juice."

34. "Two bros, chilling in a hot tub, 5 feet apart cause they're not gay."

35. "So you just gonna bring me a birthday gift on my birthday to my birthday party on my birthday with a birthday gift?"

36. "I wanna be a cowboy, baby."

37. "Why you always lying?"

38. "Nice Ron" "I sneezed, oh, what, am I not allowed to sneeze?"

39. "I'm washing me and my clothes."

40. "Honey, you've got a big storm coming."

41. "XOXO, gossip girl."

42. "Shoutout to all the pear."

43. "A potato flew around my room before you came."

44. "Chipotle is my life."

45. "Look at all those chickens!"


47. "I like turtles."

48. "It's the most beautiful thing I've ever seen in my life, watermelon, INSIDE A WATERMELON."

49. "Deez nuts, HA GOT EM?"

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65. "So no head?"

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67. "I am shooketh."

68. "Hey my name is Trey, I have a basketball game tomorrow."

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70. "There is only one thing worse than a rapist." "A child."

71. "Ah f**k, I can't believe you've done this."

72. "Bitch, I hope the f**k you do."

73. "Two shots of vodka."

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None of her new songs will ever go as hard as "Chasing Echoes" and that's a fact.


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1. "Wonderful Crazy"

This is just a fun, upbeat song for when you're having a good day. Would recommend playing in your car with the windows rolled down.

2. "Rain"

I have a very specific memory of a time when this song blessed my life, but for all intents and purposes, it is a beautiful and happy song.

3. "I'll Make It Real"

This is a beautiful song with a wonderful message about staying true to yourself. I used to listen to it on the way to school every day my senior year of high school.

4. "Something In Me"

Featured in the greatest show of all time, "South of Nowhere" season 1 episode 6. A very relatable breakup mood.

5. "Love Alone"

This is definitely the second-hardest-hitting song she's ever released. The fact that this is not on Spotify or even iTunes anymore is just not fair.

6. "Favorite Girl"

This one's cute and upbeat, a definite crush mood. Not on the same level as "Love Alone", but it's still underrated.

7. "Closer to My Heart"

Another cute love song. I'll tie it with "Everything" for cutest love song on her first album. Highly recommend both.

8. "Chasing Echoes"

Facts are facts and the facts are that Katelyn Tarver's new stuff could never go as hard as "Chasing Echoes". I can't even begin to explain how deeply these lyrics cut through me when I was fifteen. Even now, this song can take me all the way back. She is robbing us by not making this available on streaming services (or even to purchase). Katelyn, bring this song back, I am begging you.

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